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No shortage of thought and effort has gone into making this updated working of the Arthurian legend more than just a hot afternoon or evening at the theatre.

Trevor Eve: 'I want my work to be the best it can be'

'Waking the Dead' may be on the way out, but its star is looking to the future. Rachel Shields meets him

After 26 years, curtain falls on John Godber

John Godber has written the country's most frequently performed plays, but for audiences in Hull, they have appeared one too many times. The playwright has ended his 26-year formal association with one of the city's theatres in typically dramatic style after accusations of "cronyism".

Bourne launches search for the real Billy Elliots

Choreographer sets up talent competition to inspire youngsters

The Belfast Festival at Queen's 2010

Now in its 48th year, the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s once again brings an extraordinary programme of cultural delight, to excite inspiration and provoke thought.

McKellen blasts acting standards

Britain's reputation for world-class theatre is being jeopardised by declining acting standards, according to Sir Ian McKellen.

How I Escaped My Certain Fate: The Life and Deaths of a Stand-Up Comedian, By Stewart Lee

A verbose, sprawling, self-referential memoir by the David Foster Wallace of alternative stand-up

Shrunk, Cock Tavern Theatre, London

Some marriages end as a result of psychotherapy, but do certain psychotherapists wreck certain marriages?

Paradise Found, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

This new musical stinks to high heaven

Free podcast: Maria Friedman

Three-time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman talks to Edward Seckerson about her first solo album for 12 years – The Great British Songbook.

Mark Rylance: 'I'll play another woman'

This week's Olivier Award confirms him as the best stage actor of his generation – and he's got plenty more surprises up his sleeve

Letters: The Catholic Church

The Pope and the bishops need to do penance

Tom Sutcliffe: We wrinklies really don't have it so bad

The lottery of birth date has given the current generation of over-50s unearned advantages

From a play without a venue to a first for the Olivier Awards

Katori Hall becomes first black writer to triumph in best new play category

Pandora: Tories under pressure: May turns lobbyist

Regulars at Portcullis House were last week treated to the unlikely sight of Brian May in deep conversation with Nick Herbert, the Conservative's Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Hollywood stars nominated for Olivier Awards

Hollywood stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Keira Knightley and Gillian Anderson were today nominated for Laurence Olivier Awards, theatre's top accolades.

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