Arts features

Daniel Cainer: being a Jewishly-branded performer is laden with uncertainty

By Lee Levitt, August 25, 2015

"Israel is trying to protect itself, and it doesn't seem too bothered about being liked, but I am. I don't like it if people don't like me. And people don't like me if they feel Israel is being disproportionate."


Seriously, we are playing it for laughs in Edinburgh

By Lee Levitt, August 23, 2015

The Talmud and Jewish comedy are not often spoken about in the same breath. But for Alex Edelman, one of the hottest tickets at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it has been a key component in his comedic development.


Ben Uri, and a hundred years

By David Glasser, July 2, 2015

Ben Uri celebrates its remarkable centenary this month. One hundred years of the Jewish community in London from July 1, 1915 seen through the eyes and art of principally émigré artists, predominantly Jewish. First, they were forced to flee from the Russian Pale and East Europe and then, 50 years later, from Nazi-occupied Central Europe to Britain.


Still digging around for hidden roots

By John Nathan, June 30, 2015

Playwright Rose Lewenstein is "sort of" Jewish. Unlike her grandparents, who were certainly Jewish. They came from Russia on her father's side and Germany on her mother's.


The Gentile Shylock

By John Nathan, May 28, 2015

The Green Room at the Royal Shakespeare Company's rehearsal studios in Stratford-upon-Avon was an interesting place last week. This is where actors hang out until they are needed in rehearsal. Some pore over their lines, lips moving as they read. Others chat, joke, eat, drink coffee and eat packed lunches.


Jackie Mason: Yes, I think I helped break down barriers

By Paul Lester, May 28, 2015

Jackie Mason, the legendary Jewish comedian, might be 83 years old, but he's still much in demand. Three years after undertaking his Farewell Tour on these shores, he is about to embark on a week-long residency at London's Adelphi Theatre, under the quaint title of Ready To Rumble, with brand new material and a familiar agenda: to prick our pretensions and expose our hypocrisies.


Is this a cure for 'illiterature'?

By Danny Scheinmann, May 14, 2015

I'm going to ask you to do something you've never done before and be part of a revolution in publishing, but first let me tell you a story.


Interview: Sir Ralph Kohn

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

Ralph Kohn still remembers the moment his ship docked at Liverpool - the moment he came to the UK as a child fleeing Nazi persecution with nothing but the clothes on his back.


In honour of real Dutch courage

By Nadine Wojakovski, April 23, 2015

My children Nathalie, Nicky and Alex, grew up with exciting stories about the fun-loving witches Molly and Bolly, who travelled from London to the Lake District sowing mischief wherever they worked. Blonde-haired Molly and black-haired Bolly were the creatures of my imagination. My husband, Oded, would even tiptoe into the children's bedroom and listen to the stories, spellbound.


Mel Brooks's 2,000 Year Old Man - is this the greatest comedy sketch ever?

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

George Burns threatened to steal him. Edward G Robinson wanted to take him to Broadway, and if you went to the right Hollywood parties in the 1950s, you would have met him.