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The first black actor to play Hamlet on the RSC on why the arts needs more than tokensim

Last year, Papaa Essiedu became the first black actor to play Hamlet at the RSC. Now, as he prepares to bring the history- making production to Yorkshire, he talks to Sarah Freeman.

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Kerry Chase with A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World. Picture James Hardisty.

From Donald Trump to animal rights - the jukebox which only plays protest songs

From a jukebox that plays anti-Trump songs to a giant metallic safety pin from the punk movement, Sarah Freeman takes a look at a new exhibition putting radical ideas centre stage. Pictures by James Hardisty.

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Jimmy Nail, who has pulled out of The Last Ship, at the launch event with Sting and director Lorne Campbell last year.

Jimmy Nail pulls out of Sting’s musical The Last Ship

It’s a production which lasted just a few months on Broadway and now just as Sting’s musical The Last Ship was due to set sail in the UK its leading man has pulled out.

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Ballads of the dry stone wallers

Ballads of the dry stone wallers

William Noble has always had one foot in the past.

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Windrush: A Movement of People will be performed by Phoenix Dance in February.

The 2018 Yorkshire bucket list: The events not to miss in the next 12 months

With Hull having been awarded the UK City of Culture title for 2017, in the last 12 months it was hard to move for top theatre productions, art exhibitions and street performances. The curtain might have come down on Hull’s year in the spotlight, but there is still much to look forward to and to help you make the most of the next year, we have compiled the 2018 Yorkshire bucket list.

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Hull 2017: A city transformed by a year of culture

Hull 2017: A city transformed by a year of culture

Ask if Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture has been a success and those behind it will fire off a salvo of statistics.

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Margaret Edy, whose husband suffered from dementia, is donating her brain for research into the disease. Picture Scott Merrylees.

Why I am giving my brain to dementia research

It’s now the leading cause of death in the UK and with treatment limited, Sarah Freeman meets one Yorkshire woman donating her brain to advance dementia research.

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Martin Barrass (left) and Berwick Kaler outside York Theatre Royal where they have just begun rehearsals for this year's panto.

Yorkshire panto stars reunited after heart surgery and near fatal crash

One had major heart surgery four months ago. The other was given just a one per cent chance of survival following a motorbike crash in 2016 which left him in intensive care.

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"Salts Mill has always been a northern powerhouse of the best kind"

"Salts Mill has always been a northern powerhouse of the best kind"

She is best known for her oil paintings of Dales landscapes, but Kitty North tells Sarah Freeman how she forced herself to take a different direction for a new collection inspired by a Yorkshire landmark.

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The Yorkshire pub with a starring role in the Waitrose Christmas ad

It was back in the early 1980s that Tan Hill got a taste of overnight fame when it provided the backdrop for that now iconic Everest double glazing ad.

Fast forward almost 40 years and Britain’s highest pub in Richmond, North Yorkshire, has just landed another starring role - this time in Waitrose’s Christmas television campaign.

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How the Soviet Union secretly mapped Yorkshire during the Cold War

From Washington to Afghanistan, via Leeds and Bradford, John Davies tells Sarah Freeman how he helped uncover the Soviet’s secret Cold War mission to map the world.

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The long haul: Portraits which tell the story of our fishing heritage

Having spent four years photographing Britain’s fishing industry, Joanne Coates tells Sarah Freeman how she earned her sea legs.

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