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This week’s top theatre

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.

Allelujah!

Rekindling the collaborative magic of acclaimed writer Alan Bennett and the Bridge Theatre’s very own co-founder Nicholas Hytner, Allelujah! premieres at the exciting new London venue. Revolving around an old fashioned geriatric ward that faces the wrath of an NHS efficiency drive, the play follows as a documentary crew attempt to capture the struggle for survival, but discover the joy of the old people’s choir along the way.

Allelujah! runs at The Bridge theatre from 11 July to 29 September.

This week’s top films

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

Adrift

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

Whitney

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

The Art of Campari

The quintessential Italian aperitivo Campari Bitter has created some of the most distinctive and innovative advertising imagery in Italy since the 19th century. Drawn from Campari’s archives in Milan, the exhibition features original art nouveau posters from the Belle Epoque, through the revolutionary graphic and modernist images of the 1920’s all the way to the Swinging Sixties, showing how art and advertising were blended to create a sophisticated and elegant brand profile.

The Art of Campari is at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian art, London 4 July until 16 September.

Katja Novitskova: Invasion Curve

Estonian installation artist Katja Novitskova presents an immersive environment of an unsettling future at the Whitechapel Gallery. A landscape overcome by a biotic crisis features modified life forms, sculptures, projections, mobiles, resin clouds, data curves, tangled cables and gyrating baby-rockers with eerie faces somewhere between orchids and man-eating mantises.

Katja Novitskova: Invasion Curve is at the Whitechapel Gallery until 2 September.

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 opens at the National Portrait Gallery 28 June.

This week’s top food & drink

Yauatcha Patisserie’s Ice Cream Macarons

After making their debut at Taste of London festival in June, you can now pick up a refreshing Ice Cream Macaron from a Yauatcha bike positioned outside Yauatcha City in Broadgate Circle. Ranging from Chocolate and Soy Caramel to Earl Grey and Bergamot, this Asian inspired treat makes use of flavours from Cantonese cuisine, and is a unique, alternative cooling snack to a classic Mr. Whippy.

Yauatcha’s Ice Cream Macarons can be purchased from outside Yauatcha City, 1 Broadgate Circus, London, EC2M 2QS

KERB St. Katharine Docks

We love a bit of alfresco dining, and in this warm weather there is nothing better to do than mooch around a street food market. Cue KERB, a brand new market in St Katharine Docks that serves up a variety of cuisines from Korean flatbread to hot kati rolls, African fusion Jollof rice to Amalfi-style burgers. It’s the perfect place to pick up lunch for meat eaters and vegi/vegans alike; as well as BBQ, burgers and fried chicken, there’s also an array of clean eating options such as vegan Vietnamese by Eat Chay. Head down on Thursdays to discover new gastro talent in the InKERBator testing ground that gives new talent time to shine, or go on a Friday to be served by some of London’s hottest food traders.

KERB is located at St Katharine Docks, 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA and is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.

Hellmann’s Deli Exchange

Everyone’s favourite mayonnaise maker is hosting an innovative “deli exchange”, where they will welcome two world renowned and award winning deli owners to an exclusive London pop up eatery to serve up their sandwiches to the people of Soho. All the way from California is Ike’s Love and Sandwiches which has achieved cult status in the US. Also don’t miss the chance to enjoy classics such as the Reuben or Salt Beef sandwiches from renowned Berlin deli, Mogg’s. All proceeds will go towards Action Against Hunger.

Hellmann’s Deli Exchange will run from the 19 - 21 July at 3 Bateman Street, Soho, London, W1D 4AG

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