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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Barry Humphries: ‘I defend to the ultimate my right to give deep and profound offence’ by Simon Hattenstone

The creator of Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson is back on stage with a show highlighting the dangers of censorship. He talks about living in a prudish age, sexual harassment and why …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

How Anna Scher's maverick acting school created so many working-class stars by Simon Hattenstone

For 50 years Anna Scher has taught acting to north London children, with many – such as Kathy Burke, Daniel Kaluuya and Adam Deacon – becoming household names. What is it about her appro…

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Simon Hattenstone meets Anna Scher by Simon Hattenstone

For 35 years, Anna Scher put everything into running Britain's least conventional theatre school. Then she fell ill, and was replaced. Now she's teaching again, she tells Simon Hattenstone -…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Carry on Screaming's Fenella Fielding on fighting with Kenneth Williams and bouncing back after bankruptcy by Simon Hattenstone

She survived a violent upbringing to become the 60s’ favourite comedy vamp. As she turns 90, the star remembers fending off Norman Wisdom, attempting suicide – and having two lovers for …

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Kwame Kwei-Armah: ‘As a black male you’re told you can’t do this. I’ve tried to go: yes we can’ by Simon Hattenstone

The new artistic director of the Young Vic in London will break the arts glass ceiling for African-Caribbeans. It’s a role he has performed before in Baltimore, making theatre about police…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fringe views – why politics is yuge at Edinburgh this year by Simon Hattenstone

It was once almost a taboo at the festival, but just about every performer this year, from the SNP’s Alex Salmond to an Irish wizard creating a kids’ utopia, wants to talk politics. But …

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

'I was dehumanised': Lemn Sissay on hearing his harrowing abuse report live on stage by Simon Hattenstone

In a blistering one-off show, poet Lemn Sissay heard – for the first time – the record of his suffering as a child in care. He explains why the theatre was the safest place to relive his…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Maxine Peake: 'I'm a Corbyn supporter. We need a coup' by Simon Hattenstone

She used to be told she was too fat, too northern, too political. Decades into a stellar career, Maxine Peake is on fighting formMaxine Peake looks at me and rolls her eyes. “Last time we …

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rob Delaney: ‘If I’m not feeling funny about something, that’s fine’ by Simon Hattenstone

He made his name as the funniest person on Twitter. But can the Catastrophe writer and star make light of dark times?Catastrophe: noun; an event causing great and usually sudden damage or su…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Glenda Jackson on her scary reputation: ‘I’ve never understood the fear thing’ by Simon Hattenstone

As an Oscar-winning actor, she could emasculate her leading men. As a Labour MP, she skewered her leader, Tony Blair. After her acclaimed King Lear, is she back to command the theatre world …

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Gillian Anderson on therapy, rebellion and 'being weird' by Simon Hattenstone

She found fame in The X-Files but is most proud of her roles in The Fall and A Streetcar Named Desire. She talks about turning from an obnoxious teenage punk into a control freak – and why…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ayesha Hazarika: 'Labour's best drinker? They're so good at it, I couldn't say' by Simon Hattenstone

She advised Ed Miliband and wrote gags for Harriet Harman. Now Ayesha Hazarika is turning her heady Whitehall days into standupAyesha Hazarika is hungover, but it’s nothing to do with drin…

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Vanessa Redgrave on why she was ready to die: ‘Trying to live was getting too tiring’ by Simon Hattenstone

The legendary actor, 79, on ageing, religion, human rights and the notorious Oscars speech that stalled her Hollywood career‘Cheers,’ says Vanessa Redgrave. She clinks her glass of elder…

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Clarke Peters: Razzle dazzler by Simon Hattenstone

The Wire made him a star, but Clarke Peters has been singing, dancing and writing for decades. Kicking off our Edinburgh festival coverage, he tells Simon Hattenstone why he's going back to …

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Friday, October 16, 2015

What I'm not is a cheery person: Simon Hattenstone interviews Catherine Tate by Simon Hattenstone

