Why such fuss about a female Doctor? | Letters

Readers respond to the news that Jodie Whittaker will play the Time Lord in Doctor Who Of course we must applaud the arrival of Jodie Whittaker in the role of the Doctor in Doctor Who (Time for ...

Christmas crackers: the best shows (plus top ways to escape the tinsel)

From the Nutcracker to American Psycho, from Mary Poppins to Kurt Vile, our critics pick their must-sees of the festive season If you wish it could be Christmas every day Nutcrackers, various You ...

Christmas crackers: the best shows (plus top ways to escape the tinsel)

From the Nutcracker to American Psycho, from Mary Poppins to Kurt Vile, our critics pick their must-sees of the festive season If you wish it could be Christmas every day Nutcrackers, various You ...

David Tennant’s Richard II scores at UK box office

David Tennant’s Richard II scores at UK box office More than 80,000 admissions, £1m for first ‘live from Stratford-Upon-Avon’ screenings. Alternative content continues to impress at the UK box office, with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) ...

From Harry Potter's Aunt To The Virgin Mary

From Harry Potter's Aunt To The Virgin Mary New York — Fiona Shaw's small Broadway dressing room had the look of a makeshift bar. There were more than a dozen bottles of wine stashed on a high shelf. "It looks like a sort of speakeasy, doesn't ...

Fiona Shaw: 'I'm not frightened of hard words'

From performing Coleridge's maritime epic to creating a coastal art-and-poetry installation with glowing tents, True Blood star Fiona Shaw is on a mission to make us love language. Given the context ...

Fiona Shaw: 'I'm not frightened of hard words'

From performing Coleridge's maritime epic to creating a coastal art-and-poetry installation with glowing tents, True Blood star Fiona Shaw is on a mission to make us love language. Given the context ...

Fiona Shaw: 'I prepared for True Blood by going to witches' meetings'

The acclaimed Irish performer talks about the call from Hollywood that every actor dreams about Let's start with True Blood ... We're going to end with True Blood, too, aren't we? Er, no. Anyway, ...

Our Generation's Sir Larry

Our Generation's Sir Larry New York -- Long before Kenneth Branagh stepped into the role of Sir Laurence Olivier in "My Week With Marilyn," there already were strong parallels between them. Both are synonymous with film ...

Shakespeare – a fraud? Anonymous is ridiculous

Roland Emmerich's new film, which suggests that William Shakespeare was a fraud, relies on the 90-year-old theories of J Thomas Looney. Do not be taken in Roland Emmerich's new film Anonymous is keen ...

Sheila Burrell obituary

A striking stage presence for more than 60 years and a familiar face on TV Sheila Burrell, who has died aged 89 after a long illness, was a cousin of Laurence Olivier, and a similarly distinctive and ...

Sheila Burrell obituary

A striking stage presence for more than 60 years and a familiar face on TV Sheila Burrell, who has died aged 89 after a long illness, was a cousin of Laurence Olivier, and a similarly distinctive and ...

Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart for BBC Shakespeare

Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart for BBC Shakespeare Ben Whishaw, Patrick Stewart and David Suchet will star together in a new BBC series adapting four of William Shakespeare's greatest history plays. As part of next year's Cultural Olympiad ...

Makeup for Johnny Depp | Mark Lawson

He may be white, but Johnny Depp is perfect casting for Tonto, the Lone Ranger's Native American sidekick Reports that a movie remake of The Lone Ranger will star Johnny Depp as the Native American ...

BBC to screen first TV adaptation of Henry V for more than 30 years

'Epic film version' will be part of William Shakespeare season overseen by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes The BBC is to broadcast its first TV adaptation of William Shakespeare's Henry V for more ...

Sam Mendes Directs for Shakespeare Series

Moviemaker Sam Mendes is turning his attentions to the small screen - he's set to helm four television films based on the works of William Shakespeare. The "American Beauty" director has signed up to ...

Mendes Makes Shakespeare For The Small Screen

Mendes Makes Shakespeare For The Small Screen Moviemaker Sam Mendes is turning his attentions to the small screen - he's set to helm four television films based on the works of William Shakespeare. The American Beauty director has signed up to ...

Mendes to produce BBC Shakespeare plays

Mendes to produce BBC Shakespeare plays The BBC has announced that it will adapt four of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The BBC's controller of drama Ben Stephenson revealed that Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II ...

Olivier Awards to 'Black Watch' and the Bard

The Olivier Awards -- London's equivalent to the Tony Awards -- were dominated by home-grown winners when the 33rd edition of the kudos unwrapped Sunday night in an event hosted by James Nesbitt at ...