Thursday March 26th, 2015 00:01

1 Apr: Des Bishop, Abyss, and Letters Live

Des Bishop

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COMEDY: Des Bishop – Made In China | Soho Theatre | 31 Mar – 11 Apr
Des Bishop went to China. Des Bishop went to China to learn Mandarin. Des Bishop went to China to learn Mandarin so that he could perform stand up to a Chinese audience. This is his story. In English. Mostly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Abyss | Arcola Theatre | 1-25 Apr
Karla Richter goes to the shop, but never comes back. The friends she left waiting for her set out to find her, but how will digging into her past affect the way they feel about her? Maria Milisavljevic’s acclaimed play receives its UK premiere at the Arcola. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Letters Live | Freemasons’ Hall | 31 Mar – 4 Apr
The live offshoot of the brilliant Letters Of Note blog returns and stretches out to a five-day affair. Every night, Benedict Cumberbatch and Leslie Brealey will take to the stage to read a selection of letters, joined by guests including Matt Berry, Caitlin Moran, Sally Hawkins and Tom Odell. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 25th, 2015 00:01

31 Mar: John-Luke Roberts, Future Islands, and Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales For Young & Old

John-luke Roberts

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COMEDY: John-Luke Roberts – Stnad-Up | Soho Theatre | 31 Mar – 1 Apr
John-Luke Roberts is a man who, when not trying to make people think I’ve put a typo in his show title (it really is called ‘Stnad Up’), is a member of the ‘Alternative Comedy Memorial Society’ and a writer on ‘The News Quiz’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’. Here he brings his third solo show to the Soho Theatre, “an emotionally raw and incredibly silly hour of sort-of-stand up”. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Future Islands | The Roundhouse | 30-31 Mar
Together for a decade already, Future Islands boosted their fanbase massively last year with a series of impressive TV performances and their fourth album (first for the legendary 4AD label), ‘Singles’. This will be the second of two nights at The Roundhouse. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales For Young & Old | The Bargehouse | until 11 Apr
This has been on for a little while already, but the Easter holidays provide the perfect opportunity to grab some last minute tickets. Philip Pullman’s collection of Grimms’ fairytales is adapted into a piece of immersive theatre by Philip Wilson. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 23rd, 2015 00:01

29 Mar: Against Captain’s Orders, Ameriie, and Fragile

Ameriie

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CHILDREN’S SHOWS: Against Captain’s Orders – A Journey Into The Uncharted | National Maritime Museum | 28 Mar – 31 Aug
Created by Punchdrunk Enrichment, this new interactive show takes groups of 6-12 year olds and their families and places on the crew on the HMS Adventure. They then explore the vast wealth of maritime history and artefacts the National Maritime Museum has to offer. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Ameriie | The Jazz Cafe | 29 & 31 Mar
R&B singer Ameriie comes to London’s Jazz Cafe for two shows as part of her 2015 UK tour, at both of which she will be performing with a full live band. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fragile | King’s Head Theatre | 22 Mar – 12 Apr
The second of four weekly performances of Geoff Thompson’s “emotionally raw and uncompromising” ‘Fragile’ at the King’s Head. Feeling that there are no people he can trust with his secrets, he pours his thoughts into a tape recorder, telling it everything he is unable to say to anyone else. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 22nd, 2015 00:00

28 Mar: I Am, Under The Covers, Violetta’s Last Tango, and the Independent Label Market

Violetta's Last Tango

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THEATRE: I Am & Under The Covers (Double Bill) | Battersea Arts Centre | 28 Mar
Despite a major fire causing considerable damage to the building earlier this month, the Battersea Arts Centre was partly re-opened a day later, with many shows still running as planned. This double bill, as part of the BAC’s Hourglass Festival, features two shows that examine the beliefs and attitudes held by young people in contemporary society. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Violetta’s Last Tango | Artsdepot | 28 Mar (pictured)
Combining theatre, opera and dance, this show, loosely based on ‘La Traviata’, stars operatic soprano Ann Liebeck and West End star Arthur Kyeyune, with tango dancers David and Kim Benitez, and Cuban jazz violinist Omar Puente’s tango band. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Independent Label Market | Old Spitalfields Market | 28 Mar
The Independent Label Market comes back to London for its first event of 2015. Browse stalls set up by over 100 independent record labels, such as Warp, Domino, Fabric, City Slang and more, and then sample some fine ales at the adjacent London Brewers’ Market while a a range of DJs spin out some tunes. Details here.

