Helen Mirren

Why awards really do matter
As the Evening Standard Awards are announced, Matt Trueman looks at the price of chasing celebrities over talent
Ken Stott: I'm sick of the 'anyone can act' attitude in theatre
The actor Ken Stott on how he got into show business, his new role in The Dresser and why actors aren't what they used to be
Sarah Crompton: Is the National Youth Theatre still seen as a middle-class preserve?
As the NYT approaches its 60th birthday, Sarah looks back on its alumni, some controversial moments in its history, and the need to offer initiatives that aren't about privilege or money
James Roose-Evans: 'The Third Age is not all just about dementia'
The founder of Hampstead Theatre on his new theatre company Frontier, which specialises in promoting older actors
Alan Rickman obituary: He loved the baddies he played
Michael Coveney reflects on the life and work of Alan Rickman, who has died at the age of 69
Linda (Royal Court)
Olivier award-winner Noma Dumezweni takes the title role in Penelope Skinner's new play
Michael Coveney: Cumberbatch, Kidman and the hazards of hype
Buzz is an essential part of showbiz - but it can be misplaced
Michael Coveney: Old actors bloom as Helen Mirren and Ken Cranham prove 70 is the new 40
From Redgrave's Beatrice to Jacobi's Mercutio, are we experiencing a golden age for older actors?