Former model Mandy Rice-Davies has died after an illness at the age of 70. Rice-Davies was one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair. Models and showgirls Mandy Rice-Davies, (centre, right), and Christine Keeler, (behind), surrounded by press photographers as they leave the Old Bailey during the trial of Dr Stephen Ward, a major figure in the Profumo Affair. Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images

Mandy Rice- Davies — one of the women at the centre of the Profumo affair which rocked Harold Macmillan’s Tory government in the 1960s and contributed(...)

Performer wears Vladimir Putin mask in Halloween performance at Moscow’s ‘Doc’ theatre. Photograph: Alexey Zhiryakov

Russia has been discouraging public celebrations of Halloween as part of a campaign against western influence.But that did not stop Teatr.Doc from sta(...)

The Shooting Party Anton Chekhov (1884) A master playwright, dramaturge and short story writer, Chekhov veered into longer form territory with nove(...)

The story never ends: Tom Murphy’s Brigit

Some of them arrive all too soon; others feel like they’ll never come at all. Some of them are happy, others horrifying. Some come with a twist, some (...)

Punk Rock: Rhys Dunlop, Jonah Hauer-King, Ian Toner and Rory Corcoran in Simon Stephens’s play. Photograph: Neil Harrison
Teenage kicks, teenage angst
  • Stage
  • August 2, 2014, 01:00

In the run-up to the release of Good Vibrations, the biopic about Terri Hooley, the record-shop owner who helped shape Belfast’s punk era, the novelis(...)

The first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st, 1916. Photograph: The Art Archive / Imperial War Museum
Putting war into words
  • Books
  • April 10, 2014, 09:36

“You can always tell an old soldier by the inside of his holsters and cartridge boxes. The young ones carry pistols and cartridges; the old ones, g(...)

Ben Power, programmer at temporary theatre space the Shed. Photograph: Clare Nicholson

It draws your eye, crossing the Thames on Waterloo Bridge, or slows your pace while walking along London’s South Bank: a huge incongruous wooden struc(...)

Early years: the original building

Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, which is 30 this year, was not the first artists’ studio co-operative in Dublin, but it is certainly one of the best k(...)

Robert Harris: trademark approach. Photograph: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex

It was the dodgiest of all dossiers. “It’s quite small,” says Robert Harris. “It was written on very flimsy paper – rice paper, or old-style typing pa(...)

Stop making sense

We’re always trying to make sense of what we see. The lens of the eye presents images upside down, and the brain gradually adjusts the picture. We’re (...)