Matt Wolf

Music lessons of the night


It was early summer 1984, as producer Cameron Mackintosh remembers it, when the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber first called to suggest doing "The Phantom of the Opera'' as a musical. "I thought that…

Hello and goodbye


Strands: The classics came calling in abundance during 2005, a London theater year in which the names on playgoers' lips tended to be Ibsen, Lorca, Schiller and countless more dead white men.

Review: ‘The Wild Duck’


An unusually rich year for the classical canon in London comes to a triumphant close with "The Wild Duck." Play re-emerges in a new version from David Eldridge as a more disturbing piece than ever…

Johnny Depp


The dissolute John Wilmot, aka the second earl of Rochester, aka the 17th-century English libertine in the film of the same name, might seem an odd choice for Johnny Depp.

Bob Hoskins


Some London neighbors of Bob Hoskins have for years been researching the story of the Windmill Theater, the Soho venue that famously kept its nude revue and song-and-dance vaudevilles going…

Judi Dench


Judi Dench knew about London's Windmill Theater when she was growing up. So when she was taken to lunch at west London's elegant River Cafe and told of a proposed film about the Windmill, "Mrs…

‘Movin’ moves in


Strands: The coming year looks set to be the one in which current and recent Broadway musicals reach Blighty en masse. Though deals are not yet confirmed in all cases, the year is likely to see the…

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