Arts and Entertainment Darrell D’Silva in Public Enemy, Young Vic, London

A tale of corruption, greed and the responsibility of the press, states the Young Vic's publicity, and you can't say fairer than that. Ibsen's perennially pertinent dissection of spa town fall-out after the chief medical officer, Doctor Stockmann, undermines the tourist industry by pointing out that the water is contaminated, never fails.

Family man: James Stewart in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Turkey time in Tinseltown

The magic ingredient for a classic Christmas film is a touch of misery, not the manufactured merriment of today's movies, says Mike Shaw

Family man: James Stewart in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Too many turkeys from Tinseltown

The magic ingredient for a classic Christmas film is a touch of misery, not the manufactured merriment of today’s movies

Danger: Memory!, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

In the 1950s, the zealous interrogators of the House Un-American Activities Committee used fear to incite an epidemic of forgetfulness. The idea that, with the rise of fascism in the Thirties, it was once quite possible for decent, liberal folk to be members of the Communist Party was wiped from the collective memory bank. Cue The Crucible.

First Night: The Children's Hour, Comedy Theatre, London

Knightley and Moss pass test – but a lesser name tops the class

Kin, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London

Enid Blyton must be gyrating in her grave.

Arthur Miller's Broken Glass reveals his private sorrows

The play contains allusions to his secret Down's syndrome child and marriage to Marilyn Monroe

All My Sons, Apollo Shaftesbury, London

"Will you stop talking like a civics book," growls one of the characters in Arthur Miller's 1947 play All My Sons.

The Genius & the Goddess, By Jeffrey Meyers

One of the least likely liaisons in showbiz, the marriage between Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller followed a predictable trajectory, which Jeffrey Meyers illuminates with fascinating filigree. We learn that she believed "marriage to Miller would make her a better person ".

Indignation, By Philip Roth

Marcus is a young man who loves his hard-working father – he just can't live in the same house as him. He's a straight-A student who can't get on with his room-mates at college, so he keeps asking to be moved. He's the object of beautiful Olivia's attention, but doesn't know how to respond to a young woman who's more sexually experienced than he is.

Paperbacks: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, by Rebecca Mille

Questions of female identity are at the heart of Rebecca Miller's debut novel – a portrait of a middle-aged woman who has learnt to keep her real self under wraps.

Days Out: Woodhorn, Northumberland

The venue

Obituary: Arthur Miller

Playwright made famous by his `Death of a Salesman' and marriage to Marilyn Monroe

Death of a playwright Arthur Miller 1915 - 2005

ARTHUR MILLER, perhaps the greatest American playwright of the 20th century, died yesterday at the age of 89. He never won the Nobel Prize for literature, but few writers in any country at any time have so captured the universal themes of family, of the transience of success - how ordinary, decent people can be overwhelmed by the great tides of events.
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

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Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

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Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

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It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

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Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

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Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

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Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment