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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

'There will be orgasms in the aisles!' Cush Jumbo meets Anne-Marie Duff by Chris Wiegand

The actors have been friends since they starred together at the National. They talk about their showbiz debuts, the dangers of getting wrapped up in roles – and the thrills to come when th…

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Sarah Plays a Werewolf: a biting drama about theatre and teenage terror by Chris Wiegand

Katharina Wyss’s film features a phenomenal debut from Leone Balthasar as an adolescent who uses theatre to both escape – and express – her demons Sarah Plays a Werewolf is a film abou…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

After the Rehearsal: Bergman's brilliant spotlight on making and watching theatre by Chris Wiegand

Ingmar Bergman’s movie unpacks, like no other, the intimate emotional processes of staging and seeing a play In the opening scene of Fanny and Alexander, a boy is alone in an empty house, …

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'That is our job in theatre – I'm gonna make you love me!' Noma Dumezweni meets Harriet Walter by Chris Wiegand

The stars of stage and screen chat about playing witches, seeing ghosts and stepping into another legend’s shoes They have enjoyed huge success on TV with The Undoing and Killing Eve, resp…

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

'A critic said my stomach was a warning to us all!' Simon Callow meets Derek Jacobi by Chris Wiegand

The theatre legends look back at working with Laurence Olivier and Peter O’Toole, the pain of biting reviews, the joy of a good run – and the agonies of being miscast Derek Jacobi and Si…

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Stars in Your Eyes: the 50s musical saluting actors in a crisis by Chris Wiegand

Our series on films about theatre continues with a British comedy in which variety acts face an existential threat when TV steals their audience Theatres around the country are shutting thei…

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

‘How many husbands have I had? Not enough!’ Vanessa Redgrave meets Miriam Margolyes by Chris Wiegand

They have been friends for 50 years. With theatres closed, they reflect on the joy – and hidden drama – of a life in acting Theatres around the UK have been kept dark by Covid, and it co…

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All the fret of the fringe: Annie Griffin’s cringe-filled trip to the Edinburgh festival by Chris Wiegand

Our series on films about theatre continues with a boozy, darkly funny comedy that captures the event’s pick’n’mix quality No matter how much you miss theatre, you still wouldn’t wan…

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The Last Metro: theatre is a sanctuary in François Truffaut's wartime gem by Chris Wiegand

Our series on films about the stage continues with the 1980 classic about a playhouse in occupied Paris, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu The directors of the French New Wave…

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Four British playwrights shortlisted for Susan Smith Blackburn prize by Chris Wiegand

Beth Steel, Frances Poet, Dawn King and Janice Okoh nominated despite many plays being postponed or cut short due to coronavirus Plays about the interrogation of Saddam Hussein, crimes again…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Sheridan Smith on Pooch Perfect: 'Stanley my cross-breed co-star is a one-take wonder!' by Chris Wiegand

The actor is in ‘doggy and musical heaven’ – hosting a primetime grooming show on TV and returning to the stage for a showtune extravaganza. So who’s got the best topknot: her or the…

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After Audition: Takashi Miike's rehearsal-room shocker Over Your Dead Body by Chris Wiegand

Continuing our series on the best films about theatre, a 200-year-old Japanese ghost story takes centre stage in a movie merging reality and fantasy The prolific Japanese director Takashi Mi…

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Opening Night: John Cassavetes' unromantic ode to theatre is stunning by Chris Wiegand

Gena Rowlands plays an actor frustrated with her character in a backstage drama that kicks off our series on the ways cinema depicts theatre One of many tantalising theatre shows cancelled l…

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Gerry Cottle, circus showman and Wookey Hole Caves owner, dies of Covid aged 75 by Chris Wiegand

Cottle toured the UK and internationally for decades, promoting a variety of acts, before developing attractions at the limestone caves in Somerset The circus showman Gerry Cottle has died o…

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Sir Robert Cohan, modern dance legend, dies aged 95 by Chris Wiegand

The choreographer and influential teacher was a pioneer of contemporary dance in the UK Tributes have been paid to the choreographer Sir Robert Cohan, a pioneer of contemporary dance in Brit…

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Playwright Mark Ravenhill: why I took up ballet after my mum died by Chris Wiegand

He tried dance to cope with grief – and found himself in a class with ‘25 mostly retired ladies’. It all fed into his new play, about his mother, his childhood and his obsession with J…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Snow Queen review – whirl through Scarborough's winter wonderland by Chris Wiegand

Available online Polly Lister plays umpteen parts in this spirited Hans Christian Andersen adaptation filmed at Stephen Joseph theatre A couple of Christmases ago, in Theresa Heskins’ prod…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Balthazar Snapdragon: Adventure Box review – magical distractions for lockdown by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineA special delivery from The Big Tiny uses a week’s worth of puzzles, tricks and activities to tell the story of witches, wizards and a postman They’ve done it again. Last…

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Shakespeare in a pandemic: ‘You can’t have Romeo and Juliet without touching!’ by Chris Wiegand

Perspex screens, CGI scenery and Covid tests before kissing … Sam Tutty and Emily Redpath reveal how they filmed a new Romeo and Juliet As the isolated teen in Dear Evan Hansen, Sam Tutty…

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Sunset Boulevard review – Hollywood musical is milder than Wilder by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineAndrew Lloyd Webber’s version of the 1950 film is smartly staged by Leicester’s Curve, starring Ria Jones and Danny Mac When screenwriter Joe Gillis swerves into the dri…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

'We never looked back!' Filskit's fabulous 10-year adventure in theatre by Chris Wiegand

Their inventive family shows have covered the climate crisis, the brain and, now, the Covid-19 pandemic. The mischievous trio discuss their story so far When they began staging shows for chi…

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Tony-winning Broadway star Ann Reinking dies aged 71 by Chris Wiegand

Choreographer and Fosse collaborator starred as Roxie in Chicago and appeared on screen in Annie Ann Reinking, the Broadway star whose elegant style, mesmerising physicality and piercing gaz…

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Jack and the Beanstalk review – online panto is fee-fi-fo-fun by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineAn irrepressible Iain Lauchlan leads a trip to Prickly Bottom, where songs, toilet humour and Joe Wicks gags abound A good panto is for life, not just for Christmas. It’s t…

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Can't get to the theatre this Christmas? Open an online advent calendar by Chris Wiegand

Until theatre lovers can experience that alchemy on stage again, this initiative is one way to brighten up the month for those who can’t visit a venue Never mind The Nutcracker – the mos…

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Cabaret's Joel Grey: 'Life is tough. But it's also beautiful' by Chris Wiegand

From winning an Oscar to starring opposite Rock Hudson – and coming out at 82, the theatre legend has done it all. But he came close to giving up acting to work on a hotdog stand “Shame …

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Monday, November 30, 2020

The snow must go on: top theatre shows to watch online this Christmas by Chris Wiegand

Andrew Lincoln is Ebenezer Scrooge and Mother Christmas steps into the spotlight ... there are plenty of festive treats to watch from your front room this winter The Legend of Moby Dick Whit…

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One Knight Only: what we learned about Judi, Maggie, Ian and Derek in their Zoom knees-up by Chris Wiegand

In an event for the theatrical charity Acting for Others, Dench, Smith, McKellen and Jacobi spoke about their highs and lows, superstitions and acting tips They are, according to their pal K…

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Panto in a pandemic: honks not hisses and an unprecedented cow by Chris Wiegand

This season, pantomimes are shifting from the theatre to drive-ins and online. Two shows will still make a song and dance about it Iain Lauchlan has been putting on panto in Coventry for alm…

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Marry Me a Little review – Sondheim rejects live happily ever after by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThis lonely hearts revue with songs cut from Follies and other musicals is a carousel of regrets and rapture Breaking up is hard to do – not just in relationships. When a s…

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Trevor Nunn to direct Lisa Dwan in Beckett's Happy Days by Chris Wiegand

Dwan will play Winnie in a 60th-anniversary revival of the play at Riverside Studios in London It is, perhaps, the perfect play for lockdown, as the heroine fills the hours between “the be…

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Reach for the Stars review – high-flying heroines take children to infinity and beyond by Chris Wiegand

Available onlineThe Little Angel theatre’s inspirational show uses dance, rap and puppets to tell real and fictional tales about trailblazing female astronauts Before she became the first …

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Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre