Thursday April 17th, 2014 05:20

Wednesday 23 April 2014 in London

 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature comic sad acts Harry Deansway, Trevor Lock and Luke McQueen, a feast of France’s finest films, and a Globe-to-Globe production of ‘Hamlet’…

COMEDY: Sadwave Comedy Club feat Trevor Lock + Harry Deansway + Luke McQueen, 23 Apr
Top comic no-hopers Trevor Lock, Harry Deansway and Luke McQueen pool their considerable inadequacies, insecurities and in-jokes for a night of scratch stand-up with a distinctly sad overtone. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, Ciné Lumière/Curzon Soho, 23-30 Apr
This year’s taster-tray of France’s finest filmic treats, which this year pays homage to  late great cineaste Alain Resnais, features Albert Dupontel’s award-winning baby boom romp ’9 Month Stretch’ – plus a Q&A with Dupontel and his co-star in the movie, Terry Gilliam – a screening of ‘Amelie’-maker Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s new adventure ‘The Young And Prodigious TS Spivet‘, and an ‘in conversation’ chat with JPJ and actress Helena Bonham-Carter. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe, 23-26 Apr
This pared-back adaptation of the ultimate Shakespearean tragedy, which finds young London-born actors Kadu Eneruwa and Baeem Hayat sharing the part of Prince H, hits LDN first on a world-roving Globe To Globe tour. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday April 16th, 2014 05:19

Tuesday 22 April 2014 in London

Katherine Ryan

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature acid-tongued Canadian glamour girl Katherine Ryan, physical theatre experts Frantic Assembly, and a war-time love story by Jean-Jacques Bernard…

COMEDY: Katherine Ryan – Glam Role Model, Soho Theatre, 22 Apr – 3 May (pictured)
As seen giving a bitter-sweet sheen to TV shows like ‘QI’ and ’8 Out Of 10 Cats’, ‘sidebar of shame’-style pop satirist (and one-time TW interviewee) Katherine Ryan picks apart the perma-tanned, tits-and-teeth realm of glam modelling in her new solo show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Believers, Tricycle Theatre, 22 Apr – 24 May
Physical theatre crew Frantic Assembly team with playwright Bryony Lavery to paint this stormy portrait of two families fighting to deal with their differences, and an ‘unthinkable’ event. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Martine – Finborough Theatre, 22 Apr – 17 Mar
This 1922 play by France’s answer to Pinter, writer Jean-Jacques Bernard, is a study in  ’beauty and longing, desire and disappointment’, illustrated by a young man just back from war in Syria, who falls in love with a rural country girl. ‘Martine’ hasn’t been seen in Britain in 25 years, which makes this staging, directed by John Littler, extra special. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday April 9th, 2014 18:30

Tuesday 15 April 2014 in London

The Silver Tassie

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature an anti-war declaration by Irish playwright Sean O’Casey, one ‘Cool Rider’, and pop’s new intelligensia: These New Puritans…

MUSIC/ART: These New Puritans – Magnetic Field, The Vinyl Factory, 15-21 Apr
Alto-pop braniacs These New Puritans will display (and invite fans to interact with) their ‘Magnetic Resonator Piano’, a gadget that featured on the band’s 2013 LP ‘Field Of Reeds’, via this free-entry exhibition. TNP have also invited acts like East India Youth, Will Dutta, Halls, Gwilym Gold, Scanner and Charles Hayward to play live on site at the installation, working the MRP into their shows. Details here.

