It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984. On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.
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Sunday 12 July 2009
Tuesday 07 July 2009
How many of us, I wonder, felt a twinge of envy when reading that the artist Jasper Joffe plans to sell absolutely everything he possesses and start again from scratch? True, we might not envy the circumstance that has lead to this decision – which was the unexpected ending (involuntary on his part) of a five-year relationship – but the idea of total divestment has a deep and seductive allure, at least for those lucky enough not to have to dread the prospect that it might actually happen, through flood or war.
Sunday 14 June 2009
Monday 18 May 2009
Sunday 17 May 2009
When times get tough, designers get creative and flamboyant escapism is often the order of the day. But the autumn collections were more about high-church asceticism. Arcane, medieval shapes and styles were going on a pilgrimage to the end of the catwalk and back.
Sunday 17 May 2009
Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as the Bielski brothers, the farmer's sons who set up a camp for their fellow Jewish refugees in a Belorussian forest during the Second World War.
Monday 11 May 2009
A 16-year-old boy has been shot dead at a pub in Greater Manchester, police said today.
Wednesday 29 April 2009
Sunday 26 April 2009
Either cricket is blooming with health or it is dead on its feet. Depends who you believe. The doom-mongers, who include the '2009 Wisden Almanack', have made much of a survey conducted in London schools last year by the Pro-Active South London group. To the killer question, which sport would you like to play more of, so few said it was cricket that it finished in 21st place, behind martial arts, archery and skiing (though Asian respondents, significantly, placed it well inside the top 10, and those of Pakistani origin put it top). Yet last week the England and Wales Cricket Board published another report showing that participation in the game last year increased by 24 per cent, 49 per cent in the case of women and girls. Impressive figures, in cricket terms almost Bradmanesque. These extremes cannot both be correct – unless other sports are simply increasing in popularity even more, south London is out of kilter with the rest of the nation or people do not want to play more cricket for the simple reason that they are already playing enough. Pete Ackerley, the ECB's head of development, was miffed about the schools survey, which he claimed was not truly representative. "More young people are playing cricket and more are being coached," he said. All this will re-open the debate on whether cricket needs a more prominent presence on free-to-air television, which seems to be a red herring considering archery does not appear to have a prime-time slot on BBC1 unless you count Robin Hood on Saturdays. The truth seems to be that cricket can hardly afford complacency, can never drop its guard, so to speak, against such interlopers as martial arts, but may actually be winning.
Wednesday 01 April 2009
There are, it would seem, further twists to be negotiated in Madonna's Long Road to Adoption – this time in the daunting form of an emergency injunction by her opponents. Pandora hears that a collection of almost 90 Malawian civil rights groups met yesterday, hatching the plan of a court order preventing the child-gathering singer (shown here with an earlier aquisition) from adding a four-year-old girl to her toy box.
The Weekend's Television: Robin Hood, Sat, BBC1<br>Primeval, Sat, ITV1<br>Timewatch – Pyramid: The Last Secret, Sat, BBC2
Monday 30 March 2009
Sunday 15 March 2009
Monday 26 January 2009
Work: Andrew Zein, 39, is managing director of the independent television production company Tiger Aspect.
Life: Married with 'two-and-a-half children – the third is on the way'.
Balance: When not meeting his children's demands, he devours as much television drama and comedy as he can.
Friday 09 January 2009
Sunday 04 January 2009
The question became inevitable last night after it was revealed that 26-year-old actor Matt Smith had been cast as the latest incarnation of the most famous double-hearted Time Lord in the universe.
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