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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.

Almost 50 theatres on the brink of closure

Almost 50 theatres in Britain teeter on the brink of closure, and a leading preservation group has urged developers and local councils to step in and save them

The best of all possible worlds... live on stage

At last, says Holly Williams, an evening of drama has arrived on stage to give us all visions of a brighter future

Nina Conti and friends

Nina Conti: a Ventriloquist's Story, BBC4, Sunday
Dead Boss, BBC3, Thursday
Louis Theroux: Twighlight of the Porn Stars, BBC2, Sunday

A ventriloquist at a career crossroads lets her dummy show the way – to poignant effect

Remembrance: Australian war memorials in France,

Aboriginals still fighting for justice

Like other indigenous families, the Lovetts sent their sons to war but were thrown off their own land when they returned

The cast of 'Gatz'

First Night: Gatz, Noel Coward Theatre, London

A six-hour Gatsby drama? It's not such a great evening out

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

The Simon Day Show, Radio 4, Thursday
A Straight Question, Radio 4, Wednesday
Saturday Classics, Radio 3, Saturday

Welcome back, Mr Day. It's never less than a bracing ride

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Show Live!

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>

Chariots of Fire, Hampstead Theatre, London
Children's Children, Almeida, London
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

Arnold Wesker

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’

Curtain rises on London's brave new world

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

Measuring up: Nonhlanhla Kheswa in ‘The Suit’

The curtain rises on London's brave new world

Eight of London's theatres are teaming up for the greatest show in town

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A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
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Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

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Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
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Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
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A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
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The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
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Gallery rage

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Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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