The Thatcher Hating ‘Mehdi’ of TheatreLand

Media charmer of the week is Ian Shuttleworth, the theatre critic on the Financial Times. He boasts that he attended the first night of a Shakespearean production at the National Theatre wearing a t-shirt which proclaimed ‘STILL HATE THATCHER’. FT editor Lionel Barber will no doubt he delighted to have such an objective analyst representing his esteemed publication at West End first nights.

Shuttleworth, whose newspaper is owned by those arch capitalists Pearson, makes the admission in the editorial of a magazine called Theatre Record, which he edits. The column consists chiefly of a rant against the Mail for being, well, the Mail. Interesting to note that Shuttleworth himself has in the past written for the Mail. Mehdi would be proud…




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