Features Natasha's Week Ahead Published 27 January 2014

London Under

The return of the Vault Festival.

Natasha Tripney

The Vault Festival, which returns for a six week-stint in the dark spaces beneath Waterloo Station, is headlined by Lou Stein’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. The first week also features comedy from Sara Pascoe, a one-man play about Thomas Paine by Belt Up’s Dominic Allen and curated performance by the Artful Badger.

The London International Mime Festival enters its last week with Compagnie 111 and Aurélien Bory’s piece, What’s Become of You? at the Barbican and Gecko’s visually stunning show, Missing – reviewed by us here at the Royal Opera House.

At the Young Vic, Natalie Abrahami directs Juliet Stevenson in Beckett’s Happy Days while Adrian Lester returns to the Tricycle in Lolita Chakrabarti’s play Red Velvet – about the life of actor Ira Aldridge, the black American actor who played Othello in nineteenth century London. If you missed it at the Trafalgar Studios, Jamie Lloyd’s production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride is at Richmond Theatre.

The Arcola’s Spanish Golden Age season continues with Laurence Boswell’s production of Lope de Vega’s comedy A Lady of Little Sense, Faction present Schiller’s The Robbers as part of their repertory season at the New Diorama, and the Finborough stages Chris Thompson’s harrowing new play Carthage.

How to be Immortal, Penny Dreadful Productions’ trio of tales inspired in part by the true story of Henrietta Lacks, is at The Albany and Mat Fraser presents Cabinet of Curiosities, a piece inspired by the collections at the Hunterian Museum which explores public perceptions of people with disabilities in relation to the evolution of the medical profession, at the Science Museum.

The London premiere of choreographer Boris Charmatz’s piece, Enfant, is at Sadler’s Wells – you can read more about the piece and its creation in William Drew’s interview with Charmatz.

Alex Horne’s The Horne Section is at Soho Theatre on Monday 27th and John Gordillo’s new monthly comedy night, Political, is at the Invisible Dot, also on the 27th.

Jonathan Lethem is on the bill at this month’s Book Slam at the Clapham Grand on the 30th January and Goblin Baby presents their collection of reworked fairytales in Retold at the Hen and Chickens.

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Natasha Tripney

Natasha co-founded Exeunt in 2011 and was editor until 2016. She's now lead critic and reviews editor for The Stage, and has written about theatre and the arts for the Guardian, Time Out, the Independent, Lonely Planet and Tortoise.

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