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This Week, 3rd - 9th February

31 January 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 40s dancing to Van Gogh’s masterworks and intriguing theatre, this selection are all thoroughly worth a visit.

Happy Days

What to expect: strikingly absurdist theatre

Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece is brilliantly revived by the Young Vic. Famously featuring the lead, Winnie, buried in sand up to her waist, the play explores isolation and love in a dramatically changing world. The tale of survival is brought to life by a striking performance by Juliet Stevenson as Winnie, and is a thoroughly worthwhile experience!

Happy Days continues at the Young Vic until 8th March, with tickets available from just £10. Further details available here.

The Sunflowers

What to expect: masterpieces, and a deservedly long queue

For the first time in 65 years two of Vincent Van Gogh’s iconic ‘sunflower’ paintings are shown together in London at the National Gallery. The exhibition is entirely free, but will undoubtedly prove popular! Dating from 1888, there are five paintings in the series, produced while Van Gogh waiting for Paul Gauguin to join him in the south of France. The display will also exhibit recent research into the techniques used in the creation of the paintings.

The Sunflowers is open at the National Gallery until 27th April, between 10am and 6pm, or until 9pm on Fridays. Admission is free. Further information available here.

Churchill War Rooms: Valentine’s Day Late

What to expect: vintage romance

We know we’re a bit early with this one, but we couldn’t resist. PLUS, we’ve got a great competition at the moment to win a pair of tickets! The Churchill War Rooms are opening their doors all evening for dance workshops, wartime music and letter writing, plus the chance to see the historic maze of corridors on the night of love. A pop-up bar will keep you watered and nourished, so head on down to Whitehall!

Enter our competition for one of two pairs of tickets plus two-for-one drinks here – closes on Sunday!

The event is on from 6.30pm-9.30pm on 14th February. Tickets £14 - £17.50. Further details here.

Al Pacino season

What to expect: great films celebrating an unique talent

For the next few months, the BFI are hosting an entire season of Al Pacino’s greatest work. The actor pulled off the enviable flourish of being both uniquely recognisable across his films, whilst also encompassing an extraordinary range. This week you can catch films including The Panic in Needle Park, Dog Day Afternoon and Scarecrow, plus several more.

The Al Pacino season at the BFI continues until 29th March. Further details and tickets available here.

Analogue: Re-enactments

What to expect: a sensory experience

Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall, this show takes place in ‘The Ditch’, the basements beneath the building. Unusually performed without a single actor, the show places you at the heart of the story. Wearing headphones and wandering through the space, you hear the voice of a patient who’s recently recovered from serious brain trauma. The show’s preview in October 2013 sold out, and it ends this Thursday, so make sure to catch it in this unique location.

Analogue: Re-enactments is on until Thursday 6th February at Shoreditch Town Hall, at various times. Tickets £11, available here.

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