Great things to do in London this weekend, including St George’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square, Backyard Cinema’s The Last Chapel and a disco at Little Nan’s in Peckham
Lead image: Alice’s Adventures Underground returns to The Vaults in Waterloo (photo: Jason Joyce)
1 The Last Chapel by Backyard Cinema, Borough
From 18 April
Backyard Cinema returns to SE1 with The Last Chapel, a Tarantino-inspired season celebrating anti-heroes and antagonists. Taking a slightly darker, more theatrical turn than previous runs of the Winter Night Garden, Romeo + Juliet and the Lost World, the fully immersive Last Chapel experience takes place in a recreation of an abandoned chapel deep in the Nevada Desert. Head for the From Dusk ‘Till Dawn-themed bar 90 minutes before the show for cocktails and craft beer, as live actors, including a rather unhinged priest seeking salvation, bring the whole experience to life. This weekend you can catch Inglorious Bastards on Thursday 20 April, True Romance on Friday 21 April and Fight Club on Saturday 22 April. Tickets from £16.50.
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway SE1 6DR; backyardcinema.co.uk
2 Andy Warhol’s iconic shoe portfolio at Peter Harrington Gallery
Now on display
Peter Harrington Gallery is selling a complete set of Andy Warhol’s iconic shoe portfolio, A La Recherche Du Shoe Perdu, with an early trial cover on which his mother, Julia Warhola, misspelled ‘Recherche’ as ‘Pecherche’. The portfolio, produced in 1955, was a collaboration between Warhol and the poet Ralph Pomery. It contains 17 hand-coloured lithograph portraits of shoes plus the cover, which are all presented in grey wooden frames. Each individual shoe portrait has its own character and is accompanied by a ‘shoe poem’ or caption by Pomery, lettered by Warhol’s mother Julia Warhola. Priced £200,000 for the set.
100 Fulham Road, Chelsea SW3 6HS; peterharrington.co.uk
3 The Grandkids Friday Takeovers, Peckham
Little Nan’s Tropical Den in Nunhead is sending nan off to bed early this Friday and every Friday until the end of May for The Grandkids Friday Takeovers. Entry is free and the music theme is simply ‘pure bangers all night long’. Expect to hear the likes of Lionel Richie, Spice Girls, Chaka Khan, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Beyonce, Prince, Candi Staton, Boney M, En Vogue, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Craig David, Fleetwood Mac, Backstreet Boys, TLC, Mariah, CHIC, Bowie, Dolly Parton and many more. Teapot cocktails, teapots of spirit and mixer, bottled beers, bottles of wine, bottles of prosecco and some good old shots will be available behind the bar. 9pm-2am.
16 Evelina Road (In the basement of the Golden Anchor Pub), Peckham/Nunhead SE15 2DX; littlenans.co.uk
4 Pop Up Cinema at Rivoli Ballroom
20 & 21 April
The Rivoli Ballroom, itself a star of many a film, including Tom Hardy’s Legend, Theory of Everything, The Muppets and Brad Pitt’s Spy Game, will become a pop-up cinema over the weekend, courtesy of Crofton Park Pictures. On Thursday, enjoy 90s classic Pretty Women, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, followed by Goodfellas at Rivoli Ballroom. The Rivoli, a 1950s-style ballroom, is steeped in history and original features, and once operated as a cinema. Doors open 8pm with two bars serving drinks, hot dogs, popcorn and Ice cream. Tickets from £12. Over 18s only. 8pm-11pm.
350 Brockley Road, Crofton Park SE4 2BY; croftonparkpictures.com
5 Books & Beer at Dulwich Books
Dulwich Books is hosting an evening of craft beers with Gipsy Hill Brewery and readings from authors Lisa McInerney (The Blood Miracles) and David Keenan (This Is Memorial Device). Last year, Lisa became a Dulwich Books bestseller when her debut The Glorious Heresies won the Bailey’s Prize for fiction by women. A tale of organised crime and less organised families, Lisa’s new novel revisits the characters of The Glorious Heresies, continuing the story of Ryan Cusack, who struggles to make his way out of the drug world. Lisa will be in conversation with David Keenan, long-time music critic and author of the extraordinary This Is Memorial Device, a hallucinated oral history of a Scottish post-punk scene that never existed. 7pm-9pm.
Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road SE21 8SW; eventbrite.co.uk
6 Alice’s Adventures Underground at The Vaults
From 21 April
The Olivier Award nominated immersive theatre experience Alice’s Adventures Underground is back, leading you on a fantastical journey through gloomy Vaults beneath Waterloo station. Meet some of Wonderland’s famous and curious inhabitants, take tea at the biggest un-birthday party with the maddest of Hatters, follow the Cheshire Cat and join the underground movement to rise against the Queen of Hearts. If it’s anything like 2015’s sell-out run, it’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you melancholy, and it’ll probably weird you out a bit… Book quick though – many performances have already sold out. It’s time to rediscover wonderland in all of its magical, nonsensical glory… Tickets from £31.50. Running until 23 September.
7 Pedal Powered Alfresco Screening of Willy Wonka, Telegraph Hill
FFF moves around various locations across south east London from Catford and Deptford to Herne Hill and Peckham, but also pops up in Ealing and Streatham. On Saturday 22 April on Telegraph Hill, you can enjoy an alfresco screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with Electric Pedals – yup, it’s powered by bikes! Not everyone has to pedal though. Wrap up warm, take something to sit on and enjoy the bar, BBQ and Wonka Tribute sweet stall. 8pm. Free entry on a first-come-first-served basis.
