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Fatal Attraction star comes to the defence of war-hating Jane Fonda in new play

When Jane Fonda travelled to Vietnam in 1972, the Oscar- winning actress was campaigning against the “war crime” of American bombs targeting the country’s vital dyke system. But during her visit, the political activist was photographed laughing while seated on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an act which infuriated US war vets and earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane.

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Edward Pethebridge

Famed actor Edward Petherbridge turns talents to painting and writing

Edward Petherbridge may be best known for a long career as an acclaimed classical actor, but he has many other creative talents up his sleeve.

I catch up with him on his lunch break in between rehearsing for his celebrated two-man play, My Perfect Mind, which he describes as a “lite King Lear spin-off” and a humorous and touching show about his life, acting and his experience of not playing Shakespeare’s monarch because of a stroke in 2007.

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plus her painting Sylvia 2010

Regent’s Park happenings of Plath, Dickens, Woolf and Eliot brought to life through art

Plath, Dickens, Woolf, Eliot and Stevie Smith are among the authors who have written either in or about Regent’s Park. Now Hampstead artist Sarah Pickstone has compiled a book that brings together her paintings of the Royal Park with the writings that inspired them.

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bee hive close up

Show me the honey! Inside one British farm’s fight to save the bees

The head beekeeper at Daylesford Farm, Tanya Hawkes, is a country girl through and through. “After graduating from uni, I had a flat share in Tufnell Park with (Doctor Who) actress Alex Kingston. We had so much fun – but I just felt that north London was an altogether different ‘wildlife’ to the kind I have an affinity for.”

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Jemma Wayne - After Before

‘Insidious’ damage of Rwandan genocide remembered 20 years later in Gemma Wayne’s ‘After Before’

It is 20 years since the Rwandan genocide claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, wreaking havoc on those who survived. That shocking episode is captured by Jemma Wayne in her novel After Before, about the interweaved lives of three women from very different backgrounds.

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Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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A scene from The Importance Of Being Earnest @ Harold Pinter Theatre. Directed by Lucy Bailey.
(Opening 27-07-14)
©Tristram Kenton 06/14
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550  Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Meddled script ensures adaptation of Oscar Wilde classic falls way short

Very importantly, this is not simply a production of Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece and most perfect of plays.

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Lucia McAnespie and Yolanda Kettle  Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle

Theatre review: Shutters at the Park Theatre

In Park 90, the most intimate of the three performance spaces in this exciting new theatre, Making Productions stages three short plays by American playwrights.

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starring Martin Freeman and Gina McKee

Theatre review: Martin Freeman provides menace in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios

After a maverick but successful opening season, the first production in Trafalgar Transformed’s second run is the eagerly anticipated Richard III – anticipated, at least in part, because the lead role is taken by former The Office sales rep, Sherlock sidekick and serial dragon-botherer Martin Freeman.

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Gaggle

Gaggle sisters doin’ it for themselves

When you think of the description “girl band”, the latest batch of simpering, over-sexualised X Factor rejects springs to mind. Add choir into that mix and you have a bunch of operatic 16-year-olds of the young Charlotte Church variety. However, all-singing, all-dancing, all-girl band Gaggle have a new kind of look and sound that manages to defy any kind of label that is thrown at them.

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Simona Continente stars as Lili, the world's first transwoman

Camden Fringe reveals story behind world’s first transgender woman

The little-known story of the world’s first transwoman is told by a cast who understand her story more than most. Lili is a one-hour drama based on Danish-born artist Einar Mogens Wegener who discovered while standing in for a female model that he liked wearing heels and stockings.

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Caitlin Moran will appear at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June

Caitlin Moran holds up a heroine for feminist cause

Men were outnumbered by women by a ratio of roughly one to 30 as feminist icon Caitlin Moran launched her latest book at Islington’s Union Chapel.

Around 850 women and 30 men witnessed Moran confirm her status as the rock star of print journalism earlier this month.

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Music See all

Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

Read full story »

Theatre See all

plays upstairs at the gatehouse

Fatal Attraction star comes to the defence of war-hating Jane Fonda in new play

When Jane Fonda travelled to Vietnam in 1972, the Oscar- winning actress was campaigning against the “war crime” of American bombs targeting the country’s vital dyke system. But during her visit, the political activist was photographed laughing while seated on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun, an act which infuriated US war vets and earned her the nickname Hanoi Jane.

Read full story »

Art See all

Edward Pethebridge

Famed actor Edward Petherbridge turns talents to painting and writing

Edward Petherbridge may be best known for a long career as an acclaimed classical actor, but he has many other creative talents up his sleeve.

I catch up with him on his lunch break in between rehearsing for his celebrated two-man play, My Perfect Mind, which he describes as a “lite King Lear spin-off” and a humorous and touching show about his life, acting and his experience of not playing Shakespeare’s monarch because of a stroke in 2007.

Read full story »

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