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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.

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.

The Country Girl, Apollo Theatre, London

"I'm getting baggy under the eyes," exclaims the old actor on the comeback trail in Clifford Odets's wonderful backstage drama. But as that actor is played by baggy-eyed Martin Shaw, the remark is as superfluous as Edith Evans's complaint in Hay Fever years ago that someone was speaking to her as if she were 80 (which she more or less was).

Tom Hedley: 'On stage, Flashdance in your face and completely alive'

When I wrote Flashdance, in 1982, it was a hard sell; musicals were considered poison at the box office and Hollywood studio executives were put off by the notion that what I had written would in any way be thought of or described as a musical. The first director I approached was the great Bob Fosse. He was very drawn to it but, after giving me copious notes, he finally shrugged and said: "Look, the fact is, this is simply not a movie. What you have written is a stage musical and I would be willing to consider working on it for Broadway. But even then there is a central flaw in your concept – you seem to have all the choreography done as single dancers direct to the camera. You must have ensemble choreography for the stage."

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John Forsythe: Actor who played Blake Carrington in 'Dynasty' and the

It is ironic that an actor who so distinguished himself in films and on Broadway before winning fame as Blake Carrington on television in Dynasty should perhaps still be best remembered for a role in which viewers never even saw him, that of the elusive Charlie in Charlie's Angels, whose disembodied voice on a phone line gave his girl detectives their new assignment each week.

Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu, Coliseum, London

Chun Yi: The Legend of Kung Fu takes martial arts spectacle and wraps it up in a lumbering production. Performers dive through acrobatics, trapeze, endurance and fight scenes, then stop dead for cosmically dull waffle about life's journey.