THEATRE: Cool Rider, Lyric Theatre, 15-19 Apr
Back in the saddle following the show’s short spin at the Lyric Theatre earlier this year, ‘Cool Rider’ is a deliberately sugary spread of Pink Ladies, sex ed sing-songs, and a motorcycle vigilante in black. Ashleigh Gray and Aaron Sidwell play dancin and romancin Rydell High kids Stephanie and Michael  in this wry take on 1982′s hammy ‘Grease’ sequel, ‘Grease 2′. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Silver Tassie, National Theatre, 15 Apr – 3 Jul
National Theatre AD Howard Davies takes charge of this acrid and blackly-comic  anti-war diatribe by Irish dramatist Sean O’Casey. ‘The Silver Tassie’ stars Ronan Rafferty as a dashing young soldier crippled by the horrors and hardships of WW1. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 8th, 2014 06:43

Monday 14 April 2014 in London

Tim Hecker

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature Canadian electro technician Tim Hecker, the bold-as-brass Horne Section, and a song-and-dance history of the world’s most British band, The Kinks…

COMEDY: The Horne Section, The Invisible Dot, 14 Apr
ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winners Alex Horne and his eponymous Section, a prime-time Radio 4 act these days, of course, are back in session, this time shoe-Horned into a small corner of the Invisible Dot for your aural gratification. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tim Hecker + Cuts, Oval Space, 14 Apr (pictured)
Canadian composer Tim Hecker – who’s a fine artist, counting sound as his medium – tonight brings to light his dissonant new LP, the far-and-widely-praised ‘Virgins’, a suite Tim designed to sound “out of time, out of tune and out of phase”. Winging in his support for the night is a ‘sonic assault’ from Cuts, aka Japan-born Masami Akita, Hungarium drummer Balazs Pandi, and Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Sunny Afternoon, Hampstead Theatre, 14 Apr – 24 May (pictured)
As jukebox productions go, this theatrical song-and-dance based on The Kinks’ many greatest hits actually sounds quite cool. ‘Hip’, you might say. Set, mid-swing, between the starched ‘Village Green Preservation’style -1950s and the hazy, crazy, ‘Lola’-era 1960s, it’s a picture of English life inspired by all of the ‘Days’ and nights of Kinks singer Ray Davies. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday April 5th, 2014 14:23

Friday 11 April 2014 in London

This Prismatic Room

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.

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Friday April 4th, 2014 08:57

Thursday 10 April 2014 in London

The Winter's Tale

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature masterful Royal Ballet choreog Christopher Wheeldon, calcium-rich Udderbelly comedians Tony Law, Andrew Maxwell and Vikki Stone, and the writer of the much-lauded ‘This House’, playwright James Graham…

COMEDY: Udderbelly Opening Gala, Udderbelly Southbank, 10 Apr
The capsized purple ungulate moo-st commonly known as the Udderbelly, which is back, on its back, on the Southbank for a long, hot summer of artistic thrills, throws its annual first-night gala in the company of some of the acts who’ll be titivating its teats over the next twelve weeks. Like, for instance, cash-cow comics Andrew Maxwell, Tony Law, Brendon Burns, Phil Nichol, Mark Dolan and Vikki Stone, the cast of musical improv biz-kids The Showstoppers, and Victorian magicians Morgan And West. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: The Winter’s Tale, Royal Opera House, 10 Apr – 8 May (pictured)
The Royal Ballet and Christopher Wheeldon look to make light work of this unenviable (and unseasonal) dance-interpretation of Shakespeare’s frost-bitten romance, the company’s first adaptation of one of the Bard’s plays since Macmillan’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ in 1965. Leading ballerinas Lauren Cuthbertson and Marianela Nuñez alternate the part of the beautiful Queen Hermione, whilst Edward Watson and Thiago Soares share Leontes, King of Sicily. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Privacy, Donmar Warehouse, 10 Apr – 31 May
James Graham’s new play, a pressing investigation into the ‘sharing of personal information’ in the digital age, taps real interviews with analysts, writers and politicians to ask the audience straight-out: how much do we really give away about ourselves online? Details and tickets here.

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Thursday April 3rd, 2014 09:57

Wednesday 9 April 2014 in London

The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature high-style king Jean Paul Gaultier, Palestinian playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi, and comic titillation c/o Mae Martin, Rachel Stubbings and Patrick Turpin…

COMEDY: An Arousing Night feat Richard Herring/Mae Martin/Patrick Turpin, Drink Shop & Do, 9 Apr
Tonight’s ‘Arousing’ co-hosts, po-faced agony aunt Rachel Stubbings and oddball comic Lou Sanders, MC the stimulating likes of no-frills wit Mae Martin, all-natural stand-up Patrick Turpin, and virtual unknown Richard Herring, whoever he is. Details and tickets here.

ART/FILM: The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier, Barbican, 9 Apr – 25 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican draws a long, tall high-ball of fashion artistry in this, an exploration of French haute-couturier (and originator of the ‘man-skirt) Gaultier’s weird, daring and decadent style-scape. At the heart of the exhibition, which is titled ‘From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk’, are over 160 garments and costumes, such as Madonna’s infamous conical bra, and an array of photo and film snapshots of JP’s collaborations with the likes of David LaChapelle, Miles Aldridge and Andy Warhol. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Oh My Sweet Land, Young Vic, 9 Apr – 3 May
Positioned at the crossroads of love and war, Amir Nizar Zuabi’s Syria-based play is a two-way collaboration with its originator, actor Corinne Jaber, who stars as a woman looking for a lost loved one. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 09:57

Tuesday 8 April 2014 in London

Frank Sidebottom

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature a last-minute boost of April Fooldom c/o Jamie Demetriou, Cariad Lloyd and Massive Dad, Django Reinhardt as Orpheus, and ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ author Jon Ronson’s side-view of the late, very great, and very strange Frank Sidebottom…

COMEDY: Gits N Shiggles’ April Fools feat Jamie Demetriou/Cardinal Burns/Cariad Lloyd/Massive Dad, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 8 Apr
Slimy taxi driver and tonight’s MC Brian Gittins acts as middle-man at this slightly tardy array of April Fools Day comics, providing intros for the likes of the evening’s headlining act, young gun Jamie Demetriou, plus Channel 4′s many-faced Cardinal Burns, improv’s First Lady Cariad Lloyd, and volcanic skit-artists (in that they’re about the blow up) Massive Dad. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Jon Ronson’s Frank Story, Kings Place, 8 Apr (pictured)
Author Jon Ronson, in case you don’t know, was once the keyboardist in big-papier-mâché-head-sporting-oompah-pop-iconoclast Frank Sidebottom’s Oh Blimey Big Band. In his solo show, part-movie diary, part-real story, Ronson looks back on his time with the strange and private Mr Sidebottom, and also talks through what it was like to co-script ‘Frank’, the Michael Fassbender-starring film based loosely by Sidebottom’s life, which premieres in May. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Orpheus, Battersea Arts Centre, 8-17 Apr
Back again at the BAC following its acclaimed first gambit last spring, Little Bulb Theatre’s jazzy slant on a mythical fave imagines the Orphic hymns taking place in 1930s Paris, with guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt playing Orpheus. Audiences are promised “cheeky theatrics”, outlandish moustachery and a smoky opera, swing and chanson score. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday April 1st, 2014 09:57

Monday 7 April 2014 in London

Hopelessly Devoted

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature drama’s woman-of-the-hour Kate Tempest, sketch addicts The Pin, John Finnemore and Staple/Face, and dark rock romantics Howling Bells…

COMEDY: Stop Trying To Make Sketch Happen feat The Pin/Catriona Knox/John Finnemore, Canal Cafe Theatre, 7 Apr
Bizarre skit-master John-Luke Roberts MCs this Easter edition of the negligibly ‘Mean Girls’-inspired ‘STTMSH’,  which features endearing fresh(ish) faces Staple/Face, wild sketch trio The Pin, character comedian Catriona Knox, and John Finnemore, creator of BBC Radio 4′s ‘Cabin Pressure’ amongst many other things. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Howling Bells, Oslo Hackney, 7 Apr
Sinuous-but-melodious London indie outfit Howling Bells show off the sound of ‘Heartstrings’, their new LP, in the midst of a UK tour. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hopelessly Devoted, Tricycle Theatre, 7-19 Apr (pictured)
Theatrical-revelation-of-the-year Kate Tempest’s seemingly never-ending creative reserve yields what is, apparently, an ‘incendiary new play’, in which a girl freshly released from prison, Chess, embarks on a singing career, only to find her dark past still plagues her. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 30th, 2014 15:20

