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The great Canadian auteur Robert Lepage has written and directed the Cirque’s latest visit to the Royal Albert Hall and you can find his quirky stamp all over it - from the clever recreation of the famous March of Man evolution illustration, to a trouple of acrobats in dayglo Aboriginal spotted suits and space helmets, walking down a runway then taking off.

Ishy Din’s play set in a northern cab office is a welcome insight into Margaret Thatcher’s effect on immigrant workers but a lost opportunity

Regulars at the Heath’s famous bathing ponds extol the virtues of freshwater swimming in freezing temperatures in this life-affirming low budget documentary

Ex Taxi Driver Ishy Din says working as a cabbie gave him “raw material” for his play set in a northern taxi firm

Cutting edge puppetry, circus, juggling and live art will be showcased at the inernational event which runs at various venues including the Barbican, Sadlers Wells, Shoreditch Town Hall, and Jacksons Lane

Kings Place is staging a year of concerts dedicated to often forgotten female musical talent

A joyful, magical and breathtaking spectacle which harks back to the golden age of Edwardian circus shows but minus the seedy freak shows and animal exploitation

Highgate film maker Andy Wooding persuaded 350 crew and celebrities to work on his fund-raising comedy for free

Bridget Galton and children spend a night at ZSL’s Gir Lion Lodges and get to feed the tigers

Muswell Hill opera star Lesley Garrett shows great comic timing in this spoof about a witless duo of actors trying to stage the Nativity saga

Artist and parishioner Mick Bray has thanked his Hampstead vicar by painting his portrait

Slay the pins at this cool Shoreditch bar which is steeped in the history of East London’s felons

Simon Russell Beale’s nuanced performance carries Hill-Gibbins’ heavily abridged, heavy handed production

Birmingham Stage Company offers a well-realised pacy stage adaptation of David Walliams’ thriller about a young heiress and her murderous aunt

The Highgate venue pulls off an energetic and infectiously fun rendition of this Gershwin jukebox musical

Frances Bissell is having an ‘anything but turkey’ this Christmas and will be roasting wild venison followed by mandarin ice-cream

Coronation Street actress Maureen Lipman performs a one-woman variety show on the Southbank this Christmas, just don’t call her a ‘National Treasure’

A dark, invenntive but uneven take on JM Barrie’s original play

Comedy preview: Ricky Gervais

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Hampstead comedian trials out material for his next stand-up tour titled SuperNature

Ally Pally’s newly revamped theatre hosts a characteristically surreal and deadpan set by the dishevelled Irish comic

The Ham&High columnist reminds us of our deep rooted connection to trees as he writs about Poplar’s missing poplars

An inventive production of John Masefield’s 30s fantasy children’s novel needs more brutal editing to truly shine

CBeebies twins Dr Chris and Dr Xand rally gross out humour, self experimentation and interactive fun to teach children about the human body

Terry Johnson’s adaptation gives Chekhov’s classic a refreshing comic polish but misses some of its deeper emotion

An unexpededly reflective exploration of how music offers a soundtrack to our lives based around the songs of Take That

Boxpark Opens In Wembley

Friday, December 7, 2018

Electric performances and a feast of street food marked the opening of an exciting addition to Wembley’s dining scene

Customers rave about these family-friendly luxury cottages in the gorgeous Devon countryside complete with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court and play area

Iconic 80s album artwork for Eurythmics, Bryan Ferry and Tina Turner goes on show at a Clerkenwell Gallery

Million-selling YouTube stars will perform their energetic live show at the Hampstead Heath landmark next June as part of the Heritage Live series

Hampstead artistic director Neal Foster is behind two festive family shows at freshly renovated venues this Christmas

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