About Broadway Baby
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Broadway Baby was founded in 2004 by Pete Shaw with the aim of providing coverage of performing arts from a perspective of people who work in performing arts.

Knowledge of the subject is one thing, but we also strive for high journalistic standards and the ability to write copy that is both informing and entertaining.

From the very outset, Broadway Baby operates as any normal professional publication would, using the principles of the NUJ and BECTU of which Shaw was previously a member. All submissions to Broadway Baby are proof read by at least two people other than the author to check not only for grammatical quality, but also to fact-check any claims made by our reviewers. We follow the International Fact-Checking Network code of principles.

We don't always get it right, of course, so we have a formal complaints procedure in place to ensure mistakes are rectified quickly.

We also want our reviewers to be good theatre citizens, which is why Broadway Baby has adopted the principles of the Theatre Charter, which aims to be a 'good etiquette' guide for theatre patrons, and none of our reviewers are allowed to venture out on our behalf before digesting our Reviewer's Guide - a 41 page tome that sets out everything from their responsibilities to house style. Although the Reviewer's Guide is an internal document, we've noticed it's been good enough for other publications to adopt it with modification for their own circumstances, and we can only be flattered by that. ;-)

So, bottom line, as Broadway Baby approaches the end of its 'teen' years, we hope you can trust us for knowledgable, interesting and honest commentary on the performing arts landscape. Most of our writers are on Twitter, with their usernames linked below their articles should you wish to reach out (but for complaints, please review our formal policy - Twitter abuse only delays a resolution, and you've all heard of the Streisand Effect, haven't you?).

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this article has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now