Holly Williams

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

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A life in stages: Olivia Vinall, 27, already playing her third major role at the National Theatre

Olivia Vinall: the National Theatre darling on starring in a new Tom Stoppard play

The fired-up young actress leads the cast of Stoppard's mind-bending new play, The Hard Problem

Bad Jews, St James Theatre: witty, acerbic family drama is outrageously fun

Joshua Harmon's big themes emerge thoughtfully

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

The Changeling, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: Hattie Morahan stars in Jacobean tragedy

Dominic Dromgoole's production finds black comedy in a grisly plot of murder, adultery and deceit

Caroline Horton in Islands at The Bush Theatre

Islands, Bush Theatre - review: Crude, rude, but not especially funny

The sniggering toilet humour feels inadequate for sending up this powerful breed of tax evaders

A bedroom at the Malt House

The Malt House, Gloucestershire: A picture-perfect country escape

This Cotswolds conversion offers plenty of old-fashioned charm and fabulously fluffy pancakes, says Holly Williams

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...
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The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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