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An eye for the Eye Want to take better photos? Well here are some handy tips from famous street photographer Matt Stuart The London Eye is celebrating the start of 2013 by giving away 500 free tickets this Saturday. All they ask in return is that people take a photo or draw a picture on their rotation that they then share via social media. The attraction has teamed up with acclaimed street photographer Matt Stuart, who here offers some tips on how to grab the perfect shot. What makes a good photo in your opinion? I think any photo that gives you an emotional response, whether it is interest, excitement, amazement,
horror or confusion, is a good photo. If it stops you in your tracks and makes you look at it for more than 10 seconds, it’s working. I enjoy layered photographs, ambiguity, humour. It’s about whatever resonates with you emotionally.
your neck, ready to go. The quicker you can respond to something happening, the better. Also think about foreground, middleground and background – try to make the photo as
What would be your top three tips to help people take better photos? The first piece of advice is probably obvious: always have a camera with you, preferably switched on, in your hand or around
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Hazy days Looking south towards Millbank, by Matt Stuart
three dimensional as possible. Photographs with a degree of depth are more interesting than flat, single-layered photographs. Finally, good waterproof, comfortable shoes are very important. Wear the wrong shoes and your day will finish early. What are the three most common mistakes people make when taking photos?
Lazy afternoon One of Matt Stuart’s photos on the Eye
Firstly, lens caps – throw them away, they’re useless and generally get in the way of a good
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shot. Buy a UV filter to protect your lens. People also tend to just focus on the point that their auto focus chooses (generally in the centre of the frame). And they use their flash just because their camera has told them to, whereas shooting without the flash is often a better option. What I am trying to say is: don’t let the camera think for you, think for yourself and the camera. Do you need a lot of patience to get a good street photo? You do need a lot of patience, as well as optimism. There are some days where nothing happens. If you
Snap happy One of Matt Stuart’s photos on the Eye
let those days get you down you definitely won’t see anything, let alone react to it if it does. I have to be honest, I probably get less than 10 shots a year that I am totally happy with. If I didn’t have patience and optimism I would have thrown in the street photo towel a long time ago. To claim one of the 500 free tickets, join the queue at the London Eye before 9.30am this Saturday and say: “Lift London.”
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A five minute skip from Vauxhall station, Brunswick House Cafe is an eclectic oasis away from the A-roads, concrete jungles and the forbidding walls of the MI6 building. BHC is run by Jackson Boxer (whose brother Frank runs Peckham’s famous roof-top Campari bar) and located at Lassco Salvage Yard: a multi-storey Georgian mansion packed full of bathtubs, mantles and other reclaimed treasures. Forget taking
home a doggy bag; here you’re able to purchase the very table and chairs you sit on. The menu is as simple as the setting is chaotic: high-quality British food such as Gloucester Old Spot bacon and eggs. And the atmosphere is quirky but unpretentious. Like the little black dress, BHC suits any occasion, whether it’s a lazy brunch, a romantic dinner or delicious and stylish cocktails.
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Let’s go for a drink – Scout’s buying. Where shall we go? My favourite pub is a hard choice. There are so many brilliant pubs in London. The Birdcage on Columbia Road is a proper London pub. It sits on the road which every Sunday is home to the famous flower market. My family always bought our Christmas tree on Columbia Road so December every year we would head into the pub for a drink, along with a 7ft non-drop Blue Spruce. Sounds wonderful. But we’re getting hungry – where shall we eat? I’m a massive foodie so my favourite restaurants change regularly, but right now I’m a bit
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What in London inspires you? There’s a great creative energy in the city. It’s hard not to be inspired by the constant flood of culture that’s here. Any London secrets to share? Shiro is a tiny little Japanese restaurant near Tottenham Court
in love with Dotori in N4. It’s a totally unassuming, tiny, familyrun Japanese restaurant that has quickly become hugely popular for its amazing quality of food. Where do you get your shopping fix? My idea of heaven is to browse around and people-watch at a good market. It’s a really sociable way to shop and you end up with things no one else will have. I love vintage clothing and homeware, so stalls with a good mix of stuff are always brilliant for me. What’s your secret London tip for Londoners? Walk, and be a tourist in your own city. There are a lot of great places to see, eat and drink at that we miss out on if we don’t walk about. Go to the City on a Sunday. It’s deserted. Scarlett Alice Johnson stars in Pramface on BBC Three.
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Having first burst onto our screens as Vicki Fowler in Eastenders, Stroud Green-born Scarlett Alice Johnson has since been a regular on TV and can currently be seen playing Laura Derbyshire in BBC Three comedy series Pramface, which has just started a new series.
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G N I N R MO G LO RY It’s widely regarded as ‘the most important meal of the day’, but breakfast receives fairly little attention next to its later-in-the-day siblings. Scout food editor Ben Norum looks back at the history of the globe-conquering ‘full English’, and rounds-up London’s best (and biggest) breakfast offerings
lot has changed over the years in terms of what, where, when and how we eat. But since the early 19th century, the fry-up has consistently been the quintessential way to start the day in Britain. So ingrained in our culture is the dish that it’s hard to even trace its origin. Its popularity can in part be linked to Mrs Beeton, the Victorian cookery writer who was the first person to devote substantial recipe book space to what we eat at breakfast. While sheep kidneys, potted fish and mutton chops all featured in her book, it was the dish of eggs and bacon that stuck.
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This undoubtedly helped cement the pairing in the nation’s mind, but it was far from being anything new. Pretty much since records began, we’ve been known to eat dishes not too far removed from a modern-day full English for breakfast, with components depending on the wealth of a family and what was available at that time. Eggs were always an obvious choice, as they were laid by hens overnight and collected in the morning, while bacon or other cured hams were also common, as this was the only way of preserving the meat before the days of refrigeration. The meal really came into its own in B&Bs, where a ‘cooked breakfast’ quickly became the staple for holiday-
National treasure The full English at Roast in London Bridge
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InSpiral, Camden The real vegan deal. Tempeh bacon, veggie sausages, raw granola and durian smoothies. You might doubt it, but it really does work.
Nopi, Piccadilly Plenty of naturally vegan offerings, courtesy of Ottolenghi. Try the black rice, coconut milk, banana and mango porridge.
42° Raw, Mayfair For the ultimate virtuous vegan brekkie, tuck into an organic chia-cacao pudding – basically a kind of healthy chocolate mousse.
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makers in the 19th century. And though these were initially domestic tourists, it was the dish’s later exposure to international visitors – through these B&Bs – that elevated our humble breakfast to worldwide superstardom. The meal gained extra components as it went, and whether or not items such as tomatoes, black pudding, hash browns or fried bread should be included is still a matter of personal debate. Baked beans were a later addition that stuck. And although anyone who’s ever been a student will associate them more with the local cornershop or value supermarket, it was actually Piccadilly’s Fortnum & Mason that first brought them to our shores in 1886 – branding them as a luxury product, no less. As the price started to drop, they became more and more common with breakfast, to the point that today more than 2.3 million people in Britain eat Heinz baked beans every day, and over a million of those at breakfast. Nowadays, a combination of lack of time and the growing attention paid to healthy diets means that few of us indulge in a full English every day, and it’s widely reported that the eating of breakfast altogether has decreased. But, as far as dining out is concerned, breakfast is booming. In just the last couple of months we’ve seen high-profile restaurants Duck & Waffle in the City and Quo Vadis in Soho announce breakfast menus. And for many new openings – such as D&D’s English restaurant, Fish Market by Liverpool Street Station and Islington’s French Assiette Anglaise – breakfast has been factored in as an important part of the business from the start. Not only are we eating breakfast out more, but we’re also getting more creative about what we eat. While the great British fry-up will always have place in our hearts (and possibly the fat around them), a world of international options are cropping up across London. In China, breakfast just wouldn’t be breakfast without congee. A kind of rice porridge, the dish is savoury rather than sweet, and often topped with meat, vegetables or spices such as ginger to give it a kick. You’ll find authentic versions going down well at Far East on
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Chinatown’s Gerrard Street or Grab on Leonard Street near Old Street Station. The Japanese generally take a lighter approach to breakfast, favouring fruit, fish, omelette, miso and pickles. It might not be the first thing you think of in the morning, but it has become something of a trend in London of late. Many top hotels, including The Langham, The Connaught, The Berkeley and Claridges started offering bento box breakfasts primarily aimed at Japanese guests, but have found that Londoners are also keen to pick up the morning chopsticks. For a taste of an Indian morning, head to Westminster’s Cinnamon Club for uttapam (similar to dosa pancakes), served with coconut chutney and lentil broth. Or for a more gentle introduction to breakfasting from afar, try Dishoom on Upper St Martin’s Lane. Re-creating the popular cafés of Bombay, this atmospheric all-day dining joint is all about the AngloIndian spiced chai tea and buttery bacon naans in the morning. American-style pancakes topped with the likes of maple syrup, blueberries and bacon have become such a common sight this side of the pond that they don’t really feel foreign at all. The Breakfast Club chain is highly regarded among expats, while the slightly pricier Automat in Mayfair comes with the chance of spotting Robert Downey Jr, who’s a regular when in town. Breakfast burritos are another staple of the American menu, and with the early opening of Wahaca’s Soho branch it now seems like the craze for Mexican mornings might be taking off in London also. Boho Mexica in Spitalfields and Mestizo near Euston are already doing a roaring weekend brunch trade, so breakfasts seem like a natural progression. And that’s barely scratching the surface. There’s also serious coffee with open sandwiches, pastries and pickled herring at Great Titchfield Street’s Scandinavian Kitchen; a Down Under twist in the form of coconut French toast at Lantana on Charlotte Place; Italian breads, bakes and pizzas at Wardour Street’s Princi; and jamon sandwiches from Camino at King’s Cross. Nevertheless, we bet that after reading all that you still fancy a full English.
Red vs BROWN It’s the eternal question: what sauce do you have with your breakfast? We asked Happy Herefords to keep count while selling breakfast rolls at Brixton Market, and here’s the result. London, it seems, has a real taste for the brown.
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Plateau, Canary Wharf Stunning views, decadent dishes and a bill you’d rather expense.
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Beigel Bake, Brick Lane A delectable shot of doughy comfort any time of day.
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Bar Italia, Soho This 24-hour institution will keep you up with eye-popping espressos until food starts again at 7am.
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Lowry & Baker, Portobello Road Creative breakfasts until early evening, with stalwarts joined by daily specials.
If you can wait until 11am, try the Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast Stout, made with 25 per cent oatmeal, plus roasted barley and gourmet coffee.
...I’m more hungover than ever before
Regency Café, Pimlico Greasy and enormously appealing. Head to CASK pub down the road for a spot of hair of the dog afterwards. scoutlondon.com Scout London 13
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The steak supremos have chosen this Guildhall branch to focus on creating London’s best breakfast. Their typically meaty signature
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A cornucopia of breakfast delights, it’s the namesake egg which ties all the dishes here together. Choose the double duck egg fry-up for a
plate packed with the good stuff. The high quality of the bacon and sausage bucks the greasy spoon trend. Oh, and did we mention the eggs?
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The stamp of success Royal Mail is marking the 150th anniversary of the London Underground with this series of commemorative stamps
ack in the middle of the 19th century, it took longer to travel across the extraordinarily congested city by horsedrawn bus or taxi than it did to travel from London to Brighton on the train. Then some bright spark suggested building an underground railway. “Oh that’ll never work,” scoffed the inevitable naysayers, “no future in it whatsoever.” How wrong they were. Wednesday last week marked 150 years since the first steam-powered Metropolitan Railway train chugged its way beneath the city from Paddington to Farringdon, thereby becoming the world’s first underground railway. Since then the Tube has become an indelible part of the city. It’s also sheltered people during the Blitz and helped to breathe new life into run-down areas. And today it carries well over a billion people a year around
the capital, in all directions. There have been numerous celebrations to mark the anniversary, including the issuing of these rather lovely stamps by Royal Mail. Tracking the history of the tube (one of the subtler puns we came up with), the set of 10 stamps begins with a lithograph of a train on the inaugural line, and finishes with an image of Norman Foster’s spectacular Canary Wharf station – opened in 1999. Along the way, the stamps cover the tunnelling work itself, the iconic art deco stations, the classic colours of the iconic trains and the suburban commutes the Tube facilitates. So get yourself some stamps and send a few letters (remember them) to friends around the world to remind them how great the Tube is…though maybe don’t mention how much we have to pay for it. shop.royalmail.com scoutlondon.com Scout London 17
The London Bike Show at ExCel, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, E16 1XL Canning Town £20, concs £15, under 15s FREE, adv £16, concs £13, under 15s FREE, Jan 17 & 18, 20, 10am-6pm, Jan 19, 10am-7pm. Cycle displays, equipment and clothing for beginners and ardent enthusiasts, plus a test track and demonstrations. Until Jan 20. An Evening With The Stars at Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ Greenwich Wed, Fri & Sat 5.30pm7.30pm & 6.50pm-8.50pm, £16, child/ concs £14, family £56. Learn about the night sky in a planetarium show before looking through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope. Until Jan 26.
Monday January 14 Britten’s Serenade: Lecture at Royal Academy Of Music, Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT Regent’s Park FREE, 6pm. Lecture-recital on the composer’s muchloved Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Exploring Marie Antoinette’s Commode And Its Recent Conservation Treatment: Lecture at Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN Bond Street FREE, 1pm-2pm. Curator
Helen Jacobsen and conservator Jurgen Huber discuss the object. George The Poet at Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP South Kensington £10, phone for availability, 8pm. Politically conscious, humorous and hard-hitting social commentary.
Jonathan Miller: Talk at National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £4, concs £3, 6pm. Kate Bassett talks to the subject of her latest biography, followed by a book signing.
Tuesday January 15 Lucy Beresford: Book Launch at Waterstones, Kensington, 193 High Street Kensington, W8 6SH High Street Kensington FREE, 7pm9pm. The author discusses her book Happy Relationships At Home, Work And Play. The Circus Of Horrors at New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG Wimbledon £15-£25, 7.30pm. Circus performers from around the world delight and disgust in equal measure. Ian Kelly: Talk at National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £4, concs £3, 6pm. The actor and historian discusses his book Mr Foote’s Other Leg, followed by a signing.
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Nuns, Nurses And Nightingales: Themed Tour at The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE Euston FREE, 2.30pm-3pm. A look a the roles women have played in health care through the ages. The Particle At The End Of The Universe: Lecture at The Royal Institution Of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS Green Park £10, concs £7, mems FREE, 7pm-8.30pm. A talk on the Large Hadron Collider and Higgs Boson particle. Pongathon at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East FREE, 5pm-11pm. Ping pong games with visual art and music.
Piccadilly Line No service Hammersmith to Acton Town and Ealing Common Rayners Lane to Uxbridge all weekend. London Overground No service Willesden Junction to Richmond all weekend. No service South Tottenham to Barking until 12.15 on Sunday and no service Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction on Sunday. For the latest information visit tfl.gov.uk
Reflections With John Simpson: Talk at The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2 1QJ Paddington £12.50, concs £10, phone for availability, 7pm. The BBC’s world affairs editor discusses his career.
Wednesday January 16 The Guardian Review Book Club at The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9GU King’s Cross St Pancras adv £9.50, tickets via www.guardian.co.uk/ books/2012/nov/30/kate-summerscalebook-club, 7pm. Kate Summerscale discusses and signs copies of her book The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher. Hampstead & Highgate Literary Festival: John McCarthy: You Can’t Hide The Sun: A Journey Through Palestine: Author Event at London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, NW11 7SX Golders Green £14, adv £12, 8pm. A book-signing session and talk by the author. Tim Hugh: Workshop at LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, EC1V 9NG Old Street FREE, booking essential, 6.30pm-9pm. LSO’s Principal Cello player gives a masterclass. Andrew Kaufman: Talk at Waterstones, 203-206 Piccadilly, W1J 9LE Piccadilly Circus £5, Waterstones Loyalty Cardholders £3, 6.30pm. The bestselling author discusses his latest novel. Open Day: Enterprise at Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT Lambeth North FREE, 12noon-2pm & 4.30pm-8pm. Find out how to launch or grow your business.
Thursday January 17 Dustbusters: Uncovering Earth’s Climate: Talk at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD South Kensington FREE, 2.30pm3pm. An informative look at climate cycles.
Paint Along With A Georgian Watercolour Approach: Workshop at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP Holborn £35, inc refreshments and lunch, 10.15am-4pm, doors 10am. Session led by James Willis.
Friday January 18 Jenny Beavan: Costumes For The Silver Screen: Talk at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £15, adv booking required, 7pm-8.45pm. Revealing talk by the Oscar-winning costume designer. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Anime: Talk With Hirokatsu Kihara And Michihiko Suwa at The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, WC1B 5EH Russell Square FREE, adv booking essential, 6.30pm. Celebrate the artistry and enduring popularity of Japanese animation. Roman Fort Visit: Guided Tour at Museum Of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN Barbican phone for prices, 2pm-2.30pm & 3pm-3.30pm. See the military camp’s remains. Vasilopitta at The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS Baker Street phone for prices, 8pm. Greek Celebration for the New Year.
Saturday January 19 ECMA Masterclass: Workshop at Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BF Bond Street FREE, ticketed, 11am. A masterclass led by Johannes Meissl and the Wu String Quartet. Optical Illusions at Museum Of London Docklands, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, E14 4AL Canary Wharf FREE, 12.30pm-1.30pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm. Learn magic tricks and illusions from the professionals. Symposium: A Comic Darkly-Art & Humour: Talk at October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL Holborn £8, concs £6, 12noon-5pm. With laughter coachesl, comedians, contemporary artists and professors.
Sunday January 20 Exploring The Invisible: Talk at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD South Kensington FREE, 12.30pm-1pm, 2.30pm-3pm. An informative look at the importance of bacteria. Global Humanism: Lecture at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL Holborn £2, mems FREE, 11am. Humanism is discussed by IHEU member Bob Churchill. School Of Life Sunday Sermon: Tony Buzan On Daydreaming: Talk at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL Holborn £15, 11.30am. The educational consultant discusses the importance of daydreaming. Vintage Fashion Fair at Hammersmith Town Hall, 275 King Street, W6 9LZ Hammersmith 10am-5pm, £5 (10am5pm), £10 (8am-10am). Stalls and displays laden with wares spanning 1800 to 1980. Word 4 Word at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Stratford FREE, 7pm. With Kat Francois and special guest poets, comedians and singers.
The UK premiere of Peter Schaufuss’s acclaimed production of Midnight Express Based on Billy Hayes’s best selling 1977 book
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Restaurants are increasingly buying whole animals and butchering them in-house. But why? Ben Norum gets to the meat of the matter
ose-to-tail eating is nothing new, and the popularity of using every part of an animal has only grown since Clerkenwell chef Fergus Henderson first coined the phrase in the title of his 1999 cookery book. But for many of London’s top chefs, buying-in all the parts is no longer enough. Instead, a growing number are choosing to bring carcasses in whole and butchering in-house. The appropriately-named Pig & Butcher gastropub in Islington is one of the most dedicated to the practice. They source much of their meat from Chart Farm in Kent, are on first-name terms with the farmer and buy only whole animals. “For us the main advantage of butchering ourselves is the flexibility it gives us,” says the pub’s director Jack Ross. “It
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means we’re not reliant on the way a butcher breaks the animal down and instead we can cut it in the ways which best suit our menu.” But he concedes that a lot of the appeal comes down to ethos rather than efficiency: “To make it costeffective you need to be creative with different cuts of meat and find clever ways of using less common or desirable parts. It’s not easy.” Platform restaurant group is another which always buys-in
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whole. With its now-closed Tooley Street restaurant it went a step further and entered co-ownership with the farmer that provided the meat. The concept will remain when it opens a new London venue later this year and, as farmer Barney Butterfield sums up, it’s knowing what you are getting that is one of the biggest advantages. “Menu claims are easy to make and hard to prove,” he says. “You’re not always eating what you think you are, and it’s hard for restaurants to be sure of what they are getting when buying through a contractor.” It’s a thought backed-up by many others in the industry, who raise eyebrows at the disproportionate amount of rare breed meat being sold compared with the
number reared, or the fact that ox cheeks are now a gastropub staple despite being in exceptionally short supply due to the requirement to have special licenses to sell cattle heads, following the BSE crisis. Wimbledon’s The Butcher & Grill, Fulham’s The Butcher’s Hook, Piccadilly’s Criterion, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa in the City and the newly opened Newman Street Tavern (reviewed opposite) are just a few of the restaurants now butchering on-site. Tempting though it is to assume, the sudden uptake is nothing at all to do with making a killing. “It’s true that we pay slightly less for our meat because we skip the butchering process,” says Pig & Butcher’s Ross, “but the cost to us of our chefs’ time negates any savings we make”. In-house butchering comes at a cost to restaurants. But from the point of view of the diner, it’s not only a sure sign that a venue is taking its sourcing seriously, but also that chefs really are serving you what they say.
roasts Gun Fireside or riverside; large roast 1 The selection E14 9NS Canary Wharf
Harwood Arms Ownshot venison; Michelin2 The starred SW6 1QP Fulham Broadway
Anchor & Hope Communal seating and at-table carving SE1 8LP Southwark
Bull & Last A warm welcome and lots of game 4 The NW5 1QS Tufnell Park
Canton Arms Rustic cooking and foie gras 5 The toasties SW8 1XP Stockwell
Well Homely, hearty and 6 The just a little refined EC1V 4JY Farringdon
& Butcher Top quality meat, butchered on-site 7 Pig N1 0QD Angel A higher-end option that does what it says 8 Roast on the tin SE1 1TL London Bridge
Red Lion & Sun Hog roasts, dog friendly, 9 The big portions N6 4BE Highgate
Charles Lamb Homemade condiments are 10 The the icing on the cake N1 8DE
Newman Street Tavern Fitzrovia £££ From outside, it’s easy to see where this new venue’s name comes from. Situated on the corner of Goodge Street and Newman Street in a building that was clearly once a pub (though more recently a Ping Pong restaurant), it makes perfect sense. Don’t be fooled by appearances, though. This is far from just another pub that does grub, and we’d hazard a guess that the gastro prefix is something the team would rather distance themselves from. The ground floor mixes bar stools and comfy seats; a relaxed and versatile setting for drinks and snacks. On our late lunch visit it’s packed with work-shy media folk supping oysters from the seafood bar and speed-sipping cocktails including a range of experimental Bloody Marys that substitute vodka for the likes of gin, bourbon and pedro ximenez sherry. As fun as that may sound, it’s upstairs that things really start to get serious. Somehow reminiscent of a country house kitchen, the otherwise light, bright and modern decor in the venue’s dining room belies a traditional menu that flies the flag for British produce. Images of ingredients adorn the walls in the style of visiting celebrities, while in cleverlycomposed but simply-created dishes the same sometimes unglamorous components are given chance to take centre stage. It’s hard to imagine how any flash cheffy techniques could improve a beautifully vibrant plate of multi-coloured beetroot anointed with a little liquorice root. Or how a deep and earthy crab bisque could be made any more moreish than in this purest of forms, needing only a couple of pieces of the
restaurant’s homemade bread for company. A roast leg of Blackface lamb is a regal main, served with buttery wilted kale and a vibrant parsley sauce that puts a little spring into the step of an otherwise wintery dish. Mysterious sounding Scrumpets are revealed as succulent croquettes filled with shredded beef. It’s clearly deemed inappropriate to let them go by anything other than a resoundingly British name, and what an onomatopoeic one it is. Triple-cooked chips, on the other hand, are something of a misnomer, turning out instead to be vast potato wedges. They’re crisp, nicely salted and thoroughly enjoyable, but as any chip fan will tell you, it’s just not the same. Sticky toffee pudding, apple crumble and Banbury cakes sit on the dessert menu like a Made In GB declaration, but it’s the less usual crab apple jelly served with slices of sweet quince and pouring cream that really makes us feel at home. It’s sophisticated and childish, modern and traditional; a fitting end to a triumphant reconfiguring of old British classics that’s much more clever than it would let you think. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal currently holds the position of best restaurant in London (ninth in the world), but where unfussy, inexpensive and deceptively clever British cooking is concerned, Newman Street Tavern isn’t far behind. Ben Norum 48 Newman Street W1T 1QQ Goodge Street scoutlondon.com Scout London 21
Primo Soho £££
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Launched by chef Claudio Barchieri, formerly of No.5 Cavendish Square, Primo’s mission statement is to bring a ‘taste of authentic Italy to London’. Though it would be easy to retort that London has for many decades already enjoyed such food in world class restaurants, it’s worth noting that none of these have had walls adorned with original artwork created especially for them by Ronnie Wood. This art, a people-watching-friendly glass frontage and a particularly large chandelier are much more immediately memorable than its menu of familiar Italian classics. Still, a succulent veal osso bucco, dribbling with bone marrow, served with a pleasantly wet saffron risotto, an oozingly creamy burrata (soft mozzarella), and a perfectly wobbly almond creme brûlée excel. Ben Norum
This newest branch in the chain (alongside Chelsea and Kensington Olympia) opened its doors to pine wood floors and chintzy colour schemes in September. The menu boasts “modern British food with a celebration of colonial flavours”, and the dishes, which never swerve off-piste (curries, burgers and seafood), offer hearty portions. However, it’s the poor service which is costing The Jam Tree. With well-priced plates and cocktails one would hope for knowledgeable staff, but when asked which cheeses the waiter would recommend he shrugged: “I know nothing, I’m Italian.” When it arrived, the Stinking Bishop’s plastic had not been fully removed. In a venue that offers Porn-Star Martinis, under-par food service leaves the diners feeling shafted. BN
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Who would have guessed a burger van could cause such a fuss? This latest offspring of the Meat Wagon legacy joins MEATliquor and MEATmarket in serving trendy burgers with cool names to the foodie hipster crowd. Onna Plate (see what they did there) dishes are a new bun-free innovation, and there are more hot dogs to choose from, but what has caused most excitement is that this incarnation will accept reservations – unlike its siblings. Queue or no queue, we still end up feeling left out in the cold by shoddy and surly service, while a decidedly average burger that’s somewhat on the small side feels pricey at over £7 (£4 for chips). We’d certainly pop in for a sharp cocktail or three at the bar; as for the rest, either we’re just not hip enough, or maybe this burger king’s crown is starting to slip. BN
A trip to this new Goodge Street bar may well result in the word ‘odd’ rising to the lips. Posh cocktails meet salvaged furniture, narrow corridors, a bedroom and a random piano. Not that any of this can compete with its contradictory past – first as a vicar’s house and more recently an illegal brothel. If you’re worried that it’s all quirk and no content, you’d be pleased to know the team behind it also launched the nearby Bourne & Hollingsworth – that little downstairs place that did prohibition chic before it became trendy. Is it as good as its cousin venue? No. However, with a refreshingly short but excellent list of interesting cocktails, a backing track of blues tunes, table service and complimentary bar snacks, this cosy quirk really isn’t all that far off. BN
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Salerno’s 41 Lafone Street, SE1 2LX London Bridge Mediterranean ££ This new Mediterranean restaurant, bar, grill and pizzeria in Shad Thames offers food and drink into the early hours with live music every night. As a bonus, it’s next door to the excellent Dean Swift pub.
Jamon Jamon 38 Parkway, NW1 7AH Camden Town Spanish ££ This is the origanal restaurant that has since spawned a Charing Cross offshoot as well as a festival catering company, and it’s still easily the best. It was also a favourite of Amy Winehouse. Paella, tapas, sangria, sherry and a party atmosphere are all available in abundance.
Benito’s Hat 12 Great Castle Street, W1W 8LR Oxford Circus Mexican £ Need a hit of spice to get you through the bleak mid-winter? If you’ve got kids in tow, Benito’s Hat may just be the place to go. Throughout January, children under 12 can enjoy the new kids’ quesadillas and tacos completely free when accompanied by an adult paying full price. Asia de Cuba 45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX Leicester Square Fusion £££ As of Sunday, this West End institution set in the St Martin’s Lane Hotel will be running a weekly brunch. Diners can enjoy dim sum, cocktails and live Cuban jazz music, with dim sum for two charged at £35. Golden Union 38 Poland Street, W1F 7LY Oxford Circus Fish & chips £ This place is often cited as one of London’s best fish & chip shops, and we’d be inclined to agree. Eat in or take away from a selection of fish including cod, plaice, haddock, rock salmon and coley; the mushy peas are homemade, too. Cigalon 115 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PP Chancery Lane French ££ There’s lots to like about this Provençal restaurant above Branis bar: simple dishes made using top quality produce; a good cocktail selection; a large wine list. Whether or not the odd backghround noise of canned crickets is one such advantage is a matter of debate. Tempo 54 Curzon Street, W1J 8PG Green Park Italian £££ Far from your standard Italian, Tempo manages to combine old-school glamour and attentive service with a modern take on traditional Venitian Cicchetti. An ideal spot for before or after a trip to the Curzon cinema across the road.
NORTH Como3 11-13 Theberton Street, N1 0QY Angel Fusion ££ Comfortable with fusion food? This new opening offers up a unique mix of Spanish tapas and pan-Asian small plates. The menu features Spanish croquetas and Iberico pork cheeks alongside gyoza and miso duck. Ceviche also features, adding a bit of South American into the equation. The Wells 30 Well Walk, NW3 1BX Hampstead Gastropub ££ London venues don’t get much more picturesque than this. Classic pub grub is a clear step ahead of what you’ll find at the average boozer, and a touch more experimental, but it’s no less homely for it. Not badly priced for Hampstead, though it’s far from the cheapest option.
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Hush Unit 2, One St Paul’s Churchyard, EC4M 8AY St Paul’s Brasserie £££ Following in the footsteps of the original Mayfair brasserie and the newer Holborn branch comes this third Hush. Cocktails, afternoon tea and a simple menu of British-meets-French cooking are once again all present and correct. The Parlour 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW Canary Wharf British ££ If healthy living in January is getting a bit boring, this branch of the Drake & Morgan group thinks it has a solution in the form of the rather dubious sounding Slim For Sin Skinny Cocktails. Options including the Tanqueray Daisy, made with gin and fresh lemon juice, and the Russian Rose Martini start at £6.95 and have no more than 100 calories each.
Pratts & Payne 103 Streatham High Street, SW16 1HJ Streatham Gastropub ££ A recent addition to the Antic group of pubs, this venue takes its name from the department store which used to occupy the building it sits in. It’s in keeping with the group’s signature syle of mismatched furniture and nicknacks along with a simple food menu and regularly changing selection of ales.
WEST Upper West 107 King’s Road, SW3 4PA Sloane Square Bar/Club £££ Opening on the former site of Kings Club, this New York-inspired lounge, nightclub and rooftop garden is the brainchild of Jad Lahoud and Alex Brocket, son of Lord Brocket, who has invested millions in the project. Expect glitzy interiors, stunning views, cool cocktails and celebs getting papped. Maggie Jones’ 6 Old Court Place, Kensington Church Street, W8 4PL High Street Kensington British £££ Standing firm in an age when its kind are dying out, Maggie’s has now been a favourite haunt among Kensington locals for over 40 years. It’s cosy, rustic and impressively unpretentious, with dishes spanning steak, sausage and mash, and roast chicken. A nostalgic taste of the good old days.
Burger & Lobster Units 5 & 6 Bow Bells House, 1 Bread Street, EC4M 9BE St Paul’s Burger & Lobster ££ Proving to be one of the biggest restaurant success stories of the past year, Burger & Lobster has just opened site number four at One New Change shopping centre. It joins branches in Mayfair, Soho and Farringdon. Long queues predicted.
Galicia 323 Portobello Road, W10 5SY Ladbroke Grove Spanish ££ The hearty Spanish fare here has long pulled in the crowds, with the likes of chicken stew being all the more popular in the cold weather. The seafood and dessert cakes and pastries are also worth a look in.
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Basilico 103 Tower Bridge Road, SE1 4TW Borough Pizza £ The latest branch of this highly-rated Italian stonebaked pizza delivery restaurant has just opened, serving postcode areas SE1, SE11, EC3, EC4 and E1. Web orders over £25 come with a free bottle of Prosecco.
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The Modern Pantry Anna Hansen’s celebrated brand of fusion food may be about as far from a kebab as you can get, but if you’re lucky enough to live near Clerkenwell, you can still enjoy it as a takeaway. Dishes such as the signature sugar-cured prawn omelette, smoky aubergine soup and coconut-marinated sea bass are all available for delivery at restaurant prices. And if you live further afield, you can always collect. Slipping it onto plates and pretending you made it yourself when people come over is entirely discretionary.
Amelia Rope Chocolate Cubes
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Who said autumn/winter collections were only for fashion? Not Amelia Rope. Keen for chocolate lovers to develop a greater appreciation of fine chocolate, she’s put together a trio of seasonal selections which showcase different cocoa beans from around the world. Choose from dark, pale or pale sea salt selection boxes as well as flavours such as dark ginger, mandarin or lemon and sea salt. The chocolates are glutenfree, while the dark selection is dairy-free and vegan-friendly. £16 for 12 or £29 for 24. Available at independent retailers or ameliarope.com
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With the London Bike Show opening at ExCel on January 17, we round-up the best gear to get you back in the saddle
keep it safe
Fed-up of getting to work with a shirt creased in your bag? This will keep it neat – and protected from your sandwiches. Shirt Shuttle Mark 2, £40 from patrona.com
It might be expensive, but it’s cheaper than losing your bike. This D-lock is gold rated for security and advanced protection from lock picking. Abus Granit 53 USH Bracket Bike D-Lock, £53.99 from wiggle.co.uk
If you really love your bike, the dring dring sound of this ‘turntable’ bell will be music to your ears. DJ Bell, £16.99 from cyclechic.co.uk
Don’t get the hump
With 12 tools, including a chain breaker and more hex keys than you can shake a stick at, this should tackle most jobs. Lezyne Stainless 12 Multi Tool, £24.49 from chainreactioncycles.com
This great two-litre hydration backpack also has plenty of storage for spares and tools, plus a full-face helmet carry. Camelbak Asset, £44.99 from evanscycles.com
If you really can’t enough, spend your time out of the saddle perusing this book of the best bicycles designed over the past 90 years. Cyclepedia: A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs, £12.76 from Amazon
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Open until 14 April 2013 Book tickets at www.museumoflondon.org.uk/dissection or on 020 7001 9844 An online booking fee and timed entry apply. Due to its subject matter, Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men is not recommended for children under 12. Media partner
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The look of love Bjork and son, Iceland, 1993, by Juergen Teller
The breadth of compositions in Juergen Teller’s new exhibition at the ICA showcases the talent of one of the greatest celebrity photographers
uergen Teller is one of the only photographers in the world to have achieved major success in both art and fashion. Perhaps more famously, the German-born London-based photographer is also the man who managed to talk countless celebs into a range of startlingly brave (and often barmy) poses. Kate Moss lying bedraggled in a wheelbarrow: that was his. A naked Vivienne Westwood spreadeagled on the couch: yup, him too. Charlotte Rampling and model Raquel Zimmermann posing naked in front of the Mona Lisa: Teller again. Victoria Beckham submerged in a shopping bag, with only her dangling legs visible: you get the idea. How does he get them to agree to such things? Well, being one of the world’s most celebrated photographers certainly helps. But, of course, it’s the skill and vision that got him there that lead the great and the good to submit to his whacky whims.
