Saturday May 30th, 2015 00:01

5 Jun: Oresteia, Pop Forensics, and Disney Night III

Oresteia

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COMEDY: Disney Night III | Camden Comedy Club | 5 Jun
Laugh Out London’s third Disney-themed night takes place tonight, hosted by comedy’s Disney authority Thom Tuck. Also on hand to deliver animation-related jokes will be Andrew O’Neill, Lou Sanders, Beth Vyse, and more. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Pop Forensics | Wellcome Collection | 5-6 Jun
A two-day event at the Wellcome Collection in collaboration with the BFI looking at how forensics is portrayed in film, literature and television. A series of film screenings with Q&A sessions will look at how the popular perception of forensics affects the courtroom. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Oresteia | Almeida Theatre | 29 May – 18 Jul (pictured)
Orestes’ parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus’ greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done – and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday May 27th, 2015 00:01

2 Jun: Time Run, Opera Holland Park and the Comedian’s Comedian Podcast

Wil Anderson

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COMEDY: Comedian’s Comedian Podcast – Wil Anderson | Soho Theatre | 2 Jun (pictured)
The third in a series of four live recordings of the Comedian’s Comedian Podcast sees host Stuart Goldsmith interviewing Australian comic Wil Anderson, who also starts a run of his latest show ‘Free Wil’ at the Soho Theatre tonight. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Time Run | Helmsely Place | 23 Apr – 2 Aug
A 60-minute, live game for 3-5 people, taking you on a quest through time and space, solving puzzles, challenges and mysteries. This trailer will explain more. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Opera Holland Park | Holland Park | 2 Jun – 1 Aug
Opera Holland Park’s 2015 season kicks off with performances of three one act operas, ‘Gianni Schicchi’, Il Tabarro and ‘Suor Angelica’. Details and tickets here.

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Monday May 25th, 2015 00:01

31 May: Phil Ellis, Tales From The Deep, and Scusate Se Esisto

Tales From The Deep

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: Tales From The Deep | Natural History Museum | 31 May (pictured)
A puppet show exploring the biodiversity of sea life, which allows children to experience real specimens from the sea such as corals, shells and mermaids purses, as well as enjoying two stories – the second a re-telling of ‘The Little Mermaid’ with a happy ending. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY Phil Ellis’s Funz And Gamez | Udderbelly Festival | 31 May
Like, hate or tolerate the word ‘bonkers’, it’s at its most apt if applied to this Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards Panel Prize-winning family fun n game show from comic and king-of-giggles Phil Ellis; which arrives fitted with all the right trimmings (whimsical characters, prizes, a dog named Bonzo) for a silly good time. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Scusate Se Esisto! + Q&A | Genesis Cinema | 31 May
CinemaItaliaUK presents a screening of Riccardo Milani’s ‘Scusate Se Esisto!’ (Do You See Me!) followed by a Q&A. The film follows Serena Bruno as she returns to Italy to be an architect, but she will struggle to convince her fellow co-workers that they have to be more open minded. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday May 24th, 2015 00:01

30 May: David Cross, Wes Anderson, and Camden Rocks

David Cross

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COMEDY: David Cross | RichMix | 30 May
David Cross is headlining Knock2Bag’s RichMix comedy night. That really should be exciting enough, but also on the bill are Sarah Kendall, Nish Kumar, Ed Aczel, Tom Toal, Amir Khoshsokhan and Jarred Christmas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Camden Rocks | various venues | 30 May
An all day event filling the many venues of Camden with some of the finest rock bands out there, including an exclusive London performance from headliners Bullet For My Valentine. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Wes Anderson – The Collected Works | Prince Charles Cinema | 30 May
Do you like Wes Anderson? Would you like to watch all of his films? Would you like to watch all of his films in one sitting? Would you like to watch all of his films in one sitting in the Prince Charles Cinema? Well then, it sounds like this is the event for you. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday May 23rd, 2015 00:01

