Broadway

Girl, interrupted: Rooney Mara as Una

Difficult and disturbing: Una reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Una is a psychological drama about a woman who was abused by a man when she was 12, and who…

‘Broadway’, 1954, by Marvin E. Newman

The forgotten photographer whose artistry is finally being celebrated

20 May 2017 9:00 am

New York photographer Marvin E. Newman has had to wait until the age of 89 for his artistry to be recognised. Laura Gascoigne spoke to him

Star quality: Chaim Topol as Tevye

Why do people flock to Fiddler on the Roof – a musical about exile, pogroms and poverty?

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Why do people flock to a musical about exile, pogroms and poverty? Neil Armstrong investigates

Act of faith: Sybil Thorndike as Saint Joan, c.1924, in George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Saint Joan’

Why does drama always end up sneering at religion?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

 Theo Hobson explores the enduring appeal that religion has for dramatists

Fallen woman: Natalia Osipova as Amélie Gautreau

Wheeldon’s new ballet lacks guts: Royal Ballet’s Strapless reviewed

20 February 2016 9:00 am

How could it possibly go wrong? The magnetic, seething Russian star Natalia Osipova playing the tragic woman in John Singer…

Sarah Snook as Hilde Wangel and Ralph Fiennes as Halvard Solness in ‘The Master Builder’

A great, weird play to rival Shakespeare: Old Vic's The Master Builder reviewed

13 February 2016 9:00 am

The Master Builder, if done properly, can be one of those theatrical experiences that make you wonder if the Greeks…

Chico, Harpo and Groucho Marx (left to right) enjoy a day at the races

What unites Churchill, Dali and T.S. Eliot? They all worshipped the Marx Brothers

10 January 2015 9:00 am

Ian Thomson celebrates the anarchic genius of Groucho and his brothers

Better than Leslie Caron: Leanne Cope (Lise) and the company in ‘An American in Paris’

An American in Paris: a zingy new Wheeldon dance-musical that you won’t want to miss

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A new year must start with hope and resolution, and if you’re very rich, with influence in the highest places,…

A figure of envy for much of male Middle England: Michael Rudman, with Felicity Kendal

I’m disappointed this director didn’t plunge the knife into Dustin Hoffman

27 September 2014 8:00 am

At the age of 75, the theatre director Michael Rudman has got around to his memoirs, their title taken from…

Ian Buruma’s notebook: Teenagers discover Montaigne the blogger

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bard College in upstate New York, where I teach in the spring semester, is an interesting institution, once better known…

Transatlantic traffic

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Paul Ibell on the theatrical links between America and Britain

Bookends: Musical bumps

13 January 2011 6:00 am

In the Christmas issue of The Spectator there was a review of Showtime: A History of Broadway Musicals, a book which ran to 785 pages. Ruth Leon, in The Sound of Musicals (Oberon Books, £9.99), deals with the whole lot, well perhaps 20 in practice, in 128 much smaller ones; so she has to be selective. The top three, in her view, select themselves: Guys and Dolls (1950), My Fair Lady (1954) and West Side Story (1957) — ‘almost everyone agrees on this’.

A right song and dance

18 December 2010 12:00 am

The first Broadway musical that I saw, a quarter of a century ago, actually on Broadway, wasn’t, of course, actually on Broadway; it was on West 44th Street.