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Art, Theatre, Music & Shows

Plays, music, art exhibitions and profiles of artists & musicians.

Play: What I Really Think of my Husband

With winter chills and nights drawing in, what better time to see a literary, haunting play? What I Really Think of My Husband, drawn in a lyrical, expressive style, looks at the trials, tribulations and desires of writer Thomas Hardy and of his wives, Emma and Florence. It is enriched by his literature and poetry and lightened by moments of comedy. The author of the play is David Pinner, whose bo... Read More

Snoop Dogg and Ooberfuse team up with homeless film director for Christmas single


Sleeping rough on the streets of London (or any major city for that matter) is a hazardous pastime. David Fussell, a homeless film director, had glass bottles smashed in his face seeking shelter on London's park benches and in shop doorways. That is, until David was handed a pop-up tent by street workers concerned for his safety. David, with London band Ooberfuse, have joined forces with rap royal... Read More

Aeolian Sinfonia to perform Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Beethoven in charity concert

The Aeolian Sinfonia of North London will be performing in a charity concert at Our Lady's Hall Parish Centre, Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Kentish Town, north London on Thursday 30 November. The programme includes Mendelssohn's Overture 'Fair Melusine', Prokofiev's Symphony No1 and Beethoven's Symphony No 8. Entrance is free. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Sanktus Welfare... Read More

Play: The Interview

In November 1995, the BBC aired an interview between Princess Diana (Yolanda Kettle) and journalist Martin Bashir (Tibu Fortes). It was watched by hundreds of millions worldwide. This play, by Jonathan Maitland follows the lead-up to the broadcast and its aftermath, and raises questions about journalistic ethics. It sets the scene with a recording of King Charles admitting in a BBC interview that ... Read More

London: Vox Holloway concert - Faure Requiem, The Prophet

Vox Holloway make a welcome return to St James's Piccadilly on Sunday 26 November, after their triumphant performance of Handel, Purcell and Brough last Easter. Directed by Harvey Brough, they will be joined by a superb cast of soloists and players. They perform a programme which again mixes old and new - the Fauré Requiem, perhaps the most beloved choral piece ever, juxtaposed with Harvey Bro... Read More

London: Spirit of Ukraine Orchestral Fundraising Concert

The Spirit of Ukraine Orchestral Fundraising Concert, in aid of the Lviv Children's Hospital in Ukraine, takes place this Friday, 17 November 2023 at 7.30pm, at the Marylebone Theatre, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT (near Baker Street tube station), Hosted by the Ukrainian Cultural Association, this beautiful concert has been organised to raise money for a good cause: Lviv Children's hospital whic... Read More

Video: Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls - The Story of An Icon


Ian Knowles, Catholic artist, writer and founder of the Bethlehem Icon School says in this short film: In the midst of the terror and violence that has engulfed Gaza and Israel, in the Holy Land there is an icon painted on the Israeli separation wall between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This has become a place of pilgrimage over the past decade for people who seek to pray for a true and enduring pe... Read More

Play: 'Etty…in transit'

Etty Hillesum 1939. Image public domain

'Something else about this morning: the perception, very strongly borne, that despite all the suffering and injustice, I cannot hate others.' Etty Hillesum. 'Etty…in transit' is a new multimedia production based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum (1914-1943). It charts the journey of two lives that interweave throughout the play. Sam Edwards is a mature fashion model with mental health difficultie... Read More

Vox Holloway Autumn concert: Faure Requiem, Harvey Brough's The Prophet

Vox Holloway's Autumn concert will be held at St James's Piccadilly in central London on Sunday 26 November - and it's another brilliant mix of old and new. The choir are returning to this wonderful venue and acoustic with the Fauré Requiem in D Minor, perhaps the most beloved choral piece ever, juxtaposed with Harvey Brough's setting of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. For more information and ti... Read More

Frankie Armstrong and friends tribute concert to Bruce Kent

Musicians for Peace and Disarmament will be performing in a special online tribute concert to Bruce Kent this evening, Thursday 2 November at 7.30pm. The lineup will be Peggy Seeger, 'one of the most complete artists around today' , Bread and Roses, Frankie Armstrong, Laura Bradshaw and Pauline Down, 'a feisty folksy female voice and instrumental ensemble, with a passion for singing to promoter ch... Read More

London: Passion Play for Gaza

Indefatigable Palestinian Justice and Peace activist and inspired man of the theatre Justin Butcher brings back his deeply moving Devil's Passion this week to raise funds for the work of the Amos Trust in Gaza. Justin writes: "A few years ago, I attempted to write a play drawing together my fascination with the Passion story with my involvement for many years in the Palestinian people's struggle f... Read More

Exhibition on the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury

Cardinal Pole by  follower of Sebastiano del Piombo. Lambeth Palace. Image courtesy of Church Commissioners.

A fascinating little exhibition at Lambeth Place profiles Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, Plantagenet cousin of Henry VIII whose Oxford and Italian education was sponsored by the monarch, despite having a stronger claim to the throne than him. Pole was nearly elected Pope - losing by one vote. The course of European history and English Catholicism would ha... Read More

Song: Take Back the Sky


Ann Farr writes: "From two Ecumenical Accompanier friends, who served in the same West Bank village as me, at different times. A reminder of this wonderful nonviolent action by the children of Gaza and a song we should use everywhere until the skies are reclaimed for the children." From Penny Stone ('Penny Sings' is her Facebook page). "Karen and I have been singing this song for 13 years now. An... Read More

London: Chopin Festival

After the success of last year's Chopin Festival, there were many curtain calls for an encore - and so it returns to the Polish Social and Cultural Centre POSK, in Hammersmith, west London, on Saturday, 21 October 2023. This year's programme once again showcases many world class artists and speakers. Pianist Mateusz Borowiak, the harp and flute duo Alina Bzhezhinska and Margaret Preston, guitar pl... Read More

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