Tag Archives: live performance

Preview: Meow Meow and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall

Cabaret sensation Meow Meow returns to Royal Festival Hall for More Pandemonium with the London Philharmonic Orchestra following the success of last year’s one-off performance. Continue reading

Posted in Christmas, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: Immerse Erotic Storytelling at House of Kittens’ Menagerie

Immerse erotic theatre company House of Kittens is to host Menagerie, an evening of conceptual vignettes with an aim to “delve into the endless expression of pleasure to engage people in a new liberated theatrical movement.” Continue reading

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Choices for Pre and Post Theatre Food and Drink in London (Trainline)

Grabbing drinks or having a meal at the right place and for the right amount of time can help set the tone to commence or end any theatre outing on a delicious note. Continue reading

Posted in Bars, Drink, Entertainment, Food, Live Performance, London, Music, Pubs, Restaurants, Theatre, Trainline, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Magic Hour Halloween Special

Magician Tony Middleton is bringing his show, The Magic Hour, to the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on the 31st for a spooky Halloween special. Continue reading

Posted in Drink, Entertainment, Halloween, Hotels, Live Performance, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Graeme of Thrones

Spoiler alert! Graeme of Thrones (a live theatre parody of … well, I’ll let you guess) is a guaranteed guffaw inducing hoot with loads of loving comedy pointed in the direction of its inspiration. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cook Islands Idyll | Rarotonga

Most of my Cook Islands Idyll was spent splendidly on the “main island” of Rarotonga: an idyllic base indeed for enjoying all the warmth and wonder that a trip to the South Seas should involve. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cook Islands, Cook Islands Idyll, Drink, Entertainment, Food, Hotels, Live Performance, Luxury, Museums, Music, Restaurants, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

#TCTalks | Episode 4 | Rarotonga

For the fourth episode of tikichris Talks I share some highlights from my September visit to the tiny Polynesian country of the Cook Islands. The episode includes an interview I conducted with master carver Michael Tavioni at his Rarotonga studio, a hymn sung in the language of Cook Island Maori during Sunday morning service at the Cook Islands Christian Church in the village of Titikaveka and the sounds of traditional drumming from a performance at the popular Highland Paradise dinner show in the uplands of Rarotonga. Continue reading

Posted in Art, Cook Islands, interview, Live Performance, Music, Podcast, TCTalks, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jinkx Monsoon of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Leicester Square Theatre

Season 5 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon returns to the London stage this October with a short string of nightly shows at Leicester Square Theatre as part of the drag performers UK tour. Continue reading

Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music, Television | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Win a Pair of Tickets to Brockmans Gin’s #PressForGin Pop-Up Bar

Love gin? Love a party? Love a unique venue? The next Brockmans Gin #PressForGin pop-up at the Victorian Bathroom near Liverpool Street on the 27th of July is for you. Continue reading

Posted in Bars, Competition, Drink, Entertainment, Freebies, Live Performance, London, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre, York Hall, Bethnal Green

Amigos! It’s time again for Mexico’s masked superheroes to fight it out in an epic battle of Good vs Evil at Bethnal Green’s York Hall. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Sports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: Children are Stinky at Underbelly Festival

Acrobatics coupled with highbrow toilet humour? I’m in and very much looking forward to checking out Children are Stinky at Underbelly Festival. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Black Cat Cabaret at Underbelly Festival

Feats of physical prowess cheekily delivered and presented in a sultry and slightly sinister fashion – London’s celebrated Black Cat Cabaret slinks to the summer stage of Underbelly Festival on the South Bank. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

London Clown Festival 2017

Hilarity, absurdity and high buffoonery return to the capital. No, I’m not talking about the impending general election. I’m talking about the 2017 London Clown Festival on now until 21 May at the Hornsey Town Hall Art Centre in Crouch End. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Highbury Music Venue The Garage Relaunches

New owners DHP Family (Oslo in Hackney and Rock City in Nottingham) are relaunching the famed (and infamous) music venue this month. Updates include a new sound system, decor and bar; a revamped intimate gig space upstairs; and an all-day café and bar on the ground floor. Continue reading

Posted in Bars, Drink, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dinner and a Show at Circus, Endell Street

Dinner and a show! That’s what’s on offer at Circus on Endell Street. Continue reading

Posted in Drink, Entertainment, Food, Live Performance, London, Restaurants, Valentine's Day | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: Sleight of Hand on the Strand

International award-winning magicians Tony “Sonic” Middleton ‘Sonic’ and Dominick Zwolinski bring their up close style of conjuring to a small audience in a private room at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand for one night only this month with their show Sleight of Hand on the Strand. Continue reading

Posted in Bars, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: Simon Warner’s Viva Hypnosis at Leicester Square Theatre

Comedy hypnotist, Simon Warner, brings his mesmerising act to the West End stage for the first time in 15 years with Viva Hypnosis for two nights only at the Leicester Square Theatre just before Christmas. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Live at Zedel: Miss Hope Springs at Crazy Coqs

A night on the town wound down with a maudlin performance replete with twinkling piano keys in a swank cocktail bar was the right mix for a Saturday outing in Soho. Continue reading

Posted in Bars, Drink, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Magic & Mixology at The Vaults

So yeah, maybe I was a cocktail or two into my evening. Still, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and even the most sober of eyes would not be able to work out the illusions and tricks presented up close and in front of small audiences during the hour set of Magic & Mixology at The Vaults. Continue reading

Posted in Drink, Entertainment, Live Performance, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: London Festival of Close-Up Magic

