Born above a brothel in a rough sea port, a tenth child of mixed-race parentage, she should have had no future beyond the streets or factories. But Shirley Bassey has shown that even a triply underprivileged black Welsh woman could make it to the giddy heights of showbiz. This is the story that John Williams tells in this fascinating book: the way in which she negotiated herself into another world.
It is not well known but of the 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, 17 were of Welsh descent including Thomas Jefferson
She's 00-Devon ... West Country soul star Joss Stone was unveiled as the latest Bond girl today.
Brett Anderson and the gang reminded us just how brilliant they were in an astonishing one-off reunion concert for charity
There may come a day when you will have to have featured in a viewer-voted TV talent contest to do anything of note in London theatre – not just star in a West End show, but direct Shakespeare, run a flagship national company, the whole shebang. So I suppose we should be relatively calm about the containable fact that an X Factor finalist, Diana Vickers, is currently failing to add either lustre or plausibility to Terry Johnson's energetically mediocre revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Jim Cartwright's lovely blowsy-yet-poetic Northern tragicomedy which was first seen in a production by the young Sam Mendes at the National in 1992. The blame lies not with Ms Vickers, but with the misguided producers.
This London band’s third album is undoubtedly their most focused and consistently engaging.
Danny La Rue, the pioneering female impersonator, stage legend and gay icon, died on Sunday night at his home in Kent, aged 81. He had been fighting cancer.
The self-proclaimed rock 'n' roll cobbler, Terry de Havilland, is back with a new bespoke service. Carola Long meets him
Monkeys overshadow the Puppets' show
Eddy Grant’s firmly established and highly respected career has been hard-earned, but his achievements speak for themselves.