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FILM REVIEW: Viceroy’s House

Gurinder Chadha is dressed up to the nines and a little breathless: she’s just arrived from an audience with HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace. She’s at the Curzon Mayfair to talk about her new film, Viceroy’s House, which has been two generations and seven years in the making. Her Majesty has seen the trailer…

REVIEW: Mother Africa at The Peacock

Wednesday evening was one of firsts for me: I heard an audience groan when the interval lights came on instead of scurrying to the bar or loo; I sat through a circus without a clown in sight (thank you); and I went to the Peacock Theatre in Holborn, baby sister to Sadler’s Wells to see…

In the Rude

I’m not sure what the Scrooge equivalent is for Valentine’s Day, but I am it. I do feel sorry for those singletons who are reminded in every one of London’s nooks and crannies that they are flying solo on February 14th. And it’s the general forced cheesiness of it all that makes me queasy. So…

A Blazing Beauty: Kipling’s India

I could have easily given up all my worldly rupees and even a piece of my soul for some of the artwork on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition, “Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London.” There were no magic carpets here, but it certainly felt like I had flown…

Review: Dirty Great Love Story

Dirty Great Love Story  was just the tonic I needed after an extraordinarily peculiar week on the world stage.  It’s a one-man and one-woman romp directed by Pia Furtado and with some energetic performances by Felix Scott and Ayesha Antoine, executed mostly in rhyme.  Originally a 10-minute award-winning Edinburgh Fringe piece, written in 2012 by…

Midnight in London

Come with me on a flight of fancy just for a moment: imagine that the film director Woody Allen had set his film Midnight in Paris in London. In what period of British history would Allen have time-travelled: what moment in time represents London as its most nostalgic? I thought it would be fun to have…

Sideshow, Musical, London, Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: Sideshow & Amadeus

Sideshow at the Southwark Playhouse The Southwark Playhouse is the go-to venue when I am looking for quirky and slightly off-beat productions. Last year it played host to the wonderfully eclectic Grey Gardens, starring Sheila Hancock, and is now staging the colourful and moving musical, Sideshow, on until the 3rd December. Sideshow comes to London…

Sweetie Dahling!

So, Patsy and Edina are back on July 1st, trolleyed on Bolly and laced in Lacroix. I can’t wait, and my golden ticket has already been booked at the Electric Cinema, a fitting place to toast London’s naughtiest ladies back to our screens with my feet up, wrapped in cashmere, and with a bottle of…

A Life in Movies

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon but rather into the silver screen and into a life in movies. Darryl F. Zanuck, the flamboyant 20th Century Fox movie mogul, was barking on the phone to my mother, moments after I catapulted into the world, checking in to see if she was working from the maternity…

Book Now

Obsessed with Jude You’ll need to join the online queue for these tickets when the box office opens at 10am this Monday 16th May, but it will be worth the wait. Jude Law returns to the London stage in an adaptation of the 1943 Luchino Visconti film, Obsession.  It will be playing at The Barbican in April and May…

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