1 Deconstructing Patterns at Francis Crick Institute, Kings Cross
From 1 February
Deconstructing patterns, an art-meets-science exhibition, opens at the Francis Crick Institute on 1 February. The exhibition is a collaboration between leading Crick scientists, visual artist Helen Pynor, poet Sarah Howe and sound artist Chu-Li Shewring. The various artists were commissioned to describe the different molecular and cellular patterns studied at Crick. The exhibit provides the visitor with the opportunely to listen in as the artists and scientists discuss their different ways of seeing patterns.
1 Midland Road, Kings Cross NW1 1AT; crick.ac.uk
2 Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop! at Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham
1 February – 17 March 2018
Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop! Is an exhibition of new paintings by George Rouy at the Hannah Barry Gallery. This new group of work features single figures, couples and a monumental swan with soft pigmentation and balanced composition. George Rouy has collaborated with Jesse Pollock to make a pair of benches for the gallery (called Cuddler and Swan) to enhance the space. The exhibition will be accompanied by a pamphlet with texts written by Charlie Mills and Caroline Levy.
4 Holly Grove, Peckham SE15 5DF; hannahbarry.com
3 Live music at Under the Bridge, Fulham
On the 23 of February, Cindy Wilson is performing at Under the Bridge. Cindy Wilson is a vocalist, songwriter and founding member of The B-52’s. About to release her extraordinary debut solo album Change, Cindy Wilson will perform exclusive UK concerts to celebrate in February 2018. Also performing during the month of February is Live Dead 69 (2-3 February) featuring Tom Constanten who was the pianist with The Grateful Dead and Josh Smith (8 February) who is considered to be one of the world’s most exciting and dynamic guitarists.
Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road SW6 1HS; underthebridge.co.uk
4 Winterland, Fulham
2 February – 10 March
London’s first Thameside forest returns due to popular demanded for one month starting in February, now featuring brand new attractions such as a bespoke karaoke booth. Additionally, Winterland is offering a special romantic Valentines igloo package, as they are opening special on valentines day, and birthday packages of fondue and booze, including a dedicated butler on hand to keep glasses topped up at all times. Starting on Friday 2 of February, Winterland continues on Thursdays to Saturdays until 10 March. Tickets start at £5.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; winterlandlondon.com
5 Jorge Pardo Exhibition at Victoria Miro, Islington
2 February – 24 March
Jorge Pardo, the Mexico-based Cuban-American artist, is showing an exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery from 2 February to 24 March. Celebrated for his use of vibrant colours, eclectic patterns, natural and industrial materials, and craftsmanship and computer-aided production, Pardo, a MacArthur Fellowship recipient, has since the 1990s questioned distinctions between fine art, architecture and design. This exhibition comprises not only paintings but also large-scale chandeliers, ranging in scale from 1 to 1.7 metres tall. The exhibition will draw you into an environment of form, colour, illumination and shadow as the artist explores light’s potential as a means of shaping our experience of architecture while creating an immersive visual spectacle during winter’s darkest months.
16 Wharf Road, Islington N1 7RW; victoria-miro.com
6 Classico Latino at All Saints Church, Dulwich
Classico Latino performs Latin-inspired music full of virtuosity and energy with a six-piece ensemble of violin, cello, piano, vocals, percussion and bass on 3 February. The award-winning group seamlessly blends the techniques and sounds of classical music with authentic Latin American rhythms and melodies. Creating unique arrangements alongside original compositions, the group’s performances appeal to a wide audience. Tickets are £12.50 full/ £9 concessions/ £34 family discount price.
All Saints, West Dulwich SE21 8JY; chamberplayers.co.uk
7 Best of British at M1 Fine Art, Greenwich
3 February-1 March
This February M1 Fine Art in Greenwich hosts The Royal Society of British Artists in an exhibition showcasing the Best of British, showing the very best work so visitors can enjoy a varied selection of art to catch the interest of all. The RBA has consistently been at the forefront of artistic innovation since before the days of Whistler, LS Lowry and Henry Moore, so enjoy oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture, and more from some of the most respected artists working in Britain today.
20 Nelson Road, Greenwich SE10 9JB; m1fineart.com
8 Jack the Ripper Tour at Discount Suit Company, East London
In collaboration with London Walks, the Discount Suit Company is running jack the Ripper tours, with the addition of a stiff cocktail from their latest menu. Follow the official tour guide through the back streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields while inspecting murder sites and sifting through evidence. The tour concludes approximately a half an hour later at the Discount Suit Company for another cocktail. The tour will start at 7 pm promptly. Tickets are priced at £20, inclusive of two cocktails as well as the walking tour.
