Comedy Dance & Physical Music

Today in London: Thursday 22 November 2012

By | Published on Thursday 15 November 2012


Who’s for a glance at this evening’s cultural goings-on; as features a polar bear charity gala, a debonair ex Fleet Fox, and peerless human Sue Perkins? If so, read this…


Friends Of The Earth – Laugh Or The Polar Bear Gets It, Hammersmith Apollo, 22 Nov
Comedy stars Ed Byrne, Stewart Lee, Josh Widdicombe, Francesca Martinez, Dan Antopolski, Tony Law, Danny Bhoy, Richard Herring, Vikki Stone and others besides unite in the name of this FOTE gala’s titular Arctic creature, playing for laughs, donations and safe habitats from pole to pole. Details here.


Wayne McGregor – Random Dance, Linbury Studio Theatre at Royal Opera House, 22-24 Nov
The Royal Ballet’s Wayne McGregor oversees three international premieres by apprentice choreographers Robert Binet, Alexander Whitley and Paolo Mangiola. Magiola’s ‘Alpha Episodes’ looks at masculinity, and features a “lyrical electro-acoustic” score and text exerpts from Virginia Woolf’s ‘The Waves’; Binet’s ‘Life’s Witness’ examines opposing psychological states of absence and presence; and Whitley’s ‘Hertz’ sets music by Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir to a study in “theories of light”. Tickets here.


DELS, The Shacklewell Arms, 22 Nov (pictured)
Big Dada signee Dels – real name Keiran Dickens – proves his considerable rap-electronica worth via this oddly ‘intimate’ Shacklewell show. His new five-track EP ‘Black Salad’, as features beats and instrumentals by Kwes, Eli-T, Coby Sey, James Spankie, Thomalla and Micachu’s Raisa Khan, is out on 26 Nov. Ticket specifics here.

Father John Misty, XOYO, 22 Nov
Flamboyant ex-Fleet Fox Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, gifts XOYO a set comprising tracks from his new LP, ‘Only Son Of A Ladies’ Man’ and, on a good night, his infamous on-stage conversation. RSVP now, and/or watch a ‘This Is Sally Hatchet’ video:

VS Gala 2012, Barbican Hall, 22 Nov
Sue Perkins – who you may remember was voted the BBC’s ‘Maestro’ back in 2008 – will lend her conductorial prowess once again as guest baton-wielder/on-site comic compere at this Victim Support charity gala. The event will also feature the Orion Orchestra playing exerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Eugene Onegin’, and opera stars Wendy Dawn Thompson, Pauls Putnins and Thomas Gould. All relevant info via

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