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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

'I love seeing jaws on the floor': Hammed Animashaun, megastar in training by Ryan Gilbey

He’s been a blissful Bottom in Nick Hytner’s Dream and triumphed with the breakneck Barber Shop Chronicles. Now the rising actor is in a 50s political drama that chimes with today’s ri…

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

'Like a bullet from a gun': Laurie Kynaston on playing a tormented teen by Ryan Gilbey

He dresses like a New Romantic and played Johnny Marr and Danny Baker. Now the rising Welshman is taking on his most painful role yet On my way to interview Laurie Kynaston, who is about to …

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

'Whenever you have sex, it’s on your mind': Tom Rosenthal on turning circumcision into comedy by Ryan Gilbey

The procedure left the comedian with sexual anxiety – and a tell-all show at the Edinburgh festival Journalistic etiquette decrees that any delicate questions are usually saved until near …

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

'I don't believe it!': stars on life haunted by their catchphrases by Ryan Gilbey

How do actors cope with having their defining line shouted at them in the streets – for decades? Richard Wilson, Maureen Lipman and Tony Robinson tell all When it happens to Richard Wilson…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Rose McGowan: 'I miss performing. My career was stolen' by Ryan Gilbey

Her revelations about Harvey Weinstein sparked #MeToo. Now, as the disgraced mogul’s trial approaches, the actor is back with an Edinburgh show Sometimes Rose McGowan can say his name, and…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ken Jeong: insecure men find my nude scenes reassuring by Ryan Gilbey

After the smart-aleck sitcom Community and the outrageous Hangover movies, the rude and raging comedian is returning to standup Rage, mania and disinhibition are the common factors in Ken Je…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Julian Clary review – a past master of the scornful ad-lib by Ryan Gilbey

Assembly Hall theatre, Tunbridge WellsThere may be a weary air to some of the obligatory scripted smut, but Clary’s affectionate put-downs remain acutely calibrated A week shy of his 60th…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Luisa Omielan: 'I want my standup shows to be like Dirty Dancing' by Ryan Gilbey

Combining TED talk and party, the comic’s gigs challenge sexism and body-shaming. Now she’s riffing on Mary Magdalene, singing Cher to Richard Curtis – and hoping viewers watch again a…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

'The man controls the woman’s voice': why Berberian Sound Studio is horribly apt by Ryan Gilbey

The story of a sound engineer recording effects for an Italian horror film is coming to the Donmar Warehouse. It’s not a gorefest, say its director and writerThe first thing you see when y…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

'Beautiful and ferocious': the wild, enduring genius of Adrienne Shelly by Ryan Gilbey

She wrote, directed and starred in prickly comedies that put power in women’s hands. But she did not see her greatest success. As Waitress hits the stage, stars remember an explosive talen…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Playing it straight: should gay roles be reserved for gay actors? by Ryan Gilbey

From Freddie Mercury to Queen Anne, awards season is set to be dominated by queer characters played by non-LGBT performers. So is this sexuality’s equivalent of blackface – or is it simp…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Revenge of the clowns: how Bozo and chums put the fun back into fright wigs by Ryan Gilbey

After the ‘attacks’, tabloid fear-mongering and a devastating horror film, clowns were meant to be all clapped out – with pirates and princesses muscling in. So why is business booming…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Snow White review – festive filth from Julian Clary and Dawn French by Ryan Gilbey

London PalladiumRollerskating snowmen, a hydraulic dragon, a Strictly duo and Nigel Havers are among the attractions in this variety pantoWith Snow White, Julian Clary enters his third conse…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

From improv to Ishtar: the many lives of comedy genius Elaine May by Ryan Gilbey

Trailblazing comic, Oscar-nominated writer and acting sensation Elaine May is back on Broadway. Nathan Lane, Cybill Shepherd and others reveal what makes her tickThe very idea ought to be mi…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Todd Solondz: 'I have weak moral fibre. I wish I were stronger' by Ryan Gilbey

His films tackled paedophilia, abortion and deadly dachshunds. In his debut play, the barbed laureate of US cinema explores the race and class dynamics of childcare. But his own nanny isn’…

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Comedian Alex Edelman on meeting his antisemitic trolls: 'Curiosity is my defining characteristic' by Ryan Gilbey

