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Play of the week: Daytona, Park Theatre (Park200), London N4

Written by actor-turned-playwright Oliver Cotton, the third production to appear at the new Park Theatre is set in New York, 1986, and stars Harry Shearer and Maureen Lipman as married Jewish immigrants in their 70s.

Tamara Rojo: The ballet-dancer-turned-artistic-director on her burst appendix, the Bolshoi acid attack and elitism

I was hooked on ballet from an early age I was five, watching a class all dressed in pale-pink led by a thin, beautiful teacher dressed in burgundy. She was so different from the other teachers at my school, who were nuns. My parents didn't want me to do ballet, so I insisted until they gave up: I used crying and all the manipulative tricks little kids have.

Barnz Munn: Meet the high-flier

Fire performer, stilt-walker, rigger and, foremost an aerialist renowned for the art of counterweighting – the process of lifting people or objects by using a pulley system or their body weight – Barnz Munn wants to make everything fly, from his girlfriend Shaena, to Chinese poles and drum kits. “We use counterweighting for most of the lifting so when one person goes up, someone else comes down,” explains Munn, artistic director of nine-strong circus company Pirates of the Carabina,whose show Flown was first commissioned to headline the Big Top tent at Glastonbury two years ago. “It's become our trademark and we fly the equipment as well as the people.”

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British culture would be lost without the boozer. Join Nicholas Barber on a crawl round the best pubs

Play of the week: Macbeth, St Peter's Church, Ancoats, Manchester

Kenneth Branagh delivers his first live Shakespeare performance in 11 years in a deconsecrated Victorian church as part of the Manchester International Festival.

Take the plunge: Paul Zivkovich and Kate Jackson in ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’

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The founder of the pioneering theatre group tells Alice Jones that they are keen to keep on pushing the boundaries.

High spirits: Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens in 'Private Lives' now running at the Gielgud Theatre

Private Lives: How Noël Coward's drama about champagne-fuelled hedonists retains its cocktail power

As the play returns to the West End, Coward's biographer Philip Hoare looks at how the drama chimes with modern-day audiences

Dance event of the week: The Old Woman, Palace Theatre, Manchester

An all-star team of dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov, actor Willem Dafoe and pioneering director Robert Wilson create a new production for the Manchester International Festival.

Making the cut: Kenneth Branagh in rehearsal for 'Macbeth'

The man who would be king: Kenneth Branagh makes a long-awaited return to Shakespeare

The actor will star as Macbeth in Manchester next week. Paul Taylor predicts another compelling performance from a star who could soon run the National Theatre.

Joe Wright has booked his sister and mother to work on his new production

Joe Wright interview: The big-screen director talks bringing Congolese independence to life in a small theatre.. with puppets

He directs frothy costume dramas – but now he's bringing the murderous truth of civil war to the stage

Amazing grace Svetlana Zakharova in La Bayadère, part of the Bolshoi’s London season

Heads Up: Bolshoi Ballet at London's Royal Opera House

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All the world's a stage (or two): Shakespeare's Globe to be joined by a candlelit indoor theatre

The Jacobean-style Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opens in January 2014. Holly Williams takes a peek backstage.

Play of the week: A Mad World, My Masters, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

After the National Theatre's hit Goldoni update, One Man, Two Guvnors, the RSC and Sean Foley have relocated Thomas Middleton's city satire to a mid-1950s Soho of criminality, pervy repression and moral laxity.

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