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Sunday, February 2, 2020

From high art to tipsy night out: has immersive theatre sold its soul? by Nosheen Iqbal

It’s had huge commercial hits with shows such as The Great Gatsby but critics fear the genre is now just in it for the money With seven cast members, three understudies, 59 different ways …

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Isn’t it rich? Why Stephen Sondheim, at nearly 90, is having a new heyday by Nosheen Iqbal

Songs by the Broadway composer and lyricist are popping up in films and TV shows from Joker to Marriage StoryHe is an 89-year old reclusive New Yorker who has been working on his new show fo…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

After 83 plays, Alan Ayckbourn publishes his first novel at 80 by Nosheen Iqbal

The Divide, which is set in a dystopian future England, has been adapted from a six-hour, two-part playAt 80, after writing 83 plays and earning seven Evening Standard theatre awards, two Ol…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

70 shows, 12 days: my life as an Edinburgh comedy awards judge by Nosheen Iqbal

After hours of watching standup and endless meetings fuelled by bad coffee, five themes emerged from this year’s fringe I was asked to be a judge on this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards, …

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Arts ‘guardians’ set up in wake of Kevin Spacey scandal by Nosheen Iqbal

Old Vic theatre trained staff to ‘act as an outlet’ for concerns around sexual harassment and bullyingA pioneering workplace scheme set up in the wake of the Kevin Spacey scandal at the …

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Stage rage: Harry Potter actor Ian Hart lunges at audience member by Nosheen Iqbal

Actor leaps off stage to confront theatregoer for talking during his West End performanceRichard Griffiths, Patrick Stewart and Ken Stott may have taken umbrage at disruptive theatregoers, b…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Kilburn's Tricycle relaunches as Kiln theatre with Zadie Smith's White Teeth by Nosheen Iqbal

Artistic director Indhu Rubasingham explains how, after its £7m facelift, the theatre will give a platform to ‘stories we don’t hear’In the six years since Indhu Rubasingham was appoi…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Sacha Dhawan, star of The Boy With the Topknot: ‘Why didn’t I do this sooner?’ by Nosheen Iqbal

The actor nearly turned down the starring role in the BBC’s primetime drama because it felt too close to his own roots. So why did he change his mind?Sacha Dhawan is exaggerating, I think,…

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Nosheen Iqbal looks at the work of up-and-coming comic Carl Donnelly by Nosheen Iqbal

In the latest instalment of our series on up-and-coming comics, get the lowdown on a man who mixes up the banal and the bizarreThe story so far: For someone professing to be a lazy slacker w…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hurray for Riz Ahmed’s Netflix Dane – but is it time for a moratorium on A-list Hamlets? | Nosheen Iqbal by Nosheen Iqbal

The importance of playing the prince isn’t just overstated, it’s boring. Which is why we should welcome a break from the usual narrow castingTo be or not to be? It’s not so much the qu…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Paul Chowdhry: 'I just want to make people laugh' by Nosheen Iqbal

He's been called offensive, dated, lazy and misogynistic. Is Paul Chowdhry – Britain's first Asian standup superstar – bothered? Nosheen Iqbal finds outStanding in a Soho alleyway to be …

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Daniel Kitson can’t reclaim a racist word he’s never been the target of by Nosheen Iqbal

Comedian’s use of the P-word was designed to show how attitudes have changed – but standups pushing boundaries don’t have the right to be offensiveDaniel Kitson called me a Paki last w…

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bonnie Greer: 'Black Lives Matter is a big fail for my generation' by Nosheen Iqbal

The writer has reimagined The Cherry Orchard as The Hotel Cerise, replacing Russian aristocrats with African Americans. She talks about fleeing gentrification, how millennials are going to s…

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Portrait of the artist: Edward Albee, playwright by Nosheen Iqbal

'Which artists do I admire? Good ones. Would I like to give any examples? Nope – they know who they are'What got you started?I failed in all other branches of writing by the time I was in …

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones: ‘The US is the most depressed nation in the world and I blame comedians’ by Nosheen Iqbal

She’s a 6ft ball of energy who slogged away on the comedy circuit for 25 years before landing Saturday Night Live and then Ghostbusters. She talks about wanting to be the new Eddie Murphy …

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Comedy profile: Ginger and Black by Nosheen Iqbal

Armed with a guitar, a couple of stools and Ryvita-dry anecdotes, this toe-tapping twosome have got a colourful futureThe story so far: "Hi, we're Ginger and Black. Because I'm ginger and ..…

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Paul Chowdhry: 'I just want to make people laugh' by Nosheen Iqbal

He's been called offensive, dated, lazy and misogynistic. Is Paul Chowdhry – Britain's first Asian standup superstar – bothered? Nosheen Iqbal finds outStanding in a Soho alleyway to be …

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Meera Syal on comedy, wife-swapping and rebellion by Nosheen Iqbal

The Goodness Gracious Me actor and comedian has starred in hit TV shows and films, and written a book worthy of GCSE study. So why doesn’t she know where her next job is coming from? There…

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Comedy profile: Dan Atkinson by Nosheen Iqbal

Having considered The Credit Crunch and Other Biscuits at Edinburgh last year, this manic standup is contemplating Death By a Thousand Pricks at this summer's festivalThe story so far: Dan A…

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Profile of up-and-coming comedian Holly Walsh by Nosheen Iqbal

Meet the bubblegum standup who swapped contemporary art for a career in comedy – and won Frank Skinner as a fanThe story so far: Sometime gallerist and kids' telly presenter Holly Walsh co…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

The insiders' guide to the arts by Nosheen Iqbal

How long should you look at a painting for? Where are the best seats for ballet? Big names from the arts world, including Charlotte Rampling and Richard Eyre, share their tips

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Friday, December 27, 2013

My pre-New Year radio recommendations by Nosheen Iqbal

Hemingway and Priestley adaptations, film scores and New Year's Eve party playlists all make for a welcome interlude between Christmas and New Year festivitiesIf you've spent Christmas the t…

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Archive on 4 – radio review by Nosheen Iqbal

This return to the angry young men of British drama's new wave pulled out all the stops• Beyond the kitchen sinkWhy can't all radio documentaries be as classy as the ones put out by Archiv…

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Darkside; I Have a Dream – radio review by Nosheen Iqbal

Tom Stoppard's weird, trippy reworking of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was way out there on bank holiday Radio 2• Darkside• DreamPost-watershed, bank holiday Radio 2 isn't the firs…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My Edinburgh: Nish Kumar – It's a party. I'm a factory of good times by Nosheen Iqbal

With few other skills other than building Lego, the comedian is a pushover for extra gigs. Besides, this is a city that values kebabsHi Nish, where are you? I'm standing outside my Edinburgh…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

My Edinburgh: Nat Luurtsema – eyeball ulcers at a Mark Watson show by Nosheen Iqbal

The comic and writer may have ended up in A&E four years running, but she'd never go anywhere but Edinburgh in AugustHi Nat, where are you? In a cafe where they now know me by sight. I …

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Monday, August 12, 2013

My Edinburgh: Tom Wrigglesworth on all the things that have made him cry by Nosheen Iqbal

Comedian Tom Wrigglesworth's emotionally intense show makes his audiences blub – but it's tap-dance dubstep that really sets him offHi Tom, how are you and what can you see? I've got …

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My Edinburgh: Zoe Lyons – spending too much time with chickens by Nosheen Iqbal

The comedian tells us about keeping it rural in the middle of the festival, and failing to recognise her own agentHi Zoe, how are you and what can you see? I'm well, I'm stood outside the Pl…

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Friday, August 9, 2013

My Edinburgh: Alistair McGowan – tethering Placido Domingo with chains by Nosheen Iqbal

The impressionist talks about his typical festival experience, and explains why it is like Wimbledon for performersSo, Edinburgh … are you there yet?I go up the final week. Somebody once s…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

My Edinburgh: Christian O'Connell by Nosheen Iqbal

The radio host talks about great pubs, rubbish ghost tours, missing all the cool parties and getting a flyer for his own showHi Christian, what's the vibe like in Edinburgh right now?Crazy b…

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Monday, August 5, 2013

My Edinburgh: Bridget Christie – on Arthur's Seat with a blanket and cattle by Nosheen Iqbal

The comic talks pickled eggs and the joys of parenting as her new show, A Bic for Her, kicks off at the Edinburgh festivalHi Bridget, how are you coping? I'm good. I'm not nearly as stressed…

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