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Michael Gambon and Dame Eileen Atkins in Beckett’s ‘All That Fall’ at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre in 2012

Happy Days Beckett Festival 2015: Samuel Beckett play All That Fall to be performed in the dark

The play was written for radio and Beckett never conceived of it as working in any other medium

Decemberist Colin Meloy

Decemberists, gig review: Triumphant return after four-year hiatus brings new emotional directness

Glasgow's 02 Academy welcomed Colin Meloy and his Portland pals with rapturous enthusiasm

A polar bear on the tube? This isn't magic, it's sacrilege

That the bear is technically brilliant only fuels my objections

Mark Rylance's stage work over the past 20 years has earned him just that accolade in many quarters but who, until now, could walk down the street largely unnoticed

Mark Rylance: King of stage claims small screen

At the Globe and in 'Jerusalem', he was theatre's ruler. Now Cromwell has let television viewers in on the secret

British Museum director Neil MacGregor speaks at the opening of the exhibition on Greek art last year
Nice little learner: a supermarket checkout in 1978

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs: "I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"

Saturday jobs help young people to avoid future failure in the workplace, says the businesswoman Baroness Brady. So how did these Independent writers earn their first pay cheques?
England’s NHS is at “breaking point”, according to leading health professionals

The NHS has reached breaking point, and we want to hear from you

As part of our new campaign, we're asking our readers to tell us how they think our health service can be saved

Rosanne Cash, the oldest daughter of Johnny, performing

Cambridge Folk Festival, music review: The evergreen festival where the Morrisons and Cashes are at home

First held in 1965 - five years before Glastonbury came along - the Cambridge Folk Festival is very much the greybeard of the summer music scene, and while it may not be the last word in innovation, for sheer class and integrity, it can't be beaten.

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before