The Word: How to place the 53rd week

The Lowry’s chocka calendar has had an extra festival squeezed into it around may day. its chief executive, Julia Fawcett, explains

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Great paintings, in a cinema near you

AI talks to the film maker Phil Grabsky about Exhibition on Screen and a new way to see art

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Bardolatry

There are almost 200 events happening in London on and around April 23, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, from a midnight matinee of Much Ado About Nothing on the remains of the first Bankside Tudor theatre, The Rose, to the recreation of Elizabethan honey and mead doughnuts. AI talks to Dr Lucy Munro (left), co-ordinating the events from King’s College

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In all his forms

Simon Tait on how the Royal Shakespeare Company’s plans for marking the death of its inspiration on the 400th anniversary this month are both contemporary
and a credit to the bard

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Why the hell not?

Storme Toolis burst onto the national scene three years ago in BBC TVs New Tricks, one of the few disabled actors to appear on screen whose disability is not a feature of the plot. now the 23-year-old has taken on one of the most demanding roles in the shakespearean canon – in a production of which she is creative director and which is the subject of a forthcoming television documentary

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AI Profile: Northern Soul - Barrie Rutter

Barrie Rutter first played Macbeth on the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s birth, so it’s fitting that here he is again on the stage at Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse, some 52 years later, strutting his stuff as Sir John Falstaff in The Merry Wives on the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death.

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Passing By: ENO time like old times

Antony Thorncroft, a fan for 50 years, advises English National Opera to abandon its shock tactics and look to its laurels to survive

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My Story: Peter O'Neill...

... is the founder and director of Belfast’s Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics. He is also the creator of the city’s Comedy Festival, now in its fifth year. in his day time job, he is the Northern Ireland manager of the Alliance for Useful Evidence based with Nesta

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The Word: The shadow over our museums

Stephen Deuchar
The shadow over our museums

The Art fund cannot give direct help to every museum and gallery under threat, says its director Stephen Deuchar, but will lobby to stop closures and crises

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Dance: Anniversary waltz

Two of england’s leading dance organisations celebrate birthdays this year. AI joins the party at Phoenix and Dance City

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Havens you can trust

Dea Birkett finds that museums have another purpose for which they are not funded, but from which millions have benefitted.

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Bacc to the future

The row over the government’s attitude to arts in schools shows no signing of abating, writes Patrick Kelly

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