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The singular comic talents of Stefan Golaszewski are mostly expended on works for television - as in Him & Her, a sitcom that applies Royle Family techniques to twentysomething slackerdom with intermittently hilarious results.

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Theatre: I loved E V Crowe's 'Kin' at the Royal Court last year. A crazy, dystopian vision of two 10-year-old girls at boarding school, it was dark and disturbing. The two actresses, Madison Lygo and Maya Gerber, put in phenomenal performances. There's something really transgressive about seeing young children live on stage when they should really be in bed.

David Lister: Subsidised theatre receives a timely boost

Spare a thought for the losers. Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical drew a blank at last night's ceremony, a rarity for him. Television's Poirot, David Suchet, must wait another year for an Olivier, despite a fine performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Derek Jacobi's towering and desperately moving King Lear was also beaten.

The problem with Tennessee: Too hot and too cool

A new exhibition reveals the American playwright's battles to stage his plays in post-war London.

Brian Viner: You shouldn't rush a good drama

We television critics are used to being lambasted as worthless specimens of humanity. And actors, producers, directors and screenwriters have now been joined by bloggers, tweeters and message-boarders in telling us that we know nothing, the implication being that they know a whole lot more.

Annie Girardot: Actress who eschewed glamorous roles in favour of portraying 'everywoman'

While many French women have an ambivalent attitude towards the national screen icons Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau, they embraced the sparrow-like Annie Girardot, with her feather-cut hair and gravelly voice, for the "everywoman" quality she brought to the wide range of strong-minded characters she portrayed in over 120 films. "I played a judge, a lawyer, a taxi driver, a cop, a surgeon," said Girardot, France's most popular and bankable actress of the 1970s. "People didn't come to watch a beautiful, vamp-like creature, but simply a woman. I've always done my own shopping and the housework. I was never a glamorous star."

Anna Yablonskaya: Playwright acclaimed far beyond her native Ukraine for the acuity of her dramatic vision

In her short career, Anna Yablonskaya became one of the most accomplished post-Soviet playwrights and her plays attracted attention and stagings across Russia and abroad, winning many awards thanks to the acuity of her dramatic vision.

I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays, Cock Tavern Theatre, London

Williams rarity worth the wait

Censored: Natalie Portman’s Oscar frock horror

Perhaps the most entertaining moment at last night’s Oscars came when Best Actress Natalie Portman trooped backstage to discuss her success with the world’s assembled media.

Mark Ryan: Guitarist with Adam and the Ants who became a successful playwright

Mark Ryan was a restless musician and dramatist who played in a number of experimental punk bands before joining Adam and the Ants in time for their debut performance at the ICA restaurant in May 1977. He was in the line-up to record Plastic Surgery and appeared with the band in the Derek Jarman film Jubilee in the same year. However, soon at odds with the management, he was fired and joined The Photons with Steve Strange.

They've got to be joking: Audiences are being tested to the limit by a rash of politically incorrect plays

There are two kinds of laughter to be heard during performances of Clybourne Park, a play that busts a lot of the taboos that surround the way we talk about racism and, in relation to the way a deaf character is treated, disability too.

Canon EOS 7D: A new lens on the scene

Director Mike Figgis believes this ordinary camera will change the way movies are made. He tells Steve Rose why it's the best bit of kit since the invention of 16mm film

Domini Blythe: British-born actress who became one of Canada's leading stage performers

The British-born actress Domini Blythe appeared on the London stage among an all-naked cast in the erotic revue Oh! Calcutta! before emigrating to Canada, where she became a leading performer on the classical stage.

Andrew Davies: The man who made Colin Firth a sex god

But the screenwriter's 'South Riding' is less steamy than much of his work. Susie Mesure meets Andrew Davies

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Football League chairman Greg Clarke has warned that clubs are heading towards "the precipice" due to too much debt. The stark warning was made at the latest session of the Parliamentary inquiry into football governance yesterday with Clarke saying there needed to a be a sea change in the way clubs were run.

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