The Big Summer Gig! St. James’s Piccadilly


The Big Summer Gig

Be uplifted by The Choir with No Name, who run choirs for people who have experienced homelessness or live on the margins of society, as they sing up a storm at their Big Summer Gig! After their hugely successful show at St James’s last summer, CWNN returns for another evening of quirky pop classics, copious audience participation and plenty of exciting surprises along the way!
Tickets: £12
Click here to book online

The Big Summer Gig! | Tickets 

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre opens Aug 8th

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour -Traverse

Winning Review reader NB enthusiastically recommends this award-winning production which arrives at the National following a sell-out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a national tour. It’s adapted by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall and directed by Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, with music arranged and supervised by Martin Lowe (Once).  The show was the winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award, Herald Angel Award and Stage Ensemble Award at the Fringe 2015.

From the NT:Funny, sad and raucously rude, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is adapted from Alan Warner’s brilliant novel about six girls on the cusp of change. Young, lost and out-of-control, they’re hit by love, lust, and pregnancy and death over the course of a single day.”

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour | National Theatre

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Picasso Portraits opens at the National Portrait Gallery October 2016


A hot ticket this fall is sure to be the Picasso Portraits exhibit at the the NPG-make sure to book tickets in advance.

From the NPG: “Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

On display will be portraits from all periods of Picasso’s career and in all media, from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. The works on show will range from celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to works in private collections being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time.  The exhibition  is co-organised by the  Museu Picasso, Barcelona”

Picasso Portraits

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Obsession with Jude Law

Opening in May, Jude Law will be at the Barbican for a 4 week stretch in Ivo van Hove’s Obsession based on the movie of the same name and the novel The Postman Always Rings Twice.  Tickets go on sale for members today,  I’m not sure there will be too many left when the public is offered tickets on Monday.

From the Barbican  “Jude Law plays the magnetically handsome, down-at-heel Gino in a new stage adaptation of Visconti’s penetrating social drama directed by Ivo van Hove.

Drifter Gino, powerful and graceful as a puma, encounters Giuseppe and his much younger, trapped wife Giovanna at their roadside restaurant and petrol station. He and Giovanna are so irresistibly attracted to one another they begin an affair while plotting to murder her husband. But the crime does not unite them in this chilling story where passion can lead only to destruction

Visconti‘s first feature film Obsession (1943), based on James M Cain‘s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, gave rise to Italian neorealism, a cinematic movement highlighting the struggles of ordinary people in a time of upheaval. As van Hove’s fourth Visconti production, it features a company of Dutch and British actors led by Law, whose charismatic stage and screen performances have established him as one of the foremost actors of his generation.”  Barbican – Obsession







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World’s Highest Tunnel Slide Opens June 24

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 21.19.28Unless you’re claustrophobic this looks like it would be really fun.  You now have the chance to slide from top to bottom of the 178m arcelorMittal Orbit tower which was originally built for the London 2012 Olympics, in just 40 seconds, winding around the tower 12 times at 15mph. The Slide | New For 2016 | ArcelorMittal Orbit

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Learn from the head of TED

Chris Anderson is TED’s president and head curator. Trained as a journalist after graduating from Oxford University, Anderson launched more than 100 successful magazines and websites before turning his attention to TED.

Join Chris and the how to: Academy to talk about how to prepare an exceptional presentation and keep any audience engaged.

From How to:  “From general speeches to business presentations, we all experience unavoidable situations where we have to speak to an audience, hold their interest, and gain their trust and respect. Chris Anderson’s experience in shaping the ‘ideas worth spreading’ of TED Talks’ amazing alumni (Amy Cuddy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Gates, Sir Ken Robinson to name but a few) has given him an extraordinary insight into how to give an exceptional presentation – whether at an informal family occasion, or a global conference. We don’t all have to have ambitions to change the world – but the ability to capture the hearts of those we speak to is a skill that will never be wasted. Join Chris Anderson and the how to: Academy to learn how you can give a first-class presentation.

Prepare an Exceptional Presentation from the head of TED – Chris Anderson | how to: Academyhow to: Academy

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Crime Scene Live at the Natural History Museum

Do you have what it takes to catch a killer? If you’re over 18 you can become a crime scene investigator for the night and work with Museum forensic experts to solve a murder mystery.  This interactive night at the Museum involves actual forensic scientists and detectives from New Scotland Yard sharing their skills and knowledge regarding crime scene investigation. You will be given crime scene suits to wear for the duration of the event. The Natural History Museum wants you to be aware that this event involves some scenes of a gruesome nature.

The only tickets remaining are for
– Friday 8 July, 18.30

Crime Scene Live | Natural History Museum

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