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Whines and Spirits, a comedy drama written by Annie Burkin and starring Gary Hailes, follows a flamboyant clairvoyant whose evening goes awry when a divorced, deceased, bickering couple refuse to leave.

Sonia was not just a one trick pony hitched to the Orwell bandwagon but a fascinating person in her own right, and her character would have benefitted from deeper exploration.

Deftly executed and sweetly sung, Sails is morose Manchester indie the way it should be.

Superstar chef Nuno Mendes is to collaborate on a new restaurant opening near London Fields this winter called Mare Street Market.

Grimeborn is now as indespensible a part of the opera scene as its Sussex older sibling. Ellie O’DonnelL rounds up this year’s festival.

A heavy-going covers album that takes its songs deeper into the darkness.

Hackney local Rebeckah Kemi Apara founded Embellished Talk when she started interviewing people about how they got jobs in the industry

Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage, this take on a Mozart’s comic opera creates a musical hybrid that features classical, electronic, and pop

FIVE STARS for Dunkirk, which stars Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden and Aneurin Barnard

A buzzing, broad and exciting ‘debut’ from a multi-talented, blues-inspired musician for our times

Joe Markovitch lived in east London for 86 and a half years. Leah Donaldson talks to Martin Usborne, who has documented his friendship with Joe in pictures

A versatile vegetable, you can grill, fry, bake or BBQ it

Homecoming is a damn strange word to find post colon in a superhero movie title. What next? Captain America: Spring Break? Thor: Harvest Festival?

London and New York: two global food capitals, where you can find any food at any time of the day.

Inspired by the peaceful protests by Argentinean mothers over the fate of the “disappeared” Amy Draper brings her unique blend of political cabaret, woven around an intimate family narrative

‘For me, creating a book with black characters was a no-brainer,’ says author of Riley Can Be Anything

Juliet Stevenson says her fears about playing Hamlet’s mother were allayed by Robert Icke’s rich and passionate production

It’s taken two years for Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie to transfer from Leicester’s Curve to the West End. It’s a pity it wasn’t sooner.

Despite its ambition and having plenty of potential resonance, Common is dense and wilfully bewildering with little space for development

At its heart is an examination of how people embrace competitive outrage and offence, seeming to go out of their way to pose as holier than though and just that bit more PC than the next person.

Roger Michell’s adaptation of this Daphne Du Maurier novel features a Sphinx like Rachel Weisz as a possible murderer but the pace is too stately to create suspense

It isn’t any kind of landmark and perhaps it is judged too kindly just because it isn’t monstrously disappointing like the previous DC films

We realised we could think of several well-known male writing friendships: Coleridge and Wordsworth for instance, or Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But when it came to the most celebrated female authors, we found ourselves at more of a loss.

Acoustic troubadour Matt Gresham is yet another export churned out from the X Factor machine (albeit the Australian incarnation).

The film of one of the world’s favourite TV shows is disappointing, with flimsy humour and a meanness of spirit that leaves a foul taste in the mouth

How to use them, which to pick and recipes to show them off to your friends

Johnny Depp is stuck recycling one of his worst performances alongside Javier Bardem’s new villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Despite it happening in one of London’s smallest venues, the premiere of Mark Weinman’s Dyl will be on my list of Big Theatre Moments of 2017

BRIDGET GALTON talks rock docs, politics and the thrill of playing live with the folk punk singer

This production honours its taboo-ridden intent in a thought-provoking, challenging fashion

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