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David Suchet as Lady Bracknell

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Some fear that if we discuss it everyone will want to do it, but that’s silly - I believe lives will be saved if we open it up

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Both Othello and Iago will be portrayed by black actors

The Company of 1984 by Manuel Harlan

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The future is here – but how to stage it?

Drama king: Patrick Marber

Patrick Marber on 'The Red Lion', writer's block, and getting fired from 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Patrick Marber tackles Turgenev and football in two new plays at the National. The Arsenal fan tells Alice Jones about his midlife crisis

New hands: Peter Hannah and Tom Varey in rehearsal for 'One Arm'

Moisés Kaufman on 'One Arm': 'My Tennessee
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The playwright tells how he has adapted 'One Arm', a little known screenplay by the great American writer

Early settlers in Patagonia

150: recounting the story of how one area of South America became 'Wales away from Wales'

'It’s a weird dream version - almost like a Disneyfication of Welshness'

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James Dacre brings his acclaimed version of Shakespeare’s ‘King John’ to the Globe Theatre

The theatre director and son of Daily Mail editor Paul, who has turned his Northampton venue into a powerhouse and is staging an Arthur Miller world premiere, reveals how his politically provocative plays leave the audience to make their own minds up

Peep show: Helen Goalen in rehearsals for 'We Want You
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The new National Theatre show tackling internet pornography

'We Want You to Watch' - Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez asks whether the world of online sex can be reclaimed from misogynists and made into art

Simon Stephens interview: The playwright on red-blooded rehearsals, disappointing his children - and why plays are like turtles

Stephens's productions include a highly-acclaimed adaptation of Mark Haddon's 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

More than 40 people have now said they were abused by Jimmy Savile

An Audience with Jimmy Savile: Why the notorious paedophile's story shouldn't be erased from history

Jonathan Maitland explains his decision to write a stage play about the crimes of the BBC DJ

Sitting pretty: director Simon Godwin is known for taking on difficult plays

Simon Godwin, interview: Director of The Beaux Stratagem explains why the play isn't just a restoration romp - it's feminism

The effervescently witty, carnally-minded comedy is opening at the National

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'Your goal isn’t to shift tickets; it’s to make interesting work'

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