Thursday July 30th, 2015 00:01

5 Aug: Shappi Khorsandi, This Language, and Am I Not Pretty Enough

Shappi Khorsandi

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COMEDY: Am I Not Pretty Enough?!!!?!?!??? | The Phoenix Artist Club | 5-9 Aug
A comedian and an opera singer go head to head on glitter, gender stereotypes, speculums and lack of respect for polite society in this show on the Camden Fringe tonight. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shappi Khorsandi – Because I’m Shappi | The Phoenix | 5 Aug (pictured)
Over at the Phoenix Fringe, Shappi Khorsandi is tonight’s big draw, kicking off a run of London shows throughout August, presenting here her latest show, ‘Because I’m Shappi’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: This Language | The Cockpit | 5-8 Aug
For some theatre action, head back to the Camden Fringe and the Cockpit for ‘This Language’, which follows a group of students from different corners of the globe thrown together into the melting pot of multiculturalism and brought together by music. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday July 29th, 2015 00:01

4 Aug: Andrew O’Neill, Phaedra, and Penny Woolcock

Andrew O'Neill

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COMEDY: Andrew O’Neill – Mindspiders | The Phoenix | 4 Aug (pictured)
Tonight at the Phoenix Fringe, stand up comedian Andrew O’Neill uses his latest show to answer all the questions you were afraid to ask about heavy metal and its fans, with musical examples performed live. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Phaedra | The Cockpit | 4 Aug
One of tonight’s Camden Fringe performances is ‘Phaedra’, a solo dance piece based on ‘Hippolytus’ by Euripides, performed by Eirini Apostolatou and directed by Christiana Ioannou. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Penny Woolcock – Utopia | The Roundhouse | 4-23 Aug
Filmmaker, writer and artist Penny Woolcock takes over the main space at Camden’s Roundhouse with an installation created in partnership with Block9. ‘Utopia’ is a cityscape built form the stories of the lives of Londoners. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday July 28th, 2015 00:01

3 Aug: Milton Jones, Nathan Cassidy and Whale In A Bathtub

Nathan Cassidy

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: Whale In A Bathtub | London Welsh Centre | 3-22 Aug
It’s the first day of the Camden Fringe today, and here to kick things off is a piece of children’s theatre that uses puppets, movement and music to tell a story of three teenagers who find a whale washed up on a beach and decide to take it home and keep it as a pet in a bathtub. Amazingly enough, this is based on true events. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Milton Jones – Work In Progress | The Phoenix | 3 Aug
The Phoenix Fringe is still on too, you lucky Londoners. Among tonight’s shows, you can catch fabulous one liner merchant Milton Jones trying out new jokes. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nathan Cassidy – Back to the Future I, II and III | Camden Comedy Club | 3 Aug (pictured)
Back at the Camden Fringe, Nathan Cassidy presents three solo shows back to back, all loosely based on the ‘Back To The Future’ films. Take in one, two or all three. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 27th, 2015 00:01

2 Aug: Andrew Maxwell, Tiernan Douieb, and We Know Where You Live

Andrew Maxwell

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COMEDY: Andrew Maxwell – Yo Contraire | The Phoenix | 2 Aug (pictured)
Andrew Maxwell is heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe for the 21st time this August, but just before he goes he has time to show off his latest hour closer to home at the Phoenix Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tiernan Douieb – The World’s Full Of Idiots, Let’s Live In Space | The Phoenix | 2 Aug
Also previewing his latest Edinburgh show at the Phoenix Fringe tonight is Tiernan Douieb, who you may have heard interviewed on the ThisWeek London Podcast last year. If not (or indeed if so), go and have a listen now. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: We Know Where You Live | Finborough Theatre | 2-18 Aug
The world premiere of a new production commissioned by the Finborough looking at London’s housing crisis, ‘We Know Where You Live’ is written by Steven Hevey and directed by John Young. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday July 26th, 2015 00:01

1 Aug: Katherine Ryan, Iain Stirling, and Jonny And The Baptists

Katherine Ryan

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COMEDY: Iain Stirling and Adam Hess | Battersea Arts Centre | 1 Aug
A great double bill at the Battersea Arts Centre tonight. Iain Stirling presents his new show ‘Touchy Feely’, about post-referendum Scotland, and Adam Hess previews his long-awaited debut hour. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jonny And The Baptists – The End Is Nigh | The Phoenix | 1 Aug
Musical comedy at the Phoenix Fringe tonight, with the excellent Jonny And The Baptists. Last year Jonny mistakenly told his four year old niece that climate change would bring about the end of the world. To stop her crying, he promised to fix it. This show details his and partner Paddy’s efforts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Katherine Ryan and Harriet Kemsley | Cutty Sark Studio Theatre | 1 Aug (pictured)
I can only apologise for the dilemma I’ve just put you in, because somehow you’re going to have to choose between these three shows tonight. Finishing our line-up is another double bill, this one featuring Katherine Ryan and Harriet Kemsley who will preview their Edinburgh shows down in Greenwich. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday July 25th, 2015 00:01

31 Jul: Aisling Bea, Nish Kumar, and Stuart Bowden

Aisling Bea

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COMEDY: Aisling Bea – Plan Bea | The Phoenix | 31 Jul (pictured)
Aisling Bea previews her latest show at the Phoenix Fringe. It’s a show “which, in March, was loosely supposed to be about childhood dreams, death, confidence and success”. What’s it about now? Well, I think you know how to find out. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Nish Kumar – Long Word… Long Word… Blah Blah Blah… I’m So Clever | The Phoenix | 31 Jul
If you’re already at the Phoenix to see Aisling Bea, it would be foolish not to catch Nish Kumar as well. You don’t want to be considered foolish by a faceless writer of cultural tips, do you? No, of course not. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Stuart Bowden | Battersea Arts Centre | 31 Jul
Stuart Bowden’s latest show promises “live music, vigorous dance moves, understandable words and a fair bit of profound (probably life changing) body movement”. Can he deliver? I would wager that he can. Details and tickets here.

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Friday July 24th, 2015 00:01

30 Jul: Bec Hill, Alex Edelman, and Michael Che

Bec Hill

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COMEDY: Alex Edelman – Everything Handed To You | Battersea Arts Centre | 30 Jul
New York-based stand up Alex Edelman previews his new Edinburgh show ‘Everything Handed To You’, which is about responsibility and being overwhelmed. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Bec Hill – Caught On Tape | The Phoenix | 30 Jul (pictured)
This year’s Phoenix Fringe kicks off tonight with a number of shows, including this preview of Bec Hill’s new Edinburgh show, ‘Caught On Tape’. She has just one regret in life, and this show aims to change that (by stopping it from being a regret, not making more). Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Michael Che | Soho Theatre | 30 Jul – 1 Aug
Rapidly rising US comedian Michael Che takes time off from ‘Saturday Night Live’ to head over to the UK to play three nights at the Soho Theatre. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 23rd, 2015 00:01

29 Jul: Sean McLoughlin, Brat Kids Carnival, and Alfie White Space Explorer

Brat Kids Carnival

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: Alfie White Space Explorer | Artsdepot | 29 Jul
Alfie White’s dad is training to be the first man in space. Or at least that’s what he tells his friends at school. Actually, his dad has just disappeared, so Alfie and best friend Meg head out on a mission to find him. Details and tickets here.

CHILDREN’S SHOW: Brat Kids Carnival | London Wonderground | 29 Jul – 2 Aug
Circus troupe Briefs put on a show featuring hula hooping, acrobatics, clowning and other tricks and stunts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Sean McLoughlin and Harriet Kemsley | Battersea Arts Centre | 29 Jul
Two very funny stand ups grace the Battersea Arts Centre’s ongoing Edinburgh Previews doubles bills, Sean McLoughlin and Harriet Kemsley. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 00:01

28 Jul: Sylvie Guillem, Kerry Godliman, and Operation Crucible

Kerry Godliman

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COMEDY: Kerry Godliman and James Veitch | Battersea Arts Centre | 28 Jul (pictured)
Kerry Godliman headlines tonights Edinburgh preview double bill at the Battersea Arts Centre with her new show ‘Face Time’. And sticking with the Apple theme, James Veitch will preview his show ‘Genius Bar. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Sylvie Guillem – Life In Progress | English National Opera | 28 Jul – 2 Aug
After 35 years as a dancer in ballet and latterly contemporary work, Sylvie Guillem presents her final programme. She will dance two solo pieces, choreographed by Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Operation Crucible | Finborough Theatre | 28 Jul – 22 Aug
The world premiere of ‘Operation Crucible’, by new playwright Kieran Knowles, the story of four men trapped in the Marples Hotel in Sheffield in 1940, after it was hit by a bomb dropped by Germany’s Luftwaffe. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 20th, 2015 00:01

26 Jul: The Car Man, Pete Johansson, and Travel Photographer Of The Year

Car Man

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COMEDY: Pete Johansson and Tim Renkow | Backyard Comedy Club | 26 Jul
August is getting very close now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for more Edinburgh previews. Want proof? OK, well Pete Johansson and Tim Renkow are going to be previewing their Edinburgh shows at the Backyard Comedy Club tonight. That enough for you? Details and tickets here.

DANCE: The Car Man | Sadler’s Wells | 14 Jul – 9 Aug (pictured)
Loosely based on Bizet’s opera ‘Carmen’, Matthew Bourne’s dance thriller ‘The Car Man’ moves the action from a 19th century Spanish cigarette factory to a 1960s American garage-diner. Details and tickets here.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Travel Photographer Of The Year | Royal Geographical Society | 24 Jul – 5 Sep
This year’s Travel Photographer Of The Year exhibition runs at the Royal Geographical society until September, displaying this year’s winning images alongside last year’s top pictures. Details here.

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Sunday July 19th, 2015 00:01

25 Jul: David O’Doherty, Writers Bloc, and Archikids Festival

David O'Doherty

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CHILDREN: Archikids Festival | City Of London | 25-26 Jul
Open-City’s family-focussed Archikids Festival is a weekend programme of over 30 free architectural activities located in the City of London’s Square Mile, aimed to inspire the next generation of Londoners about the great places of their city. Details here.

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel With David O’Doherty | Union Chapel | 25 Jul (pictured)
This month’s ‘Live At The Chapel’ is headlined by the brilliant David O’Doherty, with a bill that also features Nick Helm, John Kearns, Diane Morgan and Alun Chochrane. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Writers Bloc | Old Red Lion | 25 Jul
A night of new writing presented by Writers Bloc, featuring work by Frank Osborne, Katy Davies, Susan Gray and Lee Hunter. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday July 18th, 2015 14:27

24 Jul: Liam Williams, Impossible, and The Three Little Pigs

Liam Williams

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: The Three Little Pigs | Artsdepot | 14-26 Jul
Simon Webbe, Alison Jiear, Leanne Jones, Taofique Folarin and Daniel Buckley star in this musical re-telling of the classic tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ by Stiles & Drewe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Liam Williams and The Pin | Battersea Arts Centre | 24 Jul (pictured)
Another double bill of Edinburgh previews from Battersea Arts Centre, tonight featuring Liam Williams, one third of comedy trio Sheeps, and comedy duo The Pin. Details and tickets here.

MAGIC: Impossible | Noel Coward Theatre | 24 Jul – 29 Aug
Describing itself as “the most dangerous show London has ever seen”, ‘Impossible brings together eight magicians who specialise in different forms, covering big stunts, technical tricks, grand illusions and close-up magic. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 16th, 2015 00:01

23 Jul: Tiff Stevenson, Bakkhai, and Love, Bombs And Apples

Tiff Stevenson

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COMEDY: Tiff Stevenson and The Humble Quest For Universal Genius | Battersea Arts Centre | 23 Jul (pictured)
Tiff Stevenson previews her new Edinburgh show, in which she examines what makes a person when products are anthropomorphised and the cult of personality reigns supreme. As well as that, The Humble Quest For Universal Genius puts two comedians head-to-head in an epic battle of ingenuity, wit and skill. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bakkhai | Almeida Theatre | 23 Jul – 19 Sep
Starring Ben Whishaw, three actors and a chorus, echoing the original performance model, James Macdonald returns to the Almeida to stage Euripides’ hedonistic tragedy in a visceral new version by Anne Carson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Love, Bombs And Apples | Arcola Theatre | 21-25 Jul
A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 16th, 2015 00:01