They say that every Teller picture tells a story – even the advertising shots for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Yves Saint Laurent. And you can work them out for yourself when The ICA hosts the first major UK survey of his work in a decade. Among the pieces on display will be the image of Moss dans wheelbarrow, a beautifully tender 1993 image of Bjork with her son in the Blue Lagoon, the afore-mentioned Westwood image (along with other nudes of the flame-haired designer), and a series of photos produced for a weekly column in Die Zeit magazine, including some controversial nude shots of model Lily Cole. As well as spanning both his artistic and commercial careers, the exhibition will also include a variety of family portraits and plenty of images that also feature Teller himself – as “the naked muse”. What is it they say about genius and madness? Juergen Teller: Woo, ICA, January 23-March 17, ica.org.uk
Farm girl Kate Moss No.12, Gloucestershire, 2010
Contemplative No.38 of the series ‘Irene im Wald’, 2012
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William S Burroughs: All Out Of Time And Into Space at October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL Holborn FREE, Until Feb 16. Paintings, drawings and a selection of ‘talismanic’ art objects. A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark £10, concs £8.50, Art Fund mems £5, concs £4.25, Until Apr 1. Works that examine the relationship between performance and painting. Cartier-Bresson: A Question Of Colour at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple FREE, Until Jan 27. Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, together with works by 14 modern-day photographers. Paul Wenham-Clarke: Westway - A Portrait Of A Community at St Martin-InThe-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ Charing Cross FREE, Until Feb 28. A pictorial document of the social and cultural diversity of the people who live beneath the A40 flyover in London. Constable, Gainsborough, Turner And The Making Of Landscape at Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park £8, OAP/disabled/Art Fund mems £7, NUS £5, unwaged/ages 12-18 £4, ages 8-11 £3, under 8s FREE, family £18, Until Feb 17. More than a hundred works by three significant British landscape painters. The Galton Collection UCL at The Galton Collection UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6HJ Goodge Street FREE, Until Dec 31. The collection on display once belonged to Sir Francis Galton, a Victorian scientist who specialised in criminolgy and identity. Antony Gormley: Model at White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ London Bridge FREE, Until Feb 10. Large-scale sculpture and sitespecific installations. Hartnell To Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment at Fashion And Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF Borough £7, concs £5, Until Feb 23. London couture fashion by the designers to the Queen. Neil Libbert: Photojournalist at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Embankment FREE, Until Apr 21. Significant pictures selected from the photographer’s 55-year-long career.
Mughal India: Art, Culture And Empire at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston £9, OAP £7, NUS/ disabled/unwaged £5, under 18s/mems/ disabled carer FREE, National Art Pass £4.50, OAP £3.50, Until Apr 2. More than 200 paintings and artefacts documenting the entire period of the Mughal Empire. The Northern Renaissance: Durer To Holbein at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, SW1A 1AA Victoria £9.25, NUS/OAP £8.50, family £23, under 17s £4.65, under 5s FREE, Until Apr 14. Paintings, drawings, prints, manuscripts, sculpture, tapestries and armour. Pop Art Classics at Belgravia Gallery, 45 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JL Green Park FREE, Until Feb 8. Works celebrating the endurance of Pop-art. 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. Fred Sandback at David Zwirner, 24 Grafton Street, W1S 4EZ Green Park FREE, Until Feb 16. Sculptural installation made from coloured yarn. Seduced By Art: Photography Past And Present at The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN Leicester Square £12, OAP/concs £11, NUS/unwaged/ages 12-16/Art Fund mems/Tue 2.30pm-6pm OAP/concs £6, family £24, accompanied under 12s FREE, Until Jan 20. Early and contemporary photographs. Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Embankment £2, mems/accompanied under 12s FREE, Until Feb 17. Contemporary portrait photography competition entries. Valentino: Master Of Couture at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple £12.50, concs £9, Until Mar 3. A major exhibition on the career of the acclaimed Italian designer. Vhils: Devoid at Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR Tottenham Court Road FREE, Until Jan 17. A solo exhibition of recent works.
North Judy Chicago And Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin at Ben Uri Gallery, 108a Boundary Road, NW8 0RH Kilburn Park £5, child FREE, concs £4, Until Mar 10. A survey of the American artist and activist, contextualised with work by three other foremost European female artists. Film In Space: An Exhibition Of Film And Expanded Cinema Selected By Guy Sherwin at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG Finchley Road FREE, Until Feb 24. Experimental films by emerging British artists and film-makers. London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY Wood Green £10, child £5.50, NUS/OAP £9, family £15.50 & £25.50, adv £9, child £4.50, NUS/ OAP £8, family £13.50 & £22.50, adv booking required, Starts Fri, Until Jan 20. Contemporary model making show. RAF Photographer Of The Year at Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, NW9 5LL Colindale FREE, Until Apr 30. Photographs taken by serving personnel.
Jocelyn Herbert & Yolanda Sonnabend: Head Room at Wimbledon Space, Merton Hall Road, SW19 3QA South Wimbledon FREE, Until Jan 25. Masks worn by performers, alongside drawings and paitings. Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH Elephant & Castle FREE, Until Feb 24. Collage, film, performance and installation. Nicolas Poussin’s First Series Of The Seven Sacraments at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD West Dulwich £5, OAP £4, concs FREE, Until May 19. Five remaining paintings from the series.
West London Art Fair 2013 at Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH Angel £16, concs & advance £12, under 12, accompanied by adult child FREE, Six Day Ticket incl Preview Evening £35, Six Day Ticket incl Preview Evening, advance £30, Starts Wed, Until Jan 20. The 25th edition of the event for modern British and contemporary art works.
East Matt Bryans at Kate MacGarry, 27 Old Nichol Street, E2 7HR Liverpool Street FREE, Starts Fri, Until Mar 2. Semi-abstract paintings. Gerard Byrne: A State Of Neutral Pleasure at Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX Aldgate East FREE, Starts Thu, Until Mar 8. A major survey of the Irish artist’s work from 2003 to the present day. 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 Streets Of... A Living Archaeology at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East FREE, Until Jan 27. Video sound installation evoking Lisbon, London, Mumbai, Naples, Salvador de Bahia, Shanghai and Tangier.
Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union: New Art From Russia at Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY Sloane Square FREE, Until May 5. A large survey featuring contemporary works. Hollywood Costume at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £14, OAP £11, NUS/ ages 12-17/unwaged/disabled £9, family of 3 £23, family of 4 £37, under 12s/mems/ disabled carer FREE, Until Jan 27. Costumes covering 100 years of Hollywood films. Jonas Mekas at Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA South Kensington FREE, Until Jan 27. Films, videos and photographs by the Lithuanian artist, film-maker and poet. Rosa Nguyen: New Act at Flow, 1-5 Needham Road, W11 2RP Notting Hill Gate FREE, Until Jan 19. A tableau of ceramic and glass objects. Pain Less: The Future Of Relief at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington FREE, Until Nov 8. An exhibition investigating the future of pain relief. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer Of The Year at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD South Kensington £9, concs £4.50, family £24, Art Fund mems £4.50, concs £2.25, under 3s FREE, Until Mar 3. One hundred winning images from the established contemporary wildlife photography competition.
South Ansel Adams: Photography From The Mountains To The Sea at National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10 9NF Cutty Sark £7, concs £5, mems FREE, Until Apr 28. Photographs of the natural landscapes of America. Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2012 at Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ Cutty Sark FREE, Until Feb 12. Images from this year’s competition. Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz: Toxic Play In Two Acts at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH Elephant & Castle FREE, Until Feb 24. The Berlin-based duo showcases film installations Toxic and Salomania. British Wildlife Photography Awards at Horniman Museum And Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ Forest Hill FREE, Until Feb 24. An exhibition of the winning images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011.
Bruno Bisang: 30 Years Of Polaroids at The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, SW10 0AJ Sloane Square FREE, Starts Tue, Until Feb 9. A selection of images and prints of models.
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Funnylicious Luisa Omielan burst onto the scene last year with her hilarious show, What Would Beyonce Do?! Nicky Williams meets her ahead of a hotly-anticipated run at Soho Theatre
Wait, you went to comedy university? Was that like a comedic version of Fame with people doing hilarious tumbles in the canteen? Yeah, it was a bit. In America the most popular comedy show is Saturday Night Live. All the succesful acts from that show trained at these comedy schools, so I wanted to go to where the best were and learn from the greats. How would you describe your particular brand of comedy? Like a party with jokes in. I do jokes, silly voices, a lot of improv and talk about a lot of every day things – parents, boys, mental health. So a lot of your show is based on stuff that’s actually happened to you? Yes. Everyday life is the funniest. Everything I talk about in the show is real. It happened. That’s why I think people find they can relate to 32 Scout London scoutlondon.com
the show so much. Why do you talk about approaching 30 so much? You think ‘by the time I’m 30 I’ll have a house, I’ll have a car, I’ll be married, I’ll have kids’ and then you’re like ‘I live with my mum, I steal my little sister’s rail card to try and get cheaper trains. What’s happened to my life?’ So what’s the funniest thing you’ve seen in real life? I once saw someone slip over on a banana skin. I was on a train once and some poor bloke was in the toilet cubicle, trousers round his ankles and the doors flew open. He tried to press the door close button, but because he was in a panic he hit it twice so the doors flew open again. He was mortified. What’s the worst heckle you’ve ever had? I was doing my spiel about rejection and one man started making some noise and getting up to leave. So I said to him ‘hey – I’m talking about rejection and you’re getting up to leave. How do you think that makes me feel? You’re just compounding my daddy issues,’ then everyone started booing me and shouting ‘off off off’. Turns out he was having a heart attack. Ok, so what would Beyoncé do if… 1. She’s given the wrong burger at McDonald’s Beyoncé’s very nice and humble and would be like: ‘oh thank you for my burger’. She’d leave a tip, be sweet and polite, but on the way out she’d make sure her
management team got the girl fired. 2. Her friend’s mum makes her tea the wrong way? Drink the tea graciously – she’s a big mama fan, her mum is her manager. She’d show a lot of respect to the woman. But then again, on the way out, get her management to have that woman shot. 3. She doesn’t know anyone at a party? She carries a smoke machine wherever she goes just in case she encounters such a situation. Then she’d turn off the music and start blasting out Crazy in Love. Uh oh uh oh uh oh etc. Would we like your show? If you like Beyoncé, you’re going to love my show. It’s Bootilicious. Bring it. Did you just say ‘bring it’? I did indeed. Luisa Omielan: What Would Beyonce Do?! January 17-26, Soho Theatre, sohotheatre. com
Right Luisa, tell us everything you’ve been doing between birth and 30, but leave out the boring bits. No pressure. I grew up in Farnborough in Hampshire. Both my parents are Polish. Growing up I loved comedy – it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I loved American comedy – actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams. I went to a comedy university in America where I studied things like clowning, improv, script-writing and jokewriting. I’ve been doing stand-up for the last four-and-a-half years and finally brought together my wealth of experience to create a solo show, What Would Beyoncé Do?!
Danny Bhoy: Dear Epson: Work In Progress at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Jan 16 & 23, 9.45pm, Jan 20, 7pm, Feb 4, 7.30pm, £10. Danny tests out some fresh ideas and material. Until Feb 4. Simon Amstell: Numb at The Invisible Dot Ltd, 2 Northdown Street, N1 9BG King’s Cross St Pancras Jan 14-16, 7.45pm-8.45pm, £6. Dry and disdainful humour from the one-time Never Mind The Buzzcock host. Until Jan 16. Peter Antoniou: Psychic Comedian at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town Jan 15-17, 9.30pm, £8.50. The gregarious stand-up reveals the tricks of mind-reading. Until Jan 17. Sean Lock: Work In Progress at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square Jan 15 & 16, Feb 6, 7.30pm, Feb 8, 7pm, £18. Cynical humour and satirical observations. Until Feb 8. Luisa Omielan: What Would Beyonce Do? at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Jan 17, Mon-Sat 9.15pm, £10-£20, concs £10-£17.50. Contemporary stand-up and improv. Until Jan 26.
NewsRevue at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Warwick Avenue Thu-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 9pm, £11 & £12.50, concs £9.50 & £11. Comedy sketches and songs inspired by current affairs. Until Jan 31. The Rubberbandits at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Jan 15, Tue-Sat 9.30pm, £10-£17.50, concs £12.50-£15. Musical comedy. Until Feb 2. Iain Stirling: Happy To Be The Clown? at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Jan 17-19, 9.45pm, £12.50, concs £10. The BAFTA and Chortle Best Newcomer nominee performs his debut stand up show. Until Jan 19. Vivian And Sylvia Live at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town Jan 18 & 19, 9.30pm, Jan 20, 8.30pm, £8.50. Live recording of a dark and twisted radio play about two spinsters trapped inside a cottage. Until Jan 20
Monday January 14 Barry Castagnola: Where’s Barry? at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 8.45pm, £10. Character comedy, stand-up and satire. Nathan Cassidy: Winner! Work In Progress at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town 9.30pm, £5. Intelligent gags from the stand-up and playwright. The Good Ship Comedy Club at The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn 7.30pm, £5. With Simon Munnery and Romesh Ranganathan. Robert Newman: Theory Of Evolution: Work In Progress at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 8pm, £10. The former Mary Whitehouse Experience dandy roadtests new material ahead of a UK tour.
Stand-Up For Women at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 7.30pm, £15, concs £12.50. With Shappi Khorsandi, Isy Suttie, Sara Pascoe, Robin Ince, Ed Petrie, Shazia Mirza, Joel Dommett, Holly Walsh, Mary Bourke, Bridget Christie, Kate Smurthwaite, Max And Ivan, Luisa Omielan, Rosie Wilby, Ed Aczel and MC James Mullinger.
Tuesday January 15 Micky Flanagan Previews at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square Jan 17-19, 26, Feb 1 & 2, 7.30pm, £18, phone for availablity. Sharp wit and storytelling from the Cockney comic ahead of his UK tour.
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. Andrew Doyle: Whatever It Takes at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 7.15pm, £10. Doyle’s critically-acclaimed show tells the story of how his life flashed before his eyes.
Wednesday January 16 Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £17, NUS/ concs £12. Fast-paced improv from Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Steve Steen and Stephen Frost. Pear Shaped In Fitzrovia at Fitzroy Tavern, 16a Charlotte Street, W1T 2NA Goodge Street 8.30pm, £5. With James Hately, Sean Cosgrove, Lonnie Storey, Michael Stranney, Mister Beige, Mark Cram, Robert Hughes, Stephanie Laing and Laynee Rose. The Political Party at St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA Victoria 8pm, £10 & £12.50. Topical stand up in which Matt Forde grills eminent politician George Galloway.
Thursday January 17 Battleacts! at The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ Brixton 7pm-11pm, £5. Improvised comedy battle. David Mills: The Gospel Truth at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall 8pm, £7. Politically incorrect, acid-tongued stand-up and the occasional musical interlude. Monkey Business Comedy Club at The Oxford, 256 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA Kentish Town 8pm, £6.50, concs £5. With Nick Hall, Jason Quinn, Sophie Johnson, Jamel Hussain, Ian Miller, Josh Robbins, Natalie Proudlock, Nicolas James, Joseph Davies, Ben Fogg, Jim Daly, Hammish and MC Martin Besserman. Ritzy Crackers at Upstairs At The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Brixton 7.30pm, £6-£8. With Joel Dommett, Cariad Lloyd, Abandoman and Owyn & Co.
Friday January 18 Tom Deacon & Paul McCaffrey at LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell 8pm, £10. Sharp stand-up from Deacon, plus stories and anecdotes from McCaffrey. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town 8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Pierre Hollins, Sean Collins, Joe Rowntree, Sam Avery and Gar Murran. Magic Night: One Trick Pony at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus 7.45pm, £12, £25 inc meal. With Pete Heat, John Hicks, Piff The Magic Dragon, Madam Gallina, Ben Hart and Stupendous Crapini. Sex Appeal II: Come Again at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 7pm, £25. With Mitch Benn, Doc Brown, Jenny Eclair, Festival Of The Spoken Nerd, Richard Herring, Robin Ince, Shappi Khorsandi, Josie Long, Ben Miller, Joanna Neary, Kate Smurthwaite, Ava Vidal, Catie Wilkins and MC Al Murray - The Pub Landlord.
8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Pierre Hollins, Sean Collins, Joe Rowntree, Sam Avery and Gar Murran. The Funny Side...Of Covent Garden at The George, 213 Strand, WC2R 1AP Temple 8pm, £12.50. With Don Biswas, Luke Toulson, Earl Okin and MC Gareth Kane. Hampstead Comedy Club at The Pembroke Castle, 150 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JA Chalk Farm 8.30pm, £10, concs £8.50. With Trevor Crook, Louis Ramey, Rob Heeney and Ivor Dembina. Jongleurs Comedy Show at The Sports Cafe, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TE Piccadilly Circus 8.30pm, Fri £12, Sat £15. With Dana Alexander and Pete Cain. Jongleurs Comedy Show at Sway, 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5BZ Holborn 7pm & 8.45pm, £17 & £20. With Stefano Paolini, Mickey Hutton, Lost Voice Guy (early), Steve Williams (late), and Ninia Benjamin. Kojo’s Comedy Fun House at Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ Hackney Central 8pm, £15.50£20.50. Guest acts take to the stage. Soho Comedy Club at The Casino At The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square 8pm-10pm, £15, adv £10. With Simon Munnery, Brian Damage & Krysstal, Angela Barnes and MC David Mulholland.
Sunday January 20 Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, £17, NUS/ concs £12. Off-the-cuff wit courtesy of Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart. Comedy Variety Cabaret at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8.30pm, £7, concs £5. With Jim Grant, Jenny Collier, Chris Lynam and Matt Green. Lost In Laughter at LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell 7.30pm, £8, concs £5. With Zoe Lyons, Chris Coltrane, Gerry Howell, Richard Rycroft and Stephen Hill. Max And Ivan’s Roffle Club at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 8.30pm, £8, concs £6. Character and sketch comedy. Mark Thomas: Manifesto Warm Up at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 8.30pm, £10. The politically astute stand-up tries out new material.
Saturday January 19 The Boat Show at Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR Charing Cross 8pm, £13.50, £26 inc meal, concs £11. With Phil Nichol, Ian Stone, Kerry Godliman and MC Craig Murray. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town
Steve Hughes: Big Issues at The Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street 8pm, £12. Hard-edged stand-up and social commentary.
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Oscar winner Jamie Foxx beat five other actors to the lead role in Quentin Tarantino’s new Western. He tells Kate Whiting why it was such a personal project
amie Foxx is in high spirits in a hotel in the Mexican holiday resort of Cancun. It’s all the more impressive considering he played an impromptu DJ set in the early hours the night before. He’s here with fellow actors Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington and cult director Quentin Tarantino to talk about Tarantino’s latest blood-soaked epic, Django Unchained. 34 Scout London scoutlondon.com
Foxx is the epitome of cool, and manages to juggle two high-profile careers – as a stellar actor in films like Collateral and Ray (for which he won an Oscar), and as a Grammy award-winning singer. But he still seems completely humbled that Tarantino picked him to play the lead. “I had seen Quentin at a lot of parties, but I was still just so honoured to be considered for the role,” he says.
Foxx plays the Django of the title, a slave bought by German dentist-turned-bounty hunter Dr King Schultz, played by Waltz, who worked with Tarantino on Inglourious Basterds. Schultz wants help catching notorious criminals the Brittle brothers and agrees to free Django once they’re dead, and then to help him find his wife, Broomhilda, who was sold to evil plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo Dicaprio).
Typically Tarantino, Django Unchained is genre busting – part slave narrative, part Spaghetti Western and revenge romp, with just a dash of love story. It’s set in the south, two years before the Civil War, at a time when the Constitution said slaves were only three-fifths human. Cue some classic Tarantino violence and heavy use of the N-word. For Foxx, far from being put off by the subject matter, it touched a nerve, and reminded him of growing up in Texas. “It was the most incredible script I’ve read in all my life. I thought, ‘Who has the guts to tell it like it really is?’ The way he tells the story, it rips your flesh off.” At his first meeting with the director, the 45-year-old
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felt compelled to share his own experiences of racism. “When I met with Quentin, first thing I told him was about my experiences. As a kid growing up in Texas, there were some things where the racial component was definitely elevated. So I told him those experiences are going to come out when we start shooting this movie.” Foxx has since said “being called a n***** as a young kid by white people was something I had to deal with”, which made the project all the more personal. “When a project becomes magic and special it means that at certain points in the script it parallels your story.” Foxx beat five other actors to the role, including Will Smith.
Working in his favour was the fact he could already ride horses. “About four-and-a-half years ago, I got a horse for my birthday and started riding. And the next thing you know, I run into this cinematic genius, as I call him: Quentin Tarantino. He says he has a Western and I say, ‘Well I happen to have my own horse’. Now my horse Cheetah is in the movie!” When the actor’s sister came on set, he was given the ultimate seal of approval. “She’s from South Dallas – from the ‘hood, you know – and for people where we come from, you never really get a chance to see the black cowboy,” says Foxx. “When we got in the Western gear, cowboy hats and guns, and we rode up on the horses, I looked
at my sister and her eyes welled up, like, ‘Wow, you’re a real cowboy’.” Working for Tarantino means you’re never quite sure what you’re going to be doing, and one scene sees Foxx hanging upside down fully naked. But for all the hard graft, the director always rewards his cast. “I’ve never been on a set where it’s been that much fun,” says Foxx, grinning. “He plays music in between takes. Every 100 rolls of film we do shots – Tequila, or the last thing we had was Mint Julep. Working on something like this, you need that release. “And he’s gracious. I watched him when we were on the chain gang. It was 28 degrees, but he went to every person – every guy that was on the chain gang,
whether he had a line or not – and made sure they were ok.” Speaking about the on-screen love story between Django and Broomhilda, Foxx explains it would have been very unusual for slaves to be married. “To be married was taboo. You could be killed. They forced copulation back then, so the strongest buck would mate with the strongest black woman so the owners could get stronger slaves. “So Django being married is a big thing. That’s what fuels him. He’s not trying to stop slavery. He’s trying to find the love of his life.” Foxx is not married, but has two daughters from previous relationships who he took on to the set of Django Unchained so they could see the slave quarters. “You can’t walk through those places and not feel something. I let them walk through, and I said, ‘This is where you come from’.” For his next role, it’s rumoured Foxx will be playing Spider-Man’s nemesis Electro, but he also won’t rule out becoming one of Tarantino’s frequent collaborators. “I look forward to having that type of relationship with Quentin here on out.” Django Unchained is released in cinemas on Friday, January 18 scoutlondon.com Scout London 35
Monsters, Inc. 3D (U) Computer animation wizards Pixar continue to re-issue their entire back catalogue in the eye-popping format, which is well-suited to this 2002 fantasy about best friends Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman), whose top-dog status in the child-scaring business is jeopardised when a human girl named Boo accidentally strays into Monstropolis, causing mayhem. Boasting dazzling visuals, lovable characters and a script crammed to bursting with funny gags, Monsters, Inc. is pure, unabashed, feel-good family entertainment. In fact, you could say it’s a scream. Crystal and Goodman are on top form, lending their distinctive vocals to Mike and Sulley. The screenplay provides the Hollywood big-hitters with plenty of big laughs, but the ad-libs are equally hilarious. At the end of the film, don;t dash out, stay for the end-of-credits out-takes, which are much funnier than the usual fare, complete with fluffed lines, misplaced props and collapsing scenery. Damon Smith
The Sessions (15) Mark (John Hawkes) was paralysed from the neck down by childhood polio and as a result, requires an iron lung to breathe. A journalistic assignment leads him to married sex surrogate – a sex therapist – Cheryl (Helen Hunt), who breaks down his physical defences until he is able to achieve intercourse, which one male character amusingly describes as “overrated… but necessary”. The Sessions eschews smuttiness and mawkish sentiment, presenting Mark’s condition with unflinching candour. Hawkes is stunning and truly deserves the Oscar for his superlative work, which recalls Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot. William H Macy provides comic relief as the local priest while Hunt bares everything for the role, delivering her best performance since As Good As It Gets, which is an apt summation of Ben Lewin’s magnificent film. DS
Revenge is a dish best served cold and Quentin Tarantino turns the temperature gauge to subzero in this gory western set in mid-19th century Texas, where slave Django (Jamie Foxx) and flamboyant German bounty hunter Dr King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) join forces to bring down slippery plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Django Unchained boasts some bravura sequences including a hysterical interlude with an inept chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. However, you can have too much of a good thing. Running to a buttock-numbing 165 minutes, Django Unchained screams out – unheard – for a judicious editor to prune the extraneous guff, including swathes of the final act when the director himself plies a laughable accent as a bumbling Australian slave driver. DS
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Bafta Masterclass: The Music and Sound Design Of Les Misérables
Filmed almost entirely in the UK, Les Misérables has been wooing London audiences since its release on Friday, demonstrating beyond doubt that it is possible to craft an epic, sweeping masterpiece without the benefit of musical playback. At this very special event, the sound and music teams behind Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation, including celebrated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, wax lyrical about the director’s audacious decision to allow the ensemble cast to sing live for every take. The distinguished panel will reveal the technical challenges of this naturalistic approach to filmmaking and the freedom that created for the actors to re-interpret classic songs from the well-loved score, including I Dreamed A Dream, One Day More and On My Own.
Pillow Talk (PG) Rock Hudson and Doris Day are at their most luminous in Michael Gordon’s 1959 comedy about an interior decorator (Day) and a playboy Broadway composer (Hudson), who have to share a telephone line and are constantly at loggerheads over his prolonged use of it to woo female bedfellows. Love blossoms when the composer charms his blonde nemesis by pretending on the telephone to be a Texas rancher named Rex Stetson. Gordon cleverly plays out the romance as a series of split-screen verbal jousts including a delicious bubble-bath flirtation that is almost frothy as the rest of the picture. Thelma Ritter is a hoot as Day’s drunken housekeeper. The film was a massive box office success when it was released, and perked-up Hudson’s career after the poor performance of A Farewell to Arms earlier in the year.
Jan 18, 6.10pm, £5-£10, concs/mems £5-£8.50, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT Waterloo
Jan 19, 2.15pm, Jan 22, 6pm, £7.50, concs £6, under 15s £5.50, Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland
Everyday + Q&A
(500) Days Of Summer (12A)
While other directors pander to the whims and fancies of their audiences, Michael Winterbottom has repeatedly challenged, tantalised and outraged with his work. For example, the gritty reworking of Jude starring Christopher Eccleston and Kate Winslet, the notorious 9 Songs featuring un-simulated sex between actors Kieran O’Brien and Margo Stilley, and the violent crime thriller, The Killer Inside Me. His new film, Everyday, is a compelling portrait of a family in crisis set in rural Norfolk, and is blessed with emotionally wrought performances from John Simm and Shirley Henderson. Following the screening, writer Hannah Patterson will lead a discussion with Winterbottom about the film and his body of work.
“This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know up front, this is not a love story...” begins the droll narrator of Marc Webb’s quirky comedy. From the opening frames we’re acutely aware that this romance has no happy ending. Love can be uplifting and inspiring, but it can also be cruel and unforgiving, bringing together Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who writes platitudes in greetings cards, and his boss’s quirky assistant, Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Tart one-liners are tossed hither and thither, but as the omnipresent voiceover keeps reminding us, this is no fairytale.
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This is Utopia With a comic book at its heart and an IT consultant among the protagonists, Utopia is a conspiracy thriller like no other. Lisa Williams meets the cast and creator
t’s usually investigative journalists, spies or politicians who get caught up in conspiracy plots, not mere mortals like us. But imagine how terrifying it would be if you did find yourself at the centre of some shady dealings, charged with crimes you didn’t commit, and being tortured for evidence you don’t have. This is the premise of Utopia, a new six-part drama for Channel 4 that follows the same dark trajectory as last year’s Secret State and 2011’s Black Mirror. Kudos, the production company behind Spooks and Hunted, approached playwright Dennis Kelly to write a television series about a conspiracy around a graphic novel, and he immediately knew how to make it interesting. “It seems to me most conspiracy thrillers tend to be about the protagonists being journalists or cops. I was more interested in, ‘What if it’s someone a bit incapable, like me?’ Just a really ordinary person who doesn’t know what they’re doing,” says the writer, who was highly praised for
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his most recent work – the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, with Tim Minchin. The story, which begins with a murder in a comic shop, sees five people who’ve met on an online forum discover a graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments. One (Bejan) is murdered, another, an 11-year-old boy called Grant is pursued by a creepy and ruthless pair known as The Network, IT consultant Ian and student Becky are framed for serious crimes, and the fifth, survivalist geek Wilson, is tracked down and tortured. It turns out there’s a lot at stake – the manuscript contains details of every conspiracy of the past century. All five people know it exists while a sixth person, Jessica Hyde, has bought the original manuscript and gone on the run. It’s high-concept stuff but treated in a way that is gripping and imaginative, and it even manages to fit in some funny moments, too. Alex Roach, the Swansea-born actress who played Helene in Julia Davis’s Hunderby and the young Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, knew she had to
play Becky the moment she read the script. “I read all episodes from start from finish, which I’ve never done with a script before – it was so gripping I didn’t even go to the loo! “I had four rounds of auditions for this. I cancelled a holiday and everything just because I wanted it so much,” she says. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, who played Curtis in Misfits, wasn’t worried about going from one fantastical series to another. In fact, he was attracted by the “ordinariness” of IT consultant Ian. “He’s so ordinary yet he’s got so much potential,” says the actor. “It’s exciting to play someone who has that little seed of potential.” Against the odds, there’s a bit of romance between their two characters, and on the very first day of filming they had to shoot a love scene. “You’re nervous anyway – starting a new job – and then the schedule comes through and you’re like, ‘I’m doing a sex scene on my first day!’,” says Roach, laughing. Then there’s the first episode’s torture scene, in which Wilson
(played by Four Lions actor Adeel Akhtar) is questioned while having nasties rubbed into his eyes. It had audience members shielding their own eyes in horror at a preview screening, but writer Kelly says this was the intention. “Watching that in a room full of people and knowing that it came out of your head is a genuinely difficult thing. But my feeling is that the only violence that offends me is violence that doesn’t shock me. In real life, whenever I’ve seen violence or been involved in violence it’s always shocking and has never been without consequences.” Though one of his characters, Wilson, is a hardcore conspiracy theorist, Kelly himself can’t believe in any of it. “But I like the fact that people are obsessed with conspiracy theories,” he adds. “I think there’s a comfort in conspiracy. The human mind looks for patterns and wants to make connections and if we can’t make them we will make two and two equal something else.” Utopia begins on Channel 4 on January 15 at 10pm
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Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and rookie Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) are called on to investigate reports of a triple homicide in the Peach Trees mega-block. But before they get too far, sadistic dealer Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) orders the lowlifes in the building to kill them. Dredd induces feelings of deja vu for anyone who thrilled to Gareth Evans’s The Raid. However, while The Raid orchestrated breathtakingly balletic fight sequences that were beautiful in their barbarity, Dredd takes a highvelocity gun to the heads of its nameless victims and splatters their brains across the camera lens. DS
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Whatever happened to classical music? Classical music has virtually disappeared from the story of 20th century culture â€“ overshadowed by the likes of film and pop. Now a major new festival aims to change that, while bringing this art form back into the mainstream. By Dan Frost
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he 20th century certainly had its fair share of tumultuous events. And you can see their impact in all of the art and culture that ran alongside: punk, graffiti, jazz, westerns, rock’n’roll, disaster movies, abstract impressionism, blues; virtually every art form is marked with the stamp of the political and social upheavals that helped to inspire it. But now ask yourself this: how did the events of the 20th century influence the classical music of the time? It’s a fairly safe bet that you’re struggling to answer that. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. It’s a curious quirk of history that has seen classical music virtually written out of the contemporary cultural narrative. When most of us think of classical music we think of Mozart and Beethoven; of oversized wigs in opulent 18th century concert halls; in short, of stuff that happened a long time ago. And yet, classical music led a vibrant life through the entirety of the 20th century. Like every other art form, it was deeply affected by what was happening around it in the world. And, like other art forms, it’s a very useful tool for helping us to understand the century and its events – a differently-coloured lens, if you will, through which to view the huge shifts in politics and liberty, the wars and repression, the technological advances and scientific achievements. “I certainly feel that the 20th century is one of the most exciting periods for classical music,” says Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre and the driving force behind a major new festival that aims to restore classical music’s position in the story of 20th century culture. “So many things happened in the 20th century, so many different clashing styles, so many different influences. And yet, 20th century classical music is something that many audiences are unaware of or less comfortable with than they are with, say, 20th century visual art or 20th century theatre. I’m hoping that this festival will help people over that hurdle.”
The festival in question is The Rest is Noise, an ambitious project inspired by a seminal book of the same name by American music critic Alex Ross. Starting this weekend, it will dominate the Southbank’s classical programme throughout 2013, and feature 18 different orchestras in more than 100 concerts. But it’s much more than just a classical music festival. Like Ross’s book, it will put the music of the century into context, using talks, debates and film screenings to explain the social and political backdrops of the music – in essence, showing how the century’s tumultuous events can be read through the
music,” says Kelly. “They might be fascinated by history or science or contemporary culture generally, but they haven’t included classical music in that story, and I think it’s a great shame to have classical music on the outside rim of the cultural debate.” This raises an obvious question: how did it become so sidelined? The distraction of other, newer forms of music – from jazz at the start of the century through rock’n’roll to dance and modern pop – is an obvious answer. But you also can’t ignore the fact that much of the 20th century’s classical output (particularly from the latter half of the century) is
in contemporary or recent composition than they are in music of the distant past. Because of this, orchestras are reluctant to programme modern music, meaning there is less need for new composition, which could eventually lead to a situation where the only new music written for large orchestras is film music. “If we’re going to carry on with the big orchestral, symphonic forces, we have to write for them,” says Kelly. “The 21st century has to provide for them and they have to play that music. You can’t just play work from the past if you’re trying to be a part of cultural life. If theatres only did Chekhov,
Fortissimo Conductor Nicholas Collon, who will perform at The Rest is Noise
Classical campaign Jude Kelly
music of the time. For example, audiences won’t just hear the music of Shostakovich; they’ll also hear about the crippling constraints placed on his compositions by Stalin’s Soviet Union. Alongside the music of Richard Strauss, they’ll also be able to learn about how it was influenced by his relationship with Hitler and the Third Reich. There’ll be discussions of pre-war German cabaret, how the social revolutions of the 60s influenced classical music, and a slew of fascinating insights into classical music’s role in bigger events – did you know that the CIA secretly funded avant-garde composition in post-war Germany as a way of discouraging composers from writing anthemic pieces that might stir up nationalistic sentiment? “One of my main goals is to use the festival to bring in audiences who don’t normally go to classical
Shakespeare and so on, it would be a disaster. “In that sense, classical music has had a really major challenge over the last 40 years, but I think it’s starting to come through it. I think the orchestras are becoming more confident and there is a lot of great work being produced.” So The Rest is Noise is not just about looking back; it’s about looking forward. It’s about the role of classical music in the 20th century, but with major implications for its placing in the 21st. Because if we can’t learn from the past, what hope is there for the future?
often heavily experimental and less easily digestible than what went before. “But is it any more difficult than getting to grips with a large amount of conceptual art?” asks Kelly. “There were years when people would say, ‘I’m looking at this thing but I don’t know what it is because it’s not representational’. But people have now got to the stage where they understand that art doesn’t just represent pictorially. It investigates conceptually. Music is also art, and in that context it investigates sound, it investigates pattern and rhythm, and that is really intriguing, enjoyable and stimulating in the same way that conceptual art is.” Lurking beneath this entire debate – and the festival itself – is a much bigger problem: the majority of classical music fans seem far less interested
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Artrocker New Blood Festival January 15-17, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, £5 Forget the BBC’s Sound of 2013 poll, if you really want to hear bands that will impress your muso mates, get along to Artrocker’s New Blood Festival. It’s not strictly all ‘new’ – the final night headliners The Brute Chorus (Jan 17 – pictured), for example, have been roughing up clubs around the capital in spectacular style for years – but
the line-up is certainly hot. Over three nights at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen some of the top-tipped talent for 2013 will do their best to live up to the hype. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for Scout’s favourites from the series: Reptile Youth (Jan 15) and Kites (Jan 16). Hoxton Square, N1 6NU Old Street
Make the most of your city Dutch Uncles
January 16, Rough Trade East, FREE
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As they mark the launch of third album Out of Touch in the Wild, Manchester’s smartest pop act will perform an in-store at one of London coolest record shops. Buy the album from January 14 and you could get a wristband –
if you’re quick. Otherwise you’ll have to wait til February to see them at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen – and it won’t be free. Dray Walk, E1 6QL Aldgate East
January 17, LSO St Luke’s, £20 & £30
This intimate gig by one of Ireland’s most influential singer songwriters will be a chance to see the 46-year-old doing what she does best. Stripped back and acoustic, it will showcase the fragility of her music and the strength of her incredible voice.
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The Nothing Compares 2 U singer has had something of a tumultuous return to music following the release of latest album How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? and a well-publicised fight with bipolar disorder. She cancelled her US tour in 2012, so this
January 20, Hammersmith Apollo, £22.50-£30 Straight outta Compton to make one of the hip hop albums of 2012, Kendrick Lamar is a ‘gangster-in-the-making’ come good. After releasing his first mix tape at 16, he has honed his skills through working with some of the biggest names in the genre, from The Game and Lil Wayne to Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) and Dr Dre. His soulful yet recognisably Compton style is a refreshing new turn for hip hop.
will be a rare chance to see her performing the new material, alongside classic hits. O’Connor will also will also perform a headline show at the Barbican Hall on March 27. Old Street, EC1V 9NG Old Street
Hidden Orchestra Spoken
Talking Heads Girlfriend is Better
Bobby Tank Afterburn
Peaking Lights Beautiful Son
My Dry Wet Mess Austere Coincidences
Makes whatever you’re doing feel like you’re in a movie – even if you’re just washing-up.
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Also this week: Ahab Jan 18, Kings Place, £12.50 Anti Vigilante, The Fear, The Dissociates, Darko Jan 19, Nambucca, £6 Conversations With Sound Jan 14, Kings Place, £12.50, adv £9.50 Donny And Marie Jan 20, The O2, £45-£75 Dropkick Murphys, Crowns Jan 18 & 19, The Forum, £21 Everything Everything Jan 15, Rough Trade East, phone for prices Gary Barlow, Nell Bryden Jan 16, Hammersmith Apollo, £35 & £65, phone for availability Gilad Atzmon Jan 19, The Hideaway, £12 Lone Wolf Jan 20, The Lexington, adv £7 Mark Morriss Jan 17, The Queen Of Hoxton, phone for availablity Martin Carthy Jan 20, Ye Olde Rose And Crown Theatre Pub, £10, concs £9 Miguel, Daley Jan 17, The Forum, £22.50, phone for availability Peter Hook And The Light Jan 17, KOKO, £20
Sons And Lovers Jan 18 & Jan 25, KOKO, £5 Young Fathers Jan 17, Shacklewell Arms, FREE Zarathustras Live Sessions Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Solo Bar, FREE Zeeteah Jan 18, MAP Studio Cafe, £12
Alt-J Jan 18 & 19, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £14
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BOOKING A HE A D Adrian Edmondson And The Bad Shepherds Dec 14, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £20 Aimee Mann Jan 28, Southbank Centre, £15-£25, concs £7.50-£12.50 Aisha Orazbayeva, Tania Chen, Najma Akhtar, Alan Tomlinson, Rowland Sutherland And Steve Beresford Feb 24, Dalston Boys Club, £6, concs £5 Albert Hammond Apr 17, Bush Hall, adv £25 Alchemy: Harshdeep Kaur, Ash King Apr 20, Southbank Centre, £10-£20, concs £5-£10
Amon Tobin Mar 8, Hammersmith Apollo, £28.50 & £35 Alchemy: Martin Simpson & Arieb Azhar Apr 17, Southbank Centre, £10 & £15, concs £5 & £7.50 Alchemy: Susheela Raman Apr 10, Southbank Centre, £10-£20, concs £5£10 Alicia Keys May 30 & May 31, The O2, £39.50 & £45 Alt-J May 16, O2 Academy Brixton, £16 AlunaGeorge Feb 19, XOYO, £11.50 & Jun 20, Electric Brixton, £14.50 Amy MacDonald Mar 3, London Palladium, £22.50-£37.50 Angel Haze Feb 21, The Scala, adv £12.50 Angus Stone Feb 13, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £16.50 Anita Harris Jan 25 & Jan 26, The Hippodrome Casino, £25-£35 Artifacts, My Tiger My Timing, I/M/M/I/ G/R/A/N/T/S Jan 29, 93 Feet East, FREE Athlete May 10, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £21.50 Bastille Mar 28 & Mar 29, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £13 Beach House Mar 25 & Mar 26, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £18 Bell X1 Jan 25, Bush Hall, £18.50 Beverley Craven Feb 1 & Feb 2, The Pheasantry, £22.50 Biffy Clyro, City And Colour Apr 3, The O2, £26.50 & £29.50 Big Country Apr 21, The Forum, £23.50 Billy Cobham Band Feb 18-Feb 23, Ronnie Scott’s, £30-£50 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Mar 27, O2 Academy Brixton, £22.50 Bleech Feb 15, KOKO, £5 Bloc Party, The Joy Formidable, Old Men Feb 22, Earls Court, adv £29.50 Blondie Jul 7, Roundhouse, £37.50 Blood Red Shoes, Rolo Tomassi, Wet Nuns Jan 22, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £13.50 Bo Ningen Mar 29, Dingwalls, adv £9 Bonnie Raitt Jun 27, Royal Albert Hall, £40-£50
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Brandt Brauer Frick Mar 21, XOYO, adv £12 Brasstronaut Mar 18, The Lexington, adv £7.50 Bryan Ferry Nov 4, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£95 Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm Mar 17, Roundhouse, £20 Buzzcocks Apr 6, Electric Brixton, adv £20 C2C: Country to Country Mar 16 & Mar 17, The O2, £35-£65 Cancer Bats Mar 15, KOKO, £12.50 Chali 2na, Roc Jan 24, The Jazz Cafe, phone for prices Chas & Dave May 18, IndigO2, £26.50£45 Clannad Mar 20, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £32.50 Clare Teal Jan 24, Pizza Express Jazz Club, £40 Cleo Laine Mar 6, Millfield Arts Centre, £26, adv £25 Clutch Jan 22, KOKO, £15 Conor Maynard, Gabrielle Aplin, Little Nikki Jan 22, The Forum, adv £13.50 Cosmo Jarvis Feb 20, The Lexington, adv £10 Crystal Fighters May 23, KOKO, £14 Cult Of Luna Jan 22, The Garage, £15 D-A-D Mar 2, O2 Academy Islington, adv £15 Damn Vandals Feb 2, Nambucca, £5 Darwin Deez Feb 12, Heaven, £15 Daughter Jan 24, Hackney Empire, £13.50 Death Grips May 2, The Forum, £15 Deftones, Letlive, Three Trapped Tigers Feb 20, O2 Academy Brixton, £28.50 Depeche Mode May 28 & May 29, The O2, £40 & £50 Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience Feb 8 & Feb 9, Ronnie Scott’s, £25-£45 Dog Is Dead Mar 6, KOKO, adv £11.50 Don Broco Feb 21, The Underworld, adv £9 & Apr 18, KOKO, £12 Dutch Uncles Feb 14, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, £10 Edwyn Collins Apr 24, Union Chapel, £25 Eels Mar 21, O2 Academy Brixton, £30 Egyptian Hip Hop Mar 4, XOYO, £10 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Jun 4 & Jun 5, Royal Albert Hall, £45 Emeli Sande Apr 8, Hammersmith Apollo, £25-£29.50
Anastacia Apr 6, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £32.50
Ne-Yo, Tulisa Mar 15, The O2, £36 & £40 Eric Clapton May 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, Royal Albert Hall, £70 & £85 Esben And The Witch Feb 26, The Scala, adv £10 Example Feb 23, Earls Court, £28.50 FM Mar 23, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £18.50 Fairport Convention May 10, The Borderline, £24 Fenech Soler Feb 25, Birthdays, £10 & May 22, Electric Ballroom, £12 Finley Quaye, The Mercenaries Feb 28, The Scala, £19.50, adv £12.50 & £15.50 Foals, Efterklang Mar 28, Royal Albert Hall, £10-£25 Four Tet Feb 28, Heaven, £15.50 Frank Hamilton May 3, The Borderline, £7.50 Fun Apr 12, Hammersmith Apollo, £18.50 Funeral For A Friend Feb 18, The Garage, £16 Gabby Young And Other Animals Mar 16, The Garage, £12 Gallops, Portasound Feb 21, The Lexington, adv £7 Gaoler’s Daughter Jan 30, 93 Feet East, £7, adv £5 Gaz Coombes Apr 25, The Garage, £13.50 General Fiasco Feb 11, The Barfly, Camden, adv £8.50 Ghost, Gojira, The Defiled Mar 24, O2 Academy Brixton, £5 Girls Aloud Mar 1-3, The O2, £42.50£49.50 Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs, All Time Low Jun 1, Emirates Stadium, £45-£65 Gwyneth Herbert Jan 27, 606 Club, £10 Hadouken! Apr 25, Electric Ballroom, £14.50 Helloween Apr 16, The Forum, adv £25 I Am Kloot Feb 19, Barbican Centre, £25 Iamamiwhoami May 30, Electric Brixton, £15 Inspiral Carpets Mar 22, KOKO, phone for prices JLS Dec 21 & Dec 22, The O2, £25 & £33.50 Jaguar Skills Mar 23, KOKO, £15 Jah Wobble & Bill Sharpe Apr 26, Islington Town Hall, £17.50 & £20 Jake Bugg Feb 27 & Feb 28, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, phone for prices James, Echo And The Bunnymen Apr 19 & Apr 20, O2 Academy Brixton, £38.50
Britten Sinfonia with Angela Hewitt Jan 23, Wigmore Hall, £12, concs £10 Addison Singers, Brandenburg Sinfonia Jan 24, St Martin-In-TheFields, £8-£28, concs available Aled Jones May 12, Union Chapel, adv £35 Alfie Boe: Storyteller Apr 8 & Apr 9, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£45 BBC Symphony Orchestra Nov 10, Royal Albert Hall, £8-£36 Gondwana Chorale Jan 30, St John’s, Smith Square, £9-£18, concs £8.10-£16.20 Il Divo And Katherine Jenkins Apr 19, The O2, £35-£95 Julian Marc Stringle Mar 22, Chickenshed, £17, adv £15 Kimiko Ishizaka Jan 30, 1901 Arts Club, £30 inc drink London A Cappella Festival : Choir Of Clare College Jan 24, Kings Place, £14.50-£26.50, adv £9.50
London Symphony Orchestra/St Lawrence String Quartet Jan 27, Barbican Centre, £10-£36 Only Boys Aloud Apr 6, Cadogan Hall, £19.50-£27.50 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Jan 25, Cadogan Hall, £15-£40, mems £20-£35 Steinberg Duo Mar 5, 1901 Arts Club, £18, concs £15 The Rest Is Noise: The Halle Feb 2, Southbank Centre, phone for prices Trafalgar Sinfonia Jan 25, St Martin-In-The-Fields, £8-£24, concs available Yevgeny Sudbin Jan 21, Wigmore Hall, £12, concs £10 Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra Jan 23, St John’s, Smith Square, £10-£18, concs £8-£14.40 Zelkova String Quartet Jan 24, St John’s, Smith Square, £10, concs £9, mems FREE, £10, concs £9, mems FREE
The Courteeners Mar 16, O2 Academy Brixton, £19.50 Jamie Lidell Mar 8, Heaven, adv £16 Janet Devlin Apr 6, O2 Academy Islington, £10 Jessie J Oct 29 & Oct 30, The O2, £25 & £33.50 Jessie Ware Mar 13 & Mar 14, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £16.50 Joe Satriani Jun 17, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £40 & Jun 18, IndigO2, phone for prices Johnny Marr Mar 15, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £22.50 Journey/Whitesnake, Thunder May 29, Wembley Arena, £48 Justin Bieber Mar 4, 5, 7, 8, The O2, £50 & £60 Kaiser Chiefs, This Many Boyfriends Mar 1, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £27.50 Kings Of Leon Jun 12 & Jun 13, The O2, £57.50 Lana Del Rey May 19 & May 20, Hammersmith Apollo, £28.50 Lawson Mar 1, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15.50 Lee Scratch Perry Feb 9 & Feb 10, The Jazz Cafe, £22.50 Lemur Jan 21, Kings Place, £12.50, adv £9.50 Leon Ware Feb 1, Islington Town Hall, £25 Leona Lewis May 8 & May 9, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£65 Leonard Cohen Jun 21, The O2, £25-£75 Lianne La Havas, Rae Morris, George Ezra Mar 11 & Mar 12, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Little Feat Feb 8, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £30-£32.50 Little Mix Feb 13, Hammersmith Apollo, £19.50-£32.50 London A Cappella Festival : The Magnets Jan 25, Kings Place, £9.50£34.50 London International Ska Festival 2013 Mar 28-Mar 31, Various Venues, weekend ticket £99.99 Lordi May 12, The Forum, adv £17.50 Loudon Wainwright III May 3, Southbank Centre, £25-£35, concs £12.50-£17.50 Mad Dog Mcrea Mar 20, Half Moon, Putney, £10 Maps & Atlases Mar 6, Dingwalls, adv £11.50 Mark Knopfler May 27-Jun 1, Royal Albert Hall, £37.50-£52.50 Marlena Shaw Mar 26-Mar 30, Ronnie Scott’s, £30-£50
Maroon 5 Jun 23 & Jun 24, The O2, £40 & £45 Matchbox Twenty Apr 16, Hammersmith Apollo, £29.50 McFly May 18, Wembley Arena, £31.50 Michael Buble Jun 30, Jul 1, 3-5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, The O2, £50-£75, phone for availability Mick Hucknall Apr 28, Hammersmith Apollo, £40 & £50 Modestep Feb 14, KOKO, £14 Moshi Moshi Jan 23, Servant Jazz Quarters, phone for prices Mumiy Troll May 25, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £20 Muse May 25 & 26, Emirates Stadium, phone for prices My Bloody Valentine Mar 12 & 13, Hammersmith Apollo, adv £25 My First Tooth Feb 21, Bull And Gate, £10, adv £5 NME Awards Shows 2013: Brooke Candy Feb 25, Madame Jojo’s, £9.10 NME Awards Shows 2013: Dinosaur Jr Feb 4, Electric Ballroom, £20.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Doldrums Feb 20, Corsica Studios, £10.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Everything Everything Feb 13, Heaven, £15.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Fiction Feb 25, Electrowerkz, £8.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Fidlar Feb 25, The Garage, £11.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Gabriel Bruce Feb 5, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, £9.10 NME Awards Shows 2013: Hurts Feb 7, Heaven, phone for prices NME Awards Shows 2013: Jagwar Ma Feb 26, Birthdays, £8.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Kate Nash Feb 13, The Sebright Arms, £12.50 NME Awards Shows 2013: Kodaline Feb 14, Dingwalls, adv £10.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: The Cribs, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Deap Vally, Drenge Feb 22, O2 Academy Brixton, phone for prices NME Awards Shows 2013: Tim Burgess Feb 21, Birthdays, £15.60
Meat Loaf: Last At Bat Tour Apr 10, The O2, £57.50
The Heavy Mar 21, KOKO, £12.50 NME Awards Shows 2013: Toy Feb 12, The Scala, £11.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Tribes Feb 6, Secret Location, phone for prices Nadeah, La Maison Tellier Jan 28, Royal Albert Hall, £12.50 Nas Mar 19, The O2, £34-£39, w/CD £44.99-£49.99 Ne-Yo, Tulisa Mar 15, The O2, £36 & £40 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Jun 17, The O2, £45-£65 Neon Trees Feb 7, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, adv £12.50 Netsky Mar 1, The Forum, £15 Ocean Colour Scene Feb 25 & Feb 26, Electric Ballroom, £28.50 Of Monsters And Men Mar 5-Mar 7, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, phone for prices Olivia Newton-John Mar 13, Royal Albert Hall, £45 & £55 Olly Murs Feb 11, IndigO2, £15-£75, Mar 10, Wembley Arena, £34 & Mar 29 & 30, The O2, £34 One Direction Feb 22-24, & Apr 1, 2, 4 & 5, The O2, £25 & £33.50 P!nk Apr 24, Apr 25, Apr 27, Apr 28, The O2, £42.50-£55 Paloma Faith, Josephine Feb 7, Hammersmith Apollo, £22.50-£29.50 Patrick Wolf Apr 6, Southbank Centre, £17.50-£22.50 Pere Ubu Apr 23, Bush Hall, £20 Pet Shop Boys Jun 18, The O2, £35 Peter Gabriel Oct 21 & Oct 22, The O2, £40 & £50 Plan B, Labrinth, Rudimental Feb 9, The O2, £30 Republica Mar 14, The Garage, £14 Richard Hawley Feb 23, Troxy, £22.50 Rod Stewart: Live The Life Tour Jun 4 & Jun 6, The O2, £60-£70 Roddy Woomble Mar 13, The Jazz Cafe, £15 Rolf Harris Feb 8, Southbank Centre, £25£55, concs £12.50-£22.50 Ron Sexsmith Mar 7, Royal Albert Hall, £22.50-£32.50 Ronan Keating: Fires Tour Jan 26, The O2, £35 Roots Manuva Mar 16, KOKO, £17, adv £15 Ruby Turner Feb 4-Feb 7, Ronnie Scott’s, £30-£45 Rush May 24, The O2, £60 & £75 Salif Keita Feb 13, Southbank Centre, £10£30, concs £5-£15 Saxon Apr 27, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £20 Sigur Ros Mar 7-9, O2 Academy Brixton, £30 Sinead O’Connor Feb 15, Royal Albert Hall,
£25 & Mar 27, Barbican Centre, £18-£25 Suede Mar 30, Alexandra Palace, £32.50 Tame Impala Jun 25, Hammersmith Apollo, £19.50 Teenage Cancer Trust: Kasabian Mar 22, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£75 Teenage Cancer Trust: Noel Gallagher With Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon Mar 23, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£100 Teenage Cancer Trust: Primal Scream Mar 21, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£75 Teenage Cancer Trust: Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth Mar 24, Royal Albert Hall, £25£50 Teenage Cancer Trust: Ryan Adams, Beth Orton Mar 19, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£75 The Datsuns Feb 15, Dingwalls, adv £10 The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster Apr 12, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 The Gaslight Anthem Mar 29 & Mar 30, Troxy, £23.50 The Joy Formidable Mar 8, Roundhouse, £15 The Rest Is Noise: All The King’s Men Mar 1, Southbank Centre, FREE The Rest Is Noise: Liza Minnelli Mar 1, Southbank Centre, £40-£120, concs £20-£60 The Rest Is Noise: Royal Academy Of Music’s Musical Theatre Company Mar 22, Southbank Centre, FREE The Rest Is Noise: Tapping The Source Feb 3, Southbank Centre, FREE The Script Mar 22 & Mar 23, The O2, £29.50 The Specials May 28 & May 29, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £37.50 The Stone Roses Jun 7 & Jun 8, Finsbury Park, £55 The Vaccines May 2, The O2, £27 Trey Songz Jan 30 & Jan 31, Hammersmith Apollo, £30 & £35 Two Door Cinema Club Feb 8, O2 Academy Brixton, £16.50 & Apr 27, Alexandra Palace, £20, disabled £10 Wave Machines Feb 6, The Scala, adv £9 Wiley, Skepta, JME Apr 20, The Forum, £14.50 Willy Moon Feb 12, XOYO, £10
The X Factor Live Tour 2013 Feb 7, The O2, £32.50 & Feb 22-23, Wembley Arena, £32.50
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Tuesday January 15 Blackjack at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus £5, guestlist £4, 8.15pm, 7pm doors. DJ Melody Kane spins hip hop, R&B, dancehall and house, with live performances from Ebony Day, Shakka, David Stewart, Shem and Ady Suleiman. Desire at Covert, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall £8, w/flyer £6, 3am11am. DJs Steven Geller, Bruno Nouer and Sven Jon spin house and electro records. Glamorous Afterparty at Covert, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall £7, w/ flyer £6, 5am-11am. Deep house and electro courtesy of DJs Kaos Kid, Marlon K and Francko Harris. Spencer’s Vintage Inches at The Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street phone for prices, 4pm-late. Hoxton FM DJs spin rock’n’roll, funk and rhythm’n’blues.
