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This week: 30 July – 5 August

30 July 2018 Suzanne Frost

Did you survive the heatwave? It seems like it's ok to come out again. If you are stuck in the city this summer, fear not - London is doing its very best to keep you entertained throughout the warm days and long nights.

Disney Musical Pop-Ups in Covent Garden
Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie) & Matthew Croke (Aladdin) photo by Deen Van Meer (c) Disney

Hit West End musicals Aladdin and The Lion King, in their celebrated 2nd and triumphant 19th year respectively, invite Disney fans old and new to a summer Pop-Up in Covent Garden throughout August. Located in the heart of Theatreland, the Pop-Up will host an array of free interactive experiences and special events to enjoy. Guests will be able to explore the iconic masks, puppets and costumes from the Tony-Award winning The Lion King up-close, and learn about the inspiration behind many of the show’s impressive designs. Or, step inside a specially created ‘Cave of Wonders’ and go on a treasure hunt to find the legendary lamp from Aladdin. Free events will include performances from cast members of the two West End shows, puppetry demonstrations and stage makeup masterclasses, as well as vocal and movement bite-sized workshops to get a first-hand flavour of the shows’ music and choreography.
 
The Disney Musical Pop-Up will be open every day from 31 July – 26 at 25 Long Acre. The full schedule is available to view at [url=http://www.disneyonstage.co.uk]http://www.disneyonstage.co.uk[/url] and access to events is available on a first-come first-served basis.
 
 
Club Swizzle
Yammel Ridriguez at Club Swizzle. Credit: Johannes Reinhart

Eagerly awaited (especially by this cabaret fan) Club Swizzle, the latest show from the award-winning creators of La Soirée, is at last here to take over London’s Roundhouse. Loose, glorious and irresistibly fun, Club Swizzle is a night of sassy entertainment where the mayhem gets kicked up a notch, and the charismatic, impeccable all-star cast dazzle you with ample flair, — and they do it around and over the Club Swizzle cocktail bar! When the band starts, the bar transforms into centre stage, and it’s show time! Hanging onto the reins of chaos will be special guest host, cabaret wunderkind Reuben Kaye, electrifying and award-winning burlesque firecracker Laurie Hagen, the impeccable jazz and Big Band triple threat Dandy Wellington, and the sexy, seductive, infamous aerialist Yammel Rodriguez with her innovative and show-stopping single-strap performance. Shaking things up behind and on top of the bar will be The Swizzle Boys –acrobatic and charismatic in equal measure promising to bring the best party to London.
 
Club Swizzle will play at the Roundhouse from 31 July – 26 August.
 
‘Women: Work and Power’ all-female circus in celebration of women


If you are feeling inspired by all those circus skills, the Square Mile’s Guildhall Yard will come alive with acrobats, circus performers and gymnasts this week celebrating two things at once: 250 years of circus art and ‘Women: Work and Power’, a 6 month-long season celebrating the achievements of women. Delivered by leading contemporary arts company Upswing, onlookers will watch as award-winning acrobats don red high heels before soaring through the skies on Chinese poles in an explosion of aerial gymnastics. Joining them is world-class dance-circus company Motionhouse, whose exciting and energetic mix of dance and acrobatics takes place inside a giant moving cage. Those that fancy a go at testing their own limits are invited to drop in for free and speedy circus workshops at lunchtime on both days, from 12.30-1.30pm.  If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, you can get giddy instead with some feminist icon cocktails such as the ‘Margarita Atwood’ and the ‘Pankhurst Pina Colada’.
 
The all female circus performances and workshops will be taking place at Guildhall Yard on 2 and 3 August.
 

A Fantastic Bohemian


The Arcola Theatre is giving opera a whole new look with their Grimeborne Festival, a month of classic operas in bold new versions, rediscoveries of rarely-seen and long-forgotten works and brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies. A Fantastic Bohemian, by Opera MIO and artistic director María Inés Olmedo, is a unique, immersive reimagining of Offenbach’s opera fantastique Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Hoffmann, the fantastic bohemian of the title, is a drinker, a dreamer and a story spinner, addicted to love (and other drugs) he recounts the tales of his last tragic affairs with three women – or are they all one and the same? - and his spiralling loss of reality. Performed across three spaces at Arcola Theatre, this new English-language production transports you to Mexico City in the Golden Cinema Age of the 1940s, mixing traditional ‘Danzón’ with Offenbach’s music, which happens to be one of the most beautiful, romantic and instantly accessible scores of the opera world.
 
A Fantastic Bohemian is at the Arcola Theatre 4,5 & 11, 12 August.
 

Hot Tugs


For something silly, when the continuous heat wave has gotten to your head, you may have spotted these floating hot tubs on Regents Canal. HotTugs, that can be rented for up to seven people, are setting sail at a new location on West India Quay this August, so you can enjoy a different perspective of skyline of the wharf and cruise through historic docks surrounded by the scenic cityscape of Canary Wharf. The HotTug is the world’s first hot tub boat, an electric, self-drive, wood-fired hot tub with fresh water heated to 38 degrees, so you can be inside the canal, but not actually in gross canal water! There’s also a minibar on board for all your beverage needs. The 90-minute trips can be booked from Wednesdays to Sundays throughout the year.
 
Opening for business on August 1st 2018, HotTugs can be booked Wednesday to Sunday, each tub can host seven people and costs £225 for the 90 minute experience.
 

 

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