REHEARSED READING & Q&A: Bull In A China Shop starring Fiona Shaw, Jade Anouka & Leah Harvey at the National

WHERE? Dorfman Theatre, National

RUN TIME: 75 minutes (without interval)

WHEN?: 17/11/18

Author Bryna Turner explains the conflict at the heart of her play is between a revolutionary, the old guard and someone seeking to make progress, and its star Fiona Shaw adds 1 word – ‘Brexit’.

  • Read on for reasons including how this play forms part of the Courage Everywhere season at the National

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Q&A & TV PREVIEW: No Offence featuring Paul Abbott, Joanna Scanlan & Will Mellor

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: BAFTA, London

WHEN?: 10/9, 1st episode airs 13/9/18

‘He’s either a spook, from Special Branch or the work experience,’ observes Joanna Scanlan’s Detective Inspector Viv Deering of the young man in a suit impeding her progress in the investigation which dominates the 1st episode in this 3rd series of No Offence. ‘I’ve got more 5 O’Clock shadow than he has.’

  • Read on for reasons including why Scanlan thinks her character is ‘Paul Abbott in a dress’

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Q&A and Preview: Killing Eve featuring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and Phoebe Waller-Bridge

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE?: BAFTA, London

WHEN?: 5/9, airs BBC1 9.15pm from 15/9/18

In less than a fortnight we will know whether this show has won the 2 Emmys it is shortlisted for: Outstanding Actress (Sandra Oh, who you may recognise from Grey’s Anatomy) and Outstanding Writing for the UK’s own Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

  • Read on for reasons including why there is humour here which will be much loved by Fleabag fans

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Q&A and THEATRE REVIEW: Sea Wall starring Andrew Scott at the Old Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Old Vic

WHEN: 21/6, runs to 30/6/18

RUN TIME: 30 minutes

Andrew Scott won our 2017 Best Theatre Actor monsta for his lead role in Hamlet (Almedia and Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End) and follows it up with a revival of this Simon Stephens monologue at the Old Vic.

  • Read on for reasons including how Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Zawe Ashton & Ian Hislop featured

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Q&A and FILM REVIEW: McKellen: Playing The Part starring Sir Ian McKellen

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: BFI Southbank

WHEN: 27/5, UK release 1/6/18

RUN TIME: 1 hour 36 minutes

‘I wouldn’t be here if he was a prick,’ remarks Martin Freeman of Sir Ian McKellen who celebrated his 79th birthday this weekend with a star-studded launch of his autobiographical new film McKellen: Playing The Part.

  • Read on for reasons including what McKellen regrets and the film’s highlights

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Q&A and FILM REVIEW: Edie starring Sheila Hancock

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Greenwich Picturehouse

WHEN: 15/5/18

RELEASED IN THE UK: 25/5/18

‘I’m so fed up with the division between young and old in society,’ explains Sheila Hancock in a Q&A after a preview screening of her new film about a widow who befriends a guide many years her junior as she attempts to climb a Scottish mountain.

  • Read on for reasons including more about Hancock’s young co-star in this

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Q&A: A Very English Scandal with Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Russell T Davies & Stephen Frears

WHERE: BAFTA

WHEN: 18/4/18, 3 episodes start on BBC1 in May

‘Join the Liberals and widen your circle,’ jokes Hugh Grant to many laughs during this star-studded Q&A after a world premiere screening of the first of three episodes of A Very English Scandal which is to air on BBC1 next month.

  • Read on for reasons including how Sir Ian McKellen turned down a part in this

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