Mental instability colours Richard Greenberg's early play – but it wears its debts too obviously
After his recent stint as Richard III the actor Mark Rylance is to take on another major period of British history in a television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels.
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Fiona Shaw leads her audience a surprisingly merry dance to Coleridge's bleak epic poem
The Sex and the City actress will appear in Sweet Bird of Youth
For the first time ever the marathon fundraising performances will all be set to music
Daphne Slater was just 19 when the critics praised her Juliet at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon.
Where to go and what to know
Eight of the capital's best-known theatres are teaming up for the greatest show in town. By David Lan
Eight of London's theatres are teaming up for the greatest show in town
Sheila Allen, a triumphant English actress possessed of strong looks, deep voice and a graceful, maternal manner, had, outside the theatre, only one true moment in the spotlight – as the seemingly steadfast suburban housewife Cassie Manson in one of the great television events of its age, Andrea Newman's magnificent Bouquet of Barbed Wire (1976). Cunningly cast for her theatrical repose, Allen was the foil for millions of viewers who were drawn into the story of the detonation of a nuclear family through the exploration of sexual taboos. Only halfway through the serial, in the extraordinary episode "Repercussions", a remarkable musing on sexual masochism, did we learn the whole truth about Cassie – and Allen brilliantly managed to reveal the uncomfortable details of her character's past without once losing our sympathy or understanding. It was a perfect showcase for her skill in expressing decency and intelligence, a skill that blessed many of her finest stage performances.
Controller tells Ian Burrell why 12m listeners can't be wrong
A ship has dropped anchor in Bristol. There's nothing unusual in that, perhaps. But this one is on dry land, parked outside the Old Vic Theatre and overrun by 18th-century pirates.
Mendes, Spacey and a flick of Söze – this is not the usual 'Richard III'
Director Sam Mendes and actor Kevin Spacey have already tangled with Shakespeare's Richard III separately. Paul Taylor hears why the two Oscar-winners are coming together to explore the pitiless, power-mad, potentate in a landmark transatlantic production