Michael Coveney is one of the country's most respected writers on theatre. Formerly staff critic for the FINANCIAL TIMES, the OBSERVER and the DAILY MAIL, he has since 2006 been associated with the leading West End website WhatsOnStage.com. He has unprecedented access to Dame Maggie Smith's personal archives and curated the recent BFI season of her film and television work. His previous books include THE CITZ, THE AISLE IS FULL OF NOISES, THE ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER STORY, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MIKE LEIGH, KNIGHT ERRANT: MEMOIRS OF A VAGABOND ACTOR (with Robert Stephens) and KEN CAMPBELL: THE GREAT CAPER. He lives in Hampstead, north London.