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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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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