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American Airlines Theatre, New York

Haunted: Fiona Shaw and Daniel Hay-Gordon in The Ancient Mariner

IoS theatre review: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Old Vic Tunnels, London
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

A middle-age crisis makes for a lame sitcom, but a 24-hour play cycle rewards our up-all-night critic

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.

Michelle Monaghan had skin cancer

Michelle Monaghan secretly battled skin cancer

Albatross (15)

Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee