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This Week 17 April - 23 April

This Week 17 April - 23 April

17 April 2017 Belphoebe New

You might be feeling the blues after the end of your long weekend, but fortunately there’s plenty going on in the capital to help keep your chin up. You’re spoilt for new theatre this week, with openings at Barbican, Royal Court Theatre and the Globe. If you’re not so much of a thespian, discover the secrets of our tube system at a rare opening of the tube depot or experience some confessional and topical comedy from Sophie Willan.

Nuclear War
 
As playwright Simon Stephen’s says in the text of Nuclear War: ‘All of these words may be spoken by the performers but none of them need to be’ which gives you some indication of what is in store in this highly abstract, ambiguous and experimental play. Collaborating with movement director Imogen Knight, this promises to be a highly visual and physical interpretation of the written word.
 
Nuclear War runs 19 Apr to 6 May. Tickets start at £12. Find out more and book tickets here.
 
Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe
 
The Summer of Love kicks off at Shakespeare’s Globe with one of Shakespeare’s most famous and tragic romances - Romeo and Juliet. Two households rule in Verona and are in constant violent conflict with each other. But when a member of the Montagues, Romeo pursues a forbidden love with Juliet, a Capulet, everything changes and disaster unravels – you probably know the rest. The first in a series of performances including Twelfth Night and Much Ado about Nothing, The Summer of Love celebrates Shakespeare’s most romantic plays on hazy Summer days.
 
The Summer of Love begins with Romeo and Juliet on 22 April and runs until 9 July 2017. Tickets are between £5 (standing) and £45 (seated). Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Obsession
 
Another blockbuster theatre production with a star lead lands in London this week. Jude Law stars in this stage adaption of Visconti’s passionate and devastating film, one of the most famous examples of Italian neorealism. Law plays Gino, a charismatic and powerful figure who meets Giuseppe and his wife Hanna at a petrol station. Gino and Hanna begin a doomed affair behind Giuseppe’s back and plan to kill him, but their passion for each other and murderous intent leads to destruction. Comprised of British and Dutch actors, this is one of three productions directed by Belgian director Ivo Van Hove at the Barbican this season.
 
Obsession runs at the Barbican 19 April to 20 May. Tickets are between £16-£60. Find out more and book tickets here.


Photo credit: Greg Williams

 
On Record by Sophie Willan
 
Sophie Willan’s hugely successful Edinburgh smash-hit show begins its run at Soho Theatre this week. Sophie grew up in and out of care, and this confessional show looks at her experiences with reference to the personal records made about her as she was growing up. In On Record, Sophie talks candidly in an effort to critique the language used around mental health and our current attitudes to the social services system. You can read more about the show in our interview with Sophie here.
 
Sophie Willan performs On Record at Soho Theatre between 21 April and 29 April. Standard tickets are £13 and £11 concessions. Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Secrets of The Underground
 
A network of stations, rails and tunnels interlacing throughout the cityscape, the London Underground’s uses extend far beyond just getting you to work. Over the weekend the depot in Acton will open to the public, a rare chance to explore the hidden secrets, stories and spaces of the London Underground system. There will be over 320,000 transport and design objects from history to discover, carefully curated and condensed by tours and talks happening throughout the weekend. Find out about the fascinating objects excavated during the building of Crossrail, take a miniature railway ride and fuel yourself in the pop-up food village.
 
Secrets of the Underground runs 22 to 23 April at Acton Depot. Adult admission is £12, children under 17 go free. Find out more and book tickets here.


Photo credit: Calgary Reviews
 
The Big London Flea
 
There’s always the chance of turning up at an advertised flea market and finding there’s only five stalls full of, literally, flea bitten overpriced garments. Luckily, The Big London Flea is an extravaganza of vintage treasures, with over fifty traders ranging from market veterans to fresh faces clearing out their personal closets. A usual there’ll be a mix of vintage clothing, retro furniture and other one-off oddities.
 
The Big London Flea is on 23 April between 11- 6pm. Entrance is free. Find out more here.

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