Saturday April 12th, 2014 14:22

Easter Bank Holiday 2014 in London

Anna Karenina

ThisWeek’s tipped events THIS EASTER WEEKEND IN LDN are…

COMEDY: Adam Buxton – Kernel Panic, Duchess Theatre, 21-25 Apr
Switching his ‘Kernel Panic’ solo show off and on again following its mega-well received premiere last year, MacBook Captain Adam Buxton is back again to mine the digital depths of the internet, and present his findings in a comical www.ay. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Susan Calman – The 68 Comeback Special, Udderbelly, 19 Apr
Only a small pool of stand-ups are capable of packing out the Udderbelly tent without giving out any info on what the routine will actually be about, and the unfailingly smart and funny Susan Calman is one. Things you should know about ‘The 68 Comeback Special’ are that a) Susan is in it, b)  She may talk about cats and jogging, but not at the same time, and c) It’ll be as much fun as you want it to be. And that’ll have to do. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Torriano Preview Mini-Festival feat Lou Sanders + Garrett Millerick + Bec Hill + Sarah Bennetto, The Torriano (Kentish Town), 20 Apr
This entirely free-entry event is a feast of pre-Edinburgh Fringe previews by the likes of side-splitting little gem Bec Hill, the brilliantly unhinged Lou Sanders (and ‘Another Great Show’), brash soapbox comic Garrett Millerick (and his show, ‘The Unbearable Shitness Of Being’), and “exhilerating” entertainer (and “dick”, says Tony Law), John-Luke Roberts. Details here.

DANCE: Eifman Ballet’s Anna Karenina, English National Opera, 19 Apr
Boris Eifman’s Russian ballet corps is back with its bold and brawny take, circa 2005, on Tolstoy’s literary love lockdown, dancing to a grand, gripping Tchaikovsky score. Details and tickets here.

DANCE/THEATRE/KIDS’ SHOWS: Family Weekend, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 18-19 Apr
As well as the weekend’s main events – balletLORENT’s Carol Anne Duffy-scripted spin on ‘Rapunzel’, and gobbledegook’s interractive fantasy setpiece ‘Deep Into The Woods’ - Sadler’s Wells Theatre’s yearly Family Weekend presents a series of kid-friendly treats, games and activities over the Easter break. Details and tickets here.

FILM: James Dean Season, BFI Southbank, 18-30 Apr
The BFI shows state-of-the-art digital restorations of the only movies Hollywood’s coolest nonconformist made in his life, ‘Giant’, ‘East Of Eden’ and ‘Rebel Without A Cause’. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: CONVERGENCE, various locations, 18-27 Apr
A series of East London-wide live shows, talks and events linked by a single theme: the ‘Convergence’ (get it?) between technology and art, Convergence will lend its banner to special nights featuring acts like Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Jacques Greene and Booka Shade; and this year’s Denovali Swingfest, whose line-up includes Anna Von Hausswolff, The Haxan Cloak, Ulrich Schnauss and Hidden Orchestra. And a screening of sci-fi film ‘Silent Running’ with a live-score by 65daysofstatic. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Record Store Day In-Stores, Rough Trade East/Rough Trade West, 19 Apr
Rough Trade’s two London-based retailers, and the one in NYC, will play host to some nice noisy parties on this year’s Record Store Day, all three featuring live bands and DJs. Rough Trade East will soundtrack many a vinyl-shopping-trip with in-store shows from the likes of indie superduo Bernard Butler & Ben Watt, plus Toy, East India Youth, Younghusband, J Spaceman, and The Amazing Snakeheads. And Trevor Jackson and Django Django shall spin discs. Rough Trade West’s in-house line-up has Adam Ant, Slow Club, Eyedress and Edwin Collins all playing live. Details here.

