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Ben Chaplin and Tara Fitzgerald play Harley Granville-Barker and Beatrice in Richard Nelson's Chekhovian 'Farewell to the Theatre'

Farewell to the Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, London
A Provincial Life, Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
Going Dark, Young Vic, Clare Studio, London

A poignant and subtle new play lifts the lid on a theatrical revolutionary who lost his way

Buyers flock to view 'shabby' Morpeth house

It is described as 'shabby', 'unremarkable' and 'in dire need of updating', but an end of terrace house in Northumberland has drawn an unusual level of interest thanks to a refreshingly honest 'warts and all' description from estate agents.

The White Oak is far more restaurant than pub

The White Oak, The Pound, Cookham, Berkshire

It's planted in a fertile area, but can The White Oak grow into a mighty enterprise?

Martin Creed's Sketch show is a feast for the eyes

Can a fork be a work of art? Well, yes. Especially if it happens to be on one of the tables at Sketch. The Turner Prize winner Martin Creed has taken over a room at the London restaurant and has transformed it into a work of art. Or rather, into several works of art.

The Old Chapel now offers home comforts such as a wood-burning stove and high spec kitchen

Stay The Night: The Old Chapel, Stoke Fleming, Devon

A derelict chapel has been transformed into a luxurious holiday let, and now it offers every possible comfort, says Sarah Barrell

Mo Farah at the High Altitude Training Centre in Iten, Kenya

Britons try it the Kenyan way

Team GB members including Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe are in the home of distance running, looking to find the secret to Olympic glory, writes Simon Turnbull in Kenya

Valentine Warner's barbecued guinea fowl

Nature’s bounty: Valentine Warner’s South African food safari

Television chef Valentine Warner puts his foraging skills to the test on a South African game reserve, where he shows Sara Lawrence the joys of cooking in the wild.

Masculine and clubbish: 34's dining room is tasteful enough, but bland

34, 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1

I'm trying to cast my mind back to the tail end of 2011, when 34 was my lunch destination, rather than my waist measurement, and I'm struggling. My memories of this new Mayfair smoothie, the latest launch from Richard Caring's fast-expanding Caprice Holdings group, have soft-focused into a vague impression of luxury, of deep carpets and heavy silverware, all sepia-tinted by the glow from a host of flickering table lamps.

Star attraction: The Pipe & Glass was named Michelin's Pub of the Year for 2012

The Pipe & Glass Inn, West End, South Dalton, Beverley, East Yorkshire

The flotilla of nightlights on the tables outside the Pipe & Glass – a welcome sight after much peering at the map and several U-turns on dark, narrow lanes – formed an infinitesimal reflection of the glittering constellations arching over rural East Yorkshire. Coincidentally, many of the customers, who pretty much filled the car park on a wintry Tuesday night, were lured by a single star of a distinctly non-celestial nature, being bestowed by a tyre company based in Clermont-Ferrand. Less than four years after taking over a "tired and unloved" pub in the village of South Dalton, local boy James Mackenzie was awarded his county's first and only Michelin star in 2010. This glory was further burnished when the Pipe & Glass was named Michelin's Pub of the Year for 2012.

At least seven killed after Russian oil rig capsizes

At least seven men have died and scores are feared dead after a floating oil rig off Russia's east coast capsized and sank, officials said.

Aurelia is an oddly savourless space - the restaurant equivalent of a beige cashmere wrap

Aurelia, 13-14 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1

I've been eating in a lot of spartan, hole-in-the-wall restaurants lately. Places where the furniture is reclaimed from an old factory, the staff are reclaimed from a Kooples poster, and you can eat anything you like, as long as it's a big hunk of meat.

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms, 56 Chiswell Street, London EC1

"So that's a table for two in the name of Walsh at 8pm," said the cheery voice on the phone. "And just to let you know, the table's booked for two hours." "I'm not hiring a rowing boat," I pointed out coldly. "I thought I was booking a table for dinner." "Two hours," said the voice, with an attempt at firmness. "But if you need more time, I'm sure that will be no problem."

Stay The Night: The Cottage, St Margarets Bay, Kent

You can while away the hours absorbed in the Channel views at this splendid house on the cliffs outside Dover. Kate Simon did

Angela Hartnett: 'It's not an essential, but I always have Nutella in the fridge'

My earliest food memory... Making fairy cakes or chocolate Rice Krispies cakes when I was about six or seven. My mum was a very good cook, as were most of my family, and I learnt a lot from them at a very early age.

Stay The Night: Knoydart House, Inverie

Despite its secluded setting, this place offers some polished comforts. Rhiannon Batten tried some luxury off-grid living
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