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American Airlines Theatre, New York

Master of mysticism: Why spirituality plays a crucial role in Peter Brook's work

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.

My Way: Indhu Rubasingham, theatre director

'I made props and swept the stage ... I loved it '

Sam Mendes in talks to direct next Bond movie

It's Mendes. Sam Mendes.

You Write the Caption - 18/12/09

Win a bottle of Champagne

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.

My Life In Travel: Kerry Fox, actress

'New York made me feel that anything was possible'

Gavin and Stacey - The Final Chapter

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.

Twelfth Night, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A Malvolio who's hard to believe in

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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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