Friday, 17 March 2017

Meet Austin Pendleton, the most successful actor you’ve never heard of

An Actor Prepares. This is the name of the textbook written by the father of acting technique, Konstantin Stanislavski. The..

By John McKie

Friday, 3 March 2017

And the winner is... the bit at the end of the Oscars

Like everything except perhaps death, taxes and Bob Dylan tours, the Academy Awards have a defined  “before”, “during” and “after”..

By John McKie

Friday, 24 February 2017

Is Piers Morgan's Life Stories with Nigel Farage the worst show of all time?

If ever there was a time to take your beloved out for dinner, go see that Academy Award-tipped film you’ve..

By John McKie

Friday, 27 January 2017

Mad as Hell: why the National Theatre is going to take Network to the stage

In the years following Watergate and the Vietnam war, watching the news was not Paddy Chayefsky’s idea of fun. The..

By John McKie

Friday, 13 January 2017

Is Meryl Streep really overrated? It's complicated

Is Meryl Streep overrated? It’s not for me to say, but we should probably cede to a higher authority on..

By John McKie

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017: another Golden Year for Bowie connoisseurs

On January 10th, there will the usual round of commemoration of the shocking death of David Bowie. Except, as came..

By John McKie

Monday, 26 December 2016

George Michael and his unique talent for Making It Big

Morrissey once famously sang “I wear black on the outside/’cause black is how I feel on the inside.” It is..

By John McKie

Friday, 23 December 2016

So This is Christmas - what festive hits say about the person who sings them

“So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” If you were so minded, you might surmise that John Lennon..

By John McKie

Friday, 16 December 2016

The news quiz to Trump all others

It’s been a seismic year. A sad year. Millions the world over were left to process their grief as they..

By John McKie