Keaton Henson: “I’ve always been willing to put myself through other hardships to avoid the specific feeling of being confronted by hundreds or thousands of people”

In addition to believing that the human brain is the most incredible thing in the entire universe, the late Oliver Sacks always maintained that music (...)

Kenneth Branagh:  "I couldn't get arrested," he says of his early acting career. Photograph: Gregg Delman/The New York Times

A quarter of a century ago, Kenneth Branagh formed one half of a partnership that bossed the United Kingdom. Alongside Emma Thompson, his then wife, h(...)

Aaron Monaghan and Garry Hynes. ‘

On a cold weekend last November, Aaron Monaghan travelled to Galway with other members of Druid’s ensemble to meet with a king. This wasn’t the theat(...)

Sheila Hancock: The soaps have done a lot for that. There are wonderful parts for older women. Photograph: Mike Marsland/Getty ImagesWireImage

The solidly left-wing Sheila Hancock has been enjoying the royal wedding on the telly. “I didn’t watch all of it, but I thought: that girl has put he(...)

Wickedly good: Matilda the Musical at the  Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Matilda the Musical Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Ends April 28th, 7.30pm (Mats 2.30pm) €25-€73 bordgaisenergytheatre.ie When the Royal Shakespe(...)

Matilda The Musical Bord Gáis Energy Theatre ★★★★★ The opening scene of Matilda The Musical brings together a cast of coddled little worms, “jumped up(...)

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(...)

Willie White, artist director of the Dublin Theatre Festival blowing the 60th anniversary candles with Lynn Parker  (Rough Magic, Melt ), Ollie West (from  Hamnet), Grace Cathal (from Girl Song) and Sean McGinley (from King of the Castle, Druid). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Launching the 60th anniversary programme of the Dublin Theatre Festival, its director Willie White surveyed the 31 productions and pointed out “there (...)

Jodie Whittaker will become the first woman to play  Doctor Who, the BBC has revealed. Photograph: Colin Hutton/BBC/PA Wire

In 2010, Helen Mirren put a wind up Shakespeare purists – who are even stuffier and more numerous than instinct might suggest – by starring in a film (...)

 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

John Vincent Hurt, actor, born 22 January 1940, died 27 January 2017 Few British actors of recent years have been held in as much affection as John H(...)

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