20th January 2012
Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrisson in Prop 8 play 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
5th July 2010
Theatre: Love the Sinner
12:05 AM — This new play by Drew Pautz begins with a contemporary argument and one familiar to the readers of this publication; how to reconcile the evangelical beliefs of African Anglicans and the more tolerant approach made by the Church of England to the subject of homosexuality. Set at a hotel in Africa (the country is not specified), bishops from across the globe are meeting to determine the approach of the Anglican Communion to this live issue.