22 Jul: Phil Wang, Festival Of The Spoken Nerd, and Shit-faced Showtime

Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

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COMEDY: Festival Of The Spoken Nerd and Austentatious | Backyard Comedy Club | 22 Jul (pictured)
The Backyard Comedy Club has Edinburgh previews from science comedy trio Festival Of The Spoken Nerd and Austentatious, an improvised take on the work of Jane Austen. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Phil Wang and Rob Auton | Battersea Arts Centre | 22 Jul
Meanwhile, down in Battersea there’s another pre-Edinburgh double bill going on, with stand ups Phil Wang and Rob Auton previewing their new shows. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shit-faced Showtime | Old Red Lion | 22 Jul
Or, if you think you can only hack one Edinburgh preview in a single night, check out ‘Shit-faced Showtime’ at the Old Red Lion. Following on from their hit ‘Shit-faced Shakespeare’, the Magnificent Bastard Productions team attempt to perform an entirely serious musical revue while completely hammered. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday July 15th, 2015 00:01

21 Jul: Sara Pascoe, Girls & Dolls, and Suspiciously Cheap Comedy

Sara Pascoe

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COMEDY: Sara Pascoe – Work In Progress | The Invisible Dot | 21 Jul (pictured)
Following on from her brilliant 2014 show ‘Sara Pascoe Vs History’, Sara Pascoe is now working on a new material, which you’ll find her testing out tonight at The Invisible Dot. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Suspiciously Cheap Comedy | Backyard Comedy Club | 21 Jul
At this months Suspiciously Cheap Comedy you’ll find regulars Gein’s Family Giftshop and Goose, plus Michael J Dolan, in preparation mode for the Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Girls & Dolls | Old Red Lion | 21 Jul
Last seen at the Old Red Lion in 2009, a new production of ‘Girls & Dolls’ returns to the venue for one night only, previewing a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Best friends Emma and Clare are best friends in 1980, but a horrifying event tears them apart. As adults they ask themselves if anything could have changed what happened. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday July 14th, 2015 00:01

20 Jul: Arj Barker, Inua Ellams, and Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

Arj Barker

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CABARET: Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School | London Wonderground | 20 Jul
Part life drawing class, part cabaret show, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School started in Brooklyn and now runs in cities all over the world. Its models are burlesque performers and circus acts, who will also perform for you in between posing for you to draw. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Arj Barker – Get In My Mind | Soho Theatre | 20-28 Jul (pictured)
Skilful US standup Arj Barker returns to the UK for the first time in five years with a short run of shows exclusive to the Soho Theatre. The show with cover “everything from the social evolution of humanity, to the intriguing and elusive nature of non-sexually derived boners”. Details and tickets here.

POETRY: An Evening With An Immigrant | Soho Theatre | 20 Jul
Award winning poet Inua Ellams moved to England from Nigeria when he was twelve years old, living in Ireland for three years, before returning to London to work as a write and graphic designer. In this show he mixes poetry and storytelling to present his personal history, from escaping fundamentalist Islam to drinking wine with the Queen. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday July 11th, 2015 00:01

