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    1. June 13, 2012

      Torch Song Trilogy, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

      Douglas Hodge, who played drag queen Albin in the Menier’s 2008 production of La Cage Aux Folles, now simultaneously passes...

    2. May 25, 2012

      Progress can be an illusion

      I confess to feeling a slight sense of puzzlement when I heard that Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy was to be revived...

    1. September 28, 2011

      Bluthaus, Theater Bonn

      In the house where her parents abused her and then slaughtered each other, Nadja is haunted by voices. She wants to get out....

    2. August 13, 2011

      Mark-Anthony Turnage: Anna Nicole

      If you were caught up in the hype surrounding Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new stage-work in February but didn’t catch a...

    3. July 7, 2011

      Mourning the end of the Fake Sheikh

      This is not the time, to praise the News of the World. But it is worth a reflection that something of value has passed,...

    4. June 17, 2011

      Now the rich are always with us …

      Forty years ago, the typical person in the western world read the local newspaper. It told you which local butcher was...

    5. February 4, 2011

      Access new arias

      Jerry Springer (David Wenham), Anna Nicole Smith and Muammer Gaddafi (Ramon Tikaram) have featured in operas while the...

    6. September 9, 2010

      Shoes, Sadler’s Wells, London

      The idea of a two-hour song-and-dance show about shoes may have seemed intoxicatingly clever and inviting, and the words...

    7. June 12, 2010

      The List: Lessons ‘Big Brother’ has taught us

      This week Channel 4 launched its final series of the reality TV show Big Brother. Though the programme has had many critics,...

    8. March 14, 2009

      The Diary: Stewart Lee

      Saturday: It is just under a week until my TV series Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle starts on BBC2. I’ve been a stand-up...

    9. FT Alphaville

      October 21, 2008

      Cramer called out

      The next chapter in the Jim Cramer saga comes courtesy of Deal Journal, in the form of a letter to the Jerry Springer of...

    10. February 1, 2008

      A dabble with the rabble

      Jerry Springer: The Opera finally made it to Fun City this week, drawing loud cheers for two semistaged performances at...

    11. January 31, 2008

      Jerry Springer: the Opera, Carnegie Hall, New York

      Jerry Springer: The Opera finally made it to Fun City this week, drawing loud cheers for two semistaged performances at...

    12. January 26, 2008

      Classical? Jazz? No, Turnage

      The man behind the scruffy donkey jacket, the unshaven face and skewed spectacles is pulling no punches – but it never was...

    13. December 8, 2007

      A case of the right to lampoon or not

      From Mr John Parfitt. Sir, Nigel Andrews (“A plea to keep the holy out of Hollywood”), December 1) need have no fear that he...

    14. July 27, 2007

      Spotlight: Edinburgh Festival - Fringe cuts to heart of the matter

      The 61st Edinburgh Festival Fringe kicks off on Sunday with a record number of 31,000 performances of 2,050 shows scheduled...

    15. February 24, 2007

      TELEVISION

      A wretched Saturday night. Culture vultures have a crumb of comfort in BBC4's Die Walküre in Covent Garden's production...

    16. January 17, 2007

      Flood of 'Big Brother' complaints

      Complaints about alleged racist remarks in Celebrity Big Brother, the reality television show on Channel 4, reached almost...

    17. January 5, 2007

      Ofcom probes Saddam execution coverage

      Ofcom is investigating broadcasters' decision to use footage of Saddam Hussein being hanged, after receiving 30 complaints...

    18. December 21, 2006

      BBC shows nifty footwork in US ratings

      Amid the countless cop shows, legal dramas and medical series that clutter the US television airwaves, the runaway ratings...

    19. November 20, 2006

      Frost/Nixon, Gielgud Theatre, London

      If only there were DVDs of David Frost’s original 1977 interviews with Richard Nixon. At the Gielgud Theatre they’d be...

    20. September 5, 2006

      CRITICS' CHOICE

      In this week's rather fine helping of Don't Get Me Started (Five 7.15pm), Stewart Lee asks "What's Wrong with Blasphemy?"...

    21. July 14, 2006

      The Rocky Horror Show

      Playhouse Theatre, London The 1973 original production of The Rocky Horror Show opened about a month before my 18th...

    22. July 13, 2006

      The Rocky Horror Show, Playhouse Theatre, London

      The 1973 original production of The Rocky Horror Show opened about a month before my 18th birthday. Throughout my time at...

    23. April 6, 2006

      Berlusconi the Opera

      Italy's election could also have been made for opera - the real Italian thing, not just the soap variety. It would be easy...

    24. March 28, 2006

      TELEVISION

      While watching Don't Mess with Miss Beckles (BBC2 9.00pm), the first of three films examining the work of educational...

    25. January 2, 2006

      John Lloyd: Behind Russia’s media curtain

      “People say that the Russian media have gone back to the Soviet times,” said Vyacheslav Lukyanov. “They forget what the...

    26. December 9, 2005

      Away with the fairies

      This week’s opening of The Chronicles of Narnia, hard on the heels of Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, pits Pevensie...

    27. November 9, 2005

      You Never Can Tell, Garrick Theatre, London

      The moral of this sprightly 1896 comedy by Shaw seems to be that if you are going to have an unseemly family row, make sure...

    28. November 5, 2005

      Theatre

      Bronte - NEW The inventive Shared Experience company keeps returning, as directed by Polly Teale, to the Bronte legend -...

    29. October 1, 2005

      Theatre

      Paul - NEW Nicholas Hytner, artistic director of the National Theatre, seems determined to make it a prime place to argue...

    30. August 23, 2005

      This is your Gerry Robinson takeover moment

      Altogether now: "Gerry, Gerry; Gerry, Gerry . . . This is your Gerry Robinson moment, you don't want this moment to die . ....

    31. August 22, 2005

      Lombard: This is a Gerry Robinson takeover moment

      Audacious offer mulled for Rentokil Altogether now: “Gerry, Gerry; Gerry, Gerry . . . This is your Gerry Robinson moment,...

    32. August 19, 2005

      Free speech loses to softsoap and sensation

      In the centre of a vast and glitzy talk-show studio, under bright spotlights, is Valya Isaeva, an 11-year-old girl who is 33...

    33. July 20, 2005

      Critics' Choice

      Channel 4 9.00pm One of the contributors to this slightly gloomy, sometimes touching film cites the old wisdom that there...

    34. May 10, 2005

      Ofcom clears BBC on Springer opera

      Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, cleared the BBC of contravening the broadcast code by showing Jerry Springer: The Opera...

    35. April 15, 2005

      Damned if you do

      A man and woman make love over and over, no holds barred, no body parts unbared, in a mainstream film. Characters in a...

    36. April 7, 2005

      Ofcom chief focuses on BBC regulation

      Stephen Carter, chief executive of Ofcom, yesterday called for a more coherent regulatory structure for the BBC. Speaking...

    37. April 7, 2005

      Politics takes off into the blogosphere

      This will be a blogging election: bloggers, already a political and media force in the US, will have real visibility in the...

    38. March 16, 2005

      Elektra, Operaen, Copenhagen

      You missed Capturing the Friedmans at the cinema? Then catch up with this highly contemporary update of the mythical tragedy...

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