Thursday November 26th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 3 Dec: Wild Card, Immigrant Diaries, Rapunzel


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

Wild Card – Leila McMillan: This Way, That Way | Lilian Baylis Studio | 3 Dec
‘Wild Card’ is Sadler’s Wells’ series of shows featuring the work of a new generation of dance creators. This edition is curated by Leila McMillan, a Californian choreographer based in London, and features her own ‘Family Portrait’, as well as a piece from Jukstapoz, aka Christine Gouzelis and Paul Blackman. For more info and to book, have a look here.

Immigrant Diaries: Sajeela Kershi and guests | Leicester Square Theatre | 3 Dec (pictures)
Given all the anti-immigrant/refugee rhetoric I keep hearing people spout, it will be a welcome change to hear funny tales from the immigrant/refugee perspective round at Sajeela Kershi’s regular comedy storytelling show ‘Immigrant Diaries’. If you can’t make this one, never fear, there’s another in January, but you’ll be missing the chance to see actress and producer Shobu Kapoor, stand-up and actor Inder Manocha, and comedian and writer Dave Cohen. See this page here for more info and to book.

Rapunzel | Park Theatre | 3 Dec-2 Jan
‘Tis verily the season for family shows, though I hasten to add that you don’t need to be a family to go and see this. You are welcome to attend all by yourself, should you wish. I might wish it. I like going to the theatre on my own. But, enough of what I like doing, and back to Park Theatre’s annual pantomime, which this year is ‘Rapunzel’. It’s from the creative pairing of Jez Bond and Mark Cameron, and if it’s anything like their 2014 production of ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’, it’ll be a quirky and original adaptation of the well loved tale. See this page here for all the gen.

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Tuesday November 24th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 1 Dec: Dick Whittington, The Terrible Tale Of The Twiddly Widdlies, Jackson’s Way: The Christmas Top Up Power Seminar


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

Dick Whittington | Wilton’s Music Hall | 1-31 Dec (pictured)
Okay, so it’s the first December and there’s no getting away from Christmas now. If you don’t identify as a Christian (I don’t) it’s fine; just look on this as your cheery midwinter festival, as established a really long time ago by pagans who were around a long time before Jesus was ever born. Anyway, it’s another pantomime! Dick Whittington! In a great venue, and from a great team – it’s written by comedy and broadcasting veteran Roy Hudd, also on Dame duty, and directed by Debbie Flitcroft. See this page here for all the info.

The Terrible Tale Of The Twiddly Widdlies | New Diorama | 1-5 Dec
This sounds utterly grim, and a bit Grimm, really, and yet I suspect it will also be very funny. The blurb promises dark and hilarious storytelling from Clem Garritty and Ollie Jones, two members of multi-award winning comedy troupe Kill The Beast. For those of you who need an antidote to all that pagan, midwinter frivolity, here, have some darkness instead. For more information and to book tickets, have a look at this page here.

Jackson’s Way: The Christmas Top Up Power Seminar | Battersea Arts Centre | 1-12 Dec
And one for those of you who don’t care either way about Christmas, because really, this is just prize-plucking comedy, isn’t it? Will Adamson revives his Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning creation, life coach Chris John Jackson, for this festively twisted self-help spoof show. Info and tickets from right about here.

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Monday November 23rd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 30 Nov: Marny Godden, Revan and Fennell, Bridget Christie


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

Marny Godden – Flap ‘Em On The Gate | Soho Theatre | 30 Nov (pictured)
I am totally down with the fact that female comedy acts are completely fed up of people talking about how women fare in comedy and are bored of being asked about it. But you know, they are still in a minority in that world, and they still come up against this ludicrous myth that “women aren’t funny”, so you know, I thought I’d have a funny-woman-themed set of tips today, starting with the utterly funny, lovely and adorable Marny Godden. She’s one member of one of my favourite comedy trios The Grandees and she’s brilliant at bringing hilarious characters to life. See this page here for info and tickets for her one night only at the Soho Theatre.

