Arts interviews

Bringing Bart back to his original stage

By John Nathan, May 12, 2014

It is apparent that for Elliot Davis, Lionel Bart (who died in 1999) is very much alive. We — that is me and Davis — are talking at the gorgeous Theatre Royal Stratford East where Davis’s reworked version of Bart’s 1959 musical Fings Aint Wot They Used T’Be, starring Jessie Wallace from EastEnders and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, is opening.

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‘When Eichmann opened his mouth, I saw the gates of the crematorium’

By Jenni Frazer, May 12, 2014

In the late 1950s and early 60s, the teenage Tami Hausner was aware that some of her schoolmates were the sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors. But she today admits: “We did not treat them very nicely.” Their parents had arrived in post-war Israel in shock and trauma, only rarely speaking about their Shoah experiences because they were afraid their new families would not believe them.

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A touch of glass brings creative fulfilment

By Charlotte Oliver, May 9, 2014

Peter Layton has worked up something of a sweat over the course of his long career. But that is not surprising given that he handles molten glass at temperatures exceeding 700 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Broadway lyricist puts in some good words for London staging

By John Nathan, May 5, 2014

One of the early big laughs in the Broadway musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — now in the West End and starring Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as a couple of con men targeting rich women on the Cote d’Azur — is delivered by the song Great Big Stuff.

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Meet Tarantino’s favourites

By Brigit Grant, May 5, 2014

Having given Big Bad Wolves a well merited five star review when it was released here last December, the opportunity to interview the film’s Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado was too good to miss. But first I had to find them.

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Eurovision memories inspire film hit from Israel

By Simon Round, April 29, 2014

Eytan Fox is one of Israel’s best-known and most critically acclaimed filmmakers with a body of work which has addressed social, political and, particularly, gay issues. So which element of Israeli society gets the treatment in his new movie? Actually none of them. Fox has gone out on a limb to make the funny, affectionate Cupcakes, about the Eurovision Song Contest.

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Director is happy to be all at sea with stellar cast

By Simon Round, April 28, 2014

Directing your debut feature film is always a major achievement. But this having come relatively late in his life, Stephen Brown is probably enjoying it more than most. The fiftysomething is relishing the round of premieres, festivals and award nominations that have followed his assembling of a remarkable cast for an adaptation of John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sea.

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Meet the 85-year-old getting animated about his TV debut

By Simon Round, April 25, 2014

Bill Freedman really cannot see what all the fuss is about. He is, after all, a distinguished theatrical producer, a cinema boss and a former owner of West End theatres. He has staged productions in the West End, on Broadway and in plenty of other countries around the world. So why would anyone be surprised that he is now producing his first television series on national TV?

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Liad Shoham: The polite lawyer who enjoys his thrilling alter ego

By Jenni Frazer, April 25, 2014

Somewhere at the back of my mind, I am rather hoping that Liad Shoham is an international spy with a murderous CV to draw upon as he writes his best-selling thrillers. But unless Shoham is a very good actor — and it’s hard to tell on the phone — I am stuck with the conclusion that he is what says he is, a self-confessed geek.

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A life in pictures with the background fully explained

By Charlotte Oliver, April 24, 2014

Photographer Gemma Levine has a word for getting what she wants — chutzpah. For 40 years she has applied that chutzpah to gain unprecedented access to some of the world’s most famous faces, resulting in some memorable encounters and iconic images.

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