Pick of the Line: Theatrical Treats 17/2/12 – 22/2/12

Harry Potter memorabilia on display at the V&A

Stuck for ideas on how to entertain yourself this week? We have hand-picked the best of East London entertainment on offer. From a night on the town to a sophisticated evening at the ballet, there’s sure to be something to suit every taste.

Magic Worlds @ V&A museum of childhood Tower Hamlets, Friday

Seventy Nine – The Launch! @ Moustache bar Hackney, Friday

Cool as Folk @ Hackney Picturehouse Hackney, Thursday

Russian state ballet of Siberia @ Fairfield Hall Croydon, Saturday

Romeo and Juliet/Lovers Unbound @ London Theatre Lewisham, Sunday

Monologueslam @ Rich Mix Hackney, Monday

After the turn @ Courtyard Theatre Hackney Tuesday

The Artist’s Eye: Mapping the Change @ Hackney Museum Hackney Wednesday


Cool as Folk feat. Sam Lee and Zuzaba Novak and Gwendolen Chatfield @ Hackney Picturehouse 270 Mare Street, Hackney E1 8HE

Hailed as “The rising star of traditional English folksong”, Sam Lee will be appearing in Hackney for one night only. He will be joined on the bill by a couple of musical gems from his Nest Collective starting with Zuzana Novak, whose atmospheric music from Zimbabwe is as hypnotic as it is beautiful. Also playing is Gwendolen Chatfield; an accordion player with an enchanting voice and dark, powerful songs. Tickets £2 – £4. See http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/Cool_As_Folk_Feat_Sam_Lee_Zuzana_Novak_Gwendolen_Chatfield/ for details.


Magic Worlds @ V&A museum of childhood Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

This exhibition explores the mysterious world of magic, encompassing everything from David Blaine’s illusions to the Harry Potter books. Expect to find costumes, tricks and illusions, toys and games, boos, artworks and hands-on activities. Admission free. See http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/ for further details.

Seventy Nine – The Launch! @ Moustache Bar 58 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB

Seventy Nine started as a series of hedonistic summer house parties in Leeds but will now take a place at the fantastic Moustache Bar where we’ll continue to bring you the best in disco, funk, soul, afro and latin. 9pm. Free entry. See http://www.facebook.com/events/214130595343433/ for details.


Ballet Photo: Paul H


Russian state ballet of Siberia @ Fairfield Hall Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG

The Russian state ballet of Siberia perform Giselle, the story of a peasant girl named whose ghost, after her premature death, protects her lover from the vengeance of a group of evil female spirits. Tickets £15-£30, see http://www.fairfield.co.uk/ for details.


Romeo and Juliet/Lovers Unbound @ London Theatre, 443 New Cross Rd, SE14 6TA

A double bill of plays by Colin David Reese. The former is a biographical drama about Shakespeare, the latter imagines an uncomfortable encounter between the same man’s wife and a mistress. 3pm. Tickets £12.50. See www.thelondontheatre.com for details.


Monologueslam @ Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA

Watch jobbing actors hurl themselves to the metaphorical lions of an industry judging panel in this entertaining monologue-based talent search evening. 8pm. Tickets £10. See www.richmix.org.uk for details.


After the turn @ Courtyard Theatre 40 Pitfield St, Shoreditch N1 6EU

A traumatised musician falls for his carer in this rock musical based around the songs of Tim Prottey-Jones, with a book by director Sarah Henley. 7.30pm. Tickets £12-£15. See www.thecourtyard.org.uk for details.


The Artist’s Eye: Mapping the Change @ Hackney Museum 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ

An exhibition of artists’ work made in response to changes in East London as a result of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Work on show ranges from impressions of the Olympic site to an abstract piece about workers on the River Lea. There’s also a chance to see images of artwork commissioned for the Olympic Park by Monica Bonvicini, Martin Richman and others. 9.30-5.30. Entry free

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