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Timothy Barber
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LOVE STORY – THE MUSICAL
It’s extraordinary in this day and age to think that Love Story, the schmaltzy 1970 film that gave the world Ryan O’Neal in a duffel coat, and the phrase “love means never having to say you’re sorry,” swept the Golden Globes and caused grown adults to weep into their popcorn. More extraordinary still that Howard “he wrote the Blackadder music” Goodall has turned it into a musical that’s had critics falling over themselves to praise. Emma Williams and Michael Xavier are the preppy young lovers destined for tragedy, with a book by Stephen Clark.
Until 30 April, Duchess Theatre, Catherine St, WC2B 5LA. Tickets from £25 from
www.lovestoryonstage.com

SPITALFIELDS WINTER FESTIVAL
Music as varied as baroque ensembles, Italian madrigals, classical choir music, folk and jazz are among the offerings over a number of concerts and recitals in Spitalfields this week, including lunchtime concerts. Today Cambridge’s Caius College Choir & Consort showcases Monteverdi madrigals at Christ Church Spitalfields. Until Saturday, various venues. For more information, see www.spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk