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 – the rivalry's the thing

Poet, prophet or loner? Contrasting takes on Shakespeare's great Dane remain one of the joys of the theatre, says Michael Coveney

Nazi's Shakespeare gift to fetch £5,000

A unique copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet which was given to an actor by the Nazi leader Hermann Goering is expected to fetch up to £5,000 when it goes under the hammer this month.

September Song: It's time to celebrate the Queen of Months

The summer's gone – and everything's suddenly coming back to life. Michael Bywater writes in praise of our most glorious time of year

My Hamlet, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

"Who's there?" cries Hamlet on the battlements of Elsinore, kick-starting the greatest revenge tragedy in the language. "Who's there?" cries Linda Marlowe as an old cleaning lady, sweeping up back stage.

The Feral Beast: No upgrade for Liddle

Is Rod Liddle angling for Richard Littlejohn's job on the Mail? His predictably provocative column in the Sunday Times reached new levels of offensiveness last week when he fired off a bullying rant against air hostesses.

Book Of A Lifetime: Hamlet, By William Shakespeare

Funny to call 'Hamlet' a book, but it was in book form that I first read it, and I have never thought of it other than as a "book", or to be precise, a "novel", since. As a novel it became mine, whereas whenever I see it acted not only is it someone else's but it's wrong.

David Lister: You should get out more, Dr Miller. You might enjoy it...

The learned doctor really doesn't learn. The last time he criticised "celebrity casting", he picked on "that man from Dr Who" playing Hamlet on stage in 2008. In fact David Tennant, the object of his ire, was a classically trained Royal Shakespeare Company actor. After the brickbats aimed at him for that faux pas, you might have thought that Dr Miller would be more careful.

How tickled I am: Doddy on his namesake

Knotty Ash's most famous son, Ken Dodd, takes up the <i>IoS's</i> offer to pay tribute to the hero of the newly released 'Toy Story 3' &ndash; and reveals that the name Ken, far from having connotations of a golf club bore, means 'leader of men'

The ENO show's not over until the understudy's understudy can't sing

Alice Jones, who watched the performance of 'The Pearl Fishers' unravel, wonders when the audience should qualify for a refund

Pandora: Gordon misses a trick

It all could have been so different. Nick Clegg mouthing off about the "old politics"; David Cameron insisting that it was "time for change" and Gordon Brown urging the electorate to "beam him up" to Number 10. Or perhaps not.

Jimmy Gardner: War hero and actor whose roles ranged from gravedigger in the RSC's 'Hamlet' to a bus driver in 'Harry Potter'

He had a wonderful seat. His father, the jockey Teddy Gardner, wanted him to be a jockey too. He ran away from home. He was going to be a film star. The year was 1930. Jimmy Gardner was 16. Early last Monday morning, the day after May Day, in his 86th year, Jimmy let go his last breath.

David Lister: Redgrave was versatile, vivacious and under-rated

The line from Hamlet that "when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions" must be haunting the Redgrave family. Vanessa Redgrave, who has lost her daughter and her brother, has had to face within a year the loss of her daughter, brother and now sister.

Leading article: Hearts of oak

The oak, along with the rose, is one of the great symbols of England. Reports that they face decimation as a result of a bacterial condition called Acute Oak Decline, or AOD, which makes the trees bleed to death, therefore, are bound to prompt comparisons, however illogical, in the minds of some, with the state of the country itself.

Spain relives notorious massacre after shotgun killer hangs himself in cell

Spain has relived one of its most infamous mass murders, with the death of one of the sheep farmers behind a shooting spree which left nine people dead in 1990.

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A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

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History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain