David Hockney

David Hockney vs Damien Hirst: the Queen's chosen one puts king of the YBAs on the spot

A day after his New Year honour, Yorkshire's finest attacks artist for failing to make his own work

Boris Berezovsky arrives at the High Court yesterday

'Angry, embittered and a liar': Abramovich's stinging rebuke for rival

The Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, has unleashed his most withering personal attack yet on his former business associate Boris Berezovsky, almost three months into the £3.5bn trial between the two men.

Ken Costa former Chief Executive of Lazard who now runs the Christian organization Alpha International arrives for a meeting with representatives of Occupy London at the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London

A tax on banks would cost UK jobs, warns new watchdog

But ex-Lazard chairman urges City to aim for ethical capitalism, says Paul Cahalan

Treasure Island, Bristol Old Vic

A ship has dropped anchor in Bristol. There's nothing unusual in that, perhaps. But this one is on dry land, parked outside the Old Vic Theatre and overrun by 18th-century pirates.

The Village Bike, Royal Court Theatre, London

The received wisdom is that it's the male partner who suffers the sex starvation during pregnancy. Penelope Skinner reverses that "norm" in her new play, The Village Bike, its very title dropping a strong hint that we are not about to be detained by a drama concerning female restraint. This is not so much Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as "Cat Under a Leaky Roof". The pipes are sweating and clanking in the country cottage where Becky, an English teacher, has just relocated with her ad-man husband, John.

Holidaybreak sells West End Theatre Bookings arm for £10.9m

Holidaybreak has sold its London-based theatre tickets business in a £10.9m deal as it looks to cut its debt pile and focus on its education arm, which organises travel trips for schools.

Five pairs of tickets to see The 39 Steps up for grabs

The 39 Steps is the hilarious comedy based on the 1935 Hitchcock spy film with four actors playing a minimum of 100 and ‘39’ roles!

Ruby Wax – Losing It, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Ruby Wax rose to fame by making an exhibition of exhibitionists, mugging at the camera behind the backs of celebrities and mocking their self-involved lack of circumspection.

The Horne Section, Lyric Theatre, London

There seems to be no end to the contexts in which people stage comedy. You can now have your laughs pretty much any which way: by the sea, in the air (BA are trying for a world record for highest comedy gig for Comic Relief) or, as well as all manner of site-specific events, merged with an array of musical stylings.

Boring Conference sells out in minutes

The first batch of tickets sold out in two minutes, the second in five minutes. Now the 2010 Boring Conference in London, the first of its kind, has completely sold out.

Tap Dogs, Novello Theatre, London

A spotlight picks out Adam Garcia on the industrial set of Tap Dogs, dressed in jeans and heavy work boots.

Edward Seckerson: The Fur Will Fly

"Avenue Q" - a little show with humongous appeal - celebrated its transfer to the Gielgud Theatre last night with a pool party. None of its furry friends took to the water (Trekkie Monster has a well known aversion to it - it dampens his ardour) but the humans they brought along looked like they might have been tempted had their felted and furry alter egos given them a free hand, so to speak.

Derren Brown: Enigma, Adelphi Theatre, London

Roll up for the mystery tour

Terence Alexander: Actor who played the lovable rogue Charlie Hungerford in ‘Bergerac'

The role of Charlie Hungerford in Bergerac came to Terence Alexander after a screen career of playing villains and charmers. The shady, cigar-puffing tax exile who had made his fortune as a scrap dealer in the North of England was the ex-father-in-law of the Jersey Detective Sergeant Jim Bergerac (John Nettles), who had a gammy left leg and a drink problem.

Preview: Timon Of Athens, Shakespeare's Globe, London

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