Friday January 30th, 2015 00:01

5 Feb: Tony Law, Alpines and Marlene Dumas

Tony Law

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ART: Marlene Dumas – The Images As Burden | Tate Modern | 5 Feb – 10 May
The Tate hosts a display of works from South African painter Marlene Dumas, who’s known for her psychologically-charged style and leanings towards themes of sexuality, love, death and shame. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Green Milk Comedy Night w/ Tony Law | The Pipeline | 5 Feb (pictured)
This brand-new-as-can-be comedy night, which is based in a basement on Liverpool Street, is headlined by whimsical Canadian wild man Tony Law, and features Wales’ Welshest Matt Rees and duffel coat-loving stand-up Harriet Kemsley. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Unicef Next Generation After-Party w/ Alpines | Village Underground | 5 Feb
Children’s charity Unicef presents this ‘London-themed’ event in aid of its Syria Appeal. Kingston synth-pop pair Alpines play live, with DJ sets on the bill by ‘next gen’-type bright new things Any1 Bro and MNEK. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 29th, 2015 00:01

4 Feb: Luke Haines, Rachel Lincoln and Kay Adshead’s Singing Stones

Luke Haines

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COMEDY: Lie Back And Think Of England | The Vaults | 4-8 Feb
A fast-pased physical thrill-ride into ultra-shy supply teacher Ms Got Told’s surreal ‘sex ed’ seminar, ‘Lie Back…’ finds its writer and star Rachel Lincoln using props and flip charts to teach her class about adolescence, contraception and ‘the act itself’ in suitably awkward style. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Luke Haines | Islington Assembly Hall | 4 Feb (pictured)
In-your-face punk figurehead Luke Haines, the flighty star of political bands The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder, replays his most recent LP, last year’s ‘New York In The 70s’, as well as earlier sign-offs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Singing Stones | Arcola Theatre | 4-28 Feb
Celebrated playwright/director Kay Adshead is in the driving seat for this triad of short plays, all looking at 2011’s Arab Spring from the side of the women involved; from the heroines of Tahrir Square, to Kurdistan’s female fighting forces, to a band of quarrelling artists. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday January 28th, 2015 12:44

3 Feb: Susan Calman, Elephant Man and The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

Susan Calman

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COMEDY: Susan Calman – Lady Like | Soho Theatre | 3-15 Feb
Scottish shortcake and star of many a BBC radio/TV game show Susan Calman paints a picture of her life as an older, wiser woman and, in the words of her neighbours, “mad cat lady”. “If you don’t know who she is'”, the story goes. “‘Lady Like’ will, at the very least, make you feel better about your own life”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Elephant Man | Jack Studio Theatre | 3-21 Feb
The piercing life story of ‘horribly deformed’ Victorian man Joseph Merrick is adapted by ThisWeek London-profiled company Fourth Monkey, experts in making brave new theatre. Abandoned as a child, the so-named ‘Elephant Man’, a freak-show attraction and medical marvel, looks at London’s high society set and realises it’s the world, not him, that’s ugly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey | Battersea Arts Centre | 3-14 Feb
The acclaimed Paper Cinema draw modern meaning from Homer’s ancient Greek saga of one man’s almighty road home; raging storms, supernatural forces, high seas and all. Main man Odysseus and the story’s cast of characters become illustrated cut-out figures, enacting a silent film animation with a live orchestral score. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday January 27th, 2015 10:48

2 Feb: Simon Munnery, Burrows & Fargion and a Malcolm Hardee gala

Simon Munnery

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Ten Years On – The Malcolm Hardee Show | Up The Creek | 2 Feb
While Malcolm Hardee, alternative comic anti-icon and the formiddable boss of the Tunnel Club, may have died ten years back; his anarchic legacy still lives on in events like this one, which is going ahead to raise money for an in-development documentary on Hardee by Adamotions. The show features the likes of the all-new Greatest Show On Legs, Bob Slayers, Joz Norris, Jayde Adams, Cheekykita and a liberal sprinkling of secret big names. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Simon Munnery – Fylm School | Soho Theatre | 2 Feb (pictured)
Serial innovator and cinema know-all Simon Munnery acts as host and fylm director as he invites a reel of temping comedians (in this case Phill Jupitus and Brian Gittins) funniest, to play with a camera, projector and screen for a night of live film-based comic schooling. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Burrows & Fargion — One Flute Note & Body Not Fit For Purpose | Sadler’s Wells, Lilian Baylis Studio | 2-3 Feb
Choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion, whose ‘thing’ is to clash the formality of classical music with an open approach to performance, collaborate on a pair of works; pensive, memory-themed piece ‘One Flute Note’ and political commission ‘Body Not Fit For Purpose’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 26th, 2015 15:02

1 Feb: Comedy Club 4 Kids, Pillow Cinema and the BFI’s Katharine Hepburn Season

Comedy Club 4 Kids

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COMEDY: Comedy Club 4 Kids w/ Danny Buckler + Nick Doody | Soho Theatre | 1 Feb (pictured)
Theatrical entertainer Danny Buckler and topical comic Nick Doody provide the LOLs 4 the kids in this toned-down matinee show for all ages, which is MC’d by one of TW London’s most favourites; the one, the only, the podcast-starring Tiernan Douieb. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Only Lovers Left Alive / Finding Vivian Maier / A Prophet | Pillow Cinema, Former Shoreditch Underground Station | 1 Feb
It’s the last day to take advantage of the latest in well-padded film fads, as the team at Pillow Cinema screen (and this isn’t a package deal) a nice array of movies, from Tilda Swinton’s vampiric ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s acclaimed film in search of photographer Vivian Maier, and French prison thriller circa 2009 ‘A Prophet’. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Katharine Hepburn Season | BFI | 1-14 Feb
The BFI dedicates an aptly extensive season to the many great cinematic doings of Hollywood iconoclast Katharine Hepburn. It starts, as chronology dictates, with a showing of KH’s first film, director George Cukor’s 1932 drama ‘A Bill Of Divorcement’, in which she stars as Sidney, a “sharp, modern girl facing down a complex past”. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday January 24th, 2015 00:01

30 Jan: Daniel Simonsen, David Elms and Lambchop

David Elms

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COMEDY: Chatback Comedy w/ Daniel Simonsen | Camden Comedy Club | 30 Jan
This loquacious stand-up night finds Scandinavian sourpuss and TV-son-of-Bob-Mortimer Daniel Simonsen joined by high-energy comedian Felicity Ward, talkative Irishman Andrew Stanley, and the “amiable and laid-back” Sean McLoughlin. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The David Elms Experience | The Invisible Dot | 30 Jan (pictured)
Highly-tipped and many-talented musical comic David Elms spreads his wings in this, his namesake ‘Experience’ show at The Invisible Dot. Guests on the night are versatile character comedian Kieran Hodgson, Annie McGrath of non-identical sketch pairing Twins, and stand-up on the um… up, Lolly Adefope. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lambchop | Barbican | 30 Jan
Long-lived Nashville band Lambchop rewind to 2000, playing their definitive LP of that year, timeless ten track ‘Nixon’, from start to finish as part of the fifteenth anniversary of its release. As well as their headlining festivities, support act and one-time Cajun Dance Party/Yuck man Daniel Blumberg will play live as his ‘unreal’ new solo trip, Hebronix. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 23rd, 2015 00:01

29 Jan: Tony Law, Totally Serialized, Jessie Ware

Tony Law

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COMEDY: Tony Law – Enter The Tonezone | Leicester Square Theatre | 29-31 Jan (pictured)
Canadian king-of-nonsense Tony Law crash-lands with this “life-affirming, life-changing” show, which features – in the main – “magical shapes”, one original song (and no more!) and fits of interpretative dancing, albeit dancing that interprets both world events and the fear of death. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Totally Serialized | Ciné Lumière | 29-31 Jan
As ever, the heavily-entertaining festival of TV series features big-screen playbacks, previews and premieres of the finest French/British little screen shows. Totally Serialized 2015’s ‘what’s on’ programme boasts first looks at the likes of Russell T Davies’ new E4 creation ‘Banana’, a marathon of France’s ‘new generation’ of telly comedies, leading French series ‘Paris’, ‘Spiral’ and ‘Working Girls’, and a range of ‘in conversation’ events and masterclasses on production and writing for TV. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jessie Ware | Brixton Academy | 29-30 Jan
Brixton-raised ‘relatable diva’ and soul-pop trader Jessie Ware plays a pair of dates in her native SW London ends, this mostly in ongoing promotion of her well-received latest LP ‘Tough Love’, and its prequel ‘Devotion’. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 22nd, 2015 00:01

