It’s getting significantly colder in London, and most nights are increasingly being spent indoors – so why not venture out and get inside one of these fine venues to see a great show? And if you’re feeling a bit spoilt for choice with the array of theatre that the capital has to offer, then fret not – here’s a list of our favourites this month:
Taking place entirely in a Manhattan hotel room occupied by Alfred Einstein, Insignificance tackles the subject of fame in the 1950s. The play imagines a night in which four of the decade’s most well-known people (Alfred Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, Joe Mccarthy and Joe DiMaggio) were together in the same hotel for various reasons, and typifies each character with the stereotypes they’ve each come to be associated with. The flirtatious, glamorous and giddy Monroe, to the brutish, yet simple-minded DiMaggio, for example. Back on the London stage for the first time in nearly 30 years, Arcola Theatre’s revival is ever as charming – leaving you both moved and tickled in equal parts.
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL, until 18 November 2017
Taking the audience on a continuous journey through London’s perilous existence for young parents, Bitched tries to examine just what happens when even the slight bit of success comes knocking. Ali, an out-of-work hair-stylist, has a two-year-old child with her undiscovered artist husband Rob, who’s got his eyes on being represented by husband and wife aesthetes and gallery owners Suzanne and Nirjay – who are as equally as ambiguous about their intentions as Ali imagines. The play raises fascinating questions about love and coupling, as it explores the twisted relationship and power struggle of the four characters.
Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP, until 11 November 2017
Inside Pussy Riot
As part of Saatchi Gallery’s Art Riot: Post Soviet Actionism exhibition and presented in association with The Tsukanov Family Foundation, Inside Pussy Riot, is an immersive experience, about Nadya Tolokonnikova‘s as the founder of Pussy Riot, the post-punk, feminist art collective who’ve suffered at the hands of the Russian government for their two-finger approach to dissent. Throughout the exhilarating theatre experience, Pussy Riot will be re-living the ordeal live on stage.
Saatchi Gallery, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY, from 14 November 2017
The Dark Room
The Dark Room takes a sober look at one of the devastating issues of contemporary Australian discourse – the abuse of defenceless children. The show serves as a timely reminder that no matter how far apart we are in distance and time, we are all responsible for each other’s lives. Deep into the night, in a run-down motel somewhere in central Australia, six lost souls collide in a distant tragedy of lovesickness and social breakdown – only it’s not the same night.
Theatre503, 503 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 3BW, from 8 November 2017
‘Menagerie’ by House of Kittens
Famed purveyors of modern erotica, House of Kittens will host a new night entitled Menagerie – an evening of conceptual, theatrical vignettes. Guests will converge in an opulent secret location where the audience will find themselves transported into a world of sensual theatre to experience a unique, immersive journey embracing the surreal, the dramatic and the erotic. Performed across three floors of decedent surroundings with 20 individual performances, lasting from 3½ -16 minutes, Menagerie explores everything from romantic love stories, to full-on kink. The audiences are invited to explore their surroundings as they move from room to room, choosing the performances that most pique their curiosity and curating their own personal erotic theatrical evening.
Secret location in East London (see link for details), 30 November 2017