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Peter Brook's latest production, 11 and 12, opens in London tomorrow night.

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff to have a baby

Hollywood star James McAvoy and his actress wife Anne-Marie Duff are expecting their first child, the couple announced today.

British directors lead boycott of Iran's cultural showpiece

Islamic Republic's biggest film festival is shunned in protest at ongoing crackdown on Iranian opposition

Frankenstein draws Slumdog director Danny Boyle back to live theatre

After describing his career as a filmmaker as a 15-year "distraction", Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, is set to return to his original role as a theatre director with a "spectacular" production of Frankenstein that he first conceived almost a decade ago.

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Kate Winslet wins payout over exercise libel

Kate Winslet accepted £25,000 libel damages today over a claim that she publicly lied about her exercise regime.

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'New York made me feel that anything was possible'

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Gavin and Stacey star Joanna Page said the show's next series was probably its last.

The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess, Cape Town Opera, Royal Festival Hall, London

After Trevor Nunn’s futile attempt to turn The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess into a book and song musical how bracing to return to the through-sung original where only the whites get to speak – or rather are denied the gift of song.

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DVD: Synecdoche, New York, For retail & rental (Revolver)

Charlie Kaufman's first film as both writer and director is so bizarre that it makes his screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine... look like Richard Curtis rom coms.

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