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Coming soon in theatre: Tom Hiddleston in 'Coriolanus', Iain Glen in 'Fortune's Fool', and the Moomins in 'Moominland Midwinter'

Howards Brenton and Davies are reunited at the Hampstead Theatre, for Drawing the Line (from 3 Dec), tackling the meaty topic of the partition of India in 1947. There’s more political upheaval at London’s Donmar Warehouse – of a Shakespearean variety. Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, opens 6 Dec. Fortune’s Fool begins the same day, at the Old Vic; Iain Glen stars in Turgenev’s biting comedy, directed by Lucy Bailey.

Paul Rogers

It is obviously impossible to do justice to a career of the length and distinction of Paul Rogers' in a single article. There were, however, two omissions in the one you published (11 October), writes Timothy Gee. There was no reference to his work in films; I recall sitting through the credits on Carol Reed's version of Our Man in Havana to learn the name of the actor who had impressed me in a small but vital scene. Paul Rogers' name was known to me; this was a first encounter with an impressive talent. Other distinguished directors for whom he worked subsequently included Charles Crichton (twice), Ken Hughes and Peter Ustinov.

Sir Kenneth Branagh in ‘Edmond’ by David Mamet. He has been approached by the National Theatre to become its next artistic director

Stage is set for Sir Kenneth Branagh to play his greatest role – head of the National Theatre

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Sex And The City star Kim Cattrall says she has come to terms with taking on "older woman" roles as she prepares for her latest West End part.

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One to watch: Faye Marsay, Actress, 26

One to watch: Faye Marsay, Actress, 26

“I didn't think for one second that I would get the role.”

Kevin Spacey as Richard III by Jonathan Yeo.

Kevin Spacey depicted as rakish Richard III in new Jonathan Yeo exhibition

Richard III has dominated the headlines since his remains were located under a Leicester car park. Now the British king, as depicted by Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey, is to hit the spotlight once again in a major exhibition of portraits by Jonathan Yeo at the National Portrait Gallery.

Kevin Spacey

House of Cards star Kevin Spacey to give MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at Edinburgh festival

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been chosen to give an annual keynote speech to TV executives - about how his latest hit show bypassed television channels.

Charlie Rowe as Ronnie Winslow

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2011, his centenary year, was the annus mirabilis of Terence Rattigan's posthumous reputation, with a spate of excellent revivals and new plays, too, inspired by forgotten aspects of his career, such Nicholas Wright's fascinating Rattigan's Nijinsky.

On the jetty: Diana Quick, centre, stars in Greenberg’s The American Plan

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Mark Rylance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in Jerusalem

Mark Rylance to play Thomas Cromwell in television adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novels

After his recent stint as Richard III the actor Mark Rylance is to take on another major period of British history in a television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novels.

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