Robert Gore-Langton

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

Shakespeare's Wars of the Roses is being staged without a single black actor. So what?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

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

Would Betjeman recognise anything about today’s north Cornwall?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

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

‘The plan was to pour the apple juice into an oak hogshead, freshly emptied of its whisky’

The birth of a barrel of cider

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The fabulous October weather is now just a memory but it made for a golden, old-fashioned apple day down in…

John Gielgud prepares to play Prospero in the Old Vic’s production of The Tempest in 1930

A brown-noser's history of the Old Vic and National Theatre

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The moment Waterloo Bridge was planned across the Thames, a new theatre to serve the transpontine coach trade was inevitable.…

A figure of envy for much of male Middle England: Michael Rudman, with Felicity Kendal

I’m disappointed this director didn’t plunge the knife into Dustin Hoffman

27 September 2014 8:00 am

At the age of 75, the theatre director Michael Rudman has got around to his memoirs, their title taken from…

Indiscretions from two veteran producers

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Stars, playwrights and even set designers are constantly being lionised in the papers. But why not producers? They, after all,…

Julian Mitchell with Rob Callender rehearsing ‘Another Country’

Julian Mitchell on Another Country: ‘I based it on my fury and anger and I wrote it fast and it flowed'

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Today’s top public schools are plush country clubs with superb facilities, lovely food, first-class teaching, no fagging, no beating and,…

The 'detestable, bombastic, egocentric' detective — Hercule Poirot lives on

1 February 2014 9:00 am

With all the enormous fuss over Sherlock on the telly, David Suchet’s recent retirement from Poirot should not be forgotten.…

'You can't handle the truth!' — the greatest courtroom dramas of all time

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Our legal system is pure theatre and always has been. Many barristers stand accused of being failed actors and vice…

Ta-ra, Dame Edna — Barry Humphries bids goodbye to his chattier half

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Dame Edna is hanging up her tiara. From now on the ‘failed comedian’, as Edna calls her alter ego Barry…

Incurable Shakespeare nut: Greg Doran

Gregory Doran interview: 'I wanted some big hitters,' says the RSC's new supremo

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Gregory Doran has famously long glossy locks and is widely known to be a nice guy and an incurable Shakespeare…

Tell me a story! Anne Fine, Amanda Mitichison, Terence Blacker and Keith Crossley-Holland on the joy - and importance - of reading aloud

24 August 2013 9:00 am

A dark afternoon in December, aged about ten, I was in a class waiting for double geography. Mr Blake breezed…