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Betrayal, Harold Pinter, Review, Tom Hiddleston, Jamie Lloyd

BETRAYAL | Review

Tom Hiddleston is clearly a really nice guy. He’s on-stage for a straight 90 minutes in Harold Pinter’s 1978 classic, Betrayal,  and follows with autograph signing and selfie-taking with the hordes of fans who wait for him at the Harold Pinter Theatre stage door. So, it’s with a heavy heart than I tell you that…

The Favourite, Costumes, Hampton Court Palace, Queen Anne, Sandy Powell

Costumes from The Favourite at Hampton Court

Move over Henry VIII: you’ve had your day. There’s a new dawn at Hampton Court Palace, and it’s Queen Anne’s turn to be in the limelight. Thanks to Yorgos Lanthimos’s baroque tour de force: The Favourite, Queen Anne is finally, and deservedly, taking centre stage in British history.  Winner of seven Baftas, a Golden Globe…

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London Opera without breaking the bank

London opera isn’t just for the well-heeled. Here are some tips on how to see some top productions without breaking the bank including opera, chamber, classical music and song.  Oh, and the best bit – some of it’s free. So, shhh: here’s Londoness’s guide on how to get cheap (and free) tickets to the opera…

All About Eve, review, Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Noel Coward Theatre

All About Eve | Review

I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t know it was going to be such a bumper of an evening. With echoes of Bette Davis in my head, I sat my bum in a Noel Coward Theatre seat to watch Lily James and Gillian Anderson, and one of my favourite actors, Sondheim…

Everybody Can! Opera, Nadine Benjamin, Tosca

Everybody Can! Opera | Tosca

I knew I had witnessed a little magic during the opening sequence of the ENO’S Porgy and Bess  last year.  Clara (soprano Nadine Benjamin) was singing one of opera’s favourite arias, Summertime,  to her babe in arms, and we were spellbound from the get-go. Last Friday, she commandeered the pulpit of St James’s Church Piccadilly…

The Unreturning play, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Frantic Assembly, review

The Unreturning | Review

Scarborough. It’s 1918, 2013 and 2026. Huh, I hear you say? It’s all possible when you have a war Tardis on stage, a revolving shipping container that morphs into a home, a boat, a bar, the trenches and a refugee camp, transcending time and place. This is the skillful work of Frantic Assembly in its…

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Londoness Loves 2019

Suddenly, just like that, it’s the last of the teen years. And with all the uncertainty over the B word, thank goodness the arts and culture scene in London is remaining just as vibrant, superlative and oftentimes mind-blowingly exciting. Yes, it’s going to be a whiz-bang capital 2019 in London. Here are my top recommendations…

Circus 1903, Southbank, review

Circus 1903 | Royal Festival Hall

Please don’t send in the clowns, I whispered to myself as I took a seat at the Royal Festival Hall last night to watch Circus 1903. And here’s the great news: there wasn’t a single Krusty, Bozo or Grimaldi in this funny, sensual and gravity-defying showstopper. What you get instead is a big top serving…

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Dickens Museum | Food Glorious Food

The first thing you need to do when you enter the Dickens Museum is stop. Just pause for a moment. Charles Dickens actually  lived in this Georgian house at 48 Doughty Street in Holborn. He walked these halls, instructed his servants, arranged his furniture (rather fanatically, it seems), raised three of his ten children, entertained…

Orpheus, Review, Battersea Arts Centre

Orpheus at Battersea Arts Centre

The tale of Orpheus and Eurydice might be a “sad, sad story of woe” but the Little Bulb Theatre version at the Battersea Arts Centre is anything and everything but sad. It’s hammy, funny, moving, silly and utterly brilliant. The epic Greek myth of Orpheus descending into hell to collect his wife, Eurydice, has been…

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