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Fatal Attracton star comes to the defence of war-hating Jane Fonda in new play

When Jane Fonda travelled to Vietnam in 1972, the Oscar- winning actress was campaigning against the “war crime” of American bombs targeting the country’s vital dyke system. But during her visit, the political activist was photographed laughing while seated on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an act which infuriated US war vets and earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane.

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A scene from The Importance Of Being Earnest @ Harold Pinter Theatre. Directed by Lucy Bailey.
(Opening 27-07-14)
©Tristram Kenton 06/14
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550  Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Meddled script ensures adaptation of Oscar Wilde classic falls way short

Very importantly, this is not simply a production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece and most perfect of plays.

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Lucia McAnespie and Yolanda Kettle  Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle

Theatre review: Shutters at the Park Theatre

In Park 90, the most intimate of the three performance spaces in this exciting new theatre, Making Productions stages three short plays by American playwrights.

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starring Martin Freeman and Gina McKee

Theatre review: Martin Freeman provides menace in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios

After a maverick but successful opening season, the first production in Trafalgar Transformed’s second run is the eagerly anticipated Richard III – anticipated, at least in part, because the lead role is taken by former The Office sales rep, Sherlock sidekick and serial dragon-botherer Martin Freeman.

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Simona Continente stars as Lili, the world's first transwoman

Camden Fringe reveals story behind world’s first transgender woman

The little-known story of the world’s first transwoman is told by a cast who understand her story more than most. Lili is a one-hour drama based on Danish-born artist Einar Mogens Wegener who discovered while standing in for a female model that he liked wearing heels and stockings.

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DAYTONA by Cotton, Joe (Harry Shearer), Billy (Oliver Cotton) and Elli (Maureen Lipman) Writer - Oliver Cotton,  Director - David Grindley, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson/

Maureen Lipman won’t spill the beans on the big secret behind latest show

At least according to newspaper folklore, the trouble with even the most wonderful actors is that they are typically the trickiest people to interview.

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Theatre review: Brendan Behan’s Women at Pentameters Theatre

“I’m not a writer who drinks – I’m a drinker who writes,” said Brendan Behan. In spite of his rough manner, tatterdemalion appearance and constant state of inebriation, it seems that Behan had a message for women.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream performed on the Tea lawn at Lauderdale House by Shooting Stars Theatre Company.
Bottom (Michael Totton) & Titania Ruth E.Mortimer)

Shakespeare and Dickens comes to Highgate open air theatres for summer

Theatre buffs will be reaching for the Prosecco and picnic blankets as open-air theatre comes to Highgate this summer. For a child-friendly dose of Shakespeare, Theatre on the Tea Lawn returns to Lauderdale House, in Highgate Hill, with a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet.

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Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer

Theatre review: Daytona at Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Actor-turned-playwright Oliver Cotton’s new work poses a problem for reviewers: how much to divulge? It hinges on big revelations, and as much of the meandering two-hour-plus play is interminable preparation for said revelations, it would seem cruel to spoil them, snatching away the ribbon just as you approach the marathon finishing line.

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gt britain

Theatre review: Great Britain at the National Theatre

Richard Bean’s rollicking swipe at the red tops fizzes with energy and gags both coarse and clever, but takes so many (cheap) shots at its targets it’s in danger of not landing its punches.

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Ali Cook, starring in The Anomaly

Magician Ali Cook turns spy for Noel Clarke’s The Anomaly

‘I never set out to do any acting at all, but it kind of came my way really and now I think I like it more than magic.” Ali Cook, who made it onto our TV screens as a critically acclaimed magician and comedian, is starring in a new summer thriller The Anomaly, directed by and starring Noel Clarke.

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Midnight Circus

Theatre review: Midnight Circus at Jackson’s Lane

From the minute the lights begin to blink and fade in what appears to be a disused fairground and a man stumbles onto the stage to the crashing sounds of Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit, the excitement and anticipation is palpable.

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Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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plays upstairs at the gatehouse

Fatal Attracton star comes to the defence of war-hating Jane Fonda in new play

When Jane Fonda travelled to Vietnam in 1972, the Oscar- winning actress was campaigning against the “war crime” of American bombs targeting the country’s vital dyke system. But during her visit, the political activist was photographed laughing while seated on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an act which infuriated US war vets and earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane.

Read full story »

Art See all

Edward Pethebridge

Famed actor Edward Petherbridge turns talents to painting and writing

Edward Petherbridge may be best known for a long career as an acclaimed classical actor, but he has many other creative talents up his sleeve.

I catch up with him on his lunch break in between rehearsing for his celebrated two-man play, My Perfect Mind, which he describes as a “lite King Lear spin-off” and a humorous and touching show about his life, acting and his experience of not playing Shakespeare’s monarch because of a stroke in 2007.

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