Monday July 28th, 2014 14:52

Tuesday 5 August 2014 in London

Ursula Martinez

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

COMEDY: James Dowdeswell – Wine, Ale & I 2014 | Camden Head | 5-7 Aug
This year’s ultra-glossy Camden Fringe parts to reveal ‘the ultimate happy hour’ care of thinker/drinker James Dowdeswell and his ‘Withnail’-inspired (at least in title) show ‘Wine, Ale & I’. James, who is soon to launch his own vino TV programme, laces a pint of daft stories with alcohol-based factoids and tales of his childhood in a West Country pub. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Ursula Martinez – My Stories, Your Emails | Southbank Centre | 5-10 Aug (pictured)
Having literally bared all in her ‘magic striptease’ act ‘Hanky Panky’ (a skit which was illicitly posted online, attracting a deluge of um, ‘unbelievable’ emails), the Olivier Award-winning Ursula Martinez boldly investigates obsession, miscommunication, relationships, loneliness, sex, identity and the internet via a comical combination of live art and stand-up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Kilburn Passion | Tricycle Theatre | 5-9 Aug
Another Camden Fringe tip, as the Trike brings back playwright Suhayla El-Bushra’s ‘Kilburn Passion’, a busy, multicultural inter-mingling of the lives of those living on Kilburn High Road, lives that collide with the arrival of a stranger. First commissioned for the Tricycle’s Young Company of 16-25 year olds earlier this year, it’s directed as per then by Emily Lim. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 14:46

Monday 4 August 2014 in London

San Domino

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

COMEDY: Camden Fringe – Professor Bennison’s Life Of Pi | Camden Head | 4-6 Aug
“Disgraced” ex-math (maths?) teacher James Bennison has a go at making maths (math?) funny with his solo show ‘Life Of Pi’. Aiming higher than simply tapping ’80087355′ into a calculator, he’ll instead be sharing a quantity of jokes on integers, algebra, silly children and a “universally accepted qualification – the JCSE”. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Grim | Charing Cross Theatre | 4-30 Aug
A ‘Romeo & Juliet’ kind of tale on a fantastical scale, theatre co Untold’s all-singing, all-dancing ‘Grim’ imagines ‘what if’ the Grim Reaper (who in this case is a lady) fell deathly in love with Cupid, a winged man-god with a penchant for matchmaking. Will their affair prove complicated? I’d say it maybe might. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Grimeborn Opera Festival – San Domino | Arcola Theatre | 4-6 Aug (pictured)
Back for its eighth year active, Grimeborn Opera Fest once again showcases rising composers and artists, under-appreciated and rarely-aired works, and bold, innovative adaptations of the classics. It starts off tonight with Tim Anfilogoff & Alan Whittaker’s facist-era-Italy-based ‘San Domino’, which follows a band of friends imprisoned on an island because they are gay. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 13:21

Sunday 3 August 2014 in London

Dagny

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

COMEDY: 99 Club w/ Caroline Mabey + Inder Manocha | 99 Club, Leicester Square | 3 Aug
The award-winning 99 Club signs up character actor Caroline Maybey (aka ‘landlady to the stars’ Helen Handbag), and circuit oldie/goodie Inder Manocha. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bernhoft + Mike Wyatt + Dagny | Kopparberg Urban Forest, Dalston Bootstrap Company | 3 Aug (pictured)
Cider brand Kopparberg hosts in its temp Scandinavian glade Norway’s #1 soul man Bernhoft, Elton John-approved Tromsø songbird Dagny (pictured), and rising blues singer Mike Wyatt. And whilst the drinks aren’t free, entry and ambience, at least, are. Details here.

