Danny La Rue

7 results

Gemma Tipton: ‘At school in England we hadn’t studied history as a separate subject, but we had grown up surrounded by the idea that Britain was great, and that everyone was really pleased when we came along to colonise them’

My memories of England in 1977 are of Queen Elizabeth’s silver jubilee and a lot of red, white and blue, in the form of cheerily fluttering flags(...)

Writer Sonya Kelly: irony and insight. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Furniture ★★★★ Mick Lally Theatre, Galway Sonya Kelly’s magnificently funny new play for Druid begins with an unseen minister’s encomium for classic (...)

Writer Sonya Kelly: 'I’ve always been so seduced by beautiful dialogue.' Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sitting on a geometric hotel sofa, among the marble and leather indicators of contemporary minimalism, the writer and performer Sonya Kelly offers som(...)

A woman poses with  ‘Life Painting for a Diploma’ (1962), by British artist David Hockney, at the ‘Queer British Art 1861-1967’ exhibition at the Tate Britain in London, England. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The actor Marie Conmee and her partner Mary Brady had a penchant for beating up barmen, and occasionally even policemen. The trouble usually began wh(...)

Ronnie Corbett: comedian was most cherished for his partnership with Ronnie Barker in the BBC sketch show The Two Ronnies. Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Friends and fans of Ronnie Corbett, the diminutive titan of British comedy, have said “goodnight” to the star for the last time after his death at the(...)

Yesterday’s man: Nigel Farage announces his resignation as Ukip leader.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

In the long, noisy history of political back-pedalling, the world speed record must go to Nigel Farage. The man who vowed to stand down “in 10 minutes(...)

Liberace with Dorothy Malone in Sincerely Yours. In 1956 the star sued the Daily Mirror for implying he was gay.

A little less than 20 years ago, when visiting Las Vegas, I took time out to walk through the Liberace museum. A paid-up smart Alec with permanently c(...)