THURSDAY 2 APRIL 2015
LISA CAGNACCI: ANIMALS
Coming up at Theatre503 is associate director Lisa Cagnacci's first in-house production, and she has chosen to direct a new work from Yorkshire based playwright Emma Adams, a satire focusing on a group of older women who are struggling to survive in a dystopian future.

Intrigued by the show's themes and subject matter, I sent some questions over to Lisa, to find out more about the play, the playwright, and Lisa herself. You can read it here.

Animals is on at Theatre503 from 8 April to 2 May. Find more info and book tickets on this page here.



BARBARA JANE MACKIE: RUMPY PUMPY

Screenwriter and novelist Barbara Jane Mackie's latest project is 'Rumpy Pumpy', a new musical based on the story of two Womens Institute campaigners who led a campaign to improve the situation of sex workers.

I sent some questions over to Barbara, to find out about the show, and what inspired her to tackle this slightly tricky subject matter. You can read it here.

'Rumpy Pumpy' can be seen on selected dates to 9 Apr at the Kings Head Theatre (tickets and info here) and subsequently at the Landor Theatre (tickets and info here) from 14-19 Apr.



TERRI PADDOCK: ALMOST RECOGNISED AWARDS

The Also Recognised Awards, launched last month, is a new award scheme set up by WhatsOnStage founder Terri Paddock and theatre critic Mark Shenton. Also Recognised chooses to honour nominees in more wide ranging categories than most award schemes, and any production taking place in London may be considered.

I sent some questions over to Terri, to find out more about the audience-voted awards, and why she and her colleague felt moved to create them. You can read it here.

You can cast your own votes for the Also Recognised Awards on the MyTheatreMates.com website.
FRIDAY 3 APRIL 2015>>
COMEDY: Harry Potter Comedy Night | Camden Comedy Club | 3 Apr
How many times a day do you throw yourself down on the floor in despair at the lack of Harry Potter-themed comedy nights on offer? I know, it's hard. But pick yourself up, because here's one. Comedians including Adam Larter, Eleanor Morton, Marny Godden and Matt Tedford will star in a new story of the boy wizard (possibly not written by JK Rowling). Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Wolf Alice | Shepherds Bush Empire | 3 Apr (pictured)

Rapidly rising rock quartet Wolf Alice come to Shepherds Bush for at the mid-point of their current UK tour. Catch them now before they head to the US and then around the world on a hectic festival schedule. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: UKG Fest | The Coronet | 3-4 Apr

If Wolf Alice isn't your thing, then how about this two day celebration of UK garage, taking over The Coronet with a selection of big names straight outta the 90s? Catch the likes of DJ Luck & MC Neat, Matt 'Jam' Lamont, The Dreem Team, and Norrss 'Da Boss' Windross. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 4 APRIL 2015


CHILDREN'S SHOWS: Justin & Friends - Mr Tumble's Circus | Wembley Arena | 4-5 Apr
Justin Fletcher leads a cast of popular faces from CBeebies in this live show, stopping for two days on its UK tour. Mr Tumble's circus is delayed, but there's plenty of help on hand to get him on his way. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Live At The Chapel with Tim Key | Union Chapel | 4 Apr (pictured)

The Invisible Dot's Live At The Chapel nights always have amazing line-ups, and this one is no exception. Headlined by the brilliant Tim Key, also on stage will be Doc Brown, Des Bishop, Liam Williams, and Mae Martin. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITIONS: Mac Conner - A New York Life | House Of Illustration | 1 Apr - 28 Jun

This new exhibition brings over 70 original works by McCauley 'Mac' Conner, one of the defining illustrators of America's golden age of advertising, to the UK for the first time. Accompanying the artwork will be reference photos, preliminary designs, and other associated items. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 5 APRIL 2015>>


EXHIBITION: All Of This Belongs To You | V&A | 1 Apr - 19 Jul (pictured)
At a time when Britain will be engaged in the democratic process of an election, the V&A will examine the role of public institutions in contemporary life and what it means to be responsible for a national collection. Details here.

