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Joanna Lumley

La Bête, Comedy Theatre, London

"La bête" is a beast and a fool in French, and it's one of the puzzles in Matthew Warchus's colourfully inflated, Broadway-bound revival of this 1991, 17th-century oddity that you never really know to whom the title refers: the actor, the writer or the patron. These are the three protagonists in a stylish, one-off rhyming text by American playwright David Hirson, and they are played by Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley.

Lumley to appear in the West End

In recent years Joanna Lumley has been more often found in the corridors of Westminster than on the boards of the West End. However, this summer she will return to the London stage for the first time in 15 years to star in a revival of the historical comedy, La Bête.

Tea with the President for 'goddess' Lumley

Joanna Lumley's de facto state visit to Nepal continued yesterday as the star of Absolutely Fabulous had tea with the President, gave the Prime Minister a scarf and greeted yet more thankful Gurkhas with their traditional war cry "Ayo Gurkhali!" ("The Gurkhas are coming")

Lumley receives ecstatic reception on Nepal visit

For months they have followed her every move with rapt attention from the other side of the world, but today the Gurkhas of Nepal finally got to meet a woman that many of them have come to regard as a goddess.

Lumley goes Green in European elections

It is the celebrity endorsement that all the major political parties would have loved to receive. But Joanna Lumley, who shamed ministers into granting immigration rights to Gurkha veterans, has given her backing in next week's European elections to the Greens.

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Joanna Lumley: The avenger

With her triumphant espousal of the Gurkhas' cause, a much-loved actress has added political clout to her very English brand of charm