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Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London<br/>Giselle, Coliseum, London

Two romantic classics look ravishing, but they are also compelling dramas propelled by violence and sheer terror

Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London

Casting, casting. The Royal Ballet's revival of Romeo and Juliet opened with a switch of leading dancers. With Carlos Acosta injured, Tamara Rojo's ardent Juliet was partnered by Rupert Pennefather. They don't quite make a pair. Juliet is one of Rojo's best roles, but on this evidence, Romeo isn't Pennefather's.

Ekaterina Maximova: Russian ballerina whose physical virtuosity and expressive gifts won her a worldwide following

The news of Ekaterina Maximova's sudden death, issued by the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, was greeted with shock by her colleagues and admirers. Some of them had seen her just hours before at the Bolshoi Theatre and she had seemed on top form.

Romeo and Juliet, on motifs of Shakespeare, Barbican, London

Mark Morris's new Romeo is both stripped-down and revisionist. He uses the first version of Prokofiev's score, recently rediscovered by Simon Morrison, complete with radically different ending. The settings are plain, the most macho male roles are played by women, and passion is almost entirely absent.

The dictator's cut: Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Prokofiev originally wrote a happy ending for his ballet 'Romeo and Juliet' &ndash; and Stalin banned it. Now the long-lost score has been found, and is to be performed as the composer intended. By Alice Jones

Romeo and Juliet, Open Air Theatre Regent's Park, London

These lovers leave a lot to be desired

Watchdog condemns drug trial firm

The Government's drug watchdog today criticised the firm behind a disastrous drug trial which left six men seriously ill.

Caldwell's petulance costs Sunderland

Sunderland 0 - West Ham United 2

All together now, let's all do the anniversary waltz

'The 50th anniversary of Orwell's death was in 2000. That's why it went unnoticed. It was the millennium year'

Christmas Shows: Cinderella: the makeover

Susie McKenna, panto doyenne, is treading a fine line. Can she mix ancient and modern at the Hackney Empire? By David Benedict

First Night: Bear hugs and balalaikas

Mstislav Rostropovich LSO Pushkin Memorial Concert The Barbican, London

Dance: Romeo in a blur

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
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Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect