2013 London Arts Preview – Theatre, Comedy, Art & Things To Do
Here’s our guide to London January-March 2013 including comedy gigs, the View from the Shard, interactive theatre, cheap tickets to the Book of Mormon, amazing light art at the Hayward Gallery and much more.
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A festival of work exploring the point where stand up and theatre collide including the marvellous ‘Two Wrongies’, live art supremo Richard Dedominici & Sh!t Theatre’s JSA as well as many new & undiscovered cult heroes.
At Home with the Ludskis | Rio Cinema, Dalston | Sat 12 January | £6
For a second year Granny Ludski teams up with the London Short Film Festival for our 7th Edition of ‘At Home with the Ludskis’ >>> Avant-Garde, plastic art, installation, live music, popcorn, intervention, painting, Total art, Post-contemporary, exhibition, screening, live performance, art happening!
Offbeat Comedy Overload | Soho Theatre | From Tue 15 Jan | £10 Soho Theatre is exploding with comedy in 2013 including the riotous & satirical Rubberbandits, camp king Joe Lycett, filthy mother Katherine Ryan, the legendary Alexei Sayle and Deborah Frances-White’s fringe hit Voices in your Head returns featuring Russell Tovey and Sara Pascoe.
One Festival | The Space | Weds 23 Jan – Sun 3 Feb | £12/£8
The One Festival is a showcase of monologues featuring work from a wide range of theatre professionals featuring the wonderful Corrie themed Deidre and Me and lots more
In the Beginning was the End | Somerset House | Mon 28 Jan- Sat 30 March | £24.50 Acclaimed Brighton-based site-responsive theatre company dreamthinkspeak return to Somerset House with a new large-scale production, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, The Book of Revelation and the world of Mechatronics.
Ovalhouse Counterculture 50 Season | Ovalhouse | Tue 29 Jan – Fri 8 March | From £6
Our highlight of this ace new festival which infuses 5 pieces to cover 5 decades at Ovalhouse is the delightfully bizarre Crimplene Millionaire. You are invited to play the Crimplene Millionaire board game; with a roll of the dice, crimplene-clad light-entertainer Derek Daniels rolls back the years to a world of 1970’s glitz, pizazz and razzmatazz.
Light Show | Hayward Gallery | Weds 30 Jan-Sun 28 Apr | £11Light Show features works by 22 artists including David Batchelor, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Ceal Floyer, Jenny Holzer, Anthony McCall, François Morellet, Iván Navarro, Katie Paterson, Conrad Shawcross, James Turrell, Leo Villareal and Doug Wheeler.
Money…the Game Show | Bush Theatre | Thu 31 Jan – Sat 2 March | From £10
Casino and Queenie used to be hedge fund managers. Before the financial crisis of 2008, that is. Now, in an inspired – or desperate – career move, they’ve turned to performance art to share their stories of how to make (and lose) billions from economic downturn.
Playing with £10,000 in real pound coins, you are invited to bet long, short and hedge, as game show hosts Casino and Queenie challenge you to play a series of high stake games that demonstrate how the world’s economic system came to the brink of collapse.
So, risk takers to the front, risk adverse to the back. Welcome to MONEY the game show.
Venture up 1,016ft (310m) to the heights of the tallest building in Western Europe.
Robert Lepage: Playing Cards 1: SPADES | Roundhouse | Thu 7 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2013 | From £15
Playing Cards 1: SPADES is a remarkable new production from world-renowned theatre-maker Robert Lepage. True to this outstanding director’s rich artistic legacy, the show makes brilliant use of theatrical wizardry and has been created specifically for presentation in the round within the Roundhouse’s stunning Main Space. Peter Gabriel once said Lepage’s unique skill is to make ‘theatre for people who don’t like theatre’.
You’ve heard the hype, now see it in reality. The top price tickets are an appallingly greedy £85. However, twenty-one top-price tickets for each performance will be sold through an on-the-day lottery at the theatre for just £20 each 2 1/2 hours before each performance: Details here
Women of the World Festival 2013 | Southbank Centre | Fri 8-Sun 10 March | From £free
A diverse programme of keynote talks, performances, concerts, talks, gigs, debates and free music. Visit our marketplace, exhibitions and workshops. Take part in speed-mentoring, networking opportunities and more.Throughout the festival we present the very best of recognised and emerging female talent across all fields including politics, the arts, economics, fashion, science, health, sport, business and education.