All stories by Hannah Furness on BroadwayStars

Monday, December 7, 2015

Lloyd Webber: I'd forgotten what a hit feels like by Hannah Furness

Composer's delight as he opens first show on Broadway in 44 years to warm reviews from critics

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 05:56PM
Friday, October 9, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch: being a father has made me a better Hamlet by Hannah Furness

The British actor says he now understands the complexity of the father/son relationship after having a newborn baby son

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 07:00PM
Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sir Kenneth Branagh made president of RADA to upstage the posh brigade by Hannah Furness

Exclusive: Sir Kenneth Branagh made president of drama school to upstage the posh brigade

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 05:15AM

Plumber's son Branagh cast by Rada to upstage the posh brigade by Hannah Furness

Exclusive Drama school chooses first drama school head since Seventies to attract aspiring actors of any background

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:00AM
Friday, September 4, 2015

Nicole Kidman: I had no idea 'theatrical Viagra' was a compliment by Hannah Furness

Nicole Kidman, the actress, admits she was left baffled by the Telegraph's compliment, saying she had no idea what Viagra was. She does now...

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 05:00PM
Friday, August 28, 2015

Shall I compare thee to a rap star? by Hannah Furness

Royal Shakespeare Company launches hip-hop app to attract youngsters

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 07:31PM
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sherlock vs Shakespeare in Cumberbatch's 18 hour Hamlet queue by Hannah Furness

The queue for last-minute tickets for Hamlet at the Barbican sees Sherlock meet Shakespeare

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 02:42PM
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

'Stern' Barbican takes on touts over Cumberbatch's Hamlet by Hannah Furness

The Barbican has implemented strict measure to thwart the touts as Benedict Cumberbatch plays Hamlet

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 03:05PM
Monday, August 3, 2015

Cumberbatch fans swot up on Shakespeare and etiquette ahead of Hamlet by Hannah Furness

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch are swotting up on theatre etiquette, Shakespeare and TfL ahead of the Barbican's Hamlet

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:59PM

'Almost impossible' to make Oklahoma! now, Andrew Lloyd Webber says by Hannah Furness

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer, says it is becoming difficult to adapt musicals on-the-go thanks to commercial pressures

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:24PM
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

William Shakespeare's jokes are just not funny, Sir Richard Eyre admits by Hannah Furness

In comments that will be music to ears of many, former head of National Theatre says many of the Bard's jokes are simply no longer amusing

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 03:00PM
Saturday, June 6, 2015

British reject poised to be king of Broadway with Tony award nomination by Hannah Furness

Struggling actor who gave up the stage is now vying for top award

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:34PM
Sunday, May 31, 2015

How Shakespeare invented 'unfriend' 400 years before Facebook by Hannah Furness

Studying Shakespeare is made overly complicated by assuming that it is too difficult to understand, Professor David Crystal says

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 02:00AM
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Britain's first Nimby? The Countess who thwarted Shakespeare by Hannah Furness

A self-proclaimed Dowager Countess who thwarted Shakespeare's plans for a new theatre could teach modern Nimbys a thing or two, an author believes

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 02:00AM
Friday, May 1, 2015

Derek Jacobi to play Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet - aged 77 by Hannah Furness

Sir Derek Jacobi is to take on the role of Shakespeare's Mercutio, starring opposite lead actors in their 20s

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 06:05AM
Friday, April 17, 2015

National Theatre chief executive Tessa Ross steps down after just six months by Hannah Furness

Former Film4 boss quits role as she says it has 'become clear' leadership structure is not right for publicly-funded organisation

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 03:37AM
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Kenneth Branagh announces new West End season starring Judi Dench and Cinderella lovers by Hannah Furness

Sir Kenneth Branagh announces new season of five plays, starring Dame Judi Dench, Lily James - and himself

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 07:01PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amazon branches out to sell tickets in West End theatre by Hannah Furness

Amazon Local to take on the West End as it starts selling theatre tickets online

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 03:00AM
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ben Whishaw to star in Almeida Theatre's new Greek season by Hannah Furness

Ben Whishaw, the actor, is to star in the Almeida Theatre's new season based on the plays of Ancient Greece

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 03:00AM
Monday, March 9, 2015

National Theatre suffers Olivier Awards embarrassment as it picks up fewest nominations in 40 years by Hannah Furness

National Theatre delivers worst ever performance at nomination stage of prestigious awards as it is announced Dame Angela Lansbury could win for first time aged 89

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 08:20AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Amateur pantomime 'sabotaged' by heckling from rival actors by Hannah Furness

Amateur dramatic society accused of "sabotage" after heckling rivals during a local performance of Aladdin

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 02:48AM
Sunday, January 25, 2015

Made in Dagenham musical to close as makers lament dearth of successful new shows by Hannah Furness

Made in Dagenham, the musical starring Gemma Arterton, is to close, as producers lament a lack of successful new British works

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 03:06PM
Friday, January 23, 2015

First look at The Hard Problem - Tom Stoppard's first new play in nine years by Hannah Furness

Fans of Sir Tom Stoppard have been given a glimpse of The Hard Problem, his first new work in nearly a decade

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 05:00PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New National Theatre season: Damon Albarn musical and a 'Motherf--er with a Hat' by Hannah Furness

The National Theatre's new director announces his first season

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 10:12AM
Monday, January 5, 2015

Cats the musical to go global again as theatre extends run to 100,000 new tickets by Hannah Furness

Cats the musical, starring Nicole Scherzinger, has proved so popular with a new generation of fans it is adding 100,000 tickets - and going to Broadway

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:25PM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kristin Scott Thomas seizes crown to take over from Helen Mirren as the Queen by Hannah Furness

Kristin Scott Thomas, the actress, has been photographed in her new role as the Queen for the first time, saying taking over from Dame Helen Mirren is now 'all rather real'

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 07:01PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sajid Javid: Protests and boycotts risk stripping Britain's vibrant arts scene by Hannah Furness

There is no place in the arts for boycotts or political protest, Sajid Javid argues

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:05PM
Wednesday, December 10, 2014

'Grotesquely violent' Shakespeare play which caused dozens to faint goes to cinema by Hannah Furness

Titus Andronicus, which caused more than 100 people to faint or leave during its theatre run, is to be shown in cinemas across the world

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 01:40PM
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dame Judi Dench at 80: actress sponsors young performer as next generation struggle to find work by Hannah Furness

As she celebrates her 80th birthday, Dame Judi Dench reveals she has personally sponsored a 'wonderful boy' as young actors found themselves struggling to find work

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 02:00AM
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gillian Anderson wins best actress for 'raw' Blanche Dubois by Hannah Furness

The Evening Standard Theatre Awards sees A-listers including Dame Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch, Damian Lewis and the Beckhams pack out London's Palladium

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 05:00PM
Friday, November 21, 2014

Shakespeare's Globe battles Ebola, Isil and Kim Jong-un to complete world tour by Hannah Furness

Shakespeare's Globe is determined to visit every country in the world, despite coming up against a few obstacles

SOURCE: The Telegraph at 11:12AM

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