29a Wentworth Street E1 7TB; umbrella-london.co.uk
9 Relatum – Stage at Serpentine Galleries
6 February – 29 July
The Serpentine continues its exploration of public art with a sculptural commission by artist Lee Ufan named Relatum – Stage. Lee Ufan came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the major theoretical and practical proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha group. The first contemporary art movement in Japan to gain international recognition, Mono-ha rejected Western notions of representation, focusing on the relationships between materials and perceptions rather than on expression or intervention. Ufan’s minimalist works, which use only two materials, steel and stone, are characteristic of this school of thought. Comprised of two angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, Relatum – Stage will merge the natural and industrial in a poetic installation that reflects the surrounds of the park.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org
10 Fatberg! at Museum of London
9 February –1 July
The Museum of London will showcase the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg as part of a display titled Fatberg! opening on 9 February. Fatberg! will address how fatbergs are created, the processes of obtaining and displaying such an object and how the rest of the fatberg was recycled. The display will tie in with the museum’s season of events and displays, City Now City Future which examines the challenges, initiatives and innovations taking place within our cities.
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
11 The Jungle Book at Richmond Theatre
7 February-10 February
Children’s Touring Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, bring a new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, to Richmond Theatre 7 February-10 February to delight school and family audiences alike. The Jungle Book features the same beloved characters’ and their voices but adapted to resonate with the modern day. The characters have a little more wit, and greater diversity, in terms of place, tone, gender and culture.
The Green, Richmond TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
12 Evidence by He Xiangyu at White Cube, Bermondsey
7 February – 8 April
Evidence is an exhibition of new sculpture, installation and video by Chinese artist He Xiangyu at White Cube Bermondsey. Known for his provocative and ambitious works, he is part of a generation of conceptual artists in China who use a range of media to articulate cultural and social concerns. This latest series is informed by small scraps of metal from North Korea, sourced whilst filming a project exploring the country’s diaspora in his hometown, close to the China /North Korea border. The objects relate to a black market recently discovered by the artist. Alongside this presentation, he will show The Swim (2016), a feature-length film documenting life on China’s border with North Korea through a series of interviews with defectors and Korean War veterans, plus footage of the artist swimming across the river to the border.
144–152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ; whitecube.com
13 Natacha Atlas and Ibrahim Maalouf at Bush Hall, Shepherd’s Bush
Exploding onto the scene in the early 90s, Natacha Atlas rapidly gained widespread recognition for her successful pioneering meld of Western and Eastern music, specifically, her use of cutting-edge electronic beats with Arabic melodies and instrumentation. For this show at Bush Hall, Atlas performs music from her 2015, album, ‘Myriad Road’ a stunning jazz recording with one of France’s most eminent jazz musicians, Ibrahim Maalouf – the highly-garlanded Lebanese-born French jazz and classical trumpeter, producer, and composer – at the production helm.
7.30pm. Tickets £24-£30.
310 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7LJ; bushhallmusic.co.uk
14 The Centenary of the Representation of the People Act, The Monument
The Monument is to open its doors after hours on Thursday 8 February for an exclusive evening event with suffragette descendent and women’s rights campaigner Dr Helen Pankhurst in conversation with London historian Dr Matthew Green to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act. The event, in partnership with 5×15, will explore the history of and the enduring legacy of the suffragette movement and touches on the challenges to female equality worldwide today. The event starts at 7 pm and will last approximately 1 hour. Tickets are £20 per person.
Fish Street Hill EC3R 8AH; themonument.org.uk
15 Synthesis at 508 Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea
10 February – 3 March
Acclaimed Irish artist Fintan Whelan presents his first solo exhibition, Synthesis, in London at 508 Kings Road Gallery from 10 February to 3 March. The exhibition is titled Synthesis because it sums up his way of making art. Whelan strives to combine various elements of his surroundings, experiences, and vision to bring them together into a single and unified entity. People can expect lots of canvases, big and small which Whelan hopes will create a dialogue between the viewers and the paintings themselves.
508 King’s Road, Chelsea SW10 0LD; 508kingsroad.com
16 Orchids Festival at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
10 February – 11 March
Thailand’s vibrant colours, culture, and magnificent plant life will be the centrepiece of Kew Gardens’ Orchids Festival in February. Inside the tropical paradise of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, visitors to Kew’s 23rd annual Orchids Festival will get a chance to shake off the winter blues and get creative. Colourful floral displays will welcome visitors as they enter the tropical glasshouse and wander through a magnificent Vanda tunnel bedecked with orchids of all colours. Thailand is home to 1,100 species of orchids. Botanists have been naming and describing orchids for more than 250 years and Kew is a world leader in this field. Last year alone, 600 new species were discovered including three from Thailand.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew TW9 3AB; kew.org
17 Dream On at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
10 February – 20 January 2019
Dream on is a new exhibition which explores dreams, the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. Opening on 10 February 2018 at the V&A Museum of Childhood, it weaves together several elements. Looking at our relationship to objects and the power we invest in them the exhibition plays with the notion that objects come to life when we are not looking, much like our dreams when we fall asleep. The artists at the exhibit include Christie Brown Katherine Tulloh, Madeleine Waller, the children of St George’s Hospital Tooting, and the primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk
18 Rebecca Ferguson at 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Rebecca Ferguson is back playing 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 11 February. Having co-written her record-breaking debut album Heaven, and going on to release a further three follow-ups, Ferguson has proven herself to be a recording artist with a passion for her craft that is second to none.
Shepherd’s Bush Green W12 8TT; rebeccaofficial.com
19 Great British Bab off Charity Dinner at Le Bab, Soho
In partnership with Action Against Hunger and hosted by Le Bab, the Great British Bab-Off (GBBO) will see five of London’s hottest restaurants compete for the title of the capital’s best kebab. The restaurants competing alongside Le Bab are Yosma, Ikoyi, El Pastor and Pitt Cue Co. It’s a gourmet kebab-lover’s dream – for £45pp, you’ill enjoy a five-course Bab-Off tasting menu (a wine flight is available for a £35pp supplement; all proceeds go to Action Against Hunger), before voting on whose kebab should be crowned the winner. There are two sittings, one at 2pm and one at 6pm (40 places available at each).
Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby W1B 5PW; eatlebab.com
20 Hear me Raw at Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Daniella Isaacs is bringing the hit show Hear me Raw to London’s Arcola Theatre between 12 and 24 February. In an autobiographical story about empowerment and crippling insecurity, fitspiration and fragile bones, superfood smoothies and so much debt, Daniella Isaacs peels back the Instagram filter to reveal the dirty truth behind clean living. Aged 24, Isaacs joined the cult of contemporary wellness. She spiralised courgettes, saluted the sun, and came out top in spinning class. She even ghostwrote for some of the world’s most well-known wellness brands. But it’s been two years since her last period. Her bones are disintegrating, hairs are springing up in all the wrong places, and her anxiety is sky-rocketing. The doctors are saying her lifestyle is responsible. In a clean-living obsessed world, what does wellness even mean?
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL; arcolatheatre.com
21 RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair, Westminster
The RHS London Early Spring Plant Fair returns for this February with striking displays that combine the natural beauty of the season with design innovation and a never-seen-before hanging collection of snowdrops. Donated from gardens all over the country, the stunning installation showcases snowdrops cascading down from the ceiling of RHS Lindley Hall to eye level. Along with the eye-catching floral displays the Fair is also hosting workshops on a variety of topics such as Valentines Day and the language of flowers.
RHS Lindley Hall SW1P 2QW & RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD; rhs.org.uk
22 The B*easts at Bush Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush
12 February – 3 March
BAFTA-winning actress Monica Dolan brings her first play, The B*easts, to the Bush Theatre from 12 February following a hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it won a Stage Edinburgh Award 2017. It is a searing ‘What If?’ exploration of the pornification of our culture and the sexualisation of our children. Setting the modern obsession with putting your own child first against our responsibility as a society towards our children as a whole, this dark tale, written by and starring Monica Dolan, explores how far one mum will go to give her child what she wants.
7 Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
23 Cat Roissetter Exhibition at Brocket London, Kennington
14 February – 17 March
Cat Roissetter returns to Brocket London after her acclaimed exhibition A Thousand Plateaus. The exceptional artist presents a drawing project based on three illustrated children’s stories with her celebrated haunting depictions. The exhibition will run from 14 February to 17 March.
