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The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Controversial French comic Dieudonné Mbala Mbala has had a ban on his performance in Nantes lifted.

Nantes ban on controversial comic Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala lifted by French court in time for show

The French government tried to ban the comic on the grounds that he is a threat to public order

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James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in first Broadway poster for Of Mice and Men

The actors will play George and Lennie in the  production of Steinbeck's classic

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The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is one of the few opera houses that can pay its bills

Lend us a tenor: Italian opera houses in need of funding

Some observers say changing tastes and diminishing attention spans have been bad for the elaborate art form

Treadaway on stage in 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time moves to Gielgud Theatre after roof collapse

The play will resume its West End run from 24 June

Downton Abbey may be on our screens until 2020

Downton Abbey will not be cancelled after fifth season, producer confirms

The show's producer has said there are 'no plans' to end the period drama

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Farooque Shaikh, who died on 27 December of a heart attack on a visit to Dubai with his family, was the plump, unlikely hero of scores of Bollywood films. He was born in 1948, his career beginning on a high note with the 1973 film Garm Hawa, about the Partition. His performance earned him a key role in Satyajit Ray's The Chess Players, a study of the decadence of India's feudal classes. His cherubic looks struck a chord with ordinary people, who identified with his man-in-the-street image.

Unexpected Indian opposition members: IT executives square up in the war on corruption

A clash of Bangalore IT execs may be about to make compelling political theatre

The Nantes leg of Dieudonné M’bala M’bala's tour has been cancelled

'Anti-semitic' comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala has his show cancelled in France after Nicolas Anelka's inverted Nazi salute

Show that has been widely condemned as anti-semitic is considered a threat to public order

Could it be Broadchurch's night? David Tennant and Olivia Colman are both up for awards with the ITV show nominated for Best Drama

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A new TV Detective category has been added after a flood of hit crime dramas

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Hospital worker who tweeted he was going to stick patient's pubic hair to his face 'Wiggins style' in disciplinary hearing

An NHS worker who tweeted that he was going to shave a patient’s pubic hairs and stick them to his face “Wiggins style” is up before a professional standards board.

Meat Loaf will be performing tracks from his 47-year career in Las Vegas this year

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Simon Hoggart dies: Tributes for Guardian journalist and Radio 4 broadcaster

Hoggart, who spent the majority of his career at The Guardian, died on Sunday

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