Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here. And look out for a snippet from the show in the next edition of the ThisWeek London Podcast, out next week.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:25

Wednesday 24 September 2014 in London

Lindsay Lohan

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Greenwich Comedy Festival | National Maritime Museum | 24-28 Sep
Stewart Lee is first-night headliner of this year’s GCF tent, playing to the gallery following appearances by the inimitable Josie Long, Tony Law and Aisling Bea. Also tightly packed in over latter bills are the likes of the great and good David O’Doherty, Milton Jones, Stephen K Amos, Rich Hall, Ardal O’Hanlon, esteemed TWL interviewees Cardinal Burns, and a special screening of ‘Tunnel Club’, a film tracing the rise of comic compere Malcolm Hardee’s famed nightspot of the same name. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: John Kearns – Shtick | Soho Theatre | 24 Sep – 18 Oct
The first and only human to win the main Foster’s Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Fringe only a year after taking the like-prize for Best Newcomer, wig-and-teeth-wearing John Kearns appears ‘in character’ to reminisce on the ways his life has changed since all the critical acclaim. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Speed-The-Plow | Playhouse Theatre | 24 Sep – 29 Nov (pictured)
West End vet Lindsay Posner sits in as director on this considerably high-risk remake of David Mamet’s ‘Speed-The-Plow’ stars ‘Mean Girls’ tearaway Lindsay Lohan (a stage debutante) as Karen, a temp secretary at a film company whose bosses think signing on an A-list actress will make their movie a big box-office hit. Madonna played the part originally on Broadway to less-than-great reviews – so it remains to be seen whether Li-Lo can act it any better. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:05

Tuesday 23 September 2014 in London

Exhibit B

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: Woman’s Hour | Village Underground | 23 Sep
Having recently released their first LP ‘Conversations’, a stylised synth-pop vision in shades of blue and grey, young London-band Woman’s Hour bring it softly to light in their biggest LDN headline show to date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Flowers Of The Forest | Jermyn Street Theatre | 23 Sep – 18 Oct
‘I Am A Camera’ playwright John Van Druten’s First World War-time love story plays at Jermyn Street Theatre in an 80th anniversary staging directed by Antony Biggs. ‘Flowers… stars actress Sophie Ward as Naomi, a woman whose pleasantly staid married life is jolted by a visit from her disapproving sister, who brings with her reminders of Naomi’s past love affair. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Third World Bunfight – Exhibit B | The Vaults | 23-27 Sep (pictured)
Still in town following a radical adaptation of Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’ at the Barbican last week, South African stage master Brett Bailey and company dig down into The Vaults to build a stark and haunting installation critiquing 19th/20th century ‘human zoos’, which put Africans on show like museum curiosities. The idea is translated here into twelve still-life tableaux, each featuring motionless actors recreating colonial atrocities committed in Africa, as well as Western notions of racial supremacy and the present-day plight of immigrants. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 13:34

Monday 22 September 2014 in London

Electra

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: Ibeyi | Rough Trade West | 22 Sep
The twin daughters of late Franco-Cuban musician Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, kind-of-identical sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kainde released their first EP as Ibeyi recently via a still-wet deal with the revered XL Recordings. Drop in to this Rough Trade in-store (entry’s free, so why the heck not?) to hear them sing ‘Oya’ – a cold, bony paean combining shades of the pair’s African lineage with ‘Westernised’ electronics – and muscular follow-on single ‘River’. Details here.

THEATRE: Electra | The Old Vic | 22 Sep – 20 Dec (pictured)
The always-captivating Kristin Scott-Thomas teams once again with her go-to theatre director Ian Rickson in this revival of grim Sophcolean tragedy ‘Electra’, a bloody story of power and retribution that plays out in an in-the-round adaptation by Frank McGuinness. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Every Brilliant Thing | Hackney Downs Studios | 22-25 Sep
A one-man ‘celebration of life’ that begins with a dead dog, Jonny Donahoe’s bittersweet ‘Every Brilliant Thing’ finds its central character inviting the audience to collaborate on a list of reasons to carry on living; which he then shares, point-by-point, with his suicidal mother. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 13:17

Sunday 21 September 2014 in London

Liam Williams

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Laugh Out London w/ Liam Williams + Nish Kumar + Tom Craine | The Lion, Stoke Newington | 21 Sep (pictured)
Self-deprecating Sheeps man Liam Williams headlines the first ever LOL night to be based in villagelike-oasis-of-North-East-cool Stoke Newington, closing off a showcase that also co-stars smart anti-optimist Nish Kumar and Tom Craine, commissioned player in forthcoming BBC Three series ‘Josh’. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Scalarama 2014 – Film Noir All-Dayer | Genesis Cinema | 21 Sep
This year’s Scalarama film fest takes a noirish Sunday turn with this all-day programme of dames, dark streets and shady dealings. Dick Richards’ 1975 detective thriller ‘Farewell My Lovely’ is on first, with ‘The Killers’, ‘Kiss Me Deadly’, ‘Touch Of Evil’, ‘In A Lonely Place’ and ‘Pick-Up On South Street’ all stealthily trailing at a safe distance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Golden Kite Gala | Lyceum | 21 Sep
The Lyceum’s ‘Lion King’ cast, backstage crew and staff present an evening of musical theatre and dramatic readings in aid of the Urdang Academy’s Aaron Morgan Bursary Fund. Whilst tickets are free via RVSP, donations are, of course, invited. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:27

Friday 19 September 2014 in London

Joz Norris

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Joz Norris – Awkward Prophet | Museum Of Comedy | 19 Sep (pictured)
Comic, actor, “idiot optimist” and all-over nice man Joz Norris, one of Edinburgh Fringe poster boy John Kearns‘ Weirdos Comedy peers, seeks to please with this fairly odd take on his chaotic love life. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Saturdays | Wembley Arena | 18 Sep
Britain’s top all-girl pop band with chart-sticky hits to spare, The Saturdays sachay into town toting a show spotlighting all the catchiest tracks on their five LPs. They all also happen to be available now via The Sats’ new ‘best of’ compilation ‘Finest Selection’. I know, that sounds like a range at M&S, let’s just pretend we didn’t notice. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Interrobang?! – The Curious Departure Of Dustin Spektor | Theatre Delicatessen, Farringdon | 19 Sep – 1 Nov
The always-piquant Theatre Delicatessen leads an “immersive game of detection, questions and interjections”, putting audiences on a trail of clues winding all over East London (like outside, on the actual pavements, in the cold, smog and potential rain) and giving them only four hours to solve a murder against all odds. There’s a daily Daytime edition for families, and an after-dark repeat for aspiring criminologists aged fifteen and over. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday September 11th, 2014 15:00

Thursday 18 September 2014 in London

Will Franken

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Will Franken – The Stuff They Put In Sleep | Museum Of Comedy | 18 Sep (pictured)
Extra-terrestrial characterisations and stories are the ‘stuff’ of American surrealist and ThreeWeeks Editors’ Award winning Will Franken’s “enjoyably dreamlike” latest show, which finds him acting ‘bit’ after bit based on art, politics, and all the filling that’s in between. Details and tickets here. Check out interview with the man himself in the ThreeWeeks post-Fringe podcast from last month.

MUSIC: Rustie ‘Green Language’ Release Party | Oval Space | 18 Sep
Beat-heaving Glaswegian Rustie is back in a big way with his jagged new LP ‘Green Language’, which, apparently, features mixed traces of trance, My Bloody Valentine, Scottish electronica and Godspeed You! Black Emperor. And, hence, he’s arranged this release party in its name; inviting the brilliant Sampha to DJ, and D Double E, Logan Sama and Gorgeous Children to play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Odd Shaped Balls | Etcetera Theatre | 18 Sep
Actor/writer Chris Sheridan’s ‘Odd Shaped Balls’ – a one-man play – follows a gay rugby player forced into the spotlight after someone ‘outs’ him. Sheridan plays all the parts, on and off the sporting field, in this “stirring and captivating” (said ThreeWeeks on seeing the show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe) piece of theatre. Find out more in this week’s ThisWeek London Podcast, where we chat to Chris about the show. More details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 10th, 2014 18:39

Wednesday 17 September 2014 in London

Nick Cave

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Marina Abramovic – White Space | Lisson Gallery | 17 Sep – 1 Nov
Art-world royalty Marina Abramovic, who’s still the toast of London following the close of her massive ‘512 Hours’ show at the Serpentine, is here celebrated in the early phases of her career, with ‘White Spaces’ giving erm… well, space to a range of rare and remastered audio pieces, videos and newly-discovered photos representing her very first experiments into performance art based on ‘time and the immaterial’, themes central to her present-day practice. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: Nick Cave – 20,000 Days On Earth UK Launch | various cinemas nationwide | 17 Sep (pictured)
So rock n roll grizzly man Nick Cave is gracing the Barbican tonight to chat and play live at a special gala screening of his part-real, part-surreal ‘day in the life’ film, the widely acclaimed ‘20,000 Days On Earth’. Whilst every last ticket to the main event shifted a long while back, Cave fans can instead go to one of 150 British/Irish cinemas to catch a live-stream of the set and screening, which will feature Nick speaking beside Bad Seeds men Warren Ellis and Barry Adamson, as well as ‘20,000 Days’ directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Teh Internet Is Serious Business | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Sep – 25 Oct
Writer Tim Price debates the timely topic of ‘hacktivism’ in his new play, in which a pair of teen boys meet online and pick a ‘David v Goliath’-style digital fight with the FBI, recoding the limits of internet espionage for all time. Former Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists Mustafa Al-Bassam and Jake Davis, on whom the script is based, will speak alongside experts on the ‘deep web’ at an ‘in conversation’ event on 29 Sep, having had a legal ban on communicating with each other lifted only earlier this month. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 9th, 2014 13:40

Tuesday 16 September 2014 in London

Macbeth

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Yayoi Kusama – Pumpkins | Victoria Miro | 16 Sep – 19 Dec
The Victoria Miro shows a timely (given it’s almost nearly Halloween) body of pumpkin-based paintings, large-scale mosaics and big old bronze castings by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama; each one dedicated, with great love, to the natural world’s knobbliest orange gourd. Bang into the pumpkin as a motif since as early as 1948, Kusama is known to use the plant as a means of selfportraiture, attracted to its “charming and winsome form”, “generous unpretentiousness” and “solid spiritual base”. Details and tickets here.

CIRCUS/DANCE: 7 Fingers – Séquence 8 | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 16 Sep – 4 Oct
Québec-based circus clique 7 Fingers flex their way into this sequence designed for eight performers, who’ll be twinning lithe acrobatics with light-hearted dance bits, doing so against bold lighting and an original soundtrack. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Third World Bunfight – Macbeth | The Barbican | 16-20 Sep (pictured)
Radical playwright Brett Bailey adapts Verdi’s ‘Macbeth’, moving the base threads of the plot over to modern-day Congo, and bringing in a South African cast to voice a rearrangement of the original opera. In his and Third World Bunfight’s version of events, a group of refugees find an old trunk full of sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi’s score, and are inspired to tell their own story; that of a warlord, his power-thirsty wife, and Congo’s conflict-ravaged landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 8th, 2014 15:20

Monday 15 September 2014 in London

Xerxes

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: ComEDy Gala w/ Katherine Ryan + Patrick Monahan + Nat Luurtsema + Juliette Burton | Comedy Store | 15 Sep
Sweet-comedian-with-bite Katherine Ryan takes a bow alongside co-stars Fringe mainstay and TW Editors’ Award winner Patrick Monahan, Jigsaw piece and TW letter-writer Nat Luurtsema and forthright comic Juliette Burton (who, by the way, headlines the latest ThisWeek London Podcast) at this smartly-billed A* gala in aid of a great cause. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Carter Tutti Void | Oslo | 15-16 Sep
A hybrid of Throbbing Gristle’s Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti with Nik Void of disco infiltrators Factory Floor, Mute signings Carter Tutti Void‘s main sonic schtick, a la their admirable 2012 LP ‘Transverse’, is a niche line in dark, pulsing noise-pop with a strong rhythm and synth contingent. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Xerxes | London Coliseum | 15 Sep – 3 Oct
The Coliseum hails Nicholas Hytner’s Olivier Award-winning take on this light, fizzy and flirty opera by the one and, in fact, the only, George Frideric Handel. Based in part in Vauxhall’s pleasure gardens (as they were in the 1700s), ‘Xerxes’ dives right into a love triangle between two brothers who love the same woman. Mezzo-soprano Alice Coote mans up to play the male title tole, whilst counter-tenor Andrew Watts voices his/her sibling Arsamenes, and Sarah Tynan sings Romilda. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday September 7th, 2014 16:57

Sunday 14 September 2014 in London

War & Peace

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Carly Smallman – Made In Penge | Kings Place | 14 Sep
Appearing by the grace of this year’s Kings Place Festival, Ms Penge herself, née Carly Smallman, presents a happy 60 minutes of jokes, love songs (with a twist) and laughs. Details here.

COMEDY: Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown + Do The Right Thing | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 14 Sep
The irrepressibly sketchy Pappy’s team knocks heads with rival panel game ‘Do The Right Thing’, with Adam Buxton and Joel Dommett as the night’s inept guest flatmates, whilst Katherine Ryan and Mike Wozniak aim to free themselves of tricky dilemmas in ‘DTRT’. Tickets are available for either show, or as a ‘combi’ package giving access to both. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: War And Peace – Gaza | Rich Mix | 14 Sep
Marking the launch of an Arabic adaptation of Tolstoy’s philosophical saga, this event finds Palestine-based ensemble Theatre For Everybody re-creating ‘War And Peace’ within the conflict-ridden Gaza Strip, linking up live via satellite with LDN’s Az Theatre to screen the still-in-development show at Rich Mix. As well as the main event, writers Hassan Abdulrazzak, Caryl Churchill, Ahmed Masoud and Haifa Zangana have written modern responses they’ve written to Tolstoy’s timeless text, which will be recited by actors David Calder, Jennie Stoller and Harriet Walter. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 5th, 2014 17:07

Friday 12 September 2014 in London

Joseph Morpurgo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Joseph Morpurgo – Odessa | Kings Place | 12 Sep (pictured)
A 5/5-caliber hit at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Joseph Morpurgo’s “silly, sinister and screwball” one-man show is posited like an investigation into a slightly shady chemical plant fire in the Texan city of Odessa. A real bright light in theatre with a blackly comical twist, Jo-Mo mans the whole cast of the story, from cops to co-conspirators, building an intricate narrative arc around a blurry half-minute TV clip from 1983. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/VISUAL ART: John Cale & Liam Young – Transmissions From The Drone Orchestra | Barbican Centre | 12-13 Sep
Oh look/listen; it’s only the world’s first sighting/sounding of ‘LOOP>>60Hz’, a collaborative AV work by John Cale and ‘speculative architect’ and designer Liam Young. Cale and his band will play a live set of selected tracks, specially adapted “to durational forms, unusual tunings and unorthodox audio delivery”, whilst Young provides a flock of drone-like ‘disembodied instruments’ circling the the auditorium and making noises. Weird, no? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Doctor Scroggy’s War | Shakespeare’s Globe | 12 Sep – 10 Oct 
Having collaborated on The Globe’s award-winning ‘Anne Boleyn’ in 2010, playwright Howard Brenton and director John Dove reconvene on this new script giving a sideways glance at the First World War. In it, nineteen year old Jack Twigg joins the London Regiment and meets life-saving medic Harold Gillies, though also notices a strange character named ‘Doctor Scroggy’ who visits the hospital ward at night and gives champagne to the patients. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 3rd, 2014 17:00

