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Christmas at Blenheim Palace is a festive wonderland

What's on

Michael Edwards visits the ultimate winter wonderland in the heart of Oxfordshire.

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Minds Behind The Music – do we care enough to save the planet?

Books, What's on

Over eighty music stars, past and present, are quizzed on their opinions about religion, aliens, politics and of course, the issues of...

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Learn how hedgelaying supports healthy wildlife

What's on

GWTC will showcase how to manage hedgerows to support biodiversity at the National Hedgelaying Championship on 23 October. ...

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The Runaway – a magical children’s picture book

Books

Marianne Cooper’s The Runaway offers parents and children to explore feelings around difficult issues through a beautifully illustrated picture book.

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Hamlet: a play that speaks to pandemics past and present

Theatre, What's on

Elizabeth Schafer watches Sir Ian McKellan in Shakespeare's Hamlet and finds there is much to relate to and learn from as our world widens...

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Handsome – trailer

What's on

Two brothers, Nick & Alex, embark on a worldwide journey to discover what life is like for other siblings living with Down’s...

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Storyville: Raising a School Shooter

What's on

Sensitive and dignified documentary about parents whose lives have been shattered by their sons’ murderous acts.

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Northern Ballet’s Dangerous Liaisons hits cinemas

What's on

Northern Ballet’s acclaimed Dangerous Liaisons captured for film in October 2020 at Leeds Playhouse gets big screen release for cinemas. ...

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The Duke – trailer

Film

In 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, steals Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London....

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Some Kind of Heaven – trailer

What's on

America’s seniors have discovered the fountain of youth. It’s in The Villages, Florida.

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Physical – trailer

TV & Radio

Rose Byrne rediscovers herself after growing tired of being a downtrodden suburban housewife. ...

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Review books for 50connect

Books

Would you like to review books for 50connect? We're opening our book reviews to member contributors. ...

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The Tomorrow War – trailer

Film

Futuristic actioner The Tomorrow War is available to stream from 2nd July.

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Podcast: Water Gypsies, canalmania and Peter Sallis as Hitler

Books

BAFTA-winning actor, comedian and impressionist Julian Dutton in conversation with Duncan Steer. ...

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Four of the UK’s most popular self-care books

Books

A look at the four self-care books that have enjoyed the most dramatic increase in search volumes over 2020....

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Chadwick Boseman: Portrait of an Artist

Film

New Netflix documentary charts the rise to stardom of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman.

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Rare Beasts trailer

Film

Cinema and digital platform release date confirmed for Billie Piper's Rare Beasts,...

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The Handmaid’s Tale returns to C4

What's on

The multi award-winning The Handmaid's Tale, based on Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel, returns for a fourth season this month on...

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Coming 2 America

Film

Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite for this belated, and largely misguided, return to Zamunda

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Devils

What's on

Glitzy financial thriller that races around at breakneck speed while slowing the brain down with its style and content...

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Revelations of Byzantium – Alan Ogden

Books

Histria Books announces the release of "Revelations of Byzantium: The Monasteries and Painted Churches of Northern Moldavia"...

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Can you win full marks in the 50connect Entertainment Quiz?

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Roll up Goggleboxers and test your knowledge about all things Hollywood – from classic films to the latest TV and music!

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The Crown season 4 reviewed

What's on

The royal drama returns with a triumphant portrait of the 1980s with a perfectly wide-eyed Diana....

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St Maud

Film

Laurence Green writes British horror flick Saint Maud is 'a searing study of obsession that truly breeds new life into cinema and the...

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Tenet

Film

Christopher Nolan’s much anticipated futuristic thriller, Tenet, is in cinemas now. Laurence Green weighs up whether it is worth the admission fee.

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Review – On Blueberry Hill

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews the claustrophobic and atmospheric On Blueberry Hill, a drama in which immaculate performances help lift this...

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Shoe Lady

Theatre

Katherine Parkinson shines in this satire on the disenchantment of modern life. Laurence Green reviews Shoe Lady at the Royal Court...

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The Visit

Theatre

A grotesquely funny, undeniably elegant (slightly overlong) visionary revenge play with star turns from Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving. Laurence Green reviews.

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Leopoldstadt

Theatre

Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt is a measured and eloquent examination of the reality of history, its closeness and our shared humanity while...

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Parasite

Film

A deservedly Oscar-lavished poetic tragi-comedy about wealth, greed and class discrimination. Laurence Green reviews....

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Persona

Theatre

An atmospheric production, but Persona lacks the intimacy and intensity of Ingmar Bergman’s original. Laurence Green reviews.

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Talking About Trees

Film

A love of cinema and film-making meets religious and political resistance in Suhaib Gasmelbari's affectionate documentary about the work of...

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The Welkin

Theatre

Science versus superstition, and an inadequate legal system against mob hunger for justice are two themes in Lucy Kirkwood's gutsy new...

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1917

Film

Sam Mendes’s 1917 – masterful cinematography and devastating storytelling combine in this a mesmerising and extraordinary hymn to the sacrifice of a generation.

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Film

An enigmatic true original, Long Day's Journey Into Night is a film that will dazzle and baffle in equal measure long after the final...

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Three Sisters

Theatre

Inua Ellams new adaptation of Three Sisters is an imaginative but flawed take on a familiar work. Laurence Green reviews. ...

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Circus 1903

Theatre

A show which creates a genuine feeling of nostalgia and is imbued with a similar sense of humour. If you are looking for true festive cheer, you could do no better than Circus 1903 writes Laurence Green.

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Teenage Dick

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A flawed but interesting modern meditation on the lust for power that manages to blend Shakespearean rhetoric with everyday speech....

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Theatre

Joel Horwood's The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a production which will excite, unsettle and enchant in equal measure both adults and...

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A Kind of People

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews A Kind of People at the Royal Court and finds an uncompromisingly honest and thought-provoking account of life in modern multicultural Britain.

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Film review: So Long My Son

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Wang Xiaoshuai's ambitious family chronicle of changing lives, set against the most turbulent events in recent...

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My Brilliant Friend

Theatre

Two excellent lead performances from Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack define this two-part epic adapted from Elena Ferrante's...

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Theatre review of the year 2019

Theatre

50connect theatre critic Laurence Green selects his top productions from 2019, including the superb Jesus Hopped the A Train and Sally Field’s excellent performance in All My Sons.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Theatre

A show that captures the dilemma of the alienated teen - but doesn't succeed in getting the viewer to surrender to its emotional...

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Marriage Story

Film

Laurence Green reviews Marriage Story and finds an absorbing, balanced and moving movie about breaking up, while trying to keep it...

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On Bear Ridge

Theatre

Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola conjure a tone of impending doom in this intriguing post apocalyptic drama, but despite their committed performances the result is cold, woolly and unmoving.

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The Antipodes

Theatre

A journey to the centre of America's dark heart is provided by Annie Baker in her latest play The Antipodes (Dorfman Theatre at the...

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Beanpole

What's on

An absorbing, thought-provoking movie, set in post-war Leningrad, that seems like a strong contender for Best Foreign Film at the...

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BFI London Film Festival 2019

What's on

Laurence Green selects his choices for the best films at BFI London Film Festival 2019.

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Master Harold … and the boys

What's on

Master Harold ... and the boys is a salutary reminder of the evils of recent, officially sanctioned racism and retains an emotional power...

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A Very Expensive Poison

Theatre

A blackly comic exploration of relationships overshadowed by the political furore surrounding the poisoning and murder of Alexander...

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Hansard

Theatre

Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan elevate this satire on late-Eighties Toryism at the NT’s Lyttelton Auditorium.Laurence Green reviews.

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Downton Abbey

Film

The TV favourite gets a welcome big screen outing and delivers cinematic structure, impeccable period detail and a well-paced story that...

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The Doctor

Theatre

'A timeless work, performed with great bravado, which manages to be both powerful and thought-provoking.' Laurence Green reviews The...

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The Secret River

Theatre

The Secret River is a shattering, astonishingly beautiful piece of contemporary theatre, one that speaks directly to a modern world riven by mistrust of the other, writes Laurence Green.

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Edinburgh International Festival 2019

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Laurence Green rounds up his pick of the best shows and performances at Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe 2019....

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Pain and Glory

Film

Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar's latest creation, Pain and Glory, is a film with slow-burn soulfulness that etches itself on the mind....

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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – the Musical!

Theatre

Laurence Green immerses himself in the psychedelic colours and sounds of this wisecracking, rib-tickling, side-splitting phantasmagoria.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre

Nicholas Hytner returns to the Bridge Theatre once again with another Shakespearn classic, this time venturing out of Rome and into the...

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Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love

Film

The idea of an artist and his muse may sound romantic but Nick Broomfield's new documentary about Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen tells us...

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The Night of the Iguana

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Clive Owen, returns to the London stage after an 18-year absence in James Macdonald’s sluggish new production of the Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana. Laurence Green reviews.

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Jesus Christ Superstar

Theatre

The Rice/Lloyd Webber-penned classic still feels fresh and vibrant and provides an entertaining and thought-provoking experience for...

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Peter Gynt

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James McArdle impresses in a work that exposes the madness of a modern world where truth is subjective and everything can be viewed through...

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The End of History

What's on

David Morrissey stands out as the brooding, down-to-earth idealist patriarch in this compassionate and intimate drama of a divided, dysfunctional family. Laurence Green reviews.

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The Hunt

Theatre

Adapted from the acclaimed 2012 film, The Hunt is a disturbing and powerful drama that you won't forget in a hurry! Laurence Green reviews....

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On Your Feet

Theatre

Christie Prades gives a performance of great personal magnetism, tenderness and sensitivity in this absorbing and occasionally moving...

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Europe

What's on

David Greig’s 1994 drama remains a timely warning about the dangers of a divided Europe, writes Laurence Green.

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Present Laughter

Theatre

Andrew Scott steals the show with a fascinatingly detailed interpretation of a character who is flirtatious, stroppy and sardonic, yet also...

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Bitter Wheat

Theatre

David Mamet's trademark whip-crack smart dialogue is much in evidence throughout this acid portrait of Hollywood power and manipulation...

