After boos, death threats and a breakdown, the enfant terrible of dance returns – this time with a three-act ballet scored by the Pet Shop Boys
Theatre, ballet and opera are embracing some unexpected talents
Cometh the hour, cometh the Pet Shop Boys' ballet
Power and glory – a panoramic take on protest pop
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
Dulcet duo in pretty fine feather
In Islington South and Finsbury, former home of Tony Blair, the main parties have all chosen female candidates. Janet Street-Porter met them
Only 10 years ago, the Army was expelling soldiers for homosexuality. Now gay weddings get the regimental blessing. Terri Judd reports
If there's a danger of the Pet Shop Boys' glass-half-empty attitude putting a bit of a damper on the kids' Christmas spirits, then this could completely creep them out.
Given the over-subscribed portfolio of possible song choices usually involved, you can hardly blame the Pet Shop Boys for cutting their artistic losses and settling for a Christmas EP rather than a full album.
East End boys, West End pearls
Vincent Frank, aka Frankmusik, has received plenty of positive press attention already, but he's confident that he doesn't need it. Rob Sharp meets an assured new talent
With their gold-lamé suits and leopard-skin posing pouches, Boney M helped bring a much-needed touch of the exotic to Britain in the gloomy, crisis-hit days of the late 1970s. And for the scantily clad, German-manufactured disco stars, 1978 was to be their high-water mark, a year in which they sold more than three million singles in the UK as well as notching up a platinum album.
It was a Seventies bungalow in Sussex, without a great deal of style. Now it's been transformed into a family-friendly haven of design. Dominic Bradbury drops in
Comedy and music mix as well as oil and water, but Flight of the Conchords – the Grammy-winning New Zealand duo of Radio 4/HBO fame – are one of the rare and precious exceptions.