Things to Do in 2014 from To Do List

Things to Do in 2014 from To Do List

Christmas Is Over – Long Live 2014!

Stuffed full of festive food and wondering what the hell to do next? Well, fear not you lovely turkey-filled people of London for To Do List is coming to the rescue with THE list of things to do in 2014!

Whether it’s Theatre, Cabaret, Circus, Comedy, Festivals, Films or Exhibitions, we’ve got it covered! 100% guaranteed, these are the best things to do in 2014… unless you think you know better? Let us know what you’re looking forward to in 2014 by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page – we’ll add the best ideas to the article!

Theatre

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A Streetcar Named Desire (Young Vic); Privacy (Donmar Warehouse); LIFT Festival

A new adaptation of the classic George Orwell dystopian novel. If it’s anywhere near as good as the Almeida’s 2013 hits (including Chimerica and American Psycho), this will be amazing. Book Now

We can’t wait to see Agent Scully Gillian Anderson taking on the landmark role of Blanche DuBois in this classic Tennessee Williams play. Book Now

  • LIFT Festival 2014 | June 2-29 | Various Locations

The full programme is to be announced in February, but so far we love the look of Testament, an audacious show from German Collective She She Pop. The show fuses  music, family history, dance, film and the text of King Lear to look at how the ageing process changes the nature of relationships between parents and children, performed by  three women and their fathers.

A new play by James Graham exploring how governments and corporations collect and use our personal information, and what that means for our security, our identity and our future. A cautionary tale. Book Now

The brand-new, old-school Sam Wanamaker Playhouse launches, with a programme including The Duchess of MalfiThe Malcontent, a four concert series curated by John Williams and more. Book Now

One of our favourite films of the 90’s gets the stage treatment. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, this romantic comedy promises to transport audiences back to Shakespeare’s London, teeming with characters, music and dance. Book Now

  • Spring Cook Up Season | Battersea Arts Centre | Spring 2014

Battersea Arts Centre is exploding with new talent including Ballad of the Burning Star: ‘Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas, an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love’. Other highlights include 33 by Wardrobe Ensemble, Karaoke by Sleepwalk Collective & I Wish I Was Lonely. Book Now

This new musical at the Hampstead Theatre explores the early life of Ray Davies & the rise to stardom of The Kinks – with music and lyrics by the man himself. Book Now

The UK premiere of the Tony Award winning musical, set in a city of the future that has been inflicted with a terrible drought, and where business tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell has made his fortune through bribery and the monopolization of all public toilets! Book Now

Cabaret, Circus & Comedy

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Tim Key (Arcola Tent); CircusFest 2014 (Roundhouse); Katherine Ryan (Soho Theatre)

Circa, one of the best contemporary circus companies in the world, returns to the Barbican with its largest-ever staging – set to three beautiful Shostakovich string quartets. Book Now

CircusFest returns to the Roundhouse, and this year the festivities include a packed programme of top new large-scale circus & studio theatre events, a pop-up tent & a take part weekend – so you can run away to the circus too! Book Now

A fun-filled spectacle that promises fun for all the family – and featuring the world’s most dangerous circus act, the legendary motorcycle Globe of Death, for the first time live on stage in the UK. Book Now

Women make us laugh. Ok? Soho Theatre hosts some of the funniest women around, including Shappi KhorsandiBridget ChristieKatherine Ryan, Catriona KnoxAisling Bea and more! Book Now

  • The New Wave | The Invisible Dot | January 16, February 17, March 13 | £8

Always the newest, most interesting comedy comes from the Invisible Dot and the New Wave this year promises great things including work in progress from Miles Jupp, Live at the Chapel with Bridget Christie and much more. Book Now

  • Tim Key: Single White Slut | Arcola Tent | March 10-22 | £20

The masterslut himself wades back into the Arcola Tent, bringing his unique brand of poetry and offbeat insight into life, love, loss and possibly owls. Book Now

Festivals

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Field Day; VAULT Festival; OnBlackheath
  • Artrocker – New Blood | Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen | January 7 – 16 | Entry to all performances for £20

Next generation noise from the ultimate new music mag Artrocker. Check out the full programme here

Discover what it means to be a man today with a programme of Q&A sessions, talks, keynotes and presentations, which ask provocative questions about manhood from fatherhood, gang culture and porn addiction, to why, and whether, men like gaming, cars and football. Contributors include Billy Bragg, Larry Harvey of Burning Man, Nick Hornby, Akala, Jon Snow, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Michael Kaufman of White Ribbon Campaign, Baaba Maal, Grayson Perry and Simon Armitage.

