THURSDAY 13 AUGUST 2015
ILIZA SHLESINGER: FREEZING HOT
US comedian Iliza Shlesinger, the youngest and only female act to have won one of NBC talent show 'Last Comic Standing's nine seasons, heads to Soho Theatre next week to make her London stand up debut, and it promises to be pretty fiery. But, um, chilly. Well, the show is called 'Freezing Hot'.

I sent some questions over to Iliza, to find out more about this show, why she's in London, and why she chose this kind of career. And you can read that interview here.

Iliza performs 'Freezing Hot' at Soho Theatre from 17 - 29 August at Soho Theatre. More info and tickets from this page here.



MATTHEW ILIFFE: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
You might be familiar with the original film starring Julie Andrews, or the Broadway musical that followed it years later. But any lover of musicals should probably consider adding this revival of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' at the Landor Theatre to their 'to see list'.

As someone whose always been a bit of a flapper at heart, my ears pricked up when I heard about this one. I sent some questions over to the show's up and coming director Matthew Iliffe. And you can read that interview here.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' is on at the Landor Theatre from 18 August until 13 September. See the venue website here for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 14 AUGUST 2015 >>
COMEDY: Dan Schreiber - Believable | Aces & Eights | 14-15 Aug
QI elf Dan Schreiber (who you may know has the host of the previously tipped 'No Such Thing As A Fish' podcast) presents his new work-in-progress stand up show at the Camden Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Richard Herring - Twelve Tasks Of Hercules Terrace | Leicester Square Theatre | 14 Aug (pictured)
Instead of going up to Edinburgh this year, Richard Herring is staying down in London and performing all eleven of his previous solo shows, plus a brand new one, at the Leicester Square Theatre. Tonight, 'Twelve Tasks Of Hercules Terrace', in which recounts his attempts to complete a set of impossible or arduous tasks. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Canary Wharf Jazz Festival | Canada Square Park | 14-16 Aug

London's largest free jazz festival sets up shop down in Canada Wharf this weekend, with performances from acts including Sons Of Kemet, The Rawness, Eska, Edwin Sanz ‘San Agustin’ Salsa Orchestra, The Fontanelles, and The Neil Cowley Trio. Details here.
SATURDAY 15 AUGUST 2015 >>


COMEDY: Richard Herring - Someone Likes Yoghurt | Leicester Square Theatre | 15 Aug
Richard Herring continues his run of performing all twelve of his solo shows. Tonight, his 2005 show 'Someone Likes Yoghurt', in which he defends himself against malicious yoghurt-based rumours that have been blighting his life. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Saban Kazim and Sarah Sheldon - Saban And Sarah Do Stand Up | Etcetera Theatre | 15-16 Aug

Both accomplish stand up comedians in their own right, Saban Kazim and Sarah Sheldon perform pool their powers for this joint show as part of the Camden Fringe, in which they explore "reckless life choices, hoovers and how children’s books can ruin your life". Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Roses Of Eyam | The Gatehouse | 15-16 Aug

Also at the Camden Fringe tonight, 'The Roses Of Eyam' tells the true story of the village of Eyam, which in 1665 combatted the spread of bubonic plague by cutting itself off from the rest of the world (a story also told in the song 'We All Fall Down' by I Like Trains, if you're interested). Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 16 AUGUST 2015 >>


MUSICAL: Misch-Masch & Peter And The Wolf | Arcola Theatre | 16 Aug
Part of this year's Grimeborn festival at the Arcola Theatre, this show sees The Basement Orchestra perform Prokofiev's 'Peter And The Wolf' followed by 'Misch-Masch', a new work by Jasmin Kent Rodgman which sets Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky to music. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Indelible Images | Canal Cafe Theatre | 16 Aug

A night of new writing about memory on the Camden Fringe, featuring work by Amelia Sweetland, Liam McCarthy, and Annie McKenzie. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Pond Wife | Camden People's Theatre | 16-18 Aug (pictured)

