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8 A toast to the roast Where does the Sunday roast tradition come from? And, more importantly, where can you find Londonâ€™s best version of it? We reveal all in our tribute to the Sunday staple
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Venezuela’s other national hero Venezuela lost a national hero last week. Fortunately it still has Gustavo Dudamel, a 32-year-old musical wunderkind who’s a fair contender for the title of ‘most exciting conductor in the world’. You might not give a Bach about classical music, but Dudamel could probably change all that. The guy’s a force of nature; a bouncing, charismatic, rock star of a conductor. He arrives at the Barbican with the LA Philharmonic this week for a series of concerts that we’re majorly excited about. Sincerely, if you’ve ever thought about dipping a toe in the classical pond, now’s the time. March 13-17, Barbican Centre, barbican.org.uk
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Americana to keep the conversation flowing past work matters. The bar is designed to resemble a smokey American hick-joint, so has a huge jukebox, live music, Mexican food and good ol’ US-style grills and plenty of beers and tequila shots. rattlesnakeangel.com
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e’ve all snapped away at a few landscapes in our time, but not many of us can claim to have captured the rapidly changing face of the planet at an integral moment. This is what sets professional landscape photographers apart from every ordinary schmo with an SLR. And it’s one of the main elements of a landscape photography exhibition that opens at Somerset House this week. Landmark: the Fields of Photography features more than 130 stunning shots of the earth’s diverse terrain – from glaciers to deserts – in an effort to demonstrate just how fast some of it is changing. The exhibition includes work by more than 70 of the world’s
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most celebrated photographers, who used everything from 19th Century plate-camera techniques to drones, robots and even satellites to get the shots. March 14-April 28, Somerset House, FREE, somersethouse.org.uk
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If you’re one of the people who bemoaned the fate of Clinton Cards, Grand Passion is not for you. This quirky little gift shop just behind Clapham Common is packed to the rafters with stylish and chic gifts and homeware for every occasion. The front of the store is populated with vintage-style chinaware, vases and candles, but if you walk to the back, past the luxurious goat fur rugs,
you’ll discover an Aladdin’s cave of toys and games in the back room. Technically, this area is meant for children, but who could resist the alure of a Fortune Telling Fish or some indoor sparklers? They don’t have a website, so you’ll just have to visit IRL. Grand Passion Ltd, 42 Abbeville Road, SW4 9NG, 020 8675 3499
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Louise Ford Actress & comedian Since graduating from RADA, Louise Ford has made a name for herself as a formidable comedy performer. Her live show – as tap-dancing alterego Jenny Fawcett – was a hit at Edinburgh last year, and is coming to Soho Theatre in May. Recently she’s been working with Vic Reeves and Kevin Eldon on two forthcoming TV shows. She is currently starring with Rowan Atkinson in Quartermaine’s Terms in the West End.
Where do you go to relax? The cinema, during the week, in the day. And also, High Tea of Highgate in Highgate for cake-based relaxation. What’s your favourite London theatre? I really like Wyndham’s. I feel like it’s steeped in theatrical history. And it’s next to Cafe Koha. What’s a great cultural experience you’ve had recently? I mooch around the National Gallery quite a bit. My memory is so bad, every time I go I feel like I’m discovering lots of things anew.
Let’s go for a drink – Scout’s buying. Where shall we go? The Boot and Flogger in Bankside. My 86-year-old friend Ron recommended it. He used to hang out Do you have any secret tips for Londoners? there in his naval days. I don’t think Victoria Embankment Gardens are it’s changed that much. great in the summer. I don’t think We love that place! Now how they’re a secret, though. Let me get about a bite to eat? I go to Wahaca a lot. They know how back to you on this one. to fry a sweet potato.
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What in London inspires you? People and things I see in the street, funny conversations I overhear thanks to people speaking loudly on their mobile phones and signs written badly in broken English. What’s your favourite part of London? Catford, which is where I grew up. You may have never heard of it, but one day it could be ‘the new Shoreditch’.
Where’s your favourite outdoor spot in the city? I like Hampstead Heath. It’s beautiful all year round.
Louise Ford is in Quartermaine’s Terms at Wyndham’s Theatre until April 13, quartermainesterms.com
How important is London in your work? It has a massive influence on me as I’ve lived here all my life. For my Everyday project, I drew the aforementioned amusing people and things I saw in the street. I carried a sketchbook with me everywhere and sketched things I observed during my daily commute. I made these into a book which is available from some good bookshops and my website.
Any London secrets to share? That would be telling. What’s next for you? I’m just finishing a print inspired by the fried chicken boxes that litter London’s streets. I’m designing a range of T-shirts for the independent label MadeUpLondon.com and working on illustration commissions for clients. See more at: danielbattams.com
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What can be more British than a great Sunday roast? It’s a dish that defines us – a culinary common denominator. And it is, of course, a staple of family life and the hearty highlight of many a hungover weekend. Scout London’s food and drink editor, Ben Norum, explores the history of the meat, veg and potato combo and rounds up the best roasts the capital has to offer
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Mouth watering The roast at The Bull & Last
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Sunday staple Follow your nose or the writing on the pavement
As a hunter-gatherer species, there are few things more natural to us than catching meat and cooking it over a fire. Right there you have the basis of a roast dinner. But what about the focus on Sunday as a day of roasting? This came later on, with the development of the church. A widely held belief is that the tradition grew out of medieval times and the role of village serfs – those peasants who occupied a plot of land and were, in return, required to work for the Lord of the Manor who owned the space. After working for six days a week, these serfs would attend a morning church service on a Sunday, after which they would be rewarded for the week’s work with a feast of oxen roasted on a spit. A similarly church-related hypothesis for the Sunday roast phenomenon begins a lot later, during the industrial revolution. It is said that families in Yorkshire began to leave cuts of meat in the oven before going to church on a Sunday morning, which was then ready to eat by the time they got home at lunchtime. While neither origin can be empirically verified, it’s highly likely that both traditions have fed into our ongoing Sunday routine. Either way, references to a Sunday roast have been found as far back as the 15th century. scoutlondon.com Scout London
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Carved and ready A crackling-topped pork roast
A Meating of the Classes Far more than just a dish that’s been around for (literally) ages, the Sunday Roast is a weekly event as much as it is a plate of food – and one that has held huge societal importance over the years. The roast has been championed for its ability to transcend class boundaries, and at times even help to remove them. Looking back to its likely medieval origins, it was used as a gesture of appreciation from the wealthy landowners to the peasants who worked for them. It was a meal that whole villages, manors or houses would enjoy together in large groups, often including peasants, servants and workers alongside the middle or upper classes. Even when not eating together, there has always been much similarity in the Sunday eating habits of the classes. Of course, cuts, quantities and accompaniments would vary according to wealth. But even when people’s lives and activities were entirely defined by status, the Sunday roast was one activity that remained consistent. As social commentator Henri Misson wrote, back in 1698: “It is a common practice, even among people of good substance, to have a huge piece of roast beef on Sundays, of which they stuff until they can swallow no more, and eat the rest cold... the other six days of the week.” These days, the Sunday Roast fulfils another important social role: bringing families together. For many, it’s the one meal of the week that the whole family will eat together. In a study that made the news last year, experts reported a decline in families dining together and noted the potential effectiveness of the Sunday roast to quell problems such as childhood obesity and a less respectful younger generation. 10 Scout London scoutlondon.com
Roasting Hot Regardless of what’s happening in family homes across the country, going out for Sunday lunch in London couldn’t be more in vogue. The still growing popularity of gastropubs, the British food renaissance currently gripping the capital, and the relative cost-effectiveness of the meal
are ensuring that roasts are in higher demand than ever before. It’s hard to get a seat at many favourite neighbourhood pubs on a Sunday afternoon as it is, and restaurants are starting to cater to the overspill. High-end steak restaurant Hawksmoor, exuberant bistro café The Delaunay and creative fusion food haven The Modern Pantry are just a few of those who are seeing Sunday lunch as big business. They might have a few creative twists and fancy flourishes; the meat might even be cooked for 48 hours in a sous vide machine rather than being roasted. But they’re still serving up that most traditional, time-honoured and downright tasty of British beasts, the mighty Sunday roast.
How old? Though it’s widely believed that the Sunday roast originated in medieval times, it is difficult to prove. However, there is documented evidence of people eating Sunday roasts as far back as the 15th century.
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And about 350 years older than... • London’s first restaurant, believed to be Rules in Covent Garden • The United States of America
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So renowned are we as a nation for our roast beef eating, that the French have invented the nickname ‘rosbifs’ for us, and even the Yeoman of the Guard – the royal bodyguards who protect the Tower of London – are affectionately known as beefeaters. Surveying Sunday roast fans at Lower Marsh Market in Waterloo, Scout found that it’s still the top meat.
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Perfectly pink A delicious joint of roast beef
The Veggie Option
An Ode To Roasts
For those of the less meaty orientation, the prospect of a Sunday roast might be less appealing. But you needn’t miss out on the most important meal of the week, thanks to great vegetarian alternatives such as these...
Comfy retreat The Old Red Cow
The Drayton Arms South Kensington SW5 0LJ
OK, so the offering here is a couldn’t-be-morepredictable nut roast. But, wait. Made with a mix of fresh veg, cashews, peanuts, almonds and walnuts, laced with cheese and packed with herbs, it’s a flavour-tastic and – dare we say it – meaty feed.
Vegging your bets The Drayton Arms veggie option
The Old Red Cow Smithfield EC1A 9EG
A fantastic selection of meats are carved at the table as if it were home. Still, the likes of a whole baked vacherin cheese or filled pancakes are creative vegetarian alternatives that don’t feel second rate at all. An impressive craft beer selection seals the deal.
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An all-round great pub that takes its seasonal veg, crisp and fluffy roast potatoes and vegetarian options just as seriously as its meat. A wild mushroom bread & butter pudding is a case in point. There’s a good range of fish options, too.
And old English Roast Beef! The Roast Beef of Old England, written by Henry Fielding for his play The GrubStreet Opera, first performed in 1731
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Islington favourite The Albion
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A roast to boast about Hawksmoor
Hawksmoor Covent Garden WC2H 9JG
This pub had people queuing out the door before it was even trendy to do so. Expertly cooked regular roast meats (many in sharing portions to carve at the table) are accompanied by offal and other less common delicacies such as suckling kid. There are good cocktails too.
A reliably long menu sees beef, pork, lamb and chicken joined by fish and game. The rib of Longhorn beef for two to share and a whole suckling pig are highlights. A garden and a log fire are nice extras depending on the time of year.
Steak might be their main business, but the Hawksmoor team can certainly pull off a decent roast – a very decent roast indeed. Beef is the only option, but who could refuse this longhorn from Ginger Pig? Onion and bone marrow gravy is the proverbial cherry on top.
Stockwell’s best-kept secret The Canton Arms
Rustic roasts The Bull & Last
Michelin-starred The Harwood Arms
The Canton Arms Stockwell SW8 1XP
This is a gastropub that sticks true to both parts of that descriptor. Hearty roasts served in sharing portions and meat so slow-cooked that a knife is optional are among the main calling cards of an impressive reputation. That and foie gras toasties, but we’re talking about roasts, alright.
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The Bull & Last Highgate NW5 1QS
The meat here is cooked as carefully as it’s sourced – as are the vegetables. But the team are still keen to maintain a very rustic vibe. It’s a charismatic country pub in the heart of London. And if you want to keep the illusion going when you leave, head to nearby Hampstead Heath for a brisk walk.
The Harwood Arms Fulham SW6 1QP
London’s only Michelin-starred pub, owned by The Ledbury’s Brett Graham and countryside chef Mike Robinson. Game takes centre stage and the venison Scotch egg is legendary, but for the real deal opt for Galloway beef with smoked bone marrow. Prices are reasonable considering its accolade, but getting a table is trickier.
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The Gun Docklands E14 9NS
It’s the quality of meat that really comes through here and makes the dishes special. The inclusion on the menu of a ‘mixed roast’, consisting of beef, pork and chicken, and utterly indulgent duck fat roast potatoes are extra perks. Sharing joints for the middle of the table are available.
As the name might suggest, this place takes meat very seriously indeed. Whole carcasses are brought in to be butchered (and smoked and cured) onsite. It all comes from farms just outside London and all the beef is hung for 45 days. You can certainly taste the quality.
What makes this roast special? Chef Shaun O’Rouke says:
What makes this roast special? Chef Chris Slaughter says:
In terms of the meat, roasting or braising for a minimum of 12 hours is the way forward to break down the sinew or render the fat down, resulting in maximum tenderness and flavour.
The meats we select are excellent quality. And also our amazing gravy – we make it from 100 per cent stock and it takes 500 litres of water and Our meat is sourced from the Lake District, three days to make! and hung and aged for 35 days. This makes it melt in the mouth like butter, and gives it the most amazing flavour.
Mixed roast option The Princess of Shoreditch
Although the food here is worthy of a fine-dining label, it’s much more suited to its adjacent and bustling pub bar. Interesting accompaniments such as cardamom purée, confit fennel and thyme jus enhance the superb meat offering. Add in a waterside location, great bloody Marys and a carefully compiled wine list and you’ve got a surefire winner.
What makes this roast special? Chef Quinton Bennett says:
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Tips From The Top Roast’s head chef, Marcus Verberne, gives Scout his top tips for roasting at home.
For perfect roasties, the basic cooking technique is always the same. Don’t make the common mistake of scattering the potatoes around the joint to roast. The potatoes need a dry environment in order for them to crisp up. You should use a large, heavy roasting tray to give the potatoes space between each other for air to circulate.
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Don’t go for the freshest-looking bright red joint. This will not have been aged sufficiently and will shrink in the oven and lack flavour; good beef King of the roast will have been dry-ageing for three to Marcus Verberne four weeks, during which it will have lost 12-15 per cent of its moisture. Look for a joint with a good creamy-coloured fat coverage. A good The rules at Roast are as follows: fat coverage means the beef will self baste and Use 1 the same designated Yorkshire pudding you won’t be back and forth to the oven every 15 baking trays each time and do not wash them. minutes. Just wipe them clean with kitchen paper.
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Well, the clue’s in the title really. Roasts are what this restaurant does, and they do them bloody well. Most of the meat comes direct from traders at Borough Market (right below the restaurant), and traceability doesn’t get much better than having the farmers’ names on the menu. Succulent pork belly and rare-served deeply flavoured beef fillet wellington are highlights of a near-faultless menu.
When making gravy, in essence you are trying to capture all the concentrated flavour left behind in the bottom of the roasting tray. Try cooking your joint on a bed of roughly chopped onions, carrots, celery and leeks. As the joint roasts, any escaping juices will incorporate with the slowly roasting vegetables, creating a sweet sticky concentrated base to use with the gravy.
If they’re washed the puddings tend to stick. 2 The mix must be made the previous day and rest in the fridge overnight. 3 The beef dripping must be very hot before the batter is poured into the moulds. 4 Once in the oven, under no circumstances can the door be opened. 5 Allow to rest in the trays for two to three minutes before attempting to release them.
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Doing the Camden walk Hollywood’s Walk of Fame is coming to London, with Camden the selected spot for a celebration of pop music down the ages. Clare Considine suggests the first local legends worthy of a place in the pavement
ollywood and Camden aren’t the most obvious bedfellows, but they’re currently careering towards twin-town status. It was announced last week that north London’s favourite misfit-magnet will soon play host to its very own Walk of Fame – a star-spangled strip of the musical variety. Starting at The Roundhouse and winding its way down to Mornington Crescent, where ancient venue Koko sits, the series of pavementembedded discs will pay homage to musical greats of pop, rock and soul. It’s coming to Camden due to its decades-long status as an incubator and lubricator of musical talent. And, though the discs will honour innovators from around the world, we feel a hattip to legendary Camdenites is the right place to start.
Camden legends Madness
North London’s finest Camden resident Amy Winehouse
Blur Camden is often cited as the place where Britpop was born. Damon and his motley So I said ‘Come on then Liam’ Blur were Camden regulars bunch spent many an hour in legendary pub The Good Madness Soul II Soul Mixer, with other stars-inThere is something The founding father the-making like Lush and inherently Camden about of this British soul Suede. Legend has it that Madness. Their unique collective, Jazzie B, ran the much-documented feud brand of stomping, nutty his soundsystem at house between Oasis and Blur noise is the perfect parties and outdoor shindigs started out as a scuffle in soundtrack to an adventure across north London before the Good Mixer toilets. And through the borough’s it slowly evolved into the Blur have always been vocal louder-than-life streets. chart-topping live show that about their affection for the The 2-tone ska revivalists we know and love today. An area – check out the lyrics first formed there in 1976, entrepreneur at heart, he on For Tomorrow. as The North London took the ethos and aesthetic Prince Invaders. When the band of his creative collective weren’t sinking pints in the and applied it to a clothing Yes, that’s right, Prince. According to the Mayor of front room of their local line that he sold from his boozer, Dublin Castle, they two shops on the corner of Camden himself, Prince were honing their sound in Camden High Street. Funki was the proud owner of a local boutique throughout the gig room out back. They Dred informed the look of paid homage to the area on style-conscious Camdenites the 90s. Located over the road from The Stables, its the front cover of 1980 throughout the late 80s existence says much about album Absolutely, with band and 90s. Mr B can still be photos taken outside Chalk found spinning tunes at the the borough’s international pulling power. Farm Tube. legendary Jazz Café.
Amy Winehouse Arguably the main draw for the Walk of Fame’s Camden location, Ms Winehouse was an international star but a north Londoner born and raised. Her iconic beehive was often seen rising from the crowd in rowdy local favourites like the Lock Tavern and The Hawley Arms. Aptly, Amy’s last ever live performance was at The Roundhouse – Camden’s most famous concert venue. Her father Mitch recently revealed there are plans for a statue of his daughter to be unveiled at the venue in 2014. It will depict Amy on the first balcony, looking down towards Camden Town, watching over the oddballs, creators and night owls of her beloved stomping ground. The first 30 discs will be laid down this summer.
