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So Great a Crime, Finborough, London
Fiesco, New Diorama, London

Fiona Shaw leads her audience a surprisingly merry dance to Coleridge's bleak epic poem

Scenes from an Execution, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

“It's death to be understood,” declares Galactia, the 16th century artist-heroine of Scenes from an Execution. But the fact remains that this 1986 play is one of Howard Barker's most accessible and stringently witty works - a searching study of the fraught relationship between artist, patron, critic and political culture. 

Observations: The fabulous 'theatre without a director'

As an actor I have toured the world, but always with the hard shell of a play around me. Five years ago I was invited to travel to the Galapagos with my childhood acquaintance, the artist Dorothy Cross. We share zoologist brothers; they are friends and we were treading in their dream world, our strange symmetry!

Fiona Reynolds: 'It's thanks to the National Trust that Britain doesn't look like New Jersey'

The overhaul of UK planning laws has one big opponent – and her four million members, writes Michael McCarthy

Rafe Spall, who played Shakespeare, has defended 'Anonymous'

Rylance defends Shakespeare film's right to question identity of Bard

Mark Rylance, one of Britain's most respected actors and the founding artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, has defended his role in a film that pours doubt on the identity of the Bard.

DVD: Last Night (12)

An understated examination of monogamy, Last Night sees Keira Knightly put in a strong (and relatively un-pouting) performance as Joanna, a British writer living in New York.

Phone hacking inquiry to begin next month

Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into phone hacking and media standards and ethics will begin hearing evidence from witnesses next month, it was announced yesterday.

Days of the Commune, White Bear Theatre, London

Much is made, by the Gunpowder Theatre Company, of the fact that Days of the Commune is one of Bertolt Brecht's least-performed plays. Cynics might reply that there is a reason for this. This is a hefty, agenda-ridden account of the Paris Commune and as such it represents a challenge in any milieu – all the more so when that happens to be behind a South London pub during a grudge football match.

ITV breached code with lawyers plug

ITV1 show This Morning breached the broadcasting code when guest Amanda Holden plugged a group of law firms, media regulator Ofcom has ruled.

Heads Up: 'Pan Am'

Sex and Sixties glamour served with a cocktail

Jumpy, Royal Court Downstairs, London<br/>Inadmissable Evidence, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Sixty-Six Books, Bush, London

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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG)

Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham

DVD: Rio (U)

"I can't fly, I pick my beak, and once in a while I pee in the birdbath!" confesses Blu, a neurotic blue macaw, to Jewel, a rather more feisty one, in this sweet-natured, occasionally droll animation.

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Michelle Monaghan secretly battled skin cancer

Albatross (15)

Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones

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Is bridge becoming hip?

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Please save my husband

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