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Mark Gatiss arriving for the final performance of the Monty Python Live (Mostly) show at the 02 Arena in London.

Doctor Who and Sherlock mastermind Mark Gatiss on Peter Capaldi, Britishness and the film that changed his life

Since he last graced these pages in the suspenseful aftermath of Sherlock’s second series, the snowballing success of the BBC drama has seen Mark Gatiss become one of the most coveted minds in television.

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The Diary of a Nobody @ The Kings Head Theatre

New staging of Diary of a Nobody relates satire that preceeded Adrian Mole, Bridget Jones and Peep Show

Before Adrian Mole or Bridget Jones there was Charles Pooter, the fictitious star of The Diary of a Nobody, by George and Weedon Grossmith. This average city clerk was in many ways a voice that transformed modern comedy: the first example of a satirised diarist who could find accidental humour in everyday life.

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Ivan Vasiliev, Arthur Pita and Natalia Osipova

Choreographer explores ‘umbrella of marriage and vows’ in London Coliseum’s ‘Solo for Two’

It is the tale of an unforgiving bride, seeking revenge on the groom who has jilted her. Facada – a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Islington-based Arthur Pita and performed by ballet dancers, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – is part of the Solo Two presentation at the London Coliseum.

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Helen McCrory as Medea

Theatre Review: Medea at the National Theatre

It’s an ‘unthinkable’ crime, yet all too fathomable in Carrie Cracknell’s electrifying production.

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Shakespeare in Love at Noel Coward Theatre

Theatre Review: Shakespeare In Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Many will already have seen the Oscar-winning film version of Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, starring Joseph Fiennes.

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La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.

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The fantastic seared seasame tuna

Restaurant review: K10, Finsbury, EC2

Glutton that I am, when it comes to running the gauntlet of Friday night takeaway options I often overlook Sushi due to the lack of a “feeling stuffed” factor.

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Think Eat Drink

Restaurant review: Think Eat Drink, King’s Cross, N1

The worst thing about ­responsibly sourced, ethical produce is that you’re often far too aware of where what’s on your plate came from.

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curious incident of the dog in the night time

Theatre Review: Curious Incident Of A Dog In The Night Time

It’s fantastic that the National Theatre’s exemplary production didn’t disappear when the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre came down during a performance last December.

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Britpop At The BBC

Album review: Britpop At The BBC

Not a definitive round-up, but a fair stab at summing up the mid-‘90s guitar scene by the Beeb.

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It's a well-lit, shabby-chic, suit populated affair

Restaurant review: St Bart’s Brewery, Farringdon, EC1

Heading to a Farringdon ­establishment on a weekday night you are pretty much guaranteed two things: suits and steaks.

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Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Album review: Gramercy Arms - The Seasons Of Love

Considered, refined and varied adult pop from this mongrel NY band.

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Pizza Union, Sandy's Row, E1

Restaurant review: Pizza Union, Spitalfields, E1

If you like waiting, you won’t like Pizza Union – unless cold pizza’s your thing.

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Lucia McAnespie and Yolanda Kettle  Joanna Kirkland and Yolanda Kettle

Theatre review: Shutters at the Park Theatre

In Park 90, the most intimate of the three performance spaces in this exciting new theatre, Making Productions stages three short plays by American playwrights.

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starring Martin Freeman and Gina McKee

Theatre review: Martin Freeman provides menace in Richard III at Trafalgar Studios

After a maverick but successful opening season, the first production in Trafalgar Transformed’s second run is the eagerly anticipated Richard III – anticipated, at least in part, because the lead role is taken by former The Office sales rep, Sherlock sidekick and serial dragon-botherer Martin Freeman.

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Hackney Volpone. Photo credit: Stefan Lacandler

Amateurs and professionals unite for Hackney-themed retelling of Volpone

All across London, directors are increasingly looking towards fringe theatre as a means to reconnect with a wider audience and bring the art of storytelling back to the masses. In Hackney and Islington particularly, there have been many companies over the last few years eager to engage with local wards, but a new production in De Beauvoir Town is taking this further than most.

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Dj Monki

Preview: Lovebox, Victoria Park, July 18 and 19

This weekend will once again see Victoria Park turn into a fully-blown festival for 48 hours as Lovebox comes back to town for the tenth time.

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The Alwyne Castle, Islington

Review: The Alwyne Castle, Islington

Located in leafy St Paul’s Road just up from Highbury and Islington station, the Alwyne Castle is a popular gastro pub boasting an impressive selection of ales and one the smartest beer gardens north of the river.

