A ventriloquist at a career crossroads lets her dummy show the way – to poignant effect
Two book adaptations join the season's outdoor productions, while a Greek tragedy exiles Antigone to Sixties corporate America
'I wanted to join the circus'
A new collection of works by David Shillinglaw will bring together a selection of art hoping to reflect 'the constant search for and consumption of that which makes us complete'
This tribute to the late composer Joe Zawinul by Holland's fabulous 48-piece Metropole Orchestra is something of a missed opportunity.
The National Theatre has been both shrewd and fortunate in its timing as it launches Josie Rourke's splendid revival of Men Should Weep in the wake of a comprehensive spending review that clobbers the poorest among us. Written in 1947, Ena Lamont Stewart's wonderfully rich but rarely performed play focuses on a Glaswegian family's struggle for survival during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was notably revived by 7:84 Company in Scotland in 1982 during the Thatcherite recession. Now, when one of the characters says "It's only rich folks can keep theirselves tae theirselves. Folk like us hev tae depend on their neighbours when they're needin' help," you wonder what price David Cameron's Big Society.
Leeds 6 Wigan 26
Leeds Rhinos 32 St Helens 28: Poacher's late try earns Leeds their first Challenge Cup final since 2005
Pierric Pillot, aka Pierrot Bidon, was the creator of Archaos and one of the founding fathers of New Circus.
The twentieth of May 1999 is a date that will haunt John Thompson forever. It was the day he was going to die. Convicted in 1985 of first degree murder and an attempted carjacking three weeks later, the father-of-two from New Orleans was 24 when he arrived on death row in Louisiana’s notorious Angola prison. Over the course of his incarceration seven execution dates came and went, and as the final sweltering Deep South summer of the millennium approached he believed it would he his last.
Every August, the Royal Mile, which cuts to the heart of Fringe madness in Edinburgh, is bursting with expectant performers hustling for punters and trying to outdo each other's promotional activities.
Julie Kirkbride follows her husband and stands down as MP over expenses claims