Environment Nadhim Zahawi (right) is an adviser to the Prime Minister

Nadhim Zahawi says 'massive, irreversible damage' is being caused

This painting of French artist Lucien Pissarro by J B Manson is worth up to £30,000 and can now be sold to pay for dementia care

Council wins right to sell heirlooms to fund a father’s care

A man has lost his battle to prevent family heirlooms, including a painting by Lucien Pissarro worth up to £30,000, from being seized to fund his father’s care.

Face off: Roberto Mori and Tony Guilfoyle in Playing Cards 1: Spades

Theatre review: Playing Cards 1: Spades - The Devil came down to Nevada

Strange drama in a Las Vegas casino misses the jackpot, but its black humour lingers in the mind

Man, 24, dies in tent at music festival

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man at the Global Gathering electronic and dance music festival.

HMV sells Hammersmith Apollo for £32m

The Hammersmith Apollo, which hosted David Bowie's last performance as Ziggy Stardust, has been sold by owner HMV to an American-German joint venture.

Hard but fair: Tarrant as Inspector Monroe in a 2000 episode of 'The Bill'

Colin Tarrant: Actor best known as Inspector Monroe in 'The Bill'

The actor Colin Tarrant was a permanent fixture on television for 12 years as the by-the-book, disciplinarian Inspector Andrew Monroe in The Bill. He took the role of Sun Hill police station's third most senior officer at the height of the programme's success, joining itin 1990, six years after it had been launched on ITV.

Struggling retailer HMV bids to sell live music arm

Struggling retailer HMV today said it was looking to sell its live music division as it bids to bolster its finances after it nearly doubled half-year losses.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Fairyland is missing some magic

The Homecoming, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

When Peter Hall founded the RSC in 1961, one of his guiding principles was that Shakespeare should be presented in dynamic, mutually illuminating relation to new playwrights. Harold Pinter was the linchpin of this policy. So, as the company celebrates its 50th birthday, it's fitting that it should programme a major revival of one the classic Pinter plays premiered under its auspices – even if the Swan Theatre, with its thrust stage and stacked, horse-shoe-shaped seating is an awkward space for such an intrinsically proscenium arch drama as The Homecoming (1965).

Architect lashes out at 'suicide fees' used in bids

A leading British architect has lashed out against designers who are winning major building commissions by offering "suicide fees".

Butley, Duchess, London<br/>The Government Inspector, Young Vic, London<br/>Chicken Soup with Barley, Royal Court Downstairs, London

Even playing an academic, Dominic West can't avoid self-destruction and violence. He's the first of many big names to tread the boards this summer

Deaths of girl and woman 'unexplained'

The bodies of a woman and a five-year-old girl were found by a visitor to a house in Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday morning.

The Merchant of Venice, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shylock lives it up in Las Vegas

Letters from London and Europe, By Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (trs J G Nicols)

Outsider's view of England's silvery and pleasant land

The City Madam, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

One man's purgatory is another man's happiness in Philip Massinger's remarkable 1632 city comedy of social climbing and mercenary deceit. Oh, the raptures, for instance, of being hurried in a coach to Brentford, Staines, or Barnet for ten-pound suppers and the shaking of the sheets.

Cardenio, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare with a stylish Spanish twist
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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
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The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

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