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Reading Dominic Cooke’s CV is quite the lesson in modesty. He was associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he won an Olivier Award for his production of The Crucible. Under his artistic leadership the Royal Court staged Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem and promoted emerging talents such as Penelope Skinner and Mike Bartlett. These days he’s an associate director with the National Theatre, where he directed the revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom that has just won him his second Olivier. New horizons obviously beckoned, so, later this week, Cooke fans and novices alike will be able to witness his first foray into television. Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses is the follow-up of the successful 2012 BBC series, and we spoke to Cooke to find out more about the differences between theatre and telly, directing Shakespeare and, of course, working with Benedict Cumberbatch.

Thanks to a new friend (hi Aimée!) I've gotten kind of into stained glass lately. I know, it's quite random. Anyway, I decided to write an article on it for London Calling, which you can read here: http://londoncalling.com/features/londons-best-kept-secrets-stained-glass. And you should, because stained glass is cool!

Written for Everything Theatre

A white Christmas in London might be a certainty in rom-coms only, there are definitely some other things we can count on around this time of year. There’ll be too many pantomimes to choose from, more family shows than parents know what to do with and a lot of difficulty for people who just can’t sit through another stage adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life (or something similarly festive). Fortunately all you lovely readers have been on our ‘nice’ list this year, so we’re going to help you out with a small selection of the best London has to offer this festive season.

I love books! Who else loves books? Read my new London Calling feature if you love books (and live in London): http://londoncalling.com/features/arts-bookshops