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Dominic Sedgwick, Gillian Keith and Harry Nicoll as Ghost Child 3, 2 and 1, Mary Bevan as Coraline (C) ROH. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey

This week: 26 March – 1 April

26 March 2018 Suzanne Frost

This week is packed with exciting new shows opening, from West End blockbusters to brand-new opera to political plays. As always, there is more to do in London than a person can fit into a week but here is our small selection:

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Drew McOnies new version of Baz Luhrman’s cult 1980s dance film Strictly Ballroom is one of the most eagerly anticipated openings in the West End. The show promises romance, colour and fun as well as rumba, cha cha and paso doble in Luhrman’s dancefloor-as-life parable. Will Young, Zizi Strallen and Johnny Labey star in a story about competitive ballroom dancing, brought to life by McOnies typical high-energy choreography.
 
Strictly Ballroom The Musical opens at the Piccadilly Theatre on 29 March. Tickets from £18.
 
Coraline

AKA © ROH 2018

The world premiere of Coraline is the latest opera from Mark-Anthony Turnage, one of today’s leading composers who returns to the Royal Opera House after Anna Nicole in 2011, his first Covent Garden commission. For Coraline, he adapts the much-loved story by Neil Gaiman, a British writer who has transformed the landscape of fantasy literature with his highly imaginative, atmospheric and otherworldly narratives. After its publication in 2002, Coraline swept up numerous awards and was adapted into a stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick. The world premiere of Turnage’s operatic adaptation is directed by Aletta Collins at the Barbican Theatre.
 
Coraline is playing at the Barbican 27 March—7 April. Tickets £10-40.
 
Devil With The Blue Dress

Emma Handy and Daniella Isaacs courtesy of Helen Murray

This very timely play by American writer Kevin Armento looks back at the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal – just as Monica Lewinsky recently added her voice to the #MeToo movement. The five women at the centre of the scandal engage in a theatrical battle of truth and politics, exploring how we might reframe and respond to abuses of power as we attempt to move forward.

Devil With The Blue Dress is at The Bunker 29 March - 28 April. Tickets are £19.50 Concession: £15.00 and U30s: £10.00

 
Assassins

Paul Burnham in Assassins

Similarly more relevant than ever is Stephen Sondheim’s musical satire about people who’ve murdered presidents. "Every now and then, the country goes a little wrong. Every now and then, a madman's bound to come along..." sounds truer than ever, despite being written 30 years ago, proving that the wise and wicked Sondheim has lost nothing of his bite.

Assassins is at the Pleasance Theatre until 8 April. Tickets £18/16
 
 
Bang Said The Gun


Voted the Best Poetry Night in the UK by The Times, poetry pioneers Bang Said The Gun are making poetry cool again. Started as an antidote to dreary poetry and even drearier poetry nights, co-founders Dan Cockrill and Martin Galton have “dragged poetry kicking and screaming into the 21st century”. A rollercoaster of emotions, it’s loud, raucous, political, trivial, serious and very funny. The fast-moving and highly-energised night showcases a rich mix of new talent and some of the most established names in poetry.

Bang Said The Gun is at Soho Theatre 26 March and 30 April. Tickets £16.50
 
Piano Days


The pianos at St Pancras have become a beloved part of the station and have been famously played by global stars such as Elton John and John Legend, as well as many unknown geniuses. 29 March marks International Piano Day so to celebrate, there will free piano lessons and an open invitation to musicians, singers and dancers to come along and make some music together. The station will also be celebrating the occasion with live performances from a host of critically acclaimed artists between 11am- 5.30pm on the day and the event will be live streamed to Facebook all through the day. What’s more, the free treat will then extend to every first Saturday of the month.

International Piano Day is on 29 March at St Pancras Station
 
 
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