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The rest is poise Feeling guilty about giving up the new year’s exercise routine? You will when you see these photos of Royal Ballet dancers Forget long-distance running, cold water swimming, Bikram Yoga and pretty much any other supposedly tough form of exertion. If you want to learn about real endurance – both physical and emotional – try training as a professional ballet dancer. Remember what Natalie Portman had to go through in Black Swan (spoiler: it drove her mad). Well that was the sanitised version. Bear that in mind when you look at these stylish pictures of dancers from the Royal Ballet by photographer Rick Guest. Not only are they the very embodiment of grace and flexibility; they also manage to be infuriatingly sexy
while pulling off routines that would have the rest of us crying for mercy on the floor, sweating buckets and unable to decide which pulled muscle to clutch in agony. The images will go on display in a new exhibition at the Hospital Gallery in Covent Garden, from Friday this week. The dancers were styled by Olivia Pomp, making the exhibition a joint celebration of photography, fashion and dance. Now is All There Is – Bodies in Motion, The Gallery, Hospital Club, January 25-27, free, thehospitalclub.com
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Taking flight Zenaida Yanowsky, photo by Rick Guest, courtesy ROH
The one with vicious fishes... VENUE Sea Life London Aquarium, South Bank PRICE ££ PERFECT FOR Third date outing
science bits, aesthetes will love the serenity, and the macabre – well, just watch their faces light up at feeding time.
A third date is often the first time you see each other outside of soft candle light and wine fug, so you may need an activity to take the awkward edge of things. The London Aquarium is perfect for that. There’s a reason why there’s always a fish tank at the dentist’s: watching fish swim merrily along reduces stress. It also gives you something to look at if you’re bored out of your mind. The more cerebral will appreciate the
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02: Wilton’s Music Hall Wilton’s is like a pub crossed with a theatre and a private members bar; but free and much cooler. Basically, this definitive ‘diamond in the rough’, not far from Aldgate East, is the place to go if you want to travel back in time to the Victorian music hall era. Officially the world’s oldest ‘grand music hall’, it dates from back in the 1700s and over the years has been an ale house visited by Scandinavian sea captains, an 18th century
saloon theatre and a music hall that played host to circuses, sing-alongs and comedies. Thankfully, Wilton’s survived the slum clearance schemes of the 1960s and was Grade II* listed in 1971. It then reopened in the 90s to become a theatre and drinking establishment. Nowadays you can pop in for food from their newly-opened kitchen, cocktails, and top-notch theatre and music.
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Let’s go for a drink – Scout’s buying. Where shall we go? Somewhere quirky like Zetter Townhouse in Farringdon. It’s certainly an experience enjoying a cocktail beside an open log fire, antiques and taxidermy. A bit like sitting in your crazy aunt’s lounge. Sounds wonderful. But we’re getting hungry – where shall we eat? I recently had a fantastic meal at Hix on Brewer Street. Great service in a trendy, buzzy setting. The pork crackling was awesome. Where do you get your shopping fix? For fashion, I love Covent Garden. But you can’t beat a trip around Spitalfields and Brick Lane,
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What in London inspires you? The people: hard-working, talented friends in the creative industry. The space: London’s so vast. There’s always somewhere new to explore. Any London secrets to share? If you wander down Middleton Road on a Sunday morning, the street is filled with amazing bluesy gospel music. It makes a great start to the day.
Favourite part of London? I like the top of Parliament Hill (the view and the sense of achievement once you’ve reached the top), Borough Market (for venison burgers) and my friend Anna’s flat for an amazing view of Hackney marshes. How important is London in your work? London as a subject isn’t
especially for all the shops that sell restored antique pieces. Where’s your favourite outdoor spot? The Southbank. Start at Borough Market for a spot of lunch, and walk towards Waterloo passing the Tate Modern and Gabriel’s Wharf. What’s a great cultural experience you’ve had recently? I try and get to gigs as often as I can. Recently I saw Moones play at the Water Rats in Kings Cross. Smaller intimate venues are what it’s all about. What’s your secret London tip for Londoners? Take a trip on a river taxi. It’s the best way to see the city. Natalie stars as Sherrie in rock musical Rock of Ages at the Garrick Theatre. rockofagesmusical.co.uk
important. However, most of my visual reference is taken directly from London life. What’s next for you? I’m currently working on a children’s book illustration, continuing to design at Skew Studio and getting more screen-printed products into my online shop. See more at: katsquire.com
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Natalie Andreou has been dancing and singing her way across the UK and the West End, appearing in shows such as Evita, Mamma Mia! and Fame. She can currently be seen in rock musical Rock of Ages.
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A view to a thrill Next week sees the opening of the public viewing platforms at The Shard, offering unprecedented views across the city. But it isn’t the only place to admire London from on-high. Here we round-up the best views in the capital, whether you’re looking for perfect picnic vistas or stunning sunset cocktails THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD GOOD FOR: Getting really high In little time at all, The Shard has become one of the most definitive buildings on the London skyline, and a stylish emblem for the city itself. Quite impressively, you can see it from virtually every corner of the city – poking out from the otherwise flat London Bridge area, its impact magnified by the lack of any tall buildings nearby. But forget where you can see The Shard from. The question is: what can you see from The Shard? Next week the building’s muchanticipated viewing galleries open, giving members of the public the chance to gaze out (and down) on the capital from the dizzying heights of the 69th and 72nd floors. Like all of the various enterprises set to occupy Renzo Piano’s towering creation, The View from The Shard doesn’t come cheap – it’ll
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cost an adult £25 for the vertiginous privilege. But is it worth it? In a word: yes. Scout London was treated to a visit on a particularly grey and rainy January morning, and even then the view was spectacular. Peering down on a city from the clouds might be old news in New York, but it’s a new and exciting experience in London. Far beneath us, the thin, worm-like trains slithered in and out of London Bridge station while the Lilliputian cars passed silently around the streets and over the bridges. You can enjoy the view from the 72nd floor, which is partially open-air and allows you to gaze up through the disjointed shards of glass that crown the landmark, or from the enclosed 69th floor, which also has interactive telescopes that allow you to zoom-in on parts of the city. Whichever floor you choose, this kind of perspective was previously the preserve of those in helicopters and planes, but is now open to anyone happy to cough up the entrance cost. And for those that aren’t: read on. Over the next few pages we run through our top places to
High-tech Interactive telescopes can zoom-in on the city
look out over London, from beautiful parks that won’t cost you a penny to swanky bars where you can do it with a cocktail in hand. The View from The Shard, opens February 1, £24.95 adults, £18.95 children, theviewfromtheshard.com
C o l d ( S ) hard facts The Shard is 309.6m tall, making it the tallest building in the European Union and the second tallest in Europe, behind Moscowâ€™s Mercury City Tower (339m).
North face Looking north towards The City in the day
At 244m, The View from The Shard is the highest vantage point from any building in Western Europe. The building has 87 levels. The highest habitable level is level 72 (the top section of The View from The Shard). The Shard will also contain 10 exclusive private residences (levels 53-65), the Shangri-La Hotel and Spa (levels 34-52), three floors of restaurants and bars (levels 31-33) and office space (levels 4-28). The Shard has an equivalent floor space of 31.4 acres.
Night visions The same view at night
The exterior is made up of 11,000 glass panels that cover an area equivalent to eight football pitches. The volume of concrete used to build The Shard is 54,000m3, equivalent to 22 Olympic swimming pools. The lifts taking people to The View from the Shard travel at 6m per second (21.6kph).
East your eyes Looking east towards Docklands
Lighten up The same view at night
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F R A NK ’ S C A F E GOOD FOR: Sunset with hipsters For anyone even remotely ‘in the know’, this cafe/bar on the roof of a multi-storey car park in Peckham has been a highlight of recent summers. The eating’s good, but it’s all about the view, which stretches out across south London, with the entire city skyline in the distance. frankscafe.org.uk
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You can see it all from here – the entire skyline bursting out of the foliage of Regent’s Park below. It’s one of the most famous views in the city. And, being a favourite haunt of the rich and famous, it comes with the possibility of spotting a celeb or two – Kate Moss, Jude Law, Jamie Oliver and some of the One Direction lads all live nearby.
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Climb the hill up to the Royal Observatory, then turn back and savour one of the city’s most spectacular views. In the foreground are the Queen’s House and Christopher Wren’s magnificent Old Royal Naval College, while rising up behind them are Canary Wharf’s shimmering towers of finance.
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P A R LI A M E N T H ILL GOOD FOR: Escaping the city, within the city Hampstead Heath offers some of the capitalâ€™s most splendid parkland, and Parliament Hill is its crowning glory. Pack a picnic (or, in this weather, a hip flask) and gaze out over the city from one of Londonâ€™s most tranquil vantage points.
P A R A M O UN T GOOD FOR: Gazing down on the West End The selling point of this bar/restaurant at the top of Centre Point is that there are very few tall buildings nearby, so its views over Oxford Street (below), Soho and the whole of the West End are largely unrivalled. paramount.uk.net
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GOOD FOR: Sipping champagne in the clouds At the top of Tower 42 (the Natwest Tower - formerly the tallest building in London) is this champagne bar, perfect for special celebrations or just a very indulgent after-work drink. The views are eye-watering and worth the bubbly prices. vertigo42.co.uk scoutlondon.com Scout London 13
DUCK AND WAFFLE G O O D F O R : Sumptuous food, sumptuous views A relative newcomer to London’s high-rise dining scene, this trendy and surprisingly affordable restaurant on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower in The City is our pick of the capital’s ‘restaurants with a view’. duckandwaffle.com
THE LONDON EYE G O O D F O R : A stunning view – that moves There’s no denying that The View from The Shard is likely to steal some of The Eye’s thunder. But the two attractions are far enough apart to offer quite distinct views of the capital. And, while The Shard has the greater height, the view from The Eye gradually shifts as you move – a fun and genuinely unique way to see the capital from on high. londoneye.com
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The UK premiere of Peter Schaufuss’s acclaimed production of Midnight Express Based on Billy Hayes’s best selling 1977 book
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A show on the road Roads – hardly the most exciting photographic subject. But it’s all in the way you look at them, as a new exhibition amply demonstrates
John Davies is represented by the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London
he congestion charge has had a dramatic improvement on London’s roads and air quality since it was introduced in 2003. But, of course, the old days weren’t always bumper-to-bumper. Photographer John Davies was commissioned by the Museum of London to document some of the capital’s major arterial roads before the charge came into force. And it just so happens that his images show a distinctly uncongested city. Typical! Fortunately, Davies wasn’t especially interested in capturing the traffic flow in the first place. “My priority was to photograph the environments surrounding these highways in sunlight,” he explains, “choosing high vantage positions where the quality of light highlighted the neighbouring structures, rather than focusing on the
high volume of traffic. “The surrounding areas sometimes reveal surprises – I remember a humble shed sitting atop a roof in Hammersmith that contrasted strongly with the newly built office towers running along the flyover.” The images will this week go on display at the Museum of London. Davies is most famous for his black and white photographs of post-industrial Britain, and the images represent his first entirely colour project. Among the areas photographed are the Elephant & Castle roundabout, Marble Arch and the junction of Poultry and Queen Victoria Street at Bank station. Highways: Photographs by John Davies, January 25-June 16, Museum of London, free museumoflondon.org.uk scoutlondon.com Scout London 17
to learn about SLR photography at a theoretical and practical level. Until Feb 27.
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The Underground Pioneers: Talk at London Transport Museum, 39 Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB Covent Garden £10, concs £8, adv booking required, 6.30pm-8pm. David Bownes provides fresh insight into the Victorian steam underground and the later tube created in the 20th century. Ftw Comedy Pop Quiz at The Queen Of Hoxton, Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX Shoreditch High Street Tue 8pm-late, £3. An interactive weekly quiz with standup from James Loveridge, Amy Howerska, Luke Capasso and Kerry Billson between rounds. Until Jan 29. Pongathon at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Shoreditch High Street Jan 15, 29, 5pm-11pm, FREE. Ping pong games with visual art and music. Until Jan 29. Sharp’s Folk Club at Cecil Sharp House, Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY Camden Town Jan 15, 29, 8pm, £3.50, performers £3. Folk music, songs and stories. Until Jan 29. 35 mm SLR Photography Skills Course at Lewisham Arthouse, Lewisham Way, SE14 6PD Lewisham Wed 6pm7.30pm, £90, concs £85. An opportunity
Liam Brennan In Conversation: Talk at The Rose, Bankside, 56 Park Street, SE1 9AR London Bridge £6, 7.30pm. The actor discusses his work. Elkie Brooks: Finding My Voice: Talk at Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG King’s Cross St Pancras adv £9.50, 7pm. The vocalist discusses her career. Historical Tours at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, off Ensign Street, E1 8JB Aldgate East £6, 6pm-7pm. A look at the history and previous uses of the building.
Energy Conversations: Electric Blues: Talk at The Building Centre, Store Street, WC1E 7BT Goodge Street FREE, adv booking essential, 6.30pm. Energy industry speakers discuss energy consumption. London International Mime Festival 2013: Zimmermann & De Perrot: Hans Was Heiri at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £16-£30, 7.45pm. A large-scale performance of physical dance, circus-theatre, music and visual arts.
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Tuesday January 22 Applied Ethics: Course at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL Holborn £50, 7pm-9pm, ends Feb 19. The course is written by philosopher Professor Richard Norman and delivered by tutor Shahrar Ali. In Conversation With Lucy ScottMoncrieff at London School Of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE Temple FREE, 6.30pm-8pm. The president of the Law Society discusses the progress of human rights and anti-discrimination laws. Holbein To Hockney: Art In Britain At The V&A: Course at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £258, concs £206, 2pm-4.30pm, ends Mar 19. Find out about British arts history. Poetry Book Group at Waterstones Covent Garden, 9-13 Garrick Street, WC2E 9BA Covent Garden FREE, 6.30pm. An informal talk about Julia Copus’s collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans.
Wednesday January 23 DIY Electro Synth: Workshop at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East £35, 7pm-9pm. An easy and fun workshop, using basic circuitry to create an amazing DIY electronic synth.
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Celebrity Shwop Shop at Marks & Spencer, 458 Oxford Street, W1C 1AP Oxford Circus FREE, 9am-9pm. ‘Shwap’ old clothing for designers items donated by celebrities including Ellie Goulding, Erin O’Connor and Tali Lennox. Japanese Cinema Of The Time – What Was Made Back Then? Talk By Alexander Jacoby at The Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, WC1B 5EH Russell Square FREE, adv booking essential, 6.30pm. A discussion on the history of Japanese films. London Couture For The Modern Age: Talk at Fashion And Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF Borough £15, inc drink, NUS £12, 6.30pm. With womenswear designer Susie Stone. London International Mime Festival 2013: Gandini: Smashed at Linbury Studio Theatre At Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £7£17, 7.45pm. Juggling dance-theatre piece which celebrates the joy of catching and the fear of dropping an object. Mucky Book Club at Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH Old Street £8, 7.30pm. A look at what compels authors to kiss and tell. Whisky Masterclass: Workshop at Vinopolis, 1 Bank End, SE1 9BU London Bridge £50, phone for times. Sample single malts and a Scotch and learn how they were made.
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Behind The Scenes At The Museum Depot: Guided Tour at London Transport Museum, 39 Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB Covent Garden £12, concs £10, adv booking required, 11am-2pm. See rare engines and artefacts from the collection, some of which date back 100 years. Celebrity Shwop Shop at Marks & Spencer, 458 Oxford Street, W1C 1AP Oxford Circus FREE, 9am-9pm. ‘Shwap’ old clothing for designers items donated by celebrities including Ellie Goulding, Erin O’Connor and Tali Lennox.
The Singing Hypnotist at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston £7.50, concs £5, adv booking required, 6.30pm-8pm. An entertaining evening of music and mesmerism with performer, writer and cabaret star Christopher Green.
Saturday January 26 Behind The Scenes At The Museum Depot: Guided Tour at London Transport Museum, 39 Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB Covent Garden £12, concs £10, adv booking required, 11am-2pm. See rare engines and artefacts from the collection. Death: A Self-Portrait: Guided Tour at The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE Euston FREE, 11.30am12noon. Showcasing some 300 works from a collection devoted to death. Natural Forms: Printing On Textiles: Workshop at Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP Holborn £40, inc refreshments, 10.15am-4pm, doors 10am. A day spent printing and embellishing richly decorative textiles. With Rosemary Bianchi. Photographic Lighting Techniques: Workshop (Over 18s) at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £80, concs £64, 10.30am-5pm. Create photographs using studio, mobile and natural light.
The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX Earl’s Court £10 & £15, adv £8 & £12, under 16s FREE, adv booking required, 10am-6pm. A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-thebeaten-track travel.
Sunday January 27 Stash, Share And Swap: Quilting: Workshop at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £126, concs £101, 10.30am-4.30pm. Textile artist Katherine May shows how to make a piece using traditional patchwork techniques. The Telegraph Adventure Travel Show at Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX Earl’s Court £10 & £15, adv £8 & £12, under 16s FREE, adv booking required, 10am-5pm. A show dedicated to the world of adventure and off-the-beatentrack travel. What Am I Not? Personal Story, Identity, And Healing at St Ethelburga’s, 78 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG Liverpool Street £35, NUS/unwaged £15, 10am-5pm. A session looking at how to hold your identity.
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Menu Meanings N eeps and tatties An abbreviation of “turnips and potatoes”, this mash is a traditional accompaniment to haggis. Just to be confusing, it’s actually made from potatoes and swede, which Scots used to refer to as yellow turnip.
cock - a - leekie soup There’s plenty of comic potential in the title of this soup, which is simply named for its combination of leeks and chicken stock. Traditionally, prunes were also added, though this is less common nowadays.
or those planning to mark the occasion with a traditional Scottish feedup, the Boisdale group of restaurants are the first that come to mind. The north-of-the-border outposts will feature poetry, pipers and haggis-stabbing each night at branches in Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf. If you want free whisky at plush City joint 1 Lombard Street, all you need to do is turn up in a kilt to Friday’s slap-up meal of haggis, neeps and tatties (see Menu Meanings, right), while it’s dress non-specific at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Restaurant, where your haggis dinner is preceded by a Chivas Regal whisky tasting, irrelevant of your garments. Ramsay restaurant York & Albany in Camden couldn’t get more classic when it dishes up
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a menu of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis and cranachan. At Trafalgar Square’s Albannach, a five-course menu features smoked salmon and Scottish venison alongside plenty of haggis and whisky. Nathan Outlaw gives the occasion a seafood twist at Outlaw’s at The Capital, throwing scallops into the mix alongside salmon and haggis; and an epic seven-course menu at Mayfair’s Seven Park Place features just about every Scottish ingredient you could think of, including a selection of cheeses. For all the popularity of Burns Night, haggis is far from a favourite ingredient, let alone neeps. Eschew the traditional at The White Horse in Parson’s Green, where haggis gets the ravioli treatment, neeps are creamed with truffles, and whisky is exchanged for beers
from Scottish brewery Harviestoun. They’ve even played with the date, choosing to celebrate on January 24 instead. At Portobello’s trendy Dock Kitchen, chef Stevie Parle promises a surprise menu that will be deliberately untraditional while still being, “a handsome feast with Scottish elements”. At Vinopolis, you can satisfy your Scottish urges with a special whisky tasting on Friday, while Johnnie Walker has teamed up with Gaucho to offer a whisky and steak evening at the Argentine restaurant group’s Sloane Street branch. Top of the alternative stakes, though, is Min Jiang, if only for the name of its ‘Chinese Burns’ night, where Chinese-inspired whisky sours are paired with haggis dim sum. What would Rabbie say?
C ranachan Scotland’s most famous dessert, this dish blends whipped cream with whisky, honey and fresh raspberries and is topped with toasted oatmeal, which itself has been soaked overnight in whisky. It’s served a little like a knickerbocker glory.
Held in honour of Scottish poet Robert Burns on January 25, Burns Night has never been so popular in England. In London, it’s become as much about Scottish food and drink as it is about poetry and kilts
This savoury pudding is made from the heart, liver and lung of sheep, which is minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices and encased in sheep stomach. A fictional folklore that a haggis is a small Scottish animal is still well-known and, according to one survey, is believed by 33 per cent of American visitors to Scotland.
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Athenaeum Whisky Bar Includes a whisky Sommelier W1J 7BJ Hyde Park Corner
Scotch Malt Whisky Society More types of single 2 The malt here than anywhere else in the world EC1N 8SQ Farringdon
of Canary Wharf An immense back bar of more 3 Boisdale than 500 Scottish offerings E14 4QT
Scotch gets the contemporary cocktail 4 Albannach treatment WC2N 5DS Charing Cross
Mahal Whiskies successfully paired with 5 Moti Indian food WC2B 5AA Covent Garden
Bar Whiskies, cigars and more than the 6 Macdonald occasional politician SW1W 9LX
Salt Bar & Dining Room Over 180 bottles, matched Indian dishes and special tastings W2 2JB Bond Street
St Pancras Grand Whisky Bar An award-winning selection to perk up a train journey N1C 4QL Kings Cross St Pancras
Bree Louise Friendly pub with a wide and well-priced 9 The selection NW1 2HH
Whisky Club An epic selection, but you need a 10 Soho member W1D 4LR Leicester Square
Flat Iron Soho ££ Like many of the trendiest restaurants to open of late, Flat Iron began its life as a pub residency. It ran above the Owl & Pussycat in Shoreditch for six weeks last summer, winning fans among carnivores thanks to a short and simple menu that focussed on bringing affordable steak to the masses. A plate of the namesake flat iron steak cost just a tenner. The cut of meat has an interesting story in itself. Coming from the shoulder of the animal, flat iron steak is the slightly more excitingsounding American name for what we in the UK would call Butler’s steak. It’s a much newer cut than most others, having only come to prominence after 2002, when an American study that analysed the meat of a whole cow for qualities including flavour and tenderness revealed its merits. It’s a harder and more complicated cut to create due to its proximity to sinew, and therefore would often have been resigned to the less-glamorous fate of being minced. For those in the know, it’s a good value cut that is among the best for a steak. As well as being a steak aficionado with a vision, Flat Iron founder Charlie Carroll was operations director at the Wahaca group, so it is little surprise that his new (permanent) venue in Soho is a smooth operation. Split across three floors, it offers a dedicated drinking area alongside plenty of dining space, the former more accurately described as a very useful holding pen given the restaurant’s instant popularity and rather in-vogue lack of reservations.
Whatever its purpose, anywhere you can drink a shockingly rich, salty and spicy Bloody Mary made with beef stock is fine by us. The cow theme continues at the table as we’re welcomed with popcorn stained with dripping, in lieu of a bread basket. To be perfectly frank, we’re not sure we’d know what gave the cracking snack its alluring added flavour had we not been told by our waitress, but it’s no less addictive for it. Enough of the preamble, though, it’s the steak we’re here for. Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. Presented on long, narrow plates, cut into bitesize strips, we try it rare and medium-rare, as recommended. Soft but with bite and offering a deep, earthy flavour that verges towards subtle game, it’s up there with the best we’ve had. It’s not a massive portion, but it is good value – and perhaps it’s somewhat primal of us to bemoan the fact that it’s so daintily cut that we don’t get a chance to rip the meat apart ourselves. However, the decision to place mini-meat cleavers on the table only serves to exaggerate our cavemen cravings. Dripping-cooked fries with crisp panache, a small but pleasantly mustardy dressed salad and a spicy tomato sauce known only as Fred’s bolster the experience, while beers from Redchurch brewery please drinks-wise. Basically, it’s like if The Flintstones went all hipster. Ben Norum 17 Beak Street, W1F 9RD Piccadilly Circus scoutlondon.com Scout London 21
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There’s a certain irony in the location of this grand Parisian brasserie just around the corner from Nelson’s Column and Trafalgar Square. Not that you’d guess you were anywhere so far from Champs-Élysées once inside. Dishes such as snails, steak frites and steak tartare are very traditional but very good. A tad more spice in the latter would have upped the game, but the quality of cooking is exemplary. While a swordfish ceviche with lime, chilli and coriander proves the kitchen can go successfully off-piste, an intensely earthy and almost pungent andouillette sausage made from tripe shows dedication to traditional French food. It’s not a dish for the faint-hearted, but a real treat. A decadently fluffy Paris-Brest choux pastry with praline cream leaves a much sweeter taste in the mouth. Ben Norum
This low-lit speakeasy just off the Old Street roundabout recently turned two years old, and in spite of a charge of copy-cat venues since, it’s still one of London’s best, and an ideal date venue. With live music, a swinging atmosphere and an inventive cocktail menu – boasting over 100 options, all flamboyantly prepared, and served by Victorian brace-wearing waiting staff – it’s a lot of fun. The tapasstyle cuisine provides easy finger food for nascent relationships and is reasonably priced for whoever is picking up the bill. Pimientos de Padrón are fresh and lively, the tuna tartare with guacamole is succulent and well seasoned, and the selection of Spanish cheeses plus the mixed charcuterie with cornichons is perfect fodder for occasions when drink takes the limelight. Oliver Pickup
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The Leather Bottle Earlsfield ££
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It may have a pretty garden for the summer, but this is definitely a pub for winter. The focal point of the bar is a large open fire, while cushion-clad seats and comfy sofa benches give plenty of space for locals to fall into. The menu isn’t short of warming dishes, either. Boerewors sausages with sweet potato mash puts a South African twist on our national staple, and we think we prefer it. The sausages hit with flavours of black pepper, clove and coriander; and the sweet, smooth, buttery mash is almost caramel-like. The double-sized Barnsley Lamb chop is another meaty masterpiece, served pink in the middle and pleasantly charred outside. A supermarket-standard, claggy dressed salad and slightly underdone potato wedges let things down, but the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere saves the day. BN
Tonkotsu is the sort of place you can follow your nose to; the bubbling stock-pot by the window is surely designed to lure in passers-by. Owned by the people behind Tsuru Sushi, this new venture skillfully rides the wave of noodle fever currently flooding Soho. As is usually the case with anything namesake, the tonkotsu noodle dish (which translates as ‘pork bone’) is one to try. Creamy and only slightly gelatinous from the pork stock, with a fragrant edge coming from near-raw spring onions, it’s salivating stuff to slurp your way through. The rest of the menu is simple and compact. Ramen sit with sides such as prawn and pork gyoza, edamame and crisp deep-fried chicken karaage, but it’s the noodles which bring in the oodles. Qin Xie
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PipsDish Kitchen 133b Upper Street, N1 1QP Highbury & Islington British ££ Sit by the open kitchen or in the signature red van at this old Citroën garage while you enjoy the sound of bagpipes, traditional Scottish grub and a centrepiece of haggis. There’s a wee nip of whisky to round things off, too.
EAST The Lady Ottaline 11a Northington Street, WC1N 2JF Chancery Lane Gastropub ££ Friday sees this popular pub team up with Dramatic Whisky for its Burns Night celebration. Starting with a short introduction to whisky and its history over a wee ‘dram’ and canapés, guests move on to a traditional four-course Scottish meal with more paired whiskies before it’s time to stumble home. The Port House 417 Strand, WC2R 0PD Charing Cross Spanish ££ This new tapas and wine bar focuses on Basque-style pintxos, which literally means ‘spiked’ in reference to them being served on small skewers. The menu also includes Spanish charcuterie and cheese, and other tapas dishes such as jamon croquetas, padron peppers and tortilla. Alyn Williams at The Westbury 37 Conduit Street, W1S 2YF Bond Street British / Scotish ££££ Alyn Williams, recently voted National Chef of the Year, has created a special six-course Burns Night feast for the menu at his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant within The Westbury hotel. Scottish highlights include scallops from the Orkney Islands and traditional haggis. Bar Shu 28 Frith Street, W1D 5LF Leicester Square Chinese ££££ With a menu partly devised by Fusia Dunlop, who documented her travels and eatings around China in the acclaimed book Shark’s Fin & Sichuan, this place is pretty authentic. Be prepared for a few unusual animal parts, lots of fresh chilli and even more Sichuan pepper. Cucina Asellina 337 Strand, WC2R 1HA Charing Cross Italian £ This second restaurant to open at the ME by Melia hotel on the Strand (after STK) hasn’t receive as much attention. It’s based on the sister restaurant in New York and serves flatbreads such as wild mushroom flatbread with fontina cheese alongside other more classic Italian dishes.
Back In 5 Minutes 224 Brick Lane, E1 6SA Shoreditch High Street Modern British ££ A pop-up with no scheduled end-date, this is the latest restaurant and private dining room from the trendy folk behind the Disappearing Dining Club. Hidden away behind a designer clothes shop on Brick Lane, dinners are hosted each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and focus on simple dishes from seasonal British ingredients. Queen of Hoxton 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX Old Street Bar ££ The Queen’s rooftop bar is still going strong until March. No, not a hot tub on top of Buckingham Palace, but rather this massive WigWam on a Shoreditch roof. There’s mulled cider, big slabs of fire-cooked meat and you won’t get cold. We promise.
Sushinho City 9a Devonshire Square, EC2A 4WQ Liverpool Street Fusion £££ Opening in the next month, this second branch of the plush but quirky restaurant will join its King’s Road brother in serving Brazilian and Japanese fusion food. There will also be basement bar for those who are just drinking. Or, if successful, those who are waiting for a table.
NORTH Sea Shell 49-51 Lisson Grove, NW1 6UH Marylebone Fish ££ Not your average fish & chip shop, the national dish is put alongside a plethora of seafood-focused options but still manages to hold its own. Get comfy and sit in, or order to take-away. 500 782 Holloway Road, N19 3JH Archway Italian £££ You might assume that the name of this restaurant is a reference to it position on the street, but you’d be wrong. In fact, it comes from the Fiat 500 car. It’s pretty much as small as its namesake and the tables are certainly snug, but big, bold dishes such as ragu and baked pastas won’t leave you in any danger of wasting away.
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SOUTH Black & Blue 1 Mepham Street, SE1 8RL Waterloo Steak ££ A new branch of this steak restaurant is opening next to Waterloo station. It follows in the footsteps of the original branch in Borough Market not far away, and another five which are located in West London and the West End. The Breakfast Club 11 Southwark Street, SE1 1RQ London Bridge Breakfast ££ The latest incarnation of The Breakfast Club group is opening around the corner from Borough Market. It joins outlets in Hoxton, Angel, Soho and Spitalfields, marking the first branch south of the river.
Boqueria Tapas 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL Clapham North Spanish ££ Saturday afternoon sees Catalan Cooking founder, food blogger and radio show pannelist Rachel McCormack take to Boqueria to host a lively Spanish cookery demonstration. Knowing Rachel like we do, lively may well turn out to be an understatement, so book now for a time that’s not to be missed. It’s £30 per person including a glass of wine and plenty to eat, including croquetas, pig cheeks and “deep-fried custard”.
WEST The Cadogan Arms 298 King’s Road, SW3 5UG Gloucester Road Gastropub £££ Another pub with a penchant for Burns Night, this Friday the Cadogan will be serving up a traditional Scottish supper of haggis, neeps and tatties for £18, along with a whisky. Or a beer or a cocktail, should you prefer. Tatra 24 Goldhawk Road, W12 8DH Goldhawk Road Polish ££ Dumplings, stews, meats and cheesecakes dominate the menu at this Polish restaurant that has something of a European brasserie look. The highlight, though, has to be the array of homemade flavoured vodkas which number more than 20. Dangerous.
Brooklyn Bite 342 King’s Road, SW3 5UR Sloane Square Pizza ££ Definitely one of West London’s hippest joints. Brooklyn Bite serves up New York’s authentic large portioned thin-base pizzas and calzones alongside some equally American sub sandwiches. The speakeasy cocktail lounge hidden in the basement is the icing on the proverbial, err, pizza.
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Founded by two chef friends out of their frustration at the lack of good ready-meals available, David Oliver Fine Foods encapsulates the spirit of traditional British countryside cooking which the pair grew up with. These new wild-shot game soups, which are the latest addition to the range, couldn’t be any more quintessentially English. Varieties include Partridge Broth, Spiced Venison and Pheasant Mulligatawny. We’re certainly game for a bowl. Approx £3.50 each for 600g. Available at Waitrose and many independent retailers davidoliverfood.co.uk
A couple of months ago in Scout, we asked some of the city’s top chefs about what they eat when they finish service. In this hefty compendium, 400 of the world’s best chefs speak about where they would choose to eat. The result is more than 2,000 personal restaurant and menu recommendations from talents including Heston Blumenthal, Pollen Street Social’s Jason Atherton, René Redzepi of Noma, and ex-El Bulli chef Ferran Adria. Containing foodie tips, travel guides, cheffy gossip and reviews, you won’t know whether to keep it in the kitchen, the bedroom or on the coffee table. Published by Phaidon, RRP £14.95. Widely available in bookshops and online
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Beat the blues
Feeling a little down today (January 21)? No wonder – it’s Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year. But don’t just give in, ditch the depression with these pick-me-ups
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It’s official: chocolate makes you happier. The cocoa in dark chocolate helps increase the endorphin levels in the brain. This pack of five different bars from Willie’s Cacao should do the trick. Wonders of the World, £9.99 from
You might shed a few tears, but they’ll be tears of joy with this collection of heartwarming and hilarious short films from the Pixar animation studio. Pixar Short Films 2, £17, widely available
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We’re not advocating you drown your sorrows, but a small glass of top quality Scotch is one of life’s ultimate comforts. The Laphroaig 10-year-old is both delicious and affordable. Approx £30 (70cl), widely available
The original onesie. Norway’s OnePiece company make the cosiest and best version of the season’s musthave comfort wear – the ultimate antidote to any down days. OnePiece Original, £98 from
Lighten up Light boxes like this provide summer levels of bright light, and are clinically proven to lift moods and restore natural energy. Brazil SAD light, £149 from lumie.com
the happy pill 5-HTP is a compound that helps the body generate serotonin (the chemical that makes you happy). These supplements also aid sleep and relaxation. 5-HTP Tablets (50mg), £15.89 from hollandandbarrett.com
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THE LONDON LATIN MUSIC FESTIVAL ApRIL
uk debut debut
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beyond flamenco Part of the London flamenco festival
Village underground thursday 21 march doors 8pm
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A portrait of the artist’s wife Mme Manet in the Conservatory, 1879
The canvas never lies The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
More than a century after his death, the portraiture of impressionist master Edouard Manet is being brought together for the first time at a groundbreaking new exhibition
lthough it makes up over half of his output, there has never before been a retrospective dedicated to the portraiture of French impressionist painter Edouard Manet. A major new exhibition at the Royal Academy will bring together more than 50 of the artist’s portraits from Europe, the US and Asia, to give a wonderfully rich overview of this important aspect of his work. The exhibition will highlight that, rather than simply accepting numerous commissions from wealthy individuals, the maverick Manet
preferred to have tighter control over his output. As such, he was the one who picked his subjects, who showcase a cross-section of 19th century French society, rather than simply those who could afford to pay for portraiture. The images he created are a great overview of everyday life in Paris, and also show his family, friends and influential people, creatives, musicians and other important characters of the time – from literary greats Proust, Zola and Mallarmé, to street singers. One person who features more than anyone else is Manet’s wife, Suzanne Leenhoff.
Spanning the artist’s entire career, the exhibition allows the viewer to see how her appearance changes over the years, as Manet never flinched in remaining true to his eye. This is the man who famously declared: “One must be of one’s time, and paint what one sees.” It was close to a manifesto for the man often credited with inventing modern art, and its manifestation is in fascinating evidence at this new exhibition. Manet: Portraying Life, The Royal Academy, January 26-April 14, royalacademy.org.uk scoutlondon.com Scout London 29
Image: Wellcome Library, London
Open until 14 April 2013 Book tickets at www.museumoflondon.org.uk/dissection or on 020 7001 9844 An online booking fee and timed entry apply. Due to its subject matter, Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men is not recommended for children under 12. Media partner
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Juergen Teller: Woo at ICA, 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH Charing Cross FREE, Starts Wed, Until Mar 17. Fashion and commercial photography. 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. Cartier-Bresson: A Question Of Colour at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple FREE, Until Jan 27. Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, together with works by 14 modern-day photographers. Paul Wenham-Clarke: Westway – A Portrait Of A Community at St Martin-InThe-Fields, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ Charing Cross FREE, Until Feb 28. A pictorial document of the social and cultural diversity of the people who live beneath the A40 flyover in London. Constable, Gainsborough, Turner And The Making Of Landscape at Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park £8, OAP/disabled/Art Fund mems £7, NUS £5, unwaged/ages 12-18 £4, ages 8-11 £3, under 8s FREE, family £18, Until Feb 17. More than 100 works by three significant British landscape painters. Death: A Self-Portrait: The Richard Harris Collection at The Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE Euston FREE, Until Feb 24. Around 300 items providing an overview of the iconography of death. Oskar Fischinger at Tate Modern, Bankside, Holland Street, SE1 9TG Southwark FREE, Until May 12. Restored film footage of the artist’s 1926 performances. Antony Gormley: Model at White Cube Bermondsey, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ London Bridge FREE, Until Feb 10. Large-scale sculpture and sitespecific installations. Michael Joaquin Grey: Orange Between Orange And Orange at Carroll / Fletcher, 56-57 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8EQ Oxford Circus FREE, Until Feb 16. Sculpture, installation and digital works. Hartnell To Amies: Couture By Royal Appointment at Fashion And Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF Borough £7, concs £5, Until Feb 23. London couture fashion by the designers to the Queen. Instructions: Tilt To And Fro - Lenticular Prints From 1967 To Present at Paul Stolper, 31 Museum Street, WC1A 1LH Tottenham Court Road FREE, Until Feb 9. A display of fine art prints by 17 artists.
Neil Libbert: Photojournalist at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Embankment FREE, Until Apr 21. Significant pictures selected from the photographer’s 55-year-long career. London Film Museum at London Film Museum, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB Waterloo £13.50, child £9.50, concs £11.50, under 5s FREE, Until Dec 31. Original props and costumes. London Transport Museum at London Transport Museum, 39 Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB Covent Garden £13.50, concs £10, under 16s FREE, under 12s must be accompanied, Until Dec 31. A fascinating insight into transport through the ages with interactive display and family trails. The Lumen Prize Exhibition at Gallery 27, 27 Cork Street, W1S 3NG Green Park FREE, Starts Tue, Until Jan 26. An exhibition of the top 50 entries in the world’s only prize for digital fine art. Manet: Portraying Life at Royal Academy Of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD Green Park £15, OAP/ disabled/NAFDAS/Art Fund mems £14, NUS £10, unwaged £5, ages 12-18 £4, ages 8-11 £3, under 8s/disabled carers FREE, inc. gallery guide, Starts Sat, Until Apr 14. The first major UK exhibition of the 19thcentury, French painter’s portraiture. Toby Mott: De La Soul: Hip Hop In The Daisy Age at Snap Galleries, 8 Piccadilly Arcade, SW1Y 6NH Green Park FREE, Until Jan 23. A print featuring the cover artwork for the influential 3 Feet High And Rising album.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 at National Portrait Gallery, 2 St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE Embankment £2, mems/accompanied under 12s FREE, Until Feb 17. Contemporary portrait photography by competition entrants. Mughal India: Art, Culture And Empire at The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB Euston £9, OAP £7, NUS/ disabled/unwaged £5, under 18s/mems/ disabled carer FREE, National Art Pass £4.50, OAP £3.50, Until Apr 2. More than 200 paintings and artefacts documenting the entire period of the Mughal Empire. The Northern Renaissance: Durer To Holbein at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, SW1A 1AA Victoria £9.25, NUS/OAP £8.50, family £23, under 17s £4.65, under 5s FREE, Until Apr 14. Paintings, drawings, prints, manuscripts, sculpture, tapestries and armour. Valentino: Master Of Couture at Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA Temple £12.50, concs £9, Until Mar 3. A major exhibition covering the career of the acclaimed Italian designer.
North Brown Sugar On Main Street at Zebra One Art Gallery, 1 Perrins Court, NW3 1QX Hampstead FREE, Until Jan 26. A display of unseen and rare images of The Rolling Stones, by Peter Webb and Dominique Tarle. Film In Space: An Exhibition Of Film And Expanded Cinema Selected By Guy Sherwin at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, NW3 6DG Finchley Road FREE, Until Feb 24. Experimental films by emerging British artists and film-makers. Markfield Engine And Museum at Markfield Beam Engine And Museum, Markfield Road, N15 4RB Tottenham Hale donations welcome, Until Dec 31. The engine was the last to be built by the Wood Brothers and dates from 1888, was used as a storm water pump situated in the old Markfiled Sewage Works, which was decommissioned in 1964. RAF Photographer Of The Year at Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, NW9 5LL Colindale FREE, Until Apr 30. Photographs taken by serving personnel.
East Keith Arnatt at Maureen Paley, 21 Herald Street, E2 6JT Bethnal Green FREE, Until Jan 23. Portrait photography. Steve Bishop: An Escalator Can Never Break, It Can Only Become Stairs at Carlos/Ishikawa, Unit 4, 88 Mile End Road, E1 4UN Whitechapel FREE, Starts Thu, Until Mar 2. Contemporary art. William Bradley: Good Plan at EB&Flow, 77 Leonard Street, EC2A 4QS Old Street FREE, Until Jan 26. Largescale abstract canvases. Matt Bryans at Kate MacGarry, 27 Old Nichol Street, E2 7HR Liverpool Street FREE, Until Mar 2. Sculptural installations and collages made from erased newsprint. Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine at Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP Liverpool Street FREE, Until Feb 24. Collage, film, performance and installation. Jewish East End Exhibition at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East FREE, Starts Fri, Until Jan 27.
South Ansel Adams: Photography From The Mountains To The Sea at National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, SE10 9NF Cutty Sark £7, concs £5, mems FREE, Until Apr 28. Photographs of the natural landscapes of America. Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2012 at Royal Observatory Greenwich, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Avenue, SE10 8XJ Cutty Sark FREE, Until Feb 12. Images from this year’s competition. Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz: Toxic Play In Two Acts at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH Elephant & Castle FREE, Until Feb 24. The Berlin-based duo showcases film installations Toxic and Salomania. British Wildlife Photography Awards at Horniman Museum And Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ Forest Hill FREE, Until Feb 24. An exhibition of the winning images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2011. The Cinema Museum at The Cinema
Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH Elephant & Castle guided tour £7, child/ concs £5, Until Dec 31. Vast collection of film memorabilia chronicling the history of the silver screen to the present day, including posters, props, a vast stills collection and ushers’ uniforms. Sanja Ivekovic: Unknown Heroine at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH Elephant & Castle FREE, Until Feb 24. Collage, film, performance and installation.
West Bruno Bisang: 30 Years Of Polaroids at The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, SW10 0AJ Sloane Square FREE, Until Feb 9. A selection of images and prints of models. 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. Hollywood Costume at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington £14, OAP £11, NUS/ ages 12-17/unwaged/disabled £9, family of 3 £23, family of 4 £37, under 12s/mems/ disabled carer FREE, Until Jan 27. Over 100 costumes covering 100 years of Hollywood films. Light From The Middle East: New Photography at Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL South Kensington FREE, Until Apr 7. More than 90 photographs by 30 artists from 13 countries. Jonas Mekas at Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA South Kensington FREE, Until Jan 27. Films, videos and photographs by the Lithuanian artist, film-maker and poet. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer Of The Year at Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD South Kensington £9, concs £4.50, family £24, Art Fund mems £4.50, concs £2.25, under 3s FREE, Until Mar 3. 100 winning images from the established contemporary wildlife photography competition. ZiggiLarsson: IntoThe3rdDimension at The Bowman Gallery, Worple Way, TW10 6DG Richmond FREE, Until Jan 27. Landscape paintings depicting the North Norfolk scene.
Travels With Michael Palin: Photographs by Basil Pao at Royal Geographical Society (With The Institute Of British Geographers), 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR South Kensington FREE, Until Jan 25. Photographs by Michael Palin’s friend and travel companion.
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Setting Sayle again Leftwing comedy hero Alexei Sayle is about to stage his first full-length stand-up show in more than 15 years. He tells Laura Martin why political comedy is still important
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to Sayle’s self-imposed semiretirement from the stand-up scene 16 years ago. “I’d had this very aggressive comedy persona and that really hampered me,” he reveals. “I really didn’t think I would ever return, but I did a show with Stewart Lee a couple of years ago and it reignited an interest. I found a way of doing it differently and being myself. That was the key to it, really.” The outspoken comic is now preparing for his first full-length stand-up shows since 1997, with a three-week residency at Soho Theatre. And, as he points out, it’s the perfect time to take another pop at the establishment. “I come from that working class generation that got free education, university and all that. Those opportunities have been shut down and those gates being closed again. The upper class are commoditizing areas they haven’t before.
“If you think of the 60s, you think of all these great working class movie stars like Michael Caine, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, and now it’s people from Eton or Harrow. So I do stuff in the show about that and the betrayal from the left.” Sayle began in the 80s alternative comedy circuit, alongside contemporaries like Ben Elton and Keith Allen. And he’s confident that comedy is still an effective political tool. “I want to express my views, and you can do that in other ways but comedy is more effective than being a bore on Question Time. “I’ve got nothing against comics who aren’t political but I think it’s important not to be bland. Even if you’re not being political it doesn’t mean you have to be bland.” And yet, achieving mainstream comedy success nowadays seems to hinge on the absence of
anything remotely provocative. The fact that Jack Whitehall recently caused a “furore” by making a joke about the Queen’s sex life might be a case in point. “What, Marlborough-educated Jack Whitehall?” laughs Sayle. “I don’t think he’s a class warrior, I think that’s more to do with the Daily Mail. Although I do think generally there’s a stronger pressure for comedians to be unchallenging again. Briefly, there was a time when you were allowed to be both mainstream and have interests and ideas, but now they’re trying to shut that door. If you want to be mainstream there’s a great deal of pressure to be bland and do bulls**t like Sport Relief. “That said, when you turn 60 you’re glad with whatever turns up.” Alexei Sayle, Soho Theatre, January 21-February 9, sohotheatre.com
t’s exhausting work being angry. Just ask Alexei Sayle, the Liverpudlian comedian who made a name for himself in the 80s with a ranting alter-ego that was full of fury at society and the Tory government. Now aged 60, the years don’t seem to have mellowed him. “I wouldn’t say I was that angry before,” he smiles. “It was just a performance style that suited me to be angry. I suppose I’m still fairly angry but it’s more me being actually angry, rather than a projection now.” It was these “projections” that struck a chord with the antiThatcher public and shot the comedian to national fame. At the peak of his stardom he had his own Emmy Award-winning TV show, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff, from 1988 to 1991 on BBC2. But this style of comedy came with limitations, and in part lead
Luisa Omielan: What Would Beyonce Do? at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 9.15pm, Jan 18-23 £15, concs £12.50, Jan 24-26 £20, concs £17.50. Contemporary standup and improv. Until Jan 26. NewsRevue at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Warwick Avenue Thu-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 9pm, £11 & £12.50, concs £9.50 & £11. Comedy sketches and songs inspired by current affairs. Until Jan 31. The Rubberbandits at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Jan 15, Jan 15-19, 22-26, 29-31, Feb 1 & 2, 9.30pm, ends Feb 2, £10-£17.50, concs £12.50-£15. Musical comedy. Until Feb 2. Alexei Sayle at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road From Jan 21, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, ends Feb 9, Jan 21 & 22 £10, Jan 23-31, Mon-Wed £15, concs £12.50, Thu-Sat £20, concs £17.50. Alternative stand-up. Until Feb 9.
Monday January 21 Comedy Bin at The Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road, E1 1EW Whitechapel 8pm-12midnight, FREE. With Chris Gau, Sonia Aste, Jim Lacy, John Murphy, Christine Edwards, Clare Clifford, Tennyson Hanbury, Peri Whyte, Michael Stranney, Jack Gardner and MC Gwilum Argos.
Festival Of The Spoken Nerd: Life, Oh Life at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 7.30pm, £14, concs £12. With Helen Arney, Matt Parker and Steve Mould.
Paco Erhard: Ex-German: Has Issues Will Travel: A Work In Progress at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7pm, £7, concs £5. Hard-hitting humour about his home country. Fortnight Club at Downstairs At The King’s Head, 2 Crouch End Hill, N8 8AA Finsbury Park 8.30pm, £5. With Hal Cruttenden, Dan Antopolski, Susan Murray, Jack Samuel Warner, Ed Petrie, Tony Cowards, Brenda Gilhooley, Inder Manocha and MC Marian Pashley. Laugh Till It Hurts In Aid Of Macmillan Cancer Support at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £15. With Paul Thorne, John Moloney, Tony Law and Danny Bhoy. Mark Thomas: Manifesto Warm Up at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road and Fri, 8pm, £10. The political stand-up tries out new material.
Tuesday January 22 Bright Club at The Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RL Angel 7.30pm, £5. University researchers try their hand at stand-up. Jen Brister: Now And Then at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road and Wed, 7.15pm, £10. Sharp and caustic wit and intelligent storytelling. Festival Of The Spoken Nerd: Life, Oh Life at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 7.30pm, £14, concs £12. With Helen Arney, Matt Parker and Steve Mould. Aidan Goatley: 10 Films With My Dad at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town 9.30pm, £8.50. Stand-up set about films and families. Laugh at Ginglik, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8PH Shepherd’s Bush 8.30pm11pm, £8, mems £5. Line-up includes quirky comedian Tony Law, Nat Luurtsema, James Acaster, Amir Khoshsokhan and MC John Robins.
Wednesday January 23 Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 8pm, £17, NUS/concs £12. With Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Niall Ashdown. Laugh Till It Hurts at The Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AH Euston 7.30pm, £17.50, concs £15, £12.50 standing at rear of Circle, phone for availability. With Sean Lock, Stewart Francis, Marcus Brigstocke, Dave Johns, Lloyd Langford, Keith Farnan and MC Simon Evans. Sketchageddon Live II at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Warwick Avenue 7.30pm, £6, concs £5.50. Sketch comedy showcase. Specialist Subject: Where No Joke Is Too Niche at The Black Heart, 3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP Camden Town phone for times, phone for prices. With Sara Pascoe, Elis James, Sam Fletcher, Ben Target, Dan Schreiber, Matthew Highton, Aisling Bea, John Kearns, Jack De’Ath and MCs Steve Cross and Marc Burrows.
Saturday January 26
Nish Kumar: Who Is Nish Kumar? at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 7.15pm, Jan 24 £10, Jan 25 & 26 £12.50, concs £10. A stand-up show about being proud of your roots.
Thursday January 24 Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel at Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG King’s Cross St Pancras 8pm, £12.50, adv £9.50. Improvised comedy from Cariad Lloyd and Rachel Parris. Alfie Brown: Soul For Sale at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road 9.45pm, Thu £10, Fri & Sat £12.50, concs £10. Criticisms of modern life from the stand-up. Sketchageddon Live II at Canal Cafe Theatre, Bridge House Pub, Delamere Terrace, W2 6ND Warwick Avenue 7.30pm, £6, concs £5.50. Sketch comedy showcase.
Friday January 25 The Best In Stand-Up at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, 11pm, 7.30pm £20, 11pm £15, NUS/concs £9. With Tom Wrigglesworth, Paul Thorne, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Dave Fulton and MC Ben Norris. Crack Comedy Club Presents Greg Burns at Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Streatham, Streatham 8.30pm, £12, SW16 2ED adv £10, NUS £6. Capital FM DJ Burns, with Jarlath Regan and Jessica Fostekew. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town 8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Mike Gunn, Kevin Gildea, John Hastings, Sara Pascoe and Lloyd Griffiths. Soho Comedy Club at The Casino At The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square 8pm-10pm, £15, adv £10. With John Moloney, Alistair Barrie, Paul Ricketts and MC David Mulholland.
The Best In Stand-Up at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, 11pm, 7.30pm £22.50, 11pm £18, NUS/concs £13. With Tom Wrigglesworth, Paul Thorne, The Boy With Tape On His Face and more. Jenny Eclair: Eclairious at Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, SE3 9RQ Blackheath 8pm, £17.50. The feisty Perrier Award winner takes no prisoners. Micky Flanagan previews at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7.30pm, phone for availablity. Sharp wit and storytelling from the Cockney comic. Foster’s Comedy Live at Highlight, Camden Lock, Middle Yard Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AB Camden Town 8.15pm-10.15pm, £17 & £18. With Mike Gunn, Kevin Gildea, Gareth Berliner, John Hastings and Sara Pascoe.
Banana Cabaret at The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, SW12 9HD Balham 9pm, £16, concs £13. With Henning Wehn, Tony Law, Addy van der Borgh and Prince Abdi. Dave Gorman’s Screen Guild at Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, N1 6SH Old Street 7.30pm, £12. Monthly gathering of Gorman’s favourite established and rising stand-ups. Knock2Bag at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA Aldgate East 8pm, £12, adv/concs £10. With Sam Fletcher, Ed Gamble, Jack Barry, Matthew Kelly, Tom Davis and Ed Aczel. Soho Comedy Club at The Casino At The Empire, 5-6 Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA Leicester Square 8pm-10pm, £15, adv £10. With Markus Birdman, Nick Doody, Mister Meredith and MC David Mulholland. Andrew Watts: Born To Be Mild at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 9pm, £7.50, concs £5. Sharp and intelligent wit. Tom Wrigglesworth, Tony Law at The Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street 8pm-10pm, £12. Storytelling and upbeat anecdotes.
Sunday January 27
Delete The Banjax: This Is (Sk)it at Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road 7.30pm8.30pm, £8. Surreal sketch comedy, plus Lady Garden and Colin Hoult.
Comedy Store Players at Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, SW1Y 4EE Piccadilly Circus 7.30pm, £17, NUS/ concs £12. With Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart. Helen Keen’s Spacetacular at Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX Leicester Square 7.30pm, £10, concs £7. Science and space-themed humour.
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Shot in the dark Kathryn Bigelow, the only woman to have won an Oscar for directing, has tackled the hunt for Osama bin Laden in her controversial new movie. She meets Susan Griffin
t this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, flame-haired actress Jessica Chastain paid special thanks to her director, Kathryn Bigelow. “I can’t help but compare my character to you, to a powerful, fearless woman that allows their expert work to stand before them,” said Chastain after receiving the award for her performance as a CIA agent who dedicates her life to hunting Osama bin Laden in 34 Scout London scoutlondon.com
Bigelow’s controversial new movie, Zero Dark Thirty. Bigelow may not have set out to break gender rules with ‘macho-themed’ movies – such as iconic surfer-cop story Point Break, real-life naval account K-19: The Widowmaker, and Iraq-based bomb disposal tale The Hurt Locker (for which she became the first female to receive an Academy Award for directing) – but, as Chastain observed, she’s
successfully managed to “disobey the conventions of Hollywood”. “That’s not, let’s say, a reason to engage in a particular topic,” says Bigelow, who still looks incredible at 61, dressed in kneehigh boots, jeans and a fitted jacket when we meet at The Soho Hotel. “What’s interesting to me is the topicality of something,” she says. “Certainly with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, it’s the fact that these stories are
contemporaneous with our lives. “There’s an urgency, a resonance and a topicality that as a filmmaker makes it very stimulating and exciting material to work with.” Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the hunt for Osama bin Laden preoccupied the world for more than a decade. In the end, it took a small, dedicated team of CIA operatives to track him down to a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011. “It’s the story of finding a very sharp needle in a very large haystack,” notes Bigelow. “Once bin Laden escaped from Afghanistan, he fenced himself in with a byzantine network that took years and years to unravel.” Every aspect of the operatives’ mission was shrouded in secrecy
On the hunt Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
and, while some of the details have since been made public, many of the most significant parts of the intelligence operation are revealed for the first time in Zero Dark Thirty (which is the military code for the time – 12.30am – when the unit of Navy SEALs first stepped into bin Laden’s hiding place). “The war on terror’s touched everybody around the world, especially the families of 9/11 and first responders and military intelligence professionals, and it was a real honour to tell a story of that long, dark decade between 9/11 and May 1, 2011 [the date of bin Laden’s death].” The greatest creative challenge faced by Bigelow and Mark Boal – the journalist-turned-screenwriter and producer of both this movie
and The Hurt Locker – was how to tell a multifaceted story within the time frame of a movie. “That was tricky because you’ve got masses of information and you’re compressing it into twoand-a-half hours,” says Californiaborn Bigelow, who trained as an artist before turning to filmmaking. “But the events were inherently very dramatic and the narrative kind of lined up fairly well, certainly around the main characters.” The project actually began as a film about the failure to capture bin Laden in Tora Bora; the crew was in pre-production when they heard that bin Laden had been killed. Boal, who’s been Baftaand Oscar-nominated for his screenplay, had to start again. He travelled to Washington, Pakistan and parts of the Middle East for several months, diving into 80-plus hour weeks to gather firsthand accounts from those involved in the hunt. “For me, it was interesting to give the audience a glimpse inside the intelligence community and inside an operation that was so incredibly complex and definitely successful but against impossible odds,” says Bigelow. “The public knows very little about what the unsung heroes in the intelligence community go through, which is as it has to be, but here you get a rare opportunity to understand the men and women at the heart of one of the most covert operations in our history.” That’s primarily achieved through the experiences of Chastain’s character, Maya, who over the decade morphs from a
shell-shocked new recruit to a steely operative. Along with the audience, Maya’s plunged into the hunt for bin Laden by witnessing the unsettling experience of an “enhanced interrogation” sequence of an Al Qaeda detainee. “As a human being I wanted to cover my eyes, but as a filmmaker, I felt a responsibility to document and bear witness,” says Bigelow of the controversial torture scenes that have sparked furious worldwide debate. “I think in a way it’s a compliment to the film to have stimulated such a vital conversation. It’s only disappointing when the film is mischaracterised.” Determined not to shoot on soundstages, filming took place on three continents, and involved night-vision shots, 120 speaking parts and an exact replica of bin Laden’s compound.
“It [the shoot] was, by far, more complicated than anything I’d done before, even The Hurt Locker, which I thought was very difficult at the time,” says Bigelow. But if she ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer scope of what she’d undertaken, she doesn’t admit it. “Actually I was just so honoured to tell this story. I think of it as a story of a lifetime, so I was just very excited and very proud.” The film has been nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, but Bigelow won’t be in the running for Best Director. “What I’m excited by is the fact that the film is performing so well at the box office,” says Bigelow. “There’s such an outpouring of excitement for it, so that’s really what’s incredibly gratifying.” Zero Dark Thirty is released on Friday, January 25
Action stations Navy SEALs in Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden
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Zero Dark Thirty (15) The political brouhaha that continues to dog Kathryn Bigelow’s nervejangling dramatisation of the hunt for Osama bin Laden might have cost her an Oscar nomination. However, the fierce debate about the film’s depiction of CIA-sanctioned torture – including waterboarding – begs important questions about the war on terror and the extraction of information from suspected terrorists. Jessica Chastain delivers a mesmerising performance as the ballsy CIA agent whose intelligence underpins the biggest manhunt in American history and leads a team of Navy SEALs to a heavily guarded compound in Pakistan. The knot of tension in our stomachs tightens with each passing minute, even though we know the ending, and Bigelow orchestrates the action sequences with brio, including a chilling recreation of the 2005 suicide attacks on London. Damon Smith
Lincoln (12A) Steven Spielberg artfully tears a page from history to depict the efforts of the 16th President of the United States of America (Daniel Day-Lewis) to abolish slavery at a time of deep division within the House of Representatives. Screenwriter Tony Kushner condenses the final months of Lincoln’s life into an elegiac portrait of a man, whose courage in the eye of a political storm tested his marriage to his emotionally fragile wife (Sally Field) and ignited the incendiary rhetoric of fervent abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones). Lincoln is a sweeping period drama distinguished by Janusz Kaminski’s colour-bleached cinematography and John Williams’ haunting score. The terrific ensemble cast is led magnificently by Day-Lewis – a dead cert for the Oscar for his intense, nuanced central performance. DS
Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn’t joking when he growled “I’ll be back” as The Terminator all those years ago. Having served two terms as governor of California, necessitating a 10-year hiatus from headline roles on the big screen, the Austrian man-mountain returns with a vengeance in Kim Jee-woon’s testosterone-fuelled action thriller. Schwarzenegger plays Ray Owens, sheriff of the sleepy town of Sommerton Junction, which nestles on the US-Mexico border. When notorious drugs kingpin Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega) escapes FBI custody and heads south, Ray must rally the locals to form a human barricade against the bad guys and ensure Cortez feels the steely grasp of American justice. DS A finished cut wasn’t available as Scout went to press. 36 Scout London scoutlondon.com
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The Last Stand (15)
LOCO London Comedy Film Festival
If laughter is the best medicine then this year’s LOCO London Comedy Film Festival is the perfect tonic for all the colds and sniffles doing the rounds. The four-day event kicks off on January 24 with a special preview of the 3D animation A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, introduced by Terry Jones and the filmmakers. Other comic gems include Danish smash hit Klown, which is primed for an American remake by the team behind The Hangover (Jan 25); hilarious British romcom I Give It A Year, starring Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Stephen Merchant and Minnie Driver (Jan 26); a family-friendly screening of the original The Pink Panther and the closing night preview of charming futuristic caper Robot & Frank (Jan 27).
Winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the Dardenne brothers’ emotionally devastating portrait of shattered lives unfolds in the Belgian steel town of Seraing, which provides a vivid backdrop to many of the brothers’ films. Jérémie Renier is superb as 20-year-old small-time thief Bruno, who sublets the apartment he shares with his girlfriend, Sonia (Déborah Francois), to finance illicit dealings. Desperate for more cash, Bruno does the unthinkable and sells their baby boy to a contact on the black market, who promises to find a good foster family. Once Sonia discovers Bruno’s betrayal, she demands the return of their son, no matter what Bruno has to do or sell in order to bring the poor little tyke back home. This is a rare opportunity to see a classic of modern world cinema and one of the finest works in the Dardenne brothers’ canon on the big screen
Jan 24-27, free-£65, various venues including BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XT Waterloo locofilmfestival.com
Jan 24, 11am, £6, concs £5, The Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, East Finchley, N2 9PJ East Finchley
Tim Burton double bill (12A)
Days Of Heaven (15)
Following the success of Beetlejuice in 1988, Tim Burton was a snug fit for a proposed live action version of Batman, which reunited the quixotic writer-director with his charismatic leading man, Michael Keaton. Burton’s dark and playfully twisted vision of the superhero and his cackling arch-nemesis, The Joker (Jack Nicholson), wooed audiences and critics alike, and was the first film to be awarded a 12 certificate by UK censors. The Prince Charles Cinema celebrates Burton’s tenure at Wayne Manor with a double bill of Batman and the director’s subsequent project, Edward Scissorhands, the charming fable which kindled his creative partnership with Johnny Depp.
Ahead of the release next month of Terrence Malick’s new film, To The Wonder, turn back the clock 25 years and savour this digitallyrestored print of the writer-director’s swoonsome romance, which is best remembered for Néstor Almendros and Haskell Wexler’s ravishing cinematography. A boyishly handsome Richard Gere plays manual worker Bill, who kills his boss at a 1916 steel mill and flees the scene with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and younger sister (Linda Manz). Bill and Abby pretend to be siblings, and when the fugitives find work with a farmer (Sam Shepard), Bill concocts a scheme to marry off his sweetheart to their host so they can inherit the land.
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Purefoy plays pure terror What would happen if serial killers could join together in an evil cult? New series The Following aims to find out, and as star James Purefoy warns Susan Griffin, it’s not pretty
nlike vampires and werewolves, serial killers are real – they’re out there, on the street, in the supermarket, and they’re wishing you great harm. “We have a slight obsession with serial killers,” admits Londonbased James Purefoy, who plays serial killer Joe Carroll in brutal and terrifying new cat-and-mouse thriller The Following. “It’s not just about physical strength, it’s about something so warped inside someone’s head and so celebratory of the cult of death that it makes the hairs on the back of the neck stand up.” Created and written by Kevin Williamson (also behind The Vampire Diaries and the Scream films), the show asks what would happen if killers had a way of communicating with each other to build an entire network of evil. “I’m not a fan of what they call
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ambient TV – you know, TV that you can watch without having any reaction to it. I love television that grabs you by the throat,” says the softly-spoken Purefoy. The Following is most certainly not “ambient TV” – it’s enthralling, grisly, shocking and very bloody. “The thing with serial killers like Joe Carroll is they look so sane, that’s what makes him so frightening,” the actor muses. The Following begins with former literature teacher Carroll’s blood-spattered escape from Death Row where he’s been serving a sentence for the murder of 14 female students. The FBI calls Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), a psychologically-scarred veteran agent who captured Carroll nine years earlier, to consult. Knowing him better than anyone, Hardy soon discovers Carroll wasn’t only covertly communicating with a network of
killers in the outside world, but has much more planned than just a prison escape. Now with an ever-growing web of murder masterminded by Carroll, Hardy’s faced with not one but a whole cult of serial killers. An all-American show, Purefoy finds it amusing he was asked to retain his British accent. “You know what the Americans are like about the British accent. It’s why we’re always cast as villains. They think, despite how stupid we can be, because we speak in a certain way it imbues us with a certain amount of intelligence.” Like his friend Damian Lewis, currently riding high in Homeland, Purefoy’d had a lot of interest from the American TV studios, but says the timing had never been right. “My son is nearly 16, and we had a discussion in summer,” says Purefoy. “He said, ‘You know Dad,
I think it’s time you went,’ and he kind of gave me permission to go.” The actor read lots of scripts but The Following was the best of the bunch. “It’s fantastically tight,” he says. Carroll’s character was one Purefoy could really sink his teeth into, someone so monstrous, yet so fascinating. “He’s an amazing character, really complicated. There are so many levels to him,” says the 48-year-old. The actor is due to finish shooting this series in March and doesn’t have any other projects planned. “I wouldn’t mind doing some comedy,” he says, then grins: “But I think it’s unlikely anybody’s going to offer me a romantic comedy at the moment.” The Following begins on Sky Atlantic on January 22
The Campaign (15)
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes
When congressman Cam Brady’s (Will Ferrell) brazen promiscuity finally comes to the attention of voters, power broker siblings Glenn (John Lithgow) and Wade Motch (Dan Aykroyd) throw their support behind a rival candidate in the upcoming election. The Campaign fails to deliver on its promises, rather like the political rivals at the heart of the action. For every handful of gags that miss their target, the film delivers a polished one-liner. Damon Smith
The Sweeney (15)
Available on DVD, Blu-ray and iTunes
Flying Squad hard man DI Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and sidekick George Carter (Ben Drew) hunt a gang of wily European thieves led by Francis Allen (Paul Anderson). The Sweeney is a slick yet soulless revamp of the classic 1970s TV series starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. Winstone plays the daddy of the department with tightly coiled intensity. Drew (aka rapper Plan B) underplays his role but still manages to get involved in the bruising fisticuffs. Almost every arrest culminates in Winstone growling “You’re nicked!” However, we’re actually just underwhelmed. DS
Now Is Good (12)
Merlin - Fifth Series (12)
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Seventeen-year-old Tessa (Dakota Fanning) has the same lust for life as her best friend Zoey (Kaya Scodelario), but Tessa won’t live to see her 18th birthday. She is losing her battle with leukaemia and is painfully aware of the few precious days and weeks that remain. So Tessa makes a list of dreams she would like to fulfil before she dies. Based on the book Before I Die by Jenny Downham, Now Is Good is a touching drama about two teenagers united in the shadow of terminal illness. DS
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BBC One’s drama based on Arthurian legend comes to a spectacular close in these 13 action-packed episodes, which resolve the rivalry between Merlin (Colin Morgan) and Morgana (Katie McGrath). It’s harmless fun from beginning to end, although some instalments are dramatically malnourished. The final chapter leaves a portcullis open for a resurrection of the show. DS
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Rita Ora came from nowhere to release three No 1 singles and a chart-topping debut album, and now she’s got two BRIT nominations to her name. Ahead of her next London gig, she tells Andy Welch about her ‘pinch-yourself’ career
t the tail end of 2011, Rita Ora appeared in the video for Hot Right Now with DJ Fresh. Before that, she’d only really been seen in a handful of online videos, but by the time of the song’s official release in February 2012 – it went straight to No 1 and ended up selling more than 480,000 copies – Ora was one of the most-talked about singers in the country. As an introduction, it clearly worked, and her next two singles, RIP with Tinie Tempah, and How We Do, followed Hot Right Now to No 1. Meanwhile, her debut album Ora topped the chart. “That’s definitely the most surreal thing that’s happened to me,” says the singer, on the morning of the BRIT nominations. “The success of the singles, and the tour selling-out within minutes of the tickets going on sale as well, all of last year was crazy.” For her to say the album’s success is the most surreal thing in her life is quite something. Ora’s signed to Jay-Z’s management company and record label Roc Nation in New York. Prior to Mr Beyonce calling Ora and requesting a meeting, she’d been at college studying for her A-levels and working in a trainer shop on the Portobello Road in west London in order to pay musicians to play with her at gigs in the evening. “I’d play anywhere, bars and clubs, in my dad’s pub, just to be out singing,” she says. “I guess Roc Nation heard about me just through people they know in the industry, called me up and asked for a meeting. “It was a real pinch-yourself moment, and the meeting we had when I met Jay-Z
was just unbelievable. It was so nervewracking, interesting, exciting and weird all at the same time. You know when you can feel someone’s power? It was like that, you could just tell when you walked in the room that he was powerful and successful. “It was so odd. I walked in, shook his hand and then we were suddenly having a conversation. Now it feels like we’ve known each other a long time. I get lots of advice from him. He’s not just a great friend, but a boss and a brother. He’s the man.” That is a rather simplified version of events, of course. Multi-million-selling artists and business moguls like Jay-Z don’t
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just call 18-year-old singers in London on the off-chance they might be good. Ora’s pursued a career in showbusiness from a young age, and went to the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School near Marble Arch. The transition from theatre school to a professional life as a performer was difficult, she confesses, and there were a few bumps along the way. “There are so many people leaving there each year as brilliant performers, plus all the other schools putting out the same amount of quality. I didn’t want to go to another performing arts college after I’d done my GCSEs, although most of my friends did. I just went to a regular college and carried on writing my songs. I followed my gut, really.” I catch up with Ora again later that day. She’s at the BRIT Award nominations, where it’s revealed she’s up for two awards;
Best Breakthrough and Best Single. “I went to the BRITs last year and no one even noticed I was there, no one took a photograph or anything, and a year later I’m up for some awards,” she says while dodging the journalists on the bash’s red carpet. Some stories about her private life appeared in the papers that morning and she doesn’t feel like talking to anyone. “I don’t think about it,” she says, of the non-music-related stories written about her. They generally concern her split with ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian, and rumours of romances with other people. “It’s not a distraction, and it doesn’t faze me,” she continues. “I have great people around me and I know the truth. The only time I take things into consideration is when my family are upset by something that’s been written.” Ora talks about her family a fair amount and how close they are. She took her family to Dubai for Christmas and New Year as she said she’d not seen them much during the previous year, and another time, when one of her boobs fell out of her dress while on stage, captured by a row of photographers and published in newspapers the following day, the first and only person she had to call was her mum, to say sorry and to promise her it would never happen again. Born in Pristina in the former Yugoslavia, now Kosovo, Ora moved to the UK with her Kosovar-Albanian parents when she was one, during the brutal conflict in the region. She says her home country’s folk have been hugely supportive of her, and she loves the shock of telling people she’s actually from Kosovo. “I’m so proud to come from there.” Rita Ora is at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 5
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T H IS WEE K Toro Y Moi
Chazwick Bundick. Hmm, hardly the coolest name, and certainly not the kind you’d expect to belong to one of the pioneers of indie chillwave. Which is probably why this American artist and producer picked a much hippersounding stage moniker. Toro Y Moi’s third album, Anything in Return, is due for
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release the day of this intimate show, so expect to hear plenty of new material. Described as “just me having fun, making music that my girlfriend would dance to or something”, it remains in the same vein as his previous work, but catchier. Old Street, EC1V 9NG Old Street
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January 22, Village Underground, £11
Also this week: Clutch Jan 22, KOKO, £15 Conor Maynard, Gabrielle Aplin, Little Nikki Jan 22, The Forum, adv £13.50 Daughter Jan 24, Hackney Empire, £13.50 Foy Vance Jan 23, Islington Town Hall, £15 Gwyneth Herbert Jan 27, 606 Club, £10 Martin Simpson, Jim Moray and Emily Portman Jan 25, Cecil Sharp House, £16 Professor Green, Chip, Misha B, Krept & Konan, Maxsta, Connor Harris Jan 26, IndigO2, £15-£40 Ronan Keating: Fires Tour Jan 26, The O2, £35 Sons And Lovers Jan 25, KOKO, £5 The Crooked Empire, Adam Clarke Jan 25, 100 Club, £10, adv £8
Audio Sushi Grandmaster Flash
Bastille Of the Night
Leonard Cohen Who By Fire
Manzel Midnight Theme Dopebrother 12 Inch Remix
that, but he’s being joined by New York producer Arthur Baker – the man who produced Afrika Bambaataa’s iconic Planet Rock, and whose reputation is almost as formidable as Grandmaster’s. Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ Brixton
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Put the heating on. Make a cup of tea. Put this on. Stare out of the window at winter.
Get in the mood with this revisited monster from the golden days of breaks and beats. Ultimate.
January 25, Dogstar, £5 What’s that you say? One of the world’s most renowned and influential DJs playing in a pub in Brixton? Surely not. Well, doubting Thomas, you’d better believe it, because hip hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash will indeed be hitting the decks in one of Brixton’s favourite watering holes. Not only
A marvellous early 90s dance cover by the hotlytipped South London outfit.
Steve Cradock Jan 26, Jamm, adv £10 The Good, The Bad & The Queen Jan 27, Ain’t Nothin But Blues Bar, FREE The Horne Section Jan 24, The Invisible Dot Ltd, £5 The Joy Formidable Jan 24, Rough Trade East, FREE with wristband The Wolfnotes, Talk In Colour, Lizzie & The Yes Man, Laxmi Jan 23, The Sebright Arms, £8, adv £6 Ulrich Schnauss Jan 21, Rough Trade East, FREE with wristband
Sbtrkt (feat. Little Dragon) Wildfire Deliciously squelchy electro with typically impressive vocals from Yukimi Nagano.
Dream 2 Science How Do I Love Thee Long lost house tracks from 1990. Say no more.
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January 22, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £13.50
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January 26, Bedroom Bar, £5adv, £7 on the door Brighton rockers Blood Red Shoes have announced they’ll not be playing live while they record their fourth album, so this London date – the last on their current tour – will be the final chance to catch them live for some time. As for what’s
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Re:Play, the club night from Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne, invites in just one seminal guest DJ each week. This time it’s the turn of Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin. A classically trained musician, with Lemon Jelly partner Nick Franglen he produced some truly sublime
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Adrian Edmondson And The Bad Shepherds Dec 14, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £20 Alicia Keys May 30 & May 31, The O2, £39.50 & £45 Alt-J May 16, O2 Academy Brixton, £16 AlunaGeorge Feb 19, XOYO, £11.50 & Jun 20, Electric Brixton, £14.50 Amon Tobin Mar 8, Hammersmith Apollo, £28.50 & £35 And So I Watch You From Afar Apr 16, The Garage, £11 Angel Haze Feb 21, The Scala, adv £12.50 Archive Apr 19, KOKO, £16 Artifacts, My Tiger My Timing, I/M/M/I/ G/R/A/N/T/S Jan 29, 93 Feet East, FREE Athlete May 10, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £21.50 Bastille Mar 28 & 29, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, adv £13 Benjamin Francis Leftwich May 23, The Forum, £15 Biffy Clyro, City And Colour Apr 3, The O2, £26.50 & £29.50 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Mar 27, O2 Academy Brixton, £22.50 Bloc Party, The Joy Formidable, Old Men Feb 22, Earls Court, adv £29.50 Bonnie Raitt Jun 27, Royal Albert Hall, £40-£50 Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble Mar 21, XOYO, adv £12 Bryan Ferry Nov 4, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£95 Buzzcocks Apr 6, Electric Brixton, adv £20 C2C: Country to Country Mar 16 & 17, The O2, day ticket £35-£65, weekend ticket £130 Carlos Nunez And Philip Pickett & Musicians Of The Globe Feb 1, Southbank Centre, £15-£30, concs £7.50-£15 Chvrches Feb 27, ICA, £12 Cosmo Jarvis Feb 20, The Lexington, adv £10 Crystal Fighters May 23, KOKO, £14 D-A-D Mar 2, O2 Academy Islington, adv £15 Deftones, Letlive, Three Trapped Tigers Feb 20, O2 Academy Brixton, £28.50 Depeche Mode May 28 & May 29, The O2, £40 & £50 Desertfest 2013 Apr 26-Apr 28, Various Venues, Camden, weekend ticket £85
Britten Sinfonia with Angela Hewitt Jan 23, Wigmore Hall, £12, concs £10 Academy Of Ancient Music Feb 2, Kings Place, £19.50-£39.50, adv £9.50 Academy Of St Martin In The Fields Mar 26, Cadogan Hall, £12.50-£39.50 Alfie Boe: Storyteller Apr 8 & Apr 9, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£45 Badke Quartet Feb 24, Conway Hall, £9, NUS £4, under 16s FREE Brussels Philharmonic Mar 8, Cadogan Hall, £18-£39 Choir Of King’s College/Cambridge And Academy Of Ancient Music Jan 29, Kings Place, £29.50£59.50, adv £9.50, phone for availability City Of London Sinfonia Mar 9, Cadogan Hall, £8, child £6, family £24 Fraser Langton And James Willshire Jan 31, St John’s, Smith Square, £10, concs £9, mems FREE
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The Great Classics Jun 7, Royal Albert Hall, £5-£38 Gondwana Chorale Jan 30, St John’s, Smith Square, £9-£18, concs £8.10-£16.20 Il Divo And Katherine Jenkins Apr 19, The O2, £35-£95 London Sinfonietta Feb 1, Kings Place, £14.50-£29.50, adv £9.50 Only Boys Aloud Apr 6, Cadogan Hall, £19.50-£27.50 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Mar 12, Cadogan Hall, £15-£40, mems £20-£35 The Mediterranea Trio Feb 13, The Forge Venue And Caponata Restaurant, £10 & £12, adv £9 & £11 Wigmore Hall Young Producers Feb 6, Wigmore Hall, FREE Wolfgang Holzmair, Russell Ryan Feb 3, Wigmore Hall, £15-£30
The Jacksons: Unity Tour Mar 3, Hammersmith Apollo, £42.50-£60 Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience Feb 8 & Feb 9, Ronnie Scott’s, £25-£45 Edwyn Collins Apr 24, Union Chapel, £25 Eels Mar 21, O2 Academy Brixton, £30 Egyptian Hip Hop Mar 4, XOYO, £10 Elvis Costello & The Imposters Jun 4 & 5, Royal Albert Hall, £45 Emeli Sande Apr 8, Hammersmith Apollo, £25-£29.50 Eric Clapton May 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, Royal Albert Hall, £70 & £85 Example Feb 23, Earls Court, £28.50 FM Mar 23, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £18.50 Foals, Efterklang Mar 28, Royal Albert Hall, £10-£25 Frank Hamilton May 3, The Borderline, £7.50 Gaz Coombes Apr 25, The Garage, £13.50 Girls Aloud Mar 1-3, The O2, £42.50£49.50 Green Day, Kaiser Chiefs, All Time Low Jun 1, Emirates Stadium, £45-£65 Jake Bugg Feb 27 & 28, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, phone for prices Jessie J Oct 29 & 30, The O2, £25 & £33.50 Johnny Marr Mar 15, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £22.50 Journey/Whitesnake, Thunder May 29, Wembley Arena, £48 Kaiser Chiefs, This Many Boyfriends Mar 1, O2 Academy Brixton, adv £27.50 Kings Of Leon Jun 12 & Jun 13, The O2, £57.50 Lana Del Rey May 19 & 20, Hammersmith Apollo, £28.50 Lawson Mar 1, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15.50 Lee Scratch Perry Feb 9 & 10, The Jazz Cafe, £22.50 Leona Lewis May 8 & 9, Royal Albert Hall, £35-£65 Leonard Cohen Jun 21, The O2, £25-£75 Lianne La Havas, Rae Morris, George Ezra Mar 11 & Mar 12, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £15 Modestep Feb 14, KOKO, £14 My Bloody Valentine Mar 12 & 13, Hammersmith Apollo, adv £25 NME Awards Shows 2013: Dinosaur Jr Feb 4, Electric Ballroom, £20.60
NME Awards Shows 2013: Gabriel Bruce Feb 5, Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, £9.10 NME Awards Shows 2013: Kate Nash Feb 13, The Sebright Arms, £12.50 NME Awards Shows 2013: Kodaline Feb 14, Dingwalls, adv £10.60 NME Awards Shows 2013: Metz Feb 1 & Feb 2, Birthdays, £9.60 Netsky Mar 1, The Forum, £15 Ocean Colour Scene Feb 25 & 26, Electric Ballroom, £28.50 Olivia Newton-John Mar 13, Royal Albert Hall, £45 & £55 One Direction Feb 22-24, The O2, £25 & £33.50 & Apr 1, 2, 4, 5, 2, The O2, £25 & £33.50 P!nk Apr 24, 25, 27, 28, The O2, £42.50£55 Peter Gabriel Oct 21 & Oct 22, The O2, £40 & £50 Plan B, Labrinth, Rudimental Feb 9, The O2, £30 Richard Hawley Feb 23, Troxy, £22.50 Roots Manuva Mar 16, KOKO, £17, adv £15 Roundhouse Rising: Moshi Moshi Feb 18, Roundhouse, £10 Shout Out Louds Apr 2, The Lexington, adv £14.06 Suede Mar 30, Alexandra Palace, £32.50 Tame Impala Jun 25, Hammersmith Apollo, £19.50 Teenage Cancer Trust: Ryan Adams, Beth Orton Mar 19, Royal Albert Hall, £25-£75 The Boy Least Likely To Feb 5, The Lexington, £12 The Flaming Lips May 20 & May 21, Roundhouse, £32 The Joy Formidable Mar 8, Roundhouse, £15 The Vaccines May 2, The O2, £27 The Wonder Stuff, Pop Will Eat Itself, Jesus Jones Dec 20, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, £20 Two Door Cinema Club Feb 8, O2 Academy Brixton, £16.50, phone for availability Wiley, Skepta, JME Apr 20, The Forum, £14.50 Willy Moon Feb 12, XOYO, £10 Yo La Tengo Mar 20, Barbican Centre, £15
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CLU B B ING Monday January 21 B-Side at Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ Notting Hill Gate £8, £6 before 11pm, FREE before 8pm, 7pm-2am. Bass, house, hip hop, soul and electronic music courtesy of Matt Smooth, Tomski, Richy Pitch, Lyley and MC Tukka, plus a live set from Kid Kanevil. Jaded at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge £12, concs £8, 5am-1pm. DJ Raymundo Rodriguez and guests spin house and techno. Popcorn at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross £8, £4 before 1am, NUS/ mems/wristband FREE before 1am, 11pm5.30am. DJs Adam Turner, Zach Burns, Tony English and Terry Vietheer spin house, while residents spin dance and pop in the Stage Bar and T-Rex plays R&B and hip hop in the Star Bar. Stampede at Escape Bar, 10A Brewer Street, W1F 0SU Piccadilly Circus £5, £3 before 1am, £1 before 11am, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. DJ Laurence Rene spins pop-punk, alternative, rock and ska, with hosts Oli Sandler and Matt Boland.
Tuesday January 22 Desire at Covert, 65 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall £8, w/flyer £6, 3am11am. DJs Steven Geller, Bruno Nouer and Sven Jon spin house and electro records. United Colours Of Rumba at Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EP Piccadilly Circus FREE guestlist before 11pm, 10pm-3am. Resident DJs play R&B, pop and dance.
Wednesday January 23 Alive! at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £5, 7pm. Resident DJs play rock’n’roll with cabaret and comedy from Myra DuBois. Death 2 Disco at Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JQ Notting Hill Gate £3, FREE before 8pm, 7pm-2am. Resident DJs Danny Watson, Nigel Thomas and BlagSound DJs spin rock, punk and indie, with live performances from Exile Parade and The Foxes. Gigolo at The Shadow Lounge, 5-7 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF Leicester Square concs £5, 10pm-3am. Guys with attitude party to house, pop and disco, hosted by international porn stars. Girls-A-Loud at Candy Bar, 4 Carlisle Street, W1D 3BJ Tottenham Court Road FREE, 8pmlate. DJs play pop, chart and electro, while Seauntelle hosts the weekly karaoke session. Soundyoucansee at The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, N1 6LP Old Street FREE, 8pm-1am. DJ Monkey Typing spins an eclectic mix of grunge and electronic music with a live performance from Francobollo.
Porn Idol at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross w/flyer FREE, 11pm4am. Resident DJs spin pop and dance while plucky punters are invited to demonstrate their talents for a shot at a cash prize. Raw Format at Strongroom, 120-124 Curtain Road, EC2A 3SQ Old Street FREE, 8pm-1am. DJs KDSD and D.N.S spin electronic music. T Club at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 9pm2.30am. DJs Ricky Almeida and The Librarian spin an eclectic mix of music from Northern soul to riot girl punk. Your Mum’s House at The Nest, 36 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XJ Dalston Kingsland £7, £5 before 12midnight, FREE before 10.30pm, 9pm3am. Resident DJs spin pop and disco.
Friday January 25 Audio Sushi at The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ Brixton £15, adv £10, 7pm-4am. Grandmaster Flash, Arthur Baker, Jeffrey Disastronaut, Bella Taylor, Get Low DJs, Noise DJs, Out and Down DJs spin hip hop across three floors. Blackboard Jungle at The Waiting Room, 175 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington £7, concs N16 0LH £5, 10pm-late. DJs Lee Gamble, Helen Hauf and Conor Thomas play house, techno and bass music. 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. Boner at Vogue Fabrics, 66 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB Dalston Kingsland £5, 10pm-3am. Borja Pena and Josh Caffe spin house and disco. Bump at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £10, £7 before 11pm, 9pm-4am. CJ Beatz, Phaze One, Motive, and CWD spin hip hop, house and dance. Circus LDN at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras £20, adv/mems £15, NUS £13, 10pm-7am. Yousef, DJ Wild and White Jail Lab spin house and techno. Dance Rocks at The Watershed, 267 The Broadway, SW19 1SD Wimbledon £8, £5 before 12midnight, 8pm-3am. House, R&B, indie and 1980s and 1990s hits.
Thursday January 24 How S That? at Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, E2 7QL Old Street £3, FREE before 11.30pm, phone for times. Guest DJs spin experimental sounds. OMFING at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE, 5pm11pm. Deep house courtesy of The Mistaa, Mark Radford, Jordan P and DJ Random.
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Friday at XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £12.50, 9pm3am. House, electronica and disco courtesy of Dimitri From Paris (pictured), Aeroplane Cosmonauts and PBR Streetgang.
Diasco at Supperclub, 12 Acklam Road, W10 5QZ Westbourne Park adv £10 & £15, early bird £8, 8pm-2.30am. Clive Henry, James Clayton and Daniel James spin house and disco. Different Drumz at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton adv £5, 10pm6am. DJs Livewire, Callude, D Side and Macca spin soulful drum’n’bass. Dirty Sexy Urban Beats at The Whitehouse, 65 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7EH Clapham Common £10, £8 before 12midnight, FREE before 10pm, 9pm5am. Jumpin Jack Frost and Junior Buzz spin drum’n’bass. A DJ Saved My Life! at White Rabbit, 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0UH Stoke Newington phone for prices, 8pm. Residents spin indie disco, pop, electro, rock and funk. ELM: Big Opening 2013 at Crucifix, 7-9 Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW London Bridge adv £10-£18, NUS £15, 11pm-9am. Christian Burkhardt, Damian Schwartz, Andrea Giudice and Mathieu Mirande spin house and techno. Fabriclive at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £17, adv £16, fabricfirst £12, NUS £10, £7 after 3am, 10pm-6am. Drum’n’bass courtesy of DJ Hype, Pascal, Hazard, Optiv And Btk, Original Sin, Taxman, Potential Badboy, Kasra, Randall, Bailey, Jubei, Skeptical, Mefjus, Xtrah, FD, Martelo, DJ Q, Chimpo and Monki across three rooms. Funktion:London at Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £10, FREE before 10pm, 8pm-late. Faze Action, Tim Burnett, Alex Zander and Duncan Marley spin house, disco and soul with a live PA from Brancaccio & Bishop. The Gallery at The Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant & Castle £16, 10.30pm-6am. House, dance and electro courtesy of DJs Arty, Jerome Isma-Ae, Jeremy Olander, D.O.N.S, Gavyn Mytchel, Steve Richards, City Soul Project, Maison and Plastic Fondu. G-A-Y Camp Attack at Heaven, Charing Cross Arches, Villiers Street, WC2N 6NG Charing Cross w/flyer FREE, 11pm4am. Pop and retro classics from the 1970s to the 1990s, plus songs from musicals in the Departure Lounge with a chance to perform at 1am. Hectic 1st Birthday at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. Tom Stephan and Mark-Ashley Dupe spin techno and house downstairs and R&B and bashment upstairs. Hospitality at O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, SW9 9SL Brixton £22.50, 6.30pm-6am. Danny Byrd, David Rodigan, Roni Size, London Elektricity, Nu:Logic, S.P.Y, Fred V, Grafix, Metrik, Delta Heavy, Swindle, Broke ‘n’ English, Om Unit, Other Echoes and Rack N Ruin spin drum’n’bass, house and garage. Junktion Presents at Bar A Bar, 133-135 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BT £8, adv £5, early bird £3, 10pm-late. Carlo, Moreon, Rico Casazza, Nicson, Miguel Colmenares and Oliver Brunetti spin underground house and techno. Lucid at The Rhythm Factory, 16-18 Whitechapel Road, E1 1EW Whitechapel £5, adv £3, 10pm-5am. House and techno courtesy of Moomin Pappa, Polka, Grand and Phanes.
Return To The Future 1st Birthday Party at Secret Location, E1 adv £15-£25, 10pm-6am. Mathias Tanzmann (pictured), Davide Squillace, Francesca Lombardo, Seb Zito and Death On The Balcony spin house and techno. 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. Mixmag Live Presents at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ Old Street £20, adv £16, 10pm-4am. Boys Noize, D.I.M. and Scntst spin electro and techno. Outlook Festival Launch Party at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge queue jump £22, adv £12, mems/early bird £8, 10pm-6am. DJs Calyx, Teebee, DJ EZ, Pinch, Phaeleh, Channel One Sound System, Alix Perez, Lenzman, Author, Break, Logan Sama and Rattus Rattus play drum’n’bass, dub and bass music. Pacha Presents at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria adv £10, 11pm5am. House, techno and disco courtesy of DJs Max Chapman, Bobby Pleasure and Threez A Crowd. Propaganda at O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £5, 10.30pm-3.30am. DJ Dan and guests spin an eclectic mix of indie, electro, pop, dance and drum’n’bass. Push The Button at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £5, 9pm-3am. DJs Hits and Mrs spin pop from the 1990s to now. Toi.Toi. Presents DRM Album Tour at Secret Location, E1 £15, adv £12, early bird £10, 11pm-late. Ryan Crosson, Cesar Merveille, Lamache and Voigtmann spin house and techno. Tonker at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, mems £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. Resident DJ Tim Jones spins dance and house with guest DJ Paul Coals. Vault at Secret Location, E1 guestlist only, 10pm-4am. Sharam Jey and Tough Love spin house, hip hop, garage, disco and soul. Vibes 4 Miles at Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East £5, FREE before 8pm, 8pm-1am. Old skool, jungle and hardcore courtesy of Uncle Dugs and Phantasy. Vintage Rock, Friday Night Pick N Mix at South London Pacific, 340 Kennington Road, SE11 4LD Oval £5, £3 before 10pm, FREE before 9pm, 6pm-3am. Jerry Lopez from Soft Tempo spins surf rock, 1960s mod rock, garage and rhythm’n’blues, followed by Les and Ian from Music Inc.
Voyage Voyage! at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pmlate. Residents DJBJ and Johnny Kalifornia spin pop music. Werk at The Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Liverpool Street £10, 10pm-4am. Citizen, Stevie T, Danny Langan and Andy King spin house music. Why So Serious at The LightBox, 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP Vauxhall adv £11 & £12.50, early bird £8, 10pm-5am. Cedric Maison, Leftwing And Kody, Harry Wolfman, AZ And Tor, Ben And Oscar, Local Chai, Sway2, Shenk, Jolyon, Rob Laurie, Nick Higgins and Kaliro spin house and techno across two rooms.
Trouble Vision Pt. 1 at Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB Elephant & Castle adv £15, 10pm-6am. Martyn (pictured), Loefah, Huxley, Dark Sky, Happa, DJ Caspa, Mr Solid Gold, Oli Dab and Robin spin underground house, dance and garage.
Saturday January 26 A Night With...Trevor Jackson at The Basing House, 25 Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Liverpool Street £10-£15, FREE barcode, 10pm-6am. DJ Trevor Jackson spins electronica, indie, rock and house music. Audio Sushi at The Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ Brixton £5, FREE before 11pm, 7pm-4am. Jeffrey Disastronaut plays reggae, electro, funk jungle, pop, indie and dubstep. Bioshokk Resurrection at Union, 66 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP Vauxhall £10, 10pm-7am. Electronica courtesy of Future Resonance, Pele, JoJo, Discam, Steve Marwood, Carl Nicholson, Rich Piper, Matt Cox, Sean Inside Out Taylor, Andy Simpson, F.O.I.D and Jimbo. Classic X Superstore at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland £5, FREE before 10pm, 9pm-3am. Luke Solomon, Rob Mello, Severino and Dan Beaumont spin house across two floors. Club De Fromage at O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS Angel £6.50, 10.30pm3.30am. Resident DJs play cheese and pop from the 1980s and 1990s, plus themed fancy dress. Connected at Cable, 33A Bermondsey Street, SE1 2EG London Bridge queue jump £25, adv £15, 10pm-6am. DJs Alex Arnout, New Jack City, James Silk, Kolo And Dyze, Jesse James And
Jonny Bloomfield, Will Taylor And Connor Benson, Habit To Others, Matt Rich, Ricky Torres, Figure Of Two, Danny Lawson and Kyle Michael play house music across two rooms. Devious D’s Birthday Bash at The Lockside Lounge, 75-89 West Yard Dock, NW1 8AF Camden Town £5, 8pm3am. Dance, electro, house and techno courtesy of Devious D, The Rat Pack, Ragga Twins, Jack-Knife, Brockie, Eastman, Dezert Rat, MC Det, Modified Motion, Ruddy Ranks, Co-Gee, Moose Everson Allen, MC Remadee and Big Man D. Duckie at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY Vauxhall £6, 9pm. Resident DJs spin pop and indie hosted by the inimitable Amy Lame, plus cabaret performances. Fabric at Fabric, 77A Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ Farringdon £20, adv £19, NUS/fabric first £14, £10 after 4am, 11pm-8am. Cassy, Terry Francis, Clockwork, Sandwell District, Locked Groove, Giles Smith, NYRA spin techno and house, with live performances from John Daly and Staffan Linzatti. Fact LDN 2013 Opening at Egg, 200 York Way, N7 9AX King’s Cross St Pancras mems £15-£20, adv £15, NUS £13, 10pm11am. Umek, Uto Karem and Filterheadz spin house and techno. Feast at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6RU Liverpool Street FREE, 3pm-1am. Deep house, disco and techno courtesy of DJs Liam Webb, Jamie Ward and Billy Hill. Jamm Sessions at Jamm, 261 Brixton Road, SW9 6LH Brixton £10, adv £5, 10pm-6am. Garage, hip hop, bass music, bashment and R&B courtesy of Wookie, Sticky, Noodles, El-B, Newjack, Resolute, D-Rail, Samba and Sai across two rooms. Livin’ Proof at XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, EC2A 4AP Old Street adv £7, 9pm-3am. DJs Rags, Kahlil, Snips, Budgie and Last Skeptik spin hip hop and R&B. Louche & Red Bull Music Academy at Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY Brixton £17, adv £15, earlybird £10-£12, 10pm-7am. Detroit-based DJ Omar S spins house and techno in Room 1 alongside Kyle Hall, Hunee, Nick Anthony Simoncino and Mr Beatnick, while Room 2 welcomes Josh
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Technology 8th Birthday at Hidden, 100 Tinworth Street, SE11 5EQ Vauxhall adv £12, early bird £8, 10pm-6am. Ed Rush (pictured), Octane & DLR, BTK, Meth, Spirit, Vicious Circle, Cause 4 Concern, Insideinfo and Mechanizm spin drum’n’bass with MCs 2Shy, Codebreaker and Blackeye.
T, Brinsley Kazak, Russell Smith and John Montoya. Pukka Up: 8th Anniversary at Pacha, Terminus Place, SW1V 1JR Victoria £20, adv £15, 10pm-6am. DJs Mark Robinson, Rockwell Noise and DJ F.A.B play funky house and dance. Re:Play at The Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Old Street £7, adv £5, 9pm-3am. Fred Deakin and resident DJ Ben Osborne spin dance and electro. Saturday Sessions at The Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP Elephant & Castle £18, 11pm-7am. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike spin dance and house. Total Mayhem Payback at The LightBox, 6a South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP Vauxhall £7, 10pm-6am. Hard house and hard dance classics courtesy of Lisa Pinup, Andy Whitby, Skol, Roosta, Wayne Burgess, Joel B, Mickey C, Ian Edwards, Dean G, Danny Covington, Jai Freeman, Sebastian, Darren Warren and Frenchie. Trouble Vision Pt. 2 at Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB Elephant & Castle adv £17.50, 10pm6am. Theo Parrish, Marcellus Pittman, Bicep, Phillip Lauer and Park Ranger spin deep house, disco and Detroit techno. Warehouse Presents at Club Warehouse, Unit H9, Hastingwood Trading Estate, 35 Angel Road Harbet Road, N18 3HT adv £10, early bird £8, 11pm-7am. Alex Jones, Cedric Maison, Paul Gardner and Project FM DJs spin underground house music.
Sunday January 27 Channel One at Vibe Bar, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL Aldgate East phone for prices, 5pm-11.30pm. Reggae, dub and roots courtesy of the London-based sound system. Horse Meat Disco at Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Vauxhall £6, 8pm-3am. Resident DJs spin dance, house and disco. Later at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £6, 11.30am-8pm. D’Johnny, Paul Martin, The Oli, The Sharp Boys and Jamie Head spin house music. Nubient at The Big Chill Bar, Drury Walk, E1 6QL Liverpool Street phone for prices, 2pm-6pm. Mixmaster Morris spins old and new soul and chill out music. Orange at Fire, Arch, 39-43 Parry Street, corner South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT Vauxhall £12, £10, w/flyer £5 before 1am, 10pm-late. The Oli, Paul Martin and The Sharp Boys spin house in room one, while Gonzola Rivas, David Jiminez and Hi Fi Sean provide minimal techno and tech house in room two. Sunday Best at Ladybird Bar, 70 Upper Street, N1 0NY Angel FREE, 9pm-3am. Resident DJs spin funk, disco, soul and house. Tutti Frutti at Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB Dalston Kingsland FREE, 8pm2.30am. Soul, disco and house courtesy of DJ Squeaky.
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Opportunity Fox Freddie Fox is the youngest member of one of the UK’s foremost acting dynasties, so has a lot to live up to. He chats to Dan Frost about family life, being friends with Stephen Fry and his latest role
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The general view of Bosie is a pretty negative one. Do you think that’s validated by the play? Well, no, actually. That perception comes largely from misinformation about Bosie. Not that I’m trying to apologise for him – he was an arsehole in many ways – but people have a very generic opinion about what Bosie was like, because he ‘destroyed Oscar’. Not many people really know how he destroyed Oscar, or even if he really did destroy Oscar. They just say, ‘that’s what he did, and he was nasty’. I think the play shows, admittedly, a sociopath in the truest sense of the word, who is hell-bent on revenge against his father. But he doesn’t ever intend to pull Oscar down. He’s not like that. I think the play is very good at redressing people’s opinions about who Bosie really was.
more importantly, in good work, is a blessing and a relief. I think I believed that I would do OK, that I would work in this business, but one never knows. And I have lots of friends who are wonderful actors, but who haven’t found a great deal of work and are finding it immensely frustrating. So yes, I am relieved. People often ask about the pressure of the family name. There isn’t really that pressure, but there’s the perception that there is, and that’s enough to be irritating. So the only way to get over that is by working, and by doing your own parts in your own way, and by making sure that it’s very much you coming to the table and not the son of somebody doing a sort of bland imitation of their father or mother. And if it were to dry up, do you think you could stomach doing bit-parts in Casualty and EastEnders? That’s a good question, and however I answer it, I’ll probably come out sounding like a proud,
I understand you went to Stephen Fry (who played Wilde in the film of the same name) for advice. Yes, I spoke to Stephen first. Wilde performance Fox, left, with Rupert Everett He’s a great friend of my mother’s, so was my first port of call when I heard I was going to be doing the part. I called and said, ‘right, who do I read?’ He’s been a supporter of me and the production since the start, which I’m very grateful for. Coming from a successful acting dynasty, do you feel a degree of relief to be getting such strong roles? In a word, yes. For any actor, to be in work, in particular high-profile work, and, even
arrogant young man. Actually, as Rupert says, some of the best actors in this country are the people who work on soap operas. They have to be equipped to deal with the most phenomenal demands in such a short space of time and make it look real, so I wouldn’t ever judge it poorly in that regard. I suppose I haven’t got a plan B for what I want to do with my life. In my downtime I write screenplays, and I want to direct one day as well. But that’s 100 miles away. What I must do right now is act, and so push come to shove, I suppose yes I would, I would act… but it would hurt, I’m sure. Is the rest of the family very hands-on in helping you with your career? It’s as hands-on as I like it to be. If I need some advice or someone to test me on my lines, they will do it gladly. I’m enormously proud of my family and what they’ve achieved, and I know they’re proud of me. There are also things like, through my mother I’ve come to meet Stephen Fry and make him a friend of mine, so lovely things like that come from a privileged background of someone who’s had a life led extensively in the entertainment industry because that’s what their parents do. That’s a privilege, and I’m very lucky. The Judas Kiss, Duke of York’s Theatre, until April 6, atgtickets.com
oming from a famous family has many advantages. But also its fair share of pitfalls. For Freddie Fox – son of actor Edward Fox and actress Joanna David, and brother of actress Emilia Fox – the most obvious of these is the fear that his own acting career will struggle to live up to those of his celebrated family members. But, so far, he doesn’t have much to worry about. Having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010, the handsome 23-year-old has already grabbed his own share of the limelight for a series of enviable roles in film, TV and theatre. Among them are as Marilyn in Boy George biopic Worried About the Boy, as the title character in a TV adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and now in a major revival of David Hare’s play The Judas Kiss, about two key moments in the life of Oscar Wilde. Starring opposite Rupert Everett as Wilde, Fox plays the writer’s spoilt and petulant young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, aka Bosie. It was a libel case that Wilde pursued against his lover’s father (with Bosie’s wholehearted encouragement) that eventually resulted in Wilde’s own imprisonment for sodomy and, in due course, his early death. Bosie’s role in it all is well documented – and rarely in kind tones. But when Scout meets Fox in between rehearsals at the Duke of York’s Theatre, he’s quick to defend the man often maligned for ‘destroying’ Oscar Wilde.
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P RE V IEWS Quartermaine’s Terms Wyndham’s Theatre January 23-April 13, £25-£85 This will be the first play that comedy legend Rowan Atkinson has starred in for almost 25 years, and his first stage outing since his celebrated turn as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver! Written by Simon Gray, the tragi-comic piece centres on an Englishlanguage school for foreigners, where St John Quartermaine (Atkinson) does a great job as the sympathetic confidant of other staff members but is useless at the actual teaching work. Dealing principally with the theme of loneliness, it is an often moving and heartfelt piece, yet heavily comedic at the same time. Former National Theatre artistic director and all-round theatrical heavyweight Sir Richard Eyre will direct the production, with design from Olivier and Tony Award-winner Tim Hatley. WC2H 0DA Leicester Square quartermainesterms.com
Playwright Simon Stephens has had a good run of things recently. He won acclaim for his 2012 adaptations of Mark Haddon’s novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, both of which are set to return within the next two months. And now one of his earliest works, 2002’s Port, is being revived by the National. Set in Stephens’ hometown of Stockport, it is a bleak and 50 Scout London scoutlondon.com
sometimes shocking tale of a young girl’s difficult journey into adulthood, after being largely abandoned by her parents. The revival will reunite Stephens with director Marianne Elliott, who oversaw the original production at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, as well as Stephens’ celebrated play Harper Regan at the National. SE1 9PX Waterloo nationaltheatre.org.uk
Feast Young Vic January 25-February 23, £10-£30 Five playwrights from different parts of the world have collaborated on this ambitious new production about Yoruba culture. Through the emotive tale of three sisters, the play explores the story of the West African ethnic group, tracking their exploitation and inspiring survival from Nigeria in the 1700s to London in 2013, via Brazil, Cuba and the US. Enslavement saw the Yoruba people move around the world – to
the Americas in particular – and the five playwrights all come from countries with a strong Yoruba legacy (the UK, US, Nigeria, Brazil and Cuba). Feast will be directed by Rufus Norris, and comes in the wake of his enormously acclaimed production of London Road at the National Theatre. SE1 8LZ Waterloo youngvic.org
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Mare Rider Arcola Theatre January 22-February 16, £18 This is very much an ‘inside job’ for Dalston’s marvelous fringe venue. Mare Rider is the latest play from Leyla Nazli, who cofounded the theatre in 2000 with Mehmet Ergen, who will direct this production. The titular Mare Rider is a sinister mythical character who haunts new mothers. Playing on the anxiety of child birth and new parenthood, this dark tale sees the vengeful creature take a new mother-to-be from her bed at a Hackney hospital off on a fantastical journey through the unsettling spaces where reality ends and her worst fears begin. Olivier Award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter will play the Mare Rider. E8 3DL
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References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot Courtyard Theatre January 22-26, £8-£10 Coyotes talk, cacti walk and the moon plays the violin in this dark and surreal play by Oscarnominated writer José Rivera. And that’s hardly surprising given that it’s inspired by the work of surrealist number one, Salvador Dali. Staged by Troupel theatre company, the play follows the emotional turmoil of Gabriela, who struggles to separate dreams from reality in her bitterly lonely life as an army wife in the middle of the desert. Rivera is one of the world’s most prominent Puerto Rican playwrights and was nominated for an Oscar for his adaptation of Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries in 2005. N1 6EU
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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 (press night Jan 31, 7pm). Harold Pinter’s sexually-charged drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Rufus Sewell. The 39 Steps booking until Oct 19, Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, W1J 0TR Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed 3pm, Sat 4pm. John Buchan’s thriller. Billy Elliot – The Musical booking until Dec 21, Victoria Palace, Victoria Street, SW1E 5EA Victoria £19.50-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Adaptation of the film about a miner’s son, who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer. The Bodyguard booking until Apr 27, Adelphi Theatre, 409-412 Strand, WC2R 0NS Charing Cross £20-£67.50, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. The stage adaptation from director Thea Sharrock, of the early 1990s film which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston Goodnight Mister Tom booking until Jan 26, Phoenix Theatre, 110 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0JP Leicester Square Jan 22 £15-£39.50, Jan 23-26 £15£46.50, Jan 21-25 Tue-Fri child £29.62 & £34.87, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm, extra mat perf Jan 22, 1.30pm. A stage adaptation by David Wood, of Michelle Magorian’s second world war-set tale of friendship. Jersey Boys booking until Oct 20, Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, W1D 4HS Tottenham Court Road Tue-Thu £20-£65, Fri-Sun £20-£67.50, Premium Seats Tue-Thu £85, Fri-Sun £95, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm, mats Tue, Sat 3pm. Musical drama about Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. The Judas Kiss booking until Apr 6, The Duke Of York’s, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BG Leicester Square £20£52.50, Premium Seats £65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Rupert Everett plays Oscar Wilde in David Hare’s drama. Les Miserables booking until Oct 26, Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6BA Piccadilly Circus £20-£85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel. The Lion King booking until Jun 30 , Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, WC2E 7RQ Covent Garden Tue-Thu £25-£62.50, Fri, Sun £27.50-£65, Sat
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£30-£67.50, Premium Seats £70-£95, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat & Sun 2.30pm, extra mats Feb 21, Apr 4, no perf Apr 14. Musical based on the Disney film about a cub’s journey to pride leader. London International Mime Festival: Gandini: Smashed Starts Thu, ends Jan 26, Linbury Studio Theatre At Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £7-£17, Jan 24 & 25, 7.45pm, Jan 26, 6pm. Juggling dancetheatre piece which celebrates the joy of catching and the fear of dropping an object. London International Mime Festival: Les Ballets C De La B, Romeu Runa & Miguel Moreira: The Old King Ends Jan 23, Linbury Studio Theatre At Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £7-£17, Jan 21-23, 7.45pm. A merciless exploration into what happens when things collapse. Mamma Mia! booking until Apr 13, Novello Theatre, 5 Aldwych, WC2B 4LD Covent Garden Mon-Fri £15-£64, Sat £15-£67.50, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Musical comedy based at a family wedding and set to the ABBA songbook. Matilda: The Musical booking until Dec 22, Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, WC2H 9HU Covent Garden Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£48.50, Feb 14 2012-Feb 17 £20-£62.50, disabled £31.25, Tue-Thu under 18s £19-£52.50, Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm, extra mat perf Nov 1, 2.30pm. Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale. Monty Python’s Spamalot booking until Apr 13, Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N 5DE Charing Cross £15-£85, Mon-Sat 8pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Eric Idle and John Du Prez’s musical comedy featuring Stephen Tompkinson as King Arthur. The Mousetrap booking until Dec 21, St Martin’s Theatre, West Street, Cambridge Circus, WC2H 9NZ Leicester Square £16-£42, Premium Seats £61, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue 3pm, Sat 4pm. Agatha Christie’s murder mystery. One Man, Two Guvnors booking until Aug 31, Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 18 Suffolk Street, SW1Y 4HT Piccadilly Circus £15-£55, premium seats £85, concs available, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Richard Bean’s comic tale, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant Of Two Masters. The Phantom Of The Opera booking until Oct 26, Her Majesty’s Theatre, 57 Haymarket, SW1Y 4QL Piccadilly Circus £22.45-£85, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Gothic musical. Privates On Parade booking until Mar 2, Noel Coward Theatre, 85-88 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4AU Leicester Square £10-£57.50, Premium Seats £85, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, audiodescribed perf Feb 9, 2.30pm, captioned perf Feb 23, 2.30pm. Peter Nichols’ awardwinning comedy set during the second world war. Quartermaine’s Terms Starts Wed, booking until Apr 13, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA Leicester Square £25-£58.50, From Jan 23, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm (press night Jan 29, 7pm). Rowan Atkinson stars as a teacher in Simon Gray’s tragicomic play.
Richard III booking until Feb 10, Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EZ Piccadilly Circus £25-£55, Jan 23 & 24, 30 & 31, Feb 6, 7.30pm, mats Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 2pm, Feb 10, 3pm. An all-male production of Shakespeare’s history play is led by Mark Rylance as the monstrous Duke of Gloucester. Rock Of Ages booking until Nov 2, Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH Charing Cross £25-£65, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Fri & Sat 3pm, transfer from Shaftesbury Theatre. Chris D’Arienzo’s musical celebrating Los Angeles rock culture. The Royal Ballet: Onegin Ends Feb 8, Royal Opera House, 45 Floral Street, WC2E 9DD Covent Garden £4-£93, Jan 22 & 23, 25, 30 & 31, Feb 1, 5, 7 & 8, 7.30pm, Feb 2, 7pm, mats Jan 26, 12.30pm, Feb 2, 2pm. An adaptation of Pushkin’s novel. Shrek - The Musical booking until Feb 24, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B 5JF Covent Garden £20-£65, Wed & Thu eves family of four £99-£150, additional seats £29.50 (upper circle) & £45 (best available), Premium Seats £95, Mon, Thu-Sat 7.30pm, Wed 7pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm. Musical based on the computer-animated film. The Silence Of The Sea booking until Feb 2, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY Charing Cross £22, MonSat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3pm. Vercors’ human drama about an old man and his niece at odds with a soldier in their home. Singin’ In The Rain booking until Sep 1, Palace Theatre, 109-113 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 5AY Leicester Square £14-£84, £25 day seats available from the box office from 10am on day of the performance, Oct 1-Aug 31 , Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat Oct 1-Aug 31 , Wed, Sat 2.30pm. Musical based on the MGM film about the end of silent movies. Stomp booking until Dec 22, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H 9ND Leicester Square £20-£49.50, Mon, Thu-Sat 8pm, Sun 6pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm, no perf Jul 27, Aug 12. Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell’s percussion-based spectacular. Thriller Live booking until Oct 15, Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7ES Piccadilly Circus £26-£87.50, TueFri, Sun 7.30pm, Sat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, Sun 3.30pm. A celebration of the music of Michael Jackson. Top Hat - The Musical booking until Apr 27 2014, Aldwych Theatre, 49 Aldwych, WC2B 4DF Covent Garden £20-£65, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Irving Berlin’s romantic musical. Twelfth Night booking until Feb 9, Apollo Theatre, 31 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7EZ Piccadilly Circus £25-£55, Jan 22, 25 & 26, 29, Feb 1 & 2, 5, 7-9, 7.30pm, mats Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 2pm, Jan 27, Feb 3, 3pm. Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Olivia in an all-male production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Uncle Vanya booking until Feb 16, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH Embankment £25£53.50, Premium Seats £76, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Anton Chekhov’s comic tale on the tribulations of the human condition starring Ken Stott, Samuel West, Anna Friel and Laura Carmichael.
Viva Forever! booking until Jun 1, Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, W1D 7DY Piccadilly Circus £20-£67.50, Nov 27-30, Dec 1-10 previews £20-£52.50, Mon-Thu, Sat 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. Jennifer Saunders’ musical, featuring the songs of the Spice Girls. War Horse booking until Oct 26, New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane (corner of Parker Street), WC2B 5PW Covent Garden £15-£55, Premium Seats £85, Mon, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Tue 7pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Michael Morpurgo’s story about a farm horse caught up in the horrors of the first world war. We Will Rock You booking until Mar 23, Dominion Theatre, 268-9 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ Tottenham Court Road Mon-Fri £27.50-£55, Sat £27.50-£60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm, Jan 31, Feb 27, 2.30pm. Futuristic musical set to the hits of Queen. Wicked booking until Apr 27, Apollo Victoria Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, SW1V 1LG Victoria Mon-Fri eves/mats £15£62.50, Sat eves £15-£65, 24 front row day tickets priced £27.50 each released 10am at the box office, maximum two per person, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm, extra mats Feb 16, Feb 21, 2.30pm. Musical charting the young Wicked Witch Of The West. The Woman In Black booking until Dec 14, Fortune Theatre, Russell Street, WC2B 5HH Covent Garden £16.50£45, Premium Seats £55, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Tue, Thu 3pm, Sat 4pm. Adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost story.
OFF WEST END Cinderella: A Fairytale (Over 6s) Ends Jan 26, St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, SW1E 5JA Victoria £15£40, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Jan 22, 26, 2.30pm. A modern take on the classic fairy tale, with a script by Adam Beck. Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza Ends Feb 14, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP South Kensington £20£95, concs £22.50-£76.50, under 12s £17.50-£66.50, Premium Seats £85 & £95, Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 7.30pm, mats Wed, Fri & Sat 3.30pm, Sun 3pm, no perfs Jan 29, Feb 11-13. The Canadian company returns to its circus and clowning roots.
American Justice booking until Feb 9 2013, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB Covent Garden Mon all tickets £17.50, Tue-Sat £22.50, concs £17.50, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mat from Jan 19, Sat 4pm. Political thriller set in the US penal system.
Cross Purpose Ends Feb 2, King’s Head, Islington, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN Angel £10-£25, Tue-Sat 7.15pm, mats Sun 3pm. French author Albert Camus’ absurd tragedy translated by Stuart Gilbert. Di And Viv And Rose Ends Feb 23, Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, NW3 3EU Swiss Cottage Mon £22, concs £15, Tue-Sat £29, concs £18, Wed, Sat mats OAP £15, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed 2.30pm, Sat 3pm, no mat perf Jan 23 (press night Jan 23, 7pm, captioned perf Feb 5, 7.30pm, audio-described perf Feb 16, 3pm). Amelia Bullmore’s insightful comedy drama, featuring Tamzin Outhwaite, Gina McKee and Anna Maxwell Martin. The Effect booking until Feb 23, National Theatre: Cottesloe, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£32, Jan 21-23, Feb 1 & 2, 4-9, 11-16, 18-23, 7.30pm, mats Jan 23, Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 2.30pm (captioned perf Feb 5, audio described perf Feb 1). Lucy Prebble’s drama looks at sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine. Feast Starts Fri, ends Feb 23, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, SE1 8LZ Waterloo Jan 25-31 previews £10-£19.50, Feb 1-23 £10£30, From Jan 25, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm (press night Feb 1, 7pm, no mat perf Jan 26, 30, Feb 2). A vibrant musical tale about the Yoruba culture which originated in Nigeria. Fuerzabruta Ends Jan 26, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH Chalk Farm Tue-Thu, Sun £35, Fri & Sat £39.50, Tue & Wed 8pm, Thu-Sat 7pm & 10pm, Sun 5pm & 8pm, except Jan 22 & 23, 7pm & 10pm. A multi-sensory production. Gruesome Playground Injuries Starts Tue, ends Feb 16, Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road (above the Prince Albert Pub), W11 3HQ Notting Hill Gate £20, concs £15, Jan 22 & 23 previews £10, From Jan 22, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm (press night Jan 24, 7pm). A passionate, destructive love story takes place over 30 years, in Rajiv Joseph’s drama. Julius Caesar Ends Feb 9, Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX Covent Garden £10-£35, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Thu, Sat 2.30pm. Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy. Kiss Me Kate booking until Mar 2, Old Vic, 103 The Cut, SE1 8NB Waterloo £11-£60, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 2.30pm. The award-winning, Cole Porter classic musical is directed by Trevor Nunn. London International Mime Festival: Savanna: A Possible Landscape Starts Tue, booking until Jan 26, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS Barbican £16, Jan 22-26, 7.45pm. Two interrelated stories which take a journey through a fantastical African landscape. Created by Amit Drori. London International Mime Festival: The Heads Ends Jan 26, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £10-£20, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3pm. A feast of puppetry and imagination, inspired by Cubism, McCarthyism and Catholicism. London International Mime Festival: Les Hommes Vides Ends Jan 26, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE Tottenham Court Road £8, concs £7, Mon-Sat 6.30pm & 9pm, Sat 4.30pm & 5.30pm. A short, comic and slightly eerie work of table-top puppetry, from Invisible Thread.
London International Mime Festival: Letter’s End Starts Thu, ends Jan 27, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £16, Jan 24 & 25, 7.45pm, mats Jan 26 & 27, 4pm. Acclaimed theatre-clown performer Wolfe Bowart presents this magical, dream-like mix of physical comedy, shadow puppetry and interactive film. The Magistrate booking until Feb 10, National Theatre: Olivier, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo £12-£47, Jan 21 & 22, Feb 9 & 10, 7.30pm, mat Feb 9, 2pm. Victorian farcical comedy written by Arthur Wing Pinero, with John Lithgow in the title role. Merrily We Roll Along Ends Mar 9, The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU London Bridge £35, Meal Deal £43, concs £27.50, Premium Seats £37.50, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical, based on the 1934 drama by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart. Monkey Bars Ends Jan 26, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ London Bridge £16, under 21s £10, concs £13, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Verbatim drama putting the words of children into adult mouths. New Adventures: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty Ends Jan 26, Sadler’s Wells, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN Angel £12-£60, Tue-Sun 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 2.30pm, extra mat Jan 23, 2.30pm. Gothic reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s classical ballet. No Quarter booking until Feb 9, Jerwood Theatre At The Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS Sloane Square Mon £10, Tue-Sat £20, Thu, Sat 3.30pm concs £15, Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat 3.30pm. Polly Stenham’s play is an anarchic twist on the drawing room drama.
London International Mime Festival 2013: Leo Ends Jan 22, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX Waterloo £16, Jan 21 & 22, 7.45pm. An award-winning physical show combining acrobatics with visual imagery and film manipulation.
Metamorphosis Ends Feb 9, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL Hammersmith £12.50-£35, MonSat 7.30pm, mat Feb 9, 2.30pm (press night Jan 21, 7pm). Franz Kafka’s classic tale, a mix of the absurd and pain. One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show Ends Feb 9, Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, NW6 7JR Kilburn £14-£22, concs £10-£20, Jan 16-18 adv £10, MonSat 8pm, mats Sat 4pm, extra mat perf Jan 30, Feb 6, 2pm. Don Evans’ comedy drama about a black, middle-class family in 1970s Philadelphia. Port Starts Tue, booking until Mar 24, National Theatre: Lyttelton, South Bank, SE1 9PX Waterloo Jan 22-26 previews £12-£28, Jan 28-31, Feb 1-28, Mar 1-24 £12-£34, concs available, Jan 22-26, 29-31, Feb 5-7, 14-16, 22 & 23, Mar 1 & 2, 4-6, 11-14, 22 & 23, 7.45pm, Press night Jan 28, 7pm, mats Jan 30, Feb 6, 16, Mar 2, 6, 13, 2.15pm, Feb 17, 23, Mar 3, 24, 3pm, Mar 23, 2pm. A young girl despite everything, looks to the future and for something better, in Simon Stephens’s drama. The Rocky Horror Show Ends Jan 26, New Wimbledon Theatre, 93 The Broadway, SW19 1QG Wimbledon £10-£35, Jan 21-24, 8pm, Jan 25-27, 8.30pm, Jan 25 & 26, 5.30pm. Richard O’Brien’s musical comedy. Salad Days Ends Mar 2, Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, W6 9RL Hammersmith £25, concs £20, Premium Seats £30 & £35, Cafe Seats £40, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, mats Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm. Julian Slade’s and Dorothy Reynolds’s sunny and romantic musical. The Turn Of The Screw Ends Mar 16, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA Highbury & Islington Jan 18-23 previews £8-£26, concs available, Jan 24-31, Feb 1-28, Mar 1-16 £8-£32, concs available, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm (press night Jan 24, 7pm, extra mat perf Feb 13, Mar 6, 2.30pm). Henry James’s ghostly novella, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Top Story Ends Feb 2, The Old Vic Tunnels, Station Approach Road, SE1 7XB Waterloo Mon £21, Tue-Thu £26, concs £23, Fri & Sat £29, concs £26, Jan 5 preview £16, Mon-Sat 7.45pm. Sebastian Michael’s apocalyptic comedy about a large meteor hurtling towards Earth.
Aftercare Ends Jan 27, White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, SE11 4DJ Kennington £10, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 6pm. Drama set in the world of suburban sado-masochism. The Architects Ends Feb 2, V22 Workspace, Block F, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG Bermondsey Jan 21-31, Feb 1 & 2 Tue-Thu £20, Fri & Sat £25, Sun £10, Tue-Sat 8pm, doors 7pm, Sun 6pm, doors 5pm, mats Sat 3pm, doors 3pm, Sun 1pm, doors 12noon, latter time is final entry point. A promenade show from the Shunt collective, which taps into the mythological tale of the Minotaur to create of modern labyrinth. Beyond The Joke Closing Night Cabaret Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Jan 27, 7.30pm. Commissioned works celebrating the collision between theatre and stand-up. Beyond The Joke: Beating McEnroe (Work In Progress) Starts Tue, ends Jan 23, Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, NW1 2PY Euston £10, concs £8, Jan 22 & 23, 7.30pm. An entertaining solo show about how Bjorn Borg comes back to Wimbledon to absolve his dark thoughts about his nemesis, John McEnroe. Blue Remembered Hills: The Questors Starts Sat, ends Feb 2, The Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, W5 5BQ Ealing Broadway £12 & £14, child/NUS £6 & £7, concs £11 & £13, Jan 26, 29-31, Feb 1 & 2, 7.45pm, mat Jan 27, 2.30pm. Amateur production of Dennis Potter’s 1943-set drama. The Brothers Karamazov Ends Jan 27, Theatre Collection, Above The Lord Stanley Pub, 51 Camden Park Road, NW1 9BH Caledonian Road £12, £10, Wed-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm. An adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s powerful novel. Buy Little Buy Less Buy Nothing At All Starts Fri, ends Jan 27, Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, NW1 7BU Camden Town £8.50, Jan 25 & 26, 9.30pm, Jan 27, 8.30pm, mat Jan 27, 3.30pm. A tragicomic tale about a woman’s inability to shop. Cabaret Ends Jan 27, The Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix Street, WC2H 0DT Tottenham Court Road phone for prices, Sun 3.30pm. Starring Tiffaney Wells. Crazy For You: Ovation Ends Jan 27, Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Hampstead Lane, N6 4BD Highgate £14 & £16, concs £10-£14, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sun 4pm. George and Ira Gershwin’s musical, presented by Ovation. The Damsel In Shining Armour Upstairs At The Ritzy, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1JG Brixton £6, Jan 22, 7.30pm-11pm. Award-winning comedy cabaret with Damsel Sophie. Dance Play Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £10, concs £8, Jan 24, 7.30pm. A solo physical performance about life as an asylum seeker. Dirty, Flirty Thirty Pleasance Theatre, Carpenter’s Mews, North Road, N7 9EF Caledonian Road £5, Jan 23, 8pm. Kat Woods’s solo comedy drama about life after 30.
LISTINGS Dogs Don’t Do Ballet: Little Angel Theatre (Ages 2-6) Ends Jan 27, The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN Angel £10, child/ concs £8, Jan 22, 25, 10am, 11.30am & 1.30pm, Jan 23, 26 & 27, 10am & 11.30am. David Duffy and Andrea Sadler’s adaptation of the book written by Anna Kemp. The Dreamer Examines His Pillow Starts Tue, ends Feb 16 , Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ Angel Tue-Sat £15, concs £12, Sun £7, From Jan 22, TueSat 7.30pm, Sun 3pm, press night Jan 24. A story set in a dingy apartment in the Bronx, exploring how humans deal with emotions beyond their grasp. Fair Em Ends Feb 9 , Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, SE1 0LX Waterloo £18, concs £15, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sun 3pm, extra mat Feb 2, 9, 3pm. Romantic comedy some have argued is part of Shakespeare’s canon.
Predator: Finishing Off What I Started When I Was Five Starts Thu, ends Jan 26 2013, Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate £14.95, concs £12.95, Jan 24-26, 8pm. An improvised recreation of the film Predator. Fiesco Ends Feb 23, The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, NW1 3BF Great Portland Street £15.50, concs £12.50, All three plays in The Faction Rep Season £40, concs £35, Jan 22, 31, Feb 7, 15, 20, 7.30pm, mats Feb 2, 16, 23, 3pm. Freidrich Schiller’s republican tragedy, adapted by Daniel Millar and Mark Leipacher. Good Morning, Alamo! Ends Feb 9, Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW Turnham Green £14, concs £12, TueSat 7.30pm. A satirical drama by Mark R Giesser, set a few years before the Mexican War of Independence in the 1800s. Hey Gringo! Bolivia & Beyond Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £8, concs £6, Jan 24, 8.30pm. A comedy by Pete Searles. House Of Atreus Ends Jan 27, Waterloo East Theatre, 3 Wootton Street (Entrance In Brad Street), SE1 8TG Waterloo £12, concs £10, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4pm. Ozlem Ozhabes’s adaptation of Aeschylus’s The Libation Bearers.
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I’ll Be There Now, In A Minute Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £5, Jan 26, 4pm. One woman tries to escape her past in Susan Kingman’s drama. Impotent Ends Jan 26, The Lion & Unicorn, 42-44 Gaisford Street, NW5 2ED Kentish Town £15, concs £12, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. Dark comedy drama about a condition with devastating consequences. In Extremis Ends Jan 25, Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, off Fleet Street, EC4Y 8EQ Blackfriars £7, Tue-Fri 1pm. A drama about the night palm reader Mrs Robinson visited Oscar Wilde, a week before the trial of the century. Ivy & Joan Ends Jan 26, The Print Room, 34 Hereford Road, W2 5AJ Notting Hill Gate £15, concs £10, MonSat 7.30pm, mats Sat 3.30pm. Two oneact plays about two mature women starting over again, written by James Hogan. Jack And The Beanstalk Ends Jan 27, Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, off Merantun Way, SW19 2RD Colliers Wood £10, child £9, concs £8, Sat & Sun 2pm & 4pm. Fun-filled children’s theatre, based on the infamous story. The Jess Docker Show Ends Feb 3, Pentameters Theatre, Three Horseshoes, Heath Street, NW3 6TE Hampstead £12, concs £10, Tue-Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm. Comedy drama about a pair of low-budget film-makers. Joey’s Fireworks: Movingstage Ends Mar 17, The Puppet Theatre Barge, Opp 35 Blomfield Road, W9 2PF Warwick Avenue £10, child/concs £8.50, Sat & Sun 3pm, Sat 11am, Feb 1822, 3pm. A family show of fun, naughtiness and adventure. Legally Blonde: The Arts Educational Schools London Ends Jan 26, The Arts Educational Schools London, 14 Bath Road, W4 1LY Turnham Green £16, concs £12, Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed, Sat 3pm. A blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, following him to law school in an attempt to get him back. The Mumblers: Charlie Dark (Over 4s) Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, N12 0GA Finchley Central £7, Jan 27, 12noon & 3pm. The last Pigeon Post Office is facing closure, and Young Flight needs to come up with a plan to save her home. Olga’s Room Ends Jan 26 , Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL Dalston Junction £17, child/concs £12, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 3pm. A drama about survival set in 1940s-1950s Brazil and Germany. Performed by Speaking In Tongues. One Festival Starts Wed, ends Feb 3 , The Space, 269 Westferry Road, E14 3RS Mudchute £12, concs £8, Jan 23-31, Feb 1-3, 7.30pm, mats Jan 26 & 27, Feb 2 & 3, 3pm. A showcase of monologues. Persephone Starts Sat, ends Jan 28, Rosemary Branch Theatre, 2A Shepperton Road, N1 3DT Old Street £10, Jan 26, 28, 7.30pm, Jan 27, 6pm, mat Jan 27, 2pm. Staged reading of a musical theatre piece inspired by ancient myth. Pinocchio: Little Angel Theatre (Over 6s) Ends Jan 27, The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN Angel Nov 19-30, Dec 1-31, Jan 1-27 Wed-Sun £14, child & concs £10, family £44, Fri 5pm Friday Fives £5, Nov 17 & 18
previews £7, family £22, child & concs £5, Jan 23, 1.30pm & 5pm, Jan 24, 10am & 1pm, Jan 25, 5pm, Jan 26 & 27, 2pm & 5pm. Little Angel Theatre’s adaptation of the popular Carlo Collodi story. The Roundheads Roadshow (Warts And All) Barons Court Theatre, The Curtain’s Up, 28A Comeragh Road, W14 9HR Barons Court £12, concs £10, Jan 21, 7.30pm. Satirical comedy show lampooning the rich and famous. Rumpelstiltskin And The Wheel Of Fortune Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, E1 0ND Limehouse £6, Jan 26, 11am & 2pm. The Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale is revamped with puppets, music and storytelling. Samantha’s Hotline The Metropolitan, 60 Great Western Road, W11 1AB Westbourne Park £8, concs £5, Jan 27, 7.30pm. Solo comedy drama written and performed by Sophie Gatacre.
Boy George’s Taboo Ends Mar 31 2013, Brixton Clubhouse, 467 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH Brixton £10, £25, Meal Deal with top price ticket only £32.50, Oct 31 £20, Tue-Sun 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. Boy George’s romantic musical set during the era of the New Romantics SapphoÖIn 9 Fragments Ends Jan 27 , White Rabbit, 125 Stoke Newington Church Stoke Newington Street, N16 0UH £10, concs £8, Wed-Sun 7.30pm, mat Jan 26, 2.30pm. A play that invokes a modern twist on an old legend. Screaming Inside Ends Jan 23, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £12, concs £10, Jan 21-23, 8.30pm, mat Jan 22, 3pm. A powerful drama by Stephen Finlay, full of unexpected dark humour. The Security Guard Starts Fri, ends Jan 26 , Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £8, concs £6, Jan 25 & 26, 9pm. A moving drama about love and longing by Sjaak van der Bent.
She Want A Man Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Road, N15 4RX Seven Sisters £20, Jan 26, phone for times. Ricky Rowe’s adult family drama set amongst Jamaica’s elite. The Sherbert Cherry Rose Ends Feb 3, Barons Court Theatre, The Curtain’s Up, 28A Comeragh Road, W14 9HR Barons Court £12, Tue-Sat 7.45pm, Sun 6.45pm. Drama with music by Xenia Orphanides. So Great A Crime Ends Jan 22, Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton £14, concs £10, Sun & Mon 7.30pm, mats Tue 2pm. Drama telling the real-life story of Sir Hector MacDonald. Somersaults Ends Jan 26 , Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED West Brompton Jan 21, 23-25 £16, concs £12, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 3pm. Iain Finlay Macleod’s drama about the slow death of Scots Gaelic. The State Vs John Hayes Starts Fri, ends Jan 26, Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, WC2H 9NP Leicester Square £8, concs £6, Jan 25 & 26, 7.30pm. A psychological drama based on real-life stories of death row inmates Tales From The Shed (Under 7s) Starts Fri, ends Mar 23 , Chickenshed, 290 Chase Side, N14 4PE Cockfosters £5.50, child under 6 months FREE, From Jan 25, Fri & Sat 11.30am, Sat 10am, Feb 21, 10am & 11.30am, Feb 22, 10am, no perf Mar 8 & 9. Interactive performances for children. Three Sisters Ends Feb 23, The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, NW1 3BF Great Portland Street £15.50, concs £12.50, All three plays in The Faction Rep Season £40, concs £35, Jan 11 & 12, 14 & 15, 17, 23-26, Feb 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 16, 19, 23, 7.30pm. The Faction presents Ranjit Bolt’s translation of Anton Chekhov’s play. Tom Thumb: Lyngo Theatre (Over 3s) Jacksons Lane Theatre, 269a Archway Road, N6 5AA Highgate £8.95, Jan 27, 3pm. Performed entirely on a kitchen table. Too Many Penguins?: Mcrobert/Frozen Charlotte (Ages 1-4) Ends Feb 16 , Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB South Wimbledon £10, concs £8, Jan 23 & 24, 27, 29 & 30, Feb 1 & 2, 5, 7 & 8, 12 & 13, 15, 2.05pm, Jan 23 & 24, 29 & 30, Feb 1, 5, 7, 12 & 13, 15 & 16, 10.35am, Jan 26, Feb 2, 12.30pm, Jan 26, 11.05am, 2.35pm, Jan 27, 29, Feb 7 & 8, 16, 12noon. Children’s show telling a whimsical tale of friendship. Trojan Women Ends Feb 2 , Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, SE4 2DH Honor Oak Park £13, concs £10, Tue-Sat 7.45pm. Nameless Theatre’s production of Euripides’s play, about people living under the constant shadow of death. Why The Lion Danced: Yellow Earth (Over 5s) Starts Fri, ends Jan 26 , Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES Earlsfield £10, child/concs £8, Jan 25 & 26, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Children’s show adapted from a Chinese fable. The Wind In The Willows (Ages 5-11): Polka Theatre Ends Feb 16 , Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB South Wimbledon £16, concs £11, Nov 23 & 24 previews £11, Feb 2, 9, 5.30pm, mats Jan 26, 11am & 2.30pm, Jan 27, Feb 2, 8 & 9, 16, 2pm. Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and bravery.
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