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Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Album review: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Kicking tunes that balance raw garage-rock elements and heaps of emotion from this female duo.

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Sebastien Tellier - L'Aventura

Album review: Sebastien Tellier - L’Aventura

The esoteric French wunderkind takes a new, tropical tack on his electro-adventure.

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Lewis Watson - The Morning

Album review: Lewis Watson - The Morning

Singer-songwriter with broad appeal and a bagful of tunes? Step forward, Mr Watson.

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The cast are Laura Kirman (brunette) and Cecily Nash (the blonde in the bed!)

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Theatre review: Frida Kahlo of Penge West at Rosemary Branch Theatre

This delicious double-hander brokers laughs and frustration alike. A product of writer/director Chris Larner, it’s a wry, comedic look at those who wreak immediate havoc upon those around them, testing patience and tolerance to the nth degree, and places the delusional aspirations of the belligerently determined under the microscope.

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Maureen Lipman and Harry Shearer

Theatre review: Daytona at Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Actor-turned-playwright Oliver Cotton’s new work poses a problem for reviewers: how much to divulge? It hinges on big revelations, and as much of the meandering two-hour-plus play is interminable preparation for said revelations, it would seem cruel to spoil them, snatching away the ribbon just as you approach the marathon finishing line.

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Robert Henke - Lumiere

Lasers taught to dance in Robert Henke’s Lumiere

Berlin sound artist and producer Robert Henke is bringing his latest audiovisual performance to the Barbican. Using a software developed and controlled by Henke, Lumière features three white lasers drawing objects, seemingly floating in space, while the data used to produce the shapes is transformed into music.

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gt britain

Theatre review: Great Britain at the National Theatre

Richard Bean’s rollicking swipe at the red tops fizzes with energy and gags both coarse and clever, but takes so many (cheap) shots at its targets it’s in danger of not landing its punches.

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Example - Live Life Living

Album review: Example - Live Life Living

Example treads water on this glut of imagination-free club anthems.

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Rotunda's Secret Garden is an al fresco delight

Restaurant review: Rotunda’s Secret Garden, King’s Cross, N1

One of the best things about the British summer time is a spot of al fresco dining. Sure, we may not have guaranteed weather, but when the sun’s shining there’s nothing quite like London’s parks and gardens.

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Arcade Fire headlined the British Summer Time stage in Hyde Park

Review: Arcade Fire, Black Sabbath, The Libertines and McBusted at British Summer Time Hyde Park

The giants of rock, metal and pop descended upon the Royal Park to put on some of the most anticipated shows of the year.

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and Carey Mulligan as Kyra Hollis

Theatre review: Skylight at Wyndham’s Theatre

Fellow critics have reached for superlatives and bestowed five stars upon Stephen Daldry’s revival of David Hare’s bruising collision of love and politics. But while the two leads are on undoubtedly brilliant form, I had reservations about the 1995 play and the icky May-September romance between cadaverously thin Bill Nighy (64) and dewy-skinned Carey Mulligan (29)

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Lt-Rt: Alexander Neal (Sam) and Emily Plumtree (Anita), My Girl 2 by Barrie Keeffe, Directed by Paul Tomlinson, The Old Red Lion Theatre, Tues 24 June – Sat 12 July 2014, Box office: 0844 412 4307, www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk www.dilatedtheatre.com

Theatre review: My Girl 2 at the Old Red Lion

This long-established pub venue prides itself, quite rightly, on presenting the best in new and emerging theatrical talent. However, the The Dilated Theatre Company’s current production in The Old Red Lion comes across as somewhat dated.

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Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Album review: Remember Remember - Forgetting The Present

Third LP is an engrossing ensemble effort that pushes post-rock into pleasant new territories.

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La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Album review: La Roux - Trouble In Paradise

Everyone’s favourite bequiffed dance-pop delight is back - and giving it both barrels on this sophomore LP.

Read full story »

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Helen McCrory as Medea

Theatre Review: Medea at the National Theatre

It’s an ‘unthinkable’ crime, yet all too fathomable in Carrie Cracknell’s electrifying production.

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Mark Gatiss arriving for the final performance of the Monty Python Live (Mostly) show at the 02 Arena in London.

Doctor Who and Sherlock mastermind Mark Gatiss on Peter Capaldi, Britishness and the film that changed his life

Since he last graced these pages in the suspenseful aftermath of Sherlock’s second series, the snowballing success of the BBC drama has seen Mark Gatiss become one of the most coveted minds in television.

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Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

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