Things to do this week in London: 27 January to 2 February 2020
“Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.” (Jack Kerouac)
Monday 27 January
I confess I am not a Samuel Beckett fan, but there will be plenty of takers for the Old Vic’s Endgame offering, starring Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe and Jane Horrocks. The bizarre plot centres around Hamm, who is old and blind and at loggerheads with his servant Clov. His parents who live in dustbins occasionally interrupt the duo with nostalgic tales. The play is paired with one of Beckett’s shorts: Rough for Theatre II.
Wednesday 29 January
La Voix returns to Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel from the 29 to 31 January. Expect side-splitting comedy, huge vocals and mesmerising impressions of the world’s biggest divas. Be quick if you want tickets – it’s selling out fast!
Connect Art Fair is back for its second year at the Mall Galleries in St James’s. The winter fair will be focusing on the capital’s artists. “London Calling” also includes famous artists who will be paying homage to London. Pieces in the fair range from £100 to £200,000. On from the 29 January to the 2 February.
The Gift, a subversive comedy about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation and tea opens at Theatre Royal Stratford East. On until the 15 Feb.
Friday 31 January
Somerset House is mushrooming things up with the work of 40 artists, designers and musicians. Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi celebrates the rich legacy and incredible potential of the remarkable organism, the ideas it inspires in the poetic, spiritual and psychedelic, and the powerful promise it offers to re-imagine society’s relationship with the planet, inspiring new thinking around design and architecture.
There is much to look forward to in the National Theatre’s production of The Visit. Tony Kushner, who gave us the masterpiece, Angels in America a couple of years ago, directs Lesley Manville and Hugo Weaving. Set in New York state, the world’s richest woman returns to her home turf promising its residents a slice of her wealth – but at a price.
Saturday 1 February
The candlelit Sam Wanamaker theatre at The Globe is the backdrop for Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. Expect live music, song and a carousel of actors which includes the Globe’s Director, Michelle Terry and Paul Ready.
Booking opens at 10am on Monday 27 January for the London Festival of Baroque Music. The festival, which opens in May, features music from sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain. Beyond the Spanish Golden Age brings together the finest baroque musicians from around the globe. Most of the concerts take place at the Baroque church of St John’s Smith Square.
Free Lunchtime Concerts
Did you know you can just pop in to the free lunchtime concerts at St James’s Piccadilly? Full listing here.
Diary of a Londoness subscribers get a small discount with Theatre Tickets Direct using code adtr3
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