OPERA: La Traviata, Royal Opera House, 19 Apr – 20 May
Richard Eyre’s vivid adaptation of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ (aka ‘The Fallen Woman), a tragic portrait of a love-blind Parisian courtesan, has American soprano Ailyn Pérez and the Bavarian State Opera’s Diana Damrau sharing the part of Violetta. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday April 10th, 2014 07:51

Wednesday 16 April 2014 in London

TImber Timbre

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature noirish Canadian band Timber Timbre, tall-haired talking head Russell Kane, and the brilliant Mr Adam Hills…

COMEDY: Laughing Boy Club feat Adam Hills + Jonny Pelham + Joel Dommett, Hackney Picturehouse, 16 Apr
Affable Aussie stand-up Adam Hills is the star attraction at tonight’s Laughing Boy showcase, which also plays chortling host to “awkward” charming man Jonny Pelham and one-time ‘Skins’ star toothy, yoof-y comic Joel Dommett. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Russell Kane – Smallness, Southbank Centre, 16-17 Apr
Despite his being a big name in the biz, the main gist of be-quiffed TV pin-up Russell Kane’s intrinsically British solo show is life’s littler things, and keeping them in check. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Timber Timbre, Scala, 16 Apr (pictured)
Brooding folk chorus Timber Timbre present their cinematic new LP ‘Hot Dreams’ in typically dark, prickly style, at this penultimate date of the group’s current European tour. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 8th, 2014 06:43

Monday 14 April 2014 in London

Tim Hecker

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature Canadian electro technician Tim Hecker, the bold-as-brass Horne Section, and a song-and-dance history of the world’s most British band, The Kinks…

COMEDY: The Horne Section, The Invisible Dot, 14 Apr
ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winners Alex Horne and his eponymous Section, a prime-time Radio 4 act these days, of course, are back in session, this time shoe-Horned into a small corner of the Invisible Dot for your aural gratification. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tim Hecker + Cuts, Oval Space, 14 Apr (pictured)
Canadian composer Tim Hecker – who’s a fine artist, counting sound as his medium – tonight brings to light his dissonant new LP, the far-and-widely-praised ‘Virgins’, a suite Tim designed to sound “out of time, out of tune and out of phase”. Winging in his support for the night is a ‘sonic assault’ from Cuts, aka Japan-born Masami Akita, Hungarium drummer Balazs Pandi, and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead Theatre, 14 Apr – 24 May (pictured)
As jukebox productions go, this theatrical song-and-dance based on The Kinks’ many greatest hits actually sounds quite cool. ‘Hip’, you might say. Set, mid-swing, between the starched ‘Village Green Preservation’style -1950s and the hazy, crazy, ‘Lola’-era 1960s, it’s a picture of English life inspired by all of the ‘Days’ and nights of Kinks singer Ray Davies. Details and tickets here.

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Monday April 7th, 2014 14:32

Sunday 13 April 2014 in London

Alex Mendham & His Orchestra

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature a reel of comical film classics, the Savoy’s go-to swingtime jazzists Alex Mendham & His Orchestra, and a band – nay rabble – of stand-ups…

COMEDY: Second Sunday New Material Club Band feat Sara Pascoe + Jessica Fostekew + Caroline Mabey + Joel Dommett, The Grove Bar, 13 Apr
One of those ‘as it says on the tin’ nights, as the divine triad of Sara Pascoe, Jessica Fostekew and Caroline Mabey audition a batch of honorary players for their New Material Club Band. Today’s aspirants, since you ask, are toothy TV smartass Joel Dommett, likeable land-girl Hatty Ashdown, boozy (in his words) comic Tommy Rowson and busy stand-up Amir Khoshsokhan. Details and tickets here.

FILM/COMEDY: Welcome To Chronicwood – Comedy Classics, Bussey Building, 13
The Bussey Building houses this pop-up picturehouse c/o its once-monthly Chronicwood film club. In keeping with this edition’s comedic theme, today’s nine-hour billing includes showings of ‘Dr Strangelove’, Mel Brooks’ ‘Young Frankenstein’ and, at 9pm, a watershed screening of ‘The Big Lebowski’. Popcorn, drinks, ‘monster sausage rolls’ and a 30 minute interlude of stand-up from up-and-coming locals are also on the bill. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alex Mendham & His Orchestra, St Pancras Station, 13 Apr (pictured)
The Savoy Hotel’s 11-man in-lobby orchestra, Alex Mendham and friends, slides by St Pancras to play a programme of hot jazz and roaring pop hits from back in the roaring 1920s. The show costs nothing to watch, Fortunum & Mason are doing some food on the side, and you can make like Gatsby and have a dance if you like. Details here.

