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Coming to a big screen near you – live opera

A season of performances from the Royal Opera House is to be screened live at cinemas in Britain and across Europe.

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Since when was theatre about eligibility for awards?

Regards to Broadway from West End directors

Friday, 18 July 2008

The last few years have seen a veritable flock of Seagulls land on the stage with varying degrees of success.

This weekend's Latitude Festival will show hip-hop, Indian classical dance and work by Wayne McGregor, resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet.

The stage is set for dance at festivals

Friday, 18 July 2008

Summer festivals have often had other performers alongside the music.

A musical based on a song by Ray Davies, frontman of the Kinks, and featuring 20 new tracks by the Sixties legend, will premiere later this year.

Kinks' song inspires Ray Davies musical

Thursday, 17 July 2008

A musical based on a song by Ray Davies, frontman of the Kinks, and featuring 20 new tracks by the Sixties legend, will premiere later this year.

Russell Brand used a mobile phone to call the local police force and claim he had spotted

Russell Brand joke sparks police warning

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

An on-stage routine by comedian Russell Brand prompted a police warning today about hoax or "frivolous" calls.

Greer furious at play based on her life by 'insane reactionary'

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Academic says that thinly veiled portrait of her is by female writer 'who holds feminism in contempt'

Lee Mead, who won the lead role in Joseph via the BBC show Any Dream Will Do

Talent-show musicals bring record crowds to West End

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Reality TV shows in which performers compete to become West End musical stars have led to record audience figures in London's theatreland.

As a Londoner, there are certain things you expect on your route from office to tube to home. Too many people in your path. Grim faces. Tube riders with a tenuous grasp of personal hygiene. But tango dancers silently criss-crossing in front of you as you negotiate Westminster Bridge or weave across Waterloo concourse? Not so much.

Why rush-hour commuters will be tangoing in London tonight

Monday, 7 July 2008

This is ‘Tango Commute’, the brainchild of Thomas Lindner, a German-born dancer who, quite simply, wants to cheer up the daily, communal troop homewards – oh, and demonstrate the fine art of "hugging musically", as he rather sweetly puts it.

Katie Holmes is said to be in the public eye only because she is married to Tom Cruise

Vultures circle Holmes' debut on Broadway

Friday, 4 July 2008

It feels, as they might say in the Church of Scientology, like distinctly bad Karma. Two months before the curtains go up, an extremely large vulture is beginning to circle over Katie Holmes' Broadway debut.

'Blue Peter' goes pink in cross-dressing Fringe show

Monday, 23 June 2008

Take one openly gay former Blue Peter presenter, dress him up in drag, add sexually explicit content and light lampooning of his former employers' obsession with their squeaky clean image, and you have a show that is definitely one for after the watershed.

Thirty-nine steps to an unlikely theatrical triumph

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Play that began life in draughty Yorkshire church halls with four actors, a stuffed dog and a very large sheet, takes Broadway by storm

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Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse)
Phil Willmott’s musical, set at the famous Liverpool hotel, is an entertaining tale of love in which ghosts of guests past interact with living characters. (0151-709 4776) to 2 Aug

The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre, London)
Jo Stone-Fewings takes flight in Maria Aitken’s exhilarating version of John Buchan’s rip-roaring chase thriller.

Into the Hoods (Novello Theatre, London)
Lindsay Duncan stars in a razor-sharp dissection of a dysfunctional upper-middle-class family that achieves a rare balance of raw emotion and knowing black comedy. (08444 825 170) to 30 Aug

The Chalk Garden (Donmar Warehouse, London)
Michael Grandage’s revival of Enid Bagnold’s play has meaty female roles for three generations of actor: Penelope Wilton, Margaret Tyzack and Felicity Jones.

Black Watch, (Barbican, London)
John Tiffany’s compelling staging of Gregory Burke’s potent combination of docu-drama and stylised physical theatre, which views the Iraq war through the eyes of the Scottish regiment. (08451 207 550) to 26 Jul