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Macbeth movies have been foul and fair – Joel Coen’s is a stunner
The Tragedy of Macbeth follows in the footsteps of Orson Welles’s bold 1948 film, which showed how imagination can turn Shakespeare’s text into more than just a costume epic

Michael Billington

25, Jan, 2022 @6:43 AM

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Britain’s indifference to Molière’s 400th is no surprise but it’s still shameful
Despite some clever reimaginings of Tartuffe, the UK’s stages remain depressingly inattentive to one of the world’s greatest playwrights

Michael Billington

18, Jan, 2022 @7:21 AM

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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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Bill Bryden: supremely gifted director who harnessed the ensemble’s power
The Scottish theatre-maker, who has died aged 79, brought us an epic 12-hour production of the Mysteries and the world premiere of Glengarry Glen Ross

Michael Billington

06, Jan, 2022 @5:32 PM

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Julian Fellowes turns Half a Sixpence rewrite Kipps into winning fun
In a surprisingly class-conscious stage adaptation of the HG Wells-inspired musical from the Downton Abbey creator on Sky, Charlie Stemp radiates kindly innocence

Michael Billington

30, Dec, 2021 @1:48 PM

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Cameron Mackintosh: ‘the public appreciates theatre more’ since Covid
The super-producer, celebrating his 75th birthday with a retrospective on TV, talks about the pandemic’s effect on commercial theatre – and his fury with government

Michael Billington

13, Dec, 2021 @4:02 PM

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The Treaty shows history in the making – and proves the power of political theatre
Colin Murphy’s remarkable new play takes us behind closed doors as high-stakes negotiations for Irish independence take place

Michael Billington

03, Dec, 2021 @3:49 PM

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Antony Sher: a consummate Shakespearean and a man of staggering versatility
One of the most gifted actors of his era, Sher – who has died aged 72 – combined psychology and a keen sense of the visual in soul-baring performances

Michael Billington

03, Dec, 2021 @1:16 PM

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Sheffield’s Crucible: the revolutionary theatre that was almost snookered
Half a century ago, Colin George faced down the doom-mongers and campaigners to bring the city a radical alternative to proscenium theatre: the open, thrust stage

Michael Billington

30, Nov, 2021 @11:41 AM

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Where to start with Stephen Sondheim: 10 of the best from the maestro
Discover the musical theatre titan through the life-changing cast album of Company, Imelda Staunton’s phenomenal turn in Gypsy, starry birthday concerts and his essential book on lyric writing

Michael Billington

29, Nov, 2021 @9:00 PM

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Lionel Blair: a showbiz phenomenon with all the right moves
He gained household fame on Give Us a Clue but the all-round entertainer was a world-class hoofer who could hold his own alongside Sammy Davis Jr

Michael Billington

05, Nov, 2021 @1:49 PM

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‘He understood our national psyche’: Terence Rattigan deserves a proper memorial
His complex, ambivalent plays are regularly revived – and now a campaign aims to improve the playwright’s resting place in a London cemetery

Michael Billington

04, Nov, 2021 @9:01 AM

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