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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Most of us regard Kings Place as the home of two concert halls. What's not often realised is that it's also a temple of words, and that the London Podcast Festival - which it annually hosts - is the beating heart of this new spoken-word art form.

One of the world's leading sitarists - and a prominent campaigner for disabled people in the arts - is coming to Lauderdale House for a highly anticipated concert this weekend.

David Tobin is in a reflective mood. "In an age where digital information proliferates," he is saying, "we have found it is still possible to make a living selling carefully-selected, good quality and in-the-main inexpensive books."

Following Jesus Christ Superstar's resurrection, another Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical gets the Park treatment.

It didn't take long for mezzo Beth Moxon and soprano Luci Briginshaw to remind the audience of St Michael's terrific acoustic.

A few years ago there was a revival of interest in Frank Hurley's remarkable black and white images of the Boy's Own sounding Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

From Beyonce to Chewbacca, Wembley's cavernous 2,000 seat Troubadour Theatre has a long history of film and TV making, writes Bridget Galton.

As their name suggests, Ridiculous aren't taking themselves too seriously - and if you weren't sure where they hail from, the lyric "who wants to be a millionaire," might give away their Hampstead stock.

Andy Stanton's cult children's books gets a colourful funny musical treatment with a geniunely bad baddie

Cameron Burt started singing in the choir at Highgate School and now stars in the musical Mamma Mia

Eighteen months after a fire tore through a play area, a new 32,000 square foot attraction has reopened giving young visitors the chance to have fun and get up close to wildlife

Handsome Family labelmate and former ballerina fronts a set of disarming, powerful reflections on love and life.

Hampstead-raised artist Cosima Bellamacina is among those exhibiting work that focuses on nursing care and the NHS

London's biggest Latin festival fuses food, DJs, music in dance in one glorious free celebration

From rags to riches Melanie Blake's life has been much like a character of her hero Jackie Collins - now she's written a hotly tipped page turner about the music industry

The new chef at Connaught Village restaurant brilliantly fuses his native Argentinian cuisine with flavours and techniques from around the world

Inua Ellams' joyful, thoughtful look at African masculinity and the relationship between barbers and their clients is vivid, funny and moving

A zesty adaptation of Jill Murphy's classic boarding school saga is a bubbling cauldron of girl power and magical power that had me spellbound

While lacking in dramatic heft this sultry revue of the jazz greats sees some blissful musical sparring between Sharon D Clarke and Clive Rowe

"Nothing will be wasted, all will be re-used, all food will be given away and all paintings will be on old boxes that have no value."

A brilliantly acted Shane Meadows-esque story of two runaways misses brilliance but its blunt realism yields some eye-catching moments

The Holloway children's author translates the surreal and silly world of Lamonic Bibber into a stage musical

Peter Schaffer's 1970s homoerotic play about a boy who blinds horses gets a precise and exhilirating revival

Ricky Wilson and his wholesome collective of jolly moshpit makers are back for a seventh LP

A weekend of free parties, events, discussions and performances marks the youth arts charity's ongoing 40th birthday celebratons

A perfect summer evening saw a well acted performance of George Bernard Shaw's romantic satire of war and social status

Overegged but fun revival proves Rice and Lloyd Webber's biblical classic is indestructible

Historic double-bill is a study in contrasts as Young proves he's an evergreen rocker while Dylan is well past his prime

This ecclectic mix of Londoners of all ages perform in the belief that to sing together is to live better together

Whether you're a French national or an out-and-out Francophile, Bastille Day is the perfect excuse to celebrate all things Gallic.

Fund-raising production sees a different celebrity every night solving a murder mystery while being fed their lines through an ear-piece

The Shaw Society's birthday tribute to the late playwright is an open air production of his romantic comedy Arms and The Man

Dr Lindsay Browning is the sleep expert helping And So To Bed Customers with their insomnia. At the launch of the latest branch in Finchley Road, she shared her wisdom about getting a good night's rest.

A rumbustious broad brush musical of Sue Townsend's pompous pubescent hero fizzes with energy but leaves you wanting more of her quirky original lines

Dominic Hill's vivid Dream in the natural wonderland of Regent's Park boldy imagines a world of class wars, misogyny and environmental issues

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