Arts and Entertainment Jamie Lloyd has become the youngest director to break into The Stage 100 power list since Sam Mendes

Jamie Lloyd has become the youngest director to break into The Stage 100 power list since Sam Mendes.

First Night: Pinter revival lacks the vital spark

Betrayal

Literature: Harold Pinter

Silence. A man walks towards a lectern. He clears his throat. Speaks. Peering into the darkened room, he notices there are other people sitting, watching him. Two of them cough. Unsurprised by their lack of communication, he continues to speak.

Theatre: Time is of the essence

Why leave time travel to Doctor Who and Nicholas Lyndhurst? Playwrights have been doing it for years.

The emigre has two muses

Screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has a book and a new film out in the same week. She talks to Gerald Jacobs discusses childhood, Merchant Ivory with Booker Prize and Oscar winner ?????about Merchant Ivory, bogus mystics

Theatre: The bits between the pauses are what we call `acting'

Harold Pinter's plays often suffer from over-analysis. But not when he's in them. By James Rampton

Visual Arts: Subject to interpretation

Justin Mortimer, whose exhibition "Shopping a Londres" opened in London last week, is having a very successful decade. He's only 27, but already has three solo shows and the BP Portrait Award under his belt. He's painted portraits of Harold Pinter for the NPG, Mr and Mrs David Bowie for themselves, and, most recently and prestigiously, the Queen for The Royal Society of Arts.

Pinter and Hume lead assault on plans for war in the Gulf

HAROLD PINTER last night delivered a stinging attack on Tony Blair and Bill Clinton over the threatened war against Saddam Hussein, claiming the US President had "killed thousands of children" by sanctions and accusing the Cabinet of being excited by the prospect of dropping "big bombs" on Iraq.

Look, justice!

Harold Pinter and the former `Brookside' actress Anna Friel are improbable co-stars on stage this weekend. David Lister discovers that they are united by a cause that is deadly serious.

Film interview: The inscrutable in pursuit of the unspeakable

There is nothing particularly sweet about the central character of `The Sweet Hereafter', the latest film from Atom Egoyan. Here the Canadian director tells Geoffrey Macnab why he feels such an affinity with arch manipulators

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Edinburgh Festival 97 / Timeless Gateway

Peter Stein, Mark Morris, Robert Lepage, Peter Sellars - you expect to find one or more of these names on the Official Festival programme in the way that you expect to find the Scott Memorial on Princes Street. But pieces collaboratively devised by small-scale companies closer to home are something of a turn up for the books in these quarters.

Edinburgh Festival 97 / The Cocktail Party King's Theatre

International festival

Theatre: Life Support Aldwych Theatre, London

You would surely run out of fingers if you were to count the number of occasions that Alan Bates has taken the lead in a Simon Gray play. In the moving, astute, often funny Life Support at the Aldwych, the actor does this author especially proud - not least because, for some of the time, he has to perform a solo double-act. Keeping vigil at the bedside of his wife - who is in a persistent vegetative state as the result of a bee sting - the Bates character, Jeff Golding, conducts imaginary marital conversations in which he plays both parts. He'll try anything which might jog her back into consciousness.

Bloomsbury comes to Wye for book festival

All cultural roads lead to Hay- on-Wye in the Welsh borders for the Hay Festival, a 10-day celebration of literature.

Giving Proust the Pinter treatment

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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