Tonight: April 27 2012. Enjoy!
Lots of stuff for tonight you lovely people you. Don’t forget – our subscribers get contact info, start times etc too, all well in advance.
launch party/Amika Mayfair.
Kensington members club opening a second club. Amika Mayfair, 43 South Molton Street , London, W1K 5RS.
press night/The Conquering Hero.
AURIOL SMITH directs ‘re-discovered’ play, written in 1923, by ALLAN MONKHOUSE, the author of Mary Broome, a success at the venue last year. Set in a military family on the eve of the outbreak of the First World War. Runs to June 9. Orange Tree Theatre, 1 Clarence Street, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2SA.
London dance-pop/rap singer, plays huge arena show to promote second album, PLAYING IN THE SHADOWS, out September 5. Includes Stay Awake. The O2 Arena, Millennium Way, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0DX.
gig/Foster The People.
Hyped LA indie/pop act play London headliner. Album, TORCHES, out now. O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL.
Alison Steadman, Zawe Ashton, Alex Beckett, actress best known as Beverly in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party and stars of Fresh Meat and Twenty Twelve, star in revival of MICHAEL FRAYN’s comedy for a limited run. Phil and Cath begin to construct their life together, here, now, in a one small studio flat. LISA SPURLING directs. Runs April 19 to May 17. Rose of Kingston Theatre, 26/27 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, KT1
press night/His Greatness.
Matthew Marsh takes over the lead role of The Playwright (from PETER GOLDFARB who has withdrawn from the production), in European premiere of DANIEL MacIVOR play, directed by CHE WALKER. RUSSELL BENTLEY and TOBY WHARTON also star. Runs to May 19. Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, SW10 9ED.
Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull frontman, plays London date of his UK tour which ends in Southampton on May 6. Marks 40th anniversary of the band’s album, Thick As A Brick. Hammersmith Apollo (HMV Apollo Hammersmith), 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QH.
Joe Brown, guitarist, celebrates 54 years in the music business with tour to 30+ venues to promote latest album, MORE OF THE TRUTH. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Chelsea, SW1X 9DQ.
The mustachioed half (ok he shaved it off after the 80s but he’ll never live it down) of US soul-pop duo Hall and Oates, plays rare solo date. Seemingly ‘out of touch’ with each other, the other one also plays solo date, July 12. Islington Town Hall, 222 Upper Street London N1 1XR, London, N1 1XR.
screening/King of Devil’s Island.
Screening of Scandinavian thriller by Norwegian director MARIUS HOLST. STELLAN SKARSGARD stars. Released April 29. The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH.
screening & q&a/The Look.
Charlotte Rampling, veteran French actress, takes part in q&a following screening of documentary looking back over her career. Directed by ANGELINA MACCERONE. BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, Waterloo, SE1 8XT.
launch party/On Plate, Still Hungry & Something I Ate.
New online magazine ‘sharing meals, stories and interviews’ celebrates launch with seasonal food and art event organiser from Brooklyn. Comprises exhibition of food diaries from 47 London-based creatives. Music from EARNEST ENDEAVOURS. Menu by SAM KIM of Skimkim. Runs April 28 to May 6. Protein Gallery, 18 Hewett Street, London, EC2A 3NN.
private view/Pedro Matos: Heritage.
Pedro Matos attends opening of his debut London solo show, which features a new series of oil paintings on canvas and one site-specific installation. Runs April 27 to June 9. Ivory & Black, 94 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QB.
fundraiser/Royal Caledonian Ball.
Annual charity ball, which started in the 1840s, features a number of traditional dances. Proceeds are split between a number of charities. Grosvenor House Hotel (Marriot Grosvenor House), Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K
play previews/The Sunshine Boys.
Danny DeVito, Richard Griffiths, star of US hit tv comedyTaxi makes his West End stage debut alongside star of Pie in the Sky, as ageing vaudevillian team Willie Clark and Al Lewis in NEIL SIMON’s award-winning comedy, which premiered on Broadway in 1972 and was later adapted for film and television (with George Burns and Walter Matthau). REBECCA BLACKSTONE, NICK BLAKELEY, PETER CADDEN, JOHNNIE FIORI, ADAM LEVY and WILLIAM MAXWELL also star. THEA SHARROCK directs. Press night May 17,
Eccentric former Massive Attack member and cross-dressing Trip Hopper, teams up with vocalist MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD to run through classsic 1995 album MAXINQUAYE in full. Part of Sundance Festival. (Tricky:Jodie Banaszkiewicz/Domino Records – gig: Kish Communications) Indigo2 – O2 Arena, Gate 3A, Millennium Way, London, SE10 0AX.