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Via Dolorosa, Duchess Theatre, London

Many stones left unturned

Who's in the house?: Keep it in the family

The woman who gave the world `Adrian Mole' shares an eclectic Leicester workspace with relatives and friends

Obituary: Madeline Kahn

THE ACTRESS, singer and comedienne Madeline Kahn will be remembered in particular for her hilarious performances in the Mel Brooks films Blazing Saddles (for which she received an Oscar nomination), Young Frankenstein and High Anxiety, but she also won a Tony Award (plus three nominations) for her work on Broadway and received another Oscar nomination for her performance in the Peter Bogdanovich comedy Paper Moon.

Lights out for `The Pajama Game'

Lights out for `The Pajama Game'

Obituaries: Henry Jones

WITH HIS distinctive, droll delivery and roly-poly features, the versatile character actor Henry Jones could be avuncular or menacing with equal conviction, and made valuable contributions to dozens of Broadway shows, television series and motion pictures.

Arts: The rise and rise of big voice

Broadway? Opera? Cabaret? Soul? Audra McDonald performs each style with awesome assurance. This summer sees her British debut - in cabaret and at the Proms - and she explains how she crosses so many musical borders with ease. By Edward Seckerson

Theatre reviews: Defending the Caveman

Defending the Caveman

Film The Prince Of Egypt (u)

DreamWorks's first animated feature is more a warning shot across Disney's bows than a direct hit. In it, Moses's journey from prince to Hebrew saviour is recreated using techniques which set new standards in the field. However, the film often looks like it has been lifted wholesale from DeMille's The Ten Commandments, creating an overwhelming feeling of deja vu. It is not so much that the events portrayed are the same, but that they have not been radically re-imagined. When the animators do experiment with new modes of representation, the effect is breathtaking. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the songs. These are more Broadway than biblical, though Ofra Haza's impassioned opening vocal is a guaranteed spinetingler.

Great Stomp giveaway

The unique urban sounds of the multi-Emmy nominated Stomp Out Loud have now been released on video by VCI. A hugely successful UK arts export, Stomp has played to a total of six million people in 23 countries. It's now enjoying its fifth year of a continuous off-Broadway run.

Obituary: Robert Allen

THE ACTOR Robert Allen was once better known as Bob "Tex" Allen, one of the first of the white-hatted cowboy stars who thrilled cinema audiences long ago.

Obituary: Sylvia Field

ALTHOUGH SHE was a versatile actress of stage, screen and television, who between 1920 and 1950 had leading roles in over 40 plays, it was through television that Sylvia Field became a well-known name to the general public, with her role as Martha Wilson, the kindly next-door neighbour who always had a smile and plate of warm biscuits ready for the mischievous young lad in the adaptation of Dennis the Menace.

theatre: Monsters on Broadway

New York has taken the blockbuster route to putting bums on seats. But size isn't everything.

Popham the Improver

Peter Popham's 18th-century ancestor had a dream: to transform the squalid 'Black Town' of old Madras into a model Georgian suburb. Today he is virtually forgotten, but some traces of his grand works remain

Preview: Singalong Broadway melodies

Sashay along to the Barbican today, where an all-singing, all-dancing double-bill of On the Town and Top Hat launches a two-week celebration of screen musicals. All the great composers are represented, from Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and, of course, Busby Berkeley.

The Knack: How to throw a party

Throwing a party is the equivalent to putting your name up in lights on Broadway. So think of all the facets that make a party memorable to you and adopt them; set out to create the style of party you would just have to attend!
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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
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Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas