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Theatre review: Circle Mirror Transformation

Rose Lipman Building, Haggerston, London – 4 stars

Hitch trials: Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as the actress Tippi Hedren

Heads Up: The Girl

The trouble with Alfred: genius, visionary ... creep

Meat cleavers at dawn: Imelda Staunton beats Sweeney Todd co-star Michael Ball to theatre awards gong

He may have been the demon barber brandishing the cleaver, but Imelda Staunton has been proven stronger than her Sweeney Todd co-star Michael Ball after she beat him to win best performance in a musical at the Theatre Awards UK.

DVD: The Awakening (15)

Rebecca Hall's author, Florence, is a supernatural sceptic who debunks supposedly ghostly happenings in 1921 Britain.

A Delicate Balance, Almeida Theatre, London

Edward Albee's 1966 country house comedy is a still startling mix of bizarre story-telling, sozzled sarcasm, unnamed terror and ruminations on friendship and alcohol.

The rise of the understudy: A crisis on stage, starring a cast of total unknowns

Audiences are unhappy about the vanishing big names in the West End

Sondheim feted by Olivier Awards

The songwriter Stephen Sondheim is to be honoured at this year's Laurence Olivier Awards.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (12A)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes

Howard Jacobson: How happiness can inspire great art

Part of Jane Austen’s greatness is something that Mike Leigh also demonstrates in his magnificent new film

Another Year, Mike Leigh, 129 mins (12A)

Bitterly witty, his film about ageing is compelling

Another Year (12A)

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, David Bradley

Mike Leigh - Secrets and Leigh lines

As Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is released, James Mottram explores the rigorous processes behind the performances his work is famed for, while stars reveal the demands involved.

Cannes Film Festival

Ridley Scott's new version of 'Robin Hood' is a heavy-handed way to open the most important festival in cinema's year

British realism amid the glamour of Cannes

Mike Leigh makes a triumphant return to the festival
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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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