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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.

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The Independent's arts review of 2012

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The Double, Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

How would you react if someone stole your life? That’s the question posed in Laurence Boswell’s new adaptation of Dostoevsky’s 1846 novella The Double.

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Martin Hardy: Derby roll out revolutionary ticket system to pull in punters

If you buy a ticket early, it is cheap. If you leave it late, it will be top dollar

Opera cancelled after baritone Robert Poulton killed in car crash

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Tom Sutcliffe: Only when colour on stage isn't an issue will we have made progress

I found myself wondering the other night whether a white actor will ever play Othello again. In the near future the answer to this question is obvious, I would have thought. Only last week the American playwright Bruce Norris withdrew permission for a German company to perform his play Clybourne Park, after learning that a white actress was going to play a black character.

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DVD: Cockneys vs Zombies (15)

“Shut up, you soppy tart, those things are zombies,” barks Alan Ford's pensioner, Ray, in this vigorous slasher, which lampoons and lionises London's East End in equal measure.

Don Giovanni, Coliseum, ENO, London

Much excitement surrounded the premiere of Rufus Norris’s take on ‘Don Giovanni’. People loved the amoral ambiguity of the scene enacted during the overture in which the Don all but raped an unknown woman, then dressed up in her clothes instead.

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