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"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Penelope, Hampstead Theatre, London

Irish playwright Enda (Disco Pigs, The Walworth Farce) Walsh was invited by a German theatre to respond to The Odyssey.

The curse of the vanishing mummies

Museums have been hiding away priceless collections of human remains, for ideological reasons

The Experts' Guide To The World: Milan

The classic tourist trail through central Milan starts at Il Duomo, the incomparable Gothic cathedral and the piazza and Galleria that abut it, then heads north-east via Monte Napoleone, where all the fashion boutiques are, to the Gallery of Modern Art, housed in a late-18th-century stately home, and the Giardini Pubblici, the city centre's best park. If you've seen those, you can't say you have done Milan, but you have taken a significant bite.

A century of blasting and blessing: The history of hectoring

For the past 100 years, artists and writers have launched manifestos to sell new ideas and kill the old. Did they change the world, or make a noise? Alex Danchev looks at the history of hectoring

Gilbert & George: The wild cards strike again

Gilbert & George have amassed calling cards for their latest show – and the results add up to more than just tawdry telephone-box smut, says Adrian Hamilton

Roy Amiss: Putting painting back in the picture

The British artist tells us why innovation and painting are not antitheses ahead of his new show at the European Patent Office in The Hague.

Ready To Wear: Put your best foot forward in Prada's new hybrid brogue

While the very idea of "intellectual" fashion is likely to bring out an even a half-intelligent woman in hives, there are certain industry heavyweights who regularly come up with designs that provoke a certain amount of thought at least.

Season's Greetings, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London

There have been 10 Alan Ayckbourn plays on the South Bank, but none finer than this mordantly hilarious Christmas farce, a 30-year-old classic of drunken disasters and misrouted passions round the tree.

First Night: Season's Greetings, National Theatre, London

Unwrap the drinks, guns and cuddly toy for a perfect farce

Fiona Banner, Frith Street Gallery, London

An index of military aircraft is a cenotaph, the Bayeaux Tapestry a brutal essay, in a muscular show about writing

'Taking on England's scrum – that's an exciting challenge' - Thorn

Brad Thorn blames himself for the All Blacks' loss to Australia but, he tells Hugh Godwin, he's aiming to make amends at Twickenham

The Aldens - Twin leads of opera's ongoing revolution

David and Christopher Alden have both brought their challenging approach to ENO this autumn. Jessica Duchen sees double

RED, Robert Schwentke, 111 mins (12A)<br/>Easy A, Will Gluck, 92 mins (15)

Old assassins never die, they just shoot from a new hip

Love, Sex, Death &amp; Words, By John Sutherland &amp; Stephen Fender

Beguiled by a literary calendar

Last Night in Twisted River, By John Irving

It would seem that publishing novels for five decades and winning a National Book Award (for The World According to Garp) isn't as confidence-boosting as one might imagine. How else to explain the curious Author's Note at the end of John Irving's latest door-stopper of a novel?

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