As she returns to the stage after a long absence, this is Glenda Jackson's show to steal - and she does so triumphantly.
If you see people emerging from Waterloo Station wearing headphones and appearing to follow the direction of voices in their head, they may well be taking part in CoLab Theatre's new 'pervasive theatre' show.
Lisa Dwan's performance in No's Knife is truly incredible but good luck enjoying it if you're not familiar with Beckett's work.
A musical of such excellence and joy imbued with the very best in talent that any London stage can surely offer right now – the Old Vic has just given birth to a sensation. Hot ticket doesn't come into it.
The McOnie Company stuns the audience with a brilliant take on Jekyll and Hyde, as dance returns to the Old Vic stage.
Timothy Spall maintains an extraordinary and convincing character as he imposes himself on a dysfunctional household in The Caretaker at The Old Vic.
David Hare's lively adaptation of Ibsen's classic brings this complex multi levelled play right into the 21st century.
An art installation inspired by the stories of a Southwark burial ground and a railway that carried coffins and mourners from Waterloo to Surrey is on show at a Leeds gallery.
A Dr Seuss classic is brought to the stage for the Old Vic's festive offering.
The Old Vic is back on form. After an and uncertain start with his opening production Future Conditional new Artistic Director Matthew Warchus must know that his second production has upped the game.
A mosaic of 1001 black and white images 'defining the distinctive creative character of London' has gone on show.
Where was the element of originality?
A powerful portrayal of a troubled young man, attempting but unable to escape his past. The main stage at the Young Vic is big space. And it feels particularly big when there is a cast of only one.
This year's RA Summer Exhibition is sure to make people talk.
High Society at The Old Vic is the farewell party for Kevin Spacey.
The famous but now lost work by Eric Ravilious at Morley College is recalled in a major exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Ah, Wilderness! is humorous but curious in its modernity and ultimately lacks impact.
Deeply serious yet profoundly silly, this is quite unlike anything else you will see on stage.
Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra provides the Old Vic with a compelling and thoroughly memorable opening to its new season.
A confident, standout version of Streetcar.
A terrifying and entirely believable rendition of Miller's best known work.
Belarus Free Theatre has created a play which is all anger and no narrative.
One of Arthur Miller's greatest plays retains its power through the outstanding performance of the actor at the heart of its story.
A brutally honest, yet sensitive personal perspective on the war in Syria.
Other Desert Cities at The Old Vic is the first of a series of productions to offer a more intimate experience than the theatre's proscenium arch usually affords.
A play which comes loaded with history but fails to live up to expectations.
A perfectly staged version of Beckett's challenging work.
A show which is mesmerisingly beautiful and laugh-out-loud funny in equal measure.
It has taken almost twenty years for Mike Poulton's adaptation of Turgenev's tragi-comedy to reach London, having premiered at Chichester in 1996 and won Alan Bates an award on Broadway.
Unlike Rosa Parks or Little Rock, the Scottsboro Boys haven't entered the lexicon of pivotal moments in the American civil rights movement - at least not in the UK.
The star names of Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Mark Rylance make this a must-see production. But poor initial reviews led to the SE1 critic attending with trepidation.
'This performance contains filthy language and bare flesh,' says a notice outside Shakespeare's Globe where The Lightning Child is being staged.
Gabriel is an unusual unfolding of post-Shakespearian themes of London life, the position of women and the role of the trumpet in the works of Henry Purcell.
No piece of theatre could fully convey the horrors and injustices of the fight for Congolese independence.
This may not be a flawless production but its characteristics reflect those of its own characters; imperfect, compelling and beautiful.
Try as it might, this production is unable to turn a dud play into something more fantastic.
This outstanding production doesn't require sun in order to shine.
"Welcome to the all new Southwark arena," declares the the 'DJ' opening Tanzi Libre at the new Southwark Playhouse.
You would be hard pushed to guess that Public Enemy was written in 1882 if you did not know it to be an Ibsen.
The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most bizarre plays combining a lightness of touch with much darker themes.
One man's extraordinary on-stage portrayal of his stroke and subsequent recovery.
Terence Rattigan's play The Winslow Boy at The Old Vic is a pre-World War One story with many 21st-century resonances.
The little-known Stone Theatre Gallery under the railway arches off Hercules Road is for a month filled with huge marble sculpture and large forest photographs.
Fevered Sleep's evocative ode to a lost rural idyll, performed in an unconventional manner.
Christopher Marlowe's first play is also his weakest; and this is, unfortunately, reflected in the Rose's production.
An impressive revival of a long absent musical, but one which leaves you questioning why it was revived at all.
A fast-paced Hamlet which still manages to surprise, despite the play's familiarity.
A spectacular journey through the history of the Yoruba diaspora.
It was always going to be hard to pull off a comedy which combines the mundane with the supernatural. This is a valiant effort, but it ultimately fails to match its own high ambitions.
This modern world premiere of a play once (wrongly) attributed to Shakespeare is entertaining in itself. But its illumination of the genius of the world's most famous Bard provides the greatest appeal.
A faultless show from the doyen of musical theatre and Shakespeare.
If you didn't catch 'Theatre Uncut' at the Young Vic, then you're already too late. For this year at least.
A bold play, making a bold statement, but one which doesn't quite hit the mark.
Are happy endings ultimately disappointing? Does the audience feel short changed if, after all the drama, a play finishes with all loose ends tied up and order restored?
Such is the magnificence of Anna Mackmin's new production of Hedda Gabler, the only thing really missing was the kind of climactic sense of total catastrophe which Ibsen obviously intended.
This contemporary take on the much-performed classic retains its original profundity and humour, whilst displaying beautiful execution and innovative staging.
Mark Rylance ensures that one of Shakespeare's most convoluted and challenging plays brings the audience down with a brilliant blend of laughter and sorrow.
It's appropriate that a major Edvard Munch retrospective is currently on show at Tate Modern, just down the road from the Young Vic.
Shakespeare's Globe 2012 season continues with Simon Paisley Day in a riotous version of The Taming of the Shrew
The Union Theatre in Union Street has become more Union Square for a US election musical.
Michael Frayn's Democracy is a slow-burning piece focusing on the strained politics of late 1960s/early 1970s West Germany.
'Minsk, 2011' represents a wake-up call to the realities of life in 21st century Belarus and challenges our complacency about the state of democracy in a forgotten corner of Europe.
Timothy West declaimed the opening lines of William Shakespeare's Henry V in Southwark Cathedral during Southwark's Diamond Jubilee civic service last week.
A poignant portrayal of love, life and death in 1950s South Africa, set against a backdrop of growing oppression and violence.
This musical twist on an old classic successfully transfers from Broadway to Bankside. But something of the original tale is inevitably lost within all the songs and set pieces.
With elaborate set designs, dozens of props (including a giant aubergine), video projection, puppetry, live music, song, dance and a cast of approximately 37 performers on stage each night, Wild Swans is an ambitious theatre production to say the least.
A theatrical tour de force, heightened by a visual spectacular conjured up by The Old Vic, which hides its weaknesses within a powerful mix of high drama and dark beauty.
Patrick Stewart gives a stellar performance as the world's most famous Bard, but this is Shakespeare as you've never seen him before.
This exaggerated take on a classic is so barely recognisable from its original form that farce has replaced tragedy.
An extremely well executed piece of experimental theatre, this production fails to realise its ambitious aims.
Despite being one of Shakespeare's least known plays, this production bursts at the seams with passion, humour and drama.
The Old Vic’s Christmas show ‘Noises Off’ brings tears of laughter to the eyes even after 30 years. Michael Frayn’s 1982 classic has been revived many times and has been seen by most theatre aficionados.