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Thursday March 19th, 2015 00:01

25 Mar: Bob And Roberta Smith, Creditors, and What She Will

Creditors

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THEATRE: Creditors | Jack Studio Theatre | 24 Mar – 11 Apr (pictured)
Neil Smith’s adaptation of August Strindberg’s play is a darkly comic telling of how old debts can come back to haunt us. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What She Will | Bridewell Theatre | 25-28 Mar
Presented through the eyes of William Shakespeare’s wife, Ann Hathaway, and using scenes and songs from the bard’s plays, ‘What She Will’ explores the lives of the real life women who inspired the characters in his works. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Bob And Roberta Smith – Why I Am So Angry | Handel Street Projects | 11 Mar – 9 May
Being displayed in the run up to the General Election in May, ‘Why I Am So Angry’ is Bob And Roberta Smith’s stand against the Conservative party’s attacks on art. “In a time of difficulty, culture can bring hope”, says Bob, both explaining the content and context of the exhibition. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 17th, 2015 00:01

24 Mar: Club Attitude, Princess Ida, and Shooting With Light

Toy

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MUSIC: Club Attitude with Toy | Islington Assembly Hall | 24 Mar (pictured)
Psych rockers Toy will headline the annual Club Attitude event, organised by by Attitude Is Everything, a charity which aims to improve deaf and disabled people’s access to live music. Also on the bill are Hatcham Social and Hulkenburg, with Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Xfm’s Jo Good compering. Details and tickets here.

MUSICALS: Princess Ida | Finborough Theatre | 24 Mar – 18 Apr
As part of the Finborough Theatre’s ongoing Celebrating British Music Theatre series, Phil Willmott directs the first professional London staging of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Princess Ida’ for more than two decades, a comic tale of the marriage of two royal babies. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Shooting With Light | New Diorama | 24 Mar – 11 Apr
The world premiere of Idle Motion’s latest production, ‘Shooting With Light’ Paris in 1934, telling the true story of a young German refugee discovers photography and reinvents herself as Gerda Taro, the first female photojournalist to document the front lines of a war. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 17th, 2015 00:01

23 Mar: Radioman, Bechdel Test Fest, and the Teenage Cancer Trust Shows

Radioman

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FILM: Bechdel Test Fest | various venues | 23-26 Mar
This ongoing year-long celebration of films that pass the Bechdel Test – two named female characters must have a conversation about something other than a man, something surprisingly few films manage – this week sees four events take place around London. Screenings of ‘Appropriate Behaviour’, ‘Fish Tank’, ‘Tiny Furniture’, and the utterly brilliant ‘Wadjda’ will be accompanied by Q&As, debates and more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/COMEDY: Teenage Cancer Trust Shows | Royal Albert Hall | 23-29 Mar
Marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s first fundraising show at the Royal Albert Hall, there’s a hefty programme of music across this now week-long event. Musical headliners are Stereophonics, Van Morrison, The Who, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, and Frank Turner. Tomorrow night there’ll be a break from the music with a comedy bill headlined by Kevin Bridges. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Radioman | King’s Head Theatre | 23 Mar – 6 Apr (pictured)
Actor Felix Trench brings his one-man show ‘Radioman’ to the King’s Head for three shows, with the first tonight. “A story of canals, eternity and the Radioman”, it features original music by David Knight. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 16th, 2015 00:01

22 Mar: Mel Brooks, Dorian Gray, and Ryan Scott Oliver’s acting masterclass

Mel Brooks

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COMEDY: Mel Brooks | Prince Of Wales Theatre | 22 Mar (pictured)
Just recently, we tipped the first ever UK staging of Mel Brooks’ 1960s comedy routine, ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’. Now it’s time for another first: the man himself’s first UK solo show. For one night only he’ll be on stage to chat about childhood memories, Hollywood history, and perform some music too. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Dorian Gray | King’s Head Theatre | 22 Mar – 12 Apr
Marking the 125th anniversary of the publication of Oscar Wilde’s novel, Another Soup brings its immersive musical adaptation of ‘The Picture Of Dorian Gray’. With original songs by Jo Turner, the production was a big hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Ryan Scott Oliver – Actor Therapy | Greenwich Theatre | 22 Mar
Broadway composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver brings his acclaimed acting masterclass ‘Actor Therapy’ to London for the first time. Join him for individual song critique, repertoire coaching and discussion of the business of acting. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 12th, 2015 00:01

18 Mar: Trainspotting, Hiraeth, and All The Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say

All The Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say

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DANCE & PHYSICAL: All The Things You Said You Never Said Before You Thought You Could Ever Say | Ovalhouse | 17-28 Mar (pictured)
Compagnie TDU brings to Ovalhouse this tale of two couples. Well, one couple, but two versions of them. One lives with the consequences of a grudge held over a miscommunication, the other embraces the challenge of a shared life. Meanwhile, a greater disaster looms over both possible sides of the relationship. Find out more in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Trainspotting | King’s Head Theatre | 17 Mar – 18 Apr
Given a five star rave review by ThreeWeeks at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, Harry Gibson’s smart adaptation of Irving Welsh’s novel comes to London for a month of performances. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hiraeth | Soho Theatre | 18-21 Mar
Exploring the decline of Welsh tradition through the story of one woman, ‘Hiraeth’ follows Bud Jones as she wrestles with her desire to move to London and the knowledge that this will mean the end of her family’s 300 year ownership of the farm on which she grew up. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday March 11th, 2015 00:01

17 Mar: Al Murray, Lunchbox Theatre, and St Patrick’s Day Silent Disco

Al Murray

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COMEDY: Al Murray – One Man, One Guvnor | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 17-18 Mar (pictured)
Taking time off from his attempt to beat Nigel Farage to the position of MP for South Thanet in the upcoming General Election, Al Murray marks his 20th year as the pub landlord with two nights at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lunchbox Theatre – Romeo & Juliet | Bridewell Theatre | 17-27 Mar
Evenings are one thing, but is your daytime lacking a bit of culture? The Bridewell’s Lunchtime Theatre packs shows into 45 minutes over you lunchbreak. Up next on the schedule is a production of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ set during 1920s prohibition. Bring your own sandwiches. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: St Patrick’s Day Silent Disco | View From The Shard | 17 Mar
What could be more traditional than celebrating St Patrick’s Day at a silent disco with a 360 degree view across London? Not much. You’ll be welcomed with some Irish whiskey before dancing the night away to your choice of three DJs – including, of course, one playing only Irish music. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 10th, 2015 00:01

