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  1. March 9, 2014

    Arts and culture spending crunch prompts new ways of working

    It came as a serious blow to the Nottingham Playhouse last month when its entire funding from Nottinghamshire county council...

  2. January 26, 2014

    King Lear, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review

    Sam Mendes’ modern-militaristic revival of King Lear has been anticipated as one of the theatrical events of the year, if...

  1. November 24, 2013

    No Man’s Land, Cort Theatre, New York – review

    For the past month, New York has been awash in Beckett and Pinter, brought to us by Great English Actors. None of these...

  2. April 5, 2013

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – DVD review

    Peter Jackson, 2012 Warner Middle Earth: a place of breathtaking landscapes, mighty warriors, dire peril and epoch-defining...

  3. January 15, 2013

    Tate Britain to host Lowry show

    The grime and smoke of Britain’s heavy industrial past is to be given an airing in a big exhibition of the work of L.S....

  4. August 29, 2012

    Paralympians reign in their parade

    Athletes from 164 nations paraded at the three and a half-hour opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games, ahead of the start...

  5. August 3, 2011

    The Syndicate, Minerva Studio, Chichester

    Sir Ian McKellen may make a plausible Marvel supervillain (as Magneto in the X-Men movies), but one wouldn’t necessarily...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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,...

  8. November 21, 2009

    The indiscreet charms of the BBC

    The interior designer Nicky Haslam, the subject of Hi Society (BBC4 Tuesday), is the son of Diana Ponsonby, a god-daughter...

  9. October 15, 2009

    Finance director

    Film director Richard Loncraine has spent much of the summer shooting The Special Relationship. Scripted by Peter Morgan as...

  10. February 3, 2009

    Verdict: Lowry won

    The Lowry debate between Howard Jacobson (pro) and Brian Sewell (anti) at London's South Bank on Sunday night was as...

  11. January 17, 2009

    TV films

    Saturday brings celebrations of cities on opposite coasts of the US. On the Town (TCM 7.10pm) is a dazzlingly entertaining,...

  12. December 27, 2008

    Crowning glory of the festive schedules

    Ihope that you have not stuffed yourself too full of television this past week, whatever the temptations. Like food and...

  13. December 27, 2008

    Crowning glory of the festive schedules

    I hope that you have not stuffed yourself too full of television this past week, whatever the temptations. Like food and...

  14. December 24, 2008

    Boxing Day - Film

    I would rather eat myself to death, starting at my feet, than re-watch Radio Times's nominated "film of the day". The...

  15. November 22, 2008

    Hackney Empire’s pantomime

    When does the festive season start for you? Christmas Eve, with a scurry round the shops? December 1, with the Advent...

  16. 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...

  17. April 26, 2008

    Theatre - Sarah Hemming

    Homeland Barbican, London EC2 The extraordinary musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson returns to the Barbican,...

  18. April 8, 2008

    Declaring a special interest in networks

    Bathed in pink mood lighting, the stylish, besuited crowd sipped champagne and cocktails from a neon bar as Sir Ian...

  19. April 8, 2008

    British law firms reinforce commitment to workforce diversity

    Bathed in pink mood lighting, the stylish, besuited crowd sipped champagne and speciality cocktails from a neon bar as Sir...

  20. April 7, 2008

    Firms reinforce commitment to diversity

    Bathed in pink mood lighting, the stylish, besuited crowd sipped champagne and cocktails from a neon bar as Sir Ian...

  21. December 21, 2007

    Oh yes it is ... posh panto!

    In the past year or two, a new phrase has entered the seasonal theatre vocabulary: “posh panto”. This doesn’t refer to a...

  22. December 19, 2007

    Gags to riches for a superior panto

    Posh panto. The term has really caught on this year, as it grew apparent that Ian McKellen's Widow Twankey at this address...

  23. December 8, 2007

    Cinderella

    There's no stopping them now. After venturing into panto-land with Aladdin (with Ian McKellen as Widow Twankey), the Old...

  24. December 5, 2007

    Film Reviews: Now you see Him, now you don’t

    Can’t live with Him, can’t live without Him. Even non-believers like me sometimes thank God for God. His presence in Silent...

  25. November 29, 2007

    King Lear, New London Theatre, London

    Two years ago Ian McKellen was on the London stage as a glorious Widow Twankey. It is a mark of this great actor’s...

  26. November 24, 2007

    THEATRE SARAH HEMMING & IAN SHUTTLEWORTH

    Women of Troy Lyttelton, National Theatre, London SE1 In recent years Euripides and his great war tragedies have seemed all...

  27. September 18, 2007

    THEATRE King Lear/ The Seagull Brooklyn Academy, New York

    So much attention has been lavished on Sir Ian McKellen at the start of this Royal Shakespeare Company double-bill tour of...

  28. September 17, 2007

    King Lear/The Seagull, Brooklyn Academy, New York

    So much attention has been lavished on Sir Ian McKellen at the start of this Royal Shakespeare Company double-bill tour of...

  29. September 1, 2007

    Vanessa Redgrave in 'As You Like It'

    The audience at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, rose 10ft from their seats and cooed and gibbered like...

  30. June 9, 2007

    THEATRE

    King Lear Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon Every moment of Ian McKellen's mighty performance is beautifully pitched....

  31. June 2, 2007

    Masterful McKellen triumphs in tragedy

    In one respect this review is pointless, since these press performances come some 10 weeks into a 13-week repertory run...

  32. May 26, 2007

    THEATRE

    The Seagull Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon The same company as for Lear, but with Frances Barber at the helm this...

  33. May 26, 2007

    THEATRE

    At last Sir Ian McKellen's assault on this Everest of acting parts will be assessed and recorded. Though quite when this...

  34. April 21, 2007

    TELEVISION - MARTIN HOYLE

    In spite of the BBC's - and Radio Times's - slavering obsession, there are other things on TV besides Doctor Who. I've...

  35. April 14, 2007

    Theatre

    The Wonderful World of Dissocia - LAST CHANCE Anthony Neilson's recent plays have tried increasingly to enact mental...

  36. March 31, 2007

    Theatre

    King Lear - NEW No event in the Royal Shakespeare Company's year-long Shakespearathon has been more keenly awaited. In...

  37. December 28, 2006

    Theatre in London in 2007

    Since one of the highlights of 2006 was Harold Pinter returning to the stage after more than one life-threatening illness to...

  38. December 16, 2006

    Cinema

    The U.S. vs. John Lennon Astonishing tale of the Nixon presidency's persecution of an ex- Beatle. It's all true -...

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