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15 Things to Do this Weekend in London: 23-25 October 2020

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From a coronavirus-inspired monologue on stage at Bridge Theatre to mixing with associates nearly and an out-of-this-world images exhibition, there’s a lot to do in London this weekend, regardless of the brand new Tier 2 restrictions 

Lead picture: Perception Funding Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2020 Total and Galaxies winner Nicolas Lefaudeux with Andromeda Galaxy at Arm’s Size? (Photograph © Nicolas Lefaudeux/Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2020)

1 Beat the Satan with Ralph Fiennes at Bridge Theatre, Tower Bridge
21-31 October
Nick Hytner’s Tower Bridge theatre is rising from lockdown with a set of star-studded monologues together with Beat the Satan, starring none apart from Ralph Fiennes. Directed by Hytner and written by David Hare, the manufacturing depicts Hare’s expertise of contracting Covid-19 early on within the pandemic. Struggling a pageant of apparently random signs, Hare recollects the delirium of his sickness in a monologue of livid urgency and energy. The playwright beforehand described the federal government’s response to the pandemic as worse than the dealing with of the Iraq struggle, so don’t count on this soliloquy to drag any punches. Tickets £10-£30.
One Tower Bridge SE1 2SD;

2 Sh!t-faced Shakespeare at Dwell at Ally Pally
25 October
Dwell, indoor occasions have returned to Alexandra Palace with the launch of Dwell at Ally Pally on 15 October. The season of music, comedy and leisure options a number of the most enjoyable acts in comedy and music, and likewise marked the re-opening of The West Corridor, which had been closed to the general public since March. The collection will even function stay units from influential DJ Sasha (30 Oct), The Comet Is Coming, who will deliver their distinctive fusion of jazz, Afrofuturism, electronica and psychedelia to Alexandra Palace (18 Nov), and one of many UK’s finest different membership nights, Insurgent Bingo (31 Oct). However this weekend’s spotlight is Sh!t-faced Shakespeare, which returns with its distinctive tackle A Midsummer Evening’s Dream on Sunday 25 Oct. Dwell at Ally Pally runs till 22 November.
Alexandra Palace Method N22 7AY;

three Perception Funding Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2020 at Nationwide Maritime Museum, Greenwich

23 October-Eight August 2021
French photographer Nicolas Lefaudeux has crushed hundreds of photographers from across the globe to win the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s title of Perception Funding Astronomy Photographer of the Yr 2020. In addition to securing the £10,000 high prize, his picture takes satisfaction of place within the exhibition of profitable images, opening on the Nationwide Maritime Museum on 23 October. Profitable photographs of the opposite classes embrace the breath-taking Aurora Borealis above Hamn i Senja, Skaland, in Norway by Nicholas Roemmelt; Łukasz Sujka’s picture showcasing the alignment of our moon and Jupiter; a outstanding illustration of the satellite tv for pc trails between earth and the Albireo double star by Rafael Schmall; and the charming Darkish River by Julie F. Hill – the inaugural winner of the Annie Maunder Prize for Picture Innovation. Adults £10, children £6.50.
Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 9NF;

Four Russell Howard at The Clapham Grand
25 October
Russell Howard can’t avoid Clapham Grand for the time being. Following a run of sold-out post-lockdown exhibits on the iconic venue within the September, the comedian is returning for one final crack of the whip. Be a part of the comic, tv presenter, radio presenter and actor – finest identified for his TV exhibits Russell Howard’s Good Information and The Russell Howard Hour, in addition to his appearances on Mock the Week – for a singular evening of work-in-progress stand-up, alongside a few of his favorite comedians. 6pm-9.45pm. Tickets from £14.75.
21-25 St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT;

5 Ann Veronica Janssens: Scorching Pink Turquoise at South London Gallery, Camberwell & Peckham
Till 29 November
South London Gallery, which has simply been introduced as an Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020 winner, is presently internet hosting the primary main presentation of Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens’ work in London. Scorching Pink Turquoise spans the SLG’s Essential Gallery and three flooring of the Fireplace Station, with works starting from an expanse of glitter by to a colored mild set up exploring concepts round notion. Janssens’ Untitled (Blue Glitter), an expanse of blue glitter scattered throughout the ground, occupies the Essential Area for the primary half of the present after which, on 28 October, it will likely be changed by Janssens’ reflective wheeled Bikes, 2001, the place guests are invited to cycle around the Essential Gallery on certainly one of 5 custom-made bicycles with mirrored wheels. Janssens’ sculptures, projections, mild works and installations additionally occupy three flooring of the Fireplace Station.
65-67 Peckham Highway, Camberwell SE5 8UH & 82 Peckham Highway SE15 5LQ;

6 BOXPARK Oktoberfest, Wembley
24-25 October
BOXPARK is celebrating Oktoberfest for the primary time this yr, with a Bavarian-themed socially-distanced Bavarian brew-haha at BOXPARK Wembley this weekend. The celebrations – in partnership with Czech brew Staropramen – will options stay performances by Premier Oompah, alongside the host DJ Disco Disco, in addition to conventional Bavarian video games, stilt walkers, lederhosen steins of Staropramen and Bavarian-style eats from the native street-food merchants. To maintain issues socially distanced, three periods will run throughout the day at every venue (2pm-Four.30pm, Four.30pm-7pm and 7pm-9.30pm), with admissions in teams of six. Tickets are £20, together with a jug of beer and assured entry for 2 individuals. All guests might want to obtain the BOXPARK Black Card to enter.
18 Olympic Method, Wembley Park HA9 0JT;

7 Dwell Jazz at The Tramshed Undertaking, Shoreditch
23 October
London’s latest restaurant, workspace and tradition venue, The Tramshed Undertaking in Shoreditch, is internet hosting its very first stay efficiency with resident jazz band Black Flamingo this Friday. Fronted by Heidi Vogel, who made her skilled debut touring with Cirque du Soleil earlier than changing into a frequent face on the London and LA jazz scene, the four-piece jazz band will carry out stay within the Essential Corridor from 6pm-10pm. Company are invited to ebook a desk to wine, dine and toe-tap – safely inside your social bubble, in fact. The Tramshed Undertaking is a membership-free vacation spot for coworking, consuming and studying. Dropped at life by Avenue Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue, it brings collectively three of the capital’s most enjoyable cooks; resident chef Andrew Clarke, alongside Zoe Adjonyoh and James Cochran.
32 Rivington Avenue, Shoreditch EC2A 3LX; 

Eight START at Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
23-25 October
The seventh version of START goes forward as deliberate at London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery. One of many few artwork gala’s to happen within the capital this autumn, START 2020 provides artwork lovers to take pleasure in the advantages of cultural immersion in individual in a Covid-secure atmosphere. Serving to to revitalise the artwork world, this yr’s version will current a must-see curated assortment of 21st century modern artwork complemented by revolutionary START Initiatives. Highlights embrace Nightlife, an exhibition of works by the Godfather of Avenue Artwork, Richard Hambleton, and photographer Franc Palaia, introduced by Soho-based artwork studio, Woodbury Home; and David Bowie 20/20 Imaginative and prescient, a set of never-before-seen images by Tony McGee that have been hand chosen by Bowie himself. The VIP Personal View takes place on 21 & 22 Oct.
Duke of York’s HQ King’s Highway, Chelsea SW3 4RY;

9 DNA VR at Battersea Energy Station
From 21 October
DNA VR – a brand new digital actuality venue at Circus West Village, Battersea Energy Station – provides the proper answer to the Covid-19 winter of discontent. Family teams can meet with individuals from completely different households nearly – with out bodily interplay – to interact in additional than 50 enjoyable experiences. DNA VR’s new flagship leisure area options particular person VR pods, which could be separated into completely different rooms to accommodate teams of as much as 11 from completely different households. The venue may organise gaming periods for teams between their three London venues – Battersea Energy Station, Camden and Hammersmith – in order that avid gamers from the completely different venues can speak to and work together with one another nearly. The corporate’s signature Free-Roaming Experiences, which is able to happen on a separate mezzanine stage throughout the new venue, are additionally obtainable for identical family teams of as much as 4 individuals.

10 Drive In Movie Membership at Alexandra Palace
Till 31 October
Drive In Movie Membership returns to Ally Pally with a brand new October that includes daring new blockbusters, Halloween classics and a sprinkling of particular occasions. The socially distanced drive-in occasion, delivered by the crew behind Rooftop Movie Membership, has every little thing you want for an ideal film evening out, together with an enormous 40-foot LED display screen, in-car audio through native FM stereo, concessions like scorching canines, popcorn, chocolate and drinks (ordered on-line and dropped off exterior your automobile door), and, in fact, loos which are cleaned commonly. Screenings kick off on 12 October with A Wet Day in New York and Grease, with showings of Psycho on 26 Oct, The Shining on 27 Oct, Gremlins on 28 Oct, Ghostbusters on 29 Oct, The Addams Household on 30 Oct and, on Halloween itself, Casper, Hocus Pocus and Relic. Plus, on Thurs 15 Oct you may catch a 5.30pm displaying of the Nationwide Theatre’s award-winning hit Fleabag, adopted by a screening of Escape from Pretoria. Tickets from £27.50 per automobile plus reserving payment.
Alexandra Palace Method N22 7AY;

Secret 7″ at NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
Till 1 November
Secret 7” – the nameless charity record-sleeve sale that marries main artists with legendary musicians – returns for its seventh and last present at Greenwich Peninsula’s NOW Gallery. Sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor, British painter Lubaina Himid and Jake & Dinos Chapman are among the many 700 designers – together with artists chosen through an open submission – who’ve created one-of-a-kind vinyl pressings for his or her alternative of this yr’s iconic seven tracks. The tracks embrace Aretha Franklin’s One Step Forward, Bob Dylan’s Blind Willie McTell, and Miles Davis’ Miles Runs The Voodoo Down. On Sunday 1 November, all of the information can be offered to the general public through an eBay public sale, however the id of the sleeve designer stays beneath wraps till the report is bought. Secret 7” will assist the work of Assist Refugees. Free entry.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Sq., Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0SQ;

12 The Final 5 Years at Southwark Playhouse, Elephant & Fortress
Till 14 November 
The Final 5 Years returns to Southwark Playhouse after its critically acclaimed run was minimize brief in March. The award-winning musical, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, is an emotionally highly effective and intimate present about two New Yorkers who fall out and in of affection over the course of 5 years. The The Final 5 Years unfolds as Cathy tells her story in reverse, from the tip of their turbulent relationship, whereas Jamie tells his story chronologically from the spark of their preliminary assembly, with the 2 characters assembly solely as soon as – at their marriage ceremony in the course of the present. The enduring musical – given 5 stars by each WhatsOnStage and The Stage – returns in a daring new manufacturing with the actors on stage always. Tickets £27.50.
77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Fortress SE1 6BD;

13 Dante’s In Furlough at The Vaults, Waterloo
Till 30 December
The satan is getting hitched, and given the Covid chaos, there’s no higher time to simply accept an invite to the underworld… The underside line of this socially distanced interactive present – impressed by Shel Silberstein’s epic poem, Billy Markham and the Satan, written for PlayBoy in 1977 – is betray or be betrayed. Journey down into the various circles of Hell and navigate your approach to the marriage of the millennium. However to show your self worthy of a seat at Satan’s desk, you’ll must lie, sin and cheat your means there. Ought to your morals intervene, your punishment can be to return to the altogether extra disappointing plains of Earth and miss out on all of the hedonism down beneath. Covid-secure measures embrace a restrict of six attendees at a time, with ample area to face two-metres away from these not in your bubble. Face coverings are necessary. Tickets from £20 (previews), drinks tokens £6. Open Thurs-Sat 5.30pm-Eight.30pm and Solar Four.30pm-7.30pm.
The Vaults, Leake Avenue, Waterloo SE1 7NN;

14 Black Greenwich Pensioners at Outdated Royal Naval School, Greenwich
Till 21 February 2021
The ORNC’s Black Greenwich Pensioners exhibition explores the hidden histories of the Black Royal Navy personnel, who fashioned certainly one of Britain’s earliest Black communities after they turned pensioners on the Royal Hospital for Seamen (the place the Outdated Royal Naval School stands right this moment). Co-curated by Black British heritage advisor S. I. Martin, this very important and engaging exhibition appears on the presence and impression of the recorded Black communities which were resident in Greenwich for over 200 years. Telling the tales of Black seamen, a few of whom have been volunteers and others who have been enslaved or impressed, the exhibition traces their harmful and unpredictable lives within the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition examines the position Black Mariners performed in British naval conflicts in addition to the private histories of outstanding Greenwich pensioners equivalent to John Thomas, who escaped slavery and was later returned to enslavement in Barbados, and John Simmonds, a Jamaican veteran of the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar whose descendants nonetheless reside within the UK. There can be associated workshops and excursions in the course of the exhibition.
Mezzanine Gallery, Customer Centre, Outdated Royal Naval School, King William Stroll SE10 9NN;

