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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Boy Who Bit Picasso review – channels the spirit of the artist by Andrew Pulver

Burton Taylor Studio, OxfordThe best bits of this sweet children’s show are hands-on and messy, and turn the audience into little Picassos Some children’s theatre shows can seem a little…

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Hugless Douglas review – cuddle-deficient bear conjures fluffy thrills for kids by Andrew Pulver

Cornerstone, DidcotThe Blunderbus theatre company adapt David Melling’s ursine character for the stage, and succeed through scare-free audience interactionDavid Melling’s cuddle-deficien…

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Martin Scorsese may direct film of Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth by Andrew Pulver

Branagh reveals in radio interview that Scorsese will be invited to ‘do what he will’ with Shakespeare villainy based on acclaimed Manchester production Continue reading...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BBC Films reach 25th anniversary with Armando Iannucci's David Copperfield by Andrew Pulver

Dickens adaptation from In the Loop director announced to coincide with BBC’s celebration of milestone for its successful feature film arm Continue reading...

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Friday, February 20, 2015

The Sooty Show review – enduring puppet still in key with Year One humour by Andrew Pulver

New Theatre, OxfordRichard Cadell is keeping Sooty alive and squeaking after he bought the rights to the character in 2008 – and in this raucous live tour full of water pistols and 70s dis…

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Wind in the Willows review – fine, meta-sprinkled adaptation by Andrew Pulver

North Wall Arts Centre, OxfordAn eco emphasis worked well in kids’-theatre specialists Creation’s leftfield spin on Kenneth Grahame – even if the weasels didn’t need the urban patois…

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Hurry Up, Father Christmas! review – fun for all ages, with added flying veg by Andrew Pulver

Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford PlayhouseA harmless, sprout-hurling and highly interactive small-scale show to see you through the holiday period Continue reading...

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beauty and the Beast review – panto starring Fairy Sponge and a giant eyeball by Andrew Pulver

Oxford PlayhousePeter Duncan’s take on the fairytale has the balance between kiddie and adult pleasures just about right Continue reading...

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Peppa Pig's Big Splash review – muddy fun makes the audience squeal by Andrew Pulver

Criterion, LondonThis squawky, sometimes surreal take on the kids’ TV show is thin on story but runs like clockwork Continue reading...

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Three Wise Monkeys review cheeky chimp fable for children by Andrew Pulver

Lyric, HammersmithHiccup Theatres energetic show comes with songs, visual tricks and an eco-message and the performers really bond with the audience Continue reading...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What to Do When You Find a Dinosaur review hits the funny bone by Andrew Pulver

Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford PlayhouseThis entertaining two-hander tells the story of the 19th-century paleontologist William Bucklands work on the Megalosaurus Continue reading...

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play review gently knocks your socks off by Andrew Pulver

Oxford PlayhousePuppets prove just the ticket in this stage adaptation of Lauren Child's children's stories, complete with lost sausage dogs, pirates and big butterflies Continue reading...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Angelina Ballerina the Mousical review: the final dance routine brings the house down by Andrew Pulver

New Theatre OxfordWill the tiny rodent ballerinas create a winning routine in time for TV spectacular, Dancing With Mice? Only if they cast aside their egos and work togetherWith the summer …

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Richard Griffiths: Academy pays tribute at 2014 Oscars by Andrew Pulver

Actor who played Withnail and I's Uncle Monty remembered at Oscar ceremony after death last year• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony• Full list of winners as they're announcedThe Oscars p…

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Hollywood elite as 12 Years a Slave tipped for Oscars by Andrew Pulver

After parallel successes on stage and screen, the Londoner is being lauded as one of the greatest actors of his generationHowever good they are, actors always need a defining role to transfo…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Woody Allen's new film gets title: Magic in the Moonlight by Andrew Pulver

First pictures from shoot also released, revealing a period-set yarn with Emma Stone and Colin Firth• Woody Allen pulls Blue Jasmine from Indian cinemas over smoking editsWoody Allen has …

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Winona Ryder pulls out of Samuel Beckett festival by Andrew Pulver

Actor no longer able to attend celebration of Nobel prize-winning author after suffering bereavementWinona Ryder has been forced to pull out of a planned appearance at a Samuel Beckett festi…

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Edinburgh international film festival announces lineup for 2013 by Andrew Pulver

New British films and American independents loom large in the Scottish cinema showcase, which also features two retrospectives and a revival of The Gorbals StoryThe 2013 edition of the Edinb…

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jerry Lewis: women doing broad comedy bothers me by Andrew Pulver

French favourite Jerry Lewis, 87, presents new movie and keeps press – mostly – in stitches at the Cannes film festivalThe French adoration of comic Jerry Lewis is a legendary, and the…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sam Mendes turns down Skyfall follow-up by Andrew Pulver

In spite of its success, the director has declined the chance to direct another Bond film, citing theatre projects as a prioritySkyfall director Sam Mendes has confirmed he won't be returnin…

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jessica Chastain to star in film version of Miss Julie by Andrew Pulver

Liv Ullmann will direct cast including Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton in adaptation of Strindberg's groundbreaking playOscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain has been line…

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Russell Crowe joins Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables film by Andrew Pulver

Australian actors head cast in Tom Hooper's screen adaptation of long-running musicalRussell Crowe is to star in a musical for the first time after being cast in the big-screen adaptation of…

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Keira Knightley and Jude Law to star in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina remake by Andrew Pulver

Playwright Tom Stoppard has written the script while Joe Wright, who worked with Knightley on Atonement, will directFilming will start later this month on a new adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's A…

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Friday, August 5, 2011

My Week With Marilyn to premiere at New York film festival by Andrew Pulver

Simon Curtis's film about encounter between Marilyn Monroe and UK assistant film director to screen as festival centrepieceThe highly-anticipated British film My Week With Marilyn is to rece…

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Jennifer Love Hewitt to star in Jewtopia film by Andrew Pulver

Ghost Whisperer actor to play Jewish love interest of gentile man in screen adaptation of hit Broadway comedyThe popular American stage play Jewtopia will be turned into a feature film starr…

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pina – review by Andrew Pulver

Berlin film festivalLike participants in a modern-day sacrament, the dance troupe Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch goes about its business, constructing elaborately beautiful movements on a…

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Photographer Colin Jones's best shot by Andrew Pulver

This was shot in 1966 for Time Life magazine, part of a day-in-the-life series they wanted on Rudolf Nureyev. It was taken in a pub in Fulham, London. The woman is Lynn Seymour, who I was ma…

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