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Nicholas Hytner: With Shakespeare, the play is just a starting point

Shakespeare's ambiguity is often taken as a challenge by those who would pin him down. But we should instead see the play as a starting point, and trust actors to finish the job<p>A novel can tell you everything you want to know about what it's trying to say, but plays are by definition incomplete. …

The Winter's Tale

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

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 about<p>Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear are seated close together in a little room at the National theatre, murmuring to one another, …

10 ways to celebrate Shakespeare’s 449th birthday – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 10:00 am, April 23, 2013 in Fun London<p>Today is the Bard’s 449th Birthday which is basically the same as being 29, where you feel like you …

Samuel L. Jackson reads “Breaking Bad” monologue

The actor releases a second monologue as part of a contest to raise donations for the Alzheimer’s Association<p>For the past two weeks, actor Samuel L. Jackson has been hosting a contest to drive donations towards the Alzheimer's Association, supporting research for a disease that afflicted his late …

Berlin’s Theatertreffen turns 50

This month marks an important anniversary for Theatertreffen, an annual festival that pays tribute to the vitality and diversity of German-language theatre.<p>Every year for the last 49 years, a committee of critics has watched hundreds of theatre productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland – …

Germany

Evening Standard Theatre Awards: Harry Potter wins best play

<b>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has woven its magic by winning best play at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.</b><p>The show, a sequel to JK Rowling's books, opened in the West End this summer to five-star reviews.<p>Ralph Fiennes was named best actor for both The Master Builder and Richard III, …

J K Rowling

West End Hit The Play That Goes Wrong to Open on Broadway

Following a lauded run in London, the hit comedy <i>The Play That Goes Wrong</i> will cross the pond to make its Broadway debut beginning March 9 at the …

Movies

Ian McKellen Plays Fairy Godmother at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen showed off their quirky friendship when they attended the <b>Evening Standard</b> Theatre Awards in London on Sunday. Aside from sitting next to each other during the event, the two gave the audience a special treat when they put on a magical skit on stage. While …

Clive Judd appointed artistic director at Old Red Lion Theatre

London pub theatre the Old Red Lion has appointed Clive Judd as its new artistic director.<p>Judd will replace Stewart Pringle, who is stepping down …

A Post-Election Plea, To The Theatre And Its Artists

I wish that I could write a play, but I haven’t the talent. I wish that I could compose a musical score, but I haven’t the gift. I wish that I could …

The Arts

Hamilton documentary to feature unseen footage of original cast performance

The sold-out hit Broadway musical gets a cast shakeup after three leads leave next month – but an upcoming PBS film will give fans a taste of the original cast<p>Time has nearly run out to see the original Hamilton cast on Broadway, but a PBS special about the Tony award-winning musical will air in …

Best quotes from the Tony awards 2016: 'If I didn't deserve it, this would be embarrassing'

From Sheldon Harnick accepting his lifetime achievement award to James Corden’s dad’s advice to his son, here are the best lines from this year’s Tonys<p>Hamilton wins 11 prizes at 2016 Tony awards – as it happened Alexis Soloski: James Corden and Hamilton offer balm on a bleak day Stars arrive on the …

Hamilton's original Broadway cast to be filmed before Lin-Manuel Miranda exits

The creator and star of the Tony-winning sensation leaves the show in July - but before he takes his bow, the show will be recorded on two separate nights<p>Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to leave show in July<p>After having dominated the Tony awards with 11 wins, including Broadway’s top …

Aladdin review – Disney musical is a magic carpet ride to panto land

Prince Edward theatre, London Impressive stage magic, a gold-dripping design and a party-loving genie make this energetic adaptation of the animated movie a wicked treat<p>Imagine a Christmas panto minus the dame and with a budget of zillions and you get some idea of this musical extravaganza. At …

Big beasts of Broadway … Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine on the art of writing musicals

They are one of the greatest combos in the history of musicals. The Pulitzer-winning pair behind Into the Woods talk about bumpy first nights, how to read audience coughs – and why shows today are too loud<p>Stephen Sondheim once gave James Lapine, his friend and longtime collaborator, a useful if …

Lin-Manuel Miranda on his Broadway smash Hamilton: 'the world freaked out'

The creator of the hit musical, whose fans include Barack Obama and Salman Rushdie, reveals how mixtapes, hip-hop and America’s founding fathers inspired him<p>On a hot day in late August, Lin-Manuel Miranda sits in a lecture theatre at Columbia University in uptown Manhattan, fizzing with the kind of …

Wicked in the West End: 10 years of defying gravity – in pictures

Wicked is celebrating its 10th birthday at the Apollo Victoria theatre in London. The musical, based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, presents the untold story of the good and wicked witches from The Wizard of Oz. Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the music and lyrics, reflects on the show’s history – and its …

Why Hamilton is making musical history

Founding father Alexander Hamilton has become the unlikely star of a hit hip-hop Broadway musical. Coming to the UK next year, its portrayal of immigrant inclusiveness could not be more timely<p>On the evening of 23 June, I happened to be in a theatre in New York, watching a musical about a man who …

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer review at the National

No subject is off-limits when it comes to musicals. The form is endlessly malleable. The National already has a history of producing off-kilter …

Cancer

The Grinning Man review at Bristol Old Vic

Tom Morris’ musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel The Man Who Laughs is not a Les Mis re-tread. It’s a macabre fable about a young man called …

Bristol, UK

Was Shakespeare’s Rival His Sometime Ghostwriter?

Christopher Marlowe will be listed as a co-author on all three of William Shakespeare’s <i>Henry VI</i> plays when the Oxford University Press releases its …

Playwrights

Amadeus review at National Theatre, London

This is both a homecoming and memorial. The late Peter Shaffer’s masterful Amadeus was first staged in the Olivier – the space it was written for – …

Jackie Wylie appointed artistic director of National Theatre of Scotland

Jackie Wylie, former artistic director of the Arches in Glasgow, has been appointed the new artistic director of the National Theatre of Scotland.<p>Her …

The Arts

I prefer my Shakespeare without neon lights – that doesn’t make me a luddite

I’m delighted that Emma Rice is taking her weird ideas and leaving the Globe theatre. I prefer stuff that has been around for a few centuries<p>I am browned off with nearly everything modern: buildings, music, art, language, so I was rather cheered to hear that artistic director Emma Rice is leaving …