Paul Muldoon: ’Not many popular songwriters show as much care as Glen [Hansard]’.

Current favourite book Ciaran Carson’s From There to Here: Selected Poems and Translations. I’ve known him for 50 years exactly. We met in 1969 as st(...)

Actor Robert De Niro on stage at the Tony awards in New York. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Actor Robert De Niro won a standing ovation at Sunday night’s Tony awards in New York for criticising US president Donald Trump. Appearing on stage at(...)

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

One might reasonably deduce that Rachel Weisz had a personal connection with the material in Mick Jackson’s Denial. Based on a script by David Hare, (...)

These Rooms, a dance-theatre fusions with Anu, a highlight for this past year

Your 2016 highlights? It was a great year for the elderly: the last, hilarious and heartbreaking, volume of Samuel Beckett’s letters; Leonard Cohen’s(...)

Glenda Jackson as King Lear and Rhys Ifans as the Fool in  King Lear  at the Old Vic Theatre. Photograph: Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images

English reserve is not what it used to be, except perhaps in the London theatre, where the applause tends to be scanter and more short-lived than in (...)

Michael Meacher MP speaks during a tribute to Baroness Margaret Thatcher in the House of Commons yesterday. Photograph: PA Wire

Frequently, if not always, tributes to dead politicians long-departed from office are a dreary rout(...)