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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The greatest showman? Hugh Jackman announces world tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Actor to perform hits from musicals including The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables across Europe and North AmericaHugh Jackman has announced a live tour that will see him perform songs f…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Revealed: the nation's No 1 toilet joke by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Bec Hill’s Sudoku joke wins competition to mark WaterAid’s World Toilet Day, beating gags by John Cooper Clarke, Lucy Porter and Tim Key• Brian Logan on comedy snobs• Adrienne Trusco…

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

‘As long as there are hairbrushes, people will sing’ – the best of 2016’s webchats by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Jon Bon Jovi’s key change killer, Gemma Arterton’s weep-off with Glenn Close, the weirdest thing that ever happened to Harry Shearer … here are the highlights of 2016’s culture webch…

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Dickens with magic': Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Critics have filed their reviews of the first Potter stage play, and they’re universally positive Related: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: the West End extravaganza – in pictures With…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

David Bowie musical Lazarus falls to earth for London run by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The musical take on The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring Michael C Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove, comes to London following a strong New York debutFollowing a well-received run in New Yor…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Billy Connolly announces 11-night London run of High Horse tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Scottish comedian brings his High Horse tour to the capital in January 2016, following stints in Scotland and CanadaUnbowed by prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease, Billy Connolly i…

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Actor Laurence Fox rants at heckler who 'ruined play for everybody' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Heckler is upbraided with c-word during performance of The Patriotic Traitor at the Park theatre in LondonThe actor Laurence Fox, best known for his longstanding role in crime drama Lewis, s…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Frozen stage show fixes up a 2018 date for Broadway by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The film’s screenwriter and songwriters have signed up to adapt the Disney sensation, with a TV special also announced for 2017After $1.2bn in ticket sales and truckloads of DVDs – as we…

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Amy Schumer responds to theft accusations: 'I would never steal a joke' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The standup comedian and star of Trainwreck says she is ‘literally going to take a polygraph test’ after being accused of copying material by Patrice O’Neal and othersThe comedian Amy …

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

'We are all so devastated': acting world pays tribute to Alan Rickman by Catherine Shoard, Liese Spencer, Chris Wiegand, Nancy Groves and Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Helen Mirren among those remembering the giant of movies and theatre – known best to many as Professor Snape in Harry Potter …

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cynthia Erivo: British producers restrict roles for black women by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The fast-rising Color Purple actor lamented the lack of opportunity for black women on screen in an interview with the New York TimesThe British actor Cynthia Erivo has said that British fil…

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Friday, October 30, 2015

'Ravishing' or 'sexless bore'? Keira Knightley in Thérèse Raquin – reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The British actor made her Broadway debut in the Emile Zola adaptation – but there were mixed reactions to her performance and critics found fault in the direction, script and soundAfter a…

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Kenneth Branagh: 'An audience of 100,000 makes for a different feeling in the tights' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

At a Guardian Live event, the actor-director was joined by members of his theatre company to discuss their upcoming season at the Garrick Continue reading...

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Moira Buffini: 'For many playwrights, money never comes at all' by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Guardian is gathering data on diversity in the arts, culture and creative industries with the Panic! survey, in partnership with Create and Goldsmiths University. Former student Moira Bu…

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eddie Izzard to bring epic Force Majeure tour to London by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The comic arrives in the West End in January with ‘reloaded’ version of his four-language show for a three-week residency Related: Eddie Izzard on going into politics: 'Why shouldn't I b…

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Billy Connolly announces 11-night London run of High Horse tour by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Scottish comedian brings his High Horse tour to the capital in January 2016, following stints in Scotland and CanadaUnbowed by prostate cancer and Parkinson’s, Billy Connolly is to bri…

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Major survey on UK arts diversity launched by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The survey published in the Guardian questions arts professionals on income, background and career aspirations to work out who really populates Britain’s cultural sectorTake the Panic! sur…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

'Close to perfection': Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 – reviews roundup by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The actor has returned to the West End for the first time since 1998, and critics are warmly welcoming her portrayal of DNA scientist Rosalind FranklinNicole Kidman has returned to the West …

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Immersive theatre production of The Goonies planned by film's director by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Richard Donner announces adaptation of beloved family movie to take place ‘in a year or so’Already a hit on release in 1985, family adventure film The Goonies since has amassed a large c…

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Darren Walsh beats 12-year-old girl to win best joke of Edinburgh fringe by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Groan-worthy gag triumphs over efforts from Stewart Francis, Adam Hess and others, including the prize’s youngest ever nomineeThe 10 funniest jokes of the Edinburgh fringe“I just deleted…

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Forest Whitaker to make Broadway debut in Eugene O'Neill's Hughie by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Oscar-winner will take the lead role in a production directed by Michael Grandage in spring 2016Having played the imperious likes of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland and the self-em…

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc and Emma Bunton to appear in Rocky Horror Show by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The trio will appear in a special gala performance of the returning musical, sharing the role of the NarratorOne icon of British camp will meet another this autumn, as Stephen Fry joins the …

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Stephen Fry, Mel Giedroyc and Emma Bunton to appear in Rocky Horror Show by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The trio will appear in a special gala performance of the returning musical, sharing the role of the NarratorOne mainstay of British camp will meet another this autumn, as Stephen Fry joins …

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Thom Yorke composes music for Harold Pinter play on Broadway by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Radiohead frontman writes ‘epic and heartbreaking’ score for Old Times, starring Clive Owen and Eve BestHaving played thousands of pubs, venues, arenas and stadiums as frontman of Ra…

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Cumberbatch to shuffle off from Hamlet – without signing autographs by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Staff at the Barbican theatre have been instructed not to receive gifts on behalf of the actor, who will not sign autographs at the stage door following his performances as HamletBenedict Cu…

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Friday, July 17, 2015

David Morrissey and Reece Shearsmith to star in Martin McDonagh's Hangmen by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The Royal Court production is McDonagh’s first play in a decade, following film success with In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths; meanwhile, Kim Cattrall also joins the theatre’s new seasonT…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sanjeev Bhaskar to host Dinner With Saddam this autumn by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The actor heads up the cast of Anthony Horowitz’s new play, a political farce opening in London in SeptemberFrom Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner to An Inspector Calls, the unexpected house …

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BGT star Jamie Raven heads up Broadway hit The Illusionists in London by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The record-breaking magic show, featuring an array of tricks from escapology to mentalism, heads to the West End this winterBritain’s Got Talent star Jamie Raven is to head up a London run…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

The 39 Steps to close in West End after nine years by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

The quick-changing comic adaptation of John Buchan’s spy thriller will reach the fifth-highest number of West End performances ever when it finally endsAfter nine years and hundreds of per…

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Alex Sharp and Helen Mirren head rollcall of British Tony awards success by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Previously unknown star of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time beats top theatre names to win best leading actor awardBritish talent came away well-rewarded at the biggest nigh…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Cheers and The Brady Bunch to become stage shows by Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Two much-loved American classics are to have theatrical spinoffs, with a Brady Bunch musical and a Cheers show replaying classic moments from the sitcomTwo all-American TV classics, Cheers a…

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