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Howards Brenton and Davies are reunited at the Hampstead Theatre, for Drawing the Line (from 3 Dec), tackling the meaty topic of the partition of India in 1947. There’s more political upheaval at London’s Donmar Warehouse – of a Shakespearean variety. Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, opens 6 Dec. Fortune’s Fool begins the same day, at the Old Vic; Iain Glen stars in Turgenev’s biting comedy, directed by Lucy Bailey.

The Everyman Theatre, pictured in 1978

Liverpool’s Everyman theatre to raise its curtain again to find the next Pete Postlethwaite, Julie Walters and Bill Nighy

New incarnation of 400-seat theatre cost £28m after decade of planning and two years of work

Dame Helen Mirren attends the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the Savoy Hotel in London

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, playing the title role, in 1998's 'Shakespeare in Love'

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The theatre is going back to its roots with plans for a radical multi-million pound facelift

Bristol Old Vic has facelift to make it look 250 years’ older

Historic theatre will unveil front wall dating from 1766 to rebuild ties with city

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Othello's Rory Kinnear is nominated in two categories for best actor and most promising playwright for 'The Herd'

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