'No one tells me I'm no good at things'
Stephen Daldry's production sees Helen Mirren brilliantly reprise her Oscar-winning role as Queen to meet each British Prime Minister from Churchill to Cameron
The first still showing Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange has been released. Cover your eyes, Sherlock fans – he's really not looking as fit as a fiddle
Mirren, the drama Queen, is ready to reign again
Jane Tennison's American reincarnation is criminally old hat, says Sarah Hughes
What we want from Smith and Jones is ray guns, bug-eyed monsters – and a lot more fun
A revival of a drama written in 1977 with “astonishing relevance” to contemporary Britain opened in South London this week. Barrie Keeffe’s Barbarians is a trilogy of plays about disaffected youth amid record youth unemployment.
'I went right off the rails'
Russell Brand plays the billionaire hedonist, so what could possibly go wrong?
Starring: Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig
Overworked, under-staffed...guardian angels don't have it easy either
Like Alonso and Gonzalo under Ariel's soporific spell, you may experience "a strange drowsiness" during Julie Taymor's film interpretation of Shakespeare's late play. What kept me awake was Helen Mirren's imperial performance as Prospera (above), gender-flipped from Prospero in the film's boldest coup, and her touching relationship with her daughter Miranda, also beautifully played by Felicity Jones. The switch from masculine to feminine lends the story a deeper sense of reconciliation and forgiveness, though as a spectacle Taymor's film exhausts rather than exhilarates, failing to establish any sense of scale or control. It roars and rages, like a tempest, but aside from Mirren its thunder is mostly fake.
Dame Helen turns Shakespeare's Prospero into Prospera – and brings 'the history of female struggle' to a glamorous stage
Angelina Jolie is the latest Hollywood actress to take on a role originally written for a man – a trend that is growing fast
Controversy never seems far from Mariah Carey – so she's hoping that a fresh foray into acting will generate more positive headlines
Helen Mirren won an Oscar as Elizabeth II and now five more actresses are to play her on television. Is it time to re-bottle the monarch's mystique? By Gerard Gilbert