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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Paul O’Grady, TV presenter and comedian, dies aged 67 by Sian Cain and Agencies

Partner announces ‘unexpected but peaceful’ death of personality who fronted Blind Date, Blankety Blank and was known for his drag persona Lily Savage Paul O’Grady, the beloved TV pres…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:06AM
Thursday, March 9, 2023

Chaim Topol, Fiddler on the Roof actor, dies aged 87 by Sian Cain

Known by his last name alone and beloved for his performance as Tevye in both the musical and film, Topol’s death was announced by Israel’s president Chaim Topol, the Israeli actor and s…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:33AM
Sunday, March 5, 2023

‘It still hurts’: Chris Rock speaks about Will Smith slap for first time by Sian Cain

Comedian lays into victimhood, Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband during his new standup show, saying ‘she hurt him way more than he hurt me’ Chris Rock has spoken at length for the firs…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:46AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

You Know We Belong Together: the show taking Home and Away into deeper waters by Sian Cain

Julia Hales’ play is a witty love letter to the Aussie soap, while asking questions about the representation of Down’s syndrome in mainstream entertainment Julia Hales didn’t know she …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:43AM
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: is the shorter, one-part play better? by Sian Cain

A three-and-a-half-hour version of the show has opened in Australia and the US. While a lot has been cut, there are also new tricks – and tweaks to a crucial relationship Get our weekend …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM

Ricky Gervais Netflix special condemned by LGBTQ groups for ‘anti-trans rants masquerading as jokes’ by Sian Cain

Comedian criticised for ‘dangerous’ special, in which he says he supports trans rights while joking about the genitalia of trans women and HIV Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix special SuperN…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:48AM
Sunday, March 20, 2022

Geelong ensemble win one of the world’s richest theatre prizes by Sian Cain

Back to Back, an ensemble of disabled actors, wins DK2.5m Ibsen prize for their ‘exciting, unsettling and thought-provoking’ work Get our weekend culture and lifestyle email and listen …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:07PM
Thursday, October 10, 2019

'A troubling choice': authors criticise Peter Handke's controversial Nobel win by Sian Cain

Writers including Salman Rushdie, Hari Kunzru and Slavoj Žižek say the 2019 Nobel laureate ‘combines great insight with shocking ethical blindness’ Olga Tokarczuk: the dreadlocked femi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:54PM
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Benedict Cumberbatch on the explosive power of letters: 'They're grenades!' by Sian Cain

Noel Fielding, Thom Yorke and Cumberbatch tell us why they love Letters Live, the performances of correspondence where anything can happen It’s a blustery Saturday night and around 900 peo…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:00AM
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Lin-Manuel Miranda buys bookshop to save it from closure by Sian Cain

Hamilton creator has bought New York’s century-old Drama Book Shop with two collaborators from his hit musical, after soaring rents looked set to close itYears after writing his breakout m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:12PM
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Broadway producers of To Kill a Mockingbird countersue Harper Lee's estate by Sian Cain

New suit claims Aaron Sorkin adaptation may have to be scrapped over alleged differences between the play and novel, as producers offer to stage disputed work at federal courtIn a courtroom …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:33PM
Friday, June 10, 2016

Tim Minchin Q&A – as it happened by Nancy Groves and Sian Cain

Comedian, songwriter, the man behind Matilda the Musical and soon-to-be-published poet – Tim Minchin can turn his hand to most things. He came in to answer your questions about Dahl, femi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:24PM
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

All in the family: the Zaltzman comedy siblings by Sian Cain

How does one family produce two successful comedians? Andy and Helen Zaltzman on where their humour comes from Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:21AM
Monday, August 25, 2014

JK Rowling and Malala Yousafzai meet at the Edinburgh international book festival by Sian Cain

Newsflash: the Harry Potter author introduced the teenage education activist at her sold-out talk at the Edinburgh festival Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:29AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lenny Henry to play Richard Pryor at National Theatre by Sian Cain

Comedian Henry to play the revered and troubled US standup and actor in a biopic directed by Michael Buffong Lenny Henry, Idris Elba among stars urging more TV ethnic diversity cash Continu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03AM
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Katie: 25 years of James Mayhew's book series in pictures by Sian Cain

James Mayhew is the 2014 Illustrator-in-Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. In this gallery to mark the 25th anniversary of the much-loved picture book, Katie's Picture S…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:00AM
Friday, August 8, 2014

Tim Key live Q&A post your questions now! by Chris Wiegand and Sian Cain

Enigmatically droll comedian Tim Key is in Edinburgh with his standup show Single White Slut, and hell be joining us on Tuesday 12 August at 1pm to take your questions. Hes collaborated with…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:50AM
Thursday, July 31, 2014

£10 seats announced for Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet by Sian Cain

The highly anticipated 2015 production, starring the Sherlock actor, will include 100 £10 seats on offer for each performance Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet Before Sherlock and Star Tr…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:31AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Absolutely stellar: A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic reviews round-up by Sian Cain

The critics agree: this show is a sensation, with Gillian Andersons portrayal of Blanche DuBois spiralling descent into madness every bit as compelling and disorientating as the ever-rotatin…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:13PM
Monday, July 28, 2014

Inconceivable! Director Rob Reiner still planning Princess Bride musical by Sian Cain

Original film's director Rob Reiner reveals new plans to turn the cult classic into a Broadway musical, after Disney's adaptation goes quiet Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:16AM
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shakespeare in Love reviews not Bard, but very good by Sian Cain

Some 16 years after Tom Stoppards Oscar-laden film Shakespeare in Love, five-star reviews are pouring in for the stage adaptation of the Bard's fictional love life Continue reading...

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:27AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rocky musical gets knocked out on Broadway after six-month run by Sian Cain

Sylvester Stallone-produced version to close in August following mixed reviews and poor box officeRocky: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the much-loved boxing film, has thrown in the to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:20AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2Pacalypse on Broadway: Tupac musical flops after six-week run by Sian Cain

Holler If Ya Hear Me, which uses Tupac Shakur songs to explore America's social challenges, to close early after poor salesThe Broadway musical Holler if Ya Hear Me, which was inspired by th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:13AM
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Martin Freeman in Richard III: royal coup or miscast? reviews round-up by Sian Cain

Does the Hobbit star convince as Shakespeare's amoral anti-hero? Either way, Jamie Lloyd's production will introduce the villainous monarch to a whole new audience, agree critics Before Rich…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:57AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

All singing, all texting: five 1980s musicals in need of modernising by Sian Cain

Andrew Lloyd Webber wants to update his musical Cats by adding rap numbers. Here are five other 80s musical stalwarts that could do with an upgrade Will the Cats rap-remix sound anything lik…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:40AM

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