Today in London: Monday 12 November 2012

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Five Minute Festival

It’s Monday, a day for contemplation of weekend days past and week days still to transpire. But don’t be blue, because we at TW London have a highly optimistic shortlist featuring bite-sized drama, a sweet sixteenth birthday, and Joe McElderry doing The Who.

TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES

Monday Club – Sixteenth Birthday Show, Tattershall Castle, 12 Nov
A sea-faring comic roster boards the good boat Tattershall to honour her super-salty sixteenth birthday bash. It’s an international soiree tonight, feauring rakish Canadian Tom Stade, sardonic Norwegian comic Daniel Simonsen, Gallic bon-viveur Marcel Lucont, and – proudly representing Britain – the ever-reliable Stephen Grant. Oh, and Jarred Christmas of New Zealand MCs. Click this phrase for advance bookings.

TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES

Tommy, Prince Of Wales Theatre, 12 Nov
‘X-Factor’ type Joe McElderry trills, thrills and fails to hear, see or say anything in the title role of The Who’s pinball-themed rock opera, which also stars West End pros Daniel Boys, Zoe Birkett and Hannah Jane Fox. And since this is a one-off charity concert in aid of  the Pure Theatre Development Fund, (I’d guess) they’re all declining to take fees. Tickets available here.

Five Minute Festival, LOST Theatre, 12-17 Nov (pictured)
LOST  sets forty novice theatre companies against the stopwatch; asking each to emote a new script to a five minute time-limit. Ten troupes will compete in four nightly heats, with the overall winner voted – for the first time ever – via online audience vote on 17 Nov. Info at this link.

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Posted: Friday November 2 2012