Wednesday March 4th, 2015 14:41

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)
As part of 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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Wednesday March 4th, 2015 13:31

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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Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 16:19

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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Thursday February 26th, 2015 00:01

4 Mar: Yelle, Benefit, and Push

Yelle

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MUSIC: Yelle | Village Underground | 4 Mar (pictured)
French pop trio Yelle released their Dr Luke-produced third album, ‘Complètement Fou’, last year – its title a reference to the reception they received while supporting Katy Perry in the US in 2011. If your French is a little rusty, head down to Village Underground tonight for an idea of what it might mean. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Benefit | Pleasance | 3-8 Mar
Sarah Woods’ ‘Benefit’ tells the story of three characters struggling with their present, past and who they are, detailing their lives, loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon. Presented as ‘forum theatre’ by production company Cardboard Citizens, the audience is invited to debate the play after watching it and change the course of the story, if they wish. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Push | New Diorama Theatre | 3-14 Mar
Adapted from the novel of the same name, ‘Push’ follows the story of Precious who, growing up in Harlem in the 1980s with abusive parents has two children by her own father by the time she’s sixteen. After being suspended from school she joins the ‘Each One Teach One’ alternative school and finds new inspiration for her life. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday February 25th, 2015 00:01

3 Mar: Metz, Susanne Sundfør, and The Honey Man

Susanne Sundfør

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MUSIC: Metz | 100 Club | 3 Mar
Life-affirmingly loud Canadian punk trio Metz will be in London for a show to promote their upcoming new album, ‘Metz II’, tonight. Did I mention that they’ll be loud? They will be loud. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Susanne Sundfør | The Scala | 3 Mar (pictured)
Susanne Sundfør’s new album ‘Ten Love Songs’ has already been called as album of the year by our sister site CMU, and there are plenty of other reviews to back up that bold assertion. But how is she at performing live? Also brilliant, as you’ll find out at this show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Honey Man | The Albany Theatre | 3-4 Mar
Set in rural England, a reclusive beekeeper attempts to save his dying colony, when he strikes up an unlikely friendship with the teenage heiress to the nearby manor house, finding an unlikely link between their very different backgrounds. Details and tickets here.

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Monday February 23rd, 2015 00:01

1 Mar: Henning Wehn, BattleActs!, and Hellscreen

Henning Wehn

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COMEDY: BattleActs! | The Vaults | 18 Feb – 1 Mar
Given a four star review at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe by ThreeWeeks, ‘BattleActs!’ pits two teams, each improvising wildly against each other. But who wins? Well, the audience, of course. And whichever team they think was best. And comedy. Find out more in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Henning Wehn – Eins, Zwei, DIY | Leicester Square Theatre | 26 Feb – 8 Mar (pictured)
Henning Wehn has been living in the UK for more than ten years now, but he still can’t work out some of our national quirks. Expect discussion of property ownership, currency, class and more. There may be a test, but Wehn will give you all of the answers in advance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hellscreen | The Vaults | 25 Feb – 8 Mar
Inspired by Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s classic Japanese horror story, Rachel Parish’s ‘Hellscreen’ mixes film, music, immersive design and theatre. Action unfolds on stage and in film sequences created by Susan Luciani, with a starring role from performance artist Jonny Woo. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday February 22nd, 2015 00:01

28 Feb: Todd Terje, Rich Hall, and J Fergus Evans

Todd Terje

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COMEDY: Rich Hall – 3:10 To Humour | Battersea Arts Centre | 28 Feb
A man who surely needs no introduction, Rich Hall brings ‘3:10 To Humour’ to the Battersea Arts Centre as part of his ongoing UK tour of the show, which will be keeping him busy up to June. Any opportunity to see this deadpan Montanian at work is well worth taking. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Todd Terje | Ministry Of Sound | 28 Feb (pictured)
Having received high acclaim for last year’s ‘It’s Album Time’ album, Norwegian producer Todd Terje will be performing live at Ministry Of Sound as the guest of Rinse FM. As well as Terje, there will a stellar bill of DJs keeping things going through the night. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: J Fergus Evans – Rove | Battersea Arts Centre | 24-28 Feb
Through a mix of poetry and folk music, ‘Rove’ sees J Fergus Evans deliver family anecdotes and folk tales. With the accompaniment of Rhiannon Armstrong, he unravels the stories and wonders where they will go next. Details and tickets here.

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Monday February 16th, 2015 00:01

22 Feb: Håkan Hardenberger, King Lear, and Lippy

Håkan Hardenberger

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MUSIC: Håkan Hardenberger | Royal Festival Hall | 22 Feb (pictured)
Swedish trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger joins the Philharmonia Orchestra to perform HK Gruber’s ‘Aerial’ concerto and Gustav Mahler’s ‘Symphony No 5′. Hardenberger will also give a free talk beforehand. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: King Lear | Peckham Asylum | 18 Feb – 4 Mar
Starring the BAFTA-nominated John McEnery and directed by Benjamin Blyth, this production of Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ from the Malachite Theatre company has been designed specifically for the setting of the Peckham Asylum. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lippy | Young Vic | 19 Feb – 14 Mar
Winner of a number of awards, including last year’s First Fringe Award and a Total Theatre Award for innovation, ‘Lippy’ makes its way to the Young Vic theatre. Based on true events, the play tells the story of four women who spend 40 days destroying every trace of their existence in preparation for their deaths. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday February 15th, 2015 00:01

21 Feb: Mini Vault Festival, This Comedian, and Joy

Idil Sukan

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FESTIVALS/KIDS: Mini Vault | Vault | 21-22 Feb & 7 Mar
The Vaults host a weekend of amazing shows for under elevens, as part of the wider Vault Festival, which includes a whole load of free events and activities, amongst the paid performances. The previous TWL-tipped Comedy Club 4 Kids will be in attendance, and there’ll be a play about zombies, amongst other things. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: This Comedian | Embassy Tea Gallery | 20 Feb – 2 Mar
Idil Sukan’s debut exhibition collects ten years’ worth of design and photography work in the comedy industry. If you have even the slightest interest in British comedy, you’ll have noticed Sukan’s eye-catching photographs numerous time in recent years. Now’s your chance to spot the ones you know and more you don’t. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Joy | Etcetera Theatre | 17-22 Feb
“Three men. Three different walks of life. One problem. Joy… or lack thereof”, is the premise of this show from Velvet Trumpet. Each character has a different reason to need to find a bit of happiness, and a darkly funny story to tell. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday February 11th, 2015 00:01

17 Feb: Sabotage, Lydia Ainsworth and Hamlet

Lydia Ainsworth

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COMEDY: Sabotage with Liam Williams, Joseph Morpurgo, Bobby Mair and Lou Sanders | Backyard Comedy Club | 17 Feb
Listen all-a y’all, it’s a sabotage. Listen all-a y’all, it’s a sabotage. Listen all-a y’all, it’s a sabotage. Listen all-a y’all, it’s a sabotage. Iiiiiiiii can’t stand it, I know y… Oh, sorry. BBC Radio 4 Extra comedy show ‘Sabotage’ brings its live form to the Backyard Bar with sets from the very funny Liam Williams, Joseph Morpurgo, Bobby Mair and Lou Sanders. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lydia Ainsworth | Sebright Arms | 17 Feb (pictured)
Lydia Ainsworth made one of last year’s finest albums, ‘Right From Real’. Our sister site Complete Music Update said that her songs “might fit easily into a Lynchian-level eerie silver-screen dream (or sci-fi getaway) sequence”. And you can experience that live with her show at the Sebright Arms in Hackney tonight. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Hamlet | Cockpit Theatre | 16 Feb – 15 Mar
Following a sell out season at Oxford Castle, the English Repertory Theatre’s stripped-back staging of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ comes to London’s Cockpit Theatre. The performance stars Rachel Waring as the eponymous prince, who at 26 is apparently the youngest woman to ever take on the role professionally. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday February 10th, 2015 00:01

16 Feb: Sara Pascoe, BRITs Week and Inigo

Sara Pascoe

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COMEDY: Sara Pascoe Vs History | Soho Theatre | 16-23 Feb (pictured)
Sara Pascoe brings her Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show to the Soho Theatre for six nights. In it she explains how “wars, witches, Kim Jong-il and your ex” are all interlinked, through examinations of existential theory and her own romantic history. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: BRITs Week | various venues | 16-20 Feb
The 2015 BRIT Awards ceremony isn’t due to take place until 25 Feb, which you may have noticed is next week. But that doesn’t mean that this week isn’t BRITs Week, because it is. Specifically, it is a week in which a series of BRITs-related gigs will take place. Tonight, George Ezra hits Electric Brixton, on Tuesday (17 Feb) Royal Blood will tear up Koko in Camden, and on Friday night (20 Feb) The Charlatans will bowl over the audience at the Brooklyn Bowl under the O2 dome. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Inigo | White Bear Theatre | 3-28 Feb
Jonathan Moore’s ‘Inigo’ tells the story of how Ignatius of Loyola went from rough, tough street-fightin’ man to found the radical Society Of Jesus, more commonly known at The Jesuits. The play promises “an allegorical story of anyone who wants change and meets with savage opposition from any establishment”. Details and tickets here.

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Monday February 9th, 2015 00:01

15 Feb: Mica Levi, Steve Reich and The Elves And The Shoemaker

Mica Levi

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MUSIC: Mica Levi & The London Sinfonietta | White Cube Gallery | 15 Feb (pictured)
Artist Christian Marclay has invited ‘Under The Skin’ soundtrack composer Mica Levi to perform a new composition written in response to one of his new pieces of art. And she said yes, which must be a relief. The performances will take place as part of Marclay’s new exhibition at the White Cube gallery in Bermondsey, and will see her perform alongside members of the London Sinfonietta to “explore the sonorities of glass”. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Minimalism Unwrapped – Steve Reich | King’s Place & Royal Academy Of Music | 15 Feb
As part of King’s Place’s Minimalism Unwrapped season, you can experience two Steve Reich works live today. Sadly, for health reasons, Reich has been unable to travel to the UK to join in himself, but both will still be very much worth attending. First, in the morning at King’s Place, the Carducci Quartet will perform ‘Different Trains’ and ‘WTC 9/11′, while later in the afternoon at the Royal Academy Of Music, Colin Currie will lead a performance of the incredible ‘Drumming’. Details and tickets here and here.

THEATRE/KIDS: The Elves And The Shoemaker | Artsdepot | 14-18 Feb
Riding the wave of independent retail surging with the growth of the internet, Sam Lacey decides to start making shoes in his kitchen to sell online. Unfortunately, it turns out that he is no good at making shoes and no one wants to buy them. Then one night some elves sneak in through the window and turn his business around. The Stuff And Nonsense Theatre Company tells this classic tale (with added internet) with puppets, music and “surprises aplenty”. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday February 5th, 2015 00:01

11 Feb: James Veitch, Gruff Rhys and Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive

Gruff Rhys

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COMEDY: James Veitch – The Fundamental Interconnectedness Of Everyone With An Internet Connection | Museum Of Comedy | until 14 Feb
The majority of email sent is spam, an irritation ignored by most and fallen for by some. In this show, James Veitch shows what happens when you start replying to the scammers and attempt to play them at their own game. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Gruff Rhys – America Interior | Koko | 11 Feb (pictured)
Former Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys’ 2014 ‘American Interior’ encompassed an album, film, book and app. Now the live version of the project arrives in London for a performance at Koko in Camden. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: How I Learned To Drive | Southwark Playhouse | 11 Feb – 14 Mar
Set in Maryland, USA in 1969, Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning ‘How I Learned To Drive’ tells the story of seventeen year old Lil Bit her Uncle Peck through a series of driving lessons, in this new staging by Fools & Kings and DEM Productions. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday February 4th, 2015 00:01

10 Feb: Elbow, Ablutions and Marching On Together

Elbow

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MUSIC: Elbow | Hammersmith Apollo | 10-12 Feb (pictured)
These days Elbow are an arena band in the UK, but following a tour of more mid-sized venues in the US last year they’ve decided they’d like to downsize a bit back home too. Multiple nights in Manchester and London minimise the number of fans missing out on these more ‘intimate’ shows, with the London run made up of three consecutive nights at the Hammersmith Apollo. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Ablutions | Soho Theatre | 10-22 Feb
The recipient of a 4/5 review from TWL sister site ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, FellSwoop Theatre’s award-winning ‘Ablutions’ hits the Soho Theatre. Set in a dead-end LA bar, the play invites the audience to imagine themselves as the bartender, sipping whiskey, watching the clientele drink themselves into oblivion, and planning how to make their escape. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Marching On Together | Old Red Lion Theatre | until 28 Feb
The world premiere of Adam Hughes’ examination of football hooliganism, ‘Marching On Together’ is set in Leeds in 1984 during one of football’s most violent seasons and the West Yorkshire miners’ strike. Former hooligan crew leader Macca is released from prison to find himself without a gang and faced with a city he no longer recognises. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday February 3rd, 2015 00:01

9 Feb: Rhys James, Maxine Peake and Dame Harriet Walter

Maxine Peake

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COMEDY: Rhys James Begins | Soho Theatre | 9-14 Feb (pictures)
Fated to hit the big time any time soon, it’s so-called ‘pointy debutant’ Rhys James, who in this, his first show of real significance, will tell jokes, recite rhymes that are relevant to his life, and then leave. The whole thing lasts around an hour, during which time RJ promised he won’t check at his Twitter feed once. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Boa | Trafalgar Studios | until 7 Mar
Real-life marrieds Dame Harriet Walter and Guy Paul star in this strictly limited stretch of Clara Brennan’s ‘Boa’, the tender yet acerbic story of a ‘lifetime in love’ for its main characters, Belinda and Louis. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: How To Hold Your Breath | Royal Court Theatre | until 21 Mar
The brilliant Maxine Peake and Christine Bottomley play sisters Dana and Jasmine, who discover the real cost of principles in Zinnie Harris’ ‘How To Hold Your Breath’, a darkened window into how we live now. Details and tickets here.

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Monday February 2nd, 2015 00:01

8 Feb: Nonesuch’s Acqua Alta, Reclaim The Rom-Com! and Happy Ending

Happy Ending

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FILM: Reclaim The Rom-Com! | Genesis Cinema | 8 Feb
With the first in a year of events the portrayal of women in film, the team at the Bechdel Test Fest try their bestest to take back the notion of the romantic comedy from the brink of sickly regressiveness with this day of ideas-sharing and screenings of some enlightened and pro-feminist films of a rom-com-like ilk. And they are: ‘abortion rom-com’ ‘Obvious Child’, and Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant-starring movie of 1940 ‘The Philadelphia Story’. A panel debate will take place in the interval, led by Guardian writer Chloe Angyal, and featuring experts in the field like Alice Guilluy, Simran Hans, Craig Williams. And entry is free! Details here.

THEATRE: Acqua Alta | New Diorama Theatre | 8-9 Feb
Physical theatre company Nonesuch re-tell the story of Noah with a mythical twist; he’s a cruise liner magnate who fills his latest flagship… erm, ship, with a menagerie of every animal. Apart from his least liked creature, the unicorn. And so the play, a pageant of remembered and imagined scenes, follows the strange fate of the unicorns as they find themselves trapped in a sealed container with little air. It’s really pretty straightforward. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Happy Ending | Arcola Theatre | until 7 Mar (pictured)
The English-speaking premiere of a life-and-death-affirming play by late Israeli writer Anat Gov, ‘Happy Ending’ centres on a theatre star receiving chemotherapy for cancer. “Despite what it seems”, explained director Guy Retallack in his recent interview with ThisWeek London, “[it] is actually an incredibly witty and clever comedy that explores what it means to live and to die well”. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday January 29th, 2015 00:01

4 Feb: Luke Haines, Rachel Lincoln and Kay Adshead’s Singing Stones

Luke Haines

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COMEDY: Lie Back And Think Of England | The Vaults | 4-8 Feb
A fast-pased physical thrill-ride into ultra-shy supply teacher Ms Got Told’s surreal ‘sex ed’ seminar, ‘Lie Back…’ finds its writer and star Rachel Lincoln using props and flip charts to teach her class about adolescence, contraception and ‘the act itself’ in suitably awkward style. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Luke Haines | Islington Assembly Hall | 4 Feb (pictured)
In-your-face punk figurehead Luke Haines, the flighty star of political bands The Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder, replays his most recent LP, last year’s ‘New York In The 70s’, as well as earlier sign-offs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Singing Stones | Arcola Theatre | 4-28 Feb
Celebrated playwright/director Kay Adshead is in the driving seat for this triad of short plays, all looking at 2011’s Arab Spring from the side of the women involved; from the heroines of Tahrir Square, to Kurdistan’s female fighting forces, to a band of quarrelling artists. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday January 28th, 2015 12:44

3 Feb: Susan Calman, Elephant Man and The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey

Susan Calman

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COMEDY: Susan Calman – Lady Like | Soho Theatre | 3-15 Feb
Scottish shortcake and star of many a BBC radio/TV game show Susan Calman paints a picture of her life as an older, wiser woman and, in the words of her neighbours, “mad cat lady”. “If you don’t know who she is'”, the story goes. “‘Lady Like’ will, at the very least, make you feel better about your own life”. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Elephant Man | Jack Studio Theatre | 3-21 Feb
The piercing life story of ‘horribly deformed’ Victorian man Joseph Merrick is adapted by ThisWeek London-profiled company Fourth Monkey, experts in making brave new theatre. Abandoned as a child, the so-named ‘Elephant Man’, a freak-show attraction and medical marvel, looks at London’s high society set and realises it’s the world, not him, that’s ugly. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey | Battersea Arts Centre | 3-14 Feb
The acclaimed Paper Cinema draw modern meaning from Homer’s ancient Greek saga of one man’s almighty road home; raging storms, supernatural forces, high seas and all. Main man Odysseus and the story’s cast of characters become illustrated cut-out figures, enacting a silent film animation with a live orchestral score. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday January 25th, 2015 00:01

31 Jan: Zonzo Compagnie, Joan Of Arc and Murder In The Cathedral

John Cage

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OPERA/KIDS: Listen To The Silence – A Journey With John Cage | Royal Opera House | until 1 Feb (pictured)
Zonzo Compagnie dials up this unique-sounding show for all the family, an interactive experience inspired by composer John Cage’s noiseless work ‘4’33’. In it, children are invited to create their own sonic (and silent) landscapes. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Joan Of Arc | New Diorama Theatre | until 28 Feb
Award-winning youth company The Faction stage this take on Schiller’s play of 1801 ‘The Maid Of Orleans’, the tragedy of a woman ready to fight to the death in God’s name. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: TS Eliot’s Murder In The Cathedral | Temple Church | until 1 Feb
TS Eliot’s verse drama based on the historic assassination of Archbishop and “turbulent priest” Thomas Becket, which was written in 1935 in reaction to the rise of fascism, is revived, at a fittingly tense time for religion v politics, in the fittingly godly Temple Church. Director Joe Hamston’s spin on the text, which features a pro cast alongside a bunch of moonlighting lawyers. Details and tickets here.

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