29 May: Dylan Moran, Russell Brand, and the Black Cat Cabaret

Dylan Moran

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CABARET: Black Cat Cabaret | London Wonderground | 29 May
Award-winning cabaret makers Nocturne continue their new regular night at London Wonderground, The Black Cat Cabaret. Expect to meet showgirl sirens, shady troubadour tricksters, alluring acrobats and many other glorious late night eccentrics. Read an interview with the show’s director Simon Evans, here. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Dylan Moran – Off The Hook | Hammersmith Apollo | 29-30 May
Dylan Moran is a funny man. And here he is with his latest show ‘Off The Hook’, transferring over to the Hammersmith Apollo from The Forum where he had taken up residence earlier this week. It’ll be off the hook. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Russell Brand – A Trew Work In Progress | The Proud Archivist | 29 May
Russell Brand’s Trew Musings returns to The Proud Archivist in Dalston with his new work-in-progress stand up show. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday May 21st, 2015 00:01

27 May: Tim Vine, Ryoji Ikeda, and The Clockmaker’s Daughter

Tim Vine

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COMEDY: Tim Vine – Tim Timinee Tim Timinee Tim Tim To You | Bloomsbury Theatre | 26-30 May (pictured)
On his first stand up tour for four years, Tim Vine is back with another barrage of one-liners, prop-based gags, and silly songs. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ryoji Ikeda – Supercodex | Village Underground | 27 May
Electronic musician and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda brings his impressive talents to Village Underground, in partnership with the Barbican Centre. ‘Supercodex’ sees him rework his 2013 ‘Superposition’ piece into an immersive club show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Clockmaker’s Daughter | Landor Theatre | 27 May
The world premiere of a new show by writers Daniel Finn and Michael Webborn, ‘The Clockmaker’s Daughter’ is set in a fictional Irish town and built around themes of prejudice, discrimination, animosity and a fear of the unknown, accompanied by a soundtrack of original folk music. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday May 19th, 2015 00:01

25 May: Sheeps and The Cat In The Hat

The Cat In The Hat

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CHILDREN’S SHOW: The Cat In The Hat | Greenwich Theatre | 25-27 May (pictured)
Adapted from the original Dr Seuss book by Katie Mitchell and directed by Paul Taylor-Mills and Lillie Collier, ‘The Cat In The Hat’ comes to the London stage following a UK tour. Can Sally and her brother get that cat in check before their mum comes home? It’s going to be a close call. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Sheeps Wembley Previews | Soho Theatre | 25-30 May
Sprightly sketch three-piece Sheeps – that’s Daran Johnson, Liam Williams, and Alastair Roberts – work on the (imaginary) premise that they’re practising ahead of a (not real) show at Wembley Stadium. So this involves them repeatedly binning and re-inventing the same aquarium-based scenario in a variety of styles, and eventually picking apart a) each other and b) the very nature of what makes good comedy. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday May 14th, 2015 00:01

21 May: Temple, Julian Clary, and Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

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COMEDY: Festival Of The Spoken Nerd – Just For Graphs | Udderbelly | 21 May (pictured)
Self-confessed nerd comedians, mathematician Matt Parker, physicist Helen Arney and all-rounder Steve ‘Danger’ Mould come together for their latest show at the Festival Of The Spoken Nerd. There will be experiments, songs, graphs and fire. And, of course, lots of laughs. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Julian Clary | The Crazy Coqs | 19-23 May
Following on from his residency at The Crazy Coqs last year, Julian Clary returns for another run, accompanied by pianist Simon Wallace. “I’m hoping it will be a classy occasion. Me perched on a stool sharing a bowl of cheesy balls with the audience before launching into my carefully honed musical repertoire”, says Clary. “Think Bruce Springsteen without the gingham shirt”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Temple | Donmar Warehouse | 21 May – 25 Jul
Steve Waters’ new play is a fictionalised account of the events surrounding the appearance of the Occupy London camp from outside St Paul’s Cathedral in October 2011, covering protesters pitching their tents, and the City Of London’s legal action to remove them. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday May 14th, 2015 00:01

