• Tom Hiddleston stars as Hamlet at RADA until 23 September 2017
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    #HiddleHamlet is a ★★★★ success (for the few lucky critics who got tickets)

#HiddleHamlet is a ★★★★ success (for the few lucky critics who got tickets)

Did you get lucky in the ticket ballot for #RADAHamlet, which on Twitter has also gained the predictable #HiddleHamlet hashtag thanks to its title star, Tom Hiddleston? The fundraising production, directed by none other than Kenneth Branagh (who previously directed Hiddleson onstage in Ivanov and onscreen in Thor and has long wanted to direct […]

Quote Unquote: 11 different takes on actors & acting

Is it pure coincidence that many of the plays I’ve seen recently feature actors as characters? And, consequently, a range of views on the life of actors and the nature of acting, which got my quote-taking pen twitching. For any actors or FFOAs (friends or family of actors) reading, please tell me which most closely […]

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    En garde for the French revolution in theatre (and I don’t just mean Florian Zeller)

En garde for the French revolution in theatre (and I don’t just mean Florian Zeller)

I recently wrote about super-hot French playwright Florian Zeller’s London hat trick – with The Father, The Mother and, still running at the Menier Chocolate Factory, The Truth.

As I sat down to catch up on my Theatre Diary of other plays I’ve seen recently, however, I realised London’s theatre landscape is going Gallic for […]

  • Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh with co-director Rob Ashford and the company at the press day's final curtain call
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    Press pass: Reviews and everything else you need to know about Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade / All On Her Own

Press pass: Reviews and everything else you need to know about Kenneth Branagh’s The Winter’s Tale and Harlequinade / All On Her Own

There’s nothing like a major theatre event to warm the cockles on a winter’s day. And the opening of Kenneth Branagh’s return to the West End with a year-long season as actor-manager was undoubtedly an event with a capital E.

And also a bit of a marathon, albeit one with a long pit-stop. The 2pm […]

  • Kenneth Branagh's "Plays at the Garrick" stars Rob Brydon, Lily James, James Madden, Dame Judi Dench and Branagh himself. © Johan Persson
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    Press pass: All the news, interviews, opinions (and booking) for Kenneth Branagh season

Press pass: All the news, interviews, opinions (and booking) for Kenneth Branagh season

Just days after Kevin Spacey gave his (literal) swansong when accepting his Special Award at the Oliviers, our own homegrown Hollywood star has announced his plans to take over a West End theatre as actor-manager.

As you will have noticed from the avalanche of coverage and quickening social media frenzy, Kenneth Branagh is back. Though […]