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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.  

Hamlet

Edinburgh 2013: Hamlet - The Wooster Group's efforts are like an elaborate parlour game

There is much to admire in the Wooster Group's technically impressive splicing of Richard Burton’s 1964 Broadway Hamlet with a live performance in a Victorian theatre.

‘Bobby would always begin by asking, “What do you think you’re worth?” - Terry butcher on his contract negotiations with Robson

Ipswich Town 3 Millwall 0 match report: Ipswich pay homage to Robson, a legend who left an enduring legacy

The Calvin Report: Former club lead a day of tributes for a much-loved manager and top things off with victory

Stuart Broad celebrates Shane Warne’s dismissal, caught by wicketkeeper Matt Prior

The Ashes: Stuart Broad deadly but tourists refuse to give up the ghost

Outstanding morning spell of seam brings rich rewards before Clarke's men regroup in style

Breaking (really) Bad: Inept meth maker calls police in middle of night after getting lost in woods while 'looking for paranormal activity'

Men were actually embarked on an ill-fated trip to cook up crystal meth

A screengrab from Derek Medina's Facebook page

South Miami 'counsellor' confesses to wife's murder on Facebook

Photographs of bloody aftermath of shooting remain on website for up to five hours

The abandoned car park at the Ciudad Real airport in La Mancha, Spain

Spain's eerie €1bn 'ghost' airport - a snip for the discerning buyer at just €100m

The first private international airport in Spain has been empty since flights stopped to the site in December 2011

Fishing boats in the harbour of seaside town, Brixham

A fishy business: TripAdvisor falls victim to fake Brixham seafood restaurant Oscar's

Here’s an idea for an online start-up: TrapAdvisor, warning online travel operators about possible fake reviews. It might have helped the folk at TripAdvisor realise there was something fishy about Oscar’s.

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine

Film review: The Wolverine - Hugh Jackman's turn as Marvel's hairiest hero is deeply boring

 (12A) James Mangold, 126mins Starring: Hugh  Jackman, Rila  Fukushima

36 cucumbers have been found around the Hampstead Garden Suburb area

Vegetable crime wave: It’s the phantom cucumber dropper of old London Town

The Government may be celebrating a recent drop in crime numbers but it clearly hadn’t accounted for the vegetable crime wave that’s sweeping the nation.

First night: Easy like Friday evening... Latitude festival basks in heatwave

It is not the most Radio 4-friendly of rock festivals

History boy: J Willgoose Esq

History and indie music: Listen and learn

A new generation of indie artists is taking inspiration from 17th-century witch trials, war-time propaganda and other intriguing corners of British history. By Chris Mugan

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: At last, the inside story on Profumo? Over their dead bodies 

Lord Lloyd-Webber’s new musical is about Stephen Ward, who introduced Keeler to Profumo

'The Ghost Riders of Ordebec' by Fred Vargas; 'Alex' by Pierre Lemaitre

Well it is called noir... How French crime writers killed the competition

As the interest in Nordic detectives and killers wanes, publishers are looking across the Channel for the next wave of crime thrillers.

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