Unmissable Things To Do in London in 2019
2018 Is Dead, Long Live 2019!
Regardless of all the politics and shit – or maybe as a two-fingers up to it all – 2019 is looking set to be a great year for cabaret, circus, theatre, comedy, festivals, exhibitions, food, fun and frolics galore! So get stuck in, and remember – it’s going to be alright in the end!
Peaches Christ’s Drag Becomes Her | Soho Theatre & Leicester Square Theatre | 13 May – 1 June | Times Vary | From £26
A drag race all-star line up presents a drag parody of campfest ‘Death Becomes Her’.
Our Edinburgh Fringe 2018 festival favourites are back with their rib-tickling tale of ‘cultural regeneration’.
An exhibition exploring melancholy’s causes and cures, in a fantastic hidden gem of a museum in Beckenham.
Delve deeper into the playful immersive world of Eliasson from indoor rainbow to a pop up vegetarian art canteen.
Image: Olafur Eliasson Your spiral view 2002 Installation view at Foundation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, 2002 © Olafur Eliason Photo: Jens Ziehe Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany
This groundbreaking visual art exhibition charts the electrifying history of cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern art across the world, from turn of the century Vienna to Nigeria’s Mbari clubs of the 1960s.
Image: Erna Schmidt-Caroll, ‘Chansonette (Singer)’, c. 1928. Pastel crayon on paper. Credit: Private collection. © Estate Erna Schmidt-Caroll
Welcome to the Forest | Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road & Lloyd Park | 11-13 January | 6-9:30pm | FREE
Waltham Forest launches its year of culture fiesta with this slightly mysterious event. Hopefully more details will be announced soon…
Sadly no Lumiere London this year, but this annual free light art festival is no disappointment – it’s the perfect remedy for the dark misery of January.
A scratch musical theatre festival with such eclectic and intriguing themes as Murder She Wrote, porn and coming out in high school (But I’m a Cheerleader!).
A must visit for cat-lovers, featuring cat-related products, books, cat films, an art show, live music, cat-themed cocktails and vegan street food.
Chaos Walking | From 1 March
Patrick Ness’s superior YA trilogy gets the big-screen treatment, in what is intended as the first in a three-film series. Tom Holland plays Todd Hewitt, brought up on a world where women have been killed off and where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. Daisy Ridley is the mysterious girl whose arrival suggests Todd’s world view is about to change a great deal…
Back To The Future gets the live orchestra treatment at the Royal Festival Hall – all the more rewarding as there’s little to no chance you’ll be seeing a reboot or prequel in cinemas any time soon..
Knives Out | From 29 November
There’s not a lot of information about this mystery crime film from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, but a return to Earth with a cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer should deserve a prime-award season release date.
‘Love and Betrayal. Tenderness and Rage. Crime and Home. Adventure and Ageing. Los Angeles behind the mask.’
A Singaporean start-up is firefighting a PR nightmare, delving into the thorny issues of public opinion and race online.
And The Rest Of Me Floats | Bush Theatre | 20 February – 16 March | 7:30pm (2:30pm Matinees) | From £10
‘Performers from across the trans, non-binary, and queer communities weave together autobiographical performance, movement, pop songs, stand-up and dress-up in this anarchic celebration of gender expression and identity.’
Prison ain’t all Orange is the New Black, as this show – featuring actors who’ve been in prison – can attest.
Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of the weird stories of The Twilight Zone transfers to the West End.
Malorie Blackman’s classic dystopian tale of a divided world is adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz for its theatre debut.
A superstar cast including Sharon D. Clarke (Caroline or Change, Ghost, Amen Corner) and Clive Rowe (Guys and Dolls, Carousel) lead this stomping concert of the blues.
‘Part interactive performance, part dating agency, Binaural Dinner Date invites genuine applications from individuals looking for love, or existing couples who simply want a very different dating experience.’.
Picadilly Circus’s former hotspot. The Trocadero, looks to return as the kooky fun palace that once was with the arrival of the Crystal Maze live experience.
A late night chance to experiece Matt Tedford’s divine comedy creation inspired by the Iron Lady. Expect 80s classics, lipsync battles and cabaret interludes. Perfect for Brexit Day misery-busting.
‘Bent London troublemakers Duckie celebrate the legacy of Leytonstone’s feisty home gal Fanny Cradock as post-war pop culture, style, food, gender politics and aspiration combine in this very queer celebration of a real British icon.’