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Rutherford and Son

Theatre

An impressive, intimate family drama that has aged well and provides plenty of topical resonance in its sense of festering tensions between the generations, writes Laurence Green.

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The Starry Messenger

Theatre

Laurence Green finds the eagerly awaited The Starry Messenger a play that fails to drum up much interest in or empathy with the characters...

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Classic La Voix exquisite beneath the Spiegeltent

What's on

Gabriel Wilding enjoys a knockout evening under the Spiegeltent, on London's Southbank, in the company of the inimitable La Voix....

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Our Town

Theatre

Thornton Wilder’s revived Pulitzer-winning play is a grand meditation on human life, celebrating what it is to be alive and the bonds that unite us all. Laurence Green reviews.

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Salt

What's on

Salt is a heartfelt production which takes the form of a brave, honest and unforgiving poetic meditation. But it suffers from repetition...

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Death of a Salesman

Theatre

Wendell Pierce excels in this compassionate, psychologically acute interpretation of Arthur Miller's classic that allows us to see a...

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Amour

What's on

Amour is a lightweight musical fantasy about daring to dream and the power of self-belief, writes Laurence Green.

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Rosmersholm

Theatre

This timely revival of Ibsen's Rosmersholm "is a piercingly relevant work of personal and political passion, ambitious, complex and...

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Small Island

Theatre

A passionate engagement with the past that is sure to resonate with audiences at a time when recognition and compensation for the Windrush...

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All My Sons

Theatre

Sally Field and Bill Pullman bring a real sense of authenticity to this production that is a testament to the enduring power of Arthur Miller’s appeal to our collective conscience. Laurence Green reviews.

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I Spy With My Little Eye Something Beginning With Why Have You Been Sleeping With My Wife: A Play by Christopher Bliss

Theatre

With dad jokes flying left right and centre and some nice physical comedy, this is a show for those who have never truly grown up and long...

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Sweet Charity

Theatre

A heart-pounding, foot-tapping ode to Broadway musicals which sees Anne-Marie Duff steal the show as the titular heroine. Laurence Green...

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Top Girls

Theatre

Top Girls presents an argument for compassion, as well as a sharp look at social inequality in a country divided by its own ambitions, writes Laurence Green.

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Fiddler on the Roof

Theatre

The resurgence in ant-Semitism ensures a timeless resonance to Trevor Nunn's revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre,...

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Emilia

Theatre

Elements of pantomime and boisterous backchat make Emilia a rousing reminder of creative women who have been omitted from history or have...

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The Bay at Nice

What's on

A small gem that says more in its 80 minutes than many plays more than twice its length and certainly makes for essential viewing. Laurence Green reviews The Bay at Nice.

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At Eternity’s Gate

Film

Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnable's biopic but a sluggish, labouring script that labours not so much on the life of...

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Admissions

Theatre

Alex Kingston and Andrew Woodall are perfectly cast in Joshua Harmon's satirical comedy skewering of the hypocrisies of the liberal left. ...

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Waitress

Theatre

“A truly tasty treat, bringing an uplifting celebration of love and laughter to the West End stage.” Laurence Green reviews Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre.

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Berberian Sound Studios

Theatre

Cult 2012 film Berberian Sound Studios, playing at the Donmar Warehouse, is an example of how what works on celluloid can fall flat in the...

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Only Fools and Horses

Theatre

An affectionate, if lightweight, homage to the classic BBC sitcom with delightful performances from Tom Bennett (Del Boy) and Paul...

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Tartuffe

Theatre

This fresh, funny and thoughtful production shows that Tartuffe has lost none of its sparkle, writes Laurence Green.

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All About Eve

Theatre

Ivo van Hove's unsettling re-imagining of the Mankiewicz classic about jealousy and ambition, which asks why our fascination with...

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The Price

Theatre

Arthur Miller's The Price is a powerful study of reunion and confrontation that yields a chest-full of pertinent and painful reflections on...

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Home, I’m Darling

Theatre

Home, I’m Darling is a finely tuned, thought-provoking comedy about a mini revolution in deepest suburbia, with a superb central performance by Katherine Parkinson. Laurence Green reviews.

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If Beale Street Could Talk

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Barry Jenkins' angry, assured and distinctive drama which asserts that even in a world of corruption and prejudice,...

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Tintin: as the eternal youth turns 90, he’s still teaching children about the world

Books

Paul Aleixo looks at the enduring appeal of Hergé's comic book hero Tintin: one of Belgium's great gifts to the children of the world....

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Songs for Nobodies

Theatre

A tour de force performance from Bernadette Robinson marks Joanna Murray-Smith’s Songs for Nobodies as a glorious homage to many of the great voices that are no longer with us.

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Out and about: Tabac

What's on

In need of post-festive pick me up or a treat to kick the January Blues, Kentish Town's newest drinking nook - the charming and French bar...

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The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Theatre

Simon Russell Beale effortlessly holds the attention as Shakespeare's flawed monarch, but overall it is a production that lacks both...

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Sweat

Theatre

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer prize winning ‘Sweat’ flits seamlessly between humour, heartbreak and trauma and emerges as a deeply profound and moving piece of work, writes Laurence Green.

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