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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The frill of it all: Hattie Morahan in 'The Changeling'

Hattie Morahan on The Changeling: an unsavoury role played with relish

Murder, infatuation and bed-hopping... Hattie Morahan can't wait to play a monster in 'The Changeling'

'Wallflowers' by Eliza Robertson

Wallflowers by Eliza Robertson, book review: Shortcuts to gravitas

Short story collection confirms Robertson as a significant new talent

Director of 'Orfeo' Sir Michael Boyd (left) and designer Tom Piper

Lyre, lyre: Bringing 'Orfeo' to the London stage

The world’s first great opera is to be the first staged at London’s Roundhouse

Sink the Pink's 2013 New Year's Eve party

A guide to New Year's Eve party Nirvana

Four of Britain's top DJs give their verdict on how to party into 2015

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Outrageous costumes. Eye-popping make-up. Gender fun and games. Three panto stars throw open their dressing rooms to explain the secrets and the demands of playing the dame...
Hamlet in Antigua City, Guatemala (Press image from Holly Blaxill)

All the world’s a stage: The Globe report back as they bring Hamlet to every nation on Earth

Here, in personal diary entries, they reflect on some of their experiences so far

Sophie Rundle (Lucia Kos) and Jodie McNee (Alisa Kos) in 3 Winters

3 Winters, National Theatre, review: Clever family drama that encompasses 60 years of Croatian history

It might take a while to warm up, but this show grabs you by the guts

Sharon Duncan-Brewster & Rudi Dharmalingam in Hope at the Royal Court

Hope, Royal Court, review: a play about spending cuts that dodges gloominess

Jack Thorne's timely play reveals the impossible task facing local councils

The Affinity is one of 10 apartments at Pickwell

Pickwell Manor, Devon: Stay the night

These holiday apartments bask in a listed manor house that drips with history – some of it bloody, says Holly Williams

Carly Bawden (Lynette 'Squeaky' Fromme), Catherine Tate (Sara Jane Moore)

Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory, review: Jamie Lloyd takes aim at the American Dream

Catherine Tate is part of the musical's top-drawer ensemble

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before