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This week’s top theatre

Brief Encounter

Adapted from Noël Coward’s classic love story, Emma Rice’s adaptation of Brief Encounter brings the cult film back to life on stage. Set in 1930s British suburbia, the story centers around Laura and Alec, who spark an illicit romance following a chance encounter at a railway station. Adorned with an array of Coward’s songs, the musical combines the cinematic grandeur of forbidden love with the banality of conventional married life.

Brief Encounter runs at the Empire Cinema Haymarket from 2 March to 2 September.

The Great Wave

Francis Turnly’s The Great Wave is an epic new thriller that follows the turmoil inflicted upon a family by an unexpected tragedy. Teenage sisters Reiko and Hanako are struck by a wave on a Japanese beach, with only Reiko surviving. Their mother remains convinced that Hanako is still alive, and soon, the family is swept up by a global political storm.

The Great Wave runs at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre from 10 March to 14 April.

Great Apes

One morning, Turner Prize winning artist Simon wakes up to find a sudden nonsensical change in his life: he is the only human left on earth, and everyone else have become… apes. Simon is immediately rushed off to undergo psychiatric care to treat his delusion that he is human. Based on Will Self’s book of the same name, Patrick Marmion’s adaptation of Great Apes takes an absurd look at the position of humans within the evolutionary chain.

Great Apes runs at the Arcola Theatre from 14 March to 21 April.

This week’s top films

Tomb Raider

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander takes on the mantle of hero Lara Croft in this latest reboot of the incredibly popular Tomb Raider videogame/film franchise. Based on the 2013 videogame, we go back to Croft’s beginnings in taking her first gripping adventure to save the world from the plans of an organisation called Trinity and find out about the fate of her long-lost father in the process. In a role made famous by Angelina Jolie, Vikander has no issues in creating her own Lara for the 2018 audience, with a great supporting cast including Dominic West, Kristin Scott Thomas and Walton Goggins.

Tomb Raider is out 16 March


After the incredible directorial debut that was Ex Machina, Alex Garland is back with Annihilation, a dark and suspenseful take on sci-fi as we follow Natalie Portman’s Lena as part of team sent in to explore a supernatural dome-like field known as the Shimmer which is gradually expanding through America’s deep south. After a previous failed mission involving her husband (played by Oscar Isaac) Lena seeks her own answers regarding this mysterious phenomenon.

Annihilation is available now on Netflix

Walk Like A Panther

Now that the heavyweight drama of Awards Season has left us for another year, this week’s new release Walk Like A Panther is a heavyweight film for an entirely different reason. Focusing on a group of former wrestlers whose local pub is under threat, this British comedy sees the unlikely group of underdogs reforming in the ring for the first time since the 80’s in an attempt to raise money to save the pub.

Walk Like A Panther is out 9 March

I, Tonya

As we draw to the close of Awards Season, we’re going out with a bang in the shape of the biographical I, Tonya. Based on the life of controversial American figure skater Tonya Harding, the film follows Harding from her difficult childhood and white trash persona, her connection to the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Winter Olympics, as well as modern day mockumentary-style interviews with the characters. Oscar nominee Margot Robbie brings her indisputable talent in playing Tonya, whilst Allison Janney is scooping up awards for her take on Tonya’s abusive mother, with the relationship between the two being one of the highlights of this punchy film.

I, Tonya is out 23 February

This week’s top exhibitions

Another Kind of Life, Photography on the Margins

Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day who followed the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society. Featuring sexual experimenters, outlaws, the economically dispossessed and those who openly flout social convention, the works present the outsider as an agent of change, reflecting a more diverse, complex view of the world.

Another Kind of Life is at the Barbican 28 February – 27 May

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

1932 was an intensely creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist. This first ever solo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern will bring you face-to-face with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life. The myths around Picasso will be stripped away to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness.

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern until 9 September

T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion

This inspirational exhibition explores the T-shirt in the 20th Century through charting the history, culture and subversion of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet. From men’s underclothes to symbol of rock and roll rebellion, through punk and politics to luxury fashion item, T-shirts broadcast who we are and who we want to be.

T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion is at the Fashion and Textile Museum until 6 May

Ferrari: Under The Skin

Racing through 70 years of passion, glamour and design innovation, this exhibition celebrates one of the most iconic car brands. From the very first Ferrari to Michael Schumacher’s winning Formula One car and the newest hybrid model, the exhibition features rare cars and memorabilia displayed in public for the first time.

Ferrari: Under The Skin is at the Design Museum until 15 April

This week’s top food & drink

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Rejoice! Beloved West African eatery Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is back in business, with a new residency at The Institute of Light in London Fields. Zoe Adjonyoh’s modern menu was a runaway hit at its former home Pop Brixton. Now she’s heading East, bringing with her some fresh new dishes, as well as popular classics. It’s food that’s designed to be eaten with your hands and with your friends, so roll up your sleeves and dig in.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is now open at Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB.

Jack Solomons

Named after the preeminent boxing promoter of the ’40 and ‘50s, Jack Solomons is a hidden bar tucked away in the heart of Soho. Located in the site of Solomon’s old gym, the bar serves up a throng of original cocktails (with a particular emphasis on whiskey and scotch), as well as bar snacks and small plates inspired by Solomons’ early spell as a fishmonger. It’s only open Wednesday-Saturday and booking is recommended, but it’s definitely a bar that will impress your out-of-town visitors.

Jack Solomons is located at 41 Windmill Street, W1D 7NB.

Cinnamon Kitchen

Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Kitchen opens its second branch in Battersea’s Circus West Village, part of the first wave of redevelopment at Battersea Power Station. The urban-inspired space is under one of the railway arches and it’s huge, with room for 120. The menu serves up mouth-watering modern Indian cuisine as well as an extraordinary cocktail range co-created by renowned mixologist Tony Conigliaro.

Cinnamon Kitchen is on soft launch until 25 March at Battersea Power Station Circus West Village, 4 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB.

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