London To Do List – 16-22 December

London To Do List – 16-22 December

Our fab weekly London To Do List continues, with plenty of free, cheap and offbeat treats to get you through the week!

// Top Picks //

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong | Pleasance Theatre | Until January 5th | £12-£16

A unique take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, as seen through the prism of Mischief Theatre’s delightfully skewed approach to theatre.

When the inept and accident prone Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society set out to present Peter Pan, what could possibly go wrong? Two acts of hysterical disaster ensue.

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Designers-Makers

Designers/Makers Christmas Market | Southbank Centre | Until December 22nd | FREE

Fill those Christmas stockings with great festive gifts from this ace market, showcasing work from over 50 designers.

Find the perfect presents for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family: jewellery, textiles, ceramics, homewares and prints should cover all the bases.

Head to the cafe bar for happy hour every evening, 6pm – 8pm. There will also be workshops and demonstrations on creating affordable gifts.

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ladyrizo

Lady Rizo | Soho Theatre | Until 4th January | £25/20

Get your Christmas cabaret fix with the gorgeous smokey chanteuse Lady Rizo live at Soho Theatre. She presents a  ‘fascinating mix of bawdy humour and polished hyper-femininity’.

Expect vintage arrangements and theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade with original material.

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L&G

Lemonade & Laughing Gas Do Xmas | The Rag Factory | December 16th, 17th, 19th & 20th | 7pm-11pm | £10 & £45

If pantos aren’t really your thing, L&LG invite you to join them as they install themselves in an old factory just off Brick Lane for an all-encompassing evening of immersive theatre, visual and sonic treats, funny people, and surprising encounters, and even (if you’re peckish) a 3 course festive Victorian-themed sumptuous feast cooked by Francois Brönn.

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// Monday //

Red Hot

Red Hot Exhibition | The Gallery in Redchurch Street | 10am-9pm | FREE

A groundbreaking stills and video exhibition celebrating red-haired male beauty while attempting to reverse the stigma attached to ginger men in the UK. The exhibition is the result of a year-long photography project by Thomas Knights, who has experienced personally the negative perceptions that come with being ginger.

Red Hot aims to re-define the perceived image of the redheaded male, showcasing men who are masculine, chiselled, cool, and proud of the way that they look – new icons for what hopes to be a positive rebranding of the ginger!

The Red Hot Exhibition runs until December 22nd // More Info

// Tuesday //

Colonel

The Colonel | BGWMC | 7:45pm | £10

Head down to the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club for a night in the company of the Weirdos Comedy Club. It’s all for a good cause too, as all the money taken in goes to charity.

They Say: An anarchic pantomime and war epic about love, life and chicken. From the people who bought you last year’s sell-out smash ‘Hook’, Weirdos Comedy Club. Join us for a stupid evening in December and witness the Colonel – every penny raised goes to the good people at Great Ormond Street.
Read more at http://todolist.london/london-christmas-shows-2013/#C7K2qjPIm8ZFZgUG.99

You can also catch The Colonel on December 16th, 18th & 20th // More Info & Buy Tickets

// Wednesday //

Early Days

Early Days (of a better nation) | Anatomy Museum, KCL | 3:30pm | £1.50

A show in development, a response to the political turbulence of recent years where new forms of citizenship, protest and participation have taken centre stage in broadcast and social media.

Early Days (of a better nation) aims to explore the possibilities of nationhood and democracy in a political game of unintended consequences. You might want to wear your thinking cap.

They Say: The revolution is over and it’s time to start shaping your new nation.
Your country can be anything it wants to be. What are the rules you’re going to live by?

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// Thursday //

boxpark

Boxpark’s Cheesy Xmas Party | Boxpark Shoreditch | 6pm-9pm | FREE

Boxpark gets festive with what promises to be “the cheesiest, tackiest, most tinsel-y party you’ll see this side of a local council office in 1988”.

Expect garish decorations, cardboard cut-out photo opps, loads of WHAM…and even a free drink! (Yeah, you know why we’ll be there!)

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// Friday //

Santamental

Santamental | Lime Wharf | 7pm-3am | £15

To Do List favourites Bourgeois & Maurice join Sink The Pink for a night of festive cabaret fun at Lime Wharf.

They Say: Taking place in Hackney’s most exciting new gallery-cum-bar-cum-performance-cum-party warehouse (a lot of cum), Lime Wharf, this one-off Christmas party mixes alternative performance and sharp-tongued cabaret with DJs, disco and full-blown tranny dance routines. Highlights will include a Fortune Telling Elf, the 12 Gays of Christmas Tranny Choir, new songs, Christmas remixes (old songs with bells in), Glitter my Shitter, prossecco on tap and a real log fire!

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Festive Fela

Kinetika Bloco’s Festive Fela | Southbank Centre | 5:30pm | FREE

Kinetika Bloco perform a set inspired by Fela Kuti’s 75th Anniversary.

Seventy young musicians and dancers aged 14+ will come together to perform a set of Christmas Kuti, with pieces by John Coltrane, The Clash and Cedric Brooks – and maybe even a festive song or two!

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Lips

Lips Choir | The Coronet | 8:30pm-2:30am | £11

All-woman pop choir Lips bring their annual Christmas concert to The Coronet for its second year. Accompanied by a 6-piece live band, Lips give a unique slant to disco, garage and classic pop tunes – and they promise a famous 90s Christmas hit too…

After Lips, David Oh and Sophie Ellis Deck-Star play non-stop 90s pop, R’n’B, dance, hip hop, house and club classics until you’re too tired to dance.

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// Weekend //

olympia

The London International Horse Show | Olympia | Saturday & Sunday From 9am | From £16

Horses! Lot’s of horses! The annual festival of equine excellence returns to Olympia, for a week of dressage, show jumping, jumping over a huge wall, and Christmas frolics!

The Olympia Horse Show runs Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd // More Info & Buy Tickets

protest

Protest Song | The Shed | Saturday, 7pm & 9:30pm | £12 & £20

Rhys Ifans stars as Danny, who sleeps rough on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral – then one morning wakes to see a canvas city springing up in front of him.

A funny, moving, and at times critical exploration of the reality of the Occupy movement.

Protest Song runs until January 11th // More Info & Buy Tickets

Brunel

Midnight Apothecary Sing-a-Long-a Christmas Special | Brunel Museum | 5:30pm-10:30pm | £5

Gather around the fire at the Brunel Museum with the Nathan Osgood Trio & Friends, for a special Christmas Midnight Apothecary in the magical, dream-like rooftop garden.

Sing your festive heart out, as they’ll be playing all the Christmas hits you could ever dream of… plus a few traditional carols.

To further warm the heart, there will be themed Christmas cocktails, hot buttered rum, toasted marshmallows, a roaring fire and tasty snacks!

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Main Photo: Strictly’s Ben Cohen and Andalusian horse, ‘Vejador’, with rider Fernando Arizo. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com.
Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.