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The Victorian in the Wall at the Royal Court

Theatre review: The Victorian in the Wall, Royal Court Theatre, London

When Dominic Cooke took over at the Royal Court, he said he wanted to stage more plays about “what it means to be middle class”. Now, as the reins of artistic director pass to Vicky Featherstone, comes possibly the most middle-class play of his era - and very funny on the topic it is too.

Everything but the sink: 1646 kitchen scene by the Flemish painter David Teniers the Younger, now restored to Robert Walpole’s former Norfolk home

Charles Darwent on visual Houghton Revisited: There's much to learn by taking a dim view of art

As it did 250 years ago, Velázquez's portrait of Pope Innocent X peers into the gloom at Houghton Hall. It is an extraordinary image in an extraordinary space.

Japan tactics to kick-start economy pay off

Japan’s “shock and awe” tactics to kick-start its sluggish economy paid off today as the world’s third-biggest economy leapt forward in the first three months of the year.

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A class act: Will Adamsdale satirises the angst-ridden middle classes in his surreal new show

Adamsdale was an actor who became a comedian by mistake. Alice Jones meets him.

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Angelina Jolie’s surgeon has revealed that just four days after she underwent a preventative double mastectomy the Hollywood actress went back to work.

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Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy puts genetic key to breast cancer in the spotlight

The developing science of DNA profiling helped the actress decide to have a double mastectomy

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Bee Osborn is an interior designer who lives in London with her three daughters and art dealer husband

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Inchbald-trained Bee Osborn is an interior designer who lives in London with her three daughters and art dealer husband. She is currently working on the refurbishment of the iconic Hotel St Barth Isle de France, which is part of the Oetker Collection. Osborn talks to Annie Deakin about lighting, Kit Kemp and design tricks.

Afghan interpreters who helped British forces in home country launch legal challenge against government decision not to allow them to settle in the UK

Afghan interpreters who have aided British forces in their country have issued a plea to the UK Government to grant them asylum to save them from the “danger” of Taliban vengeance attacks.

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Tate to stage major exhibitions by Matisse, Turner and Mondrian

Major exhibitions by Matisse, Turner and Mondrian will be among the highlights of next year's shows at the Tate galleries.

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Russian organisers defend decision to deal with 'packs of animals' that 'attack children' in Sochi

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Restoration works at the world-famous Pompeii archaeological site are being investigated for suspected Mafia involvement.

Restructuring of Scottish football vetoed by St Mirren and Ross County

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne emerged from the talks to announce that they had failed to secure the 11-1 majority needed

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