Andrew Billen

Andrew Billen has worked as a celebrity interviewer for, successively, The Observer, the Evening Standard and, currently The Times. For his columns, he was awarded reviewer of the year in 2006 Press Gazette Magazine Awards.

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Music and Performance
2013-08-22 14:40:00

The Same Deep Water As Me

Art and Design
2013-05-10 12:42:34

Orpheus; Forest Fringe

Music and Performance
2013-04-09 07:46:10

Peter and Alice can’t escape their shadows.

Music and Performance
2013-04-09 04:36:53

The Book of Mormon

Music and Performance
2013-03-21 10:32:31

The Audience; Trelawny of the Wel

Music and Performance
2013-03-07 08:33:56

Macbeth

Culture
2013-02-28 12:13:19

Money: the Game Show;

Music and Performance
2013-01-03 09:36:58

Something is stirring in London’s West End.

Music and Performance
2012-12-19 08:29:48

Viva Forever!; The Effect; People

Culture
2012-12-19 08:15:35

The Mikado; Robert le diable

Culture
2012-11-08 09:34:22

Damned by Despair; This House; The River

Music and Performance
2012-11-01 07:59:55

In 2008, the Lithuanian director Rimas Tuminas received

Music and Performance
2012-09-27 07:40:28

Love and Information

Music and Performance
2012-08-23 11:26:07

The benchmark of my Edinburgh Fringe will forever be a 1

Music and Performance
2012-08-08 15:38:11

In Edinburgh, the how can sometimes overshadow the what.

Music and Performance
2012-06-27 11:08:18

The Last of the Haussmans

Music and Performance
2012-05-30 14:36:03

The Cunning Little Vixen/Falstaff, Glyndebourne/Roya

Culture
2012-05-09 16:52:57

Love, Love, Love

Culture
2012-05-02 19:02:02

Theatregoers have a lot to thank the Olympics for.

Culture
2012-04-18 16:37:07

In this Olympic year, the Globe’s idea is smart: all 37

Music and Performance
2012-04-04 11:22:06

 

2012-03-22 14:06:44

Sophie Elmhirst talks to the director about adapting Bul

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2012-01-30 00:00:00
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2011-11-16 00:00:00
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2011-10-10 00:00:00
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2011-08-22 00:00:00
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2011-08-01 00:00:00
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2011-07-18 00:00:00
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2011-06-09 10:24:30
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2011-03-11 12:37:48
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2011-03-03 11:23:10
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2011-02-17 14:57:01
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2010-11-04 12:29:41
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2010-10-28 11:13:27
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2010-08-27 08:02:58
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2010-08-13 08:20:48
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2010-07-30 08:49:01
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2010-07-02 08:29:41
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2010-06-18 08:17:09
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2010-06-03 07:07:27
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2010-05-07 19:13:14
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2010-04-24 10:59:43
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2010-03-26 08:17:13
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2010-03-22 08:13:52
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2009-12-17 07:06:57
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2009-12-10 05:47:22
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2009-11-26 05:41:38
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2009-11-12 05:43:16
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2009-10-29 07:51:49
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2009-10-15 07:38:24
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2009-09-10 07:56:52
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2009-08-20 07:40:53
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2009-08-06 08:11:13
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2009-07-30 08:03:59
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2009-07-23 12:00:10
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2009-07-09 10:29:42

Palsson’s Supper Club in New York first played host to t

Culture
2009-06-25 10:37:05

The programme for this powerful, no-tricks, high-end pro

Culture
2009-05-07 11:22:42

On the Kilburn High Road in north London last Saturday,

Culture
2009-05-07 11:22:42

While it must have been exciting to be at the Hampstead

Culture
2009-02-05 10:09:52

Be Near Me takes us to Dalgarnock, a small pari

Culture
2008-12-18 09:44:59

The decisions have been tough.

Culture
2007-12-13 12:00:00

What's necessary in a Christmas show?

Culture
2007-11-29 12:00:00

Perhaps as a reaction against his acclaimed version of P

Culture
2007-11-22 12:00:00

Why is it that whenever someone has a successful, but ob

Culture
2007-11-15 12:00:00

Since London theatres are currently full of somewhat you

Culture
2007-11-08 12:00:00

Simplicity, and a growing sense of horror, are the two k

Culture
2007-11-01 12:00:00

Power play and the time-wasting antics of a reluctant wo

Culture
2007-10-25 12:00:00

Can you really put a comic strip on the stage?

Culture
2007-10-18 12:00:00

Just before The Country Wife (written in 1675 b

Culture
2007-10-11 12:00:00

For those of you who don't already know the short, sinis

Culture
2007-10-04 12:00:00

Machine-gun fire rakes the stage at the Gielgud, which i

Culture
2007-09-27 12:00:00

Fragments is appropriately named.

Culture
2007-09-20 12:00:00

I suppose Islington is as good a place for it as any, bu

Culture
2007-09-13 12:00:00

Transforming Pedro Almodóvar's Oscar-winning 1999 film

Culture
2007-09-06 12:00:00

Eugene O'Neill's startling play, about an American convi

Culture
2007-08-30 12:00:00

The year is 1837 and Chartism, a new political movement

Culture
2007-08-23 12:00:00

From the moment that Marsha Fitzalan, playing the adulte

Music and Performance
2007-08-16 12:00:00

There are some shows where the central performer is so m

Culture
2007-08-09 12:00:00

To watch The Enchantment, by the little-known,

Culture
2007-08-02 12:00:00

Martin Wagner is a man who has clearly got a big bee in

Culture
2007-07-26 12:00:00

For once, the Arcola Theatre has served up a dud.

Culture
2007-07-19 12:00:00

Joan of Arc, as every schoolchild knows, was burned at t

Culture
2007-07-12 12:00:00

A manic-looking masked woman in a robot suit; the boomin

Culture
2007-07-05 12:00:00

As if it were a rebuke to all the West End's summer sill

Culture
2007-06-28 12:00:00

Show me the money.

Culture
2007-06-21 12:00:00

After a somewhat baffling and sometimes disastrous run o

Culture
2007-06-14 12:00:00

Just over ten years ago, it emerged that Harold Pinter a

Culture
2007-06-07 12:00:00

Henry Goodman's trawl through all the great Jewish roles

Culture
2007-06-04 12:00:00

Othello was my A-level set text.

Culture
2007-05-28 12:00:00

Big White Fog has never before been performed i

Culture
2007-05-21 12:00:00

In an attempt to adapt one of the most hallowed treasure

Culture
2007-05-14 12:00:00

Liam Steel's stage version of the Colin MacInnes cult no

Culture
2007-05-07 12:00:00

The playwright Ayub Khan-Din clearly suffered from somet

Culture
2007-04-30 12:00:00

As the composition of the audience - 90 per cent female

Culture
2007-04-23 12:00:00

Condensing Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance, hi

Culture
2007-04-16 12:00:00

Dissocia may be described as a Wonderful World, but from

Culture
2007-04-09 12:00:00

Gregory Doran's production of Shakespeare's little-known

Culture
2007-04-02 12:00:00

The ruinous effects of apartheid are not likely to be fo

Culture
2007-03-26 12:00:00

A man pours water over a stone sculpture.

Culture
2007-03-19 12:00:00

John Osborne's The Entertainer is one of those

Culture
2007-03-12 12:00:00

What does one want from political satire?

Culture
2007-03-05 12:00:00

Well, I'm a complete failure - or at least I am accordin

Culture
2007-02-26 12:00:00

A good farce is always worthwhile, but a good French far

Culture
2007-02-19 12:00:00

The French are a laughing stock.

Culture
2007-02-12 12:00:00

Improvised jazz, with its smoky mystique and the seeming

Culture
2007-02-05 12:00:00

For his production of The Seagull, Chekhov's an

Culture
2007-01-29 12:00:00

They don't come much more visceral than Blasted

Culture
2007-01-22 12:00:00

Same Time Next Year by Bernard Slade, which has

Culture
2007-01-15 12:00:00

At a moment when capital punishment is up for public scr

Culture
2007-01-08 12:00:00

As its grand festival of the canon draws to a close in S

Culture
2006-12-18 12:00:00

This year has been dominated by two trends in theatrelan

2006-12-11 12:00:00

The main problem with The Bitches Ball, on in L

International Politics
2006-12-04 12:00:00

The title of Caryl Churchill's new play is also its firs

Culture
2006-11-27 12:00:00

The average West End musical has one magical moment.

Culture
2006-11-20 12:00:00

I suppose if a play has been a hit since 408BC, it will

Culture
2006-11-13 12:00:00

Arriving for The Mouse Queen with Honey, my sma

Culture
2006-11-06 12:00:00

Well, if you are into theatrical realism, a believable p

Culture
2006-10-30 12:00:00

You really want to like Township Stories, an ac

Culture
2006-10-23 12:00:00

There's a new tune blowing through the West End.

Culture
2006-10-16 12:00:00

I had always imagined that Mark Thomas's shows would hav

Culture
2006-10-09 12:00:00

It seems as if there are, at the moment, two drastically

Culture
2006-10-02 12:00:00

Eve Ensler's new stage show, The Treatment, is

Culture
2006-09-25 12:00:00

Nicholas Hytner's production of The Alchemist i

Culture
2006-09-18 12:00:00

Even in the most contemporary of settings, there is some

Culture
2006-09-11 12:00:00

Ultimately, the walls of Troy doomed the Trojans.

International Politics
2006-09-04 12:00:00

Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan's play about David Fr

Music and Performance
2006-08-28 12:00:00

On the first night of the Edinburgh International Festiv

Culture
2006-08-21 12:00:00

What makes men want to kill each other?

Books
2006-08-14 12:00:00

James Joyce never saw a production of his only stage pla

Culture
2006-08-07 12:00:00

The summer musical at Regent's Park this year is Sandy W

Music and Performance
2006-07-31 12:00:00

To have a couple of actors in a play who have to cope wi

Culture
2006-07-24 12:00:00

The poster for Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus sho

Culture
2006-07-17 12:00:00

The National Theatre is offering two European heavyweigh

Culture
2006-07-10 12:00:00

You can almost hear the plan for Avenue Q being

Music and Performance
2006-07-03 12:00:00

From the rockin' stable of 1970s Brit musicals that was

Culture
2006-06-26 12:00:00

To appreciate Tom Stoppard's new play you need a firm gr

Culture
2006-06-19 12:00:00

All right: 20 years on, it's time to iconise the Eightie

Culture
2006-06-12 12:00:00

For this production of the gory shocker from Shakespeare

Culture
2006-06-05 12:00:00

The Copenhagen Ring cycle is fundamentally anti

Culture
2006-05-29 12:00:00

The Changeling has something for all the family

Culture
2006-05-22 12:00:00

"As to the rumours of my retirement, I am not retiring y

Culture
2006-05-15 12:00:00

I owe a lot to Joan Collins.

Culture
2006-05-08 12:00:00

The Voysey Inheritance is a witty, hundred-year

Culture
2006-05-01 12:00:00

Noël Coward's play Hay Fever has the flimsiest

Culture
2006-04-24 12:00:00

Francisco Pizarro's conquest of the Inca empire is fasci

Culture
2006-04-17 12:00:00

"Half your family has pissed off to Spain and the other

Culture
2006-04-10 12:00:00

Within a couple of years of Samuel Beckett's death in 19

Culture
2006-04-03 12:00:00

Now that our lattes bear inscriptions such as "The liqui

Culture
2006-03-27 12:00:00

Admirers of the golden age of American theatre, which il

Culture
2006-03-20 12:00:00

The curtain fell on Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blu

Culture
2006-03-13 12:00:00

In his new play, Mark Ravenhill transports us to a night

Culture
2006-03-06 12:00:00

Stephen Unwin's Hamlet, which has now reached L

Culture
2006-02-27 12:00:00

A hard-hitting play that spares no blushes, Honour

UK Politics
2006-02-20 12:00:00

Once you have seen Thatcher: the musical, the m

Culture
2006-02-13 12:00:00

Forty-four years after it was writ-ten, Edward Albee's

Culture
2006-02-06 12:00:00

Pablo and Pierre Caesar are close to physical perfection

Culture
2006-01-30 12:00:00

Jacques Tati's 1967 film Playtime was set in an

Culture
2006-01-23 12:00:00

The coterie of Young British Artists that emerged in the

Culture
2006-01-23 12:00:00

Does the name Jan Ludvik Hoch mean anything?

Music and Performance
2006-01-09 12:00:00

Imagine a bare blue stage and a man tap-dancing to Max B

Culture
2006-01-09 12:00:00

In 1927, when the population of the United States was ha

Culture
2005-12-12 12:00:00

This month Harold Pinter accepted his Nobel Prize in Lit

Culture
2005-12-05 12:00:00

After the poetic languor of The Glass Menagerie

Culture
2005-12-05 12:00:00

When The Emperor Jones first appeared in 1920,

Culture
2005-11-28 12:00:00

Can you believe that Moliere wrote a play called The

Culture
2005-11-21 12:00:00

This is the story of a Berlin transvestite who collected

Culture
2005-11-14 12:00:00

You need a bit of gusto and confidence to "do" a George

Culture
2005-11-07 12:00:00

Can modern technology revive Agatha Christie?

Culture
2005-10-31 12:00:00

''If you get a panic attack, please contact one of the u

Culture
2005-10-24 12:00:00

How to measure longitude?

Culture
2005-10-17 12:00:00

Halfway through your life, you sit up and think, "How di

Culture
2005-10-10 12:00:00

Having dealt, during my two-year stint as minister for l

Culture
2005-10-03 12:00:00

John Osborne's most famous stage creation, Jimmy Porter,

Culture
2005-09-19 12:00:00

''He died with the hammer in his hand." The words of "Th

Culture
2005-09-12 12:00:00

Officialdom dictates our lives.

Culture
2005-09-05 12:00:00

The highlight of this year's Edinburgh International Fes

Culture
2005-08-15 12:00:00

The 2005 Edinburgh Festival had hardly kicked off when W

Culture
2005-08-08 12:00:00

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors is not an easy p

Culture
2005-08-01 12:00:00

The Lord Chamberlain's role as theatre censor ended in 1

Culture
2005-07-25 12:00:00

How can a magazine's two theatre critics write and stage

Culture
2005-07-18 12:00:00

The press officer at the Soho Theatre announced: "Last n

Music and Performance
2005-07-11 12:00:00

I confess that it did happen.

Culture
2005-07-04 12:00:00

There once was an advertising campaign that asked adults

Culture
2005-06-27 12:00:00

Boy meets married girl; girl persuades boy to help murde

Culture
2005-06-20 12:00:00

Well, it just won't do.

Culture
2005-06-13 12:00:00

There's something for everyone in the West End these day

Culture
2005-06-06 12:00:00

The prolific and brilliant dramatist and film-maker Neil

Culture
2005-05-30 12:00:00

''The editor cut my best bloody line." How I feel for Ge

Culture
2005-05-23 12:00:00

The swearing in the stage version of Billy Elliot

Culture
2005-05-16 12:00:00

I have never before been assaulted by a widow - though,

Culture
2005-05-09 12:00:00

The defiantly Dionysiac qualities of Shakespeare's Falst

Culture
2005-05-09 12:00:00

You don't expect menace at the seaside.

Culture
2005-04-25 12:00:00

Mary Margaret Kaye's The Far Pavilions was alre

Culture
2005-04-18 12:00:00

In the mild early evening light, there was a queue snaki

Culture
2005-04-18 12:00:00

Thirteen civilians died and a similar number were wounde

Culture
2005-04-11 12:00:00

Asylum-seekers can be blamed for almost anything.

Culture
2005-04-04 12:00:00

As the slinky teenage girl attempts seduction, Gordon Br

Culture
2005-03-28 12:00:00

When Henrik Ibsen was 61, he met Emilie Bardach, aged 18

Culture
2005-03-21 12:00:00

As a vision of Englishness, the play that has just opene

Culture
2005-03-21 12:00:00

While controversy rages about criminals who make money f

Culture
2005-03-14 12:00:00

The return of The Dresser to London's West End

Culture
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Was Arkle a horse or a god?

Music and Performance
2005-02-21 12:00:00

''Clap if you like undemanding, middlebrow entertainment

Culture
2005-02-14 12:00:00

Don't put your son on the stage, Mrs Worthington.

Culture
2005-02-07 12:00:00

It must be 27 years ago that I saw Tom Conti in the role

Culture
2005-01-31 12:00:00

This piece is a sequence of seven scenes (or plays, as t

Culture
2005-01-24 12:00:00

Tejas Verdes was the name of an old resort hotel in San

Culture
2005-01-17 12:00:00

When was the moment when it all went wrong?

Culture
2005-01-10 12:00:00

The verdict of the audience is final.

Culture
2005-01-01 12:00:00

''People don't want books, they want a party and to look

Culture
2004-12-06 12:00:00

The love triangle, despite its geometric simplicity, can

Culture
2004-11-22 12:00:00

When he received one of his dozen Tony awards for the mu

Culture
2004-11-15 12:00:00

Ladies, if you have a teenage daughter who is the spitti

Culture
2004-11-08 12:00:00

''Not enough Sex and the City" is a reasonable

Culture
2004-11-01 12:00:00

''This play being about hysteria [simper], the actors ha

Culture
2004-10-25 12:00:00

''Four big hits and seven licks ago,/our before-daddies

Culture
2004-10-18 12:00:00

Watching The Woman in White gave me a headache,

Culture
2004-10-11 12:00:00

''I feel like God wants me to run for president," says t

Culture
2004-10-04 12:00:00

Edgar is, in the modern jargon, a young male with a chal

Culture
2004-09-27 12:00:00

How do the grubby little creatures do it?

Culture
2004-09-20 12:00:00

Swaggering toffs wearing silly clothes bray at each othe

Culture
2004-09-06 12:00:00

You might expect a circus from Australia to begin with a

Culture
2004-08-16 12:00:00

Thank goodness for George Dubbya.

Culture
2004-08-09 12:00:00

Sweeney Todd was a mass murderer.

Culture
2004-08-02 12:00:00

I dread being plucked from the audience by a performer a

Culture
2004-07-26 12:00:00

''What time does the play end?" I asked, as I took my se

Culture
2004-07-12 12:00:00

Congratulations to Imogen Stubbs who in her debut as a w

Culture
2004-07-05 12:00:00

I had never really thought about whether I like Mae West

Culture
2004-06-28 12:00:00

In September 2003, Robin Soans travelled to Israel, the

Culture
2004-06-21 12:00:00

I am writing this review the day after seeing - perhaps

Culture
2004-06-14 12:00:00

It requires an effort, strolling among the tourists on L

Human Rights
2004-06-07 12:00:00

The role of the theatre in exposing the truth and realit

Culture
2004-06-07 12:00:00

Evelyn is not the sort of girl you'd want to mess with.

Culture
2004-05-31 12:00:00

The Venus flytrap, a carnivorous plant, enjoys pride of

Culture
2004-05-24 12:00:00

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, we can never be sure h

Culture
2004-05-17 12:00:00

David Mamet first shocked London audiences with Olea

Culture
2004-05-10 12:00:00

In 30 years of seeing Hamlet on stage and scree

Culture
2004-05-03 12:00:00

For me, Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac com

Culture
2004-04-19 12:00:00

Sex gets into everything these days, they say.

Culture
2004-04-12 12:00:00

Two brothers and a sister rendez-vous at the grand paren

Culture
2004-04-05 12:00:00

Come on, admit it.

Books
2004-03-29 12:00:00

''A well-told story's like a well-made clock, relentless

Culture
2004-03-22 12:00:00

It cannot be often that a child with Down's syndrome or

Culture
2004-03-15 12:00:00

Why, when the curtain came down on the Royal Shakespeare

Politics
2004-03-08 12:00:00

OK, I am impressed.

Culture
2004-03-01 12:00:00

An eerie silence of anticipation falls over the theatre.

Culture
2004-02-23 12:00:00

The internet offers opportunities for escapism unimagina

Culture
2004-02-16 12:00:00

''If they could see her through my eyes, maybe they'd al

Culture
2004-02-09 12:00:00

Before the curtain went up on David Hare's play about Br

Culture
2004-02-02 12:00:00

A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life on London'

Culture
2004-01-26 12:00:00

Life is a tartine de merde, wrote Mich

Culture
2004-01-05 12:00:00

Michael Frayn's Democracy might well be this ye

Politics
2003-11-24 12:00:00

Political theatre has an image problem - it has become s

Culture
2003-07-21 12:00:00

Nick Dear is a dramatist of distinction who now returns

Culture
2003-07-14 12:00:00

Before the year is out we will have the Elvis Presley mo

Culture
2003-07-07 12:00:00

I cannot recall a better time in the West End for the pl

Culture
2003-06-30 12:00:00

There are few London treats more delicious than a beauti

Culture
2003-06-23 12:00:00

Even by Ibsen's standards, Brand is a hard play

Culture
2003-06-16 12:00:00

Suddenly, there is a new, multicultural audience at the

Culture
2003-06-09 12:00:00

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) is one of the major Europea

Culture
2003-06-02 12:00:00

Another week, another London theatre refurbished and reo

Culture
2003-05-26 12:00:00

If the Spanish Armada had succeeded, we might have had L

Culture
2003-05-19 12:00:00

Evenings don't come much weirder than this.

Culture
2003-05-12 12:00:00

''Farce," the late Ben Travers once told me, "is all abo

Culture
2003-05-05 12:00:00

Nostalgia, as the old joke goes, isn't what it used to b

Culture
2003-04-28 12:00:00

Terry Johnson's talent as a comic dramatist has always b

Culture
2003-04-21 12:00:00

Even by Chekhovian standards, Three Sisters is

Culture
2003-04-14 12:00:00

At a time when the West End is having its worst season e

Music and Performance
2003-04-07 12:00:00

Sometimes, even with Broadway musicals, smaller can be b

Culture
2003-03-31 12:00:00

Among recent discussions of changeovers at London's thea

Culture
2003-03-24 12:00:00

The Sean Mathias revival of Strindberg's Dance of De

Culture
2003-03-17 12:00:00

0n his way out of the stage door at the National after s

Culture
2003-03-10 12:00:00

After six years, Trevor Nunn bids farewell to the Nation

Culture
2003-03-03 12:00:00

The new Hampstead Theatre is very glamorous.

Culture
2003-02-24 12:00:00

This year, every London theatre and company from the Nat

Culture
2003-02-17 12:00:00

In the history of British writing about India, no story

Culture
2003-02-10 12:00:00

The poster and programme for The Duchess of Malfi

Culture
2003-02-03 12:00:00

Michael Grandage's production of The Tempest, n

Culture
2003-01-27 12:00:00

A Little Fantasy, devised and performed by the

Culture
2003-01-20 12:00:00

Anything Goes is the last musical under Trevor

Culture
2003-01-13 12:00:00

Part of the RSC's season of neglected plays by Shakespea

Culture
2003-01-06 12:00:00

Michael Grandage's artistic directorship of the Donmar W

Culture
2002-12-16 12:00:00

At the top of my list of the theatrical events of this y

Culture
2002-12-09 12:00:00

What the Night Is For is perhaps better known a

Culture
2002-12-02 12:00:00

Ed Hall's new Macbeth at the Albery is a bitter

Culture
2002-11-25 12:00:00

The title refers to a map of the world, but Shelagh Step

Culture
2002-11-18 12:00:00

To understand what has gone so horribly wrong over here

Culture
2002-11-11 12:00:00

An interest to be declared first: Somerset Maugham wrote

Culture
2002-11-04 12:00:00

Let us suppose, if only for the length of this review, t

Culture
2002-10-28 12:00:00

It is wonderful to have two of our greatest Dames, Judi

Culture
2002-10-21 12:00:00

Strangely and sadly, Trevor Nunn opens his farewell seas

Culture
2002-10-14 12:00:00

Somehow I always feel I have failed the A-level in Caryl

Culture
2002-10-07 12:00:00

When David Hare updated Schnitzler's La Ronde a

Culture
2002-09-30 12:00:00

To mark the tenth anniversary of his management of the D

Culture
2002-09-23 12:00:00

At a time when both the National and the RSC have shamef

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2002-08-26 12:00:00

The Coast of Utopia is our young century's most

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2002-08-05 12:00:00

Over dinner, after seeing Abigail's Party, my c

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2002-07-22 12:00:00

One of Peter Porter's fine recent poems is called "Going

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2002-06-24 12:00:00

 

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2002-06-17 12:00:00

Philip Massinger began his long career as playwright for

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2002-06-10 12:00:00

Hours before the opening performance of Bacchai

Culture
2002-04-29 12:00:00

I've just taken a kicking.

Culture
2002-04-08 12:00:00

From the 1930s until the 1970s, it was customary to view

Culture
2002-03-18 12:00:00

Although presented as a luscious period piece in Peter H

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2002-02-25 12:00:00

King Lear, with which the Almeida Theatre's run

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2002-02-18 12:00:00

Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) could have been invented

2002-02-04 12:00:00

Although any theatre company should pride itself on its

2002-01-28 12:00:00

Ben Jonson's most inventive city comedy was written in t

2001-12-17 12:00:00

It has often been said that a good priest, whose job is

2001-12-10 12:00:00

After watching a rehearsal of J M Barrie's Mary Rose

2001-11-26 12:00:00

I was probably the only child unaware of the Japanese cu

2001-10-29 12:00:00

The programme of the gloriously lavish new presentation

2001-10-22 12:00:00

How do we celebrate a tragedy?

2001-10-15 12:00:00

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was well ahead of

2001-09-24 12:00:00

Chekhov is thought to have written his sprawling "Play w

2001-09-17 12:00:00

In 1726, William Brown was arrested in the cruising grou

2001-09-10 12:00:00

When Brian Friel's version of Chekhov's Three Sister

2001-09-03 12:00:00

The recent arrival of the Al-Kasaba troupe at London's R

2001-07-30 12:00:00

As the Royal Shakespeare Company and its theatres approa

2001-07-23 12:00:00

To label Sam Shepard's modern family melodrama A Lie

2001-06-25 12:00:00

When I first heard a rumour from a Stratford landlady in

2001-05-21 12:00:00

There is no theatrical institution more sadly underrated

2001-04-02 12:00:00

"Do servants still exist?" asks the hero's fiancee brigh

2001-03-12 12:00:00

It's a stormy night in 1960s Harlem.

2001-03-05 12:00:00

The women are strikingly different: the bitch in a black

2001-02-26 12:00:00

"We have all waited long, but it's not over yet," warns

2001-02-19 12:00:00

Alistair Beaton's scathing satire Feelgood is c

2001-01-29 12:00:00

Whether or not Fiona Shaw is well received in the title

2000-10-30 12:00:00

Harold Pinter has just turned 70, and theatrical cele- b

2000-10-23 12:00:00

For many years I wanted to write a play about Stalin's "

2000-07-10 12:00:00

We are in a dowdy shoe store - it could as easily be Ire

2000-06-12 12:00:00

There's a playwriting exercise that illustrates the diff

2000-06-05 12:00:00

Women who rule the roost are a tradition in Irish writin

2000-05-15 12:00:00

Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Tom Stoppard's Th

2000-04-24 12:00:00

What is Michael Gambon doing reclining on a cloud?

2000-04-17 12:00:00

Hotfoot from appearing in Noel Coward's Song at Twil

2000-03-20 12:00:00

Summertime and the living is uneasy.

2000-02-21 12:00:00

A prisoner on Robben Island complains when his cellmate

2000-02-07 12:00:00

Who could have predicted that Conor McPherson's The

2000-01-24 12:00:00

George Bernard Shaw sets the scene for Widowers' Hou

1999-12-20 12:00:00

I was shocked when the American playwright Wallace Shawn

1999-11-22 12:00:00

Above, a man is swimming towards us.

1999-11-08 12:00:00

Yukio Ninagawa's production of King Lear has ex

1999-10-25 12:00:00

The chorus in Declan Donnellan's marvellous and arrestin

1999-10-18 12:00:00

Ian McDiarmid looks like a Rembrandt portrait as the Jew