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'

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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

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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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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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