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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05 March 2012
In BasildonThe Royal CourtMike Leigh's play Abigail's Party, set in "theoretical Romford", was first...
Culture
30 January 2012
Travelling LightLyttelton Theatre, London SE1Reading the text of Travelling Light, I realised that Nicholas Wright's...
12 December 2011
The Bard had a good 2011. Kevin Spacey's Richard III was a master of honed insincerity and, in his sunglasses and tunic...
Culture
16 November 2011
HamletYoung Vic, London SE1It is not normally necessary to warn New Statesman readers that a review of Hamlet contains...
07 November 2011
Marat/SadeRoyal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-AvonNo one stormed out on the day I went. The media have made much...
24 October 2011
Driving Miss DaisyWyndham's Theatre, London WC2Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy is a play with three subjects. The...
Culture
10 October 2011
GriefCottesloe Theatre, London SE1Talk about bleak moments. Better still, watch Bleak Moments (1971), Mike Leigh's...
Culture
12 September 2011
The Faith MachineRoyal Court Theatre, London SW1Unwittingly, I fear, in The Faith Machine, Alexi Kaye Campbell has...
Culture
12 September 2011
Nothing among the mists and mellowness of this autumn's theatre tempts me like Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, which is...
Cultural Capital
31 August 2011
Edinburgh, I found, on my brief visit, was quiet for the time of year. The festival fringe boasted it had more than 2,...
Culture
29 August 2011
“No," said an RP voice during the interval: he was not enjoying it. It was the accents. It was unclear...
Culture
01 August 2011
Richard IIIOld Vic, London SE1Unlike much of Shakespeare, Richard III is not, I think, a hard play to do well. Its plot...
Culture
18 July 2011
The Merchant of VeniceRSC StratfordThere are broadly two approaches to directing the classics. One is to strive for the...
Culture
09 June 2011
A Delicate BalanceAlmeida Theatre, London N1SilenceHampstead Theatre, London NW3Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, the...
Culture
12 May 2011
Like many fiftysomethings, the playwright Rona Munro included, I acted out my childhood against the backdrop of the...

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