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Essential viewing at the Smithfield Meat Market, this play tells a harrowing tale of life after care

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

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

The Islington theatre company that supports care leavers and young people at risk are staging a reimagining of their debut play at Smithfield Meat Market

The Retreat stars Samuel Anderson, Adam Deacon and Jasmine Akram and runs until December 2

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Aladdin is at Sadler’s Wells October 31 – November 2. The triple bill of Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée and ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café is November 3 – 4

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

Hair’s themes are as potent now as they ever were: gender equality, lgbtqia rights, race equality and the threat of being dragged into a war nobody wants a part in. The first words you hear come from the mouth of Donald Trump. So yes, it is definitely still relevant.

Starring Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig and Rachael Sterling

Mike Bartlett’s marital break-up thriller Doctor Foster has had the nation gripped these past weeks. Actress Victoria Hamilton tells Bridget Galton that his latest work is a Chekhovian play probing British identity in the wake of the Brexit vote

Producer Katy Lipson tells Zoe Paskett about the 50th anniversary production of Hair: The Musical and its legacy, and following in Sonia Friedman’s footsteps

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

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

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

Oliver Dawe talks about the drag/cabaret one man play, created with Peter Clements, Hackney Showroom’s first full length show produced in-house

Shake-scene Shakespeare’s cue script The Merchant of Venice is almost as much of a surprise for the cast as for the audience - and it’s a thrill

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

Johnathan McGarrity talks to Zoe Paskett about his experience in The Merchant of Venice, changing careers and moving to Hackney

A 1979 television comedy-drama about a group of people trying to pass The Knowledge has been adapted for the stage by Simon Block, and is directed by Maureen Lipman

Winner of the 2016 OffWestEnd best production award, Daniel Goldman’s taut revival stirs up age-old Freudian theories with a startling take on the limitations of creative license.

The festival celebrates Latin American theatre in the UK and will take place at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston from September 6 to October 7.

Veronica Thompson’s show, Fancy Chance Flight of Fancy, is showing on September 10 at 5pm

Against at the Almeida follows a Silicon Valley billionaire as he tries to change society’s attitudes towards violence

The idea of elbowing your way through the Notting Hill Carnival gives you the chills? Fear not, as Hackney and Islington offer plenty of choices to spend the Bank Holiday weekend away from the madding crowd.

Three members of the same family talk about their revamped version of Hamlet coming to the Park Theatre

The stories of refugees have been turned into a musical by youngsters at the Hackney Empire.

With a career spanning more than four decades, Peña has toured the world with the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company, now bringing his production of Flamencura back to Sadler’s Wells

Shabazi’s Body House (vers. III), is being performed at Rich Mix as part of the Certain Blacks Harlem Festival in September

Sonia was not just a one trick pony hitched to the Orwell bandwagon but a fascinating person in her own right, and her character would have benefitted from deeper exploration.

Conor McPherson’s script and direction expertly place Dylan’s music within the plot, an exploration of the racism, poverty and hopelessness of 1930s America

A new season of work from the National Youth Theatre (NYT) running throughout August comes to Hackney Wick’s Yard Theatre.

Grimeborn is now as indespensible a part of the opera scene as its Sussex older sibling. Ellie O’DonnelL rounds up this year’s festival.

Cressida Bonas stars as Sonia Brownell in Mrs Orwell, the story of George Orwell’s second and last marriage, at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre in August

A warm but disturbing story of a dysfunctional family over half a century of social and legal change – a homage to the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offenses Act.

Queer Season returns to the King’s Head and Zoe Paskett talks LGBTQI+ theatre with Adam Spreadbury-Maher and playwright Bertie Darrell

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.”

Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage, this take on a Mozart’s comic opera creates a musical hybrid that features classical, electronic, and pop

Bridget Galton talks to a husband and wife team bringing Lewis Carroll’s anarchic and bonkers poem to the West End stage

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

The annual celebration of new writing Festival 47 returns to the King’s Head Theatre. Zoe Paskett talks to two companies about bringing their work to the stage

Zoe Paskett speaks to actor Rosie Wyatt about starring in Mumburger at the Old Red Lion, a play about grief, family relationships and eating red meat.

Leah Donaldson talks to Eckhard Thiemann, artistic director of Shubbak Festival, a city-wide biennial celebration of Arab culture and history

Inspired by the peaceful protests by Argentinean mothers over the fate of the “disappeared” Amy Draper brings her unique blend of political cabaret, woven around an intimate family narrative

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