10 July 2000
We are in a dowdy shoe store - it could as easily be Ireland as the American south. The light is dusty and brown as a...
05 June 2000
Women who rule the roost are a tradition in Irish writing. In Frank McGuinness's tremendous new play - his first for...
24 April 2000
What is Michael Gambon doing reclining on a cloud? He is chatting about death and likening it to some "hideous long...
Culture
03 April 2000
Here it is - a showcase of Harold Pinter's career. His first play, The Room, written in 1957, and his new play,...
20 March 2000
Summertime and the living is uneasy. In the Deep South, in the heat, the cotton is high and tempers are, too. Archie...
21 February 2000
A prisoner on Robben Island complains when his cellmate tries to teach him the story of Antigone. Greek legend, he...
07 February 2000
Who could have predicted that Conor McPherson's The Weir, set in an Irish bar filled with voluble failures and a...
24 January 2000
George Bernard Shaw sets the scene for Widowers' Houses as follows: "In the garden restaurant of a hotel at Remagen on...
20 December 1999
I was shocked when the American playwright Wallace Shawn, whom I was interviewing a few weeks ago, told me sadly that...
22 November 1999
Above, a man is swimming towards us. The audience and the stage are the deeps. His projected image is upside down - the...
08 November 1999
Yukio Ninagawa's production of King Lear has excited much curiosity not only because it is the first time he has...
25 October 1999
The chorus in Declan Donnellan's marvellous and arresting production of Sophocles' Antigone looks like a forest in...
18 October 1999
Ian McDiarmid looks like a Rembrandt portrait as the Jew of Malta. His face is like the most famous line from Marlowe's...
Culture
26 July 1999
John Osborne used to dislike people treating Look Back in Anger as a monument. It is easy to understand why he felt as...
Culture
17 May 1999
Just before George Walden resigned from politics, John Major joined him in the Tea Room at the House of Commons and,...

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