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Today in London: Thursday 20 June 2013

By | Published on Friday 14 June 2013

Bo Ningen

So tonight’s the night Josie Long, Steven K Amos, Tim Key, Isy Suttie, Kevin Eldon and charity patron Stewart Lee are representing the Arts Emergency Service – an ‘alternative old boy’ collective of creative pros, activists and academics with a single main aim – to make universities accessible to all, in particular to the less privileged.
Anyway, the basis of all this is a gala at Hackney Empire featuring the above comics plus ‘Submarine’ writer Joe Dunthorne, ‘Horrible Histories’ bigwig Greg Jenner, and live choral song by the British Humanist Association Choir. Tickets, if there are any spare, will be available here.
So that’s one way to tick off the cultural box on your daily activities list, but what are the others?


Bo Ningen, Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre, 20 Jun (pictured)
A non-pricey (in that it won’t cost you anything to go) highlight of Yoko Ono’s multi-arts Meltdown spectacular, the longhaired lovers of Japanese psych band Bo Ningen play live and not-for-profit at the Clore Ballroom following Iggy And The Stooges’ at-capacity show. Details here.


The Invisible Dot’s Stories feat Jesse Armstrong/Tim Clare/Jessie Cave/Adrian Crowley, 20 Jun
The Invisible Dot pins its considerable standing on this, a brand new night of live literary miscellany – that’s stories, free verse, soapbox-style speeches, anything goes. Tonight’s star verbalists are ‘Peep Show’ writer Jesse Armstrong, stand-up scribbler Tim Clare, book addict Jessie Cave and, doing a nice bit of singing in their talkative midst, Irish songwriter Adrian Crowley. Details and tickets here.


The Drowned Man, Temple Studios, 20 Jun – 31 Dec
Great at really (and occasionally, literally) dragging an audience into the ambiance of their plays, ‘immersive theatre’ prize-fighters Punchdrunk present their take on ‘Woyzek’, Georg Büchner’s tarnished Hollywood fable, in ‘Temple Studios’, which in reality is a vast industrial-syle space beside Paddington Station. Details and tickets here.

Open Air Theatre presents… Pride And Prejudice, Regent’s Park, 20 Jun – 20 Jul
Jane Austen’s socially-restrained sitting-room satire (as adapted by Simon Reade) will translate well to the genteel lawns and gardens of Regent’s Park, especially given that TV’s handsome David Oakes is playing Mr Darcy, and Jane Asher, the haughty Lady Katherine De Bourgh. Right? Details and tickets here.

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