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Exhibitions at Riverside Studios – Bad Reputation

January 11April 18

Following on from the collaboration with Riverside Studios Icons exhibition in 2020, The Art Hound Gallery, known for its cutting edge cool, presents an 'even bigger and badder' exhibition for the New Year 2022. This January the Gallery presents ‘Bad Reputation’ a four month epic art exhibition from Tuesday 11 January – Monday 18 April 2022, 'inspired by bad ass females and celebrating awesome women who dare to kick back'. Taking a cue from rock n ‘ roll queen Joan…

Bitesize Festival – Riverside Studios

January 13February 13

Sometimes you just want to experience theatre in bite size pieces. And so Riverside Studios have put together a carefully selected programme of punchy, thought-provoking and inspiring theatre, play-readings and comedy that you can experience in any way you choose. Pop in and see just one performance, or spend an evening with us and experience two or three. Each performance is an hour or shorter. And each is guaranteed to move, excite and entertain you. Extraordinary insights into the world…

For the Culture: Celebrations of Blackness

January 21February 20

For the Culture: Celebrations of Blackness is a brand new festival celebrating Black joy, talent, culture and creativity, led and curated by Dr Peggy Brunache, Lecturer in the History of Atlantic Slavery & Director of the Beniba Centre for Slavery Studies at University of Glasgow, Tinuke Craig, Lyric Artistic Associate and Nicholai La Barrie, Lyric Associate Director. Over the course of three days in late January 2022, the Lyric will host a programme of events and performances, which celebrate Black culture, identity and history. The…

Theatre at Chiswick Playhouse – Women of Pensionable Rage

January 27 @ 7:30 pm GMT
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until January 29, 2022

'From the overly illuminated Vegas of the North to the depths of the darkest Suburbia, three glorious women of Pensionable Rage are finally standing up and speaking out! It’s time for Linda Godfrey to tell all about ‘that’ Panto season in Fleetwood, Julie Tate to remember a life changing day in 1999 and Miriam from number 14 to make peace with all those who "turned a blind eye"' Tickets £7.50 - 17.50 Book tickets: chiswickplayhouse.nliven All events in Chiswick See…

Lyric Theatre – Josephine

January 29
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One event on January 30, 2022 at 12:00 am

Josephine Baker. The little girl from Missouri who became an original 20th Century icon. Based on the extraordinary story of Josephine Baker: performer, spy and civil rights activist. But, almost 50 years after her death, Café Josephine, a down-at-heel New York diner dedicated to her memory, faces closure.  Nobody remembers Josephine, who she was, what she did, what she stood for. And she just can’t allow that. With a sultry, Harlem Renaissance-inspired score, spring-heeled Charleston dancing and a hatful of…

Lemn Sissay: Gold From The Stone

January 30 @ 2:30 pm GMT

Join the Lyric Theatre for an afternoon with Lemn Sissay, one of Britain’s most popular and celebrated poets. Experience his seminal body of work with a selection of readings by Lemn himself as well as stories about his life and work. Lemn Sissay was seventeen when he wrote his first poetry book, which he hand-sold to the miners and millworkers of Wigan. Since then, his poems have become landmarks, sculpted in granite and built from concrete, recorded on era-defining albums…

Comedy Double Bill at Chiswick Playhouse: Bella Hull and Chloe Petts

February 2 @ 7:30 pm GMT

This February Chiswick Playhouse is hosting a double bill of two up-and-coming comedians. Bella Hull Bella Hull is a London-based stand-up comedian and writer and one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. Bella regularly plays to sell-out crowds across the UK and recently made her television debut on the BBC’s Stand Up for Live Comedy. She recently performed at the Utrecht International Comedy Festival and her writing has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, Flux Magazine and she is the advice columnist…

Theatre at Chiswick Playhouse – Isn’t He Something: Celebrating Stephen Sondheim

February 4 @ 7:30 pm GMT
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One event on February 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Scenaria, in association with Chiswick Playhouse, are thrilled to present their celebration of Stephen Sondheim; Isn’t He Something. Join their cast  for this intimate exploration of song featuring music from Sondheim’s major works as well as his lesser-known shows including Sunday In The Park With George, Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Into The Woods, A Little Night Music, Saturday Night & many more! ​ Tickets £15 Book tickets: chiswickplayhouse.nliven All events in Chiswick See our events listings for all events in…

Cabaret at Watermans – Charlie Bicknell and Louise Innes: Dearly Beloved

February 4 @ 8:00 pm GMT

Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the life and work of Charlie Bicknell, cabaret artist, actress and circus eccentric. 1970…1980 - last week. She is survived by Louise Innes, ‘internationally acclaimed’ Opera singer and suspiciously alive cabaret partner. Accompanied by a grieving David Harrod on the piano (but then he’s always miserable) and her mourning gardener Will Robinson, eye-candy for the congregation. Reverend Jonathan Booth will deliver his eulogy, inspired by The Seven Ages of Man. Illustrated robustly with the…

Theatre at Chiswick Playhouse – Skank

February 8 @ 7:30 pm GMT
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until February 10, 2022

Transferring from the Edinburgh Fringe, Skank is a 'funny, dark, and outrightly filthy' production from writer Clementine Bogg-Hargroves. Kate confronts the fact that she could be a successful writer if only she concentrated – but first she needs to pull 'sexy Gary' and stop obsessing about her inevitable untimely death. Presenting a rollercoaster of emotions, Skank is a tour de force performance produced by Future Artists in association with Chiswick Playhouse. Tickets: £12.50 - £15 Book tickets: chiswickplayhouse.nliven All events…

