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With women still under-represented across the industry, leading names nominate their feminist icons

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With his First World War drama opening at the Globe in two days, Howard Brenton explains why this intimate, bare-staged amphitheatre provides the perfect setting for a storyteller to awaken an audience's collective imagination

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Forget the referendum: artists north of the border have already won the vote of Adrian Hamilton as 25 years of their past and present work goes on show

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Ahead of its tour of the UK, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown salutes a company that lifts the veil on multiracial Britain
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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.

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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.

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

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