The pair are related, equally randomly, through 19th century Vanity Fair writer William Thackeray
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Tuesday 09 April 2013
“King Lear is an oak and I'm more of an ash tree, or a silver birch – or privet,” declares Edward Petherbridge in his silvery, whimsical way. The seventy-six year old actor can smuggle a lot of wry dissidence and bathos through customs with that pit-a-pat mock-distracted, throwaway manner and there's many a fast and delicious aside in My Perfect Mind, a very funny show inspired by a very unfunny real-life setback.
Sunday 07 April 2013
Tanika Gupta reveals how she gave the Indians of Victorian London a voice
Saturday 06 April 2013
Much hullabaloo about nothing? The RSC plays it for laughs
Friday 05 April 2013
The Royal Shakespeare Company is offering its Stratford theatre up as a venue for marriage ceremonies – and has just held its first ever wedding open day.
Thursday 04 April 2013
A psychologist claims that the confrontational daytime TV show reinforced the child-killer’s behaviour, rather than challenging it
Monday 01 April 2013
Hoarder, moneylender, tax dodger — it's not how we usually think of William Shakespeare.
Monday 25 March 2013
It's a case of Bart – as well as Bats – in the Belfry in Quasimodo.
Saturday 23 March 2013
In the world of fantasy sci-fi, Neil Gaiman is a big shot. His Sandman graphic novel series is, by all accounts, a classic of the genre. (Disclaimer: the last fantasy I read was set in Narnia, so I'm no expert.)
Friday 22 March 2013
Plus: Absurd person singular in Mohsin Hamid's new novel and "feel-good" isn't good enough for Parks and Recreation
Thursday 21 March 2013
Survey lays bare shocking state of British youths' general knowledge
Tuesday 19 March 2013
We should lead children to appreciate the finest in literature, music and all the arts
Saturday 16 March 2013
Mental instability colours Richard Greenberg's early play – but it wears its debts too obviously
Saturday 16 March 2013
Contemporary folk's most unaffected, childlike voice sings sleep songs: a perfect fit, you'd think.
Sunday 10 March 2013
Education as it is organised today is a system for fitting children out to be servile adults. They are trained to serve, either in the corporation or the bureaucracy. This is called a utilitarian education, and its end purpose is a "good job". A lucky few slip through the net and, against the odds, create a somewhat more romantic arrangement for themselves: they are the self-employed – the artists, the entrepreneurs, the wanderers. But most are condemned to a life of more or less well-paid servility: at the last count, there were 25.3 million people in the UK with jobs. Sadly, this figure is on the rise.
Sunday 03 March 2013
Sleep Tight (100 mins, 18)
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week