Live Shakespeare tops British cinema box office - for a day


LONDON A live broadcast of Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh starring in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" was the biggest cinema box office draw in Britain on the night of the screening, the show's publicists said on Friday.

Acclaimed Palestinian theatre in Jerusalem risks closure

JERUSALEM The Palestinian National Theatre, for three decades the leading performing arts and cultural centre for Arabs in Jerusalem, is facing potential closure after running up large municipal debts, its director said on Friday.

Frescoes stolen from ancient tomb go on display in Italy

ROME Five frescoed stone slabs stolen from a tomb in the ancient city of Paestum and trafficked by a notorious artifact smuggler went on display in Italy on Thursday after a 10-year investigation.

Pop artist Allen Jones revisits work with Kate Moss in new London show

LONDON British pop artist Allen Jones returns to the subject of supermodel Kate Moss in his latest exhibition in London, which once more puts the female form centre-stage in sculptures ranging from the hyper-realistic to the abstract. | Video

Cuban man arrested in Greece in connection with Havana art heist

ATHENS A 36-year-old Cuban man has been arrested in Greece in connection with the theft of dozens of modernist art works from Havana's National Museum of Fine Arts, Greek police said on Wednesday.

Nicole Kidman named best actress in London stage awards

LONDON Nicole Kidman won the best actress award for her performance as a DNA researcher in the play "Photograph 51" at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday. | Video

Italy art critics, politicians recriminate after $16 million paintings heist

ROME Amid recriminations and wildly diverging theories, Italian politicians and art critics are still trying to comprehend a dramatic robbery which saw 17 paintings including several masterpieces taken from a museum in Verona this week.

U.S. agents recover N.C. Wyeth paintings stolen in Maine

BOSTON The last two of six N.C. Wyeth paintings stolen from a Maine collector in 2013 have been recovered by agents from the FBI, closing the book on what officials say was the most significant art theft in that state's history.

John Grisham's 'Rogue Lawyer' back on top of U.S. bestsellers list

John Grisham reclaimed the top spot on the U.S. fiction bestsellers chart on Thursday with his new thriller "Rogue Lawyer."

Lennon, Thatcher, Henry VIII star in 'Face of Britain'

LONDON What do John Lennon, Margaret Thatcher, Henry VIII and West Indian immigrants in 1956 London have in common? They are all, according to British historian Simon Schama, part of "The Face of Britain".