Today in London: Thursday 15 November 2012

Comedy Music Theatre Visual Art

Tim Key

Thursday’s the new Friday, apparently, so take a glance at a range of deceptively Friday-esque culture mini-events going on tonight (NB: it isn’t Friday, it’s Thursday).


Death: A Self Portrait, Wellcome Collection, 15 Nov – 24 Feb 2013
The city’s most curious curiosity shop bequeathes its major (and free) new expo to the “iconography of death”. American antiques trader Richard Harris curates a collection of afterlife-themed art and ephemera; most notably a chandelier made of 3000 plaster-cast bones, rare prints by Rembrandt and Goya, ancient Inca skulls and a Mexican Day Of The Dead-devoted installation.


Tim Key – Masterslut, Arts Theatre, 15 – 24 Nov (pictured)
Artist, poet and TW favourite Tim Key presents his immersive bathtime sequel to the award-attracting ‘Slutcracker’, a shapely set of vignettes, sonnets, short films and lite pornography worth wallowing in. Tickets and specifics via

Under Dogs present… Bite Me! Comedy Jam, Camden Head, 15 Nov
Under Dogs endorse a superlative night headlined by comedienne Lou Sanders’ cat-loving character Pattie Brewster, as also features modest Canadian Mae Martin, he-poet AF Harrold and Oxford kook Iszi Lawrence. Info here.


Don Giovani – An ENO Undress performance, London Coliseum, 15 Nov
The ENO dispels opera’s elitist image via its new Undress initiative, inviting guests to attend an English-speaking recital of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovani’ wearing whatever they so choose, be that trainers, jeans, or an XL t-shirt with baked bean juice on it. I should mention clothes are mandatory, this isn’t a nude event. Anyway. Click this link to advance-book £25 passes encompassing a pre-performance talk and post-show drinks with cast and creative.


The Promise, Trafalgar Studios, 15 Nov – 8 Dec
The Donmar, now about to end a three-year stop-over at Trafalgar Studios, entrusts playwright Penelope Skinner with a brand new English translation of Russian dramatist Aleksei Arbuzov’s WW2 saga, as stars Max Bennett, Gwilym Lee and Joanna Vanderham as three orphans surviving wartime Leningrad. Ticket links here.

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