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Theatre / Sound and fury

Hurlyburly Queen's Theatre, London

A new generation will never have, deep in their guts, the agony, the fear, the rush ...

'Tis the season to be jolly. And the old, familiar faces are trying their best, off there in a corner. Obviously uncomfortable, yes; a little distant, too, this much diminished band. Hardly touching their wine, watching the drunks, the dancers, the wallflowers, the jokers, as whistles are blown, bottled beer spilled; as guests throw themselves at that thing called fun.

Director's cut / Ray Harryhausen was never the same again after he saw King Kong

Fantasy films have always attracted me the most. I remember seeing things like Metropolis and The Lost World at a very early age, back in the silent days, because my parents were avid cinema-goers. It was the imagination that goes into fantasy films that really drew me to cinema in the first place. And then, in 1933, when I was 13, I saw King Kong. And I haven't been the same since. It was the greatest excursion into fantasy I had ever seen, and it just struck a chord in me - that was when I knew I wanted to pursue that as a career.

Opinions: What's the best book you've never read?

JULIAN BARNES, novelist: My record is Catcher in the Rye, which I bought three copies of in different Penguin editions over a period of 20 years but never read. The title put me off - I thought it was a rural tale set in the rye fields of the Mid-West. I finally read it when I was stranded on a plane. Of course, there are some great classics that I've never read, but I'm not going to tell you which ones.

THEATRE / The woman question: Paul Taylor reviews Max Stafford-Clark's production of King Lear at the Royal Court

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THEATRE / Plaster ducks, wooden action: Paul Taylor on the dogmatism and doggishness of April De Angelis's Hush at the Royal Court

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