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New Year honours for theatre producer Michael Codron and writer Anthony Horowitz

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2013

Veteran stage producer Michael Codron has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours for services to the theatre.

Eighty-two-year-old Sir Michael is the West End's longest-serving producer and a leading influence in post-war British drama. He is the owner of the Aldwych Theatre, and a former leading figure at the National Theatre and the Hampstead Theatre.

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Jewish siblings in Apollo roof collapse

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Three siblings are in shock after they saw the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapse on members of the audience in front of them.

Nathaniel and Maya Lightman had been treating younger sister Noa to the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as a Chanucah gift.

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Birds of a Feather Dorien back on ITV after 15 year gap

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2013

One of television’s best-known Jewish characters is set to return after a gap of 15 years.

Dorien Green, the man-eating Chigwell divorcee, played by Lesley Joseph, is back in a new series of the sitcom Birds Of A Feather, last seen on TV screens in the late ’90s.

Ms Joseph, who is Jewish, said she is “delighted” to be playing the role again.

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Jews have money? That was a compliment, says Kanye West

By Rosa Doherty, December 22, 2013

Hip-hop star Kanye West has responded to the Anti-Defamation League’s claim that he made antisemitic remarks in a series of radio interviews.

In a radio discussion with DJ Sway on New York City's 105.1 FM last month, Mr West said: “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people."

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X-Factor Diary: It’s showtime, and it’s scary

December 19, 2013

British teenager Adir Tov is competing as part of a boy band on the Israeli TV talent show

“We’ve been busy rehearsing all week for the first live show.

“At the beginning of the week, we had a serious talk with our mentor, Ivri Lider, who is a really big pop star in Israel.

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Stephen Fry hires John Galliano as costume designer for Oscar Wilde show

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

Stephen Fry has employed disgraced fashion designer John Galliano to design the costumes for his theatrical production of Oscar Wilde’s comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

The move comes two years after Mr Galliano faced criminal charges for a drunken antisemitic rant.

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He’s gone from JFS to X Factor

By Charlotte Oliver, December 12, 2013

Six months ago, JFS schoolboy Adir Tov was studying hard for his GCSEs and looking forward to going on tour to Israel with his friends.

Now the 16-year-old is the sole British contestant on Israel’s X Factor — and is about to start singing on the TV competition’s live shows as one fifth of a boy band.

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Bond girl honoured by Berlin museum

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

A former Bond girl, who fled to Britain from the Nazis as a child, has been honoured by a German museum with an exhibition on her life.

Night Flight To Berlin, at the Pankow Museum in Berlin, tells the story of actress Nikki van der Zyl and her family, who left their home in the city in 1939.

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BBC to screen first-ever Israeli drama

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2013

The BBC is to screen its first ever Israeli drama, it announced today.

The corporation said it had bought the crime series, Hostages from production company Armoza Formats.

The series, made up of 10 60-minute episode was previously shown on Israel’s Channel 10 and tells the story of a surgeon who is ordered to sabotage a routine operation on his country's leader .

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Amy Winehouse’s heartache revealed in Valentine’s card

By Rosa Doherty, December 5, 2013

Amy Winehouse’s devotion to her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been revealed in previously unseen love letters that are being put up for auction.

In one, a Valentine’s Card sent to Fielder-Civil while he was in prison after a conviction for assault, the singer writes he is “an ache in my guts. I belong to you. I always have”.

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