Laurence Olivier

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Desmond Davis obituary
Director best known for the 1981 film classic Clash of the Titans

Anthony Hayward

02, Aug, 2021 @12:50 PM

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‘Olivier was jealous of me’: TV drama pioneer Derek Granger at 100
On his centenary, the veteran producer recalls adding punch to Coronation Street, bringing Brideshead to the screen and his ‘turbulent’ relationship with one of the acting world’s greats

Michael Billington

19, Apr, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Ronald Pickup: a theatrical great from a golden generation
The actor, who has died aged 80, had a thriving screen career but was also a terrific stage star and an essential member of Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre company

Michael Billington

26, Feb, 2021 @11:18 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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Miranda Richardson's teenage obsessions: 'I rescued a kestrel and became fascinated by birds of prey'
With the release of her new film Rams, the actor remembers her love of westerns and John Wayne, playing male parts at her all girls’ school and the thrill of frightening humour

As told to Rich Pelley

04, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Hail, Coriolanus! The greatness of Shakespeare's shape-shifting epic
From Olivier’s strangled fury to Ralph Fiennes’ Oedipal embraces, this complex political play is extraordinarily flexible

Michael Billington

05, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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From rep to reps: can a 'Shakespeare gym' solve the crisis in verse-speaking?
The Royal Shakespeare Company has vowed to drill the Bard’s rhythms into its actors – but our alienation from his language runs deeper

Michael Billington

18, Feb, 2020 @11:26 AM

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Ian McKellen by Garry O’Connor review – from Richard III to Gandalf
A fascinating biographical study of a stellar acting career – including the secrets that lie behind it

Simon Callow

11, Dec, 2019 @10:58 AM

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Joan Plowright at 90: the star who spoke truth to British theatre
On the actor’s birthday, our critic picks three key performances that illuminate her gift for earthy honesty

Michael Billington

28, Oct, 2019 @6:00 AM

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Mervyn Willis obituary
Other lives: Artistic director of the Open Air theatre, Regent’s Park, London, in the 1970s

Gary Yershon

30, Jun, 2019 @4:45 PM

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From the Godfather to Shakespeare’s mad king – Al Pacino takes on Lear
Veteran aspires to acting kudos in British-made film adaptation

Dalya Alberge

24, Nov, 2018 @2:00 PM

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Dramatic Exchanges review – a history of the National Theatre in letters
Denunciations fly, friends fall out and hurt is inflicted in Daniel Rosenthal’s rewarding collection of letters from directors, actors and writers

Simon Callow

17, Nov, 2018 @9:00 AM

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