Emperor and Galilean, National Theatre: London

Admirers of the excellent Andrew Scott (the campily baleful Moriarty in Sherlock) have the chance to feast on his talents in Emperor and Galilean, Ibsen's vast 1873 two-part drama. It here receives its much belated English premiere in a condensed and vigorous adaptation by Ben Power that reduces what would take eight hours to perform uncut to a more manageable three-and-a-half-hour marathon. Traversing Europe and the Middle East and spanning the years 351 and 363 AD, the piece is unveiled in a production by Jonathan Kent that encompasses its epic sweep and philosophical agitation with enormous technical flair and dialectical dynamism.

KD Lang: 'In the end, I knew it would all come back to the music. And it did'

She has been a lesbian icon, party animal, and paparazzi favourite. But now, she tells Fiona Sturges, she's happy just to be singing

Balearic beauty: The enduring charm of Mallorca

A glorious villa, an island's worth of majestic views, plentiful sunshine... Just make sure you can handle Mallorca's hairpin bends...

Geoffrey Robertson: Mistakes the Mladic trial needs to avoid

The capture of Ratko Mladic is a signal moment in the delivery of the Nuremberg legacy that political and military leaders must eventually pay for their crimes against humanity.

A New History of Early Christianity, By Charles Freeman

This perceptive book probes issues that still lie at the heart of Christianity. While offering a rational explanation for the disappearance of Christ from the tomb, Freeman suggests "it would have been strange if there had been no accounts of a risen Jesus... Jewish prophecy and pagan myth provided a context."

US preacher 'got dates wrong' for end of the world – it's really 21 October

As crestfallen followers of a California preacher who foresaw the world's end strained to find meaning in their lives, Harold Camping revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying the Earth will actually be obliterated on 21 October.

Video: 'The world will end on May 21'

A Christian group in the US claims to have deciphered the Bible and is warning that the world will end this weekend.

The splendour of Da Vinci, but only for the select few

The National Gallery has taken the unprecedented step of limiting visitor numbers to its forthcoming exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, which opens in November.

The Hilliker Curse, By James Ellroy

Compared to the Nick Hornby brand of cosy British male confessional, crime writer Ellroy's hectic memoir of "my pursuit of women" comes on like a triple tequila next to half of mild. It all goes back to Ma – of course.

Talk of the town: The etymology of UK places

What's in a name? In the case of our villages and cities, there are secrets, snobbery and social change. Caroline Taggart explains the etymology of UK places – and why we could have been stuck with 'Snottingham'

Video: Cameron and Clegg arrive at the Abbey

Huge cheers for the Prime Minister and his deputy ahead of the Royal wedding.

Video: The Beckhams arrive at the Abbey

David and Victoria Beckham queue up for the Royal wedding.

An Indian Easter – Gods, Qawwals and Gurus

My Easter Sunday started with an Archbishop of Canterbury tale and continued with news of the death of Sri Satya Sai Baba, 84, India’s most revered guru.

Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger: 'Defying the Pope? It's like not paying a parking fine'

She served in church as a child, has been excommunicated, is married to a divorced man, and has been consecrated a bishop. How much further can a Catholic woman challenge the Vatican? Peter Stanford meets Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger
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