Things to do in London this Week
Things to do in London this week, Wed 14th Jan to Wed 21st Jan 2015: the best cultural events, from a Cannes Prize winner (Whiplash) to astounding physical comedy (Kraken).
At Cannes, this thumping indie film received a standing ovation and the Grand Jury Prize: a carnal quest for artistic perfections drives a young drummer to the brink.
2. FIRST CLASS DEBATE: What are critics for? With A.A. Gill
Sunday Times critics A.A. Gill unpicks the tricky tangle of art and criticism with Q.I’s John Mitchinson, hosted by the ever-inquisitive Idler Academy.
3. TRIED AND TESTED: Kraken, Soho Theatre
Astounding performance from physical comedian Tryvge Wakenshaw: a riff on mime that doubles the audience over with laughter- though beware the nudity. We’re a bit in love.
4. DON'T MISS: Paddington
Last chance to catch this big-hearted and much praised adaptation: we came over all warm and fuzzy. Ben Whishaw, true to form, is perfection as the marmalade-loving bear.
5. TOP POP-UP: GRO by Carousel
The latest trendy residents at Marylebone restaurant Carousel, Stockholm’s GRO are serving up modern Scandinavian dishes with Michelin credentials.
Improvisation rules at this boundary-shoving theatrical experience in Kilburn- The Guardian called it “raw, reckless and utterly loveable” and we agree.
7. ON STAGE: Dara, National Theatre
The National Theatre’s all-singing, all-dancing history play takes a profound look at ideas of Islam in the Western mind through the story of the Mughal Emperor who built the Taj Mahal.
8. SMALL BUT MIGHTY: Unseen, Courtauld Gallery
This exhibition is a quiet treasure-trove of rarely-glimpsed draughtsmanship: the eclectic assortment includes works from Dürer, Michelangelo and Rembrandt.
9. FOR KIDS: Gentleman Juggler
This nostalgic performance harks back to the golden age of circus: fast hands, sharp tailoring and a sharper wit.
9. ART BUZZ: London Art Fair 2015
Forget Frieze- London Art Fair is the place to be for contemporary art-spotters this January: a stellar bunch of artists exhibit at over 100 established galleries.