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Friday, April 21, 2017

42nd Street: The musical coming back a star by Al Senter

It is probably the most famous line in showbiz. The fearsome Julian Marsh, the abrasive Broadway director, towers over quivering chorine Peggy

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Friday, April 7, 2017

How Carousel turned into a whirlwind success by Al Senter

It was a task worthy of Hercules. How could Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II repeat the phenomenal success of Oklahoma! in

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Michael Blakemore: ‘I had a budget of $7m on Broadway; now I have just the £7’ by Al Senter

We are probably on safe ground when asserting that Michael Blakemore, an active 88, is one of the oldest stage directors still

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Conleth Hill: ‘Imelda Staunton and I got on so well that we looked for a play for the two of us’ by Al Senter

It seems paradoxical that the better a character actor does the job, the less they are known and appreciated. A performer who,

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Archive: Does Olivier cast a shadow over Archie Rice? by Al Senter

Among the many charismatic actors to have been hailed as the new Laurence Olivier down the years, Kenneth Branagh has perhaps been

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Friday, July 22, 2016

The Archive: Flash, bang, wallop! Half a Sixpence is back by Al Senter

Home-grown musicals of the 1960s seem to have vanished into some kind of theatrical black hole. The period between Lionel Bart and

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The Archive: Rattigan’s study of compulsion surfaces again by Al Senter

With a new production of Terence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea running at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton, we are reminded of the

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Patricia Hodge: ‘Without rep, actors have no blueprint for how to behave’ by Al Senter

The novelist Graham Greene was apt to call his lighter works “entertainments”. Although he did not formally include Travels With My Aunt

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Friday, May 20, 2016

The Archive: Guys and Dolls is still rockin’ the boat 65 years after it started by Al Senter

The quality of Guys and Dolls, Frank Loesser’s masterpiece, was acknowledged almost as soon as it opened on Broadway at the 46th

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Hugh Bonneville: ‘Us actors don’t manage our careers. Most of us just lurch’ by Al Senter

Rather in the manner of the closing scenes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the Downton Abbey revels now are ended and the Earl

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Don Warrington: ‘If I were starting out today, I’d certainly go to America’ by Al Senter

Nobody is claiming that the struggle is over and the battle has been won, but one may be justified in saying that

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Friday, April 1, 2016

The Archive: Sunset Boulevard – ready for another close-up by Al Senter

Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard is the ultimate home movie. The 1950 film hailed by Time magazine as “a story of Hollywood at

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Obituary: Rita Davies by Al Senter

Rita Davies, who has died after a short illness aged 82, enjoyed a golden autumn as a much in-demand presence on television

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Janet McTeer: ‘I fully intend to act into my 90s’ by Al Senter

Fortified by several hefty mugs of tea against a working day that threatens to extend far into the evening, Janet McTeer is

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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Archive: Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming – 50 years on by Al Senter

Regarded by some critics as Harold Pinter’s masterpiece, The Homecoming is celebrating its 50th birthday with an anniversary production at the Trafalgar

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Archive: the legacy of Samuel Foote by Al Senter

It is a striking aspect of the history of the theatre that it has tended to pass in and out of fallow

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Obituary: Janet Whiteside by Al Senter

Janet Whiteside was the company member par excellence and for many years a much-loved stalwart of the National Theatre and the Royal

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jason Watkins: ‘I could never see myself as Henry V’ by Al Senter

Character actor. It’s an expression that seems to damn with faint praise. You could argue that it has outlived its primary function

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Archive: How My Night With Reg has left its mark by Al Senter

By the nature of the job, actors have to learn to bond with each other at a much faster rate than in

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Obituaries: Obituary: Barbara Atkinson by Al Senter

Barbara Atkinson had a flourishing West End career cut short by illness. But however incapacitated she became, she never complained and remained cheerful to the end. Born in Stretford, Manch…

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Interviews: Royal Flush by Al Senter

As John Heffernan prepares to don Edward II’s heavy crown in Marlowe’s masterpiece, he tells Al Senter he’s still ‘terrified’

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Analysis & Opinion: Name calling by Al Senter

Al Senter considers the enduring power of the term 'luvvie', the possible identity of its originator and how it came to be so widely adopted

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Interviews: The Scottish play for today by Al Senter

Al Senter speaks to director Jamie Lloyd and designer Soutra Gilmour about Macbeth and their new season of work at Trafalgar Studios

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Interviews: The best of times by Al Senter

After shooting to fame 20 years ago for his role in Middlemarch Rufus Sewell talks to Al Senter about how his attitude towards his career has evolved

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Interviews: History Man by Al Senter

Al Senter talks to Oliver Ford Davies about his new role in Goodnight Mister Tom which is about to open at the Phoenix Theatre

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