Features

The Write Stuff: Stenham & Other Courtiers
By Editorial Staff
Polly Stenham’s acclaimed debut play That Face hasn’t turned up in the West End by chance. As Michael Coveney explains, Stenham is one of a new breed of playwrights with a spark of freshness who have set off on the writing road inspired by the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme.
Vanessa Redgrave: Years of Magical Acting
By Editorial Staff
Following a sell-out run on Broadway, Vanessa Redgrave is reprising her award-winning solo performance in Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking at the National Theatre. Michael Coveney celebrates a remarkable performance from one of the world’s greatest living actresses.
Why We Love Gone With the Wind
By Editorial Staff
As Trevor Nunn and Margaret Martin’s new musical of Gone With the Wind prepares for its West End premiere, Roger Foss takes a closer look at Margaret Mitchell’s epic story – from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the Oscar-winning film – and why it became a modern classic.
A Band for All Seasons
By Editorial Staff
As Broadway hit Jersey Boys, revealing the rags-to-riches tale of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, opens in the West End, John Coleman salutes the group’s signature sound & rise to fame from the mean streets of New Jersey.
Are We Sure About Shaw?
By Editorial Staff
Was George Bernard Shaw a prophet or a bore? As major revivals of Major Barbara at the NT & Pygmalion at the Old Vic introduce his dramas of ideas to a new generation, Michael Coveney investigates the playwright’s changing fortunes.
Felicity Kendal: Being Brave with Coward
By Editorial Staff
Felicity Kendal has come a long way from the wholesomeness of The Good Life to the glittering decadence of Noël Coward. Roger Foss talks to her as she prepares to enter The Vortex in the West End.
Pause for Thought: Playing Pinter
By Editorial Staff
What’s the appeal of being in Harold Pinter plays for so many actors, including Timothy West & Kenneth Cranham? With two major Pinter productions now opening, Michael Coveney discovers the pleasures, the pitfalls - & the pauses.
Looking Ahead: Theatre Highlights for 2008
By Editorial Staff
Will it be a happy new year for theatregoers? Michael Coveney & Terri Paddock consult the stars to see what’s coming up in 2008 in the West End & beyond, with plenty of plays, big name actors & the ascendancy of the Donmar.
Best Edinburgh hangout spots
By Editorial Staff
Whether you're looking for Wi-Fi or just a quick lie-down, check out the bars, restaurants and parks to head to during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe