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Ian Judge is a director who could bring out the feelgood factor in Oedipus Rex. He's the man who converted the complex tonalities of Twelfth Night into a crudely reassuring, tourist-friendly entertainment, replete with a cosy Stratford skyline of half-timbered houses. A Christmas Carol for Judge is a work that needs beefing up in the sentimentality department: hence the ton of icing sugar he tipped over it in his RSC staging. Grown men quailed at the prospect of what he might do to the mordantly nihilistic world of Troilus and Cressida, Shakespeare's systematically anti-heroic take on the Trojan War.

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Alexander the Great's final resting place: you've seen the photographs; you've read the news articles; now rent the action video. The "discovery" last week of the lost tomb of Alexander in a remote Egyptian oasis by a controversial Greek archaeolo gist was the stuff movies are made of. Maybe too much so.

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EXTRAORDINARY discoveries deep in the Egyptian Sahara are threatening to upturn accepted historical accounts of the death, burial and sacred cult of Alexander the Great. The megalomaniac who conquered half the known world and had himself proclaimed god was always thought by scholars to have been buried in the city he founded - Alexandria.

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Greek archaeologists who discovered what appears to be Alexander the Great's tomb near the oasis of Siwa in western Egypt now hope to find his mummified body.

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A DEVOTED son who battered his father to death while mentally unbalanced after a boating accident, was awarded pounds 225,000 agreed damages in the High Court yesterday for the psychological injuries that turned him into a killer.

Real-life 'Miami Vice' alarms Florida tourists

THE FLORIDA authorities are taking emergency measures after the murder last weekend of a sixth foreign visitor in four months, endangering not only the Sunshine State's international reputation but, more important, the future of its dollars 28bn ( pounds 18.4bn)-a-year tourism industry.

Was Alexander a great alcoholic?

Alexander the Great, as famed for his drinking as for his military exploits, was driven into out-and- out alcoholism by his over-demanding parents, according to new research by an American historian.

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WHEN Malvolio swears to be revenged on the whole pack of them, it's no empty or impotent vow in Michael Pennington's thoughtful new Twelfth Night for the English Shakespeare Company. Before Colin Farrell's Feste can even finish his final song, the three-piece-suited steward is striding purposefully through the theatre with a couple of henchmen and, once on stage, points out to them the radical changes he's clearly going to make to Olivia's estate. A putsch seems to have taken place and the glare he gives his old enemy, the clown, causes Feste to convert the song's last line, 'And we'll strive to please you every day', from a sop to the audience to a wheedling bid to serve this new master. Suddenly, the production propels us into the sort of world that Peter Hall's current All's Well at Stratford struggles to delineate, where Elizabethan jesters have become an endangered species through the implacable advance of Puritanism.
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