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The Review - FEATURES
Published: 20 March 2008
In the world of the play

Artist Lisa Wright spent two years with the RSC working on a project on the Bard’s history plays, now at the Roundhouse, writes Dan Carrier

FREEWHEELING his bicycle along the Prince of Wales Road one morning proved to be an unexpected source of inspiration for Royal Shakespeare Company set... > more
Come on David – say what you really think!
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The gritty honesty
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When his mum got a parking ticket
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Home wanted for brilliant artists
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From Oxford to the Orient - GLADYS Yang was a prodigious translator of Chinese into English who lent a voice to hundreds of writers. As the first student to ...>more

How gay hate almost finished Gielgud
ON the charge sheet his name was John Smith. But when he stepped into the dock at Bow Street just one person, a...>more

The blood and guts of Coward
- NOEL Coward was just an ambitious – and talented – nobody when he dumped two of his plays on the desk of Norman ...>more

Group that painted the town -
WALTER Sickert, of course, suggested the name for the Camden Town Group of 16 painters who changed modern art in Britain ...>more

Children find Russian Revolution
A dozen primary schoolchildren sat on the floor of the Royal Academy. “You help to keep the place clean,” joked their mentor...>more

Looking back to the Futurists’ legacy- AT last mythology and the mystic cult of the ideal have been left behind. We are going to be present at the birth of...>more

Silver celebration for the Torriano
THE Torriano Meeting House, which rather splendidly bills itself as “one of London’s best- kept anachronisms” is...>more

Dame Beryl's gymslip secret
THE time Beryl Bainbridge’s ex-mother-in-law tried to shoot her, her childhood amid warring parents and her expulsion from school ...>more

Bob, the star of folk music (and his old pal, Mr Dylan) -
WHEN one of the world’s best song-writers tells interviewers you are a “massive influence” on him...>more

Get on your bike with a rental scheme the OY boys are pedalling
LONDONERS are used to being told to ditch the car and switch to two wheels: it’s part of the ...>more

An indie kid's guide to the capital
IT'S not any old historical map. On closer inspection the scrawl becomes legible and Royal Academy of Arts fellow Stephen ...>more

Finding a blessing in the brick that fell in their heads
WHEN it was announced last year that the London Magazine – a bastion of literary society that has enjoyed...>more

A tale to revive the passion in democracy
SIR Richard Atten - borough liked the book so much that as soon as he finished it, he contacted the author and bought...>more

Wind-up job for an uphill task
THE Camden Railway Heritage Trust, which has just celebrated its first anniversary, has set up a Railway Heritage Trail around...>more

Warming to the role of ice explorer
HE may be an Irishman himself, from County Galway, but Aidan Dooley had never heard of Tom Crean, from nearby ..>more

New turn for the ‘late’ Iron Lady
WHEN they finally put you in the ground I’ll stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down,” Elvis Costello once sang of ...>more

‘Normal service resumed’ at The London Magazine
AFTER a difficult few weeks with Arts Council England cutting off its grant, that unique publication The ...>more

Art that looks on the brighter side of life
AS he patrolled the streets of South Armagh during the dangerous days of the IRA insurrection, army officer Toby Ward ...>more

Writer behind nightmares is reawakened - ARTHUR Machen inspired countless horror and fantasy writers, from HP Lovecraft to Stephen King, but today he is ...>more

Have you heard the one about Gramsci? - COMEDY superstars Harry Hill and Jo Brand; music from New Zealand country soul to Afro blues; Gramsci debates on ...>more

Waist not want not – an African odyssey down Camden Passage - THE African Waistcoat shop in Camden Passage is virtually an institution. You feel it’s ...>more

In your face: voices of the dispossessed in our wealthy city
- DESPITE its size and prominence, Arlington House is not seen by many. > more

Following grandfather’s footsteps - FOR an unemployed miner from South Wales whose home town was suffering 90 per cent unemployment, Paris was not the... > more

A whole new migrant experience - KWAME Kwei-Armah’s Polish cleaner inspired his latest play. > more

The fascinating tall story of a landmark high-tech structure - IT is a point of reference across the capital. You can see it from almost anywhere in London. > more

Why personal trainer to the stars is urging us not to join a gym - HE runs one of London’s most famous personal training studios in Islington, but his advice to... > more

