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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

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Shane Noone as Eddie and Omar Ibrahim as Ashfaq in Warde Street at Park Theatre

Theatre review: Warde Street at Park Theatre

You would think the 2005 London bombings and their turbulent aftermath offer more than enough drama for an 80-minute play, but actor-turned-writer Damien Tracey adds to the mix political intrigue, romantic scandal, and not one but two ethnically charged revenge killings. Needless to say, most elements of this sensationalist new work are left fatally underdeveloped.

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Manics; May 1991. Picture: Kevin Cummins

Glamorous anarchy of early Manic Street Preachers revealed in new photo exhibition

Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.

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Martina Laird plays Beatrice in The House That Will Not Stand at the Tricycle Theatre

Voodoo and magic realism lace Tricycle’s new tale of race struggle in New Orleans

Like the Lorca play that inspired it, The House That Will Not Stand is an intensely lyrical drama about a widow with unwed daughters who pull against her controlling will.

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Rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown

Comedy review: ‘Fake’ Londoners and fatherhood on witty rapper Doc Brown’s mind at Forum show

Rapper-turned-comedian Doc Brown has come a long way since his Hampstead School days, growing up in Willesden. Real name Ben Bailey Smith, younger brother to novelist Zadie, Brown is a rising star on the comedy and acting scene after turns on Ricky Gervais’ Derek, Russell Howard’s Good News and a regular gig on Law and Order: UK.

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Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Album review: Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Green shows what he can do when he puts his mind to his rhymes in this mixed bag of a return.

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Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

Album review: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

The feted duo pick up their guitars to retread old ground - but can they still cut it?

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Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Album review: Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Yet another sterling selection in this series, this time from Alex Kapranos and co.

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Ty Segall - Manipulator

Album review: Ty Segall - Manipulator

Gritty, gambolling garage-rock raconteur hits his creative high water mark.

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BBC presenter Andrew Marr at the Royal Maundy Service at Westminster Abbey, London.

“We’ve all been too disconnected”: Andrew Marr says politics must change as reality outpaces fiction

As Andrew Marr notes, there are relatively few novels about politics, but the climate couldn’t be better for his debut effort.

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Richard Schiff and Lindsay Lohan in Speed The Plow

Theatre review: Speed the Plow at Playhouse Theatre

The onstage action in Lindsay Posner’s much-hyped revival of Speed-the-Plow can’t begin to compete with its offstage drama. Ever since tabloid target Lindsay Lohan’s casting was announced, people have been taking bets on her actually making it to the theatre, let alone giving a West End-worthy performance.

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Harriet Thorpe plays Clarissa Kingston-Mills in Great Britain

Harriet Thorpe revels in Great Britain’s nasty world of phone-hacking

Richard Bean’s latest comedy Great Britain had to remain under close wraps until the end of the phone -hacking trials earlier this year.

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Manics; May 1991. Picture: Kevin Cummins

Glamorous anarchy of early Manic Street Preachers revealed in new photo exhibition

Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.

Read full story »

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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

Read full story »

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Jermiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt

Early Rembrandts to show at Kenwood House this month

Two early works by Rembrandt go on display at Kenwood House this month thanks to reciprocal loans by The National Gallery and Rijksmuseum. Visitors to the Grade I-listed house on Hampstead Heath can see two works by the Dutch master, both dating from around 1630.

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