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This week’s top theatre

A Monster Calls

“I do not often come walking, boy. Only in matters of life and death.” Now the monster walks again in this stage adaptation of Patrick Ness’ youth novel, a mix of moral fable and antique myth. 13-year-old Conor is battling bullying, nightmares and grief, trying to cope with his mother dying of cancer. He turns to a dream figure: a gigantic monster who sprouts from a yew tree. Michael Vale’s design concept is based on strands of rope that are twisted and tangled to form the gnarled branches in Sally Crookson’s playfull, theatrical yet intensely emotional stage adaptation. Bring tissues.

A Monster Calls is at the Old Vic until 25 August.

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s classic rural comedy has taken over the luscious surroundings of Regent’s Park, transforming it into the mythical Forest of Arden. Aided by her cousin Celia and disguised as a boy, Rosalind flees persecution in her uncle’s court, to find her fugitive father and his band of loyal followers. On her journey, she stumbles into Orlando, igniting an absurd romance hindered by trickery, charades and love triangles.

As You Like It runs at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 11 July to 28 July.

The One

4 years after it’s original debut, Vicky Jones’ The One makes a timely return to the Soho Theatre as a weighty contribution to the #MeToo movement. Fixating on the toxic and intoxicating relationship between Jo and her ex-university lecturer turned boyfriend Harry, the play troubles the lines between consensual and abusive sexual violence. Wrapped in a sobering layer of black comedy and abrasive wit, The One promises to be thought provoking, as the personal becomes very political.

The One runs at Soho Theatre from 5 July to 25 August.

This week’s top films

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

A decade after 2008’s summer smash Mamma Mia! based on the hugely successful musical, hit our screens, comes possibly the best titled sequel of all time: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Taking the audience back to the idyllic Greek island where the first film followed the ‘who’s the daddy?’ mystery of which of the three men invited to potential daughter Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) wedding was the father, this film explores the beginnings of the predicament via flashbacks as Lily James steps into Meryl Streep’s dungarees and platform boots as the young Donna. With a jam-packed cast of stellar names, including sequel newcomer Cher, and all the Abba hits we know and love, expect a feel-good slice of summer fun.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is out 20 July

Incredibles 2

Over a decade since the Parr family and their superpowers hit our screens in the Pixar smash The Incredibles, Incredibles 2 picks up almost straight from where the original left off. When the illegal supers are left without a home and job after superheroes are shunned following low public approval, a new opportunity for Elastigirl to one again come into the light as part of a PR campaign to boost popularity. This leaves Mr Incredible to step up to the role of stay-at-home dad to their three children, including baby Jack-Jack, whose abundance of powers give new meaning to the term of terrible toddler. However, when a new menace threatens supers everywhere, it’s up to our favourite crime fighting family to save the day.

Incredibles 2 is out 13 July


Based on a true story, Baltasar Kormákur’s survival film sees Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin as Tami and Richard, two sailors who meet and fall in love whilst travelling the world, and take on the challenge of transporting a yacht from Tahiti to San Diego. However, when they sail into the path of a hurricane that near destroys the boat and badly injures Richard, Tami is left to battle against the elements and insurmountable obstacles to save them both.

Adrift is out now


Known as much for her incredible talent as her tragically troubled life which ended in 2012, this documentary on the iconic Whitney Houston from director Kevin Macdonald features never before seen archive footage, as well as interviews with Whitney’s family and close friends who discuss the woman behind the star, as well as her rise and fall from the spotlight.

Whitney is out 6 July

This week’s top exhibitions

Life in the Dark

The Natural History Museum turns off the light to explore the extraordinary diversity of animals that survive and thrive in darkness. From fish to foxes, bats to boas, visitors will get up close to a huge variety of creatures each with their own story to tell. Animals that flourish in darkness reveal how they use their supersenses to find food, find a mate and avoid being eaten, from the chaos of a bat filled cave, past live specimens and onto the spectacular luminescence of a deep sea light show. Visitors will experience science through immersive installations, and discover that when the lights go out, the action begins.

Life in the Dark is at the Natural History Museum until 6 January 2019.

Royal Academy of Arts 250th Summer Exhibition

Running continuously for 250 years, the Summer Exhibition is the world’s oldest open submission exhibition. In this celebratory anniversary year, it is curated by Grayson Perry, and will be the biggest in its history, spilling out from the main galleries across the newly expanded cultural campus. New and recent art by emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture is showcasing a variety of work across all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. This must-see exhibition is a unique window onto all areas of the contemporary art world.

The Royal Academy of Arts 250th Summer Exhibition is at the Royal Academy of Arts until 19 August.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists. For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.

Michael Jackson: On the Wall is at the National Portrait Gallery until 21 October.

This week’s top food & drink

Brewhouse and Kitchen, Hoxton

Brewhouse & Kitchen, are hitting Hoxton, and are set to be the first ever craft-beer pub in the area with an onsite brewery. Due to open on 19 July, the new branch is making its home in a unique venue beneath the historic arches of Hoxton station. Head along to enjoy their summer menu, complete with seasonal beer pairing suggestions. They even have 23 vegan and vegetarian options which is more than any other UK pub group, and perfect for all you Hoxton hipsters!

Brewhouse and Kitchen is located at 397-400 Geffrye St, London E2 8HZ


Another wine bar in Shoreditch, you say? Yes indeed, and Bottles, which opened a week ago, may well become your new go-to, if you enjoy some handpicked quality wines made by small independent producers and farms, paired with the most exceptional cutting edge cuisine. Bottles is relaxed yet chic, and the terrace is just what you need this wonderfully warm summer. Pick from 180 handpicked reds, whites, desert wines or sparklings, and let the extremely knowledgeable and passionate staff recommend the perfect accompanying dish, from snacks such as a modern interpretation of the classic burrata, a twist on the old spaghetti with crispy beef jowl that crackles in your mouth to the most exceptional Iberico pork with cherries and coconut milk, a combination of flavours that had our eyes popping.

Bottles is at 67 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6AA

A Seafood Brunch Spectacular at Oblix East

If you’re craving a change from the classic British brunch, head to Oblix East for a brand new seafood extravaganza put together by Executive Chef Marcus Eaves to celebrate the summer. Try a sourdough, Cornish crab, scrambled egg & oscietra caviar, or josper grilled tiger prawns, lemon verbena & garlic butter. You may also opt to enjoy free-flowing Chandon champagne, and sip bubbly as you enjoy iconic views of Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf from Level 32 of the Shard, as well as live music.

The Seafood Brunch Spectacular runs every Saturday and Sunday in August from 12:00pm- 3:30pm at Oblix East, Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

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