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Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London
Until 5 April
Almeida Theatre, Islington
Until 10 March
Departmental select committee chairs have provided mixed reviews of the departments they scrutinise for a Civil Service World Special Report, which has found that 40 per cent of them are dissatisfied with departments’ responses to their reports.
66 Broadway, Westminster
London SW1H 1DB
Subtlety is a rare but valuable characteristic. A little nuance never does any harm, while a gung-ho machismo can get you in all sorts of trouble.
Selected by Simon Schama
Until 26 February
Leading figures in local government argued that there’s no evidence of the economic need for reform of the planning system at the Local Government Summit last week.
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Labour MP Anne Begg was press-ganged into becoming an expert on benefits, but has since learnt to love the topic. She enthuses to Joshua Chambers about her role as chair of the work and pensions select committee
The Homes and Communities Agency has its formal launch on 1 December, charged with fostering housebuilding and regeneration. The economic climate could barely be more daunting – but Matt Ross finds its new head, Sir Bob Kerslake, characteristically relaxed