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Ftw Comedy Pop Quiz at The Queen Of Hoxton, Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX Shoreditch High Street Tue 8pmlate, £3. An interactive weekly quiz with stand-up from James Loveridge, Amy Howerska, Luke Capasso and Kerry Billson between rounds. Until Mar 26. The Voice Of The BBC: 90 Years Of Public Broadcasting at Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD South Kensington Mon-Sun 10am6pm, closed Dec 24-26, ends May 14, FREE. A look at early radio broadcasts. Until May 14.
Professor Anne Applebaum discusses the way the countries have reformed. Lyrically Challenged at Passing Clouds, Richmond Road, E8 4AA Dalston Kingsland £3, FREE before 10pm. Doors 7pm. Poetry readings and an open mic.
Wednesday March 13
The Parthenon Frieze And The Frieze Of The Mausoleum: Talk at British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG Russell Square FREE, 1.15pm-2pm. A talk from artist Susan Woodford. Sir Andrew Motion: Author Event at Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield £12.50, SW18 4ES 7.30pm. The poet discusses and reads excerpts from his work, answers questions and signs copies of his books.
Thursday March 14
Monday March 11 Know Before You Go: Roy Lichtenstein: Talk at London Jewish Cultural Centre, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, NW11 7SX Golders Green £25, concs £20, 10am-12noon. Art critic Julia Weiner discusses the influential pop artist’s work and legacy. Rock’n’Roll Politics: Talk at Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG King’s Cross St Pancras £9.50, 7pm. Independent journalist Steve Richards looks behind the scenes of British politics and the media. Sexual Politics And Revolution: Emma Goldman’s Passion: Lecture at London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE Temple FREE, 6.30pm8pm. Professors Clare Hemmings and Anne Phillips discuss the anarchist’s thought for a contemporary analysis of sexuality and revolt.
Tuesday March 12 Does Eastern Europe Still Exist?: Lecture at London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE Temple FREE, 6.30pm-8pm.
David Bailey In Conversation at William Morris Gallery, William Morris Gallery Forest Road, E17 4PP Walthamstow Central phone for availability, 7.30pm-9pm, doors 7pm. The photographer discusses his career and achievements. Energy Conversations: Will Fracking End Fretting? Panel Discussion at The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1E 7BT Goodge Street FREE, ticketed, 6.30pm. A panel discussion about the hydraulic fracturing technology.
Weekend travel update
Bakerloo Line No service Paddington to Queens Park all weekend. Rail replacement bus service operates. Circle Line No service all weekend. District Line No service Earl’s Court to Aldgate East all weekend.
Northern Line No service Tooting Broadway to Morden all weekend. Rail replacement bus service operates. Overground No service Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction all weekend. Rail replacement bus service operates. Waterloo & City Closed on Sunday
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The Economic And Politics Of The Euro Crisis: A Varieties-Of-Capitalism Perspective: Lecture at London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE Temple FREE, 6.30pm-8pm. Professors Peter Hall and David Soskice discuss the Euro crisis. Franco’s Terror In A European Context: The Volksgemeinschaft That Got Away: Panel Discussion at London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE Temple FREE, 6.30pm8pm. A panel discussion about atrocities committed in the Spanish Civil War against civilians. From The Surreal To The Sublime: Techniques And Traditions In Painted Furniture: Talk at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington FREE, 1pm1.45pm. With Elizabeth Bisley. The Spring Knitting And Stitching Show at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX Earl’s Court phone for prices, 10am-5.30pm. Craft show for the interested consumer. Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Plus Fashion Gala at Whitechapel Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX Aldgate East £150, 7pmlate. The Whitechapel Gallery hosts its first catwalk show, as well as an auction of works by several leading contemporary artists and music from DJs Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay. Water: Our Most Eccentric Chemical: Talk at Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, N6 6BS Archway FREE, 8pm-9.30pm. Discussion led by Dr. Felix Franks.
Friday March 15 The British And International Franchise Exhibition 2012 at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX Earl’s Court phone for prices, 10am5pm. Advice and guidance about starting your own business.
Culture Now: Michael Nyman: Talk at ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH Charing Cross £5, mems FREE, 1pm. The composer discusses his career with author Geoff Dyer. Dance Currents 2013: Myself UK Dance Company: ICON at Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, E15 1BX Stratford £12, concs £10, 7.30pm. The all-female hip hop dance company showcases its celebratory work. Rose Tremain: Merivel: Talk at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £9, concs £6, adv booking required, 6.30pm7.30pm. A talk by the author about last year’s Wellcome Trust Book Prizewinning novel.
The London Poker Festival at Grosvenor Victoria Casino, 150162 Edgware Road, W2 2DT Edgware Road, until Mar 16, Major poker tournament, featuring highrollers from around the world.
Saturday March 16 Boys With Big Tricks at St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA Victoria £17.50, concs £15, 8pm. Chris Cox and some magical friends offer an evening of illusion, mind reading and entertaining fun. Date With Dad (Under 5s) at Victoria Library, 160 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 9UD Victoria FREE, 10.30pm-11.30am. Stories and songs. St Patrick’s Day Ceili at Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, SE10 8RE Greenwich £8, concs £6, 8pm-10pm. Irish dancing to The Fiddlestix Ceilidh Band.
Sunday March 17 Flamenco Festival London 2013: Farruquito: Abolengo at Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Angel £12-£40, 7.30pm. Solo dance performance by one of flamenco’s greatest exponents. The Magic Cavern at LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell £14, concs £12, under 12s £8, 7.30pm. Richard Leigh presents a family magic show. School Of Life Sunday Sermon: Stephen Cave On Immortality: Talk at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL Holborn £15, 11.30am. Immortality and eternal life are discussed. St Patrick’s Day at Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES Earlsfield £10, concs £8, 3pm. Ceihli, food and entertainment.
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Full horsepower New revelations about horse-contaminated products are coming out daily. But are London’s foodies actually getting a taste for the stuff? Ben Norum asks if the meat is here to stay or if we’re just horsing around
ntil about a month ago, the thought of eating a horse existed in the British mind purely as a metaphor for hunger. If any had actually passed your lips, it was most likely in France or Italy. Or indeed just about any country around the world except for Britain. The meat is eaten as tartare, steak, salami and mince in places as varied as China, Kazakhstan and Mexico, as well as by our neighbours over the Channel. As much as the ongoing scandal, which started when traces of horse were found in Tesco burgers, has caused mass disgust across the nation, it has also brought to people’s attention Britain’s relative uniqueness in not routinely eating the animal. Even Boris Johnson has weighed in, describing our disgust towards the idea of eating horse as an “unusual scruple”. So, it’s only natural that interest in the meat has piqued. Naturally enough, some sharp-eyed establishments have spotted the opporunity to cash in on the gimmick factor. We’ve already had Southwark pub The Lord Nelson put on Horse 20 Scout London scoutlondon.com
Burger Week, running the special burger alongside its usual range. Scout headed down to try it out at lunchtime and had to wait for a table; we noticed one person out of the whole room who wasn’t eating horse (read our verdict over the page, on p22). Prolific restaurateur Oliver Peyton also last week ran a one-off sold-out dinner devoted to horse, starting with tartare before moving onto sirloin steak and a tongue-in-cheek pudding of carrot cake served with oats, cream and an apple granite. Gamston Wood Farm, which has a stall at Borough Market and is better known for Yay and neigh The burger at Flogging a Dead Horse
selling exotic meats such as crocodile and ostrich, has now started to sell horse burgers – proudly pointing out that they contain no beef – and it has seen a big uptake. Flogging a Dead Horse, a dining club that has been running for several months now and hosted a pop-up in Covent Garden late last year, was ahead of the curve and had already seen a very positive reaction to the meat from first-timers. Founder Caroline Roddis tells us: “There are many good reasons why people should eat horse, the most compelling of which are probably that it’s both a delicious and very healthy meat.” As to whether or not the current events will have a lasting impact on its popularity, she’s not sure. “On the one hand I can see that this interest will encourage more people to think about it as a serious option that they can serve in their restaurants, particularly because of the meat’s versatility,” she says. “On the other hand, it’s still a fairly difficult meat to get hold of and I imagine that any venue that just wanted to do something gimmicky and attentiongrabbing might not want to commit to it in the long term.” As a healthy meat with half the fat of beef, 10 times the level of omega 3s and a flavour that is similar but possibly slightly deeper and sweeter, it has all the right attributes to become very popular indeed. Whether it’s a yay or a neigh will really depend on whether or not we can get over the taboo.
Top Ten Irish pubs
for St Patrick’s Day
McNasty’s Whiskey Cafe Whiskey, Guinness & 1 Filthy a very good craic indeed EC1R 1UU
London’s first Irish pub; 400 years old 2 Tipperary EC4Y 1HT Blackfriars
The Auld Shillelagh An especially friendly and (probably) less chaotic option N16 0UD Stoke Newington
Porterhouse Big & beery, with much more 4 The than Guinness on tap WC2E 7NA Leicester Square
Waxy O’Connor’s An obvious choice, but a good one; expect it to be busy W1D 6DD Piccadilly Circus
Arbitrager It’s all about the pure imported Guinness 6 The EC2N 2AN Bank Cosy and crammed with Guinness memorabilia. 7 Toucan W1D 3BX
Tottenham Court Road
O’ The Morning A true Irish local with no 8 Top shortage of chatter E9 5HP Hackney Wick
The Crown & Cushion Fireplace, Tayto crisps, Guinness and, erm, Thai food SE1 7HR Lambeth North
Corrib Rest Plenty of space for drinking and 10 The dancing to live Irish music NW6 6PA
Banca Mayfair ££££ There’s something incredibly old school about Banca. Not that it’s been around for that long at all. Conceived by the super-team behind Zuma, Roka and Aurelia, it opened late last year, taking the place of a NatWest bank just off Oxford Street. It’s a lavish space with milky white walls, boudoir-style banquette seating and low-hanging, gold-lit light fittings. A shiny silver bar spans one whole side while glass allows a view onto the comings and goings of Mayfair out front. It’s sleek, swish and even a bit sexy. But in a climate where we’re used to seeing big new openings opt for reclaimed woods, bare lightbulbs and edgy exposed brickwork rather than brash exuberant glamour, there’s some acclimatising to be done. As a rule, there are few better places to acclimatise than at a bar, and Banca’s is particularly comfortable. Grabbing hold of and running with the trend for aperitivo – which has been slowly developing around town, including at nearby Tempo and Sartoria – Banca has taken the king of the genre, the Negroni, and created a menu of its very own. There are four classic varieties and another six newly made. A fantastically passionate barman who can only be described as the Cocktail Don describes them enticingly as offering varying levels of bitterness and robustness. The deepest has added bitters and blood orange, the lightest gains lift from a generous spritz of prosecco.
As we’re ushered to our table in neatly choreographed moves, the service remains ergonomically efficient. A fritto misto fried fish assortment is plentiful, studded with succulent prawns and soft calamari. A cured meat platter is again large, of distinctively good quality and ingeniously served with pickled vegetables that cut through the meat’s fat and salt. Simply cooked gnocchi dressed with sage butter is a rustic triumph served in surroundings that are anything but; the gnocchi almost melt in the mouth, incomparable to supermarket versions best used as ping pong balls. A risotto topped with foie gras and lightly cooked blueberries turns out to be well-executed overkill, but a perfectly cooked rare beef fillet boasts more substance; it’s a deep ruby colour, has a flavour to match and is served with an earthy yet sweet wild mushroom assortment. A first-class tiramisu, made with large quantities of coffee and unable to stand upright, and a sharp, quivery lemon tart with buttery pastry, each prove that puddings are no problem for Banca. But before you get too excited, you should know that a visit means paying in excess of £120 for two. Do it and you’ll be in for a treat, but just make sure that a glitzy old-school Italian is what you’re after, and preferably that it’s a day when the Don is working. Ben Norum 5-6 Down Street, W1J 7AQ
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As café locations go, it’s hard to imagine anywhere much more impressive than the spot this place has nabbed, right in the middle of Westminster Abbey. It occupies the 14th-century cellarium, which was originally used by monks to store their food and drink, but now serves a mix of tourists, politicians and anyone else who happens to work nearby. Showing strong sourcing, our full English boasts particularly decent sausages, bacon and black pudding; a freshly squeezed orange juice and a jug of filter coffee are equally rich in flavour. Yes, you could probably get something similar for less than £8.95 at a local caff, but we don’t mind paying a bit extra for the location. It’s a shame the design of the main seating area is made soulless thanks to a laminated beige mezzanine, but we have only one real qualm: why no beans? Ben Norum
Since moving to the capital from Ludlow in 2007, this two Michelin-starred restaurant headed up by Claude Bosi has been the darling of the London culinary scene, winning over chefs and critics with British food given a French touch. To celebrate the five-year mark, it’s undergone a complete refurb, re-opening this year free from its most criticised feature – the dated, claustrophobic, becarpeted décor – and with a weekday set lunch menu worth pulling a sickie for. At £34.95, three courses are bolstered by the inclusion of amuse bouche, a palate cleanser and petit fours. An intricacy of flavour is tangible throughout: rabbit leg confit cooked in hay (very on trend, darling) is tender and sweet-fleshed; rich pork belly mingles with creamy smoked mackerel; a crab salad is lifted by tangy ginger. Then there’s the madeleines, lemony and warm from the oven. So, what’s your excuse? BN
20 Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3PA
29 Maddox Street, W1S 2PA
Kua ‘Aina Soho ££
The Lord Nelson, Southwark £
This unique sandwich and burger bar close to Carnaby Street opened last year. International in the truest sense of the word, its arrival comes alongside the first European franchise of a popular Japanese chain, itself replicating the legendary North Shore restaurant of the same name, which has been a Hawaii favourite since 1975. The journey continues with a makeover and reconfigured menu at this London branch, upping the Havana spirit just in time for summer and condensing a menu that centres on burgers and sandwiches made with the likes of tuna, swordfish, mahi mahi and turkey, as well as beef. The fish options, pimped up with pineapple, bacon and avocado are certainly worth a try if you’re in the market for a tropical fillet o’ fish bite, and it’s currently the only place we know of in London to try beers from Hawaii’s excellent Kona craft brewery. If only they could import some sunshine with it. BN
For all the outrage at the horse meat scandal, there appears to be no shortage of people wanting to try it for themselves (see p20). Sensing an opportunity, this student pub added a horse burger to its already wide range of bun-clad offerings. Sandwiched in with braised mushrooms, fried onions and generic salad, the pony patty was wholly disappointing. Slightly dry and tough, the predominant flavour is that of smoky char; pleasant enough, but it eradicates any subtleties in the taste. The accompanying chunky chips are much better – crunchy and fluffy. We give full credit to the staff, who work a packed room with efficiency and smiley faces, and commend whichever genius decided that what the place needed for décor was stuffed squirrels, comic book prints and defaced Justin Bieber posters. We’ve also heard from locals that many of the other burgers are considerably better than the gee-gee gimmick, so don’t get taken for a, er, ride. BN
26 Foubert’s Place, W1F 7PP
243 Union Street, SE1 0LR
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CENTRAL Koya 49 Frith Street, W1D 4SG Tottenham Court Road Noodles ££ The team behind Koya have announced that they have bought the space next to their exisiting Frith Street site, which was formerly occupied by Mooli’s. Rumoured to be opening in mid-May, it will be a stripped-back sister venue, but more details are yet to be revealed. The Singleton’s Sensorium A secret location, W1 Experimental FREE Professor Charles Spence and food mavericks Condiment Junkie, who helped create Heston Blumenthal’s famed ‘Sounds of the Sea’ dish have teamed up with Singleton Whisky to host the world’s first multi-sensory science experiment into the effect of environment on taste. The ‘experiements’ will take place across March 20 and 21, when visitors will each be invited to enter three different worlds to experience how the different sounds, smells and visuals in the spaces enhance flavours in the whisky. They need 300 participants. To get involved email: firstname.lastname@example.org Quince The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, W1J 8LT Green Park Middle Eastern £££ Big personality, head chef and brainchild behind Quince, Silvena Rowe has quit her position. She has told sources that the move comes as a result of her growing TV commitments whereas Quince necessitated her cooking full time. A replacement has not yet been named but the restaurant is continuing as normal for the time being. Rosewood London 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN Holborn This international hotel group behind the Carlyle Hotel in New York have announced plans to take over The Chancery Court Hotel on High Holborn. They have grand plans to swank it up, and the restaurant will be pivotal. Formerly occupied by Pearl, with Jun Tanaka at the helm, it will be completely redesigned but there’s no word on who the chef will be yet. Heliot at the Hippodrome 42-43 Cranbourn Street, WC2H 7JH Leicester Square British £££ This glitzy casino restaurant just around the corner from Irish pub Waxy O’Connor’s is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and the almost 200,000 Irish making home in London, with a special Irish menu. Dishes will include mussels cooked in Guinness, Irish stew, colcannon cake with fried duck egg and a pudding of Bailey’s creme brûlée.
Turning Japanese The Prince Arthur, 95 Forest Road, E8 3BH London Fields Japanese ££ Masterchef winner Tim Anderson is gearing up for the launch of his own restaurant, Nanban. Ahead of this, on March 26 and 27, he’ll be running this preview pop-up at The Prince Arthur in London Fields. The meal will include six courses, each laden with umami flavours including pork belly braised in soy sauce, grilled sardines stuffed with mentaiko (chilli-cured cod roe), and noodles in a mixed chicken, pork and seafood broth. Tickets are £29 per person and places are very limited, call 07872 456 550 to reserve yours. Zetter Townhouse 49-50 St. John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ Farringdon One-off £££ Recurring nomadic pop-up night In Good Company started at Le Dauphin in Paris when our own Tony Conigliaro crossed the channel to bring his cocktail making skills to France. Now it’s our turn to benefit, as Le Dauphin’s head chef Guillaume Rouxel and Franck Audoux from 15th best restaurant in the world Le Chateaubriand will take over Farringdon’s Zetter Townhouse for a night. Bruno Loubet will also be joining them to cook one course, supposedly a hint at what to expect from his forthcoming Grain Store restaurant, set to open in King’s Cross in June. The dinner runs from 8pm on Monday April 8, the six course meal with paired cocktails costs £75. Email email@example.com for reservations. Brooklyn Feast Thames House car park, Harwell Lane E8 3DU Dalston Junction Street food £ This exciting sounding collaboration between Street Feast and Brooklyn Brewery sees street food take over a Dalston car park tomorrow evening (March 12), from 5pm to midnight. It will feature eight of London’s best food trucks (Big Apple Hot Dogs, Bleecker Street Burger, Street Kitchen, Well Kneaded, The Bowler, Spit & Roast, Luardos and Rainbo) and a bar hosted by Brooklyn. £6 advance tickets include a free Brooklyn Brewery beer and a dish from any of the trucks. Get your tickets at http:// brooklynfeast-estw.eventbrite.co.uk
SOUTH Wax’s Hogo Shake Up @ The William IV 7 Sherpedess Walk, N1 7QE Angel Bar ££ The much-loved Wax Jambu is no more. But it’s not gone for good. Here it undergoes its first reincarnation which will see a similar dedication to great cocktails bolstered by an increased focus on whisky and bourbon. Down the line, there will also be fun weekly events, ranging from cocktail competitions to tastings and samplings. Wine & Bread 41 Church Road, NW4 4EB Hendon Central Portuguese ££ Husband and wife team Marcia and Kadir are the friendly faces behind this local but exceptionally solid Portuguese eatery. A traditional menu recalls holidays in the sun, as does its beach shack style exterior. As well as a la carte, a ‘tapas’ menu is also available.
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Olley’s 65-67 Norwood Road, SE24 9AA Herne Hill Fish & chips ££ This is far from your average fish & chip shop. Not just because it’s really very, very good, but also due to the owners’ penchant for celebrity-endorsed meals from famous diners – such as the ‘Cilla Black Experience’. She likes haddock, chips, prawns, scampi and pickled onions, in case you wondered. There’s also an impressive fish selection including mahi-mahi, the option to have fish steamed or grilled rather than fried, and a good range of beers.
The Ship 1 Jew’s Row, SW18 1TB Wandsworth Town Gastropub ££ This hugely popular riverside gastropub has completed its summer refurb. There’s now a larger, prettier outside bar area directly overlooking the Thames, and even a rather majestic BBQ which Scout is looking forward to checking out...
Itsu [Dining] 118 Draycott Avenue, SW3 2HP South Kensington Japanese ££ A favourite lunchtime food choice of just about any Londoner, Itsu’s dining restaurant in Chelsea is this month celebrating 15 years since opening. A special ‘£15 for the 15th’ menu has been created by head chef William Silva, featuring a range of dishes inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine, including Sesame Spinach, Salmon & Tuna Tartare, Salmon Tobiko Maki, Tiger Prawn Tempura Handroll and Vegetable Gyoza. The special menu is available until April 30. Cocomaya Heathrow Terminal 5, TW6 1AP Heathrow Terminal 5 Chocolatier ££ Distinguished London chocolatier Cocomaya is launching a special Easter pop-up on the upper level at Heathrow Terminal 5. The shop will offer Cocomaya’s Vienna-style pastries, cakes, gourmet sandwiches, chocolate bars, boxes of truffles and chocolate covered fruit and nuts, as well as a choice of hot and cold drinks. Bush Theatre 7 Uxbridge Rd, W12 8LJ Shepherd’s Bush Market Special event ££ To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sylvia Plath’s only novel, The Bell Jar, the Bush Theatre is hosting a two-night event, The Novel Diner. Set within the library café, it will emulate a 1950s literary dreamscape and feature talks from leading literary and Plath specialists, as well as an appropriate dinner. Tickets cost £35. More information at bushtheatre.co.uk
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Irish Meat from O’Shea’s
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask
If you’re not heading out for St Patrick’s Day this Sunday, or if you need something to line your stomach first, then you could do far worse than top up on some awardwinning meat from Irish butcher O’Shea’s. Founded in Tipperary in 1798 and now run by eighth-generation owner Darragh O’Shea, there’s little in the way of meat that it doesn’t excel at. It’s particularly hard to beat Irish cured bacon, sausages and black and white pudding for a hearty breakfast that will leave you feeling top o’ the morning. You might want to save a bit for a recovery feed up the following day, too.
Innis & Gunn cask-aged beer may be Scottish and proud, but even they’re feeling the Irish vibe this St Patrick’s Day. Well, ok, it’s not just for St Patrick’s Day, but they are releasing a barrel-aged stout that is the world’s first beer to be aged in former Irish whiskey barrels. The resulting drink is deep, complex and smooth with flavours of intense dark chocolate, treacle and vanilla oak. Available in Tesco, RRP £2.25 per bottle innisandgunn.com
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Whether or not you’re serious about music, a decent pair of headphones can turn a tinny tune into a thumping classic
the science of sound
These in-ear buds are great for sport, as they stay in even when you’re sweating, and have a lightweight control. Klipsch Image S5i Rugged Headphones, £54.99, from amazon.co.uk
Pretend you’re a DJ with these boothquality headphones. Not great for MP3 use though. Pioneer HDJ-500-K, around £80, widely available
These earphones might be expensive but the sound quality is exceptional. Frankly, they’re worth every penny. Plus, you can make and receive calls using the mic. Bose MIE2i Mobile headset, £119.95 from John Lewis
Best for budget
You don’t have to bust the budget to get decent sound quality. For under £25 you can have solid bass and an escape from the hum of the tube/bus/teenagers. Sennheiser CX 300-II Precision, £24.99, from Maplin
Tangled leads and snaring yourself on someone else’s bag are things of the past with these wireless beauties. Philips Bluetooth SBH 9000, £73.91, from amazon.co.uk
Yes, they’re expensive, but if you really love music, the sound quality on these will take listening to the next level. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9, £189.99, from amazon.co.uk
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The year in Design The Design Museum is about to open its annual Designs of the Year exhibition, featuring more than 90 nominees, covering everything from fashion to transport. Here we pick some of our favourites
Rain Room, The Barbican The most popular attraction in the history of the Barbican, Random International’s interactive installation allowed visitors to wander into the middle of a rainstorm without getting wet. It was arresting and fun, and saw people queue for up to 12 hours to get in.
THE SHARD It might have its naysayers, but we at Scout London are Shard enthusiasts. Towering over the rest of the city, Renzo Piano’s sleek 310m skyscraper never really had a hard time achieving ‘definitive landmark’ status. But that’s not to undermine its sleek magnificence or the hint of malevolence in its jagged pinnacle. Yes, it might resemble Sauron’s tower in Lord of the Rings, but what’s wrong with that? 28 Scout London scoutlondon.com
There were many remarkable and moving moments in last year’s Olympic Opening Ceremony, but the lighting of Thomas Heatherwick’s spectacular petal-based cauldron was surely up there with the best. Not only was it beautiful, beguiling and poignant, it also embodied the spirit of the whole ceremony: imagination, narrative and artistry over size and grandeur.
Designs of the Year 2013 The Design Museum, March 20-July 7 designmuseum.org
BANG & OLUFSEN BEOLIT 12 Anything readily associated with Alan Partridge probably needs to rethink its image. Stereo supremos Bang & Olufsen have managed just that with this sleek portable wireless speaker that’s the same size as a small picnic basket but with a much larger sound. Cashback!
child vision glasses Design isn’t just about making our western lives a little more cushy, you know. These pioneering glasses allow children in the developing world – where opticians and treatment are scarce and expensive – to self-adjust the lenses to suit their own level of short- or longsightedness.
Little berg printer Not surprisingly, we’re pretty fond of anything that keeps people enthusiastic for print products over their digital counterparts, and this cute little device does just that. You sync it with your smartphone or computer and, at a set time (probably the morning), it will automatically print your choice of info – football scores, celeb gossip headlines, puzzles and what not – out into a tiny, receipt-size newspaper.
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GALAXy SOHO, beijing Calling a building ‘futuristic’ is a bit old hat these days. But Zaha Hadid’s office, retail and entertainment complex genuinely looks like it’s been teleported back here from several stylish centuries down the line. All luscious curves, flowing open spaces and not a corner in sight, it’s a masterful piece of work and a sci-fi fantasy come to life. Chinese nerds must be beside themselves. RENZO PIANO / IWAN BAAN / heatherwick studios / BERG / charles hosea photography
It’s hardly an architectural masterpiece next to The Shard or Galaxy Soho, but we just loved the idea of spending the night in this oneroom, boat-shaped hotel that looked like it had fallen from the sky in a magical storm and ended up perched atop the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank, like something from a Terry Gilliam movie.
liquiglide ketchup bottle War, famine, disease...and not being able to get ketchup out of the bottle: the world is full of problems but red sauce resistance is right up there with the worst of them. This revolutionary new bottle uses liquiglide, a “super-slippery, non-toxic, edible but tasteless substance” to forever right that wrong. Somebody call the UN. scoutlondon.com Scout London 29
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Lifework: Norman Parkinson’s Century Of Style at National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo FREE, Until May 12. A selection of fashion and portrait photographs by the late acclaimed photographer. 24:2013: Magic Abroad In The Air at Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BD Green Park FREE, Until Mar 23. Images by 24 photographers documenting the first 24 hours of the New Year. Stian Andersen: A-HA: The Photographs at The Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, WC2N 6BP Charing Cross FREE, Until Mar 17. Photographs of the Norwegian pop band. Chan-Hyo Bae: Punishment at Purdy Hicks Gallery, 65 Hopton Street, SE1 9GZ Southwark FREE, Until Mar 23. A new exhibition of works by the acclaimed Korean photographer. George Barber: The Freestone Drone at Waterside Contemporary, 2 Clunbury Street, N1 6TT Old Street FREE, Until Mar 23. An installation consisting of three video projections. Massimo Bartolini: Afterheart at Frith Street Gallery, 17-18 Golden Square, W1F 9JJ Piccadilly Circus FREE, Until Mar 28. Works by the Italian artist. Morton Bartlett at The Horse Hospital, 30 Colonnade, WC1N 1JD Russell Square FREE, Until Mar 30. A display of photographs of life-like plaster dolls made between 1926 and 1963. James Lee Byars: Works From The Sixties And The Angel at Michael Werner Gallery, 22 Upper Brook Street, W1K 7PZ Marble Arch FREE, Until Mar 16. An exhibition of major works by the American artist, including the sculpture, The Angel. Mat Collishaw: This Is Not An Exit at Blain/Southern, 4 Hanover Square, W1S 1BP Oxford Circus FREE, Until Mar 30. Oil paintings commenting on our susceptibility to sensationalistic imagery. Doctors, Dissection And Resurrection Men at Museum Of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN Barbican £9, child/concs £7, Until Apr 14. A major installation charting the 2006 finding by archaeologists of a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
Justin Eagle: Food For The Poor Daddy Not Home From Work Yet at Vitrine Bermondsey Street Gallery, First Floor, 183-185 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UN London Bridge FREE, Until Apr 13. Works that grapple with notions of boredom and the unrealised desire to escape from monotony. Estorick Collection Of Modern Italian Art at Estorick Collection Of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN Highbury & Islington £5, NUS/child FREE, concs £3.50, Until Dec 31. The collection includes over 120 paintings by Modernist Italian portrait artists. Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition at The Gallery @ Oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH Waterloo FREE, Until Mar 17. An exhibition of photographs to mark the second anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake. Benoit Maire: Weapon at David Roberts Art Foundation, Symes Mews, NW1 7JE Great Portland Street FREE, Starts Fri, Until May 11. The first London-based exhibition by the French artist.
Todd James: World Domination at Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR Tottenham Court Road FREE, Until Apr 11. James’ first solo exhibition in five years features a recent series of acrylic paintings exploring heavy weaponry. Murillo At The Wallace Collection: Paintings Of The Spanish Golden Age at Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN Bond Street FREE, Until May 12. Paintings by the 17th-century Baroque artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Navid Nuur: Phantom Fuel at Parasol Unit, 14 Wharf Road, N1 7RW Old Street FREE, Starts Wed, Until May 26. The first solo show in the UK by the Iranian-born Dutch artist. Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs at London Transport Museum, 39 Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB Covent Garden FREE, plus admission £15, concs £11.50, under 16s/TFL staff FREE, under 12s must be accompanied, Until Oct 27. One hundred and 50 posters including designs by Edward McKnight Kauffer and Paul Nash. Pakpoom Silaphan: Empire State at Scream, 27-28 Eastcastle Street,
W1J 6QX Oxford Circus FREE, Until Apr 6. A solo exhibition exploring globalisation, mass consumerism and global cultural icons. Angela Williams: An Hour With Audrey Hepburn at Heartbreak, 17 Bulstrode Bond Street Street, W1U 2JH FREE, Until Apr 7. Photographs of Audrey Hepburn by Williams, many of which are being exhibited for the first time.
North Mark Fisher And Justin Barton: On Vanishing Land at The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, NW8 8PQ Edgware Road FREE, Until Mar 30. Eerie audio-essay following a walk through the Suffolk coastland. Rebecca Fortnum: Self Contained at Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX Finchley Road £6, under 12s FREE, OAP £4.50, concs £3, Until May 26. A series of recent drawings on identity and the power of the gaze.
Ragged School Museum at Ragged School Museum, 46-50 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR Mile End FREE, Until Dec 31. This museum examines the experience of growing up in the East End during the late Victorian period and visitors can also experience how Victorian children were taught. Ben Washington: Geometric Figuring at The Nunnery, 181-183 Bow Road, E3 2SJ Bow Road FREE, Until May 9. An interconnecting collage and sculpture.
George Catlin: American Indian Portraits at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Embankment FREE, Until Jun 23. Over 50 portraits of Native American peoples.
Ansel Adams: Photography From The Mountains To The Sea at National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10 9NF Greenwich £7, concs £5, mems FREE, Until Apr 28. Photographs of the natural landscapes of America. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: The Love Without at Corvi-Mora, 1a Kempsford Road, SE11 4NN Kennington FREE, Until Apr 13. A recent series of paintings including portraits and figures in landscapes. Murillo & Justino De Neve: The Art Of Friendship at Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD West Dulwich £10, OAP £9, NUS/ disabled/unwaged/Art Fund mems £5, under 18s/mems/disabled carer FREE, Until May 19. More than 30 paintings by the Spanish Baroque artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Beatriz Santiago Munoz: The Black Cave at Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, The Oval, SE11 5RH Vauxhall FREE, Until Apr 21. Films and videos exploring the social and historical landscape of Puerto Rico. Paul Vanstone: Form at Stafford Gallery, In Association With Wimbledon Fine Art, 41 Church Road, SW19 5DQ Wimbledon FREE, Starts Fri, Until May 12. Stone sculptures.
19 Princelet Street at 19 Princelet Street, 19 Princelet Street, E1 6QH Liverpool Street FREE, donations welcome, Starts Sun, Until Mar 24. A museum recounting the tales of peoples from around the world on becoming citizens of London. Sharon Gal at Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Dalston Kingsland £4, adv £6, Starts Tue, Until Mar 12. A performance piece entitled Gals With Guitars, an experimental, collaborative group composition for electric guitar. Sanchita Islam: The Rebel Within at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street FREE, Until Apr 28. Contemporary works in a range of media from the British Bangladeshi female artist. Sanchita Islam: Retrospective: The Doodle Room at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street FREE, Until Apr 28. Members of the public are invited to draw doodles in a completely white room.
Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art, 1 960-80s at Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY Sloane Square FREE, Until Mar 28. Works by 20 different Russian artists. 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 by 18 artists. Gunnersbury Park Museum at Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park, W3 8LQ Acton Town FREE, Until Dec 31. Display galleries in the large State Room house large collections of objects, paintings and photos reflecting life in Ealing and Hounslow. Through A Glass Darkly at Stephanie Hoppen, 17 Walton Street, SW3 2HX South Kensington FREE, Until Mar 13. Four contemporary photographers’ differing takes on the female form.
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Exile on Maine’s street
Paws for breath Loretta Maine and friends
Christmas. She’ll be performing these and other ‘hits’ at Soho Theatre this week. Expect anger, bitterness and borderline insanity, which is precisely what we got when we spoke to her. Welcome to the UK Loretta. How are you finding it? What are the most noticeable differences from the US? I love the UK, except the music industry is so annoying – they ignore me and my talent, and ship over babies like Taylor Swift. Or Taylor Wiff, as I call her. Ha! The UK is different to the US in that it’s smaller but has more accents. I can say more
s**t and get away with it, because no one likes a fight over here. Unless it’s 2am and we’re drunk. And I can do that! You sing a few songs about failed relationships. Are you single at the moment? Sort Of. Why? You offering? Boyfriends are like handbags – you always lose them on a night out. Okaaaayy. So, in your opinion, how do US men and UK men differ? Circumcision. Right. And how would you describe your musical style? Country grunge. There have been many comparisons between you and Taylor Swift... That little toe rag stole my act! If you see her, tell her I’m looking for her. Will do. So you wouldn’t want to collaborate with her? No way. I want to collaborate with David Cameron. I bet he sings like a choir. How long does it take you to get ready each morning? Almost three minutes.
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You’ve got a very distinct sense of style. Who are your role models? Alanis, Courtney Love and Michael Bolton. You’re wearing a fur coat in some of your promo shots… Is it real? What’s your stance on fur? It’s a fake fur coat. My stance on fur? What is this? Some animal magazine? My stance is: if you ate it, you can wear it. I have a great chicken feather coat. Not as popular as I had hoped. Have you ever been a victim of a kiss-n-tell or would you consider doing the kissing and telling? Sure. Who you got? Unless it’s Masood from EastEnders. Then I’ll just do the kissing. I love him in his postman uniform. Us too! Finally, why should we come and see your show? Cos I have big lungs, I sing good and if you don’t I’ll hunt you down. Loretta Maine: BiPolar, March 12-16, Soho Theatre, sohotheatre.com
o the Brit Awards ended up being more mindnumbing than a Kenny G anthology. Well here’s an idea for spicing up next year’s event: book Loretta Maine. The creation of Brit comedian Pippa Evans, Maine is a disturbed American singer-songwriter in the classically hedonistic, self-destructive rock’n’roll mould that is so desperately missing from the current mainstream. More importantly, she’s hilarious with it. Among her arsenal of acerbic, vitriol-spewing anthems are irresistibly catchy numbers like These Ain’t My T**s and Happy Goddam
Angry, antagonistic and with an arsenal of catchy tunes, Loretta Maine is a comedy car crash you can’t take your eyes off. She puts us in our place ahead of a run of dates at Soho Theatre
8.45pm, £12, adv £11. With Sally-Anne Hayward, Sean Collins and MC Rich Wilson.
ONGOING Andrew Lawrence Is Coming To Get You at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Mar 11, Mar 11-16, 18-23, 9.30pm, Mar 25-30, 9pm, ends Mar 30, Mar 11 & 12 £10, Mar 13-30 Mon-Thu £15, concs £12.50, Fri & Sat £17.50, concs £15. Vitriolic humour from the Stand Up For The Week regular. Until Mar 30.
Saturday March 16
Eleanor Conway: Comedy Rumble at Comedy Cafe, 6668 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Liverpool Street 7.45pm, adv £8. A comedy chatshow with Mark Dolan, Javier Jarquin, Shazia Mirza and Eleanor Conway.
Monday March 11
Mark Dolan at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8.30pm, £7. Cheeky observations and stories from the Balls Of Steel host.
Jessica Fostekew: Start Of Something at The Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street, NW1 0LU Camden Town 7.30pm, £3. Intelligent humour as the stand-up tries out new material. 99 Club Leicester Square at Ku Bar, 30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Leicester Square 8pm-10pm, £5. With Mary Bourke, Marian Pashley and Abi Roberts. All New Stand-Up Show at The Hob, 7 Devonshire Road, SE23 3HE Forest Hill 8pm, £3. With compère Paul T Eyres. Simon Brodkin: Works In Progress at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8.30pm, £5. The character comedian tries out some new material. The Good Ship Comedy Club at The Good Ship, 289 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn 6pm, £4. With Simon Day, Suzi Ruffell and Bryan Lacey. Laugh Till It Hurts In Aid Of Comic Relief Red Nose Day at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £15. With Hal Cruttenden, Terry Alderton, Pete Johansson, Joe Lycett and the MC Alistair Barrie. Mark Thomas: Manifesto Warm Up at Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW Turnham Green 8pm, £10. The political stand-up tries out his new material.
Tuesday March 12 The Cutting Edge at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £14, NUS/ concs £9. With Steve Gribbin, Alistair Barrie, Imran Yusuf, Sean Meo, Roger Monkhouse and Jarred Christmas.
Michael Legge: What A Shame at Comedy Cafe, 66-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Liverpool Street 7.45pm, £8. Fast-paced rants and angry observations from the 2012 Sony Silver award-winner. Josie Long: Lost Treasures Of The Black Heart at The Black Heart, 3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP Camden Town 8pm, £5. Long unearths obscure facts and unsung heroes in the company of guest stand-ups. Loretta Maine: Bipolar at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Mar 1216, 9.45pm, £10, £15, concs £12.50. Character comedy from Pippa Evans.
Wednesday March 13 The Decapitated Puppy Dark & Rude Comedy Night at The Intrepid Fox, 15 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN Tottenham Court Road 9pm, £6, concs £4. With David Trent, Henry Ginsberg, Tyson Boyce, Daryl Golden, Carrie Ann Oddling and MC Bobby Carroll. Top Secret Comedy Club at The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, WC2E 8JT Covent Garden 8.15pm-10.45pm, £4, NUS £3. With Nathan Caton, Joseph Wilson and Jason Patterson.
Thursday March 14 Eleanor Conway: Comedy Rumble at Comedy Cafe, 66-68 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Liverpool Street 7.45pm, adv £8. A comedy chatshow with Mark Dolan, Javier Jarquin, Shazia Mirza and chair Eleanor Conway. Gad Elmaleh at Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, W12 7LJ Shepherd’s Bush Mar 14-16, 7.30pm, £30. Long-faced French stand-up and actor. Jonny & The Baptists And Colin Hoult at Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG King’s Cross St Pancras 8pm, £12.50, adv £9.50. Musical comedy and surreal humour.
The New Wave at The Invisible Dot Ltd, 2 Northdown Street, N1 9BG King’s Cross 7.45pm-9.45pm, £8. With Alice Lowe, Daniel Simonsen, Sheeps, Mike Wozniak, Two Episodes Of MASH, Oscar Jenkyn-Jones, Ellie White and MC Tom Basden. Top Secret Comedy Club at The Africa Centre, 38 King Street, WC2E 8JT Covent Garden 8.15pm-10.45pm, £5, NUS £4. With Scott Capurro, Joseph Wilson and Christian Schulte-Loh.
Friday March 15 Amateur Transplants: Adam Kay And Enemies at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 7.30pm, £10. Comedy songs from the singer. Banana Cabaret at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham 9pm, £14, concs £11. With Kevin Day, Simon Clayton and Tania Edwards. The Boat Show at Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, SW1A 2HR Charing Cross 8pm, £13.50, concs £11, standing £10, £26 inc meal. With The Noise Next Door, Hal Cruttenden, Kerry Godliman and MC Jim Smallman. The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven at The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven, Under The Arches Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross 8pm-10.30pm, £13 & £15. With MC Will Mars, Steve Williams, Cynthia Levin, Jim Campbell and Luke Graves. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town 8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Bennett Arron, Alistair Barrie, The Noise Next Door, Kieran Lawless and Christian Schulte Loh. Zoe Lyons: Pop-Up Comic at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Mar 15-16, 9.15pm, £15, concs £12.50. Razor-sharp wit and incisive, offbeat gags. Soho Comedy Club at The Casino At The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square 8pm10pm, £15, adv £10. With Rhodri Rhys, Ryan McDonnell, Julian Deane and MC David Mulholland. Up The Creek at Up The Creek, 302 Creek Road, SE10 9SW Greenwich
Amused Moose Soho at Moonlighting, 16-17 Greek Street, W1D 4DR Tottenham Court Road 8.20pm10.30pm, £10. With Mark Dolan, Rory O’Hanlon, Jessica Fostekew, Rob Beckett. Big Night Out at Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EP Piccadilly Circus phone for times, £9.99. With Phil Dinsdale and Chris Gilbert. Comedy Carnival at The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, SW11 1TT Clapham Common 8pm-10pm, £14. With Steve Williams, Sean Meo, Ninia Benjamin and MC Pete Jonas. The Funny Side...Of Covent Garden at The George, 213 Strand, WC2R 1AP Temple 8pm, £12.50. Alan Francis, Sol Bernstein and compère Gareth Kane. Hampstead Comedy Club at The Pembroke Castle, 150 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JA Chalk Farm 8.30pm, £10, concs £8.50. Scott Capurro, Markus Birdman, Lenny Peters and Ivor Dembina. Adam Hills: Work In Progress at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 8pm, £7. Improvised stand-up from the Australian. Monkey Business Comedy Club at Sir Richard Steele, 97 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4RL Chalk Farm 8.45pm, £12.50, concs £10. With Hal Cruttenden, Daliso Chaponda, Jen Brister, Lucy Beaumont, Michael Stranney and Martin Besserman. Soho Comedy Club at The Casino At The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square 8pm10pm, £15, adv £10. With Wes Zaharuk, Brian Damage & Krysstal, Johnny Kats and MC David Mulholland. Wegottickets Musical Comedy Awards 2013 at The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RL Angel 1.30pm, £10, adv £7. Comedy competition for new acts.
Sunday March 17 Central London Comedy Club at Theodore Bullfrog, 28 John Adam Street, WC2N 6AS Charing Cross 8.30pm10.30pm, £5. With Nick Sun, Tony Marrese, Karel Hutter, Harriet Kemsley and Craig Painter, with MC Ramsay MacDonald. Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, £17, NUS/ concs £12. Improvised humour. Comedy Variety Cabaret at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8.30pm, £7, concs £5. With Paul McGarrity, Wade McElwain and Dave Green. Adam Hills: Work In Progress at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 8pm, £7. Improvised stand-up from the Australian.
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It’s a kind of magic
‘ve had magicians at every birthday party since I was five,” Olivia Wilde enthuses. “I’ve always been a fan of magic and it’s such a hilarious world to make a comedy about.” Indeed, magic shows are big business in Vegas, where the tricks and the egos are huge, and where The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – the film Wilde’s talking about – is set. The comedy, directed by 30
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Rock’s Don Scardino, centres around two rival illusionists – old-school magician Burt (Steve Carell) and his street magician nemesis Steve (Jim Carrey) – as they battle it out to rule the magic roost. Wilde plays Burt’s assistant, Jane – a role she says she “fought” for and which, at one point, also had Jessica Biel, Sarah Silverman and Michelle Monaghan in the running. “I fought hard, I auditioned, I didn’t think I was going to get it,”
she says. “I thought they would hire a real comedian, but it’s such a blast to be able to play a female magician, because hopefully young women who are interested in magic will see the film and maybe become inspired.” The 29-year-old House actress, who celebrated her birthday on March 10, is strikingly beautiful in real life, and sports a sparkling engagement ring – she and fellow actor Jason Sudeikis confirmed their engagement on Twitter in January.
They’d been dating for over a year, following Wilde’s divorce from Italian prince Tao Ruspoli in 2011. “Right now, I’m just enjoying being engaged. I haven’t had time to think about it but we’re very happy,” she says. Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin make up the rest of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’s star-studded cast, which left Wilde slightly starstruck at first. “I really wanted to work with
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As a life-long fan of magic, Olivia Wilde is thrilled to be part of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey’s latest comedy trick, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Shereen Low finds out more
Magic moment Steve Buscemi, Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde
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having previously starred in Cowboys & Aliens opposite Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, Tron: Legacy with Jeff Bridges and Michael Sheen, and In Time with Justin Timberlake. Her character, Jane, never succumbs to Burt’s charms, and stands up to his cheek. “I love how quickly Jane tells Burt how she feels about him. Within
this cast, and I was thrilled to even audition with Steve,” she says. “When I saw the list of names, I just couldn’t imagine a better group of people to act alongside and to learn from. “They were brilliant and so kind to me. I was like the new kid on the block and they are these hefty great actors with so much experience, and yet I never felt like they were patronising in any way. “It was such a fertile environment
– everybody was so excited to improvise, have fun and create all sorts of details about House rules Olivia Wilde their characters as they went along. I feel very lucky to have learnt from them. seconds of realising he’s a total pig, I think it changed me as an actor just she tells him that. I really admire that to be among them.” and how she’s not the typical cute But Wilde, who changed her girl,” says the actress. surname from Cockburn when she Then there was the magic of was at school, is no stranger to course – another bonus from Wilde’s holding her own among the boys, point of view.
“I love watching the simple tricks. My favourite trick was seeing a magician make milk come out of his elbow. I never want to know how that is done,” she adds, admitting she has a lot of “respect” for magicians in real life, particularly for their discipline with the shows. “Everything in Vegas is extreme. It’s not an easy thing to be a performer in Vegas - they work extremely hard night after night,” she says. “I just can’t believe how hard they work – I just can’t imagine doing 10 Cirque du Soleil shows a week and have training on top of that.” So did she pick up any tricks in preparation for the role? “I wanted to learn tricks that I would know, so that I could have that knowledge, feel like a magician, and learn how magicians use their hands,” she says. “I did learn how to make a dollar bill levitate. It takes a little bit of set-up time so it’s not the greatest party trick, but one day I feel like it will come in handy.” Wilde’s certainly been working some magic with casting directors of late, with five films released last year, and three movies due out in 2013 including Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush and Spike Jonze’s Her. “There are a few things I’m very excited about,” she says. “They are all very different roles but if there are common denominators, they’re great people and great directors. “I’m very lucky at this point.” The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in cinemas on March 15 scoutlondon.com Scout London 35
Maniac (18) Based on the notorious 1980 low-budget horror of the same name, Maniac is a nightmarish journey through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, shot from the perspective of a psychopath who kidnaps female victims and scalps them. Elijah Wood eviscerates his cuddly image as Frodo in Lord Of The Rings, playing mannequin restorer Frank Zito, who searches for vulnerable women to introduce to his razor-sharp hunting knife. The violence throughout Franck Khalfoun’s ambitious remake is graphic and unrelenting, the tension almost unbearable and, on more than one occasion, terror turns to waves of nausea. Special effects slather the screen in blood and entrails. You’ll need a strong stomach and nerves of steel to endure 90 minutes. Damon Smith
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (12A) With cheeky nods to Siegfried & Roy and David Blaine, Don Scardino’s heavily sequined comedy pits a one-time golden boy of Las Vegas, illusionist Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell), against a cocksure street magician, Steve Gray (Jim Carrey), whose death-defying antics have captured the public’s imagination. The only way for Burt to regain his crown is to reunite with his former partner, Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi), who suffered appalling injuries during a trick and hasn’t swished his magician’s cape since. Screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who co-wrote Horrible Bosses, promise to conjure up abracatastic one-liners for the furious war of words between Carell and Carrey’s lusciously lacquered showmen. DS A finished cut wasn’t available as Scout went to press.
Red Dawn (15) Updated from the jingoistic 1984 action adventure that pit a motley crew of terrified American students against invading Soviet forces, this new incarnation of Red Dawn casts North Korea as the boo-hiss villain, which parachutes into the leafy community of Spokane, Washington, and takes everyone hostage except for US Marine Jed Eckert (Chris Hemsworth), younger brother Matt (Josh Peck) and his class-mates. The kids rebel against the aggressors and inspire the townsfolk to take up arms. Director Dan Bradley cannot disguise gaping plot holes or the script’s ham-fisted attempt to splice global politics with propulsive action sequences and teen angst. The attractive young cast, including Hunger Games hero Josh Hutcherson, deliver mediocre performances that are lost in the melee of explosions and Ramin Djawadi’s bombastic score. DS
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The Paperboy (15)
The rain-swept Scottish Highlands provide a bleak backdrop to Scott Graham’s elegiac debut, which explores the dynamic between 17-yearold Shell (Chloe Pirrie) and her joyless mechanic father, Pete (Joseph Mawle), who live and work in a run-down petrol station with almost no passing traffic. The absence of Shell’s mother, who left when she was just four, creates an intense and troubling bond between father and child that sustains, but also consumes and ultimately destroys them. The teenager’s messy fumblings with a local boy (Iain de Caestecker) add fuel to the emotional fire, building to a devastating crescendo that skids perilously close to melodrama. DS
Lee Daniels’ follow-up to the Oscar-winning Precious, is one hot, sweaty mess that will sharply divide audiences. Based on Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel, The Paperboy is a lurid and trashy portrait of 1969 backwater Florida, where newspaper journalist Ward (Matthew McConaughey) returns to blow open the case of Hilary Van Wetter (John Cusack), accused of murdering a local sheriff. Ward’s younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and Wetter’s hilariously trashy fiancé (a scene-stealing Nicole Kidman) help and hinder the investigation as the film veers wildly from murder mystery to sex comedy, including an unforgettable scene of Kidman urinating on Efron to ease the pain of a jellyfish sting. DS
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You’ll believe a bus can fly in Jan de Bont’s nail-chomping 1994 terror ride, which wrings every last drop of tension from a fiendishly simple premise. Keanu Reeves plays the gung-ho LAPD cop, who leaps aboard a cross-town bus, which has been rigged to explode if the speedometer dips below 50mph. Sandra Bullock puts the pedal to the metal in place of the injured driver, ploughing through lanes of stationary traffic and, in the film’s most gloriously overblown sequence, traversing a 50-foot gap in the freeway without the aid of a ramp. Speed is an exercise in simplicity, which exploits the claustrophobic setting with sadistic glee. Reeves and Bullock are a splendid double act, adding flecks of humanity and humour to the wanton destruction. DS Mar 17, 8.45pm, £10, mems £7.50. The Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BY Leicester Square
Love is in the air at this year’s London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Romance in its many forms takes root in an eclectic programme of features, shorts and special events, which launches with Jeffrey Schwarz’s illuminating documentary I Am Divine (Mar 14 & 15) chronicling the turbulent life of John Waters’s notorious muse, while Michael Mayer’s Out In The Dark (pictured, Mar 19, 24) about a relationship across the Israeli-Palestinian divide will stir debate. Other highlights include James Franco’s sexually explicit Interior. Leather Bar. (Mar 16 & 17). DS Mar 14-24, times vary, £8.50-£14. BFI Southbank and various venues, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT Waterloo scoutlondon.com Scout London 37
A crime close to home Best known for playing evil twins in Luther, Steven Robertson is toeing the line in his latest role as a smalltown cop in Shetland. He tells Sophie Herdman about returning to his roots to film the murder mystery
t’s unusual for an actor to spend two weeks filming in the area where they grew up. It’s even more unusual when that place is Shetland, an archipelago that marks the most northerly part of the British Isles. Steven Robertson, a native of the Scottish isles, knows he was lucky to get a part in the new BBC murder mystery, Shetland, shot, unsurprisingly, on a stunning Shetland island. “It was a joy to work there,” he says. “I loved being back within the elements and seeing family and friends.” You might recognise Robertson as one of the sinister twins from Luther, or as a cerebral palsy sufferer from hit film Inside I’m Dancing. Back in Hertfordshire, where he lives with his partner of 12 years, Charlotte, also an actor, he manages to go about life without being recognised, bar the odd Luther heckle. “Once a guy came up to me in the pub and said, ‘You look just like one of those evil twins off Luther’. I didn’t tell him the truth for a while but eventually I did. Most people in the pub have no idea I’m an actor.” Shetland is based on Red Bones, a book by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves. Having played a role in a radio adaptation of one of Cleeves’s books, Robertson had always hoped there’d be a part for him if her writing were dramatised for TV, so he was delighted to land the role of PC Sandy Wilson, a hard-working Shetlander who has always lived on the islands. The series starts with Sandy discovering his
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grandmother, Mima, dead. He alerts Detective Jimmy Perez (Douglas Henshall), a native who has recently returned to Shetland with his stepdaughter, and an investigation ensues, along the way uncovering secrets and lies from the past and lifting the lid on a feud between Sandy’s own family and another on the island. Robertson, who is used to playing unusual characters, such as the mysterious Dominic Rock in Being Human and a serial killer in The Bletchley Circle, revelled in the opportunity to play an everyman such as Sandy. “Apart from the murder in his family, Sandy is a guy who just wants to get on with life. He doesn’t want to bring down the world, he just wants to do a good shift and impress his boss,” he says. There’s a strong sense of the boy done good with Robertson. Growing up on a small island far away from the ‘big city’ (Glasgow, in his case), he battled with dyslexia as a child. He’s surprised, though, to be asked about it –
Death on the isle Steven Robertson (left) in Shetland
it’s just something he’s always got on with. “Everybody has something. Over the years I’ve just kept working at it,” he says. “Charlotte must get bored with me always asking how words are spelt, but I’ve learnt some coping mechanisms.” He trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama after attending a college in Kirkcaldy that recently threatened to cut its theatre courses. Robertson spoke out against the proposals: “For someone in my situation, who doesn’t have the best qualifications and comes from an island, there aren’t many small towns like Kirkcaldy offering those courses. I was lucky.” Luck is a word that keeps popping up with Robertson. But a quick look at his career will tell you that talent has played its part too. He was picked for the lead in Inside I’m Dancing, a pivotal film in his career, without any previous big-screen experience. “It was amazing that I got that off the back of a general meeting. At the time I didn’t have a career, I’d just played a stage role in Chekhov’s The Seagull.” A role for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. Since then he’s appeared in the cinema alongside Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp and Clive Owen, as well as in Peter Mullan’s critically acclaimed Neds. “I was only in three scenes but I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned,” he says. On top of that, his TV career is gaining momentum. “The UK makes phenomenally good TV,” he says. “I’ve never understood why some people sniff at it.” He’s currently filming an episode of New Tricks, and after that he’s leaving the phone off the hook as he and Charlotte are getting married. “I’m a hopeless romantic. I don’t care if it’s Martin Scorsese, he’ll just have to wait!” Episode 1 of Shetland is on BBC iPlayer now. Episode 2 airs on BBC One tonight (March 11)
The Master (15)
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Available on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the figurehead of a burgeoning 1950s philosophical movement known as The Cause. He welcomes alcoholic veteran Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) into the fold as his “guinea pig and protégé”. Lancaster’s forthright wife Peggy (Amy Adams) recognises Freddie as a damaged soul. “You cannot stay with us any more unless you quit boozing,” she decrees. But Freddie’s primal rage proves useful when Lancaster encounters resistance to his argument and even scorn from his own son (Jesse Plemons). The Master is overlong virtuoso filmmaking, by turns dazzling and boorishly pretentious. Paul Thomas Anderson’s emotionally wrought tale is easy to admire for its ambition, but hard to like for the protracted sequences of pointlessness that test patience beyond breaking point. Phoenix drifts through in a drowsy stupor, incomprehension flickering as he searches for salvation. At other times, he rages, notably in a police cell when he slams his naked shoulders against the iron bed with enough force to fracture bone. Hoffman is charismatic as the leader who may or may not hold all the answers and fellow Oscar nominee Adams delivers a steely supporting performance as the power behind the tarnished throne. Damon Smith
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Recently broadcast on Channel 4, Utopia is an ambitious and compelling six-part conspiracy thriller, revolving around a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments, which supposedly predicted the most catastrophic events of the 20th century. The existence of a manuscript to a sequel alerts a shadowy organisation known as The Network, and hired assassins Arby (Neil Maskell) and Lee (Paul Ready) are dispatched to kill anyone who may have come into contact with the tome. With cinematic ambitions in terms of its framing and a score that relentlessly cranks up tension, Utopia ultimately poses more questions than it is prepared to answer, shamelessly teeing up a second series. However, performances are solid throughout and screenwriter Dennis Kelly balances explosions of ugly violence with morbid humour. DS
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes Bicycle courie Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) slaloms through Manhattan traffic alongside girlfriend Vanessa (Dania Ramirez) and archrival Manny (Wole Parks). Dispatcher Raj (Aasif Mandvi) sends him to Columbia University to collect an envelope, but crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), attempts to procure it. Wilee resists and pedals furiously towards his delivery deadline. “I’m the guy you don’t mess with!” threatens the chasing Bobby, intent on obtaining the envelope at any cost. Unfolding largely in real time with occasional flashbacks to plug gaping plot holes, Premium Rush is a testosterone-fuelled dash through the Big Apple with the cast performing many of the stunts. To emphasise the peril, rough footage over the end credits shows the smashed back window of a taxi and Wilee standing with blood coursing down his arm. Director Koepp introduces a neat slow-motion device a la Bullet Time in The Matrix, taking us inside Wilee’s head as he looks for safe routes. Premium Rush is initially an adrenaline-pumping blast but the action is repetitive and our interest, like Wilee’s deadline, threatens to expire. DS
Free download available from Apple App store, Google Play City guides are 10-a-penny these days, but Stay.com, a thriving young Norwegian company, promises a faster (thanks to speedily-downloading vector-based maps), cheaper and more ‘collaborative’ option. Their local experts have put together their pick of restaurants, hotspots and attractions for over 120 cities, plus users can add their own finds and ratings to the interactive maps, and share recommendations from friends via Facebook and those of fellow travellers, ultimately creating a city guide tailored to their own tastes and needs. Download them to view offline, avoiding pesky roaming charges. Abi Jackson
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Man Like Me are Johnny Langer and Peter Duffy. They released their self-titled debut in 2009, and their second album, Pillow Talk, came out last week. Andy Welch chats to the London duo about working with Mike Skinner and why Jessie Ware owes her success to them So the album’s come out. How are you feeling? Johnny: Good. We’ve actually been doing a lot of writing lately, for the first time in ages. Even though we have the new album, we’re doing more. We’re excited about getting out on the road. You’re signed to Mike Skinner’s label, The Beats, even though he retired it some time ago. When did you meet? Pete: We met with him about this time last year, when we first heard he was interested in working with us. We met him in the pub very briefly, and he helped us mix tracks. We were sending things over email, and then in the summer we were actually in the studio with him to record.
and Pete wanting to be DJs. Pete was into UK hip hop and I liked drum ’n’ bass, and we wanted to be DJs and MCs. Everyone was into that in the late 1990s. It started from trying to write drum ’n’ bass songs but we were terrible at it so that’s how Man Like Me started, and we still write the same way.
on. We get the odd comparison to them, but we’re not ska like they are. It’s interesting watching journalists trying to label us, because we don’t know ourselves. You supported Madness at the O2 in December. How was that?
Johnny: It was amazing. But Madness fans are hardcore, Peter: At the time we thought we’d and they only really want to see invented grime, but we hadn’t. Madness, so we had to raise our game. I’ve seen many people get Johnny: It quickly turned into a booed off over the years while quirky pop band. We don’t know supporting them, so I knew we had where that influence came from. to be good. Madness fans don’t My dad (Clive Langer) produced take kindly to anyone other than Madness, so maybe we took that
The reviews for your first album mentioned him as an influence. It makes sense that you’re working together. Johnny: Well, that was great – being compared to him. But firstly it was quite embarrassing, because I rate him a lot higher than us. And anyone else for that matter. It is odd to end up working with him, but he was such a huge influence, so it’s a great pleasure to know him now. It was a dream that he resurrected the label for us, too. Where did you record Pillow Talk?
Johnny: It was mainly done in respective bedrooms and houses, then it all came together in Mike Skinner’s studio. That’s where we mixed everything and put some fancy polish on it. How do you write a Man Like Me song? They don’t have traditional verses and choruses. Johnny: It all started through me
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North London born and bred Johnny Langer and Peter Duffy met at school, where they bonded over music and skateboards. Mike Skinner resurrected his Beats record label in early 2012 to sign the duo. The label, which formerly had chart-toppers Example and Professor Green on its books, had been closed since 2007.
“You will always find me in the kitchen at parties…” Sound familiar? Man Like Me covered the famous Jona Lewie hit for an Ikea advert, and appeared in it too. Langer’s dad is Clive Langer, a platinum music producer and songwriter, best known for his work with Madness and Elvis Costello. Jessie Ware has worked with Man Like Me as a backing singer.
Madness. Although they are up for having a dance and making fools of themselves. You’re supporting Jessie Ware on one date of her upcoming tour, but she used to be the singer in Man Like Me. Where did you meet her? Johnny: We DJed at her 21st birthday party – that’s how we know her. Peter: She’d seen us at a friend of a friend’s party or something, and asked us to her party on the back of that. Jack Peñate, who is a mutual friend, was DJing too. Jessie was very different back then – I thought she was a princess, having this glitzy party. Little did we know she was harbouring this amazing talent. Johnny: We were talking, drunk, at another party and she told us she wanted to sing. We must’ve asked her to come to a rehearsal and not remembered because we were shocked when she turned up the following day. We didn’t expect her to be any good, but when she started to sing, she was brilliant. Are you secretly bitter about her success? Johnny: I’m very bitter, yes. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t slag her off! Peter: We got a message from some Twitter account this morning, ‘Jessie Ware Fans’ or something. She’s got a fansite! It’s like a daily kick in the teeth. Johnny: It’s friendly teasing. Peter: And we booked her first solo show, so she needs to remember where she started. Man Like Me support Jessie Ware at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on March 14 scoutlondon.com Scout London 41
March 13, Shepherds Bush Empire, £18.15 The girl done good. And her current headline tour should prove a welcome opportunity for the honey-voiced Brixtonite to revel in her stratospheric success. Having found a sound that lies somewhere between Sade-tinged nostalgia and London bass futurism, Jessie Ware brought something refreshingly new to 2012’s musical landscape. Her LP debut, Devotion, saw her
showcase what’s to come. On his EP, Songs From Another Love, Odell offers up a haunting melancholia that has seen him compared to everyone from Jeff Buckley to James Blake. Middle Yard NW1 8AB Camden Town
March 16th, Koko, £17.50 There’s nothing worse than going to see one of your adolescent audio heroes only to discover that they’ve put their foot down on playing the hits. There’s little fear of that happening at Mr Witness The Fitness’s Camden show. Roots Manuva hasn’t stopped making quality tunes since his seminal debut over a decade ago – check out new
dancefloor-focused Big Dada EP Banana Skank. But he’s not too precious to treat his die-hard fans to a healthy serving of nostalgia. So you can expect a spirited show, jam-packed with the local rapper’s successes, both old and new. Camden High Street NW1 7JE Mornington Crescent
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March 12th, Dingwalls, £10
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Tom Odell There are times when being the darling of every ‘Rising Star’ list can be a poisoned chalice. Not, it seems, for this baby-faced singer-songwriter. Before even releasing an album, he has already won a Brit – the Critics Choice Award, no less. With his LP debut set for release in April, this concert will likely
team-up with exciting producers like Julio Bashmore and Dave Okumu for a chart-topping home run. Join her fans for some warm and fuzzy sing-along fun. Plus, support comes courtesy of Laura Mvula – a hot tip for 2013 and completely sold-out at her own headline gigs.
My Bloody Valentine March 12, Hammersmith Apollo, £25
Tommy James & The Shondells Crystal Blue Persuasion
1969 corker that is our sound for spring-time.
If there’s such a thing as a weight of expectation then My Bloody Valentine should be ten feet under by now. Following the massive cult success of their seminal album, Loveless, over 16 years ago these shoe-
gazing Dubliners went into seeming retirement. But now they’re back with a follow-up that has seen both critics and die-hard fans brimming with disappointment-free elation. Their return gig should prove
to be a suitably celebratory affair – one that will revel in all of the quartet’s dark and gloomy comeback glory. Queen Caroline Street W6 9QH Hammersmith
Also this week: Purity Ring
March 14, St John at Hackney Church, £12.50 There could be no more suitable setting for this Canadian double act’s London gig than a slightly eerie church in the heart of Hackney. Purity Ring offer up an ethereal strain of electro-pop that has inevitably seen them compared to the likes of Grimes. They’ve spent much of the last few years in a perpetual state of hyped-ness; but this has not, thus far, translated to the mainstream
success that their fellow countrywoman has enjoyed. That does not mean that their dreamy fairytale sounds are any less addictive. A couple of listens to their debut album, Shrines, will have you heading to church for a shimmering synth-pop kind of religious experience. Lower Clapton Road E5 0PD Haggerston
Laura Mvula Green Garden
Neneh Cherry & The Thing Dream Baby Dream (Four Tet remix)
Standout track from the most original soul singer since Janelle Monae.
Unexpected collaboration that sounds sublime.
Typesun Last Home - Original
Mazes Dan Higgs Particle
Get lost in those strings and find yourself in disco heaven.
Krautrock via Dalston from Mazes justly acclaimed Ores and Minerals album.
