A Streetcar Named Desire, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

Blanche is too tough and Kowalski too sensitive in this miscast 'Streetcar'

A broken heart `caused mutiny on the Bounty'

THE MUTINY on the Bounty was the result of a disastrous 18th century love affair, according to new research.

Sport On TV: BBC serves up dog's dinner of British failure

YOU HAVE to feel sorry for the BBC. As its crown jewels vanish into the back pockets of richer organisations, it manages to hold on to a few baubles: it gets the latter stages of the European Cup-Winners' Cup - and Chelsea reward it by playing like dogs; it gets a slice of the cricket World Cup, and England reward it by playing like dogs; it gets the French Open tennis - and Our Brave Boys respond by playing like chiens.

The Week in Review: The Play Julius Caesar

Director Mark Rylance celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Globe with a revival of Julius Caesar, the play which was performed in the theatre's first season in 1599. With Paul Shelley and Mark Lewis Jones.

Theatre: Too little insurrection


Film Studies: After half a century, it's time to stroke Elia's mane

Elia Kazan is only months short of 90 now, and he no longer has the savage grin that once shone out of his famously ugly, yet compelling, face. Still, I doubt if any illness will prevent him being in Los Angeles on 21 March when he is set - at last - to receive his honorary Oscar for life achievement. He wouldn't miss the chance to hear his old enemies howl again. And there is no greater argument with these Oscars than whether he should even be there.

Arts: Grounds for divorce

Stardom does not rest easily with David Thewlis - hell, he's not even sure if he likes acting.

Spielberg wins vote as best film director

STEVEN SPIELBERG has emerged as the most successful film director of all time in a poll of 1,500 movie industry insiders and cinema buffs, including President Bill Clinton.

Film: An obsession beyond faith

To bring `The Apostle' to fulfilment, Robert Duvall not only had to immerse himself in the style of a Pentecostal preacher, he also had to pay for it himself by doing acting `jobs' for other directors. Interview

Friday's Book: Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft

Playing to the Camera: Film Actors Discuss Their Craft edited by Bert Cardullo, Harry Geduld, Ronald Gottesman and Leigh Woods (Yale University Press, pounds 19.95)

Comedy: Loud and dangerous

Age - he is now pushing 40 - has done little to dim the fire that burns within Ian Cognito. "I'm like Marlon Brando in The Wild One. When he's asked, 'What are you rebelling against?', he says, 'What have you got?' I open the papers in the morning and think, 'What shall I get wound up about today?'."

Choice: Film - Last Tango in Paris

Last Tango in Paris, Manchester Cornerhouse, (0161-228 2463) 1.50pm, 4.45pm

Now it's sex and drugs and writing code

A job as a computer programmer or systems analyst has long been seen as one with a career path leading down the road to Dullsville. But a new survey has found that boozing and bonking are rife in the IT department. Lynne Curry reports.
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