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THEATRE: Murder, sleaze and celebrity

Sensational murder trials and the media circuses that accompany them might seem like new phenomena, but as the musical Chicago shows, they've been around for years

Kicking against the pricks

To hear him tell it, Arnold Wesker has never had much in the way of good luck. Now the National is reviving his 1962 hit `Chips with Everything' . So what does he say? `They should have picked something else.' By Jasper Rees

THEATRE Twilight of the Golds Arts Theatre, London

Would you abort a child if you knew it was gong to be gay? Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Dr James Watson, recently told Sunday Telegraph readers that "if you could find the gene which determines sexuality and a woman decides she doesn't want a homosexual child" then this would be grounds for a termination. First seen on Broadway in 1993, Jonathan Tolins's play, The Twilight of the Golds, imagines a scenario in which a wife of a research geneticist discovers, through testing, that the male foetus that she is carrying will most likely be gay. The play, which sometimes makes you squirm as much as it makes you think, looks at the turbulent effects of this knowledge on the kind of suffocating New York Jewish family (all worries and wisecracks) beloved of Broadway comedy.

BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

Just as war breaks out between blockbusters in Hollywood, so the home of American theatre is in the grip of a competitiveness previously unknown. Robert Cushman reports from New York

Reunion makes it a family occasion

Racing

Pop Albums: Alex Reece So Far Fourth & Broadway BRCD 621

And so to this week's drum 'n' bass offering, an above-average release from the new wunderkind of the genre, unfortunately thrown into the shade by Lewis Taylor's dazzling debut.

When J Edgar Hoover met Emma Goldman

First encounters

Slouching towards Stevenage

They call it progress: the rise of the multiplex, the fall of the picture palace.

THEATRE The Odd Couple, Haymarket Theatre

After 30 years, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman know their roles inside out. The trouble is, they've aged but their creations haven't.

Gambon poised for transfer to Broadway

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LEADING ARTICLE : The National's show of secrecy

The great and the good are making themselves comfy in front of the casting couch. The board members of the National Theatre are scratching their brows as they ponder on the choice of the right man or woman to fill the most important role in British theatre. The director of the National Theatre, Richard Eyre, plans to leave sometime next year or the year after. His successor will be appointed by the middle of this year. Despite the importance of the position, the casting process and even the names of the potential players are shrouded in secrecy. If it is our National Theatre, why should we be so in the dark about who might run it?

McMillan remains a free spirit

Despite indifferent promoters, one of Britain's most intelligent boxers is sure he will be back with a title challenge. Greg Wood reports

When Fanny Brice met Florenz Ziegfeld

first encounters sorel and sorel

LETTER: Boxed Broadway

From Professor Peter Smith

A chorus of disapproval

I can't stand the theatre. I have nothing against luvvies, or playwrights, or anyone else in that noble profession, but hell for me would be an evening in the dress circle at a revolving performance of 'The Cherry Orchard'
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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

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Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

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A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
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Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
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In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
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Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice