MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2022 THISWEEKCULTURE.COM
EVE LEIGH: PINOCCHIO
Lots of children's shows have been beginning long runs of late, for the season of festive family entertainment - stretching into January - is upon us.

One such show is 'Pinocchio' at the Unicorn Theatre, which is currently previewing and properly opens on 17 Nov. 

This very promising version of the popular tale has been adapted by Eve Leigh and is directed by Justin Audibert. I spoke to Eve to find out more, about the production and the playwright herself. 

CLICK HERE to read this Caro Meets interview.

'Pinocchio' is on at The Unicorn Theatre until 31 Dec, see the venue website here for more information and to book.
Shows to see in person in London and online - including performances from people and companies we first discovered at the Edinburgh Festival.


FRINGE FAVOURITES>>

Just These Please: Honestly No Pressure Either Way | Soho Theatre | 16-19 Nov
It's the dark days of November now and the summer of festivals is behind us. But this week I've been repeatedly reminded of all the August fun that was had at Edinburgh's big festival. So here are three of our highly esteemed Fringe Favourites for you, all of them of the rather funny type: let's start with fab sketch comedy purveyors Just These Please. Click here.

Tom Ward: Anthem | 21 Soho | 18 Nov (pictured)
Next up is Tom Ward, performing 'Anthem', his most recent and very well received edfringe show. You might have seen him doing some rather high profile stuff of late - not least his celebrated 'Live At The Apollo' debut - meaning you may be well aware of him and his work already. If not, we interviewed him ahead of the Fringe this summer, so read that here to find out more. And book your tickets here.

The Delightful Sausage: Nowt But Sea | Soho Theatre | 21-26 Nov
Next up are The Delightful Sausage, a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated duo that we do love. "Amy and Christopher-Louise discuss terrible men, NFTs and their upcoming panto debut at the Bradford Alhambra. But as tensions flare and psyches fray, their exile is interrupted by a mysterious Gentleman Caller". Click here.


FUNNY SHOWS>>

Lara Ricote: GRL/LATNX/DEF | Soho Theatre | 17-19 Nov, 23 Jan-4 Feb
And talking of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, here's the Best Newcomer 2022 recipient, beginning our section of funny shows with a bang. This is Lara Ricote's debut hour and it's about "what it's like to be Latin and deaf and a girl who's now a woman at the same time". Tickets for the November dates are selling quickly by the look of it, so if you want to see it this side of Christmas, head this way ASAP.

The Wedding Speech | Camden People's Theatre | 15-19 Nov (pictured)
"Rosemary loves her Mum, but is ready to break the cycle of toxic behaviour. What tools will she use to achieve her goals?" Now we are in theatrical territory with a play by Cheryl Ndione that tackles some serious themes, but with an evidently light touch, as it's described as a "comedy about codependency". Read more about it and book your tickets on the venue website here.

Arms And The Man | Orange Tree Theatre | 19 Nov-14 Jan
This one's a classic, of course, George Bernard Shaw's enduring romantic comedy, set during the 1885 Serbo-Bulgarian War. "A chance moonlit encounter throws together an idealistic young woman and a Swiss mercenary with an unexpectedly realistic attitude to soldiering. Raina's youthful love for Sergius is challenged when she learns more of the realities of war". More here.


RHYTHMICAL STUFF>>

Love Goddess: The Rita Hayworth Musical | The Cockpit | 18 Nov-23 Dec (pictured)
Right, onto what we are this week calling the rhythmical section, because these are performances that depend on rhythm in one way or another. First up is a show that will definitely appeal to fans of both musicals and the golden age of Hollywood, and yes, I do believe there will be quite a lot of you out there. I'm especially drawn by the promise of jazz, tap and flamenco dance sequences. Lots of info here.

Hold Tight | The Place | 15-16 Nov
"Home is where our story begins. It's not always a place - it's a condition, a feeling, a sense of connection. It shapes who we are". Next up, some dance for you and a show that explores how adverse childhood experiences, abrupt change and separation affect young people's lives, reflecting on home, family, belonging and the longing for intimacy and connection. Details here.

Sing Like A Vagabond: Cries And Songs From The Streets Of Victorian London | Conway Hall | 16 Nov
Oooh, this sounds so interesting: Historian Oskar Jensen and acclaimed singer of forgotten songs Patricia Hammond explore what it meant to sing on the streets of Victorian London. "Come and discover the city's ballad-singers and the hidden musical histories their stories reveal - from grisly deaths and executions, to high romance and absurdist humour". Er, yes please. Click here.


MORE FAB EVENTS>>

The Pixie And The Pudding | Little Angel Theatre | 18 Nov-29 Jan
Another mixed bag genre wise to finish, and we start with something for the kids, and yes, it looks like we're starting to get into that festive spirit already. Well, I say that, but it's not long until December, is it? Yikes. Anyway, this is set on Christmas Eve and is a tale from Scandinavian folklore, brought to life with puppetry and original music. For more info and to book, see this page here.

Black Sheep | Jacksons Lane | 15 Nov-16 Nov (pictured)
And now for yet another show that had a triumphant run at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer and it's by renowned sword-swallower and burlesque artist Livia Kojo Alour. It's an experimental theatre piece in which she tells her own story - exploring themes of racism, colonialism and finding love as a black queer woman - and if you'd like to find out more, we handily interviewed her about it earlier in the year. Book your tickets here.

Dinner With Groucho | Arcola Theatre | 21 Nov-10 Dec
This new play by Frank McGuinness had its global premiere as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival a few weeks ago and now makes its London debut at the Arcola Theatre. It has an intriguing premise - in a strange restaurant on the edge of heaven, Groucho Marx and TS Eliot meet for dinner, presided over by The Proprietor, who appears to control the workings of the universe. Click here for more.
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