Michael Coveney: 'You can judge a book by its cover and a show by its first scene'
Critic Michael Coveney on first impressions, Zippos Circus and the clownish joys of Mark Rylance and Kenneth Cranham
Mark Rylance and cast celebrate opening night of Farinelli and the King
Claire van Kampen's play opened at the Duke of York Theatre last night
Michael Coveney: Cumberbatch, Kidman and the hazards of hype
Buzz is an essential part of showbiz - but it can be misplaced
Mark Gatiss: 'The West End is pricing itself to death'
By Ben Hewis
The actor is currently rehearsing Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre