London To Do List – 14-20 October
Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!
// From Tuesday //
Bloomsbury Festival | Various Locations | Various Times | FREE
The Bloomsbury Festival is “a free celebration that draws 50,000 people to London’s most inspiring cultural quarter”.
Expect six days packed with 200 free events showcasing pioneering art, music, dance and literature, and also giving a voice and new skills to a diverse range of young, older and disabled people.
Bloomsbury Festival runs until October 20th // More Info
A new, satirical comedy musical inspired by the Leveson Inquiry and the Hacking Scandal!
The Scene: “London Clinton and Dim Trashtrashian are two girls who will do anything to become famous, the only thing stopping them is that they don’t have any talent!
When their wish is granted courtesy of their devilish Fairy Godmother, Rupert Murdoch, the two girls face the true trials of fame.”
A completely original new musical which questions press ethics and puts friendship to the test. Featuring songs we KNOW you’ll be singing long after the curtain falls, including ‘We Could Be Famous’, ‘Hugh Grant Is My Ideal Man’, and ‘Making A Sex Tape’.
The Daily Fail runs until October 20th // More Info & Buy Tickets
// From Wednesday //
The Light Princess | National Theatre | 7:30pm | £12 – £48
The Story: “Once, in opposing kingdoms lived a princess and a prince who had lost their mothers. Althea, unable to cry, became light with grief and floated, and so was locked away. Digby became so heavy-hearted that he could never smile, and so was trained as a warrior.
One day, he declares war. Althea is forced out of hiding and down to ground but, in defiance of her father, she escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince on contested land. Beside a lake the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world’s darkness and face her own deepest fears.”
The Tori Amos teams up with playwright Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident, War Horse) for a “spectacular coming-of-age story – a dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love”.
The Light Princess runs until January 9th // More Info & Buy Tickets
Touch Art Fair is the world’s first-ever art fair to celebrate tactile and haptic arts. Yes people YOU CAN TOUCH!
Featuring work from international artists including: Jake and Dinos Chapman, Abigail Burt, Axelle Russo, Gillian A Mcfarland, Nendie Pinto-Duschinsky, Nicole Wassall, Phoebe Stannard, Scratchadelia, Steve Chang Hee Lee, Sungshin Olivia Yim, Victoria Karlsson and Younghee Lee.
Touch Art Fair runs until October 20th // More Info & Reserve Tickets
// Wednesday //
Midnight Opening for Publication of Morrissey’s Autobiography | Big Green Book Shop | From 10pm | FREE (but arrive early to avoid disappointment!)
On 17 October 2013, Penguin Classics publish “Autobiography” by Morrissey. You might have expected to be reading some early reviews by now, BUT NO! The book has been strictly embargoed, meaning no copy can be sold before this date (although, you know, Amazon make little delivery mistakes now and then, so…).
If you want to be amongst the first people to get your hands on this long-awaited book get yourself to The Big Green Bookshop which will be having a very special midnight opening!
// From Thursday //
An exhibition which aims to uncover the truth behind the myths of El Dorado. Gold had great symbolic meaning in pre-Hispanic Colombia, “facilitating all kinds of social and spiritual transformations”. This is your chance to explore the myth and legend, in another blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum
They Say: “For centuries Europeans were dazzled by the legend of El Dorado – literally ‘the golden one’. Many different stories were told of El Dorado – sometimes it was imagined as a lost city of gold, sometimes as a man covered in powdered gold who plunged into the middle of Lake Guatavita (near modern Bogotá).”
Beyond El Dorado runs until March 2014 // More Info & Buy Tickets
THE WEEKEND NEEDS THIS! A “vibrant, exciting new fusion of Music, Fashion & Theatrics, inspired by the enigmatic otherworldly zeitgeist of icons like David Bowie, Klaus Nomi and Leigh Bowery, mixed with the contemporary & cutting-edge”.
A night of dance-floor DJs, circus acts, performance art, cabaret & fashion shows – this promises to be a mesmerising mix of avant-garde performances from celebrated international artists with fashion forward aesthetics & unforgettable music!
// Sunday //
West End stars Simon Bailey, Natalie Casey, Damian Humbley, Sarah Ingram and Michael Matus line-up to celebrate some of the great, under-appreciated musical theatre that’s been sadly forgotten by today’s audiences.
Joined by regulars Christopher Bartlett, Lydia Grant, Oliver Southgate and Georgia Thomas, plus special guests Richard Free, Matthew Rowland and Ashley Stirling, this distinguished group will perform fab songs from shows such as The Biograph Girl, Romeo and Juliet, Nine Wives, Murderous Instincts, Dance a Little Closer, Lend Me a Tenor, The Wild Party (Lippa version), Bat Boy, YEE-HAW!!, Evening Primrose, Dogfight, Kelly and The Wedding Singer.