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

'People's tenor' Russell Watson whose life is being turned into a piece of musical theatre.

Les Misérables writers craft life story of 'people's tenor' Russell Watson's who had two near fatal brain tumours

The tale of the Salford tenor who suffered two near fatal brain tumours at the peak of his powers isn’t lacking in drama. Now Russell Watson will sing the story of his life in the latest stage project from the French composers who created the all-conquering Les Misérables.

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Classical review: Tosca - Adam Spreadbury-Maher's production doesn't quite meet expectations

OperaUpClose specialises in bold transpositions, best exemplified by its witty setting of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera in an IKEA store. For Tosca their writer-director Adam Spreadbury-Maher has effected a different kind of transposition, but one which is entirely logical.

Al Weaver and Harry Hadden-Paton in The Pride, which tells two parallel stories set 50 years apart

Theatre review: The Pride - Put two tickets in the post for Mr Putin

A single cast tells two separate stories of gay lovers in Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride, set in 1958 and 2008 (when it was first staged), exploring the characters’ own, and society’s, changing attitudes towards sexuality, identity and honesty. At this timely revival directed by Jamie Lloyd for the Trafalgar Transformed season, the actors hold placards reading “To Russia, With Love” for the curtain call.

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John Cleese has launched an attack on the media, branding many British newspapers “amoral creatures”.

Morgan Mackintosh whose show Between Empires opens in Edinburgh next week.

Cinemas beat expectations as Britons flock to see blockbusters

Movie blockbusters, including  Man of Steel, Les Miserables and Iron Man 3, helped box office takings at British cinemas to smash expectations and rise 8.5 per cent to £578.7m in the first half of this year.

James Humes and company in Titanic at the Southwark Playhouse

Theatre review: Titanic, Southwark Playhouse, London

The cover, which has been ‘The prophets of doom had a field day over Maury Yeston's musical Titanic when it was launched on Broadway in 1997 ahead of James Cameron's blockbuster cinematic weepie.  Technical glitches during the previews and a rumour-mill drooling with anticipatory schadenfreude convinced wiseacres that the $10 million dollar show, like the eponymous vessel, was on a collision course with disaster.

Lee Mead and Denise van Outen pictured together in 2010.

Any Dream Won't Do: Denise van Outen and Lee Mead confirm split after four years

They met while filming Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber's talent show Any Dream Will Do. But it seems the happy ending has gone sour for judge Denise van Outen and the contest's winner Lee Mead after four years of marriage.

One family of four can see War Horse for free this summer

WIN: Family tickets to top West End shows with 'Kids Week 2013'

Summertime. And the living is … well, not so easy if you've got a handful of children to entertain. Thankfully, the West End of London has plenty to offer children of all ages; it also has the annual theatre initiative, Kids Week, to help make a trip up to town more affordable. Kids Week has an exciting line-up of shows offering free tickets and activities throughout August.

Old favourite: Judi Dench in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

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Likes of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel helped to drive the over-45s to the cinema

Classical review: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Holland Park Opera, London

Most ‘children’s operas’ are not really that at all, but Holland Park Opera – as its general manager has explained in these columns – is aiming its “Alice” squarely at the youthful end of the market. The background of its composer Will Todd is suitably eclectic, ranging from a jazz Mass, to oratorios, to an anthem for last year’s royal diamond jubilee; its designer Leslie Travers’s most recent exploit was the inspired staging of the Aldeburgh “Grimes on the Beach”; conducting and direction are by Martin Duncan and Stuart Stratford, versatile operators both.

Cast members of the new Beatles musical 'Let It Be', which is being sued by a rival production

Don't Let It Be: Beatles musical sued by rival over who came up with the idea of impersonating The Fab Four

Rival tribute acts will battle it out in court for the right to recreate the band’s music on stage

Video: Daring operas

Watch the videos below to see clips from two celebrity-based operas that have appeared in recent years.

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Palladio’s grand buildings are a feature of this northern Italian city

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Production chronicles the story of a divisive new toll road scheduled to slice through a village

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