Robert Gore-Langton

‘I couldn’t afford loo roll’: Bruce Robinson on being skint, Zeffirelli’s advances and Withnail’s return

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Bruce Robinson is ramming a huge log into the grate of his ancient fireplace in mud-clogged Herefordshire. He’s 77 and…

John Gielgud and Richard Burton’s fraught, botched, triumphant Hamlet

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton on John Gielgud and Richard Burton’s fraught, botched, triumphant Hamlet

The art of the panto dame

17 December 2022 9:00 am

There is nothing more panto than a dame. The grandmother of today’s dames is Dan Leno (1860–1904), a champion clog…

The rise and fall of Tammy Faye

22 October 2022 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton explores the remarkable life of televangelist Tammy Faye, and its descent into chaos

Why I donated a kidney to a stranger

27 August 2022 9:00 am

Why I donated my kidney

Why Merseyside is the natural home for a Shakespearean theatre

6 August 2022 9:00 am

A neglected little town in Merseyside is the natural home for Shakespeare North, says Robert Gore-Langton

The psychopath who wrecked New York

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton on the man who wrecked New York

The history of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is the theatrical history of England

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The newly renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane has seen it all and staged it all, says Robert Gore-Langton

Does Rada seriously believe George Bernard Shaw was an Irish Mengele?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

What has happened to Rada? The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art is the latest arts establishment to have gone mad.…

Fasten your seatbelts: Bette Davis in her dressing room during the filming of All About Eve

All About Eve was all about bitching – off-screen as well as on

26 January 2019 9:00 am

In 1950, Bette Davis had a string of recent flops behind her. She was 41, married to an embarrassing twerp…

Ira Aldridge as Othello, painted in 1826 by James Northcote

Moor and more

31 August 2017 1:00 pm

In 1824 an ambitious teenage actor fled to England from his native New York where he had been beaten up…

Tail-end Terry

18 March 2017 9:00 am

It is often said that Terence Rattigan’s ‘thing’ was his homosexuality and that his disguising of it coloured everything he…

The way we were: Dame Peggy Ashcroft as Queen Margaret, with Donald Sinden and cast members, in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Wars of the Roses’, Stratford, 1963

All white on the night

3 September 2015 1:00 pm

Shakespeare’s ‘Wars of the Roses’ will have no ethnic minority actors in the cast when the shows (two Henry VI…

Tides of wealth: Polzeath beach

North Cornwall

9 July 2015 1:00 pm

In a documentary filmed at the end of his life, Sir John Betjeman, who lived in the village of Trebetherick…