16 Windmill Row, Kennington SE11 5DW; brocketgallery.com
24 David Milne: Modern Painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery
14 Feb – 7 May
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne, bringing together 90 oil paintings and watercolours alongside drawings and photographs never shown before in the UK, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision. Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
25 London Classic Car Show, ExCel London
The London Classic Car Show heads to ExCel London, where visitors will be able to relive the golden years of car motoring. Discover the world’s best classic car manufacturers, clubs, collectors and dealers, browse memorabilia, as well as displays of the most prestigious vintage cars.
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway E16 1XL; thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk
26 Springsteen is For Lovers: A Valentine’s Bash at The Grand, Clapham
She Street Band, the all-girl Bruce Springsteen cover band, is returning to London this February. Following their sold-out debut gig at The Moth Club last April, the She Street Band is returning to their hometown and cooking up something special, a Valentines themed blow out that would make Springsteen proud. You can expect all the classic hits such as Born To Run, Thunder Road and Dancing in the Dark with a female twist. Not only will She Street Band be performing live, but DJ’s from Hungry Heart will be keeping the 80s themed party going. Tickets are £12.50.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT; shestreetband.com
27 The Best You at Olympia London
Now in its third year, The Best You Expo will run for two-days between the 16th -17th February, at London’s Olympia, giving you the chance to hear from a stellar line-up of speakers offering advice, expertise and providing the practical tools to motivate, inspire and help in every aspect of your life. The wide variety of speakers include people such as Editor-in-Chief of Global Woman magazine and founder of the Global Woman Summit Mirela Sula, International Best Selling Author, hypnotist, and behavioural scientist Paul McKenna and Chief strategist and an international trading educator voted one of the 50 most influential people Sandy Jadeja. Tickets start at £10.
Hammersmith Road W14 8UX; thebestyouexpo.com
28 Frankenstein at Kensington Central Library, Kensington
19, 20 & 22 February
Frankenstein is an immersive theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, specially designed for library spaces. Rediscover this iconic story through the voices of Mary Shelley’s haunting characters as you journey through the libraries hidden corners. The audience wears headphones and hears the voices of the story’s haunting characters while they explore the library’s hidden corners. Visitors venture from room to room and from memory to memory following the ghost of Victor Frankenstein. The production will tour across the UK throughout 2018 to celebrate Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary. Tickets are £5.
12 Phillimore Walk, Kensington W8 7RX; pureexpressiontheatre.com
29 Scotch Egg Challenge at The Canonbury Tavern
Returning for its seventh year, the egg-erly awaited Scotch Egg Challenge will be coming to The Canonbury Tavern in egg-traordinary style. Contestants will take to the kitchen to compete in two categories, the Traditional Egg category honouring the classic Scotch Egg and the Unconventional Egg category which allows a little more room for culinary freedom. With the free event starting at 7:00 pm, fans of this humble bar snack can watch on as 20 chefs from across the country battle it out to be crowned supreme egg champion by an expert panel of judges.
21 Canonbury Place, Islington N1 2NS; thecanonbury.co.uk
30 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Returning in its 14th edition, Collect is bringing together 39 of the most prestigious galleries to showcase more than 400 artists from 13 countries around the world. This event exhibits museum-quality pieces from artists that span the leading disciplines of jewellery, textiles, ceramics, furniture, metalsmithing, and glass; as well as presenting work in highly specialized areas such as bookbinding, and unusual materials including paper, willow, vellum and lacquer. This weekend also features talks from leading international voices across materials and industries. Tickets start at £20; concessions £14.
King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 4RY; craftscouncil.org.uk
31 Curtains at Rose Theatre Kingston
22 February – 17 March
Running at the Rose Theatre Kinston from 22 February to 17 March, Curtains follows a family in turmoil as they attempt to celebrate a birthday. The family’s efforts to be cheerful during Ida’s eighty-sixth birthday and make the day a success verge on desperate. Ida is racked with pain and feels she has lived too long. During the celebrations, Ida’s third daughter returns unexpectedly after a 25-year absence and tensions flare. Old prejudices and rivalries are forced into the open in a hilariously painful and moving picture of a family in turmoil. Full tickets from £17 and concession tickets from £12.
