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This week: 29 January – 4 February

29 January 2018 Suzanne Frost

It’s cold, it’s dark and staying at home with a nice hot drink might seem appealing but here are some ideas to tempt you out of hibernation.

OVO
The Canadian circus franchise Cirque du Soleil is back in town with their big arena show OVO, set in the hyperactive crawling ecosystem of insects. Expect some juggling ants, flying fleas, a flexible spider woman and trampoline jumping crickets. As usual, the jaw-dropping acrobats of the hugely popular Cirque du Soleil make you question if they are actually still human.


OVO at the Royal Albert Hall (c) Goff Photos

OVO is at the Royal Albert Hall until 4 March, and tickets are £20 - £226
 
Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition
Explore the very best of architecture, fashion, digital and more at Beazley Design of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum. Now in its 10th year, the display brings together over 60 global projects from across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Artefacts include the original Pussyhat - symbolising women’s solidarity in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks - and the Refugee Nation Flag, created to represent stateless athletes at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Installation at the Design Museum (c) BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition is at the Design Museum and tickets are £10

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
One of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century, Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Long Day's Journey Into Night starring Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville delves into the private lives and failings of the conflicted Tyrone family who each have their vice to dull the memories of their painful past and face their current trials. Over the course of one devastating day at their Connecticut summer home the resentments of the family are exposed, pushing their bonds to the limit.


Billy Howle and Jeremy Irons in Long Day's Journey Into Night at Bristol Old Vic (c) Hugo Glendinning

Long Day’s Journey Into Night is at the Wyndham’s Theatre until 8 April
 
ABBA: Super Troupers
For something a bit jollier, head to the Southbank Centre for a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this immersive exhibition, which forms part of the Nordic Matters season. Get close to never–before-seen items from the band’s archive and the ABBA Museum Stockholm, including personal notes, memorabilia and iconic costumes. Led by the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, explore the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands channelling positivity and optimism.


Installation from ABBA: Super troupers at the Southbank Centre (c) Viktor Frankowski

ABBA: Super Troupers is at the Southbank Centre until 29 Apr 2018 and tickets are £20
 
Medea Electronica
The ancient Greek tragedy of Medea, told originally by Euripides in 431BC, is a grim story of murder, revenge and destruction. This retelling by Pecho Mama, a genre-defying new company of theatre makers and musicians, sets the drama amidst the brilliant chaos of a live synth gig, an all original mash up of contemporary Electronica and 80’s inspired Progressive Rock. Trampling all over the boundaries between theatre and live music: sounds savage!


Medea Electronica by Pecho Mama

Medea Electronica is at Ovalhouse 30 January – 10 February and tickets are £15
 
 
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