August in London 2016

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The Entertainer

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Credit Johan Persson

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The Entertainer
South West Four
London Craft Beer Festival
Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace
BBC Good Food Festival
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Kew the Movies
Mandela Trilogy
Ron Arad's Curtain Call
Prom 44: Shakespeare: Stage And Screen
Splash Fest
Dodgeballdayer
Bugsy's 40th Birthday Bash
Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials
Gin Festival
Secretsundaze 15th Birthday Party
Camden Fringe
The Deck: Pop-Up Cinema
Shanghai Opera Company: Thunderstorm
St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Her Name Was Carmen
Luna Cinema at Alexandra Palace
CBeebies Prom
Luna Cinema: Tower of London
Africa Utopia
HMS Film Club
Horrible Histories: The Best Of Barmy Britain
946 - The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
KERB Camden Market
 

 

Kenneth Branagh's year-long run at the Garrick reaches its final act, Emma Rice's family show is given its London premiere and South West Four returns for two days of class A dance music.

 
 

KERB Camden Market

35 top street food traders to Camden Market, 364 days a year.

Camden Market West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 
 

KERB, the street food specialists who have been bringing first class kerbside eats to Kings Cross, the Gherkin and Paddington, park up permanently in Camden Market from Friday 12th August 2016. Thirty five traders come to this corner of north London 364 days a year. Joining KERB favourites Kimchinary, Mother Clucker, Luardos, Ghetto Grillz and Le Patate are newcomers like Arepazo Bros. whose Venezuelan arepas come with shredded beef, chicken or black beans, plus delicious plantain fries. Order drinks at the bespoke KERB and Camden Town Brewery bar serving signature lagers, ales and IPAs, or opt for local gin, Half Hitch, distilled on site.

 
 
 

Kids Week

Children aged 16 or under go for free to a raft of top West End shows.

The West End, , Soho, London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 01st - 31st August 2016

 

It's now over a decade since the excellent idea of Kids Week was first conjured up. A truly inspired summer treat for families, Theatreland is available for free to excitable tots and teens for the whole month of August. Children aged 5 to 16 can see an awesome selection of dazzling West End hits gratis - as long as an adult pays the full price - and another two children can go half price. Tickets for the most popular shows go fast, so it's best not to make any promises until you've booked. Aside from the shows themselves, there's a whole raft of free children's activities. Kids can peek backstage, participate in workshops, dabble with make-up, learn to dance, scribble a few lines in writing classes and even sing with the cast. It's a fantastic initiative and one which can only inspire kids' enthusiasm for the stage in later life.

 
 
 

The World Illustration Awards

A showcase of the very best illustration artworks.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 01st - 29th August 2016

 

Back for its 40th year, the World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House this August to showcase over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration. The unique exhibition brings together shortlisted entries from 66 countries, covering categories such as advertising, children's books, editorial and public art. The shortlisted and winning pieces comprise posters, book illustrations, animations, GIFS, sculptural pieces and textiles. Staged for the first time over the summer holidays, this year's exhibition will also include a children's trail and a programme of events that offer additional ways to explore the show.

 
 
 

Camden Fringe

More than 250 different weird and wonderful productions at 25 venues across town.

Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY

Tube: Warren Street Station, Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Great Portland Street Station

 

Dates: 01st - 28th August 2016

 

Bringing together comedy, theatre, poetry, dance and much more, the Camden Fringe boasts over 250 different productions and (some very odd) shows across 25 venues in north London borough throughout August. Whether you want to catch some of the edgiest stand-up around or witness a new twist on Shakespeare or watch a group of OAPs rap, the Camden Fringe has become the metaphorical David, ready "to challenge the Edinburgh Goliath" (The Guardian). Now in its eleventh year, this rapidly growing four-week festival is offering fresh opportunity for both new and established acts to get themselves noticed in a creative environment outside Edinburgh. Rather than being centred around the High Street venues cover the whole borough of Camden, from Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate Village to the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden and include the Etcetera Theatre - where the first Camden Fringe took place in 2006.

 
 
 

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House

A special celebration of the 20th anniversary of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 04th - 17th August 2016

 

Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Film4's Trainspotting, this year's event puts Danny Boyle's controversial 1996 hit back on the big screen. Additionally, coinciding with exhibition Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, this year's programme will also include one of Kubrick's films as voted by the public. The vote-winning title will be revealed on the night of the screening. Further films this year include Ex Machina, Sunset Boulevard and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

 
 
 

Horrible Histories: The Best Of Barmy Britain

A best of compilation of the Horrible Histories shows.

Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7EZ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 05th August - 03rd September 2016

 

Following on from a series of successful productions, Horrible Histories is back with The Best of Barmy Britain. Being staged at the Apollo Theatre, the show brings together the best and grizzliest bits from the previous productions to create one revolting romp through Britain's history. Directed by and starring Neal Foster, it features pivotal points of the past with the audiences encountering boisterous Boudicca, cowardly King John, hot-headed Henry VIII, devilish Dick Turpin and the groovy, dancing Queen Victoria! Expect to also be engulfed in the Great Fire of London and Guy Fawkes's Gun Powder plot.

 
 
 

Bugsy's 40th Birthday Bash

BAFTA's Piccadilly home will be transformed into Fat Sam's for one weekend only.

195 Piccadilly (BAFTA), 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Green Park Station

 

Dates: 05th - 07th August 2016

 

BAFTA celebrates '40 Years of Bugsy Malone' with a Q&A with the famous director Sir Alan Parker and, for one weekend only, BAFTA's Piccadilly home will be transformed into Fat Sam's, with a dress up photo experience, a den of splurge gun shenanigans, daily screenings of the film and a free exhibition showing behind-the-scenes shots and sketches. Joining Alan Parker on the 29th June are members of the original cast while the open weekend promises to be a lots of fun for all the family - a chance to relive the gloriously catchy songs and irrepressible humour of this long-running much-loved film. You only have to look at current theatre hit Bugsy Malone - back for a second run at Lyric Hammersmith - for proof of its popularity.

 
 
 

Pop Up Screens Guildhall Yard

See Gladiator next London's Roman Amphitheatre. What better place?

Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Moorgate Station, Bank Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 05th - 11th August 2016

 

Enjoy a collection of classic films in the grandeur of Guildhall Yard as Pop Up Screens delivers a series of special screenings with exclusive access to London's Roman Amphitheatre. As well as everything you'd expect from the outdoor cinema - food, popcorn and a fully stocked bar - you can also see Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London Heritage Gallery and the Roman Amphitheatre. What better place to see Gladiator? The film to be screened on 8th August. The programme also includes classics like Pulp Fiction, Dirty Dancing and Romeo and Juliet, under the stars, and guests are also welcome to bring their own picnic.

 
 
 

Ron Arad's Curtain Call

Artists interact with Arad's circular installation for the Roundhouse's 50th birthday.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 06th - 29th August 2016

 

After receiving critical acclaim for Curtain Call, his 360 degree interactive installation first seen in 2011, Ron Arad reinvents the piece for the Roundhouse's 50th anniversary celebrations. New artists for 2016 include Kutiman, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Universal Everything. Returning from 2011 will be Babis Alexiadis, Mat Colishaw and David Shrigley, among others, who have created works for the 18 metre diameter ring - a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction, described by The Observer as 'playful, original and brilliant'. Alongside Curtain Call, the Roundhouse will present a series of live music this summer including the BBC Proms, Mercury Music Prize nominated Eska, Ivor Novello nominated DJ and musician Matthew Herbert, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

 
 
 

Visions Festival

The popular one-day festival returns.

Various Venues East London, Walthamstow, London, EC2M 7QH

Tube: Walthamstow Central Station

 

Dates: 06th August 2016

 

Taking place at a number of intimate venues around London Fields, including Netil 360, Oval Space and London Fields Brewery, Visions returns for 2016 with another one-day music line-up. This year welcomes Young Fathers, Anna Calvi, Lindstrom, ESG, Lightning Bolt, Jessy Lanza and JD Samson. Further to the music, there's also a craft beer and a food festival. Be quick, however, it's proved popular and sold out quickly the past two years.

 
 
 

Dodgeballdayer

If you ever wanted to dress up as the bananas in pyjamas this is your chance.

Wimbledon Rugby Football Club, Barham Road, London, SW20 0ET

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 06th August 2016

 

The UK's biggest fancy dress Dodgeball tournament comes to Wimbledon Rugby Club on Saturday 6th August as teams compete for prizes - not just for winning the competition but for the fiercely contested most creatively dressed team. There's a fun, festival atmosphere to the day as teams of eight - dressed chefs, bananas in pyjamas and crayons - compete, and with DJs, street food and drink stalls providing much needed refreshment. Proceeds from the day go to learning disability charity Mencap.

 
 
 

Luna Cinema at Alexandra Palace

Two nights of classic cinema at Ally Pally.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 06th - 07th August 2016

 

The Luna Cinema comes to Ally Pally this summer as they present two nights of classic cinema, Star Wars - The Force Awakens on Saturday 6th August followed by Labyrinth on Sunday 7th August. With Episode VII of the Star Wars franchise, JJ Abrams "breathes new life into Lucas's epochal creations in a manner that deftly looks back to the future" (The Guardian). Meanwhile, the 1986 movie starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly tells the fantastical story of a teenager who has to navigate a fantastical maze in order to save her young brother, kidnapped by a goblin king.

 
 
 

Splash Fest

Dive into five zones of water-themed challenges and games.

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 07th August 2016

 

Whatever weather the great British summer throws at us, you're going to get wet at Battersea Park this August. Divided into five zones of water-themed challenges and games over a 2.5km trail, Splash Fest is your chance to take on the water slides, bubbly brook and water spouts... and get thoroughly soaked. Organised by lifeboat charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the splashing event is aimed at families with children aged around 7 to 12. There's the slipperiest toboggan-style water slides, geyser-spouting waters and a giant boat and floating targets on the lake as well as a giant inflatable water slide. Live music, entertainment, food, drink, and a drying-off area keep the party going on dry land.

 
 
 

CTRL ALT DELETE

Emma Packer's play is staged as part of Camden Fringe.

Camden People's Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY

Tube: Warren Street Station, Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Great Portland Street Station

 

Dates: 08th - 16th August 2016

 

Emma Packer's play CTRL ALT DELETE is staged at the Camden People's Theatre as part of Camden Fringe this August. Examining domestic abuse and its reflection on our society, the highly relevant play also tackles issues such as immigration, the financial crisis, 2011 riots, the war on terrorism and the housing crisis. Amy Jones from Brixton, an emotionally charged girl with a strong political heart, challenges the injustices of a world where war rips communities apart, equality isn't universal and your biggest enemies are sometimes the very ones who brought you into the world.

 
 
 

The Great British Beer Festival

A celebration of our national drink, with over 900 tipples.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 09th - 13th August 2016

 

Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. There are over 350 different British breweries featured at the Great British Beer Festival and with the brewery boom across the country, and in London in particular, being chosen for the festival is a real privilege. Although it sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer. For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.

 
 
 

Luna Cinema: Tower of London

Outdoor cinema screenings come to the Tower of London for the first time.

Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 09th - 11th August 2016

 

For the very first time, the Tower of London has given permission for outdoor cinema screenings so this summer you can sit in the moat and see films on the big screen. What better way to watch Star Wars than under the stars? The seventh instalment in the Star Wars series - The Force Awakens - is on the bill along with Gladiator and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo Juliet. George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, has been planning to host screenings here at the Tower of London for years and we have to agree, the imposing palace walls will make a dramatic setting for any film. Showing outdoor films at many inspiring locations across London, the Luna group adds new venue Kenwood House to Alexandra Palace, Brockwell Lido, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and many more this summer.

 
 
 

HMS Film Club

Look out for icebergs! Rooftop Film Club screens Titanic on the Good Ship Benefit.

R.S. Hispaniola, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2N 5DJ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 10th - 12th August 2016

 

Let's hope the Good Ship Benefit doesn't go down like the Titanic - one of three films being screened as Rooftop Film Club set up the HMS Film Club on board the ship this August. On the Thames, overlooking the London Eye, the R.S. Hispaniola becomes an outdoor floating cinema showing five chick flicks - Romeo and Juliet, Muriel's Wedding, When Harry Met Sally, Devil Wears Prada, and Titanic - over three nights. A complimentary Pimm's and Tyrrells Poshcorn are also on offer in the cushioned cabana, and you can visit the Captain's cabin for a free makeover.

 
 
 

Matthew Herbert Presents a Nude

The electronic musical innnovator considers the 'Nude' in art and society.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 10th August 2016

 

The contemporary classical, experimental and avant-garde musician with an Ivor Novello nomination under his belt, performs as part of Ron Arad's Roundhouse installation Curtain Call. Electronic innnovator, sampler and musical wizard Matthew Herbert, who has performed at the Roundhouse with his big band in the past, will be presenting 'Nude', his latest project in which he reimagines the formal and conceptual frameworks of 'the nude' in art and society.

 
 
 

The Burnt Part Boys

A coming of age story based on the book by Mariana Elder.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 10th August - 03rd September 2016

 

The Park Theatre stages the European premiere of The Burnt Part Boys this August, directed by Matthew Iliffe. Based on the book by Mariana Elder, it tells the coming of age story of a group of teenagers living under the shadow of a tragic mining accident, which claimed the lives of their father tens years prior. The innovative musical is a heart-warming tale of youthful adventure and redemption, with music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen.

 
 
 

946 - The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Emma Rice's family show is given its London premiere.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 11th August - 11th September 2016

 

Shakespeare's Globe brings Emma Rice's triumphant Kneehigh family show, 946 , to London for the first time in 2016 as part of Rice's inaugural season as Artistic Director. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 946 is based in Slapton Sands, Devon in 1944 and explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings. Through music, puppetry and foolishness, the tale of war, prejudice and love aims to reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.

 
 
 

Shanghai Opera Company: Thunderstorm

The Shanghai Opera House makes its UK debut at the London Coliseum.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 11th - 14th August 2016

 

Minghzhe Zha directs the award-winning modern opera about family, society and corruption in Old Shanghai when Shanghai Opera House makes its UK debut with four performances of Thunderstorm. Based on the acclaimed 1935 play by Cao Yu and set to music by legendary composer Mo Fan, the story unfolds in the space of one day and centres around the disastrous effects of rigid traditionalism and hypocrisy on the wealthy, modern Zhou family.

 
 
 

Prom 36: Late Night with Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum is joined by the Roundhouse Choir and Heritage Orchestra.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 11th August 2016

 

He was the pick of many people's Proms concerts when he last played the series in 2010. Six years later, this collaboration between singer/songwriter Jamie Cullum and the Heritage Orchestra is sure to be just as popular. The diminutive Cullum is a household name in the UK for his catchy keys-led jazz-pop. This time around he offers his own take on a collection of pop songs, in the spirit of The Song Society - Cullum's project to create fast and loose covers of favourite tracks. Prom 36 sees Cullum joined on the Royal Albert Hall stage by the Roundhouse Choir and Heritage Orchestra, the forward-looking, boundary-crossing collective which was formed 12 years ago to play at London's Cargo club.

