Comedy Theatre Words & Events

Today in London: Wednesday 20 March 2013

By | Published on Wednesday 13 March 2013

Chris Larner

Today, many Swiss and American natives will be setting fire to slush, it being Snowman Burning Day. Which is weird, but each to his own (really, they’re doing it to mark the transition from winter to spring). So let’s all frolic, lamb-like, in this blossoming pasture of London’s cultural attractions…

TODAY’S COMEDY CHOICES

Ian D Montfort Is: Unbelievable, Conway Hall, 20 Mar
Character-acting comic Tom Binns is ‘pseudoscientist’ and spiritual psychic Ian D Montford, a “stunningly camp” contacter of A-list ghosts whose mind-reading abilities will have an audience aghast. For the sake of variety (and added laughs), Binns also acts the part as ‘naff’ hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury. Details and tickets here.

Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night, Royal Albert Hall, 20 Mar
Russell Brand and his ‘Luxury’ collaborator Noel Fielding make comic cameos c/o the Teenage Cancer Trust as part of a series of shows the charity is backing at the Royal Albert Hall. And if even an appearance by the Goth Detectives fails to excite, perhaps several extra ‘very special guests’ will. Details and tickets here.

TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES

Quasimodo, King’s Head Theatre, 30 Mar – 13 Apr
‘Oliver!’ scribe Lionel Bart’s last musical, one he strived at for over thirty years, is granted its first large-scale staging c/o the King’s Head and its new Associate Director Robert Chevara. Less gaudy Disney adaptation than a dark, ‘Les Miserables’-style homage to Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’, it’s presented as “a poignant protest against prejudice and corruption”… with added “great tunes”! Details and tickets here.

An Instinct For Kindness, Pleasance Theatre, 20-24 Mar (pictured)
Chris Larner’s ThreeWeeks-acclaimed narrative of his late wife’s chronic illness, and decision to end her life at Swiss clinic Dignitas, is a tender, tragic and at times sparingly light-hearted story of life, death, love and morality. Details and tickets here.



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