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Former West Hampstead marketing manager Victoria Slotover describes how her pipe dream of becoming a writer became a reality

Mikel Murfi’s wondrous one-man show, fittingly performed on the bare, makeshift stage of the Tricycle’s cinema is the sequel to his much-loved The Man in the Woman’s Shoes

A musical about an Evangelical American TV channel hitting the shores of sexually repressed Blighty should appeal

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson give admirable performances in this Hampstead based romcom, but nothing is seen through and the dialogue is weak

Juliet Stevenson says her fears about playing Hamlet’s mother were allayed by Robert Icke’s rich and passionate production

It’s taken two years for Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie to transfer from Leicester’s Curve to the West End. It’s a pity it wasn’t sooner.

Newly commissioned song cycle is based on heart-breaking letters from a Nazi camp inmate to the grandson she would never meet

Despite its ambition and having plenty of potential resonance, Common is dense and wilfully bewildering with little space for development

At its heart is an examination of how people embrace competitive outrage and offence, seeming to go out of their way to pose as holier than though and just that bit more PC than the next person.

Roger Michell’s adaptation of this Daphne Du Maurier novel features a Sphinx like Rachel Weisz as a possible murderer but the pace is too stately to create suspense

Drill down into Britishness and what do you find? Is it from institutions like the BBC, the NHS or the OU? Or are we British because of common schooling experience and a love of Shakespeare? asks Hornsey author Martin Upham

A new exhibition of the photographs of celebrated photojournalist Terence Spence opens at Proud Camden

It isn’t any kind of landmark and perhaps it is judged too kindly just because it isn’t monstrously disappointing like the previous DC films

Greg Wetherall talks to Hampstead comic David Baddiel about truth and vulnerability

We realised we could think of several well-known male writing friendships: Coleridge and Wordsworth for instance, or Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But when it came to the most celebrated female authors, we found ourselves at more of a loss.

The film of one of the world’s favourite TV shows is disappointing, with flimsy humour and a meanness of spirit that leaves a foul taste in the mouth

Meredith Taylor founder and editor of online film magazine Filmuforia rounds up the latest from the 70th Cannes Film Festival

How to use them, which to pick and recipes to show them off to your friends

Baddiel exudes an everyman aura and ensures that this show feels inclusive and personable

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Hampstead author Joseph Connolly talks about his latest novel. Set amid the seedy bedsits and casual racism and sexism of the early 60s it’s an unvarnished portrait of an era often viewed through a revisionist lens

Despite it happening in one of London’s smallest venues, the premiere of Mark Weinman’s Dyl will be on my list of Big Theatre Moments of 2017

Alex Bellotti talks to Carl Barat about heavy metal, themed hotels and the electric spirit of Camden Town ahead of Camden Rocks

This production honours its taboo-ridden intent in a thought-provoking, challenging fashion

Learn how to cook regional Mexican cuisine rather than the usual Tex-Mex

In this crisp revival of Martin Crimp’s bleak 1993 satire, director Lyndsey Turner hones in on the hypocrisies inherent in the Hollywood studio system

There are many pitfalls to dusting down old material and presenting it anew.

Marvel’s latest sequel starts off sharper and funnier than the first, but loses its way in the second half

Baroque music and food combine for a feastival in Hampstead

The Armeian Genocide deserves a better film but The Promise is the one it’s got and it may be enough

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