Music Theatre ThisWeek In London

Three To See on 18 Oct: The Distance You Have Come, The Chief, John Lewis – Never Knowingly Undertweeted

By | Published on Thursday 11 October 2018

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

The Distance You Have Come | The Cockpit | 16-28 Oct (pictured)
A song cycle of award winning composer Scott Alan’s most acclaimed works, focusing on the human condition. “When you’ve lost the fight inside of you, is there anything worth holding on to? As seasons shift from Autumn to the following Summer, six lives juggle the constant changes & challenges of life, depression, heartache and love.” See the venue website here for all the details.

The Chief | Finborough Theatre | 18 Oct
“It is 1914, and the war hero, Robert Baden-Powell, has already founded the Boy Scouts, and married a desirable younger woman. He has also been knighted by the King. So why isn’t he happy? For a start, he is suffering from mystifying headaches – which is why his wife has referred him to a ‘mind doctor’ who admires Freud and doesn’t believe in will-power. But how can that help him get better and father the son he longs for? Or stop his male private secretary being killed in France, and the government stealing his Scouts? But where there’s a will, there’s a way…isn’t there?” Another pick from Finborough’s Vibrant Festival, more info here (scroll down).

John Lewis – Never Knowingly Undertweeted | Drayton Arms Theatre | 16-20 Oct
I remember a couple of years back learning about John Lewis, the John Lewis whose Twitter handle is @johnlewis, and who is bombarded with complaints and questions from those who think they’re directing their tweets at the UK department store of that name. It’s a very endearing story, really, because of the patience and humour he shows in dealing with the situation. This show is about him, and had a successful run in Edinburgh in the summer. See the venue website here for info.