Kate Maltby

Kate Maltby writes about the intersection of culture, politics and history. She is a theatre critic for The Times and is conducting academic research on the intellectual life of Elizabeth I.

Sorry, Jeremy, but comparing Theresa May to Henry VIII is depressingly ignorant

30 December 2016 15:18

Another day, another Tudor throwback. This time, Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of acting like Henry VIII by avoiding…

Emma Rice was never as radical as she thought she was

26 October 2016 13:32

Towards the end of Emma Rice’s recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the mechanicals decides to give…

Donald Trump’s sinister threat to jail Hillary should worry us all

12 October 2016 16:29

In the autumn of 2008, a gaggle of American conservatives gathered for a conference at that most godless of progressive…

Theresa May really is acting like a Tudor monarch over Brexit

30 August 2016 10:49

Over the weekend, it emerged that Theresa May likes to compare herself to Elizabeth I (although as I argue in…

France’s burkini ban was an own goal for secularism

26 August 2016 17:00

I’ve always hated the beach. The water? Great. The sunshine? Terrible. It starts with the hot trek across the sands…

Five phrases to ban from the Tory leadership race

5 July 2016 16:50

The race is on to get out of the bottom, as the Spice Girls never quite sang about Liam Fox.…

Forget the fighting. We’re entering a period of unparalleled opportunity for the Tories

1 July 2016 16:25

Auf wiedersehen, Boris. He’ll be back, like a blond, bloated Voldemort inhabiting another life form – Top Gear host? Archbishop…

Is the West ever going to stand up to Vladimir Putin?

21 January 2016 15:59

If you walk down Holland Park Avenue, down the hill to Shepherd’s Bush, you’ll come across a statue wreathed with…

There’s nothing patriotic about William Blake’s Jerusalem

14 January 2016 12:28

In this week’s diary, Tristram Hunt puts his money behind Jerusalem as a new English National Anthem. ‘God Save the…

There’s nothing confusing about a black actress playing Hermione Granger

21 December 2015 17:05

A news producer rang up this morning, asking me to talk about ‘colour-blind casting’. Noma Dumezweni has just been cast…

‘National security’ has become our main justification for war

2 December 2015 15:54

I’ve been in touch with Anisa for just over a year, ever since I met her in a dingy refugee compound…

How can we defend our liberal heritage by abandoning its values?

24 November 2015 16:04

Yusuf, when I last saw him, was still smiling, a middle-aged man with the greying pony-tail of a rock roadie.…

Boris shows a hint of Euroscepticism — but he still can’t beat Mary Beard

20 November 2015 21:02

Thank God for Mary Beard. Sure, she’s wrong about Jeremy Corbyn. She was wrong about 9/11. She’s wrong about plenty.…

Why I’m not sorry to see FHM go

18 November 2015 17:25

So, farewell then, FHM. As Adrian Mole, 13 3/4 (years, not inches) and perhaps their target market, might have put…

Will the free speech lobby accept Jeremy Corbyn’s right to be a republican?

13 November 2015 17:14

On Wednesday night, Jeremy Corbyn brought to an end one of the most undignified sagas in recent politics, cobbling together…

Yale students have exercised their right to be treated like children

9 November 2015 15:01

Shrieking girl. There it is. I’ve been trying to think of a less gendered, less belittling phrase for the subject…

The Tories can’t allow Corbyn a monopoly on morality

16 October 2015 14:30

Amber Rudd will be keeping a low profile this weekend. The sight of a working mother on Question Time, tearfully…

Will Michael Gove dare to bring Christianity into his prison reform plans?

13 October 2015 15:48

This April, Michael Gove wrote in The Spectator: ‘To call yourself a Christian in contemporary Britain is to invite pity, condescension…

Banning provocateurs doesn’t silence them – it only amplifies their voices

9 October 2015 16:00

I write about free speech. And I’m tired of writing about free speech. I’m tired of needing to write about…

Maggie’s great, but can’t the US find an inspiring American woman to go on their banknote?

19 September 2015 19:53

Banknotes, again. Now it’s America’s turn to suffer the unintended consequences of an ill-implemented campaign to inject some XX chromosomes…

Like Cameron, Corbyn also believes in the merits of ‘token women’

15 September 2015 11:13

In the early hours of Monday, it dawned on Jeremy Corbyn that no women in his team would be shadowing…

In defence of doping

3 August 2015 14:28

Apparently, I’m supposed to be shocked by doping. This weekend, the Sunday Times published files from the International Association of…

The photo of the young Queen playing Nazi is an important historical document. It should shock us

18 July 2015 19:12

What can a image from 1933 ever really tell us? In July 1933, Der Stürmer, the Nazi newspaper, published a cover image of a…

Since when was the hijab a feminist statement?

25 June 2015 16:22

Over ten years ago, the satirical American magazine the Onion published an article under the headline: Women Now Empowered By…

Why feminists like me are addicted to Game of Thrones

16 June 2015 15:32

This post contains spoilers and discussion of the Season 5 Finale. My name is Kate Maltby, I’m a feminist, and I’m addicted…