This week sees Carrie Cracknall and Nick Payne join forces at the National for Blurred Lines, billed as a musical journey through contemporary gender politics, in The Shed while over in the Olivier, Sam Mendes’ production of King Lear opens, with Simon Russell Beale in the title role.
The Gate presents Dan O’Brien’s play The Body of American and there’s another chance to see Josie Rourke’s spell-casting revival of Conor McPherson’s The Weir – starring Brian Cox and Ardal O’Hanlon – as it transfers to Wyndham’s in the West End.
Hannah Nicklin performs Conversations with my Father at CPT as part of their Hard to Resist festival alongside The Gramophones’ Playful Acts of Rebellion.
Highlights from the London International Mime Festival this week include juggler Matt Ricardo performing at the Leicester Square Theatre, French company Man Drake at the Barbican Pit, mask company Vamos performing the London premiere of their show, Finding Joy, at Jackson’s Lane and One Step Before the Fall, a piece by the Czech Spitfire Company, performed in a boxing ring at the Southbank’s Purcell Room.
Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is also at the Southbank was his piece, Apocrifu, and there’s another chance to see RashDash’s raucous, physical Cinderella inversion The Ugly Sisters at Soho Theatre
Jamie Demetriou is performing his sketch show, People Day, also at Soho where there’s also another chance to see Bridget Christie’s ward-winning show, A Bic for Her.
There’s cabaret from The Black Cat at a ‘secret London location’ on the 24th January – Frisky, of Frisky and Mannish, is performing and a Monmartre-inspired atmosphere is promised – Figs in Wigs present HI-BROW, their first club night, at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club (for more on that read Rachel Porter’s piece here) and Coney’s Show and Tell returns to CPT on Sunday 26th with a discussion of real world systems and the potential for change.
On the live lit front, poet Joelle Taylor hosts Jawdance at Rich Mix on the 22nd and author Christopher Fowler tops the bill at this month’s Polari salon at the Southbank, also on the 24th January.