Meeting Chris Ingram

The Lightbox gallery and museum is home to The Ingram Collection – an extraordinary collection of contemporary works, many of which will star in the gallery’ latest major exhibition The Colourful Lives of Artists. The show, which opens on April 30, will explore the often controversial and complicated lives of sculptors and painters, exposing their private lives, their […]

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Interview with James Dreyfus

Rehearsals for Noel Coward’s The Vortex are a day ahead of schedule at Kingston’s Rose Theatre, and actor James Dreyfus is buzzing. While slightly disconcerted by the projection of his face looming large on the theatre bar windows behind me, Dreyfus nonetheless waxes lyrical about the star-studded production, which runs throughout February. It was Coward’s […]

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Meeting Tony Benn

Notting Hill is as happening as I remember, minus the carnival atmosphere of my last visit. I am navigating the broad Victorian streets in search of Tony Benn’s new address; a small flat a stone’s throw from his grand old family home, sold only 18 months ago. Benn’s downsize does not reflect a scale-down in […]

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Twickenham Studios at 100

The receptionist laughs as I swap seats, dodging the shower of dust and masonry that follows a succession of loud bangs. Refurbishment of the admin block at Twickenham Studios is under way and I have no wish to be killed off in the first scene. I am, in fact, waiting for a tour of the […]

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Jeremy Kyle Bites Back

The ITV star, whose infamous daytime programme chews over the challenges of often dysfunctional lives, freely admits an enduring phobia of dentists. “I had a terrible experience about 15 years ago,” says Kyle. “I was absolutely terrified.” “A tooth shattered and it started to go down my throat. The guy started to panic and the […]

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Interview with Clive Francis

I’ve caught Clive Francis just in time. This year’s tour of A Christmas Carol, his one-man production now in its 12th year, takes in venues across Ireland before heading for the English stage. Curtain up on the Emerald Isle is only a day away. “The story is so amazing. I love to keep reviving it,” […]

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Children in care face postcode lottery

Children in care face a postcode lottery in finding adoptive parents in South West London, according to a Department of Education scorecard report out today. Both Merton and Kensington & Chelsea came joint third worst in the country with only 5% of children leaving care finding adoptive parents. Only Solihull in the West Midlands and […]

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Mayor Johnson faces hostile Assembly

BORIS Johnson vowed to fight for a good deal for Londoners after securing his re-election as the capital’s mayor – but he’s also in for a fight with his colleagues in the London Assembly. Every year the mayor’s biggest battle is to gain approval for his budget, with the constitution of the assembly allowing two-thirds […]

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Boris Johnson re-elected London mayor

BORIS Johnson defied the national trend to secure re-election as London mayor – but the Conservatives suffered losses in the race for Assembly seats. Johnson will now lead the city into this summer’s London 2012 Olympics and has vowed to serve a full four-year term despite speculation linking him to a future run as Conservative […]

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