EXHIBITION: Vivienne Westwood - Cut From The Past | Danson House | 1 Apr - 31 Oct

This exhibition explores the impact and influence 18th century art and design has had on the work of Vivienne Westwood. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Visions Of War Above And Below | Imperial War Museum | 2 Apr - 25 Sep
This new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum looks at a variety of artistic responses to conflict, from the First World War through the present day. Details here.
MONDAY 6 APRIL 2015 >>
COMEDY: Ali Brice & The Herbert | Aces & Eights | 6 Apr
Your Easter weekend is nearly over and you're going to have to go back to work tomorrow. Sorry for laying that on you. You're going to need a laugh, so here's the first of three potential comedy nights around the capital tonight. Ali Brice and The Herbert (aka Spencer Jones) will be previewing their new shows for free. Details and free tickets here.

COMEDY: Mike Wozniak | The Good Ship | 6 Apr

Up in Kilburn, The Good Ship will be hosting its weekly comedy night, headlined by the brilliant Mike Wozniak. Also on the bill are Fin Taylor, Yacine Bellhousse, Jonny Lennard, and Elf Lyons, with Ben Van Der Velde compering. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Old Rope & Tiff Stevenson | The Phoenix | 6 Apr (pictured)
The Phoenix's new material night always gets an impressive line-up of acts to air new jokes. Tonight's line-up are Nish Kumar, Frankie Boyle, Aisling Bea, and Dan Clark. And if that's not enough, afterwards Tiff Stevenson will be performing and recording her latest show, 'Optimist'. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 7 APRIL 2015 >>


CHILDREN'S SHOWS: Roald Dahl's The Twits | Royal Court Theatre | 7 Apr - 31 May
One of the most-loved of Roald Dahl's much-loved children's stories, 'The Twits' comes to the stage courtesy of an adaptation by Edna Walsh. They're nasty to each other, and worse to everyone else. Especially their pet monkeys, who have a plan for revenge. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Comedian's Comedian Podcast - Des Bishop | Soho Theatre | 7 Apr (pictured)

So, here's an exciting thing. Tonight marks the first of four monthly live recordings of Comedian's Comedian - one of the very finest podcasts that the internet has to offer. Stand-up Stuart Goldsmith will interview a fellow comic on how they work, what makes them do it and (probably) if they're happy. Tonight, Des Bishop. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/FILM: Taking A Stand Season | Battersea Arts Centre | 7 Apr - 23 May
Running either side of the looming General Election, this season at the Battersea Arts Centre collects together a ranging of politically-themed shows and events. Among those contained within the full run are not one but two Mark Thomas shows, a screening of Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' and a 1941 short film about a Hull cinema that was bombed just as it was about to show it, and a performance that "combines sludge and doom metal with the Budget speech 2015". Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL 2015 >>


COMEDY: Adam Riches - Rogue Males | Kings Place | 8 Apr
Over four weeks at Kings Place, Adam Riches will be performing his four most successful Edinburgh shows, starting tonight with 2009's 'Rogue Males'. "My second full hour and far and away my favourite to perform", he says of the show. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Animals | Theatre503 | 8 Apr - 2 May (pictured)

A satire focusing on a group of older women who are struggling to survive in a dystopian future, 'Animals' is a new work from Yorkshire-based playwright Emma Adams. Find out more in this TWL interview with associate director Lisa Cagnacci. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: So It Goes | Shoreditch Town Hall | 8 Apr - 18 Apr
A true story of love and loss written and performed by Hannah Moss and David Ralfe. Hannah has always wanted to talk about her dad. But in the seven years since he died, she hasnt quite managed it. Not one to be defeated, she enlisted David to help her on a journey through memory, laughter and sorrow. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 9 APRIL 2015 >>
MUSIC: Hello Terry Riley - James Holden, Koreless, Luke Abbott | Barbican | 9 Apr (pictured)
Electronic musicians James Holden, Luke Abbott and Koreless celebrate the work and influence of minimalist composer Terry Riley. The three producers will perform new collaborative works influenced by Riley using specially built sequencers, synthesizers and liver percussion. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lampedusa | Soho Theatre | 8-26 Apr

Anders Lustgarten's Lampedusa follows the stories of two people working on the island of Lampedusa, sat between North Africa and Italy. Stefano's job is to pull drowned migrants out of the sea, while Denise goes door to door collecting payday loans. Along the way these two strangers find hope and connection where they least expect it. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Thrill Me | Greenwich Theatre | 8-18 Apr

Stephen Dolginoffs acclaimed musical comes to Greenwich Theatre to tell the true story of Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. The two wealthy students, training to be lawyers, believed that they'd committed the perfect murder. That was the point of doing it in the first place. But had their plan been as watertight as they thought? Details and tickets here.
 
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