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Three on view Actors on the move

Ben Kingsley, the screen embodiment of Mahatma Gandhi, is selling Pebworth House, near Stratford-upon-Avon. "Piping" Pebworth, one of the eight Shakespearean villages, is in the Vale of Evesham. The main wing of Pebworth House - Grade II listed - is Georgian, with well-proportioned rooms. It has six bedrooms over two floors, plus a granny flat. There are three further bedrooms in a detached cottage in the grounds. The landscaped gardens include a courtyard with a central pond and garden room with a plunge pool as well as a garage and stable block. Offers in the region of pounds 495,000 through Strutt & Parker (01608 650502) and Bigwood (01789 294444).

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ELECTION '97 : Born-again party looks for converts

New Labour was yesterday presented by Tony Blair as a party "reborn", and open to converts from all other parties.

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Church pews continue to empty, but four versions of the Mystery Plays are to run this year. Robert Hanks asks their directors why they are reviving the Biblical stories

Table tennis: Cooke in pursuit of Syed

In the fourth round of the Yasaka Grand Prix in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend, Alan Cooke, the England champion, is aiming to catch the competition leader, Matthew Syed

THEATRE Little Eyolf RSC, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon

There are two great dramas on at the moment in which a young son is used as a pawn in a deadly game played out by parents whose marriage has turned into an orgy of neurotic scab-picking. In one, the son exists in all but fact and, at the close, is cathartically killed off by his creators. This play is called Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Howarth's helpline to betrayers

The Labour Party has launched a telephone helpline on which wavering Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Nationalist activists can confess their secret admiration for Tony Blair, and receive counselling during the process of defecting to his party.


50 MILES TO... The first night of the RSC's new season at Stratford, which opens with a production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Michael Boyd. Alex Jennings and Siobhan Redmond play Shakespeare's sparring lovers Benedick and Beatrice.

Letter: I want to be an engineer

We still do not know why there are not enough engineers. Possible explanations include: the level of mathematics required is too difficult for some to consider engineering; university courses in science and engineering require more work than others; and the work requires more persistence and rigour.

Letter: Scottish pride in England

Sir: I am entirely Scottish ("Let's say goodbye to Britain", 12 September). My father's family were Glaswegians of Highland descent. My mother's father came from the Kingdom of Fife. Her mother came from the Borders. That makes three different ethnic origins.

Phoenix Festival Stratford-upon-Avon

Blistering heat. Expensive lager. Drivers inching their cars up dirt tracks toward men with walkie-talkies who will tell them that they're at the wrong entrance. Ah, the festival experience! At the Phoenix Festival, held near Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend, you sometimes felt that it couldn't have got worse if Margherite Pracatan had been wheeled on as a special guest. And then she was. She tickled her keyboard and rolled her "r"s. She opened with "I Will Survive". You didn't think you would.

Euro `96: `I don't know if I can sink any lower'

Gary McAllister yesterday relived his pivotal penalty miss against England as he vowed to continue taking spot-kicks. "I'll carry on taking penalties," he said after a sleepless night at the team's base in Stratford- upon-Avon mulling over one of the lowest moments of his career.

Theatre The Herbal Bed The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon

Four years ago, in The School of Night, Peter Whelan wrote a penetrating, intellectual thriller about Marlowe and the world of Elizabethan espionage. In The Herbal Bed, premiered now in Michael Attenborough's absorbing, beautifully acted production at Stratford, the dramatist turns his attention to the worlds of Jacobean medicine and the church. These, at a time of growing Puritan zeal, provide the context for a fascinating play about lying and its justifications.
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