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Tom Hiddleston had to play down his "irritating optimism" to get into his latest role of a "melancholy" vampire.

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Theatre review: A Little Hotel on the Side - The old jokes are the best, unlike lovers

Paramours scuttle, sets spin and coincidences pile up in a peppy revival of a vintage farce

Terrific intensity: Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth

Is this a Branagh I see before me? Sir Kenneth to make New York stage debut in Macbeth

Last month Sir Kenneth Branagh added fuel to the curse rumours around Shakespeare’s Macbeth when he reportedly injured another actor during an onstage fight. But Sir Kenneth remains seemingly undeterred by the darkness of the “Scottish play” and is set to make his New York stage debut as the power-hungry Thane next summer.

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Inbee Park: A walk in the park at the British Open?

The South Korean has won three majors this year. At St Andrews she starts her quest for a fourth – a feat no pro golfer has achieved

The one-man plays of Simon Callow

The actor Simon Callow is set to star in a new one-man show exploring the life and work and the German composer Richard Wagner. However, it is not the first time that Callow has taken on a one-man role.

Simon Callow says he is fascinated by Wagner’s ‘monstrous personality’

Simon Callow gets inside the ‘anti-Semitic, psychotic’ head of Wagner for one-man show

The actor Simon Callow has promised to take audiences to a “dark, murky, unsettling place”, with a new one-man stage show that explores the composer Richard Wagner’s “toxic” and “disgusting” anti-Semitism.

'The Confessions of Gordon Brown' - a one-man play starring Ian Grieve as the former prime minister - will open at the Edinburgh Fringe next week

The Confessions of Gordon Brown fringe play: Tony Blair? Don’t worry about him, Gordon, it’s a one-man show

Show is a chance to reassess Britain’s least loved PM, writes Jonathan Brown

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Campaigners celebrate as Bank of England takes concerns of women in history into account

Global reach: Shakespeare's Globe

All the world's a stage: Shakespeare's Globe to take Hamlet to every country

Tour will finish on the 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death

What's the mutter?: Tony Hall wants actors in BBC dramas to speak more clearly

BBC boss Tony Hall says actors should mutter less

Hall says: 'You have to remember that you have an audience'

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'I went to see Lenny Henry in August Wilson's Fences. It's a fabulous play'

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A lifetime's practice of poetry equips James, as translator and interpreter, to scale this summit

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Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children interested in the Bard

Alas, poor Yoda, I knew him, Han Solo: Star Wars rewritten as Shakespearean drama

Star Wars has been rewritten as a Shakespearian drama in a bid to get more children  interested in the Bard. It’s a new hope that’s surprisingly inspired, discovers John Walsh

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