The 29-year-old Bostonian followed a string of racist tweets all the way to a white nationalist meeting – and turned the experience into his new Edinburgh showThe 29-year-old Bostonian com…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

'Sniffing poppers during sex? Such a cliche!' How Homos reinvented gay drama by Ryan Gilbey

Homos, Or Everyone in America is set in an almost quaint pre-Grindr world. Its writer reveals how his funny, provocative drama was inspired by a hate crimeIn the opening scene of Jordan Seav…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Emma Sidi: 'You can only fully write a character if you can love them' by Ryan Gilbey

The character comic switches roles like a regenerating Time Lord in her new Edinburgh show, Faces of Grace – from a wannable Love Island contestant to a cat-loving lonerIt became clear to …

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Preacher writer Mary Laws: 'I'm happy to get angry and deep about faith and God' by Ryan Gilbey

As her horror comedy Blueberry Toast is staged in London, the Texan talks about how Christianity informs everything she writesIt’s a sunny Sunday morning in a middle-American kitchen. Walt…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Get your hands off my double entendres! Is the smutty pun now under attack? by Ryan Gilbey

It is Britain’s favourite type of humour, the go-to gag for everyone from Carry On stars to Bake Off hosts. But are fnarr fnarr jokes just another example of male sexual entitlement?If you…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Neil LaBute: 'Better for me not to be a Mormon than a bad Mormon' by Ryan Gilbey

His first work Bash got him excluded from the Mormon church. Now, as its three plays are revived in London with a modified script, Neil LaBute talks religion and R-rated moviesIt is common f…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Baz Luhrmann: 'I've never waited for permission to do anything' by Ryan Gilbey

His frenetic hip-hop history The Get Down may have floundered but there’s no stopping the director. He talks about his Elvis movie, his boho love life – and resurrecting Strictly Ballroo…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Strap on your sleep pack! The trippy VR show that takes you to dreamland by Ryan Gilbey

After a bedtime story with a giant teddy, you fly with geese and cross rickety rope bridges. Our writer steps into SomnaiImmersive entertainment is so widespread now, from the intimately dis…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Fast & Furious Live review – a stinker in both senses by Ryan Gilbey

With vehicles belching fumes at 7mph, car chase franchise fails to translate to stageOutside of Jaws, it would be tough to think of a movie idea less suited to the theatrical treatment than …

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Jack Lowden: Method acting? I'd rather fanny around by Ryan Gilbey

The Electra star on sharing the stage with Kristin Scott Thomas, never taking the job home with him and his small-screen appearance with Mark Rylance in Wolf HallAudiences at the exhilaratin…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Harlem shake-up: how Guys and Dolls found its swing by Ryan Gilbey

A new version of the classic musical moves Damon Runyon’s characters to uptown New York, with an all-black cast and a burst of bebop and gospelThe cast of Guys and Dolls are lending some e…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Soulless Ones: Hammer open a real house of horrors – and it's a frightful mess by Ryan Gilbey

Dressed in capes and drinking Corpse Reviver cocktails, audiences explore a crypt and a vampire’s boudoir in the film company’s atmospheric theatre showFor anyone who grew up in the 1960…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

'Don't forget all that's happened': queer histories in 15 minutes by Ryan Gilbey

In Outlaws to In-Laws, seven short plays chart how gay lives have changed decade by decade since the 1950s, from a time of blackmail to a world of dating apps. Three writers – Jonathan Kem…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Shock jocks and moron presidents: Eric Bogosian on how his Talk Radio nightmare came true by Ryan Gilbey

When Bogosian’s king of the trolls took to stage and screen in the 80s, subversive radio hosts were fun – then they led to Trump. The actor and playwright talks about punk pranks, harass…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Edinburgh star Mae Martin: ‘People refer to me as ‘innocent’, which makes me feel disingenuous’ by Ryan Gilbey

The Canadian comic may look like she needs ID to get into her own shows, but her Fringe show is her frankest (and funniest) yet‘I love being gut-wrenchingly honest,” says elfin comic Mae…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Joseph Bologna obituary by Ryan Gilbey

Actor, playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter who took the part of the tyrannical comedian King Kaiser in the 1982 film comedy My Favourite YearTough cookies with soft centres were the…

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