Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote review – delusions and grandeur | Ballet

Why make a ballet of Don Quixote? To explore delusion? To comment on outdated traditions? When first creating the ballet in 1869 for the Imperial Ballet in…

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INXS’s 15 greatest songs – sorted | INXS

Before Michael Hutchence’s traumatic suicide in 1997, and the multiplying tragedies and indignities that followed (the reality program in search of a replacement singer; the Seven Network…

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TV tonight: Joe Cole is the new Michael Caine in spy thriller The Ipcress File | Television & radio

The Ipcress File 9pm, ITV Based on the 1965 film starring Michael Caine and the book of the same name by Len Deighton, here’s a timely adaptation…

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Trouble in the stalls: when audience drama upstages the show | Theatre

A drunk woman in the seat next to me is softly caressing my hair as though stroking the ears of a particularly mild-mannered spaniel. It’s a strange…

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‘A fetish party in the desert’: the making of Mad Max: Fury Road | Mad Max: Fury Road

Plenty of movies claim to be mad and filled with fury, taking it to the max. Very few make good on that promise. Like everyone else at…

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Small Island review – enthralling Windrush drama makes stylish return | Theatre

There is arguably a calculated safety in staging a revival of this heart-wrenching Windrush generation story of war, love, migration and racial prejudice. Based on Andrea Levy’s…

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Macbeth review – a wicked thriller this way comes | Theatre

The first time we meet the Macbeths in Amy Leach’s production, they are mourning the loss of a child. Parenthood, progeny and posterity are at the heart…

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Catherine Bohart review – heartbreak comedy is a keeper | Comedy

Five years ago, Sara Pascoe and John Robins made standup shows about their breakup – both were good, but it was Robins’ that stuck in the mind,…

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‘Everybody needs good Neighbours!’ How Ramsay Street changed my life | Television

From the upbeat opening bars of its theme tune and the declaration that “Everybody needs good neighbours”, Neighbours was like a blast of fresh air blowing across…

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Patrick Stewart: ‘I’d go straight home and drink until I passed out’ | Television

Patrick Stewart is slightly surprised to be talking about the impending second series of Star Trek: Picard, during a break from shooting the third in California. The…

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