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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Oscar-nominated romance Cold War to have major London stage adaptation by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Elvis Costello songs to feature in play by Girl from the North Country’s Conor McPherson, directed by Rupert Goold at Almeida theatre London’s Almeida theatre has announced a stage adapt…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:13AM
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Disused Tottenham Ikea store to become 15,000-capacity cultural venue by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Drumsheds, a venture from Printworks company Broadwick, will preserve industrial elements of the 608,000 sq ft space It once played host to the sound of staff announcements, bored children a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:37AM
Monday, September 20, 2021

Finally! Get ready for a new season of culture by Presented By Nosheen Iqbal With Arifa Akbar, Ammar Kalia and Ben Beaumont-Thomas; Produced By Hannah Moore and Axel Kacoutié; Executive Producers Phil Maynard and Archie Bland

New albums, new TV series, and actual live shows – the culture taps might have run dry during the pandemic, but this autumn they are switching on again at last. Our critics give their pick…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Edinburgh international festival returns with music-heavy lineup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

With theatre and dance scaled back, music dominates, including concerts from Simon Rattle, Damon Albarn, Nicola Benedetti and Laura Mvula After a year away because of Covid-19, the Edinburgh…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:54AM
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Florence Welch to adapt The Great Gatsby for Broadway musical by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Florence + the Machine singer will collaborate with musician Thomas Bartlett and Pulitzer-winning playwright Martyna Majok on stage production Florence Welch, frontwoman of Florence + the Ma…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:32PM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture by Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza Macdonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist Interviews By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM
Friday, March 27, 2020

'Stressed, sick and skint': how coronavirus is hitting arts workers by Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Rachel Obordo

We asked arts workers for their stories of how the lockdown is affecting their livelihoods. Here are their responses Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage This we…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:03PM
Monday, December 30, 2019

Neil Innes, Rutles star and 'seventh Python', dies aged 75 by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Agent confirms death of comedian-songwriter who co-founded the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and wrote for Monty Python Neil Innes, the comedian and songwriter known for spoof Beatles band the Rutl…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Paul McCartney writes first musical, stage version of It's a Wonderful Life by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Former Beatle is to write songs for Frank Capra’s ‘universal story’, working with Lee Hall, author of Billy Elliot He has written perhaps the greatest canon of pop music, collaborated…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18AM
Thursday, November 29, 2018

The greatest showman? Hugh Jackman announces world tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Actor to perform hits from musicals including The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables across Europe and North AmericaHugh Jackman has announced a live tour that will see him perform songs f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24AM
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Revealed: the nation's No 1 toilet joke by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Bec Hill’s Sudoku joke wins competition to mark WaterAid’s World Toilet Day, beating gags by John Cooper Clarke, Lucy Porter and Tim Key• Brian Logan on comedy snobs• Adrienne Trusco…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:36PM
Thursday, December 29, 2016

‘As long as there are hairbrushes, people will sing’ – the best of 2016’s webchats by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Jon Bon Jovi’s key change killer, Gemma Arterton’s weep-off with Glenn Close, the weirdest thing that ever happened to Harry Shearer … here are the highlights of 2016’s culture webch…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Dickens with magic': Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Critics have filed their reviews of the first Potter stage play, and they’re universally positive Related: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: the West End extravaganza – in pictures With…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:58AM
Monday, July 25, 2016

David Bowie musical Lazarus falls to earth for London run by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The musical take on The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring Michael C Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove, comes to London following a strong New York debutFollowing a well-received run in New Yor…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:19AM
Friday, July 8, 2016

Billy Connolly announces 11-night London run of High Horse tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Scottish comedian brings his High Horse tour to the capital in January 2016, following stints in Scotland and CanadaUnbowed by prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease, Billy Connolly i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:12AM
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Actor Laurence Fox rants at heckler who 'ruined play for everybody' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Heckler is upbraided with c-word during performance of The Patriotic Traitor at the Park theatre in LondonThe actor Laurence Fox, best known for his longstanding role in crime drama Lewis, s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:14AM
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Frozen stage show fixes up a 2018 date for Broadway by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The film’s screenwriter and songwriters have signed up to adapt the Disney sensation, with a TV special also announced for 2017After $1.2bn in ticket sales and truckloads of DVDs – as we…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:20AM
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Amy Schumer responds to theft accusations: 'I would never steal a joke' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The standup comedian and star of Trainwreck says she is ‘literally going to take a polygraph test’ after being accused of copying material by Patrice O’Neal and othersThe comedian Amy …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:22AM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

'We are all so devastated': acting world pays tribute to Alan Rickman by Catherine Shoard, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand, Nancy Groves and Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Helen Mirren among those remembering the giant of movies and theatre – known best to many as Professor Snape in Harry Potter …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:39PM
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cynthia Erivo: British producers restrict roles for black women by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The fast-rising Color Purple actor lamented the lack of opportunity for black women on screen in an interview with the New York TimesThe British actor Cynthia Erivo has said that British fil…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:38AM
Friday, October 30, 2015

'Ravishing' or 'sexless bore'? Keira Knightley in Thérèse Raquin – reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The British actor made her Broadway debut in the Emile Zola adaptation – but there were mixed reactions to her performance and critics found fault in the direction, script and soundAfter a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:07AM
Friday, October 9, 2015

Kenneth Branagh: 'An audience of 100,000 makes for a different feeling in the tights' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

At a Guardian Live event, the actor-director was joined by members of his theatre company to discuss their upcoming season at the Garrick Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:48PM
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Moira Buffini: 'For many playwrights, money never comes at all' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Guardian is gathering data on diversity in the arts, culture and creative industries with the Panic! survey, in partnership with Create and Goldsmiths University. Former student Moira Bu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:24AM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eddie Izzard to bring epic Force Majeure tour to London by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The comic arrives in the West End in January with ‘reloaded’ version of his four-language show for a three-week residency Related: Eddie Izzard on going into politics: 'Why shouldn't I b…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:51AM
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Billy Connolly announces 11-night London run of High Horse tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Scottish comedian brings his High Horse tour to the capital in January 2016, following stints in Scotland and CanadaUnbowed by prostate cancer and Parkinson’s, Billy Connolly is to bri…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Monday, September 21, 2015

Major survey on UK arts diversity launched by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The survey published in the Guardian questions arts professionals on income, background and career aspirations to work out who really populates Britain’s cultural sectorTake the Panic! sur…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:14AM
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

'Close to perfection': Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 – reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The actor has returned to the West End for the first time since 1998, and critics are warmly welcoming her portrayal of DNA scientist Rosalind FranklinNicole Kidman has returned to the West …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:08AM
Monday, September 7, 2015

Immersive theatre production of The Goonies planned by film's director by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Richard Donner announces adaptation of beloved family movie to take place ‘in a year or so’Already a hit on release in 1985, family adventure film The Goonies since has amassed a large c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:34AM
Monday, August 24, 2015

Darren Walsh beats 12-year-old girl to win best joke of Edinburgh fringe by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Groan-worthy gag triumphs over efforts from Stewart Francis, Adam Hess and others, including the prize’s youngest ever nomineeThe 10 funniest jokes of the Edinburgh fringe“I just deleted…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:09PM

Forest Whitaker to make Broadway debut in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Oscar-winner will take the lead role in a production directed by Michael Grandage in spring 2016Having played the imperious likes of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland and the self-em…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:57AM
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc and Emma Bunton to appear in Rocky Horror Show by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The trio will appear in a special gala performance of the returning musical, sharing the role of the NarratorOne icon of British camp will meet another this autumn, as Stephen Fry joins the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:16AM

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