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Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn in True West at The Vaudeville Theatre

Sunday 16th of December 2018

At times unnerving and at other times darkly humorous, this tense tale of sibling rivalry by Sam Shepard – set in the heat of the American desert – draws you in, holds you on the edge of your the rest

RSC’s Merry Wives of Windsor at The Barbican

Friday 14th of December 2018

What a jolly evening! RSC’s production of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor brings TOWIE and pantomime bling to The Barbican.

There are two main stories. The main theme regards the rest

Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” – Still fresh and funny

Thursday 26th of April 2018

It’s amazing how this play manages to still feel so fresh and relevant – no doubt this is helped by Jonathan Church’s direction. The themes of morality, integrity and politicians resonate the rest

A gastronomic and artistic feast – “An evening of meat” immersive performance at The Vaults, Waterloo

Tuesday 10th of April 2018

I always enjoy going to The Vaults deep below Waterloo station and passing along the graffiti tunnel to the dark entrance. It feels as edgy and alternative as the performances there. And tonight was the rest

Young Frankenstein the Musical – A monster hit

Friday 1st of December 2017

This musical comedy will appeal to all – young and old, male and female. It’s hilariously funny and based on Mary Shelley’s well-known, timeless story. The script and the songs have Mel Brooks the rest

Everybody’s talking about Jamie – A modern, exuberant musical

Thursday 23rd of November 2017

The story is simple. 16 year old Sheffield school boy Jamie dreams of being a drag queen and is supported by his mum and diverse friends while being the target of ridicule and bullying. It’s a sort the rest

Between the sheets burlesque at Udderbelly

Saturday 5th of August 2017

Having thoroughly enjoyed the Black Cat Cabaret at Udderbelly in June (, and being a fan of Burlesque (no pun intended) I went along for the the rest

Dine in the banking glory of yesteryear in the heart of the City

Friday 21st of July 2017

This is just what the City of London needed. A fabulous new – well sort of – place where you can drink, dine and even relax in a spa. There are an astonishing nine restaurants – including the rest

Marvellous Californian wine and great steaks at Smith & Wollensky, Embankment

Friday 7th of July 2017

I’ve passed this lively and impressive-looking restaurant in the Adelphi Building on Covent Garden Riverside (five minutes from Embankment and Charing Cross stations) several times as it is right the rest

Astonishingly innovative and passionate performance of Jane Eyre

Tuesday 13th of June 2017

At Richmond Theatre last night I witnessed the most accomplished, innovative and touching performance of Jane Eyre. I was truly moved by it and inspired to see plain, timid Jane transformed into a the rest

“Bat out of Hell – The Musical” - Not a heavenly experience

Monday 12th of June 2017

I’m sure like many of my generation, this album defined your youth. It's one of THE biker albums. I loved it so much that I even ventured to see Meatloaf in concert many years ago. He arrived on the rest

Saucy, seductive circus fun at Black Cat Cabaret (Underbelly Festival, South Bank)

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

There’s always something fun at the Underbelly Festival on the South Bank and this year is no exception.

The Black Cat Cabaret comprises camp comperes, nearly naked dancers, stunning aerial the rest

Motown the Musical – For lovers of Motown

Thursday 1st of June 2017

I know it’s been playing for a while but I was in a quandary about whether to go to Motown the Musical.

You see, I adore Motown music and can’t bear to hear it performed poorly. I’ve seen the rest

Afternoon tea with an Asian Masterchef twist

Thursday 1st of June 2017

I’ve had Afternoon Tea in a lot of places – top London establishments and beautiful stately homes a bit further afield. And yesterday I went along to experience afternoon tea with an Asian twist the rest

Authentic Caribbean food from a local at Westfield Stratford

Friday 26th of May 2017

Having returned from a holiday in Jamaica in March, I was keen to eat food that reminded me of fresh-from-the-sea fish and beach side sunshine. So my companion and I stopped at the World Food Court the rest

Beginners’ photography class at London School of Photography

Monday 22nd of May 2017

I love photography and always fancied learning how to do it properly rather than snap away with my iPhone. So I persuaded my friend to join me at a Saturday and Sunday beginner’s course at the the rest

Avoid “free” walking tours in London – Pay an agreed price for a qualified guide

Monday 10th of April 2017

In a landmark ruling in the UK that will be keenly followed in many other tourist centres around the world, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned the misleading use of the word “ the rest

River views, modern architecture, live music and fab food at Chino Latino on the Albert Embankment

Wednesday 5th of April 2017

In what feels like a construction site of shiny tower blocks along the Albert Embankment, on the Southbank half way between Vauxhall and Waterloo train stations, there is a hotel called the Park the rest

Belly laughs at Ray Cooney’s “Out of order”

Monday 3rd of April 2017

The starting premise is simple enough – a philandering Conservative minister (Richard Willey played by Andrew Hall) arranges to meet a married secretary (Jane Worthington played by Susie Amy mostly the rest

A marvellous performance by Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Tuesday 21st of March 2017

It’s hard to believe that Willy Russell’s one-woman-show Shirley Valentine was first performed 30 years ago. Along with his Educating Rita it ranks as one of my favourite contemporary plays about the rest

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