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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.

Michael Attenborough to step down as Almeida's artistic director

Michael Attenborough has announced today that he has resigned as artistic director of the Almeida to "concentrate solely on directing".

Swim show is making waves

"I had an epiphany," says theatre-maker Adrian Howells of the day he went swimming nude on a deserted beach in Greece.

James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors at the NT Lyttelton

Artistic director of National Theatre Sir Nicholas Hytner warns of 'clear and present danger' for regional theatre amid arts cuts

Sir Nicholas Hytner said at the launch of the NT’s annual report that he wanted to highlight “enormous short-term issues” for regional theatres, and said further cuts would be “madness”.

Dangerous liaisons: Keira Knightley in 'Anna Karenina'

From Russia with love

Keira Knightley is reunited with director Joe Wright for the latest Anna Karenina. Geoffrey Macnab looks at the enduring appeal of Tolstoy's tragic heroine

COALITION: Comedians Phill Jupitus and Jo Caulfield help chart the final days of the coalition government in late 2014: the Conservative PM and his Lib Dem deputy have not spoken for months. Co-written by Robert Khan, a Labour councillor in Islington, north London, the show premieres at Edinburgh's Pleasance Dome in August

Low ticket sales are nothing for Edinburgh to laugh about

The Olympics and a wider economic malaise have seen stand-ups playing to audiences numbering in single figures. By Nick Clark

Everybody's talking about...An Incident At The Border

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More than just Essex jokes from Alan Davies

More than a decade has passed since everyone's favourite "dunce" from QI last flexed his stand-up muscles, so he has some catching up to do.

Julian Hall: 'It's breathtaking at times, if not for Kitson's structural shenanigans then for wordplay and lyricism'

First Night: Daniel Kitson - 'As of 1.52 GMT on Friday 27th April 2012, this show has no title', Traverse Theatre Edinburgh

An exercise in mental gymnastics from comedy's best worst-kept secret

Riding high: Owen Sheers has just started rehearsals in London for his war play, 'The Two Worlds of Charlie F'

Owen Sheers: My Edinburgh, writer

Edinburgh is a city that plays with your sense of altitude. One minute you think you’re walking at street level, the next you’re crossing a cobbled lane hundreds of feet below. It’s as if the city is a massive work of stone origami; the folding cityscapes of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ spliced with the gothic towers of Gormenghast.

Olympic Shorts: Festival bosses hope Hoy and Murray can blaze golden trail to Edinburgh

The director of the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards issued a rallying cry to Scotland's Olympians to support the Edinburgh Festival, as the success of the Games has seen ticket sales come under pressure.

Boris Johnson hails Olympic Games opportunity

London Mayor Boris Johnson said today he wants to take the opportunity of the Olympics to sell the capital and Britain to the world.

The writing of Theatreland's oddest musical

How do you write a song about serial killings? Adam Cork tells Matt Trueman how London Road came about

Good neighbours: the cast of 'London Road'

Adam Cork: The man behind Theatreland's oddest musical

How do you write a song about murder? Adam Cork reveals all

DVD/Blu-ray: Wallander: Series 3 (15)

The BBC's much heralded adaptation of Henning Mankell's humourless crime novels continues to be slickly made and nicely acted, but the actual plots are not terribly compelling

Let's do the show right here

Site-specific theatre is everywhere – in a cafe, in the ladies loo. But is it more than just a gimmick, asks Miranda Kiek
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
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Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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