28 Jan: RAT, Neneh Cherry and Hello/Goodbye

Neneh Cherry

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: RAT – Induction | The Vaults | 28 Jan – 1 Feb
Shooting the bolt on this year’s ‘politics, gender and income’-themed Vault Festival, sketch players Camilla Whitehill, Dave Newman and Alistair Donegan present their celebrated fringe feature ‘RAT – Induction’. It’s the dreamlike story of three people (and an invisible intercom voice) who review their past lives leading to the present; dark recesses, bleak corners and all. “You’ll laugh. You may cry. You may cry some more. You’ll do one more small laugh, then it ends. After that you can go away and try and pretend it never happened”. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neneh Cherry + Rocketnumbernine | Electric Ballroom | 28 Jan (pictured)
Ever the fearless hip-pop experimentalist, ‘Man Child’ hitmaker Neneh Cherry plays behind her first LP in eighteen years, last year’s genre-screwing ‘Blank Project’. She’s joined live by its lead beat-maker Rocketnumbernine. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hello/Goodbye | Hampstead Theatre | until 28 Feb
Rom-com writer Peter Souter and a strong on and off-stage cast drive this spirited metropolitan play, which follows an only-in-films mix-up in which a sassy career girl and a “sexy” stranger wind up sharing a flat against their (initial) wishes. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday January 20th, 2015 00:01

26 Jan: Richard Alston Dance Company, This Comedian and Walking The Tightrope

Katherine Ryan

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DANCE: Richard Alston Dance Company – Mixed Bill | Sadler’s Wells | 26-27 Ja
Choreographer Richard Alston’s always top-of-its-game dance co shows its scope and quality with this disparate four-part programme. First is ‘Rejoice In The Lamb’, which has Britten’s choral score sung live by the 24-voice , Montclair State University choir, and following that is Martin Lawrance’s lust-struck ‘Burning’ about the composer Liszt; new piece ‘Nomadic’, a mixture of gypsy and urban motifs by young dancer Ajani Johnson-Goffe; and finally ‘Madcap’, a picture of a ‘disturbing outsider’ on the fringes of a rock band, backed by a contemporary score by Julia Wolfe. Details details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: This Comedian | Duchess Theatre | 26 Jan (pictured)
A show by comedians, for comedians (and everyone else); ‘This Comedian’ features sets by the high-flying likes of Katherine Ryan (pictured), James Acaster, Sara Pascoe and Robin Ince, who’ll each give a glimpse of what it’s really like to do stand-up for a living. It’s the live component to a multi-media project by photographer Idil Sukan, whose exhibition, also titled ‘This Comedian’, opens at the Embassy Tea Gallery on 20 Feb. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Walking The Tightrope | Theatre Delicatessen | 26-31 Jan
A body of “explosive” short five-minute plays by writers Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute, Caryl Churchill ,Hattie Naylor and others, ‘Walking The Tightrope’, as indicated in its caption (‘the tension between art and politics’), has been devised as a means of reacting to themes of censorship and boycotting in the arts. Certain works are inspired in part by events of last year, like the Tricycle Theatre’s altercation with the Jewish Film Festival, and the early cancellation of the Barbican’s controversial ‘Exhibit B’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 19th, 2015 00:01

Sunday 25 January 2015 in London

Lynne Ruth Miller

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

CABARET/COMEDY: Lynn Ruth Miller – 80!!! | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Jan (pictured)
A long-time treasure both at the Edinburgh Fringe and on the nationwide cabaret trail at large, ‘Granny Gone Wild’ Lynn Ruth Miller is still at her peak, still telling it like it is in the ninth decade of life, and shattering old-age cliches with a lively, ribald take on sex, aging, sex, cooking, sex, medical problems, sex, exercise, sex, dating, sex, driving, and… well, you get the idea. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The NATYS – New Act Of The Year | Bloomsbury Theatre | 25 Jan
Bad-tempered telly man Arthur Smith MCs the grand final of this year’s NATYS, if not the cream of all the new act contests, then certainly the weirdest. 2014 winner Alistair Beckett-King headlines, with angry topical comedian Ashley Haden, likeable and fast-paced wit Jenny Collier, long-form comedian Chris Betts and laconic Aussie stand-up Nick Elleray amongst the live acts hoping to take his crown. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/SPOKEN WORD: Burns Baby Burns | St John At Hackney | 25 Jan
Party-planning folk pod The Nest Collective and “immersive events experts” Adamotions lay on this old-style ceilidh in the style of the considerably stylish Rabbie Burns, which comes with face-painting, toast-making, ode-reading, haggis-piping and a garnish of foot-tapping songs from London’s own Ceilidh Liberation Front. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday January 17th, 2015 00:01

