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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UK Politics
20 November 2008
Gethsemane, David Hare's 14th original play for the National Theatre (surely a case for the Competition Commission),...
Culture
30 October 2008
Problems besiege any production of the west's best known tragedy. Oedipus Rex is static, its terrible acts of violence...
Culture
16 October 2008
Here's a question that may or may not have perplexed you: Why are black women so bad-tempered? And here is the answer...
Culture
02 October 2008
What, asks Chekhov's anti-hero in the third act of the play that bears his name, is wrong with me? Kenneth Branagh as...
Culture
18 September 2008
"Where are you off to?" my colleagues asked. To see a funny thing, I replied. You go into a little room and get a...
04 September 2008
This was one of those unnerving, out-of-body evenings at the theatre where everyone was lifted into ecstasy except me....
Culture
21 August 2008
Greg Doran's new production of Hamlet is crystal clear, breathlessly energetic and, at over three and a half hours,...
Culture
07 August 2008
When I was a boy at prep school, I used to look through the window of the teachers' common room and imagine the affairs...
Culture
24 July 2008
A vignette from the life of a critic. The other week, I received an email from a stranger. Her name was Jessica...
Culture
10 July 2008
There are many splendid prospects for a summer's Friday night. Cooping yourself up in the Barbican with ten actors...
Culture
26 June 2008
American Gothic, the best-known painting by the Thirties realist Grant Wood, is a dubious piece of art: iconic,...
Culture
12 June 2008
In his seventy-fifth year Michael Frayn has produced a minor masterpiece, and maybe not so minor either. I'd guess...
Culture
29 May 2008
The most surprising thing about this production of George Bernard Shaw's best-loved play is that its "sanguinary...
Culture
15 May 2008
That Face Duke of York's Theatre, London WC2 Polly Stenham's That Face, which was understandably overpraised when it...
Music and Performance
01 May 2008
It was fine, as maybe Dixie thought first time round, until they burned Atlanta. I was beginning to think that the...

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