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Author: Laurence Green

Five Guys Named Moe

Theatre

Five Guys Named Moe has its limitations but once it gets going it delivers a life-affirming experience like no other! Writes Laurence Green.

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Follies

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Dominic Cooke's new rich and rewarding production, Follies. ...

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Late Company

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews playwright Jordan Tannahill's explosive 75-minute drama, Late Company....

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Evita

Theatre

Laurence Green rediscovers his love for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita enjoying an emotionally rich work which has grown in stature over the years.

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Queen Anne

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Helen Edmundson play, Queen Anne which reflects upon the themes of both power and betrayal. ...

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Road

Theatre

Laurence Green Reviews John Tiffany's energetic and excellently adaptation of Jim Cartwright's play, Road....

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Mosquitoes

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Lucy Kirkwood’s bold and ambitious tale of sibling rivalry, Mosquitoes.

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Bodies

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Vivienne Franzmann's compartmentalization and thought-provoking new play, Bodies....

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Wind in the Willows

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Rachel Kavanaugh's stage revival of the family favourite, Wind in the Willows....

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Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Lanie Robertson’s superb production about Billie Holliday, Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill.

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Anatomy of a suicide

Theatre

A play that highlights the impact of depression on a whole family, Laurence Green reviews Alice Birch's disturbing new drama, Anatomy of a...

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Annie

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Nikolai Foster's timely revival of the 1977 Tony Award-winning musical, Annie....

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On The Town

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Drew McOnie’s funny and joyful revival of Leonard Bernstein’s production, On The Town.

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Love in Idleness

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews a handsomely mounted but slow-moving new production of Terence Rattigan's Love in Idleness....

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Consent

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Nina Raines's powerful and funny new play, Consent ...

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Seventeen

Theatre

Confused hormonal teenagers are played by a cast of over 50s actors in Seventeen, but the result is a great disappointment writes Laurence Green.

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Don Juan

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Patrick Marber's new Soho production, Don Juan, starring David Tennant....

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Joe Hill-Gibbins's lackluster new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream....

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The Girls

What's on

Lawrence Green reviews Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s uproarious and poignant musical comedy, The Girls.

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Viceroy’s House

What's on

Laurence Green Reviews Gurinder Chadha's lavish and period drama, Viceroy's House ...

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The Glass Menagerie

What's on

Laurence Green reviews John Tiffany's wonderful adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 1944 masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie....

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Fantastic Mr Fox

What's on

“Jolly escapist fun for the whole family” Laurence Green reviews Sam Holcroft’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s, Fantastic Mr Fox.

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Wish List

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Katherine Soper's sensitive and honest play, Wish List, directed by Matthew Xia....

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Lion

Film

Laurence Green reviews Lion, the heartbreaking and emotional film adaptation of Saroo Brierley's memoir, A Long Way Home...

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Char Siu pork noodles

Recipes

Ring in the Chinese New Year with this authentic-tasting recipe, inspired by flavours from Cantonese cuisine.

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The Kite Runner

What's on

"Poignant, touching, sad and shocking in equal measures", Laurence Green reviews Giles Croft's outstanding production of The Kite Runner....

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Dreamgirls

What's on

"A gold-etched triumph, a show that's exciting, entertaining and moving" - Laurence Green reviews Casey Nicholaw's brilliant production,...

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Silence

Film

Silence is a movie consumed with doubt, ego and sacrifice, as a spiritual journey turns into a revealing statement about the threatening power of colonisation, writes Laurence Green.

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Buried Child

Theatre

Ed Harris excels in Buried Child a resonant picture of the American dream turned into a nightmare, writes Laurence Green ...

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Dead Funny

What's on

Laurence Green finds Terry Johnson's revival of Dead Funny to be as fresh and funny as it was when it debuted in the 90s....

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Magnus

Film

Benjamin Ree’s Magnus is a rich and rewarding labour of love charting the rise and rise of a chess prodigy. Writes Laurence Green

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Festive days out for the whole family

Around The UK

From magical winter wonderlands and candlelit evenings to visits from Father Christmas, VisitEngland rounds up 12 of the top places to get...

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Hearty leek & lamb cobbler

Recipes

Gather the family and enjoy a plate of hearty leek and lamb cobbler, designed to warm the soul and ward off the winter chill....

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Father Comes Home from the Wars

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Suzan-Lori Parks’s three-hour American civil war opus When Father Comes Home from the Wars

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They Drink it in the Congo

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Michael Longhurst's fascinating and multi-cultural play, They Drink it in the Congo....

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Groundhog Day

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Mathew Warcus' endlessly entertaining, stage adaptation of the hit movie, Groundhog Day...

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The Childhood of a Leader

What's on

Laurence Green reviews Brady Corbet’s ambitious study in tyranny, A Childhood of a Leader, which won the Best Director Prize at the 2015 Venice Film Festival

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Into the Woods

Theatre

Laurence Green goes Into the Woods to see Menier Chocolate Factory staging of the Stephen Sondheim musical favourite....

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The Hard Stop

Film

A thought provoking documentary focused around the death of Mark Duggan and the repercussions it had on the local Tottenham based...

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Review: Faith Healer

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews Lyndsey Turner’s beautifully measured revival of Brian Friel’s memory play, Faith Healer

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Aladdin

Theatre

The stage version of Disney's Aladdin is a glittering musical extravaganza that provides great entertainment for the whole family. By...

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Hobson’s Choice

Theatre

Martin Shaw stars in this richly detailed but overripe version of Harold Brighouse's Hobson's Choice. Laurence Green reviews....

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The Go-Between

What's on

Michael Crawford returns to the West End in The Go-Between, an elegant chamber musical that masterfully conveys all the anguish of lost love and lost innocence.

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Ma Ma

Film

Penelope Cruz is excellent in Ma Ma, a sad, memorable movie about living with a terminal illness....

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The Taming of the Shrew

Theatre

A stingingly provocative production, then, that marks a triumph in the Globe's Shakespearean repertoire, writes Laurence Green....

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The Invisible Hand

What's on

Laurence Green finds The Invisible Hand, a taut, tense play that explores the twisted relationship between money, morality and politics.

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Sunset at the Villa Thalia

What's on

Economic migration, gentrification and cultural appropriation are the topical themes explored by Alexi Kaye Campbell in his new play Sunset...

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The Threepenny Opera

What's on

Laurence Green falls for the timeless appeal of Brecht's bawdy The Threepenny Opera in this vivid and darkly comic new production....

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Running Wild

What's on

Laurence Green finds Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild a brilliant family story of love, loss, loyalty and living in the moment.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre

Laurence Green is disappointed by a modern retelling of Shakepseare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream....

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Our Kind of Traitor

Film

John Le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor is adapted for the big screen in this engrossing tale money laudering and political corruption....

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Guys and Dolls

Theatre

Laurence Green finds a revival to relish in a new production of Guys and Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre.

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Funny Girl

Theatre

Sheridan Smith triumphantly reinvents Fanny Brice in this storming new version of Funny Girl. Writes Laurence Green....

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Elegy

What's on

The choice between love and survival is the dilemma at the heart of Nick Payne's short play Elegy (Donmar Warehouse) directed by Josie...

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Showboat

Theatre

Showboat is brought vividly to life in this excellent new production. Do not miss it, writes Laurence Green.

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Cyprus Avenue

Theatre

Stephen Rae stars in Cyprus Avenue a provocative drama about a man struggling with his past during 'the troubles' in Ireland. Laurence...

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Bastille Day

Film

Idris Elba stars in this taut, Paris-set thriller as a CIA agent who teams up with a pickpocket to foil a bomb plot. Laurence Green reviews...

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Sunset Boulevard

Theatre

Laurence reviews Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum, with Glenn Close reprising her Tony Award-winning role as Norma Desmond.

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Eddie the Eagle

Film

Charming, fun-filled, feel-good movie charting the rise and rise of Olympic ski jump hopeful Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. Reviewed by...

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Motown the Musical

Theatre

Laurence Green finds an energetic, relentlessly feel good musical in Charles Rudolph-Wright's Motown the Musical....

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Welcome Home, Captain Fox!

Theatre

Acid observations about the snobbery and paranoia in late 1950s America abound in Blanche McIntyre’s spiky comedy, writes Laurence Green.

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Mrs Henderson Presents

Theatre

Laurence Green finds in Mrs Henderson Presents a stirring story of hedonism and heroism that captures London during the Blitz...

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Uncle Vanya

Theatre

A complex web of dysfunctional relationships is at the heart of this flawed modern adaptation of Uncle Vanya, writes Laurence Green....

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The Master Builder

Theatre

Ralph Fiennes’s brilliance dominates this enthralling adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master at The Old Vic, writes Laurence Green.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Theatre

Laurence Green enjoys a first rate performance of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring Sharon D Clarke as the titular Blues legend....

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The End of Longing

Theatre

Four lost souls' lives intertwine in Matthew Perry's The End of Longing but despite promise Laurence Green is left feeling disappointed. ...

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Red Velvet

Theatre

Lolita Chakrabarti’s multi-award winning play on the life of Ira Aldridge, the first black actor of note, transfers to the West End.

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The Mother

Theatre

Gina McKee offers a standout performance in The Mother by acclaimed French playwright Florian Zeller, writes Laurence Green....

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The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Theatre

Hershey Felder's moving theatrical drama of a child's experience in London after escaping Nazi oppression. Reviewed by Laurence Green...