Catherine Tate loves to take people on - whether on the stand-up circuit or as the 'bovvered' Lauren in her hugely successful comedy show. So why is she now playing second fiddle to Dr Who? …

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Lenny Henry talks about his career, family and his new role as Othello by Simon Hattenstone

Lenny Henry says he knows just how Othello must have felt. At school, there were only three black kids in the whole place. "There'd be a fight everyday over words. Coon, wog, nigger, OK…

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Marianne Jean-Baptiste: 'It's not a sob story - I could have stayed in the UK and fought it out' by Simon Hattenstone

She was brilliant, she was versatile, she was Oscar-nominated for Secrets and Lies. So why couldn’t Marianne Jean-Baptiste make it in British movies? It’s something she really, really do…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

John Simm: 'Sometimes I do feel underappreciated' by Simon Hattenstone

His Hollywood dream turned to dust, he's not won a Bafta, and Russell Crowe nabbed his role. So is John Simm bitter? Well, maybe a bit...

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Gillian Anderson on therapy, rebellion and 'being weird' by Simon Hattenstone

She found fame in The X-Files but is most proud of her roles in The Fall and A Streetcar Named Desire. She talks about turning from an obnoxious teenage punk into a control freak – and why…

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Julie Walters: ‘People like me wouldn't get a chance today' by Simon Hattenstone

She was a working-class kid who got her break in the revolutionary 1970s theatre scene. The grande dame of British acting sounds off about privilege, politics and her drinking daysJulie Walt…

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Julie Walters: lack of working-class actors is sad by Simon Hattenstone and Peter Walker

Actor adds voice to row over number of privileged artists in the arts, saying drama career wouldn’t be an option for her now Continue reading...

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Lee Hall: Spielberg, Scargill and me by Simon Hattenstone

On the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike, Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall talks about Thatcher's death, being fired from War Horse – and finding the lead for his Elton John musicalI'm wa…

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

The dark side of Carey Mulligan by Simon Hattenstone

She likes dark, difficult characters. She doesn't like questions about her faith, her pop star husband, pet pigs, politics…• The Coen brothers talk about the film• Free audio downloa…

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Comedians and their parents: Jack Whitehall and father Michael by Simon Hattenstone

Is there a Whitehall power struggle? And how did Jack's father take it when his son adopted a mockney accent?Jack Whitehall greets me with a warm smile, while his father offers a terse snort…

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Comedians and their parents: Nina Conti and father Tom by Simon Hattenstone

'It sounds like it was a risible, weird topic to you': Nina and Tom Conti get to grips with her choice of careerTom Conti says he and Nina's mother Kara had a favourite expression in th…

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe: 'There's no master plan to distance myself from Harry Potter' by Simon Hattenstone

He was the boy who brought Harry Potter to life – and feared he'd killed his own career in the process. Daniel Radcliffe talks about hairy legs, growing up in the spotlight, and why he nev…

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Frank Langella: legend of the fall by Simon Hattenstone

As a young man Frank Langella worked with Laurence Olivier, partied with Noël Coward and seduced Rita Hayworth. Then his career fell apart. He tells Simon Hattenstone about losing ever…

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

An Evening With Al Pacino – review by Simon Hattenstone

The star of The Godfather and Scarface is a lovable, scary bad guy – but the audience didn't get a chance to see the real AlAl Pacino was safely ensconced on the stage of the London Pallad…

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An evening with Al Pacino review by Simon Hattenstone

The star of The Godfather and Scarface is a lovable, scary bad guy but the audience didn't get a chance to see the real Al Continue reading...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Coronation Street, the Musical: look back in leopard skin by Simon Hattenstone

As Coronation Street: the musical prepares to open, Simon Hattenstone goes behind the scenes and asks the cast – from Julie Goodyear to Bill Roache – how they plan to bring its bolshy ma…

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Simon Amstell: 'Dysfunction is my career' by Simon Hattenstone

Put downs. Piss takes. Come backs. Simon Amstell can hand it out, but can he take it? Simon Hattenstone talks to the presenter-turned-standup about celebrity, upsetting his family and wheth…

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