Toy story: Gretel and Sandman in Liam Scarlett’s Grimm tale

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The reason fairy stories have endured in the collective consciousness is not just that successive generations have been offered them as childhood fare. It's that they give a manageable shape and form to our deepest adult fears. So it should come as no surprise that Liam Scarlett, whose last ballet tackled the murky world of the painter Walter Sickert and his possible identity as Jack the Ripper, is now peering into the darkest corners of a Grimm Brothers' tale.

Hundreds of thousands of carers will be promised new rights in the Queen’s Speech as the number of elderly and vulnerable people being looked after by family members continues to soar

GPs say carers neglect their own health and are at greater risk of depression

Royal College of General Practitioners says mental health check-ups could protect the £119 billion carers save the taxpayer

Roberto Martinez is in charge of his 150th Premier League game

Roberto Martinez: Wigan cannot relax if we win against Swansea

Wigan manager warns that beating Swansea and losing the next two will send them down

Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape, By Jay Griffiths

This lyrical plea to free childhood from control seeks ancient solutions to modern anxieties

Stroke survivors and their families feel abandoned by health services after being left to deal with the emotional impact alone, says report

Stroke survivors and their families feel abandoned by health and social services after being left to deal with the emotional impact of stroke alone, a report reveals today.

Nottinghamshire’s Graeme Swann bowls in the nets as he nears his return

James Taylor helps Notts cash in as Derbyshire get harsh lesson

Derbyshire 256 Nottinghamshire 325-5

How To Be Beautiful: The best supplements for skin, hair and nails

Supplements. Note the name. They're not handy replacements for a healthy diet and lifestyle; they're a nice top-up of the nutrients you need to keep skin, hair and nails in good nick – usual suspects such as vitamins A, C and E plus minerals such as zinc, iron and silica.

The smell of rosemary could boost your memory, researchers said

Smell of rosemary 'may improve memory'

The smell of rosemary could boost your memory, researchers said.

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Surgeons save teacher's testicle after dog attack

Victim calls for the dog to be found and put down

'Ruby the Heart Stealer' maintains innocence and denies sexual relations with Silvio Berlusconi

Former belly dancer Karima El Mahroug says allegations against her and 76-year-old former premier are untrue

Review: Shooting Victoria, By Paul Thomas Murphy. Head of Zeus, £25

"It is worth being shot at," the 62-year-old Queen Victoria wrote to her eldest daughter after Roderick MacLean discharged a revolver in her direction, "to see how much one is loved."

Helping hand: Jessica Bastick-Vines as Joe and Ralf Little as Bri in 'A Day in the Death of Joe Egg'

How my son's disability is helping me to direct Joe Egg

Mostly I howl with laughter, but there are also bitter tears, says Stephen Unwin

Handwritten notes of 10 and 11-year-old boys who plotted to rape and kill their 'really annoying' classmate read to court

Note was found in one of the boys’ backpacks after the pair had been caught with a knife and a semi-automatic handgun at their elementary school

Former archbishop Lord Carey attacks David Cameron for 'aggressive secularism' in the Government's approach to same-sex marriage

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has accused the Prime Minister of doing more than any other recent  political leader to make Christians feel a “persecuted minority”.

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