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Historians have argued whether poet Emilia Bassano was the muse of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Nick Smurthwaite finds out more about the inspiration for the Globe’s...

Recently reopened after painstaking restoration, Riddle’s Court has had many guises in its 400-year history, from grand residence to 19th-century slum, before becoming a...

After the demise of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Ian Smith feared Gilbert and Sullivan’s legacy might fade into obscurity, so he founded a...

In the 1920s and 1930s, provocative chanteuse Margo Lion wowed the Berlin cabaret scene before she fled to Paris. Nick Smurthwaite meets the singer...

Legendary writers’ agent Peggy Ramsay was known for offering forthright guidance to those she represented. A collection of her correspondence is a testament to...

Paintings exploring 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough's relationship with the theatre are to go on display in a dedicated exhibition at the Holburne Museum in...

Firm friends for decades, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright relive career triumphs and disasters in Roger Michell’s documentary, a vivid insight...

When the wealthy Rowena Cade wanted an outdoor theatre for her amateur production of The Tempest, Cornish gardener Billy Rawlings made it for her....

The Carry On star died 30 years ago, but remains one of the UK’s best-loved comic performers. As a new book explores every aspect...
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