20 May: Mew, Manger, and Josie Long

Josie Long

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COMEDY: Investigations With Josie Long | The Invisible Dot | 20 May (pictured)
The latest edition of Josie Long’s new regular show at The Invisible Dot, which sees her joined by investigative journalist Martin Williams to present the findings of research they have carried out (all wrapped up with jokes, of course). Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Manger | Sadler’s Wells | 19-20 May
As part of Sadler’s Wells and Tate Modern presentation of Musée De La Danse in London, French choreographer Boris Charmatz’s new work ‘Manger’ aims to set bodied in motion with not the limbs or eye, but the mouth. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Mew | Roundhouse | 20 May
A year and a half on from their last London show at the same venue, Danish band Mew return to the Roundhouse following the release of their brilliant new album, ‘+-‘. Always an impressive live act, this is a show well worth checking out. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday May 13th, 2015 00:01

19 May: Ellie Taylor, The Beaux Stratagem, and The Improbability Principle

Ellie Taylor

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COMEDY: Ellie Taylor – Elliementary | Soho Theatre | 19-21 May (pictured)
You might recognise Ellie Taylor as the host of ‘Snog Marry Avoid’ on BBC Three, but Ellie Taylor is also a skillful stand-up comedian, described as “sparkling and energetic company” by ThreeWeeks. In her 2014 Edinburgh show here she covers all the big issues: life, love and Matalan. Read our interview with Ellie here. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: The Improbability Principle – Why Coincidences, Miracles, And Rare Events Happen Every Day | Conway Hall | 19 May
When coincidences and incredibly unlikely things happen, it seems somehow miraculous. But these things also happen so often that they seem quite normal too. Professor David J Hand, author of ‘The Improbability Principle’, discuss why improbably event occur so frequently and how to understand them. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Beaux Stratagem | National Theatre | 19 May – 20 Sep
George Farquhar’s final play, ‘The Beaux Stratagem’, opened in London less than two months before his death in April 1707. The story is a comedic tale of two men, Mr Aimwell and Mr Archer, who get carried away and spend their fortunes on having fun in London. To regain their social standing, they come up with a plan to marry for money. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday May 12th, 2015 00:01

18 May: Twerps, The Horne Section, and Another Comedy Night

The Horne Section

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COMEDY: Another Comedy Night | Hackney Attic | 18 May
Currently preparing to take his debut solo show ‘Mulitifarious’ to the Edinburgh Fringe, character comedian John McKeever hosts Another Comedy Night at the Hackney Attic, joined by a collection of other rising comics. Free entry but tickets required. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Horne Section’s Question Session | The Invisible Dot | 18 May (pictured)
Comedian Alex Horne and his very own house band host their own quiz, giving them the chance to show off their skills in both improvised and pre-prepared musical comedy. Also, it’s a quiz! Who doesn’t like a quiz? Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Twerps | The Shacklewell Arms | 18 May
Australian quartet Twerps head to London following the release of their second album ‘Range Anxiety’ in February. Having honed their stage craft supporting the likes of Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter, and Mac DeMarco, catch them here in unrestrained headline form. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday May 10th, 2015 00:01

16 May: Joseph Morpurgo, The Prodigy, and If Tate Modern Was Musée De La Danse

Joseph Morpurgo

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COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa | Soho Theatre | 14-16 May (pictured)
Given 5/5 by ThreeWeeks at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s ‘Odessa’ sees him craft a detailed, but entirely fictional history from a short clip of found VHS footage. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: If Tate Modern Was Musée De La Danse? | Tate Modern | 15-16 May
Part of a series of performances created by French choreographer and dancer Boris Charmatz, ‘If Tate Modern Was Musée De La Danse?’ will see around 90 dancers take over the Tate Modern’s gallery spaces and Turbine Hall. Details here.

MUSIC: The Prodigy | Alexandra Palace | 15-16 May
With their latest album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ out now, The Prodigy are spending the night tearing up Alexandra Palace. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday May 9th, 2015 00:01

15 May: Myrddin, Science Flicktion, and John Robertson’s Dark Room

John Robertson - The Dark Room

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COMEDY: John Robertson – The Dark Room | Udderbelly | 15 May (pictured)
“You’ll struggle to find better than John Robertson’s show – or perhaps game show – ‘The Dark Room’”, said ThreeWeeks in this 5/5 review. Robertson appears as a floating head, guiding you through a mind-bending choose-your-own-adventure. There’s a grand prize of £1000 for anyone who can beat the game (but be prepared, only a handful ever have). Details and tickets here.

