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    1. May 12, 2014

      Tonight at 8:30, Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and touring – review

      Director Blanche McIntyre takes an ensemble approach to this, astoundingly, first full UK revival of Noël Coward’s series of...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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)...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. October 20, 2007

      Brief Encounter

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

    24. 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...

    25. September 29, 2007

      THEATRE - Present Laughter

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

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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;...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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