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Londoness Loves – April 2018

Forget the Beast from the East and get out in London this April. Here’s my guide to the best London theatre, classical music, opera, exhibitions, and yes, there might even be a couple of outdoor activities to put a spring in your step! Favourite this Month An Ideal Husband – Vaudeville Theatre Oscar Wilde’s thoroughly…

Caroline or Change | Hampstead Theatre

Last night was one of firsts. The Hampstead Theatre gave me a singing washing machine, a purring dryer, a trio of serenading radios and yes, a harmonising bus. And as I’m not much of a soap-opera fan, I had never heard of Sharon D. Clarke, so this was my first evening in her company. What…

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Sex, Lies and Paint – Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Pablo Picasso’s output in 1932 was so prolific that Tate Modern was unable to list all of these in the seven-page chronology for its formidable new exhibition, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, which opened today. I am greeted by a quote when I enter the first room: “the work that one does is a…

Peggy Guggenheim, Woman Before a Glass, Jermyn Street Theatre, Judy Rosenblatt, theatre review

Portrait of an Art Addict

One of my recurring fantasies is the Dinner Party where the living and the dead, my gods and goddesses, come together for dream dinner banter. My table is a large one, admittedly, and it includes Peggy Guggenheim. I’m not even sure I would have liked Peggy, but boy did she live the life. She mixed…

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones, London

Review: The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party is very, very funny, but it’s also totally doolally. The play had its London premiere at the Lyric Opera House (now the Lyric Hammersmith) in 1958. It was shut down after eight performances, thanks to a raft of disastrous reviews. It’s now considered a classic and has re-opened at the Harold Pinter…

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Playing it up in 2018: the best London theatre

2018 promises to be a stellar year in London’s west end theatres and fringe playhouses. These are the London plays I’ve already booked – my recommendations for the best London theatre in 2018. Get booking now, as those golden tickets will be going, going gone! The Birthday Party Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only…

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Art Smarts – Must-see London Exhibitions in 2018

Art lovers are in for a treat in 2018 as London revs its arty engines for what promises to be a triumphant year. Masters of the old and masters of the new are out in full swing this year, with painting, photography, sculpture and design making an appearance in museums and galleries across the capital….

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The Talented Mr Linley

Tucked behind the green door of Number 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington is a house museum which time forgot, a five-storey cabinet of curiosities. You may have seen it before in Merchant Ivory’s ‘A Room with a View’ or in ‘Maurice.’ It’s the former home of ‘Punch’ cartoonist, Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion and…

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Art Review – Modigliani at Tate Modern

I am doing something remarkable. I am a voyeur in an artist’s studio in Paris – in Montparnasse to be exact – for a full six and a half minutes. But, I am actually in London. I am gazing out of Amedeo Modigliani’s studio window, towards the smoky chimney tops and listening to the drizzling,…

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An Alternative Guide to Christmas in London

Yes, London, it’s that time of year again when the city is all wrapped up for the Christmas season. The festive lights have been switched on, Regent’s Street is looking angelic, the royal palaces are open for skating business, and Scrooge is warming up all over town for variations of ‘A Christmas Carol’. From quirky…

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