THEATRE/KIDS: Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain Part II | Garrick Theatre | 3-31 Aug
A big gory book of quasi-histories from writers Deary and Neal Foster, the latest chapter of ‘Barmy Britain’ casts ‘Party Queen Victoria’ and ‘Evil Queen Elizabeth’ in a cartoonish timeline of capers (with low-lying  political gags, for the parents) also starring Boudicca, Dick Turpin and William Wallace. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 28th, 2014 13:18

Saturday 2 August 2014 in London

The Forbidden Zone

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

COMEDY/FESTIVAL: Phoenix Fringe | The Phoenix, Cavendish Square | 2-9 Aug
A closer-to-home Fringe option worth considering (only if Edinburgh is a no-go, that is), the Phoenix ignites one long, hot week of comedy. Opening with shows from Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson and Gavin Osborn, it burns on c/o Frankie Boyle, Nick Helm, Danielle Ward, Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, Brian Gittins, and also a go on ace panel-game podcast ‘Do The Right Thing’ starring two-thirds of Pappy’s, Matthew Crosby and Ben Clark, and Isy Suttie. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Visions Fest | various locations | 2 Aug
Criss-crossing various sites in East London, the all-day bank of Visions 2014 has locked in an (opposite of shit) ton of cool original bands and acts, not least party aficionado Andrew WK (who’s doing a ‘very special’ solo show BTW), sensitive singer-pianist Perfume Genius, moody pop ring Polica, scraggly trash-rock band Fat White Family, Weird World-signed synth whizz Jaako Eino Kalevi, and still many local/international imports besides. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: The Forbidden Zone | Barbican | 2 Aug
An ‘immersive’ film event live-streaming via this year’s Salzburg Festival, Katie Mitchell’s ‘The Forbidden Zone’ posits the sad and strained story of the Habber family (whose patriarch, Fritz, first developed poison gas as a weapon), remade with five video cameras and innovative set-pieces, like a moving subway train. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 24th, 2014 14:10

Thursday 31 July 2014 in London

FKA Twigs

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

MUSIC: FKA Twigs | Heaven | 31 Jul (pictured)
Artist, ballet dancer and elite R&B-girl… from Gloucestershire, Tahliah Barnett, aka FKA Twigs, has been gaining some serious momentum over the last twelve months, which has made her a magazine cover star and bagged her a headline slot at Heaven, with still almost two weeks to go before the release of her debut album. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jim Jeffries – Day Streaming | Brixton Academy | 31 Jul – 1 Aug
“Deeply offensive to almost every category of human being”, warned ThreeWeeks of Jim Jeffries in 2012, before awarding his show a 4/5 rating. But that was two years ago. He’ll have mellowed by now, right? I wouldn’t bank on it. If you want to find out, you’ll need to make your move right away, tonight’s show was added only after demand out-stripped the supply of tickets for tomorrow night’s performance. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: My Night With Reg | Donmar Warehouse | 31 Jul – 27 Sep
Kevin Elyot’s award-winning ‘My Night With Reg’ returns to the London stage tonight to mark the 20th anniversary of its premiere in 1994. Set even further back in 1985, this bittersweet comedy is set in London’s gay community against the backdrop of the emergence of AIDS. Reg himself does not appear, but is the lynchpin for the fragility of the friendships of those around him. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 24th, 2014 14:03

Monday 28 July 2014 in London

Anthony Jeselnik

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

COMEDY: Anthony Jeselnik | Soho Theatre | 28 Jul – 2 Aug (pictured)
Anthony Jeselnik is over from the States to fill the Soho Theatre with his own brand of dark stand-up for a six night run, starting tonight. A regular on US TV, including his own show ‘The Jeselnik Offensive’, this is a must-see. There, I said it. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Camden Fringe | various venues | 28 Jul – 24 Aug
Our sister mag ThreeWeeks is heading off to Edinburgh this week, but we’re not bitter because, despite what you might have heard, there’s still plenty going on down in London. Much of it thanks to The Camden Fringe, now in its eighth year and so full of comedy, theatre and more that its slightly breaching the borders of the borough of Camden. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Drag King Richard III | Riverside Studios | 28 Jul – 3 Aug
Terri Power’s award winning production reworks Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’ into a black comedy examining transgender identity. The story follows Laurie, as she becomes a he, and her friend La Femme, a lesbian who also plays with her identity, switching between ‘butch’ and ‘femme’, but who struggles to come to terms with the prospect of Laurie’s more physical change. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 17th, 2014 13:49