 
 
 

London Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer, street food, bands and DJs overlooking the Bethnal Green gas works.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 12th - 14th August 2016

 

Eighteen world-class craft brewers will be bringing 60 superb beers to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green this August. In recognition of so much great beer being made in the UK - much of which doesn't get the recognition it deserves - the London Craft Beer Festival brings brewers from the UK and Europe together under one roof - including breweries like The Kernel Brewery, Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, Weird Beard and Howling Hops from right here in London. Visitors are given information on each brewery and encouraged to sample small glasses to experience as much as possible. Street food is supplied by local companies like the Ginger Pig, E5 Bakehouse and Gelupo with dishes inspired by the beers. Bands and DJs including the likes of Chase & Status and the Artful Dodger provide the soundtrack, all to be enjoyed on the large Oval Space terraces overlooking the Bethnal Green gas works. Tickets are expected to go quickly.

 
 
 

They Drink It In The Congo

Adam Bruce second play is a timely dark satire.

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th August - 01st October 2016

 

Following on from his 2009 debut play Stovepipe about the Iraq War, Adam Bruce is back with another timely production. Staged at the Almeida, They Drink It In The Congo is a dark satire about one well-meaning Briton's efforts to stage a festival that raises awareness of the conflict in the Congo. Unfortunately, the act of charity seems to create more issues than it solves, unpacking the problem of doing something good about something bad.

 
 
 

Spotlight Festival: Seven Dials

West End show Motown the Musical opens this year's festival.

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 13th August 2016

 

This year's Spotlight Festival, an annual event celebrating the culture in and around Seven Dials, opens with an exclusive show piece from West End show, Motown the Musical. Returning for its third year this August, the event sees a stage set up around the Dial to host a programme of live entertainment, including theatre, dance, comedy and music performances. The area close to Covent Garden and Leicester Square will be closed to traffic as it becomes an entertainment hotspot where visitors can enjoy free performances, activities, shopping discounts, foodie workshops and a free G&T.

 
 
 

The Deck: Pop-Up Cinema

Special screenings of the National Theatre's award-winning production of War Horse.

The Deck at the National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 15th - 19th August 2016

 

A never-before seen War Horse puppet for Joey's mother Alice, who was cut from the final play, will be positioned in The Deck during the five days that the National Theatre's rooftop venue becomes a pop-up cinema. The puppet has been brought in for the special screenings of the critically acclaimed production of War Horse which you can see from the comfort of a deck chair overlooking the south bank skyline. Matinee and evening screenings show the much-loved journey of the young protagonist Albert and his beloved horse Joey. In addition to the film, your ticket includes food - smoked brisket slider in a sesame seed bun with homemade gherkin relish, and sweet and salted fluffy white popcorn - and a glass of house wine, a beer or a soft drink.

 
 
 

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host

Bringing together dance and radio - two strands not usually associated with each other.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th August 2016

 

Presented by This American Life founder and host Ira Glass, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host comes to the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall this August for its European premiere. Bringing together dance and radio - two strands that aren't usually associated with each other - it's a funny, lively and heartfelt evening of dance and stories.

 
 
 

Prom 44: Shakespeare: Stage And Screen

The proms stages a musical tribute to the Bard.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th August 2016

 

Keith Lockhart conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform William Walton's Richard III Suite and As You Like It - A Poem For Orchestra After Shakespeare. Prom 44 is a musical tribute to the Bard with a programme which includes Gerald Finzi's Love's Labour's Lost - Suite, Sir Arthur Sullivan's The Tempest - Overture To Act 4, and Joby Talbot's Springtime Dance From The Winter's Tale. As well as this prom on Thursday 18th August 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall, Shakespeare is the subject of a special prom on Saturday 13th August at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe - a celebration of Restoration theatre music.

 
 
 

Pop Up Screens - Ravenscourt Park

See cinematic classics in the great outdoors.

Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Avenue, London, W6 0SL

Tube: Ravenscourt Park Station, Stamford Brook Station

 

Dates: 19th August - 18th September 2016

 

No need to sit in a darkened cinema in summer, Pop Up Screens give Londoners the chance to see cinematic classics in the great outdoors. With open air screenings of Jurassic Park, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Back to the Future from 19th to 21st August followed a month later by The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Jurassic World from 16th to 18th September, Ravenscourt Park is the place to go for nostalgic coming-of-age films, romance and films that stand the test of time. Bring a picnic and something to sit on or opt for the food and fully stocked bar on site - so you can enjoy a burger from the guy that supplies Harrods, washed down with a cold pint. Oh and put on your cosy knits - the great British summer is not known for its balmy nights.

 
 
 

The Entertainer

Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh in this production of John Osborne's play.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th August - 12th November 2016

 

Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh in this production of John Osborne's The Entertainer, concluding Branagh's year-long, five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. In the production Branagh plays old-time British music hall performer Archie Rice - a role strongly associated with Laurence Olivier. As he begins to sink into final defeat, Rice schemes to stay in show business and the seedy glamour of the business is exposed. The four preceding plays in the Garrick season are The Winter's Tale, Harlequinade, The Painkiller and Romeo and Juliet.

 
 
 

Little Shop of Horrors

X Factor star Rhydian Roberts plays sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello in this revival.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 27th August 2016

 

X Factor's Rhydian, who rose to fame on the ITV talent show, stars as The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, a gloriously retro, tongue-in-cheek spoof of 1950s B-movie horror, on tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre. The plot revolves around assistant florist Seymour - broke, shy and hopelessly in love when a chance discovery seems to change his luck. The exotic plant he discovers can offer fame and fortune - so long as he's prepared to satisfy its craving for fresh blood... Support comes from a strong cast, including Sam Lupton (who has appeared as Boq in Wicked in the West End) as Seymour, and the songs are by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken - most famous for Disney classics The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Barely hidden underneath the jazzy numbers are the darker elements but the blend of mild terror and exaggerated humour is entertaining stuff.

 
 
 

Floating Cinema

Watch water-inspired movies from a floating pontoon.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 28th August 2016

 

St Katharine Docks plays host to the Floating Cinema this August, with a week of water-inspired classics being shown on the big screen. Visitors to the floating pontoon will be able to watch The Beach, The Impossible, Jaws, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mamma Mia as well as kid-friendly options like The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo and Splash. Craft beer, cocktails and burgers will be on the menu, bean bags will be available to snuggle up on and blankets will be provided to ensure you stay warm after the sun goes down.

 
 
 

Kew the Movies

See Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Mean Girls and Labyrinth under the stars.

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 24th - 25th August 2016

 

Set within the stunning Kew Gardens, Kew the Movies sees the beautiful botanical gardens of southwest London host a pleasant pop-up cinema beneath the stars over two consecutive nights. In 2016 Kew the Movies takes place mid-week starting with 'Star Wars - The Force Awakens' as Harrison Ford's Han Solo makes a triumphant return. It's followed by Steven Spielberg's 'Jurassic Park' - the perfect film for an open air screening against the tree-lined, botanical setting of Kew Gardens. And in late summer, on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September, American teen comedy 'Mean Girls' is paired with David Bowie classic 'Labyrinth'. All the screenings are hosted by Luna Cinema and set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew Palace within Kew Gardens. Guests are invited to bring picnics to spread out on the lawns - just cross your fingers the rain keeps away.

 
 
 

The Roundabout

Written by JB Priestley, this play is a perceptive look at England in the 1930s.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 24th August - 24th September 2016

 

A funny, perceptive look at England in the 1930s, The Roundabout by prolific playwright JB Priestley is staged at the Park Theatre this summer. During a crowded weekend, Richard is joined by the rest of the dysfunctional Kettlewell family when his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia and his ex-wife and mistress both unexpectedly arrive. Add to that a butler who as won big at the races and you've got "remarkably good entertainment" (The Spectator).

 
 
 

St Petersburg Ballet Theatre: Her Name Was Carmen

Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova stars in the world premiere.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 25th - 28th August 2016

 

Following last year's sell-out season, Russian ballerina Irina Kolesnikova returns to the London Coliseum with a new take on an old classic. Kolesnikova dances the title role in Her Name Was Carmen, the world premiere staging of a ballet in which choreographer Andrei Kuznetzov-Vecheslov draws on the experience of visiting refugee camps in the Balkans. In this new full-length ballet, brought to life by 50 dancers from the critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, the love triangle is between Carmen, Jose, a camp guard, and Garcia, a smuggler.

 
 
 

Gin Festival

The UK's largest gin event with producers from all over the country.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th August 2016

 

Gin Festival, the UK's largest gin event, comes to Tobacco Dock this August with over 100 gins to showcase. Returning for its second year after a sell-out event in 2015, the festival gives visitors the chance to sample exclusive and new gins from a variety of producers, including Tarquins Single Estate Tea Gin that has been made especially for the event. You'll be given a special Gin Festival glass and a brochure detailing information about each of the gins and producers, with a suggest garnish for each. As well as the gin, there will be live entertainment, talks from gin industry experts and food.

 
 
 

Cider Festival and Hog Roast

The popular pub welcomes cider producers from all over the UK.

The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th August 2016

 

Popular east London pub The Water Poet is hosting a Cider Festival & Hog Roast once again this August bank holiday weekend. Taking place in the beer garden and barn, it welcomes a variety of producers from all over the UK to showcase their craft ciders. Guests will be able to sample fruit Annings from the West Country, Thistly Cross from Scotland, the award-winning Kentish Pip from Kent and the Orchard Pig from Somerset. There will also be homemade cider ice cream, a spit roasted hog, and a live band each day.

 
 
 

South West Four

Two days of dance music with the likes of Rudimental and Dizzee Rascal.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 27th - 28th August 2016

 

Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names. This year's Saturday headliner is Rudimental with further performances from Andy C, Dizzee Rascal, Knife Party, Arman Van Helden and Flux Pavilion. Saturday, meanwhile, welcomes The Chemical Brothers to headline as well as Above & Beyond, Carol Cox, Paul Kalkbrenner, Four Tet, and Sasha. SW4 has proved a great success over the past twelve years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Alexandra Palace

Top chefs Aldo Zilli and Rakesh Nair, tastings and an al fresco food market.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th August 2016

 

The Foodies Festival is back at Alexandra Palace this summer, taking place on the Bank Holiday weekend. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including Rakesh Nair of The Cinnamon Club, celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, Alex Theibaut of Maze, Peter Joseph of Tamarind and Masterchef finalists Tony Rodd and Emma Spitzer. There will also be the chance to discover Feel Good Superfoods with healthy living chefs and food writers, enjoy the creations of expert mixologists and sommeliers in the Drinks Theatre, stock up your kitchen at the Artisan Producers Market, and feast on flavours from around the world at Street Food Avenue. Further highlights include a children's cookery school, a chilli eating challenge and live music on the entertainment stage. The Foodies Festival also comes to Syon Park and Blackheath in 2016.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Festival

Paul Hollywood and Michel Roux Jr give demos and roaming circus performers entertain.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th August 2016

 

Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the BBC Good Food Festival comes to Hampton Court Palace giving visitors a great selection of food to sample and expert tips from well known cooks and chefs including baker Paul Hollywood, Le Gavroche chef Michel Roux Jr, resident chef on ITV's Lorraine John Whaite and winner of the second series of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley. Book in at the summer kitchen to see these top chefs doing their thing, enjoy live entertainment and see roaming circus performers showing off their skills around the palace grounds throughout the day. A great family day out, kids can try drop in for juggling classes at the circus skills school, get their faces painted, enjoy messy play and old school games like the sack race and egg and spoon races.

 
 
 

Block by Motionhouse and NofitState Circus

A brand new show by NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse Dance Company.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 28th August 2016

 

Seven performers use 20 oversized blocks to give their take on city life in Block, a brand new show by NoFit State Circus and Motionhouse Dance Company. Combining circus and dance, this precarious, fast-paced performance uses the blocks to create different atmospheres, as buildings go up and are pulled down and as waves of people move, disperse and form intricate patterns of interaction. One of three pieces of free, outdoor theatre brought to you by Circulate - Block, Lifeboat and Ile O are at four locations across London this summer.

 
 
 

Notting Hill Carnival

Shake your bootay at this annual summer carnival.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: 28th - 29th August 2016

 

Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area, and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.

 
 
 

Secretsundaze 15th Birthday Party

Electronic beats and a friendly vibe from one of the top party organisers in town.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 28th August 2016

 

The effortlessly cool club night is still going strong 15 years on and celebrates a decade and a half with a series of parties in the capital. The Secretsundaze DJ duo, Giles Smith and James Priestley, are hosting a string of parties this August, including a free party at London's Southbank Centre and their official 15th birthday event at Oval Space. Top acts including Prosumer, Nick Höppner, Jane Fitz and a surprise b2b set will give clubbers in-the-know a top daytime party on the Bank Holiday weekend.

 
 
 

CBeebies Prom

Thankfully, the hugely popular CBeebies Prom returns this summer.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 28th - 29th August 2016

 

It was sorely missed last year but thankfully the hugely popular CBeebies Prom returns in 2016. Featuring presenters from across its most popular shows including Andy's Dinosaur Adventures, Let's Play and Robert the Robot swap the TV studio for the Royal Albert Hall. Essential viewing for the under 5's, the BBC's pre-school channel is a godsend for parents with small children and this prom is sure to enchant its 'tiddler' audience and their families. Mr Bloom, aka Ben Faulks, Gemma Hunt from Swashbuckle and CBeebies presenters Chris Jarvis and Cat Sandion will be joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra playing music that's sure to rouse a big 'Swashbuckle' cheer.

 
 
 

House of Common

Madness headline and hand pick 30 bands and DJs for their own festival.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 29th August 2016

 

Madness are to headline their own festival on Clapham Common on the August bank holiday Monday of summer 2016. The band has brought together 20 like-minded bands and DJs for the one-day event. Joining Madness for the first ever House of Common is Jamaican legend Toots and the Maytals, David Rodigan, The Hot 8 Brass Band and Lee 'Scratch' Perry. Rob da Bank, who has his own festival to organise with Bestival, is DJing and both Ms Dynamite and Mike Skinner will also put in an appearance. Expect massive sounds from Reggae Roast, acid house beats by Terry Farley and salsa and hip hop fused with a sun-soaked reggae sound from Kiko Bun at this festival 'for the love of the common people'.

 
 
 

Mandela Trilogy

Mandela's story, told by a cast and orchestra of over 60 South African performers.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 31st August - 03rd September 2016

 

Three years after his death, Mandela Trilogy, a large-scale, three-part opera pays tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, shown for the first time in London at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. Written and directed by Michael Williams with music by Peter Louis van Dijk and Mike Campbell, the opera tells the story of Nelson Mandela's inspirational life. From tribal initiation rites on the banks of the Mbashe River to the rebellious days in Sophiatown, this is the story of the man who touched hearts and minds around the world, told in three parts by a cast and orchestra of over 60 South African performers.

 
 
 

Africa Utopia

Comedy, theatre, cooking and yoga celebrating African art, talent and ideas.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 31st August - 04th September 2016

 

Back for a fourth time, Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. Highlights in 2016 include Adura Onashile's theatre piece Expensive Sh*t, a rooftop garden concert by Tuareg musicians Terakaft and a showcase of the best comedians in the African diaspora including Daliso Chaponda, Dana Alexander and Athena Kugblenu. Cape Town Opera presents Mandela Trilogy, an operatic tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela, plus BBC Young Musician Sheku Keanneh-Mason performs on the Royal Festival Hall stage for the first time. An Afro dance workshop in the Clore Ballroom is just one of the free activities across the site which also include a Black History Walk along the Thames, African Yoga on the Southbank Centre's Roof Garden and the Africa Utopia Cook Off.

 
 
 

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