Upper Park, Kitto Road SE14 5TY; freefilmfestivals.org
8 Wellcome Book Prize 2017: Shortlist Events
A series of events celebrates this year’s The Wellcome Book Prize. The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Wellcome Collection on Monday 24 April and nominations include David France (How to Survive A Plague), Siddhartha Mukherjee (The Gene), Ed Yong (I Contain Multitudes), novels from Sarah Moss (The Tidal Zone) and Maylis de Kerangal (Mend the Living), and Paul Kalanithi’s posthumously published memoir (When Breath Becomes Air). The winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony at Wellcome Collection on Monday 24 April. Highlights include Family and Fragility: Shortlisted Authors in Conversation, where authors discuss the topics at the heart of their critically acclaimed books (22 April, 3pm, Wellcome Collection. Free, but reservations required) and 5 x 15 Wellcome Book Prize Special, where authors introduce their shortlisted books (23 April, 11am, The Tabernacle. Tickets £12.50).
9 Sea Fret, Old Red Lion Theatre
Until 22 April
Lucy Carless of Channel 4’s critically acclaimed drama series Humans makes her theatre debut as Ruby in Sea Fret opening at the Old Red Lion. Best known for her portrayal of teenaged Mattie in both series of the hit television programme, Lucy trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop. Rising sea levels are threatening the ground beneath her house but Ruby is wildly distracted. She wants one final blow out before her best mate Lucy leaves for Uni. With the local community in favour of letting nature.
418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ; oldredliontheatre.co.uk
10 It’s Not Yet Midnight, Roundhouse
Until 23 April
Returning to London for the first time since 2010, French Compagnie XY – widely regarded as one of the leading contemporary circus companies in the world – bring their new show It’s Not Yet Midnight… to the Roundhouse from 10-23 April for its UK premiere. With 20 acrobats on stage, this show is a call to work together, to be watchful and look out for one another, an antithesis to our indivisualistic society.
Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH; roundhouse.org.uk
11 Feast of St George at Trafalgar Sqaure
The Feast of St George will be the capital’s biggest ever St George’s Day celebration. Headlining the main stage in Trafalgar Square will be Ralph McTell, the legendary folk musician best known for his 1974 song ‘Streets of London’. Also gracing the stage will be Crystal Palace Brass Band, indie folk band Patch and the Giant, choral sensation the Military Wives Choirs, and Clarissa Mae, winner of the Mayor’s 2016 Busk in London competition. There will also be female Morris dancers, a Cookery Theatre with top chefs including Theo Randall and BBC Masterchef winner, Natalie Coleman, an English Food Market, and a colourful St George’s Dragon overlooking the Square. Free entry. 12-6pm.
Find the full programme at london.gov.uk/feast
12 LWD Vision Exhibition
Until 29 April
Twenty eye-catching designs celebrating the spirit of West Dulwich have been selected to adorn new lamp-post banners in the area, and the winning and commended entries will be featured in a special exhibition at Volcano Coffee House in April. The completed banners will then be installed on 60 lamp-posts in and officially unveiled at the Love West Dulwich Spring Fair on Saturday 20 May. The Love West Dulwich Lamp-post Banner project was funded by a grant from the London Borough of Southwark’s High Street Challenge and contributions from local businesses.
Volcano Coffee House, Parkhall Business Centre, 40 Martell Road, West Dulwich SE21 8EN; facebook.com/lovewestdulwich
13 Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre
Until 20 May
Written by Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph, Guards at the Taj is a comedic interpretation of 17th century Agra, India, just when the Taj Mahal was nearing completion. Two best friends who work as imperial guards keep watch as the masterpiece is given its final touches, upon direct orders from the emperor who has decreed that no-one but those who are working on the magnificent project can look at the Taj Mahal until its finishes. Once the glorious palace is revealed, the two friends learn the cost of true beauty in this twisted turn of events.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; 020 8743 5050; bushtheatre.co.uk
14 Queer British Art 1861-1967, Tate Britain
Until 1 October
Tate Britain’s first exhibition dedicated to queer British art unveils material that relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) identities. The show, supported by the Queer British Art Exhibition Supporters Circle, with additional support from Tate Patrons, marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. Spanning the playful to the political, the explicit to the domestic, Queer British Art 1861-1967 showcases the rich diversity of queer visual art and its role in society. Themes explored include coded desires among the Pre-Raphaelites, representations of and by women who defied convention (including Virginia Woolf), and love and lust in 60s Soho. Works by Francis Bacon, Evelyn de Morgan, Glyn Philpot, Claude Cahun and Cecil Beaton feature alongside queer ephemera, personal photographs, film and magazines.
Millbank SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
15 War Paint: Brushes with Conflict at The National Army Museum
Until 19 November
The National Army Museum reopened to the public on 30 March after a three-year, £23.75m redevelopment project. The bright new building will include over 2,500 objects in five permanent thematic galleries: Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight. The museum’s first temporary exhibition, War Paint: Brushes with Conflict, explores the many reasons artists and soldiers have painted scenes of conflict – to create records, report news or commemorate events. But above all, war paintings are personal perspectives on war and its vast impact on people and places. War Paint features over 130 paintings and objects exploring the complex relationship between war and the men and women who map, record, celebrate and document it.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk