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Dick Whittington and His Cat, Lyric Hammersmith, London

There is nothing like a really good pantomime dame to satisfy an audience's deep desire to be dominated. This is proved again, to deliriously enjoyable effect, in Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Lyric Hammersmith. It's hard to believe that Shaun Prendergast is making his first foray into stage-damehood with this magnificent performance as Sarah the Cook. Modelling a succession of outrageous outfits and dominating the proceedings with his raucous gravel-voice and his wickedly glinting, manic personality, he comes across as the gaudy love-child of Dame Edna and Timmy Mallet.

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Stephen Fry has compared agreeing to being interviewed by journalists to consenting to "being mugged, raped or burgled" after a row broke out over remarks he made to a magazine.

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Evolutionary theory says yes – but that's not the whole story.

Stephen Fry Live, Royal Albert Hall, London

Our national polymath lacks a skill after all. He can't do stand-up

Terence Blacker: Stephen Fry and the art of inauthenticity

Clearly, the creation of a public version of the self is more than mere marketing; it is a method of survival

Publishing first for Stephen Fry with new memoir launch

Stephen Fry's latest memoir has been published simultaneously in hardback, as an eBook and an iPhone app.

Philip Hensher: There's more to marriage than a contract between a man and a woman

Same-sex marriage in California appears to have come about not through moral principle but from a ruling on the right of appeal

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Clad in his trademark top hat, Sebastian Horsley, from a giant black and white photograph, reclined on the mantelpiece and glowered at the hundreds who had gathered for his funeral.

Media Diary: Lembit-watchers had advance warning of Laws's downfall

Poignant and depressing though David Laws' resignation on Saturday night certainly was, at least it was less a shock than it might have been. The pre-emptive warning came on Saturday afternoon when a former colleague waded into the debate with a contribution headlined: "Opik: No question of Laws resigning". Ah well – we Lembit-watchers thought on seeing this – that's that for the ascetic member for Yeovil. It was Lembit who insisted Charles Kennedy would survive until the moment he resigned; Lembit who then became Mark Oaten's campaign manager (quite an accolade given that he was the only Lib Dem MP to back him); and Lembit, the seer of seers, who then switched allegiance to Simon Hughes. The sadness is that had Lembit only clung on his Montgomeryshire seat on 6 May he'd have been in line to replace Danny Alexander as Scottish Secretary ... and might from there have replicated the Alexander book by swiftly ascending to Cheek Secretary to the Treasury. But now what for the asteroid paranoiac? Lembit, it seems, has been hired by a gambling syndicate to go through the cards in difficult handicaps. His job, as you may have guessed, will be to tip all but one of the field.

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Michael Grandage's handsome production of Britten's brutal classic is as good as opera can get

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Political parties love to adopt celebrities. And celebrities love to be adopted. In the run-up to the current general election there has been a possibly unprecedented display of high profile political wrangling taking place among people who are not politicians, played out on social networking sites, TV and newspapers.

Leading article: In praise of the master

News reaches us from the afterlife where a famous composer is making a documentary on one of his heroes: "My name is Richard Wagner and I have a confession to make: I have a passion for the work of the British actor, comedian, novelist, and television quiz show host Stephen Fry.

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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