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Sunday April 6th, 2014 11:11

Saturday 12 April 2014 in London

Omid Djalili

 TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature head-to-head comic heavyweights Alan Davies and Omid Djalili, and emo-tional rock corps Brand New and Saves The Day…

COMEDY: Alan Davies – Little Victories, Fairfield Halls, 12 Apr
Curly-wurly grump, tousled-but-smart TV scamp and just plain funny man Alan Davies has obviously got quite a taste for stand-up after his much-applauded return in 2012. And lo, tonight finds him indulging it in tribute to life’s tiny triumphs. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Omid Djalili – IranAlamaDingDong, Udderbelly, 12 Apr
Thinking man’s silliness advocate Omid Djalili tickles this year’s Udderbelly Fest with his curiously-titled solo show, ‘IranAlamaDingDong’. About which little no info is online (about). But so what? All you need to know is; it’s Omid Djalili; source of continual mirth, and star of ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mummy Returns’! Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Brand New + Saves The Day, Troxy, 12 Apr
Celebrating fourteen years at the height of America’s ‘heart-on-sleeve’ alt-rock scene, Brand New bandleader Jesse Lacey and his melancholy men present their greatest anti-hits, not least from what’s perhaps their most known and admired LP, 2003′s ‘Deja Entendu’. And P.S; pre-Brand New’s main event is a set by hyper New Jersey crew Saves The Day. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday April 5th, 2014 14:23

Friday 11 April 2014 in London

This Prismatic Room

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature National Theatre treasure Simon Russell Beale, early evening gags with Bec Hill and Jim Smallman, and varied psychedelic vibes via bands like The Proper Ornaments, Boogarins and TOY…

COMEDY: An Appointment With Martin, The Proud Archivist, 11 Apr
Acting as a… what I call a ‘teatime appetiser’ pre the first of Miranda Hart’s ginormous solo stand-up shows at The O2 (which is tonight) this 4.30pm appointment with ‘Pun Run’ medallist Bec Hill, funny urbanite Jim Smallman, small n bearded satirist Tiernan Douieb and Steve Hall (once of sitcom trio We Are Klang) encourages you, if your boss says it’s okay, to bunk off work and go have a late-afternoon laugh. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bad Vibes Weekender feat The Proper Ornaments/TOY/Lumerians/Gap Dream/Boogarins/Blue Angel Lounge, Shacklewell Arms, 11-13 Apr
Like psych? If so, why not go hide away in at the back of the Shack, in its ‘Prismatic’ batcave, and take in warm and waxy vibes via a trove-load of the live bands playing there this weekend. Like, for instance, today’s headliners, the dreamily decorative The Proper Ornaments, and also moody rock longhaireds TOY, Californian band Gap Dream, Brazilian pairing Boogarins, and mindbending Frisco crew Lumerians. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: King Lear, National Theatre, 11 Apr – 2 Jul
Still reaping serial great reviews at the National Theatre, Simon Russell Beale slips back into playing Shakespeare’s tyrannical yet fragile ageing king in this Sam Mendes-directed adaptation. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 4th, 2014 08:57

Thursday 10 April 2014 in London

The Winter's Tale

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature masterful Royal Ballet choreog Christopher Wheeldon, calcium-rich Udderbelly comedians Tony Law, Andrew Maxwell and Vikki Stone, and the writer of the much-lauded ‘This House’, playwright James Graham…

