New Diorama, London
We should be pleased when the mask slips and backbiting begins
The Alan Bennett play beat Michael Frayn's 'Noises Off' to top the list
The British actor will take on Shakespeare's iconic role in autumn 2014
A new report has claimed a third of British people do not know the author of Great Expectations. It's Charles Dickens, by the way.
Some 31 per cent of people don't know that Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations, while one in six clueless over origins of Hamlet
His diverse career took in ‘Beyond The Fringe’, Brecht, ‘Blackadder’ and Shakespeare
Hurley will play a fictional Queen who is mourning the death of her son
Tour will finish on the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death
Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children interested in the Bard. It’s a new hope that’s surprisingly inspired, discovers John Walsh
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Roll up for a whole new concept of a cookery show with a special menu of fried murderer, stoned adulteress, tortured terrorist and, the ever popular old favourite, the slaughter of the innocents.
She said the arts must make the case for themselves as a "commodity". How her audience prevented themselves from pelting her with coffee cups, I just don't know.
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
Some 50 years ago, Billy Liar became a cinematic hero – but, argues John Walsh, it was Julie Christie's Liz who hinted at a new way of life