Bloomin eck, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is officially ‘on’. So that’s a pretty nice way to pass an idle day in London, but what to do at night? Well, unlike the petals, ferns and sprays on display in Chelsea, the following copse of cultural dainties isn’t merely decorative. Have a peep….
TODAY’S MUSIC CHOICES
Bob Mould, Electric Ballroom, 21 May
Ex Hüsker Du/Sugar man Bob Mould has done a lot since the 1990s, most of it solo, most of it iconic. He’ll leave his mark on Camden’s Electric Ballroom tonight, playing a compilation of alt-hits spanning his many years in the biz. Details and tickets here.
TODAY’S THEATRE CHOICES
Bullet Catch, The Shed at National Theatre, 21 May – 1 Jun (pictured)
Graded high on many critics’ shortlists (even the hard-to-please cynics at ThreeWeeks) at the 2012 Fringe, illusionist Rob Drummond’s one-man magic show has it all; levitation, heart-racing tricks, and even a dash of existentialism. Details and ticket here.
Not I, Royal Court Theatre, 21-25 May
Taking the Royal Court’s Jerwood Downstairs space in its vice-like grip tonight is Samuel Beckett’s stark one-woman soliloquy, in which a floating pair of lips appears above the pitch-black stage, lit only by a beam of light, talking as fast as its mind thinks. Details and tickets here.
Pilgrims, Etcetera Theatre, 21 May – 9 Jun
Royal Court Studio writer Sarah Page and theatre debutantes Raise Dark collaborate to make this darkly comic play, a real-time imagined sermon by Pope Benedict XVI, and parallel to that, a West Midlands-based family’s reaction to the televised speech. Details and tickets here.