The arts and culture everyone will be talking about in London this month
FILM: THE GLASS CASTLE
Based on Jeanette Wall’s best-selling memoir, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. It follows Oscar winner Brie Larson as a young woman who has a determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms despite being influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father, played by Woody Harrelson. In cinemas now.
EXHIBITION: CAN GRAPHIC DESIGN SAVE YOUR LIFE?
Showing more than 200 instances of graphic design conveying healthcare messages from around the world. Here you’ll find work from public and private collections courtesy of key figures from 20th century graphic design, as well as today’s influential artists.
Until 14 Jan 2018; Wellcome Collection, Bloomsbury
MUSIC: METALLICA WORLDWIRED TOUR
Contrary to what you may think, metal music is good for you. Think of the anger, tension and anxiety you can unleash as you scream your heart out to Metallica, the greatest metal band of all time. See James Hatfield and the gang at the O2 and feel a whole lot better.
22 and 24 Oct 2017; livenation.co.uk
VizEat has nothing to do with a certain ‘adult’ comic – it’s about enjoying meals in 130 countries. VizEat is the food version of Air BnB: you visit the website, enter a destination and then enjoy a foodie experience there – maybe a food tour in Barcelona, cooking class in Rome or something equally mouth-watering elsewhere. vizeat.com
PLAY: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
David Mamet’s examination of a sales team under pressure is always a must-see especially in this age of working around the clock Swearing might not be big or clever, but there is something positively cathartic about Mamet’s glorious use of profanity, as these salesmen on the edge battle to keep their jobs. 26 October to 3 February 2018 playhousetheatrelondon.com
POETRY: POETRY INTERNATIONAL
It’s 50 years since the late, great Ted Hughes launched Poetry International at the Southbank and this year’s line-up does the former Poet Laureate proud. There are performances from Claudia Rankine (pictured), Yang Lian, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Joy Harjo, Sjón, Choman Hardi and Anne Carson. Inspiring and educational. 13-15 October 2017; Southbank
COMEDY: KERRY GOLDLIMAN TOUR
Laughter, they say, is the best medicine so if you need cheering up now that summer’s coming to an end, Kerry Godliman is one of the finest stand-ups working today. Although best-known as Hannah from Ricky Gervais’ sitcom Derek, it’s live you’ll get the richest flavour of her skills. Kerry Godliman; various dates
MUSIC: DEPECHE MODE
Relive your youth with 80s survivors, pioneers, icons – the list is endless – Depeche Mode. Killer albums, cracking hit singles (I Feel You, Enjoy the Silence, Just Can’t Get Enough and dozens more) and a live presence that stays long after the encore. Unlike many of their contemporaries, the Mode are as defiantly cool as ever. The O2, 22 November 2017.
CULTURE: BALENCIAGA – SHAPING FASHION
Late, great fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga isn’t as well known as, say, Chanel or Versace, but this beautiful V&A exhibition goes a long way to putting that right. It examines his work and legacy, with more than 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’, his protégées and others working in the same innovative tradition. V&A, until 18 February 2018.
THEATRE: THE FERRYMAN
There are two types of people: those who saw Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem, and those who will forever kick themselves. Now here’s Butterworth’s latest, directed by Sam Mendes and with Paddy Considine making his stage debut as an activist turned farmer in 80s Ireland. Theatre at its most soulful and raw. Royal Court Theatre, until 6 January 2018.