14 March 2012 – What’s on Tonight!
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theatre – regional/Bette & Joan – tour.
Anita Dobson, Greta Scacchi, Angie Watts in EastEnders and film actress, reprise roles for when production of ANTON BURGE’s play tours following its run at the Arts Theatre. Based on cult movie that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it charts a meeting on the set of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? between screen divas and rivals Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, both at the low point in their careers. Directed by BILL ALEXANDER.
private view/Billy Connolly: Born On A Rainy Day.
Billy Connolly, comedian, opens the first display of his pen and ink drawings. Strictly invite only. Halcyon Gallery (Bruton St), 29 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6QP.
press night/Bryony Kimmings: Seven Day Drunk.
Bryony Kimmings, Soho Theatre resident writer, brings her one-woman show to London. Show investigates ‘the historical links between artists and mind enhancing drugs.’ Runs March 13-17, 20-24 and 27-31. Soho Downstairs. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3NE.
talk/D&AD/50 President’s Lecture.
Bob Gill, Alan Parker, David Puttnam, founder of design and advertising organisation is in discussion with film director and prdducer at first in series of lectures looking at how the company has changed since its inception 50 years ago. The Mermaid, Puddle Dock, Blackfriars, EC4V 3DB.
regional press night/Democracy.
Patrick Drury, Richard Hope, Aidan McArdle, Rupert Vansittart star in last of concurrent stagings of three MICHAEL FRAYN plays. PAUL MILLER directs revival of his 2003 play, which premièred at the National Theatre in 2003, and is based on the real-life decision West German chancellor Willy Brandt had to make about exposing the Communist spy Günter Guillaume who worked as his secretary. Part of The Frayn season, which also features rehearsed readings of The Sneeze (March 9), Here (March 16), Wild Honey (March 23) and a reading of extracts of his novels and columns (March 30). Frayn himself is In Conversation on March 23. Runs March 8-31. Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street , Sheffield , S1 1DA.
book signing/Gareth Roberts.
Doctor Who author, signs copies of SHADA, a new Doctor Who novel based on original scripts by DOUGLAS ADAMS, which never made it onto the small screen due to industrial action in 1979. Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, WC2H 8JR.
launch/Great Eastern Bear Gallery.
Calum Best, True Tiger, XO Man, Tony Lundon, Laura Zilli attend launch of new East End gallery. Great Eastern Bear Gallery, 8a Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch , London, EC2A 3NT.
film premiere/How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire.
Clare Cameron, Tamer Hassan, Funda Onal, Mem Ferda, Peter Golding, Orlagh Woods, Richard Dyer, Zoe Petersen, Dan Edelstyn, celebs join director at premiere of film about his epic journey to re-establish his family’s old vodka distillery. Includes tasting of the film’s own Zorokovich 1917 Vodka. Edelstyn also takes part in q&a after the screening. Also showing (during March) at ICA (16-22); Wood Green Cineworld (17); Enfield Cineworld (18); Hackney Picturehouse (19); Ilford Cineworld (20); Belfast Queen’s Theatre (21,22); Bristol Cineworld (22); Cardiff Cineworld (23); Dalston Rio (24); Wolverhampton Cieworld (25); Greenwich Picturehouse (26) and The Courtyard in Hereford on May 1. Aftershow party at …
film premiere/The Hunger Games.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Ross, stars and director attend premiere of highly-anticipated adaptation of SUZANNE COLLINS’ teen trilogy. Katniss (Lawrence) represents her district in an annual tv game show where she is pitted against Peeta (Hutcherson) and expected to fight to the death in a bid to save her community. Released March 23. The O2 Arena, Millennium Way, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0DX.
screening/Jessops: The Shot.
Photography brand Jessops host screening of entrants into their DSLR short film competition, held in association with The Mob Film Company. Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9HB.
private view/Li Tianbing.
First UK exhibition for Chinese-born artist features eight new large-scale paintings from his semi-biographical series exploring the legacy of China’s one-child rule. When Li Tianbing arrived in Paris to study he had a tiny album of five small, black and white photographs of himself as a young boy. To have childhood photographs was a privilege in 1970s China. These images play an integral role in Li Tianbing’s work. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Li Tianbing is available for interview and speaks French, English, and Mandarin.
launch party/Lollipops Spitalfields.
The Broken Hearts dj at new store opening for Parisian accessories brand. Invitation only.
Lollipops, 104 Commercial Street, London , E1 6LZ.
party/Monica and Joe.
Sophie Anderton, Arlene Phillips, Amy Childs attend online retailer’s first birthday party. Soho House, 40 Greek Street, W1D 4EB.
press night/A Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.
Jude Akuwudike, Jade Anouka, Jenny Jules, Danny Sapani star in ERROL JOHN’s play, written in 1957, and set in his native Trinidad around that time. MICHAEL BUFFONG, recently appointed Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company, directs. Previews from March 7. National Cottesloe Theatre, Royal National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9XP.
Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, talks about her life, her writing and her activism. She published her first novel in 1953, and has since published 40 books, including Booker Prize-winning The Conservationist (1974). First of a series of Index on Censorship events, focussing on the continuing importance of free expression. Gordimer’s latest novel, NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT, is published to coincide. Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX.
US ‘Queen of Folkabilly’ performs songs old and new at rare London show. Latest album, THE LOVING KIND, out now. O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green, W12 8TT.
fashion/NC Girls UK Model Search.
Harvey, reality tv star, helps agency recruit new models. Anaya Nightclub, 9 Swallow Street, Mayfair, London, W1B 4DE.
press night/One Night With Joan.
Joan Collins is expected to be joined by celeb friends at opening night of her one woman show that spills the beans on her career. Runs to March 18. Collins is available for interview. Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BX.
book launch/Sarah Rozenthuler: Life-Changing Conversations: 7 Strategies For Talking About What Matter.
Sarah Rozenthuler, Jeremy Corbyn, Jeremy Vine, Mark Williams-Thomas, Lord Adonis, Kaja Wunder, author, celebrates the launch of her first book with celeb friends. Out now.
cabaret/Sister Mary McArthur, On Ya Knees… Confessions with the Stars.
Helen Lederer, Paul Phear, Wincey Willis, actress/comedian, Magic Radio dj and presenter/weather girl, spill the beans to ‘the Nun who want to be a star’ (aka Tim McArthur) at evening inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins. Sister Mary is available for interview. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennigton Lane, London, SE11 5HY.
private view/Uri Aran, Shannon Ebner, Annette Kelm, Helen Marten, Eddie Peake: March.
Group show featuring non-gallery artists. Runs March 14 to April 21. Sadie Coles South Audley Street, 69 South Audley Street, London , W1K 2QZ.