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Dame Maggie Smith To Reprise Lady In The Van For New Film

9th May 2014

Downton Abbey star Dame Maggie Smith will swap her finery for rags to play a homeless woman in the movie adaptation of Alan Bennett's play The Lady In The Van.Smith will reprise the role of...

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Alan Bennett Avoided Talking About Sexuality To Avoid Gay Label

7th May 2014

British screenwriter Alan Bennett refused to reveal his sexuality for most of his career so he wasn't put in a "pigeonhole" by critics.The History Boys creator avoided discussing his personal relationships when asked by journalists,...

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Alan Bennett Didn't Want Gay Label, "I Wanted To Be My Own Man"

By Michael West | 6th May 2014

Alan Bennett has explained how he guarded his sexuality for much of his career to avoid being pigeonholed as a gay playwright. Bennett, one of Britain's most respected writers, is best known for The History...

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The History Boys Voted Britain's Favourite Play

11th December 2013

Alan Bennett's lauded drama The History Boys has been voted Britain's most beloved play.The show, about a group of teenagers preparing for their university entry exams, topped a new poll by bosses at the English...

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Dominic Cooper Misses Sharing Home With James Corden

25th April 2013

Dominic Cooper misses being woken up by a naked James Corden every day.The British actors used to share a flat in London's exclusive Primrose Hill area, and although the pair moved out because their lives...

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Dominic West Backs Call To Abolish Private Schooling In U.k.

14th March 2013

Actor Dominic West has backed playwright Alan Bennett's call to abolish private schooling in Britain, branding the idea "fabulous".Bennett wants the U.K. government to combine state and private education in a bid to abolish class...

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Simon Ward Death: Tributes Paid To British Acting Legend

23rd July 2012

Tributes are being paid to the British actor Simon Ward, who has died at the age of 70. His agent told Bbc News that he passed away on Friday (July 20, 2012), following a long...

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Dame Maggie Attends Tyzack Memorial Service

25th July 2011

Actress Dame Maggie Smith and playwright Alan Bennett were among the mourners who gathered in London on Saturday (23Jul11) to pay tribute to late British star Margaret Tyzack.The revered actress, best known for her role...

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Ant And Dec Triumph At Rts Awards 2011

16th March 2011

Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were winners at the Royal Television Society Awards 2011 last night (15.03.11).The duo beat Graham Norton and Charlie Brooker to pick up the gong for best Entertainment Performance at the...

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Bennett Targeted By Thieves

14th December 2010

British playwright/screenwriter ALAN BENNETT fell victim to pickpockets in London earlier this year (10) when two women took $2,250 (£1,500) from his jacket.The Oscar-nominee was approached in Camden, north London by the strangers, who offered...

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Glenn Shadix Dies Aged 58

8th September 2010

GLENN SHADIX, the actor who starred in TIM BURTON's 1988 film 'Beetlejuice', has died aged 58. Shadix's manager Juliet Green told the Associated Press that the actor died in his home in Birmingham Alabama on...

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Allen's Online Battle With Critical Columnist

3rd November 2008

Pop star LILY ALLEN has lashed out at a British journalist who mocked a comparison between her new album and the works of literary greats WILLIAM WORDSWORTH and ALAN BENNETT. In her Guardian newspaper column...

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Fascinating Fact 2245

16th October 2006

British royal PRINCE CHARLES has personally approved his first television commercial for his charity The Prince's Trust. The short ad had its premiere at the debut screening of ALAN BENNETT movie THE HISTORY BOYS in...

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Griffiths Slams 'Big Brother' Culture

16th October 2006

British actor RICHARD GRIFFITHS is adamant he could never be a teacher in real life - because he believes most kids never aspire to more than starring on reality TV phenomenon BIG BROTHER. Griffiths, who...

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Bennett Disrespected On Set

9th October 2006

British playwright ALAN BENNETT was constantly ridiculed by the young cast of his stage play THE HISTORY BOYS, and was amazed they had such little respect for him. Bennett admits the stars of The History...

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Bennett: 'The Queen Is Hilarious'

8th October 2006

British playwright ALAN BENNETT adored writing his 1988 play A QUESTION OF ATTRIBUTION, because it gave him a chance to show the funny side of British monarch THE QUEEN The work, which was screened...

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Bennett: 'I'd Like Hector To Teach My Work'

4th October 2006

Acclaimed British playwright ALAN BENNETT has tipped one of his fictional teachers as the perfect candidate to teach his work in UK schools. Bennett, whose collection of monologues TALKING HEADS has been on the country's...

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Bennett Unsurprised By Transatlantic Success

3rd October 2006

British playwright ALAN BENNETT insists the huge success his quintessentially English comedy THE HISTORY BOYS has had in America is no surprise. Earlier this year (06) the play snatched six prizes at the Tony Awards...

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Griffiths' Mobile Phone Angst

3rd October 2006

Veteran actor RICHARD GRIFFITHS gets so infuriated with mobile phones his castmates are beginning to worry for his audience's safety. Griffiths, who recently toured the UK, New York, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Sydney with...

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Bennett: 'I Thought I'd Die Before Biography Published'

1st September 2006

Tony Award-winning playwright ALAN BENNETT was convinced he would die from cancer before his autobiography UNTOLD STORIES was published last year (05). The 72-year-old is now clear of the disease, but had been privately battling...

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Bennett Slams UK Education System

22nd August 2006

Tony award-winning playwright ALAN BENNETT has lambasted the British education system for failing to teach students basic foreign language skills. The 72-year-old was stunned to find the majority of actors in THE HISTORY BOYS -...

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Bennett Astonished By Tony Hype

13th June 2006

Tony Award-winning British playwright ALAN BENNETT is still reeling from the publicity attached to his win at Sunday's (11JUN06) New York City theatre extravaganza, because his last Tony prize went almost unnoticed. Bennett, who picked...

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Tony Favours The Boys

12th June 2006

Pop icon biopic JERSEY BOYS and British school drama THE HISTORY BOYS have dominated last night's (11JUN06) Tony Awards in New York City, snatching Best Musical and Best Play respectively. The History Boys won six...

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Drowsy Chaperone Dominates Drama Desk Awards

22nd May 2006

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE dominated the Drama Desk Awards on Sunday (21MAY06), winning seven awards, including outstanding musical. ALAN BENNETT's THE HISTORY BOYS won five awards, outstanding play among them. Other multiple winners included SWEENEY TODD,...

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Drowsy Chaperone Heads Up Tony Nominations

16th May 2006

Broadway musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE leads the nominations for next month's (JUN06) Tony Awards with 13 nods. The stage show directed by SPAMALOT choreographer CASEY NICHOLAW, which is based around a fan's love for a...

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Bennett Bags 'Play Of The Year' Award

15th May 2006

Acclaimed British playwright ALAN BENNETT is celebrating transatlantic success after his Broadway hit THE HISTORY BOYS was named play of the year by the New York Drama Critics' Circle last week (ends12MAY06). The accolade makes...

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Producers Does Proud At Olivier Awards

21st February 2005

Smash hit musical THE PRODUCERS has scooped three top prizes at the LAURENCE OLIVIER AWARDS, Britain's version of the TONY AWARDS. The show, which has succesfully transferred from New York's Broadway to London's West...

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