Rosalind Blessed has entered 2020 at great pace. As many of us reluctantly judder back in to our daily routines, she’s about to bring not one but two of her plays to the Old Red Lion Theatre, where they’ll run concurrently throughout January.
Busy pavements and dawdling crowds are a nightmare. But if you’re trying to navigate your way through a mass of people on Essex Road this month – at the junction with Cross Street, specifically – there might be a reason for that.
The MakeArt programme is about elevating creative young minds. Based at the Islington Arts Factory, their annual exhibition is now open; displaying paintings, drawings, sculptures and clay works from children aged four to 16.
Carlos Acosta, 46, has retired from classical ballet but the former Royal Ballet star retains his devoted fans who want to glimpse (in Rooster) their hero before he takes over as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020.
One year after a cardiac arrest left him fighting for his life, Glenn Hoddle is planning a run of events where he’ll speak about his glittering football career in front of a live audience. The last of these shows, on January 21, takes place at Alexandra Palace.
When the titular Vassa, matriarch of the squabbling family in Mike Bartlett’s adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova, screams ‘Enough!’ during a blazing exchange in Act Three, it is a declaration shared by the audience.
Singer-songwriter John Smith starts an autumnal tour of the UK with a show at Islington Assembly Hall this weekend. Joined by special guests Cara Dillon and Ben Ottewell, this is the first chance for fans to see Smith’s new single – Burden of the Road – played live.
Next week at The Bill Murray, there’s one listing that stands out especially. Amongst the roast battles, the improv nights and the work in progress gigs, Thursday night’s entertainment is all about Hearing Loss: The Musical.
Set in a block of flats with thin walls and prying neighbours, Caroline Corcoran’s new book tells the story of Lexie and Harriet – two women in their thirties leading very different lives in spite of their close proximity.
This standalone take on comic books’ most compelling character is daring, thrilling, unexpected, ghastly and probably the last thing the world needs right now. Well, it’s another bloody origins tale, isn’t it?