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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.

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Commuters endured more train travel misery today with major delays on busy routes.

Man held after woman's body is found in Chichester house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found by a colleague who was due to take her to work.

Worker quizzed over hospital rape

A healthcare worker has been arrested on suspicion of raping a hospital patient.

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More allegations made in investigation of ex-bishop Peter Ball

Police investigating allegations of sex offences against boys and young men by a retired Church of England bishop said seven more people have come forward claiming they were abused.

Retired bishop Peter Ball held in child sex abuse investigation

A retired bishop has been arrested over suspicions that he sexually abused children in the 1970s and 1980s.

New Archbishop of Canterbury to retain banking inquiry role

The new Archbishop of Canterbury will continue to apply the expertise he has acquired from his two careers to the overhaul of banking standards, it was confirmed today.

Meat cleavers at dawn: Imelda Staunton beats Sweeney Todd co-star Michael Ball to theatre awards gong

He may have been the demon barber brandishing the cleaver, but Imelda Staunton has been proven stronger than her Sweeney Todd co-star Michael Ball after she beat him to win best performance in a musical at the Theatre Awards UK.

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High tides and strong winds have brought flooding to towns in the south-west as more warnings are issued to coastal areas.

Man survives being pushed onto 750-volt live track at crowded railway station

A man has survived being pushed onto a 750-volt live track at a crowded railway station after trying to defuse a violent argument.

Dr Williams’s inquiry found fresh allegations of clergy abuse

Archbishop sorry for child abuse failings

The Archbishop of Canterbury has apologised to victims of child abuse in a Church of England diocese after an inquiry by his own office found "fresh and disturbing" allegations against members of the clergy.

Sussex ex-priest charged over child sex

A former parish priest has been charged with historic sexual offences against three young boys.

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