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To buy a ticket for a hotly tipped play, within seconds of booking opening, requires perseverance and nerve as websites falter, payments vanish and a confirmation finally limps through. The goal is to see a top cast, whose fluency and fluidity is testament to years of determination – getting to drama school, being noticed at the end-of-year shows, getting an audition, getting a part and nailing it.  

Video games and your degree: Can they ever mix?

Can gaming be beneficial? Is it more fun than an essay? And does Assassin's Creed teach you history?

Call of Duty: Ghosts launch - Game debuts to mixed reactions for Xbox 360 and PS3

The latest Call of Duty game launched, but much is expected from a franchise that has totalled more than 2.85 million years of gameplay

Catalina Sandino Moreno is replacing Rosario Dawson in Incarnate

Screen Talk: Scare story suits Sandino Moreno

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Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko has been cast opposite Russell Crowe in his upcoming directorial debut

Screen Talk: Russell Crowe lures Olga Kurylenko to Turkey

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Reese Witherspoon is attached to produce and star in a comedic look at the traditional fairy-tale genre

Screen Talk: A fairy tale for Reese Witherspoon

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Cover up: a screen was built in front of the United Nations in Geneva ahead of the latest round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme. The building is adorned with naked figures, which risked causing offence

Iran’s nuclear programme: does the deal-making start in Geneva?

John Kerry says ‘the window is open,’ as hopes rise of a constructive dialogue with country’s officials 

Running: The Autobiography, by Ronnie O'Sullivan

While Chigwell's finest snooker player has five World Championships and scores of other tournament wins to his name, his life has undeniably had its ups and downs.

Album review: Jonathan Wilson, Fanfare (Bella Union)

Album of the Week: Friends unite for a cosmic hymn to the simple things

Time to check policies as ghost brokers jailed

The police launched a dramatic crackdown on the practice of ghost broking this week by arresting 27 people in dawn swoops on Wednesday.

Fake car insurance policies: 27 people arrested in countrywide dawn raids

28 warrants executed in Leicestershire, London, Manchester, Thames Valley, and the West Midlands in operation that involved 168 officers

Between the Covers 06/10/13

What's really going on in the world of books

Screen Talk: Kinky Kemper spices things up

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A scene from Ghosts at The Almeida theatre

Theatre review: Ibsen's Ghosts - 'A spell-binding production'

The play's emotional daring and dark humour are conveyed here with matchless immediacy

David Cameron has defended plans for more seven years of austerity

Inside Westminster: 'Let us finish the job.' We will hear it a million times before the 2015 election

David Cameron is attempting a difficult balancing act in his election warm-up rhetoric

Paris Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs leaves Louis Vuitton to focus on his own brand after emotional show

Designer leaves fashion house to focus on his brand with inspiring final collection

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A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
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Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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