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This week’s top theatre

The Plague

“To begin with, everyone agreed that this couldn’t possibly happen. Not to them. But now, people are starting to talk about infection – even quarantine. Who is responsible? And what’s the cure?” Albert Camus’ revered post-war novel is brought back to the Arcola stage for four weeks, following last year’s sold-out premiere. Often noted as allegorical for the fascism that infested Nazi Germany and wider Europe, The Plague follows a community that battles against anguish and death amidst a brutal outbreak of disease.

The Plague runs at the Arcola Theatre from 30 August to 29 September.

Heathers The Musical

Following a sold-out run at The Other Palace, Heathers The Musical, a musical adaptation of the 80s cult movie of the same name, returns to the stage with a vengeance. Featuring young West End rising star Carrie Hope Fletcher as Veronica, this high school revenge play follows a teenage girl’s murderous plot against the three most popular girls in school: Heather, Heather & Heather. Chock-full of dark comedy and killer new show tunes, Heathers The Musical promises a fun-filled night out.

Heathers The Musical runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 3 September to 24 November.

Foxfinder

Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon and Poldark’s Heida Reed star in the West End debut of Dawn King’s Foxfinder, a darkly comic dystopian thriller with an agricultural twist that sets it apart from the likes of 1984 and Brave New World. Married couple Judith and Sam work on a lagging farm, burdened by failing crops and foxes. The government, who keep a totalitarian eye over the farm, send a young Foxfinder to investigate the cause of the farm’s low productivity, leading to an intense turn of events…

Foxfinder runs at the Ambassadors Theatre from 6 September to 5 January.

This week’s top films

Christopher Robin

In the second film released this year that takes its basis from the world and life of A.A. Milne’s tales of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin sees our favourite honey-loving bears best pal all grown up, exchanging the world of the Hundred Acre Wood for that of work and responsibility. Ewan McGregor’s adult Christopher Robin seems on the verge of a midlife crisis, devoting all his time to his job whilst his loving wife and daughter have no choice but to take their summer holiday without him. However, when Pooh awakens to find his friends missing, he seeks out Christopher Robin to help him find Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and co. and in finding his old childhood friends, Christopher Robin ends up finding much more than his silly old bear.

Christopher Robin is out now

The Children Act

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel of the same name, Emma Thompson plays a respected High Court Judge faced with deciding the fate of a teenage boy suffering with cancer and in need of a life-saving blood transfusion, but his parents religious views mean they are fundamentally against the procedure taking place. With the added turmoil of arising issues in her marriage along with the case all causing her to question the make-up of her life, this powerful drama showcases Thompson’s incredible talent, with strong turns from Stanley Tucci and Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead.

The Children Act is out 24 august

BlacKkKlansman

Spike Lee’s satirical comedy based on a true story sees Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first black police officer in 1970s Colorado, trick the Grand Wizard of the KKK by posing as a white racist on the phone, which leads to an undercover operation on the Klan, with the help of his white colleague (Adam Driver) who acts as Stallworth for in-person meetings and initiation into the world of brutality and bigotry. Expect punches between the many comedic moments and the hard hitting look at an issue that is sadly still very much prevalent today, with direct footage from the 2017 Unite the Right rally and reference to Trump’s following statements, footage that serves to bring the message home.

BlacKkKlansman is out 24 august

This week’s top exhibitions

Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne

This new National Gallery exhibition traces the development of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings through a selection of over forty masterpieces. The event is in partnership with The Courtauld Gallery, which means audiences will be able enjoy masterpieces from some of the world’s most famous artists. Among the throng of celebrated painters are Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Manet, and Seurat, as well as a selection of much-loved Impressionist paintings from the Gallery’s own holdings, making this unmissable for any Impressionism-lover.

From Manet to Cézanne is at the National Portrait Gallery until 20 January 2019.

Knock Knock: Humour in Contemporary Art

Good news for all art-lovers south of the river! The South London Gallery is adding a second venue and KNOCK KNOCK, an exhibition exploring humour in contemporary art, will be its first exhibition. Featuring works by more than thirty artists, the show spans the SLG’s main space and three floors of its new annexe in the former Peckham Road Fire Station. The show will explore what makes us laugh in art and why, and aims to get exhibition-goers smiling, so get down quick if you’re in need of a laugh!

Knock Knock is at the South London Gallery until 18 November.

The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution

In an interesting collision of history and science, The Science Museum presents an exploration into the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, going behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century. Not only will the exhibition make it possible to discover the private lives of the doomed royal family through unique artefacts and photographs never before on public display in the UK, but exhibition-goers will be able to examine the crime scene and learn more about the advances in forensic science which transformed the investigation into their brutal deaths - chillingly fascinating!

The Last Tsar is at the Science Museum until 24 March 2019.

This week’s top food & drink

Mamasons

They’ve already conquered Kentish Town, and now they’re hitting China Town with their dirty (not literally!) ice creams. So if you’re longing to cling on to the last days of summer by sampling an icy treat, Filipino dessert shop Mamason’s is the perfect place to visit to satisfy your summery sweet tooth and also your social media, as it’s pretty in pink exterior and oozing, colourful milk buns are perfect photo ops to sweeten your insta feed. But a trip to Mamasons doesn’t have to be an ice cold experience. As autumn slowly draws in why not sample one of their Japanese teas, coffees, or their white chocolate Ube Coco with whipped cream and marshmallows to keep your heart warm!

Mamasons opended on 15 September and is located at 32 Newport Court, WC2H 7PQ

Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration

Inspired by the novel Around the World in Eighty Days, the Mr Fogg’s chain of bars is dedicated to transporting curious visitors back to the Victorian era. The latest addition to their nightlife empire is Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration just a stone’s throw away from Charing Cross, the station where Phileas Fogg began his global adventure. Mirror Fogg’s adventurous spirit by sampling the bar’s eclectic range of liquors from all around the world, as you soak in the quirky interior from your seat in an old fashioned, refurbished train carriage. You can also sample some of the bars light bights, from quintessentially English toasted crumpets, to more exotic fare such as grasshoppers and meal worms!

Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration opened on 14 September and can be located at 1a Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HH

Farmer J

Need a healthy lunch alternative to fast food or convenient meal deal? Why not try Farmer J, who have just opened their second location in London Bridge. Serving up Mediterranean style cuisine made with sustainably sourced produced, Farmer J are particularly renowned for their “field trays” which are piled high with protein and vegetables. However, you don’t just have to visit at lunchtime, as they also serve tempting brunch treats such as banana French toast with crème fraiche.

Farmer J is located at 24-32 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AJ

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