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National TheatreEach year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best productions. From intimate character studies in the Dorfman Theatre, to grand spectacles in the Olivier, the National Theatre is the spiritual centre of the British theatrical tradition. Free music in the foyer, experimental outdoor performances on the roof and terraces, backstage tours, bars, restaurants, cafes and remarkable (if controversial) architecture complete the picture of the greatest theatre in the world. The Temporary Theatre, formerly opened as The Shed during the Dorfman's closure for refurbishment, will remain in situ until 2017 and the recently opened Clore Learning Centre offers a new dedicated space for learning at the National, transforming the theatre's approach to education with events and courses for all ages. Exploring all forms of theatre-making, from playwriting to technical skills, the courses will be frequently led by the National's own artists and staff.

 

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DownstateDownstateFollowing its world premiere in Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company's staging of Bruce Norris's unsettling drama set in an Illinois home where four men convicted of sex crimes against minors are confronted by one of their victims. Directed by Pam McKinnon. The production discusses and contains graphic descriptions of child abuse, rape, drug use an2019-03-12T19:30:00+00002019-04-27T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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Top GirlsTop GirlsTop GirlsMore than three decades since it premiered at the Royal Court, Caryl Churchill's powerful feminist play, Top Girls, returns to London in 2019, and it's just as relevant today as it was back in 1982. Originally staged in the era of Thatcherism, the story follows Marlene - the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency - as she takes inspira2019-03-26T00:00:00+00002019-04-22T00:00:00+0100 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre,   South Bank      SE1 9PX
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PRICING  £15-£68
DATES  26th March to 22nd April 2019
VENUE  National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre 
More than three decades since it premiered at the Royal Court, Caryl Churchill's powerful feminist play, Top Girls, returns to London in 2019, and it's just as relevant today as it was back in 1982. Originally staged in the era of Thatcherism, the story follows Marlene - the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency - as she takes inspira... More about this event
 
 

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Waterloo Railway Station
 
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Waterloo East Railway Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
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Union Car Park
 
10 minutes walk
 
Library Street NCP
 
12 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Sea Containers London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
20 Upper Ground, SE1 | 6 minutes from National Theatre
London landmark Sea Containers House, situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge on the South Bank, was transformed into the Mondrian London in 2014 before ... More
 
 
 
ME London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
336-337 The Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from National Theatre
A luxurious 5-star hotel situated right in the heart of the city, ME London offers guests a lavish accommodation experience. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide the impeccable guestrooms ... More
 
 
 
Strand Palace Hotel London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £78  30% off
372 Strand, WC2R | 8 minutes from National Theatre
This West End Art Deco hotel right on the Strand and next to Covent Garden is in a fantastic location for accessing central London and theatreland. ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Theatres nearest National Theatre

Nearest to National Theatre
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National Theatre: Dorfman
London > Entertainment > Theatres
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
In place of the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed in 2013, the Dorfman Theatre offers a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sightlines and enlarged ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
Replacing the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed in 2013, the Dorfman Theatre offers a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sightlines and enlarged foyer spaces. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed)
London > Entertainment > Theatres
National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
Originally called 'The Shed' when it first opened in March 2013, the Temporary Theatre run by and to the front of the National Theatre, is unmissable ... More
 
 
 
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Entertainment near National Theatre

Near National Theatre
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
BFI IMAX Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
With a huge 26m x 20m screen, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the IMAX format (short for Image Maximum), ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Southbank Centre
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
London's hub of cultural arts, The Southbank Centre announced in March 2013 that it's set for a £100 million revamp that will see the 1960s design ... More
 
 
 
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Southbank Centre: Purcell Room
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
Housed in the same modernist block as the Royal Festival Hall and sandwiched between it and the Hayward Gallery, the Purcell Room has a 372-seat auditorium, ... More
 
 
 
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Near National Theatre
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Follies
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 14th February to 26th March 2019
National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival in 2018, returns to the National Theatre in 2019. Joanna Riding takes ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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Imagine Children's Festival
London > Events > Kids Events  Dates: 13th to 24th February 2019
National Theatre, Belvedere Road, SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
Keeping kids entertained over the February half-term, the Imagine Children's Festival delivers 12 days of family fun for 0-12 year olds. Head to the Southbank Centre ...More
 
 
 
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The Lion King
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th September - 1st June 2019
National Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 8 minutes from National Theatre
The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and his journey from wide-eyed cub to ...More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near National Theatre

The best museums, galleries, attractions near National Theatre
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Southbank Centre Beach
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Queens Walk, SE1 | 2 minutes from National Theatre
Every summer, from the end of May until the beginning of September, the Southbank Centre brings the beach to ... More
 
 
 
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The Hayward Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from National Theatre
The Hayward Gallery has been the originator or host of influential exhibitions since 1968. It mounts temporary exhibitions of contemporary and historical art. The gallery, named ... More
 
 
 
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Gabriel's Wharf
London > Attractions > Sights
Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
Situated just 2 minutes walk from Oxo Tower Wharf, this paved area becomes an oasis of outdoor eating as soon as the sun comes ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near National Theatre
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Foyles Royal Festival Hall
London > Shopping > Books
Riverside, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
The family-run Foyles book shop has been in the book selling business since 1906. Around 30,000 books are stocked at this branch on a broad range ... More
 
 
 
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Konditor & Cook
London > Shopping > Delicatessens
22 Cornwall Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 4 minutes from National Theatre
Konditor & Cook specialise in the creation of amazingly tasty cakes which are also sold on to some of the finest restaurants in the city. This, ... More
 
 
 
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Oxo Tower and Gabriel's Wharf
London > Shopping > Arts and Crafts
Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
As you stare across the river at this bustling, stylish, multi-faceted venue, it’s hard to believe that this riverside warehouse was once a reprocessing plant for ... More
 
 
 
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What are the best dining options near National Theatre London?
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Mezzanine
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
National Theatre, Upper Ground - South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
Modern European Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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Benugo Bar & Kitchen
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 2 minutes from National Theatre
Benugo is a high class chain of cafes selling handmade sandwiches, salads and desserts. What makes it stand out from the over-crowded coffee shop market is ... More
 
 
 
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Jimmy's Lodge On The River
London > Restaurants >
Thames Path, outside Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1 | 2 minutes from National Theatre
Dine in your own personal snow globe alongside the Thames this winter. The four glass igloos are part of Jimmy's Lodge On The River created by ... More
 
 
 
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Education near National Theatre

Near National Theatre
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Courtauld Institute of Art
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Somerset House, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 6 minutes from National Theatre
The Courtauld is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country, affiliated with the Oxbridge system and boasting a huge private location and prime ... More
 
 
 
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Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 10 minutes from National Theatre
The award-winning Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, designed by Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey and awarded the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2014, ... More
 
 
 
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The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 13 minutes from National Theatre
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Bernie Spain Gardens
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Upper Ground, South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
Located between Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf, Bernie Spain Gardens is a pleasant green space to stop off on a riverside walk along the South ... More
 
 
 
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Agua Bathhouse and Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Sea Containers London, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 | 6 minutes from National Theatre
Six private treatment rooms, including a couples' suite and a private thermal suite, make up agua Bathhouse and Spa within Mondrian London at Sea Containers. Bringing ... More
 
 
 
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London Marriott Hotel County Hall Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
Westminster Bridge Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from National Theatre
Fancy detoxing in the building where the Greater London Council used to run the city? The Spa at the London Marriott County ... More
 
 
 
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The best pubs near London National Theatre.
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The Thirsty Bear
London > Nightlife > Pubs
62 Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
If you're the kind of drinker who gets thirsty, very thirsty, and you don't have the time or patience to queue for at a very busy ... More
 
 
 
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King's Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
25 Roupell Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
A short walk from the South Bank Centre, The Old Vic and The National Theatre this traditional old watering hole is a good place to have ... More
 
 
 
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Doggett's Coat and Badge
London > Nightlife > Pubs
1 Blackfriars Bridge, South Bank, London SE1 | 7 minutes from National Theatre
Functional, multi-purpose pub whose saving grace is its excellent Southbank location and views of the river. Doggett's Coat and Badge could hardly be described as a ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
London > Nightlife > Bars
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
Designed by the Eden Project, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Oxo Tower Bar & Brasserie
London > Nightlife > Bars
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, South Bank, London SE1 | 5 minutes from National Theatre
Boasting one of the best views in town, the Oxo Tower Bar is perfect for combining a spot of leisurely (if static) sightseeing with some classy ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Proud Embankment
London > Nightlife >
8 Victoria Embankment, WC2R | 6 minutes from National Theatre
Baz Luhrmann meets Cirque du Soleil at Proud Embankment, an immersive cabaret-dining experience and the largest club of its kind in ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near National Theatre

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near National Theatre.
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The Deck at the National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
The Deck is a modern roof-top venue with stunning views over the Thames, available for hire at the National Theatre, part of the Southbank Centre which ... More
 
 
 
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National Theatre
London > Business > Venue Hire
South Bank, South Bank, London SE1 | Same location as National Theatre
The greatest theatre in the world? Probably. Each year the three superb venues in the National Theatre put on a significant proportion of the world's best ... More
 
 
 
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Skylon
London > Business > Venue Hire
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 | 3 minutes from National Theatre
The Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment has done away with 'The People's Palace', the marvellously 1950s restaurant that used to occupy this space, and replaced it with ... More
 
 
 
 

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Noisy Notes
Concerts | On 24th February 2019 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

An interactive concert for children with Orion Orchestra, with special guest conductor and presenter, Sue Perkins....More

Philharmonia Orchestra
Concerts | On 24th February 2019 

Southbank Centre 3 minutes walk from National Theatre

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibelius's The Oceanides, Esa-Pekka Salonen's Cello Concerto and Bartok's Concerto For Orchestra, with the cellist Truls Mork....More

A Modern Guide To Heroism & Sidekickery
Theatre | On 24th February 2019 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

