Alan Bennett

Michael Coveney: Maggie Smith has given us so much that was worth writing about
The actress accepted the Critics' Circle Award in London this week
Michael Coveney: Laughter is the great purgative in theatre
Ahead of the opening of The Painkiller this evening, Michael Coveney expounds the joy of farce
Single Spies (Birmingham Rep)
By Diane Parkes
Alan Bennett's comedy is bought to the stage in a co-production between Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Rep
Michael Coveney: It's hard to believe Jim Broadbent turned down Del Boy
Michael Coveney on the joys of actor Jim Broadbent, who is currently starring in A Christmas Carol

Michael Coveney: who on earth can play Dewey if Alex Brightman doesn't?
Critic Michael Coveney reports back from New York on School of Rock, Hamilton and Al Pacino
Casting announced for Alan Bennett's Single Spies
Chichester Festival Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre's revival will tour the UK from February 2016
Dame Maggie Smith to appear on The Graham Norton Show with Justin Bieber
The acting legend is set to make her first British chat show appearance in 42 years
Chichester Festival Theatre announces winter 2015 season
Dame Penelope Keith will appear in a one-woman show by Anton Burge
Michael Coveney: Maggie Smith comes up to date as two Nicks redefine the West End
Our esteemed critic publishes his new biography of Maggie Smith this week
Talking Heads (Bath Theatre Royal)
Karl Theobald stands out in this revival of Alan Bennett's monologues