October in London 2018

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Mantegna and Bellini

Giovanni Bellini, The Agony in the Garden © The National Gallery, London

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Mantegna and Bellini
Jim Broadbent stars in A Very Very Very Dark Matter
Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera
Frieze Art Fair
Moniker Art Fair
London Cocktail Week
BFI London Film Festival
Living with Buildings
The Cake and Bake Show
Royal Parks Half Marathon
The Ski & Snowboard Show London
Bloc Party
London Restaurant Festival
I'm Not Running
Hannah Perry: Gush
Don Quixote
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
The Other Art Fair


The National Gallery presents the work of Mantegna and Bellini side by side, Tate Modern hosts the first major UK exhibition on artist Anni Albers and Joanna Lumley takes us through her life story. LondonTown lists the best London events taking place during October 2018.

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Mantegna and Bellini

Two great artists of the Italian Renaissance are presented side by side.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 1st October 2018 to 27th January 2019


Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna, two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, who were also related by marriage, are presented side by side at the National Gallery. Through major works of art - paintings, drawings and particularly sculpture, which greatly influenced both - the exhibition compares the work of the two artists. The display centres on their depictions of 'The Agony in the Garden'; Mantegna and Bellini's works have hung side by side in the National Gallery since the late 19th century. From further afield are their paintings of 'The Presentation at the Temple'. Mantegna's version comes from the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin and Bellini's from the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice.


London Cocktail Week

Get £6 cocktails at more than 300 brilliant bars across town.

Old Spitalfields Market, 1 Crispin Place, Covent Garden, London, E1 6DW

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 1st to 7th Oct 2018


Inviting London's cocktail lovers to join in on a big, week-long party, London Cocktail Week is back for 2018 with over 300 bars across town serving a £6 cocktail for anyone wearing a special wristband. But it's not just about cheap mixed drinks, the festival is a chance to try out new bars and take part in tasting sessions, pop-ups events, parties and masterclasses in the art of pouring the perfect concoction. At the heart of the festival is the cocktail village, turning Old Spitalfields Market into a collection of pop-up cocktail bars, experiences and food vendors with bartenders serving ¬£6 signature cocktails and food pairings.


London Restaurant Festival

A month-long, mouthwatering array of foodie events.


Various Venues Dates: 1st to 31st October 2018


All-encompassing food affair the London Restaurant Festival returns for its 10th anniversary in 2018, bringing a month-long, mouthwatering array of foodie events to the capital. The annual event takes place during October and incorporates a line-up of the world's top chefs and over 400 restaurants around London. This year's event is centred around the international nature of London's restaurant industry with a focus on ten chosen cuisines that have contributed to making London the culinary capital of the world. Each of the cuisines will be represented by one of the world's best chefs, including Bill Granger, who will fly in from Australia for the occasion; Michelin-starred husband and wife Dylan Jones and Duangporn 'Bo' Songvisava from Bo.Lan in Bangkok, who will team up with som saa; and one of the world's most decorated female chefs Anne-Sophie Pic who holds seven Michelin-stars and will be hosting a dinner at La Dame De Pic. This year's event will also feature chef-hosted events for the first time along with a series of Ultimate Gastronomic Weekends and several other brand new events.


Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera

Cuban artist best known for her politically-engaged projects gets free reign with Tate's Turbine Hall.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 2nd October 2018 to 24th February 2019


Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has been chosen as the next artist to create a site specific art work for Tate's whopping Turbine Hall for the high profile Hyundai Commission. Best known for her politically-engaged projects, she previously brought two mounted police officers into the Turbine Hall using them to provoke debate around crowd control. More recently, Bruguera was at Tate Modern in 2012 with her ongoing project, Immigrant Movement International, when visitors had to pass a lie detector test based on UK immigration questions.


