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This Week, 17th – 23rd February

17 February 2014 Charlie Kenber

Our pick of some great events to check out this week

With so much going on in London, picking what to do can be extremely tricky. That’s where we come in! Every week we’re delivering up five unique, one-off and sometimes downright barmy events to pique your interest. From children’s theatre to underground performance and high-profile photography, this selection are all thoroughly worth a visit.

Red Riding Hood
What to expect: a charming adaptation for young audiences

We all know the children’s classic fairytale, but you’ve never seen it like this before. In a fantastical adaptation, Mike Kenny breathes new life into the story, complete with new characters. The show proved hugely popular in 2012, so make sure to catch it upon its return to the hit-factory that is Polka Theatre for Children. Suitable for ages 4-7.

Red Riding Hood takes place at the Polka Theatre for Children from 20th February until 8th March. Various performance times. Tickets £9 - £12.50 (plus fees), available here.

Pixar in Concert
What to expect: live scores from some fantastic family films

This Saturday will see a very special performance at the Royal Albert Hall, celebrating music from all thirteen of Pixar’s feature films. The live concert features a wide compilation, and highlights the important connection between music and storytelling in animation. Clips from films such as Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and The Incredibles, will be shown on the big screen whilst the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs their scores.

Pixar in Concert is on at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 22nd February at both 2pm and 7pm. Tickets from £17.80, available here.

The VAULT Festival
What to expect: performance and music in a unique setting

Returning following previous successes, this festival takes over the Waterloo Tunnels for two weeks of performance, live music and late-night events, starting this week. Featuring some of London’s most exciting emerging performance companies and artists, the Festival also incorporates bars, free music and late-night parties. Two new productions headline: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and a new adaptation of Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden. There’s loads of great stuff to check out, so head on down!

Why not check out our interview with the Festival directors here?

The VAULT Festival takes place beneath Waterloo Station from 28th January to 8th March. Further details available here.

Bailey’s Stardust
What to expect:
a comprehensive collection of extraordinary photography

Head over to the National Portrait Gallery to catch this expansive exhibition of photographer David Bailey’s work. Spanning five decades, it demonstrate how consistently imaginative and thought-provoking his contribution to the world of photography has been. Over 250 images are on display, personally selected and printed by the artist himself. Experience one of the best photographers of our time.

Bailey’s Stardust is on at the National Portrait Gallery until 1st June. Admission £14.50 full price, concessions apply. Tickets available here.

Frozen Thames: Frost Fair 1684
What to expect: remarkable paintings of London in the grip of ice

The Museum of London presents this exhibition exploring the remarkable phenomenon of the 1684 Frost Fair. With the Thames frozen over for the second time in seven years, Londoners were not to be put off, and a temporary carnival and street market sprang up on by the river. The exhibition most notably features two paintings by Dutch artist Abraham Hondius, and is completely free!

Frozen Thames: Frost Fair 1684 is on at the Museum of London until 30th March. Admission is free. Further details available here.

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