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Monday, December 13, 2021

‘I was on the cross for three days!’ – actors on playing the Messiah by Ryan Gilbey

As we head into Christmas, actors who have tackled the son of god – from the trans woman who caused outrage in Glasgow to the weed-smoking Black Jesus – relive the role When the comic ac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:24AM
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

‘It’s time to bring out The Wiz!’ The wild return of the super soul musical by Ryan Gilbey

This spin on The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway hit in the 70s and became a film with Diana Ross. Now, the tale of Black joy takes Dorothy from a Manchester tower block and BLM protests to the …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:18AM
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Dick Whittington: A New Dick in Town review – innuendo a go-go by Ryan Gilbey

Above the Stag, LondonThe gags come thick and fast in this bawdy adult panto, which is set in a funeral parlour and channels Joe Orton Who loves Dick? It’s hard not to in the bawdy adult p…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:18PM
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

The Choir of Man review – testosterone on tap by Ryan Gilbey

Arts theatre, LondonThis lads-together jukebox show is well sung and should go down well with office outings, but the synthetic bonhomie has a strangely cultish feel Welcome to The Jungle, t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:24AM
Sunday, October 31, 2021

Prime_Time review – memorably unsettling Amazon takedown by Ryan Gilbey

Barbican, LondonThis anarchic discourse on the power of the e-commerce giant takes place behind a plastic curtain, as fresh produce gets annihilated “Your package will arrive in 60 minutes…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Joseph Marcell: ‘I tried to get Will Smith to do Shakespeare instead of Independence Day’ by Ryan Gilbey

He was adored as Geoffrey the butler in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now, as he stars opposite Cush Jumbo in Hamlet, the actor discusses stardom, being one of the first Black Othellos – an…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:18AM
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Shark Is Broken review – biting drama about the making of Jaws by Ryan Gilbey

Ambassadors theatre, LondonIan Shaw plays his film star father Robert in this behind-the-scenes tale of Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster In the waters off Martha’s Vineyard in 1974, three …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54PM
Friday, September 24, 2021

The Pleasure Garden review – bittersweet musical romance amid the roses by Ryan Gilbey

Above the Stag, LondonAn illicit affair blossoms around a Victorian London park in this gentle comedy from the creator of Taggart It is 1850s south London and the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54PM
Monday, September 20, 2021

‘We didn’t want to do a Grease’: how Everybody’s Talking About Jamie became a film by Ryan Gilbey

How do you turn hit musicals like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Dear Evan Hansen into films? You axe songs, throw out plots and don’t worry about anyone’s favourite bit Choosing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:24AM
Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Dresser review – Matthew Kelly and Julian Clary face the final curtain by Ryan Gilbey

Theatre Royal BathKelly is the raging old stager and Clary his pomposity-puncturing assistant in Ronald Harwood’s perennial favourite Any play that contains a show-must-go-on message is bo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Up yours, Covid!’ Roger Bart on playing ‘Doc’ Emmett Brown by Ryan Gilbey

Fire up the DeLorean! The Desperate Housewives actor is playing the time-travelling scientist in the Back to the Future musical – now he can finally sing in Christopher Lloyd’s accent G…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:42AM
Monday, August 16, 2021

Joan Rivers and Barbra Streisand: the myth of their lesbian play by Ryan Gilbey

Before they were superstars, Joan Rivers kissed and tried to kill a young Barbra Streisand on stage – or so she claimed. Now her tall tale has inspired drama The Funny Girls In the late 19…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36AM
Sunday, April 25, 2021

Hobbit forming: how Dominic Monaghan became obsessed with scorpions by Ryan Gilbey

Dominic Monaghan has starred in Lord of the Rings and Lost. But neither compare to the joys of gardening in LA – and raising deadly creatures To be part of one cultural phenomenon could be…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18PM
Monday, April 5, 2021

'Howling anger': How Angels in America and The Normal Heart confronted the Aids crisis by Ryan Gilbey

