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  1. March 19, 2014

    Blithe Spirit, Gielgud Theatre, London – review

    Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy teaches us that return to a former stamping ground can be a bad idea. It certainly produces...

  2. July 3, 2012

    The Only True History of Lizzie Finn, Southwark Playhouse, London

    It’s more than 15 years since Sebastian Barry’s The Only True History of Lizzie Finn was staged in his native Ireland and...

  1. February 26, 2012

    Hay Fever, Noël Coward Theatre, London

    The first Noël Coward play to be staged here since the Albery Theatre was renamed after him is his early success (from 1925)...

  2. November 14, 2011

    Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway, Broadhurst Theatre, New York

    To all the bloggers who this year have been proclaiming Hugh Jackman a live entertainer in the league of Judy Garland: not...

  3. August 26, 2011

    Yakety yak no more

    One of the peculiarities of the world of pop music is that, rather unfairly, songs tend to be associated with those who...

  4. July 27, 2011

    This Happy Breed, Theatre Royal, Bath

    Peter Hall’s presentations each summer at Bath are often concerned with various kinds of Englishness, as befits such a...

  5. July 15, 2011

    Food status: an update

    The London neighbourhood where I finished school has never been fashionable. One of its few mentions in literature is a Noel...

  6. June 12, 2011

    Ray Davies’ Meltdown, Southbank Centre, London

    “Every time I mention the word ‘Kinks’, I fine myself 5p,” remarked Ray Davies early in the concert. He owed about 40p by...

  7. May 6, 2011

    Speaking of the British

    I recently went on a business trip with three members of the British ruling classes. The late-night banter over drinks was...

  8. April 8, 2011

    Inner bliss in St Barths

    “When are you next coming to the house, gorgeous girl?” This was the question posed by one of our clients to my business...

  9. March 20, 2011

    China rekindles fondness for western ways

    “How was China?” everyone asked last week when I pitched up at home bleary-eyed after an overnight flight. In reply, I found...

  10. February 25, 2011

    Five more private islands in Britain

    Isle of Eriska, Argyll, Scotland Just off the Argyllshire coast, this 300-acre island, reached by road bridge, is home to a...

  11. February 18, 2011

    Let’s party like it’s 1977

    Cometh the royal wedding, cometh the fluttery bunting and the trestle tables. Cometh the 200 hired stackable chairs, the 48...

  12. February 11, 2011

    Shanghai discovers its past

    The Old Jazz Band in the Jazz Bar at the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai has long buried its history under skyscrapers but now...

  13. October 30, 2010

    Some like it haute: Restaurants with a view

    Of course you can’t eat the view, but I have always found that rooftop restaurants offer an extra gastronomic dimension. One...

  14. November 16, 2009

    Grand jazz from simple materials

    Sonny Rollins opened his headlining London Jazz Festival concert at the Barbican by sketching the melody of "Cabin in the...

  15. September 5, 2009

    Working-class lad who loved language

    Keith Waterhouse, who has died at the age of 80, was a spirit of more than one lost age. His acerbic, precise and...

  16. September 4, 2009

    Author Keith Waterhouse dies at 80

    Keith Waterhouse, who has died at the age of 80, was a spirit of more than one lost age. His acerbic, precise and accessible...

  17. September 25, 2008

    Annus Miserabilis

    The banana gambit may be out, but Mr Brown has now shown us his strategy to stay in power - miserabilism. As he said,...

  18. September 13, 2008

    What's That Smell?

    This satire by David Pittu begins with a Proust quotation projected at the rear of the stage. The gist, however, can be...

  19. September 6, 2008

    TV films

    Saturday offers Tony Richardson's Oscar-winning Tom Jones (ITV3 1.40pm), a consciously British triumph. The exuberance of a...

  20. August 9, 2008

    Radio Choice Martin Hoyle

    She begged to accompany Scott to the Antarctic; she offered Noel Coward a happy ending to The Vortex . Marie Stopes is best...

  21. December 28, 2007

    Into the vortex

    The Letters Of Noel Coward Edited By Barry Day Methuen Drama, £25 One of the most intriguing and unlikely exchanges in this...

  22. October 20, 2007

    Brief Encounter

    Brief Encounter West Yorkshire Playhouse Leeds Kneehigh Theatre Company's recent adaptation of A Matter of Life and Death...

  23. October 13, 2007

    John Mortimer on ”Treasure Island”

    Once Upon a Time TREASURE ISLAND by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883) I’ve always been a bit wary of books written specially for...

  24. September 29, 2007

    THEATRE - Present Laughter

    Lyttelton, National Theatre, London SE1 Garry Essendine, the suave, handsome and outrageously egocentric matinee idol in...

  25. July 28, 2007

    Martin Hoyle RADIO

    Lisa Jardine inexplicably introduces Saturday's Footlights and Fancy Free (Radio 4 8.00pm), a history of the Cambridge...

  26. June 6, 2007

    PRESENT LAUGHTER

    In Hamlet we wonder whether the Prince is disturbed; in Present Laughter, we wonder whether Noel Coward's alter ego Garry...

  27. May 18, 2007

    A photo finish to remain in the frame

    On a balmy New York evening at the end of April, during Christie’s annual photography week in New York, a group of...

  28. 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...

  29. January 27, 2007

    Theatre

    The Seafarer - LAST CHANCE For the first hour of this play, Conor McPherson runs the risk that his audiences will complain...

  30. January 24, 2007

    The Bourne Supremacy

    Between Bloody Sunday and United 93, British director Paul Greengrass made The Bourne Supremacy (ITV1 9.00pm). Shown with a...

  31. December 2, 2006

    Artist behind the lens

    Sale: Horst P. Horst "Platinum" Location: Hamiltons Gallery, 13 Carlos Place, London. Tel: +44 (0)20-7499 9493;...

  32. November 25, 2006

    ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUIZ

    ANSWERS TO LAST WEEK'S QUIZ 1. Noel Coward, "A Song at Twilight". 2. Alan Bennett, "Forty Years On". 3. Harold Pinter, "No...

  33. November 24, 2006

    FT Weekend Berry Bros & Rudd Arts Quiz

    1. Which tarnished star was booed during a shambolic comeback at an awards ceremony this month? 2. Paul McCartney’s...

  34. August 11, 2006

    Island nation

    Roy Plomley was getting ready for bed one winter’s evening in rural Hertfordshire in 1941 when he had an inspiration. Though...

  35. June 1, 2006

    Critique of 'soulless' Dubai misses the very essence of the desert city

    From Mr Asbjorn Gyllensten. Sir, Reading Richard Hywel Evans' critique of Dubai ("Sprawling, soulless Dubai is an...

  36. May 27, 2006

    'Be humble, yeah man. Be humble'

    Before I got here, I thought I could definitely manage a week lounging by the Caribbean surf, occasionally bestirring...

  37. March 8, 2006

    Grey Gardens - Playwrights Horizons

    To think of Grey Gardens, the 1975 documentary that has now become an unlikely off-Broadway musical, as a camp hootfest...

  38. March 7, 2006

    Grey Gardens, Playwrights Horizons

    To think of Grey Gardens, the 1975 documentary which has now become an unlikely off-Broadway musical, as a camp hootfest...

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