Joe Orton

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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(...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

Donald Trump: the golf-carting embodiment of transgression. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

For a long time the hippest word in art criticism was “transgressive”. One of the things that defined a work as modern was the breaking of taboos. And(...)

Poets Seamus Heaney and Anthony Cronin enjoy a light moment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Within about two minutes of first meeting Anthony Cronin, he dismissed me as an idiot for not knowing the whereabouts of McDaid’s public house. He s(...)

Chattering classes: ‘The Birthday Party’

Early in the script of The Birthday Party, the landlady Meg learns with surprise that there can be what she calls “a show” without singing and dancing(...)

Rosie Redman and the Covey (Joseph Linnane) in a scene from an Abbey Theatre production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough And The Stars in 1942. Photograph: Haywood Magee/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

They don’t make them like this any more. Sitting at the back of the Abbey’s rehearsal space is what I take to be one of the theatre’s most famed props(...)

Denis Conway in The Gigli Concert. Photograph: Pat Redmond

JPW King is a mess. Alcoholic, dishevelled, adulterous, fraudulent and far from home, he cuts a pathetic figure as the only practising “dynamatolog(...)

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina in Love Is Strange

Lovely, bouncy Alfred Molina has been swelling the action for well over 30 years. The west Londoner, a cackling giant of Spanish and Italian parent(...)

Paul Sandys (Sloane) and Pauline Whitaker (Kath) in London Classic Theatre’s production of Entertaining Mr Sloane. Photograph: Sheila Burnett
Review: Entertaining Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane Everyman, Cork *** Joe Orton’s vicious farce of 1964 has always posed problems, given its mixture of racism, misogy(...)