Friday 23 January 2015 in London

Luke McQueen

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Darren Walsh – Punnoisseur | Museum Of Comedy | 23-31 Jan
Tallish (he’s 6’8) comedian and glib wordsmith Darren Walsh, winner at last years Pun Championships at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, presents his very first show, an hour of jokes, videos and sing-song nonsense. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Luke McQueen Experience | The Invisible Dot | 23 Jan (pictured)
Headlining improviser Luke McQueen, extremely talented ‘Odessa’ man Joseph Morpurgo and gauche Etonian Ivo Graham makes three in this tri-pronged comic attack, the latest in a wider series of ‘Experience’ nights The Invisible Dot is hosting this Q1. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 2071 | Royal Court Theatre | until 24 Jan
This is the very final chance to net ‘2071’, a cross-collaborative play by playwright Duncan Macmillan, director Katie Mitchell and world-leading scientist Chris Rapley that takes a long, hard look at climate change, and the bearing it’s having on Planet Earth. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 16th, 2015 00:01

Thursday 22 January 2015 in London

Joe Wilkinson

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COMEDY: Joe Wilkinson & guests | Bloomsbury Theatre | 22-24 Jan (pictured)
Mopey oddment Joe Wilkinson, off of ‘Him & Her’ and other things, headlines three of those ‘& friends’ kind of comedy nights, inviting pals in ‘Impractical Jokers’ star Paul McCaffery and ‘Irishman Abroad’ podcasting man Jarlath Regan along for what’s sure to be an… um, ‘wild’ ride. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Plexus | Sadler’s Wells | 22-23 Jan
‘Plexus’ is a “jewel of optical theatre” (says Le Monde) created by France’s Olivier-nominated Aurélien Bory especially for classically-trained Japanese dancer Kaori Ito, in which the latter appears as if “entrapped by five thousand cords in a forest of brilliantly lit strings”. The show is part of this year’s silent yet deadline London International Mime Festival. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Broke | Greenwich Theatre | 22-24 Jan
Highly praised by TW London’s Edinburgh Fringe-based sister site ThreeWeeks, verbatim theatre company The Paper Birds alight with their latest play ‘Broke’. Like all their shows, it’s based on real interview transcripts, in this case on the topic of dwindling British finances; spanning the  realities of a cashless society, from displaced families, to living on beans on toast. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 15th, 2015 00:01

Wednesday 21 January 2015 in London

Sara Pascoe

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Stand Up For A Chair | Bloomsbury Theatre | 21 Jan (pictured)
Smiles-winning pairing Jessica Fostekew and Sara Pascoe lay on the likes of Alan Davis (and Katherine Ryan, Al Murray, Susan Calman, and a secret “MEGA STAR”) in aid of a new wheelchair for Fostekew’s teen sister Hatty Greenway, who has cerebral palsy and scoliosis. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hinds | Boston Arms | 21 Jan
The new band name on all the cool kids’ lips is Hinds, especially since this sparky all-girl Spanish squad had to change it from Deers. Because a hind is a female deer aged three and over, got it? Anyway, despite this minor tweak, Hinds will still be playing Deers’ same style of wall-of-sound-sized indie-pop, which can be tried and tasted on the official Hinds Bandcamp page. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Happy Birthday Without You | Tricycle Theatre | 21-24 Jan
Actress/comedian Sonia Jalaly – who writes, speaks and looks like a real credible star in the making – here plays “‘award-winning’ live and visual spoken word solo artist Violet Fox”. ‘Happy Birthday Without You’ finds Jalaly, in character as Fox, looking back on a lifetime of birthdays, and sharing the story of her complicated relationship with her mother through a series of birthday anecdotes, musical interludes and cake. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday January 14th, 2015 00:01

