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  1. November 14, 2013

    Review – Dom Hemingway

    Jude Law has the seeming role of a lifetime – always beware of those – in Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway. Storming,...

  2. June 30, 2013

    Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset – first report

    Like Dickens’ Uriah Heep, The Rolling Stones were “ever so ’umble” in the run-up to Glastonbury. Keith Richards said they...

  1. May 6, 2013

    Merrily We Roll Along, Harold Pinter Theatre, London – review

    There could be no more appropriate venue for the West End transfer of Maria Friedman’s acclaimed Sondheim revival. Merrily...

  2. April 18, 2013

    Orphans, Schoenfeld Theatre, New York – review

    Harold, the middle-aged businessman played by Alec Baldwin in the unexciting Broadway revival of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans,...

  3. March 27, 2013

    Cinema reviews: Trance, In the House, One Mile Away and more

    I am not sure when I stopped believing Trance – Danny Boyle’s return to film-making after the Olympics opening ceremony –...

  4. August 16, 2012

    Re-Bourne into speed and chaos

    A Bourne film starring anyone other than Matt Damon had better offer a decent justification for its existence. The Bourne...

  5. May 19, 2012

    Pause for thought

    When admirers laud the excellence of contemporary British acting, its versatility, technical accomplishment, and ability to...

  6. October 9, 2011

    Victoria Station/One for the Road, Young Vic, London

    Driving Miss Daisy was not the only show opening in London last week set behind a steering-wheel. But while Alfred Uhry’s...

  7. September 9, 2011

    The guitar-wielding war poet of our age

    There was a time when anti-war songs were straightforward affairs. They were Country Joe and The Fish singing, “One, two,...

  8. September 3, 2011

    Embarrassing? Who, moi?

    The actor Douglas Henshall is quite a distinctive-looking man, whether he is starring in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal or sitting...

  9. September 1, 2011

    Cinema releases: September 2

    “Comedy of menace” was the celebrated phrase created by the critic Irving Wardle to describe Harold Pinter’s passive...

  10. June 19, 2011

    Betrayal, Comedy Theatre, London

    Betrayal is surely one of the chilliest words in the English language. It certainly feels that way in Ian Rickson’s wintry...

  11. June 6, 2011

    The Secret Knowledge

    The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture, by David Mamet, Sentinel (Penguin Group), RRP£17.26, $27.95...

  12. April 15, 2011

    From King Lear to a launchpad

    Oliver Ryan hovers as cosmonaut Alexey Leonov in rehearsals for ‘Little Eagles’, Rona Munro’s play about the Soviet space...

  13. February 23, 2011

    Film releases: February 24

    Menacing grace: ‘Animal Kingdom’ with Sullivan Stapleton and Jacki Weaver We never thought of Melbourne, Australia, as a...

  14. October 22, 2010

    The power to provoke

    Hanif Kureishi Harold Pinter is a writer I have enjoyed and loved since I was a teenager, coming up from Bromley on the...

  15. October 2, 2010

    Ghosts in the Abbey, but none the worse for that

    It’s going to get better, but the first outing for Downtown Abbey (ITV1 Sunday) had too many intrusive ghosts whispering...

  16. February 21, 2009

    I wrote the book, I'm in the film

    In the Oscar-nominated The Class, winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or, which opens here on Friday, François Bégaudeau stars as...

  17. February 21, 2009

    Radio choice Martin Hoyle

    It's official: the weekend regularly provides the best radio drama and proves yet again that you don't miss the pictures,...

  18. January 21, 2009

    Pinter in brief

    UK Notebook (Brian Groom) : A story about Harold Pinter that I owe to The Guardian's Simon Hoggart. Pinter wrote a poem...

  19. January 20, 2009

    In the gutter

    After last week's item about Harold Pinter being advised to change his name to Harold Comedy, readers pointed out a similar...

  20. January 19, 2009

    A Guggenheim on the Tay

    Most countries have places that are the butt of jokes, derided as hopelessly provincial. In England, Wigan arguably has that...

  21. January 13, 2009

    Apocryphal Pinter

    A reader reminds me of the story that the late Harold Pinter once suggested to fellow playwright Tom Stoppard that the...

  22. January 12, 2009

    The Optimist

    The Optimist: One Man’s Search for the Brighter Side of Life By Laurence ShorterCanongate £10.99; 330 pages FT Bookshop...

  23. January 10, 2009

    The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of Life

    Laurence Shorter will save humanity from a plague of pessimism. That's his idea, at least. His earnest plan to interview...

  24. January 6, 2009

    Pinteresque

    Harold Pinter's obsession with cricket was extreme even by the standards of English playwrights. This could be particularly...

  25. January 2, 2009

    Collaboration was rightly acclaimed

    From Dr Barbara Siek. Sir, With all due respect, it was remiss of Alastair Macaulay in his excellent obituary of Harold...

  26. December 27, 2008

    British dramatist leaves a gap far greater than all of his famous pauses

    The Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, one of the greatest British playwrights of his generation, died on Christmas eve, aged...

  27. December 27, 2008

    Dramatist leaves a gap far greater than all of his pauses

    The Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, one of the greatest British playwrights of his generation, died on Christmas eve, aged...

  28. December 26, 2008

    Nobel-winning British playwright Pinter dies

    The Nobel laureate Harold Pinter, one of the greatest British playwrights of his generation, died on Christmas Eve, aged...

  29. November 14, 2008

    Man in the News: David Hare

    The contempt Sir David Hare feels for two groups held to be indispensable to a democracy – politicians and journalists – is...

  30. October 11, 2008

    No Man's Land

    No Man's Land Duke of York's, London The author of this modern classic was, of course, Harold Pinter, but there are moments...

  31. October 4, 2008

    No Man's Land

    No Man's Land Duke of York's Theatre, London WC2 The hot director of the moment, Rupert Goold, assembles a crack cast to...

  32. August 9, 2008

    Playwright with an eye for academic strife

    Simon Gray, who died aged 71 on Wednesday, wrote finely crafted plays that dissected the brittle lives of middle-class...

  33. August 9, 2008

    Acerbic playwright with an eye for academic strife

    Simon Gray, who died aged 71 on Wednesday, wrote finely crafted plays that dissected the brittle lives of middle-class...

  34. July 31, 2008

    Report censures arts cuts

    Arts Council England lost the trust and respect of the arts world and saw its reputation tarnished by its hand-ling of...

  35. June 21, 2008

    TV films

    In Saturday's Broken Flowers (BBC2 9.30pm), his most accessible effort to date, Jim Jarmusch finds his perfect leading...

  36. May 29, 2008

    The bitter fruits of idealism

    When Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit was premiered in 1984 it came bang up to date. His comedy of high-minded Cambridge...

  37. May 10, 2008

    The Birthday Party

    The Birthday Party Lyric, Hammersmith London W6 Fifty years ago a young actress called Sheila Hancock was one of the few...

  38. May 10, 2008

    DVD releases

    Rare and Unseen: The Beatles Liberation Entertainment Chris Cowey/Paul Clark, 2007 ** The story of the most obsessively...

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