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Press night for Hay Fever on a summer’s eve: the red carpet rolled out in front of the Duke of York theatre; expectant photographers at the ready. I spot a few familiar faces: Jim Carter (the Butler Carson from Downton Abbey), Maurine Lipman,...
‘Just Books and Language’ – Interview with Abel Cutillas, co-owner of Llibreria Calders, Sant Antoni, Barcelona by Heather Wells Bernat Puigtobella walks me to the Calders bookshop in the trendy neighbourhood of Sant Antoni, Barcelona. On our way he tells...
John Singer Sargent – Portraits of Artists and Friends, National Portrait Gallery 12 February – 25 May 2015 If you did not know this was a John Singer Sargent exhibition, you would think this a highly skilled collection of artist’s...
We caught up with Emma Rice, Director of Kneehigh Productions on her latest piece: Rebecca the play. Adapting one of Britain’s most loved novels for a theatrical performance that is faithful to text whilst appealing to contemporary audiences is...
Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre It is so rare to find a play that has perfected the balance between comedy, romance and tragedy – but look no further – for here it is. This stage adaptation of the highly successful film...
Miss Saigon, Prince Edward Theatre, January 2015 Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Miss Saigon, currently on at the Prince Edward theatre, answers the public plea to bring back this tragic romance musical once again to the West End since its...
Damon Galgut, the South African writer has proven he is a writer of quality with books such as The Good Doctor and In a Strange Room. But reading Damon Galgut’s Arctic Summer is not like reading another brilliant piece...
Heather Wells interviews Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator of the Leighton House Museum talking about the current exhibition, A Victorian Obsession.  Thank you for letting us interview you Daniel, I’ve been to see A Victorian Obsession and I think it’s a...
Questions about London? Which borough of London is the happiest? Which boroughs spend the most and the least amount of time online? Where in London are you most likely to find young singles? Which boroughs have been the most consistent in...
H: You/Hachette must have been very thrilled to acquire the rights to the Enid Blyton Estate (excluding Noddy) and that was in 2012. What does this personally mean to you as the MD of Hachette’s children’s books? M: Well I...
The Trials of Oscar Wilde is currently showing for its last week at Trafalgar Studios, formerly Whitehall Theatre. It is co-written by John O’Connor and Merlin Holland, the latter being the only Grandson of Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde’s downfall began...
Edward Lucie-Smith invited The London Magazine to Acciuga, the Italian restaurant in Kensington celebrating its one-year anniversary yesterday. Acciuga means ‘anchovy’ in Italian and suddenly everywhere you notice the little fish logo on the menu and artwork on the wall. Down...
Sebastian Barry unfailingly gives us novels that display great craft and depth such as The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty, Annie Dunne, A Long Long Way and The Secret Scripture. This is not to mention his array of remarkable plays...
Upon kind invitation, Jessica Reid (Marketing Assistant) and Heather Wells (Production Manager) went along to a very welcoming gallery in Southwark, near Southbank, called Nolia’s Gallery. The place is run by a vibrant Malaysian female artist called Nolia, who...
The London Magazine interviews Peter Stjernström, the Swedish author of Enn Mann and The Big Newsmaker and now The Best Book in the World, to be published this September by Hesperus Press who gave us the best-selling book The Hundred-Year-Old-Man...
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, translated by Rod Bradbury (Hesperus Press) The Hundred-Year-Old Man is the story of Allan Karlsson who escapes from the drab nursing home on the day of...
This very jazzy blue and red striped hardback is a rather fragmented read. The structure of the book is divided into four main sections for each of the four characters. Moreover, Smith is experimental with form: snapshot sentences, emboldened...
The ‘David Bowie Is’, currently on at the V&A until mid-August. I went to the late show on a Friday after work, a stone’s throw away from TLM HQ with my press pass and donned the cushy V&A headphones....
Julian Barnes has given us an extraordinary book, biography and memoir in one. In part one of three, entitled ‘The Sin of Height’ we are immersed into the history of ballooning and man’s immorality for striving to reach such unnatural...
… is a newly-launched online book retailer that encourages and inspires independent thought. They offer a very selective choice of books by independent and self-publishers, not just literary but books on architecture and cookery too, so as to offer you...
I arrive at Somerset House in the blistering sunshine, passing the Courtauld Gallery currently exhibiting Picasso’s early paintings and arrive at the West Wing Galleries to the right of the courtyard where I have been invited to the preview...
Cityread London is a campaign working closely with libraries to spread a love of books and reading to the widest possible audience throughout our capital. This year, Cityread have chosen Sebastian Faulk's novel A Week in December (recently reviewed by our...
The Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition is your chance to see some of the world's best International and contemporary photography. On from the 26 April - 12 May 2013 at Somerset House in London, you will be able to view...
Several prize-winning authors and publishers will be in Hendon on the 26th and 27th March to attend a free two-day literary festival held at Middlesex University. The festival is hoping to engage lovers of literature in the local community...

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