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Jessie Thompson

Jessie Thompson is Deputy Arts Editor at the Evening Standard, covering theatre, exhibitions, comedy, dance, opera and classical across print and digital. She also writes interviews, theatre reviews and occasional columns.

Culture

BlackStage UK: the anti-racist doc that the arts world needs to watch

A candid new online documentary series holds the arts industry to account after 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests

TV

Read it before the film: the best upcoming page-to-screen adaptations

Read these now and you can feel like a smug smartypants when they hit the screen

Comment

Meghan and Harry’s Oprah interview has set my WhatsApp groups on fire

Are they hypocrites? Whose garden is that? I have no idea but I can’t wait for Sunday night

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to producer Francesca Moody

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to writer Travis Alabanza

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

TV

Bent coppers and beyond: Line of Duty’s most shocking moments

The past five series have certainly been a wild ride for AC-12 and co...

Future Theatre Fund

How theatre will rebuild: we talk to Six’s Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

Theatre

The best theatre, dance, comedy and classical music to stream online

Missing your theatre fix? We’ve rounded up the best shows to watch online

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How theatre will rebuild: we talk to &Juliet star Miriam-Teak Lee

Our How theatre can rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

TV

Framing Britney Spears review: Gripping but upsetting viewing

Finally airing in the UK today, the Framing Britney Spears documentary is a must-watch

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What theatre means to me: musical theatre star Samantha Barks

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

TV

Pottery Throw Down’s crying judge Keith is the best person on TV

When Keith cries at pottery, we all cry with him (in a good way)

TV

Mother of God! It’s our Line of Duty bluffer’s guide

Series six is on its way, so remind yourself of the sacred art of nicking bent coppers

Culture

Why we still love Bridget Jones 25 years on

Mr 'Titspervert' Fitzherbert might not be allowed now, but Helen Fielding's inimitable creation remains as relevant and lovable as ever, says Jessie Thompson

TV

Netflix’s Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel will make you feel unclean

This deep dive into the disappearance of 21-year-old Elisa Lam is ghoulish and unsavoury

Future Theatre Fund

What theatre means to me: musical star Aimie Atkinson

As we count down to our Future Theatre Fund, some of the most exciting people working in theatre tell us why it means so much to them

Theatre

West End stars on the best musical numbers to sing in the shower

As the BBC celebrates musical theatre, we asked London’s biggest stars of the stage to reveal which song they love to sing in the shower

Future Theatre Fund

The 50 best plays of the 21st century

The last two decades have been full of extraordinary theatre – it’s a thrilling indication of what’s ahead of us when doors reopen

TV

How Keeley Hawes became the queen of British telly

All hail Queen Keeley – she’s quietly become the MVP of the small screen

Future Theatre Fund

What I wish I’d known... theatre’s biggest stars share their advice

Thinking of entering the TikTok Breakout Star Award as part of our Future Theatre Fund? We’ve got some A-list advice for you…

TV

Finding Alice review: Keeley Hawes is brilliant in bittersweet comedy

Part-comedy, part-mystery, part-family drama – this weird and wonderful show feels fresh and timely

TV

The 12 TV shows of Christmas: From Doctor Who to Being Bridget Jones

From festive specials to blockbuster premieres, here’s how to stay entertained during the yuletide lull

Theatre

The best theatre opening in London in 2021 (hopefully...)

After a year of being deprived of the wonders of the London stage, theatres have plenty up their sleeves for 2021

Theatre

How the Old Vic Theatre navigated the choppy waters of 2020

From shutdown to a pioneering streaming series, artistic director Matthew Warchus explains how the Old Vic came back from the brink

Theatre

The top 25 Les Mis songs: our definitive ranking

Revolution, inexplicably Cockney children and enough tears to flood the Seine: it can only be Les Mis’s best bits…