COMEDY: Udderbelly Opening Gala, Udderbelly Southbank, 10 Apr
The capsized purple ungulate moo-st commonly known as the Udderbelly, which is back, on its back, on the Southbank for a long, hot summer of artistic thrills, throws its annual first-night gala in the company of some of the acts who’ll be titivating its teats over the next twelve weeks. Like, for instance, cash-cow comics Andrew Maxwell, Tony Law, Brendon Burns, Phil Nichol, Mark Dolan and Vikki Stone, the cast of musical improv biz-kids The Showstoppers, and Victorian magicians Morgan And West. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: The Winter’s Tale, Royal Opera House, 10 Apr – 8 May (pictured)
The Royal Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon look to make light work of this unenviable (and unseasonal) dance-interpretation of Shakespeare’s frost-bitten romance, the company’s first adaptation of one of the Bard’s plays since Macmillan’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in 1965. Leading ballerinas Lauren Cuthbertson and Marianela Nuñez alternate the part of the beautiful Queen Hermione, whilst Edward Watson and Thiago Soares share Leontes, King of Sicily. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Privacy, Donmar Warehouse, 10 Apr – 31 May
James Graham’s new play, a pressing investigation into the ‘sharing of personal information’ in the digital age, taps real interviews with analysts, writers and politicians to ask the audience straight-out: how much do we really give away about ourselves online? Details and tickets here.

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Thursday April 3rd, 2014 09:57

Wednesday 9 April 2014 in London

The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature high-style king Jean Paul Gaultier, Palestinian playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi, and comic titillation c/o Mae Martin, Rachel Stubbings and Patrick Turpin…

COMEDY: An Arousing Night feat Richard Herring/Mae Martin/Patrick Turpin, Drink Shop & Do, 9 Apr
Tonight’s ‘Arousing’ co-hosts, po-faced agony aunt Rachel Stubbings and oddball comic Lou Sanders, MC the stimulating likes of no-frills wit Mae Martin, all-natural stand-up Patrick Turpin, and virtual unknown Richard Herring, whoever he is. Details and tickets here.

ART/FILM: The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier, Barbican, 9 Apr – 25 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican draws a long, tall high-ball of fashion artistry in this, an exploration of French haute-couturier (and originator of the ‘man-skirt) Gaultier’s weird, daring and decadent style-scape. At the heart of the exhibition, which is titled ‘From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk’, are over 160 garments and costumes, such as Madonna’s infamous conical bra, and an array of photo and film snapshots of JP’s collaborations with the likes of David LaChapelle, Miles Aldridge and Andy Warhol. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic, 9 Apr – 3 May
Positioned at the crossroads of love and war, Amir Nizar Zuabi’s Syria-based play is a two-way collaboration with its originator, actor Corinne Jaber, who stars as a woman looking for a lost loved one. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 09:57

Tuesday 8 April 2014 in London

Frank Sidebottom

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature a last-minute boost of April Fooldom c/o Jamie Demetriou, Cariad Lloyd and Massive Dad, Django Reinhardt as Orpheus, and ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ author Jon Ronson’s side-view of the late, very great, and very strange Frank Sidebottom…

COMEDY: Gits N Shiggles’ April Fools feat Jamie Demetriou/Cardinal Burns/Cariad Lloyd/Massive Dad, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 8 Apr
Slimy taxi driver and tonight’s MC Brian Gittins acts as middle-man at this slightly tardy array of April Fools Day comics, providing intros for the likes of the evening’s headlining act, young gun Jamie Demetriou, plus Channel 4′s many-faced Cardinal Burns, improv’s First Lady Cariad Lloyd, and volcanic skit-artists (in that they’re about the blow up) Massive Dad. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Jon Ronson’s Frank Story, Kings Place, 8 Apr (pictured)
Author Jon Ronson, in case you don’t know, was once the keyboardist in big-papier-mâché-head-sporting-oompah-pop-iconoclast Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band. In his solo show, part-movie diary, part-real story, Ronson looks back on his time with the strange and private Mr Sidebottom, and also talks through what it was like to co-script ‘Frank’, the Michael Fassbender-starring film based loosely by Sidebottom’s life, which premieres in May. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Orpheus, Battersea Arts Centre, 8-17 Apr
Back again at the BAC following its acclaimed first gambit last spring, Little Bulb Theatre’s jazzy slant on a mythical fave imagines the Orphic hymns taking place in 1930s Paris, with guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt playing Orpheus. Audiences are promised “cheeky theatrics”, outlandish moustachery and a smoky opera, swing and chanson score. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 1st, 2014 09:57