It’s 1997, the Spice Girls are at the top of the charts and one fifteen year old mermaid is about to discover music for the very first time in this reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s 'The Little Mermaid' at the Camden Fringe. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 17 AUGUST 2015 >>
COMEDY: Iliza Shlesinger - Freezing Hot | Soho Theatre | 17-29 Aug (pictured)
Both the youngest and only female comedian to win US stand up talent show 'Last Comic Standing', Iliza Shlesinger brings her latest show, 'Freezing Hot', to London for a run at the Soho Theatre. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bianca Casady And The CIA | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 17-18 Aug

It's the first day of the Southbank Centre's Meltdown Festival, which this year is curated by David Byrne. Here CocoRosie's Bianca Casady presents her new musical-performance project. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: I Am Queen Anne | Hen & Chickens | 17-18 Aug

Join Anne, the self-proclaimed Queen, who has the ambition of becoming a powerful and notable woman in the world as she explains (with the help of her giant chess pieces) just how you too can overcome the gender imbalance and become a powerful woman. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 18 AUGUST 2015 >>


EXHIBITION: David Byrne's Library | Royal Festival Hall | 18-30 Aug (pictured)
Throughout his career David Byrne has collected and read an enormous number of books about music, and throughout this year's Meltdown Festival, which he is curating, you can read them too, up in the Royal Festival Hall's Saison Poetry Library. Details here.

OPERA: Falstaff | Arcola Theatre | 18-22 Aug

The final opera by Giuseppe Verdi, 'Falstaff' is a comedy based on Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives Of Windsor' and 'Henry IV Parts I and II. It is presented as part of this year's Grimeborn festival in a new production from director Daisy Evans, placing the action in the present day. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Ladylogue! | Tristan Bates Theatre | 18-22 Aug
As part of the Camden Fringe, The Thelmas return to the Tristan Bates with six new one-woman shorts, written by some of the UK's finest emerging, female playwrights. Details and tickets here.
WEDNESDAY 19 AUGUST 2015 >>


MUSIC: There Will Be Blood - Live | Royal Festival Hall | 19 Aug (pictured)
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood performs his soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson's 'There Will Be Blood' with the London Contemporary Orchestra along with a screening of the film as part of David Byrne's Meltdown. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lady Anna - All At Sea | Park Theatre | 19 Aug - 19 Sep

It's 1871, and celebrated novelist Anthony Trollope is Australia-bound aboard the steamship Great Britain. Accompanied by his wife Rose and her maid Isabella, Trollope passes the time by writing his latest tale, 'Lady Anna'. The story, full of intrigue, rebellion and social politics, proves divisive among his fellow passengers - and it's not long before fact and fiction overlap. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Ride | RADA Studios | 19-25 Aug

A man and a woman wake up in bed together. Naked and hungover, neither can remember how they got there or who the other is. Over 24 hours they attempt to uncover much more than just what brought them together but also what it is that makes them stay. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 20 AUGUST 2015 >>
COMEDY: Sahar Mirhadi - Dawn Of The Geek | Camden Comedy Club | 20-23 Aug
Sahar Mirhadi's 'Dawn Of The Geek' is a story of self acceptance, of passion meeting obsession, and of stereotypes dancing in a dazzling Anglo-Iranian beat. We learn how she dealt with the recurrence of being shunned for Nintendo, left for wrestling and lied to by Walt Disney. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Atomic Bomb! The Music Of William Onyeabor | Royal Festival Hall | 20 Aug (pictured)

William Onyeabor was a big popstar in Nigeria during the 1970s and 80s, but his music was largely lost to the mists of time in subsequent years after he moved on to other things. More recently, he has been rediscovered by David Byrne and his Luaka Bop record label. Here Byrne and others perform Onyeabor's music as part of the Meltdown festival. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 20 Aug
Also in the Meltdown Festival programme today are the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, an eight piece band comprising eight sons of jazz trumpeter and composer Philip Cohran and performing a mixture of jazz, funk, soul and hip-hop. Details and tickets here.
 
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