O’Brien’s male menopause triumphs - IMMEDITATELY a poet feels he has to earn his sense of worth by winning prizes, his ego gets involved, and he gets caught... > more

Even better than the surreal thing - I NEVER knew that my early love for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland would one day lead me to the door of such a fine... > more

The bomb shelter apprentice - AS the bombers roared overhead, a shy German girl, recently ar rived in the safe haven of London, chose not to cower in her... > more

Kitsch criticism stung the sculptor - A DEFIANT Paul Day cries: “It’s not complete yet!” And his protest comes amid the complaint of “kitsch” that has been... > more

Will the Devil’s advocate get a pardon for Crippen? - THE lawyer nicknamed “the Devil’s advocate” has been enlisted to win a pardon for one of the world’s most... > more

How to tap into your emotions - A VIDEO of an artist chipping away at his concrete-coated head (pictured) makes for disturbing viewing in the peaceful... > more

A little Irish girl from Archway - IMELDA Staunton, all five feet of her, is an actor who constantly amazes herself by thrills and spills. > more

Suddenly Wesker’s on the up – again - Playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, who in 1964 inspired the original Centre 42 arts centre at the Round House, Chalk Farm... > more

Vagrant Bishop imortalised in paint - JUST who was The Bishop? The first of five close readings associated with the excellent Robert Lenkiewicz exhibition at the... > more

Scenes from the streets - THEIR likenesses are normally captured on grainy CCTV images: standing on the street corners, hoods pulled up, they have a... > more

The triumph of an independent literary legacy - BUSINESS life began with the spare bedroom being turned into a temporary office. > more

Adventures with the Dalai Lama - I LEFT innumerable carbon footprints across the world last week, but I plead not guilty. They were caused by my... > more

Crimebuster takes on Hollywood
IN the world of the graphic novel, swar thy crimebusters root out evil wherever it appears and justice... > more

Dannie, the doctor who writes
IT was a still rather melancholy Dannie Abse who appeared at Burgh House in Hampstead last week to talk... > more

Soho dandy’s long lost scripts
MYSTERY manuscripts penned by the celebrated writer and Soho dandy Julian MacLaren-Ross have been discovered... > more

A first night for Foot’s forensic anti-fascist play
I write to Michael Foot and push the envelope through his letterbox. I want to direct a staged... > more

The temple of Bunny Girl Fairies
- IT'S no wonder that Paganism is the fastest growing religion in the UK. City dwellers brought up beside electricity pylons, dilapidated...>more

The ‘scapegoat’ admiral left on history’s seabed
THE firing squad cocked their muskets and took aim. A volley of shots rang out and in front of his ...>more

Antony Sher’s intriguing ‘what if?’ tale of two artists
IN terms of artistic primacy, it is a clash of the titans. Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo, two Renaissance ...>more

Can journalism survive the internet?
HAS the internet sounded the death knell for good journalism? Does the future belong to bedroom bloggers who can reach ...>more

A woman far ahead of her time
- TONGUES were wagging as soon Angelica Kauffmann arrived in London. It was not just the fact that she was a portrait artist of ...>more

Get the audience back into the action
- Gavin Henderson, the newly insta lled as principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama – genial and dapper ...>more

Russians in an alien landscape
- FOR new-wave post-soviet artist Dmitry Sandjiev the story of his epiphanic art ­conversion reads like a report from the X-Files...>more

A Caribbean hothouse for the arts in a cold climate
- FORTY-one years ago a group of intellectuals from the Caribbean would regularly gather in a tiny flat in...>more

An inside job for poet Hegley
- POET John Hegley is a regular on the entertainment circuit – his annual gigs at the Edinburgh Festival are on the must-see list... > more

From Cuban tablecloths to the walls of Hollywood stars - THE phrase “children of the revolution” is now bandied about to sell everything from the latest rock... > more

Gene’s lucky star - BETSY Blair knows the secret of success. The Hollywood star of the 1940s and 1950s can write the magic formula down – an ingredients list... > more

Take a walk down memory street - KENNETH Williams, who lived above his father’s hairdressing shop at number 57 until he was 30, was just one of the many... > more

Grayling chips in on ID tags - WITH his wavy, whitening hair, and balanced demeanour, AC Grayling is quite the philosopher. > more

Bright talent from the dark side - NIGHTMARES were the reason Robert Wynne-Simmons began to write. > more

