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Today in London: Thursday 18 October 2012

By | Published on Friday 12 October 2012

The River

Well, it happens to be World Menopause Day at the moment, something we should all acknowledge with the deference it deserves. And now, having taken that moment, we can all breathe and move past this to look at today’s culture options, categorised as follows…


Dara O Briain –  Craic Dealer, Hammersmith Apollo, 18-27 Oct
‘Mock The Week’ MC Dara O Briain pitches his craic stall at the Hammersmith Apollo for six non-consecutive dates, touting Gaelic laughs in his own inimitably bald style. Tickets via Dara’s official site.

Laugh Til It Hurts, Bloomsbury Theatre, 18 Oct
Marc Dolan hosts a charitable comedy gala in honour of mental health organisation MIND, acting as compere between stand-up stints by Andy Parsons, Holly Walsh, Tom Stade, Hal Cruttenden, Stephen Grant, John Moloney and Josh Howie. Stalls tickets may still be available here.


Erased Tapes artists, Hackney Empire, 18 Oct
Well, this sounds like it could be memorable. Berlin/London-based label Erased Tapes are to mark their fifth anniversary with a European tour featuring German composer Nils Frahm, Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds and classical partnership A Winged Victory For The Sullen. All three play tonight at the Hackney Empire, so book tickets asap via this link.


The River, Jerwood Upstairs at Royal Court Theatre, 18 Oct – 17 Nov (pictured)
Since all of theatreland is so beside itself at the prospect of a new stage collaboration between ‘Jerusalem’ scribe Jez Butterworth and director Ian Rickson, the Royal Court has quite sensibly set aside 100% of tickets for same-day allocation from 9am onwards. Oh, and the play itself? Well, it stars Dominic West, Miranda Raison and Laura Donelly, and features the opaque basic scenario of “a remote cabin on the cliffs, a man and a woman, and a moonless night”. Info via this address.


Tim Walker – Story Teller, East Wing Galleries at Somerset House, 18 Oct – 27 Jan 2013
Avant-garde fashion photog Tim Walker is backed by Burberry in this, his typically extravagant and eccentric new exhibition. Whilst his images will prove its primary focal point, the show will also feature installations, props and models detailing the raw mechanics of Walker’s aesthetic style; from macabre Vogue mannequins to a scale model of a Spitfire. Details here.

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