Daniel Kitson

Comedy review: Daniel Kitson: After The Beginning, Before The End Theatre Royal Brighton Festival

Daniel Kitson’s new show is a reflection on reality, memory and our sense of self. Hardly wall-to-wall giggles, you might think, but this publicity-shy, TV-shunning, Perrier Award-winning comic’s talent lies in burrowing into the human psyche and dispensing profound nuggets through tales in which, more often than not, he is the hapless protagonist. After The Beginning, Before The End is like a TED talk with added LOLs.

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A tribute by the Norwegian pianist to filmmaker and "formative influence" Michelangelo Antonioni, recorded live at a 2010 jazz festival with an impressive ensemble.

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Protesters at Aintree

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Paolo Di Canio gestures towards fans during his time at Lazio

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Jonathan Slinger (Hamlet)

Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

David Farr's new take on Hamlet takes place in what looks like the fencing gym of a run-down public school.

Paperback review: In One Person, By John Irving

We are formed by what we desire,” declares Bill Abbott, the bisexual narrator of John Irving’s thirteenth novel.

Anna Prohaska, Enchanted Forest (Deutsche Grammophon)

Album review: Anna Prohaska, Enchanted Forest (Deutsche Grammophon)

Sensitively accompanied by Jonathan Cohen's ensemble Arcangelo, soprano Anna Prohaska here offers a selection of baroque arias based on the supernatural – a mythopoeic world of nymphs, fairies, gods and sorcerors.

Album review: Josh Groban, All That Echoes (Reprise)

The Groban Phenomenon seems unstoppable – All That Echoes crashed into the American charts at No 1, and will likely follow suit here too – though for all his personable self-deprecation, the blend of operatic pop on which his reputation is built seems strangely thin and insipid.

Nicholas Hoult in Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies: Not all zombies love eating human flesh

With zombie fiction trending so heavily, you could be forgiven for thinking that this fascination with the undead, much like the vampire before it, may be in danger of being done to, well, death. For where else is there to go? The answer, perhaps, lies no longer in aiming for the head, but getting inside it. Or at least that's what Jonathan Levine's new zom-rom-com, Warm Bodies, suggests. A film that is leading the pack in telling us that zombies are people too.

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The Experts: The best beauty products for Valentine's Day

We may have survived the arduous slog that was January, but don't breathe a sigh of relief yet – Valentine's Day is looming.

The 10 Best Valentine gifts

Stuck for a romantic idea? Go for all-out luxury with a meal for two or something a little more high tech

New Robert Burns writings found

A Robert Burns expert has uncovered seven “lost” manuscripts and letters belonging to the Scottish poet which throw significant new light on his life and work.

Everest 1953: The Epic Story of the First Ascent, By Mick Conefrey. Oneworld £20

The received picture of the 1953 British Everest expedition is of a seamless triumph, to make up for the earlier failures of the 1920s and 1930s. Mick Conefrey's groundbreaking new book reveals how far from seamless it actually was.

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