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8 Hollwood Comes To London The V&A’s latest blockbuster exhibition features costumes from the greatest films ever made. Plus: London movie locations you never knew existed and a guide to London’s film history
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SCOUTED The rise of hip art area Moving on up Scream gallery
cream art gallery’s decision to eschew its former Mayfair home for eastcastle Street is a further step in the rise and rise of Fitzrovia as one of London’s hippest new art districts. Next to the east end, Mayfair has long been a first point of call for art buyers and afficionados. But the pocket between Soho, Bloomsbury and Marylebone is now fast taking its place. “There’s certainly a move away from Mayfair, which we’re part of,” says Scream
gallery director Jag Mehta, explaining that the comparatively reasonable rent is an important draw for many galleries, as well as the growing sense of an art community. Among that community is the Rook and Raven gallery in Rathbone Place, which seized on the opportunity to move to Fitzrovia when it was looking for a new home last year. “We never intended on moving to Mayfair because, frankly, the rent would have been ridiculous and would have meant we couldn’t do
what we wanted with the space,” says Rook and Raven director Richard Grindy. What with the renowned Haunch of Venison deciding to open in eastcastle Street, joining other prestigious spaces such as Art First, Getty Images and Regina Gallery, the Fitzrovia district is now becoming one of the first places international art buyers visit. “We spotted this space next to the Lazarides gallery [home of cult artists such as Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, and Anthony Micallef], and really
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got a sense that there was something going on here,” Grindy tells Scout London. “A lot of the agents we spoke to were really pushing for art galleries in Fitzrovia and a lot of people were moving in. Since we opened here, Haunch of Venison arrived, now Scream and others. “There’s a great sense of support among the other galleries here,” says Grindy, who is currently exhibiting incredible line-drawing works in biro by James Mylne (above). “Rather than seeing other galleries as a
Well supported Rook and Raven
threat, there’s a feeling that we can all support each other for our mutual benefit.” That supportive atmosphere is something Mehta also points to. “The Fitzrovia Lates events, which see galleries open late on the last Thursday of every month is a great example of how people are helping each other.” Scream’s current exhibition of Chinese artist Yi Hongxing’s striking works comes to a close on october 20, before a major exhibition of Brit Bruce French’s work opens on october 26.
//SECRET CASH////////////////////////////////////// MACHINES OF LONDON//////////////////////////// SOHO//////////////////////////// Soho remains one of our favourite haunts in London – the perfect blend of good restaurants, pubs and a bit of sin thrown in for good measure. What it very much lacks is cash machines. Yes, we know about the bank of NatWest machines on Dean Street, but these always seem to be empty when Scout visits. And the Barclays at Soho Square used to be a well-kept secret – sadly, the word is out and the queues can reach well down the street. Help is at hand on the usually chaotic Shaftesbury Avenue near Cambridge Circus. A branch of eurochange hosts not one but two Barclays cash machines. The one on the right looks well dodgy – plywood never gives one a sense of security. However, we’ve tried these machines on several occasions and it’s all legit. Most importantly, we’ve never had to queue.
Donny’s Brain Hampstead Theatre Closes Sat Oct 20 Grease New Wimbledon Theatre Closes Sat Oct 20 Paul Merton: Out Of My Head Vaudeville Theatre Closes Sat Oct 20 Sacred: So Below Chelsea Theatre Closes Sat Oct 20 Ye Hongxing: The Modern Utopia Scream Closes Sat Oct 20
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Rich Simmons, 26 Artist, Croydon
What in London inspires you? London is amazing for finding inspiration in random places. Whether it’s the diversity of street art or the people walking around town, I always come home inspired. Any London secrets to share? There is so much to do and experience in London that I’m still just discovering new places and starting to uncover some of its secrets.
The Hackney-born producer turned pop star has been badgered for collaborations by the likes of Usher, Alicia Keys and Will.I.Am recently, but doesn’t look likely to relocate stateside any time soon. We quizzed Labrinth – aka Timothy McKenzie – on his favourite London haunts ahead of his october 20 show at o2 Brixton Academy. Let’s go to the pub. Scout’s buying – you pick the location. My favourite pub doesn’t exist any more: The Standard, on Blackhorse Road. A load of great bands played there, and it’s where I learned about people like The Clash. My tour manager, his dad owned it and they were like ‘lad, take these CDs home’, and I had a listen and I was like ‘oh man, I need to change my life’. They’ve just shut it down because they want to build a supermarket there or something. Time for some comfort food then. Any restaurant tips? I have my own restaurant. It’s called Mosaica, I’ve had it for, like, two
years and it’s doing alright. They do european cuisine: risottos, lobster, halibut, anything you need really. It’s not too far from my studio, for when the belly gets hungry. What’s your favourite music venue? I like Koko in Camden, even though it smells awful. That place man, it smells like somebody died in there, but you get a good vibe. Where do you go for inspiration? You know what, I go to my mum’s house. My brothers and sisters are musicians, we used to have a band, loads of instruments down in the basement, so when I go there I still feel that energy.
What’s your favourite part of London? The Brick Lane area. It’s an amazing hot spot for street art and some of the world’s best go there to do new pieces. I recently did some designs for el Jimador’s Copa Futbolito at Vibe Bar there. Amazing bagels too.
ago to have a constant source of inspiration and it hasn’t let me down. It offers me streets to paint on, galleries to work with and different places to go and chill out when I need a break.
How important is London in your work? I moved to London two years
Where do you splash the cash? I like to go to Saville Row, because I’m a tie lover. The most I’ve spent on one is at least £200 - I bow my head in shame. I love the tie, man, because of Kraftwerk. I’ve always enjoyed them and that look. Sometimes I do like to rock it on stage. Maybe a blazer too.
What’s next for you? I have a lot of workshops on the go with my Art Is The Cure movement that I run. See more at: richsimmonsart.com
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HOLLYWOOD IN LONDON
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cloTHes in THe worlD Saturday Night Fever This costume embodies a whole world – disco, the Bee Gees, and that great element of the movie where you have a fairly ordinary existence, but you go out on a Saturday night, walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and suddenly become a different person on the dance floor. In a way, that’s all in that costume. And it has become a very strong visual image because, after all, that film wasn’t about words, it was about movement and costume. 8
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PaRamOunt PiCtuREs / COstumE dEsignER PatRiZia VOn BRandEnstEin
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This week the V&A opens Hollywood Costume, one of the year’s biggest blockbuster exhibitions. on display will be more than 100 of the most iconic outfits in cinema history, from the ruby slippers to Christian Bale’s latest Batsuit. over the next six pages, we look at Hollywood’s relationship with London, starting with the exhibition itself. Curator Sir Christopher Frayling talks Scout through some of the most famous and fabulous garments on display
cHarlie cHaPlin as the traMP Charlie Chaplin’s tramp is my favourite costume in the exhibition. Chaplin said in his autobiography that he hadn’t got the character of the tramp at all until he put on these clothes. He started walking around in the costume, rehearsing in it, and the tramp came through the wearing of the costume, so it’s a classic example of how important clothes are for understanding characters.
caTe BlancHeTT as elizaBeth i In subtle ways, period costume is about today as well as yesterday. The way people wear their costumes is very much about the current era as well as the period setting. If everyone went around wearing their costumes like they did in the 16th century, they would look very strange, so there are subtle bits about the costume that are very 2008/9. You need to wear the clothes in a way that the audience doesn’t find embarrassing, while obviously still looking historical. So there’s a strange mix of today and yesterday embodied in that costume, which is very beautiful.
WITZeL/THe KoBAL CoLLeCTIoN
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
joHnny DePP as caPtain JacK SParrow Pirates Of The Caribbean
CoSTUMe DeSIGNeR PeNNY RoSe / WALT DISNeY PICTUReS/THe KoBAL CoLLeCTIoN
COstumE dEsignER alEXandRa ByRnE / uniVERsal/WORking titlE/tHE kOBal COllECtiOn/gREg Williams
This is a wonderful costume. It’s very much part of his slightly eccentric, foppish character – a wacky, sort of alternative buccaneer. It’s a very interesting costume to get close to, and significant because it’s a big part of what has made this character so iconic so quickly.
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juDy GarlanD as Dorothy gale I think The Wizard of oz is really a movie about Hollywood. Here’s this little girl who lives in black and white land, in rural Kansas, but who gets transported to this technicolour world where everything is larger than life, and meets a wizard who turns out to be a bit of a charlatan, but we still love him. And then she goes back home again. So, in a way, that whole movie is about the allure of Hollywood, particularly in the Depression. That costume embodies everything about Hollywood glamour: it’s the golden age of Hollywood, it’s MGM studios… there’s just so much in the costume, and the whole exhibition finishes with it. It’s the punchline of the show.
COstumE dEsignER maRit allEn / COuRtEsy Of nBC uniVERsal aRCHiVEs and COllECtiOns
COstumE dEsignER adRian / mgm/tHE kOBal COllECtiOn
The Wizard Of Oz
COstumE dEsignER dEBORaH nadOOlman landis / luCasfilm/PaRamOunt/tHE kOBal COllECtiOn
Harrison ForD as inDiana jones Raiders Of The Lost Ark The lead curator of this show is Deborah Landis, who designed the costume for Raiders of The Lost Ark, so we’ve got the person who can tell us absolutely the thought process that went into it: where the hat came from; where the bomber jacket came from; where the whip came from. And they’re all movie references. It’s interesting because a lot of film costumes make reference to other movies – movies are in dialogue with each other. And it just says so much about his character – this in-the-field academic, who’s also an adventurer. It’s perfect.
HeaTH leDGer as enniS Del Mar, jaKe GyllenHaal as JacK twiSt Brokeback Mountain this is such an important movie for lots of reasons, but obviously the shirt plays a key part in the story. it’s shows that, even when you dress people in jeans and check shirts – just as working cowboys – a hell of a lot of work still goes into creating the costumes. it’s also an unusual example of a piece of clothing playing an enormously important part in the plot. it’s a symbol of the whole relationship.
roBerT De niro as traViS BicKle COstumE dEsignER RutH mORlEy / COlumBia /tHE kOBal COllECtiOn
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You might think to yourself, ‘well, it’s a taxi driver in New York, there’s not much costume to take notice of’. But the more you look at it, the more it tells you about Travis Bickle. one of our two actor case studies is Robert De Niro, because he’s an actor who gets into a character by wearing the costumes. He wears them in advance, walks around in them, lives in them, and it helps him find the character. Those clothes helped Travis Bickle to exist, so this is a very important costume. Hollywood Costume Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington october 20 January 27, £9-£15.50 vam.ac.uk
Another of my favourites is Marilyn Monroe’s costume in Some Like It Hot, but that’s partly autobiographical. I saw that film at a very impressionable age, and just to stand next to that dress…the aura of it is incredibly strong because of all those memories. Part of the excitement of this exhibition is that every single costume is absolutely authentic as the costume from the film. I think a lot of people will come to this exhibition with thousands of memories of the movies they saw, and just to be next to the actual costumes can be a very strong experience.
Bérénice Bejo as Peppy Miller In silent movies, costumes had to do much more work than in the sound era – they had to tell you more. The villain really had to dress like a villain. The hero really had to dress like a hero. I thought that The Artist brilliantly embraced that idea, while also looking quite carefully at how costumes render in black and white.
Star Wars The ultimate bad guys, whose vilification no one gets upset about, are the Nazis. So I think it was no coincidence that when George Lucas was designing his galaxy far far away, he dressed up Darth Vader in a huge coal scuttle helmet and a gas mask, looking like a larger-than-life Second World War baddie – a sort of Nazi with respiratory problems. You really don’t need to be reminded that he’s the nasty.
Costume designer Hubert de Givenchy / Paramount/Bud Fraker/The Kobal Collection
David Prowse as Darth Vader
Costume designer John Mollo / Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox/The Kobal Collection
Gone With The Wind (1939) Vivien Leigh’s curtain dress Return Of The Jedi (1977) Harrison Ford’s shirt, vest, trousers, belt and gun holster Superman (1978) Christopher Reeve’s costume, cape and boots Raging Bull (1980) Robert De Niro’s boxing shorts Die Hard (1988) Bruce Willis’s vest, shirt and trousers Batman Returns (1992) Michelle Pfeiffer’s latex Catwoman costume
Cleopatra (1934) Claudette Colbert’s pale green chiffon dress Braveheart (1995) Mel Gibson’s shirt, kilt and armour The Big Lebowski (1998) Jeff Bridges’ jumper, t-shirt and pyjamas Fight Club (1999) Brad Pitt’s red leather jacket, shirt and trousers The Matrix (1999) Keanu Reeves’s long black coat Moulin Rouge (2001) Nicole Kidman’s pink corset, feathers and boa Spiderman (2002) Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman suit Kill Bill (2003) Uma Thurman’s yellow jumpsuit Terminator 3 (2003) Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leather jacket, trousers, shirt and sunglasses
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly Breakfast At Tiffany’s The epitome of style. Audrey Hepburn, because of her very slim figure, wore clothes very beautifully and has had a huge impact on style, with this dress in particular. It’s interesting because in all her movies you get a partnership between the studio costume designer and Givenchy, her favourite French designer, so it’s an interface between film costume design and fashion.
Atonement (2007) Keira Knightley’s sleeveless green dress
Costume Designer Travis Banton / The Collection of the Motion Picture Costume Design/Larry McQueen.
Some Like It Hot
Best of the rest
Costume designer Jacqueline Durran / Focus Features/The Kobal Collection/ Alex Bailey
Costume designer Mark Bridges / Courtesy of Entertainment Film Distributors / Costume designer Orry-Kelly / United Artists / The Kobal Collection
Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009) Daniel Radcliffe’s school uniform and cloak Black Swan (2010) Natalie Portman’s black tutu The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Christian Bale’s Batsuit
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Studio Showdown A movie could be set on the other side of the world, but still filmed at one of the world-renowned studios that skirt London. Here’s our bluffer’s guide to the big five.
Most famous for: Alien and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Trivia: The studio was bought by a consortium headed by Ridley Scott and his late brother Tony in 1995, before merging with Pinewood in 2001 to form the Pinewood Studios Group.
Other big hitters: The Third Man, oliver!, The omen, The elephant Man, Gandhi, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gladiator, The Mummy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Anna Karenina
The climatic ending of Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was all shot on the Shepperton backlot, where a large set was built to serve as the Sheriff of Nottingham’s castle.
Location: Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire Founded: 1935 Most famous for: The James Bond films and the Carry on films Other big hitters: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bugsy Malone, Superman, Aliens, Little Shop of Horrors, Batman (1989), The Bourne Ultimatum, The Dark Knight, Prometheus.
Location: Shepperton, Middlesex
Warner Bros (Leavesden)
Elstree Location: Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire Founded: 1925 Most famous for: The Star Wars and Indiana Jones films Other big hitters: The Shining, The Dark Crystal, Return To oz, Labyrinth, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Closer, The King’s Speech Trivia: The studio is also famous as the home of the current Big
Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire Founded: 1995
Most famous for: The Harry Potter films Other big hitters: Goldeneye, Sleepy Hollow, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, The Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes, Inception, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Trivia: The studios and backlot are situated on the former site of the Rolls Royce factory at Leavesden Aerodrome, which built aircraft for the army during the Second World War. Its conversion into a film studio came in 1995, when Bond movie Goldeneye needed a place to film because Pinewood was fully booked.
Trivia: Pinewood is home to the world’s most famous (and disaster-prone) film stage: the 007 stage. Built in 1977 for The Spy Who Loved Me, it burned to the ground in 1984. It was rebuilt, but burnt down again in 2006. As well as Bond, it has hosted a replica of the Louvre for The Da Vinci Code, a Greek fishing village for Mamma Mia! and a chocolate river for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Location: ealing Green, West London Founded: 1902 Most famous for: The ealing Comedies, including Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob and The Ladykillers
Brother house, which is built on top of an old underwater stage, where scenes from The Dambusters were filmed. All of the hotel interiors from The Shining were filmed at elstree. Stanley Kubrick took over the entire studio complex for a whopping 51 weeks. Filming of both Raiders of the Lost Ark and Reds was delayed because Kubrick overran so much. Other big hitters: Notting Hill, Shaun of the Dead, The Descent, the St Trinian’s franchise, Downton Abbey Trivia: During the filming of Kind Hearts and Coronets, Alec Guinness nearly drowned when playing the Admiral who goes down with his sinking ship. The actor, who played eight roles in the film, was held down by wires while the set filled with water around him. The scene wrapped, but the crew forgot to release the actor. one technician suddenly realised what had happened and dived into the water to cut him free. Apparently, Guinness took pride in his ability to hold his breath for long periods. scoutlondon.com Scout London 13
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Cinema in the streets
Hundreds of classic movies have been filmed on the streets of London, often in everyday spots, away from the big tourist sites. Have you walked past any of these locations without realising their iconic roles in movie history?
The Omen: All Saints Church
Roger Rabbit: The Dimco Buildings
all sainTs cHurcH, FulHaM The Omen This unassuming church next to the Thames played a grizzly part in Richard Donner’s classic 1976 horror. After revealing to Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) that his son is nothing less than the spawn of Satan, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) is beset by a sudden and fierce storm – the work of the devil. He runs for the nearby church but finds it locked – typical! A bolt of lightning strikes the rod on the roof of the church and sends it toppling over the side to impale Father Brennan in the graveyard below.
A Clockwork Orange: Wandsworth Underpass
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THe GloBe PuB, BorouGH Bridget Jones’s Diary
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on the edge of the famous market is this cosy corner pub, above which Renée Zellweger’s hapless Ms Jones lived in the 2001 rom-com. And immediately across Bedale St is the shop that was converted into the Greek restaurant where Hugh Grant and Colin Firth broke into their famous fisticuffs at the end of the film. A quick walk through the market will take you to some interesting locations for a couple of other famous films. You might recognise Park Street as the location of the gang’s hide-out in Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. And in the market itself, on Stoney Street, is a charming little florists whose entrance served as the entrance to magical pub The Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Bridget Jones: The Globe pub
DiMco BuilDinGs, sHePHerD’s BusH Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Filmmakers often favour the same locations, sometimes ‘dressing’ them to double as wildly different places. These are some of London’s most popular go-to spots for directors.
THe olD royal naval colleGe, GreenwicH
Patriot Games, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Charlotte Grey, Finding Neverland, The queen, The Young Victoria, The Golden Compass, The Iron lady, Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides The King’s Speech, Sherlock Holmes, Skyfall, Les Miserables and many many more.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Shakespeare in Love, The end of the Affair, Sherlock Holmes, The other Boleyn Girl and elizabeth: The Golden Age.
Though the film is set entirely in LA, much of the filming took place in the UK, because many of the sets were built at elstree Studios. The most key real-world location was this beautiful piece of grade II-listed Victorian brickwork next to the Westfield shopping centre, which served as the Acme factory in the film. It’s here that Marvin Acme is murdered (essentially setting the entire plot in motion), and that the film climaxes, with the grand showdown between the heroes and the evil Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd). The building also served as the interior of the British Museum in The Mummy Returns.
BeTHnal Green Town Hall
Atonement, Snatch, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Velvet Goldmine.
Withnail: Regent’s Park, next to the London Zoo fence
reGenT’s ParK souTHern unDerPass, wanDsworTH BriDGe rounDaBouT, A Clockwork Orange Much of Stanley Kubrick’s cult 1971 classic was filmed out in Thamesmead (south east London), which you might also recognize as the setting for TV’s Misfits. But perhaps its most iconic location is this rather grim underpass in Wandsworth. It’s here, very near the start of the film, that we see the silhouetted Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his gang gleefully beat the crap out of a drunken tramp, kicking off (literally) the disturbing “ultra violence” that the film is so known for, and providing one of its most memorable stills.
Withnail And I Regent’s Park has featured in multiple films – Brief encounter and The King’s Speech among them. But its use doesn’t get much more iconic than in the heartbreaking conclusion of Withnail And I, set next to the boundary fence of London Zoo, near the northwest entrance to the park. As Marwood and Withnail part company, the tragic titular anti-hero walks to the zoo’s fence and, leaning over into the old wolf enclosure, delivers a defiant yet embittered passage from Hamlet. It’s the end of the movie, but also a fairly unambiguous end for Withnail, who turns and saunters off through the torrential rain, alone and more miserable than ever.
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Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, eastern Promises, Sherlock Holmes, The Da Vinci Code, Inception.
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eastern Promises, Sherlock Holmes, Finding Neverland, Johnny english, Goldeneye, The Wings of the Dove.
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Doctors and Dissection @ late Wed 31 Oct, 7-9.45pm Discover our new exhibition, Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men, after dark this Halloween. Immerse yourself in macabre activities and performances inspired by the world of the early 19th century body snatchers and the surgeons they supplied. Book in advance £10 (concs £9, Friends FREE) Book your tickets now: visit www.museumoflondon.org.uk/late or call 020 7001 9844 Barbican, St Paul’s, Moorgate
Food for feet Guided walks aren’t just for tourists – they’re the best way to get beneath the skin of the city. Learn tales to dazzle your friends with our pick of the walk companies
LONDON DISCOVERY TOURS
PETER BERTHOUD TOURS Led by its eponymous professional guide, these tours are among the most intriguing and unexpected out there. The Seven Noses of Soho walk (pictured) is particularly interesting, described by Berthoud as “a mini-refresher course on the joys of being observant in London”. peterberthoud.co.uk
HIDDEN CITY Spicing up the usual ‘follow and listen’ format, this company gets ‘teams’ solving clues sent via text message that lead to the next stop on the tour, while pulling back the curtain on some of London’s most fascinating neighbourhoods, from seedy Southwark to east end warehouses.
of all the companies with a broad, all-encompassing remit, this is one of the best. Its guides have been leading people around London for 30 years and offering pretty much every kind of themed walk you could ask for. As well as a Jack the Ripper walk, various Dickens and Shakespeare options, there are pub walks, ghost walks, film walks - you name it. discovery-walks.com
SPECIFICS For Theatreland: secretlondonwalks.co.uk For black history: blackhistorywalks.co.uk For fashion: foxandsquirrel.com For free tours: newlondon-tours.com For spy tours: intelligencetrail.co.uk For ghosts: london-ghost-walk.co.uk For Harry Potter: walks.com For celebrities: thecelebrityplanet.com
For music: londonrocktours.com
SILVER CANE TOURS All led by award-winning Blue Badge-qualified guide Simon Rodway, this broad range of tours spans every area of central London (and beyond), driven by a marathon of intriguing topics, from ‘feisty women’ to ‘the war years’, with an emphasis on famous characters and some really rather juicy historical anecdotes. silvercanetours.com
LONDON URBAN ADVENTURES A bit pricier than some of its competitors, this company offers some of the longest, most imaginative and comprehensive walks going. Its east end Uncovered tour factors in film studios, a circus school, religious centres and traditional pie and mash, as well as the galleries and street art. londonurban adventures.com
LONDON STREET TOUR WALKS As well as offering walks that travel well outside the city centre, this company also has a few fun-facilitating tricks up its sleeve. our favourite is the Liars’ Tour, led by two guides, one of whom tells lies at each stop, the other who tells the truth. There’s a prize at the end for the person least fooled. londonstreettours.co.uk
For ﬁlm locations: britmovietours.com For street art: streetartlondon.co.uk
For off the beaten track: realondon.net For art and culture: mostcurioustours.com scoutlondon.com Scout London 17
BBC Television Centre Tour at BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ White City Jan-Dec, Mon-Sat 10am (tours) last tour 4.15pm, Apr-Dec, Sun 10am (tours) last tour 4.15pm, £11.75, child £8.25, concs £10.75, NUS £9, family £35. The chance to see around this working television centre. Visitors can see the studios, including BBC News, and get the chance to experiement in an interactive studio. Until Dec 31. Hitchcock’s Britain at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT Waterloo Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-11pm, Fri & Sat 11am11.30pm, ongoing, FREE. Posters, scripts, costumes and ephemera from the BFI archive. Until Dec 31. On The Road: Jack Kerouac’s Manuscript Scroll at The British Library, euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston Mon, Wed-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Tue 9.30am8pm, Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun & Public Holidays 11am-5pm, closed Oct 14, ends Dec 27, booking essential FREE. The original, 120-foot manuscript of the late American writer’s book. Until Dec 27. St Paul’s Cathedral at St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AD St Paul’s Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm, last adm 4pm, 9.30am-4.15pm (galleries) children must be accompanied, £14.50, child £5.50, OAP/NUS £13.50, family £34.50. This cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and stands overlooking the River Thames and the Millennium Bridge. Until Dec 31.
MONDAY OCTOBER 15 Circulating Books: 2012 Panizzi Lecture at The British Library, 96 euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston FREE, 6.15pm7.30pm. Professor Brian Richardson discusses how women authors promoted their work. 2012 Man Booker Prize at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £12-£18, concs £6-£9, 7.30pm. The shortlisted authors discuss their work with broadcaster James Naughtie. The National Theatre Celebrates 10 Years Of Travelex Tickets at National Theatre: olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £4, concs £3, 6pm. The National Theatre’s Nicholas Hytner looks back on the Travelex Tickets scheme.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16 Ether 2012: Rui Horta: Danza Preparata at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £10-£20, 7.30pm. Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta collaborates with pianist Rolf Hind, in a contemporary work which celebrates the career of composer John Cage. Exploring Space Gallery Tour at Science Museum, exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington FREE, 2pm2.30pm. A tour focusing on the Space Race from the Soviet perspective. Lover’s Rock Monologues at The Albany, Deptford Douglas Way, SE8 4AG phone for prices, 7.30pm. Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero evans talk about the popular reggae sub-genre.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 Madhur Jaffrey With Hardeep Singh Kohli: Britain’s Curry Nation: Talk at Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH Liverpool Street £9.50, concs £7.50, 7.30pm. Discussing Madhur’s new book Curry Nation. The Secrets Of Success: Women In Power at Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB Tower Hill £12, mems £10, 6.30pm-8pm.
Transport for London travel update
Circle line: No service all weekend. District line: No service earl’s Court to edgware Road and Barking to Upminster all weekend. Hammersmith & City line: No service Baker Street to Hammersmith, from 11pm on Sunday.
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Jubilee line: No service West Hampstead to Stanmore all weekend. Metropolitan line: No service Harrow-on-the-Hill to Aldgate all weekend. Northern line: No service Tooting Broadway to Morden all weekend. Victoria line: No service Highbury & Islington to Brixton all weekend. Docklands Light Railway: No service Royal Victoria to Beckton all weekend. No service London City Airport to Woolwich Arsenal on Sunday. Tramlink: east Croydon to Beckenham Junction, east Croydon to elmers end and east Croydon to New Addington all weekend. For the latest information visit tﬂ.gov.uk
Thinking Cap at 93 Feet east, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE, 7pm-11pm. Poetry and spoken word, jazz music and an open mic.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 18 Yotam Ottolenghi: Talk at Waterstones Hampstead, 68-69 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QP Hampstead £5, 7pm-8pm. Play Cards Like A Courtier: Workshop at Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX High Street Kensington £25, mems £22, 6.15pm-8pm. Costumed interpreters from Past Pleasures show how to play 17th and 18th-century card games. Seduced By Art: Dress, Undress And Painted Cloth: Talk at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN Leicester Square FREE, 1pm-1.45pm. Lecturer Jacqui Ansell discusses what clothes can reveal about people in paintings.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 Charcuterie & Co (II) Discovery Food Market at Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre, 2 Stratford Place, Westfield Stratford City Montfichet Road, E20 1EJ Stratford: FREE, 12noon8pm. This feast of meats incorporates the first question explore Discover British Charcuterie Awards. Knees Up Cecil Sharp! at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, NW1 7AY Camden Town £8, concs £6, 8pm10.30pm. A chance to try out a variety of dances, whatever the level of experience. Paganini And The Bow: Talk at Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT Regent’s Park FREE, 2.30pm-4pm. Violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved discusses the musician’s avoidance of Tourte bow technology. Rembrandt And Characterisation: Workshop at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN Leicester Square £10, concs £8, 6.30pm-8.30pm. Tutor Karly Allen looks at the artist’s use of costume, facial expression and drama.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 Bloomsbury Festival: Wellcome Collection: Feet Street at Russell Square, WC1B 5BE Russell Square FREE, 10am-6pm. A mix of performance and feet health as the Wellcome Collection host a dance-based event for all. Create A Character: Workshop at Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, WC1A 2HH Holborn FREE, adv booking required, plus admission £5.50, NUS £3, concs £4, mems/under 18s FREE, 2.30pm3.20pm. Day Of The Dead Happy Skeleton Portraits: Workshop at Horniman Museum And Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ Forest Hill child £3, adults FREE, 1.30pm-2.15pm, 2.45pm-3.30pm. Lover’s Rock Monologues at The Albany, Deptford Douglas Way, SE8 4AG phone for prices, 7.30pm. Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero evans talk about the popular reggae sub-genre. Giles Paley-Philips: Book Signing at Waterstones, Greenwich, 51-55 Greenwich Church Street, SE10 9BL Cutty Sark FREE, 12noon. The author signs copies of his book Tamara Small And The Monster’s Ball.
The Language Show at olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX Earl’s Court FREE, 10am-6pm. A chance for students, teachers, linguists to meet over 180 exhibitors and gain advice on how to use language skills to get ahead in various careers. Until oct 21.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21 Portrait Of The Day: Emmeline Pankhurst: Talk at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Charing Cross FREE, 12noon. emily Worth discusses Georgina Agnes Brackenbury’s painting of the activist. Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East FREE, 2pm-6pm. experience Africa and the Diaspora. Script Space Workshop at The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS Mudchute FREE, 1pm. A reading of works in progress by professional actors and an informal feedback session. Super Smart Comics!: Author Event at Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, WC1A 2HH Holborn FREE, adv booking required, plus admission £5.50, NUS £3, concs £4, mems/under 18s FREE, 1.30pm2.30pm. Trafalgar Day: Talk at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Charing Cross FREE, 3pm-3.30pm.
Ian Billings: Dumbs Up at Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES Greenwich £9, child £7.50, family £28, 11am. Stand-up for a younger audience.
FOOD & DRINK Success on the side young foodie upstarts are getting ahead by going it alone. By Ben Norum
Hotly-tipped Florence Knight is one of the restaurant scene’s rising stars
Green Goat A street food favourite run by chefs from top restaurants
Eloise Schwerdt Another one to watch, after a successful pop-up venture
with pop-up projects including their recent residency at The Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields. Isaac McHale came fresh from the kitchens of Michelin-starred The Ledbury, and James Lowe from equally lauded St John Bread & Wine. The Young Turks project allowed creative cooking beyond the constraints of a restaurant menu, but has led to much more. McHale is now in the process of opening his own restaurant in Shoreditch Town Hall, while their former cohort Ben Greeno, one of the chefs showcased at Nuno Mendes’ The Loft Project, is now headingup David Chang’s new Momofuku Seiobo restaurant in Sydney. If you’re wondering who’s likely to spread their wings next, we reckon there’s a spate of girl power in the pipeline. The media is already keeping a watchful eye on Florence Knight, head chef at Russell Norman’s Polpetto. After taking
part in a one-off dinner with Rowley Leigh at Le Café Anglais, there’s now rumoured to be TV work in the pipeline. Petersham Nurseries chef eloise Schwerdt is less on the radar, but after a short but sweet pop-up at The Cuckoo Club this summer, we’re willing to take a punt on seeing a fair bit more of her in the coming months. So what does all this mean for London’s food scene? Well, that depends on how much of a traditionalist you are. An injection of young blood gives us quirky, bold new openings, and the associated growth of supperclubs, pop-ups and street food has broadened the way we look at the notion of ‘eating out’. The fact that many of these projects are personality-led rather than being solely about the cooking is something we’re less convinced about. But rest assured, when it comes down to it, the proof will always be in the pudding...or at least the side dish. -
he restaurant industry is a traditional one: an industry of hierarchy, where newcomers start at the bottom and slowly work their way to the top, through years of hard graft. Well, that used to be the case. In the last couple of years we’ve seen a surge in young mavericks deciding to do it a different way. This modern breed of chef usually has experience in some of the world’s top restaurants, and may have progressed to the level of sous chef or been head of a section. But instead of waiting around to gain that coveted top spot – in the way now-renowned chefs such as Jason Atherton or Angela Hartnett did under Gordon Ramsay – they’re making names for themselves earlier in their careers with a host of buzzy side projects and small start-ups. The Green Goat converted school bus is becoming a familiar sight at markets around London, but relatively few of the punters enjoying creative street food dishes such as mackerel and chorizo burgers know that they’re sampling the work of chefs from Club Gascon, Petersham Nurseries and the Caprice Group (of The Ivy fame). out of the Roganic kitchen comes Ben Spalding, who has collaborated with supperclubs and food projects such as the recent olympicthemed Feasts of the World event in Stratford. As well as getting his name out there, his growing fame has actually won him a six month residency at Islington pub The Kerston Lodge. Likewise for James Knappett, a former chef at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, whose supperclub collaborations, pop-up at The Cornish Grill and several thousand Twitter followers have undoubtedly had a hand in the successful launch of his own venture, Bubbledogs, with his wife Sandia Chang. For another example of just how powerful these side projects can be, you only need look at The Young Turks, who have made waves
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Top Ten bloody marys
Artesian Bar Smoked with lemongrass, served with salted celery. W1B 1JA Oxford Circus
69 Colebrooke Row Styled as an oyster, served as a shot. N1 8AA Angel
Seven at Brixton The best of a good bunch comes with added shrimp. SW9 8LB Brixton
Portobello Star Made with orange juice and a dash of HP. W11 2DY Ladbroke Grove
Paradise by way of Kensal Green Mix your own at the table, just the way you like it. W10 4AE Kensal Green
Bob Bob Ricard This transparent tipple will mess with your head. W1F 9DF Piccadilly Circus
The Hawksmoor Topped up with a wee drop of whisky. Not for the faint hearted. EC2V 5BQ Bank
The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town Chuck in your spices from a selection of over twenty. E1 7LS Liverpool Street
The Redchurch Crushed cucumber and plenty of horseradish. E2 7DL Shoreditch High Street
Tapas Set off in Spanish style with a good 10 Pinchito glug of sherry. EC1Y 8QX
We’re a nation of curry lovers, able to boast of being the country which, per capita, eats the most Indian food in the world – bar India itself. That said, there are relatively few restaurants which elevate the cuisine beyond that of standard curry house fare while managing to feel both contemporary and authentic. The Cinnamon Club, Benares and Tamarind are highend examples which succeed, and have been adorned with varying numbers of stars and accolades as a result. But if these are the supermodels of the Indian restaurant world, then Trishna is the girl-next-door, who so unassumingly blows the rest out of the water. Set in plush Marylebone Village – as estate agents have dubbed it – Trishna is the London sister of one of Mumbai’s most respected seafood restaurants, and brings the coastal cuisine of south west India to British shores. In fact, the stone walls, wide open doors (weather-permitting) and pale blue beach hut colour scheme will have believing you’re far closer to sun and sea than you actually are. The equally warm and breezy service is attentive without ever being overbearing, and you won’t find any white linen tablecloths here – our waitress is positively appalled at the very notion of being ‘fine dining’. But we reckon it’s as fine as it gets. From meltingly-tender lamb chops with a zing of mustard and ginger to giant chargrilled tiger prawns with a seductively smoky flavour and
coating of fresh green chilli, every one of the sharing-style plates manages to deliver a karatestyle smack of freshness to the face before following it up with serious depth of flavour. The restaurant’s treatment of brown Dorset crab condemns ‘light’ to the naughty step, but not trying this signature dish would leave you much more guilty than you’ll feel after devouring its hefty plateful of rich, butter-seeping, creamy flesh. Mop it up with a similarly ghee-laden, flaky roti to fully understand just how worthwhile calories can be. You’ve probably guessed that this is not Indian food to wash down with a cheap lager, and the wine offering is suitably up to scratch. over 200 bottles make up the list, which has been compiled from around the world and consists primarily of small growers, with a view to challenging preconceptions of what wines match Indian food, while managing to keep prices reasonable. While weighty-walletwielding wine buffs can gleefully indulge in rare gems close to the £200 mark, there’s plenty of good stuff available for a tenth of that price. This is a restaurant at the top of its game with a middle-of-the-road price, and if this city has an Indian to top it then please, please tell us where. BN 15-17 Blandford Street, W1U 3DG Bond Street
Trishna Mayfair £££
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The White Horse Hampstead £££ Recently refurbished, The White Horse pub in Hampstead has also given its food offering a polish. With head chef Jozef Barnas at the helm, it has gone wholeheartedly down the on-trend sharing platter route, with the segregation of starters, mains and desserts gone entirely. Just order what you want, when you want it. Drawing inspiration from all over europe, you’ll find burgers and pork belly sitting alongside truffled mushroom on toast and braised chorizo with seasonal vegetables. With slow service and a couple of the dishes suffering from a mild scorching, the experience isn’t as slick as the friendly atmosphere. Still, if anything is worth waiting for, it has to be the dripping chips – think of the most amazing roast potatoes you’ve ever eaten, but in chip form. Ben Norum 154 Fleet Road, NW3 2QX
The Lucky Pig Fitzrovia £££ one of the highlights of this lesser-known Fitzrovia bar is its succulent selection of cured meats, including lomo, chorizo and Serrano. Presumably that’s what makes the pig so lucky. Unfortunately, anyone seeking some serious cocktails has less good fortune. For all its low-lit, New York style and cool, quirky furniture, it would be difficult to tell if the drinks list was swapped with your local B@1. oh, except that the prices are higher. Drinks are overly sweet and far too fruit-led for our liking, and the selection of spirits rarely deviates from the standard leading brands. Categorising their cocktails into ‘refreshing’, ‘revitalising’ and ‘sophisticated’ is a fun if hard-to-fathom approach, but it seems the skills of the barmen are somewhat lacking in the latter category. We reckon there’s potential, but some serious sock pulling-up is required. BN 5 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BB 22 Scout London scoutlondon.com
La Mancha Putney £££ Running for some 20 years in Putney, this locals’ favourite has had a menu overhaul of late. There are now more than 50 tapas dishes on the menu, plus mains, sides and desserts. And if you thought tapas were small plates then think again. Here, the portions are generous enough to share happily – five dishes are recommended for two people. As a strangely large amount of the food is fried, things can get a little greasy, especially when it comes out faster than you can make room for it. But that’s nothing a cold sherry, icy Spanish beer or a frozen daiquiri can’t fix. A drip-feed of Jamon Serrano with pan al ajillo (that’s garlic bread for those of you whose grip on Spanish is less than basic) will keep you chatting for hours over those cool drinks, and you’ll probably feel like a siesta afterwards. Go on, take it easy – there’s always mañana. Qin Xie 32 Putney High Street, SW15 1SQ
Vingt-Quatre Chelsea ££ The long-standing debate about how to quell those hunger pangs after a night on the town usually goes: chicken, burger or a ’bab? Well, debate no more, for the re-opening of Vq, a 24-hour diner in the heart of Chelsea, means you can be happily seated, fed and watered (with alcohol) all around the clock. All-day breakfasts include a stack of buttermilk pancakes with crisped bacon and a particularly impressive eggs royale that will satisfy any wee hours carb-cravings. And truffle oil-laced crisps with a blue cheese dip are a sublime alternative to any with a Mc prefix. If you like some fish with your chips, chargrilled swordfish on a bed of caponata should do the trick. With its 1950s diner décor, Vq is a Happy Days-esque hangout for those who don’t want the party to stop. David Harﬁeld 325 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL
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Bull & Last 168 Highgate Road, NW5 1QS Archway Gastropub ££ From the short but special gastro menu to the wine list and selection of craft ales, this is one pub which well & truly knows what it’s doing. Apollonia 25-29 Church Road HA7 4AR Stanmore Bistro £££ Stylish and sleek with a penchant for LeDs, this Stanmore restaurant keeps it simple with British bistro dishes, and is clearly doing something right given it has been around for 32 years. House of Wolf 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ Highbury & Islington Bar ££ An impressive threestorey Victorian-style drinking den from the team behind Brighton’s popular Madame Geishaeet. State of the art techniques meet age-old recipes in the Apothecary Bar, and there also promises to be monthly pop-up chef residencies to help the food compete with the drink.
EAST Bounce 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD Holborn Bar ££ The latest in a line of ping pong venues, Bounce pairs 17 tables with wood-fired pizzas and a very British cocktail list. The expertise of the team behind All Star Lanes has made it happen. Cicchetti 215 Piccadilly, W1J 9HL Piccadilly Circus Italian ££ This new opening does what it says on the tin cicchetti. These small Venetian tapas-style bites are served all day, along with aperitivo such as negronis. Boisdale 15 eccleston Street, SW1W 9LX Victoria Scottish £££ In a bizarre claim to fame, this Scottish restaurant has added a new cheese to their offering. Hailing from Sweden, the moose cheese is the world’s most expensive and Boisdale is currently the UK’s only outlet. Sardo 45 Grafton Way, W1T 5DQ Warren Street Sardinian £££ Renowned as the place to go for homesick Sardinians, this place brings everything the island has to offer bar the sunshine. It’s not cheap, but well worth it for a treat. Al Hamra 31-33 Shepherd Market, W1J 7PT Green Park Lebanese ££ A well-priced Mayfair stalwart that’s fed workers in the area for years. Choose from over a hundred authentic and generally delicious hot & cold mezze. Green Man & French Horn 54 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA Leicester Square French ££ This latest opening from the team behind Terroirs, Brawn and Soif sees the focus shift away from meat and onto seafood. Inspiration comes particularly from the Loire region of France, with a characteristically large selection of wines to match the dishes.
Lardo 205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ London Fields Italian / British ££ Pop-in for pizzas or the selection of British cured meats at this hip new joint. Head chef Damian Currie has previously worked at Zucca and St. John’s Bread and Wine - perhaps the influence for the Anglo-Italian mix. New Street Grill 16c New Street, EC2M 4TR Liverpool Street British £££ Simple suppers, sleek service and fine wines at this latest opening from the everincreasing D&D empire. Beard To Tail 77 Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS Old Street Bar ££ From the minds of nearby drinking den Callooh Callay comes this bar/restaurant concept which pairs creative cocktails with hearty gastro fare. A deli counter will serve sandwiches, small plates and sharing platters while highlights of the main meal offering includes the signature ‘Rumpie Pumpie’ Suffolk pork rump for two.
French & Grace Unit 19 First Avenue, SW9 8PR Brixton British ££ Starting with a blog, Rosie French and ellie Grace then moved on to form monthly supperclub Salad Club, before embarking on this fully-fledged venture. Hefty, hearty and often meaty salads are their trademark.
WEST Bentley’s Sea Grill at Harrods Harrods, Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL Knightsbridge Seafood £££ Richard Corrigan has taken over the existing Sea Grill, opening up a concession of the legendary Swallow Street restaurant Bentley’s in the world-famous department store. Moreno at Baglioni Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 5BB South Kensington Italian £££ Two Michelin-starred Italian chef Moreno Cedroni takes the helm at this new hotel restaurant. The intriguing menu is split into four sections: raw fish, pasta, traditional and creative dishes. Outlaw’s Seafood & Grill Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil Street, SW3 1AT Knightsbridge Seafood £££ Following in the footsteps of his eponymous Michelinstarred Cornwall restaurant, Nathan outlaw brings his refreshingly simple style to The Capital Hotel. A full a la carte menu focusing on Cornish seafood is joined by a much more affordable set lunch menu offering two courses for £20, from Tuesday to Friday.
The Drunken Monkey 222 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ Shoreditch High Street Chinese ££ Dim sum and noodles reign alongside cocktails and beers at this trendy evening hangout and speedy lunchtime spot. Try the generously-sized crispy duck salad.
Michael Nadra Primrose Hill 42 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JD Camden Town Fusion £££ The man behind the self-named Chiswick restaurant opens venue number two, which this time includes a dedicated martini bar that also serves ceviche.
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Fujisan 326 Balham High Road, SW17 7AA Tooting Bec Japanese ££ Far from being one of London’s trendy Japanese joints, the packed Bento Boxes for little over a tenner are a win by anyone’s standards. The Begging Bowl 168 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW Peckham Rye Thai ££ This new offering of Bangkok street food served in tapas-style small plates is winning fans with locals. KaoSarn 110 St John’s Hill, SW11 1SJ Clapham Junction Thai £ This second branch of the cheap but very cheerful KaoSarn group sees their Thai kitchen spread from Brixton Village to Battersea. And yes, it is still BYo...
Crazy Homies 125 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QL Westbourne Park Bar ££ one tequila, two tequila, three tequila... you could go on forever in this bar. easily the biggest selection of mezcal and tequila cocktails in London are complemented by stomach-lining Mexican food and a house-party vibe.
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With shops in Motcomb Street, Marylebone High Street and King’s Road, Chantal Coady obviously did something right when she decided to follow her dream and become a chocolatier. Why not treat yourself to some heady flavours such as Basil & Persian Lime, Caramelised Almonds and Earl Grey Tea? For full location details, visit rococochocolates.com
Hada Del Café Brought to us by Martina Gruppo, aka The Coffee Fairy, this is no ordinary cuppa Joe. Martina doesn’t do Fairtrade. Instead she goes one better and sources the finest coffee directly from the northern Nicaraguan mountains and ploughs profits back into the area, providing education and resources for local children. Available in medium, dark and espresso roasts, the coffee itself boasts a depth of flavour and individual character almost as strong as her own, making it deliciously and incomparably moreish. Available at many independent cafés and stockists, including Harvey Nichols and the Oxford Street branch of John Lewis. hadadelcafe.com
Pimp your ride Make the most of your morning journey with gadgets, gizmos and grub
No time to eat breakfast before you dash out? Grab this puppy and have it when you get in. Mid-morning hunger, be gone! Klip It To Go Breakfast, £3.99 from Lakeland
Reports of the demise of the iPod are greatly exaggerated. Apple has refreshed its nano with a new design and a massive 16GB capacity – that’s the same as the entry level iPhone.
Plunge into coffee or tea heaven with a cafetière and flask in one. The perfect combo.
Kindle Fire HD, £159 from amazon.co.uk
Bodum Travel Press, £27 from John Lewis and Selfridges
Carry on commuting
Eat on the go
No more scrabbling around for your oyster at the Tube gates – this bag has a special pouch in the lining for storing the card so you can just tap it and go. Eastpak Velow, £60-£80 from John Lewis
Can’t start your day without a biccie? These Belvita biscuits have been designed for breakfast. A cup of tea’s too wet without one. Belvita Live Yogurt Crunch, £2.49 widely available
iPod nano, £129 from Apple Store
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Amazon’s iPad challenger reaches our shores on october 25, promising access to over 22m films, TV shows, songs, books and magazines (including Scout London soon).
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A new exhibition at the Museum of London lifts the coffin lid on the age of grave robbery and gruesome surgical practices. James Drury finds out more 28 Scout London scoutlondon.com
he discovery of a mass grave at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel came as a shock. It was 2006, and archaeologists from the Museum of London were taken aback – there wasn’t supposed to be a cemetery on that site. Perhaps more worryingly, the 262 bodies uncovered showed signs of dissection, post mortem amputation and autopsy. There could be only one answer: the hospital had been secretly burying corpses there after using them for medical research and surgical training. Before anyone leaps to the wrong conclusion, this has nothing to do with today’s medical professionals – the remains were dated from between 1825 and 1841. This was a time of body snatchers and illicit medical training, of comparatively poor anatomical knowledge and widely-held beliefs about the physical resurrection of the body on the Day of Judgement. As with today, doctors and surgeons would carry out anatomical work and experiments on corpses. But back then, acquiring such specimens was a very grey moral area. No-one would donate their body to science for fear it might affect them in the afterlife. Physicians were forced to obtain their experimental subjects on the black market, from ‘resurrection men’ – body snatchers who dug up cadavers for clandestine sale. operating under the cover of night, when the moon wasn’t shining, gangs of these nefarious traders would sneak into graveyards where they knew there had been a recent burial, dig down into the soil with wooden spades (because they make less noise than metal ones), crack open the coffin and haul out the corpse. “They would strip the body of all its clothing, jewellery and other goods and leave those things behind,” explains Julia Davidson, curator of a new exhibition at the Museum of London called Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men. “That way they couldn’t be prosecuted for theft, which could carry a death sentence. Technically you couldn’t steal a body because it didn’t belong to anyone.” The body was then slung onto a cart and touted round the hospitals – either for parts or sold as a whole. early 19th century surgeons were eager to improve their anatomical understanding. These
were the days before anaesthetic and penicillin, meaning operations were carried out while the patient was conscious, and the risk of infection was high. Practising on corpses was therefore of great importance. It furthered medical understanding of human anatomy, and enabled physicians to become quicker and more accurate in operations and amputations – vital to reducing deaths during surgery. “By the 1820s it has been estimated that 500-600 bodies per year were being taken by the body snatchers,” says Davidson. “Many were taken from what we call ‘pauper’s graves’, because they were pretty easy pickings for the resurrection men. “Because it was happening to poor people it didn’t attract much attention among the political classes. It wasn’t until the surgeons and doctors complained to MPs that they were fed up with having to deal with these rather nasty people on the black market – and it was the body snatchers who set the prices – that politicians started to pay attention.” What also sped up the introduction of the Anatomy Act 1832, which gave the State the right to take ‘unclaimed’ bodies without consent, was the 1831 case of Bishop, Williams and May – London’s own Burke and Hare. They were convicted of murdering a young boy and trying to sell the body for dissection. In addition to tales of such body snatchers, the Museum of London’s new exhibition includes items owned by their clients – the medical professionals. Instruments, surgery sets – such as the skull saw – and other items produce an interesting picture of medical practice in the early 19th century. “I hope people will have their eyes opened to what it must have been like to have lived in this period,” says Davidson. “We’ve really tried to get it to feel quite creepy. You can feel the fear that people would have felt at the time, either about being dissected, operated on or being ‘resurrected’.”
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TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Brutal Amputation saw, c.1800
Brace yourself Anatomical brass syringe by evans of London, 19th century
Cracking heads Skull saw with crank handle to move blade, mid 19th century Skin deep Memento mori c.1800, made either as teaching aids or reminders of death, designed to inspire people to lead good lives.
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Art Of Change: New Directions From China at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £9, OAP £8, concs £7, ages 12-18 £6.50, Until Dec 9. Installations and performances by artists including Chen Zhen, Yingmei Duan (pictured) and Gu Dexin. 56th BFI London Film Festival: The Art Of Frankenweenie at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo FREE, ticketed, prior to entry tickets must be collected from BFI Southbank box office, Starts Wed, Until Oct 21. Sketches, props, sets and puppets from Tim Burton’s new film. Bedlam at The old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, SE1 7XB Waterloo FREE, Until Oct 21. A display of works which explore the modern day usage of the term “bedlam”, as well as interpreting chaos, disorder and confusion. Bronze at Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park £14, OAP/disabled/NADFAS/ Art Fund mems £13, NUS £9, unwaged £5, ages 12-18 £4, ages 8-11 £3, under 8s/ disabled carer FREE, family £30, inc. gallery guide, Until Dec 9. More than 150 bronze sculptures from Asia, Africa and europe, spanning 5,000 years. The Butcher Of Common Sense at The Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, WC1N 1JD Russell Square FREE, Until Nov 3. Multimedia works exploring the relationship between art, music, surroundings and the creative process. John Dominis: Steve McQueen: King Of Cool at Atlas, 49 Dorset Street, W1U 7NF Baker Street FREE, Until Oct 27. Photographs of the actor and his thenwife Neile Adams, taken in 1963. Kimathi Donkor: Queens Of The Undead at Rivington Place, 1 Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA Old Street FREE, Until Nov 24. New large-scale paintings. Early English Kings: Medieval Monuments Remade at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Charing Cross FREE, Until Jan 6. Replica sculpture effigies of english monarchs. Elmgreen & Dragset: Harvest at Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, N1 7RW Angel FREE, Until Nov 10. Mixed works exploring childhood memories, cultural heritage and institutions. Everything Was Moving: Photography From The 60s And 70s at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £12, adv £10, concs £8, adv concs/ages 13-17 £7, adv ages 13-17 £6, under 13s FREE, Until Jan 13. A major survey of the photographic medium during a period of rapid social change.
Theaster Gates: My Labor Is My Protest at White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ London Bridge FREE, Until Nov 11. Sculpture, installations, performances and 2-D works. Brian Grimwood: The Man Who Changed The Look Of British Illustration at Paperwork Bookshop And Work Gallery, 10A Acton Street, WC1X 9NG King’s Cross St Pancras FREE, Until Nov 3. A retrospective featuring archive drawings, paintings, designs and prints. Ye Hongxing: The Modern Utopia at Scream, 27-28 eastcastle Street, W1J 6QX Oxford Circus FREE, Until Oct 20. A display of recent works by the Beijing-based artist. Anish Kapoor at Lisson Gallery, 52-54 Bell Street, NW1 5DA Edgware Road FREE, Until Nov 10. Sculptural installations by the Turner Prize-winning artist, exploring colour, form and dualities. William Klein/Daido Moriyama at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark £12.70, concs £10.90, National Art Pass/Art Fund mems £6.35, concs £5.45, Until Jan 20. A chance to compare photographs and films by the artists. Federico Beltran-Masses: Fantasy, Nocturnes And Portraits In The Jazz Age at Stair Sainty Gallery, 38 Dover Street, W1S 4NL Green Park FREE, Until Nov 9. Paintings and photographs offering imaginings of 1920s escapist cinema and studies of Hollywood and european cultural figures of the 1920s and 30s. Mr Brainwash at The Sorting office, 21-31 New oxford Street, WC1A 1AP Holborn FREE, Until Oct 31. Paintings and sculpture by the street artist. James Mylne at Rook & Raven, 7/8 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HN Tottenham Court Road FREE, Until Oct 31.
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG Pimlico £14, concs £12.20, National Art Pass/Art Fund mems £7, concs £6.10, Until Jan 13. over 150 works in different media exposing the Pre-Raphaelites as ahead of their time. Random International: Rain Room at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican FREE, Until Mar 3. An installation exploring the notion of water as an increasingly scarce natural resource. Someday All The Adults Will Die!: Punk Graphics 1971-1984 at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo FREE, Until Nov 4. A comprehensive survey of punk and postpunk graphic design.
Ronnie Wood: A Major Retrospective Of 50 Years Of Rock And Roll at Symbolic London Pop-Up Showroom, 34 Bruton Street, W1J 6QX Green Park FREE, Until Nov 9. A selection of paintings, sketches, and other artefacts, offering an insight into the musician and artist’s life and career.
Eric Bainbridge: Steel Sculptures at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG Finchley Road FREE, Until Dec 2. Abstract sculpture made from reclaimed materials including scrapyard steel, exploring the value of readily available and inexpensive objects.
NORTH Matthew Darbyshire: T Rooms at Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3PT Chalk Farm FREE, Until Dec 16. An installation exploring the relationship between design and social change. Everyday Encounters at William Morris Gallery, William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, E17 4PP Walthamstow Central FREE, Until Feb 3. Crafts in a variety of media by 28 shortlisted members of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, whose work explores Morris’s passion for merging functionality with beauty in design Paola McClure: Sparkle And Spin at Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA Finchley Central FREE, Until Nov 10. Grandly-upholstered female figures and alien-like characters created from secondhand fabrics. The Stephens Collection at The Stephens Collection, Avenue House, 17 east end Road, N3 3QE Finchley Central FREE, Until Dec 31. Featuring collections about Dr Henry Stephens, who invented writing ink in 1832. The museum is set in the house owned by Stephens, and features exhibits including the laboratory where he experimented with inks.
EAST Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Maurizio Cattelan at Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX Aldgate East FREE, Until Dec 2. Rarelyseen works by the Italian artist, direct from the Collection. Michael Kidner: Dreams Of The World Order: Early Paintings at Flowers, Kingsland Road, 82 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP Hoxton FREE, Until Oct 20. Contemporary works providing an insight into the artist’s experiments with mathematics, science, space, pattern, form and function.
Freddy Dewe Mathews: Bouvetoya at Space In Between, Unit 26 Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Road, E8 4QN Dalston Kingsland FREE, Until Oct 27. Sculptures, archive material and an audio installation inspired by the Antarctic island. The 3D Print Show at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London, EC1Y 4SD Old Street £19.50, Oct 20-21. Major 3D printing trade and consumer event showcasing the range of applications 3D print technology has and how it will affect our lives in the future. Bob And Roberta Smith: The Art Party USA Comes To The UK at Hales Gallery, 5-13 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Bethnal Green FREE, Until Nov 17. Contemporary text-based paintings and sculpture by the London artist. Klaus Weber: Bee Paintings at Herald Street Gallery, 2 Herald Street, E2 6JT Bethnal Green FREE, Until Nov 4. Painted studies of bees.
SOUTH Cotman In Normandy at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD West Dulwich £10, OAP £9, concs £5, Until Jan 13. Watercolour paintings, drawings, prints and sketches of Normandy by 20th century artist John Sell Cotman. Jonathas De Andrade at Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, The oval, SE11 5RH Vauxhall FREE, Until Nov 18. Installations, photographs and films by the Brazilian artist. Clive Head And Nicolas Poussin: From Victoria To Arcadia at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD West Dulwich £5, OAP £4, concs FREE, Until Jan 13. Contemporary installation and old Master paintings.
WEST Addressing The Need: The Graphic Design Of The Eames Office at PM Gallery And House, Mattock Lane, W5 5EQ Ealing Broadway FREE, Until Nov 3. Mixed works celebrating the graphic output of the influential 20th-century American design couple Ray and Charles eames. Halima Cassell & Kate McLeod: Brian Mercer Residencies 2011 at The Royal British Society of Sculptors Galleries, 108 old Brompton Road, SW7 3RA Gloucester Road FREE, Until Nov 2. Contemporary sculpture by artists who spent three months developing their skills in Tuscany. Hollywood Costume at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £15.80, students, child 12-17, ES40 holders £10.60, senior citizen £12.60, family of 3 (one adult, two children) £26.20, family of 4 (two adults, two children) £40.70, Starts Sat, Until Jan 27. over 100 costumes covering 100 years of Hollywood films. The Little Black Jacket at Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Hq, King’s Road, SW3 4RY Sloane Square FREE, Until Nov 4. A photographic show hosted by Chanel, dedicated to the latest book by designer Karl Lagerfeld. Slinkachu: Global Model Village at Andipa Gallery, 162 Walton Street, SW3 2JL South Kensington FREE, Until Oct 27. Photographs documenting the artist’s miniature installations.
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t’s a drizzly Wednesday evening and Michael Mittermeier is doing his deadpan best to woo a midweek crowd at the Soho Theatre. “When people introduce me they say, ’This is Michael – he’s German’, in that kind of sympathetic voice like they’re saying, ’he’s disabled’.” In a comedy context, it’s not a bad analogy. Germans are hardly famous for their wit or joviality. And, within British comedy at least, they’ve often been ones to laugh at rather than with. So it’s probably a relief when the crowd explodes into laughter. Mittermeier might pack out arenas in his native country, but he’s still a relatively new character over here. And this isn’t his first stab at cracking the notoriously difficult UK comedy scene. “I did some shows at The Comedy Store about 15 years ago but the press really messed that one up,” he huffs to Scout London before the show. “I just felt like saying: ‘My grandfather was in the war – ask him, not me’. “But I think it’s different now, the attitudes have really changed.” Indeed, it does feel like we’ve grown up. The former posturing of our tabloid headline writers seems like it came from a different age. We love Germany these days – and they love us. Maybe it’s all those wonderful weekends in Berlin that taught us to adore this incredible country and its surprisingly Angloenthused populous. “There are so many Germans living in London now, and people visit Germany so much more,” says Mittermeier. “So I think now is the right time for people to hear about these issues from a German – Greece, The euro, you know.” The first phase in his re-engagement with the UK took place at edinburgh this summer. “If you can play in a venue that small, if you can make people laugh every night, then you know you can do it,” he says with understandable pride. Remember, Mittermeier is doing this in his second language – that takes serious testikels.
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THE WAR German comic Michael Mittermeier fills arenas in his home country. Now he’s over here to defeat that stereotype, finds Chris Beanland I wonder aloud whether Henning Wehn might be a tad annoyed with Mittermeier for nicking his “only German comic in the country” badge of honour? Mittermeier laughs. “I met him at edinburgh and it was really good. But we’re very different comics – he lives in London and talks about the minutiae of British life. You can only do that if you live here. I do a mixture of stuff - some political comedy, some other subjects.” Back in his home country, the
46 year-old Bavarian performs to thousands of people at a time – sometimes in bizarre circumstances. “I was on my way to see U2 in Berlin and the record company who’d set me up with the tickets called me. They said, ‘The support band can’t play, can you support U2?’ I did and Bono seems to be a fan of mine now. I see him about once, twice a year. It was funny because he said that he thought the crowd wasn’t going to accept me – but they did.”
Celebrity chums aside, most of all it seems Mittermeier wants to open the world’s eyes and ears to German comedy - and sometimes with the stereotypes intact. “There are no German comedians,” he tells the Soho audience, before flashing a smile and adding, “but we have the technology to dominate world humour.” Until October 20, £10-£20, Soho Theatre sohotheatre.com
Second Coming at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo Oct 17-20, 7.45pm, £15, concs £7.50. Stand-up, revealing the truth about men. Lewis Schaffer Is Free Until Famous at The Source Below, 11 Lower John Street, W1F 9TY Piccadilly Circus Tue & Wed 8pm, FREE. Self-deprecating stand-up. Until oct 31.
MONDAY OCTOBER 15 Happy Mondays at Amersham Arms, 388
Max & Ivan Are...Con Artists at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road To Oct 20, 8pm, £10-£12.50. Sketch comedy. Simon Munnery’s La Concepta at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Oct 8, Mon-Thu 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, Fri & Sat 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, extra perfs Oct 23-25, 5pm, 6pm, ends Oct 28, £17.50. Interactive comedy, with an exclusive nondining restaurant experience. Until oct 28. Michael Mittermeier: A German On Safari at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road To Oct 20, 9.45pm, £10-£20. Fast-paced observational stand-up from the German comic. Dara O Briain: Craic Dealer at Hammersmith Apollo, queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH Hammersmith Oct 18-27, 8pm, £25. Fast-paced stand-up. Paul Merton: Out Of My Head at Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH Charing Cross To Oct 20, 8pm, £21-£36. Stand-up and sketches. Also featuring Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. Newsrevue at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Royal Oak Thu-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 9pm, £10, concs £8.50. Topical sketches and songs. Until Dec 23. Richard Herring: Talking Cock: The
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 Arkomedy Tooting Open Mic at The Trafalgar Arms, 148-158 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RT Tooting Broadway 8pm, open spots sign up from 7pm, FREE. With Bobby Mair, Gerry Howell, Bryan Lacey, Peter McAuliffe, eleanor Conway and open spots. Comedy Wednesday at Paradise By Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE Kensal Green 8pm10.30pm, £6, adv £5. With James Redmond, Adam Hess, Mark Smith and MC Jeff Leach. New Act Night at Comedy Cafe, 66-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Liverpool Street 8pm, FRee. Up to eight new acts take to the stage.
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The Good Ship Comedy Club at The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn 8pm, £5, w/flyer £4. With Marcel Lucont (pictured), David Whitney, Gareth Morinan and Katie Mulgrew. New Cross Road, SE14 6TY New Cross 8pm, £6, adv £5. With Tony Law, Susan Calman, Dane Baptiste and MC Holly Walsh. Tony Law & Edward Aczel at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9pm, £7, concs £6. The two stand-ups try out new material. Sean Lock: Work In Progress at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7.30pm, £14. Cynical humour. Voices In Your Head: The Phill Jupitus Experiment at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 9.30pm, £12.50. Improvised comedy in which a mysterious voice tells the performer what to do next.
Always Be Comedy at The Tommyfield, 185 Kennington Lane, SE11 4EZ Kennington 8pm, £5. With eric Lampaert, Paul Moynihan, Mark Cooper Jones, Chris Boyd, David Hardcastle and Alex Perry. Jeff Innocent: An Evening Of Stand-Up Comedy For Grown Ups at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9.15pm, £10 & £15. The east end stand-up presents special guest acts. Laugh Till It Hurts at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 7.30pm, £15, concs £12.50. With Tom Stade, Andy Parsons, Holly Walsh, Stephen Grant, Josh Howie, Hal Cruttenden, John Moloney and Mark Dolan. Ritzy Crackers at Upstairs At The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Brixton 7.30pm, £8, concs £7, mems £6. With Pete Johansson, Dan & Dan and Matthew Highton.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 Artkomedy Comedy Club at All Inn one, Perry Vale, SE23 2NE Forest Hill 8.30pm, FREE. With Danny Hurst, Roderic Jonson, Ramsay MacDonald and Barry McGonagogle. Banana Cabaret at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham 9pm, £14, concs £11. With Jeff Innocent, Paul B edwardes, Mark Maier and Paul T eyers.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
David Baddiel: Fame: Not The Musical at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Oct 16-20, 9.15pm, £10. The comedian’s first standup show in 15 years in which he will deconstruct the concept of fame.
99 Club Leicester Square at Storm, 28a Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE Leicester Square 8.30pm, £8 unreserved seating, £20 & £25 inc meal. With Josh Widdicombe, Bob Mills, Brett Goldstein and MC Holly Walsh. The Camden Comedy Sessions at The Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street, NW1 0LU Camden Town 7.30pm, FREE. With MCs Joe Hunter and Robin Cousins. Luisa Omielan: What Would Beyonce Do? at Comedy Cafe, 66-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Liverpool Street 8pm, FREE, ticketed. Contemporary standup and improv.
The Best In Stand-Up at Comedy Store, 1a oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, 11pm, 7.30pm £20, 11pm £15, concs £10. With John Lynn, Pete Johansson, Stephen Grant, Charlie Baker and MC Rufus Hound. Comedy Cafe at Comedy Cafe, 66-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Liverpool Street 8pm, Fri £12, Sat £16. With Danielle Ward, Gareth Richards, Philberto and Javier Jarquin. Nick Helm: This Means War at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 8pm, £13.50, concs £11.50. Aggressive stand-up. Knock2Bag at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street 7pm, £12, adv/ NUS/OAP £8. With Cardinal Burns, Late Night Gimp Fight and Mae Martin. Sex Guru in 247 Easy Steps at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9.30pm, £16, concs £12. Spoof relationship advice from Wolfgang Weinberger Up The Creek at Up The Creek, 302 Creek Road, SE10 9SW Greenwich 8.45pm, £11, concs £8. With Josh Howie, Roger Monkhouse and MC Tiernan Douleb.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 Banana Cabaret at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham 9pm, £16, concs £13. With Jeff Innocent, Paul B edwardes, Henning Wehn and Danny Buckler. The Comedy Night at Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA Finchley Central 8pm, £25. With Peter Serafinowicz, Rob Deering, Miles Jupp, Charlie Baker and MC Shane Richie. Comedy Carnival at The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT Clapham Common 8pm-10pm, £15. With John Moloney, Jeff Innocent, Addy Van Der Borgh and MC Pete Jonas. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town 8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Pete Johansson, Kerry Godliman, Jason Patterson, erich Mcelroy and James Redmond. Fred MacAulay: Legally Bald at Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ Blackheath 8pm, £16, concs £14. observational stand-up. Musical Comedy Awards Fifth Birthday Extravaganza at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 8pm, £15, concs £12, mems £10. With Mitch Benn, Amateur Transplants, Adams And Rea, Jay Foreman, Rob Carter, Jollyboat, Sooz Kempner, Fair & Square and MCs Horse & Louis.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21
The Boat Show at Tattershall Castle, Victoria embankment, SW1A 2HR Charing Cross 8pm, £10 & £13.50, concs £11. With Abandoman (pictured), Chris Martin, Stephen Grant and MC Jim Smallman.
Comedy Variety Cabaret at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch end Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8pm, £7, concs £5. With Josh Widdicombe, Luke Benson, Nick Beaton and Amadeus Martin. Anna Morris: Dolly Mixture at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 8pm, £7.50, concs £6.50. Character comedy. Voodoo Nights at Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL Hammersmith 6pm, £15. With MCs James Acaster, Nick Helm.
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as the franchise celebrates its golden anniversary, friends daniel Craig and sam mendes have united to make one of the most eagerly-awaited Bonds in history: skyfall. Susan Griffin meets them both
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omewhere at a party in New York, Daniel Craig turned to his friend Sam Mendes and asked for his thoughts on an idea. It was 2009, and Craig wanted to know if Mendes would be interested in directing the next Bond movie. The director was initially hesitant, just as he had been about Craig’s casting as the sixth incarnation of the legendary MI6 agent in 2006’s Casino Royale. “I was one of the people who said I didn’t think he was the right casting,” Mendes admits. “But I watched him go through that intense pressure and come through with flying colours.” In Casino Royale, Craig famously brought a new dramatic depth to the character, and quite spectacularly proved the naysayers, including Mendes, wrong. “One of the reasons I was excited by what happened to the Bond movie franchise at that point is that I felt there was a real man and a real situation for the first time in a while,” says Mendes. “Somehow, what Daniel brought to it re-energised it.” The man behind American Beauty and Revolutionary Road was also soon swayed by the idea of taking charge of not only Bond film number 23, but of the film that coincides with the franchise’s 50th anniversary. “One of the things that’s interesting about Bond is that, within the myth there are still so many directions in which you can take the story and characters,” says the 47-year-old Oscar and Olivier-winning director. The result is the hugely-anticipated Skyfall, which brings Mendes and Craig together again a decade after their collaboration on gangster movie The Road to Perdition. Skyfall is Craig’s third outing as Bond, following Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace – a film that was criticised for having too much action and not enough story. “It’s been great for me to get back together with Sam, and I’m very excited about it because we’re both huge Bond fans and there’s a lot to celebrate this year,” says Craig. Just as Craig reignited Mendes’ interest in the franchise, in turn the director reminded the actor why he first signed up for the part. “I’ve had a wonderful time making this movie, because I’ve remembered why I love doing the job – and an awful lot of that is down to Sam,” says the actor, who is rumoured to have signed up to do another two Bond films. After Sean Connery’s debut appearance as the smooth-talking operative, in 1962’s Dr No, Bond quickly became cinema’s most in-demand action man. But these days – the post-Bourne era, if you will – 007 has his fair share of silver screen competition, and has had to adapt accordingly. Nevertheless, Craig believes there’s still a great
demand for the more traditional traits of the gentleman spy. “There’s a humour and campness to Bond movies that have made them very entertaining,” he says. “They’ve become an event in people’s film calendars.” But unlike the franchise’s protagonist, the road to Skyfall has been far from slick. Financial problems at the MGM studio in 2010 sparked doubt as to whether Bond would ever return. “It’s been a bit of a struggle getting this movie made, as you probably well know, but we haven’t been idle,” says the 44-year-old actor. “We’ve been putting the right people together, we’ve been working on the script and it’s been a lot of hard work.” Mendes even goes so far as to suggest that the delay was a blessing in disguise. “The situation with MGM was very frustrating at the time but it did give us the
The result is a certain 60s richness, from the costumes and sets to Skyfall’s colour palette. Even the vintage Aston Martin DB5 makes a return as Bond’s vehicle of choice. “I think something Daniel and I have tried very hard to do is bring a lightness of touch, a wit and some of that Fleming irony into the movie,” says Mendes. The full plot is stamped Top Secret until the film’s release but we do know that Bond’s loyalty to his MI6 boss M (Judi Dench) will be tested when her past returns to haunt her. We also know that the villain of the piece will be played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem. Also that Ralph Fiennes pops up as a government bigwig, and that Ben Wishaw appears as a youthful Q. The all important glamour will be provided by Naomie Harris, as field agent Eve, and French actress Bérénice Marlohe.
Skyfall or nothing Daniel Craig on set during filming of the new Bond movie
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originally thought Daniel was not the right casting 99 – Sam Mendes opportunity to work on the script without the pressure of knowing the movie had to be started on a certain date,” he says. In preparation for the huge task ahead, the pair re-read Ian Fleming’s books and looked to the early Bond movies for inspiration. “There’s a tone that’s in all those movies that you can’t try to recreate. If you do then it’s a pastiche and neither Sam nor I want to make a pastiche of an older movie. But you can have flavours of it,” explains Craig.
“When you work on a script, you become very aware that Bond is fundamentally a lone wolf character who cannot work in tandem with another man, and when it comes to women they are ships that pass in the night,” says Mendes. “Hopefully we’ve come up with something we’re both going to feel proud of – not just as a Bond film, not just as the 23rd Bond film, but as a film in its own right.” Skyfall is released in cinemas on October 26 scoutlondon.com Scout London 35
FILM NEW RELEASES
Beasts of the Southern Wild (12A) “once there was a Hushpuppy and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub…” The opening voiceover of Benh Zietlin’s extraordinary debut suggests a modern day fairytale. However, there’s no happy ever after in Beasts of The Southern Wild, a poetic and grimly compelling portrait of shattered lives in a fictional bayou where sixyear-old Hushpuppy (quvenzhané Wallis) lives off the sodden land with her father Wink (Dwight Henry). He practices tough love so his little girl can survive the unforgiving elements but, like all children, she rebels against his teachings. Hushpuppy’s journey of self-discovery is brilliantly realised, anchored by a tour-de-force, oscar-worthy performance from non-actor Wallis. Magical realist flourishes, like a stampede of mythical creatures called aurochs, invite us to see this ramshackle world through Hushpuppy’s eyes as the levees burst, threatening to wash away her childhood innocence forever. Damon Smith
Frankenweenie (PG) The pain of losing a loved one leaves an indelible mark on the hardest heart. Frankenweenie is a charming stop-motion animation from the imagination of visionary Tim Burton about a lonely boy called Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan), who cannot bear the loss of his bull terrier Sparky. So the ingenious tyke re-animates the deceased pooch with a lightning bolt à la Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, blind to the repercussions of meddling with Mother Nature. Frankenweenie looks stunning, captured in eye-popping 3D. The black and white visuals are crisp and every frame is peppered with horror references like the white streaks in a pampered poodle’s coat, which recall elsa Lanchester’s iconic coiffure in The Bride of Frankenstein. John August’s script tugs the heartstrings without ever being cloying and the grand finale is orchestrated at a brilliant, breathless pace. DS
Paranormal Activity 4 (15) oren Peli’s low-budget 2009 horror continues to churn out sequels, retaining directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman for this fourth nail-biting chapter, which takes place five years after the events of Paranormal Activity 3. Plucky teenager Alice (Kathryn Newton) lives with her parents and younger brother Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp) in the leafy, gated community of Henderson, Nevada. When a neighbour falls ill, the family provides temporary refuge to a little boy called Robbie (Brady Allen) but the lovable tyke is not what he seems. Paranormal Activity 4 has a few decent scares and a terrific piece of sustained tension with a kitchen knife. The centrepiece gimmick with the xbox’s infrared motion-tracking dot matrix is neat but Joost and Schulman overuse it, and the presence of laptop cameras in certain scenes defies belief. Visual tricks outweigh narrative treats. DS
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The 56th London Film Festival Final Week Size doesn’t matter to the London Film Festival. Reduced from the 17-day behemoth of previous events to a more compact 11day affair under director Clare Stewart, this year’s celebration of the moving image is an embarrassment of cinematic riches. The final week culminates with a starry closing night gala of Charles Dickens’s Great expectations (oct 21, 7pm) starring Helena Bonham Carter as jilted bride Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as escaped convict Magwitch. Before they walk the red carpet alongside director Mike Newell, Mads Mikkelsen is scintillating as a kindergarten teacher falsely accused of
impropriety in The Hunt (oct 15, 3pm) and three Aboriginal soul sisters find their voices in Vietnam in the feel-good Australian musical The Sapphires (oct 15, 6pm, oct 18, 6.15pm). oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman steps behind the camera for the bittersweet comedy quartet (oct 15, 7.30pm, oct 20, 1pm) set in a retirement home for ageing opera singers, and John Hawkes bids for oscar glory as a paralysed poet in search of sexual nirvana in The Sessions (oct 16, 8.30pm, oct 17, 12.30pm). Ben Affleck directs and stars in the remarkable true story of Argo (oct 17, 7pm, oct 18, 12.15pm, oct 20, 9pm) and the
Los Angeles criminal underworld provides a vibrant backdrop to Martin McDonagh’s pottymouthed comedy Seven Psychopaths (oct 19, 6pm, oct 20, 12.30pm, oct 21, 9pm). Composer Ludovico einaudi and musician Gavin Clark provide a live score to Shane Meadows’s This Is england (oct 19, 9pm) and Viggo Mortensen discusses his career to date including Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings trilogy and A Dangerous Method in an eagerly anticipated American express Screen Talk (oct 20, 5.45pm). DS To Oct 21, times vary, FREE-£30 Odeon West End, BFI Southbank, Vue West End and various venues, WC2H/SE1 Leicester Square/Waterloo
Stand By Me (15)
More than 60 years after its first release, Akira Kurosawa’s classic thriller is still as artfully composed and brilliantly engineered as anything coming out of Hollywood today – not to mention dazzlingly lean and compact at a sprightly 87 minutes. During a rainstorm, a woodcutter (Takashi Shimura) and a priest (Minoru Chiaki) seek shelter from the deluge beneath the Rashomon gate. To pass the time, they discuss recent shocking events: the murder of Takehiro (Masayuki Mori), reportedly at the hands of bandit Tajomaru (Toshiro Mifune), and the rape of Masako (Machiko Kyo). The woodcutter claims to be a witness to the crimes and he recounts everything he saw, just one of the four contrasting perspectives that subtly change our understanding of the characters’ innocence and guilt. DS
“I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being…” Adapted from Stephen King’s short story The Body, Stand By Me remains a seminal moment in 1980s filmmaking, beautifully conveying the agony and ecstasy of adolescence through the eyes of four friends – Chris (River Phoenix), Gordie (Whil Wheaton), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry o’Connell) – during the hunt for the body of a missing boy. on-screen chemistry between the young leads is exquisite and director Rob Reiner elicits powerful, naturalistic performances. The script is peppered with cracking dialogue like Gordie’s famous musing, “Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?” and the landscapes of oregon provide a lush backdrop to the emotional and nostalgic rites-of-passage. DS
Sun 6pm (screening as a double bill with Tokyo Story), £9.50, concs £8.50 Riverside Studios, W6 9RL Hammersmith
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Extras Family-based comedies The Cosby Show (1984-1992) Bill Cosby turned his standup act into one of America’s most successful comedies, which looked at the every-day happenings of the Huxtable family.
No more Mrs Hard Guy
Bread (1986-1991) Thatcher’s Britain inspired this Liverpool-set comedy in which matriarch Nellie Boswell presides over her brood of five adult children who all still live at home. Roseanne (1988-1997) Gone were the Brady Bunch and in came the greedy bunch when this slummy, dysfunctional American family hit our screens.
Gina McKee’s showing her sweet side in her latest role, as a bubbly mother in a new comedy. By Albertina Lloyd
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The actress admits she was concerned initially about playing a character based on her co-star’s actual mother. But after meeting her briefly, her worries eased. “I think the spirit of her might be there, but it isn’t an impersonation,” she says. And Cook insists his mother doesn’t mind being the subject of comedy: “To be honest, she’s more blown away by it. She says, ‘ooh Gina’s very glamorous, Jason, that’s not me, that’s not me at all’.” Pauline wears her heart on her sleeve. In contrast, McKee is reserved, and speaks slowly and carefully. And while Pauline is content with small town family life, McKee - who grew up around County Durham and Sunderland - headed for the bright lights of the big city as soon as was possible. “I moved to London when I was 18 and I had the energy to explore and to try different lifestyles. It felt very natural to me to do that,” she says. But she has enjoyed returning to her roots. “There’s something really interesting about going back, particularly when you’ve been away for so long. “It’s similar to when you get to your 40s, you’ve got enough history and enough future to enjoy the present. You can apply that geographically as well. experience of living away and living there helps you to appreciate things in an objective and integrated way – which is a lovely position to be in.” Hebburn begins on BBC Two on Thursday, October 18
The Royle Family (1998-2000) Jobless TV addict Jim Royle and his cigarette-smoking clan barely leave the sofa in this deadpan observational comedy. Outnumbered (2007-) exasperated parents Pete and Sue struggle to keep up with their three offspring - girlcrazy Jake, boisterous Ben and inquisitive Karen - in this partlyimprovised sitcom.
Modern Family (2009-) In a re-writing of the family sitcom, this mockumentary-style comedy, inspired by The office, focuses on a ‘modern’ family set-up, including step-children, an age-gap relationship and gay parents.
ina McKee has made a long career out of powerful, gritty dramas, starring in the likes of our Friends In The North, The Forsyte Saga, and most recently BBC police thriller Line of Duty. But her latest role is quite a contrast – a gentle comedy where, instead of playing the usual hard woman, McKee’s showing her sweet side as a caring, bubbly mum in Hebburn. Directed by Gavin And Stacey’s Chris Gernon, the sitcom follows Jack, played by stand-up comic Chris Ramsey, as he returns to his hometown to introduce new girlfriend Sarah (Fresh Meat’s Kimberley Nixon) to his family. He doesn’t quite know how to tell them that he and Sarah are actually already married. Jim Moir – better known as his alter ego Vic Reeves – plays Jack’s unsuspecting father, alongside McKee as his mother, Pauline. The series is written by comedian Jason Cook, who also stars in the show, and is inspired by his real family and hometown – Hebburn, on the River Tyne in the North east. Much of the series is shot on location, with scenes inside the family home filmed in a studio in Salford, and it’s here that I meet McKee in the canteen, her hands wrapped around a mug of hot tea. “Pauline is the antidote to a few characters that I’ve been playing recently, so that was very appealing,” says the 48-year-old, flashing a warm smile.
Wrath of the Titans
Available on iTunes, Blu-ray and DVD now
Demi-god Perseus (Sam Worthington) returns to his fishing village with 10-year-old son Helius (John Bell), hoping to put his monster-slaying days behind him. Alas, war looms because the humans have neglected the gods, weakening brothers Zeus (Liam Neeson), Hades (Ralph Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). Wrath of The Titans is certainly an improvement on the 2010 remake of the cult swords and sandals adventure Clash of The Titans - but the bar was set spectacularly low. Sadly, Jonathan Liebesman’s special effects-driven sequel doesn’t learn from previous mistakes, once again putting spectacle ahead of emotion in every frame.
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Almost 200 years after being buried alive, vampire Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) returns to his ancestral home – in swinging 1972 Maine. He finds the latest branch of his family tree, headed by elizabeth (Michelle Pfeiffer), her sassy teenage daughter Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz), wastrel brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller) and his son David (Gulliver McGrath). Dark Shadows is a misfiring fishout-of-water comedy based on a cult TV series awash with vampires, ghosts and witches. The script is an unholy mess, stumbling between comedy, action, horror and romance, without a clue how to navigate the shifts in tone.
American Horror Story – Season 1 Boxset out now
Breaking Bad Season 1-4
Available on Netflix
one of the best American series since The Wire has so far pretty much only been available via box sets or illegal downloads. Now, with Series 5 just around the corner, catch up on the whole of Series 1-4 on Netflix. Best warn your friends you might be gone for some time.
This 12-part award-winning ghost story follows psychiatrist Dr Ben Harmon, wife Vivien and their teenage daughter Violet, who move into a Victorian mansion haunted by the spirits of previous inhabitants. Although not as compelling as True Blood or The Walking Dead, it has plentiful jolts and hairpin plot twists, plus a career-reviving performance from Jessica Lange as the nightmare neighbour next door. Boo!
iTunes App store, 69p iPhone/£2 iPad
This neat little app allows you to DJ from an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad using your iTunes library. Two mini ‘decks’ appear on screen, on which you can mix, scratch, and use a number of other specialist effects. To cue up songs you’ll need to invest in a Griffin cable (£14.95) but the built-in features are impressive enough alone.
VIA iTunes App store, £1.99
Through its “runner’s Satnav”, this new app reads out directions on your customised route through your headphones, and allows you to set your own route from A-B by dropping pins. At the end of your run it tells you how many calories you burned, average speed, time taken and distance covered. No more excuses.
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BAT TO NATURE Bat For Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, has been on a journey of discovery with her new album. Instead of heartache and drama, growing onions provided much of its inspiration, she tells Andy Welch
ust one look at the cover of The Haunted Man, the third album from Bat For Lashes, is enough to know that things are different this time around. The black and white photograph, taken by New York-based photographer Ryan McGinley, depicts Bat For Lashes – otherwise known as Natasha Khan – naked, with an unconscious man draped around her neck. Compare it to the cover of Khan’s previous two albums, both elaborate works of art featuring mystical symbols with the artist herself almost unrecognisable in heavy make-up, and the simplicity of McGinley’s photo becomes all the more apparent. The Londoner’s long flowing hair has gone,
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too, replaced with a neat bob, making Khan look slightly more business-like and mature. “I don’t want to hide behind the costumes and the symbols any more,” says Khan, 32, explaining her new, simpler, aesthetic. “It was my idea to be naked, though when it came to doing it I thought, ‘Why am I doing this?’ But it’s a statement. “I knew I wanted Ryan McGinley to shoot it. I’d seen some of his work and was blown away. I loved how raw and wild it all was, and not retouched or Photoshopped, and none of his photos were the sexualised, glossy images of women we’re used to seeing.” Khan thinks it’s a “shame” some shops and websites have censored the album image.
“It’s crazy because the naked body is the most natural thing in the world. Kids should see it and think it’s natural and normal, not think of it as being sexy. “It’s weird that when a naked body appears that isn’t being overtly sexual, it’s considered shocking. It says a lot about society, and you have to wonder how we’ve arrived at this point.” The album’s contents are just as raw: Khan constantly questioning who she is and trying to discover what made her that way. It wasn’t an easy point to arrive at, however. Having toured her second album, 2009’s Two Suns, for two years, Khan was left without a creative spark, alone and disconnected from home.
visit, so I made friends with the gardener and asked if he’d let me help him.” All of this helped Khan to focus, and led her to think about the nature of inspiration. “I had a realisation after the last album, about what inspires the best art. When you are embroiled in drama and darkness in your real life, that’s the only thing you can write about, and it’s all coming from a place of fear, unhappiness and anxiety. There’s not much else and it’s all very extreme. “When I finished my last album, I felt very sad about everything that had unfolded and inspired it,” she says, referring to the
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“When you leave the routine of touring, you get home, shut the door and that’s it, no one rings you or anything. They just say, ‘see you next time’, and you’re on your own. It can be lonely and there’s nothing but the pressure of writing the next album,” she explains. “I felt void of inspiration and I felt very miserable about it. Sometimes you can try really hard and try to push on through a block, but that gives me anxiety.” She decided to busy herself with other things and wait for inspiration to strike naturally. First, Khan went to live by the sea in Sussex, believing that after two years of being on the road and travelling, she needed to be in one place again and live a normal life.
relationship break-up that inspired Two Suns. “In turn that inspired the decision this time around to stay at home and be normal. There’s a lyric on this album that goes, ‘Just sit still. Does it hurt? Does it hurt?’ and it’s me asking myself if I stay still and avoid all the drama and stop the sabotage of my private life, what comes up? What am I actually feeling?” The idea of being on tour for the next 18 months doesn’t excite her, although she loves each show. “After this tour I want to focus on my home life, and relationships,” she says. “I just feel like I’m going round Secondly, she and round, and I don’t want to started reading her old end up being 50 having not Naked emotion Bat For lashes’ new album school books, visited married or settled. I think my former university 30s are beckoning me on a tutors, studied english more human level, so there’s history, watched a lot of black and a conflict with my professional life. white films, enrolled on various courses “There’s something very Peter Pan about (pottery and painting), took up dancing and the music industry and the musical life, that started gardening. keeps you young and attached to your youth, “onions,” she exclaims, laughing. “I done but I don’t think it’s that good for you as a some onions, which is the technical term. I person to avoid maturing. planted potatoes, dahlias, roses and other “I can’t wait to get old.” things. It wasn’t my garden, though. There was a place nearby called Charleston House which Bat For Lashes’ third album The Haunted used to belong to Virginia Woolf’s sister. Man is out now. She will be at the HMV “There’s an amazing walled garden I loved to Forum on October 29 & 30 scoutlondon.com Scout London 41
MUSIC Hot Chip October 18 & 19 O2 academy Brixton, £20 london’s electro-geek superstars are back. Refreshed after a massively hectic period of extracurricular activity (that includes albums by about group, the 2 Bears and new Build as well as Joe goddard’s solo single gabriel), they released new album in Our Heads to great excitement in June. now it’s time to dust of your best moves and dance over and over to one of the most consistently excellent acts of the genre. 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Brixton
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october 21, The Garage, £16.50
Made up of eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, this Chicago-born family outfit have fast become a festival favourite in the UK – their infectious grooves and hip-hop influences making it impossible to resist the urge to get up and dance. They have performed with acts as diverse as Wu Tang Clan, Prince, eryka Badu, Gorillaz and even the B52s. Now there’s the chance to join the family groove with this show at The Garage, which may struggle to contain the funk. 20-22 Highbury Crescent, N5 1RD Highbury & Islington 42 Scout London scoutlondon.com
Los Charlys Orchestra, Cubano oct 20 & oct 27, Floridita, £10 My Tiger My Timing, Rough Fields, Brilliant Corners oct 18, Shacklewell Arms, £5 Nada Surf oct 15, The Scala, adv £15 Nine Black Alps oct 15, The Borderline, £10 Portico Quartet oct 18, Roundhouse, £16 Rangda, Carlton Melton, Gala Drop oct 18, Corsica Studios, £10 Richie Sambora oct 16, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £42.50 The Cribs oct 20, HMV Forum, £25 The D.O.T oct 15, xoYo, adv £15 The Invisible oct 17, Corsica Studios, adv £9 Trivium, As I Lay Dying, Caliban, Upon A Burning Body oct 21, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £19.50
Scouting For Girls oct 18, Shepherd’s Bush empire, £25
Professor Green october 18, HMV Forum, £25
Disappointed to be missing out on the fun at the q Awards next Monday? Fear not, there’s chance to see some of the artists nominated at two nights of gigs at the HMV Forum. The first is London’s very own Professor Green, hot off the success of his collaboration with emile Sande, Read All About It. 9-17 Highgate Road, SW9 9SL Kentish Town
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Abandon Mute, Nanomong, Joy Radio oct 16, The Good Ship, £5 Bastille oct 19, KoKo, £11 Baxter Dury oct 17, The Scala, adv £11 Big Joe Louis, Daniel Jeanrenaud oct 18, The Blues Kitchen, FRee Blacklight Pioneer, Union Jackals, Sherlock’s Dead, Model Railway Exhibition oct 19, The Good Ship, £5 Bwani Junction oct 16, The Lexington, adv £6 Dan Le Sac, Seward, Benin City oct 17, The Barfly, Camden, £11 Deacon Blue oct 22, Roundhouse, £29.50-£39.50 Down oct 21, Roundhouse, £19 Ed Sheeran oct 15-17, HMV Apollo, £24 phone for availability Foreign Beggars oct 17, Heaven, £15 Future Of The Left, Fighting Fiction, Chris T-T & The Hoodrats oct 16, Bull And Gate, adv £10 Grizzly Bear, Villagers oct 22, o2 Academy Brixton, £22.50 I Like Trains, Talons, Post War Glamour Girls oct 22, Cargo, adv £10 Jack Beats oct 18, KoKo, £15 Jefferson Starship oct 19 & oct 20, The Borderline, £27.50 Johnny Hallyday oct 15 & oct 16, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£100 Kid British, Kase oct 16, The Barfly, Camden, adv £8.50 Kwes oct 18, Birthdays, early bird £6 Labrinth, D’Banj oct 20, o2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Liars, The Haxan Cloak oct 16, The Scala, adv £14
House of St Barnabus Culture Series: Gilles Peterson october 16, House of St Barnabus, £20
Squarepusher october 20, Hackney empire, £25 Pushing the boundaries of music since 1994, Squarepusher’s latest album Ufabulum is music generated purely from digital programming. This will be the first headline Ufabulum album show in London and sees the pioneer take over the historic Hackney empire music hall with his largest light-show to date. 291 Mare Street, E8 1EG
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Last year Brian Fallon, frontman of New Jersey alt-rockers The Gaslight Anthem, grew weary of electric guitars. This was an awkward situation for someone who has been at the forefront of soulful, impassioned, heartson-fire punk rock since the band first set out in 2005. He formed a new outfit – The Horrible Crowes, a darkly melancholic side-project inspired by his love of The Afghan Whigs,
Kindness That’s Alright
Daphni Yes, I Know
The 2 Bears Get Together (YoungTEE Remix)
Woah – did we just fall into a time machine to the 80s?
yes, we know we love this up-tempo psuedo-disco to get the day started
stripped back, dreamy take on Hot Chip man’s project
The Black Keys Little Black Submarines Rock ain’t dead yet, baby
The Moldy Peaches Anyone Else But You Potentially contrived, but such a seductively sweet and charming hymn to young love that we’re not inclined to care
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Tom Waits and PJ Harvey. And got it all out of his system. Having done so, he and The Gaslight Anthem recorded one of their most rock ’n’ roll albums to date – Handwritten. Hear the results live at these two dates in Brixton which are sure to be competitors for hottest ticket of the week. 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Brixton
The Gaslight Anthem October 15 & 17, O2 academy Brixton, £21
opening this year’s Autumn Culture Series at Soho’s magnificent House of St Barnabus is Gilles Peterson, bringing together the likes of eska, and Nick Mulvey for a night of musical delights. The following two months will see Andrew Weatherall and Rob da Bank curate nights. It’s all to give a flavour of what’s to come when the venue opens a notfor-profit member’s club next year.
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MUSIC ABC Dec 18, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, £35-£75 Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse, Georgie Girl & Her Poussez Posse Nov 30, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, adv £28.50 Alabama Shakes Nov 16, The Coronet, adv £18.50 Alabama Shakes Nov 17, HMV Forum, £18.50 Alanis Morissette Nov 28, The o2 Arena, £35 & £45 Alex Clare oct 25, KoKo, £17.50 Alexisonﬁre Dec 2 & Dec 3, o2 Academy Brixton, £25, phone for availabilty AlunaGeorge Nov 22, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, £8 Amy MacDonald Nov 6, Southbank Centre, £22.50-£35 Animal Collective Nov 4, Roundhouse, £22.50, adv £20 Anti Nowhere League Nov 24, The Underworld, adv £12.50 Asia Dec 22, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £22.50 Athlete Nov 10, The Albany, £21 August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada, Veil Of Maya oct 23, electric Ballroom, £17.50 Bad Manners Dec 21, 229 The Venue, £20 Band Of Horses Nov 20, HMV Apollo, £20 Band Of Skulls Dec 7, o2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Beach House Nov 2, Roundhouse, £16 Bellowhead Nov 7, Roundhouse, £22.50 Ben Folds Five Dec 4 & Dec 5, o2 Academy Brixton, £37.50 Ben Howard, Willy Mason Nov 28-Nov 30, o2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Benjamin Francis Leftwich oct 24, KoKo, £15 Beth Hart Nov 16, HMV Forum, £22.50 Beth Orton, Sam Amidon Dec 5, Union Chapel, phone for availability £22.50 Billy Talent Nov 11, Roundhouse, £18.50 Birdy Hunt Nov 7, The Windmill, £5 Bloc Party Feb 22, earls Court, adv £29.50 Blood Red Shoes Jan 22, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £13.50 Bobby Womack Nov 25, HMV Forum, £27.50 & £32.50 Bright Light Bright Light oct 30, Cargo, adv £8 Caravan Jan 8, Southbank Centre, £25, concs £12.50 Carter USM, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin Nov 10, o2 Academy Brixton, £25 Charli XCX Nov 15, xoYo, £10 Charlie Indestructible, Ragweed oct 31, Bull And Gate, £5, adv/w/flyer £4 Chas & Dave Dec 8, Indigo2, £20-£45 Coheed And Cambria Nov 7 & Nov 8, KoKo, £20 Cradle Of Filth Dec 19, HMV Forum, £15 Crystal Castles Nov 24, o2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 DJ Yoda Nov 10, HMV Forum, £19.50£22.50 Dappy Dec 20, HMV Apollo, £18.50 Day Of The Dead Festival oct 31-Nov 3, The old Vic Tunnels, day ticket £41, adv £31
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Dead Can Dance oct 26, Royal Albert Hall, £30 Delilah oct 28, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, adv £16.50 Delphic Nov 1, Village Underground, adv £15 Devin Townsend oct 27, Roundhouse, £30 Dodgy Dec 14, o2 Academy Islington, adv £17.50 Don McLean oct 25, Royal Albert Hall, £33.50-£40 Dry The River Nov 1, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £12 Dub Pistols Nov 14, The Jazz Cafe, £12 Easy Star All Stars Nov 15, The Garage, £18 Eddi Reader Nov 4, Union Chapel, adv £22.50
Elbow Dec 2, The o2 , £29.50 & £32.50 Efterklang & Northern Sinfonia, John Grant oct 30, Barbican Centre, £15£22.50 Electric Boys Nov 27, The Underworld, £13.50 Ellie Goulding Dec 12, o2 Academy Brixton, £25 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Jun 4 & Jun 5, Royal Albert Hall, £45 Enter Shikari, Cancer Bats, Engine-Earz Experiment Dec 16 & Dec 17, Roundhouse, adv £20 Eric Clapton May 17, May 18, May 20, May 21, May 23, Royal Albert Hall, £70 & £85 Europe Dec 1, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £20 Everything Everything oct 23, Village Underground, £13.50 Evile, Wolf oct 28, The Garage, £13 Fatoumata Diawara Nov 15, Village Underground, £14 Fear Factory Dec 18, KoKo, £16 Feeder Nov 23, o2 Academy Brixton, £23 Fields Of The Nephilim oct 31, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £20 Finley Quaye Nov 16, The Jazz Cafe, £17.50 First And Forever Festival: Tribes Nov 15, The Barfly, Camden, FRee, ticketed, from store.drmartens.co.uk/t-festival Florence + The Machine Dec 5 & Dec 6, The o2 Arena, £29.50 Flying Lotus Nov 3, o2 Academy Brixton, £35 Four Tet, Caribou Nov 2, o2 Academy Brixton Foy Vance Jan 23, Islington Town Hall, £15 Francois & The Atlas Mountains oct 25, Village Underground, adv £12
Freeze 2012: DJ Shadow, Public Enemy oct 26 & oct 27, Battersea Power Station, day ticket £40, child £20, two day ticket £65, two day ticket child £35 Gabby Young And Other Animals Nov 15, Bush Hall, £17.50, adv £14.50 Gary Numan Dec 7, HMV Forum, £28 Gaz Coombes oct 24, xoYo, £13.50 George Michael: Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour oct 17, earls Court, £51£91 Godspeed You! Black Emperor Nov 4 & Nov 5, HMV Forum, £20 Greg Lake Nov 25, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £27.50 Happy Mondays Dec 19 & Dec 20, Roundhouse, adv £32.50 Harry Shearer Nov 23, Under The Bridge, £20-£40 Heaven 17 Nov 3, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £22.50-£27.50 Here We Go Magic oct 30, Dingwalls, adv £10.50 Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, SwizZz Nov 8, xoYo, £12.50 Huey Morgan & The New Yorkers Nov 7, Bush Hall, £16.50 InMe Dec 9, The Garage, £13 Jakwob, Bebe Black, Dems Nov 1, Cargo, adv £8 James Blake Dec 4, Conway Hall James Last: One More Time Apr 26 & Apr 27, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£60 Jason Mraz Dec 1, The o2 Arena, £32 Jennifer Lopez, Stooshe oct 22, The o2 Arena, £50-£75 Jessie J Mar 9 & Mar 10, The o2 Arena, £25 & £33.50 Jessie Ware Nov 13, electric Brixton, £12.50 Joey Bada$$ Nov 14, xoYo, adv £12 Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues
Emeli Sande Nov 11, Royal Albert Hall, £22.50-£37.50 Orchestra Nov 30 & Dec 1, Royal Albert Hall, £17.50-£43 Justin Bieber Mar 4, Mar 5, Mar 7, The o2 Arena, £50 & £60 Kate Rusby oct 23, Southbank Centre, £25 & £30, concs £12.50 & £15 Keane Nov 30, The o2 Arena, £27.50 & £45 Kindness Nov 7, Heaven, £10.50 Kool & The Gang Nov 29, electric Brixton, £35 Kris Kristofferson Dec 7, Southbank Centre, £35 & £40, concs £17.50 & £20 LIFEM: London International Festival Of Exploratory Music: Biosphere Nov 3, Kings Place, £9.50-£21.50
Jack White Nov 2 & Nov 3, Alexandra Palace, adv £30 Ladyhawke Nov 14, HMV Forum, £16 Lambchop Nov 9, Cadogan Hall, £23.50 Lawnmower Deth, Beholder Dec 15, The Garage, £15 Left Boy oct 25, xoYo, £8 Lemar Dec 15, Indigo2, £19.50-£45 Levellers, Citizen Fish Nov 24, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, adv £25 Lionel Richie oct 28 & oct 29, The o2 Arena, £40-£65 Lisa Stansﬁeld oct 23, xoYo, £29.50 London Jazz Festival: Beats & Pieces Big Band, Ensemble Denada Nov 11, Southbank Centre, phone for prices London Jazz Festival: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade Nov 17, Barbican Centre, £10-£50 London Jazz Festival: Herbie Hancock Nov 12, Southbank Centre, £10-£45 London Jazz Festival: Soweto Kinch Nov 16 & Nov 17, The Albany, £12-£14 Loudon Wainwright III May 3, Southbank Centre, £25-£35, concs £12.50-£17.50 Lucy Rose Nov 22, electric Brixton, £11 Lynyrd Skynyrd Nov 12, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £40 & £45 M83 Nov 8, o2 Academy Brixton, £22.50 Macy Gray Nov 28, KoKo, £30 Madness Dec 14 & Dec 22, The o2 Arena, £29.50-£47.50 Marc Almond, Jeremy Reed Nov 23, National Portrait Gallery, FRee Mark Knopﬂer May 27-Jun 1, Royal Albert Hall, £37.50-£52.50 Mark Lanegan Band Dec 4, HMV Forum, £18.50 Martha Wainwright, AroarA Dec 2, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £28.50 & £30 Maximo Park Nov 7, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, adv £17.50 Melanie C, Molly McQueen Nov 6, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £17.50 Michael Kiwanuka Dec 5, Southbank Centre, £17.50 & £20, concs £8.75 & £10 Mika Dec 13, Roundhouse, £25 Mindless Self Indulgence oct 28, HMV Forum, £16.50 Monster Magnet, Spine Of God Nov 23, electric Ballroom, £20 Motorhead, Anthrax, Diaries Of A Hero Nov 17, o2 Academy Brixton, £34 Mumiy Troll Nov 10, Surya, £15.40 Mumiy Troll Nov 9, Surya, £14.50 Muse oct 26 & oct 27, The o2 Arena, £47.50 & £55 Mystery Jets Nov 29, Southbank Centre, £15 & £17.50, concs £7.50 & £8.75
Alﬁe Boe: Storyteller Apr 8 & Apr 9, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£45 Aled Jones May 12, Union Chapel, adv £35 Alina Ibragimova, Stephen Kovacevich oct 24, Wigmore Hall, £15-£30 Andre Rieu, Johann Strauss Orchestra Dec 16, The o2 Arena, £40-£90 Aphex Twin: Remote Orchestra oct 10, Barbican Centre, £25-£35, phone for availability BBC Symphony Orchestra Nov 10,
Andrea Bocelli Nov 14 & Nov 15, The o2 Arena, £45-£120 Royal Albert Hall, £8-£36 Endymion oct 23, Wigmore Hall, £15-£30 London Guitar Festival: Nigel North oct 24, Kings Place, £14.50£29.50, adv £9.50 Monteverdi Choir oct 17, Barbican Centre, £20-£55 Philip Glass Ensemble Dec 15, Union Chapel, adv £20 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/ Royal Choral Society oct 19, Royal Albert Hall, £50 Total Immersion: Alexandra Wood, Ryan Wigglesworth, Huw Watkins Nov 4, Barbican Centre, £30-£43
Katherine Jenkins, National Symphony Orchestra Dec 10, Royal Albert Hall, £29-£70
Kaiser Chiefs Mar 1, o2 Academy Brixton, adv £27.50 Mz Bratt Nov 7, The Borderline, £9 Newton Faulkner oct 22 & oct 23, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, adv £19 Nicki Minaj oct 30, The o2 Arena, £40 & £46 Nour Festival: John Williams, Youssef Hbeisch And Ahmad Al Khatib oct 23, Cadogan Hall, £20-£35 One Direction Apr 1, Apr 2, Apr 4, Apr 5, Apr 2, The o2 Arena, £25 & £33.50 One Direction Feb 22 & Feb 23, Feb 23 & Feb 24, The o2 Arena, £25 & £33.50 Orbital Dec 14 & Dec 15, o2 Academy Brixton, £30 Oxjam Kilburn Takeover oct 20, Various Venues, £10 P!nk Apr 24, Apr 25, Apr 27, Apr 28, The o2 Arena, £42.50-£55 Passion Pit Nov 20, HMV Forum, £16 Pepe Deluxe, Husky Rescue Nov 12, The Scala, adv £17.50 & £19.50 Pete Doherty oct 24, Nambucca, £20 Peter Andre, Sam Gray Dec 4, The o2 Arena, £27.50-£30 Plan B Feb 9, The o2 Arena, £30 Post War Years, Syron, Arlissa oct 24, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, £6 Pulled Apart By Horses Nov 13, HMV Forum, adv £12.50 Reverend & The Makers oct 26, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £15 Richard Cheese oct 27, Cadogan Hall, £30 & £45 Rick Astley oct 24, o2 Academy Islington, £25 Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson: Twins Of Evil Tour Nov 26, The o2 Arena, £30£37.50 Robbie Williams Nov 22-Nov 24, The o2 Arena, £50-£90 Rolo Tomassi, Oathbreaker, Goodtime Boys oct 31, xoYo, £10 Ronan Keating: Fires Tour Jan 26, The o2, £35 Rufus Wainwright Nov 18, HMV Apollo, £35.50-£60 Saint Etienne Dec 14, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, phone for prices Sam And The Womp Dec 6, xoYo, £9 Scissor Sisters oct 23 & 24, Roundhouse, £32.50 Seal Nov 6, HMV Apollo, £35-£55 Sebastien Tellier Dec 5, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £17.50 Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Jazzanova, Matthew Halsall Nov 23, HMV Forum, £19.50, adv £12.50 Sigur Ros Mar 7-Mar 9, o2 Academy Brixton, £30
Simian Mobile Disco oct 27, Fire, phone for prices Skunk Anansie Dec 1, o2 Academy Brixton, £25 Soulwaxmas Dec 21, o2 Academy Brixton, £27.50 Space Nov 17, o2 Academy Islington, £17.50 Spear Of Destiny Dec 2, o2 Academy Islington, adv £15 Spiritualized Nov 5, Roundhouse, £23.50 Tame Impala oct 30, o2 Academy Brixton, £17.50 Tenacious D oct 24, HMV Apollo, £35 The Black Keys Dec 12 & Dec 13, The o2 Arena, £30 The Blockheads Dec 14 & Dec 15, The Jazz Cafe, £18.50 The Civil Wars, The Lumineers Nov 6, Roundhouse, £19.50 The Dandy Warhols Nov 22, Heaven, £24.50 The Divine Comedy Nov 7, Southbank Centre, £15-£25, concs £7.50-£12.50 The Farm, KAV oct 28, o2 Academy Islington, £17.50 The Herbaliser, Belleruche oct 27, HMV Forum, £17.50, adv £12.50 The Killers Nov 16 & Nov 17, The o2 Arena, £35 & £45 The Pogues Dec 20, The o2 Arena, £45 The Polyphonic Spree oct 31, HMV Forum, £22.50 The Raveonettes Dec 3, Village Underground, £14.50
Mumford And Sons Dec 11 & Dec 18, The o2, £29.50-£32.50 The Wedding Present Nov 23, KoKo, £16 The Wildhearts Dec 17, HMV Forum, £20 The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself, Jesus Jones Dec 19, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, phone for prices The X Factor Live Tour 2013 Feb 7, The o2 Arena, £32.50 The XX Dec 16, o2 Academy Brixton, adv £25 Tim Burgess, Hatcham Social oct 24, Union Chapel, adv £15 Tinariwen Nov 29, Union Chapel, adv £19.75 Tower Of Power Nov 18, o2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, £26 Turbonegro Nov 22, electric Ballroom, £15 Ugly Duckling Nov 3, The Garage, £12.50 Willy Mason Dec 5, The Scala, adv £15 Zappa Plays Zappa Nov 10, Roundhouse, £31.50-£36.50
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CLUBBING MONDAY OCTOBER 15
THURSDAY OCTOBER 18
Funday Monday at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street FREE, 7pm-1am. DJ Jimbo Jangles plays house, dance, indie, pop, R&B and electro. Service Industry Night at Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EP Piccadilly Circus £7, £5 before 12midnight, w/payslip FREE before 12midnight, 9pm-3am. Colin Russell and Donald Sweeneey provide R&B, hip hop and chart.
Chick Habit at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 9.30pm-late. DJs Amy B and CeCe spin pop and classics from the 1990s, plus music by girls in the basement. Oxjam Shoreditch Presents at Relay, 33 Bermondsey Street Tunnel, SE1 3JW London Bridge £8, 8pm-2am. DJs spin grime, house and garage, with ChockABlock, Logan Sama, Mark Radford, Mike Delinquent, Syron, C4, Donntwatchthat.tv, Livin’ Proof and Gabriel Heatwave. Radio at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, FREE before 9pm, 10pm3am. The Radio DJs play 1980s pop, indie and disco. Roller Disco at Renaissance Rooms, opposite Arch 8, Arches, Miles Street, SW8 1RZ Vauxhall £10 includes skate hire, £7.50 with own skates, £6 inc skate hire, 8pm-12midnight. Funk, disco and pop courtesy of resident DJs. Super Human Disco at Wax Jambu, 145 Upper Street, N1 1QY Angel FREE, 7pm-1am. DJs K15 and Hee Man play funk, disco, breakbeat, electro and hip hop records. Uprise Audio Label Launch at east Village, 89 Great eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street FREE, 9pm-3am. Dubstep and bass music courtesy of DJs Seven, Youngsta, Andrew VC, Chewie, T_!, Dubtek, Nanobyte, Yayne and Joe Raygun.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 16
Panic at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, guestlist w/flyer FREE before 10.30pm, 10pm-3am. Max Panic, Gaz Panic and That Perfect Fumble spin indie, electro, retro and pop. Juicy London at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town £3, guestlist £2, 7.30pm-1.15am. DJs oscar Wildstyle and Wiggie Smalls, Grandmaster Flash, Biz Markie and Just Blaze play a mix of bass, classic R&B and hip hop tracks. Livin Proof Present at xoYo, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £10, 8pm-1am. Snips, DJ Rags, DJ Khalil and Budgie spin hip hop, with a live performance from LA rapper Dom Kennedy. Queerly Out Shots at escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus FREE, 9pm-3am. DJ Julio Bravo spins power pop, disco, 1980s, R&B, old skool, Motown and hip hop.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17 Beach Bum at Ladybird Bar, 70 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel FREE, 9pm-2am. DJ Larry Sun plays a mash-up of dance, hip hop, electro and party. Disco Paradise at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street FREE, 11pm-2am. Jo Public plays rare groove, disco, soul and rock’n’roll. DJ Jorge Montiel at Barrio Central, 6 Poland Street, W1F 8PS Oxford Circus FREE, 8pm-1am. The eclectic DJ spins funk, boogaloo and vintage soul records. XXL Wednesdays at Pulse, 1-4 Invicta Plaza, SE1 9UF Blackfriars £3, mems FREE, annual m’ship £10, 9pm-3am. DJs Christian M and Alex Logan play funky house in the main room, while Joe egg spins retro in the Fluff Bar.
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Bad Sex at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town £7, £5 before 10pm, guestlist NUS £5, NUS FREE before 10pm, 7.30pm-2.15pm. Mayton DJs and Fin Munro spin indie, electro, rock and pop, plus a live performance from AstroPhysics.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19 All Abroad presents Distant Relatives at The Flyover, 3-5 Thorpe Close, W10 5XL Ladbroke Grove £7, FREE before 9pm, 8pm-late. DJ Neptizzle, Ras Kwame, Dr Psycho and DJ Asante spin drum’n’bass, global and tropical. Bedrock at The Borderline, orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB Tottenham Court Road £7, w/flyer £5 before 12midnight, 11pm-4am. DJs Little Chris and George spin indie, electro, rock, retro and pop. Bingo at Thirst, 53 Greek Street, W1D 3DR Tottenham Court Road £5, FREE before 10pm, 5pm-3am. DJ Yvette spins pop, R&B and dance. Bodymove at egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras £20, adv/ mems £15, w/Loyalty Card NUS £13, 11pm7am. House, techhouse and club sounds courtesy of Moodymanc and DJ Leon.
Cherry Bomb at The Hoxton Pony, 104-108 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AH Old Street £8, guestlist £6 before 10pm, FREE before 8pm, 8pm-2am. Ben Hiard and Miz Trujillo mix a broad range of genres including dance, house and chart, plus special guests. Club Classics Fridays at The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT Clapham Junction £10, FREE before 11pm, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs spin chart, pop, R&B, electro and club classics. Club Lesley at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 11pm, 9pm-3am. DJs MDMx and elma Wolf play 1990s dance, garage and funk. Club NME at KoKo, 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent £5, 10pm-late. Resident DJs spin indie, rock and electro with support from bands Death At Sea and Swiss Lips. Dance Rocks at The Watershed, 267 The Broadway, SW19 1SD Wimbledon £8, £5 before 12midnight, 8pm-3am. House, R&B, chart, indie and 1980s and 1990s hits. Fabriclive at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £19, adv £18, £23 In CD, NUS £13 before 12midnight, mems £13, £8 after 3am, 10pm-6am. Joker, Jackmaster, oneman, Artwork, Sound Pellegrino, Thermal Team and Dave Gamble spin drum’n’bass, house and electro in room one, while Pinch, Digital Mystikz, Vivek, Digital, Kryptic Minds, Decibel, Chunky and Crazy D play dubstep in room two. In room three hip hop courtesy of Krystal Klear, Illum Sphere, Jonny Dub, Jon K, eclair Fifi, Chunky and Fox, plus a live performance from Javeon McCarthy. Friday Night Disco at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus £5, mems £3, FREE before 9pm, 6pm-1am. DJ Anna Greenwood and guests spin pop, rock and disco. Friday Night Pick N Mix at South London Pacific, 340 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD Oval £5, £3 before 10pm, FREE before 9pm, 7pm-3am. DJs Weegee, Marshmellow Mike and Daggers play reggae, pop and easy listening. Friday at xoYo, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £12.50, 9pm-3am. DJ Pierre, L-Vis 1990, xxxY, New York Transit Authority, Leon Vynehall, Auntie Flo and BNRY play house, acid and dance. The Gallery at The Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant And Castle £14, 10.30pm-6am. Markus Schulz, Sean Tyas, orjan Nilsen, Thomas Gold, Matt Weeks, Cole Jonson, Lee Nazari and Jay Deep spin trance, house and techno. Hot Chip Official Afterparty at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH Brixton adv £10, 8pm-4am. Al Doyle and Felix Martin (Hot Chip) spin electro, house, disco and techno. I Love Pacha at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria £12, 11pm-late. Bam Bam and James McLaughlin spin electro, house and dance in the main room, while Abstract Sounds play experimental and progressive pop in the Global room. Inform at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £7, concs £5, 9pm-4am. Artificial Intelligence, Roy
Green, Protone, Mr Joseph, Penny Giles, Faible, Macca and Vector spin drum’n’bass, electronica, dubstep and jungle, plus MCs Bassline and K-eye. Mixmag Live Presents at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ Old Street adv £12 & £16, 6pm-4am. DJs Carl Craig, Paul Woolford, Glimpse, Adeline and Jonny Cade spin house, techno and electro. The More I Get The More I Want at The Big Chill Bar, Drury Walk, E1 6QL Liverpool Street FREE, 8pm-1am. Soul, disco and rare groove courtesy of resident DJs from Soho-based record store, Soul Jazz Records. Mutant Disco Meets Darius Syrossian at question Mark Bar, 129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH Stoke Newington £10, adv £8, 9pm5am. Darius Syrossian, Colin Chiddle, Scott Kemp, Black Plastic, Will Taylor and Joe Morley spin house and disco. No Diggity at The Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £5, 10pm-3am. DJs Donna Sasa, Vaitea, Wildcut and Saz spin hip hop, reggae, electro, soul, funk and hardcore dance. On The Real at east Village, 89 Great eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street adv £7 & £10, 10pm-3.30am. Hip hop and rap music courtesy of DJ Maseo, Spin Doctor, Mr Thing, Chris P Cuts, plus host MC Prankster. Onyx: New Era at Area, 67-68 Albert embankment, SE1 7HD Vauxhall adv £6, adv £12 inc A:M Afterhours at Fire, 11pm-5am. Per qx, Terry Bryan, Matt Bogard, Lady Lloyd, Tasty Tim, James St James, Tuomo Fox, Kartel Brown and Maximus Crown spin house, pop, R&B, garage and funk across three areas. Pick N Mix at Arch, 15-16 Lendal Terrace, SW4 7UX Clapham North FREE, 10pm-3am. Resident DJ Jerry spins funky house, soulful electro, indie, rock, pop and soul from the past six decades. Popstarz at The Green Carnation, 5 Greek Street, W1D 4DD Tottenham Court Road £7, £5 before 11pm, 10pm-late. Resident DJs spin indie, pop and R&B across three rooms every week. Propaganda at o2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £5, 10.30pm-3.30am. DJ Dan and guests spin an eclectic mix of indie, electro, pop, dance and drum’n’bass. Rejam at The Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Liverpool Street £5-£10, 10pm-4am. NoiDoi, Peter Glasspool and Jack Doyle And NPD spin house, techno and experimental. Sidexside at Crucifix, 7-9 Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW London Bridge £15-£20, 10pm-6am. Justin Martin, Redlight, Tempo eterno, Shaun Kay, Wayne Calita, Matt Turner, edd Tomlinson, Hausmann and Jack Sumpter spin dance, house and drum’n’bass. Southern Hospitality Presents at Relay, 33 Bermondsey Street Tunnel, SE1 3JW London Bridge £10, adv/mems £5, £7 before 12midnight, 10pm-6am. Rob Pursey and Davey Boy Smith spin hip hop and soul, plus special guest. Tonker at eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, FREE before 10pm, mems £5 after 10pm, 9pm-3am. Resident DJ Tim Jones and guest play house, chart and dance.
Sin City at electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP Camden Town £7, NUS/mems £5 before 11.30pm, w/ flyer £5 before 12midnight, 10.30pm3.30am. DJs Adam Lightspeed and Sleazy H play alternative rock and metal in the main room, with classic rock and old skool metal in room two. The Upfront Project Presents: Data Transmission at The LightBox, 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP Vauxhall £5, 10pm-6am. Studio Barnhus, Axel Boman, Kornel Kovacs, Peter Nordkvist, Russ Yallop, Max Chapman and SLoK spin house. Wildlife at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £10, 8pm-3am. DJs Greg Brockmann, Tred Benedict, Mauro Fernandes and Clint Lee spin house and techno.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 20 Abattoir at White Rabbit, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH Stoke Newington phone for prices, 9pm-late. Resident DJs and guests spin house, techno and electronica. Across The Tracks at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 10pm-4am. DJ Hugo spins dance, chart, pop and retro hits. Audio Whore at Proud 2, The o2 Arena Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX North Greenwich £13.75, 10pm-5am. Deep, minimal and tech house courtesy of Alex Arnout, Hot Since 82, Mark Jenkyns, Steven Cee, Majesty & Vanz, Mark Radford and Wbeeza. A Big 1st Birthday at The LightBox, 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP Vauxhall £12.50, 10pm-6am. Butch, Flashmob, Hector Couto, Chris Solo, Dan Mizuri and Al Mani spin house, techno and experimental. Body Talk at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-late. DJs Light Year, Jeffrey Hinton, DJ Rokk, Tristan Reed and Charlie Bones spin house, funk, soul and disco. Christmas Club at The Borderline, orange Yard, Manette Street, W1D 4JB Tottenham Court Road £7, w/flyer £6, 11pm-4am. Indie and retro pop disco with DJ Tom Smith. Crossover at el Penol, 382-384 Brixton Road, SW9 7AW Brixton £10, guestlist £5 before 12midnight, 10pm-6am. Resident
DJs spin salsa, merengue, reggaeton and bachata. D.A.P.G Free Launch Party at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street FREE, 12noon-10pm. DJs Hausmann, Charlie Gill, Kemi oshi, Horatio Blood, Mike Scullion, Matt And Rishi, Ross Williams and Michael Bedford spin house and techno. Distrikt at Bar Music Hall, 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR Old Street £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJs Paul Barkworth and HowYin spin retro dance and house tracks. Don’t You Want Me Baby at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £9, £7 before 10.30pm, NUS £5, 9.30pm-3.30am. Resident DJs spin indie, rock, pop and electro. Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £6, 9pm-2am. Resident DJs spin pop and indie hosted by the inimitable Amy Lame, plus cabaret performances. Fabric 13th Birthday at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon adv £25, NUS/mems £20, £30 inc CD, 11pm-5am. DJs Craig Richards & Terry Francis spin electro, house, dance and techno with many more guest DJs TBA. Music and DJs across three rooms in celebration of the club’s birthday. A Future That Works Demo - Official After Party at King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU), Macadam Building, Surrey Street, WC2R 2NS Temple £5, 7pm-2am. Indie, pop and rock courtesy of Captain Ska, Grace Petrie and Soothsayers. Hard Edge at The Unicorn, 227 Camden Road, NW1 9AA Kentish Town FREE, 11pm-4.30am. DJ Ruliee plays classic rock and metal. Inferno at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square FREE before 11pm, 10pm-3am. Dress to impress as Andrew elmore spins funk, house and dance, occasionally bowing down at the altars of Kylie, Madonna and Beyoncé. Just Beats at xoYo, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £7, 7pm-3am. DJs Froback, Melvo Baptise, Russ Jay, Micah Fish, Aaron J, Sillky Slim, Diamond and Skratchee play hip hop and house. Kisstory at Indigo2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX North Greenwich £18, 10pm-late. Dance anthems, old skool and R&B courtesy of Justin Wilkes and Neev, plus live performances from N-Trance and Wide Boys. Lemonade Takeover: Boogie Cartel at The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10.30pm, 9pm-4am. DJs Tom Armstrong, Saul Wilks, Gary Lewis and Captain Turtle spin electro and disco. Lost And Found at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £8, mems £5, 10pm3am. DJs Andy Smith and Dave Crozier spin rhythm’n’blues, Northern soul and rockabilly. I Love The 80s at The Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG Camden Town £7, NUS £5, w/flyer £5 before 11.30pm, 10.30pm-3am. Pop, indie, disco, cheese and rock.