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The Lumineers Mar 11 & Mar 12, O2 Academy Brixton, 18.50 Audience Mar 13, 100 Club, adv £16 The Baker Boys, Leonie Evans Mar 11, Le QuecumBar, £10 Big Sean Mar 13, Electric Brixton, £23.50 Billy Bragg Mar 17, Rough Trade East, £11.99 Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm Mar 17, Roundhouse, £20 The Courteeners Mar 16, O2 Academy Brixton, £19.50 Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Mar 14 & Mar 15, Ronnie Scott’s, £20-£40 John Grant Mar 13, Heaven, £15 Johnny Marr, F.U.R.S Mar 15, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £22.50
Killing Joke Mar 16, The Forum, adv £25 Larry Graham & Graham Central Station Mar 11 & Mar 12, The Jazz Cafe, £25 Lianne La Havas, Rae Morris, George Ezra Mar 11 & Mar 12, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 The Magic Band Mar 16, Under The Bridge, £20 Ne-Yo, Tulisa Mar 15, The O2, £36 & £40 Republica, Tenek, Kovac Mar 14, The Garage, £14 Tito Puente Jr Mar 11-Mar 13, Ronnie Scott’s, £25-£40
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Beyonce: The Mrs Carter Show Apr 29-May 1, May 3-May 5, The O2, £55-£85 Beth Orton Apr 17, Southbank Centre, £15-£25, concs £7.50-£12.50 Biffy Clyro, City And Colour Apr 3, The O2, £26.50 & £29.50 Billy Bragg Jun 5, Union Chapel, £20 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Mar 27, O2 Academy Brixton, £22.50 Blondie Jul 7, Roundhouse, £37.50 Blue Orchids May 3, The Water Rats, £8 Bo Ningen Apr 4, Dingwalls, adv £9 Bollywood Brass Band Apr 26, Artsdepot, £15, adv £12 Bonnie Raitt Jun 27, Royal Albert Hall, £40-£50 Bonobo Nov 23, O2 Academy Brixton, phone for prices Brand New Heavies May 10, KOKO, £23.50 Brian May And Kerry Ellis May 1, Royal Albert Hall, phone for prices British Sea Power Apr 17, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Bon Jovi Jul 5, Hyde Park, £65 Bruce Cockburn Nov 13, Bush Hall, £20 Bryan Ferry Nov 4, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£95 Burt Bacharach Jun 26, Southbank Centre, £30-£75, concs £15-£37.50 Buzzcocks Apr 6, Electric Brixton, adv £20 CSS May 13, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, phone for prices Charli XCX Apr 17, The Old Blue Last, £10 Chas & Dave May 18, IndigO2, £26.50£45 Chris & Cosey May 19, Heaven, £15 Chris De Burgh Apr 24, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£50 Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express Apr 25, Islington Town Hall, £15 & £20 Chvrches Apr 29, Village Underground, phone for prices Clannad Mar 20, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £32.50 Clive Gregson May 16, The Green Note Cafe, £10 Cody Chesnutt Mar 18, Bush Hall, £17.50 Coma Apr 26, O2 Academy Islington, £18
Cornershop Mar 28, 229 The Venue, £15 Counting Crows Apr 22-23, Hammersmith Apollo, adv £37.50 Crystal Fighters Nov 22, O2 Academy Brixton, £16.50 Danzig Jun 24, Roundhouse, £27.50 Dead Can Dance Jul 2, Roundhouse, £30 Depeche Mode May 28 & May 29, The O2, £40 & £50 Devlin Apr 30, KOKO, £15 Dexys Apr 15, Apr 16, Apr 18-Apr 20, Apr 22, Apr 23, The Duke Of York’s, £26-£41 Dick Gaughan Jun 15, Cellar Upstairs Folk Club at The Exmouth Arms, £8, mems £7 Die Antwoord Jun 22, O2 Academy Brixton, £19.50 Ed Harcourt May 30, Cadogan Hall, £12.50-£17.50 Edwyn Collins Apr 24, Union Chapel, £25 Eels Mar 21, O2 Academy Brixton, £30 Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray May 16, Union Chapel, £20 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Jun 4 & Jun 5, Royal Albert Hall, £45 Emeli Sande Apr 8-10, Hammersmith Apollo, £25-£29.50 phone for availbility Fairport Convention May 10, The Borderline, £24 Fish May 29, O2 Academy Islington, £22.50 Fleetwood Mac Sep 24, Sep 25, Sep 27, The O2, £80-£125 Foals, Efterklang Mar 28, Royal Albert Hall, £10-£25
Happy Mondays Jun 29, The Forum, £32.50 Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons Jun 25 & Jun 26, Royal Albert Hall, £55-£65 Fun Apr 12, 18, Hammersmith Apollo, £18.50 Gaz Coombes Apr 25, The Garage, £13.50 Ghostpoet May 30, Village Underground, adv £15.50 Goat Jun 27, The Scala, adv £12.50 Gold Panda Jun 12, Electric Brixton, £12 Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs, All Time Low Jun 1, Emirates Stadium, £45-£65
Belcea Quartet Mar 14, Wigmore Hall, £15-£30 Brandenburg Choral Festival 2013: Medici Choir/Brandenburg Sinfonia Mar 14, St Martin-InThe-Fields, £8-£28 Dirty Electronics, Ondes Martenot Mar 14, XOYO, phone for prices English Baroque Choir Mar 16, St John’s, Smith Square, £12-£26, concs/mems £10.80-£23.40 Handel Festival: Alexander Sprague Mar 11, St George’s Church, £10 Handel Festival: Guildhall School Of Music And Drama Mar 14, St George’s Church, £10 LSO Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concert Mar 15, LSO St Luke’s, FREE
Adi Tal And Nicola Eimer Mar 12, St Martin-In-TheFields, FREE Los Angeles Philharmonic Mar 17, Barbican Centre, £15-£65 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Mar 12, Cadogan Hall, £15-£40, mems £20-£35 Thames Philharmonic Choir Mar 16, Cadogan Hall, £12-£25 Trio Zimmermann Mar 12, Wigmore Hall, £15-£30 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The Great Classics Jun 7, Royal Albert Hall, £5-£38
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Apr 25, O2 Academy Islington, £14 5ive, Atomic Kitten, B*witched, Liberty X, 911, Honeyz May 14, The O2, phone for prices ASAP Rocky May 21 & May 22, O2 Academy Brixton, £20 Action Bronson Jun 7, KOKO, adv £16.50 Akron/Family Jul 18, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, £11.50 Alasdair Roberts, David McGuinness May 31, DHFC, £12, concs £8 Alchemy: Anoushka Shankar Apr 13, Southbank Centre, £10-£20, concs £5-£10 Alice Russell Apr 17, The Scala, adv £15.50, early bird £12.50 Alicia Keys May 30 & May 31, The O2, £39.50 & £45 Alison Moyet Oct 15, Southbank Centre, phone for prices All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror: I’ll Be Your Mirror 2013: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear May 4 & May 5, Alexandra Palace, day ticket £59, two day ticket £110 Alt-J, Princess Chelsea May 16, O2 Academy Brixton, £16 AlunaGeorge Jun 20, Electric Brixton, £14.50 And So I Watch You From Afar Apr 16, The Garage, £11 Andreya Triana Apr 11, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, phone for availability Angel Haze May 7, The Scala, adv £12.50 Angel Haze May 9, Heaven, phone for prices As One In The Park: Rita Ora May 26, Victoria Park, £35 Asaf Avidan Jun 6, Union Chapel, £22.50 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
Iamamiwhoami May 30, Electric Brixton, £15 Ian Anderson Jun 30, Royal Albert Hall, £30-£55 Ian Hunter, Andy York, Dave Roe Mar 30, The Bloomsbury Theatre, £25 Ian McNabb Mar 21, Half Moon, Putney, £13.50 Iron & Wine May 31, Barbican Centre, £18-£22.50 JLS Dec 21 & Dec 22, The O2, £25 & £33.50 Jah Wobble & Bill Sharpe Apr 26, Islington Town Hall, £17.50 & £20 Jake Bugg Oct 23 & Oct 24, O2 Academy Brixton, £20 James Blake Apr 9, Heaven, £15 James, Echo And The Bunnymen Apr 19 & Apr 20, O2 Academy Brixton, £38.50 Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson May 31, Islington Town Hall, £22.50 & £27.50 Jean Carne Mar 22 & Mar 23, Millfield Arts Centre, £25, adv £24 Jessie J Oct 29 & Oct 30, The O2, £25 & £33.50 Jodeci, Blackstreet, Dru Hill, Swv, Changing Faces Mar 23, Wembley Arena, £35-£75 Joe Bonamassa Mar 27, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £40-£60 Joe Bonamassa Mar 26, The Borderline, VIP £1500 Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate May 17, The Jazz Cafe, £12 Joe Satriani Jun 17, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £40 John Grant May 15, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £20 Karl Hyde Apr 25, Union Chapel, £25 Katie Melua Oct 2, Roundhouse, £37.50 Kings Of Leon Jun 12 & Jun 13, The O2, £57.50 Kinky Friedman Apr 24, 229 The Venue, adv £22.50 Laurel Halo Apr 25, XOYO, adv £12 Major Lazer, Angel Haze May 4, Roundhouse, £17.50 Mark Knopfler May 27-Jun 1, Royal Albert Hall, £37.50-£52.50
Laura Mvula May 1, Islington Town Hall, phone for prices
Marlena Shaw Mar 26-Mar 30, Ronnie Scott’s, £30-£50 Maroon 5 Jun 23 & Jun 24, The O2, £40 & £45 Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick Sep 27, DHFC, £12, concs £8 Matchbox Twenty Apr 16 & Apr 17, Hammersmith Apollo, £29.50 Matmos, People Like Us Mar 19, XOYO, adv £10 Meat Loaf: Last At Bat Tour Apr 10, The O2, £57.50 Megadeth Jun 6, O2 Academy Brixton, £28.50 Melvins May 19 & May 20, Electric Brixton, £22.50 Mic Righteous May 24, The Garage, £10 Mick Hucknall Apr 28, Hammersmith Apollo, £40 & £50 Misfits Apr 21, O2 Academy Islington, adv £16 Muse, Dizzee Rascal May 25 & May 26, Emirates Stadium, £49.50-£85
Pet Shop Boys Jun 18, The O2, £35 Peter Gabriel Oct 21 & Oct 22, The O2, £40 & £50 Polica Mar 21, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £13.50 Queensryche, Aeon Zen Apr 15, O2 Academy Islington, £25 Rodriguez Jun 7 & Jun 8, Hammersmith Apollo, £10-£29.50 Rudimental May 2, Electric Brixton, £12 Rush May 24, The O2, £60 & £75
The Saturdays Mar 23, G-A-Y Bar, w/wrist bands £4
Bruno Mars Oct 8 & Oct 9, The O2, £39.50 Nas Mar 19, The O2, £34-£39, w/CD £44.99-£49.99 Neil Innes Apr 17, Half Moon, Putney, £14, adv £12 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Jun 17 & Jun 19, The O2, £45-£65 Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Oct 26 & Oct 27, Hammersmith Apollo, phone for prices Nitin Sawhney Jun 27, Roundhouse, £23.50-£25 Noah And The Whale Apr 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, Palace Theatre, £26.50 & £32.50 One Direction Apr 1, Apr 2, Apr 4, Apr 5, Apr 2, The O2, £25 & £33.50 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark May 3, Roundhouse, £33.50 P!nk Apr 24, Apr 25, Apr 27, Apr 28, The O2, £42.50-£55 Palma Violets Apr 9, Electric Brixton, phone for prices Paloma Faith Jun 7, The O2, £22.50 & £28.50 Peace, Superfood Apr 30-May 3, Birthdays, £10 Pere Ubu Apr 23, Bush Hall, £20
Shuggie Otis May 11, The Forum, £20 & £25 Skunk Anansie Unplugged Apr 15, Cadogan Hall, £27.50 So Solid Crew Mar 21, IndigO2, phone for prices Squarepusher Mar 30, Roundhouse, £25 Steve Hackett May 10, Hammersmith Apollo, £27.50 Stiff Little Fingers, The Men They Couldn’t Hang, Edward Tudor Pole Mar 22, The Forum, adv £18.50 Suede Mar 30, Alexandra Palace, £32.50 Swans, Xiu Xiu, Ben Frost, Mercury Rev Apr 4, KOKO, £30 Syleena Johnson Mar 30 & Mar 31, The Jazz Cafe, phone for prices Tame Impala Jun 25, Hammersmith Apollo, £19.50 Teenage Cancer Trust: Ryan Adams, Beth Orton; Kasabian; Noel Gallagher With Damon Albarn & Graham Coxon; Paul Weller, Palma Violets; Primal Scream, Echo And The Bunnymen; Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth Mar 19-24: 22, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£75 Tegan And Sara Jun 11, Troxy, £22 The Abyssinians May 23, The Clapham Grand, £25 The B-52s Aug 16, IndigO2, £33.50£36.50 The Black Crowes Mar 29 & Mar 30, The Forum, £37.50 The Breeders Jun 19, The Forum, £27.50 The Fall May 17, The Clapham Grand, £25 The Flaming Lips May 20 & May 21, Roundhouse, £32 The Gaslight Anthem Mar 29 & Mar 30, Troxy, £23.50
The Herbaliser May 10, The Clapham Grand, £19.50 The Mission, Fields Of The Nephilim Dec 18, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £28.50 The Moody Blues Jun 22, The O2, £47.50 The Postal Service May 19 & May 20, O2 Academy Brixton, £22.50, phone for availability The Residents May 18, Barbican Centre, £15.25 The Script Mar 22 & Mar 23, The O2, £29.50 The Smashing Pumpkins Jul 22, Wembley Arena, £38.50 & £48.50 The Specials May 28 & May 29, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £37.50 The Stone Roses Jun 7 & Jun 8, Finsbury Park, £55 The Stylistics Nov 29, IndigO2, £21.50£35 The Undertones May 24, KOKO, £20 The Vaccines May 2, The O2, £27 The Weeknd Nov 26, The O2, phone for prices
Wireless Festival 2013: Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Emeli Sande Jul 12 & Jul 13, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, day ticket £57.50, two day ticket £110, under 16s must be accompanied, tickets on sale Feb 22, 9am The Weeknd Mar 24-Mar 27, Electric Ballroom, £22, phone for availability The Who Jun 15 & Jun 16, The O2, £60-£70 The Zombies Jun 1, IndigO2, £15-£25 Todd Rundgren Jun 15, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £24.50-£29.50 Tom Odell May 23 & May 28, Electric Ballroom, £11 Toro Y Moi Jun 4, KOKO, adv £12.50 Toy Mar 23, The Lexington, adv £15 Two Door Cinema Club Apr 27, Alexandra Palace, £20, disabled £10 Unknown Mortal Orchestra May 16, Village Underground, £12 Vampire Weekend May 8, Troxy, £27.50 Villagers May 21, Electric Brixton, £15 Willy Moon May 8, Electric Ballroom, £11 Yo La Tengo Mar 20, Barbican Centre, £15 ZZ Top Jun 24 & Jun 28, Hammersmith Apollo, £45
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CLU B B I N G Monday March 11 Afro Cuban Lounge at Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, N1 1RU Highbury & Islington club & lessons £7, £4, 7.30pm-late. DJ Doctor Jim plays salsa, Latin and dance, with dance lessons from Salsa Caribe Productions teachers Susan and Jim. Anthem at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, w/flyer £3, guestlist £2, £1 before 11pm, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs play punk, indie and pop. Hoxton Ukulele Hootenanny at The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX Shoreditch High Street FREE (returnable £20 deposit for ukuleles), 7.30pm-12midnight. Resident DJs play ukulele-inspired music, plus live performances. The Jump Off at The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL King’s Cross St Pancras £15, £12 before 10pm, adv £8, 9pm-2am. Hip hop courtesy of Rap 6, Charlie Sloth and DJ Manny Norte. Monday Nights at Ladybird Bar, 70 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel FREE, 5pm-9pm. 8track Records spin lounge and disco from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Monday at Storm, 28a Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE Leicester Square phone for prices, 10.30pm-3am. Resident DJs play R&B, funky house, pop, bashment and old skool. Soulful Sound at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street FREE, phone for times. Resident DJs spin soul and funk. 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.
Tuesday March 12 Desire at Covert, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall £8, w/flyer £6, 3am-11am. DJs Steven Geller, Bruno Nouer and Sven Jon spin house and electro records. F.I.S.H at Covert, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall £8, w/flyer £5 before 1am, 11pm-late. Resident DJs play house, disco and minimal techno. 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. Huw Stephens Presents at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus phone for prices, 7pm12midnight. The Radio 1 DJ plays pop and indie with live performances. Panic at The Roxy, 3-5 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HJ Tottenham Court Road £5, NUS/w/flyer £3, guestlist w/flyer FREE before 10.30pm, 10pm-3am. Max Panic,
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Gaz Panic and That Perfect Fumble spin indie, electro, retro and pop. Paradox at The Den & Centro, 18 West Central Street, WC1A 1JJ Holborn phone for prices, 12midnight-7am. Residents Antoretox and David Vice supply house and electro. Pink Tuesdays at Mother Bar, 333 Old Street, EC1V 9LE Old Street FREE, 10pm-3am. Freight Train spin hip hop, R&B, soul, funk and electro. White Heat at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £5, concs £4, 10.30pm-3am. DJs Matty, Olly and Marcus supply electro, techno and indie.
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Hot Wuk Wednesdays at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus £7, £5 before 10pm, 7pm-1am. Residents play bashment, reggae, dub, dancehall, soca, one-drop reggae, grime and UK funky. Kids at St Moritz, 159 Wardour Street, W1F 8WL Tottenham Court Road £5, 9pm-2am. DJ Dan Market plays house, techno, hip hop and rock, with live performances from Celestiel Trax, Shields and Bad Apes. London Lyricist Lounge at The Lockside Lounge, 75-89 West Yard Dock, NW1 8AF Camden Town FREE, 7pm-12midnight. Hip hop and R&B from DJ Sai and LeeN with support from MCs, poets and freestylers. White Leather Viper Club at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 9pm-2.30am. Will Viper spins electronica, disco and mutant-pop.
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Jodie Harsh At Sanderson at Sanderson London, 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG Oxford Circus FREE, 9pm-late. The international DJ and drag queen spins house and contemporary beats. The 150 Club at The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8BG Chalk Farm FREE, 7.30pm. Folk, rock and Americana from Miss Davina Lee, Jack Joseph Band and Richie Phillips. Akira Records at The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN Angel £5, 7.30pm-12midnight. Resident DJs play folk, rock, indie and electronica. Back To My Roots at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 9pm-2am. Paul Trouble Anderson spins 1970s to 1990s jazz, funk, hip hop, disco and R&B. Cabaret Voltaire at Cellar Door, Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7EN Temple FREE, 9pm. Burlesque and cabaret club with Friedrick & Bridges. Death 2 Disco at Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ Notting Hill Gate £3, FREE before 11pm, 7pm-2am. Danny Watson and guests play rock, punk and indie classics. Disco Paradise at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street FREE, 11pm-2am. Jo Public plays rare groove, disco, soul and rock’n’roll. Get Darker at Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East FREE, 7pm11.30pm. DJs from the online magazine spin dubstep and underground bass.
The Itchy Feet Dance Academy at The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH Old Street FREE, 8pm2am. DJs Leo Bedford and residents spin rock’n’roll, rhythm’n’blues, swing and soul. Porn Idol at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross w/flyer FREE, 11pm4am. Resident DJs spin pop and dance while punters are invited to demonstrate their talents for a shot at a cash prize. Pub Disco at The Star Of Bethnal Green, 359 Bethnal Green Road, E2 6LG Bethnal Green phone for prices, 8pm2am. Resident DJs disco, hip hop, old skool electro, post punk and house. 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. Traumatik at East Village, 89 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HX Old Street guestlist £5, 9pm-3am. House, disco and techno courtesy of Colin Chiddle, with resident support from Adam Banks and Danny Lawson. Wah Wah 45s Present at Floripa, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ Old Street £4, 5pm-2am. Origin One, N30N, Dom Servini and Adam Prescott spin reggae, dub, Brazilian, jungle, grime and garage, with live vocals from Parisa, Trekkah and Percydread.
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The Hitman & Her at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 9pm2.30am. Pop, pop and more pop from DJs Prince Nelly and Anna Greenwood. Alt: Thursday at The Old Queen’s Head, 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN Angel FREE, 7.30pm-1am. Resident DJs play house, disco, electro, bass and garage, 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. Chick Habit at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 9pmlate. DJs Amy B and CeCe spin pop and classics from the 1990s, plus music by girls in the basement. Earnest Endeavours at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ Old Street adv £12.50, 9pm-2am. Nosaj Thing, Mono/Poly, Free The Robots, Plaitum and Patchwork Pirates play electronica and bass music. Globetronica at The Player, 8 Broadwick Street, W1F 8HN Oxford Circus £5 after 9pm, 8pm-2am. Resident DJs and guests supply house, dub, broken beat, nu jazz and world beats.
Balkan Sonik at The InSpiral Lounge, 250 Camden High Street, NW1 8QS Camden Town FREE, 9pm-1.30am. Electro, swing hop and Balkan beats courtesy of Fred BLK, Gino and Dr Cat. Bar Music Hall Presents at Bar Music Hall, 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AR Old Street £3, 9pm-3am. No Fakin aka DJs Illson, Kwinzola and MC Kwasi spin hip hop, funk, soul, reggae and disco. Bollyparty at Cafe Chai, 34 The Broadway, W5 2NP Ealing Broadway £10, £5 before 10pm, phone for times. Residents play Bollywood, bombass, old skool classics, R&B and funky house. Clockwork Presents at The Lock Tavern, 35 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AJ Camden Town FREE, 8pm-late. Resident and guest DJs play rock’n’roll. Colony Vs Broken20 at The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0LH Stoke Newington adv £5, 8pm-4am. TVO, Spatial, Tengui and Quietus DJs play techno, with live performances from Szare, Production Unit and Erstlaub. Dysfunctional at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street adv £10, phone for times. DJs Will Judge, Slaven, Jamie Russell, Tommy Ryan, Vishaal Laurent, Hayley Wishart and VICE_ play deep house and minimal. Friday at The Big Chill House, 257-259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL King’s Cross St Pancras phone for prices, 9.30pm-3am. DJ Khalil spins hip hop and soul.
Sin City at Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP Camden Town £7, NUS/mems £5 before 11.30pm, w/flyer £5 before 12midnight, 10.30pm-3.30am. DJs Adam Lightspeed and Sleazy H play alternative rock and metal, with classic rock and old skool metal in room two. Some Night at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall adv £5, 10pm6am. Ruff Sqwad, Fonti And Bushkin, Slimzee, Moony, Jack Swift, Offkey and Benny Digital play grime, garage and bass music. The Wotless Jam at Euphoriom, 1-3 High Street, W3 6NG Acton Central £8, £5 before 11pm, 9pm-late. Residents and guests supply dance vibes, R&B and party anthems.
Sbtrkt Curated Warehouse Party at Secret Location, E1 £25, phone for availability, 9pm-6am. The London-based producer-DJ spins garage, dubstep and house, with some very special guests. The Good Foot at Madame Jojo’s, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0SE Piccadilly Circus £8, mems £5, 10pm-3am. DJ Snowboy spins 1960s and 1970s R&B, funk and soul. Horse Meat Disco at Plastic People, 147-149 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE Liverpool Street £8, £6 before 11pm, 10pm-3am. The residents spin house, punk, funk and disco sounds of the 1970s and 1980s. Hot Damn! at The Purple Turtle, 61-65 Crowndale Road, NW1 1TN Mornington Crescent £6, 7pm-3am. Resident DJs Handsome Matt, Liam And Tobes play indie, pop, punk and rock. Market Manbo at Market House, 443 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LN Brixton FREE, phone for times. DJ Russ Jones spins Latin, Afrobeat, jungle and world music. My Awesome Mixtape at The Slaughtered Lamb, 34-35 Great Sutton Street, EC1V 0DX Farringdon FREE, 7pm-1am. Harvoid and Dr.J play indie, rock, punk, soul, electronica, garage and folk. Pandora’s Box at Lost Society, 697 Wandsworth Road, SW8 3JF Wandsworth Road FREE, phone for times. Resident DJs play jazz, swing and electro, plus live burlesque and cabaret performances. Real at The Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road, E1 1EW Whitechapel £12, adv £10, 10pm6am. Elijah, Skilliam, Spooky, Dok, Rude Kid, Faze Miyake, LU’E-B, Conducta and Default Disruptor spin grime, while Young D And Stinkalot, Digital Mozart and Levo mix bass in room two. Regression Sessions at The Islington Metal Works, 7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ Angel adv £10 & £15, 10pm-6am. Moucha, Danny Flex, Zillah, Naked Jake, Seasons and Vesper play house and electronica.
Saturday March 16
Red Bull Music Academy & The Upfront Project at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £20, adv £12 & £15, earlybird £10, 10pm-6am. Detroit-based producer Jimmy Edgar spins house, electronic and hip hop alongside Martyn, Untold, Trevor Jackson, Happa and Throwing Snow in room one, while room two sees a fourhour set of dubstep, techno and bass from Mala plus Pip Williams. 45 Revs Per Minute at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 4pm-8pm. Resident DJs supply rock’n’roll and retro tunes. 6T’s Northern Soul All-Nighter at 100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL Oxford Circus £12, 11pm-4am. Butch, Keith Money and Ady Croasdell play vintage funk and soul. Bass Culture Clash 2013 Tour at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £12, adv £10, early bird £8, super early bird £6, 10pm-6am. Reggae, jungle, grime, dancehall and bass courtesy of The Heatwave, Top Cat, Stylo G, Skibadee, Lady Leshurr and more. The Burning Beat at House Of Wolf, 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ Highbury & Islington phone for prices, 8pm-4am. The Roustabouts and David Harris play electro swing, Balkan beats and pop, plus live cabaret performances.
The Ceilidh Club at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, NW1 7AY Camden Town £16.50, concs £10, 7.25pm-10pm. Resident DJs play folk, plus traditional Scottish music and dance. Deep Saturdays at Bar 366, 366 Garratt Earlsfield FREE, Lane, SW18 4ES phone for times. Tech, funky, progressive and soulful house courtesy of DJ Tom-ash and DJ KosemetiQ. The French Riviera Club at The Player, 8 Broadwick Street, W1F 8HN Oxford Circus £5, 9pm-2am. Resident DJs and guests supply disco, tropical beats and electronica. Livin’ Proof at XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £8, 9pm-3am. Resident and guest DJs spin hip hop. Mistakes Music at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras £22, NUS/mems £15, adv £10, 10pm6am. House and techno courtesy of Sebastien Leger and Format: B. Mixmag Live Presents at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ Old Street £25, adv £20, 10pm-6am. Dirtybird Players DJs Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Eats Everything, Catz n Dogz and J Phlip spin house. Saturday Afternoon High Tease & Burlesque at Cellar Door, Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7EN Temple £15, 2pm. Resident DJs spin jazz, swing and vintage hits, plus burlesque performances from Miss Ivy Paige and Vicious Delicious. Saturday Social at The Social, 5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD Oxford Circus FREE, 6pm-1am. Resident DJs spin soul, rock’n’roll, funk, disco, house, pop, boogie, psychedelia and classics from the 1960s and 1970s. Session at The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX Shoreditch High Street £7, FREE before 9pm, 8pm-2am. DJs Mat Horne, The Maccabees, Bobby Bloomfield (Does It Offend You Yeah), Push Music, States Of Emotion and Sianne spin indie, electro and pop, with live performances from The Adelines, French Crops, Tribal Riot and Eden Royals. Soundtracks at The Monarch, 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8BG Chalk Farm £3, FREE before 9pm, 8pm. Resident DJs play iconic movie soundtracks. Too Much Disco at The Old Queen’s Torture Garden at Club Colosseum, 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5NQ Vauxhall adv £29, 10pm-6am. Resident DJs play goth, industrial and electro music, with burlesque, cabaret, performance art, body ritual, fashion shows and live music. Zen Bar at The Alley Cat, 4 Denmark Street, WC2H 8LP Tottenham Court Rd phone for prices, 10.30pm-3am. Resident DJs spin rhythm’n’blues, soul and ska. Zephron Nights at Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East £5, FREE before 8pm, 8pm-1am. Techno, house and grime courtesy of Aizi Robinson, Zander Hardy, Spencer Martin and DJ Blaise.
Sunday March 17 Aphrodisiax at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £12, concs £8, 9pm-4am. Jimpster and Huxley play house music with resident support. Dawn at The LightBox, 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP Vauxhall £5, 5am-12noon. Tom Budden, Bibi, Mark Jenkyns, Tony S and Burnka unwind at the weekly after-hours party with an eclectic set embracing house and chillout tracks. Hangover Lounge at The Lexington, 9698 Pentonville Road, N1 9JB Angel FREE, 9pm-2am. Resident DJs play vintage soul, retro rock, indie-pop, lo-fi reggae, funk and folk. Hula Boogie at South London Pacific, 340 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD Oval £7, 7pm-1am. Miss Aloha and the Reverend Boogie play 1930s, 1940s and 1950s jive and swing, with burlesque and cabaret. Industry Night at Fiesta Havana, 490492 Fulham Road, SW6 5NH Fulham Broadway FREE, phone for times. Resident DJs spin Latin, funk and soul, plus live 10-piece Latino band. Jaded at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £12, concs £8, 5pm-1am. Techno and house courtesy of Reset Robot, Raymundo Rodriguez, Unai Trotti and Mouj. Orange at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £12, £10, w/flyer £5 before 1am, 11pm-7am. 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, 2pm-7pm. Jazz funk, Latin and Afrobeat courtesy of resident DJs, plus dance lessons. Soulvolution at Zen Sai, 16 Inverness Street, NW1 7HJ Camden Town FREE, 9pm-2am. Terry T-Rex, Jeffrey Hinton, DJ QBee, David Rosen and Johnny Rogue play soul. Sunday Social at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham phone for prices, 11pm-2am. Resident DJs Steve Carnello and Sammy Sam spin reggae, jazz and funk. Sunday Seance at Cellar Door, Zero Aldwych, WC2E 7EN Temple FREE, 7pm-late. DJ John Sizzle spins an eclectic mix of pop, blues, rock’n’roll, jazz and electro from the 1920s to the 2000s, with burlesque performances from Beatrix Von Bourbon Sunday Recovery Sessions at Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE Kensal Green FREE, 12noon-11pm. Resident DJs play rare bootlegs, rock’n’roll and funk tracks. Wet Yourself! at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £12, adv/NUS £7, 11pm6am. Ryan O Gorman, Harry McCanna, Peter Pixzel, Cormac and Jacob Husley spin house and techno.
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Master storyteller The director of hit stage shows London Road and Cabaret talks to Caroline Bishop about learning to tell stories in a different medium, with his debut feature film, Broken
complexities of life and relationships without attempting to dish up definitive answers. “I really like the fact that the story... certainly had the potential to not deal in absolutes,” says Norris. “All of the characters in it, you can stand in their shoes and say they are behaving out of love, and I think that’s true in life. People don’t go, ‘I tell you what, I’m going to be a murderous bastard’ – that good But this isn’t enough for Norris. Having dallied here’s not much in theatre that Rufus and evil, black and white way of storytelling I find Norris hasn’t done: he’s directed everything with short films, his first feature-length movie, incredibly reductive; I can’t stand it really.” Broken, has just been released in UK cinemas after from Shakespeare’s The Tempest through Being new to film, Norris was like “a kid in a winning Best Film at the British Independent Film adult musical Cabaret to Damon Albarn’s toy shop” as he experimented with camerawork. Awards last year. Based on the debut novel by Daniel But although the tools differ from theatre, the contemporary opera Doctor Dee, with boundaryClay, it’s a hard-hitting tale of a ‘broken’ community, aim is the same: to tell a great story. “It’s about pushing projects such as London Road – Alecky seen through the eyes of its young protagonist, Blythe’s musical about the Ipswich murders commitment and integrity and the story that’s at Skunk, played by newcomer Eloise Laurence. On the the centre of it,” he says. “As a newcomer you – leaving audiences and critics in raptures. He’s cusp of young adulthood, this innocent, big-hearted can get distracted by going, ‘It’s really important an Associate Artist at the Young Vic – where pre-teen is threatened by a sequence of events his ambitious recent production, Feast, depicted that we use a 70mm or a 40mm lens on this’. Yoruba culture through the eyes of six playwrights that has grave consequences for her family and Of course those things are important but they are – and at the National Theatre, where he’s currently neighbours on her North London cul-de-sac. not as important as the basic storytelling. Is it a It’s not your average Brit-flick, and it’s certainly good story being well told? And that’s the same in rehearsals for his wife Tanya Ronder’s play not typical Hollywood fare, which makes it an Table at pop-up venue The Shed. I hear he’s a in theatre.” apt choice for Norris: dark yet funny, sensitive workaholic. “I don’t know what you’re talking He had some great actors to help tell it: in yet shocking, violent but gentle, it portrays the about!” he laughs. addition to Laurence (described as “a real find,
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Roth’s child Eloise Laurence and Tim Roth in Broken
a natural screen performer” by The Guardian), Broken stars Tim Roth as Skunk’s single father and Cillian Murphy as her teacher, with stage regular Rory Kinnear displaying impressive range as neighbour Mr Oswald, a widowed roughneck whose propensity to use rash violence in protecting his three daughters precipitates the action. While Norris was “a total, total beginner”, learning his craft on the job, Roth and Murphy are old hands at film acting. So was it daunting for Norris to direct them? “I felt daunted by the prospect of what happens if they’re arseholes frankly, because that’s not something you deal with very often in theatre,” he says, citing low pay and grubby rehearsal rooms as grounding experiences for stage actors. “If you’ve come up through theatre – somebody like Rory or like Mark
Rylance or Ian McKellen – you know they’re going to be alright, because they’re cast people.” Thankfully, Broken’s stars weren’t arseholes. Norris’s first meeting with Roth ended in a bar on Upper Street at 3am, surrounded by Mexicans drinking mojitos. Somehow, Norris knew they’d get along just fine. It definitely helps his director-actor relationships, he feels, that he was an actor first. Norris trained at RADA, where he met his wife Ronder, with whom he’s collaborated on two sons and many theatre projects, among them the acclaimed stage adaptation of Vernon God Little at the Young Vic. Ronder also wrote King Bastard, a 2009 short film directed by Norris. Will they collaborate on a feature film one day? “I’d love to at some stage,” he says. “But I’m on such a steep
learning curve, I don’t want to have somebody next to me that’s on such a steep learning curve. Tanya’s got a certain distance with film projects elsewhere, so a little further down the line I’d certainly hope that would happen.” Norris is full of ideas for potential future screen projects, including the exciting prospect of his own theatre work spilling over into film through a possible adaptation of London Road. “It’s just such an extraordinary piece, it’s stupid not to try and go a bit further with it.” But theatre won’t be losing him to the cinema altogether. Rather, this workaholic will do his utmost to direct in both. “It’s very hard to run the two in parallel but I refuse to believe it’s impossible.” Broken is in cinemas now
The next stage Norris isn’t the only theatre director to make the leap into film...
He honed his craft at the Royal Court and Royal Shakespeare Company before Trainspotting, 28 Days Later and the multi-Oscarwinning Slumdog Millionaire made him the king of British film and an inspired choice to direct the London Olympics Opening Ceremony.
He put the Donmar Warehouse on the map before the film world came calling: American Beauty won him an Oscar, while last year he made the greatest Bond film in recent memory. He might not return to 007, but his days behind the camera are definitely not over.
After making his name in theatre, a small film called Billy Elliot catapulted him into movies, with The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close following on. This month sees him return to the West End with The Audience.
Theatre’s golden boy, Grandage left a hugely successful 10-year tenure at the Donmar Warehouse to go freelance, and will direct his first feature film, Genius, starring Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender, in 2014.
The current Artistic Director of the National Theatre made his film debut with Alan Bennett’s The Madness of King George before going on to direct theatre-turned-film projects The Crucible and The History Boys.
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Ring Battersea Arts Centre, March 11-28, £12 Adventurous producers Fuel enjoy putting audiences in immersive, sometimes eerie situations – such as 2010’s voyeuristic Electric Hotel. There’s nothing to see in Ring – it takes place entirely in the dark as headphone-wearing audience members are taken on a ‘sound journey’.
Once Phoenix Theatre, March 16-November 30, £19.50-£67.50 It may arrive in the West End lugging eight Tony Awards in its suitcase, but Broadway hit Once the Musical still seems an unlikely success story. Based on the 2006 cult Irish film, it’s a quietly romantic tale of a Dublin busker and a young Czech mother who fall in love over a shared passion for music. Its creative team are hardly known for being big softies: Irish playwright Enda Walsh usually writes darkly surreal fare such as
Misterman and Penelope, while director and choreographer John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett won Olivier Awards for hard-hitting Iraq war drama Black Watch. Perhaps it’s the music by Glen Hansard (who also composed the score for The Commitments) that’s turned them into old romantics. WC2H 0JP Leicester Square oncemusical.co.uk
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The Man Who Pays the Piper Orange Tree Theatre March 13-April 13, £22 This 1931 play by GB Stern, one of the most prolific women writers of the era, explores gender and economic power through the story of an 18-year-old suffragette who discovers that having it all doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. TW9 2SA Richmond orangetreetheatre.co.uk
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Cabaret Duchamp Barbican March 13 only, £15
It’s the 10th anniversary of this popular annual festival at North London’s dance house, and it promises to be a corker. Kicking off with the classy Eva Yerbabuena, the programme includes songstress Estrella Morente, gypsy flamenco guitarist Tomatito and the man with the fastest feet in the fest, Israel Galván. To get you in the mood, a Spanish food and wine festival runs in parallel on selected dates, featuring an Andalucian tapas menu.
Part of the Barbican’s Dancing Around Duchamp season, this one-off event invites us to evoke the spirit of 20th century French avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp. BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz compères a line-up of creative types including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed and Stewart Lee.
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Flamenco Festival Sadler’s Wells, March 15-27, £12-£40
Proof Menier Chocolate Factory, March 14-April 27, £27.50-£39 David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play was sprinkled with stardust when Gwyneth Paltrow played the central role in the West End in 2002, before reprising it in the 2005 film. At the Menier Chocolate Factory – known for a liberal sprinkling of its own brand of theatrical magic – Mariah Gale takes on the mantel as Catherine, who cared for her mathematical genius father during his mental breakdown. When he dies, leaving a revolutionary theory in his paperwork which he may or may not have authored, Catherine questions how much of his genius – and his madness – has been passed on to her. Former History Boy Jamie Parker co-stars. SE1 1RU
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Dirty Great Love Story Soho Theatre, March 12-30, £13-£15 Soho Theatre is like a mini Edinburgh Festival Fringe these days, with a line-up handpicked from the best of last summer’s theatrical and comedic fare. This, the painfully recognisable story of 21st century courtship, had hardened Fringe critics coming over all warm and fuzzy as they rooted for the hapless pair at the centre of a very modern romcom. Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna play themselves and their friends as they recount, through rhyme, their pitfall-strewn romantic encounter and the awkward aftermath. W1D 3NE
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Great Expectations booking until Jun 1 2013, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH Embankment Mon-Thu/ Sat mats £25-£50, Fri & Sat eves £25£55, Feb 1-5 previews £25-£45, Premium Seats £75, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Tue 7pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. Jo Clifford’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel. Jersey Boys booking until Oct 20 2013, Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, W1D 4HS Tottenham Court Road Tue-Thu £20-£65, Fri-Sun £20-£67.50, Premium Seats Tue-Thu £85, Fri-Sun £95, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Tue, Sat 3pm. Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.
42nd Street - Charity Gala Performance London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF Oxford Circus £15£125, Mar 17, 7.45pm. A special gala performance of the classic musical written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, in aid of the Caron Keating Foundation, featuring Gloria Hunniford, Arlene Phillips, Gok Wan, Lionel Blair and Summer Strallen. The Audience booking until Jun 15 2013, Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR Piccadilly Circus £10-£59, concs available, limited number of £10 day seats on sale from 10am on day of performance from the box office, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Peter Morgan’s fictional renditions of private meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and her Prime Ministers. The Bodyguard booking until Sep 28 2013, Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS Charing Cross £20£67.50, Mar 11-Apr 27 2013, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Mar 11-Apr 27 2013, Wed, Sat 3pm, Apr 29-Sep 28, Mon-Thu 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mat Apr 29Sep 28, Sat 3pm. The stage adaptation from director Thea Sharrock, of the early 1990s film. The Book Of Mormon booking until Aug 24 2013, Prince Of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, W1D 6AS Piccadilly Circus £37.50-£67.50, Feb 25-Mar 30 £27.50-£57.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm (press nights Mar 16, 19 & 20, Mar 21, 7pm). Musical satire from South Park creators chronicling the misadventures of two missionaries in Uganda. A Chorus Line booking until Jan 25 2014, London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF Oxford Circus £19.50£65, Feb 2-18 previews £10-£55, MonSat 7.45pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. Revival of Michael Bennett’s award-winning musical. Dear World booking until Mar 30 2013, Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NL Embankment £15-£42.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. A new version of Jerry Herman’s musical fable, written here by David Thompson.