Revan and Fennell – Fan Club | Leicester Square Theatre | 30 Nov
And so to a double act of finely functioning femaleness, which garnered a healthily glowing review from one of our Edinburgh reviewers this summer. Accessible, clever sketches featuring satisfying punchlines, joyfully and energetically performed by a duo who exhibit great chemistry. I don’t see how you can afford to miss this. Unless you are going to one of the other things I’m recommending for today instead. Info and booking stuff right here.

Bridget Christie – A Book For Her | Leicester Square Theatre | 16 Nov-2 Dec
Renowned comedian and writer Bridget Christie is nearing the end of her run at Soho Elsewhere (ie, Leicester Square theatre) so you might want to try and catch it before it’s over. She’s responsible for some of the cleverest and point-full stand-up I’ve seen and she’s just written a highly interesting and amusing book on the subject, hence the title of this show. If you can’t get tickets, still read the book. That’s something to do in your house. But your house is probably in London, so it still counts. Kinda. Info here.

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Saturday November 21st, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 28 Nov: Andy Hamilton, The Night Before Christmas, Jewish Comedy Festival


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

Andy Hamilton – Change Management | Blackheath Halls | 28 Nov
The fabulous funny man, as much seen on your telly screens, beloved of TV and radio panel games, and creator of one of my favourite programmes ‘Outnumbered’, heads for Blackheath Halls with his brand new solo show which, as you might deduce from the title, is all about change and how to cope. “Contains mild peril”, says the blurb. I think I’m prepared to risk it. See this page here for more info and to book.

The Night Before Christmas | ArtsDepot | 28-29 Nov (pictured)
And talking of booking, hurry, hurry, hurry and book your tickets for this, if you want to go, as it’s looking perilously close to sold out. And yes, I appreciate it’s still November, but it’s Official Christmas Month on Tuesday, so this weekend it’s absolutely fair enough to start getting into the spirit. Unless you are an inveterate Scrooge, and if so, Bah. This is a sweet and lovely and magical show for you and your 3-8 year olds. Info here.

Jewish Comedy Festival | JW3 | 28 Nov-5 Dec
I think I am right in saying this is the second year for this festival, which all takes place at JW3 over the course of the next week. All sorts of high class acts and events are happening, which is why I have recommended the whole festival, not just one event. Obviously. So take a look at this page here, and make your own decisions. Go on, you can do it. I have faith in you all.

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Friday November 20th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 27 Nov: Kelly Kingham, Pajama Men, The Distance


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

Kelly Kingham – Inside Out | Museum Of Comedy | 27 Nov (pictured)
Our Edinburgh reviewer who saw Kelly Kingham this summer loved him, and wasn’t the only critic in town wowed by his funny, touching, thought provoking show. His subject matter touches on the depressing – the realisation that one can trudge through life without ever really aspiring to happiness – but by all accounts he deals with such topics in an amusing and heart-warming manner. See this page here for more info and to book.

Pajama Men – 2 Man 3 Musketeers | Soho Theatre | 23 Nov-12 Dec
Right, so, I kinda missed the start of this run by the Pyjama Men, who’ve been plying London with their two-man-musketry for a few days now already. The surreal and hilarious duo take on this epic romance, and go through existential meltdown in the process… never expect anything less than excellent from this brilliantly talented pairing. More info and ticket purchasing opportunities right about here.

The Distance | Orange Tree Theatre | 26 Nov-19 Dec
Okay, so, just one day late with this one, which is probably a good thing, you know, it will give the show a chance to get into its stride. Not that I imagine it will need it, I expect a highly polished and professional performance, to be honest, which is why I am recommending the return of this highly acclaimed play by Deborah Bruce. It made a big impression on critics back in 2014, and although the cast has changed, it’s in the hands of the same director, so I think we can expect it to be great. Find more info and book tickets here.

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Thursday November 19th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 26 Nov: The Snowman, Ross Noble, The Ballad Of Robin Hood


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

The Snowman | Peacock Theatre | 25 Nov-3 Jan
You have to stop being in denial now. Yes, I know that Christmas is still a month off, but the fact is, it’s only a month off. And if you are going to have a lovely pre-seasonal show trip then you need to get it done before all the tickets run out. Anyway, it wouldn’t matter if they put this on in June, I’d still recommend it, because it’s lovely and gives you that warm lovely Christmas-in-your-belly feeling that you deserve all year round. Plus, it’s a big, fab, show, and you know you want it. Tickets and info from here.