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The Lorax

Theatre

The Old Vic’s first venture into the family show market then is a weird and wacky play with a message that will speak to audiences of all ages

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Goodnight Mister Tom

Theatre

Laurence Green reviews David Wood's play Goodnight Mister Tom at the Duke of York's Theatre....

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Top 10 theatre shows of 2015

Theatre

Laurence Green brings down the curtain on a stellar year for UK theatre shows....

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Around the World in 80 Days

Theatre

The majestic, mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg comes to the stage in this joyful adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic tale.

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Linda

Theatre

A woman, who at 55 seems to have it all, suddenly Linda her life falling apart around her in Penelope Skinner's flawed but timely new drama...

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Little Eyolf

Theatre

Ibsen's 1894 drama Little Eyolf still has the ability to shock in its study of a couple with a guilty secret, writes Laurance Green....

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Bridge of Spies

Film

Tom Hanks warms up the Cold War in this taut true-life tale of political intrigue, espionage and spy exchanges, writes Laurence Green.

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Waste

Theatre

Laurence Green finds an elegant slow-burning revived version of the 1907 tale of political sleaze Waste at the Lyttleton Theatre....

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Husbands and Sons

Theatre

Superb performances and an imaginative, atmospheric set help bring to life this trio of DH Lawrence tales, writes Laurence Green. ...

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Mr Foote’s Other Leg

Theatre

Laurence Green finds Mr Foote’s Other Leg starring Simon Russell Beale “an utterly irresistible paean to the love, eccentricity and evanescence of the theatre itself “

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The Hairy Ape

Theatre

Laurence Green finds The Hairy Ape to be an absorbing and bold production of an unjustly neglected work....

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London Film Festival 2015 in review

Film

Laurence Green pores over the top films at BFI London Film Festival...

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Farinelli and the King

Theatre

Mark Rylance is in brilliant form as Philippe of Spain wrestling depression and finding companionship with the famous castrato Farinelli. Writes Laurence Green.

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London Film Festival 2015

Film

Laurence Green selects his top films from the forthcoming BFI London Film Festival 2015...

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Jane Eyre

Theatre

An imaginative revoking of a Charlotte Brontë classic is provided by Sally Cookson in her absorbing and powerful productions of Jane...

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Hangmen

Theatre

Martin McDonagh’s much anticipated new play Hangmen, fails to deliver on the hype at the Royal Court Theatre writes Laurence Green.

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Kinky Boots

Theatre

Laurence reviews Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre....

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Song From Far Away

Theatre

The way in which we come to terms with grief is explored by Simon Stephens in his now one man play Song From Far Away (Young Vic), directed...

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Edinburgh Festival 2015

Theatre

Laurence Green picks the best bits of a hugely successful Edinburgh Festival 2015.

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The Second Mother

Film

Award-winning Sundance Film Festival selection, The Second Mother, explores class boundaries, family dysfunction and loneliness with...

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Splendour

Theatre

Intrigue and suspicion form the backdrop of this disappointing rework of Splendour at Donmar Warehouse. Reviewed by Laurence Green. ...

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Menopause and skin elasticity

Beauty, Fashion & Beauty

When we reach the menopause collagen levels can fall by as much as 30 per cent causing several visible changes, but what can be done to keep skin supple and fresh?

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Lamb kebabs with orange and watercress couscous

Recipes

August bank holiday weekend is a prime barbecue invitation, so make the most of it with this deliciously light late summer treat. ...

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Three Days in the Country

Theatre

A shortened version of Ivan Turgenev's classic comedy of manners brings beautifully judged performances and wry wit to the Lyttleton...

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Theatre

That barnstorming classic 1954 film musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is back in a rousing new stage adaptation directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park.

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Sinatra: The Man and His Music

Theatre

Ol' Blue Eyes is back - Frank Sinatra returns to West End's London Palladium after his British debut 65 years ago....

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What’s It All About – Bacharach Reimagined

Theatre

This homage to the music of the great Burt Bacharach is big on impact and timeless classics says Laurence Green at Menier Chocolate...

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Theatre

Exquisite set and costumes add style and elegance but David Suchet is the undoubted star of the reboot of the classic Oscar Wilde satirical comedy.

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The Dreamers

Theatre

Laurence Green finds First World War-set tale of courage and sacrifice, The Dreamers, to be lively but ultimately lacking in emotional...

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Hang

Society & Politics

Laurence Green savours an impassioned performance by Marianne Jean Baptiste in Hang, Debbie Tucker Green's drama on the corrosive effects...

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Bend It Like Beckham

Theatre

Stage version of Gurinder Chadha’s 2002 hit film Bend It Like Beckham kicks off at the Phoenix Theatre.

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