Wednesday January 16 Akira Records Presents at The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN Angel £5, 7.30pm-12midnight. Resident DJs play folk, rock, indie and electronica, plus live performances. Cheapskates at Moonlighting, 16-17 Greek Street, W1D 4DR Tottenham Court Road w/flyer £5, 9pm-3.30am. Resident DJs and guests supply indie, electro and old-school vibes. Choke at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, guestlist £3, NUS/w/flyer £4, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs play hip hop, drum’n’bass, electro, indie and grime. Gigolo at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square concs £5, 10pm-3am. Guys with attitude party to house, pop and disco, hosted by international porn stars. Girls-A-Loud at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 8pmlate. DJs play pop, chart and electro, while Seauntelle hosts the weekly karaoke session. Seahawks Boat Party at The Big Chill Bar, Drury Walk, E1 6QL Liverpool Street FREE, 7pm-12midnight. Jon Tye and Pete Fowler spin 1970s disco. Trannyshack at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE
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Thursday January 17 Gravity at Covert, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall w/flyer £5, FREE before 1am, 12midnight-8am. DJs Fat Tony, Verity Mayes and The Oli spin house and electro. Hidden Level at Camino, Regent Quarter, N1 9RL King’s Cross St Pancras phone for prices, 7pm-12midnight. DJs Virgil Howe, Mr Snoid and El Barone spin funk, Latin, rock’n’roll and reggae. Porn Idol at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross w/flyer FREE, 11pm4am. Resident DJs spin pop and dance while plucky punters are invited to demonstrate their talents for a shot at a cash prize. 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. Room Service at Miabella, 12-13 Greek Street, W1D 4DL Tottenham Court Road £8, £5 before 12midnight, 10pm-3am. Weekly gay dance party in the company of special guest hosts and residents including Kris Di Angelis, Severino, Fat Tony, Steve Pitron, Matt Bogard and Ariel. Slug Couture Present at Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, SE14 6TY New Cross £7, 8pm-3am. Fantastic Mr Fox, The Hotelles, i/m/m/i/g/r/a/n/t/s, Artifacts, Ben Williams, Boomba and Badger play dubstep, electronica and bass music. What Ever Happned To P-Rock Presents at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP Old Street £9, adv £7, 7pm. Rock, indie and metal courtesy of P-Rock DJs, plus a live performance from Vinnie Caruna. Wobble Disco at The Silver Bullet, 5 Station Place, N4 2DH Finsbury Park FREE, 8pm. Bugaboh and Afrodite play bass music, electro, house, disco and dance classics, plus live performances from Kaveli and Paul Freeman.
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Entail Records Presents Unlock at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras adv £15, 10pm-7am. Alex Niggemann (pictured), Kabale Und Liebe, Ron Costa and Adapter spin house and techno in the main room, while room 2 welcomes Natalie Coleman, Miss Mavrik, Tred Benedict and Emeskay.
Balkan Sonik at The InSpiral Lounge, 250 Camden High Street, NW1 8QS Camden Town FREE, 9pm-1.30am. Dr Malaka, Fred Balkayou and Gino play Klezmer, Balkan, Gypsy, electronica and swing music. Bump at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £10, £7 before 11pm, 9pm-4am. Kid Cedek, Snips, Motive and CWD spin urban and pop. Eurofest at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £7, w/flyer £5 before 11pm, 9pm-late. Resident DJs spin Europop with a live performance from Tina Cousins. Fabriclive at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £17, adv £16, mems £12, NUS £12 before 12midnight, £8 after 3am, 10pm-6am. Joker, Hatcha, N-Type, Funtcase, Grooverider, Chef, Kutz, Soulz, Crazy D, Mighty Moe, AD, Majestic, Dillinja, DJ Die, Mampi Swift, Crissy Criss, Annix Konichi, Decimal Bass, Macpherson, Distance, Youngsta, Tunnidge, Sleeper, District and Thelem spin dubstep, drum’n’bass, house, garage and jungle across three rooms, with MCs IC3, Funsta, 2Shy and LX One. Flamingods Album Launch Party at Shacklewell Arms, 71 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 8pm-3am. Afrobuddha, Sunless ‘97 and Belly Kids spin Afrobeat, soul, funk, Latin, techno, disco and punk, with live performances from Flamingods and Chalices Of The Past. Hoochinoo Live at Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East £5, FREE before 8pm, 8pm-1am. Hip hop, rap and grime courtesy of Melanin 9, Mr Ti2bs, Rewd Adams, G Fam and Kwam. Kartel Launch Party at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton adv £5, 10pm-4am. Electronica, house, techno, bass, dubstep, Afrobeat and African music courtesy of Bass Clef, Romare and resident DJs The Busy Twist and Moto And Bagheera. Kinkyfunk at The Whitehouse, 65 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7EH Clapham Common £5, 9pm-5am. Ministry Of Sound DJs Time Takers spin house, electro, techno and old skool classics. Mr Loverman - Launch Party at The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH Stoke Newington £5, FREE before 11pm, 10pm-late. Resident DJs spin old skool reggae and ska records. My Awesome Mixtape at The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DX Farringdon FREE, 7pm-late. DJs Harvoid and Dr J play indie, rock, punk, soul, electronica, garage, new wave and folk. Naughty Elves Fridays at Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EP Piccadilly Circus FREE elf outfit, 8pm3am. Resident DJs play pop hits, party, R&B and commercial dance. Needwant at The Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Hoxton £10, adv £6 & £8, 10pm-4am. Casino Times, Ejeca and Sean Brosnan spin house and electro. Pacha Presents at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria adv £10, 11pm5am. House, techno and disco courtesy of DJs Dirty Channels, Bobby Pleasure, Threez A Crowd, Vishaal Lauren, Matt Fear, Tommy Ryan, Will Judge, Max Smith and Daniel Lesnieski.
Warm at Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB Elephant & Castle £8 & £10, 10pm-6am. Nick Hoppner (pictured) and Auntie Flo spin house and techno, with resident support. 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. Shake & Pop at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road £5, mems £3, FREE before 10pm, 9.30pm-late. DJ Bam Bo Tang spins urban anthems, chart, retro hits and pop classics. Slipped Disco Launch night at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo FREE, 8pm-1am. DJ Ben Osborne spins techno, house, disco, funk and punk. Unleash at Secret Location, E1 adv £15 & £20, 10pm-6am. H.O.S.H., Betoko and Daylomar spin electro, house and dance. Vibes Superheroes Vs Villains Fancy Dress Party at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH Brixton £12, £10 before 12midnight, £8 dressed in fancy, adv £7, 10pm-6am. Nanci And Phoebe, Lena Cullen, Serial Killaz, Dee Scott and Illaman spin drum’n’bass and house. We Can Talk at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH Old Street £5 after 9pm, 8pm-2am. Tim Filthy Dukes and One From The Vaults’ Emily and Naomi spin house, electro and disco. Zonk Disco at The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST Peckham Rye FREE, 10pm-4am. Disco music courtesy of Guilhem Monin, Unlikely, Grease Coupe, DJ Bump’n’Grind and Jazzheadchronic.
Saturday January 19 1-800 Dinosaur at Plastic People, 147149 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE Liverpool Street £10, concs £8, 10pm4am. James Blake, Airhead, Dan Foat and Mr Assister spin electro, dubstep and house. Ade Laugee In Session at The InSpiral Lounge, 250 Camden High Street, NW1 8QS Camden Town FREE, 9.30pm-1.30am. The underground DJ spins techno, electro and drum’n’bass. A:M Afterhours at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £12, w/flyer £8, 3am-11am. Resident DJs spin house and disco. Audio Sushi at The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ Brixton £5, FREE before 11pm, 7pm-4am. Jeffrey
Monday January 14 Hoxton Ukulele Hootenanny at The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX Liverpool Street £20, 7.30pm-12midnight. Resident DJs play Ukulele inspired music, plus live performances. Popcorn at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross £8, £4 before 1am, NUS/ guestlist/mems FREE, 11pm-5.30am. DJs Zach Burns, Adam Turner, Jamie Hammond and Neroli spin house music in the main room, while residents spin dance and pop in the Stage Bar and T-Rex plays R&B and hip hop in the Star Bar. Stampede at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus £5, £3 before 1am, £1 before 11am, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJ Laurence Rene spins pop-punk, alternative, rock and ska, with hosts Oli Sandler and Matt Boland.
Disastronaut plays reggae, electro, funk jungle, pop, indie and dubstep. Bread & Butter at The Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Hoxton £5£10, 10pm-4am. Ripperton spins electro, house and soul. Cartuli’s Day // Overall Records at Crucifix, 7-9 Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW London Bridge £15, concs £12, adv £10, early bird £8, 11pm-late. Adam Shelton, Terence:TERRY, Javier Carballo, Hanfry Martinez and Unai Trotti spin house and techno. Chik Budo ‘CB13 Mixtape’ Launch Party at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus FREE, 8pm1am. Esser and Leaf Troup spin dance music with a live performance from the punk-edged dance act.
Warehouse Presents at Club Warehouse, Unit H9, Hastingwood Trading Estate, 35 Harbet Road, N18 3HT Angel Road £10, adv £8, 11pm-7am. House, dance and electro courtesy of DJ duo NiCE7 (pictured). Club De Fromage at O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £6.50, 10.30pm3.30am. Resident DJs play cheese and pop from the 1980s and 1990s. Def:Inition Presents The Third Annual Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Fundraiser at Hidden, 100 Tinworth Street, SE11 5EQ Vauxhall adv £8, early bird £6, 9pm7am. Drum’n’bass and old skool jungle courtesy of Grooverider, Brockie, Sub Zero, Jaydan, Bryan Gee, Jumping Jack Frost, Ruffstuff, Logan D, Majistrate, DJ Sly, DJ Pleasure, DJ Guv, Nicky Blackmarket, DJ Inter, DJ Kane, Turno, Dominator, Harry Bizzle, DJ S.O, Chunky Bizzle, Levela, DJ Tyson, DJ Friller, Mre J Cutter, Kronic, Buzzbee, Magnum, DJ Kure, Blunote, Ruffride, Deviate, DJ LOL, Tommy Tumle, 2Rude, SLB, GPS and Whileyone. Drop The Needle at Ridley Road Market Bar, 49 Ridley Road, E8 2NP Dalston Kingsland FREE, 6pm-4am. Drums of Death, zntn, Alex Torrance, Milan Onassis, Sanjay Sur and Pep Sanchez play house, disco and dub. Electro Swing Club at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH Old Street £10, £5 before 10pm, 8pm-2am. Vintage swing, electro, soul and rhythm’n’blues courtesy of Tobu Musikism, Jon Bongly, Chris Tofu, Josh and Les Chat, Odjbox and Pierre. Faith X Holic at East Village, 89 Great
Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street £8, adv £5, £6 before 10.30pm, 9pm3.30am. Deep house, techno and disco courtesy of resident DJs Terry Farley and Tomoki Tamura and guest Chris Carrier, while Faith residents Stuart Patterson and Dave Jarvis spin disco upstairs. First Word Records at The Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £7, adv £5, 9pm-3am. DJ Andy H spins reggae, Afrobeat, dub and hip hop, plus performance from Nubiyan Twist. For The Benefit Of Mr Smith Too at Bull And Gate, 389 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ Kentish Town adv £15, 7.30pm. Foozling Luckman play Cardiacs records at a fundraising event. Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2013 at KOKO, 1a Camden High Street, NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent £25, 7pm. The French DJ presents awards to the best up-and-coming electro-jazz, hip hop and house acts. In Bed With Little Gay Brother at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. Serverino, Chris Camplin, Terry Vietheer, Bright Light Bright Light and David Oh spin 1980s pop across two rooms. La Dolce Vita Opening at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras £20, mems £15, NUS £13, adv £10, 10pmlate. Alex Neri, Marco Faraone, Neverdogs, Julie Marghilano and Woo spin electro, house and techno. Mav at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £6, adv £4, 9pm4am. DJ Woody, Spin Doc, DJ Rags and CWD spin hip hop, soul, house and disco. Space at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria adv £10, 11pm5am. Digital Acrobatic, Johnny T, Andrew T, Olivier Garth, Masheti, Daniel Hobden, Paul Welford, Dean Griffits, Andrei Cosmin, DB and Bowles play funky house and dance. Throwback Club: 50s And 60s Flashback at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Basement Of Tavistock Hotel, Tavistock Square, WC1H 9EU Russell Square £5, adv £3, 9pm-3am. DJs Uncle Tommy and Diddy Wah spin retro rock’n’roll, pop and Northern soul. Undersound #005 at Secret Location, E1 £12, adv £10, 11pm-6am. Ian F, Francesco
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Fabric at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £20, adv £19, NUS/fabric first £14, £10 after 4am, 11pm-8am. Mr C (pictured), Konrad Black, Luke VB, Tim Red, Terry Francis, Sigha, DVS1, Francis Harris, Anthony Collins and Voigtmann spin house and drum’n’bass across three rooms, with a live performance from Affie Yusuf.
Del Garda, d:alog and Harry McCanna spin underground electro and dance. Vision Underground at Nomad, 58 Old Street, EC1V 9AJ Barbican £10, guestlist £5, 10pm-5am. Katya Kabeli, Samantha Blackburn, Shane B, Jerome Focus and WD Wallace spin deep house and techno. We Fear Silence at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge adv £13, early bird £11, 10pm-6am. House and electro courtesy of Stanton Warriors, Sigma, Elite Force, High Rankin, Marten Horger, Lady Waks, Jimi Needles, Jurassik, Se7en Deadly Breaks, Reveal and Final Conflict across two rooms.
