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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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee