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Sir Kenneth Branagh made president of RADA to upstage the posh brigade

Exclusive: Drama school chooses its first working class president since Seventies to attract aspiring actors of any background

With the likes of Redmayne and Cumberbatch blazing a trail of glory across stage and screen, complaints that acting has become the preserve of the privileged have reached a …


The Verdict: Billboard Calls Hamilton Best Rap Album of 2015 – Read More Cast Album Reviews Here!

The Verdict: Billboard Calls Hamilton Best Rap Album of 2015 – Read More Cast Album Reviews Here!

Reviews are now being published for the 46-track …

Rap Music

Five Rap References Used in HAMILTON, As Annotated By

The website aims to fully annotate the entire score of HAMILTON with its historic and musical references.

Rap Music

Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Lin-Manuel Miranda

NPR streamed the entire album for free on September 21, 2015. Following this release, a large number of fans came together and collaborated on …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

A hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton is Broadway's hottest ticket. Here's why.

Even those who live far away from the bright lights of Broadway and pay little attention to the goings-on in musical theater have likely heard …

Performing Arts

Finding Neverland's Matthew Morrison Discusses the LuPone Crusade & Getting a Presidential Free Pass

Finding Neverland star Matthew Morrison stopped by the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse on September 29 to dish about your rude behavior at the …

Matthew Morrison

Harvard Kicks Off ‘Theater, Dance, and Media’ Concentration

The launch on Thursday night marked the culmination of several years of effort to incorporate the dramatic arts more fully into the University’s …


Lin-Manuel Miranda Plans Hamilton "Mixtape" Album

Lin-Manuel Miranda Plans Hamilton "Mixtape" Album

Hamilton creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced that he's planning a "mixtape" of "remixes & …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

I Have an Opinion on Every Song in "Hamilton"

Operetta diehards may consider it blasphemous that I parse, analyze and review the tracks of the "Hamilton" Broadway cast album individually, rather than as a whole. It's an integrated and interconnected constellation of music and lyrics, but consider: which founding father was famous for picking …

Political History

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Gives Michael Fassbender a Run for His Shakespeare Money in 'Hamlet' Trailer

By Zack Sharf | Indiewire September 29, 2015 at 12:26PM

The National Theater's UK production of "Hamlet" will be hitting U.S. theaters for a limited …

William Shakespeare

36 Playwrights Named to “Translate” Shakespeare Plays into Modern English; See Who’s Doing Midsummer

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has announced the 36 playwrights who will "translate" William Shakespeare's 39 plays into modern English as part of a …

United Kingdom

A Gala Event to Honor James Earl Jones

The American Theatre Wing’s annual gala is always a great party. Each year, the Wing, the creator of the Tony Awards, selects a beloved person from …

James Earl Jones

Mike Nichols’s Life and Career: The Definitive Oral History

A glittering cast of Nichols’s friends share with Sam Kashner and Charles Maslow-Freen their stories of a refugee from Hitler’s Germany who lived his own inimitable version of the American Dream. Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, and more remember the comic genius, a groundbreaking director …


Ryan and Ali and Me: ‘Love Story’ Stars Reunite, and a Fan Squeezes In

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Remember “Love Story”? If you’re like me, you remember the book and movie, both written by the classics professor Erich Segal, vividly. You remember how Harvard-Radcliffe it was. You remember sobbing your eyes out, and how great that felt.

Most of all, you remember how …

Love Stories

My Experience With the Voldemort of Women's Health Issues

The day I found out I was pregnant was the happiest day of my life. I had wanted to be a mom for a long time, and at 36 it was finally happening. When my fiancé, Patrick, and I first saw and heard our little peanut's heartbeat, a wave of love washed over me that I had not known was possible. …

Women's News

Could Hamilton's Music Hit the Radio? "I Think It Might," Says Lin-Manuel Miranda

Could Hamilton's Music Hit the Radio? "I Think It Might," Says Lin-Manuel Miranda

Musical theatre enthusiasts can't get enough of the recently released …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

MacArthur 'genius' grant to 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and 23 others

The MacArthur Foundation has given its “genius grant” imprimatur for 2015 to six visual and performing artists, ranging from the current darling of the Broadway stage -- "Hamilton" composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda -- to veteran theater artist Basil Twist, a puppeteer working mainly in the …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Don't Rain on Our Parade! We Explore What Makes a Showtune Timeless

Don't Rain on Our Parade! We Explore What Makes a Showtune Timeless correspondent Mark Robinson examines the question of what renders a …

Rock & Roll

Why Are They Translating Shakespeare?

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare's plays to make them more comprehensible. Why? According to a Columbia University professor, because:

Most educated people are uncomfortable admitting that Shakespeare's language often …


Elsie Fest: Darren Criss' Plan to Create an Annual Music Festival With Broadway Performers

In the heads of even the most devout musical theater fans, Broadway definitely doesn’t equal beer garden.

However, Darren Criss — the Glee breakout who …

Darren Criss

Why directors love Shakespeare's Measure for Measure so much

Shakespeare plays apparently being like proverbial buses, the third major production of Measure for Measure in 2015 is about to open at the Young Vic …


Juliette Binoche on Interpreting 'Antigone' for Today

Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche is digging into one of the most potent plays in ancient Greek drama: Sophocles’ “Antigone” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, now through Oct. 4.

The searing play revolves around Antigone, a bereaved sister who, by choosing to bury her brother, Polynices, breaks …

Juliette Binoche

theINTERVAL | Sherie Rene Scott

Sherie Rene Scott

Fully present and accounted for.

Written by Victoria Myers
Photography by Robert Ascroft, courtesy of Second Stage
Excerpt by Sherie …

Jeremy Irons to mark Bristol Old Vic's 250th anniversary

Image copyright Alastair Muir

Actor Jeremy Irons is to return to Bristol's Old Vic theatre, where he began his career, to mark the venue's 250th


Flings & Arrows: When Actors Enter Showmances

Megan Reichelt knew it wasn’t a normal curtain call when the music coming from the speakers switched to Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You Into …

Washington D.C.

Critic John Lahr on Critics As The Enemy

John Lahr with his father Bert Lahr

John Lahr reviewed New York theater for half a century, starting with a now-defunct Manhattan neighborhood weekly …


Rufus Norris: how the National Theatre needs to change

Theatres, like schools, take on the personality of the person who runs them. Which is why Rufus Norris, six months into his tenure as artistic director of the National Theatre can’t be surprised that his every move is under scrutiny. How he behaves is the best indicator of what Britain’s most …

Damon Albarn

King and I Actor Shares the Cast Reaction to His Defense of Audience Member with Autism

King and I Actor Shares the Cast Reaction to His Defense of Audience Member with Autism

Kelvin Moon Loh, a member of the ensemble and Lun Tha …


"Cumberphone" Campaign Launched to Address Cell Phone Use in Theatres

"Cumberphone" Campaign Launched to Address Cell Phone Use in Theatres

The Cumberphone Campaign has been launched in the U.K, named in honour of …

Five astonishing facts about women in Shakespeare

What would Macbeth be without Lady Macbeth? Or Romeo and Juliet with only Romeo? Yet there’s an enormous disparity between female and male …