Comedy Music Theatre

Today in London: Tuesday 27 November 2012

By | Published on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Ian Smith

Fans of ‘The Thick Of It’ will be glad to know that the BBC series’ profanity-prone PR maestro, aka actor Peter Capaldi, is talking sans spin about his personal and professional real-life self tonight at The House Of St Barnabas. He’ll be conversing with A Mighty Big If host, writer/actor/musician Richard Strange, on what will, given A Mighty Big If tradition, prove to be fascinating things. Tickets here.

And now you’ve heard about all that, why the devil don’t you look at this evening’s other cultural talking points…


Ian Smith – Anything, Leicester Square Theatre, 27 Nov (pictured)
A surprise find at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Ian ‘Ian Smith’ Smith will do pretty much… well, ‘Anything’ to trim his new act to size, even if that means previewing it, imperfections and all, for a live audience. Reserve tickets to laugh at him doing so now.


Ja Ja Ja’s 3rd Birthday Party, The Lexington, 29 Nov
Scandiphile live night Ja Ja Ja is celebrating its third birthday in style, and has arranged a party at London’s The Lexington on 29 Nov to do so. Special guests playing on the night are Danish post-R&B soloist  (who’s the new Grimes, apparently), Finland’s Sin Cos Tan, and power-pop Norwegians HighasaKite. And there may be cake. And balloons. I don’t know, whatever Scandinavians do for birthdays.

For a taster-plate of what it’ll all sound like, please have MØ track ‘Pilgrim’, which is available to hear now:

White Fence, Dalston Victoria, 29 Nov
Once a guitarist with The Fall, and now fronting his own band White Fence, slavish lo-fi psych-ist Tim Presley makes his only British live appearance at the Dalston Victoria. Tickets for that via this link, and a look at WF fave ‘Swagger Vets And Double Moon’- as features on Presley et al’s two-volume LP compendium ‘Family Perfume’ – here:


Viva Forever!, Piccadilly Theatre, 27 Nov – 1 Jun 2013
Previewed tonight prior to its official premiere on 3 Dec, The Spice Girls’ exlamatory new ‘greatest hits’ musical about one girl’s search for stardom is scripted by Jennifer Saunders and backed by ‘Mamma Mia!’ collaborators Judy Craymer and Paul Garrington. If you ‘Wannabuy’ (sorry) tickets, click here.

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