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Lord of the Flies

Theatre review: Lord of the Flies, Sadler’s Wells, EC1

Dance pioneer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures bring to life William Golding’s iconic dystopian novel in the show’s London debut.

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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

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Yvette Cowles, photo by Bill Knight

Hoxton play: “How belly dancing has helped me fight cancer”

A play exploring how to remain a confident woman in the face of cancer is being performed by a writer battling the disease to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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FREAK LAB at Queen of Hoxton

End of the World parties, Psycho and dancing witches: your guide to Halloween in Islington and Hackney

Stuck for Halloween ideas? Here’s our pick of what Islington and Hackney has to offer...

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Zombies are cool - Backyard Cinema Experience

Halloween preview: Hackney’s latest undead experience shows zombies are finally cool

It’s not quite clear why Hollywood has succumbed to an undead invasion over the last few years, but with films like World War Z and big budget TV show The Walking Dead, the genre’s revival is indisputable. Where once they were the preserve of spotty horror geeks, zombies are now cool.

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Oui Madame, in Stoke Newington: Gallic flair in spades Pic: Cecile Gabriel

Restaurant review: Oui Madame, Stoke Newington, N16

A splash of Gallic flair has landed in Stoke Newington in the form of Oui Madame: a hip new joint with lashings of garlic, fine wine and more than a soupçon of Parisian weirdness.

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Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Album review: Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Green shows what he can do when he puts his mind to his rhymes in this mixed bag of a return.

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Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

Album review: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

The feted duo pick up their guitars to retread old ground - but can they still cut it?

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Bird, in Shoreditch Pic: Ed Reeve

Restaurant review: Bird, Shoreditch, EC2

A Shoreditch restaurant is revamping fried chicken with a menu that is sure to ruffle feathers on London’s food circuit.

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Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Album review: Late Night Tales - Franz Ferdinand

Yet another sterling selection in this series, this time from Alex Kapranos and co.

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Ty Segall - Manipulator

Album review: Ty Segall - Manipulator

Gritty, gambolling garage-rock raconteur hits his creative high water mark.

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Richard Schiff and Lindsay Lohan in Speed The Plow

Theatre review: Speed the Plow at Playhouse Theatre

The onstage action in Lindsay Posner’s much-hyped revival of Speed-the-Plow can’t begin to compete with its offstage drama. Ever since tabloid target Lindsay Lohan’s casting was announced, people have been taking bets on her actually making it to the theatre, let alone giving a West End-worthy performance.

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The Merchant's Tavern

Alexis Taylor, Pete Paphides and Nick Luscombe to host ambitious new musical nights at Merchant’s Tavern

Shoreditch restaurant Merchants Tavern is moonlighting as an elegant setting for a stunningly wide range of music over the next three months as a host of respected clubhouse DJs, artists and critics prepare to air playlists of their favourite tracks.

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Paige Britain (Lucy Punch) in Great Britain

Theatre review: Great Britain at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

Following a successful stint at the National Theatre, Richard Bean’s Great Britain has bulldozed its way into the West End with its irresistible blend of scorching satire and slick, sliding production in tact.

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Can't wait... Summer's barely over, but these youngsters are ready for 'Winterville' fun in Vicky Park

Winterville’s chilling fact: ‘Wall of Death’ to defy Newton’s gravity at Victoria Park

A heart-stopping wall of death is coming to east London when a month-long winter festival is set up in the run-up to New Year’s Eve.

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Rudy's Rare Records by Danny Robins, produced by Hackney Empire and Birmingham Rep Theatre
Lenny Henry (Adam) Natasha Godfrey (Tasha), Directed by Paulette Randall,  Wed 24 Sept - Sun 5 Oct, Box office: 0208 9585 2424, www.hackneyempire.co.uk

Theatre review: Rudy’s Rare Records at Hackney Empire

Following a deluge of film-to-stage transfers, Rudy’s Rare Records takes a more unusual route from Radio 4 sitcom to semi-musical theatre. The cosy formula remains intact – creaking plot mechanics more apparent in a meandering two and a half hours – but the addition of timely topics and uplifting live music results in pleasantly irresistible entertainment.

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Orenda Fink - Blue Dream

Album review: Orenda Fink - Blue Dream

Mellow, mellifluous and soothing collection that bridges the alt-pop and singer-songwriter genres.

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Elia and the Low Tears

Hackney proves muse for Elia Rulli after childhood on the road

Hailing from Canada, Elia Rulli grew up as a baby on tour, spending his childhood years on the road with his musician parents as they travelled across Europe alongside the likes of Quincy Jones and Duke Ellington.

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Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Album review: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

A searing, exciting and uncompromising debut from the new darlings of rock.

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Famy - We Fam Econo

Album review: Famy - We Fam Econo

A shining and adventurous new talent arrives on the indie crossover scene - do yourself a favour and check them out.

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Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Album review: Professor Green - Growing Up In Public

Green shows what he can do when he puts his mind to his rhymes in this mixed bag of a return.

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Oui Madame, in Stoke Newington: Gallic flair in spades Pic: Cecile Gabriel

Restaurant review: Oui Madame, Stoke Newington, N16

A splash of Gallic flair has landed in Stoke Newington in the form of Oui Madame: a hip new joint with lashings of garlic, fine wine and more than a soupçon of Parisian weirdness.

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Lord of the Flies

Theatre review: Lord of the Flies, Sadler’s Wells, EC1

Dance pioneer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures bring to life William Golding’s iconic dystopian novel in the show’s London debut.

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