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There cannot be many plays in which the hero is a waddling, bearded ne'er-do-well who is dissed by his family and pushed around by all. Harold Brighouse's 1920s comedy Zack (less well known than his earlier Hobson's Choice) has such a figure at its heart.

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"Sometimes a song is better than a tear; sometimes a song can rescue us from fear," which is certainly the case with the catchy score in this vivid production of Noël Greig's dark but gripping take on the tale of the steadfast Tin Soldier. The story of the one-legged misfit, moulded – along with 25 apparently perfect tin soldiers – from an old metal spoon, was originally an 1838 tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

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A former friend of Tommy Sheridan and his brother-in-law was part of a "conspiracy" to make false allegations about a visit to a sex club in Manchester, a court heard today.

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Census records of 275,000 people released for the first time

Census records detailing the lives of around 275,000 people which were rendered illegible in floods more than 100 years ago have been transcribed and published online for the first time.

Happy Mondays' Bez fined for order breach

Former Happy Mondays star Bez has been fined £140 after he admitted breaching a restraining order preventing him contacting his ex-girlfriend.

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There are some powerful moments in Braham Murray's penetrating, stripped-down version of Euripides' play.

Knife raiders knock baby from mother's arms

A four-month-old baby was knocked out of her mother's arms to the floor during a knifepoint robbery at their home, police said today.

£80,000 police blimp plan falls flat

Police bosses were feeling deflated today after an £80,000 surveillance balloon was scrapped after just a year.

Gardai bid to trace family of Englishman

Gardai launched a public appeal today to find the family of an Englishman found dead in greater Dublin.

Bez sought by police over allegedly breaching restraining order

Former Happy Mondays star Bez was being sought by police today over allegations he breached a restraining order by contacting his ex-girlfriend.

Plot existed in Tommy Sheridan's mind, court told

A plot to "bring down" former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan "existed mostly in his mind", a court heard today.

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