Festivals Film Theatre

Today in London: Friday 9 November 2012

By | Published on Thursday 1 November 2012


So, hi. Esteemed late composer Marvin Hamlisch’s seven-Tony-Award-meriting stage musical ‘Sweet Smell Of Success’ has its first proper British airing at the Arcola Theatre this eve at 7.30pm precisely. That’s not the only pleasant cultural scent London’s giving off today, mind, as you’ll note via these be-perfumed beauties:


London Storytelling Festival, Leicester Square Theatre, 9-18 Nov
Starting tonight with a spoken overture by new-wave raconteuse Rachel Rose Reid – who’ll be posing as Hans Christian Anderson to talk about fairytale love stories – this anecdote-filled festival with a comedic bent will also feature improvised story ‘jams’, all-in workshops and spotlight cameos by John-Luke Roberts, Jo Neary, Asher Treleaven, Martin Dockery. Sarah Benn and Deborah Frances-White. Event details here.


Nights Of Noir, Old Vic Tunnels, 9-11 Nov
Burrow into the Old Vic’s sub-basement season for a dark intro into film noir. Tonight’s a la carte cinema programme comprises ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ and ‘Blue Velvet’; while ‘Fargo’, ‘Night Of The Hunter’ and Kubrick’s ‘The Killing’ will also be shown over the weekend, each featuring pre-screening events and Q&As. Info here.

Sci-Fi London East, Stratford Picturehouse, 9-11 Nov
London’s premier SF film festival teleports to Stratford for the GB premiere of high-stakes thriller ‘The Human Race’, also screening ‘Crawlspace’, ‘Antiviral’, Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s dystopian debut feature ‘Carre Blanc’ and, for insomniac toon fanatics, an anime all-nighter. The event also features talks, masterclasses and seminar on post-apocalyptic survival with infrastructure expert Vinay Gupta. Vital stats and the complete programme here.


Constellations, Duke Of York’s Theatre, 9 Nov – 5 Jan (pictured)
‘Constellations’ by Nick Payne – one of the Royal Court’s graduating class of 2012 – sets its telescopic sights on a relationship portrayed by son-of-Timothy Rafe Spall and the inimitable Sally Hawkins. A romance with “infinite possibilities”, it’s practically written in the stars that this will sell out, so book asap at this page.

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