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Jessica Butcher will star in the play

Kray twins’ girl kidnap victim has story told in East End play

A gripping and poignant tale of 1960s East End crime is coming to stage this summer.

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Last Days of Chinatown staged nightly, appropriately, at the old Limehouse Town Hall

Limehouse turns clock back half-a-century to London’s original Chinatown

The Chinese are turning the clock back half-a-century in London’s East End looking for the original Chinatown down by the docks.

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Stewart McCheyne as Davie Balfour

Energetic retelling of children’s classic at Hackney Empire

Immerse yourself in Sell A Door Theatre Company’s latest adaptation of a classic children’s story.

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Feelgood Academy

West End vibe and a twist of Gothic opera at Stratford Circus

A show that promises depth and originality is making its debut at Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, Stratford, on March 25.

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Derek Elroy

Hard-hitting tale of police corruption in Caribbean comes to Stratford theatre

Present-day Jamaica is under the microscope in a hard-hitting new drama at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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Kew by Octavia Austin

Mythical beasts coming to tea in Brick Lane

An upcoming exhibition at the Full Stop bar in Brick Lane depicts British folk stories through the eyes of four artists.

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Juliette Power 3

East End actress cites “cockney matriarchs” as influences

Actress Juliette Power is keen to emphasise the importance of strong female characters in contemporary drama.

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Getting ready for 'Colour' at the Half Moon with a rare dulcimer instrument

Isle of Dogs pupils help actors get kids’ show right at Half Moon Theatre

A stimulating show for children aged seven to 11 giving an insight into “growing up in 2014” has been created with the help of schoolkids in London’s East End.

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Canary Wharf ice rink

Half-term skating at Canary Wharf ice rink

Children kicking their heels and parents perplexed as to how to keep them occupied this half-term should get their skates on.

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Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera is perfect for Valentine's Day

Classic opera brings comedy to east London for Valentine’s Day

One of the best loved operas of all time is getting a dramatic makeover this Valentine’s Day.

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Painter Ross Ashmore with his Underground Art collection

Painter captures east London scenes around 267 stations

A series of paintings featuring all 267 stations on the London Underground will forever capture the scenes of the city.

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Little Paper Slipper

Newham artist’s collaboration with women’s refuges explores trauma

A new body of work by Newham artist Marie-Louise Jones explores traumatic experiences and their lingering psychological effects.

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La JohnJoseph in the title role

All-male adaption of classic play in East End explores ideas of gender

A bold new adaptation of a classic play is poised to hit Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on Monday.

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Basil Beattie, Above and Below: Step Paintings 1990-2013, Installation view, Hales Gallery, 2014. Image courtesy of the Artist and Hales Gallery, London

Beattie’s steps over 20 years in Bethnal Green gallery

Hales Gallery presents “Above and Below: Step Paintings 1990-2013”, a solo show of works by British painter Basil Beattie.

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Buddhist Monks by Uvindu Kurukulsmiya will be among the works up for auction

Torture-based art up for auction in Wapping

There are those who feel produding art is torture. Now, those who have suffered torture will be auctioning their work alongside art produced by the likes of Hockney.

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Tubby Isaac's jellied eel stall in Whitechapel

Pictures of old East End under auction for Bethnal Green’s war memorial

Comedian John Ryan conducts an auction of historic photographs tomorrow (Thurs) showing how life used to be in London’s East End to help raise cash to finish a memorial to Britain’s worst wartime civilian disaster.

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Even her wheelchair can’t stop Laura Dajao presenting dance evening at Sadler’s Wells

Last summer’s Paralympics gave disabled athletes in all fields from east London the chance to shine centre stage.

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Mary Jane Bar in the Minories.

New club night Guilty Pleasures at Aldgate bar

A new club night will be opening up on the outskirts of the City on Thurs Sep 12 which promises to be as indulgent as it is entertaining.

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Bruce Weber taking a picture of David Bailey with two women he met in Harlem.

David Bailey teaming up with Bruce Weber for smartphone exhibition in Shoreditch

Legendary East End snapper David Bailey is coming home for an exhibition featuring images he took using a smartphone.

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Sohini Alam, vocalist for Khiyo

British-Bengali band Khiyo bring their eclectic sound to the East End

An exciting young British-Bengali band who combine traditional Bangladeshi songs with modern arrangements will bring their extraordinary sound to the East End ahead of the launch of their debut album.

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Jessica Butcher will star in the play

Kray twins’ girl kidnap victim has story told in East End play

A gripping and poignant tale of 1960s East End crime is coming to stage this summer.

Read full story »

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Dan Jones with some of his paintings

New exhibition by artist Dan Jones explores life in the East End

A retrospective of paintings by a local artist whose work has played a role in the borough’s history is being featured in a special exhibition.

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