Christmas cabaret round-up for Evening Standard

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A selection of 10 shows (plus glances at more) playing in London over the 2017 festive season.

Armando Iannucci on The Death of Stalin for Sight & Sound

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An interview about how Iannucci’s new film raises the satirical stakes and the challenges of engaging with a new politics that is less about winning an agreed game than defining reality.

New hopes for Black Cap as campaigners and owner reach agreement

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Black Cap Foundation and Kicking Horse to work together to find new leaseholder for iconic Camden LGBTQ+ venue, with Night Czar’s support.

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Scotsman reviews (pt 3)

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My final set of cabaret reviews for this year, including Tomás Ford, Carla Lippis, Ben Hart, Elsie Diamond, Sweatshop and Phil Dunning.

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Scotsman reviews (pt 2)

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Reviews of Reuben Kaye, Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman, Jon Pointing: Act Natural, Pollyanna, Cross Fit and Prom Kween.

The Not Television Edinburgh Awards 2017

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A collection of semi-reviews and stand-out moments misleadingly framed as awards cos that’s where the cultural capital’s at.

Edinburgh Fringe 2017: Scotsman reviews (pt 1) and other top tips

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Round-up of online reviews so far plus further recommendations

In praise of the weird: Panti’s Edinburgh Fringe Welcome Address

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Panti Bliss hails the Fringe’s original punk ethic and drag as rebellion, but has mixed feelings about critics and RuPaul’s Drag Race

#WeAreTheBlackCap protest outside the Black Cap on Camden High St, April 18 2015

More than half of London LGBTQ+ venues closed since 2006

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A new UCL Urban Lab report, highlighting harm to the community and paths to change, wins Mayor Sadiq Khan’s support.

9 fab pics from the British Library gay history exhibition

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Highlights from a new exhibition on UK gay history, including objects related to Kenneth Williams, the Gay Liberation Front, Tipping the Velvet and more.