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Theatre where Hamlet first performed given listed status

  The archaeological remains of two Elizabethan playhouses, one of which saw the first performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, have been given listed status. The Theatre and the Hope were the first and last playhouses built in Elizabethan London. They join the Rose and the Globe as protected monuments to 16th …

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James Patterson scraps The Murder of Stephen King novel

Author James Patterson has scrapped the publication of a new novel titled The Murder of Stephen King because he does not want to cause “discomfort” to King. The book is about a fictional obsessed fan hunting down King, the author of Misery, The Shining and Carrie. But Patterson said he …

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Sir Elton John to co-host Evening Standard theatre awards

Sir Elton John is to co-host this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards. The singer will break from the European leg of his latest tour to attend the awards on 13 November at London’s Old Vic. He will co-host the event with the Standard’s proprietor Evgeny Lebedev. “I think we produce …

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China’s colossal radio telescope begins testing

The world’s largest radio telescope, which has been built in China, is beginning an intensive testing phase. Chinese scientists report that the giant dish, which measures 500m (1,640ft) across, is complete and has received its first signals from space. It will now take three years to calibrate the instrument so …

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New report confirms grim outlook for elephants

Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past 10 years according to a new study. The African Elephant Status report says that poaching is the main driver of the fall, the worst losses in 25 years. However the authors say that long-term issues such as the …

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