Plague Over England, Duchess Theatre, London<br/>On the Waterfront, Theatre Royal, London

Nicholas de Jongh all but silences critics as he turns a sharp, funny, playwright's pen on bigotry

The Tale of Despereaux (U)

This pleasantish family animation recounts the tale of a large-eared mouse (voiced by Matthew Broderick) whose fearlessness confounds his family and gets him banished from the murine community, on the grounds that you can't be a proper mouse if you don't scurry and cower.

Red Belt, 15

Quite a week for unfettered machismo, and few directors have indulged themselves so consistently on the theme as David Mamet.

Heston: a movie legend

Charlton Heston made his movie debut in the 1940s in two independent films by a college classmate, David Bradley.

Last Tango in Paris

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci

Christian Brando dies aged 49

Christian Brando, the troubled eldest son of the late Marlon Brando, has died from pneumonia at a Los Angeles hospital.

Bolton Wanderers 4 West Ham United 0: Pardew resists climate of fear but doubts increase over his future

As West Ham United contemplate, from their uncomfortable position in the bottom three of the Premier League, how they might repel a full-throttle Manchester United at Upton Park next Sunday, their manager, Alan Pardew, speaks of the need to show strong leadership. However, you suspect he will spend the next few days haunted by another thought.

The reluctant Godfather: why Brando ran scared of Mob rule

To adapt the famous line from The Godfather, it should have been an offer he could not refuse. But, according to revelations that will surprise those who could not imagine Don Corleone any other way, Marlon Brando repeatedly turned down his Oscar-winning role as the the Don because of the film's Mafia theme.

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Lou Reed (left) will play two rare UK dates in April. The celebrated singer-songwriter, whose career has spanned four decades (from his first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico) makes a return on the back of last year's top 10 single success with the dance remix of "Satellite of Love". De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116-233 3111), 21 April; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (0151-709 3789), 22 April

Marlon Brando: 1924 - 2004

The Great Mumbler is no more. Marlon Brando, once considered the finest actor in the history of movies, breathed his last in a Los Angeles clinic yesterday, aged 80.

More than a contender: Brando the rebel, his method, his life of joy and tragedy

The circumstances of Marlon Brando's final act contained a suitably mysterious twist for such an enigmatic career.

With a few more jokes, he could take it to Edinburgh

You have to pity Brown's poor wife, as presumably he rehearses the whole thing the night before

Best and Co promise a Caribbean shoot-out

First Test: Jamaica shows series hinges on pace - who can bowl it and play it best
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee