Holly Williams

Holly Williams is an arts and features writer for The Independent, The Independent Magazine and The Independent on Sunday.

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Rufus Sewell and Nancy Carroll in Closer at the Donmar Warehouse

Closer, Donmar Warehouse, review: Patrick Marber’s play about love and sex still wounds

Rufus Sewell stars in David Leveaux's revival

Super woman: Indira Varma

Indira Varma: From Game of Thrones to Man and Superman

Indira Varma, who plays the libidinous bisexual bastard daughter of a nobleman in 'Game of Thrones', is now on stage opposite Ralph Fiennes in 'Man and Superman'. Sexy, powerful roles are just her thing, she tells Holly Williams

Playwright Patrick Marber

Come Closer: playwright Patrick Marber on the revival of his shock Nineties play

Patrick Marber’s play about sexual mores shocked in the Nineties, but can a new revival?

Timberlake Wertenbaker: The playwright on making trouble, cheering for a Greek revolution and premature reports of her demise

Wertenbaker has been a resident writer for the Royal Court, and is Professor of Playwriting at UEA

Es Devlin: ‘Everything is achieved by the tone of the play’

Es Devlin interview: Meet Britain's most astonishingly prolific designer

From Miley Cyrus tours to West End plays, Es Devlin has done it all

Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Walter has won Olivier, Evening Standard and Tony awards for her performances with the RSC and in the West End

Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

They have spent much of their young lives helping others. So what happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged these 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once? Holly Williams joined them as they prepared to make their dance debut at Sadler's Wells…
Zubin Varla as Dara

Dara, National Theatre: a story of warring Mughal princes is more than just family drama

The play's examination of Islam feels topical

Hattie Morahan leads the cast of 'The Changeling'

The Changeling, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, review: Morahan shines but not enough chills

The staging means the feverish pace the plot needs to carry it can evaporate

Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot