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Peter Pan

Experience J M Barrie’s fantastical tale of far-off lands, mythical creatures and childhood fantasy, unrestrained from reality and the walls of an auditorium as the Open Air Theatre ignites Regent’s Park with a touching re-imagining of Peter Pan. Liam Steel and Timothy Sheader’s adaptation plunges the Lost Boys into the ruinous landscape of war. As soldiers wounded from battle in World War One, the Lost Boys’ dreams of the magical Neverland are the only hope of transporting them away from reality. With wondrous visuals, including puppetry and wire-flying, this Peter Pan is an enchanting treat suitable for every member of the family.

Peter Pan runs at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 17 May to 15 June.

Consent

After a sell-out season at the National Theatre, Nina Raine’s acclaimed drama transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a second scorching run. Following a group of friends who take on opposing clients in a controversial legal case, Consent wrings out the incongruities of law and justice in the face of sexual assault. Weaving the increasingly turbulent personal lives of the lawyers with courtroom drama, this ‘modern-day tragi-comedy’ (Daily Telegraph) unravels notions of truth, consent and the cogs of modern relationships.

Consent runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 18 May to 11 August.

Killer Joe

Orlando Bloom returns to the stage as the crooked title character of Tracy Lett’s grimy comic thriller Killer Joe. Set in the squalid heat of Dallas, the play follows the devious antics of the Smith family, when young indebted drug dealer Chris Smith hires police detective come contract killer Joe to murder his estranged matriarch for the insurance money.

Killer Joe runs at the Trafalgar Studios from 18 May to 18 August.

This week’s top films

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The latest journey to a galaxy far far away brings the origin story of arguably the most loved Star Wars character, the sharp-shooting smuggling scoundrel, Han Solo. When young Han gets involved in the criminal underworld, it sets him on the path to meeting his best pal Chewie and one of the loves of his life, the Millennium Falcon (Sorry Leia). With an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Emilia Clarke, as well as Alden Ehrenreich filling Harrison Ford’s well-loved shoes as the man himself, buckle up for a new adventure within this epic film franchise.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is out 24 May

The Breadwinner

This stunning animated drama based on the bestselling novel focuses on Parvana, a young girl growing up in Taliban-controlled Kabul at the beginning of the War On Afghanistan. When her father is unjustly imprisoned, she, her mother and her siblings have no way to support themselves with no male relative to accompany them outside. With such desperate times, Parvana takes measures into her own hands to find a way to be the breadwinner of her family in a turbulent and dangerous city.

The Breadwinner is out 25 May

Deadpool 2

Our favourite fast-talking Mutant superhero is back as Deadpool 2 hits cinemas this week. Ryan Reynolds reprises the role of Wade Wilson, the mercenary mutant with the ability of accelerated healing who takes down the bad guys with brutal action and meta quips galore. This time around Deadpool rounds up a team of mutants who become, in his words, “a super duper f*****g group” the X-Force to protect a young mutant from Josh Brolin’s Cable, a time travelling soldier who wants to use the boy for evil.

Deadpool 2 is out May 18

On Chesil Beach

The works of Ian McEwan, when adapted for the silver screen, are often fantastic works of British cinematic drama, and On Chesil Beach is set to be no exception considering McEwan wrote the screenplay himself. Saorise Ronan and Billy Howle star as newlyweds Florence and Edward spending their honeymoon at a hotel on Chesil Beach. Despite being very much in love as we see their relationship progress, it becomes clear on their first evening together as man and wife that both have issues that may cause their happiness to crumble.

On Chesil Beach is out May 18

This week’s top exhibitions

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

For the first time, french sculptor Rodin’s works – including his iconic sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss – will be shown alongside some of the ancient Greek archaeological Parthenon sculptures that the artist took inspiration from. Magnificent sculptures, original plaster, bronze and marble examples of the modern master, on loan from the Musée Rodin in Paris, can be experienced next to the ancient world that shaped his artistic vision.

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece is at the British Museum 26 April – 29 July.

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11

The UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since 9/11 displays contemporary art on the subjects of modern warfare and the permanent state of emergency we find ourselves in. British and international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman explore issues of state surveillance and security, our complex relationship with firearms, bombs and drones and the destruction caused by conflict on landscape, architecture and people through film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints.

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 is at the Imperial War Museum until 28 May

Last chance - Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkin Paintings

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most important Japanese contemporary artists and her polka-dot patterned pumpkins are an instantly recognizable motif of pop-art. The troubled artists, a friend of Warhol and member of the 1960s New York art scene, suffers from hallucinations and OCD and the repetition of the pumpkin image, a symbol of her childhood, is interpreted as an attempt to control her fears.

Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkin Paintings are at Omer Tiroche Gallery 2 March - 1 June

This week’s top food & drink

Oslo Launches Summer Cocktail Menu

Scandi-inspired Hackney hotspot OSLO have a launched their new summer cocktail menu, featuring a selection of delicious, refreshing concoctions, perfect for the increasingly warmer weather. The cocktails include quirky twists on old-time favourites like the Melon Mojito, OSLO Spritz and the Gentlemen’s Sour as well as a list of fantastic spirit collaborations and seasonal flavours.

Oslo is located at 1A Amhurst Rd, London E8 1L.

HIPCHIPS

Lovers of crisps and dips rejoice! Soho favourite HIPCHIPS has launched a pop-up in One New Change every Wednesday and Friday throughout the summer months. From 10am to 3pm, the HIPCHIPS team will be serving its hand-cooked, heritage crisps and fresh, seasonal dips to City Workers, providing the ultimate lunch on the go, a mid-afternoon treat at the desk or the best train snacks money can buy.

HIPCHIPS can be found at 49 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HL.

INKO NITO

INKO NITO is a Japanese robatayaki restaurant, now open in the heart of Soho. For the uninitiated, Robatayaki is a type of Japanese grilling where food is cooked on skewers over charcoal - and it looks incredibly tasty. Dishes include beef cheek with spicy Korean mayo and pickled daikon, bone marrow with smoked soy, garlic toast and shallot, or chicken with garlic-lemon miso, as well as plentiful fish and veggie options. Sake, beer and cocktails are also on the menu to help wash it all down.

INKO NITO is now open at 55 Broadwick Street, W1F 9QS.

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