Ross Noble – An Evening Of Improv With Special Guests | Soho Theatre | 26 Nov
On the Soho website, the blurb for this show calls Ross Noble “one of the most popular stand up comedians of our time”, and I reckon they’re probably entirely correct about that. He’s certainly been one of the most popular stand-up comedians in my house for a good decade or so. So, you surely won’t miss the opportunity to see this national treasure doing what he does best. Also on on 3 and 10 Nov. See the venue website here for more info.

The Ballad Of Robin Hood | Southwark Playhouse | 26 Nov-26 Dec (pictured)
Talking of blurbs (as I did in the previous tip), on the event page for this show, you’ll find words like rollicking and rambunctious, so that’s me sold already. Plus, I am going through a bit of a loving-historical-or-myth-based-media phase at the moment. Sorry if you aren’t going through such a phase, but I doubt you will be sorry about taking the time to go and see this – it promises “swordplay, songs, sheriffs and satire” and sounds extremely family-friendly if it’s a family with children aged 7+. More info and tickets from this page here.

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Monday November 16th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 23 Nov: Rowena Haley, Licensed To Ill, Max and Ivan – The End


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

Rowena Haley – My Green Astra | Etcetera Theatre | 23 Nov
I have a soft spot for northerners, because I am a northerner myself, and, marooned down here in this flat southern landscape, I yearn for the peaks and dales, the grimy mill towns and the soothing sound of a Lancashire accent. Which is why I hope to head to the Etcetera Theatre to hear the musical comedy stylings of guitar-toting Boltonian Rowena Haley, and I hope you will too. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

Licensed To Ill | Camden People’s Theatre | 23 Nov-12 Dec
I suspect this isn’t one for the young and easily offended, given there’s a 16+ limit on it, and it doesn’t really surprise me, as this show is all about Mike D, MCA and AdRock, aka the Beastie Boys. Described as a “hiphop history tour and a playful exploration of the rules of cultural appropriation”, it’s the work of Simon Maeder and Adam el Hagar, who’ve combined rap, Dj-ing, physical comedy and puppetry to create an innovative and eclectic piece of theatre. See the venue website here for more info.

Max and Ivan – The End | Soho Theatre | 23-28 Nov
TW favourites Max and Ivan make their way to the Soho Theatre for a run of their very highly acclaimed 2015 show ‘The End’, an epic comedy sketch piece about the inhabitants of a doomed seaside town. The award nominated duo have never failed to impress our reviewers so I have no doubt they will impress you with their vivid storytelling and convincing characters. All the gen right here.

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Sunday November 15th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 22 Nov: Hal Cruttenden, The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me, Suspiciously Cheap Comedy


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

Hal Cruttenden – Straight Outta Cruttenden | Leicester Square Theatre | 22 Nov (pictured)
You’ve probably seen Hal Cruttenden peppering the TV panel shows, and you might even have seen his previous live work. But this one got a great response from the critics up at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet that this will make for an entertaining hour. Cruttenden has a DVD coming out around now, too. More info and ticket bookery here.

The Giraffe And The Pelly And Me | Little Angel Theatre | 21 Nov-31 Jan
Here’s one for the kids, as it’s a Sunday, and this time an adaptation of one the practically peerless Roald Dahl’s less famous books… though to be fair, it’s still pretty famous. This very jolly musical tells the tale of a young boy and three animals (giraffe, pelican, monkey) who create a ladderless window cleaning company. It’s suitable for children aged 4-11, but parents will probably enjoy it too. See the venue website here for more info and to book.

Suspiciously Cheap Comedy | Backyard Comedy Club | 22 Nov
It really, really, really is quite suspicious that this only costs a fiver when behind this regular comedy night are two major TW favourites – Gein’s Family Giftshop and Goose. Plus, for this particular edition, their suspiciously good line up of guests comprises even more acts beloved by us – the excellent and acclaimed Boy With The Tape On His Face, the fabulous multiple-comedy-award-nominee James Acaster and the fantastic Canadian Comedy Award nominee Mae Martin. See this page here for all the gen.