Sunday January 20 Hula Boogie 10th Anniversary Party at South London Pacific, 340 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD Oval adv £15, 7.30pm1am. Miss Aloha and Reverend Boogie spin 1940s and 1950s rhythm’n’blues and rock’n’roll, with a live performance from the Ray Collins Hot Club. Lady Lloyds Hit Factory at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square FREE, 8pm-3am. Lady Lloyd spins retro pop. Later at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £6, 11.30am-8pm. D’Johnny, Paul Martin, The Oli, The Sharp Boys and Jamie Head spin house music. Orange at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £12, £10, w/flyer £5 before
1am, 10pm-late. The Oli, Paul Martin and The Sharp Boys spin house in room one, while Gonzola Rivas, David Jiminez and Hi Fi Sean provide minimal techno and tech house in room two. Shiftless Shuffle at East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street £6 (inc class), 2pm-7pm. DJ Harv, Patrick Forger and Perry Louis spin jazz, dance, Latin, funk and Afro. S.L.A.G.S / CHILL-OUT Sundays at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £8, £5 before 7.30pm, 2pm-12noon. Simon Le Vans, Andy Almighty and Sean Sirrs spin disco, electro and house, plus The D E Experience performs live. Sunday Best at Ladybird Bar, 70 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel FREE, 9pm3am. Resident DJs spin funk, disco, soul and house. Sundays at Metra, 14 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NG Leicester Square phone for prices, 8pm-2.30am. Resident DJs spin R&B and funky house. Toast at Upstairs At The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Brixton FREE, 8pm11pm. Seventies dub, reggae, rocksteady, ska and dancehall. Tutti Frutti at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 8pm2.30am. Soul, disco and house courtesy of DJ Squeaky. Wet Yourself at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £10, NUS £7, adv £5, 11pm-6am.
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The shock of the bay Love it or hate it, playwright Simon Stephens’ work always provokes a reaction. As his play Port is revived by the National Theatre, Stephens tells Caroline Bishop why embracing failure is the key to success
imon Stephens is describing his favourite walk-out. It was at the Manchester Royal Exchange during a performance of his 2002 play, Port. In one scene the main character tortures her aging grandmother by forcefeeding her chocolate. “I’m looking across at the audience and they turn to each other and start nodding,” says Stephens with a grin, “and then, as one, 20 people stand up and walk out! It was extraordinary to watch. One of them said to the ushers, ‘my husband lived through the war and that play was worse’.” It shows just how commonplace walk-outs are from Stephens’ plays that he can have a “favourite”. Whether it be a returning soldier showering violence on a teenage girl in Motortown, a public schoolboy massacring his classmates in Punk Rock or a girl brutally murdering her boyfriend in last year’s Morning, Stephens has always had the ability to shock. “Clearly I’d much rather everybody stayed and had a great time and really got what I was trying to do,” he says. “I don’t want to upset people, but I’m glad they react.” For all those who object to the brutal scenes in his plays, there is the same number who admire his raw honesty and radicalism. Last year was a spectacularly busy one
for the writer, with six productions in the UK. No wonder he feels “a bit frazzled” when we meet for a chat at the Lyric Hammersmith, where he is artistic associate. The success of 2012 is now spilling over into 2013. Both his version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, staged to much acclaim at the Young Vic, and his adaptation of Mark Haddon’s popular novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the National Theatre are returning, the latter transferring to the West End. Before those, this month sees the first major UK revival of Port, which will be staged with all its grannyfeeding nastiness at the National. Set in his native town of Stockport, Port follows the 13-year odyssey of Rachael (beginning the play at 11 years old in 1988), who must forge her own way in the world after being largely abandoned by her parents. Though it’s not autobiographical, Stephens feels it’s “a play built on the attempt to remember something properly about my youth, and about my hometown. “Port feels like it’s written by a different writer to an extent,” adds the 41-year old, who now lives with his wife and three children in east London. “It’s like looking at a photograph of yourself 10 years ago. You look at it with a sense of wonder that you were ever so
young, and a sense of relish at the jacket you were wearing... and then another part is a profound embarrassment at the haircut.” For someone who often writes about bleak subjects, Stephens is a jovial and eager conversationalist, peppering thoughtful pronouncements on the pessimistic state of the nation and his passion for playwriting (“the only medium I’m excited by is theatre”) with cheerful swearing and a cheeky laugh. He doesn’t seem like the kind of playwright to adapt Ibsen, whom he describes as “f***ing incredible”, or tackle the sensitive story of a teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome. But Stephens is full of surprises. He surprised some
critics, I suggest, with his relatively traditional version of 1879 play A Doll’s House. “No dildos and strap-ons?” he laughs. “I think it’s a radical play. You don’t need to update it, just trust the play. The only really radical thing I did was cut a lot of words, but I think by cutting away at the words you reveal its radicalism.” Adapting Haddon’s 2003 novel was another skill again, one that at first he didn’t know if he could master. But Stephens isn’t afraid of failure – in fact, he positively encourages it. “If you operate with a terror of failure you will never do anything extraordinary,” he says, after criticising the safe mentality in some parts of the theatrical establishment. “You’ve just got to f**k up. At least there’s boldness and an attempt to do something which is unusual.” With two new plays already written and another in the pipeline for the Royal Court, we can expect plenty more boldness from Stephens. Sometimes, he even surprises himself: during the run of Curious Incident at the National, nobody walked out. “It was really surprising to have an audience leave the theatre in a palpably better mood,” he laughs. “That was a new experience!” Port, National Theatre, January 22-March 22, nationaltheatre.org.uk The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Apollo Theatre, from March 1, nationaltheatre.org.uk A Doll’s House, Young Vic, April 2-20, youngvic.org
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PREVIE W S A Sherbert Cherry Rose Barons Court Theatre January 15-February 3, £12 Xenia Orphanides’ latest work for this tiny West London theatre is a fascinating portrait of the modern city, encompassing physical theatre, songs and surreality as it tackles questions of loneliness, aggression, creativity and madness. W14 9HR Barons Court 020 8932 4747
The Jess Docker Show Pentameters Theatre January 15-February 3, £12 Harry Saks’ funny and provocative play follows a creative couple desperately trying to maintain their artistic ideals in the face of society’s taste for vulgar, dumbed-down TV landfill. Should they remain determinedly high-minded and broke or swallow their ideals for a taste of the big time?
Metamorphosis The Lyric A man awakes one day to find that he has transformed into a grotesque insect. Oh that is soooo Kafka-esque. Actually it’s soooo Kafka. Metamorphosis is one of the defining works by the influential German writer, and the subject of countless adaptations for stage and screen. This version by David Farr and Gísli Örn Garðarsson won widespread acclaim when it played at the Lyric in 2006 and 2008, not least for the athletic physicality of its staging (the work of
Garðarsson’s outstanding Vesturport theatre company, which has a fine line in exhilarating, circus-infused reinventions of classic texts). Their interpretation of Kafka’s masterpiece about alienation is now returning to the theatre for a limited run, complete with a haunting score by Nick Cave and Warren Elis, and Börkur Jónsson’s marvellous split-level set. W6 0QL
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The Turn of the Screw Almeida Theatre January 18-March 16, £8-£32
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Trojan Women Jack Studio Theatre January 15-February 2, £13 Rising star James Farrell directs this new play by Howard Colyer, which looks at the aftermath of the fall of Troy and the toils of the people who were taken prisoner by the brutal Greek army. SE4 2DH Honor Oak Park brockleyjack.co.uk
This novella by Henry James is one of the most closely-studied ghost stories in the history of the genre. It tells of a governess sent to look after two children on a remote estate, where unexplained figures appear in the darkness on the fringes of the grounds. Widely influential and consistently adapted, it has now been given a new treatment by writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, whose 2008 work Her Naked Skin was the first play to be produced on the National’s Olivier stage by a living female playwright. It will be directed by the revered Royal Court, RSC and National Theatre veteran Lindsay Posner, and stars Anna Madeley (pictured) in the main role.
One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Tricycle Theatre January 16-February 9, £14-£22 Billed as “restoration comedy meets The Cosby Show”, this production sees a classic work by esteemed African American playwright Don Evans staged in the format of a live TV sitcom, complete with canned laughter and recording equipment. Set in 1970s Philadelphia, the story follows a middle class and upwardly mobile black family whose aspirational world is shaken when a relative arrives from the rural south. NW6 7JR
Di and Viv and Rose Hampstead Theatre January 17-February 23, £15-£29 After a successful run in Hampstead Theatre’s smaller downstairs space, this new play by Amelia Bullmore (Mammals) is being honoured with a main stage transfer. A charming story of friendship, it follows the lives of three women, from university through adulthood. Director Anna Mackmin and Former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite return for the transfer, alongside two new stars: Bafta-winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin and TV’s Gina McKee. NW3 3EU
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LISTINGS WEST END
The Judas Kiss booking until Apr 6 2013, The Duke Of York’s, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG Leicester Square £20-£52.50, Premium Seats £65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm (press night Jan 17, 7pm). Rupert Everett plays Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s drama co-starring Freddie Fox. The 39 Steps booking until Oct 19, Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed 3pm, Sat 4pm. John Buchan’s thriller. American Justice booking until Feb 9, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden Mon all tickets £17.50, Tue-Sat £22.50, concs £17.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat from Jan 19, Sat 4pm. Political thriller set in the US penal system. Billy Elliot - The Musical booking until Dec 21, Victoria Palace, Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA Victoria £19.50-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Adaptation of the film about a miner’s son, who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. The Bodyguard booking until Apr 27, Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS Charing Cross £20£67.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. Stage adaptation from director Thea Sharrock, of the early 1990s film which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. 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. Not long left to catch Will Young in Rufus Norris’s re-vamped production of Kander and Ebb’s musical. Dick! booking until Jan 20, Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square £18.50, Tue-Sat 7pm, Fri & Sat 9.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Sat 4pm, Sun 2.30pm. International diva Miss Dusty O stars in this strictly adult pantomime, written by Stuart Saint. Dreamboats And Petticoats booking until Jan 19, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA Leicester Square £10-£75, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s musical. English National Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty Ends Jan 19, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES Charing Cross £10-£67, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 2.30pm, extra mat perf Jan 15, 17. The enchanting fairytale with a score composed by Tchaikovsky.
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Goodnight Mister Tom booking until Jan 26, Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP Leicester Square £15-£46.50, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, extra mat perf Jan 15, 22, 1.30pm. A stage adaptation by David Wood, of Michelle Magorian’s second world warset tale of friendship. Jersey Boys booking until Oct 20, 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, Sun 5pm, mats Tue, Sat 3pm. Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. Let It Be booking until Jan 19, Prince Of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, W1D 6AS Piccadilly Circus £20, £40, £60, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Musical celebration of The Beatles to mark 50 years since the release of the group’s first single. The Lion King booking until Jun 30, Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ Covent Garden Tue-Thu £25-£62.50, Fri, Sun £27.50-£65, Sat £30-£67.50, Premium Seats £70-£95, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm, extra mats Feb 21, Apr 4, no perf Apr 14. Musical based on the Disney film about a cub’s journey to pride leader. Mamma Mia! booking until Apr 13 , 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 based at a family wedding and set to the ABBA songbook. Matilda: The Musical booking until Dec 22, Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU Covent Garden £19£58.50, disabled £28.75, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£48.50, Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm. Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. Les Misérables booking until Oct 26, Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA Piccadilly Circus £20-£85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The Mousetrap booking until Dec 21, St Martin’s Theatre, West Street, Cambridge Circus, WC2H 9NZ Leicester Square £16-£42, Premium Seats £61, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue 3pm, Sat 4pm. Agatha Christie’s long-running murder mystery. Old Times booking until Apr 6, The Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN Piccadilly Circus £10£49.50, £10 front row day seats from the box office from 10am on day of performance, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm (press night Jan 31, 7pm). Harold Pinter’s sexually-charged drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Rufus Sewell. One Man, Two Guvnors booking until Aug 31, 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. Richard Bean’s comic tale, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters. The Phantom Of The Opera booking until Oct 26, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL Piccadilly Circus £22.45-£85, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Gothic musical.
Privates On Parade booking until Mar 2, Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU Leicester Square £10-£57.50, Premium Seats £85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, audiodescribed perf Feb 9, 2.30pm, captioned perf Feb 23, 2.30pm. Peter Nichols’s awardwinning comedy set during the Malayan Campaign of the second world war. Richard III booking until Feb 10, Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EZ Piccadilly Circus £25-£55, Jan 23 & 24, 30 & 31, Feb 6, 7.30pm, mats Jan 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 2pm, Jan 20, Feb 10, 3pm. Mark Rylance plays the monstrous Duke of Gloucester in an all-male production of Shakespeare’s history play. Rock Of Ages Starts Fri, booking until Nov 2, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH Charing Cross £25-£65, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Fri & Sat 3pm, transfer from Shaftesbury Theatre. Chris D’Arienzo’s musical celebrating Los Angeles rock culture. The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Ends Jan 16, Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £5-£110, phone for availability, Jan 15 & 16, 7.30pm. Peter Wright’s acclaimed production featuring Lev Ivanov’s choreography. The Royal Ballet: Onegin Starts Sat, ends Feb 8, Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £4-£93, Jan 19, Feb 2, 7pm, Jan 22 & 23, 25, 30 & 31, Feb 1, 5, 7 & 8, 7.30pm, mats Jan 26, 12.30pm, Feb 2, 2pm. Adaptation of Pushkin’s novel. Shrek – The Musical booking until Feb 24, 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. Musical based on the computer-animated film. The Silence Of The Sea booking until Feb 2, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross £22, MonSat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm (press night Jan 14, 7pm). Vercors’ human drama about an old man and his niece at odds with a soldier in their home. Singin’ In The Rain booking until Sep 1, 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, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on the MGM film about the end of silent movies. Stomp booking until Dec 22, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND Leicester Square £20-£49.50, Mon, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm. Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell’s percussion-based spectacular. Thriller Live booking until Oct 15, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES Piccadilly Circus £26-£87.50, TueFri, Sun 7.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, Sun 3.30pm. A celebration of the music of Michael Jackson. Top Hat – The Musical booking until Sep 28, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden £20-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Irving Berlin’s romantic musical. Twelfth Night booking until Feb 9, Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EZ
Piccadilly Circus £25-£55, Jan 15, 17-19, 22, 25 & 26, 29, Feb 1 & 2, 5, 7-9, 7.30pm, mats Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 2pm, Jan 27, Feb 3, 3pm. Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Olivia in an all-male production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Uncle Vanya booking until Feb 16, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH Embankment £25£53.50, Premium Seats £76, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Anton Chekhov’s comic tale on the tribulations of the human condition starring Ken Stott, Samuel West, Anna Friel and Laura Carmichael. Viva Forever! booking until Jun 1, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus £20-£67.50, MonThu, Sat 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. Jennifer Saunders’s comedy musical set in the cutthroat world of reality TV, featuring the songs of the Spice Girls.
Monty Python’s Spamalot booking until Apr 13, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE Charing Cross £15£85, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s musical comedy featuring Stephen Tompkinson as King Arthur. War Horse booking until Oct 26, 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 about a farm horse caught up in the horrors of the first world war. We Will Rock You booking until Mar 23, 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, extra mats Jan 31, Feb 27, 2.30pm. Futuristic musical set to the hits of Freddie Mercury’s Queen. Wicked booking until Apr 27 , 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 mat Feb 21, 2.30pm. Musical charting the early years of the Wicked Witch Of The West.
The Woman In Black booking until Dec 14, Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH Covent Garden £16.50£45, Premium Seats £55, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Tue, Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost story.
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Cinderella: A Fairytale (Over 6s) Ends Jan 26, St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA Victoria £15-£40, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Jan 15, 19, 22, 26, 2.30pm. A modern take on the classic fairytale with a script by Adam Beck. Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza Ends Feb 14, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP South Kensington £20£95, concs £22.50-£76.50, under 12s £17.50-£66.50, Premium Seats £85 & £95, Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 7.30pm, mats Wed, Fri & Sat 3.30pm, Sun 3pm, no perfs Jan 29, Feb 11-13. The Canadian company returns to its circus and clowning roots. Cocktail Sticks booking until Mar 30, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£32, Jan 15, Feb 2, 9, 12 & 13, 18, 20 & 21, 25 & 26, Mar 16, 18, 28, 30, 6pm, mats Feb 10, Mar 10, 17, 3.30pm. An oratorio without music by Alan Bennett. Cross Purpose Ends Feb 2, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel £10-£25, Tue-Sat 7.15pm, mats Sun 3pm. French author Albert Camus’s absurd tragedy is translated by Stuart Gilbert. Di And Viv And Rose Starts Thu, ends Feb 23, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage Mon £22, concs £15, Tue-Sat £29, concs £18, Wed, Sat mats OAP £15, Jan 17-22 previews £22, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed 2.30pm, Sat 3pm, no mat perfs Jan 19, 23 (press night Jan 23, 7pm, captioned perf Feb 5, 7.30pm, audio-described perf Feb 16, 3pm). Amelia Bullmore’s insightful comedy drama featuring Anna Maxwell Martin, Gina McKee and Tamzin Outhwaite. The Effect booking until Feb 23, National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£32, Jan 14 & 15, 21-23, Feb 1 & 2, 4-9, 11-16, 18-23,
Salad Days Ends Mar 2 2013, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith £25, concs £20, Premium Seats £30 & £35, Cafe Seats £40, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm. Julian Slade’s and Dorothy Reynolds’s sunny and romantic musical.
