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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.

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The play's the thing: Can young children be wowed by Shakespeare?

The RSC wants primary school children to become fans of Shakespeare. Could A Midsummer Night's Dream really thrill an eight-year-old? Caitlin Davies finds out

Grace Jones, The Roundhouse, London

I can safely say that there aren't any other gigs I've witnessed when the highlight of the evening involved a 60-year-old semi-naked woman hula-hooping in a glittery cat mask. But you wouldn't expect anything less from disco diva-cum-style icon Grace Jones. Last year saw her back in the charts after a self-enforced two-decade exile from the recording studio, and tonight is the first of three London shows that bring to the close her eight-date UK tour to promote the new album, Hurricane.

Camille O'Sullivan, The Roundhouse, London

From the impressive list of five-star reviews on her posters, one would assume that Camille O'Sullivan had been bringing her own brand of cabaret to the British public for years. While the buzz around O'Sullivan might have been building since she took to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007, this is her first full UK tour – a test not just for the songstress but for the nascent cabaret revival which she represents.

Don John, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

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David Lister: To dream, perchance to get a refund

Alas poor Tennant. Emergency back surgery has meant that David Tennant has missed his opening performances as Hamlet for the London season, and, sadly, is unlikely to return for most, if not all, of the run.

Back problem forces Tennant out of Hamlet

David Tennant had to pull out of his sell-out role as Hamlet due to a bad back, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) said today.

Ticket forgers target Hamlet

The popular production of Hamlet starring David Tennant has been targeted by counterfeiters, the Royal Shakespeare Company said today.

The Branagh enigma

He is still best known for his stage and film work, but now the boy wonder is following many of his peers and making his mark as a TV detective

Power of the rouble lures the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to launch a series of four specially-commissioned plays about Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union in Stratford-upon-Avon next year, in a move it is hoped will attract international billionaire investment.

Terence Rigby loses his battle with lung cancer

Stage and screen actor Terence Rigby has died at 71, his spokesman announced yesterday.

Hot tickets fetch £500 for a pair

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is locked in a battle with dozens of its members after discovering them selling their advance tickets for the London run of Hamlet on eBay, at hugely inflated prices of up to £500 a pair.

Children to be taught Shakespeare at five

Children as young as five are to be given lessons in Shakespeare, it was announced today.

Elizabeth Spriggs: Versatile character actress

Never a shrinking violet on or off the stage, Elizabeth Spriggs was often seen at the peak of her form (and often for the Royal Shakespeare Company of which she was a crucial early member) as formidable women: P.G. Wodehouse's dreadnought Aunt Agatha in Jeeves and Wooster (1993) or a sodden Sairey Gamp in Martin Chuzzlewit (1994) on television, and Cleopatra, Mistress Quickly, Shaw's Lady Britomart and, unforgettably, Boucicault's equestrienne Lady Gay Spanker in London Assurance on stage. Yet her versatility, rooted in her years of apprenticeship in repertory theatre, covered, too, a gift for direct unaffected pathos, most signally in her mesmeric portrayal of an alcoholic in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela, The Roundhouse, London

"It's great to see you in this super-cool venue," says Gabriela Quintero, one half of the Mexican semi-acoustic duo, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, admiring the whooping crowd standing between the wrought-iron columns of this 19th-century steam engine repair shed.

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