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Macbeth booking until Apr 27 2013, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross Mon £15 available online on the first day of each month, Tue-Sat £24.50-£54.50, Premium Seats £65, £10 day seats available in person at the box office from 10am on the day of the performance, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. James McAvoy and Claire Foy headline Jamie Lloyd’s staging of Shakespeare. Matilda: The Musical booking until Dec 22 2013, Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU Covent Garden Until Dec 22 2013 £19-£58.50, disabled £28.75, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£48.50, disabled £31.25, Tue-Thu under 18s £19£52.50, 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. Monty Python’s Spamalot booking until Apr 13 2013, 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. Old Times booking until Apr 6 2013, The Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN Piccadilly Circus £10-£49.50, £10 front row day seats available at the box office from 10am on day of the performance, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. Harold Pinter’s sexually charged drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell and Lia Williams.
Robin Windsor And Kristina Rihanoff: Burn The Floor booking until Sep 1 2013, Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8DP Holborn £16-£57, Mon, Wed & Thu 7.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm, mats Thu 3pm, Sat & Sun 4pm (press night Mar 11, 7pm). An entertaining dance spectacular featuring two of the professional stars of Strictly Come Dancing and special guest Karen Hauer.
The Judas Kiss booking until Apr 6 2013, The Duke Of York’s, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG Leicester Square £15-£52.50, Premium Seats £65, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Rupert Everett plays Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s drama.
Once Starts Sat, booking until Nov 30 2013, Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP Leicester Square £19.50-£67.50, From Mar 16, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm (press night Apr 9, 7pm). The romantic stage musical of the 2006 film about an Irish busker and young Czech immigrant and their shared love of music. One Man, Two Guvnors booking until Aug 31 2013, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, premium seats £85, concs available, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Richard Bean’s comic tale, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters.
Les Miserables booking until Oct 26 2013, Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA Piccadilly Circus £20-£85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel.
Peter And Alice booking until Jun 1 2013, Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU Leicester Square £10, £27.50, £57.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm (press night Mar 25, 7pm). John Logan’s drama about the chance meeting between Alice Liddell Hargreaves and Peter Llewelyn Davies, the original Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
Let It Be booking until Oct 5 2013, Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0ET Charing Cross £20£60, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 7pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. Marking 50 years since the release of their first single, The Beatles are celebrated in this musicalnarrative, created by RAIN Productions.
Quartermaine’s Terms booking until Apr 13 2013, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA Leicester Square £25-£58.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Rowan Atkinson stars as the teacher St John Quartermaine in Simon Gray’s tragicomic play.
Rock Of Ages booking until Nov 2 2013, 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. Singin’ In The Rain booking until Sep 1 2013, Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY Leicester Square £14-£84, £25 day seats available from the box office from 10am on day of the performance, Mar 11-Aug 31 2013, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Mar 11-Aug 31 2013, Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on the MGM film about the end of silent movies. Stomp booking until Dec 22 2013, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND Leicester Square £20-£49.50, Mon, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, no perf Jul 27, Aug 12. Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell’s percussion-based spectacular. The Tailor-Made Man booking until Apr 6 2013, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden £20-£39.50, Feb 13-20 previews £10£29.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. The true story of silent screen actor William Haines who lost his MGM contract due to his homosexuality, written by Claudio Macor. Thriller Live booking until Oct 15 2013, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES Piccadilly Circus £26£87.50, Tue-Fri, 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 Apr 27 2014, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden £20£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, Feb 28 Q & A session with Linda Emmett, daughter of Irving Berlin, after mat perf, Jan 1 2013-Apr 20 2013, Mon & Tue, Thu-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm. Irving Berlin’s romantic musical. Viva Forever! booking until Jun 1 2013, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus £20£67.50, Nov 27-30, Dec 1-10 previews £20-£52.50, Mon-Thu, Sat 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. Jennifer Saunders’s comedy musical, featuring the songs of the Spice Girls. War Horse booking until Feb 15 2014, 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 2013, Dominion Theatre, 268-9 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ Tottenham Court Road Mon-Fri £27.50-£55, Sat £27.50-£60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. Futuristic musical set to the hits of Freddie Mercury and Queen.
The Woman In Black booking until Dec 14 2013, Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH Covent Garden £16.50-£48, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Tue, Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Adaptation of Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story.
OFF WEST END And I Don’t Care How You’re Doing Anymore Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square per reading £8, if booked with another reading £6, Mar 12, 6pm. A rehearsed reading of Ukrainian writer Oksana Savchenko’s play. A Time To Reap booking until Mar 23 2013, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Mon £10, Tue-Sat £20, concs £15, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, Mar 12 & 13, 15, 8.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 3.30pm. One woman’s personal story set against the backdrop of Polish national evolution and politics, written by Anna Wakulik. Boy In A Dress Starts Thu, ends Mar 16 2013, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Clapham Junction Hill, SW11 5TN £10, concs £8, Mar 14-16, 8.30pm. A drama written by and starring La John Joseph. Cabaret Duchamp Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £15, Mar 13, 7.45pm. Cabaret in the spirit of Marcel Duchamp and the Dada school of art. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari Ends Mar 16 2013, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Dalston Junction Street, E8 3DL £17, concs £12, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 3pm. A thrilling adaptation with music from simple8 theatre, of the silent horror movie from 1920.
The Captain Of Kopenick booking until Apr 4 2013, National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Mar 11-31, Apr 1-4 £12-£47, concs available, Mar 11-14, 21-23, 25, Apr 2-4, 7.30pm (press night Feb 5, 7pm, mats Feb 6, 13, 16, Mar 2, 6, 13, 23, Apr 3, 2pm, Feb 17, Mar 3, 24, 2.30pm). Ron Hutchinson’s comic version of Carl Zuckmayer’s satire, starring Antony Sher in the title role. Cocktail Sticks booking until Mar 30 2013, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£32, Mar 16, 18, 28, 30, 6pm, mat Mar 17, 3.30pm. An oratorio without music by Alan Bennett, with Alex Jennings and Janet Dale. Dancing Around Duchamp: Watt booking until Mar 16 2013, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £18, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3pm. A theatrical adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s poem, directed by Tom Creed. Dirty Great Love Story Starts Tue, ends Mar 30 2013, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Mar 12 & 13, 16, 23, 30 7.30pm £13, concs £11, Sat 3.15pm £13, concs £11, Mar 15-30 7.30pm £15, concs £13, From Mar 12, Mar 12 & 13, 15 & 16, 18, 20-23, 25-30, 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.15pm. The story of two hopeful romantics who get it on and then get the hell away from each other. God’s Property Ends Mar 23 2013, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Feb 26-28, Mar 1 & 2 £10, Mar 4-16 £15, concs £12.50, Mar 18-23 £20, concs £17.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. Arinze Kene’s drama set during the London inner city riots of 1982. Hello/Goodbye Ends Mar 30 2013, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage Mar 1130 £12, concs £10, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3.15pm. Comedy drama about two strangers who move into a rented flat.
Lady In The Dark: Rose Bruford College Of Theatre & Performance Starts Thu, ends Mar 16 2013, Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich £10, concs SE10 8ES £8, Mar 14 & 15, 7.30pm, mat Mar 15 & 16, 2.30pm. New York-set musical featuring music by Kurt Weill.
Above Me The Wide Blue Sky Ends Mar 28 2013, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ Waterloo £19.50, concs £10, Mar 7-9, 11, 13-16, 18-23, 25-28, 7.45pm, except Mar 12, 7pm press night, mats Mar 9, 16, 20, 23, 2.45pm. Fevered Sleep’s performance installation exploring how we connect to the natural world.
Man 1, Bank 0 Ends Mar 16 2013, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road Mar 11-16 Mon-Thu £15, concs £12.50, Fri & Sat £17.50, concs £15, Mon-Sat 7.15pm. Comedy-drama based on a true story. Mies Julie Ends May 19 2013, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith £25 & £26, Tue-Sat 8pm, press night Mar 11, 7.30pm, Sun 6pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. An awardwinning modern reworking of August Strindberg’s drama, adapted and directed by Yael Farber. Contains nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Paper Dolls Ends Apr 13 2013, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn Mon/Wed 2pm & 8pm £14, Tue-Thu/Sat 4pm & 8pm £20, concs £18, Fri & Sat 8pm £22, concs £20, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, Mar 13, 20, 2pm, no perf Apr 1. Philip Himberg’s drama adapted from the film by Tomer Heymann.
Longing Ends Apr 13 2013, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage Mar 11-31, Apr 1-13 Mon £22, concs £15, Tue-Sat £29, concs £18, Wed, Sat 2.30pm & 3pm OAP £15, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed 2.30pm, Sat 3pm. A single drama adapted, by William Boyd, from two short stories by Anton Chekhov. Lysistrata Ends Mar 23 2013, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith £16, concs £13, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Tue, Thu 2pm (extra mat perf Mar 23, 2pm). A musical adaptation of Aristophanes’s comedy.
The Winslow Boy booking until May 25 2013, Old Vic, 103 The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo Mar 11-18 previews £23, £35, £45, Mar 19-31, Apr 1-30, May 1-25 £11-£50, Wed/Sat 2.30pm OAP £26, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm (press night Mar 19, 7pm, no mat perf Mar 13, 20, extra mat perf Mar 21, 2.30pm). Classic drama written by Terence Rattigan about principles and the powerful establishment.
People booking until May 15 2013, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, MonFri under 18s £19 & £23.50, other concs available, Mar 15 & 16, 18-20, 26-28, 30, Apr 1 & 2, 19 & 20, 22, 26 & 27, 29, May 6-9, 13-15, 7.45pm, Mar 21, 7pm, mats Mar 16, 27, 30, Apr 20, 27, May 8, 15, 2pm, Apr 21, 28, 3pm. Alan Bennett’s drama about the owner of a British stately home contemplating a sale of the house’s contents. Piaf: The Concert Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £25, concs £12.50, Mar 13, 8pm. Production about the life and music of the troubled chanteuse. Port booking until Mar 24 2013, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Mar 11-24 £12-£34, concs available, Mar 11-14, 22 & 23, 7.45pm, mats Mar 23, 2pm, Mar 13, 2.15pm, Mar 24, 3pm. A young girl despite everything, looks to the future and for something better, in Simon Stephens’s drama.
Proof Starts Thu, ends Apr 27 2013, The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU London Bridge if booking between concs £27.50, if booking between Mar 11 & Mar 14 £29.50, Premium £35, Meal Deal £37.50, concs £27.50, for booking after Mar 15 £31, Premium £35, Meal Deal £39, concs £27.50, From Mar 14, Tue-Sat 8pm, Mar 18, 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm (press night Mar 20, no mat perf Mar 17, 24). David Auburn’s award-winning drama is directed by Polly Findlay. Purple Heart Ends Apr 6 2013, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road (above the Prince Albert Pub), W11 3HQ Notting Hill Gate Mar 11-31, Apr 1-6 Mon-Sat 7.30pm £20, concs £15, Sat 3pm £10, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. A moving drama on love, loss and grief, written by the award-winning playwright, Bruce Norris. Ring Ends Mar 28 2013, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN Clapham Junction £15, concs £10, From Mar 11, Mon-Sun 7.30pm, Mar 27 & 28, 9pm. An immersive theatre piece taking place in complete darkness, and where the audience wears headphones to augment the intimacy. The Secret Garden Ends Mar 17 2013, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel £10-£25, concs £16, Mon, Sun 7.15pm, mat Mar 17, 3pm. Musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s novel. Soho Spring Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £5, concs £3, Mar 17, 1.30pm. A takeover event involving five Westminster community groups. Trelawny Of The Wells Ends Apr 13 2013, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX Covent Garden Mar 11-31, Apr 1-13 £10-£35, standing £7.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Arthur Wing Pinero’s homage to the stage, directed by BAFTA awardwinning director Joe Wright. This House booking until Apr 8 2013, National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, Mar 11, 15 & 16, 18-20, 27 & 28, 30, Apr 1, 5 & 6, 8, 7.30pm, mats Mar 16, 20, 27, 30, Apr 6, 2pm, Mar 17, Apr 7, 2.30pm. A political drama set during the year 1974, written by James Graham. The President Has Come To See You Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square per reading £8, if booked with another reading £6, Mar 13, 6pm. A rehearsed reading of an absurd comedy set in Georgia, written by Lasha Bugazde. The Turn Of The Screw Ends Mar 16 2013, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA Highbury & Islington Mar 11-16 £8-£32, concs available, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm. Henry James’s ghostly novella, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.
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Sus Ends Mar 23 2013, The Lion & Unicorn, 42-44 Gaisford Street, NW5 2ED Kentish Town £15, concs £12, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. A disturbing account of overt racism and the abuse of police power on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 election victory, by Barrie Keeffe, best known for writing the classic gangster drama Long Good Friday. All Our Daughters? Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street FREE booking required, Mar 15, 7.30pm. Drama exploring forced marriages and so-called honour violence. Chess The Musical Ends Mar 16 2013, Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, SE1 0LX Waterloo £18, concs £16, Feb 13 & 14 previews £15, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 2.30pm & 7pm. A fully staged production of the definitive version of the musical by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Sir Tim Rice.
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2-6) Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND Limehouse £6, Mar 16, 11am & 2pm. David Duffy and Andrea Sadler’s adaptation of the book written by Anna Kemp. Editor Starts Tue, ends Mar 15 2013, The Albany, Douglas Way, SE8 4AG Deptford £10, concs £8, Mar 12-15, 8pm. A play about a woman who has a diary containing intimate reflections on the last three years of her life stolen from her car. Emerald Landor Theatre, 70 Landor Street, SW9 9PH Clapham North £12, concs £8, Mar 13, 7.30pm. A musical about one Grace Maguire, who abandons her glamorous lifestyle in Manhattan and moves to West Ireland. Firsts: Festival Of Puppetry Premieres 2013: Killing Roger Starts Tue, ends Mar 13 2013, The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN Angel £5, Mar 12 & 13, 8pm. A story about an unlikely friendship told using puppetry and a live soundscape. Firsts: Festival Of Puppetry Premieres 2013: The Nose Starts Sun, ends Mar 18 2013, The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN Angel £5, Mar 17 & 18, 8pm. An adaptation of Gogol’s tale of a man who misplaces his nose. Fruit Fly Ends Mar 16, Leicester Square Theatre, Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square £20-£29.50, Mar 12-16, 7.30pm. Hollywood actor and raconteur Leslie Jordan speaks about his childhood experiences. Game Plan Starts Tue, ends Mar 16 2013, Hen & Chickens, 109 St Paul’s Road, N1 2NA Highbury & Islington £12, concs £10, Mar 12-16, 7pm, mat Mar 16, 3pm. A farcical comedy by Alan Ayckbourn. Glasshouse Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street £10, NUS/ concs £6, Mar 16, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. A drama by celebrated young poet Kate Tempest. Grimm Tales: Theatr Iolo (Ages 6-11) Ends Mar 23 2013, Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB
South Wimbledon £12, concs £8, Mar 16, 23, 11am & 2.30pm. An adventure-filled adaptation from Carol Ann Duffy of the original Brothers Grimm tales, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and Ashputtel. In The Beginning Was The End Ends Mar 30 2013, Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple £24.50, concs £19.50, Mon-Thu every five minutes from 6.30pm-9.35pm, Fri & Sat every five minutes from 6.30pm-10.55pm, average journey time 70 minutes. Dreamthinkspeak’s site-responsive promenade through an underground labyrinth. Laburnum Grove Ends Mar 19 2013, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton £14, concs £10, Sun & Mon 7.30pm, mats Tue 2pm. A comic exploration of dishonesty in the suburbs of England, written by J.B.Priestley. Laugh Like An Irishman The Courtyard, Bowling Green Walk, 40 Pitfield Street, N1 6EU Old Street £7.50, adv £5, Mar 17, 7.30pm. Variety show to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The Living Room Ends Mar 30 2013, Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6ST Piccadilly Circus £20, concs £16, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. Graham Greene’s drama explores moral and ethical doubts and ambivalence. Mile High: The Musical Ends Mar 24 2013, LOST Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JU Stockwell £10£25, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 3pm. A comedy musical about the Illyrian Royal Airlines Flight XBL5. The Perfect City ends Mar 18 2013, Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town £8.50, Mar 17, 6.30pm, Mar 18, 7.30pm, mat Mar 17, 3.30pm. A musical about the founder of the city of Philadelphia. Priscilla Queen Of The Desert Ends Mar 16 2013, New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG Wimbledon £10-£39.50, Mar 1114, 16, 7.30pm, Mar 15, 5pm & 8.15pm, mat Mar 16, 2.30pm. A production of the hugely popular show about love, friendship and dreams.
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Rosie Kay Dance Company: There Is Hope Bonnie Bird Theatre @ Laban, 30 Creekside, SE8 3DZ Greenwich £15, concs £10, Mar 14, 7.30pm. Contemporary dance-theatre piece exploring faith, belief and ritual. The Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Starts Fri, ends Apr 13 2013, Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £4-£93, Mar 15, 19, 21, 25, 27 & 28, Apr 2, 11, 7.30pm, Apr 13, 7pm, mats Mar 23, Apr 6, 12.30pm. Christopher Wheeldon’s 2011 full-length production. Sprint 2013: Interrupted Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Mar 13, 9pm. Physical theatre show charting the manipulated decline of a successful woman. Sprint 2013: The Watery Journey Of Nereus Pike Starts Wed, ends Mar 14 2013, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Mar 13 & 14, 7.30pm, mat Mar 14, 11am. Solo show from Fringe First-winning theatre-maker Laura Mugridge. A Thousand Miles Of History Ends Mar 30 2013, The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST Peckham Rye Mar 4-6 previews £10, Mar 7-30 £14, concs £10, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Sat 3.30pm (press night Mar 11, 7pm). Harold Finley’s play about the lives of New York artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.
Ballet Revolucion Ends Mar 23 2013, Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT Holborn £15-£48, Tue-Sun 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 2.30pm. An exciting fusion of ballet, hip hop and contemporary dance, performed by a group of Cuban dancers and musicians.
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Twatted Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square per reading £8, if booked with another reading £6, Mar 15, 6pm. A Ukrainian comedy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, presented as a rehearsed reading. Written by Evgeniy Markovskiy. Untold Stories: Hymm & Cocktail Sticks booking until Mar 17 2013, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £24 & £36, Mar 17, 2.15pm. Alan Bennett looks back over his childhood and recalls memories of his late father, in this double bill featuring Alex Jennings as the writer.
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