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David Benedict on theatre

How to be a literary manager: Go to the movies. Theatres don't programme plays any more, they just put on stage versions of classic films. Find a masterpiece and massacre it appears to be the idea. Tommy Steele did it twice. Not content with tampering with the sublime Singin' in the Rain, he then insisted on touring Some Like It Hot (and nearly bankrupted his producers into the bargain) while Simon Callow came a cropper with Les Enfants du Paradis. That debacle was a molehill when compared with the towering horrors of Carrie the musical which lost its leading lady, Barbara Cook, when she walked out after having nearly been decapitated by the set.

Iain Gale on exhibitions

It is always refreshing when a provincial gallery pulls off a coup and the Abbot Hall Gallery's current Lucian Freud show in Kendall, Cumbria, is just that. While in many ways a thinned-out version of the hugely successful 1992 exhibition which toured Japan, this can hardly be called a major retrospective - around 40 paintings in all. What we do have here, though, is an attractive and well-selected exhibition which neatly charts the career of the painter acclaimed by some as our "greatest living artist".

Dominic Cavendish on literature

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Angela Lewis on pop

Dodgy are not the most glamourous troupe in pop. While the likes of Blur and the Bluetones can shake skinny, still adolescent frames on TOTP with laddish narcissism, Dodgy the stodgy have the hairy legs and beer guts to keep them well down the teenage girl's fantasy list. But what they don't lack is an escapade-loving spirit. Every so often you hear they've been arrested at Speakers' Corner for protests against the Criminal Justice Bill, or are involved in some stunt in the campaign for the legalisation of cannabis. And their epic confidence probably explains why the Dodgy Club still thrives after all these years, and why their 1994 album Homegrown spawned several hits in a row. So, just maybe they don't actually need cute-looking cheekbones.

chess

Gata Kamsky had to work to draw the 11th game of the Fide world championship match against Anatoly Karpov in Elista, but he finally saved himself with accurate endgame play after the adjournment. Karpov now leads 7-4 with nine games left to play.

week in week out

Friday In 1950 the damn Yankees beat Britain 1-0 in the World Cup in Brazil, even though our side included Billy "Mr Beverley Sister" Wright. In 1984, after over a century, the weekly Tit (sic) Bits was axed.

Jake Slack on clubs

Even if the sun don't shine this weekend, Luton Hoo Estate is sure to be warmed by the hyperbole. "UK Tribal Gathering 1995," says the press release, "was the best dance party anywhere in the world." And who knows? Perhaps it was. It certainly had an illustrious history to recommend it. The First Tribal Gathering, in 1993, won best one-off event in that year's Mixmag/DMC awards; the second was held in the Old International Airport in Munich and filled the terminal buildings with 25,000 people. TG 1995 itself was the first large-scale outdoor dance party to be granted a licence since the Criminal Justice Bill became law.

literacy

Whith is the odd one out?

numeracy

In how many distinct ways may the letters of "BOBBY FISCHER" be arranged into two "words"? Any "word" must contain at least one vowel or "y". (Answers on Tuesday)

bridge

You would expect a player in a vulnerable grand slam to take more care than usual. Perhaps the chance of winning a huge rubber induced South to take his eye off the ball.

James Rampton on comedy

Liverpool is traditionally seen as a hotbed of humour - an impression reinforced by the Euro Comedy 96 Festival currently taking place in the city. But local comedian Terry Titter (below), who is hosting shows during the Festival, and who recently won an award from the Liverpool Echo as Comedian of the Year, dismisses the popular image of his home town as a "tired myth". "It seems that because of the Liver Birds, Bread, Jimmy Tarbuck and Cilla Black, people think everyone in Liverpool is a comedian. But I don't think people here are any funnier than in Newcastle, Edinburgh or Leeds. I find it a hindrance. I get a groan from people when they hear I'm from Liverpool. They think, 'Oh no, not another cheeky, chirpy Scouser'. You've got a lot of baggage to get past."

numeracy

It's the 7th of June, so here are some sevens to ponder:

Chess

Before getting embroiled in the games of the Karpov-Kamsky match (their past games have averaged around 70 moves each, incidentally), here's a nice short problem. Composed by Hans Rehm, it's White to play and mate in 11.

week in week out

Today Dorothy Parker of the New Yorker, who at the death of slow- moving President Coolidge had asked, "How could they tell?" herself definitely died in 1967.

Keep taking the tablets

Since Emergency Ward 10 threw open its doors 40 years ago, hospital dramas have continued to set the nation's pulse racing. James Rampton examines the extent of our addiction
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