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Knoydart deal falls through

THE THEATRE impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh has reluctantly backed away from a pounds 650,000 deal to secure the future of the 70 settlers of Knoydart, an isolated mountainous knuckle on the west coast of Scotland.

Land reform is crofters' chance to buy

LAND REFORMERS and ramblers were jubilant yesterday as the Government unveiled the most radical reforms to estate ownership and public access in Scotland since the Middle Ages.

Theatre reviews: Martin Guerre

Martin Guerre

Theatre: Martin Guerre: the face saver

MARTIN GUERRE

Theatre: Less show, more business

What transforms a mere musical into a blockbuster? The star? Perhaps. The score? Possibly. Or is it the hard sell? On Broadway and in the West End more and more shows are nothing but triumphs of marketing. Oh really?

Theatre: Third time of asking

Conall Morrison is Ireland's hottest young director. But can he turn Martin Guerre into a success? By Dominic Cavendish

National rocks the boat over plans to bar musicals from hall of fame

MUSICALS HAVE been banned from a National Theatre project to find the 100 most important plays of the century.

All the world's a stage

The map: From Sapporo to Stockholm, one British export always does boffo box office: the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh musical. Illustration by Andrew Lovell

Classical: On The Air Davis plugs himself in

AS RADIO 3 settles into a "Proms-everywhere" groove, it's a good moment to check out the farther reaches of classical broadcasting. Radio 2 has sprung a surprise. Carl Davis Classics is, at face value, the latest in an ancient Home Service line: celebrity presents cosy hour of favourite snippets. But there are some odd things about it.

A really useful half-century

That icon of classy composers Andrew Lloyd Webber is 50 years old. John Lyttle joins in the celebrations

Creative Industries: Seven of the best for Britain

The rise and rise of Cameron Mackintosh

Book: The end of the run

Is it curtains for the song-and-dance show?; Broadway Babies Say Goodnight: musicals then and now by Mark Steyn, Faber & Faber, pounds 20

Cameron Mackintosh denies Old Vic rescue bid

Sir Cameron Mackintosh yesterday distanced himself from suggestions that he might safeguard the future of The Old Vic, after its current owners put it up for sale.

Cabinet toes line on millennium show

The Cabinet is expected today to give the go-ahead to the pounds 838m Millennium Exhibition which has now enlisted the talents of Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the West End's leading producer of musicals.

Stars shine for a theatre tribute to charming Tinker

The London Palladium was packed yesterday as the theatre industry paid tribute to the famous Daily Mail critic, Jack Tinker, who died last year.
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