David Benedict

Critic and broadcaster David Benedict is the former arts editor of The Observer and theatre editor of The Independent. He is currently the London critic for Variety, a weekly columnist on The Stage and a regular guest on TV and radio arts programmes. He is writing the authorised biography of Stephen Sondheim and plays Tristram Hawkshaw on The Archers. Image cr Charlie Carter
Sondheim Tonight
In music and conversation, we celebrate the life and work of one of the most influential cultural figures of the last 70 years, the Tony, Oscar, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Born to a New York Jewish family in 1930, over the next 91 years he changed the shape of musical theatre with shows including West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Company and Sweeney Todd...