The pandemic inspired many works of art but two furious, turbulent plays written at its onset still tower over the rest. As both return, we explore their enduring power On 3 July 1981, a sin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:48AM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Florian Zeller on The Father: 'Anthony Hopkins took me in his arms. We knew the miracle had happened' by Ryan Gilbey

The French director and dramatist reveals how he pushed Hopkins into giving one of the most wrenching performances of his career in an unflinching dementia drama also starring Olivia Colman …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:18AM
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Bake Off Extra's Tom Allen: 'I wanted to be an actor – but it turned out I was just gay' by Ryan Gilbey

As he publishes a moving memoir, the comedian and Bake Off contestant tormentor talks about homophobic heckles, still living with his parents – and why he’s never been in love In a deser…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54AM
Thursday, November 5, 2020

Rocky Horror's Richard O'Brien: ‘I should be dead. I've had an excessive lifestyle' by Ryan Gilbey

The creator of the cult show is not going quietly into his 70s. He talks about coming out as trans, going ‘loopy’ on crack – and speaking in tongues after suffering a stroke Richard O…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:32AM
Thursday, October 22, 2020

'I needed knee surgery after it!' The return of barnstorming musical Rent by Ryan Gilbey

The Pulitzer-winning show about gender-fluid bohemians in a time of pandemic is back. As Rent hits Manchester, the original cast remember its barrierbusting magic – and its tragic, visiona…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:36PM
Thursday, September 10, 2020

'Kids can smell fear': the standups who took over children's TV by Ryan Gilbey

Is performing for young audiences easier? Far from it say the comedians who do clubs at night and CBBC shows by day What do standup comics do in the daytime? A glance at television schedules…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:32AM
Monday, August 10, 2020

'Edinburgh made us!' The stars catapulted to TV fame from the fringe by Ryan Gilbey

Lily Savage, The League of Gentlemen, Fleabag and a host of telly sensations started out on tiny stages at the extravaganza. In its absence, who will be next? Paul O’Grady’s first night …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24AM
Friday, June 19, 2020

Sir Ian Holm obituary by Michael Billington and Ryan Gilbey

Acclaimed actor whose dazzling career included memorable roles in Alien, Chariots of Fire and The Lord of the Rings Ian Holm, who has died aged 88, was a brilliant actor in all media whose c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:48AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

La Princesa de Woking: Sex, Brexit and big hair in Emma Sidi's glorious spoof by Ryan Gilbey

Sidi’s new online soap opera brings all the overheated thrills of Mexican telenovelas to the home counties If a Mexican TV company set a Spanish-language soap opera in a bland British town…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48AM
Friday, January 31, 2020

Persona review – it’s Bergman, but without the intensity by Ryan Gilbey

Riverside Studios, LondonAlice Krige’s commanding presence can’t ignite this stark adaptation, which suffers from needless narrator interjections Ingmar Bergman adaptations have provided…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:18AM
Thursday, January 9, 2020

'Indecently funny in every way' – Peter Cook's legacy by Eddie Izzard, Lucy Porter and more by Ryan Gilbey

His influence is everywhere – but is the great, groundbreaking comedian being forgotten? Twenty-five years after his death, we reassess his impact The reports of Peter Cook’s death on 9…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:12AM
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review – barrage of innuendo from Clary and co by Ryan Gilbey

London PalladiumJulian Clary, Paul O’Grady and Matt Baker vamp it up in this big-budget extravaganza yet it’s a case of double the entendres and half the story Now in its fourth year, th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:36AM
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Peter Panties and Pinocchio's whopper: it's adult panto everybody! by Ryan Gilbey

They revel in filth and have names like Sinderella and Jack Off the Beanstalk. But is there more to X-rated panto than gross-out gags? Panto season is under way and Pinocchio is on stage in …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:48PM
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Douglas Hodge: 'I almost had to head-butt Harold Pinter' by Ryan Gilbey

He’s the musicals maestro who’s now starring in everything from Joker to Gemini Man. He reveals how he went from working men’s clubs to Hollywood – via a Pinteresque spell in theatre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:36AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:36PM
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 …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM

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