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  1. September 19, 2013

    Film reviews: Diana, Hawking, InRealLife, Kelly + Victor, The Call and Metro Manila

    Diana proves what we suspected when The Queen was followed by The Iron Lady . A race of actresses, trained in identity...

  2. Material World

    August 30, 2013

    Annie Leibovitz and M&S: money well spent or the emperor's new clothes?

    Much hoo-ha this week about Marks & Spencer’s announcement they hired photographer Annie Leibovitz for their autumn/winter...

  1. July 11, 2013

    Cinema reviews: We Steal Secrets, Monsters University and more

    Truth, contended the crusaders of WikiLeaks, should be free, universal and out there. Except in the case of the leading...

  2. April 28, 2013

    Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time wins seven Oliviers

    The stage play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time swept the board at the Olivier Awards on Sunday night,...

  3. March 6, 2013

    The Audience, Gielgud Theatre, London

    Here is a bizarre contradiction: the year’s biggest West End theatrical opening so far actually has disconcertingly little...

  4. February 7, 2013

    Cinema review: Hitchcock, I Give It a Year, A Liar’s Autobiography and more

    Who was the greatest film star never to star in a film? Only one answer: Alfred Hitchcock. At the peak of his towering and...

  5. December 30, 2012

    How do you top 2012?

    A fter the Olympic party of 2012, will 2013 be the year of the Olympic hangover? In the wake of four years of build-up, and...

  6. January 27, 2012

    Iconoclastic Hamlet was ‘touched by genius’

    Being described in his twenties as “the greatest actor since Marlon Brando” and “touched by genius” probably did Nicol...

  7. January 13, 2012

    All in a day’s work

    Blink and you’ll miss it, so to speak. Even for a culture that is addicted to the fizzy thrills of the pop-up and the flash...

  8. June 24, 2011

    Radio activity

    The hills above the junction of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue are lush and green, with large houses nestled...

  9. March 5, 2011

    ‘Tempest’ sense lost in gender reversal

    From Dr Charles G.V. Coutinho. Sir, Simon Schama, interviewing Helen Mirren about her role as Prospera in Julie Taymor’s...

  10. March 5, 2011

    You don’t have to rubbish one thing to praise another

    From Mr Tom Sutcliffe. Sir, Simon Schama evidently enjoyed meeting Helen Mirren, as your picture reveals, and a lot of what...

  11. March 4, 2011

    A dark detective tale sheds light

    In The Killing (BBC4 Saturdays), Danish writers and directors have produced a fable of contemporary life that speaks to the...

  12. February 25, 2011

    Helen Mirren talks to Simon Schama

    There’s a moment in Julie Taymor’s gender-bent film of The Tempest when Helen Mirren seems to come down hard on “actors”....

  13. December 10, 2010

    A wild Oscar idea and heavenly memories

    The Best Actress Oscar goes to nobody You have all seen an Oscar statuette. (Only three months to go if you haven’t.) It’s...

  14. October 20, 2010

    New releases

    Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren in ‘Red’ “I was hoping you’d have more hair,” says Mary-Louise Parker to Bruce...

  15. October 15, 2010

    Majestic Mirren

    Helen Mirren at the Venice Film Festival last month At the age of 65, Helen Mirren is defying the gods of Hollywood. Her new...

  16. September 8, 2010

    Guide to film festivals

    As this year’s Venice film festival draws towards its close, the cinepack moves on to pastures new and the lure of new...

  17. September 8, 2010

    Autumn guide to film festivals

    As this year’s Venice film festival draws towards its close, the cinepack moves on to pastures new and the lure of new...

  18. September 4, 2010

    Between the devil and the deep blue sea

    Helen Mirren in ‘The Tempest’ (2010) It opened with the devil and it will end with the deep blue sea. A film about...

  19. May 21, 2010

    Sale of the week: Lacroix atelier furniture

    Sale: Garouste and Bonetti Furniture from the Christian Lacroix fashion houseLocation: Sotheby’s, 76 rue du Faubourg...

  20. February 18, 2010

    No fool like a grand old fool

    The week's three American films have all been adapted from novels, with varying degrees of smoothness, and all contain...

  21. February 17, 2010

    Film releases: February 19

    Doting: Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer in ‘The Last Station’ The week’s three American films have all been adapted...

  22. January 28, 2010

    Theatres enjoy record performance

    It may have been a disastrous year for the economy but theatre-lovers made 2009 a vintage 12 months for the British stage,...

  23. January 27, 2010

    Theatres enjoy record performance

    It may have been a disastrous year for the economy, but theatre-lovers made 2009 a vintage 12 months for the British stage,...

  24. January 4, 2010

    World Diary

    TODAY Tory manifesto The UK Conservative party launches its draft manifesto. The document has been called a "big bang", and...

  25. September 23, 2009

    National rides to riches with West End transfers

    War Horse has been highly acclaimed as one of the most moving theatrical productions of recent years. Now the adaptation of...

  26. September 22, 2009

    National Theatre rides to riches

    War Horse has been highly acclaimed as one of the most moving theatrical productions of recent years. Now The play was...

  27. September 5, 2009

    The big name

    Paul Buccieri President, ITV Studios Inc Paul Buccieri had never visited the UK before he was appointed president of Granada...

  28. September 3, 2009

    ITV cop show lands role in US

    ITV has sold the format of its highly successful Prime Suspect series of police dramas to the US broadcaster NBC in a sign...

  29. September 2, 2009

    ITV sells ‘Prime Suspect’ format to NBC

    ITV has sold the format of its highly successful Prime Suspect series of police dramas to the US broadcaster NBC in a sign...

  30. June 16, 2009

    A queen without command

    While one could scarcely say that Racine was all the rage on the London stage, there has certainly been more of the...

  31. June 15, 2009

    A queen without command

    Phèdre National Theatre, London While one could scarcely say that Racine was all the rage on the London stage, there has...

  32. June 1, 2009

    Guide Arts around the world

    New York The Sweeney Decade The Sweeney Decade , an exhibition of modern artworks acquired during the tenure of Guggenheim...

  33. May 31, 2009

    Arts around the world

    IstanbulInternational Istanbul Music Festival The International Istanbul Music Festival, an annual gathering of classical...

  34. May 16, 2009

    Best of British theatre to be seen live around the world

    It is hardly a typical, feelgood night out at the movies: a 17th century tragedy by a French playwright, performed in free...

  35. May 15, 2009

    British theatre to be seen around world

    It is hardly a typical, feelgood night out at the movies: a 17th century tragedy by a French playwright, performed in free...

  36. January 15, 2009

    National Theatre bucks the trend

    The theory that cash-strapped consumers turn increasingly to the arts to seek solace from the bracing realities of the...

  37. November 1, 2008

    DVD releases Karl French

    This Sporting Life Lindsay Anderson, 1963 Network Lindsay Anderson's feature debut, released in a newly restored version,...

  38. June 20, 2008

    From the kitchen to the screen

    British television, which sees itself as the best in the world, at times worries away, in a mild and self-deprecating...

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