It’s 45 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s religious rock musical debuted on Broadway, but this anniversary revival is shockingly modern.

Adult education in Hackney “requires improvement,” inspectors have judged.

Children have been enjoying the fruits of their labour after winning a greenhouse in a national competition to encourage children to eat more healthily.

A Muslim primary school invited children and adults from all religions and backgrounds to celebrate unity and condemn extremism in the wake of the Nice lorry attack last Thursday.

Two ultra-Orthodox Jewish school refuse to teach pupils about being gay, lesbian or transgender despite threat of closure.

With a name like The Frog emblazoned on a graffiti logo, you could be forgiven for thinking that this new Shoreditch restaurant is an art gallery or a cool new bar.

Hackney has been named as one of the best education providers for GCSE performance in the country in a new report.

From Broadcasting House to Parliament Square, they marched. Thousands of striking teachers waved colourful banners and sang loudly: “no ifs, no buts, no education cuts”.

A national teachers’ strike will close many local schools tomorrow as staff walk out over funding cuts, pay and workloads.

More than 50 schools will be partly or fully closed tomorrow due to a national teachers’ strike.

Imogen Blake hears from UK refugees, who share their traumatic experiences for Islington art show.

Peter Phillips has spent 40 years perfecting the Tallis Scholar’s distinctive rich polyphonic purr to run like a well oiled machine.

Imogen Blake travelled to a blissful five-star Staffordshire spa retreat, where she discovered that chocolate can actually be good for you...

The middle of a new corporate development just steps away from the traffic-clogged Old Street Roundabout is as far removed from Tuscany’s olive groves and undulating landscape as you can get – but the dishes served up at this branch of Enoteca da Luca immediately whisk you away to those sun-drenched valleys.

A popular pub known for its live music gigs was put up for sale by its owner after struggling financially – so far, so familiar.

Settling a legal dispute is often an ugly and jargon-filled affair but a new “Karaoke Court” is hoping to change all that – by asking litigants to sort out their differences through song.

A new food market for Barnsbury begins next weekend, encouraging residents to buy from local traders.

Graduating psychotherapists who use art as therapy are to put on a show of their own work at a Hackney gallery.

In 1971, John Lennon penned a letter to English folk star Steve Tilston, telling him that “being rich doesn’t change your experience in the way you think” after the young singer gave an interview voicing fears that fame might negatively affect his songwriting.

“The past is a foreign country,” said author LP Hartley – and so too is this musical in comparison to its beautiful source material.

Valerie Browne speaks to Jessica Hepburn, a writer who has founded the UK’s first fertility arts festival after her own gruelling struggle to conceive.

Nicola Lando co-founded Sous Chef in 2012 with husband Nick as an “Aladdin’s cave of professional and world cooking ingredients”.

The subject matter may be terrorism and the ceaseless conflict between Israel and Palestine, but there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments in playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak’s four thought-provoking vignettes.

A host of comedy stars are on the bill for a beloved city farm’s funny fundraiser at the Union Chapel on Friday night.

Polished, consistent and compelling Americana from feted new kid on the block.

There are quite a few weepy films coming out this week but none will have the poignancy of this Japanese animation.

A new play about Greek political turmoil should feel thoroughly topical, but Alexi Kaye Campbell both illuminates and regrettably sidesteps the current European crisis by setting his in the mid 20th century.

Birmingham a capella group The Sons of Pitches stormed to victory on BBC talent content, The Naked Choir, last autumn under the mentorship of TV chorismaster Gareth Malone. Imogen Blake spoke to the six-man band’s Joe Belham before their sold-out show at Islington’s Union Chapel on June 11 as part of a UK-wide tour.

A featureless self-storage facility with a labyrinthine network of corridors and lockers: it’s not exactly your typical creative muse.

Glen Matlock was not a Pistol for long, but even after 40 years, the label has stuck. He talks to Imogen Blake about performing solo at the Camden Rocks festival, his relationship with John Lydon, and the possibility of a historic reunion...


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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