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Queen Anne studio of John Closterman oil on canvas, (circa 1702). Picture courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery London

Forgotten story of ‘cursed’ queen who lost 17 children brought to life by John-Paul Flintoff

As royal tragedies go, the story of Queen Anne is one of the greatest never told. The daughter of the deposed and exiled James II, she eventually succeeded her cousin William III to rule for 12 years at the start of the 18th century.

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Tamzin Outhwaite in Breeders Credit: Johan Persson/

New Tricks actress Tamzin Outhwaite shows no signs of stopping in face of adversity

Tamzin Outhwaite is a little breathless when negotiating the first question of our interview – whether it is the frenetic nature of her schedule or genuine excitement about the imminent West End play in which she appears is not initially clear.

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Merluzzo con Parma e Salvia is on the menu at Spaghetti House

Prosciutto di Parma is the special addition at Spaghetti House

What does Champagne, Parma ham and Stilton all have common?

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Crouch End Players present As you like it by William Shakespeare

Theatre review: As You Like It by the Crouch End Players

On Tuesday night a little bit of magic came to Hornsey as the Crouch End Players transformed the old bowling green in Priory Park into the Forest of Arden.

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Sam Duckworth, whose stage name Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will be dropped after September 12.

Sam hosts a party as he hangs up the Cape to assume new identity

They say when you are a performing star it is never easy to know when exactly to step away from the spotlight.

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Muswell Hill. Picture credit: Boris Mitkov

Theatre review: Muswell Hill at the White Bear Theatre, SE11

The dinner party setting is fruitful as a landscape for writers, enabling an easy shortcut to collide disparate personalities for conflict. In some ways, the obvious utility of the setting has led to a saturation point on the theatre stage.

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Graham Swift Photo credit: Janus van den Eijnden.

Booker prize winner Graham Swift’s new short stories provide ‘shots of emotion to the arm’

Graham Swift, the Booker Prize-winning author, is by his own admission not keen on promoting his work publicly. In an interview five years ago, he confessed to being drawn to writing because of the solitude and privacy an author finds at work. He then almost ruefully added: “Publishing means going public.”

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Oggy Boytchev with John Simpson in Afghanistan

The Bulgarian asylum seeker who became BBC icon John Simpson’s right hand man in Iraq and beyond

Tucked away in the serene streets of Belsize Park, the home of Oggy Boytchev is a treat to behold. Towering in that period red-brick style so typical of the area, its inside is a veritable treasure trove, with paintings by Barbara Hepworth and Julian Opie taking pride of place in the living room above a host of ornate antique furniture.

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Nicola Hughes as Bess and Rufus Bonds Jr as Porgy. Photo Johan Persson

Theatre review: Porgy and Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

It seemed even the gods approved of the Open Air Theatre’s production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess when we visited.

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Katherine Ryan

Comedian Katherine Ryan: ‘Men on Twitter treat me like a dominatrix’

Initially, at least, when speaking to Katherine Ryan, you would be forgiven for thinking her qualities lay particularly in motherhood. Sat in her Edinburgh hotel room doting on her five-year-old daughter, Violet, the pair are playing a made-up game called “bank”, according to the rising Canadian-born star, a Crouch End resident for seven years.

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at the arts theatre

Denise Van Outen channels ‘outrageous’ past into new play inspired by Shirley Valentine

As a 10-year-old growing up in Essex, Denise Van Outen used to sing along to the pop music coming from her older sister’s bedroom. Now the 40-year-old presenter and actress has worked those 80s favourites into a semi-autobiographical solo show about a woman having a mid-life crisis.

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John Steinberg Photo credit: Dieter Perry

The story of Shimon inspires Hampstead author to greater heights

It is not hard to see the reasons why first-time author John Steinberg loves the story of Talmudic figure Shimon ben Lakish’s journey from gladiator to sage.

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Music See all

Sam Duckworth, whose stage name Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly will be dropped after September 12.

Sam hosts a party as he hangs up the Cape to assume new identity

They say when you are a performing star it is never easy to know when exactly to step away from the spotlight.

Read full story »

Theatre See all

Crouch End Players present As you like it by William Shakespeare

Theatre review: As You Like It by the Crouch End Players

On Tuesday night a little bit of magic came to Hornsey as the Crouch End Players transformed the old bowling green in Priory Park into the Forest of Arden.

Read full story »

Art See all

Olympic opening ceremony (night)

Picture gallery: Former Telegraph cartoonist Nicholas Garland brings colour of London’s 2012 Olympics to life

Two years ago, cartoonist Nicholas Garland landed the commission of a lifetime – to capture the atmosphere and events of the impending 2012 Olympics.

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