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The Glass Menagerie, Young Vic, London

"The scene is memory and is therefore non-realistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license," writes Tennessee Williams in his introductory stage direction to the 1944 play that propelled him into the major league of American dramatists. Joe Hill-Gibbins takes him at his word in this magnificent production, a revival that is as conceptually fresh as it is emotionally devastating.

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Rancid whiffs of cooking hang in the air of this highly charged staging of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Kevin McCarthy: Actor best known for his role in the Cold War science-fiction thriller ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’

The heavy-set, square-jawed Kevin McCarthy was a distinguished actor with an extensive career in the theatre as well as movies and television, but he will be best remembered for his leading role in one of the most famous of screen science-fiction thrillers, Don Siegel's cult classic, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), in which he was a doctor desperate to convince the authorities that the human race is being taken over by "pod people".

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Straight outta Florida, Hong Kong, Paris and the International Ruling Class in general, rich girl Anna-Catherine Hartley makes for an unlikely gangsta rapper, but that’s a huge part of Uffie’s appeal.

Love the Sinner, NT Cottesloe, London<br/>Salome, Curve, Leicester<br/>A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Lyric Hammersmith, London

Liberals and conservatives of the Church negotiate their way through a curate's egg of a story

Beyond the Horizon / Spring Storm, National Theatre: Cottesloe, London

Beautifully directed by Laurie Sansom, these paired productions that began life at the Royal & Derngate Theatre in Northampton constitute a triumph on so many levels that I would need at least twice the space to do them justice. With cuts in the arts looming, they represent a supreme vindication of the principle that regional theatres and the National should be – in a way only possible through enlightened subsidy – organically related. It is a feather in the cap of Nick Hytner that he has given these productions the showcase they deserve.

Polar Bears, Donmar Warehouse, London<br/>Andersen's English, Hampstead Theatre, London<br/>Beyond the Horizon/Spring Storm, NT Cottesloe

In Mark Haddon's first foray into theatre, a manic depressive slips into a decline and takes her saviour down with her

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Actor Corin Redgrave has died at the age of 70, his family said today.

Serenading Louie, Donmar Warehouse, London

Reminiscence, said a wise woman, is masochistic: if you remember happiness, you're sad that it's gone, and, if you remember unhappiness, you feel bad all over again. The two couples in Serenading Louie haven't learned this yet. In their early thirties, feeling that the best of life is over, they retreat into memory, pawing through scraps of broken mirror from their bright college years. When you do this too long, and you do it in company, it's inevitable that a slip will bring blood.

Forgotten Authors No.46: Gary Indiana

Some authors are less forgotten than ignored. Gary Indiana is an author whom it is more convenient to overlook. He belongs to a special breed of American urban writers who take cool pleasure in dissecting the lives of the rich and ugly, and is possibly the most jaded chronicler of them all. On a good day, he makes Bret Easton Ellis look like Enid Blyton, yet many, myself included, think he might already have written the Great American Novel(s).

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