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X-Files star Gillian Anderson is returning to the London stage to play Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire.

The Critics' Awards 1998: Play - My dear, it was a perfect Bohr

Some big hitters were over from the States this year. We went from the British premiere of Lakeboat, a riveting early David Mamet at the Lyric, Hammersmith, to the British premiere of a middle-aged David Mamet in Patrick Marber's taut production of The Old Neighborhood. In it, Colin Stinton was superb as the man in a mid-life crisis, leaving his wife and dropping in on his indignant sister, played with hilarious ferocity by Zoe Wanamaker. The National discovered an early Tennessee Williams, Not About Nightingales, written in the 1930s when he was still in his twenties. Trevor Nunn's powerfully atmospheric staging demonstrated his Dickensian eye for contrasts, aided by breathtaking designs of a savage prison by Richard Hoover. The only disappointment was the latest Edward Albee at the Almeida, The Play About The Baby, a sour, puzzling reprise of themes he has explored since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Travel quiz: Kiss your way around the world - and you could win a prize

Romance is the theme for the travel section's annual Christmas quiz. Whether you search the world looking for Mr or Ms Right, or have already found the ideal travelling companion, this is the only quiz with awards for ardour and romance

All the world's a crush-bar

Have you ordered your drinks for the interval? If not, you'd better hurry: more and more West End plays are simply missing them out.

Arts: One octave below laryngitis

Lotte Lenya was Kurt Weill's muse, sang like a cement mixer and defined an era. Robin Baker marks her centenary

Tuesday books: Two lives of the greatest lover


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The only useful list is a shopping list

Only now do I see what a fiendishly difficult and meaningless exercise it is to compile lists of the best films, music and plays

Friday Book: The life of Dennis the menaced


Obituary: Viola Keats

AN ACTRESS of vigour and conviction, Viola Keats had a fertile career on both stage and screen in the Thirties and continued acting for more than 40 years. Her early films included two directed by Michael Powell, who in his autobiography wrote somewhat enigmatically of his leading ladies in The Night of the Party: "Jane Baxter was to play the juvenile lead and the other girl would be played by Viola Keats, a redhead. Both ladies were my type." Keats was indeed a redhead of aquiline sophistication and subtle attractiveness.

Gone for a Burton in Puerto Vallarta

Once home to Hollywood's most famous couple, Casa Kimberley hasn't changed since `The Night of the Iguana'. Simon Calder contemplates the Taylor/Burton taste in interiors

Books: A great future behind them

NAKED MEN by David Leddick Little, Brown pounds 25


Tough Tootsie: Successful, talented, forty-ish and blonde is a hard role to play in Hollywood. But Jessica Lange does it well. Since her debut reappraising Fay Wray's role in the 1976 remake of King Kong, Hollywood has nominated Lange Best Actress five times. She has picked up the Oscar twice. Apart from a couple of films, the ones which it would have been kinder not to have made (never mind chosen), she has consistently delivered acclaimed performances, particularly in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Tootsie (1981) and Blue Sky (1994).

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Theatre: The Barbers of Surreal/Camino Real

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