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Row as lesbian group asked to leave National Theatre bar

Women claim staff did not like the T-shirts we are wearing but NT says the action was a result of a series of disturbances The National Theatre has become embroiled in a bitter war of words after a group of lesbians was refused service in its Green Room bar in the run-up to Londons Pride celebrations. The women and their supporters claim their treatment at the hands of staff, who called the police, was a response to their campaigning stance in the gender-identity dispute. Other witnesses in the bar have…

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Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance If Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the Faye Dunaway in Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station. With nothing to lose, the anchor goes rogue…

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Sir Peter Hall, theatre, film and opera director, dies aged 86

Founder of Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director dies surrounded by his family in London Sir Peter Hall, the former director of the National Theatre and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has died aged 86, the theatre said. He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, with his family at his bedside. During a career that spanned more than half a century he staged the English-language premiere of Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot, and the world premiere of Harold Pinters Homecoming. In a statement, the…

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