It's an established fact that Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong character, so it's no wonder actress and writer Alison Skilbeck was attracted to the idea of penning a one woman show about her; and as well as playing the late First Lady herself, she also gets to bring life to a host of other interesting historical figures.

When I heard that 'Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London' was making its way to the King's Head Theatre this month, I hastened some questions over to Alison, to find out more about the play, and the work that's gone into it. You can read it here.

'Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London' is on at King's Head Theatre until 9 May. See this page here for more info and tickets.

This month and into next, north Islington theatre The Rosemary Branch hosts a staging of playwright Peter Hamilton's 'Bridlington'. Directed by Ken McClymont, the play explores the doomed relationship between two psychiatric in-patients, one an avid fan of 'Wuthering Heights', the other obsessed with anti-submarine warfare.

Intrigued by the subject matter being tackled in the piece, I sent some questions over to the playwright, to find out more about the show and what inspired it. You can read it here.

'Bridlington' is on at the Rosemary Branch Theatre until 3 May. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.

It truly is the season for political shows, but here's one with a bit of a difference - the broad-ranging experiences of different kind of activists, distilled into a distinctive biographical performance.

The piece is a collaboration between Oxford Playhouse and Chris Goode And Company. I sent some questions over to acclaimed performer and writer Chris, ahead of the show's run at BAC. You can read it here.

'STAND' is on at Battersea Arts Centre from 20 April to 9 May. See the venue website here for more info and to book.
FRIDAY 17 APRIL 2015>>
COMEDY: Stand Up for SIDS | Bloomsbury Theatre | 17 Apr (pictured)
Tim Key, Aisling Bea, Mike Wozniak and Mae Martin are all lined up to perform at this benefit for The Lullaby Trust, which aims to reduce incidences of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Shock Treatment | King's Head Theatre | 17 Apr - 6 Jun
The movie sequel to 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'Shock Treatment' receives its premiere on the stage at The King's Head. The "further adventures of Brad and Janet" movie never enjoyed the success of the original went it was released in 1981, though the songs were always pretty catchy and its reality TV show setting is, if anything, more relevant today than back then. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Rumpy Pumpy | Landor Theatre | 14-19 Apr

Screenwriter and novelist Barbara Jane Mackie's latest project is ‘Rumpy Pumpy', a new musical based on the story of two Women's Institute campaigners who led a campaign to improve the situation of sex workers. Find out more in this TWL interview with Mackie. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Catriona Knox - Thinks She's Hard Enough | Soho Theatre | 16-18 Apr (pictured)
Character comedian Catriona Knox's 2014 Edinburgh show gained her high praise - including this 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks. You can find out more about the show in this TWL interview and catch the last of three performances of the show at the Soho Theatre tonight. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Battersea Arts Centre Phoenix Fundraiser | Royal Festival Hall | 18 Apr

A night of comedy, theatre, music, cabaret and more to raise money for repair work at the Battersea Arts Centre, following the fire that caused huge damage to the building last month. Among those on the bill are Stewart Lee, Tim Key, Bridget Christie, Arthur Smith, Mackenzie Crook, Lemn Sissay, Toby Jones, the BAC Beatbox Academy, and the Kneehigh Band. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: The EY Exhibition - Sonia Delaunay | Tate Modern | 15 Apr - 9 Aug
Over a 60 year career, Parisian artist Sonia Delaunay became a key figure in European abstract art. This exhibition draws together work across a range of media, including paintings, textiles, clothes, and collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 19 APRIL 2015>>

CIRCUS: Circolombia - Acelere | Roundhouse | 14 Apr - 3 May (pictured)
Colombian circus company Circolombia were last seen at the Roundhouse in 2011 with their acclaimed show 'Urban'. Now they're back with the first UK staging of their latest production, 'Acelere', which is inspired by Colombia's diverse communities and features twelve of the country's most talented circus performers. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical | Udderbelly | 19 Apr - 12 Jul

Back at the Udderbelly festival on the Southbank for a sixth year, The Showstoppers take improvised comedy to new heights, creating a brand new music from scratch every night, based on audience suggestions. Do you feel there's a topic under-represented in musical theatre? Here's your chance to change that. Sort of. Details and tickets here.

OPERA: The Zoo & Trial By Jury | King's Head Theatre | 19 Apr - 10 May

The first of four Sundays given over to the Charles Court Opera for this double bill. Bolton Rowe and Sullivan's 'The Zoo' is a one act comedy set in London Zoo, while 'Trial By Jury' is Gilbert and Sullivan's parody of the British judicial system. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 20 APRIL 2015 >>
MUSIC: André Vida, Mittland Och Leo, Lee Fraser and Dale Cornish | Cafe Oto | 20 Apr
A night from the Entr'acte label featuring saxophonist, composer, and lyricist, André Vida, synth duo Mittland Och Leo, and composer Lee Fraser, with Dale Cornish DJing. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Mrs Roosevelt Flies To London | King's Head Theatre | 14 Apr - 9 May

Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's personal writing, Alison Skilbeck's one-woman show sees the wife of former president Theodore Roosevelt recall a dangerous trip to wartime London to see how US troops and the British were coping. Find out more in this TWL interview. Tonight's performance is followed by the first of three weekly talks on topics related to the play - this one titled 'Safeguarding human and civil rights in a modern society'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Stand | Battersea Arts Centre | 20 Apr - 9 May (pictured)

The real life stories of six people who chose to take a stand against something, told in the words of the six actors playing them on stage. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 21 APRIL 2015 >>

COMEDY: Nick Helm, Diane Morgan, David Trent and Rhys James | The Dogstar | 21 Apr
Headlined by 'Uncle' star Nick Helm, support comes from Philmena Cunk herself Diane Morgan, David Trent and Rhys James. Just in case you hadn't already clocked it, that's a pretty flippin impressive line-up. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Early Days (Of A Better Nation) | The Four Thieves | 21-25 Apr

Originally due to be staged in Battersea Arts Centre's Grand Hall, before it was lost to a fire, 'Early Days (Of A Better Nation)' will now run at the nearby Four Thieves theatre pub. This piece of interactive theatre begins at the end of a war and asks its audience to decide how to rebuild the nation anew. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Russian Circles | Islington Assembly Hall | 21 Apr
Incendiary instrumental rock trio Russian Circles descend on the Islington Assembly Hall, with support from Helms Alee. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Bubble Club | Backyard Bar | 22 Apr
Bubble Club - a collective of people with and without learning disabilities - has been running accessible and inclusive club nights for almost ten years. Their latest event, themed on the film 'Grease', will feature performances from DNK Dance Company and Bubble Club's own Step East dance group, alongside the resident DJ Factory DJs. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Låpsley | London Fields Brewery | 22-23 Apr (pictured)
Hotly-tipped Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Låpsley rounds off a headline UK tour with two nights at the London Fields Brewery, where you'll be able to sample both her very fine music and their very fine ales. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: No Milk For The Foxes | Camden People's Theatre | 22 Apr - 9 May

Told through spoken word, humour, live looping and beatboxing, 'No Milk For The Foxes' follows two security guards on a night shift, one hoping his contract will be extended and the other determined to get out of the job. Tonight's performance will be followed by spoken word, rap and beat boxing performances from Gambit Ace, Kyronne, Free3Flow, Primetime, DeeRiginal, Mav and Mali, Teddy Boy, and Lakeisha Lynch Stevens. Details and tickets here.
MUSICAL: The Lady's Not For Walking Like An Egyptian | The Albany | 23-24 Apr (pictured)
How often have you wondered to yourself what would happen is you mixed up the words of Margaret Thatcher's speeches with the lyrics of every top ten hit by a female artist from the 80s. Several times a day, right? And now someone has finally put that on stage. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Eclipsed | The Gate Theatre | 23 Apr - 16 May
Set towards the end of the second Liberian civil war in 2003, four young women at a rebel army base do their best to survive. How will the arrival of two extra members of the group - one new, one more familiar - affect them? Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Merchant Of Venice | Shakespeare's Globe | 23 Apr - 7 Jun
Award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce take the role of Shylock, the moneylender determined to have his pound of flesh, in his first appearance at Shakespeare's Globe, in this production of 'The Merchant Of Venice. Details and tickets here.
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