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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Come on in, the water's dystopian! JG Ballard's Drowned World hits an Essex pool by Stuart Jeffries

A Chelmsford swimming baths has turned Ballard’s prescient apocalyptic novel into a truly immersive performance. Our writer pulls on his trunks and dives in It’s Saturday night in Chelms…

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Hi-de-Hi's Su Pollard: 'I'd rather talk about cakes than Brexit!' by Stuart Jeffries

As she hits the stage in a powerful solo show, the frenetic star talks about sexist miners, over-friendly horses – and what really happened at that No 10 drinks party Speaking breathlessly…

Linked From The Guardian at 03:36AM
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Notre Dame and the culture it inspired – from Matisse to the Muppets by Oliver Wainwright, Stuart Jeffries, Peter Bradshaw, Jonathan Jones, Fiona Maddocks, Michael Coveney and Keza Macdonald

It mesmerised Proust, terrified Homer Simpson and gave us the Hunchback – Guardian critics celebrate Paris’s gothic masterpiece at the heart of the modern imagination As Notre Dame Cathe…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Do we need an Only Fools and Horses musical? Of course we do, you plonker! by Stuart Jeffries

It was the cushty comedy that perfectly captured 80s Britain. As Only Fools and Horses hits the stage, we celebrate the TV classic that needed a new scale to measure audience laughterBack in…

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Is standup comedy dead? Exploring the future of funny post-Kevin Hart, Louis CK and Nanette by Stuart Jeffries

Whether it’s censorship, problematic tweets or #MeToo, comics are being scrutinised like never before. Is there a ‘new sense of panic’ in the industry?Comedy is in a period of extraord…

Linked From The Guardian at 03:18PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Steven Berkoff: who will dare to stage my one-man Harvey Weinstein play? by Stuart Jeffries

He’s played baddies in everything from Bond to Beverly Hills Cop. Now he’s tackling the disgraced movie mogul in a self-penned play. The actor-playwright explains why theatre is dying ou…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Snail ballet: 176 slow dancers await their moment in the slimelight by Stuart Jeffries

Raised to be sauteed in garlic butter but freed by French vegetarian art anarchists, meet the unlikely stars of a mindful music performance Only minutes after meeting Elizabeth Saint-Jalmes …

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jerry Seinfeld – review by Stuart Jeffries

National Indoor Arena, Birmingham"Oh my God, Birmingham, England!" yelled Jerry Seinfeld as he came on stage suited and shouting as though he sought to sell us something disreputable. "Do yo…

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Adrian Dunbar on directing Homer on a Donegal beach – and his fears for Line of Duty by Stuart Jeffries

The actor best known as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty is bringing Homer and Heaney to County Donegal. Our writer joins him for oysters as he takes his dogs for a windswept walk…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brian Cant obituary by Stuart Jeffries

Children’s television presenter and actor who spent 21 years on Play School and whose baritone voice graced Camberwick Green, Chigley and Trumpton“HERE’S a house. Here’s a door. Wind…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's showtime! by Stuart Jeffries

Kevin Spacey's first season in charge of the Old Vic starts tomorrow. Will he boost the fragile ecology of British theatre? Or will he leave us cold? Stuart Jeffries reportsIn the long queue…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Celia Imrie on Victoria Wood, writing novels – and being caught in the Nice terror attack by Stuart Jeffries

The star talks about her novels for neglected women, missing her ‘dear pal’ Victoria Wood – and how it was a miracle she survived the lorry attack in Nice Celia Imrie breezes into the …

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Optimism v pessimism in 2017: the comedian and the psychologist debate by Stuart Jeffries

Liam Williams quit standup fearing his pessimissm about the state of the planet was making audiences worryingly apathetic. But is a sunny outlook really any healthier? We sat him down for a …

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Screen gods, guilt and glamour: actor Claire Bloom on her life in the limelight by Stuart Jeffries

She was given her big break by Charlie Chaplin and worked with Richard Burton and Laurence Olivier. Claire Bloom talks about her rise to fame and reading her ex-husband Philip Roth’s work…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Doctor Who's new companion Pearl Mackie: 'I have no time-travelling experience!' by Stuart Jeffries

It’s three months until she makes her debut – but there’s already a frenzy of speculation. Meet the Brixton girl about to go galacticA few hours after Pearl Mackie was unveiled as Doct…

