Voices

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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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month