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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
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:54AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:32AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:00AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:04AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:18AM
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…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36AM

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