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Tuesday November 10th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 17 Nov: Evening At The Talk House, Loyiso Gola, The Pitmen Painters


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

Evening At The Talk House | National Theatre | 17 Nov-23 Jan
Whooo, I am so looking forward to this, the premiere of the latest play from esteemed US playwright and actor Wallace Shawn. And not only has he written this, he’s also appearing in it. And at events surrounding the staging of the show. So this is so good on so many levels, I don’t quite know what to do with myself, other than just getting on and booking a ticket. More info and all that, right here.

Loyiso Gola | Soho Theatre | 17-21 Nov (pictured)
When one of our reviewers first witnessed a performance by Loyiso Gola, she was very struck by his natural comedic talent, declaring him to be “one of those people who seems effortlessly funny – it’s as if hilarity is his default state” and awarding him a glowing four star review. Not that he needs our endorsement – the South African is known around the world for his award nominated political satire, so hurry up and catch him while you can. Info and tickets here.

The Pitmen Painters | Jack Studio | 17-28 Nov
Bromley Little Theatre’s production of Lee Hall’s heart-warming 2007 play, based on the true story of the Ashington Group, a small artistic society comprised mostly of miners, who became celebrated by the British art establishment back in the thirties and forties. It all began when a group of pitmen from Ashington Colliery hired a professor to teach them an art appreciation class, and this is the story. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.

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Monday November 9th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 16 Nov: Jen Kirkman, D’apres Une Histoire Vraie, Laugh Out Loud for Lively Minds


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

Jen Kirkman | Soho Theatre | 16-21 Nov (pictured)
Rather successful US comedian Jen Kirkman head’s to London’s Soho Theatre for a short run this month, so while you can, grab the opportunity to see this acclaimed stand-up, comedy writer, and best-selling book scribe. And if you want to read a very interesting article in which she talks about her career, her books and this show, see our recent Caro Meets Q&A right about here. Meanwhile, if you want to go right ahead and book tickets, you should head to this page on the venue website.

Christian Rizzo – D’après Une Histoire Vraie | Sadler’s Wells | 16-17 Nov
This sounds like a very interesting dance piece, and I think that because it’s inspired by memories of a folk dance in Istanbul, and explores the connection between dance and communities and how movement brings people together. But also because it’s the work of French multidisciplinary artist Christian Rizzo, whose projects usually integrate dance with design, fashion and visual art, though it sounds like this particular show will be a bit more minimalist than his usual output. See this page here for more info and to book.

Laugh Out Loud for Lively Minds | The Comedy Store | 16 Nov
Monday nights in November can be so dark and grim. Here’s a way to have fun and also make you feel like you’re doing some good in the world. An impressive line up of some TW favourites – the likes of Sarah Pascoe, Tom Allen, Aisling Bea and Brett Goldstein – perform in aid of Lively Minds, an award winning charity working to improve the lives of deprived children in Ghana and Uganda. Informations and ticket bookery here.

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Wednesday November 4th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 11 Nov: Stand Up In Action, Radar 2015, Trois Ruptures


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

Stand Up In Action | Hammersmith Apollo | 11 Nov (pictured)
An extremely starry line up makes its way to west London for this comedy benefit gig, organised in response to the refugee crisis by familiar TV face Greg Davies. All proceeds will go to Action Aid and The UN Refugee Agency, and the likes of Jo Brand, Roisin Conaty, Russell Howard, Reg D Hunter and Dara O’Briain will appear alongside Davies, who hosts the event. Get your tickets here.

Radar 2015 | Bush Theatre | 11-26 Nov
The Bush Theatre’s new writing festival Radar kicks off today, and there are all sorts of tasty theatrical treats to choose from over the next couple of weeks. Today you can see the shows ‘Misty’ and ‘Dirty Little Secrets’, both of which look excellent, but there are plenty more double bills to look out for in subsequent days. See this page here for your guide to what’s on each day.

Trois Ruptures | Print Room | 11-18 Nov
This new-ish play – it premiered last January at the Chelsea Theatre – is a dark comedy from French playwright Rémi De Vos which depicts the disintegrating relationships of three separate couples, investigates the human condition, and brings humour out of situations that should not really be funny… it’s in French, but with English surtitles, so you don’t need to be French or fluent to enjoy it. Find more info and book tickets here.

