Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of moors murderer Ian Brady appearing via video link at Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Moors murderer Ian Brady breaks his silence after 47 years: 'I killed for the existential experience'

75-year-old breaks 47-year silence as he tells mental health tribunal of mixing with criminals from Krays to Great Train Robbers and IRA terrorists

An illustration of an Elizabethan theatre

New book claims child-catchers kidnapped boys for the Elizabethan stage

Children forced to perform under threat of whipping

Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Anthony Head and Joss Whedon attending the London gala screening of Much Ado About Nothing at the Apollo Piccadilly cinema, London.

Shakespeare was the Joss Whedon of his day, claims Much Ado star Alexis Denisof

Director Joss Whedon revealed tonight how his new film adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing started out as a dinner party game with friends.

Paperback review: The Last Highlander, By Sarah Fraser

Sarah Fraser's rich and readable book tells the story of Lord Lovat, the clan chief who supported Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebellion against the crown in 1745.

Lenny Henry: 'I was blown away by the recent Hockney exhibition'

Lenny Henry, actor

'I was blown away by the recent Hockney exhibition'

One Minute With: Cerys Matthews, musician/writer

Where are you now and what can you see?

Trash Cuisine by Belarus Free Theatre. Nastassia Shcherbak features centre.

Theatre review: Trash Cuisine, Young Vic, London

Roll up for a whole new concept of a cookery show with a special menu of fried murderer, stoned adulteress, tortured terrorist and, the ever popular old favourite, the slaughter of the innocents.

Sir Kenneth Branagh plays Macbeth in a new production at MIF this July

Heads Up: Manchester International Festival

Is this the country's new cultural capital I see before me?

Theatre review: Titus Andronicus, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

“But must my sons be slaughtered in the streets for valiant doings in their country’s cause?” asks Titus Andronicus, mourning a stage full of corpses as prelude to three hours of  gratuitous violence with knives, daggers and meat cleavers.

Timothy Sheador's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird at the Regent's Park Open Air theatre

Theatre review: To Kill a Mockingbird, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

The only sin Scout Finch, the eight-year-old narrator of Harper Lee’s classic novel, has ever heard her lawyer father denounce was to kill a mockingbird; they do nothing but make music for us to enjoy.

A scene from 'Barmy Britain', the 'Horrible Histories' spin-off that has become a long-running West End show

Horrible Histories launches to hit the big screen with first feature film: Untold story of William 'Bill' Shakespeare to be told

The BBC’s Horrible Histories children’s show will make the leap to the big screen when the untold story of William Shakespeare is revealed in the first feature film created by the team behind the award-winning series.

Girls's Lena Dunham in a romper suit and tattoos – the look that launched a thousand feminist think pieces – against Gwendoline Christie (all 6ft of her) in her Brienne of Tarth armour

The Baftas: A thin line between luvvie and hate

Tonight the TV Baftas will be handed out in a roomful of top-flight actors. Matthew Bell offers a guide to the expected tussles and tantrums

Cultural life: Rufus Norris, Director

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Staring role: Simon Russell Beale and John Simm in 'The Hothouse'

Theatre review: The Hothouse, Trafalgar Studios, London

Simon Russell Beale has transformed himself into a manic version of Ronnie Barker in this merciless, very funny revival of Harold Pinter’s second major stage play, one he wrote and discarded between The Birthday Party and The Caretaker, before directing it himself in 1980.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee