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Patients and doctors were conspicuous in their absence

The Sonnets: 17

By William Shakespeare

Summer (15)

Kenneth Glenaan's low-key drama is almost tremulous with sincerity. Robert Carlyle stars as a troubled dyslexic looking after his wheelchair-bound friend (Steve Evets) and looking back on a youthful delinquency that's haunted him ever since. Rachael Blake plays the sweetheart he contrived to lose. Some decent performances but not enough that's distinctive to earn a recommendation.

Doctor defends Body Worlds exhibition

Gunther von Hagens, the controversial scientist who preserves human corpses using the technique of plastination and displays them to the public has defended his latest exhibition ahead of its opening today.

Rain man, Apollo Theatre, London

You'd get a poor idea of the possibilities of theatre as an art form from the movie star Josh Hartnett's dull, undistinguished performance. It's his co-star, Adam Godley, who shows you what real acting is in this production, slickly and skilfully directed by Terry Johnson.

Old People, children and Animals, Contact Theatre, Manchester

I've never been given a small furry bear to sit on my knee at a performance before but it made itself useful, kindly balancing my notebook and holding my pen. Neither do I remember being part of a theatrical experience beginning with a squawking parrot and featuring a clutch of mechanical fluffy white bunnies which, by the end of the evening, have morphed into real floppy-eared rabbits. But Old People, Children and Animals, created by Quarantine and co-produced by Manchester's Contact and Glasgow's Tramway, really isn't a show like any other, taking place inside a marquee decked out like a circus tent.

Beale's Best In Show: Oxfam (Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R)

I'm not entirely sure that I like this week's Best in Show. But I suspect that's actually the point.

Could Stoli spread to Britain? City watchdog says the system stops insurance with strangers

A law from 1774 shuts off most of the angles for American-style abuses, finds James Moore

Leading article: Signs of a power failure

Energy prices are on the rise. Npower raised its tariffs for gas and electricity two weeks ago and EDF Energy did the same this week. Given that the sector generally seems to act in unison on price, it is considered only a matter of time before the other four big British energy firms follow. This led to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, calling in the energy regulator, Ofgem, this week to account for the price rises.

Last Night's TV: This is no country for funny old men

Wonderland: The Secret Life of Norman Wisdom Aged 92 3/4, BBC2

Market Report: Vodafone talked up by bullish broker notes

In a pallid blue-chip index, there were very few winners as weak US economic growth data had investors running for cover. Vodafone, the mobile telecoms group, was one of only a handful of stocks to close in the black as a raft of broker upgrades saw the shares close 1.5p better at 134.25p.

Ubu the King, Barbican Pit, London

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's chocolate mousse!

Miles Kington: Those latest buzzwords made accessible

The last thing you used to want was people reading your diary. A blog totally reverses the situation
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