FILM: Science Flicktion | Chelsea Old Town Hall | 15-17 May
How often have you wondered if the science in films actually stacks up? Endlessly, if you’re anything like me. And therefore, this is the perfect event for both of us. Five films – ‘Alien’, ‘Apollo 13′, ‘Terminator 2′, ‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Good Will Hunting’ – will be screened over three days, with commentary on each from one scientist and one comedian to confirm authenticity or (more likely) tear it all to pieces. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Myrddin | RichMix | 15 May
A night of contemporary flamenco music and dance, featuring music from Belgian guitarist Myrddin’s latest album ‘Rosa de Papel’. He is joined by dancers Alicia Carrasco and Ana Llanes, plus special guest, Syrian kanun player Maya Youssef. Details and tickets here.

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Friday May 8th, 2015 00:01

14 May: Richard Herring, Tyler The Creator, and US Girls

Richard Herring

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COMEDY: Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee | Bloomsbury Theatre | 14-15 May (pictured)
Bringing the tour of his latest show ‘Lord Of The Dance Settee’ to a close, Richard Herring takes up residence at the Bloomsbury Theatre for two nights, the second of which will be filmed for a future DVD release. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tyler, The Creator | Roundhouse | 14 May
Odd Future leader Tyler, The Creator comes to London to play a show at the Roundhouse in support of his latest album, ‘Cheery Bomb’, which was released last month. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: US Girls | Courtyard Theatre | 14 May
Recently signed to 4AD, Meg Ramy, aka US Girls, will be in London for a one-off show at the Courtyard Theatre in Shoreditch tonight. Check out new single ‘Damn That Valley’ here. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday May 6th, 2015 00:01

12 May: McQueen, Aisling Bea, and Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

Aisling Bea

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COMEDY: Aisling Bea | Old Queens Head | 12 May (pictured)
Aisling Bea headlines a brilliant line-up at The Old Queens Head in Islington, joined by Diane Morgan, James Acaster, James Veitch, and a mystery guest listed as a “regular on British TV comedy”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone | Camden People’s Theatre | 12-31 May
Greyscale’s acclaimed show sees two male actors explore the relationship between a 30-something daughter and her ageing mother, looking at what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed and the realisation that they won’t be around forever. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: McQueen | St James Theatre | 12 May – 27 Jun
In her London stage debut, US actress Dianna Agron plays a girl who tries to steal a dress from Alexander McQueen (played by Stephen Wight), only to be caught but taken under the designer’s wing instead of turned in to the police. Through this fictional tale, the audience is taken into the real world of the late McQueen’s creative process. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday May 5th, 2015 00:01

11 May: Haiku, Beth Vyse, and Cabaret Playroom

Beth Vyse

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CABARET: Cabaret Playroom | The Albany | 11 May
The final Cabaret Playroom of this season features performances from silent clown Kiki Lovechild, singer Marcus Reeves, and physical comedian Leela Bunce. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Beth Vyse – Get Up With Hands! | Soho Theatre | 11-12 May (pictured)
Olive Hands (aka Beth Vyse) is a daytime TV presenter, but disaster strikes when ITV9 goes bust and she is left to retain her audience by any means possible. On the way there are cameos from Ali Brice, John Kearns, Pat Cahill as the gardeners, Gareth Morinan and quite possibly you. Details and tickets here.

