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Daniel Evans was hooked on the work of the provocative dramatist, who committed suicide in 1999. Now he's about to stage a season of her controversial plays in Sheffield

A life in stages: Olivia Vinall, 27, already playing her third major role at the National Theatre

Olivia Vinall: the National Theatre darling on starring in a new Tom Stoppard play

The fired-up young actress leads the cast of Stoppard's mind-bending new play, The Hard Problem

Into something good: Carole King in 1970

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Who is the woman behind the hits?

She wrote dozens of hit songs and, with her Tapestry album, defined a generation. Carole King's story is now on stage

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Michael Pennington & Dame Judi Dench: 'Once he ate a lot of garlic before a love scene; I think I punched him for that'

The actors met while they were performing in King Lear in the 1970s

The actress and writer Amelia Bullmore

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As "Di and Viv and Rose" transfers to the West End, the actress and writer reveals the unusual inspiration behind her hit tale of three female confidants

The playwright Sir Tom Stoppard photographed by Barry Marsden

Tom Stoppard: The modern Shakespeare returns to the National for a long-awaited comeback

'The Hard Problem' is the 77-year-old playwright's first production to premiere at the theatre since 'The Cast of Utopia' trilogy in 2002

Sign of the times: a Unity rally march in Paris

Je suis... un playwright: In the wake of Charlie Hebdo attack plays by Neil LaBute, Caryl Churchill and Mark Ravenhill explore censorship and freedom of speech

The new series of five-minute pieces, all world premieres, were commissioned by Offstage Theatre in association with Theatre Uncut, responding to issues of freedom of expression, censorship and boycotts in the arts

Well-respected man: John Dagleish as Ray Davies in 'Sunny Afternoon'

The Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon is a huge hit, but is theatre killing off rock's raw appeal?

Have we now accepted that, in the age of click-track cues for musicians, a gig is just as predictable as theatre?

Window of opportunity: set designer Tom Piper (on left) with 'Orfeo' director Michael Boyd

Tom Piper and Orfeo: From poppies to opera

The designer of the Tower of London installation, Tom Piper is glad to be working backstage again, he tells Jessica Duchen

Lesley Manville & Peter Duncan: 'Being with him and his family feels like a safe haven. I'm happy soaking it all up - though I'm secretly jealous'

The actors met in 1972 at the Italia Conti stage school. Both are patrons of Neighbourhood Midwives, a community-based midwifery service offering individualised continuity of care

Director of 'Orfeo' Sir Michael Boyd (left) and designer Tom Piper

Lyre, lyre: Bringing 'Orfeo' to the London stage

The world’s first great opera is to be the first staged at London’s Roundhouse

Polly Findlay (left) and Nadia Fall, two of theatre's most exciting directors

The National's treasures: Nadia Fall and Polly Findlay interview

As they take the helm of shows in the South Bank venue's biggest auditoria, the hotshot theatre directors talk about beating the odds in a tough industry

A scene from 'A View from the Bridge' at the Young Vic

Best theatre of 2014: From A View from the Bridge to The James Plays

Royal Court's 2071 named flop of the year by The Independent's theatre critic

Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

The theatre producer and the actor met in 1992 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in north London

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