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The Play That Goes Wrong to return to London's West End – and risk a loss

Producer of the Olivier award-winning hit says costs can ‘just about be covered’ when it restarts as a socially distanced production – but significant financial risks remainThe hit farce The Play That Goes Wrong will return to the West End in November, and receive a Christmas run at the Theatre Royal in Bath, but its producer acknowledges it is “unlikely...

Netflix faces call to rethink Liu Cixin adaptation after his Uighur comments

Five US senators have written to question plans to adapt The Three-Body Problem after its author voiced support for China’s mass internments in XinjiangFive Republican US senators have asked Netflix to reconsider its plans to adapt the bestselling Chinese author Liu Cixin’s book The Three-Body Problem, citing Liu’s comments in support of the Chinese...

Songs about sewage and space travel? It's prog-folk band Hen Ogledd

Richard Dawson’s ‘wonky’ pop quartet are influenced by Billie Eilish, cats and 12th-century composer Hildegard von BingenIt is about halfway through our video chat that Trouble turns up. While Hen Ogledd officially comprise Dawn Bothwell, Rhodri Davies, Richard Dawson and Sally Pilkington, today it also includes the latter couple’s excellently named...

‘I miss the buzz of an office. Wearing something cheerful perks me up’: the rise of the domestic goddess 2.0

With workplaces shut and party season a distant memory, take inspiration from the new alpha homebodiesTurns out the fashion legacy of coronavirus doesn’t begin and end with a tracksuit. Enter the new style icon: the alpha homebody. Think power-dressing for the era of WFH, fabulousness for a party season without parties, status-signalling for an age...

UK coronavirus live: new restrictions for Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli; London placed on Covid-19 watchlist

Measures to come into force in three areas in Wales this weekend; no extra measures to be taken in London yet; new restrictions for Leeds likely from SaturdayLeeds and London face Covid interventions as virus fears riseUniversities ‘should be two-thirds empty to avoid Covid spikes’‘It’s depressing’: curfew criticised as last orders arrive early in SohoRishi...

Stranded whales and Charlie Hebdo attack – Friday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors select highlights from around the world including stormy weather in England, mine sniffing rat and Milan Fashion Week Continue reading...

Two injured in knife attack near Charlie Hebdo's former offices in Paris

Media reports of two arrests after attack near former home of satirical newspaper in French capital A counterterrorism investigation has been launched in France after two people were seriously injured in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.French media reported that two suspects have been arrested. Continue...

Online shopping makes many high street jobs unviable, says Next boss

Simon Wolfson warns lockdown has put thousands of traditional retail roles at riskCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Next chief has said the shift to online shopping triggered by the lockdown has made thousands of traditional retail jobs unviable.The high street has been one of the worst-hit sectors of the economy with nearly...

UK considering outright ban on fur sales after Brexit

Move comes 20 years after Britain become first country in Europe to ban fur farmingFur sales could be banned after Brexit under plans being considered by the Department for Environment, it has emerged.The UK was the first country in Europe to ban fur farming in 2000, but sales of some furs are still legal in this country and across the EU. Continue...

Outcry as Spanish councillor uses face mask to fake speech

Valencia councillor criticised after it emerges speech made in perfect English was dubbedSome have railed against the mandatory use of face masks, attacking them as a muzzle on their civil liberties. Others have civically adopted them without so much as a whimper. And then there are those who have seen the opportunities they present amid the crisis.Valencia...

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