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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Monday June 30th, 2014 10:43

Monday 7 July 2014 in London

Under Milk Wood

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

COMEDY: Alex Horne Breaks The News – Live Recording | Soho Theatre | 7 Jul
Keeping the chat firmly on ultra-lite comic topics, games, songs, and wallets, furry-faced funny man Alex Horne is joined at his (non)news desk for this evening’s live recording by the following guest experts: ‘Political Animal’ Andy Zaltzman (who’ll likely try to bring a big pointy talking stick of satire) and “quick wit” Ian Smith. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stand Up Against Austerity w/ Jo Brand + Stewart Lee + Mark Steel | Eventim Apollo | 7 Jul
Hitting back at financial hardship at tonight’s charity gala, we have big-deal comic campaigners in the individual shapes of Jo Brand, Shappi Khorsandi, Marcus Brigstocke, Stewart Lee, Mark Steel, Jen Brister, Francesca Martinez, Jeremy Hardy, Robin Ince and… Jason Manford. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Under Milk Wood | Richmond Theatre | 7-12 Jul (pictured)
‘Game Of Thrones’ actor Owen Teale is First Voice in Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s affectionate centenary take on this classic text by Mr Dylan Thomas, a day-in-the-life of a tiny fishing town in Wales. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 27th, 2014 16:30

Thursday 3 July 2014 in London

The Boss Of It All

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

MUSIC: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart | Scala | 3 Jul
NYC indie-lings TPOFBAT give in to the heavenly sway of their stargazing latest LP ‘Days Of Abandon’, playing at the headline pinnacle of a night also featuring sets by grave Brighton band Fear Of Men and tidy alt-pop London-ites Felt Tip. Details and tickets here.

OPERA/SPOKEN WORD: The Turn Of The Screw + The Dwindling House Of Holland | Holland Park | 3-12 Jul
Following a performance by Opera Holland Park of Britten’s operatic spin on ‘Turn Of The Screw’, Henry James’ taught psychodrama involving a governess and her two charges at the rather spooky Bly House, horror fans are invited to join Immercity’s chilling nighttime walk in the park, to learn the history of its great families. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Boss Of It All | Soho Theatre | 2-27 Jul (pictured)
Adapted from an early comic film by divisive director Lars Von Trier, New Perspectives’ “transcendent” office power play follows a cowardly boss who, on discovering his IT company is being sold off, hires an out of work actor to deal with his workers for him. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday June 26th, 2014 14:14

Wednesday 2 July 2014 in London

Intimate Apparel

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

DANCE: New English Ballet Theatre – Tryst | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 2-5 Jul
The New English Ballet Theatre present ‘Tryst’, a mixed bill of new pieces inspired by the themes of ‘love, devotion, jealousy and betrayal’. Moving off with Royal Ballet choreographer Valentino Zucchetti’s ‘Orbital Motion’, which features a score by Philip Glass, the programme also covers Daniela Cardim Fonteyne and Kristen McNally’s ‘Tangents’; and a moving new commission by Andrew McNicol based on Tolstoy’s tragic ‘Kreutzer Sonata’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/COMEDY: Stuart Bowden – She Was Probably Not A Robot | Soho Theatre | 2-5 Jul
Dr Brown’s go-to comic comrade, “amicable” and 5/5-rated showman Stuart Bowden, is back on a solo basis with this lo-fi prototype, the DIY sci fi chronicle of a dying world and a cosmic visitor told with tinfoil and looped noises. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Intimate Apparel | Park Theatre | 2-27 Jul (pictured)
American playwright Lynn Nottage’s massively acclaimed ‘Intimate Apparel’, in which an ageing black seamstress who, after a lifetime saving her earnings from sewing lingerie to open a beauty shop, begins receiving letters from a lonely Caribbean man. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday June 26th, 2014 13:28

Tuesday 1 July 2014 in London

Beyond Caring

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

COMEDY: Simon Munnery – Søren Kierkegaard | Museum Of Comedy | 1 Jul
Although still working on his new solo show – an intriguing-on-paper study of the various writings of Danish deep-thinker Kierkegaarde – pre the Edinburgh Fringe, olde tyme comedy kook Simon Munnery is nevertheless previewing it tonight. Isn’t he kind? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Beyond Caring | The Yard Theatre | 1-26 Jul
Alexander Zeldin’s dark social satire, based on first-hand experience of those working zero-hours contracts, hones in on an ‘invisible class’, a small group of temp cleaners hired for the night shift at a meat factory, and what happens when their isolated lives collide. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Richard III | Trafalgar Studios | 1 Jul – 27 Sep
Having shown his feisty side (a bit) lately in Channel 4′s ‘Fargo’, the hitherto friendly Martin Freeman tries his ‘diabolical villain’ acting skills for size in Trafalgar AD Jamie Lloyd’s big new angle on Shakespeare’s game of deceit. Seats are disappearing at lightning speed, so get ye to the box office now now NOW. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday June 25th, 2014 21:36

Monday 30 June 2014 in London

The Elephantom

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

COMEDY: Bec Hill – (Ellipsis) | Etcetera Theatre | 30 Jun
In 2013, feted comedian Bec Hill,  who’s moonlighting solo tonight away from her captaincy of the Pun Run, predicted she’d win an award. And then, that didn’t happen. Bec’s new show ‘(Ellipsis)’ is one for anyone who’s ever made a pledge like that, and failed to keep it. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Blondie | O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire | 30 Jun
Ice cool rock icon Debbie Harry and the boys of Blondie sashay over to Shep’s Empire for a show celebrating their 40th year in the new wave pop game. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Elephantom | New London Theatre | 30 Jun – 6 Sep (pictured)
The National Theatre’s big blue pachydermal play, an adaptation of Ross Collins’ whimsical kids book, is the story of a little girl who’s visited by a friendly ghost elephant. Only trouble is, he’s a bit bit big for the house. Details and tickets here.

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Monday June 23rd, 2014 21:27

Saturday 28 June 2014 in London

Lucy Frederick

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

COMEDY: Lucy Frederick And The Claw Of Anxiety | Leicester Square Theatre | 28 Jun
Outwardly cool and confident showlady Lucy Frederick limbers up pre Edinburgh Fringe with this preview of her hypertense new solo show, which deals with the tell-sale signs of social ineptitude. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: The Rambert Event | Rambert Dance Company | 28 Jun – 12 Jul
The RDC dance a chain of site-specific ‘Events’ inspired by late US choreographer Merce Cunningham, performing in promenade all over Rambert’s brand new HQ. To accompany the show, a score devised by Radiohead’s Phil Selway, and set pieces designed by artist Gerhard Richter. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Rastamouse | Stratford Circus | 28 Jun
‘Rastamouse’ boss man Michael De Souza invites the ‘hole’ family to rap along to stories of the world’s most boombastic cartoon character. To follow the readings, the Rocksteady Reggae School will lead a series of workshops in bongo improv with Da Easy Crew, rapping and beat-making, plus a ukulele jam at Bandulu’s Kitchen. Details and tickets here.

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