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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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