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The RSC showdown

After years of decline and mismanagement, the Royal Shakespeare Company is staking it all on a cycle of the complete works. But is it now too late to regain the one principle that gave the RSC meaning—a national ensemble of…
Michael Coveney  

Noël Coward

He was a master of the flimsy trifle, but 100 years after his birth the best of them still flourish
Paul Bailey  

Who calls the tune?

Too many opera directors display contempt for audiences and composers in their eccentric adaptations. We need more powerful intendants
Tom Rosenthal  

Not just a luvvies spat

Peter Hall has had another big bust-up, this time with his old friend the impresario Bill Kenwright. But he is still a national treasure
David Nathan  

Late night in Lviv

What happens to superannuated critics? They become judges at international drama festivals. Few are as bizarre as the one just held in the historic heart of the Ukraine
Irving Wardle  

Looking back at Godot

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and not John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, was the greatest mid-century influence on British theatre
David Nathan  

Playing victim

The modern cult of the victim was foreshadowed by American playwrights in the 1940s. Blanche DuBois is the classic victim heroine and is almost beyond Jessica Lange
Herb Greer  

Northern pleasure palace

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre is about to join the big time. Herb Greer looks back on 40 years of achievement and welcomes the company's latest production
Herb Greer