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Lord of the Flies

Theatre review: Lord of the Flies, Sadler’s Wells, EC1

Dance pioneer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures bring to life William Golding’s iconic dystopian novel in the show’s London debut.

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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

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Shane Noone as Eddie and Omar Ibrahim as Ashfaq in Warde Street at Park Theatre

Theatre review: Warde Street at Park Theatre

You would think the 2005 London bombings and their turbulent aftermath offer more than enough drama for an 80-minute play, but actor-turned-writer Damien Tracey adds to the mix political intrigue, romantic scandal, and not one but two ethnically charged revenge killings. Needless to say, most elements of this sensationalist new work are left fatally underdeveloped.

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Yvette Cowles, photo by Bill Knight

Hoxton play: “How belly dancing has helped me fight cancer”

A play exploring how to remain a confident woman in the face of cancer is being performed by a writer battling the disease to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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FREAK LAB at Queen of Hoxton

End of the World parties, Psycho and dancing witches: your guide to Halloween in Islington and Hackney

Stuck for Halloween ideas? Here’s our pick of what Islington and Hackney has to offer...

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Frizzi 2 Fulci - Italian horror at the Barbican

Halloween preview: Composer Fabio Frizzi explains the art of putting music to blood, guts and gore

This Halloween, the Barbican will see Fabio Frizzi perform music he wrote for the late Italian film director, Lucio Fulci. who directed horror classics such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and City Of The Living Dead. Here, Frizzi tells us about the collaboration.

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Oui Madame, in Stoke Newington: Gallic flair in spades Pic: Cecile Gabriel

Restaurant review: Oui Madame, Stoke Newington, N16

A splash of Gallic flair has landed in Stoke Newington in the form of Oui Madame: a hip new joint with lashings of garlic, fine wine and more than a soupçon of Parisian weirdness.

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Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Album review: Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Green shows what he can do when he puts his mind to his rhymes in this mixed bag of a return.

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Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

Album review: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

The feted duo pick up their guitars to retread old ground - but can they still cut it?

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Bird, in Shoreditch Pic: Ed Reeve

Restaurant review: Bird, Shoreditch, EC2

A Shoreditch restaurant is revamping fried chicken with a menu that is sure to ruffle feathers on London’s food circuit.

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Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Album review: Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Yet another sterling selection in this series, this time from Alex Kapranos and co.

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Ty Segall - Manipulator

Album review: Ty Segall - Manipulator

Gritty, gambolling garage-rock raconteur hits his creative high water mark.

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Ed Stern

Archway with Words festival: Video games can be an art form, says leading game designer Ed Stern

Leading video game designer Ed Stern explains how to write stories for a modern medium.

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Sam Leith

Archway with Words festival: Journalist Sam Leith dusts off the art of rhetoric

Up until the late 19th century, rhetoric – alongside grammar and logic – was one of the three cornerstones of British secondary education. Arguably the country’s greatest ever wordsmith, William Shakespeare, grew up studying the art, but in recent years, it appears to have fallen out of fashion.

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Richard Schiff and Lindsay Lohan in Speed The Plow

Theatre review: Speed the Plow at Playhouse Theatre

The onstage action in Lindsay Posner’s much-hyped revival of Speed-the-Plow can’t begin to compete with its offstage drama. Ever since tabloid target Lindsay Lohan’s casting was announced, people have been taking bets on her actually making it to the theatre, let alone giving a West End-worthy performance.

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King's Head

Theatre review: The Marriage of Figaro at the King’s Head, Islington

One tends to take for granted the sheer joy engendered by Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. With just a three piece orchestra comprising piano, clarinet and viola, Alex Beetschen’s new orchestration of that so familiar overture soars through the Kings Head filling the room with glorious sound.

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The Rubbish Lesbian by Sarah Westwood

Archway with Words festival: Sarah Westwood finds humour in being a ‘rubbish lesbian’

Sarah Westwood, as she boldly declares in each of her weekly columns for Diva magazine, is a rubbish lesbian. Since coming out to her friends and family at the age of 30, her attempts to embrace a gay lifestyle have led to every awkward experience under the sun.

