Arts and Entertainment Theda Bara in 1917’s silent movie ‘Cleopatra’

With more than 70 per cent of early films lost, archivists are scouring the world to preserve the precious examples that remain

Silent film The Great Gatsby is believed lost in its complete form. From left: Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, Hale Hamilton, 1926

Majority of American silent films lost to decay

Report shows 75 per cent of US silent films have been lost to neglect or decay

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Mike Winters: Comedian who forged a popular but troubled double act with his brother Bernie

Although always in the shadow of the great Morecambe and Wise, Mike and Bernie Winters were British television's other popular comedy duo during the Golden Age of Television. Mike was straight man to the gormless twit played by Bernie, who wore a bowler hat, pulled a toothy grin, grabbed his elder brother's cheek and called him "choochy face". The pair's boisterous, unsubtle, knockabout humour and music-hall crosstalk kept them at the top for 15 years and the professional partnership ended only when brotherly acrimony resulted in their splitting up.

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Forget last year's two live-action film versions of Snow White.

Ballet dancer Carlos Acosta

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Carlos Acosta is a generous host. Classical Selection, a programme celebrating the ballet star’s 40th birthday, is much more substantial than most galas. Looking back over his own career, Acosta also makes the most of his colleagues from The Royal Ballet. It’s a lavish but surprisingly intimate evening, with superb dancing, live music and a friendly sense of scale.

Assange reportedly wanted £1m to be interviewed in We Steal Secrets

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A still from Hitchcock's silent film 'The Ring'

Alfred Hitchcock's silent films join UNESCO cultural archive

The surviving nine films join 10 items including the Domesday Book to represent the best of the UK's cultural heritage

The Old Woman, Manchester International Festival

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It would help if you read Daniil Kharms’ short story before you go to see The Old Woman which opened this year’s biennial Manchester International Festival. It would help. But not a lot.

Theatre review: How to Host a Dinner Party, Brighton Fringe

The Sussex company Park Bench Dance Theatre’s show opens with two barefoot, smartly dressed women shuffling on to a empty stage with a dining table. They disappear again and return with some chairs. A long and wordless tussle ensues in which identical dining chairs are shifted and swapped, shunted and dragged, and swapped and shifted again.

Exceptional: Robert Redford in All Is Lost

Cannes Film Festival 2013 review: All Is Lost starring Robert Redford is almost dialogue-free, but exceptionally compelling nevertheless

JC Chandor's latest film sees 76-year-old Redford soaked, frozen bloodied and battered

34. Matt Lucas; Comedian and actor

Pompidou: BBC backs Matt Lucas' 'original and ambitious' silent comedy

Comic Matt Lucas is to star in a silent comedy-style show for BBC1 - his first new character series without sidekick David Walliams.

Sauce for the Goose, Orange Tree, Richmond

Farce – with its panic-propelled exits and entrances and its heavy dependence on doors – should not officially work in in-the-round theatres.

Hansel and Gretel, Cottesloe, NT, London

When she's not directing adult theatre of extraordinary rigour and imaginative reach, Katie Mitchell does a smart line in children's Christmas shows.

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