Saturday 5 April 2014 in London

The Crackle

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature high-end West End playwright David Grieg, electro composer Matthew Herbert, and the strangest thing to happen to ‘Countdown’ since, erm, ever; Joe Wilkinson…

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel feat Joe Wilkinson/Aisling Bea/Alistair Green, Union Chapel, 5 Apr
MC Alex Horne conducts this edition of one of LDN’s more superior stand-up nights, whose line-up tonight gives time to beardy weirdy telly star Joe Wilkinson, chatty Irish comedian Aisling Bea, and much-admired poster boy for ‘odd’, Alistair Green. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: The Crackle, Linbury Studio Theatre (Royal Opera House), 5-12 Apr (pictured)
Sound artist Matthew Herbert fine-tunes and updates the ‘Faust’ story for the Royal Opera as part of the ROH’s ‘Faustian Pack’ season of shows, making the good Dr an aspirational music teacher/academic tempted by potent new technology. This radical interplay of ‘music, mobiles and Mephistopheles’ is live-scored with a mix of more traditional songs and glitchy digital sounds, with the option for the audience to join in via the phone app Chirp, which changes images into noises. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Events, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 5 Apr
Scottish writer David Grieg’s weighty play, which was first seen at the Young Vic last year, centres on gay priest Claire, who experiences an atrocity and thereafter strives to understand the breadth of terrible things she’s seen. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 29th, 2014 12:53

Friday 4 April 2014 in London

Andrew Lawrence

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature BBC Radio 4′s Andrew Lawrence, dance-pop production outfit Rudimental, and ‘Sherlock’ film villain Mark Strong…

COMEDY: Andrew Lawrence – There Is No Escape, Bloomsbury Theatre, 4-5 Apr (pictured)
A mainstay on his BBC Radio 4 series, ‘How Did We End Up Like This?’, pro misanthrope Andrew Lawrence brings his cutting brand of stand-up to the Bloomsbury for two nights only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: FabricLive feat Rudimental/Roy Davis Jr/Maribou State/Illum Sphere/Eclair FiFi, Fabric, 4 Apr
Dance label Black Butter takes the main-space hotseat at Fabric tonight, laying on a thick spread of the top acts on its books, primarily ‘Waiting All Night’ hitmakers Rudimental, plus US house boss Roy Davis Jr, production duo Maribou State and Bristolian DJ Woz. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A View From The Bridge, Young Vic, 4 Apr – 7 Jun
Arthur Miller’s take on the dark and passionate flipside of the American dream is the tale of Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone, who takes in a group of his Sicilian immigrant cousins, in so doing laying bare a deep, unspeakable secret. TV/film actor and ‘Sherlock’ villain Mark Strong and ‘Spooks’ star Nicola Walker take main parts in this production, which is headed up by director Ivo van Hove. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 28th, 2014 12:50

Thursday 3 April 2014 in London

Birdland

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature the Young Players of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Seattle rock band La Luz, and leading-light playwright Simon Stephens…

MUSIC: La Luz, Brixton Windmill, 3 Apr
The four girls of US-based lo-fi pop troopers La Luz illuminate their debut LP, ‘It’s Alive’ will have its UK coming-out-party via Hardly Art on 31 Mar. Fall for its Mazzy Star-bright, 1960s-style  charms right now c/o this video tape, for one of its tracks ‘Brainwash’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Birdland, Royal Court Theatre, 3 Apr – 31 May (pictured)
Leading playwright Simon Stephens, the man credited with adapting the National Theatre’s ‘The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time’, creates this piercing new play, a riff on money, fame, artistry and human nature. At its core is a ‘rockstar’ approaching the last date of a world tour, who is forced to think about coming off the road and going back to reality. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Malcontent, Shakespeare’s Globe, 3-19 Apr
The talented teens of the Globe Young Players set their sights on John Marton’s Shakespearean-era tragi-farce, an exercise in Machiavellian villainy and savage satire set in Renaissance Italy. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 27th, 2014 12:48

Wednesday 2 April 2014 in London

Powder Her Face

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature the English National Ballet, future stand-up stars The Awkward Silence,  Birthday Girls and Ellis & Rose, and first-time opera director Joe-Hill Gibbins…

COMEDY: Next Best Thing present The Awkward Silence/John Henry Falle/Birthday Girls/Ellis & Rose, The Slaughtered Lamb, 2 Apr
Tonight’s hosts, ‘Barskit’ cases The Awkward Silence, take to the Slaughtered Lamb with one doozy of a guest-list, presenting the likes of sketchy Betamales character John Henry Falle, quirk-happy trio Birthday Girls, and blossoming stand-up duo Ellis & Rose. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: English National Ballet – Lest We Forget, Barbican, 2-12 Apr
A somewhat radical trinity of the most acclaimed dance-masters of the day, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, create works for the ENB company inspired by the centenary of the Great War. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Powder Her Face, Ambika P3, 2-19 Apr
Theatre’s enfant terrible Joe-Hill Gibbins flits from directing his modish NT adaptation of ‘Edward II’ to this, his first opera, which finds him moving the English National Opera company to this comparably mini space in Marleybone. Thomas Ades’ breakthrough composition traces the glam rise and sleazy fall of Margaret Duchess of Argyll, aka the ‘Dirty Duchess’, a notorious divorcee of the 1960s, renowned for her voracious appetite for suitors. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 26th, 2014 05:12

Tuesday 1 April 2014 in London

A Small Family Business

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature April Fools Lucy Beaumont and Phill Jupitus (him, twice), magic man Ali Cook, solo dramatist Ira Brand, and a good old Alan Aykbourn stage-play…

COMEDY: Fools’ Week, Drayton Theatre, 1-5 Apr
Why limit April Fool-ishness to a single day, when you can make the springtime silliness last for five? Exactly. Anyway, getting this irreverently funny mini-fest started this evening are big-man-on-’Buzzcocks’ Phill Jupitus and BBC Comedy Award-winning Hull girl Lucy Beaumont, with John Hastings, Angela Barnes, Milo McCabe, Carly Smallman and Alex Edelman all set to appear hereafter. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Small Family Business, National Theatre, 1 Apr – 31 May
Alan Ayckbourn’s rowdy comic exposure of entrepreneurial greed and corruption returns to the site of its 1987 premiere. Jack McCracken, a man of principle, takes over his dad-in-law’s family firm, and finds in himself a well of self-interest which reaches a grim climax. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: First 2014 – A Festival Of Solo Performances, Tristan Bates Theatre, 1-19 Apr
Starting tonight with Ira Brand’s ‘A Cure For Ageing’ – a piercing celebration of life and its inevitable decline – and, by contrast, all-star magician Ali Cook’s ‘The Art Of Astonishment’, this intimate array of one-man shows also has space on its programme later this month for comedians Grainne Maguire, Rosie Wilby, Ivo Graham and Shappi Khorsandi; moving theatre solos from Lucy Hopkins and Yuni Shin; light and heavier-hearted cabaret; and Phill Jupitus posing as Porky The Poet in his first longform prose show. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 25th, 2014 05:12

Monday 31 March 2014 in London

Johnny Foreigner

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature big-deal comedians Adam Hills and Seann Walsh, showbiz stars (stars I tell you) Jesse Wallace and Paul Potts, and jittery Birmingham emigrees Johnny Foreigner…

COMEDY: MS Society gala feat Adam Hills/Seann Walsh/Katherine Ryan/Romesh Ranganathan, Leicester Square Theatre, 31 Mar
Fast-bowling ‘Last Leg’ guy Adam Hills stands-up in the name of the MS Society, adding clout to an already heavyweight line-up featuring mealy Canadian lady Katherine Ryan, jaded breakout star Romesh Ranganathan, ‘gauche’ new face Ivo Graham, and old(er) hands Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh and Nathan Caton. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Johnny Foreigner, The Borderline, 31 Mar (pictured)
Brummie indie-punks Johnny Foreigner plug their super-duper new LP, ‘You Can Do Better’, with a sure-to-be hot, crowded and loud show at the Borderline. Excellently-named Cardiff band Radstewart and no-frills rock quartet Midfield Workhorse support. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Busting To Sing, Palace Theatre, 30 Mar
Oh come on, it’s all good fun. Winning showbiz singstars like ex-Eastender Jessie Wallace, ‘X-Factor’ sweetheart Joe McElderry, and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ victor Paul Potts are simply ‘Busting’ to raise cash and awareness for breast cancer charity CoppaFeel, and will be breaking out the vocal acrobatics to attract donations tonight. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 24th, 2014 14:15

Sunday 30 March 2014 in London

Almost Near

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature Prince Wills’s new BFF Tinie Tempah, ‘cray cray’ Weirdos Comedy signees Robin & Patridge and Depresstival, and award-winning dramaturg Pamela Carter…

COMEDY: Weirdos Comedy presents… Blueprint feat Robin & Partridge/Depresstival, The Lion (Stoke Newington), 30 Mar
Adam Larter and his wildcard pack of Weirdos’ main schtick is ‘experimentation’, and tonight they’ll be plying new ideas in the fields of technology, stories, music and, primarily, moustaches with extra-weird trimmings dished up by ‘cray cray’ comedians Robin & Partridge, and maudlin anti-folk artiste Depresstival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tinie Tempah, O2 Arena, 30 Mar
Having risked a beheading by high-fiving Prince William at this year’s BAFTAs, boom-time MC Tinie Tempah rides the hip hop hit train into LDN’s O2 Arena, celebrating his best-selling 2013 LP ‘Demonstration’, and looking back on its 2010 cousin ‘Disc-Overy’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Almost Near, Finborough Theatre, 30 Mar – 15 Apr
Playwright Pamela Carter drafts this split-narrative about war, trauma, and what it is to be alive, which in in part follows four young British soldiers in the aftermath of a bomb-blast in Afghanistan, and partly the story of a couple worried over their son’s imaginary friend, and their own failing marriage. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 22nd, 2014 13:28

Friday 28 March 2014 in London

Block 336

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature oscillatory dance-pop bots Metronomy, ‘Sucker Punch’ playwright Roy Williams, drum n bass star-turned-actor Goldie, and Kyle MacLachlan’s giant chin…

FILM: Twin Peaks – Fire Walk With Me, Block 336, 28 Mar
Celebrating 25 years since David Lynch and Mark Frost’s ‘Twin Peaks’ first sent shivers down all kinds of spines, Brixton’s Block 336 space screens the series’ creepy feature-length prequel ‘Fire Walk With Me’ as the centrepiece to the evening’s revels. Fancy dress, diner-style refreshments and drinks by the Brixton Roadhouse bar and BB diner, and surrealist add-ons will all help to enhance the, well, the surreal vibes, which are freely-accessible to ‘TW’ fans that RSVP. Details here.

MUSIC: Metronomy, O2 Academy Brixton, 28 Mar
Joe Mount’s boppin Brit electro-pop crew Metronomy post their new LP, ‘Love Letters’, for live review. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Kingston 14, Theatre Royal Stratford East, 28 Mar – 26 Apr
Having reaped many an award with his 2010 smash-hit boxing drama ‘Sucker Punch’, playwright Roy Williams is seeking to deal a present-day stage KO with this new piece, which is set in Jamaica. ‘Innercity Life’ hit-man Goldie stars as the leader of a gang involved in the killing of an English tourist. Details and tickets here.

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Friday March 21st, 2014 16:03

Thursday 27 March 2014 in London

Ratking

TW’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature Parental Advisory rappers RATKING and Earl Sweatshirt, superior humourist (and nice bloke) Tom Wrigglesworth, and a polarised new play by award-winning writer Vivienne Franzmann…

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe, Leicester Square Theatre, 27-29 Mar
Summarised by the award-and-plaudits-winning Wrigglesworth in his recent ThisWeek interview as ”80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details here.

MUSIC: Earl Sweatshirt/RATKING, O2 Academy Islington, 27 Mar (pictured)
The prodigal son of notorious hip hop horde Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt cuts loose his dark and anarchic first solo LP ‘Doris’, following an opening set by NYC rap pack RATKING. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Pests, Royal Court Theatre, 27 Mar – 4 Apr
Ellie Kendrick (aka the BBC’s ‘Anne Frank’ circa 2009) and Sinéad Matthews play Rolly and Pink, sisters chained to their dark past, and to their co-dependent and oft-parasitic relationship in ‘Pests’, a play by high-flying Clean Break writer Vivienne Franzmann. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 20th, 2014 16:03

Wednesday 26 March 2014 in London

La Meute

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature a white-knuckle Russian circus swing, a vampiric romance, and a portrait of a pauper’s funeral…

FESTIVAL: CircusFest 2014, Roundhouse, 26 Mar – 21 Apr (pictured)
Five glittering weeks of agile big-top shenanigans begin this evening with Bertil Nilsson’s cleverly-lit commission ‘Luminescence’, a light-hearted aerial riff on femininity in ‘Expectation’, and the British premiere of French piece ‘La Meute’, aka ‘The Wolf Pack’, in which a gang of acrobats use a giant ‘Russian Swing’ to hoist themselves high in air. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Let The Right One In, Apollo Shaftesbury, 26 Mar – 27 Sep
Following a flit from its last seat at the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre Of Scotland reprises its chill and spiny adaptation of the acclaimed Swedish (and now, Hollywood) film-story of a little girl vampire’s oddly warming relationship with a mortal boy. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Nine O’Clock Slot, Red Gallery, 26 Mar
Fire&Ice, specialists in shining a light on human rights in their theatre, confront the rising instance of the ‘pauper’s funeral’ in present-day Britain via an immersive 360° mix of film, choreography, spoken-word poetry,  physical comedy, song and dance. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 19th, 2014 16:03

Tuesday 25 March 2014 in London

Tabac Rouge

TODAY IN LONDON, TW’s tipped events feature big-shot comics Micky Flanagan and John Bishop, French theatrics by Compagnie du Hanneton, and also from novelist Emile Zola…

COMEDY: Teenage Cancer Trust Gala feat Jason Manford/Micky Flanagan/John Bishop, Hal Cruttenden, Royal Albert Hall, 25 Mar
This charity gala finds a string of comics filing in to do their bit for the very deserving Teenage Cancer Trust. A ticket gains a vantage point to watch big-shot comedians like Jason Manford, Patrick Kielty, Micky Flanagan and John Bishop showing how it’s done. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Compagnie du Hanneton/James Thiérrée – Tabac Rouge, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 25-29 Mar
The creation of artist James Thiérrée and a meditation on dreams, ‘Tabac Rouge’ fuses circus, dance and theatre with ominous set design, the centrepiece of which is a moveable structure made of mirrors and tubes. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Thérèse Raquin, Finborough Theatre, 25 Mar – 19 Apr
A fleshed-out version of a script first workshopped in 2012, French novelist Emile Zola’s nouveau classic ‘Thérèse Raquin’ – the tale of a married shop-girl who begins an illicit and passionate affair – gains dance routines and a sung soundtrack. Details and tickets here.

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