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David Tennant will be beamed into up to 3,000 schools next week as part of a venture to bring live theatre closer to the hearts and minds of schoolchildren.

Veteran actor John Woodvine in theatre collapse

Veteran stage and screen actor John Woodvine was in a stable condition in hospital today after collapsing while performing in a musical last night.

Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad by the Iraqi Theatre Company is infused with Iraqi poetry, music and ritual.

All the world's a stage: Introducing the biggest Shakespeare festival ever

The World Shakespeare Festival is the centrepiece of the Cultural Olympiad, featuring 70 productions from across the world. Festival boss Deborah Shaw tells Arifa Akbar how it will cast the playwright in a whole new light.

The Two Worlds of Charlie F: A journey of discovery

“I need more mongness from you,” director Stephen Rayne calls across the hallowed, ancient auditorium of the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Hannon says: 'People walk down the aisle to 'Songs of Love', but it's really about me being sexually frustrated in an attic in Enniskillen'

Neil Hannon: 'I always get everything wrong on stage. The audience loves it'

You think twice about even letting kids walk the dog round the block these days which is a shame. I don't know whether Swallows and Amazons [Hannon has written the music for a new stage version] was quite fanciful for the 1930s – to let children go off on their own for a fortnight – but it wouldn't happen now. There's a lot of interesting themes going on [in Arthur Ransome's book] – mores concerning what you can let children do. I don't how much has really changed and how much is media-induced paranoia.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Fairyland is missing some magic

The Homecoming, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

When Peter Hall founded the RSC in 1961, one of his guiding principles was that Shakespeare should be presented in dynamic, mutually illuminating relation to new playwrights. Harold Pinter was the linchpin of this policy. So, as the company celebrates its 50th birthday, it's fitting that it should programme a major revival of one the classic Pinter plays premiered under its auspices – even if the Swan Theatre, with its thrust stage and stacked, horse-shoe-shaped seating is an awkward space for such an intrinsically proscenium arch drama as The Homecoming (1965).

Margaret Tyzack: Award-winning actress who specialised in the theatre but was also acclaimed on television in ‘The Forsyte Saga’

The long career of Margaret Tyzack, one of the most respected actresses of the British theatre, covered an impressive range, from Shakespeare, Racine, Pirandello and TS Eliot, to modern work from Edward Albee, Alan Bennett and Peter Shaffer

The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shylock lives it up in Las Vegas

Juliet Stevenson: 'I'd much rather live a useful life than be rich'

One of Britain's best actresses is happiest when playing taboo roles – but would rather not suffer the awards shindigs that mark her success. Emily Dugan meets Juliet Stevenson

Anthony Seldon: All the world's a stage, for children too

The increasingly popular IGCSE exam makes the study of Shakespeare optional

The City Madam, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

One man's purgatory is another man's happiness in Philip Massinger's remarkable 1632 city comedy of social climbing and mercenary deceit. Oh, the raptures, for instance, of being hurried in a coach to Brentford, Staines, or Barnet for ten-pound suppers and the shaking of the sheets.

Cardenio, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare with a stylish Spanish twist

Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

"Doubtful it stood..." are the first words spoken, three times over, by Scott Handy playing Ross, a character purloined by director Michael Boyd as his prompt, narrator and voice of conscience in this bloody tale of insurrection, religious fanaticism, child murder and revenge.

Little Eagles, Hampstead Theatre, London

High-flyers come back down to earth

Heads Up: The Merchant of Venice

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