24-26 High Street, Kingston KT1 1HL; rosetheatrekingston.org
32 Vice Versa at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mayfair
23 February to 31 March
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to present Vice Versa, a solo show of iconic paintings, photographs, installation, videos and wallpaper by the American artist Sturtevant. Taking place from 23 February to 31 March, this exhibition will be her first posthumous London showing and the most recent in the UK since 2013. Sturtevant’s work enacts a radical and distinctly feminist repossession of cultural iconography through repetitions of artworks from memory across multiple disciplines from video to screen printing. The gallery on Dover Street will present a retrospective of Sturtevant’s work engaging with artists from Warhol to Duchamp; Felix Gonzales-Torres to Jasper Johns, highlighting relationships in Sturtevant’s work between her subversive approach to repetition, conceptions of authorship and the abundance of our digital era.
Ely House, 37 Dover Street, Mayfair W1S 4NJ; ropac.net
33 Marianna Rothen at The Little Black Gallery, Chelsea
Until 24 February
Shadows in Paradise by Marianna Rothen is her first London solo exhibition, taking place at The Little Black Gallery in Chelsea. The photographs in Shadows in Paradise reference three films: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, Robert Altman’s Three Women and David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. In Rothen’s female-helmed dream world her characters find themselves and lose themselves.
13A Park Walk SW10 0AJ; thelittleblackgallery.com
34 John Brookes: The Man who Made the Modern Garden
Until 24 February 2018
John Brookes is the landscape designer who introduced Modernism to British garden design. The author of over 25 books (including The Room Outside, one of the most influential garden books of modern times), John Brookes MBE has inspired generations of garden and landscape designers in Britain and around the world, designing gardens, both public and private in North America, South America, Japan, South Africa and Europe. An early pioneer of Modernism in the design of private gardens, typified by his ‘Grid’, Brookes has introduced structure and geometry, from the iconic courtyard of Penguin Books to the ‘sexy curves’ of spaces inspired by his Brazilian hero, Burle Marx. Tickets £10.
Lambeth Palace Road SE1 7LB; gardenmuseum.org.uk
35 Dan Cruickshank at Greenwich Theatre
Architectural historian and author Dan Cruickshank is coming to Greenwich Theatre on 25 February at 7:30 pm. Cruickshank has been a regular on BBC television as presenter of architectural programmes such as One Foot in the Past and The House of Detectives. Cruickshank’s talk will centre on his book, A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings. He will be talking about all that architecture touches: art, culture, science, and engineering, bringing them together in an over-arching narrative. This event is a part of the ‘Talking Head’ series that has packed Greenwich Theatre over the last two years through the likes of Germaine Greer, David Starkey and Nigel Marven.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
36 The Simon & Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre, Soho
Until 23 July
The Simon & Garfunkel Story as it extends its acclaimed West End run with Philip Murray Warson (One Man Two Guvnors) to join, starring as Paul Simon alongside previously announced Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel. Revealing the incredible journey shared by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the audience follows their meteoric rise. From Simon and Garfunkel‘s humble beginnings, right through their worldwide successes and bitter break-up, culminating with a stunning recreation of their 1981 Central Park reformation concert, audiences can re-live the moments that justified their ten Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
29 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES; thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com
37 VAULT Festival
Until 4 March
VAULT Festival returns to the tunnels under Waterloo station this month with its biggest showcase of innovative, daring work yet. Don’t miss Becoming Shades, by Chivaree Circus, which will take you on an immersive underworld journey through the long dark tunnels of the Vaults. Based on the classical myth of Persephone, Becoming Shades is a bold re-imagining that fuses together live music, physical theatre, aerial acrobatics, fire, dance and mime. Following VAULT 2017’s sell out, smash hit, the creators of The Great Gatsby, return with a new Peter Pan-inspired, immersive musical. Neverland by Guild of Misrule and Theatre Deli invites you to rediscover your inner lost child and delve into a dark and dangerous world of mermaids, rum and glittering pirates. VAULT has something for every occasion and is a spectacular arts festival that adds some fun and flair to the nightlife scene.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7AD; vaultfestival.com
38 Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at Royal Albert Hall
Until 4 March
Cirque du Soleil’s OVO, which has thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009, is a colourful celebration of nature and co-existence. OVO, meaning ‘egg’ in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual. Tickets from £35 for adults, £24 for kids.
