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Tower of London
The iconic Tower of London has been part of British history since the early 1080s when William the Conqueror started building a massive stone tower at the centre of his fortress. Through the centuries that followed successive monarchs added to this London landmark which has acted as fortress, palace and prison...
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Halloween 2011
Tired of eating sweets and watching the trick-or-treaters have all the fun on Halloween? Well, get your costume ideas flowing and start looking for some thrills and chills around town. Embrace London's scariness this October, and whether you're into killer costume parties or horror flicks, there's plenty of things going on to help you get your fear on...
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Top Attractions Sellers (15/09/11 - 28/09/11):
1. The London Eye, 2. Discount Combo - The Original Tour, The Tower of London and Pub Passport, 3. Discount Combo - The Original Tour and London Eye, 4. London Zoo, 5. Tower Of London,

Diary: William Shakespeare and naughty schoolgirls

One of the plays at next year's recently announced World Shakespeare Festival is Romeo and Juliet. No real surprise there; it's one of Shakespeare's most famous works. But, forced to read it again the other day in order to do help with my daughter's homework, what did surprise me was Juliet's age. I'd forgotten that she's only 13.

Just the way they did things back then? Apparently not. The average marriage age in Shakespeare's time was the mid-twenties, about the same as it is today. Also, Shakespeare's source material had Juliet pegged as 16.

Not nearly young enough, old Will must have thought and in terms of dramatic effect, he must have been right.

Maybe you are meant to be brutally shocked by Juliet's age as much as dazzled by her feisty charms and take away the lesson that teenagers need locking up for their own good. Look what chaos they caused in the riots, for instance. That's what I told my daughter, also 13, anyway. She's going to ask her mum to help next time. Result.

David Clee


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- Cinema

Taylor Lautner in ABDUCTION. Lionsgate Films  
Blockbuster of the Week: Abduction (12A)
Starring: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver
High school student Nathan thinks he has the perfect life with caring parents Kevin and Mara...
Read Review | Showing at these Cinemas | Watch Trailer
The Debt. Laurie Sparham. Universal Pictures  
Thriller of the Week: The Debt (15)
Starring: Helen Mirren, Jesper Christensen, Tom Wilkinson
In 1997, Sarah Singer prepares to release a contentious book about the exploits of her mother...
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Melancholia. Artificial Eye Film Co Ltd UK  
Critics' Choice of the Week: Melancholia (15)
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Justine and Michael are preparing to tie the knot at a romantic castle..
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See Also:
A-Z of London Cinemas, A-Z of London Films, A-Z of UK Cinemas, A-Z of UK Films, Top 10 Movies, New Films This Week, Forthcoming Releases, Interviews

Listings Menus:
Movies by Genres, 3 D Movies, Over 18s Screenings, Parents and Baby Screenings, Subtitled Movies

- Classical and Dance

La Traviata, Royal Opera House. Information and tickets.  
La Traviata - Royal Opera House
La Traviata - the touching story of the self-sacrificing courtesan of the title - has long been one of the most consistently loved of all operas across the world...
Info and Tickets | More Classical Tickets | Opera and Dance Tickets

Top Classical and Dance Sellers (15/09/11 - 28/09/11):
1. The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet, 2. Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker, 3. Jewels, 4. Sleeping Beauty, 5. Faust

- Comedy

Stephen Merchant at the HMV Apollo, London. Information and tickets.  
Stephen Merchant at the HMV Apollo
Stephen Merchant is known as the co-writer and co-director of The Office, as the co-writer, co-director and a co-star of Extras, and as the co-host of The Ricky Gervais Show...
Pre-order Stephen Merchant: Live - Hello Ladies | Info and Tickets | More Comedy Tickets

Top Comedy Sellers (15/09/11 - 28/09/11):
1. Alan Carr, 2. Sarah Millican, 3. Stewart Lee, 3. Michael McIntyre, 5. Russell Howard

- Music

Lisa Hannigan at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London. Information and tickets.  
Lisa Hannigan - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Lisa Hannigan has announced details of a UK tour for November, to coincide with the release of her much-anticipated second album, Passenger (October 10)...
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Top Music Sellers (15/09/11 - 28/09/11):
1. Noel Gallagher, 2. Arctic Monkeys, 3. Tinie Tempah, 4. Jools Holland, 5. Katy Perry

- Theatre

Broken Glass, Vaudeville Theatre. Information and tickets.  
Broken Glass - Vaudeville Theatre
Broken Glass, Arthur Miller's Olivier award-winning drama, tells the story of Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg, a New York couple living in Brooklyn in 1938...
Info and Tickets | More Musical Tickets | More Play Tickets

Top Theatre Sellers (15/09/11 - 28/09/11):
1. Shrek The Musical, 2. Phantom of the Opera, 3. Billy Elliot, 4. The Lion King, 5. Jersey Boys


Weekender Competition  
Weekender Competition
Get ready to dust off your rave hat, clean your whistle and take a trip back in time to an era that blew the socks off the nation as Weekender comes to DVD and Blu-ray on 19 September from Momentum Pictures, following hot on the heels of the cinema release.
Prize: Win one of three copies of Weekender on DVD.
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London Accommodation

Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, Grosvenor Square, London. 4 Star Hotel  
Millennium Hotel London Mayfair - Grosvenor Square (4*)
Overlooking Grosvenor Square in the heart of fashionable Mayfair, the Millennium Mayfair has all the discreet charm of an exclusive private residence. A welcoming peaceful haven with London's famous stores, pageantry and myriad of diversions all close by...
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Alhambra Hotel, Kings Cross, London (3 Star Bed and Breakfast).  
Alhambra Hotel - Kings Cross (3 Star B & B)
Built in 1851, the building is a historic treasure near King's Cross St Pancras Station. With close proximity to public transport and within walking distance of many attractions, this London budget hotel is perfect for families and business guests...
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Heatherbank Guesthouse, Finchley, London (3 Star Bed and Breakfast)  
Heatherbank Guesthouse - Finchley (3* B&B)
Heatherbank Guesthouse is conveniently located in Finchley, North London. As well as having a number of local bars, cafes and restaurants nearby, you can also enjoy a day of retail therapy at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. Getting into Central London could not be easier...
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Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Room)  
Passfield Hall - Bloomsbury (Budget Room)
Passfield Hall offers a range of accommodation in a central location. Set in ten Georgian houses arranged around a walled garden, Passfield Hall combines historic charm with modern amenities...
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Top Hotel Sellers (15/09/11 - 28/09/11):
1. Barkston Rooms - Earls Court (Quality Rooms) 2. So London Paddington - Paddington (3 Star Hotel) 3. Euro Hotel Clapham - Clapham (2 Star Hotel) 4. Tudor Court Hotel - Paddington (3 Star Hotel) 5. Belgrove Hotel - Kings Cross (2 Star B&B)

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