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The Culture Whisper team took part in a blind Christmas sandwich taste test. 2018 offers all the classics and some welcome surprises – here's what we thought
The welcome return to Covent Garden of a moving Verdi grand opera staged in the grandest style, wonderfully sung
BalletBoyz’ Young Men has a final outing at Wilton’s Music Hall as the commemorations marking the centenary of World War I draw to a close
Cross-cultural fertilisation doesn’t come more compelling than Layla and Majnun, Mark Morris Dance Group’s collaboration with the Silkroad Ensemble to tell an ancient Eastern love story
From a seasonal classic to a neon arthouse romp, there's plenty to uncover and rediscover in the CW roundup: the best films on Netflix right now
Extended: Teen Drag Queen musical Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a young, fun and fresh celebration of being a little bit different
In cinemas for one week before it hits Netflix, the Coen Brothers head West in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, a fun journey of cartoons and chaos
From Paul Dano's modest family portrait to the horror remake we've been waiting for, these are the best movies to watch, November 2018
British social-realist filmmaker Mike Leigh returns to historical drama, but on a far grander scale. Starring Maxine Peake, Peterloo tackles the 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester
Based on the New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give offers a galvanising YA story starring Amandla Stenberg and KJ Apa
Bohemian Rhapsody retells the life and legacy of Freddie Mercury, the iconic frontman of Queen – but it's a bad film which gives a disappointing tribute act
With Been So Long, Netflix heads to Camden and lets Michaela Coel shine as a single mother who finds romance in a neon soaked musical
Barbican cinema discounts, 2 for 1 tickets and cheap day Tuesday: we round up where to buy and how to get cheap cinema tickets in London
Joaquin Phoenix, John C Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed star in The Sisters Brothers, the new Western from French director Jacques Audiard
After the success of Consent, Nina Raine returns to the National Theatre with a new play about the complexity of starting a family
Chris Pine and director David Mackenzie return together in a new medieval Netflix film, in which Scotland is (once again) trying to free itself from the English
David Gordon Green ignores every other Halloween sequel and continues from the original – bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, a woman with a taste for vengeance
Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes is back with Sunset, a mysterious tale of a woman in a Budapest hat shop during the lead up to World War I
Can't pick a panto this Christmas? Comedy trio Sleeping Trees mash up all the classics in this innovative family adventure at Theatre 503
Jazz, ragtime, blues and spirituals infuse this grand opera which features ever-popular melodies, including 'Summertime...'
In Bad Times at the El Royale, Drew Goddard crafts a pulpy world of sin and suspense, with a whole host of exciting names to boot
Prolific playwright David Hare delves into 20 years of Labour Party history, but this heavy-going play is bogged down with Big Ideas and combative dialogue
Clumsy, poorly written, and often boring – the new Spider-Man villain spinoff standalone has plenty to be embarrassed about
Bad one-liners, awkward sexism, and expired xenophobia – Rowan Atkinson's clumsy spy is back in Johnny English Strikes Again
Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga for the fourth iteration of this story – but everything about A Star Is Born still feels alive and essential
Polka dots, mental health and Japan's greatest artist: the life and career of Yayoi Kusama come to life in new documentary Kusama - Infinity
Director Lucy Bailey takes over London Country Hall for a site-specific production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution
With Gossip Girl and Pitch Perfect behind them, Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively team up in Bridesmaids director Paul Feig's juicy thriller
Based on Meg Wolitzer's novel, The Wife focuses on Joan Castelman (Glenn Close) as she travels with her husband who is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins adapts James Baldwin's novel If Beale Street Could Talk with colour and care, in a story of loyalty and lasting love
The superlative stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time returns to the West End - booking now open
Winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, Peter Farrelly's Green Book tells the incredible story of an unlikely friendship