Derek Jacobi

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Sir Derek Jacobi: ‘The sound and magic of voice are disappearing from theatre’
The acclaimed actor – who is to receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Olivier Awards – says the demise of repertory theatre is putting paid to the vocal prowess

Dalya Alberge

18, Mar, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Derek Jacobi and Arlene Phillips picked for career-crowning Olivier awards
The actor is to get the lifetime achievement honour and the choreographer the special award at this year’s theatre prizes in April

Chris Wiegand

22, Feb, 2023 @2:23 PM

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‘We fetishised being young – it’s just stupid!’: Judi Dench and Richard Eyre on ageing, Covid and saving the NHS
Shot in 2021, a film of Allelujah, Alan Bennett’s 2018 play set on a geriatric ward, is released next month. How relevant does it remain? Its stars, including Jennifer Saunders and Bally Gill, share their thoughts during production – and more than a year later

Catherine Shoard

10, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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'I’ve got a feeling I won’t be on stage again’: Derek Jacobi on age, ego, Igglepiggle and unrequited love
Sixty-five years after his first rave reviews, the star of I, Claudius and Last Tango in Halifax is still drowning in work – and self-doubt. Can a man who won Ian McKellen’s heart really see himself as ‘bland and uninteresting’?

Ryan Gilbey

17, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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A Bird Flew in review – heartfelt portrait of film-makers struggling with lockdown
Ensemble study of film professionals struggling with enforced isolation features some good performances but doesn’t really come together

Peter Bradshaw

27, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Allelujah review – sweet but slight Alan Bennett hospital drama
A-listers are tended to by formidable nurse Jennifer Saunders in Richard Eyre’s adaptation of the 2018 play about a struggling geriatric hospital

Peter Bradshaw

10, Sep, 2022 @6:17 PM

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Never mind the nose: what makes Cyrano de Bergerac a hero for all time?
Edmond Rostand’s great romantic has drawn actors including Ralph Richardson, Antony Sher and James McAvoy to its lead role. It is a tale of glorious theatricality, glittering poetry and heroic self-sacrifice

Michael Billington

11, Jan, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Singing celebrities make film urging Britons to get Covid jab
David Walliams, Jim Broadbent, Nicola Roberts and Asa Butterfield among stars performing in short film

Mattha Busby

03, Jul, 2021 @11:55 AM

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'A critic said my stomach was a warning to us all!' Simon Callow meets Derek Jacobi
The theatre legends look back at working with Laurence Olivier and Peter O’Toole, the pain of biting reviews, the joy of a good run – and the agonies of being miscast

Chris Wiegand

16, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Romeo & Juliet review – Verona is a dystopia in trailblazing tragedy
Sam Tutty and Emily Redpath star in an ambitious new version of Shakespeare’s play created with digital wizardry

Arifa Akbar

11, Feb, 2021 @11:59 PM

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For One Knight Only: what we learned about Judi, Maggie, Ian and Derek in their Zoom knees-up
In an event for the theatrical charity Acting for Others, Dench, Smith, McKellen and Jacobi spoke about their highs and lows, superstitions and acting tips

Chris Wiegand

30, Nov, 2020 @9:37 AM

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Judi Dench and Ian McKellen head cast for Zoom show in aid of UK theatre workers
Maggie Smith and Derek Jacobi also among those who will take part in comedy fundraiser

Amy Walker

22, Nov, 2020 @3:30 PM

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