The veteran Channel 4 host let readers in on the inner workings of his mind – and it’s not as laundered as one might have thought
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The help desk: My young grandson likes to dress up in girls' clothes but my daughter-in-law discourages him
Sunday 08 December 2013
Q. My lovely grandson is six years old and not at all a typical boy. He's obsessed with Disney films, and when I used to take him to playgroup he always rushed to put on the girls' dressing-up clothes. I know he likes to wear his sister's clothes, too.
Tuesday 26 November 2013
Moone Boy won best comedy and Rhys Thomas took best arts programming
Saturday 23 November 2013
The epic, entertaining drama of madness and its misdiagnosis
Sunday 10 November 2013
There’s currently more Shakespeare being performed on Broadway than in London, with transfers from Shakespeare's Globe, Ethan Hawke and Orlando Bloom all playing
Saturday 09 November 2013
Hey, good looking.
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Die Fledermaus in jackboots? Is it no longer possible for a piece referring to Germany or Austria to be staged in this country without them? If it is, someone forgot to tell Christopher Alden. Johann Strauss's operetta is a work that bubbles over with champagne-sluiced melody and humour. Alden shoehorns it into the 1930s and brings us the decline and fall of Vienna. I'd never imagined that Die Fledermaus could leave you feeling depressed.
Monday 23 September 2013
There's the atmosphere of an end-of-term romp at The Lightning Child which is both the last show in the Globe Season of Plenty and the venue's first attempt at a musical. Playwright Che Walker and composer Arthur Darvill have joined forces on a crude, lewd, rumbustious remix of Euripides' The Bacchae which keeps hopping from ancient Thebes to contemporary London as it offers an updated low-down on the dangers of either denying or uninhibitedly indulging subterranean passions.
Edinburgh Festival 2013 classical review: Dido and Aeneas/Bluebeard's Castle: Lament for broken-hearted heroines
Saturday 31 August 2013
Tormented like Bartok's Mrs Bluebeard, or bereft like Purcell's Dido, it's been a tough week for the women of opera
Tuesday 06 August 2013
Funnyman David Walliams says sexuality "can change over the years".
Thursday 11 July 2013
Vaudeville Theatre, London
Wednesday 10 July 2013
As head of contracts and copyright at Central Independent Television, which became ITV's Midlands franchise holder in the 1980s, Rupert Dilnott-Cooper was given some of his biggest challenges by the producers of the satirical puppet series Spitting Image. His job was to protect Central from legal action, but he regarded the show as fun and always tried to find a way to ensure that its biting humour reached the screen.
Monday 08 July 2013
‘Most wanted’ mafia cocaine boss jailed
Friday 05 July 2013
In Valentine, this novel's 19th-century heroine, Toksvig has created a fabulously rebellious woman. “Why must you be so adventurous, Valentine?” her gay cousin, Reggie, chides as she falls off a horse.
Friday 28 June 2013
Plus: Opera in English? Sorry, I'll need that in writing and some frankly filthy language at the Globe this summer
Monday 17 June 2013
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