Saturday December 13th, 2014 00:01

The Festive Season in London 2014


And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this festive season are…

CIRCUS: Timber! | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 21-31 Dec (pictured)
This big, beardy, banjo-playing axe-travaganza by Quebec’s world-acclaimed Cirque Alfonse finds the whole Alfonse family – from 66 year-old grandpa Alain, to three year-old grandson Arthur – going down to the woods for some good old plank-balancing, log-chucking and saw-craft, with live traditional folk sing-songs thrown in to (steel capped) boot. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Adam Riches – Adam of The Riches | Soho Theatre | until 3 Jan
Fosters Comedy Award-winning character champ Adam Riches – the king of, let’s say, ‘highly insistent’ audience interaction – presents this big, bold smartly played hour of in-your-face foolishness. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tony Law – Enter The ToneZone | Soho Theatre | 29 Dec – 17 Jan 2015
Sharp-witted Canadian nonsensicalist Tony Law crash-lands with this ‘life-affirming, life-changing’ show, which features 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.

MUSIC: Backto95 Boxing Day Special | The Scala | 26 Dec
Meanwhile, they’ll be heading Backto95 at The Scala, with the Kings Cross venue split into four rooms covering different genres. The main room will have old skool house and garage classics, headlined by Matt ‘Jam’ Lamont. Then there’ll be old skool jungle in the Glass Bar, soulful deep house hosted by in the Foyer Bar, and 80s/90s soul, R&B and bashment in the Balcony Bar. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Rinse Boxing Day w/ Waze & Odyssey + P Money + Newham Generals | Fabric |  26 Dec
As is a tradition as old as grime, Rinse’s Boxing Day pile-on is live at Fabric again, with this year’s featuring lords-of-house Waze & Odyssey, Lewisham MC P Money, Forest Gate-based crew Newham Generals, bass producer Plastician, nu garage producer Chris Lorenzo, fast-rising grime clique The Square (feat Novelist), and loads more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Shut That Shit Down and Step Back Boxing Day Old School Special | Brixton Jamm | 26 Dec
Last bit of Boxing Day clubbing, and Shut That Shit Down and Step Back are teaming up for some junglist action at Brixton Jamm, which will specifically cover the years 1988 to 1994. DJs holding hard and fast to that rule will include Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Edzy, 2 Bad Mice, Kenny Ken, Jumpin’ Jack Frost and Doc Scott. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Spoony’s House Boxing Day Special | The Jazz Café | 26 Dec
As for Rinse FM’s Friday night man DJ Spoony, he’ll be hosting this party at the Jazz Café in Camden, where he’ll be joined by Norris ‘Da Boss’ Windross, DJ Talent and MC Ranking for a night of UK Garage and soulful house. There’ll be Christmas giveaways on the night too, apparently. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Christmas Carol | Old Red Lion Theatre | until 3 Jan 2015
Dickens’ fable of a Christmas meanie redeemed is adapted in lively style by Neil Bartlett, with Gus Miller directing, and a cast of six on-the-ball actors playing all the parts in the story. “Our ensemble never leave the stage, so they are constantly playing with Scrooge, as characters or not – pushing, teasing and sometimes scaring him into his big change”, Miller tells ThisWeek London in a recent interview. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Albert Einstein – Relativitively Speaking | Southwark Playhouse | 20 Dec – 3 Jan 2015
E = MC FUN as theatre-maker and comic brainiac John Hinton gives his best Albert Einstein in this fact-checked (and, essentially entertaining) physics seminar, which is peppered with singing, rapping, theorising, and, Hinton tells ThreeWeeks, “little-known facts from Einstein’s life – that he invented a fridge and married his cousin, and the story of what became of his brain”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bette & Joan: The Final Curtain | St James Theatre | 3-9 Jan
Foursight Theatre tell a “compelling and original tale” in this surreal ‘undead’ spin on one of Hollywood’s most A-list diva rivalries, that of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 12th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 18 December 2014 in London

Stealing Sheep

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

COMEDY/FILM: Heroes Grand Finale – The Secret Santa-Geddon | Grotto Of Comedy, Throgmorton St | 18 Dec
Okay, so whilst yes, we have already kind of tipped Bob Slayer’s ‘Grotto Of Comedy’ residency to-do at large, we haven’t pointed specifically to its grand finale. The event centres on the premiere of ‘Santageddon The Movie’, which was written and filmed on-site at the Grotto by Matt Highton and Stuart Laws, and stars Nick Helm, John Kearns, Gemma Whelan, Joz Norris, Pat Cahill, Beck Hill and… Bob Slayer! Aside from that, there’ll be a heavenly host of secret comics performing live on the night. Who exactly? Only Santa knows. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: End Of The Road Christmas Special w/ Stealing Sheep | Oslo | 18 Dec
Psych-folk trio Stealing Sheep (and their Mythopoeia Procession) headline this off-site spin-off of discerning Dorset fest End Of The Road, which will find the band celebrating Christmas (and themselves) with a live spectacle featuring The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, ‘galaxies and tapestries’ and other cool visual aids. And support on the night is from young psych-pop savant Kiran Leonard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Sound Of Silence | Apiary Studios | 18-19 Dec
The unusually-capitalised AnOtherPlace Theatre Company present one of them ‘site-specific promenade events’, this time based on Jean Cocteau’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’, which follows an exasperated woman waiting for her lover. A room inside the Apiary Studios will serve as the self-contained apartment in which the play takes place, whilst another will act as a 1920s Parisian jazz bar; so places are limited by the size of the space. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday December 11th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 17 December 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Barry From Watford’s Bingo Bonanza | 100 Club | 17 Dec
Minty biscuit fanatic Barry From Watford, the trite OAP alias of comedian Alex Lowe, hosts this special game of bingo featuring ‘comic crooner’ Frank Sanazi, award-winning ‘Mrs Overall meets Beyonce’-style act Tina T’urner Tea Lady and, improbably, the real Boris Johnson. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Sheeps Festive Bash | The Invisible Dot | 17-21 Dec
Lamb-dressed-as-lamb-standard sketch crew Sheeps’ Liam Williams, Daran Johnson and Alistair Roberts present this moveable feast of song, skit and celebration, which takes place over five themed nights (‘variety’, ‘character’, ‘double acts/musical’, ‘stand-up’ and last but not least, ‘finale’), featuring friends-of-Sheeps like David Elms, Mae Martin, Josie Long, Kieran Hodgson, Oyster Eyes, Twins, Beard, Ivo Graham and MANY MORE. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Lionboy | Tricycle Theatre | 17 Dec – 10 Jan 2015
Live rhythms and circus tricks ‘become one’ in this story of a boy living in the future, who can talk to cats; and who teams with a floating big-top to save his parents when they’re kidnapped. ‘Lionboy’ is the latest show from Complicite, award-winning makers of last year’s ‘The Master And Margarita’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday December 9th, 2014 00:01

Monday 15 Dec 2014 in London

Brain Of Brittain

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

CABARET: Slightly Fat Features – Variety Soup | Leicester Square Theatre | 15-29 Dec
A daft and noisy variety jolly from smash-hit man-gang Slightly Fat Features, this show is a hotchpotch of circus and physical skills, musical mash-ups and choreographed chaos. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/KIDS: The Santa Claus Science Experiment | Bloomsbury Theatre | 15-21 Dec
Imagine if Santa was arrested by MI5, and the elves tried to save Christmas by having a go at recreating his holly jolly, roly poly magic with a bit of help from… a team of scientists? Well imagine no longer, at least not if you go and watch this neat idea for an alternative family panto scripted by inimitable entertainer (and shining star of the ThisWeek London Podcast) Tiernan Douieb and CBBC’s Big Howard, aka Howard Read; which does exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Brain Of Brittain | New Diorama Theatre | 15 Dec (pictured)
Get inside the oversized mind of brainy comic playwright Jon Brittain, maker of acclaimed ‘camp odyssey’ ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho’, via this showcase of his six “least worst” short plays, banner titled ‘Funny Funny Funny Little Bit Poignant The End’, which he’s even deigned to direct. Amongst the plays on display are sex satire ‘Everybody’s Doing It’, ‘Star Trek’ re-imagining ‘To Boldly Go’ and ‘poignant bit’ ‘Shadows’, which follows a man’s repeated attempts to have a conversation with his daughter. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday December 7th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 13 December 2014 in London

Omar Souleyman

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

DANCE/MUSIC: Vuong 10 | Rich Mix | 13 Dec
Choreographers Nina Kov and Catarine Carvalho’s ‘Vuong 10′, which was originally chosen by Wayne McGregor for his ‘Randomworks’ showcase, examines the ‘yearning for physical affinity in a digital age’ via the interactions of two dancers. The performance has a live score by Polar Bear’s Leafcutter John and violinist Max Baillie. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Just Jam Live w/ Omar Souleyman + JME + Big Narstie + General Levi | Barbican | 13 Dec (pictured)
Online channel and live-streaming hype-machine Just Jam hosts Syrian pop idol Omar Souleyman, grime stars JME, Big Narstie, Mumdance and Novelist, ragga MC General Levi and glitchy dance types Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) and Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance) for a ‘do-over’ of an identical event that was cancelled earlier this year. All acts will play sets in typical Just Jam style (only up-scaled onto giant screens for HD viewing), with wobbly camerawork and bright green-screen visuals, which will be specially commissioned by a range of digital artists. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Nigel & Louise’s Basement Grotto | Shoreditch Town Hall | until 24 Dec
A non-sickly and slightly odd Christmas grotto dreamt up by Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari (of acclaimed ‘Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face’-makers Shunt), this special Santa’s den is only enterable by a magic portal linking straight to the North Pole. The family-friendly experience will repeating itself four times a day between 10.30am and 5.30pm, all the way to Xmas Eve; whilst Friday and Saturday nights are designed for adults only, and hosted by the likes of theatre shock tactician Christopher Brett-Bailey and Rob Salmon. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday December 6th, 2014 00:01

Friday 12 December 2014 in London


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

CABARET: The Night Before Winterval | Roundhouse | 12-20 Dec
Dusty Limits’ strictly non-Christmassy cabaret affair is hosted by anti-drag dame David Hoyle, and features special new bits by twisted mime The Ungewinster, the Kalki Hula Girl, Tom Baker and funny burlesque starlet Fancy Chance. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: This Is Your Trial | Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre | 12 Dec
An experimental new pretext for a night’s improvised entertainment, this family-friendly edition of ‘This Is Your Trial’ finds comedians Tim FitzHigham, John Hastings, Thom Tuck and Mark Dolan challenged to each hastily fabricate a defence strategy for a ‘guilty’ member of the audience. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Golem | Young Vic | until 17 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Dark-minded theatre-makers 1927 – who made tidal waves with their last play, ‘The Animals & Children Took To The Streets’; once again combine original animation, performance and a live score with this show that pits man against machine, posing the very modern question of whether or not men control technology, and vice versa. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 5th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 11 December 2014 in London

Little Simz

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

EXHIBITION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Skinhead – An Archive | Ditto Press | 11 Dec
Coinciding with Ditto’s latest publication, a book tracing the lineage of the skinhead in art and society, this good-looking display of photography and ‘printed material’ features reactionary designs by menswear creative Martine Rose, DJs from NTS Radio, and free drinks. And the event itself, is free. Details here.

MUSIC: Little Simz + M.O | XOYO | 11 Dec
20 year old Islington rap prodigy Little Simz, who’s tipped by many (not least Jay-Z, via his Life + Times blog) to ‘break big’ in 2015, highlights her first EP ‘EDGE’, and litter of past mixtapes, with this headline show presented by Wireless Festival. Cool girl trio M.O and hip hop pairing OCD (aka Moosh & Twist) also play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Knight Of The Burning Pestle | Sam Wannamaker Playhouse | 11 Dec – 11 Jan 2015
Jacobean satirist Francis Beaumont’s ‘several plays within a play’, which is back in a puff of wig powder following a spirited first whip-crack at the candle-lit Wannamaker earlier this year, features Phil ‘Parklife’ Daniels and Pauline McLynn as a stage-heckling grocer and his wife. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday December 4th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 10 December 2014 in London

City Of Angels

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

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Doggett & Ephgrave + Joey Page | Leicester Square Theatre | 10 Dec
“Sparky” small-town absurdists Doggett & Ephgrave host this grab bag of stand-up, skits and sing-alongs from honorary ‘Mostly’ co-stars like the “spaced out” Joey Page, Dave Gorman-approved musical comic Jay Foreman, and livewire clown Holly Burn. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: City Of Angels | Donmar Warehouse | 10 Dec – 7 Feb 2015 (pictured)
Donmar AD Josie Rourke directs this revival of the now 20 year old ‘City Of Angels’, a noirish Hollywood story with a suave jazz score by Cy Coleman, witty lyrics by David Zippel and a book by comic screenwriter writer Larry Gelbart. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: The Gruffalo’s Child | Artsdepot | 10 Dec – 4 Jan 2014
Featuring all the traits of an ideal children’s show, Tall Stories’ roaring musical offshoot of the hairy, scary Gruffalo franchise follows the cuddly beast’s child as she sneaks into the woods one wild and windy night, risking a meeting with the fabled Big Bad Mouse. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 9 December 2014 in London

Birthday Girls

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

COMEDY: Birthday Girls – Party Vibes | Soho Theatre | 9-13 Dec (pictured)
Offbeat sketch cheerleaders (and jewels of this ThisWeek London Podcast and also interviewed here) Birthday Girls bring the ‘Party Vibes’ in this, their ‘present’ (present? Birthday? Never mind) headline show, a parade of weird characters, try-hard dancing and general liveliness. It’s directed by Tom Parry off of Pappy’s, if that makes any difference. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Crying Duck presents… The Meaning Of Christmas w/ Sunil Patel + Chris Betts + Nic & Amy | COG Artspace | 9 Dec
Crying Duck asked a crew of London’s top alternative comedians – not least Sunil Patel, Chris Betts, Chris Cantrill and Nic & Amy – what exactly Christmas means to them; and tonight, all will be revealed via a marketing presentation, some ill-fated carols, an ‘abridged office party’ and, naturally, the odd joke. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: It’s So Nice | Institut Francais | 9 Dec
A light-hearted bilingual show scripted by and starring actresses Lula Béry & Barbara Sylvain, ‘It’s So Nice’ riffs on the ambivalent, high-stakes relationship of queenly sixteenth century icons Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. Details and tickets here.

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Monday December 1st, 2014 00:01

Sunday 7 December 2014 in London


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

CABARET: The Curiosity Cabaret – Episode 1 | The Old Operating Theatre | 7 Dec
Staged – amidst all the scary-looking tools, anatomical drawings and pickled ‘things’ – in the 50-seater Old Operating Theatre, the world’s first history of medicine cabaret (that I can think of) starts with an eye-popping talk by King’s College scholar Dr Anna Maerker, and ticks on in the company of the night’s host and ringmaster Dr Clive, and a menagerie of acts like uke-playing burleque man Desmond ‘not Des’ O’Connor and his ‘Once Bitten’ co-star Zoie Kennedy, and next-wave storyteller Rachel Rose Reid. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Romesh Ranganathan + Phil Wang | The Exhibit, Balham | 7 Dec
Chiselled ex-E4 presenter Joe Dommett MCs the evening’s entertainment at the next Rise Of The Idiots; which features headliner-on-high (and noted grinch and cynic) Romesh Ranganathan mixing it in with the likes of comic climber and ‘Anti-Hero’ Phil Wang, and peppy comedian Jenny Collier. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Obama-ology | Finborough Theatre | until 16 Dec (pictured)
As America’s divisive President nears the end of his final term, this timely work from States-based playwright Aurin Squire follows a college grad who takes a job on the 2008 Obama campaign. Not only that, it also looks into the lives of the black minority of East Cleveland, whose hopes are lifted by the young canvasser. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 30th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 6 December 2014 in London

Phil Ellis

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

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel w/ Adam Buxton + Alex Horne | Union Chapel | 6 Dec
This especially fine edition of The Invisible Dot’s always very fine LATC night is headlined by inventive tech geek Adam Buxton, MC’d by top brass host Alex Horne, and gives featured spots to prize-winning weirdo John Kearns, lord of grump Nish Kumar, plus Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White as the ‘Sexy American Girl Cousins’. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY/KIDS: Phil Ellis – Funz & Gamez | Soho Theatre | 6 Dec – 4 Jan 2015 (pictured)
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.

THEATRE: Myths | Blue Elephant Theatre | Until 6 Dec
Last chance to catch this arch contemporary twist (as was recently featured on the ThisWeek London Podcast) on the various ‘Myths’ of Ancient Greece; as theatre creatives Hammer & Tongs invite us mortals to dodge snakes with Medusa’s stylists, drink protein shakes with the goddess of war, and peak into the dinner party tiffs on Mount Olympus. Details and tickets here.

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Friday November 28th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 4 December 2014 in London

Shamir Bailey

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

COMEDY: Alfie Brown – Divorced From Reality (And My Wife) | Soho Theatre | until 6 Dec
Thought-provoking, button-pushing comic Alfie Brown dolls out his fourth show; “another screaming, pretentious, crusading monstrosity” (Brown’s words) based on his divorce, Bipolar Disorder, reality and morality at large. “It seems bizarre that we don’t ask questions, it seems weird that when we do people tell us we’re mad. I’m not mad, you’re not mad, society has Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy”, shouts its billing. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Shamir | Courtyard Theatre | 4 Dec (pictured)
Vegas-based “musician, comedian, singer, rapper, twerker, chef, writer, filmmaker” and “skinny fat ass” Shamir Bailey – who has all the quick-talking sass and panache of, say, Azealia Banks (only in a nineteen year old boy’s body) – celebrates his scene-stealing latest single ‘On The Regular’, and his recent signing to XL Recordings, with this headline show at the Courtyard Theatre. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone | Etcetera Theatre | 4-7 Dec
An interactive show for the Wikileaks generation by ‘ethical hacker’ Glenn Wilkinson and journalist Geoff White, ‘…Secret Life’ takes the proverbial cover off the pedestrian mobile phone, revealing the inner workings of the companies, places and individuals your phone is taking to without you knowing. Until now, that is. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 27th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 3 December 2014 in London

3 Winters

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

COMEDY: Heroes’ Grotto Of Comedy | 27c Throgmorton Street | 3-18 Dec
Stewart ‘the grinch’ Lee and a team of helper elves pitch camp at the lavish one-time site of Throgmorton’s restaurant for this comical Christmas sit-in, in aid of Shelter and Great Ormond St Hospital. One-off shows from Josie Long, Pappy’s, John Kearns, Phil Kay and Arthur Smith, a rare PA from Simon Munnery’s League Against Tedium alias and the Weirdos Alternative Panto all still to come, the Grotto’s first-night Xmas bonanza starts off with a game of John Robertson’s acclaimed ‘interactive multimedia experience’ The Dark Room. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Denai Moore | Conway Hall | 3 Dec
Hotly tipped singer Denai Moore released her intimate-feeling new single ‘I Swore’ earlier this year. Sharp-eared SBTRKT fans may have already heard Moore’s silver-lined vocal tones on his track ‘The Light’ too. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 3 Winters | National Theatre | 3 Dec – 3 Feb 2015 (pictured)
Croatian-born Tena Stivicic’s hardy first play for the NT, which is directed by the well-versed Howard Davies, traces several generations of a single ‘eclectic’ family weathering the storm of war-beaten Zagreb between 1945-2011. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday November 26th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 2 December 2014 in London

Edward Scissorhands

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

DANCE: Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 2 Dec – 11 Jan 2015 (pictured)
In its first major revival since premiering 2005, pop-art choreographer Matthew Bourne’s cinematic ballet will feature Terry Davies’ same big, eerie scenery and a score of ‘shear’ brilliance by Danny Elfman, here played live by the New Adventures Orchestra. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nina Nesbitt | Union Chapel | 2 Dec
Pixieish popstar and friend-of-Ed-Sheeran Nina Nesbitt, from Scotland, unplugs to sings songs and seasonal carols as part of this, her so-called Christmas Acoustic Tour. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Picture Of Dorian Gray | secret location, Greenwich | 2-20 Dec
A model-esque young cast (and one horrible old painting) portray the action in The Alchemic Order’s take on Oscar Wilde’s dark and decadent ‘…Dorian Gray’, which is staged within a ‘nineteenth century salon’, aka secret Greenwich townhouse given a chintzy Victorian makeover especially for the occasion. Location info is available only on booking tickets. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday November 25th, 2014 00:01

Monday 1 December 2014 in London

Hopelessly Devoted

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

COMEDY: Richard Herring – Lord Of The Dance Settee | Leicester Square Theatre | 1-6 Dec
Noted observational comedian and pedant Richard Herring‘s apparently themeless latest comic enterprise features material on misheard lyrics, Mexican headgear, and “a man possible named ‘Dave Manager'”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hopelessly Devoted | Roundhouse | 1-6 Dec (pictured)
First seen at the Tricycle Theatre earlier this year, spoken word/hip hop artist and playwright Kate Tempest’s “devastatingly beautiful” prison-based drama follows life behind bars for one woman, Chess, who copes with isolation and missing loved ones by taking up a music course, and ‘the mic’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Mark Thomas – Cuckooed | Tricycle Theatre | 1-13 Dec
Politically-galvanised journalist, activist and stand-up Mark Thomas shifts to the Tricycle his widely praised theatre piece ‘Cuckooed’ – a sort of autobiographical ‘live documentary’ about how, at one point, it came to light that a close friend of his was spying on him for Britain’s biggest arms dealer (yeah, really); having recently picked it over on the ThisWeek Podcast. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 22nd, 2014 00:01

Friday 28 November 2014 in London

Usagi Yojimbo

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

CIRCUS: Handspun / Namesake | Jacksons Lane | 28-29 Nov
Following a research at development residency at Jackson’s Lane, aerialist Ilona Jäntti gives back to he theatre via this split bill of circus-y works; risky and ‘dreamlike’ dance-on-a-rope ‘Handspun’ and ‘Namesake’, a piece inspired by all-time great aerialist Lilian Leitzel, and by Jäntti’s own great grandmother. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Palestine Film Festival | Barbican + various locations | 28 Nov – 11 Dec
Covering all bases (as film festivals typically do) from docs to dramas, from mainstream rom-coms to avant-garde shorts; 2014’s London PFF starts with a sold-out gala showing of Najwa Najjar’s real-life based West Bank thriller ‘Eyes Of A Thief’ taking place, as will most of the bigger screenings, at the Barbican. Following that is a real mixed bag, featuring the likes of family-friendly tale ‘Giraffada’, dark aristocratic satire ‘Villa Touma’, and, on the non-fictional side, themed shorts sessions on the city of Rmallah and the Gaza Strip, and filmic essays on the PLO’s Lebanon zenith, colonisation and refugee return. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Usagi Yojimbo | Southwark Playhouse | 28 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Transcribed to the stage straight from the pages of Japanese-American artist Stan Sakai’s iconic comic book, ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ (or ‘rabbit bodyguard’) follows in the tracks of a young bunny with aspirations to become a samurai warrior. Amy Draper directs a cast of six in this live-action adaptation by Stewart Melton, which is suitable for eight year olds and over. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday November 20th, 2014 00:01

Wednesday 26 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY/PHYSICAL: Marion Deprez Is Gorgeous | The Vaults | 25-29 Nov
Pro clown Marion Deprez flips the notion of ‘beauty’ on its head (and then, as her next trick, flips herself on her head), proving via her carefree physical antics that the difference between a real woman, and an ideal one. This show is part of 2014’s glittering Mimetic Festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: AMP Collected w/ Låpsley + Dornik | ICA | 26 Nov
Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac hosts AMP Collected, a new series of showcase-type events at the ICA featuring live sets by fresh artists hand-picked from her radio playlist. XL-signed electronic singer Låpsley (real name Holly Fletcher) and high-shine R&B talent (and ex-Jessie Ware Backing vocalist) Dornik. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Visitors | Bush Theatre | 26 Nov – 10 Jan 2015
Award-winning actress Linda Bassett plays Edie, a vivacious old lady with Alzheimer’s, in Barney Norris’ many-faceted play about living and dying, which is directed in close, intimate style by Alice Hamilton. Edie’s loving husband can’t afford to stop working to look after her, nor can her worrisome son cover the costs of a care home, and so they hire blue-haired carer Kate to help. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday November 19th, 2014 00:01

Tuesday 25 November 2014 in London

Don Quixote

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

DANCE: Don Quixote | Royal Opera House | 25 Nov – 22 Jan 2015
Cuban dancer and now seasoned choreographer Carlos Acosta gives his high-spirited take on Petipa’s knight-and-squire’s tale ‘Don Quixote’ a curtain call, this after it first ran at the Royal Opera House last year. Acosta shares the part of virtuoso suitor Basilio with Steven McRae and Matthew Golding. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Saxon Court | Southwark Playhouse | until 13 Dec
Daniel Anderson’s acid Christmas-time satire, made by Made By Brick, follows small-time businesswoman who, following a chain of office crises, goes on an ‘Apprentice’-style mission to fire someone at the staff Xmas party. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Theatre Uncut 2014 | Soho Theatre | 25-30 Nov
Five leading playwrights (not least ‘Spine’ scribe Clara Brennan, award-winning dramatist Inua Ellams, and acclaimed ‘Pests’ writer Vivienne Franzmann) interpret topical political headlines in a chain of inter-linking short works on the theme of ‘Knowledge Is Power, Knowledge Is Change’, with each performance followed by a Q&A on the issues raised by the plays. Details and tickets here.

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Monday November 17th, 2014 00:01

Sunday 23 November 2014 in London


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

COMEDY: Kurdish Red Crescent Benefit w/ Mark Thomas + Tim Key + Josie Long | Bloomsbury Theatre | 23 Nov
The very good and ‘frequently on TV’ likes of Tim Key, Josie Long, Andy Zaltzman and Nadia Kamil all take space on this Mark Thomas-curated bill in aid of the Kurdish Red Crescent, a charity working to assist those fleeing the attacks of IS and Assad on the Syrian/Turkish border. Details and tickets here, and for the full lowdown check out Mark Thomas on this week’s ThisWeek London Podcast.

THEATRE/MUSICAL: Symphony | Soho Theatre | until 30 Nov
A “winning combination” (said us via ThreeWeeks circa this year’s Edinburgh Fringe) of harmonic sing-songs and acted stories of love, loss and dreams (all dedicated to Londoners, by the way); Nabokov’s award-winning ‘Symphony’ is the creation of all-star young writers Ella Hickson (the RSC’s ‘Wendy & Peter), Nick Payne (the Royal Court’s Olivier-nominated ‘Constellations’), and Tom Wells of ‘Jumpers For Goalposts’ fame. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Walaa | St Martin In The Fields Church | 23 Nov (pictured)
Richard Shannon directs ‘Walaa’ (or ‘loyalty’) a play by Ahmed Masoud that looks at the knock-on effects of the civil war in Syria; and, by drawing from real stories, how the brutal conflict is dividing both individuals, families, and the population at large. A post-play debate will take place, chaired by BBC Foreign Affairs correspondent Mike Wooldridge, and featuring Masoud, Shannon, and Amnesty International’s Kristyan Benedict. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday November 16th, 2014 00:01

Saturday 22 November 2014 in London

Mother Goose

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

FILM: Björk Biophilia Live + Beastliness | ICA | 22 Nov
Representing the mid-point of the ICA’s superlative ‘Ada & After: Women Do Science [Fiction]’ weekend of screenings and talks, this two-film itinerary starts off with a showing of Björk’s big, visionary stage movie ‘Biophilia Live’, this paired with a Q&A with Björkian pop contemporaries Leila Moss and Jemma Desai. That’s all followed by a playback of Deborah Kelly’s disorientating and ‘horizonless’ sci-fi animation ‘Beastliness’. Details and tickets here.

MAGIC/COMEDY: Pete Firman – Trickster | Leicester Square Theatre | 22 Nov
Ka-boom! Skilled slight-of-hand tricks and wink-wink physical whimsy mystically combine in this magic display from reliable comic wizard Pete Firman, several of whose secrets are revealed in this interview he did with TW London earlier in the year. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Mother Goose | Hackney Empire | 22 Nov – 4 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Oh, go on. Go and watch the ‘mother’ (ha ahaha ahahaha ha) of pantos aka the Hackney Empire’s big and mighty Christmas show, as stars old stage hand Clive Rowe as titular ‘Mother Goose’, a mannish-looking dame who acquires a magic goose with a 44-carat egg-laying habit. Details and tickets here.

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