Maureen O'Hare

Versatile writer, editor and producer with twelve years' experience.

Spice Girls' Viva Forever and other unusual musicals

Viva Forever uses the songs of the Spice Girls to tell a fictional story of a singer, Viva, who enters a TV talent show. Written by Absolutely Fabulous creator Jennifer Saunders, the musical features 23 songs including the Spice Girls’ best-known hits Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life. This isn’t the first time that the world of theatre has got inspiration from an unlikely source. Check out some other weird and wonderful musicals.

Who shares a birthday with Prince George?

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a 8lb 6oz (3.8 kg) baby boy, born at 4.24pm on July 22, 2013. Her husband William, the Duke of Cambridge, has announced that they 'could not be happier'. Their bouncing boy is third in line to the British throne. But what other famous people are, like the royal prince, Cancerians born on July 22? And what, if anything, do they have in common with William and Catherine's new arrival?

Roman Polanski: Life in pictures

Roman Polanski, the celebrated film director with the turbulent and controversial personal life, turns 80 this weekend. The remarkable career of the octogenarian filmmaker behind cinema classics including Chinatown (1974), Rosemary's Baby (1968) and Repulsion (1965) has been shadowed by scandal - in 1977 he fled the U.S. after facing charges of sexual abuse against a 13-year-old girl and has never returned to stand trial, opting instead for a life of exile in Europe. He has also known great pers...

It's official! Ellie Goulding and Jeremy Irvine loved up at Cannes

It's been rumoured since November, but singer Ellie Goulding and War Horse actor Jeremy Irvine have went public with their romance, making their red carpet debut at the 2013 Cannes amFAR Cinema Against Aids gala. The pair looked very loved up and happy as they posed together for the cameras, Ellie in a fabulous silver beaded Patricia Bonaldi dress and Jeremy looking dapper as always in a sharp tuxedo. The 26-year-old singer and her 22-year-old beau were first spotted together back in November at...