Murder at the Angel - IT'S 40 years since playwright Joe Orton was brutally murdered in his Islington flat by his jealous live-in lover Kenneth Halliwell. But interest in the...>more

The five ladies who shared the house that Louis built
- LOUIS MacNeice did not see it coming, though his wife’s behaviour towards the tall American house guest ...>more

Bright sparks of the big screen
- HOLLYWOOD actresses are pretty thin on the ground in Kentish Town, and scarcer still in low-budget British films. Not so...>more

Views from the inside
ALMOST two thousand works of art by prisoners are on display at Wormwood Scrubs. The exhibition, an extension of the ICA’s Insider Art show...>more

Portrait of the poet as a thinking man
- IT is a measure of Louis MacNeice that as he stood over the grave of fellow Irish poet WB Yeats, re-interrred from... > more

Sometimes, art for art’s sake is OK - SOME people will really hate it, says art collector Anita Zabludowicz. > more

The room that made a William Morris socialist - MICHAEL Foot has many heroes: Nye Bevan, William Hazlitt, HG Wells, Jonathan Swift and his father, Isaac. > more

Looking for something to sing about - IF you enjoy singing and want something rewarding to do every week, why not join a choir? > more

Little orphan lives revived - MERCY Draper, aka Foundling 2767, was born Elizabeth Chambers on October 24, 1756 in the parish of Castle Eaton, Wiltshire...>more

Yes, Prime Minister
- IT was April 1975. A snowy day. I waited in the central lobby of the House of Commons to be taken to lunch. My host was Prime Minister Harold ...>more

Peace from the ashes of destruction - IT is Monday morning in the Basque town of Gernika and the market place is bustling. Market day is the... > more

Unlocking the creative side of the artists behind bars
IS art redemptive? Can the very act of picking up a pen or a paintbrush touch something in the soul... > more

Boy George, the prodigy who was toast of Europe
A BUZZ is growing around composer Julian Josephs’ new jazz opera, Bridgetower. And in a matter... > more

Storey for our times
DAVID Storey, the Booker Prize-winning novelist and playwright, who celebrates his 74th birthday next month, was in open... > more

Distant voices
BEFORE 1920 nothing in the Chechen language was written down. All of the country’s proud heritage and its many struggles were sung... > more

The naked and the dead
- FIRST impressions always count. So when you see three giant dinosaurs towering above the classical courtyard entrance to the... > more

Take a trip to Africa – in London
FORGET Bollywood – a celebration of all things African kicks off in London on Saturday. > more

The Tiger author who came out for a chat
- WHEN Judith Kerr was a child in Berlin in the early 1930s, she was impressed when her theatre critic father was... > more

‘Watch Big Brother to see we’re a lousy lot’
- THE BIG row over Celebrity Big Brother “took the manhole cover off the subterranean dirty currents of British racism”... > more

The fast comedian behind Young Bond - CHARLIE Higson spent formative comic time with Harry Enfield on the appropriately named Merryville Estate in Hackney. > more

Jack sets his politics to a classy jazz riff - JACK Shepherd, star of the top-rated 1990s television detective series Wycliffe, is back in north London indulging the two... > more

Why doubt matters to the relaxed Rabbi
- WHEN Lionel Blue told his mother he was going into the ministry, she burst into tears. > more

A Private Eye view of a cartoonist’s world - THE cartoonist Michael Heath was evacuated from Bloomsbury to Willow Road in Hampstead during... > more

Dream come true for Bloomsbury - THE Brunswick Centre is buzzing. Shoppers throng the array of stores that now occupy its new glass-fronted arcade. > more

Kicking off a great festival of culture - FEW areas of London conjure up the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Bloomsbury – from the museums and colleges... > more

Virginia’s paper round in the park - IT is easy to forget that Virginia Woolf, the writer seen as one of the lynchpins of the Bloomsbury set and a standard-bearer... > more

The changing face of The Brunswick Centre - THE Brunswick Centre has become an iconic example of modernist building design. > more
Picasso’s little-known animal period unveiled - PICASSO’S painting of his lover, Dora Maar and her Cat, sold at auction in New York earlier this year for a... > more

Keeping the spirit alive - TWENTY-TWO years ago, Erwin James was sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey for a crime he has never discussed. > more

Secrets of Prunella's lunchtime monologues - IT is hard to think of Prunella Scales without conjuring up images of Basil’s shrewish wife Sybil in the classic... > more


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