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
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?
Michael Coveney: Comedians playing it straight on stage
Stephen Merchant is the latest high profile comic to tread the boards
The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville Theatre)
David Suchet's Lady Bracknell struggles to raise laughs in Adrian Noble's revival
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
Michael Coveney: Geraldine McEwan was a great comic stylist
McEwan, who has died aged 82, had a 'syrupy, seductive voice and a forthright, sparkling manner'
Michael Coveney: Critical awards and lasting legacies
Reflections on this year's Critics' Circle Awards, and some great critics of the past
Michael Coveney: Rufus Norris's National - fresh meat or cold potatoes?
'In the admirable rush to be all things to all men in the name of diversity and inclusivity, the danger is you lose sight of what you really want to do'