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This week: 27 August – 2 September

27 August 2018 Suzanne Frost

It feels like the end of summer is here. But fear not, September in London means only one thing: a new season is starting with even more theatre, music and culture for you to discover!

Last chance for Pressure at the Ambassador Theatre
Laura Rogers as Kay Summersby and David Haig as Group Captain James Stagg. Photo: Robert Day

There’s only four weeks left to catch the critically acclaimed West End transfer of David Haig’s intense thriller, Pressure, a play combining two of the English people’s most favourite things – WWII and the weather! Haig, who wrote the script and stars in it, plays meteorologist Captain James Stagg, who is tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D-Day landings. General Eisenhower is certain the good weather will hold but Stagg feels a storm coming - the future of Britain, Europe and the United States rests on one single weather forecast.
 
Pressure at the Ambassadors Theatre must close on 1 September 2018.

 
Hackney Record Fair

 
If you fancy getting your paws on some vinyl, this is the place to do it. Hackney Record Fair offers indie types the opportunity to get hold of rare vinyl from independent labels, record vendors, and used hifi dealers selling directly to the fans who love them.  Dig through hundreds of crates of vinyl from over 50 stalls, including indie record labels, record stores, used/collector/hifi dealers and local vinyl enthusiasts. In addition to the tons of vinyl, there will be DJ sets throughout the day, a bakery, and a record cleaning service, so you can hunt for rare vinyl records, discover new independent labels, grab a bite to eat, and have the rare record you’ve unearthed restored to its former glory.

Hackney Record Fair is on 2 September at Hackney Arts Centre, 13 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BH and entry is £2.
 
 
A Harry Potter Party – The First Day At Hogwarts at The Grand, Clapham


Just in time for a new school year, witches and wizards are invited to The Grand for a massive  'Return to Hogwarts' event celebrating the brand new term at Hogwarts, it's the time for all Potterheads to pack their robes, wands & brush up on their quidditch skills and the Sorting Hat will separate the Gryffindors from the Slytherins. Expecto Patronum the night away at a fancy dress party to remember, wands at the ready as you battle it out on the dance floor for the house cup. There’ll also be Quidditch pong tables, prizes for best costume and Butter beer for those who need refreshing on the Horcrux trail.
 
A Harry Potter Party – The First Day At Hogwarts is at The Grand, Clapham on 1 September. 
Doors open 10pm
 and tickets are £10.
 

London’s Free Open Air Theatre


Catch the last rays of summer sunshine at The Scoop, the stage for London Bridge City Summer By The River festival. In its 15th year this summer, audiences of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy performances amidst iconic buildings beside the Thames, offering unforgettable and totally accessible experiences in the heart of the city – completely free of charge. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a new adaptation of the beloved children’s novel directed by Phil Willmott and aimed at young children under 10, with afternoon babies & parents performances available. King Arthur, based on Sir Thomas Malory’s telling of the famous legend, is a truly British tale of courage, romance and adventure that will resonate with diverse audiences from right across the capital. 1000 seats are available for each night on a first come first served basis – no need to book, it is all free!

London's free Open Air Theatre is part of London Bridge City Summer By The River festival.
 

 
Nicolas Deshayes at the Pleasure Gardens
Nicolas Deshayes at the Pleasure Gardens, 2018. Cast aluminium, stainless steel and water installation view. Courtesy the artist and Pump House Gallery. Photo: Eoin Carey.

The Pump House Gallery has extended Nicolas Deshayes’ first exhibition, giving you the chance to still discover his site-specific work of outdoor sculptures in Battersea Park. Combining fleshly forms with urban infrastructure, Deshayes developed an interest in bodies of water, taking the fountains of Battersea Park’s Pleasure Gardens and the nearby River Thames as his starting points. Using industrial processes and materials such as expanding foam and cast aluminium, Deshayes has created bulbous and suggestive bodily forms that stand and hover on the water like a cast of characters, drawing water up and sputtering, spitting and dribbling it back from where it came.
 
Nicolas Deshauyes' scuptures are located across Battersea Park's Pleasure Garden.
 

 
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