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Flare Path, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London <br/> In a Forest Dark and Deep, Vaudeville, London<br/> Ecstasy, Hampstead,London

Celebrity casting doesn't suit Trevor Nunn's Rattigan period piece, but Mike Leigh's superb 'self-revival' is Chekov in a bedsit

Ecstasy, Hampstead Theatre, London

Mike Leigh has broken the habit of a lifetime and returned to direct one of his stage plays for the second time. You can see why he has been reluctant hitherto. Given the improvisatory techniques and the exhaustive research into character that goes into the creation of a Mike Leigh piece, the original actors might be said to "own" the material in a deeper sense than is normally meant by the term. How could you hope to re-create in rehearsal that intimate sense of mutual discovery with actors coming to the finished product cold?

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On the surface, nothing much happens in Mike Leigh's latest comedy-drama except that a husband and wife (Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen) host four meals, one for each season of the year.

Alison Steadman: I'm a little bit Pam, but more Candice Marie

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Mike Leigh returns to theatre after six years waiting in the wings

Mike Leigh is to return to the National Theatre with a collaborative, improvised play, his first stage work in six years.

Colin Firth and Mike Leigh films up for movie awards

Royal drama The King's Speech and Mike Leigh film Another Year have clinched yet more nominations at the latest movie awards.

Howard Jacobson: How happiness can inspire great art

Part of Jane Austen&rsquo;s greatness is something that Mike Leigh also demonstrates in his magnificent new film

Sin&#233;ad Matthews: Happy-go-lucky and in a world of her own

Mike Leigh proteg&#233;e Sin&#233;ad Matthews tells Elisa Bray why she is ideally suited to her new role in The Glass Menagerie

Another Year, Mike Leigh, 129 mins (12A)

Bitterly witty, his film about ageing is compelling

Another Year (12A)

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Ruth Sheen, Lesley Manville, David Bradley

It's been emotional: Lesley Manville on banned sex scenes and how Mike Leigh turned her into a regretful alcoholic

She's played everyone from feisty cockneys to the Iron Lady. As she hits the Oscar trail for the new Mike Leigh film, Lesley Manville tells Jonathan Romney about her catalogue of banned sex scenes and the cash that Matt Smith owes her

Mike Leigh - Secrets and Leigh lines

As Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is released, James Mottram explores the rigorous processes behind the performances his work is famed for, while stars reveal the demands involved.

Mike Leigh cancels Israel trip over loyalty oath

Mike Leigh, the British filmmaker, has cancelled a trip to Israel in protest against controversial plans to introduce an oath of loyalty for new non-Jewish citizens.

David Thewlis - The punk who got Naked to become an acting wizard

David Thewlis only took up acting to further his music career but, thanks to Mike Leigh, it took off. He tells Chris Sullivan about his new role in the Howard Marks biopic

The lucky star with reasons to be cheerful

Sally Hawkins is best known for playing characters with a sunny disposition, but Leigh Singer finds steel behind her smile
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