Wesker and Rattigan: a secret friendship revealed

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Two celebrated playwrights who famously did not get along may have had more appreciation for each other' s work than previously known.

Terence Rattigan, whose centenary is currently being marked with several West End revivals, was known to dislike the "angry young men" playwrights who emerged in the 1950s, among them Jewish dramatists Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker.


Tony Kushner accepts honorary degree at New York university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Tony Kushner has accepted an honorary degree from a New York college following the controversy over his being given a degree from another university because of questions over his stance on Israel.

Mr Kushner, the award-winning writer of Angels in America, was given the award during the Manhattan-based New School's graduation ceremony on Monday.


Broadway show for Woody Allen and Coen brother

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Woody Allen has revealed plans to write a new Broadway show.

He told the New York Times that he was working on a one-act play, to be staged on Broadway from September alongside another by filmmaker Ethan Coen.

The comedies will be shown with a third act written by Primary Colours screenwriter Elaine May.

The show will be directed by Hollywood actor John Turturro.


Kushner to be honoured by New York's City University after all

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

City University of New York (CUNY) has re-approved an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner, following its controversial decision to remove his name from a list of those eligible because of his stance on Israel.


University rethinks Kushner honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

The board of trustees of New York's City University (CUNY) is expected to meet tonight to decide whether to award an honorary degree to Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Tony Kushner.


'The Way We Were' writer dies at 93

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The writer of the classics West Side Story and The Way We Were has died at the age of 93.

Arthur Laurents, born Arthur Levine to atheist Jewish parents in Brooklyn, died on Thursday in New York.

He began writing military training films for the US army during the Second World War, then went on to enjoy an illustrious career in both theatre and film.


Kushner responds to university on Israel views

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Playwright Tony Kushner has criticised New York's City University for delivering a "grotesque caricature" of his views on Israel after the university's board voted against plans to give him an honorary degree.


University blocks honour over Tony Kushner's Israel stance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Tony Kushner will not be honoured with an honorary degree after a New York university cancelled plans because of the award-winning Jewish playwright's stance on Israel.

After one of the City University of New York (CUNY) board members objected to the institution celebrating Mr Kushner's career at its commencement ceremony later this year, the rest of the board voted against the plans.


Interview: Amy Rosenthal

April 7, 2011

'They gave me liberation," says Amy Rosenthal who is sitting outside the Hampstead Theatre on a blustery afternoon, sipping green tea.

It was here in 2008 that Rosenthal's DH Lawrence biopic On the Rocks became a rare success for the venue in the days before the theatre's current artistic director Edward Hall took over.


Barmitzvah boy funds Broadway musical on Liberty

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

A barmitzvah boy has found an unusual solution to all the money he was given by guests at his party – he has donated it to the producers of a Broadway musical about immigrants.

New York teenager Jesse Naranjo is to use the more than £1,600 he was given following the ceremony last year to help send "Liberty: The Musical" to a major theatre.