THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2015
BUDDUG JAMES JONES: HIRAETH
Buddug James Jones' autobiographical performance piece concerning her departure from rural Wales for a life in the big city premiered to critical acclaim at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since the summer, 'Hiraeth', praised for its warmth, energy and affectionately portrayed comic characters, has had a number of UK tour dates, and this week comes to Soho Theatre.

Interested to find out more about the show - and whether it really is properly autobiographical - I sent some questions over to Buddug, ahead of the London run. You can read the interview here.

‘Hiraeth’ is on at Soho Theatre until 21 Mar. See this page here for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2015>>
COMEDY: Margaret Thatcher - Queen Of Soho | Leicester Square Theatre | 17-21 Mar (pictured)
Margaret Thatcher sings and jokes her way through this show about gay rights, the 80s and disco, which was the talk of last year's Edinburgh Fringe. At the risk of shattering the illusion, I should probably tell you it's not actually Margaret Thatcher on stage. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers | The Roundhouse | 20-21 Mar

Nile Rodgers wrote all the songs. All of them. Well, a lot of them. So many that he needs two nights at The Roundhouse to fit them all in. This show will also mark the release of Chic's first new single in 23 years. So that's one more song to put on the list. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty | V&A | 14 Mar - 2 Aug

The first exhibition to celebrate the work of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen in Europe, expanded from its original showing at at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York in 2011, spans his his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished autumn/winter 2010 collection. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 21 MARCH 2015


COMEDY: The Janoskians - Janofest | Wembley Arena | 21 Mar (pictured)
Australian masters of ‘social disturbance comedy’ will be headlining Wembley Arena for one night only tonight, with support from rap duo Jack & Jack. Hopefully it'll be a bit more organised than that time they tried to organise a meet-and-greet in Hyde Park. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Sherlock's Night Owls Sleepover | Museum Of London | 21-22 Mar

As part of the Museum Of London's ongoing season of Sherlock Holmes-related events, children aged 7-11 are invited to stay over night in the museum to learn the skills required for detective work. I'm frankly distraught that I failed to have the foresight to halt the ageing process during my childhood in order to be able to take part myself. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hookworms | Ovalspace | 21 Mar

Leeds psych screamers Hookworms head to East London for a headline show at Hackney's Ovalspace, playing songs from their two excellent albums, ‘Pearl Mystic’ and ‘The Hum’. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2015>>


COMEDY: Mel Brooks | Prince Of Wales Theatre | 22 Mar (pictured)
Just recently, we tipped the first ever UK staging of Mel Brooks' 1960s comedy routine, 'The 2000 Year Old Man'. Now it's time for another first: the man himself's first UK solo show. For one night only he'll be on stage to chat about childhood memories, Hollywood history, and perform some music too. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Dorian Gray | King's Head Theatre | 22 Mar - 12 Apr

Marking the 125th anniversary of the publication of Oscar Wilde's novel, Another Soup brings its immersive musical adaptation of 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray'. With original songs by Jo Turner, the production was a big hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Ryan Scott Oliver - Actor Therapy | Greenwich Theatre | 22 Mar

Broadway composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver brings his acclaimed acting masterclass 'Actor Therapy' to London for the first time. Join him for individual song critique, repertoire coaching and discussion of the business of acting. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 23 MARCH 2015 >>
FILM: Bechdel Test Fest | various venues | 23-26 Mar
This ongoing year-long celebration of films that pass the Bechdel Test - two named female characters must have a conversation about something other than a man, something surprisingly few films manage - this week sees four events take place around London. Screenings of 'Appropriate Behaviour', 'Fish Tank', 'Tiny Furniture', and the utterly brilliant 'Wadjda' will be accompanied by Q&As, debates and more. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/COMEDY: Teenage Cancer Trust Shows | Royal Albert Hall | 23-29 Mar
Marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Teenage Cancer Trust's first fundraising show at the Royal Albert Hall, there's a hefty programme of music across this now week-long event. Musical headliners are Stereophonics, Van Morrison, The Who, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, and Frank Turner. Tomorrow night there'll be a break from the music with a comedy bill headlined by Kevin Bridges. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Radioman | King's Head Theatre | 23 Mar - 6 Apr (pictured)

Actor Felix Trench brings his one-man show 'Radioman' to the King's Head for three shows, with the first tonight. "A story of canals, eternity and the Radioman", it features original music by David Knight. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2015 >>


MUSIC: Club Attitude with Toy | Islington Assembly Hall | 24 Mar (pictured)
Psych rockers Toy will headline the annual Club Attitude event, organised by by Attitude Is Everything, a charity which aims to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music. Also on the bill are Hatcham Social and Hulkenburg, with Radio 1's Huw Stephens and Xfm's Jo Good compering. Details and tickets here.

MUSICALS: Princess Ida | Finborough Theatre | 24 Mar - 18 Apr

As part of the Finborough Theatre’s ongoing Celebrating British Music Theatre series, Phil Willmott directs the first professional London staging of Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Princess Ida' for more than two decades, a comic tale of the marriage of two royal babies. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Shooting With Light | New Diorama | 24 Mar - 11 Apr

The world premiere of Idle Motion's latest production, 'Shooting With Light' Paris in 1934, telling the true story of a young German refugee discovers photography and reinvents herself as Gerda Taro, the first female photojournalist to document the front lines of a war. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2015 >>


THEATRE: Creditors | Jack Studio Theatre | 24 Mar - 11 Apr (pictured)
Neil Smith's adaptation of August Strindberg's play is a darkly comic telling of how old debts can come back to haunt us. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What She Will | Bridewell Theatre | 25-28 Mar

Presented through the eyes of William Shakespeare's wife, Ann Hathaway, and using scenes and songs from the bard's plays, 'What She Will' explores the lives of the real life women who inspired the characters in his works. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Bob And Roberta Smith - Why I Am So Angry | Handel Street Projects | 11 Mar - 9 May
Being displayed in the run up to the General Election in May, 'Why I Am So Angry' is Bob And Roberta Smith's stand against the Conservative party's attacks on art. "In a time of difficulty, culture can bring hope", says Bob, both explaining the content and context of the exhibition. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 26 MARCH 2015 >>
COMEDY: Simon Amstell - To Be Free | Shepherd's Bush Empire | 26-27 Mar
Simon Amstell is feeling better about himself these days, which you might think was a negative for his brand of deprecating stand up. It's OK though, he's noticed how terrible we all are. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Soko | St John At Hackney | 26 Mar (pictured)
With her new album, 'My Dreams Dictate My Reality', out now, Soko comes to London to perform at Shoreditch's St John At Hackney church, a simultaneously grand and intimate venue that seems perfectly suited to her music. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Warpaint | Hammersmith Apollo | 26 Mar

LA band Warpaint will be back in London once again tonight, this time to headline the Hammersmith Apollo. They'll be performing tracks from their two albums, plus (quite probably) two recently released new tracks. Details and tickets here.
 
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