With plays such as My Child and Cock, Mike Bartlett has made his mark as a laser-sharp minimalist. Now he's been encouraged to "think big", as they say, in Earthquakes in London, a sprawling, three-and-a-quarter-hour, five-act epic that, while set mostly in the present, spans the late Sixties and 2525 as it examines how life is lived under the threat of climate change and impending catastrophe.
The imprisoned press baron Conrad Black has been given a sliver of hope in his long and belligerent campaign to clear his name, after the US Supreme Court ruled that the jury that convicted him of fraud were given faulty instructions.
Playwrights are finally embracing musicals and enhancing their work with song. It's a good mix, says Alice Jones
It may still be one of the hottest tickets in London's West End, but on Broadway Enron, the play, has proved a financial disaster and is to close after just 15 performances.
As chairman of Bafta, all my spare time is spent catching up with the past year's releases. In the last few weeks I've watched: 'The Road', 'Brothers', 'The Blind Side', 'Coraline', 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll', 'The Men Who Stare at Goats', 'Fish Tank', 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'It's Complicated'.
Fifteen nominations at the Laurence Olivier Awards are a fitting recognition of the theatre's radicalism. Arifa Akbar reports
My dream day would involve seeing if I could cram in four movies. Last year I saw around 70 films at the cinema. I'll gain just as much from watching something god-awful as something great. My favourites included 'Inglourious Basterds', 'District 9', 'Star Trek', 'Up in the Air' and 'Fish Tank'.
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.
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.
Born into theatrical royalty, Sam West made his name playing 'linen' parts in Merchant Ivory productions. So how did he come to be taking on one of this century's biggest corporate villains?
Where can you find Michael Jackson moonwalking, Rachel Weisz's Blanche Dubois and Nelson Mandela as a gay icon? In our summer arts guide, that's where