Mark Fisher, feature writer, theatre critic and editor


MARK FISHER is a theatre critic, editor, feature writer and freelance journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has written about theatre in Scotland since the late-1980s, contributing theatre reviews, interviews, arts features and travel articles to newspapers and magazines in Scotland and all over the world.

He is the Scottish theatre critic for The Guardian and Variety, a former editor of The List magazine and a frequent contributor to Scotland on Sunday and many magazines, newspapers and websites. As an editor, he has worked for the Edinburgh International Festival and Raploch Urban Regeneration Company. He is the co-editor of Made in Scotland, an anthology of plays, The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success, published in February 2012, How to Write About Theatre: a manual for critics students and bloggers, published in August 2015 and The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls, published in October 2017.



Recent interviewees include Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan, Eric Idle, Peter Brook, Neil LaBute, Ben Elton, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Philip Pullman, Ian McDiarmid, Ross Noble and Alistair McGowan. Recent subjects include comedy in prison, Madonna in Malawi and the environmental impact of the arts. He is a judge for the Theatre Awards UK, the Scotsman Fringe First awards and the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland and has taught classes in arts reviewing and feature writing.


He is also responsible for the theatreSCOTLAND website, a wide-ranging database of actors, playwrights, theatre companies and buildings, plus reviews and articles. Sign up for theatreSCOTLAND updates. Sign up for theatreSCOTLAND discussion.


"Fisher is the perfect host, and what shines through is his experience in theatre and depth of knowledge." Three Weeks, 2011


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Scottish theatre blog

REVIEWS, thoughts and observations about theatre in Scotland.


The Guardian

ARTICLES about theatre published in the daily newspaper and online


The List

RECENT articles about theatre published in the fortnightly events guide.


Scotland on Sunday

FEATURES on a range of subjects, plus some reviews.



REVIEWS, articles and extensive database about Scottish theatre.



REVIEWS and news items about Scottish theatre in the US theatre bible.

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