Monday 7 April 2014 in London

Hopelessly Devoted

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature drama’s woman-of-the-hour Kate Tempest, sketch addicts The Pin, John Finnemore and Staple/Face, and dark rock romantics Howling Bells…

COMEDY: Stop Trying To Make Sketch Happen feat The Pin/Catriona Knox/John Finnemore, Canal Cafe Theatre, 7 Apr
Bizarre skit-master John-Luke Roberts MCs this Easter edition of the negligibly ‘Mean Girls’-inspired ‘STTMSH’,  which features endearing fresh(ish) faces Staple/Face, wild sketch trio The Pin, character comedian Catriona Knox, and John Finnemore, creator of BBC Radio 4′s ‘Cabin Pressure’ amongst many other things. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Howling Bells, Oslo Hackney, 7 Apr
Sinuous-but-melodious London indie outfit Howling Bells show off the sound of ‘Heartstrings’, their new LP, in the midst of a UK tour. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hopelessly Devoted, Tricycle Theatre, 7-19 Apr (pictured)
Theatrical-revelation-of-the-year Kate Tempest’s seemingly never-ending creative reserve yields what is, apparently, an ‘incendiary new play’, in which a girl freshly released from prison, Chess, embarks on a singing career, only to find her dark past still plagues her. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 31st, 2014 09:45

Sunday 6 April 2014 in London

The Night IV

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature top-quality joke/wordsmith Keith Jarrett, hyped indie kids The Night IV, and leading Brit jazz singer Ola Onabule…

COMEDY/SPOKEN WORD: Utter! Tenth Birthday feat Keith Jarrett, James McKay/Lee Nelson/Kirsten Luckins/Richard Tyrone Jones
Celebrating ten years in the speakeasy game, comedy/poetry club night Utter! presents a series of Edinburgh Fringe previews by the likes of top-TW-rated slam champ Keith Jarrett, ‘Crap Time Lord’ and far-from-crap raconteur (oh, and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner) Richard Tyrone Jones, “intriguingly batshit” linguists James McKay and Lee ‘not the TV chav’ Nelson, and Kirsten Luckins, who affectionately ribs her own ‘gap yah’ in India. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Communion Live feat The Night VI/ School Is Cool/Happyness/Lovepark, Notting Hill Arts Club, 6 Apr (pictured)
Communion bastes and roasts a fat-free rib-rack of live acts as part of tonight’s Sunday showcase tonight, not least (in fact, most) the evening’s headliners, creamy-dreamy indie sextet The Night VI, who’ll probably play their new single ‘Sienna’. The price of a ticket will also buy the right to watch Belgian baroque-pop band School Is Cool, woozy collegiate rockers Happyness and likeable Brighton boys Lovepark. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ola Onabule/Villu Veski/The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, Southbank Centre, 6 Apr
Jazz man Ola Onabule jams with saxophonist Villu Veski and ladies of the The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, honing a combination of slick soul and traditional choral folk first showcased back in 2012. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 30th, 2014 15:20

Saturday 5 April 2014 in London

The Crackle

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature high-end West End playwright David Grieg, electro composer Matthew Herbert, and the strangest thing to happen to ‘Countdown’ since, erm, ever; Joe Wilkinson…

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel feat Joe Wilkinson/Aisling Bea/Alistair Green, Union Chapel, 5 Apr
MC Alex Horne conducts this edition of one of LDN’s more superior stand-up nights, whose line-up tonight gives time to beardy weirdy telly star Joe Wilkinson, chatty Irish comedian Aisling Bea, and much-admired poster boy for ‘odd’, Alistair Green. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: The Crackle, Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House), 5-12 Apr (pictured)
Sound artist Matthew Herbert fine-tunes and updates the ‘Faust’ story for the Royal Opera as part of the ROH’s ‘Faustian Pack’ season of shows, making the good Dr an aspirational music teacher/academic tempted by potent new technology. This radical interplay of ‘music, mobiles and Mephistopheles’ is live-scored with a mix of more traditional songs and glitchy digital sounds, with the option for the audience to join in via the phone app Chirp, which changes images into noises. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Events, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 5 Apr
Scottish writer David Grieg’s weighty play, which was first seen at the Young Vic last year, centres on gay priest Claire, who experiences an atrocity and thereafter strives to understand the breadth of terrible things she’s seen. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 29th, 2014 12:53

Friday 4 April 2014 in London

Andrew Lawrence

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature BBC Radio 4′s Andrew Lawrence, dance-pop production outfit Rudimental, and ‘Sherlock’ film villain Mark Strong…

COMEDY: Andrew Lawrence – There Is No Escape, Bloomsbury Theatre, 4-5 Apr (pictured)
A mainstay on his BBC Radio 4 series, ‘How Did We End Up Like This?’, pro misanthrope Andrew Lawrence brings his cutting brand of stand-up to the Bloomsbury for two nights only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: FabricLive feat Rudimental/Roy Davis Jr/Maribou State/Illum Sphere/Eclair FiFi, Fabric, 4 Apr
Dance label Black Butter takes the main-space hotseat at Fabric tonight, laying on a thick spread of the top acts on its books, primarily ‘Waiting All Night’ hitmakers Rudimental, plus US house boss Roy Davis Jr, production duo Maribou State and Bristolian DJ Woz. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A View From The Bridge, Young Vic, 4 Apr – 7 Jun
Arthur Miller’s take on the dark and passionate flipside of the American dream is the tale of Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone, who takes in a group of his Sicilian immigrant cousins, in so doing laying bare a deep, unspeakable secret. TV/film actor and ‘Sherlock’ villain Mark Strong and ‘Spooks’ star Nicola Walker take main parts in this production, which is headed up by director Ivo van Hove. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 27th, 2014 12:48

Wednesday 2 April 2014 in London

Powder Her Face

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature the English National Ballet, future stand-up stars The Awkward Silence,  Birthday Girls and Ellis & Rose, and first-time opera director Joe-Hill Gibbins…

COMEDY: Next Best Thing present The Awkward Silence/John Henry Falle/Birthday Girls/Ellis & Rose, The Slaughtered Lamb, 2 Apr
Tonight’s hosts, ‘Barskit’ cases The Awkward Silence, take to the Slaughtered Lamb with one doozy of a guest-list, presenting the likes of sketchy Betamales character John Henry Falle, quirk-happy trio Birthday Girls, and blossoming stand-up duo Ellis & Rose. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: English National Ballet – Lest We Forget, Barbican, 2-12 Apr
A somewhat radical trinity of the most acclaimed dance-masters of the day, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, create works for the ENB company inspired by the centenary of the Great War. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Powder Her Face, Ambika P3, 2-19 Apr
Theatre’s enfant terrible Joe-Hill Gibbins flits from directing his modish NT adaptation of ‘Edward II’ to this, his first opera, which finds him moving the English National Opera company to this comparably mini space in Marleybone. Thomas Ades’ breakthrough composition traces the glam rise and sleazy fall of Margaret Duchess of Argyll, aka the ‘Dirty Duchess’, a notorious divorcee of the 1960s, renowned for her voracious appetite for suitors. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 26th, 2014 05:12

Tuesday 1 April 2014 in London

A Small Family Business

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature April Fools Lucy Beaumont and Phill Jupitus (him, twice), magic man Ali Cook, solo dramatist Ira Brand, and a good old Alan Aykbourn stage-play…

