Bridget Galton finds a chilling version of The Scottish play lacks poetry and the supernatural

The Primrose Hill director who now runs The Bridge Theatre in Borough speaks at Jewish Book Week on March 11 at King’s Place abot book Balancing Acts

Paapa Essiedu won the 2016 Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Hamlet. Set in modern day state influenced by Ghana, the acclaimed RSC production is revived at the Hackney Empire. How does it feel to be back playing Shakespeare’s Dane?

The play is overstuffed with Margaret’s funny and perceptive quotes but knitting them into a dialogue that can be sustained for ninety minutes has proved hard

Afua Hirsch talks about her new book Brit(ish) at Jewish Book Week at King’s Place on March 7

Bridget Galton enjoys a comedy about heartless money hungry private equity fund managers featuring a sharp performance by Hayley Atwell

What if you are Vienna’s official court composer and a disrespectful upstart arrives, seduces your star pupil, blows raspberries at authority and makes your best work sound mediocre?

Sheldon Harnick is best known for penning the lyrics to Fiddler on the Roof, but the 93-year-old collaborated with composer Jerry Bock on another Broadway musical about a Jewish family with five offspring

Flexible fleas, amazing ants. and a trio of clownish insects, who spar, fall in love and play pranks on each other, and us

For pure spectacle, and immersion in an alternative dreamlike theatrical world, it’s hard to beat

The project has filmed 100 in depth interviews with people whose lives have been touched by the illness in a bid to abolish the stigma

This is wholesome, traditional, uplifting, entertaining and highly recommended

The best family entertainment across north and east London this Christmas

Over the years, the Empire has cooked up a winning formula for street-smart extravaganzas that blend the pop culture of modern London with centuries old panto traditions

From bruising and stubble on Lee Harvey Oswald’s face, to the vivid red of the Russian flag flying over the Reichstag, or the turquoise of Bikini Atoll beneath a mushroom cloud, a new book transforms some of history’s most evocative images into colour

A white-faced performer emerges from a suitcase to tell a tall tale about a girl who lies.

Actress and campaigner Natasha Langridge tells Bridget Galton why performing her monologue In Memory of Leaves on a barge at Camden Lock and Hackney Wick will focus minds on London’s social housing crisis

Bridget Galton talks to actor Ian McDiarmid about playing vilified MP Enoch Powell and whether there might be a Star Wars spin off for his evil emperor Darth Sidious

Heralding the final opera at the venerable and iconic Islington venue, the King’s Head, is a classic for the ages.

The Lake District has just been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Bridget Galton visited a spa hotel to try out its walking tours of the scenery that inspired Beatrix Potter and Wordsworth.

Arguably today’s greatest health problems are food-related and current scientific research points to an unhealthy gut as the source.

His sister, Leonie Orton says: “Over the years, young men I’ve never met have come up to say they were closeted until they read Joe’s diary, that’s part of his legacy.”

Londoners needn’t invest in wellies or a tent, they can enjoy some of the best live music in outdoor settings often just a tube ride from home. Bridget Galton rounds up the festivals around north London

it’s telling that when Beale steps into the spotlight to directly deliver Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage it’s the night’s least gimmicky yet most affecting moment

It’s The Sun wot won it in this energetic probe into the origins of tabloid populism

Call the Midwife star Bryony Hannah has hung up her habit to “get back to theatre”. She tells Bridget Galton why her first role will be at The Park Theatre in Kevin Elyot’s bittersweet Twilight Song

Bridget Galton talks to Kevin Macdonald about his iconic movie ahead of Touching The Void Live at Barbican Hall

Rylance and fellow actor Kika Markham will perform dramatic readings from texts which question embedded notions about war, and offer a fresh take on history that might point an end to the conflicts of today.

With RSC regular Greg Hicks in the title role, the interpretation highlights the interplay between hollow political promises and cruel reality.

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Charlotte Josephine, a writer exploring where our desire to shame others with vengeful sexual images comes from in Blush at the Soho Theatre


To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

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