Kensington Gore, Kensington SW7 2AP; royalalberthall.com
39 Ingmar Bergman Season at BFI Southbank
A major season at BFI Southbank is running from 1 January to mid-March to celebrate the centenary of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The BFI Southbank season, which is a collaboration between the BFI, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, The Swedish Film Institute, SF Studios and The Ministry of Culture Sweden, will include virtually everything Bergman wrote for the screen, taking in a number of well-known films. The ultimate auteur, Bergman was a hugely influential and distinctive writer-director who worked in film, theatre and television. The celebration will show a comprehensive season of his work.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 8XT; bfi.org.uk
40 Barnum at Menier Chocolate Factory
Until 3 March
Barnum tells the story of P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth. The joyful and moving musical portrait of the nineteenth century’s greatest show-biz legend, Barnum is sure to entertain all types of guests this December. Director Gordon Greenberg and musical director Alex Parker have a beautiful and dynamic show taking you on the P.T. Barnum’s journey. Gordon Greenberg’s production opens on 5 December and runs until 3 March 2018. Tickets start at £39.50.
53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU; menierchocolatefactory.com
41 The Exorcist at Phoenix Theatre
Until 10 March 2018
Ian McKellen will feature in the West End premiere of The Exorcist as the voice of the Demon. The stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s iconic best-selling novel will be unleashed onto the London stage for the very first time in a uniquely theatrical experience directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier. When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange symptoms, her desperate mother Chris turns to a local priest for help. But before Father Damien can tackle what’s before him, he must overcome his own shaken beliefs, as this fight is for more than just one girl’s soul… The film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973, seeing audiences petrified to the point of passing out. Ages 18+. Tickets £15-£65.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road WC2H 0JP; atgtickets.com
42 Girl from the North Country, Noel Coward Theatre
Until 24 March
Duluth, Minnesota, 1934. A community living on a knife-edge huddle together in the local guesthouse. The owner, Nick, owes more money than he can ever repay, his wife Elizabeth is losing her mind and their daughter Marianne is carrying a child no one will account for. And, when a preacher selling bibles and a boxer looking for a comeback show up in the middle of the night, things start to spiral beyond the point of no return… Catch Girl from the North Country at the Noel Coward Theatre.
43 Calcotada Festival at Brindisa various locations
Until 31 March
The Calcotada Festival is a more unusual Spanish tradition which celebrates the humble Catalan onion, Calçot. The onion is cooked over open flames before families and friends gather for the subsequent feast. It’s a rather theatrical affair with calçots hanging over the table, dripping with romesco sauce as they’re carefully lowered into open mouths. Brindisa’s Head Chef and Catalan native Josep Carbonnell has created a traditional Calçotada weekend menu, with both traditional and vegan options, capturing the spirit and theatre of the Spanish festival. The vegan menu, £27 and the Meat menu, £35. Available Saturday and Sunday at Brindisa Shoreditch and Sunday at Brindisa Rupert Street throughout February and March. Booking essential.
152 Curtain Road EC2A 3AT & 18-20 Rupert Street W1D 6DF; brindisakitchens.com
44 Ferrari: Under the Skin at The Design Museum
Until 15 April 2018
Ferrari: Under the Skin is a major exhibition at The Design Museum, examining the fascinating history of one of motoring’s most iconic brands. The show, created in collaboration with Ferrari, celebrates 70 years of precision design, from the launch of the very first Ferrari car in 1947 to the latest car in production. See important cars in the flesh, such as one that won the British Grand Prix in 1952 driven by Alberto Ascari, a sports racing car that won the Goodwood TT and a selection of client cars. The exhibition also affords a rare insight into the life of Enzo Ferrarri, paying tribute to his passion for racing, something that ultimately gave rise to the brand.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
45 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017, Greenwich
Until 22 July 2018
Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of photographers from around the world to be declared Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. His photograph, The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, will take pride of place at the corresponding exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now in its ninth year, the competition received over 3,800 entries from over 90 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
46 Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
Until 16 September
This new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions is set in County Hall’s ornate Chamber. Director Lucy Bailey places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? This production has proved so popular that its run has been extended until September. Tickets £10-£95 (VIP Jury Tickets include access to a private bar area, a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 7PB; witnesscountyhall.com
47 Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the Apollo
Until 6 October
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the new feel-good musical featuring catchy songs written by The Feeling singer-songwriter, Dan Gillespie Sells, and writer Tom MacRae, has proved so popular in its first couple of months that its run has been extended from 21 April until 6 October 2018. The show, directed by Jonathan Butterell, tells the inspiring tale of Jamie, a 16-year-old boy who lives on a council estate in Sheffield who overcomes prejudice and bullying to step into the spotlight and become a sensation. Inspired by the BBC Three documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, the show recently won Best Musical Production at the UK Theatre Awards 2017.
31 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES; EverybodysTalkingAboutJamie.co.uk