Dazzling drama: the unmissable theatre, dance and comedy of autumn 2018

Gender-swapped classics, Hans Christian Andersen’s closet secrets, two giants of US comedy sharing a stage, plus Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo as rulers in love

Twenty years after they made their names, the individual members of The League of Gentlemen are riding as high as ever – with Inside No 9 a cult smash on BBC2, and Mark Gatiss prominent in practically everything on TV. But they’ve carved out time – after a screen revival last Christmas – to return to their sinister Royston Vasey-based sketch comedy for an autumn tour (their first since 2005). Gatiss promises “some old favourites, some new stuff and some sort of sequels” to the three recent Christmas specials.
At SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, 28-29 August, then touring

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Hamilton goes Formula One, unseen Blue Peter and Maureen Lipman goes for it: Edinburgh festival 2018 – in pictures

Tape Face strikes again, TV cult and internet sensation Limmy uploads his videos, while Owen Roberts lets a six-year-old write his show for this year’s fringe.
All photography by Murdo MacLeod

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The best shows at the Edinburgh festival 2018

Plan your schedule with our roundup of top shows, ordered by start time. This page will be updated daily throughout the festival Continue reading…

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2018 Tony Awards to honor John Leguizamo, nominees include Amy Schumer, Tina Fey

Mean Girls, Amy Schumer and John Leguizamo are among the comedic stars getting feted this year by the Tony Awards for their work on Broadway. Mean Girls, the musical adaptation of Tina Fey’s 2004 movie, is up for 12 Tonys, including Best Musical. Fey (who wrote the book) and her husband, Jeff Richmond (who wrote […]

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Tim Minchin: ‘The world feels a bit post-jokes’

The comedian-composer on his children’s book, Australia’s same-sex marriage vote and why he’s glad to be leaving Hollywood

Australian composer and comedian Tim Minchin, 42, was born in Northampton but raised in his parents’ native Perth. After an award-winning comedy career, he wrote the music and lyrics for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s global hit musical Matilda, followed by the stage musical adaptation of Groundhog Day. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sarah, a social worker, and their two children.

Tell us about your new children’s book, When I Grow Up, which is based on the lyrics of the song from Matilda.
It’s awesome – I didn’t even have to do anything [laughs]. That’s the incredible thing about Matilda, it keeps manifesting itself in different ways. It’s profoundly gratifying to have something else beautiful put into the world that was sparked by something you wrote eight years ago.

In a global world, nationalism is a fantasy and it’s poison. It used to be appropriate but it’s not any more

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Inside Matt Besser’s Punk Rock Musical Podcast ‘Stolen Idea’

Matt Besser has done all there is to do in comedy, but ask him and he’ll tell you about a life that could have been as a musician. In Stolen Idea, a new punk rock comedy musical that Besser co-created for Stitcher Premium, he gets the chance to live out that fantasy and continue to […]

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Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Heads to Broadway Next Year

Tina Fey’s long in-the-works Mean Girls musical is officially heading to Broadway next year. Fey confirmed the news today in a new video, which reveals that the Mean Girls musical will have a five-week run of pre-Broadway shows at The National Theatre in Washington DC starting October 31st, followed by previews at the August Wilson Theatre […]

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FOX casts Maya Rudolph for live TV musical performance of A Christmas Story in 2017

FOX had a cultural hit in bringing a live version of the musical Grease to TV, and this Christmas, they hope to capture the same magic by casting Maya Rudolph in A Christmas Story, airing live on Dec. 17, 2017. Rudolph will star as 9-year-old Ralphie Parker’s mom. No word yet on who’ll play Ralphie, […]

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Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox’s Live ‘Christmas Story’ Musical

Fox is airing a live musical in December inspired by the classic holiday film A Christmas Story and its Broadway counterpart A Christmas Story: The Musical, and the role of Ralphie Parker’s mom has gone to the perfect performer. According to Variety, Maya Rudolph has signed on to star as the mom in the musical, […]

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Melissa McCarthy to Produce and Star in Christmas Comedy Musical ‘Margie Claus’

Melissa McCarthy has a Christmas movie in the works that will double as her musical debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy and Ben Falcone are producing a film for New Line called Margie Claus, and McCarthy is also attached to star. The movie is described as “a broad holiday family musical” in the vein […]

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