London is a sports lover’s paradise and its unique infrastructure allows many international and domestic events to take place simultaneously. Three national stadiums, two test venues and half a dozen premiership football club grounds means there is no need to stay indoors watching the action on television. Without so much as breaking a sweat, the capital plays host to three soccer derbies, a rugby league international series, an indoor tennis championship and a couple of American football franchise games – all before Christmas.
Andrew Lloyd Webber – the father of the rock musical – has penned a revival of this 2003 hit movie and he has included extra songs for the kids and an expanded role for the head teacher who becomes Dewey’s love interest. The film relied on Jack Black’s energy and rock knowledge for its driving force, but Julian Fellowes has written in extra dialogue which puts a talented group of young musicians front and centre.
Visiting Arsenal on the 6th will give Tottenham the chance to obtain North London bragging rights by beating their closest rivals. Two weeks later, they’ll be hosting a resurgent West Ham who, after a sluggish start are in the process of matching last season’s form. Finally, it’s off to Stamford Bridge where, under new management, Chelsea are beginning to repair the chaos of the last 12 months. If Spurs go on to win the Premiership next year, they may look back on November’s matches as a crucial component of their success.
Deciding to go straight, Wolff joins a regular accountancy team on a regular assignment, but then uncovers a plot that is even more shady than those of his former mafia boss. Teaming up with Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick), he must use his unique out-of-the-box thinking to thwart disaster. The movie may be slightly predictable, but it comes good in its refusal to view disability as something that would hinder a lead character.
Here he is named as Jay “Royale” Jackson and, like his inspiration, segregation laws won’t allow him to contest at the highest level. He breaks through by goading and provoking the white establishment in the same way that Muhammad Ali was to do fifty years later. The play focuses on the human cost to Jackson as well as the political and social fallout of the son of black slaves rising to the top of world sport.