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Most brothers of the groom use their best man’s speech as an excuse for some mild teasing and emotional childhood tales.

Album: Pet Shop Boys, The Most Incredible Thing (EMI)

Pet Shop Boys have come a long way since the ill-fated disco musical Closer to Heaven.

Pop goes the musical

Theatre, ballet and opera are embracing some unexpected talents

Heads Up: The Most Incredible Thing

Cometh the hour, cometh the Pet Shop Boys' ballet

Album: British Sea Power, Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade)

Power and glory – a panoramic take on protest pop

My Dad’s a Birdman, Young Vic, London

Father and daughter are in a flap in more ways than one in My Dad's a Birdman, this year's super soaraway Christmas entertainment at the Young Vic. David Annen's scrawny, beguiling Dad appears to be several twigs short of the full nest with his jerky avian twitches, hops, hoots and nasal burrowings into a bin-bag.

Elton's Heroes: No. 4 - Brandon Flowers

The unlikely idol with the killer tunes

Flesh dance: the nude show set for UK debut

A choreographer who describes himself as the "enfant terrible" of the dance world, and whose previous shows have featured scenes of simulated masturbation, is set to bring his work to Britain for the first time.

Album: Hurts, Happiness (Sony/Major Label)

Clean-cut Hurts duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson are aiming for a kind of undemonstrative Pet Shop Boys studiousness in their personal presentation, reflected in the well-manicured lines of their classy pop songs.

Pet Shop Boys, Empress Ballroom, Blackpool<br/>Klaxons, Ruby Lounge, Manchester

A dash of wit, a slice of politics and a garnish of art-school style &ndash; the Pet Shop Boys' synth-pop formula just gets better and better

Culture Club: Glastonbury

Readers review this week's festival featuring Gorillaz, Dizzee Rascal, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Muse, Scissor Sisters, MGMT, Laura Marling, The Flaming Lips, Tinie Tempah and The xx

Lily's in tears over Ivor Novello triumph

Lily Allen broke down in tears as her song The Fear scooped major prizes at the Ivor Novello Awards today.

Flight of the Conchords, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Dulcet duo in pretty fine feather

Be afraid. Janet's on the stump

In Islington South and Finsbury, former home of Tony Blair, the main parties have all chosen female candidates. Janet Street-Porter met them

A very modern military partnership

Only 10 years ago, the Army was expelling soldiers for homosexuality. Now gay weddings get the regimental blessing. Terri Judd reports

Blaze, Peacock Theatre, London

Blaze scoops up street dance, reality TV dance competitions and stage and video designers, cramming them all together to make a noisy, scattershot show. In one mood, it can frame champion-level breakdancing with sophisticated video design, imagery swirling. In another, it tries cheesy comedy routines with joke wigs and a clapometer.

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Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

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Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

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