Law is as modern in his way as Richard Burton was 50 years ago
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Sunday 06 January 2013
We may have made it past the Earth's expiry date, as forecast by those fibbing Mayans, but the future's not looking bright according to the movies. In Oblivion, Tom Cruise is stuck on an Earth long since abandoned by the human race. In After Earth, the planet is also a human-free zone until Will Smith and his son, Jaden, crash land there. (The film is directed by M Night Shyamalan, so there's a high chance that Jaden's character will be named Adam and that he'll meet a girl called Eve.) In Elysium, Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9, the have-nots are left on a desolate Earth, while the haves live it up in a luxury space station. And in The World's End, which reunites Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, a 40th-birthday pub crawl happens to coincide with, yes, the end of the world. Not to be confused with This Is the End, another apocalyptic comedy, with Seth Rogen and James Franco.
Sunday 06 January 2013
As belts continue to tighten, don't be too surprised by a sense of déjà vu, as theatres pad their schedules with known quantities (hello again, 50th-anniversary revival of West Side Story). This may be good news for those who missed, say, Akram Khan's marvellous Desh first and second times around (catch it once and for all at Sadler's Wells in June), or Sutra, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's mesmerising date with 20 plywood cubes, and the Shaolin Monks (Sadler's Wells, March). But it's also good news for Scottish Ballet, who have persuaded Matthew Bourne to let them loose on Highland Fling, his deliciously grungy 1994 update on La Sylphide. It tours four Scottish venues in April and May.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
There are only two women – Portia and Calpurnia – in Julius Caesar and both of these wives have important things to say but find themselves sidelined.
Friday 09 November 2012
Hollywood star Kenneth Branagh gave a special one-man performance for the Queen as he was knighted today, more than 30 years after first performing for her.
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Nick Clark sees shoppers caught off guard by 'pop-up' performances
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Simon Ward was a handsome actor whose patrician, public-school demeanour made him ideal casting for dashing period romances and for the screen role that brought him international prominence, that of the youthful Winston Churchill in Richard Attenborough's Young Winston (1971). On stage, he had already received favourable notice for his role in the original production of Joe Orton's Loot (1967), and he later starred in such films as All Creatures Great and Small (1975), as the author James Herriot) and Zulu Dawn (1979), as Lieutenant Vereker.
Wednesday 27 June 2012
Sir Trevor Nunn has always been fascinated by how the musical inspired by Shakespeare's comedy crosses into real life – not least his own
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Legally Blonde star Sheridan Smith is set to play Hedda Gabler in a London stage production of Henrik Ibsen's seminal work.
Monday 21 May 2012
Here are the rules. Nine young finalists from something like 2,000 original entrants memorise and perform a short speech from Shakespeare in front of an RSC audience.
Sunday 20 May 2012
With a boating lake at its heart, it is a century-old Utopian escape, says Kate Simon
Monday 07 May 2012
Who knows what goes on behind closed doors? But for a rain-battered Brighton Festival banner on the gate you'd never guess that the nondescript lock-up on a industrial estate in Shoreham-by-Sea was playing host to one of the most eagerly anticipated theatre events of the year.
- 1 Cameron's freebie to apartheid South Africa
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 4 A forgotten episode in Russian history leaves links with the Philippines
- 5 People will try to reduce Mandela to a lilting reggae tune about ‘love’. They will fail