Running With Lions

February 10March 12

‘Joshy is gone. No badda bawl an disappear, yuh cyaan bring him back.’ Following the death of a loved one, a British-Caribbean family struggles to come to terms with their grief. Isolated by their generational beliefs and challenges to their faith and mental health, they live between the things they do and do not say. Running With Lions explores the journey of one family’s reconciliation after loss and the rediscovery of love and joy. Running With Lions is the first play from…

Chiswick Playhouse – The Greatest Magician

February 13 @ 8:00 pm GMT

A new magic show - presented by the magician most famous for jamming the BBC switchboards are he correctly predicted the lottery. Directed by the late Paul Daniels, the magic show comes to the stage for the first time - you’ll be transported to a world of light-hearted hilarity, wonderment, and mystery. Focusing on feats of illusion, from making people forget their own names to transporting iPhones from the auditorium into blocks of ice - this show is a sure…

Theatre at Chiswick Playhouse – Tell Me Straight

February 15 @ 7:30 pm GMT
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An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until February 26, 2022

"Dani is done with Him and all his bullsh*t! He needs to ‘fix up and get him some rainbow flag waving D’. She’s heard it all – Soldiers. Chefs. Osama (not that one). He’s been through the lot of them and they’ve got one thing in common: they’re all straight. Him has a plan: 30 days NO BOOZE NO FAST FOOD NO SHAGGING But like buses… ‘It’s like I’m a beacon. Some gay lighthouse on the curious shoreline and these…

Comedy at Chiswick Playhouse – Suzi Ruffell & Friends

February 28 @ 7:30 pm GMT

Suzi's last show was a complete sell out, got heaps of great reviews and was recommended by the British Comedy Guide, Scotsman and Sunday Times. Now, she’s heading out with some friends to test out new material and have a big old laugh. As seen on Live At The Apollo and Mock The Week. 'A Stand Up Gem' - The Guardian ‘Ruffell really does have funny bones’ - Evening Standard ‘Do you have to keep doing my voice?’ - Suzi's…

Jazz Emu: You Shouldn’t Have

March 2 @ 7:30 pmMarch 6 @ 7:30 pm GMT

London Limelight presents Jazz Emu: You Shouldn’t Have (WIP); the new, unpretentious comedo- musicological proffering from global sensation Jazz Emu. Live music. Dead fun. In 2016, Jazz Emu played the biggest gig he’d ever landed, at the Helsinki Velodrome. But during his between-song patter, he carelessly insulted one of his biggest fans. What he said doesn’t bear repeating, but let’s just say the Scandinavian Goblin community may never look him in the eye again. Five years on, he’s back to…

A Tram Stop in Hounslow – The Founding of Brentford Football Club

March 6

On Sunday 6 March, The London Museum of Water & Steam will be hosting a live ‘radio style’ satirical play capturing the events of October 1889 when Brentford Rowing Club held a rather heated meeting, close to the site of the Museum, to discuss starting a football club. This light-hearted, entertaining, play has been written by lifelong Brentford FC fan, playwright Geoff Buckingham, and is sure to appeal to those who follow The Bees, as well as those who love…

Scandaltown

April 7May 14

'Dear Miss Tweetwell, the ladder is where I live. For at the top lies reputation and wealth and at the bottom: ignominy and squalor.' When noble heroine Miss Phoebe Virtue receives worrisome news on Instagram that her twin brother Jack may be endangering his reputation in London Town, she decides she must visit herself, and investigate… Set in our contemporary post-pandemic capital, full of illicit sex, political hypocrisy and the machinations of a fame-hungry elite, Mike Bartlett’s new play, directed…

Britannicus

May 26June 25

'Tyranny always promises good things.' Power and succession are in the very bones of Rome. Agrippina – desperate to cling onto power – has ensured her son, Nero, is the Roman Emperor, in place of his half-brother and the rightful heir. But the corridors of power and Nero’s own obsession turn a once virtuous ruler into an oppressive tyrant. This noble tragedy explores monarchy, dictatorship and depravity. Translated and adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker, a tour de force, once described as…

One World: Wealth of the Common People

June 29 @ 8:00 amJuly 3 @ 5:00 pm BST

The world’s first disability-inclusive professional dance company and Young Lyric Partner, Amici Dance Theatre Company, celebrate their 40th anniversary in the Main House at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre with their biggest production to date, Amici’s One World: Wealth of the Common People. The pioneering dance-theatre company will bring together an 80 strong cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from around the world. From  29 June – 02 July 2022. Tickets go on sale later this year. Choreographed by the internationally renowned Wolfgang Stange (Tightrope, 35 Amici Drive) and…

Closer

July 14August 13

'I need you. I can’t think, I can’t work, I can’t breathe. We are going to die. Please…save me.' Dan and Alice. Anna and Dan. Larry and Anna. Alice and Larry. In the chaos of London; four strangers meet, fall in love and fall apart as desire turns to heartbreak. Closer is the Olivier award-winning play of the hit film. In a radical new staging by Clare Lizzimore this funny and uncompromising modern classic cuts to the quick of human…

Heather

September 29October 29

‘I want this life and more. I want to see you, lady of the house, presiding yourself like Queen Nefertiti, over all of them.’ Heather is newly married. She’s finally living the life she always dreamed of. She hates it more than she can bear. Trapped in a conventional life brimming with social expectation and outdated ideals, free spirited Heather is plagued with thoughts of the freedom and passion she once knew. When she sees her life and sanity begin…

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