Ben Elton

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Kerry Godliman: 'Ben Elton is often overlooked as a standup'
The After Life and PRU star and comic recounts her love of anarchic late night live TV, from Friday Night Live to The Word

As told to Ammar Kalia

23, Mar, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Upstart Crow review – a sitcom ripe for a theatrical remake
David Mitchell makes a rollicking stage debut as the Bard in this bawdy adaptation of Ben Elton’s BBC series

Holly Williams

23, Feb, 2020 @5:30 AM

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The Upstart Crow review – authentically Shakespearean right down to the puffling pants
David Mitchell is engaging and confident as Ben Elton brings his hit TV sitcom to the stage – it’s the definite article

Mark Lawson

17, Feb, 2020 @11:59 PM

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Ben Elton review – bracing return of a sexagenarian all at sea
Fifteen years since he last performed standup, Elton’s new show humbly embraces the madness of the modern world

Brian Logan

01, Oct, 2019 @11:10 AM

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Ben Elton's return to standup: 'I’m as scared as I get'
Back on tour for the first time in 15 years, the trailblazing comedian has some scores to settle. How can he be a sellout, he asks, if he was never radical to begin with?

Brian Logan

26, Sep, 2019 @7:01 AM

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David Mitchell and Ben Elton's Upstart Crow sitcom to become stage show
Comedian will make his West End stage debut as Shakespeare in comedy adaptation promising troubles, twins and a dancing bear

Chris Wiegand

25, Sep, 2019 @12:06 PM

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All Is True review – Kenneth Branagh and Ben Elton’s witty Bard biopic
Branagh directs and stars in this convincing and elegant imagining of Shakespeare’s final years

Simran Hans

10, Feb, 2019 @6:59 AM

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Decadence and dystopia: the unmissable theatre, dance and comedy of 2019
Blanchett and Hiddleston get sexual, there are chills in a Glasgow tower block, Matthew Bourne takes on the star-crossed lovers, plus Catherine Tate, Tim Minchin and Ben Elton return to the road

Michael Billington, Lyndsey Winship and Brian Logan

02, Jan, 2019 @12:00 PM

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All Is True review – Kenneth Branagh and Ben Elton's poignant Bard biopic
Judi Dench and Ian McKellen offer solid support in a story of Shakespeare’s home life that tiptoes between fact and fiction

Peter Bradshaw

21, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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First trailer for Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare drama All Is True released
Written by Ben Elton, the forthcoming film stars Branagh as the playwright in his retirement years, opposite Judi Dench as Anne Hathaway

Guardian film

06, Dec, 2018 @11:15 AM

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‘Shakespeare was an overworked commuter’: David Mitchell and Ben Elton quiz each other
A new series of Upstart Crow, starring David Mitchell as Shakespeare and written by Ben Elton, begins this week. They quiz each other about life, love and drinking too much

Ben Elton and David Mitchell

26, Aug, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Cate Blanchett joins stars signing open letter that calls on Australia to protect screen industry
Gillian Armstrong, Peter Weir, Rose Byrne and Richard Roxburgh among 215 people who have put names to appeal

Steph Harmon

26, Mar, 2018 @10:09 PM

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