If you are a fan of magic shows, you might have noticed that they don't make it to the bigger venues, on the whole. This month in London, however, there's a magical West End treat for aficionados of the genre, and no doubt for those of you who haven't quite caught the bug yet (go on, give it a try - magic isn't just dodgy geezers with rabbits and hats, you know).

It's a something of a mixed bill, with lots of acts appearing, tied together in a central theme. I spoke to one of the participants, magician and actor Ali Cook (you have probably seen him on the telly), to find out more. And you can read that interview here.

'Impossible' is on at Noel Coward Theatre until 29 August. See this page here for more info and to book tickets.
COMEDY: Andy Zaltzman - Satirist For Hire | The Phoenix | 7 Aug
Andy Zaltaman brings his brilliantly unpredictable 'Satirist For Hire' show to the Phoenix Fringe, asking audience members to submit their suggestions for the topics that should meet his satirical takedown skills. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Limmy - Daft Wee Stories | Union Chapel | 7 Aug (pictured)

Having mastered podcasts and TV, Limmy's latest comedy project is his new book, 'Daft Wee Stories', which is presented here as a live show. Hear some of Limmy's favourite stories from the book, and more. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Alan And Bennett | Rabbit Hole NW3 | 7-12 Aug

Alan Bennett can't stop talking to himself, which is becoming a problem. Over the course of this show at the Camden Fringe, Alan and Alan discuss Moscow, monks and mothers, while trying to ignore the ominous sound coming from the corner of the room. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Ardal O’Hanlon - Work In Progress | The Phoenix | 8 Aug (pictured)
Closing this year's Phoenix Fringe is the brilliant Ardal O'Hanlon, who will be giving apeak at his latest work in progress show. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Visions Festival | various venues | 8 Aug

Now an established and much anticipated date on Hackney's calendar, the Visions Festival returns and this year encompasses six venues. Among the acts on the line-up are, Camera Obscura, Holy Fuck, Fat White Family, Andy Stott, Shamir, Girl Band and more. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: A Midsummer Night's Dream | Canal Cafe Theatre | 8-9 Aug

A new adaptation of Shakespeare's play by the Venture Wolf theatre company. Set in the 90s with a Britpop soundtrack, this shortened version focusses on the young lovers and Puck. Details and tickets here.

CHILDREN'S SHOW: The Adventures Of Pinocchio | Greenwich Theatre | 5-23 Aug (pictured)
Originally produced at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, this new musical adaptation of 'Pinocchio' written by Broadway and Disney writing duo Neil Bartram and Brian Hillis now playing at the Greenwich Theatre. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Baila Brazil | Royal Festival Hall | 5-15 Aug

The acclaimed Balé de Rua bring the dance and music of Brazil to London's Southbank Centre, aided by B-boys, sambistas, capoeiristas, musicians and singers. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Perfect Ghost | The Phoenix Artist Club | 9-15 Aug
In film musicals of the 1950's, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood mimed to the uncredited voice of Marni Nixon. This show at the Camden Fringe asks how she felt and delves into her secret thoughts, exposing the reality of life as a Hollywood underdog. Details and tickets here.
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COMEDY: Jake Yapp - One-derland | Camden People's Theatre | 10-23 Aug
What is BBC One? Who is it for? Tonight at the Camden Fringe, Jake Yapp pulls apart a day in the life of the BBC's flagship station and pokes around in its innards. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Simon Evans - In The Money | Soho Theatre | 10-15 Aug (pictured)
Simon Evans has been immersing himself in the world of economics for the last couple of years, and here presents his findings. He'll explain why the French don’t want to own their own home, why Alco-Synth - the effects of alcohol but with an effective antidote - is not being sold in bars despite being invented ages ago, and more. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Sexual Perversity In Chicago | The Gatehouse | 10-16 Aug

Boy meets girl. Simple. Pieces of a jigsaw falling into place. But then? What about the other pieces? And what happens when you seem to be pounding pieces in o places they simply won't fit? The Camden Fringe presents the first London production of 'Sexual Perversity In Chicago' for over twelve years. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Dorothy Fale - Norm All Day | COG Artspace | 11-15 Aug (pictured)
Silent Clown Dorothy Fale presents a show at the Camden Fringe inspired by Kafka's Metamorphosis, Victoria's Secret and the recent beach body controversy. A surreal comedy that mixes stand up, verbatim theatre and cabaret. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Secret Show | RADA Studios | 11-13 Aug

What's going on? No one knows. Well, someone knows, because they're promising "comedy, sketches, storytelling, improv and a very special guest" at this Camden Fringe show. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Marsha - A Girl Who Does Bad Things | Arcola Theatre | 11-15 Aug
Presented as part of this year's Grimeborn festival, this is the story of a young girl discovering the truth about beauty, exploring our notions of innocence, prejudice and the blurred lines between reality and fantasy. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Monks - The All New Ten Commandments | RADA Studios | 12-21 Aug
Kicking off a trio of shows from the Camden Fringe in our tips today are Christian sketch duo The Monks, with a show based on the instructions for life that 'The Bible'. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Monkey Wedding - Primate And Confidential | Rabbit Hole NW3 | 12-22 Aug
Simian sketch group Monkey Wedding present their latest show, which promised to feature no weddings or monkeys. But there will be laughs, and I think that's the main thing. Monkeys are pretty cool though, and I do love a good wedding. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Suzanna Gonzo - Dark Lady | Aces & Eights | 12-13 Aug
Suzanna Gonzo shares the inspirational tale of how she saved herself from losing her singing voice, it having almost disappeared due to the trauma of being thrown off the cruise ship where she was working for the minor indiscretion of attempted murder. Details and tickets here.
COMEDY: Alexis Wieroniey - An American's Guide To Being Like, Totally British | Camden Comedy Club | 13-15 Aug (pictured)
After sold out performances in Adelaide and a very popular run on the Free Fringe in Edinburgh last year, Alexis Wieroniey presents her solo stand-up comedy show about accidentally moving to England and learning to be British at the Camden Fringe. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Short & Girlie Show | The Phoenix Artist Club | 13-16 Aug

Improv group The Short & Girlie Show come to the Camden Fringe with a series of hours yet to be determined by the audience. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: McEwan's Women | Etcetera Theatre | 13-16 Aug

Female characters drawn from the novels of Booker Prize winning novelist Ian McEwan are brought vividly to life in this show at the Camden Fringe, charting the seven ages of women from adolescence to sexual maturity and motherhood. Details and tickets here.
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