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Puppets and a talented cast tell the stories of Ali Baba and Sinbad in a concept-laden overlong adaptation that never quite captures the magic

London Marathon is fast approaching and you’ve been training for months. But, as with any big event, it’s just the beginning of your fitness journey. Islington personal trainer Nancy Best gives you some tips on staying motivated after the run

Part parable, part social satire, Self’s deadpan novel, written in his famously convoluted style, explores the whimsical premise that apes are the dominant species with humans our endangered cousins.

Astute pop wizardry in this debut LP from one of the bands of the moment.

Cerebral but accessible singer-songwriter Varley bolsters his sound – and hopefully his fanbase – with fifth solo LP.

Unlike any folk band you’ve heard before, the ‘Wheel take the genre into exciting new territories

Since the play’s first outing, representations of the East End have become two-a-penny in mainstream popular culture but director Jessica Lazar doesn’t shy away from tropes that play up caricature and nostalgia

‘Waking’ centres around a single moment: a faint sense of recognition between a man and a woman

Lean but fruitful third record from the leftfield pop merchants.

Richard Jones delivers a hypnotic production. It’s very much an ensemble effort as a cast of nine actors present storylines in the show’s trade-mark heightened style

At times it was impossible to hear the dialogue as members of the audience were crying with laughter

Middle films in trilogies are tricky. Even the best have that Two Towers sense of being a means to an end. In Star Wars, they are the best and the worst of times.

Third outing for Noel and friends is surprising in a good way – even (whisper it) fun.

Whilst this is not a play loaded with a huge depth, it successfully captures a Machiavellian culture and as a piece of thumpingly entertaining satire, offers a sound, sound deal

James Kermack talks about his new Hackney-based feature film, Hi-Lo Joe, and its intimate portrayal of mental illness

Kathy Burke has directed the play starring Samuel Anderson, Yasmine Akram and Adam Deacon

‘I think many artists of colour feel frustrated at this lack of representation’

Comedian turned playwright Stuart Laws talks about his first play The Journey at the Pleasance and why funny people flourish in Islington

The Union Chapel’s monthly comedy variety night Live at the Chapel will play host to another star-studded line up of comedians on November 11

The sequel stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Brendan Gleeson, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw

In a solo exhibition at Mercer Chance Gallery in Shoreditch, artist Michael Chance explores the intersectionality between environmentalism and feminism in his new collection, The Ruin of Man.

Landry exposes flimsy, Hollywood-driven expectations with a blues-infused treatise on real life and love

It’s the 1950s and a New York hotel room is being occupied by Albert Einstein...

In new film TAWAI, Parry tracks down the nomadic Penan tribe of Borneo, as they tackle the encroaching deforestation that threatens to obliterate their home

Starring Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig and Rachael Sterling

Armando Iannucci’s black comedy stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Palin and Rupert Friend...speaking in absurdly different accents

Marrying dense narrative with evocative arrangements, Gathering is an artistic triumph.

Set in what looks to be a surprisingly dingy basement flat in north London, six ghastly middle class liberal intelligentsia characters (and a banker) bicker about how ghastly the middle class liberal intelligentsia (and bankers) are

“You can only despise your own voters for so long. They will judge you as you judge them, measure for measure.”

Aging gracefully, British underground press turns 50 and celebrates with major exhibition



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