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Sunday Supper club at The Spread Eagle, Camden

Restaurant review: Supper club at The Spread Eagle, Camden, NW3

Supper clubs, where diners sit round communal tables and tuck into exotic “home-made” meals, have been around for a while now.

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Paige Britain (Lucy Punch) in Great Britain

Theatre review: Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Following a successful stint at the National Theatre, Richard Bean’s Great Britain has bulldozed its way into the West End with its irresistible blend of scorching satire and slick, sliding production in tact.

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Thusitha Jayasunder as Nadia and Peter Davison as Oliver in The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre

Theatre review: The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre

The continuing relevance of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour (premiered in New York in 2006) was emphasised as the press night was last Thursday – the eve of the vote in the Commons for a third campaign of military action in Iraq.

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Future of the Left

Future of the Left’s Andy Falkous on the art of berating an audience

As interviews go, it’s not often I prepare for one in the knowledge I might be putting myself at the risk of a verbal bruising. Andy Falkous, by his own admission, is “not very good at being politic” and it would hardly be the first time a journalist has felt his devastatingly articulate wrath.

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Orenda Fink - Blue Dream

Album review: Orenda Fink - Blue Dream

Mellow, mellifluous and soothing collection that bridges the alt-pop and singer-songwriter genres.

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Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Album review: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

A searing, exciting and uncompromising debut from the new darlings of rock.

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Famy - We Fam Econo

Album review: Famy - We Fam Econo

A shining and adventurous new talent arrives on the indie crossover scene - do yourself a favour and check them out.

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Theatre review: Fantastic Mr Fox at the Little Angel Theatre

It’s not surprising that Roald Dahl’s irrepressible creation Fantastic Mr Fox is such a star. Immortalized on the silver screen in Wes Anderson’s animated feature film, the audacious Mr Fox is now enjoying yet another moment in the sun in this stylish revival of the Little Angel’s production.

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Alecky Blythe and Clare Perkins in rehearsal for Little Revolution

Alecky Blythe leading a little revolution in verbatim theatre with new London Riots show

Plunging audiences into the heart of the London riots and and their aftermath, Alecky Blythe’s Little Revolution has been a revelation in its opening weeks at the Almeida in Islington.

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Joe Orton

‘Surreal and fantastic’ unperformed early play of Joe Orton to debut at Hope Theatre

Joe Orton’s outrageous farces energized the 60s theatre scene with their convention-busting themes of sex, death and madness. But before the likes of What The Butler Saw, Entertaining Mr Sloane, and Loot, the fledgling playwright flexed his wings with an early play that contains elements of the sardonic wit and sexual innuendo he would become famous for.

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Vena Portae - Vena Portae

Album review: Vena Portae -Vena Portae

More evocative, emotive alt-folk from Emily Barker, whose latest incarnation adds another string to her bow.

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Pic 1: Jodyanne Richardson (Madge) and Jake Curran (Fred)

Pic 2: Jodyanne Richardson

Pic 3: Andy Brock (Dr Petrie), Loz Keystone (Mrs Oldbourne), Jodyanne Richardson (Madge), Jake Curran (Fred), Jordan Mallory-Skinner (Webber)

Theatre review: Fred and Madge at the Hope Theatre

Orton’s first attempt at a full-length play wasn’t acknowledged by him. He always insisted that Ruffian on the Stair was his first play but he had concealed five years of his life – during which this play was written but was never performed or published.There are clear influences of N F Simpson and Theatre of the Absurd.

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Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Album review: Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Green shows what he can do when he puts his mind to his rhymes in this mixed bag of a return.

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Lord of the Flies

Theatre review: Lord of the Flies, Sadler’s Wells, EC1

Dance pioneer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures bring to life William Golding’s iconic dystopian novel in the show’s London debut.

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Frizzi 2 Fulci - Italian horror at the Barbican

Halloween preview: Composer Fabio Frizzi explains the art of putting music to blood, guts and gore

This Halloween, the Barbican will see Fabio Frizzi perform music he wrote for the late Italian film director, Lucio Fulci. who directed horror classics such as Zombie Flesh Eaters and City Of The Living Dead. Here, Frizzi tells us about the collaboration.

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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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