Friday 25 July 2014 in London

Derren Brown: Infamous

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

THEATRE: Men In The Cities | Royal Court Theatre | 25-26 Jul
Ahead of its run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Chris Goode’s new play ‘Men In The Cities’ appears at the Royal Court Theatre for two nights. Written and performed by Goode, the play shows snapshots of the lives of dozens of men, framed by the violent deaths of two: the apparently inexplicable suicide of a young gay man and the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in May last year. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Moses Und Aron | Royal Opera House | 25-26 Jul
Arnold Schoenberg’s unfinished masterpiece is performed by the Welsh National Opera on a two night run, the first project of a three year collaboration between the WNO and the Royal Opera House. Directed by Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito, it stars acclaimed bass John Tomlinson as Moses. Details and tickets here.

MAGIC: Derren Brown: Infamous | Hammersmith Apollo | 25-27 Jul (pictured)
Rounding off a 140 date UK tour, illusionist Derren Brown’s latest show, ‘Infamous’, rolls back into London, where it began at the Palace Theatre in the West End last summer. Now taking the Hammersmith Apollo for three nights, Brown says that this is his most “personal” show to date. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday July 15th, 2014 13:37

Thursday 24 July 2014 in London

The Chills

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

MUSICAL: The Legacy | Leicester Square Theatre | 24 Jul
With story by Elaine Gray and lyrics by Phillip Short, ‘The Legacy’ is a story split between an East End jazz club in 1935 and a fashion design house situated on the same site 50 years later in 1985. Family and ghostly happenings link the two eras, with the music of each defining them. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Chills | Tufnell Park Dome | 24 Jul (pictured)
As part of their first European tour since 1996, New Zealand indie quartet The Chills will be hitting London today, one of only two shows in the UK. Part of the influential scene that revolved around NZ record label Flying Nun in the 1980s, it’s set to be a very welcome return. Details and tickets here.

KIDS’ SHOW: What The Ladybird Heard | Cadogan Hall | 24 Jul – 10 Aug
Award-winning children’s book ‘What The Ladybird Heard’, written by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, will come to life on stage at Cadogan Hall, with a run starting today and lasting into August. Will Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len steal the farmer’s cow, or will the ladybird foil their plans? You’ll have to attend to find out. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:31

Wednesday 23 July 2014 in London

A Streetcar Named Desire

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

THEATRE: A Bright Room Called Day | Southwark Playhouse | 23 Jul – 16 Aug
A shocking and provocative (and Pulitzer-winning) drama from Tony Kushner, ‘A Bright Room Called Day’ examines the ‘darkest reaches’ of the human heart, honing in on a group of artists and communists living in Berlin in 1932. Having thrown a lavish party anticipating the new year, they are each made to choose between integrity and their desire to live as Germany begins to embrace Nazism. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Nightmares Of Carlos Fuentes | Arcola Theatre | 23 Jul – 16 Aug
Rashid Razaq’s blackly comical play gets its international premiere via ex-Tricycle Theatre AD Nicolas Kent (its director), who casts ‘Top Boy’ actor Nabil Elouahabi as an Iraqi man fleeing to England in search of his dream. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Streetcar Named Desire | Young Vic | 23 Jul – 19 Sep (pictured)
Gillian Anderson is fragile and ageing siren Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster is the hard-edged, animalistic Stanley and Vanessa Kirby is Blanche’s sister-in-the-middle Stella in Tennessee Williams’ timeless triangular masterpiece. Benedict Andrews, still bathing in the Critics Circle Award-winning glow of ‘Three Sisters’, directs. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:23

Sunday 20 July 2014 in London

Your Vivacious Voice

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

COMEDY: Bill Bailey – Qualm Peddler | Kew Gardens | 20 Jul
So grass-roots he even has a carnivorous plant named after him, down-to-earth oddball Bill Bailey heads to Kew Gardens’ Kew The Music fest to do as nature intended; think up genius surprise mashups, strange twists on pop music tropes and funny stories highlighting exactly how baffling modern life really is. Details and tickets here.