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Tuesday November 3rd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 10 Nov: Sparks, Ian Smith, Score


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

Sparks | Old Red Lion | 10 Nov-5 Dec
This sounds like an interesting play from award-winning young playwright Simon Longman, which has its premiere next week at the Old Red Lion. It’s described as “a touching play about abandoned responsibilities, what we choose to remember and what we thought we’d forgotten”, and appears to involve rain in the midlands, a rucksack filled with alcohol, and, er, a fish. Intrigued…? Head this way for more info and to book tickets.

Ian Smith – Whereabouts | Museum Of Comedy | 10 Nov (pictured)
If you haven’t yet heard of Ian Smith, you should have heard of him, and not just because he has been on the telly. His brilliant stand-up has been making a serious impact on the TW team in recent years: beginning in 2012, his Edinburgh Fringe shows have garnered four consecutive 5/5 reviews from our writers, and that’s a pretty freaking rare achievement, let me tell you. See him now, quickly, before it gets too hard to get a ticket. More info here.  Oh, and if you want to read a really engaging article in which he discusses this show, and other stuff, look at the Q&A we did with him this summer.

Score | Camden People’s Theatre | 10-14 Nov
I love the idea of this show from Documental Theatre, which tells the story of two childhood friends, and their journey through the ups and downs of life, but in particular the highs and lows of heroin addiction. It’s inspired by the accounts given by parents at Bournemouth Drug Treatment Centre about how they got their kids back, and portrays the central characters not as one-dimensional ‘druggie’ stereotypes, but normal, flawed, complex individuals like everyone else. See the venue website here for more info.

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Monday November 2nd, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 9 Nov: Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, Mike Wozniak, The Platypus Playpen


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

Vampire Hospital Waiting Room | Above The Arts | 9-21 Nov
This critically acclaimed (by us, at least) 2013 Edinburgh Festival hit (see our reviewer’s dotingly impressed assessment here) makes its gruesome way to the Arts Theatre to delight audiences with its comic B-movie styled music-infused tale. Dark yet funny; just what you need when the nights are drawing in. See the venue website here for more info.

Mike Wozniak – One Man Cat Band | Invisible Dot | 9-14 Nov (pictured)
Another Edinburgh favourite now, and in fact appearing as part of Invisible Dot’s ‘From The Fringe’ strand with his much lauded 2015 Festival offering. A you may well know, this engaging comedian specialises in vivid storytelling, and is pretty much guaranteed to provide quality entertainment. And if that doesn’t persuade you, then perhaps his facial hair will. Just take a look at that lovely moustache. See this page here for more info and to book.

The Platypus Playpen | The Harrison | 9 Nov
Well, you know, you could regard this regular Monday gig as a potentially hit and miss option – a bunch of comedians trying out their new material on you – but on the other hand, you could regard it as a great opportunity to see some really good comedians at a very reasonable price (the show is free with a collection at the end but you can pay five pounds to guarantee entry). The resident MCs – Garret Millerick, Chris Betts and Pierre Novellie – are all fabulous, and amongst the acts lining up on this occasion are some real TW favourites – Dane Baptiste and Abigoliah Schamaun, to name but two. More information here.

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Saturday October 31st, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 7 Nov: Chilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett, Al Cubo, The Snow Dragon


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

Chilly Gonzales and Kaiser Quartett | Royal Festival Hall | 7 Nov
That most excellent Canadian-resident-in-Europe Chilly Gonzales heads London-wards for a date on the South Bank accompanied by Hamburg’s Kaiser Quartett. He’ll be performing material from latest album ‘Chambers’, released earlier this year, in which he re-imagines romantic period chamber music as contemporary pop. Sounds interesting, huh? Well, hurry up and get your tickets because there’s only a limited number of tickets left. If you can’t get one, get that album instead. See here for info.

Al Cubo | The Albany | 7-8 Nov (pictured)
Slapstick, skill, wit, enthusiasm and a large number of white buckets form the basis for this energetic and entertaining celebration of mayhem, brought to you by award winning French/Italian trio BettiCombo. Very promising. Plus, the fact that they’re selling family tickets makes me think this is something you could very well take your older kids along to. Which is grand, as it’s Saturday. More info right about here.

The Snow Dragon | Canada Water Culture Space | 7 Nov
One more squarely aimed at kids now, from Tall Stories, a company renowned for the quality of their children’s entertainment. Featuring songs, laughs, hungry wolves and an adventure through the woods, the play tells the tale of a spoiled little goat who is looking forward to the visit of the legendary Snow Dragon. More info and tickets from this page here.

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Friday October 30th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 6 Nov: Atif Nawaz, Sean Hughes, Sylvain Chauveau


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

Aatif Nawaz – Muslims Do It 5 Times A Day | Museum Of Comedy | 6-8 Nov (pictured)
The super Aatif Nawaz – as featured in a Caro Meets Q&A this week – heads to the Museum Of Comedy this week for three performances of this much praised set addressing the growing divisions between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK. Serious issues handled with a funny, deftly light touch. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

Sean Hughes – Mumbo Jumbo | ArtsDepot | 6 Nov
I have had a bit of a soft spot for Sean Hughes for… well, longer than I would really care to remember. The award winning comic, I am pretty sure, gets better as he gets older; a thought that is vaguely topical, as this show about “staying on the right side of sanity” apparently contains some material about ageing. So there you go. More info and tickets here.

LIFEM 2015: Sylvain Chauveau | King’s Place | 6 Nov
Sylvain Chauveau’s minimal compositions have been released on solo records through companies such as Type, Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier, and Brocoli, and he also runs two of his own rather idiosyncratic labels. He’s on as part of the generally very interesting sounding London International Festival of Exploratory Music, on at King’s Place from 5-8 November; see this page here for more info on Chauveau, and this here for links to info on the three other performances in the strand.

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Thursday October 29th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 5 Nov: The Session, Alfie Brown, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland


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

The Session | Soho Theatre | 3-28 November
The first of two Soho Theatre recommendations in this set of tips (sorry, other venues, I couldn’t help myself), this show is an intriguing sounding piece about a couple who don’t speak the same language and therefore meet with communication difficulties and crossed wires… and it’s got a great creative team behind it. Have a look at this page for tickets and info.

Alfie Brown – Ism | Soho Theatre | 4-14 Nov
Can’t help thinking Alfie Brown is slightly Marmitey, possibly because of the serious social commentary (not everyone likes that kind of thing, you know) that he manages to make so captivating and funny. He is certainly a force to be reckoned with, and a comedian who has become a firm favourite with many members of our team. See the venue website here for more info and to book.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland | ROH Linbury Studio | 5-7 Nov (pictured)
Will Todd’s charming family opera was commissioned by Holland Park Opera, and has been delighting open air audiences for several seasons now, but this month heads to the Royal Opera House for a number of indoor performances. For more info, you could read our very own Q&A about it here, but you can also look at this page here for official info and ticket stuff.

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Wednesday October 28th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 4 Nov: Lolly, Time pieces, Lovesong Of The Electric Bear


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

Lolly | King’s Place | 4 Nov (pictured)
The fabulously funny Lolly Adefope has won no small amount of critical acclaim and a number of big fans here at TW HQ. She’s a great character comedian, presenting her debut hour, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year. I feel very confident saying that I think she is one to watch out for; expect to see lots more of her in the future. Info and tickets here.

Time Pieces: Double Bill | Battersea Arts Centre | 4-7 Nov
Just as you’d expect from the heading above, there are two shows per night of this run, under the heading of ‘time pieces’. First up is ‘Like You Were’, in which Deborah Pearson uses video footage to explore the person she is now compared to the person she used to be. Secondly, we have ‘The Future Show’, also by Pearson, which has toured internationally for two years, with new scripts for every run. You can see either or both. See this page or this page for more info and to book.

Love Song Of The Electric Bear | The Arts Theatre | 4-21 Nov
This production of the late Snoo Wilson’s surreal play about code-breaking hero mathematician Alan Turing has already had a very successful run at the Hope Theatre, but now transfers for a series of performances at the Above The Arts studio in the West End. This staging has received numerous plaudits and nominations, so not one to miss if you know what’s good for you. See the venue website here for more info.

