The arts and culture everyone is talking about
DINING: IGLOOS ON THE QUAY
Do you dream of being the most-popular person in your group of friends? You don’t? You’re far too secure in yourself? Oh. OK. Well, either way, you can book an igloo at The Sipping Room for you and a group of pals to enjoy canapes and cocktails near Temple.
Until 31 January, 2018. drakeandmorgan.co.uk
COMEDY: SARA PASCOE – LADS LADS LADS
As any fan of the current circuit will attest, Sara Pascoe is one of the best comedians of this – or indeed any – generation. This show, which chronicles the comic’s attempts at singledom following a break-up, is pure Pascoe: clever, thoughtful and riotously funny. A real treat.
15-20 January, Wyndham’s Theatre, ticketmaster.co.uk
WELLBEING: CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER
Is it time you seized the day? What better way than this: Pilates instructor Natalie Clough is hosting a class by the Thames at 8am on 12 December. It’ll be a dynamic 45-minute session followed by 15 minutes of stretching.
Part of London Bridge City’s fourth Christmas By The River which runs until 3 January. asteriapilates.com
THEATRE: THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Ghost Stories proved a smash TV hit with its haunting tales and unpredictable twists. Here is the eagerly awaited live version of the TV show that blazed a trail for all manner of writers and directors who enjoy a chilling twist. Its three tales each promise a surprise finale that will stay with you.
Until 27 January, Almeida Theatre. almeida.co.uk
EXPERIENCE: WINTER AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
If you’re struggling to feel festive, head to Southbank. The Christmas market has a German twist: think Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s more Bavarian moments. While foodies will marvel at the stalls, the sheer power of Yuletide positivity will give you a warm glow you might have been missing.
EXHIBITION: AYURVEDIC MAN – ENCOUNTERS WITH INDIAN MEDICINE
The title and inspiration come from an 18th-century Nepali painting depicting the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. Expect Sanskrit, Persian and Tibetan manuscripts, vibrant gouache paintings, erotic manuals and more.
Wellcome Collection, NW1 16 November – 8 April, 2018.
FILM: FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15)
What happens when an older woman falls for a younger man? Who cares? Love is love. That’s the message of this touching account of the romance between ailing screen icon Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and young actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). Towering performances to make your heart explode.
In cinemas now.
COMEDY: JOHN ROBINS
John’s upcoming tour has used a recent break-up as inspiration for his latest show and, by delving into his past, carved quite a future for himself. He won Best Show in Edinburgh in August and embarks on a UK tour from January. John oozes affable agony in this blackly funny show.
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 January, 2018; Wellcome Collection, Bloomsbury
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.
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
COMEDY: KERRY GODLIMAN 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
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.