Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus) in 'Coriolanus' at the Donmar

Coriolanus, theatre review: 'Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power'

Donmar Warehouse, London

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I’m refusing to believe that Munro has retired from writing, more in hope than in expectation, as, Lorrie Moore excepted, she really is the short story writer to beat.

Album review: The Beatles, On Air: Live at the BBC Vol 2 (Universal)

Yep, there’s more. Thirty-seven more, plus jaunty (and frequently irritating) interpolations from Alan Freeman, Brian Matthew et al, proving, if nothing else, that the Fab Four worked their knobbly behinds off in 1963-64 with the purpose of ingratiating themselves with a breathless nation.

England's Ashes warm-up match was rained off for the second day in succession

Queen's swan 'barbecued and left to rot' near to Windsor Castle

It is believed the bird was butchered and stripped of its flesh at some point over the weekend

John Lloyd: The Liff of QI

Edinburgh 2013: John Lloyd's The Liff of QI does exactly what it says on the tin

The comedy producer and QI founder John Lloyd does exactly what he sets out to do with this show - at least according to the blurb on his flyer: to take the audience on a journey via The Meaning of Liff (the spoof lexicon he co-wrote with Douglas Adams) and his constant search for quite interesting facts.

IF supporters in Hyde Park yesterday

Let's not kid ourselves - people power has almost nothing to do with this fight against global hunger

If you're looking for heroes, the best place to start is in the Lancet

Ida Brandt, By Herman Bang. Dedalus, £9.99

"If only Ida could be made happy!" says her best friend Olivia, after she has raised the subject of love. Olivia's husband pauses, then replies: "I don't think she ever will be." And why not? "Because she will never learn to seek her own happiness."

Straight, Bush Theatre, London

How far would you go to prove that you had not become stuffy and predictable? That's one of the questions posed by Straight, D C Moore's entertaining rewrite of the 2009 US Indie movie, Humpday.

Welsh MP, Elfyn Llawyd, stokes anger by calling town 'depressing'

Residents of a Welsh seaside resort are furious after it was labelled “depressing” by their own MP. Elfyn Llwyd, the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in the north-west, said rows of empty houses reduced the area's appeal during the winter.

Benjamin Grosvenor, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London

Benjamin Grosvenor may be only 20, but it’s a long time since we had a Southbank debut as keenly awaited as this. Ever since he hit the limelight last year - as the youngest-ever soloist to play in the opening Prom - he’s been trumpeted as British pianism’s brightest hope; this autumn he’s been deluged with awards.

DVD: Delicacy

When Audrey Tautou's husband is killed in a traffic accident, two of the men in her office are particularly keen to help with her recovery: her handsome boss (Bruno Todeschini) and a lumbering Swedish subordinate (François Damiens).

DVD/Blu-ray: Delicacy (12)

The world of Nathalie (Audrey Tautou, below) is rosy with her dishy husband and decent job; then hubby gets knocked down by a truck. Three years on her career is thriving but she's still mourning.

A farmer force-feeds grain to a duck to produce foie gras

French call for Californian wine boycott as US state bans foie gras

Aggrieved diplomats in Paris to raise issue with US ambassador

Album: Lang Lang, The Very Best of Lang Lang (Deutsche Grammophon)

Lang Lang's Diamond Jubilee Concert performance confirmed him as the new Liberace of classical piano, unafraid of the grand gestures to match his striking outfits.

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