Five star review for English National Ballet’s showcase of American dance

The New York outfit’s sophomore record sets the ‘Beans on course for great things.

Playwright Tom Stutchfield tells the packed audience that the play is based on his discovery of correspondence written by his great grandfather, Spencer

The Greatest Showman is starry-eyed with the silly, simple joy of being a musical

This has four teenagers sucked into an old video game, in avatar form. Having them go to the jungle, rather than the jungle come to them, is an inherently duller proposition.

Oh hi Mark. This film is exceptionally entertaining and frequently hilarious

West Hampstead author Susie Steiner tells Ellie O’Donnell about the second instalment of her detective series Persons Unknown.

Hampstead’s Sweetpea Slight talks about her memoir recalling two eventful decades working for West End theatre impresario Thelma Holt.

While the cats are away in Edinburgh, the rest can play around north London at Camden’s alternative fringe

A warm but disturbing story of a dysfunctional family over half a century of social and legal change – a homage to the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offenses Act.

The bear-sized Brightonian’s debut has awards-givers frothing at the mouth. Does it match such high hopes?

Denzel Washington’s interpretation of August Wilson’s play is made magnificent by his and Viola Davis’ acting

Usually, to spend wisely, I suggest you find an independent merchant, explain your likes and dislikes and let knowledgeable staff advise. That still holds good, but here’s another approach: go to Oddbins.

Martin Adeney discusses his book, Baggage of Empire

Gill Paul talks about the Hampstead Heath Women’s Pond fueling creative inspiration and helping her to deal with grief

Sunday lunch can’t get much more traditional, and that’s why we love it. But this roast could do with a little more heat.

IMOGEN BLAKE rediscovers Portugal’s Algarve at Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort

British Youth Opera is going strong with its 30th season opening next month at the Peacock Theatre, Holborn

The Importance of Being Earnest is a challenge for any theatre company bur it works at Lauderdale House

The Philippines and UK celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations, and the Shaw Thearre’s Marco Polo charts the explorers journey

Billie Piper shines in the radically reinvented Yerma at The Young Vic in a timeless piece about infertility

Seam O’Casey’s play about life in Irish revolution remains relevent with National Theatre’s interpretation of The Plough and Stars

One of David Bowie’s great gift was spotting trends and seeing the way the wind was blowing before anyone else, a facility he retained right up till his death at the beginning of January 2016, taking his leave of us at the start of a truly horrendous year.

In the interest of fairness and balance: I’ve never seen an episode of Absolutely Fabulous.

Queen of Earth is a drama about two friends who don’t like each other.

Classical performers tend to keep the name they’re born with: foreign complications only add to credibility, and changes can look phoney. Better to be Piotr Anderszewski than Midori, Kennedy or (God forbid) Vanessa-Mae.

West Hampstead café owner Maria Kuehn isn’t one to shy away from ‘cheating’ with shop bought desserts at a dinner party, but here she shares two easy-to-follow recipes that are both quick to make and utterly delicious too.

The cancer film is a film that I can’t see a need for.

Violin, trumpet, piano, saxophone and speaker/singer…it’s a curious (OK, perverse, impracticable) combination for a chamber-music group, and one that you’re unlikely to find anywhere but Counterpoise: the odd ensemble set up seven years ago by music critic Barry Millington and trumpet-player Deborah Calland which has proved a hit with audiences for the very reason that it’s odd.

The meeting between the King and The Chief has a mythic air to it – perhaps because it happened in 1970 before Tricky Dicky got into taping every event that happened in the White House,


After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke returns to her roots to create even more opportunities for young performers in North London.

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