News Actress Emily Rossum enjoyed the free healthcare she got in the UK

'I would get hurt just to get that for free,' says impressed host

Esther's Inheritance, By Sándor Márai

Esther is preparing to meet her former lover, Lajos, twenty years after he revealed himself to be a fantasist and thief who married her more beautiful sister, Vilma.

I have cancer, says Lloyd Webber

'Phantom' composer is expected to return to work by the end of the year

Phantom sequel launched

Andrew Lloyd Webber launched the long-awaited sequel today to his global smash hit Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, which will see the action move from Paris to a New York fairground.

Eurovision makes a star out of Jade

Competing in the Eurovision Song Contest was the “best thing” that could have happened to Jade Ewen, the budding star has said.

Close-up: Oliver Thornton

He may have the boa – but can the Welsh actor fill Guy Pearce's platform shoes?

Pandora: A happy new year, up before the beak

While you're pulling out the bubbly and belting out "Auld Lang Syne" this New Year's Eve, spare a thought for Lee Hurst, whose celebratory plans have had to be put on hold thanks to an unfortunately-timed date with the law.

Talent-show musicals bring record crowds to West End

Reality TV shows in which performers compete to become West End musical stars have led to record audience figures in London's theatreland.

Leading article: Heinous crimes and national image

The truly appalling tale of Josef Fritzl, his daughter Elisabeth and the seven children she bore him has been held up – and not just by the British scandal sheets – as illustrative of another, much darker side of Austria. It is as though the world has suddenly remembered that, alongside Viennese balls, Strauss waltzes and the Alpine paradise of The Sound Of Music, Austria was also the birthplace of Adolf Hitler, a country where many hailed the Anschluss with enthusiasm, and the first member of the European Union to admit a far-right party to government.

Spacey fumes at 'unfair' BBC musical talent shows

Kevin Spacey has criticised BBC talent shows for unfairly promoting West End musicals at the expense of other productions.

Reality TV shows create boom in theatre attendance

The popularity of television reality shows such as How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do has led to record ticket sales and attendances in London's theatreland.

It's island life, baby

Malta's neighbour Gozo is small, intimate and sleepy. Add to that good food and Ayurvedic massages and it's just the place for some prenatal R&R, says Jon Bowd

Bloodiest month: UK suffers largest post-war losses

In May, 11 Britons were killed in Iraq. These are the worst losses since the war ended, prompting more calls for a British withdrawal

Nimax: New players in town

A powerful double act has hit the West End. Simon Tait meets Nica and Max, aka Nimax
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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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