Tuesday 20 January 2015 in London

Mae Martin

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Mae Martin – Funtimes w/ James Acaster | Camden Comedy Club | 20 Jan (pictured)
Canada’s ultra-sprightly Mae Martin workshops her latest ideas, with experimental entertainment also provided by deadpan “long-con gags”-maker James Acaster, the excellent (albeit now expired) Three Englishmen’s own Tom Hensby and sketch freaks Twins’ Annie McGrath. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Berenice | The Space | 20-25 Jan
Racine’s classic play about a love triangle torn apart by civil war is thrown forward into modernity, and remodelled as an essay on ‘the media’ vs celebrities’ right to privacy. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Diary Of A Nobody | King’s Head Theatre | 20 Jan – 14 Feb
Back for another crack at The King’s Head Theatre is Rough Haired Pointer’s popular adaptation of ‘Diary Of A Nobody’, a larger-than-life farce based on the “funniest book in the world” of the same name by Evelyn Waugh, which follows the pompous and hardworking Mr Charles Pooter. In Mary Franklin’s production, a cast of four actors takes on 45 parts, from ‘vulgar’ Gowing, to Borset The Butterman, to Sarah, ‘the worst maid in all of literature’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday January 13th, 2015 13:20

Monday 19 January 2015 in London

Josie Long

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Josie Long – Cara Josephine | Soho Theatre | 19-31 Jan
Comedian Josie Long meditates on relationships, ageing and “being outdoorsy as a bear” in this intimate yet non-corny insight into her own private heartbreak, which bowled over audiences (and the critics) at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Lucy Beaumont – We Can Twerk It Out | Soho Theatre | 19-21 Jan
It’s all going on at the Soho theatre ‘atm’, as BBC Comedy Award-winning new face Lucy Beaumont (who Johnny Vegas says has “the timing of Les Dawson”), lifts the lid on this show of unusual, off-the-tracks gags straight from the North-East coast. Which is where she’s from too. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: East Is East | Richmond Theatre | 19-24 Jan
Jane Horrocks is the matriarch to a chip-shop-owning English-Pakistani family (and a half) in this Sam Yates-directed new framing of actor/playwright Ayub Khan Din’s ‘East Is East’. The play, which pre-dates its film parallel, visits the Richmond Theatre as part of a nationwide trip following its Trafalgar Transformed-backed premiere. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday January 13th, 2015 13:16

Sunday 18 January 2015 in London

James Hamilton

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: James Hamilton + Adam & Lydia – Jerks In Progress | Etcetera Theatre | 18 Jan (pictured)
James Hamilton of 5*-ThreeWeeks-rated sketch-a-teers Casual Violence dips a toe in the comic waters for this trial go of his latest solo show, and Adam & Lydia – a collaboration by the acclaimed Beta Males’ most farcical man Adam Blampied and bona fide actress/comedian Lydia King; perform their own new work-in-progress set. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Mitford Sisters w/ Pappy’s | The Phoenix | 18 Jan
Fanciful skits from top-tier trio Pappy’s add ambiance to this night fronted by The Mitford Sisters, a rival sketch team in its early days featuring the separately excellent Dominic Allen, Chris Stokes and Duncan Preston. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/MUSICAL: The Caucasian Chalk Circle | Unicorn Theatre | until 21 Mar
Brecht’s bloody moral play of 1948 is updated, translated, and given a bolt-on original songbook (and its own fight choreographer) in this, a new adaptation led by director Amy Leach. It’s a vast societal story alive with blood and beheadings, crucial choices and risks, and contemplations on the world in which we live. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 12th, 2015 13:20

Saturday 17 January 2015 in London

Gilles Peterson

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Saturday Night Show w/ Phil Wang + LetLuce + Joe Wilkinson | The Invisible Dot | 17 Jan
Joe Wilkinson, aka the bearded menace off of ‘Eight Out Of Ten Cats Does Countdown’, stars alongside deadpan rising star Phil Wang and “lavishly surreal” sketch ensemble LetLuce at this particular ‘Saturday Night Show’, which is curated by the brilliant team at The Invisible Dot. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards | Koko | 17 Jan (pictured)
BBC 6 Music DJ and man of diverse sonic tastes Gilles Peterson hosts his tenth set of Worldwide Awards, which amidst all the prize-giving features live appearances by rising artistes Fatima, Dorian Concept, The Heliocentrics, Marshall Allen, Taylor McFerrin, Clap! Clap!, Lone and Adrian Younge. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Upper Cut | Southwark Playhouse | until 7 Feb
A provocative portrait of a politician’s fight for diversity and black representation within a Thatcher-era government, ‘Upper Cut’ is written by safe-pair-of-hands Juliet Gilkes Romero, who was inspired by real-life events. Details and tickets here.

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Monday January 12th, 2015 13:12

Friday 16 January 2015 in London

Bull

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY/MAGIC: Jerry Sadowitz – Card Tricks & Bile | Leicester Square Theatre | 16-24 Jan
Close-up magician and poison wit Jerry Sadowitz lays the bile on thick with this live combination of card-based slight-of-hand (displayed on a big screen) and his confrontational comic stylings. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bull | Young Vic | until 14 Feb (pictured)
Written by Mike Bartlett, who recently served a West End hit in ‘King Charles III’, ‘Bull’ is billed as a knife-sharp play about the fine line separating politics and playground bullying, offering a ringside insight into three employees striving to keep their jobs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Ruling Class | Trafalgar Studios | 16 Jan – 11 Apr
In the hottest theatre ticket of 2015 so far, director Jamie Lloyd twins with Olivier-nominated leading man James McAvoy in this revival of Peter Barnes’ ‘The Ruling Class’, which follows a potential paranoid schizophrenic who, when his father dies, finds himself at the centre of a web of lies, schemes as his family fight cold-bloodedly to save their reputation. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 9th, 2015 00:01

Thursday 15 January 2015 in London

Bat Boy

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Mixed Blessing w/ Holly Burn + The Human Loire | The Library, Upper Street, Islington | 15 Jan
Comedian Caroline Hardie and ‘Sketchorama’ star Gareth Cooper present this free-entry night of ‘experimentation’ (ie acts previewing new material); which this time features sparky character comic and ‘Bad Bridesmaid’ Holly Burn and surrealist river/man The Human Loire. Details here.

THEATRE: Bat Boy – The Musical | Southwark Playhouse | until 31 Jan (pictured)
An intimidating theatre-making team bring this fang-tastical off-Broadway franchise back to London following its premiere in 2004. ‘Bat Boy’ is based loosely (like, really loosely) on a sensationalised 1992 cover story in American tabloid The Weekly World News, revealing the discovery of a “bat child”, a creature “half human and half bat” who lived in a cave. Allegedly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Changeling | Sam Wanamaker Playhouse | 15 Jan – 1 Mar
Thomas Middleton’s tragic Jacobean-era tale, a perverse mix of comic and dramatic irony, traces the spiralling fate of the beautiful Beatrice-Joanna, who enters into a sex pact with slimy servant De Flores leading to all kinds of bedlam. Dominic Dromgoole directs actress Hattie Morahan in the lead part. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 8th, 2015 12:46

Wednesday 14 January 2015 in London

Young Men

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Raise A Laugh For Refuge w/ Bridget Christie + Lucy Porter + Luisa Omielan | Kings Place | 14 Jan
Peerless comedian Bridget Christie herself headlines this special show in aid of the Refuge charity, with the likes of Lucy Porter, Ellie Taylor, Luisa Omielan, Pippa Evans and Lucy Beaumont also cashing in laughs for donations. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Ward & White’s Fun Haus w/ Thom Tuck | The Old Queen’s Head | 14 Jan
Top musical comics Danielle Ward and Martin White co-host this bi-monthly variety night brimming with songs and chaos c/o haus band The People of Gotham and extra-special ‘Straight To DVD’ stand-in Thom Tuck. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: BalletBoyz – Young Men | Sadler’s Wells | 14-18 Jan (pictured)
Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez drives this world’s first showing of his new work ‘Young Men’, which considers themes of love, loss, comradeship and survival against a backcloth of war. The ballet, a criss-cross of dance, theatre and ‘screen performance’, has a score by folk rock auteur Keaton Henson. Details and tickets here.

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