Arts and Entertainment Mel Smith (right) and Griff Rhys Jones as Jones says his comedy partnership with the late Smith was

Griff Rhys Jones says his comedy partnership with the late Mel Smith was "not exactly a marriage made in heaven".

George Furth: Actor and playwright who collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on the musical 'Company'

The actor and playwright George Furth had a prolific career as a performer, but will be best remembered for his collaborations with the composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, notably as librettist for the musicals Company (1970) and Merrily We Roll Along (1977). Company, which has been revived twice on Broadway and once in London, won him a Tony award, and though Merrily We Roll Along was a disastrous flop initially, it has been revised and revived successfully several times, and its score is considered one of Sondheim's finest. Furth also had a hit with a play, Twigs (1971), and collaborated with Sondheim on a comedy-thriller, Getting Away With Murder (1995).

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Despite the copious blood and guts, Tim Burton's musical is a strangely moral tale

Sweeney Todd, Royal Opera House

A gory slice of Sondheim at his cutting-edge best

Pacific Overtures, Donmar Warehouse, London

Sondheim meets the minimalist

Small victory for a big show

Reducing the size of a show can increase its impact, says the director of Pacific Overtures

Dreams From A Summer House, Watermill Theatre, Newbury

A little nightmare music

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Thinking man's Sondheim

Prom 38: Bryn Terfel and Renee Fleming, Royal Albert Hall, London

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