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The top 20 of The Stage newspaper’s recently published “power list” of the 100 most influential people in British theatre made for fascinating reading. Most of the usual suspects were there, but many of them found themselves paired with another name for their entry. For it’s not only the artistic directors, the Nick Hytners and Gregory Dorans, who are celebrated but their all-important executive directors, the men and women who oversee every aspect of an organisation except what goes on its stages. Without executive directors, no contracts would be written, no money raised and no ambitious building projects undertaken.

A young Tunisian man who set himself on fire is surrounded by security forces in Tunis

Tunisian man immolates himself in Arab Spring reprise

A young cigarette vendor has set himself on fire in Tunis, reviving memories of similar events two years ago that sparked an uprising which spread across the Arab world.

A roaring time: dream thinkspeak's 'In the Beginning Was the End'

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Alice Jones has been put on the spot by actors time and again – and she's sick of it

Joe Wright’s affectionate Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar

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Social mobility gets top billing in a pair of revivals packed with period detail

Trelawny of the Wells, Donmar Warehouse, London

Film director Joe Wright (of Atonement and Pride and Prejudice fame) has theatre in his blood (his parents ran the beautiful Little Angel Puppet Theatre in Islington), but this is his first venture for the stage. 

Global reach: Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe has 'phenomenal' 2012

Shakespeare's Globe shook off the gloomy predictions around the Olympics to post a “phenomenal” year in 2012, with the most numbers attending one season since it opened in 1997.

The Full Monty and the Sheffield Lyceum

The Full Monty, Sheffield Lyceum

It was not easy being a man in the rapidly de-industrialising Britain of the 1980s. Gone was the job for life at the local pit/foundry/ship works where your father had toiled and possibly his father too. The loss of chief breadwinner status sparked a masculinity crisis stripping a generation of their self-esteem as they squared up to a future stacking shelves at Morrison’s.

The Good Life actor Richard Briers dies aged 79 after battle with lung disease

Just two weeks after the actor Richard Briers told press he was struggling with lung disease his death has been confirmed by his agent.

Creating a buzz: Bruce Norris’s play, The Low Road, tackles free-market economics

Heads Up: The Low Road

Royal Court on the money as Cooke goes out on a high

King Henry VI of England (1421 - 1471), the last ruler of the House of Lancaster who lost his throne to the Yorkist leader Edward IV during the Wars of the Roses.

'Hung be the heavens with black' - Globe to stage Shakespeare's Henry VI on War of the Roses battlefields 550 years on

Touring productions of parts 1, 2 and 3 will be performed on the sites of landmark battles

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Great Expectations, Vaudeville Theatre, London

There have many screen and television adaptations of Dickens's great novel, the latest opening just a couple of months ago.

Our Country's Good, St James Theatre, London

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the premiere at the Royal Court of Our Country's Good, the contemporary classic by Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Seat Plan website allows theatre-goers to review their seats

Revenge for tall theatre-goers as new website gets audiences to rate their seats

Seat Plan by a 6ft 7in theatre fanatic has already attracted over 1,000 reviews

Helen Mirren is reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience directed by Stephen Daldry at the Gielgud from next month

London's Theatreland saw growth in ticket sales and attendance in 2012 despite Olympic fears

London’s theatres are set for a decade of growth following record advanced sales for 2013. This comes after they “cleared the hurdle” of the Olympics, and Boris’ voice on the tube, to post a surprise boost in audiences and returns last year.

The Duke of Westminster

Duke's scheme rings down the curtain

Plans for military rehab centre closes theatre to amateur players

London calling

Vicky Featherstone was bullied for being English when she headed the National Theatre of Scotland. Now she is plucking up courage to run the Royal Court. David Pollock met her
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