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Royal Opera House wins first West End transfer with 'Wind in the Willows'

The Royal Opera House is to follow in the footsteps of the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company with the transfer of a production to London’s West End for the first time.

National Coal Mining Museum at risk of closure due to spending cuts

A fourth museum in the North of England is now under threat from impending Government cuts, it was claimed today.

The National Railway Museum in York

Three national museums face prospect of charging for entry - and they're all in the north

National Rail Museum at York and Shildon, Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI), and Bradford's National Media Museum warned to brace themselves

Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors who had a dramatic impact on rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 74

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Haroon Mirza has transformed a space at London's Lisson Gallery into a gleaming symphony of light

Sound moves from bright young thing Haroon Mirza

The British artist Haroon Mirza has transformed a space at London's Lisson Gallery into a gleaming symphony of light, reverberation and echo with his newest installation, /o/o/o/o/. Its centrepiece, a reverberation chamber created by Mirza and his architect brother, Omar, will be lit by small, flashing LEDs that correspond to noise from speakers rigged in and about the chamber. The combination of constant, clanging noise and flashing light is set to offer a unique, otherworldly gallery-going experience.

You don't want to get on the wrong side of the Belieber army

Justin Bieber attacked by fan during show in Dubai

Justin Bieber has been attacked by a male fan while performing on stage at a concert in Dubai.

British and Irish Lions 2013: Reluctant Wales captain Sam Warburton accepts call to be captain

'Outstanding' leader given responsibility for overseeing first winning tour for 16 years

Protesters against the ‘bedroom tax’ in Trafalgar Square this weekend

D-day for benefits claimants as unions go for the jugular

David Cameron’s government is the “nastiest” in British history, the leader of the TUC claimed today, as the country’s poorest families brace themselves for sweeping benefit cuts which take effect this month.

Naval Officers of World War I by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope: The National Portrait Gallery, London announced a £20,000 appeal to restore this huge portrait that has not been on display at the Gallery since the 1960s. Funds will be raised through the Gallery’s participation in DONATE, from the National Funding Scheme.

National Funding Scheme: Art galleries encourage philanthropy at the click of an app

Museums, galleries and theatres across Britain hope to play on “emotionally charged” culture lovers and persuade them to support exhibits and performances with a touch of a button on their mobile phone.  

Lots of bite: Duncan Bannatyne presented a probing documentary

Duncan Bannatyne selling his own Dragon's Den for £875,000 after divorce

TV star Duncan Bannatyne is selling his own Dragon's Den for £875,000 following his divorce from his second wife.

The issue of detectives being unable to access relevant intelligence was highlighted in a report on the effectiveness of the Police National Database (PND) in the wake of the Savile scandal

Police 'protection' of celebrities 'allowed serial abusers Cyril Smith and Jimmy Savile to escape prosecution for decades'

Information on high profile suspects was reportedly marked as 'secret' or 'restricted' and only available to a small number of officers

Grant Cameron, Suneet Jeerh and Karl Williams were arrested during a holiday in Dubai seven months ago

British tourists 'tortured' in Dubai

Anger grows over trial of three young Londoners who face death penalty after drug confessions that they say were extracted by electric shocks and gun threats

Helen Boaden has been director of news at the BBC for eight-and-a-half years

BBC news chief moves to radio in wake of Savile controversy

Helen Boaden, the executive in charge of BBC News when the Jimmy Savile controversy erupted, is to move to a new role heading the corporation's radio networks.

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