Arts and Entertainment Direction and design by Mark Holthusen, words and music by Martyn Jacques, performed by the Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow, commissioned by Opera North Projects.

Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow

La Traviata, Coliseum, London

We were promised surprises in Peter Konwitschny’s ‘La Traviata’, and the first comes at the start.

Ex-Girls Aloud member Kimberley Walsh

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Jack Brindelli and Anne Hathaway both singing

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Helen Mirren is reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Audience directed by Stephen Daldry at the Gielgud from next month

London's Theatreland saw growth in ticket sales and attendance in 2012 despite Olympic fears

London’s theatres are set for a decade of growth following record advanced sales for 2013. This comes after they “cleared the hurdle” of the Olympics, and Boris’ voice on the tube, to post a surprise boost in audiences and returns last year.

Sheridan Smith at the NTAs last night

Sheridan Smith to host televised Olivier Awards

Actress Sheridan Smith is to host theatre's biggest prize show, The Olivier Awards, as the event returns to mainstream TV for the first time in a decade.

Dick Van Dyke

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He's acted, danced and sang his way through movies, television and the stage, making Dick Van Dyke an entertainment triple-threat long before Hollywood used such hyphenates.

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Heads Up: The Book of Mormon

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The cast of Les Miserables has become the first film cast to top the official albums chart in almost 16 years.

Opera Holland Park, London.

Michael Volpe: ‘I want us to put on an opera – and in we plunge’

The first of a monthly report from Michael Volpe on the trials of staging a show

The News Matrix: Monday 21 January 2013

BBC's Marr 'on the mend' after stroke

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Misery memoirs: Anne Hathaway with Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables

IoS film review: Les Misérables; Gangster Squad

Anne Hathaway's rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' is heart-rending. The rest is just chest-beating …

Cross Purpose, King's Head Theatre, London

“I'd expected a welcome like the Prodigal Son's,” confesses Jan, the man who – in Camus' 1944 play Cross Purpose – returns home after twenty years of making his fortune abroad. But there's no sniff of a fatted calf for him in this pointedly pitiless inversion of the parable.

Some parents cry, I fell asleep: Les Misery of watching Les Misérables

As the film adaptation hits our screens, is it really worth watching?

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