Michelle Zahner combines storytelling, poetry, comedy, shadow puppetry and physical theatre and questions why there are no pockets in lycra ...More

Lazy Susan: Work In Progress
Comedy | On 24th February 2019 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

Offbeat sketches from the writers of critically-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series The East Coast Listening Post and Edinburgh Comedy Award ...More

Stuck In A Rat
Comedy | Until 24th February 2019 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

Helen Cripps and Anna O'Grady's observations and deadpan humour....More

One Duck Down
One Duck Down
Theatre | Until 10th March 2019 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

Winner of Best Family Show at Vault Festival 2018, One Duck Down returns to the subterranean tunnels to tell the ...More

 
Vault Festival
Vault Festival
Theatre | Until 17th March 2019 

The Vaults 7 minutes walk from National Theatre

The boundless Vault Festival is one of the most exciting happenings on London's fringe. Returning for its seventh year, the ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 1st June 2019 

The Lyceum Theatre 8 minutes walk from National Theatre

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Royal Opera: Katya Kabanova
Concerts | Until 26th February 2019 

Royal Opera House 12 minutes walk from National Theatre

Richard Jones's production of Janacek's intense opera, conducted by Edward Garnder, about an unhappily married woman enticed by another man. ...More

99 Comedy Club Leicester Square
Comedy | On 24th February 2019 

Ruby Blue 15 minutes walk from National Theatre

Sharp wit and insightful storytelling from apologetic Etonian, Ivo Graham. Plus Darren Harriott and Marlon Davis....More

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Magazine London
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A vast event space next to the Thames and overlooking Canary Wharf, Magazine London is ...More

 
Adam Handling Chelsea
Adam Handling Chelsea
Dining 

Adam Handling, the award-winning chef behind the Frog restaurants in Hoxton and Covent Garden, has ...More

 
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Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
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Inside the former Fountain Studios, Troubadour Wembley Park ...More

 
Troubadour White City Theatre
Troubadour White City Theatre
Entertainment 

A new multi-purpose state-of-the-art 1,200-seat theatre comes to ...More

 
Slug and Lettuce Minories
Slug and Lettuce Minories
Drinking 

Bold prints, touches of neon and flashes of gold give this Slug and Lettuce located ...More

 
Near & Far Camden
Near & Far Camden
Drinking 

The third Near & Far from the group behind The Magic Roundabout, and The Good ...More

 
Motley
Motley
Dining 

Located in the Qbic hotel in Whitechapel, Motley is an all-day bar and restaurant which ...More

 
Brixton Disco Festival
Brixton Disco Festival
Clubbing and Nightlife | On 27th April 

Electric Brixton

Horse Meat Disco and Some Voices Choir get the party started at Brixton's multi-venue disco ...More

 
Lazinc
Attractions 

Lazinc was first established in 2006 by contemporary art specialist Steve Lazarides....More

Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra
Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra
Concerts | On 30th March 

Southbank Centre

An orchestral celebration of Stewart Copeland's legendary career, ...More

 
David Gray
David Gray
Concerts | On 17th March 

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall

Folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, David Gray, whose 1998 album White Ladder was the fifth ...More

 
The Zutons
The Zutons
Concerts | On 30th March 

Roundhouse

After nine years apart, Liverpool indie-rock band The Zutons celebrates the 15th anniversary of its ...More

 
David Rodigan & the Outlook Orchestra
Concerts | On 12th March 

Royal Albert Hall

After the success of the Royal Festival Hall and Somerset House with the Outlook Orchestra last year, Reggae star and veteran DJ David Rodigan performs Jamaican classics with ...More

Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019
Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019
Dance | On 31st March 

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO)

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala, an annual fixture ...More

 
Saburo Teshigawara's The Idiot
Saburo Teshigawara's The Idiot
Dance | From 20th March 

The Print Room at the Coronet

A man, a woman and a rat move ...More

 
Queen's Yard Summer Party
Queen's Yard Summer Party
Foodie Events | From 4th May 

Various Venues East London

Expanding to a two-day event in 2019, the Queen's Yard Summer Party sees 20 venues ...More

 
The Phlebotomist
Theatre | From 19th March 

Hampstead Theatre

Following a sold out run Downstairs in 2018, director Sam Yates revives Ella Road's provocative drama about a dystopian future on the theatre's main stage. The "terrific" (The Guardian) Jade Anouka plays Bea, who falls ...More

Vapiano Centre Point
Vapiano Centre Point
Dining 

Located within the Centre Point development, Vapiano is a pasta place where you top up ...More

 
Alys, Always
Alys, Always
Theatre | From 25th February 

The Bridge Theatre

Joanne Froggatt, who played Anna in Downton Abbey, takes on the lead role of Frances ...More

 
London Events 2019
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Cate Blanchett comes to the National Theatre in 2019, the Spice Girls reunite and Christian Dior is the Designer of Dreams at the V&A. New musicals are dedicated to Dolly Parton, Pirates and Mary Poppins, ...More

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A pool in the sky, a former magistrates ...More

 
 
 
 
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