Maggie Smith

The Master Builder (Old Vic)
Ralph Fiennes gives a magnificent performance in this new adaptation of Ibsen's classic play
Michael Coveney: five theatre resolutions for the New Year
Critic Michael Coveney picks five things he'll be aiming for in 2016
Michael Coveney: 'Maggie Smith dubbed me her premature obituarist'
A look ahead to the Dame's upcoming appearance on Graham Norton and her new Alan Bennett movie
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
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
The Beaux' Stratagem (National Theatre, Olivier)
'One of the genuine classics of English comedy has been restored'
Michael Coveney: Benedict Cumberbatch helps put his relative Richard to rest
The reburial of Richard III prompts reflections on Shakespeare's warped interpretation