KIDS’ SHOW: Uluzuzulalia | Artsdepot | 20 Jul (pictured)
A ‘voice playground’ for kids guided by funny creatures in which it’s fine to get a little loud, Your Vivacious Voice’s ‘Uluzuzulalia’ invites families to create vocal tornados, howl with wolves, beatbox AND dance at the same time, invent magic spells, and blow colour bubbles. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: 17 | Finborough Theatre | 20-29 Jul
In a world’s first airing at the Finborough, this class-divisons-based drama by Liverpool’s Dameon Garnett centres on teen boy Scott, who finds himself trying to fit in with a new middle-class family, and his estranged birth mum, after his adoptive mother dies. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:21

Saturday 19 July 2014 in London

Mummenschanz

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

DANCE: Mummenschanz – Musicians Of Silence | Peacock Theatre | 19-29 Jul (pictured)
Reprising their well recieved show ‘Musicians Of Silence’ in this, their 40th year of activity; playful Deutsche dance co Mummenschanz use mime, masks, props, light-dark illusions and, um, lots of loo rolls to build a wordless world of possibilities. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Love Motown! w/ Jazz Jamaica All-Stars | Southbank Centre | 19 Jul
Big-voiced Beverley Skeete and soul man Noel McKoy lead a 32-piece reggae band and 200-man Voicelab choir in this Jazz Jamaica All Stars live special, singing and playing the greatest hits of Motown’s golden age. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Frankenstein – UnBolted | Leicester Square Theatre | 19-20 Jul
“Gloriously silly” British skit-kings Last Chance Saloon give a ‘Carry On’-style comic shock to classic horror ‘Frankenstein’, splicing grotesque pop songs into Mary Shelley’s story of a mad doctor and his anarchic lab monster. Details and tickets here.

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Monday July 14th, 2014 15:20

Friday 18 July 2014 in London

MIA

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

COMEDY: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall – Success Arms | Soho Theatre | 18-19 Jul
Though his name sounds like that of an anxious Scottish aristocrat, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is in fact a Canadian-Australian with ‘attitude’. The UK debutante’s solo show du jour finds him doing a lot of jokes about things that are grim, but “in a fun way!”. So take that as you will. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Lovebox | Victoria Park | 18-19 Jul (pictured)
With a whirlwind of acts playing live all day (and later, heading on to play parties after dark), this year’s Lovebox weekend is blessed with twice the headliners in Chase & Status, MIA, Nas and A$AP Rocky, with the slightly lesser-billed (yet still very kissable) likes of Katy B, Bonobo, Banks, The Horrors, Duke Dumont, Mount Kimbie and Annie Mac also due to light up the two-day line-up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FESTIVAL: InTransit Festival | various locations, Kensington + Chelsea | 18-27 Jul
A sprinkling of live art and performance taking place in the city’s SW7 areas, InTransit is this year directed by ‘immersive design’ firm O’Neill/Ross, who’ve chosen shows like avant-dance work ‘Flock’, kids’ physical theatre piece ‘The Little Witch’, and ‘Salvage City’, an installation space/hideaway based on city living. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:21

Thursday 17 July 2014 in London

The Nether

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

COMEDY: BUG w/ Sara Pascoe | BFI Southbank | 17 Jul
Stand-up and actor Sarah Pascoe auspiciously subs in for usual BUG host Adam Buxton, curating and linking to an array of astonishing, rare and, dare I say it, ‘wacky’ music videos and TV clips. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: Porgy And Bess | Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | 17 Jul – 23 Aug
Bedded in amid Gershwin’s all-time great and heartbreaking score (‘Summertime’ and all), this adaptation of ‘Porgy And Bess’ stars Rufus Bonds Jr and Olivier-nominated Nicola Hughes as the crippled beggar and wild woman named in its title. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Nether | Royal Court Theatre | 17 Jul – 9 Aug (pictured)
A sinister sci fi/crime thriller by Jennifer Haley, ‘The Nether’ stars Irish thesp Amanda Hale as a detective investigating a new virtual-reality realm in which possibilities are limitless, and which reaches into the darkest parts of the human imagination. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:20

Wednesday 16 July 2014 in London

Malevich

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

ART: Malevich | Tate Modern | 16 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
The Tate Modern pays its respects to radical Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, who changed the game in the late 1800s/early 1900s with his stark experiments in the ‘suprematist’ style. Bringing in his early landscape canvases, the show follows Malevich’s leap into abstract depictions of war, power and revolution. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jack Dee’s Helpdesk | Soho Theatre Downstairs | 16-18 Jul
In a dilemma and need it fixed? Ahead of a short run at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Lead Balloon’ grinch Jack D is back on the SOS helpline at the Soho Theatre, and in a rare fit of kindliness will be dishing 100% sincere (and in no way disdainful) career, relationship and general life-advice to anyone asking for it. And when I say ‘asking for it’, I mean exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Holes | Arcola Theatre | 16 Jul – 9 Aug
An award-winning TV writer for ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Cowards’, Tom Basden scripts this quick-sharp comic play about a group of four survivors of a plane crash, stranded and waiting to be saved. Amongst the cast are ‘The Wrong Mans’ actor Mathew Baynton and BAFTA-winner Daniel Rigby. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:18

Tuesday 15 July 2014 in London

Fat Man

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

COMEDY: Whirledart Cinema Comedy Night w/ David Trent + Stuart Laws | Whirled Cinema, Lougborough Junction | 15 Jul
“Sincere and skilled” technological comic David Trent and the “refreshingly funny” Stuart Laws each take a spin at manning the Whirledart Cinema stage, presenting a ‘his & his’ selection of Ed-Fringe previews. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fat Man | Ovalhouse | 15-19 Jul (pictured)
This wry story of love, loss, and the risks of grieving-and-eating, a one-man play written and acted by Martin Bonger, posits ancient Greek hero Orpheus as a ‘stand-up for the gods’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: This Was A Man | Finborough Theatre | 15 Jul – 2 Aug
Placing a magnifying glass on an ailing marriage between painter Edward Churt and his cheating wife, Noel Coward’s somewhat ‘lost’ play gets a belated pro premiere under the directorship of actress Belinda Lang. It was written in 1925, and immediately banned for its vivid and irreverent portrait of infidelity. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:16

Monday 14 July 2014 in London

Medea

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

COMEDY: Charmian Hughes + Grainne McGuire + Sarah Campbell + Jessica Fostekew | The Peckham Pelican | 14 Jul
Billed (pretty lengthily) ‘The Peckham Pelican Comedy Preview Society’s Only Ever Meeting’, this liberal helping of Edinburgh Fringe previews is quartered into four all-girl solo shows from the charming Charmian Hughes, smart Grainne McGuire, sharp Sarah Campbell and ‘Comedy Human’ Jessica Fostekew, who’s doing her new bit ‘Jessanory’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Boy | Arcola Theatre | 14-26 Jul
An all-ages war story marking 100 years since WW1 broke, ‘Boy’ is based on the real life and times of Jack Cornwall, an East London teen who “did extraordinary things, and paid the ultimate sacrifice”. A collaboration with avant-garde dance choreographer Tony Adigun, it combines contemporary movement with street theatre techniques and a live score, in a bid to question why a child might decide to fight for his country, and what things we might risk our lives for. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Medea | National Theatre | 14 Jul – 4 Sep (pictured)
Anchored by Helen McCrory in its title role, and with an original score by Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, Ben Power gives a new twist to Euripides’ time-defying tragedy of the exiled wife who wants revenge on her errant husband. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:10

Sunday 13 July 2014 in London

Virginia Woolf

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

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY: Virginia Woolf – Art, Life & Vision | National Portrait Gallery | 10 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
Still a real lark (and a plunge!) following its launch last Thursday, this thorough showing-off of portraiture and rare artefacts from late author Virginia Woolf’s early, mid and latter life is curated by art historian Frances Spalding. Amongst the highlights are paintings of Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell and various other Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, photos taken by Man Ray, candid family images, and a sheaf of letters, diaries and manuscripts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: An Audience With Pieter Dirk Uys | Soho Theatre | 13 Jul
Paying spectators dictate the state of play at South African satirist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Sunday Soho show, choosing one of fifteen boxes Uys has on stage, each containing different set of stories and characters from SA’s dark political history. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Confession Room | St James’ Theatre | 13 Jul
A funny Brit supermusical starring ‘Les Miserables’ player Jon Robyns, ‘The Confession Room’ closely follows a group of guys and girls playing a game of ‘truth or truth’, and spilling their most embarrassing secrets. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014 14:32

Thursday 10 July 2014 in London

Brutal

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

ART: Martin Firrell – It Ends Here | The Vaults | 1- 12 Jul (pictured)
Much-lauded public artist Martin Firrell digs into ‘Planet Of The Apes’s “particular corner of pop culture” to make ‘It Ends Here’, a maze of pitch-black underground spaces rumbling with ‘found sound’ and towered over by giant words, each meant to provoke thought on war, peace and the human condition. Entry is free, and visitors are given torches to find and map the meaning of the hidden texts. Details here.

MUSIC: Austra + Blue Hawaii | Oval Space | 10 Jul
Estrella Galicia is pleased to present clean Canadian vibes via silky synthpop band Austra and, flying in from Montreal, ethereal ‘Try To Be’ hitmakers Blue Hawaii. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: In Lambeth | Southwark Playhouse | 10 Jul – 2 Aug
Jack Shepherd’s slightly surreal ‘In Lambeth’, a mix of myth and history which imagines a meeting between Enlightened activist Thomas Paine and William Blake and his wife Catherine, is set against the tense tableau of the French and American revolutions of the late 1700s, the play has Paine fleeing to the Blakes, who for a time lived on Hercules Road in Lambeth, only to find them naked, sitting in a tree reading ‘Paradise Lost’, and speaking with angels. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday July 2nd, 2014 10:49

Wednesday 9 July 2014 in London

The Rape Of Lucrece

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

COMEDY: Tom Price – Not As Nice As He Looks | Canal Cafe Theatre | 9 Jul
Older, balder, noisier and above all BACK following a leave of paternity, self-styled ‘flinty git’ Tom Price wonders how he can stop his beautiful baby  becoming a ‘spiteful cock’ like his dad. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shelter Fundraiser w/ Nish Kumar + Felicity Ward + Mark Dolan | The Phoenix | 9 Jul
Hoping you’ll ‘Laugh Up A Storm’ at tonight’s charity gala, which benefits Shelter, it’s friendly telly nerd Mark Dolan, enthusiastic Aussie comic Felicity Ward, and, on the flipside of Ward’s smily Antipodean coin, Brit sourpuss Nish Kumar. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/SPOKEN WORD: The Rape Of Lucrece | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 9-12 Jul (pictured)
Cult cabaret lady Camille O’Sullivan ‘inhabits the souls’ of both blushing wife Lucrece AND voracious king’s son Tarquin in this RSC adaptation of Shakespeare’s sexually explicit saga. O’Sullivan sings an original score co-written by Feargal Murray. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday July 1st, 2014 10:45

Tuesday 8 July 2014 in London

Then

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

OPERA: Le Coq D’or | English National Opera | 8-10 Jul
The first in a season of works from the artists and orchestra of the Moscow State Music Theatre, Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov’s rarely-seen ‘Golden Cockerel’ re-tells Pushkin’s fairy tale of an aged Tsar who asks a sorcerer to bring peace to his kingdom. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Events | Young Vic | 8 Jul – 2 Aug
This heavy-going play by Scottish writer David Grieg, which is back  by demand at the Young Vic ahead of a transfer to NYC, centres on gay priest Claire, who experiences an atrocity and thereafter strives to understand the breadth of the terrible things she’s seen. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Then | Soho Theatre | 8-13 Jul (pictured)
Innovative theatre-maker Yve Blake creates an audiovisual fabric of stories, voicemails, images and playlists donated by over 500 participants in answer to the question,‘Who do you feel you used to be?’ The show gives in insight into their relationships, and celebrates the idiots, heroes and strangers we once were. Details and tickets here.

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