15 London By no means Dies at London Cabaret Membership, Bloomsbury
Till March 2021
London By no means Dies is a brand new, re-vamped present from The London Cabaret Membership. The James Bond-themed present – the identify of which additionally appears profoundly apt throughout this time of disaster for the hospitality trade – returns with a number of brand name new surprises, from superbly choreographed dance routines to gravity defying acrobats, iconic tracks from the Bond motion pictures and pioneering Four-D particular results. The present can be accompanied by a advantageous eating menu created by new head chef Burim Asllanaj, a proficient culinary skilled with over 20 years of expertise working for unique non-public shoppers, together with LCC’s signature cocktails and martini’s galore. Channel your interior Bond lady or super-spy as a number of the capital’s most proficient West-Finish performers immerse you in a glamorous world of romance and espionage. Tickets from £45.
The Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria Home, Bloomsbury Sq., Holborn WC1B 4DA;


Greenwich Dance’s Ragtime to Grime – Deliver It Dwelling Tour, Royal Borough of Greenwich 
Till 24 October
Greenwich Dance has commissioned social and avenue dance firm Grounded Motion to deliver stay dance theatre to particular person houses all through the Royal Borough in celebration of Black Historical past Month. The Ragtime to Grime – Deliver It Dwelling Tour is a strong avenue dance and rap efficiency telling the story of troubled younger individuals who really feel mentally adrift and disenfranchised from historical past. Simply 10-minutes lengthy, the specifically choreographed efficiency by Temujin Gill, that includes dancers Daniella Might Selwood and Adrian Falconer, alongside rapper Sunanda Biswas, will happen on the finish of a path or in a communal out of doors area in a bodily distanced format. There can be 30 particular person exhibits, every in a special location, and obtainable to ebook in your personal family. Tickets are priced on a pay-what-you-can foundation.
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We Had been Having a Completely Good Time at Clapham Omnibus
Till 24 October
We Had been Having a Completely Good Time at Clapham Omnibus is a darkish comedy about bathroom roll, misplaced love on the bus station and figuring out when to finish a dialog – particularly a tragic one. Some individuals are inherently unlikeable. Some individuals have simply learn The Bell Jar and demand on telling everybody. Some individuals click on their fingers at waiters… these two flatmates hate these individuals. In truth, they hate quite a lot of issues, even perhaps one another. However they have been having a wonderfully good time till she went and spoiled all of it. Offered by Conflicted Theatre in affiliation with Grace Dickson Productions. Tickets £6. Staged on Friday & Saturday evenings. Clapham Omnibus has new Covid-secure measures in place. Click on here for extra.
Northside, Clapham Frequent SW4 0QW; 

Camden Oktoberfest at The Electrical Ballroom
Till 24 October
Camden Oktoberfest will pair the standard merry traditions with a contemporary twist that includes stay brass bands and DJs. The totally decked out Bavarian beer corridor will set the scene for tonnes of genuine German bratwurst, grilled Black Forest sausage, Currywurst, pretzel options Brotzel, plus big sloshing steins of German beer. You’ll discover solely the best Bavarian brews, equipped by Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks, and legendary Bratwurst sausage avenue meals dealer Herman Ze German is the unique meals associate. An eight piece brass band will lay down a mixture of pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, funk and soul covers, and dancers, competitions and distinctive challenges will maintain the power ranges excessive till the Membership De Fromage DJs swap issues up in a while. Tickets from £20 (minimal 4 tickets, most six).
184 Camden Excessive Avenue NW1 8QP;

West Finish Musical Drive-In, Enfield
Till 31 October
Alongside London’s many drive-in cinemas, there’s the West Finish Musical Drive-In, a socially distanced musical theatre social gathering from the producers of West Finish Musical Brunch. Going down at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water, the solely contact-free live performance expertise delivers you reside performances from the most important West Finish superstars. The performances, that includes songs from a number of various musicals, can be projected from the stage onto a large display screen with sound supplied straight to your automobile radio. Tickets from £65 (based mostly on one automobile with two attendees). Operating each Saturday till 31 October.

Atelier Picasso at BASTIAN, Mayfair
Till 31 October 
Atelier Picasso at BASTIAN recreates Picasso’s Cannes studio as an immersive expertise, providing a hardly ever seen glimpse into the ingenious thoughts of one of many best skills of the 20th century. Picasso moved to the South of France to flee war-torn Paris following WWII, and regardless of an already outstanding profession, he was decided to maintain experimenting. A hoarder, Picasso piled the surfaces and flooring of his studio with a treasure trove of supply materials and authentic works, from furnishings and sculptures to ceramics, drawings and prints, as seen on this exhibition. Atelier Picasso additionally options a variety of images from André Villers, an in depth pal of Picasso’s who took many photographs of the artist at work, in addition to The Full Set of 20 Visage plates from 1963. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm. Admission free.
Eight Davies Avenue, Mayfair W1K 3DW;


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