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My pubic portrait: the day I posed for a very personal work of art by Stuart Jeffries

In Pube, Eugénie Pastor gives her audience scissors and asks them to donate some pubic hair. Stuart Jeffries gets snippingI part the curtains and enter a tiny room. It’s an intimate, low-…

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Ian Lavender: 'Dad's Army cost me a career in the movies' by Stuart Jeffries

Ian Lavender was 22 when he was cast as mummy's boy Private Pike in Dad's Army. It was a role that would come to haunt his career, stopping him from getting meatier parts. His one-man Edinbu…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Victoria Wood obituary by Stuart Jeffries

One of the great British comedians and all-round entertainers of her generation who wrote dramas, sketches and popular sitcomsWhen Victoria Wood was about six, she had an epiphany in Buxton.…

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Ronnie Corbett obituary by Stuart Jeffries

Actor and comedian who became a national treasure as partner to Ronnie Barker in The Two Ronnies“I was lying in bed with my wife last Sunday morning when she called me by a special pet nam…

Linked From The Guardian at 10:31AM
Sunday, January 10, 2016

Don Warrington: 'I can be angry. I can want to kill' by Stuart Jeffries

He’s done everything from Rising Damp to All My Sons and Holby. But now Don Warrington is facing the biggest challenge of his career: playing Lear. He talks about becoming a Geordie, wanti…

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Mike Leigh’s Pirates of Penzance: ‘I told them I was going to set it on a spaceship in the 29th century’ by Stuart Jeffries

Mike Leigh, the great chronicler of real life in all its nitty gritty detail, swore he’d never direct an opera. So why is he tackling Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckler? Continue readin…

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Farage fracas: my day with the anti-Ukip cabaret he called 'scum' by Stuart Jeffries

Anti-fracking poets, Lebanese dancers and a gay Welsh donkey were just some of the acts who conga-ed into Nigel Farage’s local in Kent this weekend – and ended up making headlines. Stuar…

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ian Lavender: 'Dad's Army cost me a career in the movies' by Stuart Jeffries

Ian Lavender was 22 when he was cast as mummy's boy Private Pike in Dad's Army. It was a role that would come to haunt his career, stopping him from getting meatier parts. His one-man Edinbu…

Linked From The Guardian at 02:00AM
Thursday, April 24, 2014

Imelda Staunton: 'It's in my DNA to duck and dive' by Stuart Jeffries

As Imelda Staunton storms the West End as another hard-scrabble working woman, she explains why it's class and not the classics that matters"Those women!" says Imelda Staunton. &…

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Diana Rigg: 'Women of my age are still attractive. Men of my age are not' by Stuart Jeffries

Soon to appear in the new season of Game of Thrones, the actor talks about her long career, how to deal with getting older and why she talks to pigeonsDiana Rigg is trying to cross the …

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The science of comedy: can humour make the world a better place? by Stuart Jeffries

Academics are considering how comedy can be socially beneficial'You know what's not funny?" said the comedian Chris Rock once. "Thinking about it." As if to prove the point, last weekend's P…

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Monday, February 10, 2014

How video saved the opera star by Stuart Jeffries

Opera is waking up to the power of video. For his new production of Don Giovanni, the Royal Opera House's Kasper Holten collaborated with a designer who turned U2 tours and the 2012 Olympics…

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Simon McBurney: The Age of Enlightenment by Stuart Jeffries

Simon McBurney thought operas were obscure, wooden and pointless. So what made him agree to direct The Magic Flute? Stuart Jeffries finds outSimon McBurney has a wild glint in his eye as he…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Game of thrones: behind closed doors with Margaret Thatcher and the Queen by Stuart Jeffries

Margaret Thatcher idolised the Queen – but the monarch felt patronised by her prime minister. Playwright Moira Buffini tells Stuart Jeffries how her new work eavesdrops on their weekly mee…

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

David Sedaris at Edinburgh: 'I'll never run out of things to laugh about' by Stuart Jeffries

As he prepares for his Edinburgh festival show, David Sedaris talks about the things that scare him: hecklers in their 80s, the stench of enthusiasm – and the word 'loo'One day David Sedar…

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mel Smith obituary by Stuart Jeffries

Comedian, actor, writer and director who came to prominence in satirical TV sketch show Not the Nine O'Clock NewsMel Smith was once upstaged by a talking gorilla. He was playing a zoologist …

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