News Dave Lee Travis arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London on Wednesday for the second day of his trial.

A radio announcer has told the court in the trial of DJ Dave Lee Travis that she was in a “panic” after he allegedly grabbed her breasts when she was speaking live on air.

Compagnie 111:Aurélien Bory, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Aurélien Bory's Sans Objet is a work for two acrobats and a 1970s industrial robot. The human performers, Olivier Alenda and Olivier Boyer, are taut and disciplined, but that robot is the star of the show. It has amazing range and delicacy of movement: flowing and twisting, picking up and setting things down, pulling the floor from under its human partners' feet.

Peers sit for just 80 minutes after marathon debate

After a marathon all-night debate in the House of Lords on proposals for a referendum on changing the Westminster voting system and cutting the number of MPs, peers discussed the matter for just 80 minutes when business resumed today.

Pantomime is hit by Red Cross ban

The Glasgow Pavilion theatre's annual pantomime has been found to be in violation of the Geneva Convention.

Sleeping Beauty, Richmond Theatre, Surrey

Princess Beauty sleeps for a 100 years before the Prince she's met in the forest wakes her with a kiss. No jumped-up modern reading is going to sully that story at Richmond, where traditional pantomime is a staple of the season every year: a packed matinée of middle-class moppets and mothers is a perfect cultural indicator, even during a recession.

Video: George Osborne accused of homophobic remark

George Osborne is under fire after appearing to call an openly gay Labour MP a "pantomime dame" in parliament.

Look behind the clichés: all-star panto is raking in the millions

Pantomime has evolved, with big stars, big budgets and big profits

Charles Nevin: These are a few of my favourite short things

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The Sketch: Dave's wit and charm make a pantomime villain out of raging Ed

Leaving the gallery, we all thought Ed Miliband did well enough in the last PMQs before Christmas. The seasonal exchanges finished with a cheery "And you!" from the PM (Ed had just called him a @#xx!), and there'd been that singalong with Labour chanting "Broken! Broken!" as Ed read out his list of Tory promises.

I think people are starting to like me, says Savage

Derby captain was written off but is leading Rams' charge towards top flight

Terence Blacker: Aux armes across the channel

A few concerns have been raised about plans for closer co-operation between the British and French armies. There have been quacks of alarm from traditionalists and little Englanders, fearful that the essential character of our soldiery will be compromised by contact with French brothers-in-arms. "British Army Under French Orders", read one front-page headline over a piece which mentioned Agincourt, Crécy, Trafalgar, Waterloo. "In World War II we were supposed to be standing side by side with the French," one old soldier was reported as saying. "Then look what happened."

Bedlam, Shakespeare's Globe, London

Unbalanced tale doesn't lose the plot

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi, By Andrew McConnell Stott

The story of a top clown beset by melancholia written by a former stand-up comedian who has "twice sought help for depression" might sound a singularly resistible volume, but you turn the pages entranced by a dazzling yarn.

Pantomime Prior eases England to victory

BCB XI 151-8 England XI 155-3 (England XI won by 7 wickets)

In Praise of Hairiness, Barbican Pit, London

Old-style circus skills are gloriously subverted in this life-affirming one-woman show

Amy Winehouse admits pantomime assault

Amy Winehouse today admitted assaulting a theatre manager during an incident at a pantomime.

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