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It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984.  On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Stephen Fry stands by Twitter joker Paul Chambers at High Court

A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet had celebrity backing as he renewed his challenge against conviction today.

Joseph O’Brien on St Nicholas Abbey (right) fails to peg back his stablemate
Windsor Palace (red blinkers) at the Curragh yesterday

Pacemaker upsets St Nicholas Abbey and Aidan O'Brien

Whether you are a mouse, a man or an O'Brien, your best-laid schemes can go agley. Young Joseph of the latter ilk may have given Camelot an inch-perfect ride to take the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Saturday, but two days later at the Curragh he for once seemed to get the fractions wrong on one of the Ballydoyle older stars, St Nicholas Abbey.

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Galloway claims he is the 'Robin Hood' of British politics

Newly-elected MP George Galloway has claimed he is the “Robin Hood” of British politics.

David Harewood as Nelson Mandela

Black actors should 'head for Hollywood'

Black British actors should go west to Hollywood as quickly as they can because they won't find leading roles in the UK, David Harewood, the acclaimed National Theatre performer, has advised.

Knighthood decision a 'token gesture'

A leading union today welcomed the decision to strip former RBS chief executive Fred Goodwin of his knighthood.

Paddy Ashdown: We need a Tobin tax – but not to fill black holes

It is not just the regulatory benefits that are clear. The money raised could be used to help millions of children

Lenny Henry plays Antipholus as a naive Nigerian, unaware that his twin is also in town

The Comedy of Errors, NT Olivier, London
The Heart of Robin Hood, RST, Stratford upon Avon
Hamlet, Barbican, London

Dubious casting does not guarantee laughter in Shakespeare’s farce of mistaken identities

The Heart of Robin Hood, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon (4/5)

The greensward is a massive 40-foot high slope in The Heart of Robin Hood, the RSC's captivating new Christmas show.

Ned Kelly's body is found at last

The headless remains of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly have been identified, officials said yesterday. Kelly led a gang that robbed banks and killed policemen in the state of Victoria between 1878 and 1880.

Sarah's Key, 111 mins, 12A

Sometimes, two films about meteor strikes or Robin Hood go into production at once, but it's still strange to watch Sarah's Key only two months after The Round Up. Both are concerned with 16 and 17 July 1942, when 13,000 Jews were marched from their homes in Paris by the French police, and some scenes are so similar that they could be swapped from one film to the other without anyone batting an eyelid. But while The Round Up was content to inform us of these events, Sarah's Key uses them as the starting point of a much more ambitious, far-reaching story. At first the film's strength, ultimately it's the opposite.

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England hope another green top will swing series their way

There is celebration in the air at Old Trafford.

Minor British Institutions: The rogue

The British have always been susceptible to a rogue, factual, fictional or a bit of both, from Robin Hood to Falstaff to handsome highwaymen to Arthur Daley and Derek Trotter. It's the attraction of opposites, of the mischievous to an essentially staid nation.

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