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“In my experience, few MPs are the self-serving individuals they are sometimes portrayed as being.”

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The awards will be presented by Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon

Daisy Campbell has adapted Cosmic Trigger by Robert Anton Wilson

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The play that launched the careers of Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy gets a sequel

The hosts of this year's BBC Children in Need

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Clare Dunne as Hal in Donmar's current production of Henry IV

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Donmar Warehouse wants female actors to read leading male roles

Amanda Leon Joyce, founder of Irreverent Dance

London to see world's first wheelchair-accessible, gender-neutral, LGBT-friendly dance studio

Irreverent Dance reaches Kickstarter target in bid to offer space to gay, straight, trans and genderqueer people of all ages, as well as people with mental and physical disabilities

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

Hunger Games musical to hit London in 2016

A stage adaptation of Suzanne Collins' novels will open at a special new venue

Ballerina Sylvie Guillem to bow out aged 50

The protégé of Rudolf Nureyev will retire this year

Kristin Scott Thomas attends The Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House

Kristin Scott Thomas to play the Queen in The Audience

A new production of the critically-acclaimed play is coming to the West End

Keira Knightley at the premiere of Laggie at Toronto Film Festival 2014

Keira Knightley to make Broadway debut in Therese Raquin

The actress will play the lead in an adaptation of Emile Zola's novel next year

Media baron Rupert Murdoch owns News Corps and 20th Century Fox

Actors are 'scared' of playing Rupert Murdoch on stage because he has 'so much power'

Playwright David Williamson is struggling to find a big name for 'Rupert'

The RSC’s The Christmas Truce

Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

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The director of RADA Edward Kemp says middle-class roles are dominant

Too few working-class parts on mainstream TV, says arts academy head

Edward Kemp says middle-class roles are so dominant that students are taught to act more posh

Michael Sheen, right, as Brian Clough in 'The Damned United'

David Peace donates Damned Utd stage rights to save Leeds theatre company

Red Ladder is now raising funds to stage the play

Singer Nicole Scherzinger will join the cast of Cats

Nicole Scherzinger to join Cats cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End revival

The US singer will play Grizabella during the musical's limited run

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The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special

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Dapper Laughs found success through the video app Vine

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Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)

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