September 30 2014 Latest news:
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.
For the last 25 years, some of the biggest names in celebrity culture have graced Private Eye, lending their life experiences to its celebrated diary column. A typical entry might include Gwyneth Paltrow suggesting women rub olive oil onto their tights, or Prince Charles protesting about the London Eye being shaped as a “modish circle”.
There are few worse ways I could think of spending an evening than getting up on stage and trying to make a bunch of drunken hecklers laugh. The mixture of nerves and self-doubt would probably see me running for the nearest exit but, for Sara Pascoe, stand-up comedy is something everyone should try at least once.
Back in 1998, Eve Ensler’s empowering Vagina Monologues gave voice to taboo-busting tales of female experience – from rape and birth to masturbation and orgasm.
Coming straight out of Footlights has its advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, you’re given a huge platform from which to sell your act, but on the other, you’re hardly going to escape the already bourgeois reputation of modern comedy.
Yisrael Campbell’s stand up at the JW3 also talks about addiction and terrorism
The Royal Free is hosting a gala performance with big name comics raising the roof for charity.
A shining and adventurous new talent arrives on the indie crossover scene - do yourself a favour and check them out.
In his latest role at Hampstead Theatre, Roger Allam plays a cantankerous former novelist all too happy to destroy the hopes and pretences of those who gather at his feet for advice. As a star of both stage and screen, with three Olivier Awards to his name, the actor in real life would surely be a valuable mentor for any aspiring thespian.
Conservators at the V&A have discovered a previously unrecorded oil sketch by John Constable concealed beneath the lining of a painting of Hampstead’s Branch Hill Pond.
The London Lions are the only professional basketball team in the capital, based at the state-of-the-art Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.