John Gielgud

Michael Coveney: Cumberbatch, Kidman and the hazards of hype
Buzz is an essential part of showbiz - but it can be misplaced
Famous Hamlets through the ages
These guys (and girls) made headlines as the Dane way before a certain Mr Cumberbatch
Michael Coveney: Do Shakespeare marathons echo box set binges?
The current raft of epic history cycles continues a rich theatrical tradition
Richard Johnson, film star and artistic associate of the RSC, dies aged 87
The actor, who turned down the starring role in the first James Bond film, died last week
Michael Coveney: Will Emma Rice bring circus to the Globe a la Brook's Dream?
The surprise appointment of Rice at the Globe prompts memories of a landmark Shakespeare production
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
Warren Clarke obituary - 'unforgettable in almost everything he did'
Clarke, who has died aged 67, was most recently seen on stage as Winston Churchill
Michael Coveney: Petherbridge revives his vaudeville Lear, more Bard news from the RSC
My Perfect Mind returns to the Young Vic, while there are some strange things on the horizon in Stratford
20 incredible facts about theatre that you won't believe are true
Some will make you gasp, some will make you laugh, some you simply won't believe
Michael Coveney: Actors speak up on stage and page, Gielgud biographer snaps back
Actors themselves usually provide the greatest insights on their own performances