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This week’s top theatre

The Plough and the Stars

92 years after it’s riot-inducing premiere at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars is brought back to life through Sean Holmes’ modern dress production. Set in the midst of the Easter Rising, the play tells the story of a group of residents from a Dublin tenement, as they attempt to withstand, battle and distract themselves from their violent surroundings.

The Plough and the Stars runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from 15 March to 7 April.

The Inheritance

A two-part play exploring the impact of the AIDS crisis on the gay community, Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance continues its debut run at the Young Vic. Set within the generation that followed the height of the AIDS crisis, the play examines the intergenerational traumas endured by gay men in New York, asking ‘what do we learn from our past? How do we heal? How do we change?’

The Inheritance runs at the Young Vic from 2 March to 19 May.


Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical is revived on the Pleasance Theatre stage, but this time it’s bolstered by a game-changing political backdrop. Through a dark but charming score, Assassins tells the story of the 9 Americans who have previously attempted the assassination of 8 different American presidents. Now supercharged by America’s political climate, the musical examines the principles of assassination in the context of gun crime, extremism and social dissent.

Assassins runs at the Pleasance Theatre from 20 March to 8 April.

This week’s top films

A Wrinkle in Time

Based on the popular book, A Wrinkle in Time follows thirteen-year-old Meg who, along with her classmate and her brother, finds herself in new worlds on an epic journey to find her missing scientist father with the aid of some new friends in Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Which and Mrs Who. This newest Disney movie boasts a high profile cast including Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, as well as the talented Storm Reid as Meg. Directed by Ava DuVernay, this film marks the first live action film with a budget of over $100 million to be directed by a woman of colour which further cements this film as a fantastic tale of strong women, as well as the lessons of accepting yourself and embracing the power everyone has to make a difference.

A Wrinkle in Time is out 23 March


This tense psychological thriller sees Sawyer Valentini, a woman with a troubled past involving a stalker ex, accidentally committing herself to a mental institution where no outside contact is permitted. Claire Foy is fantastic as Sawyer, who slowly begins to doubt her own sanity as her time in the institution becomes darker. Brought to us by director Steven Soderbergh, the film was shot using an iPhone, an interesting move that adds to the grittiness of the story.

Unsane is out 23 March

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

Pacific Rim Uprising

The sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 Pacific Rim, this new outing continues a decade after the first, with the battle between monster and machine continuing after an inter-dimensional portal deep in the Pacific Ocean is opened once again, releasing the huge sea monsters known as Kaiju. John Boyega heads up the cast as part of the team of pilots controlling the Jaegers; giant robots that act as the first defence against the Kaiju and protecting mankind. Expect all-out action and effects in this blockbuster.

Pacific Rim Uprising is out 23 March

This week’s top exhibitions

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

Wes Anderson ‘Isle of Dogs’ exhibition

The exhibition offers a rare behind-the-scenes look into the world of the upcoming film and Wes Anderson’s filmmaking. The exhibition will display the film’s original stop-motion puppets alongside some of the detailed sets taken from the production. On top of that, there’s a noodle bar inspired by the film’s Megasaki restaurant, that will be serving bowls of steaming ramen.

The ‘Isle of Dogs’ exhibition is at The Store, 180 Strand, March 23 – 5 April and is free.

Last Chance - Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

More than four centuries after it was painted, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait inspired the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood to create a new, radical style of painting. Members of the brotherhood included famous artists such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and William Holman Hunt. In this exhibition you can see Arthurian legends come to life, cursed heroines with flowing hair, and real-life muses dressed in sumptuous clothing. Look closely for surprising details, exquisite embellishments, and fantastical worlds reflected in mirrors.

Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites is at the National Portrait Gallery until 2 April

This week’s top food & drink

Passyunk Avenue

Having earned themselves a loyal cult following since they started out at street food markets, Passyunk Avenue has now opened its first permanent spot in Fitzrovia. Specialising in serving up authentic Philly cheesesteaks, this is your chance to experience some of the best sandwiches from across the pond without ever leaving the continent. Think very thin sliced rib eye steak which is fried up on the hot plate, then loaded into a soft sub roll with super melty cheese. There’s a bar to boot, so you can enjoy some real American beer with your cheesesteak.

Passyunk Avenue is open on soft launch until Tuesday 3 April at 80 Cleveland Street, W1T 6LU.

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.


Want to know how to more crazy golf even more fun? Add delicious drinks, loud music and street food. That’s the scene at Swingers, who open their second destination at John Prince’s Street near Oxford Circus. The theme this time is the English Seaside so try to imagine, the illustrious and nostalgia-tinged glamour of 1920’s seaside with added pizza and golf.

Swingers is now open at 15 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0AB.

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