Leonard Bernstein, my wonderful dad

By Brigit Grant, June 14, 2012

Saturday September 8 1962
“Today is my 10th birthday and Daddy and I drove to Coney Island together. It was just him and me and we went on all the scary rides. We rode the horses on the Steeplechase, did the parachute jump, went up on the Wonder Wheel and the rollercoaster, and we had Nathan’s hot dogs. We just had the greatest time ever.”


Brenton calls for Habima supporters to act on Jenin theatre

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

English playwright Howard Brenton has called on those who supported Habima's right to perform at the Globe last month to turn their attention to the Freedom Theatre in the West Bank.


Maureen Lipman, Tracy-Ann Oberman to star in play together

June 8, 2012

Two of the best known actresses in Jewish showbusiness are to share a stage in London later this year.

Maureen Lipman and Tracy-Ann Oberman are to star in a play about a widowed woman whose life changes after a conversation with a stripper.

The pair will appear in the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Old Money by Sarah Wooley.


Globe director's Dromgoole's 1967 Israel Habima links

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Habima's performance of The Merchant of Venice will not be the Globe's artistic director's first brush with Shakespeare with an Israeli spin.

As a toddler, Dominic Dromgoole joined his director father in Israel where he was working on Habima's production of Othello.


Security clampdown at Globe for Habima's Merchant in Hebrew

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Shakespeare's Globe has stepped up security in anticipation of next week's two performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company in order to avoid a repeat of the scenes at the Proms last year.

The Hebrew-language production of The Merchant of Venice has been beset by controversy, with a group of high-profile stage names calling on the Globe to boycott the Israeli company.


Can my heart go on for screen idols who single Israel out?

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

It felt as if we were struggling through the waterlogged ship with them. The iceberg loomed frighteningly close to our seats. And magnified on the IMAX screen, with all the benefits of 3D technology bestowed upon it, Rose's "Heart of the Ocean" diamond was still a tacky and unconvincing piece of costume jewellery.


Israel's Habima play will come to Shakespeare's Globe - thanks to the JC

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

The Israeli theatre company targeted by boycotters for its forthcoming performance at the Globe Theatre next month is £10,000 short on funding for the visit.

But, after an intervention by the JC, the Israeli Foreign Ministry this week agreed to cover the shortfall.


Yolanda becomes Flora in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

GCSE revision and preparations for Israel tour would be enough to keep most Jewish teenagers busy over the next few months, but Yolanda Shamash will also be starring in an opera in Germany.

The 15-year-old from Palmers Green is to share the part of Flora in the opera version of Henry James's ghost story The Turn of the Screw.

The opera, written by Benjamin Britten, is being staged in the 1,3


Theatre ban ‘like Nazi book burning’ say West End stars

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

Leading figures of the British stage have strongly denounced calls for Israel's national theatre company, Habima, to be removed from the line-up of the Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival for political reasons.


Meet Henry Goodman's harshest critic - his son

By John Nathan, March 22, 2012

For actor Ilan Goodman there was a tad more than usual to consider while preparing for his role in the UK premiere of Red Light Winter at the Theatre Royal in Bath.

On top of the quick-fire dialogue spoken by his character Matt, a lovelorn writer on the verge of a nervous breakdown; and aside from the rehearsal-room tension of getting naked for the raw and tender sex scenes with his co-star Sal