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‘Steffi Graf went to see it 12 times!’ How we made rollerskating sensation Starlight Express

‘The German production has had a standing ovation every night for 36 years. Graf went before big tennis competitions to gee herself up. And the German football team would go before an international’Andrew Lloyd Webber said to me: “I have this story.” It was going to be an animated film based on Thomas the Tank Engine, but animation back in the early 1980s was really expensive, so that never happened. Then we started working on something called Rocky Mountain Railroad

June172024
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Tell us about your favourite podcasts of 2024 so far

We would like to hear about the podcasts you have particularly enjoyed listening to so far this year.Is there a podcast from this year that you could not get enough of? Are there any new releases that you would recommend?Tell us your nomination and why you like it below.You can tell us your favourite podcast of 2024 so far using this form.Please include as much detail as possible. Please note, the maximum file size is 5

June172024
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Jerry Seinfeld live review – crotchety comic is still at the top of his game

“What else is annoying in the world today, besides everything?” asks Jerry Seinfeld, about 10 minutes into the Australian premiere of his new standup show at Perth’s RAC Arena. In classic “Jerry” form, he’s staring out into the abyss, shoulders raised and face scrunched in bemusement.This throwaway line could easily be the catch cry for Seinfeld’s sardonic brand of comedy, which parodies the minutiae of daily life. “I hate tea,” he rants, later in the evening. “I hate it! Tea does not understand how hard life is! All these names … darjeeling, chamomile, jasmine

June172024
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Stephen Fry: ‘The Conservatives are what we call in poker a busted flush’

The actor on playing a Polish Holocaust survivor alongside Lena Dunham, what he likes about hip‑hop and why a boring PM would be a reliefStephen Fry, 66, is an actor, broadcaster, writer, presenter and director. As a teenager, he was expelled from school, went to prison for credit card fraud and failed his A-levels before retaking them, resulting in a scholarship to Cambridge University, where he joined the Footlights sketch troupe. He has since starred in more than 60 TV shows, at least 50 films and written 17 books. His latest film, Treasure, with Lena Dunham, is out now.In Treasure, you play Edek, a Polish Holocaust survivor, reluctantly turning to his homeland with his journalist daughter (played by Dunham)

June162024
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On my radar: Golda Schultz’s cultural highlights

The soprano Golda Schultz was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1983. She studied journalism before switching to singing at the University of Cape Town and then Juilliard in New York. In 2011 she joined the Bavarian State Opera. Since then she has sung at La Scala, the Met and, in 2020, at the Last Night of the Proms, as well as releasing two acclaimed albums. Schultz, who lives in Berlin, makes her debut at the Royal Opera House as Fiordiligi in Jan Philipp Gloger’s production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, from 26 June to 10 July

June152024
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Ash Atalla: ‘I cry easily. I get nostalgic about the passing of years’

The comedy producer, 51, reflects on early ambitions to be a stockbroker, dodging racism by being a wheelchair user, and being noisy enough to get invited to the partyI was born in Cairo and moved to Northern Ireland when I was two for my parents’ work – they’re both doctors. I’d open my mouth and this really manic Northern Irish accent would come out, which was even more incongruous for a little brown boy in a wheelchair. When my family moved to England, my nickname at school was IRA.I was really interested in becoming a stockbroker. I’m a product of the 80s, with the stock market booms and red striped shirts

June152024