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This week’s top theatre


Syrian playwright Liwaa Yazji’s hard-hitting play Goats debuts at the Royal Court Theatre this winter. Set in a small Syrian town where grieving families are offered goats as compensation for their martyred sons, the play explores the human costs of war and the lies we find it easier to choose to believe.

Goats runs at the Royal Court until 30 December.

Big Fish the Musical

Based on the much-loved book by Daniel Wallace and the film by Tim Burton, Big Fish the Musical is a family-friendly show about the love between a father and son. Filled with tall tales of beauty and wild imagination, the play is set to a beautiful new score by Andrew Lippa.

Big Fish the Musical runs at The Other Palace until 31 December. Suitable for ages 5+

The Ferryman

An unexpected visitor arrives in the middle of a celebration in Jez Butterworth’s epic new play The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes. Highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences, this is an ambitious and powerful play.

The Ferryman is running until 19 May 2018 at the Gielgud Theatre.

The Exorcist

Cult film The Exorcist takes to the stage for a uniquely chilling spectacle at the Phoenix Theatre. Not one for the faint hearted, The Exorcist promises to be a scary and shocking show.

The Exorcist is at the Phoenix Theatre until March 2018.

Mother Courage And Her Children

Josie Lawrence stars in Brecht’s anti-war play Mother Courage And Her Children, translated by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tony Kushner. This timeless play asks ever-relevant questions about how we attempt to live our day-to-day lives, protect our families and get ahead - even in the face of terror and conflict.

Catch Mother Courage And Her Children at Southwark Playhouse until 9 December.

This week’s top films

The Disaster Artist

An affectionate behind-the-scenes story of cult film ‘The Room’, ‘The Disaster Artist’ is easily one of this year’s most entertaining films. Directed by, and starring a brilliant James Franco as writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the film chronicles the chaotic production of “the greatest bad movie ever.”

The Disaster Artist is out now.

Brigsby Bear

When the children’s TV show ‘Brigsby Bear Adventures’ abruptly ends, James Pope sets out to finish the story himself. An ode to childhood, obsessions and creativity, ‘Brigsby Bear’ is a unique and imaginative film starring Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney (who also co-scripted with Kevin Costello).

Brigsby Bear opens 8 December 2017.


Based on the inspiring true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, ‘Stronger’ is a moving and striking drama that never shies away from the harsh reality of recovery. Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as Jeff, as he embarks on the difficult path to physical and emotional rehabilitation.

Stronger opens 8 December 2017.

This week’s top exhibitions

Katharina Grosse: This Drove My Mother Up the Wall

Don’t miss out on your last chance to see German artist Katharina Grosse’s site-specific work at the South London Gallery. This large and colourful work leaps out of the normal boundaries of the canvas and covers the walls, challenging the viewer to rethink the limits of a piece of art.

Katharina Grosse: This Drove My Mother Up the Wall is at the South London Gallery until 3 December. Entrance free.

Cézanne Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

Paul Cezanne was a prolific painter creating over 1000 paintings before his death in the 1860s, many of which were striking and emotional portraits. Cézanne Portraits come to National Portrait Gallery for a new exhibition highlighting an often over-looked part of his work.

Cézanne Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery until 11 February 2018.

Venom at the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum delves into the weird and surprising world of venom. Visitors get the chance to learn more about the uses of venom by different animals, as well as getting a closer look at various venom-related artifacts from around the world.

Venom is at the Natural History Museum until May 13 2018.

Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

The Tate Britain hosts work from the Turner prize winning artist this autumn. Whiteread’s work uses many different kinds of industrial materials made into sculptures of everyday objects, interiors and empty spaces.

Rachel Whiteread is at the Tate Britain until 21 January 2018. Tickets from £13.

John Akomfrah: Purple

British artist John Akomfrah brings his award-winning work to Barbican Curve gallery. This six-channel video installation explores multiple aspects of climate change.

John Akomfrah at The Curve at the Barbican. Free admission.

This week’s top food & drink

Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land

Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land has arrived back in the heart of East London with a sensational winter programme of roaring fire pits, incredible Ernest Hemingway inspired cocktails, delicious food, and an intimate dance floor, all under one big, cosy roof.

Last Days of Shoreditch is located at 288 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA.

Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels is a new destination within Peckham’s popular multi-storey carpark aiming to showcase the cultural talent Peckham has to offer. To celebrate its official opening this weekend, Peckham Levels is an exciting events programme, co-curated by its members, celebrating their talent across the worlds of music, art, design and, of course, food.

Peckham Levels opens this weekend at 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST.


Opening slap-bang in the heart of Soho is chef Stevie Parle’s latest venture, Pastaio. Dishing up mouth-watering,handmade pasta, Pastaio is set to challenge Padella’s crown for the best affordable, fresh Italian dishes. Oh, and they also serve prosecco slushies if you needed further convincing…

Find Pastaio at 19 Ganton St, W1F 7BN.


The latest cocktail bar and restaurant from Dandelyan’s Ryan Chetiyawardana, Cub, is a collaboration with Doug McMaster (Brighton’s SILO) and flavour scientist Dr Arielle Johnson. Its menu is as innovative as you’d expect, with ingredients including compost smoked carrots, tea steams and Ambergris. We’re intrigued.

Cub is located at 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ.

Greenwich Wintertime Festival

The Greenwich Wintertime Festival takes over the beautiful 17th century Old Royal Naval College this December. From Christmas markets, Santa’s grotto, musical acts on the Mirror Stage and some of the best food and drink London has to offer, you’d be mad to miss out.

Greenwich Wintertime Festival opens from 1 Dec – 31 Dec.

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