7.30pm, mats Jan 23, Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 2.30pm, captioned perfs Jan 14, Feb 5, audio described perf Feb 1. Lucy Prebble’s drama looks at sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine. Fuerzabruta Ends Jan 26, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm Tue-Thu, Sun £35, Fri & Sat £39.50, Tue & Wed 8pm, Thu-Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 5pm & 8pm, except Jan 22 & 23, 7pm & 10pm. A multi-sensory production which will dazzle. Hansel And Gretel: National Theatre (Ages 7-10) booking until Jan 26, National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£24, child £12, Jan 16-19, 24-26, 6pm. An imaginative show from Katie Mitchell and Lucy Kirkwood, based on the fairytale. In The Republic Of Happiness booking until Jan 19, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Mon £10, Tue-Sat 7.30pm £12, £20, £28, under 25s £8, Thu, Sat 2.30pm/concs £15, £23, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Jan 17, 2.30pm. A violent modern satire on obsessions. Jack & The Beanstalk Ends Jan 19, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN Stratford £7-£23, concs £5.50-£17.50, Jan 18 & 19, 7pm, mats Jan 14-19, 2pm, Jan 15-17, 10am. Dawn Reid directs Paul Sirett’s adaptation of the traditional family pantomime. Julius Caesar Ends Feb 9, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX Covent Garden £10-£35, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy. Kiss Me Kate booking until Mar 2, Old Vic, 103 The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo £11-£60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. The award-winning, Cole Porter classic musical is directed by Trevor Nunn. London International Mime Festival: Hand Stories Starts Tue, booking until Jan 19, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £16, concs available, Jan 15-19, 7.45pm. Show created by the Chinese artist Yeung Fai, set against the backdrop of 20th century China. London International Mime Festival : The Cardinals Ends Jan 19, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm £15, concs £13, Jan 14-19, 8pm. A provocative work which combines theatrics, puppetry and religious beliefs. London International Mime Festival: The Heads Starts Thu, ends Jan 26, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10-£20, From Jan 17, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. A feast of puppetry and imagination, inspired by Cubism, McCarthyism and Catholicism. London International Mime Festival: Les Hommes Vides Starts Thu, ends Jan 26 , Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £8, concs £7, From Jan 17, Mon-Sat 6.30pm & 9pm, Sat 4.30pm & 5.30pm. A short, comic and slightly eerie work of table-top puppetry from Invisible Thread. London International Mime Festival: Leo Starts Wed, ends Jan 22, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £16, Jan 16-18, 21 & 22, 7.45pm, Jan 19, 6pm. An award-winning physical show combining acrobatics with visual imagery and film manipulation.
London International Mime Festival: Plan B Starts Fri, ends Jan 20 , Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £15-£25, Jan 18 & 19, 7.30pm, mat Jan 20, 4pm. A grand spectacle of circus-theatre, dance, video and optical illusion, from Aurelien Bory and Phil Soltanoff. London International Mime Festival: Popcorn Machine Ends Jan 15, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £16, Jan 14 & 15, 7.45pm. An energetic mix of acrobatics, humour, music by Chopin and other elements of circustheatre, in this wordless piece from French company My! Laika. The Magistrate booking until Feb 10, National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, Jan 1416, 18 & 19, 21 & 22, Feb 9 & 10, 7.30pm, mats Jan 19, Feb 9, 2pm. Victorian comedy written by Arthur Wing Pinero with John Lithgow in the title role. The Magnificent Music Hall New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG Wimbledon £16-£20, Jan 16, 2.30pm. A Christmas-themed music hall performance. The Master And Margarita booking until Jan 19, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £16-£42, Mon-Sat 7.15pm. Complicite presents an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel. Merrily We Roll Along Ends Mar 9, The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU London Bridge £35, Meal Deal £43, concs £27.50, Premium Seats £37.50, TueSat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical, based on the drama by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart. Metamorphosis Starts Thu, ends Feb 9, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL Hammersmith £12.50-£35, From Jan 17, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Feb 9, 2.30pm (press night Jan 21, 7pm). Franz Kafka’s absurdist tale. New Adventures: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Ends Jan 26, Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Angel £12-£60, Tue-Sun 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 2.30pm, Jan 23, 2.30pm. Gothic reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet. Olga’s Room Ends Jan 26, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Dalston Junction £17, child/concs £12, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 3pm. A drama about survival set in 1940s-1950s Brazil and Germany. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Starts Wed, ends Feb 9, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn £14-£22, concs £10-£20, Jan 16-18 adv £10, From Jan 16, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, extra mat perf Jan 30, Feb 6, 2pm (press night Jan 17, 7pm). Don Evans’s comedy drama about a black, middle-class family in 1970s Philadelphia. People booking until Apr 2, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, Mon-Fri under 18s £19 & £23.50, other concs available, Jan 14 & 15, Feb 1 & 2, 4, 8 & 9, 11-13, 18-21, 2528, Mar 7-9, 15 & 16, 18-20, 26-28, 30, Apr 1 & 2, 7.45pm, Mar 21, 7pm, mats Feb 2, 9, 13, 20, 27, Mar 9, 27, 30, 2pm, Feb 3, 3pm. Alan Bennett’s drama about the owner of a British stately home contemplating a sale of the house’s contents.
The Rememberers Starts Tue, ends Jan 18, The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, SE1 7XB Waterloo £14, concs £9, Jan 15-17, 7pm & 9pm, mat Jan 18, 11am & 2pm. A hip hop-styled, theatrical piece by Kenny Baraka, set in 2150. Sauce For The Goose Ends Feb 2, Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, TW9 2SA Richmond £14.50-£20, concs £12.50£18, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3pm, Thu 2.30pm. Georges Feydeau’s farcical play Le Dindon, translated by Peter Meyer. Scratch: Another Voice I Listen To Starts Thu, ends Jan 19, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN Clapham Junction pay what you can, Jan 17-19, 8pm. Ellen McDougall and Mark Arends’s made-up story about loss and self-healing. Scratch: Multimos Starts Fri, ends Jan 19 , Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 5TN pay what you can, Jan 18 & 19, 7.30pm. Highly theatrical, multimedia performance featuring experimental vocalist and musician Bunty.
Monkey Bars Ends Jan 26 2013, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ London Bridge £16, under 21s £10, concs £13, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Verbatim drama putting the words of children into adult mouths. Tom’s Midnight Garden: Birmingham Stage Company (Over 4s) Ends Jan 19, The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston £19.50, child £14.50, family £64, concs £16.50, Jan 14-18, 10.30am & 1.30pm, Jan 19, 2.30pm. David Wood’s adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s children’s tale. Presented by Birmingham Stage Company. Top Story Ends Feb 2, The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, SE1 7XB Waterloo Mon £21, Tue-Thu £26, concs £23, Fri & Sat £29, concs £26, Mon-Sat 7.45pm. Sebastian Michael’s apocalyptic comedy about a large meteor hurtling towards earth. Tu I Teraz (Here & Now) Ends Jan 19, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage £12, mats 3.30pm OAP/concs £10, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. A drama about family loyalties and immigration, written by Nicola Werenowska.
The Turn Of The Screw Starts Fri, ends Mar 16, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA Highbury & Islington £8£32, Jan 18-23 previews £8-£26, concs available, From Jan 18, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, extra mat perfs Feb 13, Mar 6, 2.30pm (press night Jan 24, 7pm). Henry James’s ghostly novella, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Over 6s) Ends Jan 19 , Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN Clapham Junction £15, concs £10, Tue-Sat 7pm, mats Sat & Sun 2pm. Mike Shepherd and Sarah Wright co-direct a fantastical parable inspired by the short story by Gabriel Garcia Marque
No Quarter booking until Feb 9 2013, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Mon £10, Tue-Sat £20, Thu, Sat 3.30pm concs £15, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3.30pm (press night Jan 16, 7pm). Polly Stenham’s play offers an anarchic twist to the drawing room drama.
FRINGE Aftercare Ends Jan 27 , White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DJ Kennington £10, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm. Drama set in the world of suburban sado-masochism. Aladdin Starts Wed, ends Mar 2, Brick Lane Music Hall, 443 North Woolwich Road, E16 2DA Liverpool Street Jan 18 & 19, 25 & 26, Feb 1 & 2, 9, 15 & 16, Mar 2 9pm three course dinner & show £39.50, Jan 16 & 17, 22, 24, 29 & 30, Feb 6, 12, 14, 20, 22 & 23, 27, Mar 1 2pm afternoon tea & show £27.50, Jan 23, 31, Feb 7 & 8, 13, 21, 26 & 28 2.30pm lunch & show £32.50, Jan 18 & 19, 25 & 26, Feb 1 & 2, 9, 15 & 16, Mar 2, 9pm, dinner from 7.30pm, mats Jan 16 & 17, 22, 24, 29 & 30, Feb 6, 12, 14, 20, 22 & 23, 27, Mar 1, 2pm, served with afternoon tea, Jan 23, 31, Feb 7 & 8, 13, 21, 26, 28, 2.30pm, lunch from 1pm. A very grown-up pantomime show, written by Vincent Hayes. Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves: Wizard Theatre (Over 5s) The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8 8EH Marylebone £8, concs £6, Jan 19, 11am & 2pm. An adventurous tale from the Arabian Nights, presented by Wizard Theatre. Anyway Starts Thu, ends Jan 19, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £9.50, Jan 17-19, 7.30pm, Jan 18, 9pm. A drama about life in the Manchester gay community by David Bates.
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The Architects Ends Feb 2, V22 Workspace, Block F, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG Bermondsey Tue-Thu £20, Fri & Sat £25, Sun £10, Tue-Sat 8pm, doors 7pm, Sun 6pm, doors 5pm, mats Sat 3pm, doors 3pm, Sun 1pm, doors 12noon, latter time is final entry point. A promenade show which taps into the mythological tale of the Minotaur to create of modern labyrinth. Beyond The Joke: Buttercup Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Jan 19, 9pm. Tom Wainwright’s bovine-themed satirical comedy drama. Beyond The Joke: The Loves I Haven’t Known Starts Thu, ends Jan 18, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Jan 17 & 18, 9pm. Chris Bush and Ian McCluskey recount their romantic histories in a show, which splices some very tall stories and hypothetical memories. Beyond The Joke: Sock Puppet Starts Tue, ends Jan 16, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Jan 15 & 16, 7.30pm. A dark comedy written by JohnLuke Roberts, in which a man makes a pact with a haunted sock. Boy George’s Taboo Ends Mar 31, 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 nostalgic musical set during the era of the New Romantics Deathtrap: Network Theatre Company The Network Theatre, 246A Lower Road, SE1 8SJ Waterloo FREE, Jan 15, 7.30pm, doors 7pm. Reading of Ira Levin’s serpentine thriller. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2-6) Ends Jan 27, The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN Angel £10, child/concs £8, Jan 15, 18, 22, 25, 10am, 11.30am & 1.30pm, Jan 16, 19 & 20, 23, 26 & 27, 10am & 11.30am. David Duffy and Andrea Sadler’s adaptation of the book written by Anna Kemp. Every Man For Herself Starts Tue, ends Jan 20, The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1 6EU Old Street £14, concs £12, Jan 15-19, 8pm, Jan 20, 7pm. The story of a small theatre company set in Mussolini’s Italy. Fair Em Ends Feb 9, Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, SE1 0LX Waterloo £18, concs £15, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sun 3pm, extra mat Feb 2, 9, 3pm. Elizabethan romantic comedy. Fiesco Ends Feb 23 , The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, NW1 3BF Great Portland Street £15.50, concs £12.50, All three plays in The Faction Rep Season £40, concs £35, Jan 16, 18 & 19, 22, 31, Feb 7, 15, 20, 7.30pm, mats Feb 2, 16, 23, 3pm. Freidrich Schiller’s republican tragedy. Fluids Starts Wed, ends Jan 20, Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road £8, concs £6, Jan 16-20, 7.45pm. Holly McKinlay’s drama about two contrasting couples. House Of Atreus Ends Jan 27, Waterloo East Theatre, 3 Wootton Street (Entrance In Brad Street), SE1 8TG Waterloo £12, concs £10, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm. Ozlem Ozhabes’s adaptation of Aeschylus’s The Libation Bearers.
I Heart Hamas: And Other Things I’m Afraid To Tell You Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East £10, NUS/concs £8, Jan 17, 7.30pm. Jennifer Jajeh offers an honest and humorous show about auditions and bad dates across military checkpoints. Impotent Ends Jan 26, The Lion & Unicorn, 42-44 Gaisford Street, NW5 2ED Kentish Town £15, concs £12, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. Dark comedy drama about a condition with devastating consequences. In Extremis Ends Jan 25 , Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, EC4Y 8EQ Blackfriars £7, Tue-Fri 1pm. A drama about the night palm reader Mrs Robinson visited Oscar Wilde, a week before the trial of the century. Jack And The Beanstalk Ends Jan 27, Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, off Merantun Way, SW19 2RD Colliers Wood £10, child £9, concs £8, Sat & Sun 2pm & 4pm. Fun-filled children’s theatre based on the fairytale.
The Wind In The Willows (Ages 5-11): Polka Theatre Ends Feb 16 2013, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB South Wimbledon £16, concs £11, Jan 19, Feb 2, 9, 5.30pm, mats Jan 19 & 20, 27, Feb 2, 8 & 9, 16, 2pm, Jan 26, 11am & 2.30pm. Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and bravery. The Jess Docker Show Starts Tue, ends Feb 3, Pentameters Theatre, Three Horseshoes, Heath Street, NW3 6TE Hampstead £12, concs £10, From Jan 15, Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Comedy drama about a pair of low-budget film-makers. The Lady From The Sea Ends Jan 20, The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1 6EU Old Street £10, concs £8, Mon-Sun 7.30pm. Ibsen’s emotionally wrought drama. Lady Windermere’s Fan Ends Jan 19 , Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, EC4Y 8EQ Blackfriars £14, concs £12, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. Turn Of The Wheel presents Oscar Wilde’s witty comedy of social manners.
London International Mime Festival: Harlekin Starts Wed, ends Jan 19, Linbury Studio Theatre At Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £7-£17, Jan 16-18, 7.45pm, Jan 19, 6pm. An exciting mix of physical theatre with butoh-styled clown-theatre from Russian company Derevo. London International Mime Festival: Nothing Moves If I Don’t Push It Starts Fri, ends Jan 20, Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate £15, Jan 18 & 19, 8pm, Jan 20, 6pm. Circus-theatre performer Simone Riccio brings to life the story of fantasist Guiseppe Tato, who is always surrounded by his mother. Overruled Ends Jan 19, Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ Angel £15, Jan 14-19, 7.30pm, mat Jan 19, 3pm. Three short comedy dramas by George Bernard Shaw. Pay Nothing Pay Anything Festival : The Red Shoes Starts Fri, ends Jan 20, Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town £8.50, Jan 18 & 19, 7.30pm, Jan 20, 6.30pm. Drama set in the aftermath of London’s summer riots. The Sherbert Cherry Rose Starts Tue, ends Feb 3, Barons Court Theatre, The Curtain’s Up, 28A Comeragh Road, W14 9HR Barons Court £12, From Jan 15, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, Sun 6.45pm. Drama with music by Xenia Orphanides. So Great A Crime Ends Jan 22, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton £14, concs £10, Sun & Mon 7.30pm, mats Tue 2pm. Drama telling the real-life story of Sir Hector MacDonald. There’s No Place Like Home Starts Tue, ends Jan 17, Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town £8.50, Jan 15-17, 7.30pm. Poignant drama about coming to terms with the loss of a partner. Three Sisters Ends Feb 23, The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, NW1 3BF Great Portland Street £15.50, concs £12.50, All three plays in The Faction Rep Season £40, concs £35, Jan 14 & 15, 17, 23-26, Feb 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 16, 19, 23, 7.30pm. The Faction presents Ranjit Bolt’s translation of Anton Chekhov’s play. Too Many Penguins?: Mcrobert/Frozen Charlotte (Ages 1-4) Ends Feb 16, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB South Wimbledon £10, concs £8, Jan 16, 18, 20, 23 & 24, 27, 29 & 30, Feb 1 & 2, 5, 7 & 8, 12 & 13, 15, 2.05pm, Jan 16, 18, 23 & 24, 29 & 30, Feb 1, 5, 7, 12 & 13, 15 & 16, 10.35am, Jan 18, 20, 27, 29, Feb 7 & 8, 16, 12noon, Jan 26, Feb 2, 12.30pm, Jan 26, 11.05am, 2.35pm. Children’s show telling a whimsical tale of friendship. The Trials Of Harvey Matusow Ends Jan 15, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £10, concs £8, Jan 14 & 15, 8.30pm. The dramatic story of a supergrass. Trojan Women Starts Tue, ends Feb 2, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH Honor Oak Park £13, concs £10, From Jan 15, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, press night Jan 17. Nameless Theatre’s production of Euripides’s play, about people who are living under the constant shadow of death following the Trojan War.
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Dog in the Night-Time and dinner at Inamo The National Theatre’s sell-out production of A Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time transfers to the Apollo Theatre in the West End from March 1, and to mark the occasion we’re giving away a pair of tickets, plus pre-theatre dinner at Inamo St James. Christopher, 15, stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, and Christopher is under suspicion. The teenager has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at maths while illequipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, detests being touched and distrusts strangers. But his detective work to uncover the true killer of the dog takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. Inamo St James Situated on Lower Regent Street this is the sister restaurant of Inamo in Soho. Take complete control of your dining experience, with the world’s first interactive ordering system, beamed onto your table. Order your food and drinks, choose your virtual tablecloth, watch the chefs at work on ‘chef cam’, play games, and much more, all through your interactive table surface.
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Music, Lyrics and Book by
Lionel Bart An amateur production by with MusicScope and Producedarrangement for the stage by Stage Musicals LtdBroadway of New York.
David Merrick & Donald Albery
29 January - 2 February 2013 An amateur production by arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Ltd of New York.
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