Your Weekly Entertainment Guide
To what’s on, not to be missed and coming soon…
Pick of the week What’s On Glengarry Glen Ross
Glengarry Glen Ross @ Playhouse Theatre
Until 03 Feb 2018 Tickets from £31.50
Lies. Greed. Corruption. It’s all business as usual.
Glengarry Glen Ross takes place in the office of a group of cut-throat Chicago salesmen, willing to go to any lengths to get sales, legal or not. Pitting against each other, it’s a high-stakes competition to get one up on each other, and soon the increasingly desperate four employees are fighting to win. But as time and luck begin to run out, one thing becomes clear: close the deal and you win; blow the deal and you’re out.
Glengarry Glen Ross features a stellar cast, including American actor Christian Slater, who has starred in Broadway productions including The Glass Menagerie, Side Man and The Music Man. Further cast members include Kris Marshall (Love Actually, Death in Paradise), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Law & Order: UK), Stanley Townsend (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Don Warrington (Death in Paradise).
Show Times 19.45 14.30
London, WC2N 5DE
Poison @ Orange Tree Theatre
2 Nov – 2 Dec Tickets from £15
An extraordinary play that asks a simple question: is it ever possible to move on?
A man and a woman
Who’ve lost a child
Who first lost a child
And then… each other
Or maybe I should say:
Who first lost a child, then themselves and then each other
Show Times 19.30
Duration 1hr 20mins
Orange Tree Theatre.
1 Clarence Street,
020 8940 3633
Mother Courage @ Southwark Playhouse
2 Nov – 9 Dec Tickets from £12
“War is hell – as it is assumed to be by most people who haven’t lived through it, and known to be by nearly everyone who has.” – Tony Kushner
In a land ravaged by war, Mother Courage pulls her cart with her three children in the wake of the army, trading with soldiers and attempting to make profit from the war.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Brecht’s Mother Courage And Her Children has been described as the greatest anti-war play of all time.
In Pulitzer Prize-winning Tony Kushner’s (Angels in America) translation, Mother Courage remains a timely exploration of displacement, war weariness and invisible enemies. It mirrored then, as it does now, the growing fear at the ever-advancing threat of terror infiltrating our everyday lives and our desire to protect ourselves and what is ours at any cost.
Show Times 19.30 15.00
Duration 150 inc INT
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
020 7407 0234
The Museum of Drug Policy @ Ugly Duck
3-5 Nov Free Entry
The Museum of Drug Policy is a pop-up arts and cultural hub featuring live programming and art from around the world that highlights how drug policies impact and shape our communities. The Museum provides a powerful, emotional experience that illustrates the harms caused by current prohibitionist drug policies and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights.
This free event will transport audiences across the globe and push visitors to think and act outside the box. The Museum of Drug Policy is supported by the Open Society Foundations and was first launched in New York City in April 2016.
Admission 10.00 – 18.00
10am–10pm Friday, November 3
10am–10pm Saturday, November 4
10am–6pm Sunday, November 5
49 Tanner Street
London SE1 3LP
Living with gods peoples, places
and worlds beyond @ British Museum
2 Nov – 8 April 2018 Tickets from £12
Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies, through time and across the world. This wide-ranging exhibition reflects on how people believe through everyday objects of faith.
Seeing how people believe, rather than considering what they believe, suggests that humans might be naturally inclined to believe in transcendent worlds and beings. Stories, objects, images, prayers, meditation and rituals can provide ways for people to cope with anxieties about the world, and help form strong social bonds. This in turn helps to make our lives well-ordered and understandable.
The exhibition includes objects of belief from societies around the world and through time. It begins with a remarkable 40,000-year-old mammoth ivory sculpture known as the Lion Man. Depicting a lion’s upper body on the lower half of a man, it is the oldest known image of a being that does not exist in nature. It is the earliest evidence we have of beliefs and practices, and shows humans’ unique ability to communicate what’s in our minds through objects.
Different areas of the show will look at key themes of belief. The significance of light, water, fire and energy is revealed, linked to the idea that religious experience is governed by our senses.
Room 35, British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London
020 7323 8181
The paths of four very different women converge as they try to make the long trip from Bamako in Mali to Nigeria’s bustling capital Lagos.
The paths of four very different women converge in this free spirited road movie across western Africa. Each is making the long trip from Bamako in Mali to Nigeria’s bustling capital Lagos, passing through Burkina Faso and Benin on the way.
Crammed together on a stifling bus, they take in the breathtaking landscapes of coastal and Sahelian countries. But when bus breakdowns, traffic jams, highway robbers, fights between passengers and, worst of all, corrupt and violent border customs officers ensues, these initially private women join forces.
Borders is an affecting and at times funny drama about female friendship and empowerment, which also highlights a growing regional problem in west Africa, where lack of integration is thwarting policies on the free circulation of people and goods.
Show Times 18.30
Duration 90 mins
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd London E1 6LA
A young African prince (J.O.T. Agyeman) struggles to come to terms with the shame of having his kingdom sold to slave traders.
