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Friday, October 13, 2017

Hair’s themes are as potent now as they ever were: gender equality, lgbtqia rights, race equality and the threat of being dragged into a war nobody wants a part in. The first words you hear come from the mouth of Donald Trump. So yes, it is definitely still relevant.

Joseph Morpurgo’s Hammerhead is couched as the televised post-show discussion for an obscenely indulgent vanity project based on Frankenstein.

Starring Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig and Rachael Sterling

Mike Bartlett’s marital break-up thriller Doctor Foster has had the nation gripped these past weeks. Actress Victoria Hamilton tells Bridget Galton that his latest work is a Chekhovian play probing British identity in the wake of the Brexit vote

Producer Katy Lipson tells Zoe Paskett about the 50th anniversary production of Hair: The Musical and its legacy, and following in Sonia Friedman’s footsteps

Emma Youle visits Jerkmaica for generous and succulent chicken and tender goat curry

Armando Iannucci’s black comedy stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Palin and Rupert Friend...speaking in absurdly different accents

The British Library is looking back through the archives with a new exhibition tracing the evolution of sound technology and the influence it has had on our lives

Hamish MacGibbon talks to Laura Gozzi about his father’s life as a double-agent during WWII

Two Nepalese artists who were sold to Indian circuses as slaves, tell the heartrending story of their lost childhoods at Jackson’s Lane in Highgate.

Sarah Wimperis was among 95 artists who created new animation Loving Vincent. Her pictures of the French landscape that inspired Van Gogh go on display in Primrose Hill

Set in what looks to be a surprisingly dingy basement flat in north London, six ghastly middle class liberal intelligentsia characters (and a banker) bicker about how ghastly the middle class liberal intelligentsia (and bankers) are

Andaz manages to retain an independent feel and avoids falling into the uniform aesthetic that many chains have

“You can only despise your own voters for so long. They will judge you as you judge them, measure for measure.”

Actress and campaigner Natasha Langridge tells Bridget Galton why performing her monologue In Memory of Leaves on a barge at Camden Lock and Hackney Wick will focus minds on London’s social housing crisis

Tatiana De Rosney’s book charts the life of the celebrated author, who spent her childhood in Hampstead’s Cannon Hall

Shake-scene Shakespeare’s cue script The Merchant of Venice is almost as much of a surprise for the cast as for the audience - and it’s a thrill

Bridget Galton talks to actor Ian McDiarmid about playing vilified MP Enoch Powell and whether there might be a Star Wars spin off for his evil emperor Darth Sidious

Twin Peaks superfan Lindsey Bowden has founded the UK’s only official festival and recreated surreal locations from the fictional town in Hornsey Town Hall

Mute Elephant Music presents eight bands in one day, many of whom haven’t played in London for over a decade

Heralding the final opera at the venerable and iconic Islington venue, the King’s Head, is a classic for the ages.

Camden singer Sara Barta talks her upcoming album, Save Me, dealing with emotion through music and selling out the O2 Arena

The four times Grammy winner will be joined by 180 young musicians and circus performers from around the globe at the Roundhouse

If it bleeds it leads, the rather grisly saying goes in tabloid newsrooms.

A sculptor whose shed is threatened with demolition has called for affordable studio spaces.

Making the most of the last of the tomatoes

A new play exploring how young transgender people come out to their parents and partners premieres at the Lion and Unicorn next month

Bridget Galton talks to Camden People’s Theatre’s Brian Logan about the venue’s latest festival of eclectic work celebrating trans and non-binary, Come As You Are

West Hampstead has been transformed over my time here. The change has crept up on me, like the receding hairline and growing gut of the sedentary author

It’s unusual in having six composers, each of whom contributes a three minute movement that accumulates into “a quasi-requiem”

Darren Chetty is on a panel at Archway With Words with writers Kieran Yates and Wei Ming Kam

The moment Hampstead poet John Keats’ turned from medicine to verse is dramatised in an immersive play in a 200-year-old operating theatre.

West Hampstead author Susie Steiner tells Ellie O’Donnell about the second instalment of her detective series Persons Unknown.

Carol Salter chose the subject of her first feature documentary amid concern she would not cope with the impending death of her elderly mum and dad

As the only fringe comic to scoop best newcomer and best stand-up on consecutive years, John Kearns became his own tough act to follow

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