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  1. July 23, 2014

    Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward Theatre, London – review

    It’s 1593 and William Shakespeare is composing his masterpiece Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. At least, he is in...

  2. July 18, 2014

    ‘Shakespeare in Love’, London

    Here’s a play drawn from a film drawn from a play drawn from an Italian tale the layers are almost as complex as those in...

  1. June 28, 2013

    London theatregoers, I feel your pain

    Our family night out at the theatre was enlivened by a brief row when a man swore at the girl. Perhaps he was outraged at...

  2. February 22, 2013

    Celebrities defend Lebedev as trial nears

    US and British celebrities have lined up to defend Russian billionaire and London newspaper magnate Alexander Lebedev, who...

  3. September 7, 2012

    The Diary: Teju Cole

    Surely it’s a trick of time. But the facts are what they are: I last visited Edinburgh 18 years ago. This time round, I’m...

  4. June 8, 2012

    Life of a Cinna

    As dramatic characters go, Cinna the poet has a pretty rough time of it. He makes his entrance in Act Three, Scene III of...

  5. May 4, 2012

    First prize for eclecticism

    Awards ceremonies for the arts can be vainglorious affairs. Performing artists make their living by the manifold projection...

  6. December 6, 2011

    Once, New York Theatre Workshop

    Set in Dublin, the new musical Once, which has just opened off-Broadway, emits a whiff of Ireland that is practically as...

  7. July 5, 2011

    LSE: so near yet so far

    In Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Rosencrantz tosses a coin 99 times and it comes down heads...

  8. June 10, 2011

    A leading role

    The first time Sonia Friedman saw Jerusalem , Jez Butterworth’s raucous comedy about a charismatic Wiltshire drug dealer...

  9. June 5, 2011

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex

    If you are very lucky, once or twice in a lifetime you chance upon a writer who you feel is writing just for you, touching...

  10. May 9, 2011

    Toledo Symphony/ Sanderling, Carnegie Hall, New York

    Fresh air: The Toledo Symphony Not all festivals are festive in New York. But Spring for Music, the seven-concert series...

  11. April 15, 2011

    From King Lear to a launchpad

    Oliver Ryan hovers as cosmonaut Alexey Leonov in rehearsals for ‘Little Eagles’, Rona Munro’s play about the Soviet space...

  12. August 21, 2010

    Sale of the week: Sunset Boulevard’s Book Soup

    Sale: Book Soup: property from the estate of Glenn GoldmanLocation: Bonhams & Butterfields, 7601 West Sunset Boulevard, Los...

  13. April 12, 2010

    A Reader on Reading

    A Reader on Reading By Alberto Manguel Yale University Press £18, 320 pages FT Bookshop price: £14.40What makes human beings...

  14. June 8, 2009

    The World and its Double

    The World and its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger By Chris Fujiwara Faber £25, 479 pages FT Bookshop price: £20...

  15. June 8, 2009

    Patchwork patterns of history

    Opening as the news is dominated by grubby goings-on in Westminster, David Leveaux's lucid revival of Tom Stoppard's...

  16. May 22, 2009

    Entropical paradise

    Why wait 16 years to revive Arcadia, they’re asking the playwright, Tom Stoppard? To which the answer, begging his pardon...

  17. May 15, 2009

    Dinner with the FT: Sir Tom Stoppard

    Sir Tom Stoppard cannot meet me for lunch; he is in the first week of rehearsals for the new London production of his 1993...

  18. May 2, 2009

    The Diary: Gregory Burke

    There’s a point (or at least you hope there’s a point) when you start to rehearse a new play, where the meaning of what...

  19. January 19, 2009

    The strains of dissent

    It feels miserly to award a three-star rating to such an enterprise. However, it is not solely the logistics of Tom...

  20. January 19, 2009

    On the scrounge for happiness

    In J.D. Salinger's novel Franny and Zooey , Zooey reads a letter from his brother Buddy, who laments that no one has ever...

  21. January 18, 2009

    The Cherry Orchard, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

    In J.D. Salinger’s novel Franny and Zooey, Zooey reads a letter from his brother Buddy, who laments that no one has ever...

  22. January 13, 2009

    Apocryphal Pinter

    A reader reminds me of the story that the late Harold Pinter once suggested to fellow playwright Tom Stoppard that the...

  23. January 10, 2009

    Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

    Felix Barrett and Tom Morris revive this remarkable and chilling play by Tom Stoppard, first seen in 1977. The piece,...

  24. December 30, 2008

    Arts around the world

    New YorkThe Cherry Orchard Brooklyn Academy of Music inaugurates a three-year transatlantic love-in with the UK-based Old...

  25. December 29, 2008

    Guide Arts around the world

    New York The Cherry Orchard Brooklyn Academy of Music inaugurates a three-year transatlantic love-in with the UK-based Old...

  26. September 27, 2008

    Theatre Sarah Hemming

    Creditors Donmar Warehouse London WC2 As the Donmar opens its new enterprise in the West End, back home at the smaller...

  27. September 20, 2008

    Ivanov

    Ivanov Wyndham's Theatre, London "I don't know whether to laugh or cry," I wrote in my notebook at one point during Ivanov...

  28. September 13, 2008

    Theatre - Sarah Hemming & Ian Shuttleworth

    Ivanov Wyndham's Theatre, London WC2 The Donmar Warehouse launches its bold new experiment: a year-long season of serious...

  29. 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...

  30. March 27, 2008

    The Four of Us

    Itamar Moses has a well-stocked mind. This can be dangerous. His Bach in Leipzig was criticised by some for its referential...

  31. March 26, 2008

    The Four of Us, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York

    Itamar Moses has a well-stocked mind. This can be dangerous. His Bach in Leipzig was criticised by some for its referential...

  32. February 2, 2008

    Campaign to halt grant cuts scores victory

    Arts chiefs yesterday bowed to pressure by sparing 15 organisations earmarked for grant cuts, following a public campaign...

  33. February 1, 2008

    Arts groups win reprieve from grant cuts

    UK arts chiefs bowed to pressure on Friday by sparing 15 organisations earmarked for grant cuts, following a public campaign...

  34. December 11, 2007

    Trumpery

    No established American playwright tackles subjects more divertingly varied than Peter Parnell does: Flaubert,...

  35. December 10, 2007

    Trumpery, Atlantic Theatre, New York

    No established American playwright tackles subjects more divertingly varied than Peter Parnell does: Flaubert, homosexuality...

  36. November 13, 2007

    Get the right words in the right order and you can ‘nudge the world a little’

    From Mr Rupert Morris. Sir, It’s not non-native speakers of English I’m afraid of - it’s the natives (“Whose language”,...

  37. November 13, 2007

    Get the right words in the right order and you can 'nudge the world a little'

    From Mr Rupert Morris. Sir, It's not non-native speakers of English I'm afraid of - it's the natives ("Whose language",...

  38. November 13, 2007

    Rock 'n' Roll

    Isaiah Berlin famously divided writers into single-minded hedgehogs and wide-ranging foxes, and Tom Stoppard, whose...

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