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

Classical review: The Canticles, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

The big revelation of Britten’s centenary year is turning out to be sheer multifariousness of his creation, generating a multitude of short works alongside the symphonic and operatic masterpieces. Some of those short works are masterpieces too, notably the five Canticles which fit no known category.

Music review: La rondine, Royal Opera House, London

Why did Angela Gheorghiu look so uneasy taking her curtain calls at the revived Rondine's first night? It couldn't just have been her unflattering wardrobe for Act 3. One had the sense that there was, for her, some underlying problem with her part, or with the production, or even with the opera itself. Puccini was never satisfied with this un-categorisable hybrid, and he was still tinkering with it at the end of his life.

Album: Nicky Haslam, Midnight Matinée, SFA

A curio curated by Haslam – the septuagenarian interior designer – and producer David Ogilvy, MM is a strangely wonderful thing.

Cameron Diaz is to play Miss Hannigan in Annie

Leaping lizards! Cameron Diaz cast as Miss Hannigan in Annie

Cameron Diaz is set to play Miss Hannigan in a forthcoming film remake of the 1980s stage musical Annie.

Theatre review: This Is My Family, Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Playwright and composer Tim Firth has emerged as inheritor of a British musical tradition laid down by Lionel Bart and Willy Russell. Director Daniel Evans meanwhile, is being seriously talked about as the next artistic director of the National Theatre.

'Not a Golden Ticket': Underwhelming reviews greet Sam Mendes' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

The launch of the new family West End production Charlie And The Chocolate Factory falls short of real magic, according to mixed opening night reviews.

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon to return to the London stage 25 years after it first arrived

Miss Saigon, the musical that brought a real helicopter onto the West End stage, is descending on London again.

'Mamma Mia!' has been a runaway success in the West End

Radio comes alive with the sound of musicals

A new station plans to play just showtunes, with its presenters drawn from the cream of London’s talent

The upper hand: Patti LuPone

Theatre review: Patti LuPone wreaks vengeance on Andrew Lloyd Webber

Patti LuPone says she loves London though one sometimes wonders why, given the treatment that Broadway’s original Evita has endured at the hands of a particular English composer, who also happens to sit in the House of Lords.

Death in Venice, Coliseum, London

Classical review: Deborah Warner's ENO Death in Venice is brilliantly revived

Death in Venice, Coliseum, London

Lucian Freud and Benefits Supervisor Sleeping 'Big Sue' (now Small Sue)

Be careful not to tread on little Lucian Freud

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Host Neil Patrick Harris and retired boxer Mike Tyson perform during the opening number of American Theatre Wing's annual Tony Awards in New York June 9, 2013.

Bitter stage stars out of tune with reality of life in TV

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Education Secretary Michael Gove

‘Jingoistic and illegal’ – what teachers think of Michael Gove's national curriculum reforms

Over 100 historians claim Education Secretary’s plan ‘lacks balance and promotes political views’

Classical review: Peter Grimes, Snape Maltings, Suffolk

It was in many ways appropriate that Aldeburgh’s Britten-centenary festival should open with a concert performance of Peter Grimes.

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
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From strung out to playing strings

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Emmys 2014 review: Can they genuinely compete with the Oscars

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The recent Emmy Awards are certainly glamorous, but they can't beat their movie cousins
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Arsenal know battle with Besiktas is a season-defining fixture

Arsene Wenger admits his below-strength side will have to improve on last week’s show to pass tough test
Pete Jenson: Athletic Bilbao’s locals-only transfer policy shows success does not need to be bought

Pete Jenson: A Different League

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The Greatest Guitar Riff of all time

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