Voices

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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Simon Day, ex of 'The Fast Show', makes his audiences laugh - and shudder

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Before it went truly intergalactic – before the squillion-selling "trilogy" of five books, before the comics, the computer games, the endless quoting, the TV series and the (decent) film version – Douglas Adams's wry sci-fi opus The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy started out as a fairly low-key Radio 4 series.

April downpours lead to record trade at the box office

The wettest April for over a century proved to be anything but a washout for the entertainment industry, new figures have revealed.

Dom Joly: Hell isn't other people. It's an evening at the theatre

Last week, continuing my rolling tour, annoying the British public for my new hidden- camera show, we rolled into Stratford-upon-Avon. As everyone knows, this is one of the UK's major tourist destinations (one of the reasons we were filming there). As the cameras rolled, however, I couldn't help feeling a little sorry for the international visitors. To put it bluntly, there isn't much to see in Stratford. Visitors wander around trying to ignore the expensive temptations of every retail chain in existence, while occasionally stumbling upon an old house that Shakespeare was supposed to have been born in or sampled his first doughnut in. Other than that, there are a couple of statues and the opportunity to brave the homicidal swans and go for a boat ride on the river Avon.

James McArdle as Harold Abrahams, with Nicholas Woodeson as his controversial coach, in <i>Chariots of Fire</i>

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In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play), Ustinov Studio, Bath

How do you make a 100-metre dash work on a small stage? With some difficulty – but this timely production is racing towards bigger things

Toff times ahead: Laura Wade

Queen of theatre's brat pack

As Posh makes its West End debut, Laura Wade tells Alison King why her play about public school boys behaving badly is more relevant than ever

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Interiors, Brighton Festival

There’s domestic drama at Brighton's Theatre Royal where the stage is filled with a large window, behind which twinkles an invitingly lit dining room. This is the setting for Interiors, first seen at Edinburgh’s Traverse in 2009 and now, thankfully, revived.

Measuring up: Nonhlanhla Kheswa in ‘The Suit’

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Eight of the capital's best-known theatres are teaming up for the greatest show in town. By David Lan

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