16 Mar: Joshua Reynolds, Fashion On The Ration, and The 2000 Year Old Man

Fashion On The Ration

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EXHIBITIONS: Fashion On The Ration – 1940s Street Style | Imperial War Museum | 5 Mar – 31 Aug (pictured)
How did fashion survive under 1940s ration? This exhibition at the Imperial War Museum shows how men and women created and adapted clothes and accessories to ensure that war and austerity did not force them to give up on their appearances. It also shows how this still has an effect on fashion today. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The 2000 Year Old Man | JW3 | 9-22 Mar
Back in 1960, before ‘The Producers’, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner wrote ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’, a comedy routine pitched as an interview with an extremely elderly man (I reckon you can guess how old) about the many historical figures he has known in his long life. A best-selling album at the time, the show has never been performed live in the UK until now – featuring actor Kerry Shale in the title role and comedian Chris Neill as the interviewer. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Joshua Reynolds – Experiments In Paint | The Wallace Collection | 12 Mar – 7 Jun
This free exhibition gives access to an array of paintings by Joshua Reynolds, widely considered to be one of the greatest portraitists of the eighteenth century. The show offers a snapshot of Joshua Reynolds’s creative process, and reveals discoveries made during a four-year research project into the Reynolds works in the Wallace Collection. Details here.

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Monday March 9th, 2015 00:01

15 Mar: St Patrick’s Day Parade, Moulin Rouge, and The Royale

Moulin Rouge

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FESTIVALS: St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 2015 | Trafalgar Square | 15 Mar
It isn’t actually St Patrick’s Day until Tuesday, but I think we can overlook that when there’s celebrating to be done. Pitched up in Trafalgar Square, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in Irish music, dance, art, food and more. Maybe a pint of Guinness too. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Nomad Cinema – Moulin Rouge | Hippodrome Casino | 15 Mar (pictured)
Nomad Cinema rests in the fancy pants surroundings of the Hippodrome Casino for a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge’. As well as the film, you’ll get a cocktail, burlesque performance and a betting chip to match the ticket price. I like those odds. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Royale | Bush Theatre | 13 Mar – 14 Apr
Based on the real life story of Jack Johnson, ‘The Royale’ follows Jay ‘The Sport’ Jackson, who dreams of being the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. However, it’s 1905, boxing is a racially segregated sport, and he is black. A boxing promoter hatches a plan to get him in the ring with the reigning – white – heavyweight champion, but what will be the cost if he wins? Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 8th, 2015 00:01

14 Mar: Noel Fielding, FutureFest, and The Great Home Hack

Noel Fielding

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FESTIVALS: FutureFest | Vinopolis | 14-15 Mar
FutureFest aims to gather some of the planet’s most radical thinkers, makers and performers together to create an immersive experience of what the world might be like in decades to come. Cool, huh? An array of exciting speakers will ponder how why might view politics, technology, money, music and more in decades to come. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Noel Fielding – He Wore Dreams Around Unkind Faces | Royal Albert Hall | 14-15 Mar
Open from 7-17 Mar to people attending shows at the Royal Albert Hall, this weekend gives a chance for all-comers to take a look at comedian Noel Fielding’s latest exhibition of his art. A mixed media artist, this show see Fielding working exclusively in watercolour, though with the surreal visual style you would expect. Details here.

WORDS & EVENTS: The Great Home Hack | Fulham Palace | 13-15 Mar
Curated by Channel 4’s Max McMurdo, the weekend will include workshops and live demonstrations of how to upcycle and adapt items from your own home to improve the way you live. There will also be wine, because somehow this is supposed to mark the 40th anniversary of Brancott Estate wines. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday March 7th, 2015 00:01

13 Mar: Clean Bandit, Dalloway, and White Noise

Clean Bandit

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MUSIC: Clean Bandit | Alexandra Palace | 13 Mar (pictured)
Clean Bandit bring a UK tour to a close with a headline show at Alexandra Palace, featuring support from Jess Glynne and MNEK. Which, I hope you’ll agree, is quite a line-up. Clean Bandit’s ascent has been pretty rapid since releasing their top five debut album, ‘New Eyes’, last year, and they look set to keep growing, so they may not be around playing venues even this size for long. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Dalloway | Greenwich Theatre | 12-14 Mar
Adapted from Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel ‘Mrs Dalloway’ by writer and director Elton Townend Jones, and performed by Rebecca Vaughan, we find the titular character preparing for a party in Westminster and giving us a feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS/MUSIC: In conversation with David Vorhaus and Bernard Szajner + White Noise live performance | Rough Trade East + The Social | 13 Mar
Electronic pioneers David Vorhaus and Bernard Szajner come together for an on-stage interview with The Wire’s Jennifer Lucy Allan. Szajner released his debut album as Z in 1979, while a full decade earlier Vorhaus release the first White Noise album, a collaboration with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson and a pivotal moment in the history of electronic music. You’ll be able to hear that with modern ears later when the current line-up of White Noise perform at The Social. Details and tickets here and here.

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Friday March 6th, 2015 00:01

12 Mar: Wink, Laura Welsh, and Convergence Festival

Laura Welsh

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FESTIVALS: Convergence | various venues | 12-22 Mar
Bringing together music and visual art that use technology in new and interesting ways, Convergence takes place in various venues across London, including Royal Festival Hall, Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church. There are numerous events scheduled over the course of the festival, kicking off with tonight’s opening party, with live performances from Clark, Vessels and Rival Consoles. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Laura Welsh | Electrowerkz | 12 Mar (pictured)
Hotly-tipped musician Laura Welsh, fresh from an appearance on the soundtrack of ’50 Shades Of Grey’, will headline a show at Electrowerkz in Islington tonight. She’ll be performing tracks from her fresh-out debut album, ‘Soft Control’, four of which you can listen to here – including her duet with John Legend, ‘Hardest Part. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Wink | Theatre503 | 10 Mar – 4 Apr
John is a 27 year old teacher, Mark is one of his sixteen year old pupils. After school, Mark dreams of another life, and starts to build it online. Unfortunately, that life already belongs to John. Written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell and directed by Jamie Jackson, ‘Wink’ explores two lives heading for collision. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday March 5th, 2015 00:01

11 Mar: The Veronicas, The Heart Of Things, and The Revenger’s Tragedy

The Veronicas

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MUSIC: The Veronicas | Heaven | 11 Mar (pictured)
Identical twin pop duo The Veronicas play London’s Heaven as the finale to a UK tour to promote the release of their long-awaited second album, ‘The Veronicas’, which wis due out on 16 Mar. Head down to get a preview of the new songs, plus live renditions of brilliant singles like ‘You Ruin Me’ and ‘Untouched’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Heart Of Things | Jermyn Street Theatre | 10 Mar – 4 Apr
Against a backdrop of the limbo period in 2010 when the main political parties were trying to work out who actually should be in government, a disillusioned English teacher and part-time election volunteer travels home to a village on the Norfolk coast and tries to put his life in order. In doing so, he finds the politics of family life just as complicated as that of Whitehall. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Revenger’s Tragedy | Jack Studio Theatre | 3-21 Mar
Jacobean play ‘The Revenger’s Tragedy’, written by Thomas Middleton and first performed in 1606, is a violent bloody affair. The story follows Vindice, as he infiltrates a corrupt Italian court in order to get revenge for the death of his former lover. It doesn’t prove as easy as it sounds. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 00:01

9 Mar: Jerry’s Girls, Inventing Impressionism, and Female Film Critics

Salon Discussion: Female Film Critics

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MUSICALS: Jerry’s Girls | St James Theatre | 3-15 Mar
Some classical Broadway for you here, with a musical revue based on the songs of multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Created in 1981 by Herman and Larry Alford, ‘Jerry’s Girls’ collectors songs from musicals including ‘Hello Dolly!’, ‘Mame, Mack And Mabel’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inventing Impressionism | National Gallery | 4 Mar – 15 May
The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the entrepreneurial art dealer who discovered the Impressionists – a term originally meant to be derogatory. In the late nineteenth century, as they struggled for acceptance, Durand-Ruel took a punt on the likes of Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley and came out smiling (though not before he near bankrupted himself a couple of times in his devotion to the new style and its creators). Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Salon Discussion – Female Film Critics | BFI Southbank | 9 Mar (pictured)
Marking yesterday’s International Women’s Day, the BFI is hosting this discussion exploring the history of female film critics. Pamela Hutchinson, Sophie Mayer, Francine Stock and Catherine Wheatley will sit on a panel chaired by Sight & Sound’s Production Editor Isabel Stevens. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 2nd, 2015 00:01

8 Mar: Lardo, The Collector, and Mr Elbank’s Beard

Lardo

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THEATRE: The Collector | The Space | 3-14 Mar
Written by Mark Healey and based on the novel by John Fowles, this Lotte Ruth Johnson-directed production follows reclusively entomologist Frederick Clegg and the latest addition to his collection – not an insect but rather art student Miranda Grey. He attempts to keep her in a manner he feels she will enjoy so that he can admire her, she struggles to understand why she is being held against her will in a cellar with no seeming desire for ransom or sex. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lardo | Old Red Lion | 3-29 Mar (pictured)
Lardo dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. When this dream becomes a reality, and he becomes an overnight sensation, his personal life descends into something reminiscent of a wrestling storyline. “The story sees how he copes when he is pushed to his own limit, and how those people he innocently neglected choose to help him, or not, when things get too tough”, says lead actor Daniel Buckley in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Mr Elbank – Beard | Somerset House | 5-29 Mar
Beards, eh? There’s everywhere at the moment. Not least at Somerset House, where photographer Mr Elbank is exhibiting over 80 portraits of people and their facial hair. The show comprises Elbank’s ‘#Project60′ collection, created for skin cancer charity Niggles’ Beard Season, plus new and previously unseen works. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday March 1st, 2015 00:01

7 Mar: Mark Thomas, Charlie Tuesday Gates, and the London Electronic Arts Festival

Sing For Your Life

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COMEDY: Mark Thomas – Cuckooed | Artsdepot | 7 Mar
As discussed in this edition of the ThisWeek Podcast, Mark Thomas’ ‘Cuckooed’ tells the story of how a fellow activist and close friend turned out to be a spy working for arms manufacturer BAE Systems. What does it feel like to find out something like that, what’s the aftermath, and can you forgive such a thing? All will be revealed. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVALS: London Electronic Arts Festival | Tobacco Dock | 6-7 Mar
LEAF is a two day celebration of electronic music, art and technology set up by Bestival founder Rob Da Bank. Day one on Friday will feature talks, demonstrations and panels as well as music, while today’s second day will all be about the music. Ten hours of some of the finest artists working today, including Modeselektor, Sasha, Anja Schneider, and Enzo Tedeschi. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Sing For Your Life | The Vaults | 4-8 Mar (pictured)
Artist Charlie Tuesday Gates brings an array of deceased animals back from the dead through the combined arts of taxidermy and puppetry. “It’s a musical of misfortune, a bit like ‘X Factor’ meets ‘Pet Rescue’… apart from that the entire cast are dead”, she told TWL in this interview. Details and tickets here.

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Friday February 27th, 2015 00:01

5 Mar: Rob Auton, Sprint Festival, and the Women Of The World Festival

Rob Auton

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COMEDY: Rob Auton – The Face Show | Soho Theatre | 5-7 Mar (pictured)
Following on from ‘The Yellow Show’ and ‘The Sky Show‘, Rob Auton’s ‘The Face Show’ promises to appeal to “anybody who has a face or has seen somebody with a face”. If that includes you, then head on down. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Sprint 2015 | Camden People’s Theatre | 5-29 Mar
Not far off its 20th year, though still a sprightly teenager at present, London’s biggest showcase festival for new and unusual theatre returns. This year’s programme includes plays covering everything from the death of Alexander Litvinenko to explorations of online identity and government snooping. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Women Of The World | Southbank Centre | 1-8 Mar
Now in its fifth year, the Southbank Centre’s Women Of The World festival returns with another incredible programme of events celebrating women. Covering music, art, theatre, interviews, debates, talks and more, there’s a huge amount to discover, learn and enjoy. Details and tickets here.

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