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    Following a sell-out and critically-acclaimed run earlier this year, this tender tale of love and hope returns for a limited time only.

This week’s top theatre

Venus in Fur

Starring Natalie Dormer as aspiring actress Vanda Jordan and David Oakes as director Thomas Novachek, Venus in Fur is a play about power and gender - with an unsubtle streak of sadomasochism. Funny and sexy on the surface, this production asks serious questions about the role of the male gaze in art.

Venus in Fur is at Theatre Royal Haymarket until 9 December. Read our interview with Natalie Dormer.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

A sixteen year-old living on a council estate in Sheffield dreams of becoming a drag queen - and in this spectacular new musical, dreams can come true! A high-octane, feel-good West End sensation that has already won ‘Best Musical’ at the UK Theatre Awards.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is on at the Apollo Theatre now.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Christian Slater is back on the London stage in this revival of David Mamet’s acclaimed play about greed and capitalism; Glengarry Glen Ross. A group of cut-throat salesmen fight to out-do each other in a vicious inditement of the American Dream.

Glengarry Glen Ross runs until 3 February 2018 at the Playhouse Theatre.

This Beautiful Future

Caught in the middle of a war, two teenagers take shelter from a world divided… Following a sell-out and critically-acclaimed run earlier this year, This Beautiful Future is a tender tale about finding love and hope in the midst of chaos and danger.

This Beautiful Future runs at the Yard until 25 November.

Follies

Featuring classic songs like Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical Follies follows the reunion of a group of showgirls, starring award-winning actresses Imelda Staunton, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee.

Follies runs until 3 January at the National Theatre.

This week’s top films

The Florida Project

Hilarious and heartbreaking, ‘The Florida Project’ is an honest look at childhood and the struggles of living life on the margins. With an extraordinary turn from Willem Dafoe as the hotel’s harried manager, and breakout performances from its novice actors, this is a must-see.

The Florida Project is out now.

Battle of the Sexes

Starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as the larger than life Bobby Riggs, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ is an entertaining and empowering biopic of the infamous 1973 gender match.

Battle of the Sexes opens 24 November. Read our review here.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Based on aspiring Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner ‘s memoir about his relationship with the Oscar winning actress Gloria Grahame, ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ is an unlikely and tender love story that proves age is just a number.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is out now.

Paddington 2

Everyone’s favourite bear returns to catch a thief after he is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Starring a superb Hugh Grant as villain Phoenix Buchanan, a past his prime actor, this heart-warming sequel is the perfect holiday film for children and adults alike.

Paddington 2 is out now.

Ingrid Goes West

A timely, pitch black comedy about the perils of social media, ‘Ingrid Goes West’ stars Aubrey Plaza as an unhinged social media stalker who heads to LA in pursuit of her Instagram idol.

Ingrid Goes West is out now. Read our review here.

This week’s top exhibitions

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’

Don’t miss the last chance to see Jasper Johns’s work at The Royal Academy, finishing on the December 10. Johns’s challenging work is versatile, enigmatic and exciting.

Something Resembling Truth runs at the Royal Academy until 10 December.

Tove Jansson 1914-2001

Tove Jansson is famous for her creation of the world of the Moomins. This exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery displays Jansson’s other work, including her paintings, sketches and illustrations, revealing the many skills of this remarkable woman.

The exhibition runs until 28 January 2018. Tickets £15.50.

‘No Turning Back’ at the Migration Museum

‘No Turning Back’ at The Migration Museum draws attention to seven important moments in the UK’s migration history. With a mixture of installations, photographs and information boards, this is a fascinating delve into the UK’s multiple migrant narratives. Admission to the Migration Museum is free.

No Turning Back runs at the Migration Museum until 25 February 2018.

Thomas Ruff: Photographs 1979 – 2017

Thomas Ruff, German photographer and editor, has transformed the possibilities of the contemporary photograph. The Whitechapel Gallery hosts a collection of his work, spanning his career for the last few decades. Highlights include his portraits and his take on the ‘nude’.

The Thomas Ruff exhibition runs until the January 21 2018. Tickets are £12.95.

Modigliani at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern hosts the biggest UK retrospective of the work of Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani. Famous for his nudes, the exhibition shows some works never before seen in the UK, including some of his sculptures.

Modigliani at Tate Modern runs until 2 April 2018, tickets £19.70.

This week’s top food & drink

Midnight Apothecary

Take in the breathtaking view of South London’s skyline at the Midnight Apothecary, taking place for the rest of November at the Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden. They’ll be serving up award-winning, botanical cocktails, with ingredients grown in the garden itself as well as apple bobbing, fire pits, and a limitless supply of free marshmallows to toast on them. Oh, and tickets are only £5.

Winterville 2017

Opening up south of the river on Clapham Common, Winterville town will feature Clapham Common’s first ever ice rink, Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, UV-powered Plonk Golf course, Spiegeltent entertainment, foods from London’s finest street food traders curated by Street Feast and so much more!

Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop

​The Queen of Hoxton are converting their rooftop wigwam into a Moroccan retreat this winter. Inside will be a cushion-filled den filled with shisha scents and flickering lanterns, whilst outside will be a recreation of the Jardin Majorettes. Expect plenty of Mint Tea, Spiced Hot Buttered Rum, and Gold Pomegranate Bellinis, alongside mezze platters and halloumi fries.

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