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A light-hearted play about Christianity written almost 20 years ago is at the centre of an “astonishing” censorship row after performances were cancelled by councillors in Northern Ireland who deemed it “blasphemous”.

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The play will resume its West End run from 24 June

Jamie Lloyd has become the youngest director to break into The Stage 100 power list since Sam Mendes

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Micky Lay outside the Moonrakers in Pewsey, Wiltshire

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Actor Mark Rylance’s star turn in the show owes much to the time he spent with the man described as a 'village character'

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A source described the clash as a 'battle between two divas'

Anton Chekhov, playwright and doctor

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Professor Jonathan Cole has received funding from The Wellcome Trust

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