Andrew Keates' previously tipped production of William M Hoffman's critically acclaimed eighties AIDS play 'As Is' is now midway through its run at the Trafalgar Studios. And in addition to the show itself, there's also a great programme of talks and discussions taking place most evenings.

I spoke to Andrew a couple of weeks back about the play, the activity and activism surrounding it, and his reasons for staging it now. And you can read that interview here.

‘As Is' is on at Trafalgar Studios until 1 Aug. For more info and tickets see this page here.
FRIDAY 17 JULY 2015 >>
COMEDY: Ealing Comedy Festival | Walpole Park | 17-24 Jul (pictured)
The Ealing Comedy Festival kicks off tonight with a show headlined by Julian Clary and also featuring Shappi Khorsandi, Justin Moorhouse, and Mickey Hutton. Comedians appearing across the rest of the event include, Russell Kane, Marcus Brigstocke, Rob Delaney, Nick Helm, Ed Byrne, and Jo Caulfield. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lovebox Festival | Victoria Park | 17-18 Jul
If you like a bit more music at your festivals, how about Lovebox over in East London, which runs tonight and tomorrow. Friday night's headliners are Rudimental, followed by Snoop Dogg tomorrow. In addition to that, there will be performances from Jessie Ware, Hot Chip, Danny Brown, Little Dragon and many more. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: American Idiot | Arts Theatre | 17 Jul - 27 Sep

Green Day's Tony Award-winning Broadway music gets its West End Premiere at the Arts Theatre on Leicester Square, starring 'X Factor' finalist Amelia Lily, is a sentence that would have horrified my fourteen year old self. But don't listen to him, he thought Ugly Kid Joe were cool. Details and tickets here.
SATURDAY 18 JULY 2015 >>

CHILDREN'S SHOW: Little Frankenstein | Little Angel Theatre | 17-18 Jul (pictured)
Frank Stein is preparing for a new puppet show, but the poor quality of his puppets is proving problematic. Inspired by Dr Frankenstein he comes up with a design for a new real live puppet that will change everything. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: Walthamstow Garden Party | Lloyd Park | 18-19 Jul

Walthamstow's free festival returns for another year, with a great line-up of music, theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy and more. Among this year's performers are Femi Kuti, Ghostpoet, Ninia Benjamin, Ian Stone and more. Details here.

THEATRE: Primetime 2015 | Royal Court | 18 Jul

The return of the Royal Court's 'Primetime' event, a series of new short plays written by primary school children aged eight to eleven, plus free family writing workshops. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 19 JULY 2015 >>

CHILDREN'S SHOW: Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall | London Wonderground | 19 Jul
A mid-afternoon disco for under fives and their parents, hosted by Australian DJ Monksi Mouse. She'll be playing "an eclectic selection of retro hits and funky nursery rhymes". Details and tickets here.

CIRCUS: Scotch & Soda | London Wonderground | 14 May - 2 Aug
What is Scotch & Soda? Apart from an awful drink, it's also "a cocktail of physical feats and jazz beats performed by daredevil acrobats and mesmerizing musicians". And that sounds pretty good to me. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Citadel Festival | Victoria Park | 19 Jul (pictured)

A one day festival in London's Victoria Park, combining those two most important of things: music and food. Ben Howard and Bombay Bicycle Club will headline the music side, while the food programme is hosted by Hawsmoor's Richard Turner. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 20 JULY 2015 >>
CABARET: Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School | London Wonderground | 20 Jul
Part life drawing class, part cabaret show, Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School started in Brooklyn and now runs in cities all over the world. Its models are burlesque performers and circus acts, who will also perform for you in between posing for you to draw. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Arj Barker - Get In My Mind | Soho Theatre | 20-28 Jul (pictured)
Skilful US standup Arj Barker returns to the UK for the first time in five years with a short run of shows exclusive to the Soho Theatre. The show with cover "everything from the social evolution of humanity, to the intriguing and elusive nature of non-sexually derived boners". Details and tickets here.

POETRY: An Evening With An Immigrant | Soho Theatre | 20 Jul
Award winning poet Inua Ellams moved to England from Nigeria when he was twelve years old, living in Ireland for three years, before returning to London to work as a write and graphic designer. In this show he mixes poetry and storytelling to present his personal history, from escaping fundamentalist Islam to drinking wine with the Queen. Details and tickets here.
TUESDAY 21 JULY 2015 >>

COMEDY: Sara Pascoe - Work In Progress | The Invisible Dot | 21 Jul (pictured)
Following on from her brilliant 2014 show 'Sara Pascoe Vs History', Sara Pascoe is now working on a new material, which you'll find her testing out tonight at The Invisible Dot. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Suspiciously Cheap Comedy | Backyard Comedy Club | 21 Jul
At this months Suspiciously Cheap Comedy you'll find regulars Gein's Family Giftshop and Goose, plus Michael J Dolan, in preparation mode for the Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Girls & Dolls | Old Red Lion | 21 Jul
Last seen at the Old Red Lion in 2009, a new production of 'Girls & Dolls' returns to the venue for one night only, previewing a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Best friends Emma and Clare are best friends in 1980, but a horrifying event tears them apart. As adults they ask themselves if anything could have changed what happened. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Festival Of The Spoken Nerd and Austentatious | Backyard Comedy Club | 22 Jul (pictured)
The Backyard Comedy Club has Edinburgh previews from science comedy trio Festival Of The Spoken Nerd and Austentatious, an improvised take on the work of Jane Austen. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Phil Wang and Rob Auton | Battersea Arts Centre | 22 Jul
Meanwhile, down in Battersea there's another pre-Edinburgh double bill going on, with stand ups Phil Wang and Rob Auton previewing their new shows. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Shit-faced Showtime | Old Red Lion | 22 Jul

Or, if you think you can only hack one Edinburgh preview in a single night, check out 'Shit-faced Showtime' at the Old Red Lion. Following on from their hit 'Shit-faced Shakespeare', the Magnificent Bastard Productions team attempt to perform an entirely serious musical revue while completely hammered. Details and tickets here.
THURSDAY 23 JULY 2015 >>
COMEDY: Tiff Stevenson and The Humble Quest For Universal Genius | Battersea Arts Centre | 23 Jul (pictured)
Tiff Stevenson previews her new Edinburgh show, in which she examines what makes a person when products are anthropomorphised and the cult of personality reigns supreme. As well as that, The Humble Quest For Universal Genius puts two comedians head-to-head in an epic battle of ingenuity, wit and skill. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Bakkhai | Almeida Theatre | 23 Jul - 19 Sep

Starring Ben Whishaw, three actors and a chorus, echoing the original performance model, James Macdonald returns to the Almeida to stage Euripides’ hedonistic tragedy in a visceral new version by Anne Carson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Love, Bombs And Apples | Arcola Theatre | 21-25 Jul
A Palestinian actor learns there’s more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what’s wrong with his first novel. A British youth suspects all is not what it seems with his object of desire. A New Yorker asks his girlfriend for a sexual favour at the worst possible time. Details and tickets here.
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