Today in London: Friday 15 February 2013

Music Theatre Visual Art

Helen Mirren

So, Valentines Day was yesterday, and now we all have a weekend’s worth of post-lovey dovey London pleasures to look forward to.

Not that today’s a featureless, cultureless stop-gap. Why, quite the contrary…

TODAY’S ART CHOICES

Tony Oursler – The Influence Machine, Tate Modern, 15-17/18-19 Feb
At last, something fans of abstract art and ‘Most Haunted’ can adore as one; an XL-scale multimedia ‘seance’ by American artist Tony Oursler in association with ‘A Room For London’ aces Artangel. Basically, it’s an eerie light show replete with “ethereal” figures, and is projected beneath the Tate-adjacent night sky onto trees, walls and clouds of smoke. Its scary, arty, and free. Details here.

TODAY’S MUSIC CHOICES

Deadly Monthly presents… Valentina & Superfood, Birthdays, 15 Feb
Having guest-featured on Hot Chip man Joe Godard’s ‘Gabriel’, and done backing vox for Kindness, solo Greco Roman label-ite Valentina moves to grace this free-pre-11pm night in Dalston. Birmingham band Superfood, one of the year’s ‘hot tips’, also play live. Details and tickets here.

TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES

The Audience, Gielgud Theatre, 15 Feb – 15 Jun (pictured)
Hey, it’s Helen Mirren playing HM Lizzy II again, in a right royal re-throning scripted by her ‘The Queen’ collaborator Peter Morgan, and directed by Olympics golden boy Stephen Daldry, no less. As it is, ‘The Audience’ imagines a set of conversations The Queen might well have had with her various PMs over the years; not least Margaret Thatcher (who’s played by Haydn Gwynne), Winston Churchill (Robert Hardy), John Major (Paul Ritter) and the unfortunate Gordon Brown (Nathaniel Parker). Details and tickets here.

Trelawny Of The Wells, Donmar Warehouse, 15 Feb – 13 Mar
‘Atonement’ ace and stage-directing debutante Joe Wright revitalises Arthur Wing Pinero’s 1898 ‘love letter to the theatre’, a Victorian-age tale of actress Rose Trelawny’s socially-inappropriate affair with the aristocratic Arthur. Details and tickets here.

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Posted: Friday February 8 2013