An alternative to the festive but familiar pantomimes and ballets, which all ages will appreciate as the perfect post-Christmas treat.
A commendable attempt to broaden the appeal of opera, but one that unfortunately is more likely to turn the audience off rather than on.
Michael Sheen does not disappoint in the title role as the tortured prince, but the production falls short of breathing new life into this oft-staged play.
Bound is a voyage into the heart of a dying industry, told through the souls of proud men.
Considering this dark, funny, thoroughly miserable Irish tale of deceit, villainy and disappointment was first performed at the Abbey Theatre Dublin in January 1907 it anticipates the genre of sitcom with remarkable wit.
A Broadway classic, which successfully blends operatic high-drama with all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy.
A little bit of history is required to fully appreciate The Belle's Stratagem.
Does this provocative production represent a step too far for Shakespeare's Globe, asks Alice Dickerson.
The Globe Mysteries at Shakespeare's Globe opens with a group of hoodies who soon show their faces as many characters in an exciting three hour religious tableau.
Acrylic, oil, brush, ink, music and a novel. All together. That is what you will find at the Care Revolution exhibition at Nolia's Gallery by the artist, writer and musician Marcia Mar.
Inspired by the music, art and poetry of one of India’s greatest literary figures Rabindranath Tagore, Song of the City was developed with an underground space in mind and works in tandem with the evocative Vault space at Southwark Playhouse.
This dark comedy proved so popular on its first run, it has returned to the Young Vic for a second dose of shock-a-minute drama.
Paul Webb's medieval play returns to London with a burst of power chords and a clash of powerful performances at the atmospheric Southwark Playhouse.
Almost every audience member laughed during the opening scenes of David Gilna's The Gift of Lightning.
This production by an independent Palestinian theatre company imbues Kafka's short story with modern day resonance and makes a statement without being too overtly political.
Marauding, evil, stylish and, being the sum of so many contradictions, brilliant, Kevin Spacey's Richard III is one of those theatrical moments of stunning magnitude.
The Old Vic Tunnels' two-for-the-price-of-one offer presents two beautifully evocative dramas, but risks delivering style over substance.
Government Inspector at the Young Vic is a heady mix of surrealism, slapstick and satire.
It is difficult to understand how the trials and tribulations of Irish explorer Tom Crean went unnoticed. Perhaps his mistake lay in not keeping a diary like Scott. And Shackleton.
It is tempting to emerge from a play which finishes within the hour and feel slightly cheated.
This is not a play that gives you time to get comfortable in your seat. The Young Vic’s production of I Am The Wind runs for 70 minutes straight through, and not a minute is wasted.
The passing of Peter Sheridan's father is at the centre of this one-man show and acts as a catalyst for a multitude of anecdotes about the intricacies of family life in 1960s Dublin.
Miró's first exhibition in London for over 50 years brings an unprecedented amount of work to the Tate Modern. But can the exhibition live up to the Tate's previous successes?
'Terminus'; end of the road. And this is where all three of the characters of Terminus find themselves, staring into oblivion and deciding to leap, with nothing to lose.
The new production of Terence Rattigan's Cause Celebre at the Old Vic is a highlight of the Rattigan centenary events.
Theatre Uncut is a national theatre event created in response to the most severe spending cuts seen in Britain since World War II.
Adam Smith has been to see two of the plays in the 'WET Rep' season at Waterloo's newest theatre.
The pick of this year's best designed buildings, products and projects has gone on show at the Design Museum.
A new family friendly exhibition takes a fun look at best-loved children's books which bring war conflicts to life.
This short play, based on the imagined coming-of-age of Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie is a curious affair – and worth seeing for its unexpectedness if nothing else.
The Anansi tales travelled with those who were enslaved in Ghana and west Africa to the Caribbean. Here they were retold to keep the flames of home alive.
The Old Vic has a winner with its Christmas show this year. Feydeau’s A Flea in her Ear, starring a brilliant Tom Hollander, whirls along with split second precision and timing, not to mention mounting humour.
Striking 12 is a modern day musical version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. The score and lyrics were written by Groove Lily, an American trio that seeks to fuse classical music, musical theatre, jazz and rock.
Tate Modern's Gauguin show, the major winter exhibition which may break attendance records, has opened for a three and and half month run.
Noel Coward's wit still sparkles in this lively but long new production of his 1933 comedy Design for Living by Anthony Page.
For sheer effort, exhuberance and movement, this UK premiere of Galt MacDermot's The Human Comedy cannot be faulted.
Nell Leyshon's fictional Bedlam is inspired by Bethlem Hospital, originally established in London in 1247.
It's a brave decision to set up another theatre in SE1, whose seemingly ever-growing collection of theatres rivals the West End in stature as well as number.
The Old Vic Tunnels lend themselves gloriously as a venue to this engaging, professionally executed if, at times, predictable first UK performance of Wajdi Mouawad's Scorched.
Spanish high society comes to The Scoop in Steam Industry Free Theatre's production of Don Juan in Love.
The well-known Wind in the Willows story has been adapted for the stage by Steam Industry Free Theatre.
I've never been part of a lynch mob before. Tangram Theatre's production of Lope de Vega's Spanish Golden Age play works the audience into a vengeful frenzy.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a 1996 piece written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is being revived at the Young Vic this summer.
The Maria at the Young Vic is playing host to this show devised by Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence.
The Mayhem Company's new production, Elephant 21, is being performed in the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
A crowd-pleasing, spectacularly-staged summer blockbuster, in a most unlikely but apt destination.
Elephant & Castle artist Reuben Powell is opening his studio to visitors during the London Festival of Architecture.
As part of the Southbank Centre's three-month Festival Brazil, the Hayward Gallery plays host to Ernesto Neto's new exhibition, The Edges of the World.
If you're after raw, intense, stripped-back acting, Sus delivers; this is a play that pulls no punches.
A sensitive and well-observed portrayal of the everyday lives and internal struggles of early twentieth century African Americans.
An exhibition of photographs taken surreptitiously or without asking permission of the subject has opened at Tate Modern.
The tragedy of today's Zimbabwe proves the perfect setting for this adaptation of one of theatre's most compelling tragedies - Othello.
Shakespeare's Globe is staging William Shakespeare's rarely performed local play Henry VIII.
Beth Steel's Ditch, premiered last month at the HighTide Festival in Suffolk, has transferred to The Old Vic Tunnels.
Shakespeare's Globeâ€™s new season opens with a hellish and gory production of Macbeth by director Lucy Bailey.
In the 1982 play The Real Thing Tom Stoppard explores what it really means to be a writer or an actor and how real life relationships contrast with them.
The war on terror has inspired countless works of art over the past decade. But few are likely to be as aggressive and moving as the short plays currently showing at the Union Theatre.
The Paul Sandby bicentenary exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts includes a long painting showing Bankside in the late 18th century.
random by debbie tucker green is the first production in the Royal Court's Theatre Local season at the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
This exhibition has plenty to offer on so many levels: it will appeal to the food enthusiast as well as those with an eye for design or an interest in art.
This year's most innovative designs from architecture to fashion and interactive design to furniture have gone on display at the Design Museum.
When Brendan Behan's play The Hostage transferred from Dublin to London in 1958, he had to translate it from the original Gaelic.
The first exhibition in Britain devoted to pivotal Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg (1883-1931) has opened at Tate Modern.
Last performed in 1986, this play leaves you feeling that perhaps little has progressed since then.
This is, for sure, one of those Old Vic productions which you will remember occasionally but without the enthusiasm and excitement which first greeted this play twenty years ago.
While Israelis are taught that 1948 is the date of their victorious independence, Palestinian history teachers describe it as "al nakba", "the catastrophe".
Ellie Jones's promenade production of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Neil Bartlett from Charles Dickens' text, is a delight.
It's no surprise that Belt Up Theatre's current double-bill at the Southwark Playhouse had a sell-out run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Ed Ruscha's retrospective is the largest UK survey of his work in America over five decades from Pop Art to paintings of words and landscapes.
With the SE1 postal district being among the worst hit by the current strikes it is fascinating to be able to have a reminder of the great days of the Post Office.
Last night's insistent rain oppressed London. But theatregoers were not deterred from stepping through the drizzle and into what is fast becoming the hottest seat in town: Trevor Nunn's magnificent production of Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic.
Tate Modern's controversial look at the legacy of pop art includes former Waterloo resident Tracey Emin among selected artists.
An interactive reworking of Aeschylusâ€™ tragic revenge cycle for a contemporary audience.
This late summer production at the Globe of a new play by Trevor Griffiths is a thoroughly enjoyable panorama of the life and times of Thomas Paine, an early campaigner for democracy, anti slavery and the rights of man.
Seventy years after the start of the Second World War, the Imperial War Museum has opened a new exhibition exploring the first three months of the conflict.
Alan Ayckbourn wrote Confusions in 1974, at a time when his work was becoming very popular, and playing to large houses in London.
On the face of it, Poppy Burton-Morgan's take on Federico GarcĂa Lorca's Blood Wedding looks eminently promising.
This play, originally by Euripedes and in a new version by Frank McGuinness, is doubly timely, as it deals with both the futility of war and is a follow-up to the recent production of Troilus and Cressida.
For the first five minutes of Sarah Kaneâ€™s final play, the only character stands still and silent on the bare stage.
There is a moment in the production of As You Like It, now showing at Shakespeare's Globe, in which the stage becomes a forest.
Troilus and Cressida is one of Bankside's local plays. William Shakespeare took the tale from Chaucer who had dedicated his version to John Gower, a resident in the Southwark Priory precinct.
The Design Museum's small tribute to the Czech architect who died earlier this year includes a couple of items of local interest.
Aphra Behn's Restoration play The Rover is widely considered to be her most successful work.
Bright, colourful, refreshing. This exhibition is perfect for a hot summer's day in London.
Although I've had a free ticket for the London Bridge Experience sitting on my desk for some months, I never quite mustered the enthusiasm to go and have a look at what is supposed to be London's scariest attraction.
Tree trunks on the South Bank walkway have been covered in red spotted fabric by installation artist Yayoi Kusama.
The Anglo-American venture known as The Bridge Project is the brainchild of Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey.
The Moon The Moon is billed as a love story, about lost love but also love re-found. It is also billed as sad but filled with hope, love and optimism.
The Highgrove Florilegium exhibition features watercolours of flowers, fruit, and trees by more than 70 leading botanical artists from around the world.
Surrealism is a movement that endeavours to free the mind from the cage of logic.
The new season at Shakespeare's Globe begins with a youthful presentation of Romeo and Juliet.
This is a neatly written coming of age tale which, although deceptively simple in its telling, gives a clean, clear message, which is refreshingly frank and uncomplicated.
Five colour large photographs showing 'bird's eye' views of central London are on show in City Hall.
All set within the kitchen of Olâ€™ Granpappyâ€™s house where Lenny, ably played by Marjorie Lopez Tibbs lives having looked after her grandfather before he went to hospital.
From the moment she enters stage right, backwards, Kathryn Hunter mesmerises the audience in the Maria studio at the Young Vic.
Lughnasa was a pagan festival that took place at the beginning of harvest in Ireland and other countries (It still exists in some areas today).
Thirty-somethings Anna and John live on the twelfth floor of a tower block with their twelve year old daughter Sam. Sam is spending the night with a friend for the first time and it is, apparently, also, the first time the couple have been alone for twel
Whiter than Snow by Mike Kenny, for 10+, is playing at the Unicorn Theatre until 21 March.
This is a play about politics and power. A play with two stories, one set in the mid 20th century, the other ancient, in 336 BC. The stories are told in parallel and are both set in Iran once known as Persia.
There are plenty of "I want one of those" moments as you stroll around this exhibition of practical, sustainable and efficient designs from the past year.
Liubov Popova and Aleksandr Rodchenko were pivotal Constructivists following the Russian Revolution and together embraced advertising, architecture, film, painting, theatre and textile design.
Once again Southwark Playhouse hosts innovative and interesting drama.
Under the Sea 3D is a new IMAX film shot with IMAX cameras on the coral reefs around Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
The Old Vic in the round is a suitably intimate stage for this three-hander. The audience, which partly sits on the old stage, is drawn immediately into the debate about the after-effects of 9/11.
Love in (3) Parts is akin to watching a live music video rather than a traditional musical, which is exactly the effect Lost Dog Theatre wished to achieve.
The photographs are the work of eleven MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography students at the London College of Communication at the Elephant & Castle.
This imaginative and funny adventure begins when a scarecrow suddenly comes to life in a thunderstorm.
It's Behind You is a pantomime for adults. Set in the town of Pantoville where all our favourite panto characters live like Buttons and Prince Charming, we find that most of our heroes and heroines are constantly drunk and high just to get through the day
Following tradition the Unicorn Theatre is staging a big Christmas production, and this time it is pantomime. However Sleeping Beauty is no ordinary panto.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is a Christmas show being staged at County Hall.
Amazonia is just one of a series of events created by British and Brazilian theatre-makers to commemorate the life of Chico Mendes, one of the first people to resist the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest.
Starting off where the original film ended (after a brief detour to explain how Alex the lion ended up in New York Zoo), the sequel details the four friends and the SAS penguins attempt to get back to New York from Madagascar.
Presumption portrays a dilemma all will understand and maybe even personally identify.
Carl Miller's new play doesn't romanticise Andalucia under Islamic rule as a place free of tension between Christians, Muslims and Jews but reminds its young audiences that the world's major faiths have much in common.
Frank Bramwell's play Shooting Clouds is a sharply observed social drama with a very topical overtone.
The exhibition covers two floors and features sixty of Bill Gibb's creations highlighting the years between 1968 and 1986.
Fin Kennedy wrote this play in 2005 when Britain was rich.
This fable, designed for audiences aged 14+, is collaboration between Brazil's acclaimed Theatre Company Nos do Morro and London's Theatre Centre.
Rural England, summer 1943. The world is at war and seven children are playing out for the day.
For the second time in two decades The Hayward is home to an Andy Warhol exhibition.
Sarah May's new play inspired by the recent teenage suicides at Bridgend has opened for a short run at Southwark Playhouse.
Whether you are an adult or child, the Speeltheatre Holland's Pero is well worth seeing.
An exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of the end of the the First World War has opened at the Imperial War Museum.
The autumn offering at Shakespeare's Globe is a new play by Glyn Maxwell based on Anatole France's 1912 novel 'Les Dieux ont soif'.
Design Cities tells the story of design from 1851 to 2008.
Tommy Penton has brought his panorama of the riverside walk between Tate Britain and Tate Modern to the Menier Gallery in Southwark Street.
This is classic and superlatively acted Beckett. Marcello Magni, Khalifa Natour and Kathryn Hunter individually and as an ensemble are the consummate actors for these Beckett characters.
Timon of Athens, written by Thomas Middleton in collaboration with Shakespeare, is rarely performed.
The Mikado is widely regarded as the most popular of Victorian operettas, epitomising as it does the light comic style of which Gilbert and Sullivan are undisputed masters.
New York, Summer 1947, an intense heat wave sets the scene for a revealing slice of street life from the multi-occupied brownstone tenement block.
It is well worth catching this intriguing contemporary dance, voice and music theatre production this week at Southwark Playhouse as it arrives at next stop on its tour from Rome and St James's Piccadilly.
Banksy's girl with a red balloon graffiti, once to be found in Clink Street, frames this every night story of what passes for life in inner-city and multicultural London.
'Stories that refugees carry with them are the stories of our time - an odyssey' (spokesperson from 'Human Cargo').
Nelson Rodrigues' play All Nudity Shall be Punished, attempts to explore a moralistic society and along with this all of its corruption, falsehood and hypocrisy.
That 'there's nothing new in show business' is well demonstrated in Christopher Luscombe's new production on Bankside.
More than sixty little black dresses, some famous, feature in a new exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum.
The work of the Koestler Arts Trust must be commended. Annually they hold a competition for inmates in the UK and abroad, each year the winners' work is produced professionally.
Gray's extensively celebrated tragicomedy follows a group of literary enthusiasts from the sunny Cambridge days of student idealism through an overcast adult life to a violent final cloudburst of collapsing dreams and its quietly melancholic aftermath.
A lively production of A Midsummer Night's Dream continues this year's season at the Globe on Bankside.
This is a treat of a play, the cherry on the theatrical cup cake.
A double bill by Dawn King has three trapped humans and three trapped animals looking to the future.
The Young Vic has been transformed for The Good Soul of Szechuan starring Jane Horrocks.
In this new play by Phil Porter, three children dream of escape from a crumbling eye hospital where patients arrive but never leave and the children's ward seems to be run for the benefit of the dictatorial Nurse Cakebread.
Shakespeare's Globe's new season begins with a persuasive production of King Lear by Dominic Dromgoole.
I don't like Musicals. Everybody has heard somebody say it. Most of us agree. Nobody likes Musicals. Until they see a good one. Cabaret, for instance, with its intricate storyline and unhappy ending, or Fiddler on the Roof, or West Side Story.
A portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft painted during the time she was living in Southwark is on show at the National Portrait Gallery.
For his latest project, Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese has turned his attention to rock and roll legends The Rolling Stones and their live performance at a benefit concert which took place in Autumn 2006 at New York's Beacon Theatre.
This eco folk tale for all ages is delightfully presented by Puppet State Theatre Company.
Maria Friedman has that gift which is only afforded to great singers in that she inspires emotion and empathy in line with whatever 'story' the protagonist of the song she is singing is conveying.
In a theatrical climate full of multiple dramatic devices and on-stage gimmicks it is refreshing to see a company with the conviction to present Othello in its purest form.
John Gay, author of The Beggar's Opera which was later adapted by Brecht into Threepenny Opera, wrote Three Hours after Marriage in the 1700s.
This mixed bag Box of Tricks venture features six fifteen minute plays centring on the idea of 'tradition' written by six different playwrights.
Involution is the debut play of writer Rachel Welch and is being staged by Mokita Productions at the Pacfic Playhouse (former home of the Southwark Playhouse).
This is a story about relationships. Erin and Harry. Rob and Raquel. Rob and Harry. Virginia and Rob. Phyllis and Harry. And then there's the heroin, and that affects them all.
An exhibition charting the friendship of three early 20th-century artists has opened at Tate Modern prior to its showing in Barcelona.
The eagerly-awaited U2 3D hits the BFI IMAX this week with a promise to its viewers of a cinematic experience never seen before.
Kevin Spacey returns at last to the Old Vic stage with Jeff Goldblum and Laura Michelle Kelly in David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow.
The Young Vic is a captivating 'in the round' setting for this gripping drama.
Hotel Elephant is the first chapter in Reuben Powell's plan to produce a permanent archive of the Elephant & Castle regeneration scheme.
The Juan MuĂ±oz retrospective has opened at Tate Modern for a three month run prior to a showing in Bilbao.
The English Touring Theatre's production of Uncle Vanya launches the first season at the new Rose Theatre in Kingston.
Bravo! Bravo! It's a smash! A Humdinger! Sockeroo! Bobbydazzler! And any further exclamatory words of praise you care to add. And what am I talking about? Why, 'Annie Get Your Gun' at the Union Theatre. It hits a bull's-eye.
The Menier Chocolate Factory is host to a revival of Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstienâ€™s La Cage Aux Folles.
This light-hearted, good natured family show is talented Knee-High Theatre Companyâ€™s reinvention of their smash hit show staged at the BAC last Christmas.
"I'm not good at telling stories," Rich (Fraser McPhie) tells us in Horst Buchholz and Other Stories, the first of the plays of the Union of Shorts -The Best of the Bunch! comedy evening at the Union Theatre.
The Young Vic has two infectiously exciting contrasting but complementary Christmas shows this winter.
Samuel Adamson has written another play set on Southwark's Thames Path.
On display now at the Cuming Museum in the old Town Hall on Walworth Road is an exhibition featuring famous works by William Hogarth.
Hidden away beneath a railway bridge something absurd is occurring. The world of N F Simpson follows only the logic of its own surrealism and yet manages to point directly at the flaws of our own mad world.
With a backdrop featuring Tower Bridge, the new Sport in the 21st Century photo exhibition provides passers-by with a fun and colourful diversion.
Once again the Southwark Playhouse hosts a classic play with exuberance and flair.
Ronald Falloon has been persuaded to stage an exhibition of his unique collection of Sixties photographs.
The Unicorn Theatre is seeking to expand the target audience from the under 12s to the under 18s.
The World as a Stage explores the relationship between visual arts and theatre. Opening with a flurry of excitement, the exhibit portrays the thematic influence of theatre on everyday life. Works range from small and unobtrusive to large and magnificent.
Truckstop is a deep tale of a daughter (Katalijine) with a slow mind, who needs the order of how to dress written on a piece of paper in her bedroom, and her caring mother.
I could feel a frisson of nerves from my sister who accompanied me to the Union Theatre on this cold and crisp October evening.
This scintillating 3D film has 60 per cent amazing CGI, and great switchovers between the cretaceous, in CGI, and palaentological digs, in live action.
A low-ceiling tunnel lined with books leads you into a strange new world, where the smell of books is distinctively comforting, yet the view is startling.
On display now at City Hall are several exhibitions to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and Black History Month.
Chavi, the Romani-Gypsy word for 'child', is the title of this exhibition at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre.
The dialogue of Patrick Marber's popular play Dealer's Choice, which premiered to general acclaim twelve years ago in the National's Cottlesloe Theatre, is as cannily uncompromising as one of its shark-eyed poker players.
A rainy Friday night, another performance to attend: at the Union Theatre in Southwark to be precise. A first trip to the 2005 Peter Brook Empty Space award winner impressed with its production of Sugar Snap directed by Suha Al-Khayyat.
Walk into the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf and you just might be surprised at what you find.
Richard III is one of Shakespeare's classic history plays; the tale of a wretched king who kills anyone and everyone in his path on the way to the throne, including his two nephews.
Just across The Cut from the Calder Bookshop, where many of Samuel Beckett's plays have been read and performed, there is a chance to see some short works in a marginally more theatrical space.
Matthew Dunster directs the poignant new play at the Young Vic which displays themes of local and universal significance.
When the Bancroft Family arrive in Walpurgisdorf in 1922, little do they know the events that preceded their arrival 30 years ago. For the town holds a terrible secret; it is the home of werewolves!
Local playwright Samuel Adamson is to be congratulated on his skillful reworking of Pedro Almodovar's 1998 Spanish film into an engrossing play for an English audience.
Southwark Playhouse returns strikingly to theatrical life in Southwark in the atmospheric vaults beneath London Bridge Station.
Ma vie en rose is an odd choice for the Young Vic's latest community show.
Jack Shepherd's new play at the Globe has many contemporary and local resonances.
The BFI IMAX is the place for Harry Potter fans this summer. Not only is the new film on one of Britain's largest screens, but the final 20 minutes are in 3D.
Approaching Cathedral Square you might be propositioned by a drunken and dishevelled young female.
Being my first exposure to the musical theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan I had little idea what to expect.
The Charles Dickens monoplay The Sparkler of Albion has come to Southwark for a summer run.
With construction of her Southwark Street building for the Architecture Foundation soon to begin, this is a timely survey of the work of the Baghdad-born architect.
The first ever production at the Globe of Love's Labour's Lost brings the parterred formality of the Spanish court to Bankside's bearpits.
This summer's exhibition in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in how the world's biggest cities are addressing major socio-economic issues.
The Globe's Renaissance and Revolution season continues with the Merchant of Venice, often described as a troubling play.
This new 3D film at the IMAX is a must-see for anyone who enjoyed the BBCs "Walking with Dinosaurs", though its appeal should also extend to those who will enjoy the stunning Patagonian scenery, and anyone with an interest in paleontology.
Its quite easy to imagine the characters in Gaslight living in 1880s Waterloo.
A Potters Fields Park refreshment kiosk is included in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition alongside plans for the Olympic park, the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art and the Czech National Library.
Tunisian/French playwright Albert Camus' Caligula written in 1938 could, at the time of its first performance in 1945 have been seen to parallel the rise of Hitler and Nazism.
It is ages since I have been to the BFI IMAX cinema, even though the best screen in the world is on our doorstep.
When Desdemona, already sensing that her new husband has been possessed by a quite irrational combo of delusion and jealousy, enquires "why dost thou speak so faintly?" the Globe theatre audience had to agree with her.
The latest in the London Philharmonic Orchestra's series of childrenâ€™s concerts was in their temporary home at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The Unicorn Theatre knows its audience; children. Billy the Kid, adapted from Michael Morpurgoâ€™s book of the same name, is about an old man Billy, taking care of a teenager called Sam.
"The events and characters depicted in this play are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events is purely accidental."
Shakespeare's Globe's eleventh season showcases plays exploring Shakespeare's own time, including Othello, The Merchant of Venice and Love's Labour's Lost.
You've seen the rooftop sculptures around the South Bank; now The Hayward has opened its doors for the first major London exhibition of Antony Gormley's work.
Rufus Norris deserves a medal for audacity if nothing else. In one sense DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little has been crying out for adaptation.
This engaging new play by three time playwright Tommy Kearney is refreshingly frank and, judging by the enthusiastic response of the audience, a bona fide hit.
In The Big Brecht Fest (Part 2) the Young Vic continues paying homage to Bertolt Brecht with two more short plays: How Much Is Your Iron? and Senora Carrar's Rifles.
The Old Operating Theatre is the location for two medical plays presented in the round.
With a chorus of scantily clad 'Shoop' girls displaying placards, a nonchalant singing vicar and a general attempt to lampoon the tradition of matrimony, A Karaoke Wedding seeks to explore the fallacy of marriage, love and romance.
Bertolt Brecht is believed by many to be one of the most influential dramatists of the twentieth century.
Nineteenth century French poetry luminaries Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud met in 1871, at the invitation of Verlaine himself, after the younger poet, aged sixteen had sent the twenty six year old writer some of his poems.
The last great Greek tragedian Euripidesâ€™ feminist play Medeia, written in 431 BC was, in its own time, highly innovative.
The Old Vic's 50th anniversary production of The Entertainer is both nostalgic and filled with modern resonance.
The Maria in the Young Vic has been transformed for Debbie Tucker Green's Generations.
Oliver Ford Davies and David Bamber are the stars of David Lan's revival of The Soldiers' Fortune at the Young Vic.
"It's a true story" said the usherette said when I arrived. It is and the extraordinary Lifeboat story is told in a fast-moving 65 minutes show.
In the run up to the Moscow Olympics, city officials are preparing for their international guests by, amongst other things, tightening up on prostitution.
William Hogarth's Southwark Fair is part of the major exhibition at Tate Britain staged on the 250th anniversary of the artist being appointed Sergeant Painter to George III.
If Beckett's minimalist, darkly comic Happy Days was meant to shake its audiences out of their apathy, then Deborah Warner's production may have been designed to rattle their perception of the play itself.
Hurry and catch the Danish Gruppe 38's production of A Sonatina at the Unicorn before it ends on Friday . It is meant to be for children, but don't let that bother you.
Edward Hall has brought his Propeller company's productions to the Old Vic.
The Enchanted Pig, a Young Vic and Opera Group co-production, is without doubt an enchanting show.
The Unicorn is offering a real treat this Christmas in the form of a revival of the stage adaptation of Eva Ibbotson's popular novel Journey to the River Sea.
W.C. Fields is reputed to have warned actors not to share scenes with children or animals.
The Young Vic's small Maria theatre is inaugurated with Dennis Kelly's play about money and envy with only a little love.
On The Middle Day, written by Gavin Birch, is being staged by the The Old Vic at the Imperial War Museum.
Sexy! Sophisticated! Intimate! No, I haven't taken up writing copy for Ann Summers' latest collection; I've been to see La Musica at the Bookshop Theatre.
City Hall is showing off some of the treasures from London's Transport Museum during refurbishment of the Covent Garden venue.
Flowers and Questions is a major retrospective of collaborators Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
If you are in the mood for some gruesome gothic horror, then don't miss Terror 2006 at the Union Theatre.
The exhibition consists of a wide variety of black and white photographs that range from people groups to landscapes.
The National Theatre is currently hosting an exhibition that shows people and events responsible for the current condition of the world.
The chamber at City Hall is currently hosting a small exhibition about the Saharawi people of Western Sahara.
Shortcuts 2006 is a festival held at the Union Theatre for a few weeks in October.
As a celebration of Black History Month, eight up-and-coming black artists have been selected to display their works on the theme of remembrance and personal narrative.
Caught in the Crossfire is collection of photographs which captures armed violence around the world at point blank range.
This opening production is important not only to show off the Young Vic's improved auditorium but to link the new building to the past and to today's community.
When Ben Jonson wrote The Alchemist in 1610 London was in the aftermath of its third plague epidemic in eighteen years.
CORE isn't just another sculpture, painting, intallation, sound and film fusion exhibition.
This week is the last opportunity to check out an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery which is confronting art's last taboo.
This play lasts just over three hours including the interval. But you should arrive in good time to enjoy the fabulous set by Paul Atkinson and Alistair Turner.
The annual Design Mart exhibition at the Design Museum showcases up-and-coming talent.
This exhibition was originally conceived for the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green in Hertfordshire but the Imperial War Museum is a fitting setting for a show which hinges on the artist's experiences during the London blitz.
Between Worlds lingers on in your consciousness, long after you've left the theatre, despite its deceptively mundane opening scene.
A 21st century play (by Howard Brenton), set in 12th century France, featuring passionate debate on the nature of God and man, with the ever-present temptations of sex, power, revenge and authority, rounds off the Globe's 'Edges of Rome' season.
