Events
Private Peaceful
Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND 0844 811 2334 theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
Until 21 Nov
This compelling love story and touching account of the First World War is not to be missed. The play follows young soldier Private Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful looking back over his life as a young boy. It covers his upbringing in rural Devon, falling in love with his childhood friend Molly and the cruel injustices of war that brought him to the battlefields. This poignant tale explores love, loss, war and courage, leading to a dramatic and heartbreaking conclusion.
Door> Varies Entry> £17.50-£25
Selfie  
Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2H 9ND
0844 811 2334 theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
Until 26 Nov
The National Youth Theatre presents an electrifying world premiere of Selfie, inspired by Oscar Wilde's iconic tale of deception, youth, and vanity. In an age of self-obsession and advancing technology, everyone is capable of becoming an artist of his or her own life. This new staging by the National Youth Theatre brings literature's most conceited anti-hero back to contemporary theatrical life in true decadent style.
Door> 7.30pm Entry> £17.50-£25
Green Street Arts – No Thyself
22 Green St, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0NB
Friday 14th Nov 2014
No Thyself – Drawing from thousands of years of history and culture, hundreds of years of artistic expression and decades of experience in the study, practice, execution and exhibition of the arts. The experience is the sum of many parts – There is no thy self, only synergy. Acclaimed artist Glenn Anderson and Green Street Arts Collective embark upon a remarkable collaborative project. Featuring – The midlands graffiti veteran Chu. Lighting and visual artist Liam d'Authreau and Swedish band, the theatrical sound artists known as 'GOAT'. With support from Beware Soul Brother & The Midland Sound Professors. Post event, viewers are invited to share the experience online at www.nothyself.co.uk. The public are enabled to view the installation via an interactive 360° image.
Doors> 7pm
GRAD SHOW - LIVE
Birmingham City Council House, Banqueting Suites, Victoria Square, Birmingham City Centre
Friday 14th Nov 2014
WhatsOn Media are proud to present GRAD SHOW- LIVE: An unmissable event for all jobseekers, ambitious bright sparks and brilliant employers. This unique event will not only be a crucial networking opportunity for job hunters and potential employers, who are just waiting to find eachother, but also a chance to take advantage of on-the-spot assessments, real time CV feedback and continuing career development through our specialist online support. So, struggling to find your dream job or simply can't get the staff? Either way, drop the dull conferences and job fairs and join the revolution with GRAD SHOW - LIVE. Stall holder enquires warmly welcomed. Please email pam@whatson.uk.com or call 0121 636 0830 for more information.
Entry> Free Doors> 9.15am - 5.00pm
The Marriage of Figaro
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4ES
0871 911 0200.eno.org
Until 23 Nov
The actress Fiona Shaw returns to the London Coliseum to direct the first revival of her production of Mozart's comic masterpiece. Jamie Martin conducts, while Mary Bevan and David Stout play Susanna and Figaro. Set over one day, the count's valet Figaro tries to wed the Countess's maid before their philandering master beds her first. The events that follow have ensured its title as one of the greatest comic operas ever written.
Door> 7pm Entry> £12-£99, £6-£49.50 concessions
White Christmas
Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7AQ
0844 847 1775 dominiontheatre.com
8 Nov – 3 Jan 2015
Welsh singer Aled Jones and Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers star as Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in Irving Berlin's musical White Christmas. It is the story of two ex-army friends who put on a show to help out their former general. The tunes are aplenty - from 'Let Yourself Go' and 'Sisters' to 'The Best Things Happen When You're Dancing'. This toe-tapping show, based on the much-loved film classic, will give you that festive feeling in no time.
Door> Varies Entry> £37.50-£67.50
La Soirée

Spiegeltent, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX020 7960 4200 southbankcentre.co.uk/i>

5 Nov - 11 Jan 2015
The whole audience is treated to a breathtaking melée of burlesque, vaudeville and circus sideshow. Some performers astound with feats of physical nerve and endurance, while others charm with character sketches and slapstick. This seamless production allows no time for you to pick your jaw up from the floor before the next act takes to the stage. La Soirée is endearing and exhilarating, but it is also pure adrenalin-fuelled entertainment at its best. The perfect Christmas cracker.
Door> Varies Entry> £15-£67.50
War Horse
New London Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PQ 0844 412 2708 warhorselondon.com
Until 14 Feb 2015
War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage - their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Experience the emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.
Door> 2.30pm or 7.30pm Entry> £24-£89

The Snowman

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HT 0844 412 4322 sadlerswells.com

26 Nov – 4 Jan 2015
A perennial family favourite, The Snowman has transported a generation of children and their families into the wonderful wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman. With music and lyrics by Howard Blake, including the beautiful 'Walking in the Air', performed by a live band, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, The Snowman is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
Door> Varies Entry> £15-£35/div>

Sleeping Beauty

Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley BR1 1HA 0870 060 6620 atgtickets.com/venues/the-churchill-theatre-bromley

28 Nov - 4 Jan

Here's a soap opera star-tastic panto for you, this year's Christmas knees-up at Churchill Theatre has Coronation Street's Marc Baylis as the prince. Not only that but pop princess Sonia is starring as the good fairy. There's also a Pop Idol winner and an Opportunity Knocks winner onboard. Get your 'he's behind you!' shouts at the ready.

