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Much Ado About Nothing review postwar take on battle of the sexes

Royal Exchange, Manchester Spirits are high in this make-do-and-mend era revamp of Shakespeare's comedy, with a tartly played antipathy between Beatrice and Benedick The Swedish director Maria Aberg recently presented Belongings , a play about a female

Let the Right One In five-star review 'Exquisitely beautiful staging'

The Swedish horror-drama about a love between a vampire and a bullied schoolboy is brought to life once more in this sensitive, ambiguous adaptation.

Moira Buffini: Margaret Thatcher handbagged me into respecting her

Researching my play about the divisive Tory leader showed me how her tragedy was derived from the very thing that gave her such success: her inflexibility Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, when I was a schoolgirl of 13. When she was ousted by her o

Here Comes a Chopper review an amateur sleuth to rival Miss Marple

Gladys Mitchell's Mrs Lestrange Bradley is a cackling, leering, hooting delight a boon to the country house murder mystery When Raymond Chandler remarked in "The Simple Art of Murder" that the likes of Dashiel Hammett had taken murder out of the vi

Another Country review Suffocating study of the spies who betrayed Britain

Trafalgar Studios, London This slow piece's young cast capture the emotional consequences of the cruel and hollow world that produced Burgess, Blunt, Maclean and Philby Why did the cold-war spies Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, Donald Maclean and Kim Philby

Bionic hands and Betty Boo: Glasgow international festival 2014 in pictures

A forest full of monstrous bouncers, a giant bionic hand and a blow-up Betty Boo ... with venues from a drained swimming pool to a trashed toilet, this year's Glasgow international festival feels distinctly dystopian. Here is a taste of the best on show

In at the deep end at Glasgow international festival

From bouncers fighting in a dark forest to Betty Boo pouting in a disused swimming pool, Adrian Searle dives into dystopia at this year's Glasgow international festival Bionic hands and Betty Boo: Glasgow international festival in pictures " Now sing

Architect Frank Gehry unveils plans for Battersea apartment complex - video

Renowned architect Frank Gehry unveils the 700-unit apartment complex he has designed as part of a development next to Battersea power station in London. Gehry's first buildings in England will not include any housing classed as "affordable" and are due t

Alan Davie obituary

Scottish-born painter who borrowed freely from ancient civilisations and believed that the ego was the enemy of true art It sometimes seemed that Alan Davie was known everywhere western art is seen, from Stromness, in his native Scotland, to Sydney and S&

Royal art show, The First Georgians, to open at Buckingham Palace

First art exhibition exploring lives of Georges I and II between 1714 and 1760 challenges preconceptions of the two kings.