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Lesley Manville: I want to go dancing and drink too much and Im over 60

The Bafta nominee has been discovered by Hollywood after 47 years as an actor. She talks about ageism, losing her anonymity and spa trips with her Mum co-stars Simon Amstell spotted her and came up for a chat. He wanted to know what she was doing there. Manville affects bewilderment. I said: Well, why? Im going to get the bus. He said: I dont imagine you getting the bus. He could see her on a bus, but not actually waiting for it, perhaps because she seems both grounded and grand.…

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Hillary and Clinton review Laurie Metcalf on winning form in solid drama

The Tony award winner dominates as the politician in a 2008-set work of speculative stage drama with John Lithgow as her supportive husband Remember when Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire? This isnt revisionist history. She lost the state to Bernie Sanders in 2016. But in 2008, after an embarrassing finish in Iowa, she beat out Barack Obama. Suddenly, her campaign had momentum. For a while anyway. Lucas Hnaths play, Hillary and Clinton, slight and not especially timely, returns HRC to that contest, nearly a decade before…

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Cast of Cats film to be size of actual cats

Stars including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift will be shrunk via CGI and made hirsute using digital fur technology Ever since Tom Hoopers movie adaptation of Cats the long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the puss prose of TS Eliot was Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Taylor Swift, be donning Lycra, heavy makeup and fluffy wigs in the style of the stage show? How method might they be going with their performances? How many parts on top of playing the traditionally male Deuteronomy would be gender-flipped? Some…

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The little musical that could: how Be More Chill became a teen sensation

After its humble run at a regional theater in New Jersey, Joe Iconis sci-fi musical comedy grew legs on the internet, resulting in its improbable run in New York When high school-set musical Be More Chill finished its month-long run at New Jerseys Two River Theatre three summers ago, composer Joe Iconis was already familiar with the sinking disappointment of putting a show to bed. Many times before, he says, a musical of his had enjoyed a solid run off-off-Broadway, or at a regional theatre, and failed to gain traction…

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Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms

Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando were lovers, Pryor’s widow confirms Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was twice married to the comedian, corroborates claims by music producer Quincy Jones, noting that it was the 70s and drugs were still good Thu 8 Feb 2018 05.17EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close wide-ranging interview…

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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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Bill Murray goes to see Groundhog Day again

The star of the 1993 classic movie went to see the Broadway musical version on Tuesday and then returned Wednesday for another show Tuesday: Bill Murray, star of Groundhog Day, a film famously about reliving the same day over and over, is spotted at the Broadway show based on that film. Wednesday: Bill Murray, star of Groundhog Day, a film famously about reliving the same day over and over, is spotted at the Broadway show based on that film. So far hes seen it twice. It is not known if…

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Shock as Bolshoi cancels world premiere of Nureyev ballet

Move comes after outspoken director was questioned in a high-profile criminal investigation that supports claim is politically motivated Russias Bolshoi theatre has announced the cancellation of next weeks world premiere of a ballet about Russian dance legend Rudolf Nureyev, staged by an outspoken director who has been questioned in a high-profile criminal investigation. Nureyev was set to premiere at the Bolshoi on Tuesday in one of the most hotly anticipated stagings of the season. But in a move that has shocked the ballet world, the theatre said the show has…

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Chris Rocks Total Blackout review blistering start to a new world tour

More than joke machine, Oscar host, even talking zebra, this standup legend is one of his generations most incendiary speakers Chris Rock may need no introduction but apparently he still fancies a warm-up. The evening before his performance in front of 8,000 people at the Perth Arena, where tickets ranged from $95 to $145 (not including the dreaded booking fee), the American comic swung by a local pub, the Charles hotel, to do a surprise set at their $20 comedy night. standout Oscar host (or even a $40m reason to…

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2017 Tony awards winners: full list

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 led the way with 12 nominations, but it was Dear Evan Hansens night here is our complete list of winners Best musical Dear Evan HansenNatasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Best revival of a musical Hello, Dolly!Miss Saigon Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical Christian Borle, FalsettosWar PaintPatti LuPone, War PaintWINNER: A Dolls House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath Sweat by Lynn Nottage Best choreography WINNER: Andy Blankenbuehler, BandstandPeter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog…

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A Dolls House, Part 2 review sophisticated sequel offers vibrancy and wit

Laurie Metcalf gives a thrilling performance in a speculative follow-up to Henrik Ibsens defining 1879 masterwork There are sofa plays and dinner table plays. Plays about beds and bathtubs, armchairs and kitchen sinks. Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House, the 1879 masterwork and shocker, is a drama about a door. So is Lucas Hnaths A Dolls House Part 2, a brisk and brainy sequel, directed by Sam Gold, which has entered Broadway at the close of the season. A Dolls House ends with Nora Helmer walking out her front door, leaving…

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How do you solve a problem like The Donald? Comedians share how they tackle Trump

Nazeem Hussain, Emily Heller and Stephen K Amos answer one pressing question: how do you make jokes about the US president? Forget Uber rides, Tinder shenanigans and airline food; standup comedys topic du jour is Donald Trump. But has the orange ones ascent to the US presidency been a boon for comedians, or does he represent a threat too grave to be flippant about? How has the role of comedy shifted in an era in which the old rules of political engagement have been radically rewritten? With the Emily Heller…

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