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.

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George Osborne

The Gospel According to the Other Mary,
LA Philharmonic and Chorale, Dudamel, Barbican, London

A John Adams ‘Passion’ staged by his regular collaborator Peter Sellars sounded promising, even if the latter was going to ‘craft’ the libretto. As Sellars’s synopsis made clear, The Gospel According to the Other Mary would juxtapose Biblical events with some quintessentially Californian struggles.

Strictly star Denise Van Outen to dance to a different tune hosting new radio show

Former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Denise Van Outen will be tapping her toes to a different tune as she hosts her own radio show.

Kelsey Grammer is his role as corrupt Chicago Mayor Tom Kane in Boss

Television: Frasier's always on Kelsey Grammer's mind

Can new show Boss help him escape his own creation's straightjacket?

Opera: Written on Skin at The Royal Opera House

A heavenly tale that gets under the skin

Forget journalism - after my debut on the West End, I'm ready for Broadway

One line may not be much, but it's enough to make the nerves set in

Example's “Perfect Replacement” is out now

Cultural life: Example, musician

Music

Director, Bob Tomson with cast members of
'Carnaby Street The Musical'

Rolling Stones threaten legal action over new swinging 60s musical Carnaby Street

The Rolling Stones are threatening legal action to halt a new musical set in London's Swinging 60s heyday which is set to include one of their biggest hits.

Kevin Spacey in Richard III

Kevin Spacey’s stage poser gets
some tweetwise responses

The Arts Diary

Anne Hathaway accepts her award for best supporting actress (Les Miserables)

2013 Oscars: Anne Hathaway's acceptance speech for best supporting actress in full

It came true. Thank you so much to the Academy for this and for nominating me with Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams and Sally Field

Demon barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd cuts the mustard with five theatre awards

West End hit Sweeney Todd topped the bill at a theatre awards show by carrying off five prizes.

How We Met: Simon Stephens & Mark Haddon

'He laughs a lot for someone who writes about people being bludgeoned to death'

All that jazz: a scene from BBC2’s ‘Swinging into the Blitz: a Culture Show Special’

All that jazz: Swinging in the Blitz

Clemency Burton-Hill was making a jazz documentary when she discovered the black wartime stars who created a very British sound of their own

Ryan Gosling with Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Valentine's Day: How to be romantic on a student budget

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’re coupled up then the question of what to do (if anything) is probably imminent.

Only Fools And Horses actors Tessa Peake-Jones and Douglas Hodge split up after 27 years together

Holby City and Only Fools And Horses actress Tessa Peake-Jones has separated from her actor partner Douglas Hodge after 27 years.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee