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Royal Opera House wins first West End transfer with 'Wind in the Willows'

The Royal Opera House is to follow in the footsteps of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company with the transfer of a production to London’s West End for the first time.

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Ballet dancer David Wall dies of cancer aged 67

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CD of lullabies by Hayley Westenra to be delivered to mothers who give birth on the same day as Kate

Expectant mothers who give birth on the same day as the Duchess of Cambridge can expect an extra delivery - an album of lullabies by soprano Hayley Westenra.

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