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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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Another Year (12A)

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

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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

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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.

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