A definitive compendium on the revered institution that is the National Theatre
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Friday 19 February 2010
Thursday 18 February 2010
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.
Tuesday 09 February 2010
Monday 08 February 2010
Hollywood stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Gillian Anderson were today nominated for Laurence Olivier Awards, theatre's top accolades.
Jean Simmons: Actress who dazzled opposite the likes of Marlon Brando, Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier
Tuesday 26 January 2010
Jean Simmons was one of the great beauties of British cinema, and she had a talent to match. She played Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948) when only 18, and won her first Oscar nomination. Audiences were captivated by Simmons from the moment she first appeared on the screen, climbing on to a dance band stand to sing a spirited "Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry" in the popular movie about the RAF in wartime, The Way to the Stars (1945), and she was to swiftly become one of the UK's strongest box-office draws.
Wednesday 20 January 2010
Tuesday 03 November 2009
Wednesday 26 August 2009
I went to Glastonbury festival for the first time recently, in a bid to go back to my childhood hippiedom, but the Edinburgh festival is like Glastonbury times twenty. The amount of things to see is just overwhelming. I want to be like every other punter and go and see everything, but I also want to concentrate on my show. I'm the new boy here and I need to earn my spurs.
Putting the world to rights: Trevor Griffiths on Olivier's dope-smoking, Marxist ranting and his 20-year purgatory
Sunday 09 August 2009
Friday 15 May 2009
Monday 11 May 2009
Tuesday 31 March 2009
Stage fright or "performance anxiety" is a more or less debilitating fear of public appearance. It ranges from mild distress to total panic and frequently impedes career development in the performing arts and professions that require public speaking. Like other phobias it is not amenable to reason. Exhorting a sufferer to "pull themselves together", like a pair of curtains, is unlikely to help.
Sunday 08 March 2009
It’s been reported that David Tennant will reprise his role as Hamlet in a film version of the recent RSC production, to be filmed this summer. Here we recall some other memorable screen portrayals of the dithering Dane...
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