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Football: Return of the prodigal Son

Once Britain's most expensive footballer, Ian Wallace has gone back to his roots to manage Dumbarton. Phil Shaw met him at Boghead Park on Saturday

Testimony: There's lies, damned lies ... and other ones

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we try to tell the truth. Missy Bond explains why sometimes, only a porky will do

DANCE Swan Lake, Piccadilly Theatre, London Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London

For reasons best known to the London theatre-going public, Adventures in Motion Pictures' West End run of Swan Lake has not been sold out every night. It was on Friday. Lynn Seymour, muse of MacMillan and the legendary Royal Ballerina was, at her own request, making a guest appearance as Siegfried's mother. Although her predecessors in the role have been excellent, Seymour, at 57, is able to invest the ageing nymphomaniac with a personality in which Catherine the Great meets Margaret Duchess of Argyll - whose society portraits Seymour rather resembles. Much of her success is thanks to her consummate acting. The frost she assumes on being introduced to the Prince's ghastly girlfriend is particularly fine - classical mime may not have had a gesture for "who is that slag in the puffball skirt?" but it sure as hell does now. However, Matthew Bourne's Queen Mother is not merely a mime role and Seymour also danced with a majestic sensuality well-matched by Adam Cooper's Black Swan. The comedy is equally delicious: her lascivious double-take when Cooper goes to kiss her hand but instead runs his tongue up to her armpit gets the biggest laugh of the evening.

Twenty-two positions in a fortnight stand

It's a sign of the times: after a successful run in Italy, Chicago's Joffrey Ballet are over here to perform to Prince. Just 4 U. By James Rampton

Dance Cinderella / Alice in Wonderland ENB, Coliseum, London

The last time I saw Lisa Pavane and Greg Horsman dancing together was when they replaced another husband-and-wife team during the second half of a performance of Swan Lake. Both were suffering jet lag after a long-haul flight and were trying to unwind when English National Ballet's distress call came. Half an hour later, they were on stage. Pavane had taken a sleeping pill and Horsman had been drinking - not that you'd have guessed it from the way they danced that evening.

Not quite a ball

THE CRITICS DANCE

Choice: the critics

DANCE

Metro Choice: Putting the sin in Cinderella

Lindsay Kemp lives in exile in Italy where they understand him better. Every few years or so he comes back to remind us what we are missing and next week his Cinderella opens at Sadler's Wells. Kemp's visits always create a flurry of excitement as the usual suspects debate whether he is a multi-faceted genius of extraordinary range and vision, or not. Reviews of his last extravaganza at Sadler's Wells ranged from "old hat" and "excruciating" to the most persuasive of write-ups urging, even beggin g, thereader to experience this one-man theatrical phenomenon. His collaborations are often inspired and Cinderella boasts music by Carlos Miranda and designs by Yolanda Sonnabend, who designed the costumes for the Royal Ballet's Swan Lake and La Bayade re. Kemp's storybook productions - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella - might sound like Islington's answer to the pantomime season but under-16s are reminded that the shows are "unsuitable". Kemp was apparently rather put out at the PG rating but Sadler's Wells's management presumably decided that for every school trip lost they would gain a coach party in search of a bit of sex and violence. "There is blood involved," a Sadler's Wells insider confessed. Cinderella is performed by the extraordinary Nuria Moreno. And Kemp? He plays both her father and her prince.

DANCE / Odile is more than just another ugly duckling

Cinderella / Swan Lake - Royal Opera House, London

Empire strikes back for Sappho

A WOMAN in a black trilby and a Mafia suit took the microphone. 'On Saturday the first ever disabled lesbian conference took place in London,' she said. 'We passed a resolution to send a message of support to Jane Brown - 'Keep on Fighting]' '

Picking up the pieces: Following Prokofiev's death in 1953, the original manuscript for his opera of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin disappeared. When it resurfaced, 20 years later, four pages (three of 44 musical numbers) were missing

Their whereabouts remained a mystery until Sir Edward Downes spotted a small ad in the Times Literary Supplement; now he is to conduct the world premiere performance of the complete score in London. Mark Pappenheim reports

Letter: Misunderstandings in a Hackney school

Sir: I join with Ruth Picardie ('Two women of Hackney', 3 February) in condemning the disgraceful homophobic onslaught on Kingsmead head, Jane Brown, by sections of the tabloid press. It is unfortunate that virtually no section of the media has reported my own and Hackney Council's repeated condemnation of these attacks. I can empathise with how she must feel, having received racist hate mail and death threats myself in the past fortnight.

Pressure on governors to suspend headteacher: Legal threat in 'Romeo and Juliet' case

GOVERNORS of the primary school at the centre of the Romeo and Juliet controversy came under fresh pressure last night to suspend the headteacher, Jane Brown, in line with a council ruling.

Teacher in 'Romeo and Juliet' row apologises: Education authority to investigate ideological ban on pupils watching ballet version of 'a blatantly heterosexual love story'

A PRIMARY school headteacher who banned her pupils from seeing a ballet version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet because it is a heterosexual love story apologised yesterday.
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