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Andrew Lloyd Webber has become the latest cultural heavyweight to take aim at the Government over its education policy, saying funding arts in schools has produced “enormous returns” for the Treasury.
The Archbishop of York has inspected the final preparations for an event billed as Britain's biggest outdoor theatre production.
Anyone wondering whether Shakespeare's plays are relevant today could do worse than visiting a new exhibition at London's British Museum dedicated to the "Bard", and, more importantly, the world in which he lived.
Enjoy a three-course meal in the RSC’s Rooftop Restaurant and Bar, followed by a performance in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for just £40 per person
Shylock lives it up in Las Vegas
One of Britain's best actresses is happiest when playing taboo roles – but would rather not suffer the awards shindigs that mark her success. Emily Dugan meets Juliet Stevenson
Shakespeare with a stylish Spanish twist
Happy birthday, RSC – and here's your pound of flash
Top marks for the gifted schoolgirl
The Royal Court has commissioned its first festive children's show, from a writer who likes to shock. Andrew Johnson meets Anthony Neilson
After three years and £112m, Stratford has changed its stage – and the relationship between actor and audience
Sir Ian Richardson's ashes buried in the RSC's £112m new theatre
Explosive moment in Shakespearean drama as lead actor is shot with an imitation firearm
With his genetic inheritance – his father was one of the stage greats of his era, Sir Michael Redgrave, and his mother, Rachel Kempson, was a distinguished actress – it was hardly surprising that Corin Redgrave, like his sisters Vanessa and Lynn, should choose a career in the theatre. After an early period of promise which included some performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company marking him out as a significant talent, his involvement with radical politics (often in alliance with his elder sister Vanessa) took him away from the theatre for two decades. His return in the 1990s was an extraordinary comeback, seeing him ceaselessly active as director (opening a new theatre venture, the Garrick at Lichfield, in 2003), theatrical campaigner (lobbying against the proposed demolition of the Arts Theatre in London), writer and actor on stage and screen. Intriguingly, some of his later stage successes were in roles associated with his father, including Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version, Frank Elgin in The Country Girl and King Lear for the RSC.
He has dominated British theatre for more than half a century and talks fondly of Samuel and Harold, but the founder of the RSC still maintains he is just lucky. Andrew Johnson meets Sir Peter Hall
After describing his career as a filmmaker as a 15-year "distraction", Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, is set to return to his original role as a theatre director with a "spectacular" production of Frankenstein that he first conceived almost a decade ago.