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Three To See on 5 Jun: Shadow Kingdoms, San Domino, Cafe Society Swing

By | Published on Tuesday 29 May 2018

And Today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

Shadow Kingdoms | Theatre503 | 5-16 Jun (pictured)
The story of an unlikely partnership, set in the 2000s, forged by a mutual interest in graffiti-ing trains: “Two teenagers; one ‘born ‘n’ bred’ Newham; the other a civil war refugee. They don’t know each other… yet. But in the night-time cityscape playground of train yards and tube depots, they escape their troubled and isolated lives spray painting London colourful.” See this page here for more.

San Domino | Tristan Bates Theatre | 5-30 Jun
“One night in 1939, Carlo, Claudio and friends are arrested in Catania. Condemned without any trial, they arrive on San Domino: a prison island solely for gay men. For all the indignity and squalor of prison life, men previously forced to live in the shadows now have no need to hide who they are. But whatever kind of life they may be trying to build, in the background war is looming.” Based on the real life persecution of gay men enacted by Mussolini, check the venue website here for info.

Cafe Society Swing | Theatre Royal Stratford East | 5-16 Jun
An acclaimed show which tells the story of Cafe Society, which was the first racially integrated jazz club in New York, and a the launch pad for the careers of legendary stars of the genre such as Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan. Expect jazz, blues, gospel and bebop, and the story of the venue’s struggles from its creation in 1938 through to its demise during the late 1940s. More here.