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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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