Alan Bennett

Michael Coveney: Nick's farewell knees-up at the National
The great and good of theatreland gathered at the NT on Friday to bid farewell to Nicholas Hytner
Michael Coveney and Matt Trueman on Hytner's National - 'a golden era'
Our critics assess Nicholas Hytner's 12-year tenure as he marks his final day as artistic director of the National Theatre
Michael Coveney: Benedict Cumberbatch helps put his relative Richard to rest
The reburial of Richard III prompts reflections on Shakespeare's warped interpretation
Michael Coveney on Maggie Smith's 'unique' stage career
Hints that Dame Maggie will no longer appear on stage signal the end of an illustrious chapter, writes her biographer
Rufus Norris announces first season as National Theatre artistic director
Chiwetel Ejiofor will return to the venue, and the season features new plays from Caryl Churchill and Patrick Marber plus a new musical by Damon Albarn
Maggie Smith's top 10 theatrical films
Our chief critic Michael Coveney, who is Maggie Smith's biographer, selects ten of her most theatrical films to tie in with the BFI's new season
Exclusive: Cast announced for 2015 tour of The History Boys
Sell a Door's revival will feature Steven Roberts, Richard Hope and Kedar Williams-Stirling
New shows and new faces at Ipswich's New Wolsey Theatre this spring
There should be something for all manner of theatre-goers in the recently inveiled New Wolsey Theatre season.
Michael Coveney: National unveils Dorfman as RSC channels Downton Abbey
'What's happened over recent years at the Royal Court, the Birmingham Rep, Chichester and now the National has been spectacular'