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Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre raises the curtain on a fantastic line-up

As a new theatre season begins next month, Roz Laws picks out the highlights and meets the man behind a city success story

Italian soap opera of lust, longing and murder

Kirst Bushell as Vittoria in The White Devil, RSC, The Swan
The violent and misogynistic revenge tragedy The White Devil comes to the RSC this week. Catherine Vonledebur talks to director Maria Aberg

How Tolkien's fantasy novel almost never got published

Dr Philippa Semper, a University of Birmingham lecturer
It's 60 years since The Lord of the Rings heralded the dawn of a new era for fantasy writing. University of Birmingham lecturer Dr Philippa Semper, tells of JJR Tolkien's battle to get it on book shelves. Graham Young reports

The heat is on for ice tribute to city's Fallen

Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo with one of the 5,000 sculptures being created
A unique and poignant exhibition of 5,000 ice sculptures is being staged this weekend. Roz Laws finds out how it's done.

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