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Unhappy days: Resistance spy turned Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
On song: Errollyn Wallen

Errollyn Wallen's 'Anon': Manon Lescaut for the 21st century

Errollyn Wallen's compositions give a voice to the voiceless. Her latest is about female murder victims
Friends reunited: Julian Ovenden, Richard Cant and Matt Bardock in rehearsals for the Donmar revival of 'My Night
with Reg'

'My Night with Reg': No 'pink play' stereotypes

The Donmar's revival of Kevin Elyot's 1994 tale of gay friends, 'My Night with Reg', is given added poignancy by being staged only a month after its creator's death. The director, Robert Hastie, talks to John Nathan about its humanity

A Streetcar Named Desire: Benedict Andrews gives Blanche and Stanley a twist

As ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ gets a radical overhaul from director Benedict Andrews, Holly Williams climbs aboard

Bryars: 'There are many elements in this journey through Irish literature that sustain my work on a Beckett Songbook'

Gavin Bryars on Samuel Beckett: 'There is something particularly satisfying about devoting a collection of songs to a single poet'

I was in my teens when I first came across Waiting for Godot in Goole Public Library

Flower power: Xander Parish performing last year in Michel Fokine's 'Le Spectre de la Rose'

Xander Parish: From Hull to the Mariinsky Ballet

As a youngster, Xander Parish dreamt of playing cricket for Yorkshire. But now he's found fame as the first British dancer to join the illustrious Mariinsky Ballet. He tells Jessica Duchen how it happened
John Gorick as Wilde with William Kempsell in 'The Trials of Oscar Wilde'

New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play – and here he describes what they reveal about the man
Martin Freeman as Richard III

Martin Freeman, Richard III, and theatre etiquette

Martin Freeman’s Richard III is attracting a new - and rowdier - audience, theatregoers complain. Don’t shush them, says Natalie Haynes, this is how theatre should be

Torben Betts: Alan Ayckbourn's 'darker, younger brother'

As his new play opens, Torben Betts tells Alice Jones about his blackly comic portraits of middle-class culture and angst

Born naturals: a rehearsal for 'The Good Enough Mums Club'

'The Good Enough Mums Club': Nappy days are here again

Emily Beecher tells Charlotte Philby how her postnatal crisis became a musical
Well read: Claire Forlani in rehearsal

Claire Forlani: From Hollywood to Kilburn

She starred with Brad Pitt and Sean Connery but this week Claire Forlani will make her debut at the Tricycle theatre

Women behaving badly at the RSC

Holly Williams talks to the writers making ‘Midsummer Mischief’ for a festival relaunching Stratford’s Other Place

The Homer Games

After wowing audiences in the US, Anne Washburn’s post-apocalyptic play inspired by ‘The Simpsons’ is making its British premiere. The playwright tells Matt Trueman how ‘a fun little game to play on the Subway’ came to the stage

Adler & Gibb: Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Holly Williams steps into rehearsals for Tim Crouch’s latest theatrical mind-boggler

Polly Stenham: 'It’s funny, the more [writing] you do, the better you get technically but the harder it gets to block out the bullshit'

Hotel playwright Polly Stenham: 'It's a good experience to get bad reviews'

Stenham makes her National Theatre debut with a revenge thriller. It's a departure from tales of dysfunctional families, but no less dark. The playwright tells Alice Jones why she likes taking risks even when critics don't agree
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