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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bard from my own home: how I starred in a virtual Shakespeare play by Stephen Moss

How better to liven up lockdown than to stage the entire Shakespeare canon online? Our writer reports on his role in the webcam drama ‘Would you like to take part in a livestreamed perform…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Abomination: the riotously high-camp opera about DUP homophobia by Stephen Moss

Inspired by remarks made by a unionist MP, an incendiary opera is about to unleash gay cake and drag on Belfast. Will Arlene Foster be in the front row? We meet its creator The Newtownards R…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

What, no samovars? Roman Abramovich presents a Chekhov for Russia's meltdown by Stephen Moss

The Cherry Orchard has been given an absurdist reboot – with blood transfusions, a beach party and a bed-hopping sex maniac. And thanks to Chelsea’s oligarch, it’s coming to BritainOh …

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Paul Mayhew-Archer: 'I want to show people with Parkinson's can do comedy by Stephen Moss

The writer of The Vicar of Dibley and Mrs Brown’s Boys discusses the funny side of living with the illness and his new Edinburgh show, Incurable Optimist“Good news,” the comedy writer …

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Monday, October 23, 2017

The Mousetrap at 60: why is this the world's longest-running play? by Stephen Moss

Agatha Christie's whodunnit is 60 years old. What's the secret to its longevity? Stephen Moss goes behind the scenes, into 'the snow room' and off to the pub for a sing-song with the castQue…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

'He was a gay guy who won': why I wrote a play about ice-skating genius John Curry by Stephen Moss

Tony Timberlake has turned his lifelong fascination with the champion figure skater and 1970s gay icon into a heartbreaking one-man show In 1976, John Curry won the figure-skating gold medal…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Canvassing opinion: what art critics make of the hit play Art by Stephen Moss

What is art and how do we judge its value? As Yasmina Reza’s play is revived at the Old Vic in London, Stephen Moss asks Guardian critics Adrian Searle and Skye Sherwin if the price is rig…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

When Peter Hall met Uncle Vanya – and shouted it down by Stephen Moss

It wasn't exactly a heckle, but Hall's outburst from the stalls on the opening night of a starry West End Chekhov starring Laura Carmichael and Anna Friel was clearly critical of the product…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Henry I leads the charge to crown Reading as a cultural hotspot by Stephen Moss

A new play about the 12th-century monarch is at the heart of plans to raise the artistic profile of a town best known for its IT companies and shoppingSomething is stirring in Reading, hithe…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How I made an impression on Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner by Stephen Moss

Ant and Dec? Perpetual laughter. Boris Johnson? Strangle the vowels. Andy Murray? Just growl. Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner try and make a mimic of Stephen Moss Alistair McGowan immediat…

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Impressions masterclass with Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner – video by Stephen Moss, Jess Gormley, Tom Silverstone, Noah Payne-Frank and Kara Fox

Stephen Moss learns the art of impersonation from two masters: Alistair McGowan and Rory Bremner. Will Moss impress his tutors with his Boris Johnson? Can he manage to stretch his words and …

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

'It’s a grand undertaking for anybody': Adam Donen on his holographic symphony by Stephen Moss

He cites Hegel as a key influence and compares his music to TS Eliot. The pop-star turned symphonist discusses his plans to bring the first world war’s legacy of ‘mass-mechanised butcher…

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Flamenco on the hoof: Bartabas the Furious and his dancing horses by Stephen Moss

There’s no such thing as an easy ride with Bartabas. His horses once performed Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Now they’re stamping into Sadler’s Wells. We meet the horse whisperer at h…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Houdini's big secret: the sidekick who was more skilled than his master by Stephen Moss

When Houdini got lowered into water, who padlocked his trunks? A British carpenter and locksmith called Jim Collins. Now a magician has written a play about the forgotten hero of escapology…

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Alex Jennings on playing Alan Bennett: 'He wanted me to be tougher' by Stephen Moss

He has won three Oliviers yet a film career has always eluded him. Will playing Alan Bennett in The Lady in the Van bring Alex Jennings the breakthrough he craves?Alex Jennings is Alan Benne…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dalia Taha: ‘You want stories of suffering’ by Stephen Moss

Her dramas deal with violence and the impossibility of life under occupation, but Dalia Taha insists there’s more to her plays than Palestinian politics“I wasn’t prepared for questions…

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tim Vines joke has been named the funniest. Can you do better? by Stephen Moss

Vines Hoover gag has been named the best at the Edinburgh festival. Tell us your all-time favourite Continue reading...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

John Sessions, comedy pioneer: 'I lost my way' by Stephen Moss

He was the king of improv comedy. Now he's playing second fiddle to a dancing dog. What happened? John Sessions talks about stage fright, voting Ukip and life after the 'twinkly years'John S…

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Director Andrei Konchalovsky: 'Forget freedom wars and plagues make the best art' by Stephen Moss

How did an auteur who started out working with Tarkovsky end up being fired from Tango & Cash? Andrei Konchalovsky talks about $90m flops, being mentored by Billy Wilder and killed by D…

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Michael Gambon's roles for actors who can't remember their lines by Stephen Moss

The veteran stage actor sometimes has difficulty memorising scripts. But some roles are easier for forgetful thespians than othersThe actor Michael Gambon, who for some years has been strugg…

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Anatomy of Melancholy comes up smiling by Stephen Moss

The Anatomy of Melancholy has been called the 'book to end all books'. But can Robert Burton's vast 17th-century classic really work as a play? Stephen Moss finds outIn a draughty industrial…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Patrice Chéreau: a director genuinely devoted to his art | Stephen Moss by Stephen Moss

Witty, urbane and indefatigable to the last, Chéreau was one of the great directors of the past 40 years, a man whose creative integrity was his professional hallmarkThe last time I met the…

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Samuel Beckett's obsession with chess: how the game influenced his work by Stephen Moss

Chess was one of Samuel Beckett's great obsessions, touching everything from Murphy to Endgame. Perhaps this game of fierce purity and life-or-death stakes is the key to all his workI am som…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pulitzer playwright Ayad Akhtar: 'I was in denial' by Stephen Moss

It took 10 years – and 9/11 – for Ayad Akhtar to realise what he needed to write about. As his play Disgraced comes to London, he reveals allThere are some people you interview you feel …

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Pulitzer playwright Ayad Akhtar: 'I was in denial' by Stephen Moss

It took 10 years – and 9/11 – for Ayad Akhtar to realise what he needed to write about. As his play Disgraced comes to London, he reveals all Continue reading...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear: 'Othello and Iago are a bit cracked' by Stephen Moss

As they prepare lock horns as Othello and Iago at the National Theatre, the actors talk about jealousy, the horrors of war – and who Shakespeare's play is really aboutAdrian Lester and Ror…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Mousetrap at 60: why is this the world's longest-running play? by Stephen Moss

Agatha Christie's whodunnit is 60 years old. What's the secret to its longevity? Stephen Moss goes behind the scenes, into 'the snow room' and off to the pub for a sing-song with the castQue…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:15PM

The Mousetrap at 60: why is this the world's longest-running play? by Stephen Moss

Agatha Christie's whodunnit is 60 years old. What's the secret to its longevity? Stephen Moss goes behind the scenes, into 'the snow room' and off to the pub for a sing-song with the cast Co…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:15PM
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

All That Fall: the Samuel Beckett stage play that isn't by Stephen Moss

Beckett's estate insists All That Fall, his play about a woman going to meet her husband, be staged as a radio drama. So how are Michael Gambon and Eileen Atkins getting on?Eileen Atkins is …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Chekhov's Uncle Vanya: from Russian with grunge by Stephen Moss

What's the right way to do Chekhov? With lace tablecloths and endless cups of tea – or a blast of Nirvana? Stars from three new productions, including Anna Friel and Ken Stott, talk to Ste…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tricycle theatre's new director aims for more diverse audience by Stephen Moss

Indhu Rubasingham, successor to Nicolas Kent, has to cope with £350,000 cut in theatre's grant, a third of its subsidyThe Tricycle theatre on Kilburn High Road, in north-west London, is opp…

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