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Easter 2013 in London

By | Published on Saturday 23 March 2013


Aha, and then it was Easter… and spring is certainly in the air. At least, we can imagine it is.

But in spite of the nasty weather in recent weeks, the still-barren trees and the saddening lack of daffodils (boo hoo), London’s still pretty fair and temperate as regards its cultural ‘allure’. Have a look…


Crack Comedy & London Is Funny Live present… Paul Sinha/Elis James/Will Franken/Liam Williams/Tom Webb, The Crown And Two Chairmen, 31 Mar
Crack Comedy and London Is Funny find themselves playing Easter bunny to a Bank Holiday basket of Easter-time comics – not least social satirist (and star of ITV’s ‘The Chaser’) Paul Sinha, one-of-a-kind character actor and TW London interviewee Will Franken, wily Welshman Elis James, part-time Sheeps sketchist Liam Williams and vivacious MC Tom Webb. Details and tickets here.

Doctor Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown And His Singing Tiger, Soho Theatre, 29-30 Mar
Doctor Brown may have a main show, ‘Befrdfgth’, to do, but he still has time to pander to his littlest fans via this whimsical kids’ enterprise, a madcap ‘breakfast to bedtime’ trip featuring a tennis, a tiger, and a “slightly spectacular” BMX race. Details and tickets here.

Nick Helm/Jen Brister, The Hob, 30 Mar
Deafening even when un-miked, Nick Helm erm… helms this night of Hob gobblinery, sharing the evening’s topmost placing with the “fresh-faced, lithe-limbed” (says ThreeWeeks) and above all, comedically capable Jen Brister. Details and tickets here.

Pappy’s Last Show Ever, Soho Theatre, 1-20 Apr (pictured)
Cavalier sketch artistes Pappy’s present what probably isn’t, contrary to its title, their final comic ‘adieu’, but rather a hypothetical fast-forward to what it’d be like if it was. But aside from all the fake finality, what the show has in spades is wit, imagination, originality and, above all, abstract commentary on ‘The Wizard Of Oz’. Details and tickets here.


Smithsfest, ICA, 29-30 Mar
Comedienne and charming lady Amy Lamé curates a series of films, performance and art 100% dedicated to pop vanguardists The Smiths. Terry Christian presents his new solo show, ‘Naked Confessions of A Recovering Catholic’; Rita Tushingham screens the Smiths-inspiring ‘A Taste Of Honey’ and ‘The Leather Boys’; and ex NME editor Danny Kelly chairs a talk on the band’s lasting cultural significance. Oh, and there’s a disco, a quiff styling booth, photo opps ‘in front of’ Salford Lads’ Club (at least, in front of a photo of it), the ask-him-anything MozTerMind machine, and an exhibit of photos by famed snapper Tom Sheehan. Details and tickets here.


A Love From Outer Space, Corsica Studios, 31 Mar
Okay, so this is less a ‘live music’ thing than a club night, but a pretty fine night at that. Basically, you have ALFOS MCs, DJs Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston, spinning not-especially-Easter-themed discs, and special guests Ewan Pearson and Daniel Avery doing… well… the same. Details and tickets here.

The Gaslight Anthem, Troxy, 29-30 Mar
Alt-rock luminaries The Gaslight Anthem play the Troxy not once, but twice, as a ‘thanks’ to fans appreciating their 2012 LP, ‘Handwritten’. Details and tickets here.

Squarepusher, Roundhouse, 30 Mar (pictured)
Soundcrash presents electro-savant Tom Jenkinson, alias Squarepusher, who’ll recreate his break-neck AV ‘Ulfabum’ show at the climax of a night featuring live/DJ sets by special guest artists The Bug, FlowDan, Daddy Freddy and Factory Floor. Details and tickets here.


Kid Carpet And The Noisy Animals, Polka Theatre, 29 Mar
Bristolian musician Ed Patrick is really a kid (and a carpet) at heart, and so storyboards this ages 4-8-suited theatre show following a rockstar and his animal band as they make pals, play games, and compete in a grand dance finale. Details and tickets here.

The Hospital At The Time Revolution, Finborough Theatre, 31 Mar – 16 Apr
The Finborough nabs an international ‘first’ in the premiere of post-modern dramatist Caryl Churchill’s 1972 play. Set in an at-war Algeria in the mid-1950s, it dramatises the life and times of psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon as he treats French colonials and Algerian rebels alike. Details and tickets here.

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