20 Questions: Louise Brealey - 'failure is not trying'
The Sherlock star on books, Doctor Who auditions and felt koalas
Leading Ladies: Nancy Carroll - 'I have no idea how anyone sustains a plan in this business'
In the latest of our occasional series, we get 'closer' to an actress every director wants to work with
Michael Coveney: Royal 'Sher-speare' Company makes plans as Dame Diana goes solo
Reflections on recent developments in Stratford and some classic critical put-downs
Michael Coveney: Bill Bryden wraps up the Cottesloe, Eileen Atkins returns to Stratford
A new book reflects on a bygone era of the National, while Evita bows out in the West End and Eileen Atkins defies her 80 years
Michael Coveney: Censorship scare gets serious as Mamet becomes a Lindsay-fest
'Lohan has already been gleefully pre-judged in some quarters'
Michael Coveney: Summer treats with Noël Coward and seaside piers; RIP Peter Whelan
Our chief critic enjoys a leading Coward interpreter and reflects on the death of the writer of The Accrington Pals
Rebecca Hall on making her Broadway debut in Machinal
By David Gordon
British actress Rebecca Hall - daughter of veteran director Peter Hall - is currently making her Broadway debut in a revival of Sophie Treadwell's 1928 Machinal. Our colleagues at TheaterMania recently caught up with her to find out more
Read Nicholas Hytner's introduction to the NT 50th anniversary gala
By Nicholas Hytner
The National Theatre, which celebrated its 50th anniversary with a star-studded gala on Saturday, has 'always been about who works here', said artistic director Nicholas Hytner in his programme introduction
Michael Coveney: National comes alive in memories at its own 50th birthday gala
A dream cast list and a canny selection of scenes sent our chief critic into raptures on Saturday night