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Monday October 26th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 2 Nov: Vibrant 2015, Staging A Revolution Festival, Mark Watson


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

Vibrant 2015 | Finborough Theatre | 25 Oct-12 Nov
I can’t quite remember why I haven’t already mentioned this in one of these here tipping sessions, but you know, better late than never, there’s still time to take advantage of this year’s Vibrant festival of new work at the Finborough: staged readings of work from both established and up-and-coming playwrights, now in its seventh year. Lots of different and varied sounding pieces that are highly likely to be oozing potential. See this page here for more info.

Belarus Free Theatre’s Staging A Revolution festival | secret locations and the Young Vic | 2-14 Nov (pictured)
And another likely festival for you. And I’ve remembered to tip this one at the start of it, too, so no excuses for not going. Belarus Free Theatre, one of the boldest, most political arts organisations we know,  present two weeks of performances and discussions in association with Young Vic. See this page here for a great long list of what’s on and this page here for other info and to book.

Mark Watson: Work In Progress | Invisible Dot | 2-6 Nov
I am not sure I need to try and sell you the lovely, lovely Mark Watson, do I? He really is lovely, you know. And extremely funny. Plus, this is only one of many ‘From The Fringe’ events you can take in at Invisible lot, so while you are on the website booking your tickets for this, have a look at all the other great things that they have coming up. Though I may remind you of some of them further down the line. Anyway, info and ticket bookery right here.

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Sunday October 25th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 1 Nov: Afiara Quartet, Richard Gadd, Dr Hydenshriek’s Laboratory


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

LCMS – Afiara Quartet With James Campbell (Clarinet) | King’s Place | 1 Nov
If you are a fan of string quartets (I know I am) then this one should be one for your diaries, a rare UK appearance from famed Canadian four piece The Afiara Quartet. They’re joined by famed fellow national clarinettist James Campell for a performance featuring Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, Fribbins’ Quintet for clarinet and strings and Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings in A. More info from here.

Richard Gadd – Waiting For Gaddot | Soho Theatre | 27 Oct-7 Nov (pictured)
This show has already been on for a few nights, but you still have a week to catch it at the Soho. It’s a show that won a huge amount of critical acclaim up at the Edinburgh Festival this summer, and also came home with award wins and nominations. Richard Gadd is buzzing, and so probably very much on the up. Don’t miss this much lauded set. More info and tickets from this page here.

Dr Hydenshriek’s Laboratory | The Pillbox, Bethnal Green | 31 Oct-1 Nov
And finally, a last children’s Halloweeny offering for your Halloweeny weekend. This ‘laboratory tour’ is described as an “immersive multimedia scare experience”, aimed at children seven and over (though younger children are allowed in if you think they are hard enough). Brought to you by the filmmaking workshop team at Studio Film School, supported by Film Hub London and managed by Film London. More info and how to book here.

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Saturday October 24th, 2015 00:00

Three To See on 31 Oct: He Had Hairy Hands, Chills In The Chapel, The Scary Halloween Show


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

He Had Hairy Hands | Artsdepot | 31 Oct (pictured)
Right, it’s Hallowe’en (am I the only person left still spelling it properly?), so I feel it’s my duty to scare you. Or at least offer you some kind of spook-themed entertainment to take in tonight. This award winning Hammer-styled comedy werewolf mystery makes its way to Artdepot for one night only. Info and tickets from this page here.

Chills In The Chapel | Union Chapel | 30-31 Oct
Alan Howarth, who scored much of the iconic ‘Halloween’ series will perform music from them live, alongside selected excepts from these films, as well as from other movies he’s provided the soundtrack for. Sounds like a classy yet creepy evening. See this page for more info.

The Scary Halloween Show | Invisible Dot | 31 Oct
Well this is bound to be scary, it says so in the title. Well, ok, given that this involves a line up of comedy acts, I think it’s most likely to be very funny, with perhaps a little creepy thrown in. You can certainly be sure of some quality quippage, with the likes of sketch triple-act Daphne, afore-tipped character comedian Emma Sidi, and Comedy Award newcomer nominee Adam Hess. See the Invisible Dot’s website here for more info.

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