Prince Wenambe (J.O.T. Agyeman) hands the troubled Kingdom of Kotengbi over to Mansa Musa for protection, allowing him to win the throne from his father. But in order to ascend the throne, Wenambe must first find a wife.
He chooses the beautiful Soraya (Akofa E. Asiedu), but Wenambe then watches helplessly as Emperor Mansa Musa sells the kingdom off to slave traders.
Even the son borne by his new wife cannot lessen Wenambe’s shame at losing the respect and sovereignty of his people. What unfolds is an epic tale about the Atlantic slave trade told from an African perspective.
Show Times 18.00
Duration 83 mins
Rich Mix 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd London E1 6LA
The Secondary Victim @ Park Theatre
14 Nov – 9 Dec Tickets from £14.50
Ali is a respected psychotherapist and loyal wife. Then suddenly a complaint of sexual misconduct by a male former client throws her professional and personal life into a maelstrom of suspicion and distrust. Who is lying? Is anyone telling the whole truth? Against a background of contemporary blame culture, Ali finds herself struggling to maintain her reputation and her marriage, and as the threats keep rising, her instincts are tested to the extreme.
“Written and directed by Matthew Campling, Abominations is unfailingly charming and endearing”
A Younger Theatre on Matthew Campling’s Abominations, nominated for Best New Play Broadway World UK Awards (2016)
Show Times 19.45 15.15
London N4 3JP
020 7870 6876
Not To Be Missed
Set against the backdrop of the harsh economic times of 1979, the play follows the hilarious struggles of four Londoners as they attempt to better themselves by attempting the fearsome “Knowledge” – the exam needed to become a London black cab taxi driver. Standing between them and the coveted green badge is the eccentric Mr Burgess, an examiner known as “The Vampire” with an obsessive mission to maintain standards.
The Knowledge cast includes of Steven Pacey as Mr Burgess, Celine Abrahams as Brenda, James Alexandrou Gordon, Jenna Augen as Val, Louise Callaghan as Miss Staveley, Ben Caplan as Ted, Michael Chance as Arab Tourist, Alice Felgate as Janet and Fabien Frankel as Chris.
Until 11 Nov
Admission | Show Times 19.45 14.30
The Arches, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NL
020 7930 5868
Three Mothers @ Waterloo East Theatre
Until 12 Nov Tickets from £10
Three Women, Two Children, One Story…
A compelling and uplifting story about motherhood, homeland and
the power of love, told with insight, warmth, and humour.
When Khady’s husband dies, she is forced to sell his goats. Sending her eldest son away from Senegal across desert and sea to Europe, in the hope that he will find a better life, she plunges her entire family into uncertainty.
When Gisela’s life in England is turned upside down, she goes home to Bavaria seeking comfort and familiarity. But her attempts to assist the steady flow of refugees arriving in her childhood village soon awaken memories from her own past.
Erika reveals the truth about the journey made on foot with her baby daughter after being expelled from Sudetenland in 1945.
The bold choices made by these three mothers are brought together as one compelling narrative in this play.
Preview Night Tuesday October 31st – Tickets £10
Admission Tues to Sat 19.30
Sunday November 5th and 12th matinees at 16.00
Brad Street. SE1 8TN
All The Little Lights @ Arcola Theatre
Until 14 Nov Tickets from £14
Three forgotten girls spending one last night by the railway lines. Desperately trying to recover what they’ve lost. Friendship. Family. Safety.
Deeply moving and darkly funny, this acclaimed new play tells the story of three forgotten girls living in the shadow of sexual exploitation and desperately trying to reclaim their freedom. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?
Joanne and Lisa were like sisters. Then Lisa got away. Now she’s back, but the ghosts from their past still haunt her. Amy just wants to belong.
Three forgotten girls spending one last night by the railway lines. Desperately trying to recover what they’ve lost. Friendship. Family. Safety. While the threat of sexual exploitation lurks in the shadows.
Deeply moving and darkly funny, this award-winning new play tells the story of the girls that slip through the cracks. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?
Jane Upton was a joint winner of the 2016 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright for All The Little Lights.
Free post-show discussion
Wednesday 1 November, 20.00: with director Laura Ford, writer Jane Upton, resident CSE expert at Barnardo’s Carron Fox, and the cast.
Show Times 19.00
Duration 60 mind
Age 14+ Strong language, Violence, Smoking. Loud noises
24 Ashwin Street
Dalston, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646
Heather @ Bush Theatre
Until 18 Nov Tickets From £10
Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.
A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. What matters more, the storyteller or the story?
Show times 19.45 14.45
Duration 60 mins
7 Uxbridge Road
Stan Firm Inna Inglan Tate Britain
Until 19 Nov | Free admission
Exhibition. Explore the experience of those who traveled from the Caribbean and West Africa to live in London
This display brings together works from the 1960s and 1970s by eight photographers who documented Black communities in London: Raphael Albert, Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelton and Al Vandenberg.
