And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…
Wow! Said The Owl | Little Angel Theatre | 2 Dec-31 Jan
In my experience shows based on well loved children’s picture books tend to turn out well, which is different from shows based on well loved grown up books, which often end very badly. Perhaps it’s because actually, there’s not that much plot to dwell on in a toddler’s picture book and so the adapting process offers a bit of a free rein and room for invention. Anyway, enough theorising on the mechanics of theatrical adaptations from me, take your pre-schoolers to see this in the run up to Christmas. Suitable for age 2-4 types, and their carers, obv. More info from right about here.
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty | Sadler’s Wells | 1 Dec-24 Jan (pictured)
Back by popular demand, this critically acclaimed ballet, which has been well received all over the world, returns to Sadler’s Wells. Praised for its fresh and lively reinvention of the (potentially dull) classic, it’s described as a “gothic romance for all ages”. Ooooh, I really want to see it this time. A really special December treat. To book and find more info, see this page here.
How To Keep An Alien | Soho Theatre | 1-19 Dec
I love the sound of this critically acclaimed piece by Fringe First winner Sonya Kelly – “a story about falling in love and proving it to the government”. Funny and poignant, this autobiographical show details the story of the writer’s fight to secure an Irish visa for her Australian partner, and the no doubt annoyingly bureaucratic process that ensues. More info and tickets from the venue website here.