• Stephen Merchant in The Mentalists at the West End's Wyndham's Theatre, London, July 2015. © Helen Maybanks
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    Press pass: Everything you need to know about Stephen Merchant in The Mentalists

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Stephen Merchant in The Mentalists

Comics were out in force and applauding warmly at last night’s opening of The Mentalists, in which fellow stand-up and The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant made his West End acting debut – but what did critics think?

Most overnight reviews fall in the three-star range, underwhelmed more by the choice of play than the performances of […]

Photos: Final Father post-show panel on Women in the Arts

All good things must come to an end. Last night was the third and final post-show panel discussion in the series that I’ve programmed and hosted around Jagged Fence’s new production of The Father, starring Alex Ferns. While I’m sad the series has finished (it was such invigorating fun!), I’m happy to say that […]

  • Feminism Today panelists: Laurie Slade, Polly Toynbee, Tim Robey, Polly Neate, Natalie Collins  and Caroline Criado-Perez, with chair Terri Paddock. © Peter Jones
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    Photos and podcast: Feminism, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Father

Photos and podcast: Feminism, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Father

How far have we come with feminism since August Strindberg was writing in the 1880s? “About halfway,” said Polly Toynbee on Monday night at Trafalgar Studios, in the first of a series of post-show panel discussions I’ve programmed and am hosting around Jagged Fence’s explosive new production of Strindberg’s The Father, starring Alex Ferns and […]

  • Robert Wilfort and Alex Ferns in The Father. Photos: Simon Annand
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    You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

You’re invited: Join my post-show panel debates at The Father

Updated 1 April: New speakers now added for “Women in the Arts” debate on Tuesday 7 April – London Evening Standard chief arts correspondent Louise Jury and writer-director-feminist Fiona Laird …

I just love a good post-show Q&A and, frankly, I miss doing them as often as I used to in my WhatsOnStage days. My firm belief is that a […]