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Autumn Newsletter

We have been promised an Indian summer this week and are hoping that accordingly sunshine will be flooding into the London prime property market.  There are transactions happening, though fewer than pre-Brexit, pre stamp-duty times.  These are uncertain times but London remains a highly desirable city to live in and that won’t change.

We recommend:

Theatre:

Anthony and Cleopatra:  Shakespeare’s lyrical tragicomedy romance between the titans of ancient Rome and Egypt returns to the Olivier.  These are big sandals to fill with Judi Dench and Anthony Hopkins taking the titles roles in 1987 and Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren in 1998.  Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo are more than equal to the task giving stellar performances.  Simon Godwin directs.  At the National Theatre’s Olivier until January 19th.

The Inheritance:  Following a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Young Vic, Matthew Lopez’s gripping new two part play, directed by Stephen Daldry, is now in previews at the Noel Coward theatre.  Until 19th January.

Cinema:

A Star is Born:  With heart and soul and a touch of Hollywood schmaltz, Bradley Cooper stars and directs this fourth-time remake of a Hollywood classic.  There are some cracking songs and Lady Gaga shows her acting chops in this tear-jerker of a film.

The Wife:  A more emotionally restrained film from Bjorn Runge based on Meg Wolitzer’s novel of the same name.  Glenn Close gives a layered performance (with Oscar buzz) as the wife of a narcissistic world-famous novelist.

Stay in for:

As autumn sets in there’s nothing like a box-set to binge-watch on a rainy weekend afternoon.  Two of our favourites come from the BBC.  Danny Boyle’s ‘Trust’ has Donald Sutherland playing J Paul Getty, the cantankerous billionaire, who is dubious about his grandson’s kidnapping.  Wonderfully shot with great performances.  Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Killing Eve’ is a spine-chilling thriller packed with black humour and terrific performance from all, particularly the two central leads playing a cat and mouse game of hunt and hunted.