Arts and Entertainment Tamsin Greig as Varia and Iain Glen as Kolia in Anton Chekhov's Longing directed by Nina Raine at Hampstead Theatre in London

Chekhov is amongst that very rare breed of author who is a genius in two distinct forms – the play and the short story. Michael Frayn, not un-incidentally a fine translator of Chekhov, is another such.

First Night: Tamara Drewe, Cannes Film Festival

A pretty tale of countryside alliances – but hardly Hardy

Reboot for Will Adamsdale's PC play

There's something special about Will Adamsdale's shows. Sum them up in a phrase – a lecture from a motivational speaker with a taste for the surreal (the Perrier Award-winning Jackson's Way); the tale of harried office drone who retreats to live with his possessions in a 5ft-square storage container (The Receipt); an exploration of computers by someone who knows nothing about them (The Human Computer) – and they sound appealingly quirky. But it doesn't really do justice to their Gogol-style blend of absurdist theatre and character-comedy belly laughs that leaves audiences both elated and exhausted.

Going Postal with Terry Pratchett

The Discworld author talks about a new television adaptation of "Going Postal," the problems power brings, and the impossibility of living in a world when he isn't writing a book. Matilda Battersby reports.

Tom Sutcliffe: Are you talking to me?

It's slightly odd, when you think about it, that we expect to be ignored in the theatre. We're the reason the damn thing is happening, after all, and yet in 99 cases out of 100, everyone involved pretends we're invisible. The curtain rises and the people on stage start talking to each other, or occasionally themselves, as if we're not there. And worse... if you make it too obvious that you are there, by taking an urgent phone call, say, they get absolutely bloody furious. "Who's paying the bills, pal?" you might be inclined to ask – but of course you never do, because our invisibility and our muteness is part of the contract.

The Little Dog Laughed, Garrick Theatre, London

To describe the handsome Rupert Friend as Keira Knightley's current squeeze may sound a touch disrespectful, rather as if one were to refer to Simone de Beauvoir, say, as Jean-Paul Sartre's arm-candy.

The Little Dog Laughed, Garrick, London<br/>Six Degrees of Separation, Old Vic, London<br/>The Rivals, Southwark, London

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First Night: The Little Dog Laughed, Garrick Theatre, London

Bravura bitching on a Hollywood scale

Tamsin Greig: 'I think I'm a little bit odd'

When it comes to acting work, Tamsin Greig admits that the phone has never stopped ringing. So why does she still feel inadequate?

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'I ended up spending Valentine's with them. It was a good evening, if not terribly romantic'

Liz Hoggard: We must all admit our dodgy uncles

My own dodgy uncle spent the family inheritance on model railways

Free Agents - I'll make you a star

Channel 4's caustic new comedy series follows the tumultuous work and love lives of three showbiz agents. Gerard Gilbert meets the show's cast-iron talent

I Can Make You Thin, Living TV<br>The Diary of Anne Frank, BBC1<br>Surviving Gazza, Channel 4<br>Demons, ITV1

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