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Several thousand people carry patriotic flags as they demonstrate against the proposed production of Wagner's Tannhauser, in downtown Novosibirsk, about 2800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, Sunday, March 29 2015. Controversy over the staging of Wagnerís opera ìTannhauserî in the Siberian city has come to a head, with Russiaís cultural minister firing the director of the state theater in Novosibirsk. The announcement was made Sunday as several thousand people rallied outside the theater to protest the production, which they said was offensive to Orthodox Christians.

Russia fires director of Wagner's Tannhauser opera after modern interpretation offends nation's Orthodox Christians

The Orthodox Church regards itself as a bastion of Russian values

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Battersea Arts Centre fire: Investigators sifting through the ashes for clues as recovery begins

Well-wishers have already donated more than £10,000 towards repairs

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet with Katie West as Ophelia

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” - William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Gillian Anderson has been nominated for a Best Actress Olivier for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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Katie Brayben is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Carole King in Beautiful

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