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A successful live production does not just rely on a fine script and superb acting or singing, audiences also expect creative costumes and sets.
Defoe agrees £14m deal to join Sunderland, Arsenal confident of Bielik deal, Redknapp QPR future uncertain, plus more.
Three-time finalist Andy Murray is seeded sixth for the Australian Open, with Novak Djokovic top of the draw.
Who knows how close we came to another Jar Jar Binks, as George Lucas reveals he wanted to direct new Star Wars film.
A 14-year-old boy is one of two teenagers charged with murder after a teenager was stabbed to death on the streets of east London.
A mini tornado hits 24 homes in Pembrokeshire, rips off roofs and and two people are taken to hospital.
Britons Kyle Edmund and Liam Broady reach the second round of Australian Open qualifying with straight-sets wins.
Equatorial Guinea's top female footballer recalls her degrading ordeal at the hands of African football officials.
Harland and Wolff wins a major contract involving work on an oil rig due to arrive in Belfast later this week.
India's Supreme Court allows Italian marine Massimiliano Latorre who is accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 to extend his stay in Italy by three more months on health grounds.
People convicted of minor offences as children should be allowed to apply to have their criminal records wiped, a criminal justice organisation says.
First treatment centre specialising in care for pregnant women opens
The Labour, Lib Dem and UKIP leaders warn David Cameron they want to press ahead with general election TV debates even if he refuses to take part.
British Muslims are urged to react with restraint to the publication by Charlie Hebdo magazine of a new cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Why Nat's anxiety can stop him from leaving the house
Hong Kong's leader CY Leung says the territory must choose between greater democracy and growth, in a speech preceded by an MP protest.
Two men have slowly been making their way up 900m of granite as they climb the Dawn Wall of El Capitan, a rock formation in California's Yosemite National Park.
Japan's cabinet approves a record 4.98 trillion yen (£28bn, $42bn) budget for defence spending, amid a long-running maritime dispute with China.
The US secretary of state is to meet his Iranian counterpart in Geneva in a bid to revive stalled talks over Iran's nuclear programme.
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishes a new edition, with a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad on its cover, a week after the deadly attacks.