Door> 7pm Entry> £16.90-£29.40

Not About Heroes
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY 0844 871 7632 atgtickets.com/venues/trafalgar-studios
 
10 Nov - 6 Dec
A tour of Stephen Macdonald's drama featuring World War One poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Based on true events, the play looks at the two men's friendship which was founded during their time at Craiglockhart War Hospital. Feelgood Theatre's production visits the hospital itself, alongside several other places of historical importance in their lives throughout the UK before arriving at Trafalgar Studios. This is an exploration of courage, humanity and friendship which is not to be missed – giving audiences a look at real diary extracts and letters from the talented pair.
Door> 3pm or 7.45pm Entry> £15-£25

Oxjam Music Festival

Nationwide oxfam.org.uk/oxjam

Through Oct

Oxjam Music Festival takes place every October. It's made up of hundreds of events happening all around the UK, all organised by amazing volunteers. The great thing about Oxjam is the diversity of the events on offer - from our multi-venue Takeover events, to sponsored busks on top of mountains - we've seen it all.

Entry> Various

King Charles III
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd WC2H 0DA
T 0844 482 5120 delfontmackintosh.co.uk
2 Sep – 29 Nov
King Charles III isn’t a Republican play or a monarchist play, but rather a thrilling working-through of ideas about modern Britain. Including, perhaps, the things that the exaggerated, media myth versions of the Royal family – ‘our’ Kate, ‘our’ Harry etc - might do. There’s a Cameo from Diana’s ghost too!
Door> Varies Entry> £10-£57.50

WOMEX

Santiago de Compostela, Spain womex.com

22 - 26 Oct
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies. 

Conservative Party Conference 

ICC, Birmingham
conservativepartyconference.org.uk 

28 Sep – 1 Oct

Promising a better future is the clarion call but the reality may be rather different in broken Britain. Expect Ministers and think tanks, but also a fair bit of dissent and protest outside with trade unions and anti-cuts groups gathering to make some noise.

Entry> Various

BFI London Film Festival
Across London
bfi.org.uk/lff
8 – 19 Oct
The full programme will be announced on Wednesday 3 September and public booking opens on 18 September. For the best chance of getting the tickets you want, join the BFI and enjoy booking ahead of the public.
Entry> Various
 
Diwali
Trafalgar Sq diwaliinlondon.com

 

12 Oct
The Diwali in London team demonstrates the unity of Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities working collectively to organise an inspirational and entertaining Diwali on Trafalgar Square event every year.
Entry> Free
 
Julius Caesar
Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Wk, Bankside SE1 9DT
shakespearesglobe.com
Till 11 Oct
Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power. When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – will Caesar’s ghost be avenged?
Door> 9.00PM Entry> £15
Hamlet
Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
hamlet.barbican.org.uk
Til 31 Oct
Set in Denmark where the title character plans his revenge against the uncle who murdered his father, before usurping the throne for himself. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead in the Barbican Theatre's highly-anticipated production of Hamlet.
Entry> TBC
 
Learn Graphology with Ease Workshop
Harborne Village Social Club, 3 Serpentine Road, Birmingham, B17 9RD
Oct 3
A person's handwriting is as unique as his/her personality. One look at the writing can help you understand who they are, what they feel, their attitudes, behaviour and many more aspects. It's an incredible tool used for personal development, recruitment, relationship compatibility and even forensic purposes. If you're keen to delve deeper, come join the Learn Graphology with Ease Workshop, it will change the way you look at a handwriting! Workshop facilitated by Farzana Suri Victory Coach for more information on the workshop please contact Freddy on +44-7913990832.
Entry> £50 Doors> 10.30am - 4.00pm
Liverpool Biennial
Across Liverpool, biennial.com
until 26 Oct
The 8th Biennial Exhibition, A Needle Walks into a Haystack, is curated by Mai Abu ElDahab and Anthony Huberman, and includes a group show at The Old Blind School, James McNeill Whistler at the Bluecoat and Sharon Lockhart at FACT.
Entry> Free
iTunes Festival
The Roundhouse, London itunesfestival.com
1 - 30 Sept
From the historic stage of the Roundhouse to audiences around the globe, iTunes Festival brings together the biggest names in music for 30 nights of exhilarating performances. This year's line-up includes the likes of Pharrell, Kylie, Kiesza and Beck.
Entry> Free
Frieze Art Fair

Regents Park friezelondon.com

15 –18 Oct

One of the world's leading contemporary art fairs, Frieze takes place each October in Regent's Park, London. The artists participating in Frieze Projects at Frieze London 2014 are: Jérôme Bel with Dance Umbrella; Cerith Wyn Evans with ZSL London Zoo; Isabel Lewis with the ICA, London and Liverpool Biennial; Nick Mauss with Northern Ballet.

