Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.52.05 25th August 2011

Theatre: book now for Michael Sheen in Hamlet

He’s played Tony Blair, Sir David Frost and now, he’s going to play Hamlet. Michael Sheen is taking on the role at the Young Vic, directed by Ian Rickson (whose play Jerusalem is returning to London the same month) and tickets are selling like hot cakes. The only availability left is around Christmas (between 23rd and 30th December) but we reckon this would be a great yuletide treat. Don’t bother with the website as we found no availability at all on it, instead call directly on the booking line. Good luck!

Hoppe 17th February 2011

Art: Portrait photographer Hoppé at the National Portrait Gallery

Before Mario Testino, before Richard Avedon, E.O Hoppé was the portrait photographer of his time (1878 – 1972). From his 33-room Kensington Studio he photographed Margot Fonteyn, Mussolini, Henry James, Albert Einstein, Vita Sackville-West and King George VI with Queen Elizabeth (who you will look at with different eyes after The King’s Speech) before going onto capture everyday Londoners on the streets. A brilliant new exhibition of his work opens today, and continues till the end of May, but you’ve only got until February 20th to see the equally wonderful adjacent show, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, which includes some must-see photographs of Nicky Haslam and Tony Blair as well as many more hauntingly beautiful portraits.