WORDS: Haiku – Small Is Beautiful | King’s Place | 11 May
As part of King’s Place’s ongoing Minimalism Unwrapped series, Poet In The City presents a celebration of haiku. A panel led by British poet Don Paterson will discuss the history of the artform and perform poems in both Japanese and English. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday May 3rd, 2015 00:01

9 May: Bridget Christie, Son Melao Orquesta, and the London Pet Show

Bridget Christie

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COMEDY: Bridget Christie – An Ungrateful Woman | Soho Theatre | 8-23 May (pictured)
Are there really still people out there who have not seen this show? I mean, it’s not like you haven’t been given ample opportunity. You should consider yourself very lucky that Bridget Christie is giving you one more chance. I wouldn’t. In fact, I hope it’s all booked out by people who’ve seen it before, just to teach these latecomers a lesson. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: London Pet Show | ExCel Centre | 9-10 May
Pets! Everybody loves them, don’t they? Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, horses, mice, cows, snakes, frogs, badgers, monkeys, elephants, lions, tigers, camels. Well, maybe not camels. But pets though. Gotta love a good pet. And there will pets aplenty at this show, I can tell you. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Son Melao Orquesta | The Forge | 9 May
The Son Melao Orquesta will headline this night of Latin rhythms up in Camden, with DJ King Carlos on the decks to ensure a non-stop night of partying. And best of all, it’s free to get in. Details here.

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Saturday May 2nd, 2015 00:01

8 May: Ed Gamble, Shigeto, and Knightmare Live

Ed Gamble

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COMEDY: Ed Gamble – Gambletron 5000 | Soho Theatre | 7-9 May (pictured)
One half of double act Peacock & Gamble, Ed Gamble goes it alone for the first time in this energetic show, which premiered at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Shigeto | Village Underground | 8 May
Electronic music maker Shigeto will headline this exciting bill of musicians courtesy of Soundcrash at Village Underground tonight. Performing ahead of his live set will be Slugabed, DJ Rum and Anchorsong. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/EVENT: Knightmare Live – Level 2 | Udderbelly | 8 May – 5 Jun
Having drawn large audiences in its previous form, this reawakening of 80s Children’s gameshow ‘Knightmare’ takes things up to level two in its latest incarnation. Each week over five week, a member of the public will be guided through the dungeon, but can they succeed in their quest to get out again? Details and tickets here.

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Friday May 1st, 2015 00:01

7 May: Andy Zaltzman, Jonny & The Baptists, and A New Play For The General Election

Andy Zaltzman

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COMEDY: Andy Zaltzman – Satirist For Hire Election Special | Udderbelly | 7 May (pictured)
A special edition of Andy Zaltzman’s ‘Satirist For Hire’ show is the first of our three General Election-related tips for tonight. Andy will be joined by Josie Long and Tiernan Douieb to satirise anything of the audience’s choosing. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/COMEDY: Jonny & The Baptists – Rock The Vote | Soho Theatre | 6-7 May
Jonny & The Baptists tackle the big issues of the 2015 General Election with a mix of songs, satire and silliness. With ‘Rock The Vote’ they aim to find a reason, any reason, to vote at all. Should they succeed, that doesn’t give you much time after they finish if you see it tonight. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A New Play For The General Election | Finborough Theatre | 26 Apr – 12 May
A brand new play written in response to the General Election by award-winning actor/director Chris New. Using material generated through a process of research, improvisation and writing, the play focusses on a moment of desperation by an opportunistic loner presented with a one-in-a-million opportunity to come face to face with the ruling elite. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday April 29th, 2015 00:01

5 May: Harry Hill, Comedian’s Comedian, and A Mad World My Masters

Nina Conti

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COMEDY: Harry Hill & Friends – Experiments In Entertainment 2 | The Invisible Dot | 5-9 May
Harry Hill begins a run of warm-up dates for his next tour at The Invisible Dot. As well as Harry’s own experiments, there will be a set from a one of Harry’s stand-up comedian friends each night too – tonight it’s the brilliant Mae Martin. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Comedian’s Comedian Podcast Live – Nina Conti | Soho Theatre | 5 May (pictured)
The second in a run of live recordings of the brilliant Comedian’s Comedian podcast sees ventriloquist Nina Conti interviewed by host (and fellow stand-up, of course) Stuart Goldsmith. If you missed last month’s interview with Des Bishop, listen to what you missed out on here. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Mad World My Masters | Barbican | 29 Apr – 9 May
Set in Soho in the 1950s, Thomas Middleton’s comedy A Mad World My Masters comes to London for a short run, following high acclaim the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Details and tickets here.

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