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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project