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New Diorama, London

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The British actor will take on Shakespeare's iconic role in autumn 2014

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Paul Rogers

It is obviously impossible to do justice to a career of the length and distinction of Paul Rogers' in a single article. There were, however, two omissions in the one you published (11 October), writes Timothy Gee. There was no reference to his work in films; I recall sitting through the credits on Carol Reed's version of Our Man in Havana to learn the name of the actor who had impressed me in a small but vital scene. Paul Rogers' name was known to me; this was a first encounter with an impressive talent. Other distinguished directors for whom he worked subsequently included Charles Crichton (twice), Ken Hughes and Peter Ustinov.

Sanders in 2006: among his collaborators were John Malkovich, Bruno Ganz and Gérard Depardieu

Otto Sander: Actor who worked with Wim Wenders

Otto Sander carved out a career as one of the foremost actors in postwar German theatre, in particular with the director Peter Stein. He had a flair for comedy and was equally at home in classical repertoire and the avant-garde but was best known internationally for his work in films. In Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire and Faraway, So Close! he played the ironically detached and tragic angel Cassiel, and in the epic Second World War U-boat drama Das Boot he was a troubled lieutenant.

The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company sets out to make the Bard's plays more accessible to young people

Conservative Party conference: Attempts to make Shakespeare’s plays cool is ‘viciously racist’

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Third of Brits don't know who wrote Great Expectations - can you name the authors of these classics?

A new report has claimed a third of British people do not know the author of Great Expectations. It's Charles Dickens, by the way.

What the Dickens? Britain's reluctant readers can't name Great Expectations author

Some 31 per cent of people don't know that Charles Dickens wrote Great Expectations, while one in six clueless over origins of Hamlet

Wallis, as Aldous Hooper, a dentist torn between two women, with Sharon Mughan in Yorkshire TV's 'Huggy Bear' in 1976

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His diverse career took in ‘Beyond The Fringe’, Brecht, ‘Blackadder’ and Shakespeare

Can she take the crown? Liz Hurley has been cast as Queen Helena in a new drama about the British Royal Family

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Hurley will play a fictional Queen who is mourning the death of her son

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