Former child prodigy Ishbel McWhirter whose 90th birthday exhibition opens at Burgh House looks back on her career

Joel Fry, actor known for Plebs, WIA and You, Me and the Apocalypse, talks to Bridget Galton about Raising Martha on at the Park Theatre

Belgian-born painter Feline Menne says her work is driven by the desire to “create an alternative personal universe.”

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Hannah Ivory Baker who is taking a new approach since taking over Highgate’s art gallery aged just 29

With its soulful, grooving live music and audience participation, the dance theatre company marries street dance with narrative

Storybook writer John Burningham marks his 80th year with an exhibition spanning his 50 year career

This charming musical version is populated by jaunty puppets and there’s much fun as the Captain takes up residence in the fridge and gulps down the goldfish.

Former English Heritage planner Philip Davies has trawled the archives to reveal moments of life in Victorian and Edwardian England ‘frozen in time’

The crypt of a Little Venice church is hosting an immersive art exhibition reflecting on ritual, spirituality and death.

Struggling to buy for a nephew, niece or grandchild this Christmas? The gift of a good book should please any child not to mention their parents. BRIDGET GALTON rounds up some seasonal picks

Chris Foote Wood tells BRIDGET GALTON why he felt compelled to offer his unique perspective on the late comedian

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Simon Callow about bringing Dickens’ festive ghost story back to the stage

BRIDGET GALTON rounds up the best of family entertainment in north London this festive season

BRIDGET GALTON talks to cabaret star Matthew Floyd Jones about donning prosthetics for his first pantomime which is definitely not family friendly

BRIDGET GALTON talks to the Muswell Hill soprano about Cricket, Christmas, the wonders of HRT and why she’d like to play Hillary Clinton

The mother of three writes “in the holidays, weekends and evenings, whenever I have a chance”

As a 60 minute introduction to the magic of live performance Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of the much-loved Julia Donaldson picture book is as inventive and charming as you could wish for.

Fashion designer turned sculptor Nicole Farhi curates a chaos themed exhibition in Hampstead

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber pens a raft of fizzing songs and Julian Fellowes’s book keeps the action tight while foregrounding the pressure of these pre-teens labouring under parental expectations

Camden Town’s Jewish Museum is hosting an exhibition of ceramics by artists of Jewish heritage.

Nature documentary maker Maurice Melzac volunteers as a conservationist and keeps bees in this 15 acre slice of north London where around 170,000 people are buried

Ski novices Bridget Galton and her son Joe headed to a low-key French resort for their first foray on the slopes, with varying success

Bridget Galton talks to Simon Farquhar whose book on the grim railway murders helped him understand his Detective father who worked the case

Doreen Spooner joined the Daily Mirror as the first female staff photographer on a national newspaper. Camera Girl celebrates the life of the 88-year-old who thrived in a man’s world while raising three children.

Ex- marketing executive Heidi Cullip quit her corporate job when she fell in love with wine, and hopes to instil the same passion in her students

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Everyman CEO Crispin Lilly about the pleasure of reviving an Art Deco gem as a boutique cinema

For more than 40 years, Sphinx Theatre Company has tackled gender imbalance campaigning tirelessly to promote and inspire women with conferences, events and productions. Women Centre Stage festival runs until Nov 20

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Dan Hall whose overheard Twitter account has captured a middle-class sensibility around lifestyles and child-rearing

Based on Walter Tevis’ sci-fi story The Man Who Fell to Earth it’s either a moving meditation on loss and grief or a messily unsuccesful bid at corralling Bowie’s back catalogue into a satisfying night out

Soon to be playing in the Hampstead Arts Festival, The Arditti make life hard for themselves by playing challenging contemporary work that’s often new

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