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Surfaces all the Way Down: The Shape of Things at the Arcola Theatre

It's quite possible to find LaBute's play unpleasant, insincere and glib. Yet as this solid revival shows it remains difficult to resist. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 11th December 2013 Read more...
The People's Theatre: The Night Before Christmas at Chickenshed Theatre

Twenty some years after Princess Diana helped a group of young actors save The Night Before Christmas, Chickenshed Theatre's inclusive values hold true. A Christmas show that signs the way to a more compassionate society – with lots of exciting theatre along the way.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Bonny but not blithe: Much Ado About Nothing (for Christmas!) at the Park Theatre

Slightly unremarkable is probably the most fitting way to describe ACS Random's production of this much loved Shakespeare play. The intriguing idea of setting the piece in a 1940s post-war setting is sunk by unnecessary sincerity and not enough sparkiness. At the Park Theatre.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Only an elf stirred: The Night Before Christmas at Soho Theatre

Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the warehouse, only an elf was stirring... This is the set-up for surreal writer Anthony Neilson's characteristically original take on the conventions of Christmas shows. At the Soho Theatre.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Dame for a laugh!: Jack Off the Beanstalk at Above The Stag Theatre

What's dirty and smells and makes you laugh out loud? Yes, it's the annual bawdy pantomime from Above The Stag at a brand spanking new Vauxhall venue.

Monday 9th December 2013 Read more...
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier does it again with a rollicking production of Candide that carries you along on a tidal wave of sumptuous ensemble singing: a grand and glorious romp for the Christmas season.

Sunday 8th December 2013 Read more...
Two exceptional exhibitions at Rebecca Hossack Gallery: David Farrer's Scale and Silver: 25th Anniversary Exhibition

Step into Rebecca Hossack's Charlotte Street Gallery to be greeted by a menagerie of papier-mâché animal heads by artist David Farrer for the exhibition Scale. Shrunk or enlarged to fit on shields, these playful creations are beautifully made from discarded newspapers. Rebecca Hossack's Conway Street Gallery is also well worth a visit while it hosts Silver, a 25th anniversary exhibition.

Sunday 8th December 2013 Read more...
Treat everyone as if they're Andrew Lloyd Webber: Ushers: The Front of House Musical at the Hope Theatre

The brand new Hope Theatre is hosting the world premiere of Yiannis Koutsakos and James Oban's first show. The idea of putting ushers in the spotlight is either brilliant or dreadful, depending on your point of view, but here it works startlingly well, combining deliciously bitchy satire with some catchy songs and likeable characters.

Saturday 7th December 2013 Read more...
When did you last see a Whitehall farce? The Upstanding Member at the Old Red Lion

A likeable political farce about an upstanding Member (of Parliament) who tries and fails to get himself out of hot water. And there's not a duck house in sight. At the Old Red Lion.

Saturday 7th December 2013 Read more...
Ballet Cymru Romeo and Juliet

A small company with big ambitions, Ballet Cymru's latest work, Romeo and Juliet, is another triumph for this determined company. 

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Homage to Hackneyonia: Puss In Boots at Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire's pantomimes have a mighty reputation. And if this year's doesn't quite add up to a classic, it's still another solidly entertaining Christmas offering from the venue, helped along by two terrific villainesses. Head to Hackneyonia, boys and girls!

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Shobana Jeyasingh’s unique Strange Blooms world première

This double bill from Shobana Jeyasingh spans 25 years of her career, from early success Configurations to the world première of Strange Blooms. It's off-kilter, unique and addictively watchable. At Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost at the Contemporary Art Society

In a timely presentation of a video work from four years ago, it is possible to read the language, style and approach of the artist who was awarded this year's Turner Prize the night before this exhibition opened. A small show, but useful viewing for anyone who wants to find out more about Laure Prouvost.

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
The Snowman flies again!

Jaime Robles and children in the audience review Birmingham Repertory Theatre's The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre.

Friday 6th December 2013 Read more...
Putting the Pigeons amongst the Chickens: The Sisters: Return to The Isle of Queef! at the Hen and Chickens Theatre

A fairytale for grown-ups with plenty of laughs, songs and dancing – together with some cracking performances from a strong new theatre company. At the Hen and Chickens Theatre.

Thursday 5th December 2013 Read more...
Where seagulls dare: The Seagull at the White Bear Theatre

A promising start for this newly formed Meisner-based company Front Foot Theatre, though it's fair to say a few issues remain to be ironed out. At the White Bear Theatre.

Thursday 5th December 2013 Read more...
Jukhee Kwon at October Gallery

Juhkee Kwon exhibited her book sculpture Red Presence at October Gallery earlier this year in the group show World of Extraordinary Objects. This December the South Korean artist returns with more of her meticulously crafted book sculptures in her first solo show at the gallery.  

Thursday 5th December 2013 Read more...
Presumptuous Royalty: Henry V at the Noël Coward Theatre

Jude Law creates his own boisterous, disingenuous, faintly smug and almost wholly successful version of this most English hero. The last in the Michael Grandage Company's season of five plays at the Noël Coward Theatre.

Thursday 5th December 2013 Read more...
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 at the ICA

The fourth annual Bloomberg New Contemporaries, a showcase of emerging new artistic talents, takes place at the ICA. The result is a surprisingly playful artistic take on popular culture entertains, but it certainly can't be accused of having too much depth or too much substance.

Wednesday 4th December 2013 Read more...
The Cat in the Hat and all that: Seussical at the Arts Theatre

Multiple stories are woven together – with big numbers and divas added to the mix – in this celebration of all things Seussical. A musical for children at the Arts Theatre.

Tuesday 3rd December 2013 Read more...
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