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Happy 80th birthday Alan Bennett: 8 quotes we love from Untold Stories

To mark the great man's 80th today, we've compiled a selection of quotations from his 2005 collection of writings

Brian Blessed withdraws from King Lear production

The actor has been told not to continue in the title role due to poor health

My Top 5 Showtunes: Willemijn Verkaik

From Oz to Madrid, Willemijn Verkaik is a favourite of every hardened musical theatre goer, we find out the showtunes that she couldn't live without

Sign of the Times (Tour)

Tim Firth's comedy is revived at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds ahead of visits to Kingston and Ipswich

Mark Strong joins theatre elitism debate: 'The important thing is what you do about it'

Strong has called for more action from the industry to support working class actors

Mark Strong and Helen McCrory win at Critics' Circle Awards

This year's critics' picks also included Gypsy and King Charles III

Guest Blog: Damon Albarn musical should seal lasting legacy for MIF director
By Mandy Martinez

Albarn's musical wonder.land, directed by Rufus Norris, opens Alex Poots' final festival as Manchester International Festival artistic director

Siân Phillips stars in Arthur Miller's Playing for Time at Sheffield
By Editorial Staff

The play marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Oppenheimer (Swan Theatre, RSC)

Tom Morton Smith's new play is a thought-provoking and intelligent examination of the creation of the A-bomb

John Goodman and Tom Sturridge join Damian Lewis in cast of American Buffalo

Further casting has been announced for the highly anticipated Mamet production