Headliners Metronomy & Pixies are getting us excited about this hip East London spectacular in Victoria Park.

This year’s celebration of mime, physical theatre & puppetry includes the visual theatre maestro Philippe Genty, neo-flamenco, a piece which takes you into the centre of a hurricane. Check out the full programme for an inspiring way to start 2014

On Blackheath is a long-awaited festival for South East London, which has been in the planning since 2011 but finally has a license. Rumour has it that John Lewis is the headline sponsor, and music should be family-friendly, indie-style affair – line-up to be announced.

Roundhouse Rising returns in February with four days of live music, networking sessions, music industry panels, Q&As, creative projects, workshops, music technology, masterclasses and more.

Totally Serialized is back, with cult series (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, The Returned), the latest and best TV shows on the big screen (UK premiere of Mad Fat Diary Season 2), Q&As, masterclasses, marathons… and even a zombie party!

Comedy, circus and cabaret take over London’s Southbank – expect a headline circus show in the London Wonderground and some great comedy events in the big purple cow.

Hurrah, those salubrious tunnels under Waterloo will be bursting with a 6 week multi-arts festival. Highlights include a new theatre production of  ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and incredible groundbreaking new theatre, comedy & artwork every night.

Film

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John Waters FILFTH FEST; Dallas Buyers Club; Muppets Most Wanted

Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker – a vast improvement on Tobey Maguire in our book. Hopefully, a fab sequel will erase the Sam Raimi trilogy from our memories for good.

  • Dallas Buyers Club | UK: February 7

Potential Oscard-fodder, but no less good for it. The McCon-naissance continues, as Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, an electrician and rodeo cowboy who works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Uplifting stuff.

Streep. Sondheim. Depp. Ok, so we’re not such big Johnny Depp fans. But this film adaptation of the hit stage musical should be a mega-hit, with Chicago director Rob Marshal at the helm.

Moonrise Kingdom was one of our favourite films of 2012. Now Wes Anderson returns with a story involving the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune – starring more amazing actors than you could shake a BAFTA at.

  • John Waters FILTH FEST | Islington Metal Works | March 29

Possibly our favourite director of all time is celebrated in this 12-hour film marathon at Islington Metal Works, hosted by Amy Grimehouse. Expect pure filth.

The third annual LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, featuring the World Premiere of Benny and Jolene, two selections of new comedy short films, the LOCO Discovery Award for a new British feature without distribution, plus loads more!

After the success of their 2011 return to cinema, The Muppets return for a global tour, only to become unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine — the World’s Number One Criminal who just happens to be a dead ringer for none other than Kermit The Frog.

Exhibitions & New Attractions

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Vikings (British Museum); ArcelorMittal Orbit; Derek Jarman: Pandemonium

An immersive exhibition celebrating the life and work of arguably one of the most important creatives of his generation. Painter, filmmaker, set designer, diarist, poet, gardener, activist – Jarman makes the rest of us seem like lazy layabouts.

  • Martin Creed | Hayward Gallery | January 29 – April 27 | £11

The winner of the 2001 Turner Prize is celebrated in this exhibition which explores 25 years of Martin Creed genre-defying art.

That red spiral-y thing in the Olympic Park re-opens to the public – grab your chance to take in some amazing views, and explore the newly re-opened park.

The latest blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum, which should tickle the fancy of anyone who remembers the Vikings as the interesting part of school History. Yes, there will be lots of coins and jewellery, hoards, amulets and religious images – but more importantly: SWORDS AND AXES! Book Now

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.