Peter Hall: the late director at the National Theatre  in London in March 1976, just before its first public performance. Photograph: Dennis Oulds/Central/Getty

Peter Reginald Frederick Hall Born: November 22nd, 1930 Died: September 11th, 2017 Peter Hall, who created the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age o(...)

Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence in mother!

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Poet Michael Longley in his Belfast home. His 11th collection of poems, Angel Hill, has just been published. Photograph:  Stephen Davison

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Elisabeth Moss as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale. Photograph MGM/Hulu

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Owen Roe finds something close to charm in the brutal character of Nicolas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

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Michael Gambon in the earlier Gate production of Eh Joe. Photograph:  Anthony Woods

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 John Hurt holds the Gold Giraldillo Award as a tribute to his career during the Sevilla European film festival in Seville in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

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Rachel Weisz: “I was just not part of the ‘dressing for red carpet’ scene.” Photograph:  Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

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Kevin Barry on May and Timothy (Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey, above) the protagonists of Autumn Royal: “I really like them. It’s because their situation is so devastating. There is never a solution that’s workable in this kind of situation”

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