The photographs reveal the many and varied experiences of individuals who travelled from the Caribbean region and West Africa to live in London, from everyday family life to political engagement. They show people as they respond to, react against and move beyond the racial tension and exclusion that were part of life for Black communities in the British capital. The title of the display, ‘Stan Firm inna Inglan’, is taken from the poem It Dread Inna Inglan by Linton Kwesi Johnson, who in the 1970s gave a voice and poetic form to the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and its resistance in the face of racism. The poem expresses in Jamaican patois (creole) the resolve of African, Asian and Caribbean immigrants to ‘stand firm in England’, asserting the determination of Black British communities to remain in Britain and declare it as their rightful home.
Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily
020 7887 8888
Of Kith & Kin @ Bush Theatre
Until 25 Nov Tickets from £10
Daniel and Oliver are about to have their first baby. With their best friend, Priya, acting as surrogate, they’ve turned the study into a nursery and the bottles are sterilised. All that’s missing is the bundle of joy they’ve been pining for.
But when Daniel’s chaotic mother gatecrashes the baby shower with a few home truths, the cracks in Daniel and Oliver’s relationship begin to show. Are they as ready for this as they think they are? And more importantly, is Priya?
Everyone knows you can choose your friends. Chris Thompson’s gripping new comedy takes us to the heart of what happens when we choose our family too.
Admission 19.30 14.30
Duration 1hour 45 mins
7 Uxbridge Road
Ellida, the lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped in her marriage and longs for the sea. When a former lover returns from years of absence, she is forced to decide between freedom and the new life she has made for herself.
Donmar Associate Kwame Kwei-Armah directs Ibsen’s moving play about duty and self-determination following the Olivier Award-nominated One Night in Miami….
Nikki Amuka-Bird returns to the Donmar as Ellida, following her recent BAFTA Television Award nomination for Zadie Smith’s NW.
Show Times 19.30 | 14.30 Latecomers will not be admitted.
41 Earlham Street
London WC2H 9LX
020 3282 3808
Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death @ Store Studios
Until 10 Dec Free Entry
Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, is an eight-minute film consisting of clips and photographs from all avenues of Black life and media in all forms. From music visuals, video art, YouTube videos, dash-cam footage and photographs, Jafa’s piece presents still visuals of the everyday reality of Black folks. Soundtracking Kanye’s, “Ultralight Beam” over raw footage (both past and present), the filmmaker also included photos of Malcolm X, Dr. King, President Obama, Beyonce, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix and Lebron James.
Arthur Jafa exhibits Love is the Message, the Message is Death (2016) in a site-specific installation.
Jafa’s work is a convergence of found footage that traces African-American identity through a vast spectrum of contemporary imagery. The meticulously edited 7-minute video jumps from photographs of civil rights leaders to helicopter views of the LA riots, suspending viewers in an emotional montage that is a testament to Jafa’s masterful ability to juxtapose and sequence footage and that poignantly embodies the artist’s desire to create a cinema that ‘replicates the power, beauty and alienation of Black Music’.
Arthur Jafa is a director, filmmaker, and cinematographer who has used his platform to promote and express Black culture through a variety of mediums.
Admission Tue-Sat 12.00-20.00 | Sun 12.00-19.00 check event details.
180 The Strand
‘100 years ago the biggest killer of young men was war, now they kill themselves.’
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Every 31 hours someone takes their own life by jumping in front of a train.
They are ten times more likely to be a man.
31 HOURS is the story of four men who clean up after rail suicides. Filled with humour and humanity, it takes us on a high-speed kaleidoscopic journey through masculinity, mental health and messy aftermaths in modern Britain.
Admission | Show Times 19.30 15.00
Duration 80 mins no interval
53a Southwark Street
London, SE1 1RU
0207 234 0486
Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.
This roller-coaster play tells the story of The Sun, an ailing minor title bought for a song by Murdoch and relaunched with a skeleton staff of weirdos and rejects, led by scar-faced Yorkshire sub-editor Larry Lamb.
Admission 19.30 14.30
104 St Martin’s Lane
The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988).
Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections.
Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, the show captures the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous.
020 7638 4141
The UK’s first major exhibition of artists’ responses to war and conflict since the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 will feature more than 40 British and international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Gerhard Richter, Jenny Holzer, Mona Hatoum, Alfredo Jaar, Coco Fusco and Jake & Dinos Chapman.
The complex issues surrounding the global response to 9/11, the nature of modern warfare and the continuing state of emergency in which we find ourselves have become compelling subject matter for contemporary artists.
Artists’ unique ways of communicating through their art provide different levels of understanding. The stories they tell, whether first or second-hand, come from alternative viewpoints not always reflected in the mainstream media, often challenge our perceptions.
Through 50 works of art including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which will be exhibited publically in the UK for the first time, this exhibition highlights the crucial role of artists in representing contemporary conflict.
Admission 10.00 – 18.00
London SE1 6HZ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5000
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