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MARTIN GUERRE

Theatre: Less show, more business

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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

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All the world's a stage

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Classical: On The Air Davis plugs himself in

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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

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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.

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