Thursday 11 September 2014 in London

Africa Utopia

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Late Turner – Painting Set Free | Tate Britain | 11 Sep – 25 Jan 2015
The first major showcase given over entirely to the highly-significant ‘late bloomer’ phase of English painter man JMW Turner’s life and timeline, ‘Painting Set Free’ showcases a wide panorama of the artist’s unusual square pictures, famed watercolours like ‘Heidelberg: Sunset’ and ‘The Wreck Buoy’, and his last-exhibited pieces circa 1850, of classical lovers Dido and Aeneas. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Africa Utopia | Southbank Centre | 11-14 Sep (pictured)
Taking a juicy bite out of African art, life, history and culture, Africa Utopia will this year play host to all-time Ethio-jazz great Mulatu Astatke, States-breaking (and ThisWeek interviewed) comedienne Gina Yashere, dance pairing Qudus Onikeku & Zena Edwards – who’ll interpret themes of identity, memory and exile through movement – and a capella R&B/soul ensemble Simply Soweto Encha. In addition to the ‘right-brained’ side of the programme will be a series of practical (yet still ideas-driven) seminars and debates led by African activists and entrepreneurs. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: 20 Stories High Young Actors Company – Tales From The MP3 | Unicorn Theatre | 11-13 Sep
In Julia Samuels’ innovative essay on identity and perspective, a group of young actors give voice to each other’s distinct life stories and opinions, listening in via private MP3 players and repeating, line for line and in real time, what they’re hearing, and thus sharing it with the audience too. Find extracts from the show – which features a live score, projected visuals and inevitable inner-city beat-boxing – on the relevant instalment of the ThisWeek Podcast, which will be available on 11 Sep. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday September 2nd, 2014 17:00

Wednesday 10 September 2014 in London

The James Plays

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

THEATRE: The Wolf From The Door | Royal Court | 10 Sep – 1 Nov
Rory Mullarkey, who won the George Devine Award for this play, imagines a wild road trip across Middle England where Lady Catherine and her young protégé Leo enlist every tearoom, hot yoga class and WI group on a mission to change the country forever. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The James Plays | Olivier Theatre | 10 Sep – 30 Oct (pictured)
Transferring down from the Edinburgh International Festival, where it was this year’s big draw, Rona Munro’s trilogy of plays, ‘James I’, ‘James II’ and ‘James III’, examine the lives of three generations of Stewart kings who ruled Scotland in the fifteenth century. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Burnt Ones | The Waiting Room | 10 Sep
Scuzzy San Franciscans Burnt Ones will be setting up shop in Stoke Newington tonight, showing off wares (aka songs) from their array of releases to date and forthcoming third album, ‘Gift’, which is due out in March next year. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 1st, 2014 16:42

Tuesday 9 September 2014 in London

Great Britain

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Laugh Out London’s Pick Of The Fringe | Old Queen’s Head | 9 Sep
When Lough Out London say they’ve selected four of the best acts from this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, they mean business. The brilliant Sara Pascoe headlines, with supporting sets from Trygve Wakenshaw, Liam Williams and some guy called Stewart Lee. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Simian Mobile Disco | Union Chapel | 9 Sep
Marking the release of new album ‘Whorl’, Simian Mobile Disco will perform the record in full at Union Chapel. During the making of album, says the duo’s Jas Shaw, their live and studio performances drew closer together, all of which makes tonight’s show even more intriguing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Great Britain | Theatre Royal Haymarket | 9 Sep – 10 Jan (pictured)
Richard Bean’s acclaimed satire of the British press, police and political establishment moves into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a four month run. In it, Lucy Punch plays Paige Britain, the ambitious young news editor of The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday August 27th, 2014 14:02

Thursday 4 September 2014 in London

Medea

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: Comedy In The Attic w/ Alfie Brown | Hackney Attic | 4 Sep
Combatant comic (and TW interviewee) Alfie Brown headlines this night of loft-based stand-up in Hackney, with likeable everyman Luke Graves, idiosyncratic entertainer Harriet Kemsley and Funny Women Awards Finalist circa 2013 Saskia Preston adding extra appeal to the bill. ‘Coach Trip’ star Joey Page is MC-ing for the duration, and entry is a mere fiver OTD, or in advance. Details and tickets here.

FILM/FESTIVAL: The Peckham & Nunhead Free Film Festival | various locations | 4-14 Sep
So, cinema fans, one of a crowd of trendy yet kid-friendly free-entry film fests taking place in the city at various intervals this year, the Peckham & Nunhead FFF with a selection of restored digitised shorts made by the Edwardian-era Gaumont Film Studios, which was based in Camberwell. There’ll be a live piano score playing alongside the films, which will be shown, aptly, at the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space in Camberwell! Latter highlights of the programme at large are a rooftop spool of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, a showing of the movingly monochrome ‘Nebraska’ in a deli, a bike-powered ‘Belleville Rendez-vous’ in the open air, a night of 100% free cinema at the usually pay-per-view Peckhamplex. Details here.

FILM/THEATRE: National Theatre Live presents… Medea | Barbican | 4 Sep (pictured)
Beaming live into the Barbican via the digi-miracle of ‘real-time streaming’, it’s the NT’s eerie adaptation of Euripides’ ultra-tragic spine chiller ‘Medea’. Directed by the dynamic Carrie Cracknell, the play stars Narcissa Malfoy aka stage/screen actress Helen McCrory as an exiled wife willing to do anything (anything) to keep her children close. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday August 26th, 2014 12:31

Wednesday 3 September 2014 in London

Land Of Our Fathers

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

MUSIC: Hyperdub 10th Anniversary Party w/Jessy Lanza Cooly G | Corsica Studios | 3 Sep
Hyperdub, the alt-dance label your grandma probably hasn’t heard of/will likely never hear of, invites the likes of pop oddment Dean Blunt, sleek R&B artiste Jessy Lanza and singer/rapper Cooly G to a) attend and b) play live at its tenth anniversary party. Lighting fires in the DJ booth tonight are Ikonika, Scratcha DVA and label boss Kode9. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fully Committed | Menier Chocolate Factory | 3 Sep – 15 Nov
TV’s Kevin Bishop gives his snappiest NYC accent as Sam Peliczowski, the man manning the reservations line at an eatery that’s essentially Manhattan’s Chiltern Firehouse, only not real. Add in a parade of blaggers and B-list celebs, a tyrannical boss and Sam’s failing acting career and well, a trip to ‘Fully Committed’ seems all set to be one heck of a great dinner date. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Land Of Our Fathers | Trafalgar Studios | 2 Sep – 4 Oct
Picture this; it’s 1979, Thatcher lives (and is PM), and six miners are wedged down a Welsh mine together for a whole fortnight. The West End premiere of Theatre503 and writer-in-chief Chris Urch’s greatly acclaimed coal-black comedy stars ‘The History Boys’ actor Clive Merrison as wiry old Bomber, a man who risks losing his voice against the din of Britain’s changing social landscape. Details and tickets here.

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Monday August 25th, 2014 14:59

Tuesday 2 September 2014 in London

Katherine Araniello

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

COMEDY: The Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart | The Black Heart, Camden Town | 2 Sep
Following a stint sailing the high seas of the Edinburgh Fringe, Cap’n Josie Long re-opens her still-golden comedic trove, inviting fixed guest Nathaniel Metcalfe and some other TBC figures to dig into its spoils. And the premise of ‘Lost Treasures’, by the by, is that comedians present short sets revering people/things they think don’t get the credit they deserve. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Unlimited | Southbank Centre | 2-7 Sep (pictured)
A festival highlighting the vision, originality and capabilities of disabled artists, the SB Centre’s Unlimited will this year feature its patented, glass-ceiling-smashing array of theatre, dance, literature, visual art, stand-up and music. Leading the itinerary are the likes of Robert Softley Gale (who’ll share his show ‘If These Spasms Could Speak’, a collation of real-life narratives of disability), playwright Julie McNamara’s wry portrait of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease, a “theatrical piece that plays on life’s crutches” by Claire Cunningham, and ‘The Dinner Party Revisited’, which will see performance artist and character actress Katherine Araniello reprising her TV-screened soiree of 2011. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Whose Gaze Is It Anyway? | ICA | 2 Sep – 5 Oct
The ICA hosts showcase looking at the history of Arab pop culture through various printed matter (rare posters, diaries, book covers and the like) and via the moving media of film AND video. Having taken shape in the archives of Beirut-based cultural aficionado Abboudi Bou Jaoudeh, ‘Whose Gaze Is It Anyway?’ features pieces of art and advertising dating back to as early as the 1930s to the present day, many being presented in Britain for the first time, and all raising pertinent points on how the ‘popular gaze’ is constructed from within the Arab world. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday August 23rd, 2014 17:36

Sunday 31 August 2014 in London

Titus Andronicus

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: Routes – Dancing To New Orleans | BFI Southbank | 31 Aug
British director Alex Reuben’s intimate doc follows a road-trip he made south from New England to a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, shooting film all the way. Closing off the BFI’s ‘Gotta Dance, Gotta Dance!’ programme, ‘Dancing To New Orleans’ celebrates The States’s diverse dance lineage, and finds Reuben filming everyday Americans as they express themselves via a variety of steps and styles. The main film screening is followed by ‘Que Pasa’ and ‘Line Dance’, a pair of animated shorts also by Reuben, and ‘Newsreel: Melt Down’, which he recorded live during 2011’s LDN-based Dance Umbrella festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Freddie Gibbs | XOYO | 31 Aug
Now one of the hip hop world’s most coveted collaborators in light of his and Madlib’s acclaimed ‘Piñata’ LP, no-frills Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs appears tonight in solo mode ahead of a disc that’s all his own, the forthcoming ‘Eastside Slim’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Titus Andronicus | Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park | 31 Aug – 20 Sep
The first piece of theatre (apparently) to be staged inside Peckham’s suitably brutalist, Frank’s-capped Multi-Storey Car Park, Bold Tendencies’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s timeless vengeance tragedy features beatboxing, Parkour (aka free-running), and a community choir. Details and tickets here.

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Friday August 22nd, 2014 14:35

Saturday 30 August 2014 in London

The Night Is Young

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

FILM: The Night Is Young | Barbican | 30 Aug (pictured)
The Barbican hosts (as the finale to its ‘Eye-Popping Colour!’ season) this one-off 4pm showing of Leos Carax’s ‘The Night Of Young’ circa 1986. Defined by its bright-hued cinematography, it stars Michel Piccoli as an ageing gangster who traps Alex, the younger son of his slain comrade, into a plot to break into a lab and steal an AIDS-like virus. Juliette Binoche plays Piccoli’s mistress who, in inveitable French ‘ménage à trois’ tradition, Alex falls in love with. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Nina Kraviz + Midland + Marcel Dettman | Fabric | 30 Aug
The high tsarina of Detroit-style electronica, Ms Nina Kraviz, takes the ‘Room 1 Headliner’ title at tonight’s Fabric-xtravaganza, backed by pivotal London DJ Midland and William Kouam Djoko, aka the host of Amsterdam super-club Trouw. Spaces 2 and 3, meanwhile, will be piloted by techno maestro Marcel Dettman and relatively fresh-faced label Danse Club. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Comedy Of Errors | Shakespeare’s Globe | 30 Aug – 12 Oct
A classic case of Shakespearean ‘mistaken identity’ bants, ‘The Comedy Of Errors’ (here directed by Blanche McIntyre) is a long and complicated chain of slapstick mishaps co-starring estranged twin bros Antipholus and Antipholus, and their manservants (estranged twins Dromio and Dromio) who are all thrown into a city known for its sorcery. Duly, beautifully-scripted chaos follows. Details and tickets here.

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