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Gus Miller directs Picture of John Gray

Director reveals untold story of the real man behind Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray

“On the surface it’s a traditional love story, in an unforgiving setting for a love story to unfold.”

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Nicola Hughes as Bess and Rufus Bonds Jr as Porgy. Photo Johan Persson

Theatre review: Porgy and Bess at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

It seemed even the gods approved of the Open Air Theatre’s production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess when we visited.

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Diary of a Nobody @ King's Head Theatre

Theatre review: Diary of a Nobody at the King’s Head Theatre

Charles Pooter is one of the greatest comical characters in English literature, a prince of platitudes who records simply and honestly all the trifling ­details of his life with hilarious results.

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Life From Light

‘Wikipedia sex opera’ finds star turn in girlfriend of England Rugby captain Chris Robshaw

To capture the public’s hearts with his controversial opera Life from Light, Toni Castells has made some tweaks, secured singer Camilla Kerslake’s services and uttered some choice words ahead of its new airing at the Tete a Tete Festival.

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Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles at Leicester Square Theatre

Theatre review: Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles at the Leicester Square Theatre

At the very start of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, we are told this is not just another jukebox musical that sees “a lot of Beatles songs chewed up and spat out” to the audience’s delight.

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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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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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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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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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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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Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Album review: Jenny Lewis - The Voyager

Personal trauma and professional strife provide ample sustenance for some of Lewis’ best material in years.

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Isley Lynn, who wrote Sleight Of Hand - one of four plays in Baretruth's Little Stitches production.

Baretruth Theatre Company: FGM can be eradicated through theatre performances in Hackney, Battersea and Notting Hill

“I did a little bit of research and I decided it was too important for me to pass up,” says playwright Isley Lynn, recalling the time she was approached to produce a play about female genital mutilation (FGM).

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The view from the ferris wheel over the replica Hill Valley town square in Stratford. Pic: Secret Cinema/Laura Little

Secret Cinema: Back To The Future review

About a mile from Hackney Wick station, improbably overlooked by the sleek glass-front of the Westfield mega mall, sits a replica of the small Californian town of Hill Valley circa 1955.

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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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