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Chicago's last razzle dazzle

One of the longest-running West End musicals, Chicago, will bring down the final curtain in the autumn as its producers look to leave the stage with their "heads held high".

Bel Powley

Observations' One To Watch: Bel Powley, Actress, 20

Most actresses her age would be starting drama school – but not Bel Powley, whose West End appearance as Tamsin Greig's scantily clad and moody teenage daughter Tilly in Jumpy is the third play under her belt.

Police pelted with missiles by gang in Belfast

A number of police officers were injured during an attack by a gang of around 100 missile-throwing youths in Northern Ireland.

Watched by Spike Lee, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sings at a news conference to promote his one-man Broadway show

It's Spike Tyson: Mike Tyson and Spike Lee head for Broadway

Mike Tyson wants his next knockout to be on Broadway. The former boxer will team up with the film director Spike Lee to bring his show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth to New York for six nights in July and August.

A musical of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory will soon invade the West End

Sam Mendes to direct West End version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Sam Mendes plans new musical version of Roald Dahl's enduring children's story

Freitag with his wife Barbara

Buddy Freitag: 'Angel' who backed a series of hits

Edgar "Buddy" Freitag, who died on 30 May of a brain tumour at the age of 80, helped back some of Broadway's most talked about shows, including the musical 1920s pastiche The Drowsy Chaperone, Memphis and Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia? He died less than two weeks before the Tony Awards, with several of his shows, including the hit revival of Porgy and Bess, Nice Work If You Can Get It and End of the Rainbow - vying for honours.

Keeffe's Barbarians tip up in Tooting bringing 'astonishing relevance'

A revival of a drama written in 1977 with “astonishing relevance” to contemporary Britain opened in South London this week. Barrie Keeffe’s Barbarians is a trilogy of plays about disaffected youth amid record youth unemployment.

Leonardo Cimino: Actor whose career spanned 60 years

Leonardo Cimino epitomised the sort of character actor it is impossible to imagine as having been young.

Invisible Ink: No 119 - Donald Ogden Stewart

'The prettiest sight in this fine pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges." For Don Stewart, this was a sardonic line of dialogue that came from the heart. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Stewart graduated from Yale and went to work for Vanity Fair magazine. His first novel, The Crazy Fool, was a hit, and he adapted the book as a film, gaining a lifelong love of cinema.

'One Man, Two Guvnors' opens tonight at the Music Box theatre on Broadway with star James Corden

One comedy, two audiences: UK hit tailored for Broadway

Playwright Richard Bean reworks James Corden show to suit American theatregoers

A Night To Remember: A giant steel name plate marks the entrance to the Titanic Belfast Experience

The centenary of its sinking has spawned a 'Titanic' industry

Commemorations begin this weekend to mark the centenary of Titanic's tragic maiden voyage. Scores of events will take place; many are well meaning while others appear to be little more than a cynical cash-in on a disaster in which 1,514 people died.

Death of a Salesman, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is the sort of play that benefits from a pertinent revival. Rarely has his take on the hollow heart of the American Dream seemed more relevant as American self-belief continues to falter amid economic fragility and continued job insecurity.

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Charles Anthony: Tenor who set a record at the Met

The character singer Charles Anthony, who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera – 2,928 – during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died on 15 February at the age of 82.

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