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Currently there is nothing to prevent all-male or all-female couples from competing against mixed sex partners at any of the country’s ballroom dancing events

Potential ban of same-sex partners in ballroom dancing competitions may amount to 'illegal discrimination', say equal rights campaigners

Currently there is nothing to prevent same-sex couples from competing against mixed-sex partners at any of Britain's ballroom dancing events

Eric Idle performs on the opening night of ‘Monty Python Live (Mostly)’ at the O2 Arena in London

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Martin Freeman and Lauren O'Neil in Jamie Lloyd's Richard III

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Theatre purists are complaining that a younger audience is ignoring etiquette

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Fiona Mountford hails the architects giving new life to many of Britain’s theatres

Actors and technicians on the march against changes made by Hollande

The shows must not go on: now French arts workers strike

Opening performances of the Avignon theatre festival cancelled as actors and technicians walk out
Medical experts are claiming that Shakespeare’s success has resulted in a painful legacy for people will skin disease

A pox upon him: Shakespeare accused of causing misery to people with skin conditions

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Royal Court Theatre to stage play about hacking collective Anonymous

Two former members of Anonymous are advising on a new play about the “hacktivist” group that targeted corporations' websites and the FBI, which is to be staged at the Royal Court in London later this year.

Billie Piper will play an ambitious tabloid editor in Great Britain

Billie Piper to star in hacking trial satire 'Great Britain' at the National Theatre

The former Doctor Who actress will play an ambitious tabloid editor

Best-seat ticket prices for the ‘Book of Mormon’ have doubled in just a year

West End’s top seats cost three times as much as 10 years ago

The cost of a top-price ticket in the West End has tripled over the past decade, new research has found.

David Schneider's play is about the Moscow Yiddish Theatre

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Bryan Cranston, Mark Rylance and Sophie Okonedo were among those honoured at the Tony Awards 2014

Tony Awards 2014: Bryan Cranston, Sophie Okonedo and Mark Rylance among winners

Hugh Jackman hosted the event at New York's Radio City Music Hall

Host Hugh Jackman onstage with winners at the Tony Awards 2014 in New York

Tony Awards 2014: Winners list in full

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder took home four awards last night

Sonia Friedman

Tony Awards 2014: British women turn the Tonys into the Antonias

Sonia Friedman's 'Twelfth Night' leads the assault on New York awards
Kevin Spacey pictured hosting the 2014 Breakthrough Prizes Awarded in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on December 12, 2013 in Mountain View, California.

Kevin Spacey: House of Cards star tells off audience member after phone rang during 'Clarence Darrow'

The actor played the character to celebrate ten years as the artistic director at The Old Vic theatre in London

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