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

First performance of the play that was too hot to handle

FIRST NIGHT Not About Nightingales National Theatre, London

Buried treasure casts new light on Tennessee Williams

FIRST NIGHT: Not About Nightingales: National Theatre, London

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Valentine: The geography of lurve

Passion and travel are permanently entwined. To celebrate the first Valentine's Day to fall on a Saturday for 10 years, the travel section is offering prizes you'll love in our first `smooch your way around the world' quiz

Theatre: People in glass houses

The Glass Menagerie Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Theatre: Stage is set for a great '98

Kevin Spacey, Juliette Binoche (pictured), Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams... and `Doctor Dolittle'. The coming theatrical year promises much

Obituary: Big Daddy

Shirley Crabtree ("Big Daddy"), wrestler: born Halifax, West Yorkshire 1937; twice married (six children); died Halifax 2 December 1997.

Coward wrote a show for her, she's played Sondheim and Albee and Tennessee Williams. Woody Allen gave her a cameo in his latest film ... tomorrow she sings in London

Elaine Stritch, the grand old dame of Broadway, asks David Benedict: who are you calling elderly?

Theatre: The road to hell is paved with good intentions, all the way from Thessaloniki Climbing back down into Orpheus's Underworld and finding light

A lost play by Euripides has been brought back to life by Kenneth McLeish. Robert Hanks talks to Nick Philippou, artistic director of the Actors Touring Company, about his efforts to resurrect ancient myths for today.

Why Scarlet wants to talk like a Yankee

American Southerners, worried that their accent is an impediment to career progress, are taking lessons in how to speak proper American English. "It's like learning Spanish or learning French," says Catherine Irwin, from North Carolina. "It's like learning a different language. It's very hard."

The World's End is nigh

Theatre

Theatre Review: It's short, it's bleak, it's Samuel Beckett

An Enormous amount of care and attention goes into picking the right actor. And yet, remarkably, the choices that prevail in finding the right play for the right venue are often haphazard. In this respect, Katie Mitchell, artistic director at the Other Place in Stratford, is a rare exception. For Beckett Shorts, Mitchell has assembled two programmes of three Samuel Beckett plays. At the venue, she guides an audience of 60 through six different spaces (some with seats, some without) that constantly alter our expectation of what we are about to see. If these pieces were on a continuous loop they could be shown at the Tate: they are, in effect, installations. This is the Magical Misery Tour.

Thursday's Books: Kurt Vonnegut, `Timequake', Jonathan Cape, pounds 15. 99

Kurt Vonnegut, `Timequake', Jonathan Cape, pounds 15.99

Canadian who clicked with the great and glamorous

They are a revealing glimpse of the famous and glamorous of a bygone era. An exhibition of work by the Canadian photographer Roloff Beny provides an insight into the lives of some of the personalities who dominated the cultural stage from the 1950s onwards, including Laurence Olivier, Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and Coco Chanel.

When Kathleen cosied up to us

If you're going to spend an intimate evening with a world-famous actress it helps to know what kind of relationship she has in mind. This entails finding out not so much who she thinks she is but who she thinks you are. As we sit, watching Kathleen Turner play Tallulah Bankhead in Tallulah!, sharing boozy reminiscences in her New York apartment, we wonder how on earth it was that we slipped past the liveried doorman downstairs and got in here.
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