UCLU Dance Society present an amateur production Unknown In association with UCLU Stage Crew Society DISCOVER IT. EXPLORE IT. WIN IT. What is it like living in a world where dancing does not exist? Where people lack passion, energy and motivation? Imagine delving into an unknown land which is a stark contrast to your dull and monotonous world. What if one day you discover a secret door which leads you to this unknown dancing wonderland; a world full of potential, passionate people, dancing creatures, and life. A world of powerful contrasts, of light and dark, a land of energy and colours, a land where everything is possible. Unknown is a performance-journey through a mysterious land, where bizarre, extraordinary, unique people and creatures live. It is a performance-journey through the four elements of earth, water, fire, air, and through landscapes and dimensions beyond any expected reality; It is a journey through life. Because... when life’s rhythm leads you to a door, then take the risk and open it! Don’t be afraid of the unknown. A dancing show about finding the power to change your life; about turning a monotonous world into a world where people live, dream and act. Tickets: £10, £8 concessions, £5 UCL (booking fee £2.50 per transaction)
UCLU Music Society present University College Opera's production of The Snowmaiden A Rimsky-Korsakov masterpiece, The Snowmaiden was his favourite opera, and the fruit of a mature talent rather than juvenilia or a bottom-drawer curiosity. The intensity of its Russian character has heretofore discouraged production outside Russia but we are far too brave to let that deter us! The opera is boisterous, raunchy and quirky - including a Chorus of Birds and a Chorus of Flowers, among a myriad of Russian peasantry and nobility, the odd scarecrow, wood-goblins, blind zither-players and many more colourful characters. We present a pagan, pre-Christian world where nature is the real ruler. This is a world première of a new English translation by our director, making the piece more accessible to a wider audience. Tickets: £25, £17 concessions, £9 UCL (booking fee £2.50 per transaction)
As seen on BBC1's Live At The Apollo, star of his own BBC Radio 4 series How Did We End Up Like This? Andrew Lawrence presents his latest stand-up show of all new material. "Anyone who gives this spikily inventive performer the time of day will realise they're in the presence of an A-list talent." The Guardian
After last year's sold out celebration of the life of the great Vivian Stanshall at the Bloomsbury, in 2014 we pick up where last year's show left off, exploring the many realms of creativity Vivian ventured into post-Bonzos entitled One Night Stanshall. The evening will comprise a complete performance of Vivian's Meisterwerk Sir Henry at Rawlinson End performed by Michael Livesley and also performances of many of Vivian's songs by a super-group of Vivian's musical collaborators such as Neil Innes, Rick Wakeman, Danny Thompson, John Halsey, Jim Cuomo, Susie Honeyman and John Megginson. It promises to be an unmissable evening of jaw-dropping entertainment!
Benefit to Support "Stand Up On Everest". On 4th October 2014 Mount Everest Base Camp will play host to "Stand up on Everest" at 5365m above sea level. Rhys Darby, Stewart Francis, Craig Campbell, Glenn Wool Simon Evans and Terry Alderton, will be joined by up to fifty eager fans on a gruelling nine day trek high into the Nepal Himalaya. At Base Camp they will perform on a purpose built stage to their fellow trekkers and any climbers awaiting their turn to summit the World’s highest mountain. More details www.standuponeverest.co.uk
With Loretta Maine and Jay Foreman. Now in it's sixth year, the The WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards has grown in stature to become an annual fixture in the comedy calendar and the place to see the UK's finest up and coming musical comedians alongside some of the best established acts of the genre on the circuit.
Bright Club, the comedy night where UCL researchers try their hand at stand up comedy, is back at the Bloomsbury Theatre to celebrate our fifth anniversary (FIVE YEARS!). A lot can happen in 5 years, so with 10 of the best Bright Club performers from UCL and around the country and supported by 3 incredibly brilliant comedians, we will be talking all things change.
The War on Want Comedy Gig is back with its seventh annual comedy fundraiser and this year's line up is shaping up to be more amazing than ever! Top class comedians supporting the charity include the "brilliantly funny" Stand Up for the Week star Angela Barnes; Cutting Edge team member and co-creator/writer of No Pressure to be Funny Alistair Barrie; The Now Show and Just A Minute regular Marcus Brigstocke; legendary alternative stand-up comedian Arnold Brown; Actor and comedian of stage and screen Kevin Eldon; Comic master Stewart Lee; "sharp satirist and superb comic" and co-creator of topical satire podcast No Pressure to be Funny Nick Revell; Brilliant comedian and political activist Kate Smurthwaite.
Following his critically acclaimed smash hit Edinburgh shows and national tours in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 award-winning comedian Terry Alderton is back on tour! As seen on Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre's Roadshow, Dave's One Night Stand, the Sun's 'Comedian Of The Year’ will astound and amaze with 'Seasons 1-4'. Terry will treat the audience to roller-coaster ride through his greatest hits. No two shows are the same as he delves into his substantial catalogue of extraordinary nonsense and absolute mayhem. A spellbinding combination of noises, the voices, the shoes, incredible physicality and a mind-blowing insight into the inner workings of a fantastic comedy mind. Winner of Three Weeks critics awards and twice Best International Act by the New Zealand Comedy Comedy Guild. Terry is quite simply the most exciting live act working in comedy today!
Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), Hal is being strongly tipped as the next big thing. Footballers, Facebook and food are just three of the topics Hal devours with his unique mix of camp and straight, warm and catty humour.
Back at the Bloomsbury after his final run of 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People, Robin's latest show prods into the human mind. What have we learnt about this "blooming, buzzing confusion" that confronts us when we enter the world? A rapid fire tour through what it is to have a human brain using his own shoddy one as an example. Robin is host of the Sony Gold award winning Infinite Monkey Cage, three times Chortle award winner, Time Out award for Outstanding Achievement and British Comedy Award nominee for Best Live Show.
A rendition, from the new volume of animal-life verse with this title, including very wide-screen showings of the author's own drawings of camel, parrot and guillemots. Also excerpts from Keats House Residency: John Keats once sword-fenced with celery. A meditation on this and a reading of short story 'Stanley's Stick' (not of celery) with world premiere of the sequel.
After sorting out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock) Herring returns to tackles the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures? Death is inevitable, so let's laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached. "A solid hour of big laughs" Chortle The show on Friday 23rd May will be filmed for DVD.
Having performed around the world including recent stops in Italy, Spain, Japan and the United Arab Emirates the Imagination Movers are making their long-awaited UK debut, bringing their wildly popular live concerts to England for the first time. This is the only planned concert in the UK so don't miss it!
A comedy benefit for the British Humanist Association in advance of this year's World Humanist Congress, in Oxford 8-10th August, hosted by Stewart Lee (BBC2's Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle). Stand-up from Richard Herring (Have I Got News For You?), Robin Ince (Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage),Shappi Khorsandi (BBC1's Live At The Apollo), Lucy Porter (Have I Got News For You?), and Paul Sinha (Comedy Central's Alternative Comedy Experience).
Museums Showoff is the cabaret-style night where people who work in and love museums reveal behind-the-scenes stories and intriguing insights into their work. Come and hear curators, conservators, volunteers and visitors give the low down on museum life! This event is part of Universities Week 2014. www.universitiesweek.org.uk
After a sell out show to mark their launch in 2013, The Arts Emergency Service is back as Josie Long curates TWO NIGHTS of comedy and curiosity at The Bloomsbury Theatre this June. "legendary Arts Emergency gig" Viv Groskop, The Independent "Good show, good cause" Michael Deacon, The Telegraph "Sometimes if you want something to exist, you have to invent it yourself" Josie Long, Arts Emergency