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

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

Twelfth Night, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A Malvolio who's hard to believe in

The Spanish Tragedy, Arcola, London<br/>Annie Get Your Gun, Young Vic, London<br/>Twelfth Night, Courtyard, Stratford-Upon-Avon

A rarely staged Elizabethan classic that influenced Shakespeare returns to the stage and leaves it soaked with blood and gore

The Drunks/The Grain Store, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC is temporarily known as the Royal Soviet Company, with two brand new Russian plays, specially commissioned, playing in the Courtyard for just over a month to launch a four-year project called "Other Russia".

The Grain Store / The Drunks, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon<br/>Our Class, NT Cottesloe, London<br/>An Inspector Calls, Novello, London

The terrible famine wrought on the Ukraine by Stalin is tackled in a new play for the RSC's Revolutions season

Diary Of A Fresher: 'University is the most intense, bizarre, otherwordly place ...'

So it's over. Or, at least, the first third of it is. I'm home now, and, I suppose, no longer a fresher. This will be my last diary entry. If you've been following me, I hope you've enjoyed watching my first year unfold. Bonus points if you've managed to work out what university I'm at. Double if you guessed my subject. If you actually know who I am, say hi sometime. Discreetly.

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Roman silver haul declared treasure trove

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Julius Caesar, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

Like Hermia in The Dream, I am amazed and know not what to say: the seething mob takes a bow at the end of the new RSC Julius Caesar – but they are on film. The video empire strikes back, assuming a reality of relationship with a theatre audience that cannot possibly exist. Or can it?

As You Like It, Courtyard, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Royal Shakespeare Company's new Rosalind, Katy Stephens, points out in the programme that her job is "not to be great" but to tell a love story, "together with everyone involved". To some extent, she succeeds. But an audience's job in this play is to fall in love with Rosalind, and I'm not sure that we do.

The Tempest, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Spirits, sorcery and star quality

RSC haka angers Maori tribe

Theatre company accused of showing contempt for the traditional dance in its production of &#8216;The Taming of the Shrew&#8217;

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Novello Theatre, London

You can usually bank on "The Dream" not lasting more than three hours, but Gregory Doran's fussy, unerotic RSC revival – a retread of his far more spirited 2005 "bottom of a supermarket trolley" Stratford-upon-Avon production – trundles on past the three-hour mark through the unfunniest "Pyramus and Thisbe" interlude I've seen in ages.

Minor British Institutions: Paxton & Whitfield

The best thing about Paxton & Whitfield is the smell. Like the best cheeses, the best cheese shop has a rather heady aroma, an olfactory precursor of caseophiliac delights to follow. In other words, they sell very tasty cheese, and, for such a posh establishment in the heart of St James's in London, are a friendly, unpretentious lot. It has plenty of royal warrants, and was a favourite of Winston Churchill, who once said that "a gentleman only buys his cheese at Paxton & Whitfield". Indeed so.

Don John, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A shot of raunchy humour from the original seducer

Three die in helicopter crash

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