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Theatre: Till death us do part (but only for a while)

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Theatre review: Half-way out of the closet

A SONG AT TWILIGHT

The gay, the sad and the ugly

Kathy Burke says she knows her place when it comes to casting. And it's not among the beautiful people. By James Rampton

The arts in 1999: Theatre

The magazine Theatre Record which reprints the theatre reviews of the national papers, carries a four-page supplement that lists which productions are in the pipeline. Month after month (year after year, in fact) it lists an entry saying Emma Thompson is down to play Rosalind in As You Like It at the Donmar. We're still waiting.

First Night: Ewan's pulling power revives artistic putsch

Little Malcolm and His Struggle against the Eunuchs Hampstead Theatre London

Obituary: Valerie Hobson

LIKE MANY British female film stars of the Thirties and Forties, Valerie Hobson exuded breeding and class, but she also brought to her performances a delightfully sophisticated sense of humour and a refreshing element of spunk, whether as the wise-cracking heroine of Q Planes, the resourceful double agent of The Spy in Black, the haughty Estella of Great Expectations, the shrewd widow in Kind Hearts and Coronets, or, on stage, the dignified but determined governess Anna Leonowens in The King and I.

A fortunate fool, all in all

A wistful Norman Wisdom talks to Paul Vallely on the eve of a festival celebrating his 50 years in cinema

When best are a pest

FISHING LINES

Obituary: Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava

HER somehow 18th-century rococo title, her flamboyant image and penchant for practical jokes and occasional litigation made Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava the stuff of more than 70 years' worth of high society gossip columns.

Arts: Tom and Peter meet their match

'Oh God, what a great idea!' In 30 years, only one play has aroused Tom Stoppard's envy: Peter Shaffer's 'Black Comedy'. Now it's being paired with 'The Real Inspector Hound'. The playwrights talk it over

Something mad about the boy

Noel Coward wasn't always a cocktail-swilling, dressing-gowned matinee turn. Here, his biographer Philip Hoare tells of the 16-year-old shoplifter and subversive revealed in a bundle of newly discovered photographs

Noel: the last stately homo of England?

Homosexuality was once the love that dared not speak its name. Some gay men preferred it that way.

The Critics: The noir to end all noir

CLASSIC CINEMA

Music: `Violence comes from Romans, Nazis, Greeks - they were all homosexual'

Ian Brown's latest outburst has stirred up controversy, writes Jennifer Rodger
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