COMEDY: Fools’ Week, Drayton Theatre, 1-5 Apr
Why limit April Fool-ishness to a single day, when you can make the springtime silliness last for five? Exactly. Anyway, getting this irreverently funny mini-fest started this evening are big-man-on-’Buzzcocks’ Phill Jupitus and BBC Comedy Award-winning Hull girl Lucy Beaumont, with John Hastings, Angela Barnes, Milo McCabe, Carly Smallman and Alex Edelman all set to appear hereafter. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Small Family Business, National Theatre, 1 Apr – 31 May
Alan Ayckbourn’s rowdy comic exposure of entrepreneurial greed and corruption returns to the site of its 1987 premiere. Jack McCracken, a man of principle, takes over his dad-in-law’s family firm, and finds in himself a well of self-interest which reaches a grim climax. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: First 2014 – A Festival Of Solo Performances, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1-19 Apr
Starting tonight with Ira Brand’s ‘A Cure For Ageing’ – a piercing celebration of life and its inevitable decline – and, by contrast, all-star magician Ali Cook’s ‘The Art Of Astonishment’, this intimate array of one-man shows also has space on its programme later this month for comedians Grainne Maguire, Rosie Wilby, Ivo Graham and Shappi Khorsandi; moving theatre solos from Lucy Hopkins and Yuni Shin; light and heavier-hearted cabaret; and Phill Jupitus posing as Porky The Poet in his first longform prose show. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 25th, 2014 05:12

Monday 31 March 2014 in London

Johnny Foreigner

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature big-deal comedians Adam Hills and Seann Walsh, showbiz stars (stars I tell you) Jesse Wallace and Paul Potts, and jittery Birmingham emigrees Johnny Foreigner…

COMEDY: MS Society gala feat Adam Hills/Seann Walsh/Katherine Ryan/Romesh Ranganathan, Leicester Square Theatre, 31 Mar
Fast-bowling ‘Last Leg’ guy Adam Hills stands-up in the name of the MS Society, adding clout to an already heavyweight line-up featuring mealy Canadian lady Katherine Ryan, jaded breakout star Romesh Ranganathan, ‘gauche’ new face Ivo Graham, and old(er) hands Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh and Nathan Caton. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Johnny Foreigner, The Borderline, 31 Mar (pictured)
Brummie indie-punks Johnny Foreigner plug their super-duper new LP, ‘You Can Do Better’, with a sure-to-be hot, crowded and loud show at the Borderline. Excellently-named Cardiff band Radstewart and no-frills rock quartet Midfield Workhorse support. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Busting To Sing, Palace Theatre, 30 Mar
Oh come on, it’s all good fun. Winning showbiz singstars like ex-Eastender Jessie Wallace, ‘X-Factor’ sweetheart Joe McElderry, and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ victor Paul Potts are simply ‘Busting’ to raise cash and awareness for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel, and will be breaking out the vocal acrobatics to attract donations tonight. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 24th, 2014 14:15

Sunday 30 March 2014 in London

Almost Near

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature Prince Wills’s new BFF Tinie Tempah, ‘cray cray’ Weirdos Comedy signees Robin & Patridge and Depresstival, and award-winning dramaturg Pamela Carter…

COMEDY: Weirdos Comedy presents… Blueprint feat Robin & Partridge/Depresstival, The Lion (Stoke Newington), 30 Mar
Adam Larter and his wildcard pack of Weirdos’ main schtick is ‘experimentation’, and tonight they’ll be plying new ideas in the fields of technology, stories, music and, primarily, moustaches with extra-weird trimmings dished up by ‘cray cray’ comedians Robin & Partridge, and maudlin anti-folk artiste Depresstival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tinie Tempah, O2 Arena, 30 Mar
Having risked a beheading by high-fiving Prince William at this year’s BAFTAs, boom-time MC Tinie Tempah rides the hip hop hit train into LDN’s O2 Arena, celebrating his best-selling 2013 LP ‘Demonstration’, and looking back on its 2010 cousin ‘Disc-Overy’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Almost Near, Finborough Theatre, 30 Mar – 15 Apr
Playwright Pamela Carter drafts this split-narrative about war, trauma, and what it is to be alive, which in in part follows four young British soldiers in the aftermath of a bomb-blast in Afghanistan, and partly the story of a couple worried over their son’s imaginary friend, and their own failing marriage. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 23rd, 2014 13:30

Saturday 29 March 2014 in London

Azealia Banks

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature hip-hop hoodrat Azealia Banks, comic-book heroes Cardinal Burns, and moody alt-pop coven Esben And The Witch…

COMEDY: Nuts & Bolts, Brady Arts Centre, 29 Mar
The mechanics of this brand new night in Whitechapel are quite simple: take a relatively small space, lever in screwball sketch headliners Cardinal Burns, Canadian card Mae Martin and proudly ‘unique’ comedy group The Grandees, then watch, learn, and probably, laugh. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Azealia Banks, O2 Academy Brixton, 29 Mar
NYC rap sasspot Azealia Banks is still to spit out her ridiculously-long-time-coming first LP ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’, but she’s still quite hot gossip, and is equipped with a mean cache of EPs, mixtapes, and her vogue-tabulous viral smash ’212′. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Esben And The Witch, Buffalo Bar, 29 Mar
At the moment looking for funding to go to Chicago and make a new LP with Steve Albini, dark-minded Brighton pop trio Esben And The Witch scrub up its prequel, 2013′s ‘Wash The Sins Not Only The Face’, and likely air new tracks, via this headlining set in Angel. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 21st, 2014 16:03

Thursday 27 March 2014 in London

Ratking

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature Parental Advisory rappers RATKING and Earl Sweatshirt, superior humourist (and nice bloke) Tom Wrigglesworth, and a polarised new play by award-winning writer Vivienne Franzmann…

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe, Leicester Square Theatre, 27-29 Mar
Summarised by the award-and-plaudits-winning Wrigglesworth in his recent ThisWeek interview as ”80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details here.

MUSIC: Earl Sweatshirt/RATKING, O2 Academy Islington, 27 Mar (pictured)
The prodigal son of notorious hip hop horde Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt cuts loose his dark and anarchic first solo LP ‘Doris’, following an opening set by NYC rap pack RATKING. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Pests, Royal Court Theatre, 27 Mar – 4 Apr
Ellie Kendrick (aka the BBC’s ‘Anne Frank’ circa 2009) and Sinéad Matthews play Rolly and Pink, sisters chained to their dark past, and to their co-dependent and oft-parasitic relationship in ‘Pests’, a play by high-flying Clean Break writer Vivienne Franzmann. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 19th, 2014 16:03

Tuesday 25 March 2014 in London

Tabac Rouge

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature big-shot comics Micky Flanagan and John Bishop, French theatrics by Compagnie du Hanneton, and also from novelist Emile Zola…

COMEDY: Teenage Cancer Trust Gala feat Jason Manford/Micky Flanagan/John Bishop, Hal Cruttenden, Royal Albert Hall, 25 Mar
This charity gala finds a string of comics filing in to do their bit for the very deserving Teenage Cancer Trust. A ticket gains a vantage point to watch big-shot comedians like Jason Manford, Patrick Kielty, Micky Flanagan and John Bishop showing how it’s done. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Compagnie du Hanneton/James Thiérrée – Tabac Rouge, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 25-29 Mar
The creation of artist James Thiérrée and a meditation on dreams, ‘Tabac Rouge’ fuses circus, dance and theatre with ominous set design, the centrepiece of which is a moveable structure made of mirrors and tubes. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Thérèse Raquin, Finborough Theatre, 25 Mar – 19 Apr
A fleshed-out version of a script first workshopped in 2012, French novelist Emile Zola’s nouveau classic ‘Thérèse Raquin’ – the tale of a married shop-girl who begins an illicit and passionate affair – gains dance routines and a sung soundtrack. Details and tickets here.

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