Culture
19 September 2005
''He died with the hammer in his hand." The words of "The Ballad of John Henry", which I haven't heard since childhood...
Culture
12 September 2005
Officialdom dictates our lives. It is a nervous time for a married couple such as the Kerwoods when the lady from the...
Music and Performance
29 August 2005
''One of our Rhine daughters has eaten some bad fish and got sick," announced Speight Jenkins, general director of the...
Culture
22 August 2005
The Santa Fe opera house has no walls. A warm breeze travels across the scrub from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and...
Culture
08 August 2005
Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors is not an easy play to perform. His puns are always difficult for modern audiences and...
Culture
01 August 2005
The Lord Chamberlain's role as theatre censor ended in 1968, the year that audiences were first appalled or delighted...
Culture
18 July 2005
The press officer at the Soho Theatre announced: "Last night would have been our second night, but the performance was...
Music and Performance
11 July 2005
I confess that it did happen. I was only nine at the time, and I take the view that things which occur early on in a...
Culture
04 July 2005
There once was an advertising campaign that asked adults if they had forgotten how good cornflakes tasted. Evidently...
Culture
27 June 2005
Boy meets married girl; girl persuades boy to help murder her husband for the insurance; boy and girl double-cross each...
Culture
30 May 2005
''The editor cut my best bloody line." How I feel for George Maxwell, the fictional Daily Telegraph theatre critic...
Culture
23 May 2005
The swearing in the stage version of Billy Elliot is hilarious, particularly when, with precision timing that takes...
Culture
16 May 2005
I have never before been assaulted by a widow - though, more accurately, the attack on this occasion was "with" rather...
Culture
09 May 2005
You don't expect menace at the seaside. A curtain depicting two huge deckchairs in cheerful stripes rises to reveal the...
Culture
25 April 2005
Mary Margaret Kaye's The Far Pavilions was already a won- derfully old-fashioned romantic novel when it was first...

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