Luv Beat - The Official ‘Luv U Longtime’ Party at Grand Union Farringdon, 55 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HA Farringdon £10, early bird £8, 9pm5am. Soulful, classic and deep house in the Basement courtesy of DJ Bazza, DJ Dappa, Mr.RoachRider, DJ Vybz, DJ Woody and Blues Milo, while Matt White, T Smooth, Stevie Marshall, DJ Spider, DJ Volatile and Compact spin funk, soul, rare groove and party anthems, plus Cyril The Percussionist. Monster at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road £5, mems £3, FREE before 10pm, 9pm3am. Chart hits, dance and pop classics hosted by DJ Lady Bex or Sandra D on alternate weeks. Mr Scruff at KoKo, 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent £15, 9.30pm3am. The Manchester-based DJ spins an eclectic mix of acid jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, Afro beat, breaks and Latin. Music Audio Visual at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £4, 9pm4am. DJ Woody, Spin Doctor, DJ Rags and CWD spin hip hop, rock, disco and grime. Pacha Ibiza Reunion Party at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria £10, 11pm-late. DJs Graham Sahara, Charlie Hedges, James Murray, Saul Bliss and Audio Society spin house, dance and Balearic beats. The Paradise Show at Paradise By Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE Kensal Green £5 after 9pm, 8pm-2am. Jim Sharp plays funk, soul and rocking vintage blues. Pinup Peepshow at Proud Cabaret, 1 Mark Lane, EC3R 7AH Fenchurch Street £10, 8.30pm-late. Jazz, swing and electro courtesy of resident DJs, plus live burlesque and cabaret performances from Velma Celli, Miss Vienna Green, Ben Brown, Teddy Boy and Mia Merode. Playhouse at Mcqueen, 59-61 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4AA Old Street £10, 8pm-late. Lucy Stone, Chloe Fontaine, Anna Kiss, Candice Mckenzie, Rebecca Lee and DJ Jolie spin dance and house across two rooms. Release Yourself at The Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant And Castle £20, 11pm-7am. Roger Sanchez, Prok And Fitch, Stafford Brothers, Stealth, Kid Massive, Robbie Taylor, Delice Dephunk, Holly-Bee And DJ Purr, Laura essence, Sebastian Benson And Toby Allen, Closure and Alan Prosser And Dan Ferritt spin house, dance, club and electro. Ride at Proud Camden, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH Camden Town £10, guestlist £10, £8 before 10pm, guestlist FREE before 9pm, 7.30pm-2.15am. Residents Filthy Few spin commercial, house & electro, with special guests Cat Lovers. Talk Is Cheap at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge adv £10 & £12.50, 10pm-6am. DJs Butch, Hector Couto, Flashmob, Jedd Barry and Chris Solo play a mix of groovy house, deep techno, bass and electro sounds. With resident DJs and more acts TBA. Techliks at Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH Shepherd’s Bush £8, £6 before 10pm, 7pm-3am. Luke Handsfree,
Kone-r and Stayhome spin electronica, acid, disco, techno, dubstep and old skool. Thtc Present at Relay, 33 Bermondsey Street Tunnel, SE1 3JW London Bridge £12, adv £6 & £8, mems £6, 10pm-6am. Trojan SoundSystem, DJ Format, JFB, Bass6, R-Type and The Ragga Twins spin reggae, hip hop, dubstep and jungle, with a live performance from beatboxer A.S.M. Viet Party at Club Colosseum, 1 Nine elms Lane, SW8 5NQ Vauxhall £20, 11pm-6am. DJs Red & Blue, T-one, Phuong Pharreal, D-Viant, Dr Grey and guests spin R&B and Latin beats. Viva Republic at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH Brixton adv £10, 9pm-5am. DJs Darren Gregory, Arthur Keen, Tomasuchy and Nathan Viva spin underground house, dance and techno music.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 21 Beatnik Presents at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP Old Street FREE, 7pm-late. Resident DJs play beatnik, folk and bluegrass with live performances. Acts TBA. Beyond 3am at Area, 67-68 Albert embankment, SE1 7HD Vauxhall £10, 3am-12noon. DJs Steve Pitron, Sharp Boys, Rob Sykes, Paul Heron, Fat Tony, HiFi Sean, Paul Christian, Jamie Head, The oli, Jonny M and guests spin house, electro and techno across three rooms. Great Big Kiss at Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, N1 1RU Highbury & Islington adv £6, mems £4, 9pm-4am. Residents spin Northern soul and girl groups. Horse Meat Disco at eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, 8pm-3am. Residents Jim Stanton, Luke Howard, James Hillard and Severino spin disco and house on rotation. Hula Boogie at South London Pacific, 340 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD Oval £7, 7pm-1am. Miss Aloha and The Reverend Boogie spin jazz, swing and jive from the 1920s to the 1940s, plus dance lessons and burlesque and cabaret performances. Sunday Best at Ladybird Bar, 70 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel FREE, 9pm3am. Resident DJs spin funk, disco, soul and house.
Jaded at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £12, concs £8, 5pm-1am. Raymundo Rodriguez and guest DJs spin house and techno.
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JUKEBOX JURY musicals that use pre-existing songs often get a rough ride from the critics. But the public seems to love them. Who’s right? Lauren Paxman investigates
ukebox musicals – which take the hits of a famous band or artist and stitch a storyline of varying credibility around them – are the theatre’s version of reality TV. They’re straightforward to make, rely on others for most of the content and tend to be super successful. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the back catalogues of the Spice Girls, The Beatles, and Whitney Houston are all getting the jukebox treatment in shows opening this autumn. Reviews for Beatles show Let It Be have been mixed (at best), and critical opinion of the jukebox format often edges towards the scathing. So should the producers of Spice Girls extravaganza Viva Forever! or Whitney musical The Bodyguard – both of which open in November – be getting worried? Mark Shenton, theatre critic at The Stage and the Sunday express, doesn’t think so, for the simple reason that musical theatre audiences tend to make up their own minds. “There is a critical snobbery towards musicals in general,” says Shenton, “whereas the public love them, by and large.”
This divide is often exacerbated for jukebox musicals, as many critics consider the use of existing songs to be cheating. Audiences, however, like to know what to expect, so flock to shows featuring music they already know and love. “Jukebox musical audiences have already made up their mind before they get to the theatre,” says Shenton. “Therefore, critics are sort of redundant.” However, generalisation is dangerous. Bucking the trend is Mamma Mia!, which united critics and public in glowing praise, while Million Dollar quartet, which featured music by huge-selling artists such as elvis and Johnny Cash, failed to win the public over and closed 10 months early because of poor ticket sales. But they are the exceptions. And if Viva Forever! comes close to emulating the success of producer Judy Craymer’s previous smash hit, Mamma Mia!, jukebox musicals are likely to be around for some time yet. It’s surely only a matter of time before reality TV and theatre collide though, right? one Direction the musical anyone?
MAMMA MIA! Bouncing along through the ABBA back catalogue, this musical opened in London in 1999 to generally positive reviews. It has since been seen by more than one in 10 of the UK population. The show has since been staged in more than 325 cities, from Manila to Moscow, and even spawned a Hollywood blockbuster which grossed $2bn and became the world’s most successful musical film. Good review Financial Times: “You shouldn’t take Mamma Mia! seriously: which is precisely why it proves to be one of the few good musicals on the London stage today.” Bad review evening Standard: “Thank you for the music…shame about the musical.”
WE WILL ROCK YOU Critics hated Ben elton’s musical based around the music of queen so much they came close to issuing death threats. Most missives were aimed at the plot – We Will Rock You is set 300 years into the future where instruments are banned but one rebel is determined to rock. But audiences love it. The show has been shifting thousands of tickets a week at one of London’s largest theatres, the Dominion, for more than 10 years. Last year it won the Audience Award at the oliviers. Good review The Stage: “[Rachel Tucker’s] rendition of No-one But You is one of the highlights of a first act that works on many levels.” Bad review Daily Mirror: “Ben elton should be shot for this risible story.”
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THRILLER – LIVE
ROCK OF AGES
Jersey Boys has been seen by more than 2m people in London since it opened in 2008. It weaves songs by The Four Seasons into a dramatisation about the rise and fall of the iconic 60s band. It is somewhat unusual in that critics seemed to love it, heaping praise on the talented performers. It also scooped the olivier Award for Best Musical in 2009, and casting has started on a film version.
Based on Michael Jackson’s life, this production opened in January 2009 for what started out as a short, four-month run, but has been extended over and over again. It has now sold close to a million tickets in the West end alone and toured to 25 countries. Critics loved the music – who wouldn’t? – but criticised the lack of a storyline and the lengthy running time.
Good review The Times: “There were times when I felt that the performers were making even The Beatles sound somewhat lacking in musical texture.”
Good review The Independent: “Immensely enjoyable compilation of the Michael Jackson catalogue.”
This mix-tape, glam metal extravaganza features songs by Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Journey, Poison and more. Critics almost universally hated it, calling it “beyond critical evaluation”. Audiences disagreed, and have been flocking to the Shaftesbury Theatre since August last year and the run has been extended with a new cast. The film adaptation starring Tom Cruise fared much worse, tanking and losing $25m. Good review The Independent: “As a feelgood, singalong, rock’n’roll musical it’s hard to fault.”
Bad review The observer: “oh, What a Night? Not quite.”
Bad review Daily Telegraph: “The excessive running time means that it doesn’t stop until you’ve had more than enough.”
Bad review The Daily Telegraph: “This is as unpleasant a pile of theatrical poo as it has ever been my misfortune to tread in.”
LET IT BE
on the whole, this musical based on the lives and songs of Ike and Tina Turner left critics pleasantly surprised – largely because of the show-stopping performance by emi Wokoma as Tina. However, the ‘clunky’ way the cultural revolution surrounding Tina and Ike was covered didn’t go down quite as well. Sadly, though, Soul Sister did not capture audience imaginations in the same way. The one-month run at The Savoy was not extended. It is now touring the UK.
Let It Be differs from other jukebox musicals in that, rather than meshing The Beatles’ songs into a coming-of-age story, the show is staged as if it was an actual Beatles concert. The lack of a story line and the actors’ poor resemblance to the Fab Four have been widely criticised by reviewers – with some comparing it to little more than a tribute act. But Let It Be has the British Beatles Fan Club’s endorsement so could run and run.
Take That, the musical, follows the fortunes of a band very similar to the original fivesome. It was an unabashedly cheesy and technically ambitious production at the Savoy in 2008, attracting mixed though generally favourable reviews. A very public statement from Take That saying that they did not endorse the show proved a major turn off for fans. Box office income quickly dropped, and the production lost money.
Good review Daily Telegraph: “Rumbustious, rousing, as much a gig as a piece of theatre.”
Good review Daily Telegraph: “For those who love the Beatles, this show is as about as good as it gets.”
Good review The observer: “Bounced along on a wave of high-energy exuberance punctured by periodic handbrake turns into sentiment. Technically, it is impressive.”
Bad review The Guardian: “There’s very little play squeezed in, and almost all of it is exposition, clunkily handled.”
Bad review Sunday Times: “This isn’t homage – it’s grave-robbing. A copper-bottomed stinker.”
Bad review The Independent: “[The cast] do well with a script that, although at times a bit clunky, at least has a decent sense of humour.” scoutlondon.com Scout London 49
THEATRE The River Royal Court, october 18 – November 17, £20 (Mondays £10)
this new offering from acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth wins this week’s ‘hottest ticket in town’ award. His last effort was 2009’s Jerusalem, considered of the best British plays of our age. featuring mark Rylance in the role of a lifetime, the show was a huge West End success and ultimately transferred to new york for a triumphant run, for which Rylance won a tony. little wonder, then, that there’s a ﬂurry of excitement around Butterworth’s new play, the River. like Jerusalem, it will be directed by ian Rickson. the star this time is dominic West, aka the Wire’s Jimmy mcnulty. as for what it’s about, there hasn’t been much said so far.
But that’s unlikely to hurt its success. anticipating the huge demand for tickets, the Court has even abolished advance sales in an effort to make the system fairer. you’ll either have to join the online scrabble for half of that evening’s tickets every day at 9am, or join the physical queue outside the theatre for the other half. it’s as if the theatre is taking a page out of apple’s iPhone playbook. SW1W 8AS Sloane Square royalcourttheatre.com
Shelf Life Marylebone Gardens, october 16 – November 10, £12-£16 Created by the HalfCut theatre company, this promenade piece will see audience members sent off around a former BBC London building on a journey ostensibly through life itself. each audience member will carry a helium balloon ‘avatar’ as they pass from a birth room in the basement into childhood, before 50 Scout London scoutlondon.com
gradually moving up through the building, enjoying different ‘life experiences’ on their way, eventually ending on the roof, where they let will go of their balloon and watch as the wind carries their ‘spirits’ away. W1U 4QA Baker Street theatredelicatessen.co.uk
Loserville Garrick Theatre, october 17 – March 2013, £10-£49.50 If east London’s bespectacled, trouser turned-up hipsters are anything to go by, looking like a geek from an American high school is about as cool as you can get right now. Which should certainly work in the favour of this new musical.
It centres on a group of nerdy American teenagers in the early 70s, who are trying to “make computers talk to each other”. More intriguingly, most of the music is based on songs by former Busted member James Bourne. For those not versed in
Shakespeare’s Queens & The Madness Of King Lear Arts Theatre, october 16 – November 3, £16.50-£28.50 these Bard-inspired productions were hits at this year’s Edinburgh fringe, and have been united into a ﬁtting West End double bill. shakespeare’s Queens imagines a comedic scenario in which Elizabeth i, mary Queen of scots and shakespeare meet after death. the queens bicker
about who was the greatest ruler, leading the Bard to intervene with tales of his great literary queens. the madness Of king lear is a reimagining of shakespeare’s great tragedy. WC2H 7JB Leicester Square artstheatrewestend.co.uk
55 Days Hampstead Theatre, october 18 – November 24, £15-£29 a slew of big names from stage and screen are heading up to Hampstead for this tense drama set around the English Civil War and the trial of Charles i. the role of the king will be played by mark gatiss (pictured), who co-created the league Of gentlemen and, more recently, the tV series sherlock, and who stars as the detective’s brother. Howard davies will direct the production, following a string of successes at the
Bustedology, he was the little blond one who went on to form a forgettable pop-punk band called Son of Dork. except, they’re proving not to be so forgettable after all, for it’s their songs that form the backbone of Loserville. The initial run at the West
national theatre. and his celebrated collaborator, Howard Brenton (author of never so good, danton’s death and anne Boleyn), is its writer. NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage hampsteadtheatre.com
Yorkshire Playhouse received rave reviews, and there’s every chance that Loserville could prove to be a major West end hit. WC2H 0HH Leicester Square loservillemusical.tv
Red Velvet Tricycle Theatre, october 16 – November 24, £14-£22 This new play by Lolita Chakrabarti is inspired by the true story of Ira Aldridge, an African American actor who achieved stardom on the British and european stages in the 19th century. It’s set in 1833, a time when the British public is rioting in the streets over the abolition of slavery.
At the same time, Aldridge is asked to take on the role of othello at the Theatre Royal, signaling a revolution inside the theatre to match the turmoil which was happening outside. NW6 7JR Kilburn tricycle.co.uk
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THEATRE WEST END
Jumpy booking until Nov 3, The Duke of York’s, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG Leicester Square £15-£52.50, student £25, OAP £29.50, adv OAP £32.50, Premium Seats £75, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. April De Angelis’s family drama, featuring Tamsin Greig. The 39 Steps booking until Mar 30 2013, Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed 3pm, Sat 4pm, no perf Dec 26, Dec 24, 4pm. John Buchan’s thriller. Billy Elliot - The Musical booking until Dec 21 2013, Victoria Palace, Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA Victoria £19.50-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. An adaptation of the film. Blood Brothers booking until Nov 10, Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP Leicester Square £20-£65, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Willy Russell’s musical. Cabaret booking until Jan 19 2013, Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0ET Charing Cross £35-£85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 25. Will Young stars in Rufus Norris’s award-winning production of Kander and ebb’s musical. Chariots Of Fire booking until Feb 2 2013, Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR Piccadilly Circus £26-£55, Premium Seats £85, MonSat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. Mike Bartlett’s stage version of the race to compete in the 1924 Paris olympic Games. A Chorus Of Disapproval booking until Jan 5 2013, The Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN Piccadilly Circus £10-£53.50, Premium Seats £85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perfs Dec 2426, 31, extra mat perf Dec 28, 2.30pm. Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy about an amateur opera company’s back stage problems surrounding the imminent staging of The Beggar’s opera. Damned By Despair booking until Nov 7, National Theatre: olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£32, OAP £22, Oct 16-20, 26 & 27, Nov 6 & 7, 7.30pm, mats Oct 20, 27, 2pm, Oct 18, 21, 2.30pm). A new version written by Frank
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McGuinness, of Baroque Spanish writer Tirso de Molina’s drama. Dreamboats And Petticoats booking until Jan 19 2013, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA Leicester Square £10-£75, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm, no perf Dec 25 & 26, Jan 1, Dec 24, 3pm, extra mat perf Dec 28, Jan 2, 3pm. Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s musical. Ghost - The Musical booking until Apr 20 2013, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus Mon-Wed/Thu mats £25-£65, Thu eves/ Fri & Sat £25-£67.50, Premium Seats £85, £25 day tickets available Mon-Fri from the box office from 10am on the day of the performance, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. A stage adaptation of the 1990 film. Hedda Gabler booking until Nov 10, old Vic, 103 The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo Sep 5-11 previews £11-£45, Sep 12-30, Oct 1-31, Nov 1-10 £11-£50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama about a young woman’s yearning for independence, adapted by Brian Friel. Jersey Boys booking until Feb 17 2013, Prince edward Theatre, 28 old Compton Street, W1D 4HS Tottenham Court Road Tue-Thu £20-£65, Fri-Sun £20-£67.50, Premium Seats Tue-Thu £85, Fri-Sun £95, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue, Sat & Sun 3pm, except Oct 15-21, Sun 5pm, no perf Dec 25, Dec 30, 3pm, extra mat perf Dec 27, 3pm. Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. Les Miserables booking until oct 26 2013, queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA Piccadilly Circus £20-£85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 24 & 25, extra mat perf Dec 27, Jan 3, 2.30pm. Musical drama. Let It Be booking until Jan 19 2013, Prince of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, W1D 6AS Charing Cross £20, £40, £60, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Marking 50 years since the release of their first single, The Beatles are celebrated in this musical-narrative. The Lion King booking until Jan 6 2013, Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ Charing Cross Tue-Thu £30-£60, Fri, Sun £32.50-£62.50, Sat £35-£65, Sep 2-Dec 31, Jan 1-6 2013, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm, Wed & Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 25, no mat perf Dec 26, extra mat perf Dec 27, 2.30pm. Musical. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: Timon Of Athens booking until Nov 1, National Theatre: olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Oct 1-31, Nov 1 £12-£32, child £12-£22, Wed 2pm OAP £12, £22, Oct 15, 22-25, 29-31, Nov 1, 7.30pm, mat Oct 25, 2pm. Shakespeare’s fable on consumption, ruin and debt, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role. Loserville booking until Mar 2 2013, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH Charing Cross Oct 17-31, Nov 1-30, Dec 1-31, Jan 1-31, Feb 1-28, Mar 1 & 2 Mon-Thu £10-£45, Fri & Sat £10£49.50, Tue & Wed 3pm & 7.30pm family £32.50, Oct 1-16 previews £10-£29.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm (press night Oct 17, 7pm, no mat perf Oct 17). Musical about a computer geek, set in 1971, written by elliot Davis and James Bourne.
Mamma Mia! booking until Apr 13 2013, Novello Theatre, 5 Aldwych, WC2B 4LD Covent Garden Mon-Fri £15-£64, Sat £15-£67.50, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Musical comedy. Matilda: The Musical booking until Dec 22 2013, Cambridge Theatre, earlham Street, WC2H 9HU Covent Garden Oct 25 2011-Dec 22 2013 £19-£58.50, disabled £28.75, Tue-Thu under 18s £20-£62.50, disabled £31.25, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£52.50, Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm, extra mat perf Nov 1, 2.30pm. Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. Michael Clark Company: Barbican New Works Programme Starts Wed, booking until oct 27, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £16£42, From Oct 17, Tue-Sat 7.45pm. The acclaimed dancer-choreographer presents new works. The Man On Her Mind booking until oct 27, Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NL Embankment £17.50 & £29.50, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. Comedy drama about two people who meet in their dreams, written by Alan Hruska. The Mousetrap booking until Dec 15, St Martin’s Theatre, West Street, Cambridge Circus, WC2H 9NZ Leicester Square £15.60-£41.60, Premium Seats £60.60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue 3pm, Sat 4pm. Agatha Christie’s murder mystery. Much Ado About Nothing booking until oct 27, Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU Leicester Square £15-£59.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2pm. Shakespeare’s comedy of feuding lovers starring Meera Syal. The Mystery Of Charles Dickens booking until Nov 10, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE Charing Cross £15-£55, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Peter Ackroyd’s one-man drama, starring Simon Callow. Naked Boys Singing booking until Dec 29, Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NL Embankment £15 & £22.50, Fri & Sat 10pm. Comedy revue celebrating the male nude form. Contains full frontal male nudity. One Man, Two Guvnors booking until Jan 12 2013, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, premium seats £85, concs available, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 25, extra mat perf Dec 27, Jan 3, 2.30pm, Dec 24, 2.30pm, Dec 26, 7.30pm. Richard Bean’s comic tale, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Our Boys booking until Dec 15, Duchess Theatre, 3-5 Catherine Street, WC2B 5LA Covent Garden Oct 3-31, Nov 1-30, Dec 1-15 £20, £45, £65, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.45pm. An account of the trials and terrors faced by young injured soldiers, written by Jonathan Lewis. The Phantom Of The Opera booking until oct 26 2013, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL Piccadilly Circus £22.45-£85, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Long running musical.
The River Starts Thu, booking until Nov 17, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Mon £10, Tue-Sat 7.45pm £20, Thu, Sat 3.30pm/available until Oct 27 concs £15, no tickets available for advance purchase; all tickets on sale on day of performance, From Oct 18, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3.30pm (press night Oct 26, 7pm, no mat perf Oct 20, 25). A bewitching tale set in a remote cliff-top cabin, written by Jez Butterworth. Rock Of Ages booking until Feb 17 2013, Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP Holborn Mon-Thu £20£57.50, Fri & Sat £20-£65, Mon-Thu 7.30pm, Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, no perf Dec 25, Dec 31, 3pm & 7pm, extra mat perf Dec 27, 3pm. Chris D’Arienzo’s musical celebrating Los Angeles rock culture.
Scenes From An Execution booking until Nov 15, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, MonFri under 18s £19 & £23.50, other concs available, Oct 12 & 13, 15 & 16, Nov 2 & 3, 5 & 6, 13-15, 7.30pm, mats Oct 13, Nov 2, 15, 2.15pm, Nov 4, 3pm. Howard Barker’s drama on the artist Galactia’s painting the carnage of the Battle of Lepanto, starring Fiona Shaw. The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake ends Nov 24, Royal opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden phone for prices, Oct 15, 17, 23, 25, Nov 6, 9, 15, 22, 7.30pm, Oct 27, Nov 10, 24, 7pm, mats Oct 17, 2pm, Nov 10, 24, 1.30pm. Tchaikovsky’s lyrical ballet, with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Shakespeare’s Queens & The Madness Of King Lear Starts Tue, booking until Nov 3, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden Oct 16 & 17 previews £15, Oct 16-31, Nov 1-3 £16.50-£28.50, From Oct 16, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm (press night Oct 18). Two short Australian plays, from Straylight Australia and CW Productions. The Showstoppers booking until Dec 23, Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NL Embankment £17.50-£27.50, Sun 7pm, mats Nov 4, Dec 16, 3pm. Improvised musical comedy from the acclaimed troupe. Shrek - The Musical booking until Feb 24 2013, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF Covent Garden £20-£65, Wed & Thu eves family of four £99-£150, additional seats £29.50 (upper
circle) & £45 (best available), Premium Seats £95, Mon, Thu-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 7pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, Dec 24, 31, 3pm. Musical based on the computeranimated film. Singin’ In The Rain booking until Sep 1 2013, Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY Leicester Square £14-£84, £25 day seats available from the box office from 10am on day of the performance, Oct 1-Aug 31 2013, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Oct 1-Aug 31 2013, Wed, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 24 & 25, 31, Jan 6, Dec 26, 5pm, extra mat perf Dec 27 & 28, Jan 3, 2.30pm. Musical based on the MGM film about the end of silent movies. Stomp booking until Dec 22 2013, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND Leicester Square £20£49.50, Mon, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, no perf Dec 25, no eve perf Dec 24, Jan 1. Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell’s show. Tape booking until Nov 10, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross Oct 12-31, Nov 1-10 £27.50, concs £24.50, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Stephen Belber’s suspenseful drama, featuring Marc elliott as Vince. This House booking until Dec 1, National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Oct 1-31, Nov 1-30, Dec 1 £12-£32, Mon-Fri 2.30pm & 7.30pm under 18s £12-£20, Wed & Thu 2.30pm OAP £12-£22, Sep 18-22, 24, 26 & 27, Oct 5 &
6, 8 & 9, 16-20, 22 & 23, 29-31, Nov 16 & 17, 19 & 20, 26-30, Dec 1, 7.30pm (press night Sep 25, 7pm, mats Sep 26, Oct 6, 18, 20, Nov 17, 29, Dec 1, 2.30pm). A political drama set during the year of 1974, written by James Graham. Top Hat - The Musical booking until Sep 28 2013, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden £20-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, no perf Dec 25, extra mat perf Dec 30, 2.30pm. Irving Berlin’s romantic musical. War Horse booking until oct 26 2013, New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane (corner of Parker Street), WC2B 5PW Covent Garden £15-£55, Premium Seats £85, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Tue 7pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Morpurgo’s story. We Will Rock You booking until Mar 23 2013, Dominion Theatre, 268-9 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ Tottenham Court Road Mon-Fri £27.50-£55, Sat £27.50-£60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Oct 31, Nov 28, Dec 26, Jan 31, Feb 27, 2.30pm, no perf Dec 24 & 25, extra mat perf Dec 27 & 28, 31, Jan 1-4, 2.40pm. Musical. Wicked booking until Apr 27 2013, Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG Victoria Mon-Fri eves/mats £15-£62.50, Sat eves £15-£65, 24 front row day tickets priced £27.50 each released 10am at the box office, maximum two per person, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, extra mats Feb 16 , Jul 26, Oct 25, Dec 27 & 28, 30, Jan 3, Feb 21 2013,
2.30pm, no perf Jul 27, Dec 25, Dec 2629, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Dec 30, 2.30pm. Musical. The Woman In Black booking until Dec 15, Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH Covent Garden £16.50£45, Premium Seats £55, Sep 2 2012-Dec 15 2012, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sep 2 2012Dec 15 2012, Tue, Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost story. Yes, Prime Minister booking until Jan 12 2013, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross £26.50, £46.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn’s comedy.
Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Sandi Toksvig’s drama about allegations of misconduct in a British army unit. Charley’s Aunt ends Nov 10, The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU London Bridge Oct 1-31, Nov 1-11 £31, £39.50 inc meal, concs £25, TueSat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Mathew Horne features as Lord Fancourt Babberley, in Ian Talbot’s production of Brandon Thomas’s comedy.
OFF WEST END 55 Days Starts Thu, ends Nov 24, Hampstead Theatre, eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage Oct 1820 previews £22, Oct 22-31, Nov 1-24 Mon £22, Tue-Sat £29, concs £15, From Oct 18, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm, Wed 2.30pm (press ngiht Oct 24, 7pm, no mat perf Oct 20, 24). Howard Brenton’s historical drama, with Mark Gatiss as King Charles I. Beautiful Burnout Starts Tue, ends oct 19, Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA Finchley Central £18, Oct 16-19, 7.30pm, mats Oct 17, 19, 2pm. Bryony Lavery’s graceful and powerful drama about five young Glaswegian boxers. Bully Boy ends oct 27, St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA Victoria £20-£30, Premium Seats £40, Mon-
Desire Under The Elms ends Nov 10, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL Hammersmith £12.50-£35, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Wed 1.30pm, Sat 2.30pm. A rare stating of eugene o’Neill’s drama of lust and redemption, featuring Morgan Watkins.
Cirque Du Soleil: Michael Jackson The IMMORTAL World Tour ends oct 21, The o2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX North Greenwich £40-£100, Oct 16 & 17, 19, 7pm, Oct 20, 8pm, Oct 21, 7.30pm. A spectacular fusion of dance, fantasy, music and visual imagery, acting as a form of homage to the late King of Pop. Dangerous Lady Starts Fri, ends Nov 17, Theatre Royal Stratford east, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Stratford Oct 19 & 20 £12 preview, Oct 24-Nov 17 £5-£20, concs £5-£15, Fri & Sat eve £12-£24, concs £10-£18, From Oct 19, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm (Oct 23, no mat perf Oct 20, preview eve perf Oct 19 & 20, captioned mat perf Nov 10, audio described & signed mat perf Nov 17, gala night eve perf Oct 24, post show talk eve perf Nov 8). Adaptation of Martina Cole’s gangster novel. Dead On Her Feet ends Nov 3, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Dalston Junction Mon-Sat 7.30pm £20, concs £14, Sat 2.30pm £18, concs £12, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. A physical tale written by Ron Hutchinson, set around a dance marathon.
Berenice ends Nov 24, Donmar Warehouse, 41 earlham Street, WC2H 9LX Covent Garden Oct 2-31, Nov 1-24 £10-£32.50, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Alan Hollinghurst’s new version of Jean Racine’s play. Donny’s Brain ends oct 20, Hampstead Theatre, eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage £12, concs £10, MonSat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3.15pm. A poignant love story written by Rona Munro. Fireface ends oct 20, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ Waterloo Sep 28-30, Oct 1-3 previews £10, Oct 4-20 £12.50, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.45pm. A drama by German playwright Marius von Mayenburg, translated by Maja Zade. Forever Crazy ends Dec 24, South Bank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo standing £35, silver ticket £45, gold ticket £55, platinum ticket £65, Tue-Sun 7pm & 9pm. The Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse presents its entertaining cabaret show. Grease ends oct 20, New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG Wimbledon £15-£35, Oct 15-18, 7.30pm, Oct 19, 5.30pm & 8.30pm, Oct 20, 5pm & 8.30pm. Romantic musical set in a 1950s American high school. I Heart Peterborough ends oct 20, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10-£15, MonSat 7.15pm, mat Oct 20, 3.30pm. Comedy
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Mudlarks ends oct 20, The Bush Theatre At The old Library, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ Shepherd’s Bush To Oct 20 MonSat 7.30pm £24, concs £12, Wed, Sat 2.30pm £18, concs £10, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Oct 17, 2.30pm, no mat perf Oct 20. Drama set in the essex badlands downstream from London. drama about a Peterborough drag artiste. London 2012 Cultural Olympiad: King Lear ends Nov 3, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA Highbury & Islington £8-£32, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat from Sep 15, Sat 2.30pm. Jonathan Pryce plays Shakespeare’s doomed monarch. Sunset Baby ends oct 20, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road (above the Prince Albert Pub), W11 3HQ Notting Hill Gate Sep 13-15 £10 preview, Sep 17-Oct 20 £20, concs £15, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Oct 20, 3pm, post-show talk perf Oct 18, audio described: notes available on request . Drama in which a black revolutionary confronts parental responsibilities. Terror 2012 Starts Tue, ends Nov 3, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Oct 16 & 17 £10, Oct 18-28 £15, concs £12.50, Oct 30 & 31, Nov 1-3 £17.50, From Oct 16, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, extra perf Oct 28, 7.30pm. Dark cabaret and chilling tales to celebrate Hallowe’en. You & Me Starts Sat, ends oct 22, Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES Greenwich eves £15, concs £12.50, mat £5, Oct 20 & 21, 7.30pm, mat Oct 22, 2pm. Adaptation of Roger Simeon’s absurdist drama Tu I Jo.
FRINGE All Hidden ends oct 21, Portobello Pop Up, 274 Portobello Road, W10 5TY Ladbroke Grove £10, Oct 20 mat pay what you can, Oct 14, 16-20, 7.30pm, Oct 21, 7pm, mat Oct 20, 4pm. one-act drama about the intersecting lives of female spies. Bloomsbury Festival: Dickens Performance Pieces The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ Russell Square FREE, Oct 20, 6.15pm. Poetry and flash fiction inspired by the novels of Charles Dickens. Bloomsbury Festival: Stripped RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street, WC1E 7EX Goodge Street FREE, Oct 20, 3.30pm, 6.30pm & 8.30pm. A stripped-back, reimagined version of Hedda Gabler, from a company of RADA-trained actors. Boy George’s Taboo ends Dec 23, Brixton Clubhouse, 467 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH Brixton £10, £25, Meal Deal with top price ticket only £32.50, Tue-Sun 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. Boy George’s romantic musical set during the era of the New Romantics
Sacred: So Below Starts Fri, ends oct 20, Call Me Madam ends oct 27, Union Chelsea Theatre, World’s end Place, Theatre, 204 Union Street, SE1 0LX SW10 0DR Sloane Square Waterloo £18, concs £15, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm, mats Sun 2pm, extra mat £10, concs £7.50, Oct 19 & 20, 7.30pm. perf Oct 27, 3pm. Lucy Williamson stars in A performance-duet from Gerard Bell and Irving Berlin’s musical. Karen Christopher. Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut ends oct Scallywags Starts Wed, ends oct 20, The 21, Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS Mudchute £14, concs £10, Oct 17-20, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road Mon-Thu, Sun £15, 7.30pm. Physical comedy based on the Fri & Sat £16.50, Tue-Sat 7.30pm. Comedy premise that the Nazis invaded. drama paying disrespectful homage to a Shelf-Life Starts Tue, ends Nov 10, classic film. Theatre Delicatessen, 35 Marylebone Drowning Rock Starts Tue, ends High Street, W1U 4QA Baker Street £16, concs £12, From Oct 16, Mon-Sat Nov 4, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 & 8.30pm, press night Oct 17, 7pm. Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston The Bob BROMLEY 7pm PLAYERS £15, concs £12, From Oct 16, Tue-Sun HalfCut Theatre invites you to take part in MUSICAL PRODUCTIONS 7.30pm, press night Oct 23. Horror drama its interactive, promenade work, a journey set in a desolate lighthouse. which searches for the meaningless of life. Elergy ends Nov 3, Theatre 503, Sink Or Shpin ends oct 27, Boom! Cycle, The Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea 2-8 Scrutton Street, EC2A 4RT Old Street £10, Wed & Thu 8.30pm, Park Road, SW11 3BW Sloane Square £14, concs £9, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, Sun 5pm. Fri & Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. Drama exploring homophobic murders An interactive comedy co-written by Josh in Iraq. Azouz and Donal Coonan. Enquirer ends oct 21, Mother At the Trampery, 188 St. John Street, EC1V 4JY Farringdon £20, Mon-Sun 8pm. Sitespecific drama exploring the state of the newspaper industry. The Hotel Plays (Green Eyes/Sunburst/ The Travelling Companion) ends oct 27, Grange Holborn Hotel, 50-56 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AR Holborn £20, MonSat 6.30pm, 7pm & 8pm. Three short, previously unseen, Tennessee Williams’ dramas, presented by Defibrillator Theatre. Iphigenia In Aulis ends oct 20, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH Honor Oak Park £13, concs £10, Tue-Sat 8pm. Lazarus Theatre Company presents euripedes’s tragic drama. Life’s a Drag ends oct 29, Cellar Door, Zero 17 - 20 Peter October Pan ends oct 20, 2012 The Bob Aldwych, WC2E 7EN Charing Cross Hope Theatre, Wythfield Road, FREE, Mon 9pm. Performance artist Michael Evenings 7:45 Saturday Matinee 2:30 SE9 5TG Twaits entertains. Eltham £11.50-£13.50, Oct 17-20, London Horror Festival 2012: Stage 7.45pm, mat Oct 20, 2.30pm. Musical Fright etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden Production Sponsored Wed, Th based onBy JM Barrie’s original play. High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town F £8, adv booking required, Oct 15, 7.30pm. Sticks & Stones: Polka Theatre (Ages Performances of the three short-listed Buy tickets throug 9-13) ends oct 27, Polka Theatre, entries for the first Stage Fright horror before 16th September a 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB writing competition. Theatre Box Office 0208 850 South Wimbledon £12, preview/concs Marguerite ends oct 27, Tabard Theatre, 2 £8, Sat 2pm. Contemporary drama inspired Society Box Office 02 Bath Road, W4 1LW Turnham Green by last summer’s riots. £19, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 4pm, Sun Book online Tanika’s Journey ends oct 20, Southwark 2pm. A revised version from the book by An amateur production by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd of Bromley Players - Affiliated Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, corner Tooley Alain Boublil and Guy Unsworth, of the Street and Bermondsey Street, musical set in Nazi-occupied Paris. SE1 2TF London Bridge £9-£17, The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. A drama ends oct 21, White Bear Theatre, 138 following the story of a Sri Lankan girl’s Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DJ dangerous journey. Kennington Oct 2 & 3 preview £10, concs £8, Oct 4-21 £12, concs £10, Tue-Sat Ten Out Of Ten ends oct 27, oval House Theatre, 54 Kennington oval, SE11 5SW 7.30pm, Sun 6pm. Comedy drama set on an Oval Oct 9-11 preview £7, Oct 12-27 Irish beach during the Second World War. £14, concs £8, under 26s £10, Tue-Sat Quills Starts Wed, ends Nov 11, White 7.45pm. Interactive performance exploring Rabbit, 125 Stoke Newington Church the triumphs and humiliations of childhood. Stoke Newington Street, N16 0UH The Trilogy ends oct 20, The Lion & £12, concs £10, From Oct 17, Wed-Fri, Unicorn, 42-44 Gaisford Street, Sun 7.30pm, Sat 7pm, mat Nov 10, 3pm. NW5 2ED Kentish Town £15-£12, Oct Doug Wright’s award-winning drama, a re15-20, 7.30pm, mat Oct 20, 3.30pm. Three imagining of the Marquis de Sade’s stay at short dramas improvised from audience the Charenton insane asylum. suggestions. The Roundabout Season: One Day When Women Laughing ends oct 27, old Red We Were Young ends oct 27, Shoreditch Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ Town Hall, 380 old Street, EC1V 9LT Angel Tue & Wed, Fri & Sat £15, Thu pay Old Street Mon-Fri £20, Sat & Sun all what you can, concs £12, Sun £7, Tue-Sat three plays £45, Oct 17, 26, 7.30pm, Oct 21, 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm, captioned eve 7pm, mats Oct 20, 27, 3pm. Nick Payne’s perf Oct 18, 20. Two couples fight among new drama about the impact the second the frustrations and hopes of 1980s innerworld war has on a couple, and a love that city living, in Michael Wall’s drama. lasts over 60 years.
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