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The top 20 of The Stage newspaper’s recently published “power list” of the 100 most influential people in British theatre made for fascinating reading. Most of the usual suspects were there, but many of them found themselves paired with another name for their entry. For it’s not only the artistic directors, the Nick Hytners and Gregory Dorans, who are celebrated but their all-important executive directors, the men and women who oversee every aspect of an organisation except what goes on its stages. Without executive directors, no contracts would be written, no money raised and no ambitious building projects undertaken.

Alexandra Bastedo, the actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died following a long illness. She was 67

Alexandra Bastedo: Actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions dies

Alexandra Bastedo, the actress best known for her role in the 1960s television sci-fi series The Champions, has died following a long illness.

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If Liverpool signed a centre-forward in 2013, and he went on to score 35 goals in 75 games for the club, he would be hailed as a sensation and valued at many millions of pounds. But when Alan Arnell did just that in the 1950s, he was discarded by the Second Division Reds, and saw out his playing days in the lower reaches of the Football League.

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Brazilian-born rapper, Yuri Santos, 22, who uses the stage name, Aggro Santos

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National Trust is latest to object to inner city academy's 'Eton of state sector' in West Sussex countryside

Body says site is not suitable for a school with more than 600 pupils

Sir John Chilcot

Andy McSmith's Diary: Ghost of Robert Maxwell haunts the Chilcot report

It seems a lifetime ago since Sir John Chilcot's stopped taking evidence for his inquiry into the origin of the Iraq War and went away to write his report. The public part of the inquiry began on 24 November 2009 and ended on 2 February 2011. Two years, two months and three weeks have since slipped by, with no firm indication yet of when we might see Sir John's conclusions. This is taking so long that even the House of Lords, a place in which time normally stands still, is showing signs of impatience.

Madonna and Child, 2011 by Celia Paul

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Celia Paul is the least noisy portrait painter in oils imaginable. Her subjects - which usually tend to be relatives, close friends or herself - exist within a kind of religiose hush of rapt self-absorption.

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Henry I (c. 1068/69 – 1135): Henry was buried in Reading Abbey but this was destroyed in the Dissolution

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For a royalist country, England has been rather careless with its old monarchs. Richard III may have now been found after being mislaid for 500 years, but eight other rulers are still missing.

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