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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.

Adam Shaw: A good face for radio ... and not bad at it either

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Education Letters: Bard reactions

Brandon Robshaw's groan of despair is surely only defensible if Shakespeare is taught as an academic subject, and the teacher fails to respond to the drama of the plays ("Why it's time to give the Bard the heave-ho!", 24 April, EDUCATION & CAREERS). The man was an actor, for heaven's sake – and the plays should be taught up on the feet not lumpenly over a desk. Everything makes more sense if you're standing up and speaking the stuff.

The Merchant of Venice, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-avon

It's not the word that instinctively comes to mind but, technically, The Merchant of Venice is a comedy. Tim Carroll's version for the Royal Shakespeare Company reminds us that the play is about three loving couples, that it contains a lot of romantic mischief, and that it ends happily – at least, for everyone nice.

Paul Scofield, an actor for all seasons, dies aged 86

Paul Scofield, one of the best Shakespearean actors of his generation and anintensely private man who shunned the limelight off the stage, has died. He was suffering from leukaemia.

You write the reviews: The Histories, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

The word "event" is over-used and too easily applied, but it is the only suitable way to describe this staging of Shakespeare's history plays in chronological order at Stratford (it moves to London early next month). The cycle comprised Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 and 2, Henry V and all three instalments of Henry VI, before concluding with Shakespeare's second-longest play, Richard III.

The 5-minute Interview: Felix Dennis, publisher and author

'Down with the nanny state'

Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roundhouse, London

One of the bands at the forefront of last year’s new underage scene, Bombay Bicycle Club, were quick to make their mark in the summer when they stormed the Underage and Reading festivals.

First Night: Morrisey, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London

Morrissey still loved, but slightly less than before

Of fakes and failures: Not everything in jeweller Theo Fennell's house is as precious as it appears

We live in a large, Victorian, ground-floor flat in a leafy backwater of Chelsea. It's nice to have somewhere that's in London and yet quiet and calm. The only other place in London I remember being this tranquil was at my dentist's surgery when I was young. It was in the back of a house on a busy road, and I can remember to this day the view from the window and how ironically peaceful it was considering the pain that was about to be inflicted on me.

Goodwin guides Sussex to top of southern standings

Murray Goodwin carried Sussex to the top of the C&G Trophy South Conference with an unbeaten 158 against Essex at Chelmsford. The home captain, Ronnie Irani, helped his side to 296 for 6 with 132 not out.

Philip Hensher: The enduring relevance of Shakespeare

He has not only observed how we behave in terrible circumstances; he has taught us how to behave
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