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20 January 2005, Issue 170
Up: London for Free, Offers, Attractions
London Diary: Malcolm Hardee, by David
Entertainment: Know where to go and
what to do
London Hotels: London and Worldwide
News: Latest news from London
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Join King Henry VIII for a lavish feast in the vaulted cellars of
Ivory House, lined with flickering torches. Minstrels, troupers and
strolling players will entertain while you enjoy a four-course meal,
unlimited wine and beer, and later, a full-on disco.
(10 Jan - Feb 3 2005)
Hardee, by David Clee
people get to meet their maker knowing they have changed for the better
the cultural life of London, but one such is Malcolm Hardee, whose 55
year-old body was found in the Thames this week.
was the man behind two south London comedy clubs The Tunnel Club
and Up the Creek that helped launch the careers of big name comedians
like Paul Merton, Jo Brand and Vic Reeves.
into the comedy circuit werent the first Hardee got the
stand-up bug from the Comedy Store in the West End but they were
among the first outside of central London.
twenty years or so later, comedy clubs and comedy nights in pubs proliferate
all over the capital and offer a slice of live performance previously
unavailable outside the West End, barring live music and back-street
did a bit of stripping himself, as his act featured naked bodies plus
strategically placed balloons. Now its his soul thats laid
bare and you can hear evidence of it in the laughter of the comedy crowds
every night somewhere in London.
Based on a soap opera from the TV series As Seen on TV, the Acorn Antiques
musical chronicles the goings-on in an antiques shop in Manchesterford.
Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, and Duncan Preston star.
- Ashley Brown
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Chitty Bang Bang
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you - the new mantra of cast,
kids, critics and theatre producers. The West End has long been wooing
a crowd puller to seduce its dwindling audience, and it seems the
long awaited new kid on the block has finally arrived.
FRESH from its run as part of the 2004 Peter Hall Season, this
new production of Coward's own favourite play follows author Charles
Condomine and his second wife Ruth as they hold a seance as part of
research for Charles' new novel. Expecting little more than after-dinner
entertainment, their lives are turned upside down when eccentric medium
Madam Arcati inadvertantly conjures up the ghost of Charles' first
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Watch the West End go disco with this polyester-loving version of
the Travolta-classic. Popstar Kym Marsh and EastEnders' Shaun Williamson
(as DJ Monty) help to celebrate the best of the Beegees.
Works of William Shakespeare
The Reduced Shakespeare Company, after reveling in previous successes,
widdles the complete works of Shakespeare down to just under two hours,
breaking sixteen comedies into a high-speed, jovially entertaining
classic of its own right.
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- 3 Feb 2005)
of the Opera
Theatre A - Z Guide
of a Down
Carling Academy Brixton
5 June, 2005, 7pm
politicised hardcore/thrash-metal hybrid hail from Los Angeles by
way of Armenia, and pound out a fractured, spastic brand of rock cobbled
together from influences as diverse as punk, traditional Middle Eastern
music, and their adopted hometown's own early-80s hardcore scene.
Erroneously lumped in with Top 40 nu-metal buffoons such as Korn and
Papa Roach, System of a Down's eclectic sound places them in a category
of their own. -
Hour Party People - Feat. the Farm & Happy Mondays
25 & 26 March 2005
The Manchester pop band immortalised in Michael Winterbottom's fictionalised
film chronicle of Factory Records as debauched ravers - truly, twenty-four
hour party people - return with new songs and conquered addictions.
Although the film portrayed the Mondays as a band whose hedonistic
pursuits surpass their artistic influence in contemporary musical
folklore, the band in fact was seminal in certain circles, creating
a compulsively dance-happy fusion of pop, rave and hip-hop that prefigured
bands like the Chemical Brothers. Frontman Shaun Ryder, who infamously
and unceremoniously ditched the band in 1993, has re-joined for a
two-night engagement at Brixton Academy. - Ashley Brown
May 26, Reading; June 6 Bolton; June 10, Nottingham; June 11, Coventry;
June 25, Edinburgh; June 26, Kilmarnock
It seems, initially, an injustice that Elton John - flamboyant showman,
musical genius, and prince of pomp - is now playing a series of engagements
as a Caesar's Palace regular in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it's also oddly
befitting. John hasn't become any less ostentatiously flashy over
the years, and the U.S. capital of sequined, twinkling excess is undoubtedly
thrilled to accommodate the pop legend, who's never been one to take
himself too seriously. Fortunately, John will leave Caesar's to embark
on a worldwide tour performing the sort of safe but affable fare he's
made for the last two decades. He may have hung up his Bennie and
the Jets alter-ego a long time ago, but he's still more than capable
of crafting the perfect melody. -Ashley Brown
31 May & 1 June 2005
Known for his large ensemble and tear-jerking wonders, Neil Diamond
is it again, with an omnibus UK tour that not only includes London,
but Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Bristol.
9, 11 & 12 May 2005
Find out if Rod did, indeed, write the book of love as he makes Earls
Court swoon not once, not twice, but three times in the month of May.
Not only have shows been known to refresh the heartstrings of many
women, but rumour is they might also include tight leather trousers.
26 Feb 2005, 7pm
A valid Led Zeppelin tribute? Yours to judge as this highly acclaimed
Zeppelin band swings fans back to years where that pretty, ratty hair
Whole Lotta Led are generally considered to be one of the greatest
tributes to Led Zeppelin around. Playing two and a half hour sets
and over 100 concerts a year to thousands of people, their enthusiasm
on stage is unequalled, with a stage presence full of magnetism and
energy that all audiences feel and share. -Geoff Hunt
NME Awards Show
Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has steered away from his erstwhile band's
lovable Britpop in his solo career, creating records that remain in
the indie rock vein while venturing to less conventional and less
sugary, melody-laden musical climes. Coxon's latest and most slickly
produced album to date employs rock and blues guitars as well as soaring
strings to create a rich, but often rocking opus. - Ashley Brown
Tuesday 8 February
Despite a number-one U.S. hit with She's Not There, the jangly, layered
psychedelic guitar pop of the Zombies was lost amidst their like-minded
British Invasion kin, regarded by mainstream music history as mere
ephemera. Their immaculate pop songs, however, have since made them
a cult favorite, treasured by fans of Nuggets-era gems. Capitalising
on this newfound recognition, singer Colin Blunstone and keyboardist
Rod Argent are embarking on a tour under the Zombies moniker, playing
the divine melodies and warped organ solos that made their songs so
irresistible. -Ashley Brown
20 & 21 March 2005
24 February 2005
When seminal trash-glam acid rock purveyors Royal Trux
disbanded after 2000's excellent LP Pound for Pound, guitarist Neil
Michael Hagerty quickly moved on to an ever-growing body of solo work.
Jennifer Herrema, the other half of Royal Trux and supplier of the
nicotine-cured rasp that came to epitomise Trux's sexily trashy sound,
was virtually unheard of for the next few years. She finally makes
her valiant return with new outfit RTX, for which she recruited guitarist
Jaimo Welch and Nadav Eisenmann. On the new album Transmaniacon, named
for the Blue Oyster Cult riff-filled song, Herrema's 70s-throwback,
swampy rock vision is as lucid as ever, and it's a behemoth of an
album, thundering with eviscerating guitar licks, unabashed power
chords, and Herrema's signature howl. -Ashley Brown
County + The Electric Chairs
As a first-generation New York CBGB rocker, a presumably pre-operative
Wayne County challenged Deborah Harry for the title of NYC's punk
queen, and once famously tussled with alpha-male Handsome Dick Manitoba
of the Dictators. County has since christened herself Jayne and reunited
with the Electric Chairs, coupling the tarted-up retro-greaser sleaze
with the lyrical irreverence that made her so legendary the first
time around. -Ashley Brown
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11 & 12 Feb 2005, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall.
“A cornucopia of goodies...irresistible tunes at every turn.”Don't miss
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Royal Opera House
31 Jan - 15 Feb 2005
Social scandal provides the setting for Verdi's operatic version of
La Dame aux camélias, and scandal is what the opera itself provoked
when it was first seen in 1853. Under the baton of Maurizio Benini,
La traviata returns in Richard Eyre's popular production with Bob Crowley's
lavish designs, while a dual cast of singers brings to life a score
that rings with some of Verdi's most famous melodies.- Keith Prowse
(21 Jan - 3 Feb 2005)
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Robinson's Cunning Night Out
Film and television actor Robinson (Blackadder, the Neverending Story)
presents a one-man comedy show that promises laughter, tears and rousing
London's most popular comedy club has been
splitting sides for twenty two years now.
The likes of Paul Merton, Jack Dee and Jo
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- A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600
Academy of Arts
22 Jan - 12 April 2005
Covering the wide span of a thousand years, the RAA explores the
highly spiritual and spirited culture of the Turks.
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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SHOW COMPETITION>>
UK's 'Weekend Warriors' and 'Urban Adventurers' will be thrilled by
the re-launch of the Outdoor
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lucky competition entrant will win the most clever of accessories for
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Many thanks, Mary
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Even after Tuesday it is subject to change hence the Thursday update.
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