What Kind of Fool Was Ken?
Well, hello, it's April Fool's Day. What a beautiful day, missus, what a beautiful day, as Ken Dodd would say, for shoving a cucumber in the vicar's letter-box and shouting, "The Martians have landed!...
Michael Coveney: Cold Cuts at High Tables
So, the National and the RSC (and the Royal Opera House) are taking big 15% ("real terms") hits in their Arts Council funding in order to help out the rest of the clientele. But a similar percentage
All My Sons, Daughters & Friends
Much the most interesting article written about Elizabeth Taylor was Philip French's in the Observer at the weekend, when he made the crucial point that Taylor was one of a close-knit ...
Jo Caird: The Power of Promenade
By Jo Caird
Those of you who've read my stuff before will probably be aware of my childlike enthusiasm for promenade and interactive theatre. When done well, this type of performance can offer the most magical
Arrivederci, Franco
A long weekend in Turin was nearly spoilt when I opened my copy of La Stampa at the breakfast table and saw that the great Italian critic Franco Quadri had died in Milan aged 74. For many y
Boss Blog: The Lure of the Longrunner - & Other Tourist Tales
By Terri Paddock
My 18-year-old nephew visited me from California this month. Over the ten days of his holiday visiting his Aunt Terri (he arrived early the morning after the Oliviers – that was a fun, bleary-ey
Duff is Rattigan's Cause Celebre at Old Vic
By Whatsonstage.com Outing
Wednesday night at the Old Vic was a true success where over 160 theatregoers enjoyed the thrilling production of Cause Celebre. Originally a BBC radio play first broadcast in 1975 Cause Celebre 
Top Tenn Centenary
It will be the centenary of Tennessee Williams on Saturday and I hope I shall find a way of celebrating suitably when I'm in Turin for the weekend. One plan is to find tickets, somehow, for Verdi's ...
Jo Caird: Women on Top
By Jo Caird
So, Josie Rourke is to take over from Michael Grandage as artistic director at the Donmar Warehouse. This is brilliant news – the Bush Theatre has gone from strength to strength since Rourke too
Where's the Arcola Welcome?
A second visit to the new Arcola last night was not, overall, a happy experience. It was opening night, but no sign of artistic director Mehmet Ergen or his executive director, Ben Todd, even if it ...