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This week’s top theatre

Blueberry Toast

A picture of suburban paradise, young housewife Barb prepares blueberry toast for her husband in her immaculate kitchen on a sunny Sunday morning - but this is no simple Stepford situation. When tensions bubble to the superficially sublime surface of nuclear family life, the passive becomes aggressive, and the mundane transforms into blood-drenched chaos. Starring Gala Gordon (The Crown) Mary Laws’ Blueberry Toast unmasks the violent and anarchic flesh of an oppressively prim small-town way of life.

Blueberry Toast runs at the Soho Theatre from 24 May to 30 June.

Machinal

Returning to the UK stage after 25 years, Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist classic takes to the Almeida, amplifying the current dialogue on mundane female oppression. The appropriately named Machinal traces the dreary experiences of a female stenographer, who finds herself helplessly trapped in the brutal mechanics of everyday city life. As she stumbles around and against patriarchal restraints, the young woman descends into desperation, and in turn, rebellion.

Machinal runs at the Almeida Theatre from 4 June to 21 July.

Julie

Following her critically acclaimed performance as Princess Margaret in The Crown, Vanessa Kirby takes the stage in a modernised retelling of Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie. Adapted by electrifying young playwright Polly Stenham and directed by Carrie Cracknell, Julie plunges its audience into the aftermath of a raucous house party hosted by the newly single Julie. Toying with class divisions and power play in the face of scandal, Julie engages in escalating flirtations with Jean, as she tumbles into desolation along with the looming hours of the morning.

Julie runs at the National Theatre from 31 May to 8 September.

This week’s top films

Ocean’s 8

With Oceans 11 (and subsequent sequels) hero Danny Ocean six feet under, his fresh-out-of-parole sister Debbie is setting up a heist of her own. Seeking out a team of women, all specialists in their field, Debbie and crew have their sights set on stealing a $150 million Cartier necklace right off the neck of famous actress Daphne Kluger during New York’s biggest events, the Met Gala. Featuring incredible women including Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter, Oceans 8 certainly steals the show when it comes to its casting.

Ocean’s 8 is out now

Hereditary

The hype around Hereditary being the scariest film ever made had us hiding in our cinema seats even during the trailers in anticipation. After the death of her controlling mother, Annie (in an exceptional performance by Toni Collette) and her family find themselves tormented with the impact her life had, and terrifying still has, on theirs as the secrets of the past literally come back to haunt them. With great performances from all, this film is not for the faint of heart.

Hereditary is out 15 June

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Three years after the chaos on Isla Nublar’s Jurassic World, the dinosaurs are facing a threat of their own in the form of an imminently erupting volcano. Luckily for all the T-Rex’s and Triceratops’ out there, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are on hand for a rescue mission unlike any other, but, as always, things do not quite go to plan and the team get more than they bargained for. With a cameo from original Jurassic Park star and king of cool, Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom promises to be an excellent summer blockbuster.

Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom is out 8 June

This week’s top exhibitions

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire

A self-taught artist from Bolton in England, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was the greatest American landscape artist of his generation. This exhibition is a rare chance to see Cole’s epic works – mostly travelling from America – including his masterpiece the ‘Oxbow’, and his awe-inspiring portrayals of Eden showing the force of nature. Cole’s paintings are shown alongside the sublime masterpieces by Turner and Constable that inspired him.

Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire is at the National gallery until 7 October.

James Cook: The Voyages

It is 250 years since the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth. This British Library exhibition tells the story of Captain James Cook’s three world-changing voyages through original documents, many of which were produced by the artists, scientists and sailors on board the ships. Maps, artworks and journals from the voyages sit alongside newly-commissioned films offering contemporary perspectives. Examine the expeditions that shaped Europe’s knowledge of the world and consider their far-reaching legacy.

James Cook: The Voyages is at the British Library until 28 August

The Heart of Hollywood Tour exhibition

The Heart of Hollywood Tour is a chance to experience the history and glamour of Hollywood first-hand. The exhibition will offer a glimpse of some of the greatest iconography from the past hundred years of film and music, from the Beatle’s original drum kit to Clarke Gable’s suit from Gone with the Wind. At the epicentre of the tour is a globally-recognisable symbol of Hollywood, the ‘H’ from the original Hollywood sign, appearing outside of the USA for the first time.

The Hollywood Nights show will light up the Hollywood ‘H’ with an unforgettable projection show of the greatest moments from the past 100 years of film, forming a backdrop to spectacular musical theatre tributes to some of the best-loved musicals in Hollywood’s history.

The Heart of Hollywood Tour exhibition is at the O2 21 June - 17 July.




This week’s top food & drink

Afternoon Par-Tea

Do you ever wish you could booze up the very British tradition of afternoon tea? Well now you can with the Cocktail Trading Company’s Afternoon Par-Tea events, cocktail and cake fueled sing along bonanzas running on the first and last Saturday of each month from 1pm – 3pm, starting at the end of June. At their headquarters in Shoreditch’s Brick Lane they’ll be serving up tonnes of tasty treats, with cocktails ranging from Afternoon Mar-Tea-nis to Cucumber Manwichs, and of course cakes and sandwiches to help soak up all the alcohol. Don’t miss out on their launch event on 30 June!

The Cocktail Trading Company is located at 68 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GQ. Their Afternoon Par-Tea launch event will run from 1-3pm on Saturday 30 June 2018. Reserve your place by emailing info@thecocktailtradingco.com

High Mood Food

Live life at a fast pace but hate deep fried fast food? Head to High Mood Food for a quick and healthy alternative! With previous success in Marylebone, the café is spreading to Spitalfields Market to serve up its largely vegetarian menu which includes three vegetable-centric bowls as well as stereotypical cold pressed juices and smoothies for those looking to detox before summer (but remember every body is beach body ready!). With all desserts being low in sugar, there’s also some not-so-cheeky treats for sweet tooths, including buckwheat banana bread, fudgey brownies and carrot cake cookies.

High Mood Food is located at 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW.

Bancone

From the team behind Joanna’s in Crystal Palace comes Bancone, a brand new Italian restaurant in Central London with a strong focus on pasta. Chef Louis Korovilas serves up a relaxed informal menu, with dishes ranging from potato gnocchi with sage butter, cacio e pepe, and tagliatelle with spicy pork ragù. Whilst located in fashionable Covent Garden, antipasti are priced between £2.50 and £14, pasta between £6.5-£13 and cocktails at around £7, proving you don’t have to spend a pretty penne to enjoy la dolce vita.

Bancone is located at 38 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DD

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