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Jeffrey Skilling, the ex-Enron chief executive who was sent to prison in 2006 after being convicted for his role in the energy giant’s collapse, could be freed by the end of the decade after a US judge cut his sentence from 24 to 14 years.

Posh, Royal Court Theatre, London

Raise a glass to class warfare

From a play without a venue to a first for the Olivier Awards

Katori Hall becomes first black writer to triumph in best new play category

Stephen Foley: The familiar themes in Lehman's latest drama

US Outlook: In Enron the Play, the West End smash coming here to Broadway in the spring, "the Lehman Brothers" are depicted as conjoined twins in a single over-size suit jacket.

Dramatic renaissance of the Royal Court

Fifteen nominations at the Laurence Olivier Awards are a fitting recognition of the theatre's radicalism. Arifa Akbar reports

David Lister: A theatre where new writing has flourished

Individual theatres fall in and out of vogue and usually not too much can be read into a flurry of award nominations for any one playhouse. But the 15 Olivier nominations for the Royal Court are significant. It is the key centre for new writing in Britain, and if the Royal Court is doing well then it says something about the health of contemporary playwriting.

Enron, Noel Coward Theatre, London

For a reviewer, there's always the temptation, when you haven't seen the premiere of some big hit, to dissent from the critical consensus when the successful show transfers, trailing clouds of glory, to the West End. This practice can win you Brownie points for independence of mind; it can also, by that token, be deeply disingenuous.

Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht, By Erdmut Wizisla trans Christine Shuttleworth

Twin illuminations in dark times

Lucy Kirkwood: Britain's brightest young stage writer

Her explicit play about sex trafficking has stunned the critics, but Lucy Kirkwood is more worried about what her parents will think. She talks to Alice Jones

Andreas Whittam Smith: How the theatre has taught me about the financial crisis

'Enron' and 'The Power of Yes' tell you all you need to know

Enron: Lies, greed... and all that gas

The fall of Enron provides meaty fare for the theatre, says business reporter Nick Clark, who covered the story

Brave new world: Theatre enjoys a renaissance as state-of-the-nation dramas shine a light on modern Britain

Something strange is happening in the theatre this year. With unprecedented intensity, new plays are telling us about our lives in styles ranging from documentary socio-drama to great apocalyptic statements. Our fears are transformed into hopes in that process of joyful recognition peculiar to the experience of live theatre.

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BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
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Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
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Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Philippa Perry interview

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Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

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Harry Kane interview

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