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This Week 16th– 22nd February

16 February 2015 Laura Stevens

London Calling parties at Chinese New Year, is a bunny boiler at the cabaret and stuffs a few insects in this eclectic mix of events this week.

Deborah Frances-White
What to expect:
Stand up comedy in Central London

Deborah Frances-White is a busy woman. Not content with being a stand-up comedian she is also a screenwriter and corporate speaker to fill any spare time. Now coming to Leicester Square Theatre Deborah Frances-White: Live! may not win any awards for originality of title, but that hasn’t stopped the content being critically acclaimed. Her debut stand up show How To Get Almost Anyone To Want To Sleep With You has played to sold out crowds across the globe.

Deborah Frances-White plays at Leicester Square Theatre 16 Feb. Buy tickets here.

Chinese New Year
What to expect: The biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia

The Chinese Year of the Sheep is officially on Feb 19 but the party will be kicking off on Sunday where Chinatown will be decked out in decorations, dancing with dragons and filled with fabulous food. Winding its way through Chinatown and the huge crowds will be a parade and dragon dancers to celebrate this auspicious day. And of course, the 100 odd eateries will be delivering all kinds of delicacies to keep the partygoers supplied! 

Information on the Chinese New Year celebrations can be found here.

Insect Taxidermy
What to expect:
Preserving the smallest of animals

Louise Newton, taxidermist extraordinaire, would like to welcome you into her butterfly house. For over 300 years the practice of insect taxidermy has flourished, and this class will introduce you to this skill. Leaving the class you will have gained your own set of butterflies, and the knowledge of how to hydrate, set, pin and dry your own specimens!

Insect Taxidermy’s next class is on 22 February at Horsley House, Soho. Book tickets here.

Secret Theatre
What to expect:
Punch Drunk and Secret Cinema’s love child

It is hard to write a description of a work that has no location and no title. But what can recommend this mysterious event is the success of Secret Theatre’s previous performances of Reservoir Dogs and Edward Scissorhands. Audience goers can expect an immersive experience over four floors in Zone 1. Be prepared for dark secrets to be revealed.

Secret Theatre finishes on March 1. For tickets go to their website.

Hooray Cabaret (Ex’s swap shop)
What to expect:
The antidote to last week’s nauseating Valentine’s coverage

Bring your ex’s possessions to add to this rather special tombola. Hooray Cabaret is calling all the broken hearted, jaded, bitter, Facebook ex-stalking, relationship challenged or commitment-phobic out there! Dance, drink and sing your woes away in this night of cabaret, burlesque and music!

Hooray Cabaret takes place on 26 February – you can buy tickets here.

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