In 1956, inspired by his trip to the Far East the year before, Benjamin Britten wrote his operatic mystery play, Curlew River.
What a marvelous setting this lightest of all Gilbert and Sullivan operettas has found aboard The Golden Hinde!
After the blood and revenge-taking of this year's Edges of Rome season it is a relief to find a funny The Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare's Globe.
Chelinot is a musical with a powerful theme and not for the faint hearted.
This acclaimed, fast-paced musical by New York composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown follows the five-year life span of the relationship of Cathy (Lara Pulver) and Jamie (Damian Humbley) from first meeting, through marriage to breakup.
Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, written in 1904 was his last and possibly, most autobiographical play.
How did Long John Silver lose his leg?
Cooltan Arts' latest exhibition Summer Madness has opened at The Refectory in Southwark Cathedral.
Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer and featuring the Old Vic's very own Kevin Spacey as Lex Luther, finally hits the screens this week after months of hype and hot anticipation.
Cats, dogs, horses and even pigeons feature in the Animals' War exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. It is a story of enormous ingenuity, British affection for animals and sadness.
The first solo UK exhibition by French artist Pierre Huyghe has brought a pair of dancing doors to Tate Modern.
Simon Russell Beale, in the guise of the great man himself, strides through the doors of the impressive set and addresses the audience, assuring them that 'Old times are over.'
In the third of Shakespeare's Globe productions in the series 'Edges of Rome' we learn yet more of the ancient, bloody and convoluted history of the Roman Empire.
German playwright Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Wedekind wrote his first play, The Awakening of Spring in 1891, when he was twenty-six.
This is quite possibly the most compelling piece of theatre on in London at the moment, and easily one of the most important theatrical events of the year.
Tselane's Song and Gogo are two children's plays from the South African Company Vulavulani and the Action Transport Company.
Did John Constable paint Southwark Cathedral as well as Salisbury?
Whatever may currently be happening in the world, it can be seen starkly precipitated out on stage in the new Globe production, by Lucy Bailey, of Shakespeareâ€™s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus.
This to This is an intelligent, thoughtful play, produced by London Ensemble, which features careful attention to casting and many fine performances.
One of the more striking things about this seventy minute version of Shakespeare's Hamlet is that the entire time the audience is watching the play, they are doing so in the same lighting as the actors.
This enjoyable production centres on one of the central characters from Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, Mavolio, whose arrogance belies his lowly position as a mere servant.
The addition of stylish studios for the first permanent home for Siobhan Davies Dance further improves busy St George's Road.
A new exhibition at the Hayward aims to reflect the exploratory, experimental and diverse nature of the Surrealist movement.
Dominic Dromgoole's first season as artistic director opens with a fast paced production of Coriolanus, exploring the psychology of power and the nature of democracy.
The explosive and entertaining V for Vendetta can be seen at the IMAX cinema in Waterloo.
Southwark Cathedral is now hosting an exhibition by Edward Hill featuring photospheres of various cathedrals around Britain.
Streetwise Productions is back on Bankside with a new fast-moving production called Shakespeare and Co.
Shared Experience shows every life during the Second World War as seen in art from Australia, Canada and Britain.
Shared Vision is a vast combination of art genres that meld together to form an art exhibition of colour and talent.
A new exhibition at the Design Museum allows you to have your say on who should win the coveted GBP 25,000 Designer of the Year prize.
Deep Sea 3D is a sensory explosion of colour and sound that explores the depths of the oceans and the amazing and stunning creatures that inhabit them.
The Fairtrade Foundation has recruited familiar faces such as Anita Roddick, Vic Reeves and Adrian Edmondson to highlight the positive impact that buying Fairtrade products can have on poverty.
This the first exhibition at Tate Modern dedicated to early Modernist abstraction. There are more than 200 works in a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, film and furniture design.
The Searching for Shakespeare exhibition appears to find a trail leading to Southwark rather than Stratford.
Robert Altman will have been pleased by the animated response to the press night production of Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues.
Snapping Southwark is a photo exhibition which tries to capture the many faces of the area through the cameras of local residents.
Set in Russia during a time of celebrity, adultery and passion for the unique, this is a creative and emotional story about Olga Ivanovna, an adulteress and artist.
Picture This is a complex and vivid art show dedicated to educating people about how children around the world caught in the grip of war.
Get ready for an exciting journey into the steaming jungles of Brazil with an adventurous and engaging girl named Maia.
Samuel Adamson has observed the Southwark riverside well to give us more than two hours in and around Tooley Street and More London.
Underground theatre has yet again proven it is not for the faint of heart or the closed-minded.
Gothic Nightmares at Tate Britain looks at the taste for the fantastic around the years 1770 to 1830 through the works of Henry Fuseli and William Blake.
Over two hundred works by the German artist Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997) are on show at Tate Modern.
Southwark Black Elders group has fifteen pieces of artwork on show at Southwark Cathedral Refectory.
Experience an unusual European-Iraqi collaboration at the Old Vic in Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale.
Just a load of fluorescent tubes - or deep and meaningful art? It's easy to scoff at Dan Flavin's light works, but the Hayward's retrospective looks at the science too.
The wonderful newly built Unicorn Theatre for children has opened with a truly memorable production.
This year's 'must-see' pantomime, Aladdin at The Old Vic, with Ian McKellen repeating his camp Widow Twankey is rumbustuous and ambitious.
Once again the Southwark Playhouse has come up with an original and thoroughly enjoyable family show for the Christmas Season. A traditional Christmas scene is ideally set with sparkling tree and flickering candles.
Southwark-based Mental Fight Club this week held a special Blake Night event at the Hop Cellars to commemorate the 248th anniversary of the birth of visionary artist and poet William Blake.
Watercolour views of the Thames are being shown as part of the Gainsborough to Turner exhibition.
Seeing The Polar Express in 3D is a sure way to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Based on Chris Van Allsburg's children's book, the fim was first released last year and is back by popular demand.
Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Jamila Gavin's novel provides an electrifying, disturbing, utterly compelling night at the theatre.
For a night filled with music and laughter away from the crowded West End, Side by Side by Sondheim at the Union Theatre is ideal.
A major exhibition by the French artist Henri Rousseau has opened at Tate Modern prior to its showing in Paris and Washington next year.
IMAX 3D allows audience members to experience the magnificent desolation of landing on the moon without leaving Waterloo.
Last summer's street performance of The Canterbury Tales is recalled in an exhibition of photographs and costumes.
Many of the most memorable images of the Sixties are on show as part of the Design Museum's Robert Brownjohn restrospective.
The first picture confronting the visitor to Jeff Wall's show at Tate Modern is a vivid chaotic scene called The Destroyed Room.
The Fashion and Textile Museum commemorates i-D magazine's 25th anniversary with an appeal to the five senses.
Lawrence of Arabia died seventy years ago in a freak accident on an almost deserted road. The Imperial War Museum exhibition recalls his exploits and reveals a link to the current situation in Iraq.
This dark comedy written by Ryan Craig has a variety of themes including coming of age, religion, cultural displacement and war.
Flogging the Jewels is an exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of Sphinx theatre company (formerly known as the Women's Theatre Group).
The King, Richard II - played by Kevin Spacey - is the most colourful part of this modern day black and white and grey staging of Shakespeare's play. He has most of the best speeches too.
Eight designers use photography to express their individual ideas of inspiration, creativity, and diversity. The exhibition is part of the current London Design Festival.
Visitors to Tate Modern will find Jan De Cock's Denkmal 53 exhibition hard to avoid.
Walking from room to room of surrounding, poignant photographs, it would be difficult to leave this exhibition without feeling terribly heart-broken while at the same time undeniably inspired to action.
The Mug House under London Bridge is always worth a visit but on Wednesday and Friday evenings one's attention will be drawn to an exuberant actress in costume welcoming you to A Midsummer Night's Drink.
War of the Worlds, move over! IMAX is bringing a new Alien Adventure to screen!
This second part of Charles Saatchi's celebration of contemporary painting is a compilation of pieces by German artists. They include Dirk Skreber, Albert Oehlen, Wilhelm Sasnal, Thomas Scheibitz, Franz Ackermann and Kai Althoff.
Goblin Market is a mystical and fantastical play that is based on the Victorian poem by Christina Rossetti.
This summer The Steam Industry is again putting on a free theatre season in The Scoop next to City Hall. One of this year's productions is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
The action in Aristocrats at first seems slow moving but the setting is an Irish country house Ballybeg Hall where there is time to have interesting and revealing conversations.
Union Theatre is currently presenting Sri Chinmoyâ€™s Siddhartha becomes the Buddha. It is presented by Immortalityâ€™s Flame-Waves, an all female company that was started by the playâ€™s director and actor Dipika Smith.
Cloud & Vision: William Blake in Lambeth recalls his ten years as a resident of Waterloo.
This is the the fourth year of the Globe's educational project involving Southwark and Lambeth schools. Right to Reply: The Trial of Othello is a project teaching students to improve their communication skills and their relationships with others.
If you absolutely go nuts over technical drawings, building models, and blueprint layouts then head on over to the Design Museum for the exhibition of Cedric Price's work.
Southwark Playhouse is putting on a fantastic open air version of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.
This show represents the wide variety of styles and techniques of the 21st Century. Some of the most fascinating techniques are on display.
Though intended to be larger than life and visually impacting, this movie could be enjoyed in either IMAX or regular form. If you are frequently visited by motion sickness then this IMAX movie version is not for you.
Union of Shorts 2005: Pub is a compilation of short plays devoted solely to the pub at The Union Theatre.
This current production successfully takes the audience back to Shakespeare's time through the use of authentic clothing, music, props, and even dance. As a groundling or a seated spectator this tale proves to be a joyful event for all.
For the first time in over twenty years Tate Modern is offering you a glimpse into the gripping world of Frida Kahlo.
The Globe season continues with Pericles, Prince of Tyre. As with many Shakespeare plays the Bankside locality and characters play their part.
This exhibition brings together some of the permanent collection of tools,and garden objects with the genius of the Dowager Lady Salisbury, who is renowned for her gardens at both Hatfield House and in Lambeth.
When one thinks of art, plywood is usually not the first medium that comes to mind for weighty investigations into the ills of the modern world, and there might just be a reason for that.
When the House of Bernarda Alba was performed at the Young Vic in 1999 it was during a June heatwave reflecting the unbearable temperature referred to in Federico GarcĂa Lorca's play.
Navigating History is a special exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Bountyâ€™s legendary captain William Bligh, a Lambeth resident who is buried in the museum's grounds.
Bowieart.com and County Hall Gallery have come together to present BLOC, a new exhibition that aims to give 16 emerging artists the chance to get a little public exposure.
The shortlisted Designer of the Year entries can be viewed at the Design Museum.
The Annual Exhibition of the RWS is at the Bankside Gallery this month, and it provides a wonderful opportunity to view a wide spectrum of works that are sure to challenge your opinions on the medium.
A new exhibition on Chinese culture opened recently at the County Hall with displays of traditional arts including calligraphy and kung fu.
Mercury Fur, is a very well written and very well acted, but ultimately horrifying piece of drama. It is simply impossible to deny the calibre of this production; however the worth of this product of obvious skill is very questionable.
Tropicana, showing at the Shunt Vaults below London Bridge station, stuns with an all-sensory experience that is not just another night out at the theatre.
The Shy Gas Man which is advertised as a "dark comedy" is certainly dark, and at points uproariously funny, but it didn't quite manage to combine the two into a workable whole.
He is known as a radical and portrayer of women and men in opposition, bitter relationships hammered out in public on the anvil of the stage.
The Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery has become the new home of the Paintings in Hospitals charity and is hosting an exhibition of work by the late and thoroughly remarkable Alexandra Reinhardt.
The Art of Love pays tribute to the mystery of love as expressed in its countless forms.
The new production by Scary Little Girls playing at the Union Theatre loses focus and confuses audience with a barrage of bizarre and overly abstract visuals.
This is mainly an exhibition of the Thames in the capital but with the added interest of some Venetian views to compare with London.
The Fashion and Textile Museum has opened its major exhibition of museum founder Zandra Rhodesâ€™s dresses and prints.
The first half of Dennis McIntyre's grimly fascinating play seems like an extended version of 'Great Bores of Today'.
A major retrospective of the artist William Orpen opens at the Imperial War Museum.
It's hard to know quite what to make of The Triumph of Painting. "No self-respecting public gallery could put on a show like this, with no theme, no intellectual agenda, and a very rum load of stuff" wrote Tom Lubbock in The Independent.
The film Closer, a story of four people who meet by chance and experience painful love, was first told on the South Bank when Patrick Marberâ€™s play had its premiĂ¨re at the National Theatre in 1997.
Ian McKellan flounced on to the stage as Widow Twankey to a resounding ovation from an audience thoroughly on board for a bit of Christmas silliness.
The walls of the Refectory at Southwark Cathedral, some enjoying natural light and some lit with spotlights, are hung with work by Edith Slee.
The Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas' Hospital is marking the 150th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's arrival in the Crimea with a special exhibition.
The first major exhibition in the UK of one of the world's most important living photographers is now open at Tate Modern.
This is an exceptionally engaging one man tour de force set in the intoxicating context of Northbridge Town, a struggling for recognition Coca-Cola League Division Two football club.
This monologue given by Nasser Mermarzia is part of the National Headlines series performed on the stage of the Olivier Theatre before the evening performance of Stuff Happens.
The Bruce Nauman installation at Tate Modern is almost invisible. Only discreet loudspeakers can be found in the Turbine Hall which in the past has seen such popular attractions as the Weather Project.
Time Zones is the first major exhibition at Tate Modern devoted exclusively to film and video.
This is an excellent musical play which tells the story of the comedian Max Miller who was renowned in the 1940s and 50s as Britainâ€™s highest paid variety artist.
Waiting for curtain up in the relaunched Old Vic for Kevin Spaceyâ€™s first production one has time not only to observe the extended stage built out into the auditorium but also the Cloaca set.
Sacked from his day job and in risk of losing another; deteriorating grades at college and losing the girl of your dreams - surely life couldn't get much worse for Peter Parker?
Zimbabwe is a troubled country nowadays, but the work of its sculptors is alive and well judging by a vibrant exhibition at the.gallery@oxo which runs until 22 August.
SE1-based photographer Steve Hollingshead is launching his London Wall Project at City Hall with an exhibition of more than 300 small black and white prints displayed as a wall.
Through pictures and words the exhibition charts changes to the South Bank and Bankside since 1984 - including the Coin Street neighbourhood.
Hereâ€™s a film quite up to children used to flat-out chases and special effects. This new production from Walt Disney is their first made expressly in IMAX format.
Once, a filmâ€™s titles for cast and crew were projected onto a cinemaâ€™s fire curtain and only then, with the curtains rising, did the real action begin.
This exhibition of the acclaimed French photographer, Jacques Henri Lartigue, seems like a leap through the twentieth century from the moment the six-year old boy was given his camera in 1901.
Count Vincentio (Mark Rylance), undergoing a mid life crisis, leaves the morally lax city of Vienna to find a purpose to life.
Mark Rylance continues an innovation made last year with an all-female production of Much Ado about Nothing at the Globe. And as Barry Norman never said, 'Why not?'
Harry Potter is on the triple-decker purple Knight-bus heading for SE1 soon after the dramatic opening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Wacky, claustrophobic, chaotic, fast and furious can be used to describe Americana Absurdum, a black comedy divided into two interrelated plays currently showing at the Menier Theatre.
In Edward Hopperâ€™s paintings, all the scenes seem to be conducted by lighting: whether by the sunlight streaming into rooms onto vacant faces or by being lit from within; a staging with the figures ready.
The Globe's 2004 season of Star-Crossed Lovers would hardly be complete without Romeo & Juliet.
I have an admission to make. When asked to review The Archbishopâ€™s Ceiling at Southwark Playhouse, I had never before been to this wonderfully intimate theatre, despite living in SE1 for several years.
Ben Whishaw is truly the student prince in Trevor Nunnâ€™s new production; it has never seemed clearer that Youth will bear the brunt of the playâ€™s chief protagonist.
A surprise photographic exhibition north of the river at James Hyman Fine Art recalls the Elephant & Castle 55 years ago.
An early 20th-century drawing showing the view of St Paul's Cathedral from Bankside is on show at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth.
This is a very fine, slick, short play with themes of envy, power, passion and ecstasy- a rich dramatic tale told with a concentrated lyrical dialogue.
Mary McCartney Donald curates this exhibition, which is compiled of images from over sixty photographers, including Tracey Emin, Mario Testino and Betty Jackson.
Federico del Cerro's young, refreshingly modern Arch Gallery hosts an exhibition by Berlin artist Carola Gollner in tribute to one of Britain's most loved actors Michael Caine.
This avant-garde play by Thorton Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize in 1942 for its depiction of the Antrobuses, an all American family, and more generally, how humankind has survived throughout the various ages (and catastrophes) of the world.
Comedians is a play that examines the philosophy and intentions behind laughter and comedy.
The Lichtenstein collection of pop art spanning from the early 1960s until 1997 is visually stunning, yet somehow familiar with its enormous paintings of what seems to be comic book frames.
This new play by playwright Dominic Francis presented by Attic Theatre Company is a poignant and fine portrayal of the strong yet tormented and tenuous relationships that characterise one family from wartime 1940s to present day.
Cannon's Mouth's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at the Menier Theatre is directed by Ben Naylor.
David Moore has enjoyed unfettered access to the House of Commons to take the most intimate pictures ever.
Democracy, written by Michael Frayn, won the "Best New Play" award by the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards. It is being preformed in the Royal National Theatre on the middle sized staged because of its large success on the smaller stage.
The Union Theatre presents the Enmasse Theatre Company's inspired production of William Shakespeare's acclaimed tragedy of Macbeth.
Jonathan Church directs this brilliant stage adaptation of Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men.
One of the most significant American artists of the post-war period, Donald Judd changed the course of modern sculpture.
Romanian-born sculptor Constantin Brancusi, encouraged by Rodin, went on to inspire Barbara Hepworth and Carl Andre.
As the visitors' book testifies, this is an exhibition to give thanks for.
From Boadicea in 60 AD to Kate Adie in the Iraq War of 2003, British women have been participating in wars as leaders, nurses, reporters, pilots, and critics.
Itâ€™s the time of year for fairy tales and Wonderful Beast the theatre Company performing at The Southwark Playhouse expertly brings to life five short tales from different traditions- Japanese, Turkish, Italian, Yiddish.
There is exuberance and sparkle in abundance under the arches in Union Street.
David Almond's Skellig seems an unusual choice for the Young Vic's Christmas entertainment but it has a happy ending.
Dorothy goes in search of Oz: thus the final part of the Matrix trilogy seems to find Keanu Reeves on a journey into Machine World with the redoubtable Trinity at his side. But who or what is the Wizard?
Southwark Cathedral's Refectory is the latest gallery to open in SE1.
On Underground platforms it is a pleasure to see an Eric Ravilious poster again and this time advertising an exhibition.
The guest list at the opening of Painting with Light at the Oxo Tower contained many associated with memorable SE1 events over the last quarter of a century.
Engineered exclusively for IMAX cinemas, Ghosts of the Abyss (U) is Academy Award winning director James Cameron's documentary of the legendary Titanic that inspired his signature film.
Tate Modern's great Turbine Hall which closed in the summer has reopened with a giant sun seen through a mist.
The Young Vic is currently showing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with a twist.
There are some surprising pictures including an SE1 view at Tate Britain's Turner and Venice exhibition.
62 black and white photographs of London and its varied multicultural life adorn the walls of Bankside Restaurant for the month of October.
Apart from Canterbury Cathedral itself there can be no better stage for TS Eliotâ€™s Murder in the Cathedral than Southwark Cathedral.
When Philemon (Isaac Kounde) surprises his beautiful and cherished wife Mathilde (Sara Martins) in bed with another man, he struggles to keep calm.
The entrance to the special exhibition Shakespeare's Rivals underneath Shakespeare's Globe is by way of a reproduction triumphal archway.
Shakespeare in Art is at the Dulwich Picture Gallery for Dulwich shares with Bankside a strong link with Shakespeare and theatre. Edward Alleyn, part owner of the Hope Theatre, founded Dulwich College which still holds Shakespeare documents.
Christopher Marlowe reconnects with SE1 as Shakespeare's Globe presents Dido, Queen of Carthage - one of his early, lesser performed, plays written in about 1585.
Mistress Alice Ford (played by Claire Carrie) and Mistress Meg Page (Lucy Tregear) are the knowing Merry Wives who scheme to test their husbands' fidelity and to marry off delectable daughter Anne Page to the best suitor.
In terms of the series title 'Regime Change' Richard III marks the end of the bloody Plantagenets and ends with the union of Elizabeth of Lancaster with the Earl of Richmond, the beginnings of the Tudors.
Southwark Playhouse occupies a tiny space in a converted warehouse in Bankside. It is perhaps the building's physical limitations that acts as a forcing ground for their many innovative productions.
'Regime Change' is the topical title for the summer season at the Globe. The first play, Richard II, is a meditation on the duties and responsibilites of kingship.
This Spanish play is a rich mix of characters, music, emotions and politics that carries you along rather like a Chinese fire-cracker, exploding unexpectedly both to your delight and consternation.
Upon entering this new shrine of modern art on the South Bank, I felt as if I entered a different world of beds, sheep, and bodies all suddenly thrown in front of my eyes.
Peter Layton of the London Glassblowing Workshop is exhibiting his latest work alongside ecclesiastical embroiderer Jacquie Binns.
Scenes from the Big Picture gives the playgoer a rare view of realism, God's view.
Trevor Nunn's direction of Shakepeare's early play Love's Labour's Lost enhances a delightful production about the games of love and wit by casting it into sharp relief with its own dark shadings.
Have you ever wanted to look into the detailed mind of a visionary shoe designer? Well if you visit the Design Museumâ€™s exhibition of the designer Manolo Blahnik, you can see why these exquisite and elegant shoes are legendary.
Dr Samuel Johnson once said that a work could not be considered literature until it had continuously pleased audiences for one hundred years. The Royal National Theatreâ€™s production of She Stoops to Conquer would have satisfied him thoroughly.
Union Theatreâ€™s production of Lillian Hellmanâ€™s The Childrenâ€™s Hour is anything but childish.