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As Mark-Anthony Turnage’s tragicomic tale of the late Anna Nicole Smith returns to Covent  Garden, the composer reveals how pop culture, from celebrity gossip to Beyoncé, inspires his work

Alicia Markova: Britain’s superstar ballerina

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Multi-storey story: Shakespeare in the (Peckham car) park

Holly Wiliams gets a taster of a thrilling take on ‘Titus Andronicus’

Exhibition of Scottish art shows the characteristics of the artists work with wit, populism and colour

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Umar Ahmed and Kiran Sonia Sawar in ‘My Name Is...’

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Burlesque has shed its strip-club image and became an artistic – and feminist – statement

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The Saints: Southampton Football Club’s stadium has been recreated as a pop-up theatre

For fans like me coming from out of town, the walk to Southampton Football Club’s stadium from the city’s train station is pretty familiar: up the hill, across the park, past the Premier Inn and down Northam Road until you find yourself in the throng of congregating fans.

Nancy Dell'Olio: The lawyer on the Edinburgh Fringe, dealing with the tabloids, running for political office and €10 leggings

My mother says I always wanted to be famous There are certainly times when it's fun and I enjoy it, but not always. Sometimes it's nice to walk down the street and be recognised but other times I would like to be invisible.

Coming out on top: Marla Rubin was targeted in childhood

Let The Right One In: Beating school bullies on stage

Theatre producer Marla Rubin never fully recovered from the torment she suffered as a child. Now, she and the cast of Let The Right One In are taking their anti-bullying message into schools.

My Night With Reg... 20 years on

As Kevin Elyot’s landmark gay drama is revived, Matt Cain wonders quite how it will be received

Unhappy days: Resistance spy turned Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
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Errollyn Wallen's compositions give a voice to the voiceless. Her latest is about female murder victims
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'My Night with Reg': No 'pink play' stereotypes

The Donmar's revival of Kevin Elyot's 1994 tale of gay friends, 'My Night with Reg', is given added poignancy by being staged only a month after its creator's death. The director, Robert Hastie, talks to John Nathan about its humanity

A Streetcar Named Desire: Benedict Andrews gives Blanche and Stanley a twist

As ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ gets a radical overhaul from director Benedict Andrews, Holly Williams climbs aboard

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Gavin Bryars on Samuel Beckett: 'There is something particularly satisfying about devoting a collection of songs to a single poet'

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