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: Verdi’s Ballo, King’s Head Theatre, London

The news that OperaUpClose were planning to stage Verdi’s A Masked Ball in an IKEA store did not sound promising, as we’d been there before. In 2009 Flatpack Opera made Wembley IKEA the venue and subject of a work whose audience was joined by bemused shoppers, not all of whom were keen to be plunged into an art event which began in the bedsit department and ended in kitchens. At least OperaUpClose were doing it in a kosher theatre.

Eddie Izzard's partly political broadcast sees him scrape by to keep his deposit.

Comedy review: Eddie Izzard's Brighton Centre gig is not a Force Majeure - more Partly Political Broadcast

The 51-year-old appears to be canvassing support to be Labour's mayoral candidate rather than performing a stand-up routine

No dispute: The Pajama Game is another hit for Chichester Festival

Kate Bassett on The Pajama Game: Anyone for a little strike-and-dance?

Jean-Luc Godard called ‘The Pajama Game’ the first left-wing operetta – and in Richard Eyre’s hands, it’s a workers’ triumph

Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter

Theatre review: Merrily We Roll Along, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

It's getting to be a habit for the Menier Chocolate Factory to transfer their acclaimed Sondheim revivals from the quirky intimacy of their own venue to the big bad world of the West End.

Doc Brown

Comedy review: Doc Brown, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Towards the end of his show rapper-turned comic Doc Brown (real name Ben Bailey Smith) says that he feels he is “still drifting”and that his career journey so far could still be a work in progress.

Milly Shapiro, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence and Bailey Ryon, the four actresses who share the starring role in

Child actors denied top prize as Matilda the musical sweeps Tony Award nominations

It’s a decision worthy of that tyrannical stickler for the rules, Miss Trunchbull.

Matilda has been described as one of the best ever British musicals to hit Broadway

Matilda The Musical leads America's Tony Award nominations with 12 nods

Stage hit Matilda: The Musical and a show adapted from a low-budget British movie were the toast of Broadway today as they headed the nominations for the Tony Awards.

The Pajama Game

Theatre review: The Pajama Game, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

The Chichester season (reduced in scale this year as the main theatre is renovated and the big shows are housed in a tent) kicks off in the Minerva Studio now with Richard Eyre's irrepressibly zestful revival of The Pajama Game, the 1954 Broadway hit (with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross) that became a Doris Day film three years later.

Sylvester Stallone poses in character as Rocky
US actor Sylvester Stallone at the musical 'Rocky' in Hamburg

Sylvester Stallone's Rocky: The Musical to transfer to Broadway

It has been a knockout in Germany, and now Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film Rocky will also be a hit on Broadway.

Oliver Awards 2013: List of winners in full

Here are the full list of winners at this year's Olivier Awards:

Olivier glory for Helen Mirren

Olivier Awards 2013: Dame Helen Mirren rules the West End as she wins for another portrayal of the Queen - but Curious Incident team are top dog

The last time Helen Mirren portrayed the Queen she was rewarded with an Oscar and a Bafta award. After returning to the role on stage she has also been crowned with British theatre’s top acting award.

Album: Neon Neon, Praxis Makes Perfect (Republic of Music)

If filmmakers make biopics, then Neon Neon are music’s foremost makers of biodiscs. With 2008 debut Stainless Style, the electro-pop duo of Boom Bip and Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys imagined the inner life of disgraced car magnate John DeLorean. Now they turn to Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, the Italian Communist allegedly killed by his own explosives in 1972.

High-vis low comedy: (from left) Luke Gell, David Haig, Mina Anwar and Toby Longworth in 'The Wright Way'

Grace Dent on TV: The Wright Way (BBC1)

Ben Elton has created an admirably broad new comedy. Shame it's not admirably funny

Classical review: West, Collon, RPO, Cadogan Hall, London

Ever since Bartok, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev hit their respective jackpots, composers have reserved the right to turn their ballets and operas into concert suites.

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