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Food for thought: Jack Thorne, playwright and screenwriter

The playwright/screenwriter’s stage adaptation of Let the Right One In is at the Royal Court, London, until 21 December. His film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down is out in March.

Members of the few, the happy few, the band of brothers: The unique experience of playing Henvy V revealed

As Jude Law takes the stage to play the part, some of the best actors explain why Henry V, not Hamlet, is the true rite of passage

Andy Burrows tested his songs on his daughter, Chloe

Backstage: Snowman pair get a kid’s view from Chloe’s criticism

Between them, they have recorded number one albums and have won awards for scoring soundtracks for Hollywood films. But when it came to looking for a sounding board for their recent Christmas collaboration, Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri turned to a five-year-old girl.

Shady character: Alexander Hanson during rehearsals

Man of the moment: Alexander Hanson is set to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical about the Profumo affair

The little known actor will play Stephen Ward, the society osteopath at the heart of the Profumo affair. It's strange becoming a star at 52, he tells Louise Jury

How to create a truly National Theatre: Get the Beeb on board

The National Theatre’s recent 50th anniversary gala was delightful in a number of ways, and not just for the opportunity to hear Dame Judi Dench give another magnificent rendition of “Send in the Clowns”.

Dark lark: Inua Ellam, who started it all

A run on the wild side: Dashing along with London's 'Midnight Runs'

Writer Inua Ellams’ Midnight Runs are a joyous way to get creative in the city

Backstage: No National Theatre top job for Americans, says Kevin Spacey

While the job of England football manager has long been open to foreigners, Kevin Spacey believes that manager of another British institution, the National Theatre, would never be available to an American.

Strike a posy: Liz Taylor with first-night flowers

Thanks a bunch: Actors are forgoing the usual first-night bouquets - and donating the money to charity instead

Theatreland lore dictates that flowers should only be given to actors celebrating their opening nights after the curtain has fallen. Many still believe superstitiously that delivering a bunch of blooms prior to the first act invites a disastrous run for the play.

Game on: Tom Wells

Tom Wells: Back of the net

Jumpers for Goalposts, Tom Wells's comedy about a gay five-a-side team, was a surprise hit for the playwright. He talks to Archie Bland about drama, homophobia, and his East Yorkshire roots

Jude Law in Henry V: Crowning a season to remember

Michael Grandage’s production of ‘Henry V’ with Jude Law caps a pioneering year for the director

Feathered friends: the 1964 film ‘Emil and the Detectives’

Why Emil and the Detectives author Erich Kästner wouldn't bow to the Nazis

Boyd Tonkin looks back at the writer's life as Kästner's evergreen tale previews at the National this week

Mythical meeting: The protagonists, from left, in Doug Lucie’s new play Solid Air: John Martyn (Sean Biggerstaff), Nick Drake (Tom Clegg) and college Ents Comms Liaison Officer Tony Blair (Phil Elstob)

Lords of misrule: Just what would have happened in a meeting between folk legends John Martyn and Nick Drake - and a young Tony Blair?

A new play brings together two folk-rock heroes ... and a certain Anthony Blair. Nick Coleman observes this curious work in progress

Food for thought: Claudia O’Doherty, comedian

Claudia O’Doherty is a Foster’s Award-nominated stand- up touring the UK as part of The Invisible Dot’s New Wave tour. She tells Charlotte Cripps about her current reading, watching and listening

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Director of 'the most orgasm-saturated play ever written' hopes for a royal visit

'In The Next Room or the vibrator play' is coming to London

Jonathan Miller: 'In 35 years, the National Theatre haven’t invited me to do anything'

Jonathan Miller: 'Why I shun the National Theatre'

As an exhibition of art by Jonathan Miller opens, the titan of two cultures tells John Walsh why he no longer goes to plays or operas and chose to avoid his alma mater's 50th-anniversary celebrations

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