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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.

My Way: Debbie Korley, stage and TV actress who works with the Royal Shakespeare Company

'Be yourself and keep relaxed in your audition'

Is that a revolver I see before me?

Explosive moment in Shakespearean drama as lead actor is shot with an imitation firearm

Corin Redgrave: Actor whose involvement in radical politics kept him away from stage and screen for two decades

With his genetic inheritance – his father was one of the stage greats of his era, Sir Michael Redgrave, and his mother, Rachel Kempson, was a distinguished actress – it was hardly surprising that Corin Redgrave, like his sisters Vanessa and Lynn, should choose a career in the theatre. After an early period of promise which included some performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company marking him out as a significant talent, his involvement with radical politics (often in alliance with his elder sister Vanessa) took him away from the theatre for two decades. His return in the 1990s was an extraordinary comeback, seeing him ceaselessly active as director (opening a new theatre venture, the Garrick at Lichfield, in 2003), theatrical campaigner (lobbying against the proposed demolition of the Arts Theatre in London), writer and actor on stage and screen. Intriguingly, some of his later stage successes were in roles associated with his father, including Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version, Frank Elgin in The Country Girl and King Lear for the RSC.

Sir Peter Hall: And some have greatness thrust upon them...

He has dominated British theatre for more than half a century and talks fondly of Samuel and Harold, but the founder of the RSC still maintains he is just lucky. Andrew Johnson meets Sir Peter Hall

Frankenstein draws Slumdog director Danny Boyle back to live theatre

After describing his career as a filmmaker as a 15-year "distraction", Danny Boyle, the Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, is set to return to his original role as a theatre director with a "spectacular" production of Frankenstein that he first conceived almost a decade ago.

Arabian Nights, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

RSC cloaked in borrowed robes

Yo La Tengo, The Roundhouse, London

Yo La Tengo have a certain way with a song. It can be trundling along nicely but not necessarily grabbing you, when a sound emerges that makes your ears prick up and suddenly all the divergent parts of the music come alive and the song becomes great. In their opening track, "My Heart's Reflection", it's James McNew's rumbling bass; in their second, "More Stars Than There Are in Heaven", it's Ira Kaplan's guitar solo followed by McNew's sweetly pitched backing vocal, that bring their songs into sharp, brilliant focus.

Hard-hitting take on military life draws blood

Actor retires hurt from Royal Shakespeare Company drama after stage fight gets out of hand

The Cinematic Orchestra, The Roundhouse, London

The Cinematic Orchestra defy classification. Is it jazz? Electronica? Hip-hop or trip-hop? Or movie soundtrack music? What is obvious, though, is that the shape-shifting outfit formed by John Swinscoe in the late 1990s does not lack musical conviction. Which other band could perform an hour-long instrumental accompaniment to an 80-year-old silent Soviet movie and be confident of a capacity crowd?

Doves, The Roundhouse, London

Doves released their fourth album, Kingdom of Rust, earlier this year, and it has been widely hailed their best yet. Its bittersweet lyrics and sweeping melodies, delivered in epic rock songs, are not far from their first album, Lost Souls, that won them a loyal fan base in 2000. That's not to say their music hasn't developed – it just hasn't flirted with fads.

Michael Boyd: Shakespeare

The director of the RSC believes that the Bard's influence reaches beyond the stage

Holger Czukay, The Roundhouse, London

Krautrocker can still roll with it

The Tempest: Why the RSC got it wrong

The danger in relocating The Tempest to South Africa is that real-life events move more quickly than any drama, says Paul Vallely

African Soul Rebels, The Roundhouse, London

The African Soul Rebels tour has become a fixture in the music calendar. Since Music Beyond Mainstream began curating the shows in 2005 – mixing breaking acts (Tinariwen and Amadou & Mariam) with established stars (Salif Keita, Rachid Taha) from across Africa in a three-for-one price-buster. And as the tour wends its way to The Roundhouse and a full house, this year's rebels proved one of its strongest line-ups.

The Tempest, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Cabbage is king again

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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