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  • 27th March 2012

    New play about gay boxer to open at Albany Theatre 3

    Jonny Collis-Scurl stars in Shadow Boxing

    5:19 PM — A new high-impact, one-man show about a boxer facing his toughest opponent yet - his sexuality - is set to open at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, south-east London, having won five 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.

  • Obituary: New York photographer and actor Cris Alexander 8

    Cris Alexander 1920-2011

    11:26 AM — New York photographer and actor Cris Alexander has died, aged 92. Alexander came to New York City aged 18 in 1938 hoping to make it as an actor. Ultimately, he became a successful photographer, taking portraits of movie stars, the New York City Ballet and for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine.

  • 14th March 2012

    Review: Derren Brown’s Svengali 5

    Derren Brown's latest show, Svengali is in its second year

    1:26 PM — Heather Price discusses Derren Brown's current tour, Svengali, and how his eerie brand of mind-reading left her with trouble sleeping afterwards.

  • 16th February 2012

    Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon join Proposition 8 play 10

    Chris Colfer will be among the celebrities on stage

    2:56 PM — Actors Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer and John C Reilly join a swelling number of celebrities signing up to star in Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play next month.

  • 1st February 2012

    Theatre review: Execution of Justice 2

    Ben Mars as prosecutor Thomas Norman

    11:07 AM — Execution of Justice, at the Southwark Playhouse in London until Saturday 4 February, tells the story of the assassination of San Francisco Mayor, George Moscone and openly gay District Supervisor, Harvey Milk on 27 November 1978.

  • 27th January 2012

    Cynthia Nixon: Bisexuals? We get no respect 77

    Nixon made the comments in an interview this week (Photo: Flickr user David Shankbone)

    11:37 AM — After causing a storm of controversy this week when referring to being gay as a "choice" Cynthia Nixon seems to have reluctantly acknowledged that she is, in fact, bisexual.

  • 26th January 2012

    UK survey: 81% of actors ‘open about sexuality’ 14

    The survey said 94% were out to fellow actors at work (Photo: Mickey Thurman)

    11:21 AM — In a new survey of the acting industry, eight in ten actors said they were 'out' professionally and three quarters of respondents said the decision to come out had not hindered their career.

  • 20th January 2012

    Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrisson in Prop 8 play 4

    (Photo: Flickr user Greginhollywood)

    4:56 PM — Glee stars Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison are the latest stars to sign up to the one-night-only LA production of Dustin Lance Black's play about the Proposition 8 ballot.

  • 6th January 2012

    Sir Ian McKellen says “no doubt” Shakespeare was gay 48

    Sir Ian McKellen has been an actor for over fifty years (Photo:  Stefan Servos)

    10:28 AM — Sir Ian McKellen has reportedly said he has "no doubt" the complexities and plot devices of Shakespeare's work mean the playwright was gay. The actor added that the relationship between two characters in The Merchant of Venice made it "obvious" the writer had sexual relationships with men.

  • 29th December 2011

    Interview: Simon Callow on Dickens, Peggy Ramsay and being gay 8

    Simon Callow came out in 1984 (Photo: Kevin Davis)

    9:47 AM — Laurence Watts meets the celebrated actor, theatre director, writer and biographer, renowned for his mastery of Shakespeare and Dickens whose film credits include Amadeus, A Room with a View, Maurice, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love and The Phantom of the Opera.

  • 14th December 2011

    George Clooney to star in second production of Dustin Lance Black’s Proposition 8 play 9

    Clooney said LGBT people were still treated as "second-class citizens"

    11:51 AM — George Clooney has confirmed he will star in the second one-night-only production of Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play. The show revisits the ballot measure which banned gay couples from marrying in California and its reversal by Judge Vaughn Walker last year.

  • 13th December 2011

    Interview: Russell Grant on Strictly Come Dancing and returning to his theatrical roots 6

    Russell Grant returned to the spotlight recently in Strictly Come Dancing

    9:26 AM — Russell Grant talks to Laurence Watts about his accidental fame in astrology, exceeding expectations on Strictly Come Dancing, and asking Holly Valance to star in a lesbian production of Romeo and Juliet.

  • 8th December 2011

    Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4

    The production will coincide with LGBT History Month (Photo: Flickr user DeaPeaJay)

    12:36 PM — A UK theatre company is seeking submissions of short plays about transgender issues to be performed in Manchester next year, and says no previous script-writing experience is necessary.

  • 29th November 2011

    Alan Cumming to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in new one-man production 6

    The play will be staged in Glasgow and New York

    9:08 AM — The National Theatre of Scotland has announced it will be staging a one-man version of Macbeth featuring Alan Cumming as both the title character and his ambitious wife.

  • 25th October 2011

    Interview: Jonathan Harvey on writing, Corrie and Beautiful Thing 10

    Jonathan Harvey wrote Beautiful Thing

    4:00 PM — After early success as a playwright, Jonathan Harvey's career now spans theatre, film and television. He wrote Gimme, Gimme, Gimme for his pal, Kathy Burke, collaborated with The Pet Shop Boys on the musical Closer To Heaven and since 2004 has written 136 episodes of Coronation Street. With Beautiful Thing about to open at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Laurence Watts meets him.

  • 7th September 2011

    Actors’ union to ask gay members about homophobia 13

    Rupert Everett has suggested that coming out harmed his career

    2:17 PM — Equity, the union for actors and performers, is to ask its LGBT members whether they feel safe being out and if they have suffered prejudice. According to The Stage, an online survey asks members about harassment, discrimination, safety and whether they were advised to stay in the closet.

  • 16th July 2011

    Ben Daniels rejects Rupert Everett’s advice for aspiring gay actors not to come out 26

    Ben Daniels starred in Cutting It (photo:BBC)

    1:55 PM — Ben Daniels, star of the BBC hit series Cutting It, has dismissed claims made by Hollywood star Rupert Everett that it is better for aspiring gay actors to stay in the closet despite homophobia he experienced at the BBC.

  • 31st December 2010

    Christopher Biggins: Chris Bryant absurd to think ‘pantomime dame’ jibe was homophobic 43

    Chris Bryant is the shadow justice minister

    12:09 PM — The actor, and sometime pantomime dame Christopher Biggins has said the openly gay Labour MP Chris Bryant is "ridiculous" for believing the chancellor George Osborne was being homophobic when he jokingly described the MP as a "pantomime dame."

  • 24th August 2010

    Interview: Jonathan Hellyer, star of Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

    Jonathan Hellyer (right) in Elegies

    4:38 PM — Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, currently at the Shaw Theatre, is a tapestry of monologues and songs inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Developed in the late 1980s and originally titled, 'The Quilt', 'Elegies,' as it is often shortened to, is a moving, often funny and sometimes heartbreaking collection of stories written from the perspective of characters who've died from AIDS.

  • 30th July 2010

    Theatre review: Bent 2

    Bent is at the Tabard theatre in west London

    2:13 PM — Bent, at the intimate Tabard Theatre in Parsons Green, west London, tells the story of a young gay couple sent to a concentration camp after witnessing the murder of a German SA officer.


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