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The Lyric's Secret Theatre repertory invites you to make a date with shows advertised by number. In this case it is Chamber Piece by Caroline Bird, a pitch-black comedy in which a monstrous prison governor (superb Cara Horgan) trials the reintroduction of the death penalty to the UK.

The two of us: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1970

Duo who lost their harmony: Can Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber make up?

The duo created some of the greatest musicals in West End history, but it was at the expense of their friendship. Now, both are back with new shows

Hofesh Shechter, choreographer

Cultural life: Hofesh Shechter, choreographer

'Abdullah Ibrahim is a pianist from South Africa and I was completely blown away by the simplicity and emotion of his music'

Play of the week: Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

After their glorious Hamlet, David Tennant and Gregory Doran reunite for a lucid, gripping Richard II.

Centre stage: The challenges for Rufus Norris, the National’s new head

Many pages of newsprint and hundreds of blog inches have been devoted this week to declaring how much of a “daring choice” Rufus Norris is to succeed Nicholas Hytner as the National Theatre’s artistic director.

Play of the week: The Light Princess, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London SE1

In keeping with Nicholas Hytner's refusal to play safe with the musical genre, this collaboration between Tori Amos and the dramatist Samuel Adamson – brilliantly staged by Marianne Elliott – is a ravishing fusion of theatrical arts.

Play of the week: Ghosts, Almeida Theatre, London N1

The ghosts in Ibsen's great play are those patterns of behaviour that we inherit and find it almost impossible to escape.

This happy breed: David Tennant and Greg Doran discuss their Shakespeare partnership

David Tennant and Greg Doran talk exclusively to Fiona Mountford about their latest Shakespeare collaboration

Rafe Spall (left), Rachel Weisz (centre) and Daniel Craig in rehearsals for Betrayal

The biggest Betrayal of all

A revival of the Pinter classic, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, is set to break Broadway records

Play of the week: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Duchess Theatre, London WC2

The role of Arturo Ui calls for high-definition acting and that's what it gets, in spades, from Henry Goodman in Jonathan Church's splendid production, which began life last year in Chichester.

Interview: Call the Midwife star Jessica Raine on accents, Kevin Spacey and taking to the stage

The actress says she'd be laughed at if she went onto the Call The Midwife set with any 'what's my motivation?' pretensions

Back in the groove: the cast of 'The Commitments'

The soul survivors: Roddy Doyle finally brings The Commitments to the West End

The Commitments spawned a smash-hit film and classic soundtrack, but for 26 years Roddy Doyle has refused to put his debut novel on stage. As a new West End musical opens, Alice Jones finds out why he changed his mind

Play of the week: Scenes from a Marriage, St James Theatre, London SW1

Trevor Nunn revisits Joanna Murray-Smith's caustic stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's dissection of matrimony in a superlatively well-acted production, starring Mark Bazeley and Olivia Williams.

Diana: The Musical - Will anyone stage this West End spectacular?

'We want William and Harry to come and see this, and leave loving their mother even more than they did before,' the creators of a musical about Princess Diana tell Clive Martin

Food for Thought: Hattie Morahan

The actress is starring in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London. She tells Charlotte Cripps about her current reading, watching and surfing…

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