17 Jul: Lovebox, American Idiot, and the Ealing Comedy Festival

Julian Clary

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COMEDY: Ealing Comedy Festival | Walpole Park | 17-24 Jul (pictured)
The Ealing Comedy Festival kicks off tonight with a show headlined by Julian Clary and also featuring Shappi Khorsandi, Justin Moorhouse, and Mickey Hutton. Comedians appearing across the rest of the event include, Russell Kane, Marcus Brigstocke, Rob Delaney, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne, and Jo Caulfield. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lovebox Festival | Victoria Park | 17-18 Jul
If you like a bit more music at your festivals, how about Lovebox over in East London, which runs tonight and tomorrow. Friday night’s headliners are Rudimental, followed by Snoop Dogg tomorrow. In addition to that, there will be performances from Jessie Ware, Hot Chip, Danny Brown, Little Dragon and many more. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: American Idiot | Arts Theatre | 17 Jul – 27 Sep
Green Day’s Tony Award-winning Broadway music gets its West End Premiere at the Arts Theatre on Leicester Square, starring ‘X Factor’ finalist Amelia Lily, is a sentence that would have horrified my fourteen year old self. But don’t listen to him, he thought Ugly Kid Joe were cool. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday July 8th, 2015 00:01

14 Jul: Felicity Ward, Piff The Magic Dragon, and Hecuba

Felicity Ward

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COMEDY: Felicity Ward | Backyard Comedy Club | 14 Jul (pictured)
Felicity Ward headlines a night of Edinburgh previews, giving an early look at her new show about mental illness, irritable bowel syndrome and her search for the nearest toilet. Also on the bill are Garrett Millerick and Private Harris, and entry is free too. Details and tickets here.

MAGIC: Piff The Magic Dragon – Breakfast At Piffany’s | London Wonderground | 13-14 Jul
Heading back to the UK from Las Vegas, Piff The Magic Dragon returns with a new show that is “part magic show, part game show, part cry for help”. Catch him and sidekick Mr Piffles in London before they head up to Edinburgh. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hecuba | White Bear Theatre | 14-18 Jul
Following on from ‘Hippolytus’ earlier this year, Catharsis Theatre returns again to ancient Greece for its latest production. Euripides’s play, written in 424BC, about a queen seeking revenge is reworked into a response to the recent General Election by director Justin Murray and writer Chris Vlachopoulos. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 6th, 2015 00:01

12 Jul: The Specials, Suspiciously Cheap Comedy, and The King Of Tiny Things

Bridget Christie

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: The King Of Tiny Things | Udderbelly | 11-13 Jul
Mixing circus, pupetry and songs, ‘The King Of Tiny Things’ follows two sisters who one night discover a mysterious winged creature and are led on a moonlit adventure. Together they rescue juggling slugs, contortionist worms, and a trio of acrobatic baby bats, all the while not noticing that their guide requires their help. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Suspiciously Cheap Comedy | Backyard Comedy Club | 12 Jul (pictured)
As ever, this night lives up to its name by offering an impressive bill of comedians for really not very much money. Appearing this month are Bridget Christie, John Kearns, The Pin, plus regulars Gein’s Family Giftshop and Goose. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Specials | Kew Gardens | 12 Jul
An opportunity to see The Specials play in the surroundings of Kew Gardens as part of this year’s Kew The Music festival. Bring a picnic and a drink of two to enjoy along with the music. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday July 5th, 2015 00:01

11 Jul: Brendon Burns, Bryony Kimmings, and Ali McGregor

Bryony Kimmings & Tim Grayburn

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: Ali McGregor’s Jazzamatazz | London Wonderground | 11-19 Jul
An afternoon of upbeat jazz just for kids (and their parents) led by singer Ali McGregor. “An absolutely delightful way to spend an afternoon, whatever your age”, said ThreeWeeks. Read more about the show in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Brendon Burns | Udderbelly | 11 Jul
Taking a break from his ‘Out The Box’ tour, which has seen him play fans’ kitchens, the basement of Shoreditch’s cereal cafe, a zoo and more, Brendon Burns tonight returns to a comparatively traditional comedy venue (it’s still an upside down purple cow though). As well as knowing a lot about staging comedy in unlikely places, he is also very funny. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bryony Kimmings & Tim Grayburn – Fake It Til You Make It | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 10-18 Jul (pictured)
ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winner Bryony Kimmings discovered six month into her relationship with advertising account manager Tim Grayburn that he had been keeping a diagnosis of severe clinical depression from her. Together in this show they explore the biggest killer of young men in the UK with “homemade music, stupid dancing, onstage arguments, real-life stories, tears and truths”. Details and tickets here.

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