The very first London Festival of Close-Up Magic will run from Friday 22 to Sunday 31 July 2016, launching with Magic and Mixology featuring Middleton and two other magicians wowing their audiences in the atmospheric surroundings of The Vaults. After that, the festival will continue with a series of performances by award-winning magicians in the plush surroundings of the Grand Royale Hyde Park hotel. Continue reading

Posted in Hotels, Live Performance, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

London Clown Festival

As clowning is intended (I suppose), performers allowed themselves to be the butt of their own jokes to reflect the follies and quirks of all of us. I especially loved the sneering, nervous-laughter-inducing improv of The Establishment; the manic miming of Inda Perada; the preposterous gags and observations of Ben Target (pictured above); and the athletic dithering of Helen Duff. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Good Cause, Live Performance, London, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunset at the Villa Thalia at Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre

Arty, middle class Charlotte (Pippa Nixon) from London and charismatic American – and CIA operative – Harvey (Ben Miles) are frenemies to the highest degree. There’s instant affinity and sometimes even smouldering attraction between them but also deep-seated belief on both sides that one completely misunderstands the other and that the other is absolutely wrong about how the world spins on its geopolitical axis. Continue reading

Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, London, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Send in the London Clown Festival

Hosted at London’s newest Arts Hub, The Omnitorium at Manor House, from 10 to 19 June London Clown Festival is “a festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance” exploring “what clown is to the modern performer and their audiences.” Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sideways: The Play at St James Theatre

If you loved the movie, to be sure you’ll love the play, adapted for the stage by original Sideways novelist, Rex Pickett and deftly directed David Grindely. Continue reading

Posted in Drink, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Theatre, Wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Madam Butterfly at ENO

A tearjerker of a show, thanks in large part to a profoundly sympathetic performance of soprano Rena Harms, English National Opera’s staging of Madame Butterfly delights the eyes as much as it moves the hearts of its audience. Continue reading

Posted in Design, Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Magic Flute at ENO

Mozart’s fanciful The Magic Flute is on now for a limited run at the London Coliseum with a spectacularly staged production from the English National Opera. I had the pleasure of attending a performance last week and very much enjoyed … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, Live Performance, London, Music, Theatre, Video | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

wonder.land at the National Theatre

wonder.land: it’s a tale we all know well, this time reexamined through the prism of our 21st century addiction to the digital doings on our gadgets’ screens and good old fashioned teenage malaise. Continue reading

Posted in Design, Entertainment, London, Music, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Theatre Review: Sunny Afternoon, Based on the Music by The Kinks

Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon tales the story of London’s best sounding rock ‘n roll catastrophe, The Kinks, and follows the band from its formation in Muswell Hill between brothers Ray and Dave Davies through the many ups and downs on their way to international stardom Continue reading

Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, London, Music, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grillstock London: A Walthamstow Hillbilly’s Homecoming?

So, I was all sorts of messed up this weekend. Not because of the beer (although I had access to copious amounts of it). Or the whiskey (similarly ample volumes were at my disposal). Or the meat (there were mounds of epic proportion). But because, as a judge at the Grillstock BBQ festival in Walthamstow, wave after wave of out-of-context familiarity kept slapping me silly with wafts of hickory smoke, the lilting plink of a banjo here and there, and the sight of thousands of folks come together to celebrate their love of slow and low cooked meat. Continue reading

Posted in Drink, Entertainment, Food, London, Music, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2015 Main Stage Acts at the Reading and Leeds Festivals (OneTravel)

Two of Britain’s biggest annual music festivals – the Reading and Leeds Festivals – take place over the same weekend at the end of August and featuring alternating line ups. The two cities are about three and a half hours … Continue reading

Posted in England, Entertainment, Live Performance, Music, OneTravel, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2015 Edinburgh Fringe: Must See Shows (OneTravel)

For fans of live performance, August in Edinburgh means one thing: Fringe! The largest arts festival in the world, the three-week Scottish shindig brings the opportunity to be entertained by a heaving variety of world class, up-and-coming, and often rather … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, OneTravel, Scotland, Theatre, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Experience the Best of NOLA’s Legendary Live Music Scene (Miles Away)

Are you planning to hit the Crescent City for a taste of live music, but aren’t sure where to go for the best gigs? Don’t worry about it! A visit to NOLA without encountering live music is practically impossible. You cannot avoid great music here even if you try! But before you get down to boogie, keep these tips in mind … Continue reading

Posted in CheapOair, Louisiana, Miles Away, Music, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twelfth Night | Pell Mell Theatre Company | The Space Theatre, Canary Wharf

Set in Victorian music hall, The Space, and staged with a dark edge and an ‘under the big top’ look and feel, the Pell Mell Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s tale of love, subterfuge and mistaken identity is mesmerising to watch with a strong ensemble of actors. Continue reading

Posted in Live Performance, London, Theatre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preview: The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre at York Hall, Bethnal Green

I’m heading to this “greatest spectacle” on Saturday night and cannot wait. I’m not sure if it will live up to the experience I had catching a night of lucha libre at Arena Mexico a few years back in Mexico City, but I have no doubt the evening with be an action packed blast. If you’ve never had the pleasure of witnessing the awesome force that is Mexican professional wrestling, do yourself a massive favour and make this off kilter event your weekend priority. Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, London | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Stuff #43

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy. Continue reading

Posted in Beer, Coffee, Drink, Food, Freebies, Good Stuff, London, Pizza, Pubs, Restaurants, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment