Arts and Entertainment Angela Lansbury is set return to the London stage after a hiatus of almost four decades

The actress will return to the Gielgud Theatre where she made her debut

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.

Stewart Lee has claimed that high-profile comedians like Michael McIntyre, Jack Whitehall and Frankie Boyle, use writers to help them create material for their shows

Stewart Lee and funny ghost writers: Comedy is about sincerity as well as laughter

Like so much of the alternative comedy legacy (like political correctness) the passion for originality has been lost

Global reach: Shakespeare's Globe

All the world's a stage: Shakespeare's Globe to take Hamlet to every country

Tour will finish on the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death

Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children interested in the Bard

Alas, poor Yoda, I knew him, Han Solo: Star Wars rewritten as Shakespearean drama

Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children  interested in the Bard. It’s a new hope that’s surprisingly inspired, discovers John Walsh

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Maria Miller, web crusader and saviour of British sport

Some politicians say nothing in an interesting way. Miller says nothing in an irritating way

The Confessions of Gordon Brown is at the White Bear Theatre

Video: The career of Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear has been heavily linked with the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who. As well as his role in the recent Bond films, he was gained critical acclaim across sathe and screen, watch the videos below to see some highlights

Trash Cuisine by Belarus Free Theatre. Nastassia Shcherbak features centre.

Theatre review: Trash Cuisine, Young Vic, London

Roll up for a whole new concept of a cookery show with a special menu of fried murderer, stoned adulteress, tortured terrorist and, the ever popular old favourite, the slaughter of the innocents.

Matt Smith has decided to stand down as Doctor Who

The regeneration game: What next for Doctor Who after Matt Smith moves on?

Matt Smith’s decision to stand down as Doctor Who later this year will lead to speculation not only as to who’s next? But also what’s next for Smith?

Pioneer: Felix Barrett, Punchdrunk’s artistic director

Heads Up: The Drowned Man

Lost Hollywood dreams pull in to Paddington

Theatre review: Sons Without Fathers, Arcola Theatre, London

Everything is weird about Chekhov’s first play, best known as Platonov, and here given a tremendous, roistering, sex-and-vodka update by Polish director Helena Kaut-Howson that suggests life in the Russian countryside today is not much more fun than it was for the serfs.

Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrates his World Championship win with son Ronnie

James Lawton: Ronnie O'Sullivan is no trouble... his brilliance is a joy to behold

That soaring sense that you are witnessing unique powers

Culture secretary Maria Miller is calling for the support of arts organisations to make the 'economic case' against further cuts

If Maria Miller wants art that sells, she should focus on getting art that's good

She said the arts must make the case for themselves as a "commodity". How her audience prevented themselves from pelting her with coffee cups, I just don't know.

Cultural life: Mark Ravenhill, playwright

Cultural life: Mark Ravenhill, playwright

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Great works: Zebra (1762-3) by George Stubbs

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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