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2008-09-19 00:00:20

By PAUL TAYLOR Theatre SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR Gielgud Theatre LONDON ***** WAR HORSE NationalTheatre: Olivier LONDON **** Rupert Goold is a name that will give any project legs at the moment. The award-winning 36-year-old director has a production of No Man's Land, starring Michael Gambon, and the I'd Do Anything- promoted extravaganza of Oliver! lined up for the West End this autumn, and a major production of King Lear with Pete Postlethwaite opening in Liverpool in the...

2008-09-15 00:00:22

By Paul Taylor Not enough straight plays in the West End? Not so, says Paul Taylor - a new version of Pirandello's 'Six Characters' is starting a serious revolution First question: how do you adapt a play like Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author so that it is refreshed and reinvigorated by being brought up to speed with techniques and technologies that have sprung since the author's own day? That's a tricky enough proposition. But now elide that problem with a second...

2008-08-12 12:01:05

Stage and screen actor Terence Rigby has died at 71, his spokesman said yesterday. Rigby died at his London home last night. He had been suffering from lung cancer. The star's film credits included Mona Lisa Smile in 2003, Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The Dogs of War (1980), Get Carter (1971), and Scandal in 1989. On TV, Rigby was best known for his role as PC Snow in the TV series from the 1960s and 1970s, Softly, Softly: Task Force. More recently, he appeared on the small...

2008-08-03 12:00:21

By Hal Boedeker, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Aug. 3--How will the new Brideshead Revisited stack up to the miniseries? Maybe it isn't fair to compare. After all, this miniseries unfolds in 11 parts and offers some of the greatest actors and revels in stupendous production values. Still, fans are likely to wonder which rendering of Evelyn Waugh's novel is better. This maxi mini, which debuted in early 1982 on PBS, sets a high standard. The 25th anniversary DVD sprawls over four discs...

2008-08-02 00:00:19

By Eoghan Williams The lights have gone out in five West End theatres, amid fears that traditional plays are being shunned by cash-strapped audiences in favour of musicals. Just seven non-musical plays are being staged in London's theatreland, compared to 24 musicals. The Apollo theatre will reopen in September with Rain Man. However, along with the Comedy, Gielgud, Lyric and Novello, it is set to remain closed for the summer. The chief executive of two of the theatres said the downturn...

2008-07-13 09:00:24

By Andrew Johnson A copy of a Pirandello play, broadcast to a tiny audience in 1930, casts light on a media milestone - although the BBC at the time was unconvinced Exactly 78 years ago tomorrow, four men and a woman gathered in John Logie Baird's new studio in central London and carried out an experiment with the infant medium of television. They had no idea they were about to give birth to an art form that would dominate the world and lead to decades of hand-wringing over sex, violence...

2006-01-13 14:42:20

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Hollywood stars step off the silver screen to tread the boards of Broadway, they often play to full houses of adoring fans -- and dubious critics. Denzel Washington was a critical flop, if a box office smash, in "Julius Caesar" last year and reviewers are wondering if Julia Roberts, David Schwimmer and Amanda Peet will hit it big this season. Oscar winner Roberts makes her Broadway debut in Richard Greenberg's "Three Days of Rain," which...


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