Next week at the Arcola Theatre, Londoners will get the chance to see a brilliant operatic double bill, of 'The Wanton Sublime' by Tarik O'Regan and 'The Medium' by Peter Maxwell Davies, starring US mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn.

To find out more about the performance, I spoke to acclaimed composer Tarik O'Regan, who told me all about 'The Wanton Sublime', a collaboration with writer Anna Rabinowitz, and a bit about his career and upcoming projects. And you can read that interview here.

'The Wanton Sublime' and 'The Medium' are on at Arcola Theatre from 25 to 29 Aug. See this page here for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 21 AUGUST 2015 >>
COMEDY: Richard Herring - Ménage A Un | Leicester Square Theatre | 21 Aug
Richard Herring continues his run of performing all of his solo stand up shows at the Leicester Square Theatre. From 2006, 'Menage A Un' is a reflect on a sex life two people short of a threesome. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Kinky Boots | Adelphi Theatre | 21 Aug - 6 Feb

Based on the film of the same name (and the true story behind it) this music featuring music and lyrics written by Cyndi Lauper comes to London for the first time. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Blue Bird | Moors Bar Theatre | 21-22 Aug (pictured)

Mytyl and Tyltyl, two siblings, are sleeping in their room. Suddenly the mysterious Beryluna appears and gives them a task. They must find the Blue Bird for her daughter who wants to be happy. During their odyssey the children face their fears, deal with loneliness and temptation, but also discover beloved memories. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Nomad Cinema - Princess Bride | Queens Park | 22 Aug
The Nomad Cinema trundles into Queens Park in West London for a screening of Rob Reiner's classic 'The Princess Bride'. Start telling everyone your name is Inigo Montoya now. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Anna Calvi | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 22 Aug (pictured)

A special one-off performance from Anna Calvi as part of David Byrne's Meltdown Festival will see her perform with a twelve-piece choir, a show created in collaboration with Chris Wheeler of The Heritage Orchestra. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: While They're Out | Hen & Chickens | 22-23 Aug

A new comedy by Allegra Ceccarelli, 'While They're Out' is a story focussed on the quirks of communication. While one person wants to start a revolution, the other wants just to be entertained. How will a third affect this relationship? Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 23 AUGUST 2015 >>

COMEDY: Chris Timoney - Whatever Happened To Terry Bulb? | Camden Comedy Club | 23-27 Aug
Chris Timoney punctuates stand up with songs in this show, which also features a burlesque routine featuring an onion. And you've got to admit you're intrigued now. Details and tickets here.

EVENT: Mind Sports Olympiad | JW3 | 23-31 Aug
The eighteenth annual Mind Sports Olympiad - billed as "an Olympics for the mind" - features over 60 tournaments of games from chess to Tetris. Prove your skills or pick up some new ones. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Matthew Herbert | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 23 Aug (pictured)
David Byrne's Meltdown Festival gives the opportunity to see Matthew Herbert live, which is a thing everyone should do a minimum of one time in their lifetime. He'll perform music from his new album 'The Shakes', as well as some of his greatest hits, and showcase his new technique for sampling the audience. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 24 AUGUST 2015 >>
COMEDY: Nathan Willcock - Cross In A Box | Camden Comedy Club | 24-25 Aug
Nathan Willcock brings his debut hour to the Camden Fringe, in which he combines his interests in love and politics and not being particularly good at either. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Being Robin | Hen & Chickens | 24-25 Aug
35 screaming children fill a Batman-themed party and out of the shadows steps a man dressed as... Robin. 'Being Robin' is a one man show that meets the worlds of children's parties and mid-life crises. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Article 10 | Aces & Eights | 24-29 Aug (pictured)
Returning in a new version following sell-out runs in 2013 and 2014, 'Article 10' is an immersive show that takes its name from the section of the European Convention on Human Rights that grants the right to freedom of expression and information. Now, the show asks, in 2015 is that no longer a human right? Details and tickets here.

CHILDREN'S SHOW: The Scoober Doobers | Kentish Town Community Centre | 25-28 Aug
Part of the Camden Fringe's programme of children's shows, 'The Scoober Doobers' offer an interactive performance with silliness and games. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: François And The Atlas Mountains | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 25 Aug

French indie band François And The Atlas Mountains perform their latest album 'L'homme Tranquille' as part of David Byrne's Meltdown Festival. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Houdini - The Art Of Escape | Etcetera Theatre | 25-30 Aug (pictured)

This one man show starring Felipe Cabezas uses mime, mask and puppetry to investigate the childhood, life and and death of the escape artist Harry Houdini. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Sam Green - The Measure Of All Things | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 26 Aug
As part of David Byrne's Meltdown Festival, Sam Green presents a live documentary, blending pre-recorded film footage, in-person commentary and live music. Loosely inspired by the Guinness Book Of Records, Green's film presents a series of portraits of record-holding people, places and things. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Decide-A-Quest | Canal Cafe Theatre | 25-29 Aug
An interactive Choose Your Own Adventure-style theatre show, in which you (the audience) set out on a quest to find a yeti. Your choices will take you all over the world, and maybe even into space. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: No More Lotus Flower! | Camden People's Theatre | 26-30 Aug (pictured)
This piece of documentary theatre uses interviews with British East Asian actors to examine their frustrations with the theatre industry, and how things could change. Details and tickets here.
DANCE: I Dreamt Of A Flower | Kentish Town Community Centre | 27-29 Aug
A dance performance in the Japanese butoh style inspired by 'Blue Of Noon' by Georges Bataille and danced by Flavia Ghisalberti & Ezio Tangini. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Young Thug | Islington Academy | 27 Aug
Off the back of his recent 'Barter 6' mixtape, Young Thug performs his first ever London show tonight at the Islington Academy. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/THEATRE: Young Jean Lee - We're Gonna Die | Queen Elizabeth Hall | 27-30 Aug (pictured)

Playwright Young Jean Lee performs her show 'We're Gonna Die', a mix of songs and monologues accompanied by her band Future Wife and, for these Meltdown Festival shows, the event's curator David Byrne. Details and tickets here.
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