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Three To See on 8 Oct: The Paradise Circus, (No) Leaves On My Precious Self, Relativity – The Einstein Musical

By | Published on Monday 1 October 2018

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

The Paradise Circus | The Playground Theatre | 8 Oct-3 Nov
“In the deep Mid-West old miser Rawlings pines for his perfect boy killed in The Great War. His two younger sons, neglected by their father, waste their lives away painting beautiful horses for the merry-go-round. When the enigmatic ringmaster of a travelling circus pays an unexpected visit, he makes the old man a terrible but tempting offer. Wracked with guilt over his decision, in desperation Rawlings is forced to turn to Alda Pennington for help. But, salvation doesn’t come cheaply at the home of the witch doctor.” A promising looking staging of a play from late, great US writer James Purdy, see this page here for more info.

(No) Leaves On My Precious Self | King’s Head Theatre | 8-13 Oct (pictured)
A one woman show about the vagaries of being a performer: “What a crazy paradox that is. The industry that is based on pure beauty, whether it is the beauty of people’s minds, if you write; people’s gestures and movements, if you paint or play a musical instrument; people’s selves, if you act;  people’s souls, thoughts, talents, auras, energies – makes you feel so ugly. Creating that beauty in any way, serving it to others, you crush your own soul, spit on it, mold it, destroy it with mind-eating doubts, hesitations and self-beating. It celebrates flaws and imperfections, but almost never forgives you your own.” Book your tickets here.

Relativity – The Einstein Musical | Finborough Theatre | 8 Oct
Another pick from Finborough Theatre’s Vibrant festival, this one an in-development script in hand presentation of a new musical exploring Albert Einstein’s stormy first marriage to pioneering physicist, Mileva Marić. According to the blurb “their witty and passionate collaboration unlocked the secrets of the universe, yet ended in a devastating act of cruelty that ensured that Marić would never eclipse her husband’s genius.” See the festival page on the venue website here (scroll down for info about each show).