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With RSC regular Greg Hicks in the title role, the interpretation highlights the interplay between hollow political promises and cruel reality.

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Charlotte Josephine, a writer exploring where our desire to shame others with vengeful sexual images comes from in Blush at the Soho Theatre

Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane Russell Tovey star in Tony Kushner’s flawed state of the nation masterpiece, which proves a prescient play for our troubled times

BRIDGET GALTON talks to a comic trying to reverse our negative image of clowning

Frances Barber talks about the bitter rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, on show at The Park Theatre

Steve Pretty may refute the hipster label but he admits that “running a postmodern brass band is quite a hipsterish activity”

The “forgotten Holocaust” against the Roma people is explored in a novel and a forthcoming exhibition

Bridget Galton talks to a photographer who stays in the moment to capture the capital with fresh eyes

The artist’s work explores the differences between tangible places and abstract spaces

Luke Hallgarten grew up in Golders Green and attended Hampstead Garden Suburb primary and King Alfred’s before running away to join the circus

BRIDGET GALTON discovers how Marc Quinn’s contemporary sculptures create a dialogue with Sir John Soane Museum’s classical antiquities

BRIDGET GALTON talks to director Cressida Carré about women taking on the male elite in her all female production of Posh, coming to the Pleasance Theatre

Featuring top fiddlers from Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention and Show of Hands, the folk rock outfit that has been likened to a group of geography teachers takes to the Chapel stage

Chinglish at the Park Theatre and Tamburlaine at the Arcola are two current productions giving the stage to some of the capital’s best East Asian acting talent

The year-long residency came after an online poll asked workers residents and students in Kings Cross to nominate a musician

Journalist, author and one third of Saint Etienne Bob Stanley talks about researching his forthcoming book and releasing a new album inspired by Brexit

Lilac Yosiphon’s play, One Last Thing (For Now), is calling for love letters in times of war before opening at the Old Red Lion theatre

Joel Fry, actor known for Plebs, WIA and You, Me and the Apocalypse, talks to Bridget Galton about Raising Martha on at the Park Theatre

This charming musical version is populated by jaunty puppets and there’s much fun as the Captain takes up residence in the fridge and gulps down the goldfish.

Tintype Gallery director Teresa Grimes talks to BRIDGET GALTON about Essex Road III, which champions films embracing the surreal

With so many great voices in the cast, the songs come thick and fast and panto tropes are swiftly ticked off

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Simon Callow about bringing Dickens’ festive ghost story back to the stage

Bridget Galton talks to Rudi Dharmalingam about playing a radicalised 16th Century fanatic in Mary Stuart at the Almeida

Christmas is coming and it’s panto time, oh yes it is. We round up Hackney and Islington’s best festive family entertainment

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber pens a raft of fizzing songs and Julian Fellowes’s book keeps the action tight while foregrounding the pressure of these pre-teens labouring under parental expectations

Ski novices Bridget Galton and her son Joe headed to a low-key French resort for their first foray on the slopes, with varying success

Based on Walter Tevis’ sci-fi story The Man Who Fell to Earth it’s either a moving meditation on loss and grief or a messily unsuccesful bid at corralling Bowie’s back catalogue into a satisfying night out

Commissioned by Nicolas Kent, The Arcola’s short plays highlight this new factor in modern warfare and how it affects those in control and on the receiving end

BRIDGET GALTON tries a Hollywood facial that involves wearing a scary looking mask then being hooked up to an electric current

Mark Strong and Elizabeth Debicki star in new thriller by Hampstead playwright David Hare that offers style over substance

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