Entry> £27

Designers in Residence
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, Bankside, London designmuseum.org
10 Sept – 4 Jan
This annual exhibition, which celebrates new and emerging design talent, will open 10 September 2014 and feature the designers selected by a distinguished panel.This year’s theme is disruption.
Entry> Free
Battle of Ideas
Barbarian, Silk St EC2Y 8DS
battleofideas.org.uk
18 - 19 Oct
Two days of high-level, thought-provoking, public debate organised by the Institute of Ideas at the Barbican. 80 sessions, 350 speakers, 2000+ attendees. Debates include - Policing the night-time economy: killing the lads’ night out?, Evidence based education: marks out of 10?, Should justice be victim centred? And The gamification of society: time to grow up?
Entry> Various
Intelligence Squared: We've overdosed
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
intelligencesquared.com
12 Nov
Drug pushers. We tend to associate them with the bleak underworld of criminality. But some would argue that there’s another class of drug pushers, just as unscrupulous, who work in the highly respectable fields of psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry. Come and hear the impassioned arguments on either side…
Entry> £30
Frankie Boyle: Work In Progress
Soho Theatre 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
T 020 7478 0100 sohotheatre.com
1-7 Oct
Frankie Boyle is doing a show at Soho Theatre to try out some new jokes. It will last about an hour. And it will be offensive so don't take your sensitive ears with you.
Entry> £15 (£12.50)
Made in Dagenham
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, WC2
madeindagenhamthemusical.com
9 Oct – 28 Mar 2015
Inspired by a true story and based on the hit movie, Made in Dagenham is the uplifting new West End musical comedy about friendship, love and the importance of fighting for what is right. Gemma Arterton stars as Rita.
Door> 3pmEntry> £25-£69.50
Julius Caesar
Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Wk, Bankside SE1 9DT
shakespearesglobe.com
Till 11 Oct
Opposing dictatorship and republicanism, private virtue and mob violence, Shakespeare’s tense drama of high politics reveals the emotional currents that flow between men in power. When Caesar returns to Rome from the wars a virtual dictator, Brutus and his republican friends resolve that his ambition must be curbed – will Caesar’s ghost be avenged?
Door> 9.00PM Entry> £15
The Scottsboro Boys
Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
020 7922 2922 youngvic.org
4 Oct – 21 Feb 2015
Step right up and jump on board for this sensational musical which brings to life the extraordinary true story of nine young men, in a case that changed history forever. Nominated for 6 Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, and winner of the Critics’ Circle Best Musical Award 2013.
Door>2.30pm/7.45pm Entry> £25 - £75
The Cherry Orchard
Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LZ
youngvic.org
10 Oct – 29 Nov
Vigorous and profound, this new version by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens (A Doll’s House, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time), is an anguished and heartbreaking love letter to a society in violent transition.
Door>2.30pm/7.45pm Entry> £10 - £35
The Royal Ballet Mixed Performance
Royal Opera House, Bow St, WC2E 9DD
roh.org.uk
18 Oct – 12 Nov
The Royal Ballet celebrates its Founder Choreographer, Frederick Ashton, with a mixed programme of some of his finest works.
Entry>£4-£64
Hamlet
Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
hamlet.barbican.org.uk
Til 31 Oct
Set in Denmark where the title character plans his revenge against the uncle who murdered his father, before usurping the throne for himself. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead in the Barbican Theatre's highly-anticipated production of Hamlet.
Entry>TBC
East is East
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Rd WC2H 0DA
T 0844 482 5120 delfontmackintosh.co.uk
4 Oct - 3 Jan 2015
Pakistani chip-shop owner George Khan - "Genghis" to his kids - is determined to give his children a strict Muslim upbringing against the unforgiving backdrop of 1970s Salford. Household tension reaches breaking point as their long-suffering English mother, Ella, gets caught in the cross fire. Staring Jane Horicks.
Door>2.30/7.30pm Entry> £15-£57.50
Great Britain
Haymarket Theatre Royal, 18 Suffolk St, SW1Y 4HT
T 0845 481 1870 trh.co.uk
17 Sep - 10 Jan 2015
Richard Bean’s fast and furious new play is an anarchic and foul-mouthed satire about the press, the police and the political establishment. Welcome to The Free Press, a tabloid newspaper locked in a never-ending battle for more readers.
Entry> £15-£50
Once
Phoenix Theatre, 104-110 Charing Cross Rd WC2H 0JP
T 020 7369 1733 ambassadortickets.com
Til 4 Jul 2015
Once is the smash-hit, award-winning musical that will capture your heart like no other. A bittersweet and funny love story that celebrates the power of music, performed live on stage by an extraordinary cast of actor-musicians, Once dazzles with invention, wit and unforgettable songs. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, a 2013 Grammy Award and the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Entry> £19.50-£95
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