Jess Denham

Jess Denham reports on Arts + Entertainment for The Independent website

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Judi Dench appeared at the Hay Festival to perform excerpts from Shakespearean plays

Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville join Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Shakespeare adaptations

The actors will be starring in the next BBC Two Hollow Crown series

Emma Stone will star as Sally Bowles in Cabaret from 11 November

Emma Stone for Cabaret: Spider-Man star set to make Broadway debut

The US actress will take on the role of troubled British singer Sally Bowles

Christian Bale will voice panther Bagheera in Warner Bros' rival Jungle Book movie

Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett join Benedict Cumberbatch in Jungle Book: Origins

The Hollywood actors will voice animals in Andy Serkis' Indian jungle

Robin Williams will be given a 'meaningful remembrance' at the Emmy Awards

Emmys 2014: Billy Crystal to lead 'meaningful' Robin Williams tribute with music from Sara Bareilles

The late actor will be honoured at next week's ceremony by his co-star

Blue singer Simon Webbe will be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Simon Webbe from Blue to join Frankie from The Saturdays

The 'All Rise' singer will be showing off his dance moves in the next series

Arctic Monkeys headline this year's Reading and Leeds festivals, but there's a whole host of other bands to check out too

Reading and Leeds 2014: Best bands to see aside from Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182

Enjoy the main acts but remember to catch some of the best rising stars too

Phil Collins will headline a charity concert in Miami later this year

Phil Collins comes out of retirement to play his first gig in four years

The Genesis star will perform a benefit concert in Miami on 6 December

Thom Evans will be trying his hand at ballroom dancing on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Thom Evans confirmed to try his hand at ballroom

The ex-rugby player will join the likes of Judy Murray and Frankie Bridge

Crowds gather to watch a main stage performance at Reading Festival

Reading and Leeds 2014 weather forecast: Expect sunny spells, cold winds and some rain

Pack your jumpers and thick socks as the temperature will be far from tropical

Super Bowl 2015: Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna asked to pay to perform

Reports suggest that 2015 acts are being asked to cough up for the privilege

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

Revealed (to the minute)

The precise time when impressionism was born
10 best men's skincare products

Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention