TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature National Theatre treasure Simon Russell Beale, early evening gags with Bec Hill and Jim Smallman, and varied psychedelic vibes via bands like The Proper Ornaments, Boogarins and TOY…
COMEDY: An Appointment With Martin, The Proud Archivist, 11 Apr
Acting as a… what I call a ‘teatime appetiser’ pre the first of Miranda Hart’s ginormous solo stand-up shows at The O2 (which is tonight) this 4.30pm appointment with ‘Pun Run’ medallist Bec Hill, funny urbanite Jim Smallman, small n bearded satirist Tiernan Douieb and Steve Hall (once of sitcom trio We Are Klang) encourages you, if your boss says it’s okay, to bunk off work and go have a late-afternoon laugh. Details and tickets here.
MUSIC: Bad Vibes Weekender feat The Proper Ornaments/TOY/Lumerians/Gap Dream/Boogarins/Blue Angel Lounge, Shacklewell Arms, 11-13 Apr
Like psych? If so, why not go hide away in at the back of the Shack, in its ‘Prismatic’ batcave, and take in warm and waxy vibes via a trove-load of the live bands playing there this weekend. Like, for instance, today’s headliners, the dreamily decorative The Proper Ornaments, and also moody rock longhaireds TOY, Californian band Gap Dream, Brazilian pairing Boogarins, and mindbending Frisco crew Lumerians. Details and tickets here.
THEATRE: King Lear, National Theatre, 11 Apr – 2 Jul
Still reaping serial great reviews at the National Theatre, Simon Russell Beale slips back into playing Shakespeare’s tyrannical yet fragile ageing king in this Sam Mendes-directed adaptation. Details and tickets here.