Carlos Acosta - A Celebration

Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta celebrates 30 years as a professional dancer.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Oct 2018


Following his retirement from classical ballet in 2016, Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta returns to celebrate 30 years as a professional dancer, performing a mixed bill at the Royal Albert Hall from 2nd to 5th October 2018. During three decades he has danced with some of the world's most exciting companies (the Bolshoi in Moscow, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, English National Ballet and The Royal Ballet). The programme includes the UK premieres of Christopher Bruce's Rooster including songs recorded by The Rolling Stones and Alrededor no hay nada by Goyo Montero, together with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's critically acclaimed Mermaid, and a reworked version of Acosta's Carmen.


I'm Not Running

Doctor Foster actress Sian Brooke stars in the world premiere of David Hare's new play.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 2nd October 2018 to 31st January 2019


The world premiere of David Hare's new play I'm Not Running stars a strong cast which includes Doctor Foster actress Sian Brooke, Alex Hassell and Joshua McGuire. The lead actress will be familiar to most from her TV role in Doctor Foster - a part written especially for her by playwright Mike Bartlett - as well as her appearance in Sherlock in which she played the famous detective's younger sister, Eurus Holmes. In this National Theatre production she takes on the role of Pauline Gibson who has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she's faced with an agonising decision. It's billed as "the history of a twenty year intimate friendship and its public repercussions".


Frieze Art Fair

Over 160 of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world come together.

Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 3rd to 7th Oct 2018


London's best known contemporary art fair, Frieze returns to Regent's Park for its 16th edition with over 160 of the most highly respected contemporary art galleries in the world brought together. The most accessible part, the free-to-view Sculpture Park found in the English Gardens of Regent's Park, displays 25 works by leading 20th-century artists. Performance art, talks, specially commissioned art works and curated exhibitions are all part of the fair, most of which is packed into a vast temporary structure in the park with work by around 1,000 contemporary artists crammed in. A combined ticket gets you into sister fair, Frieze Masters, a showcase of Old Masters and art up to the 20th century. The two fairs form the heart of Frieze Week, when galleries and museums across London put onspecial exhibitions and there's a glut of art fairs including Moniker, The Other Art Fair and PAD London.


Hannah Perry: Gush

This major exhibition explores mental and emotional health.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 3rd October to 4th November 2018


This October, Somerset House hosts a major UK solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Perry. Titled Gush, the new exhibition explores mental and emotional health, showcasing a diverse body of new work. Visitors will see everything from large-scale dynamic sculptures to immersive sound and film pieces. Central to the exhibition is an immersive film created using a custom rigged 360-degree camera built by Perry. The film surrounds viewers with the contorted, continuously shifted movement of bodies and immerses them with a narration of fragmented spoken word that ebbs and flows with the images.


The Other Art Fair

The art fair owned by online gallery Saatchi Art is a completely unstuffy art experience.

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Spitalfields, London, WC1B 4DA

Tube: Holborn Station , Russell Square Station


Dates: 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Oct 2018


A playful, psychedelic entrance installation by artist and illustrator Hattie Stewart welcomes visitors to The Other Art Fair which takes over two central London locations during Frieze Week, the busiest week in the UK's art calendar. The fair - which is owned by online gallery Saatchi Art - returns to Bloomsbury's historic Victoria House and presents a new programme at The College at Old Central St Martins across the road on Southampton Row. All artists have been chosen by a committee of experts making it "worth visiting to truffle out emerging painters" (Financial Times). Femme Fatale Tattoo Studio create a pop-up hand poke tattoo studio, Farmstand host a pop up restaurant and Soho Radio curates the music. With more than one thousand pieces starting at £50 as well as many arty events such as curated walks and live music, this is a completely unstuffy art experience.


Moniker Art Fair

Moniker shows the international scope of street art in a 30,000 square foot warehouse space.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Oct 2018


One of the three big London art fairs in the capital during Frieze Week in October, Moniker Art Fair shows the international scope of street art and beyond. For its 10th edition Moniker takes up residence in the Old Truman Brewery, a 30,000 square foot space which makes it the largest contemporary art fair with its roots in urban culture. There's room for 40 gallery stands from the likes of Stolen Space, RISE and Jealous Gallery here in the UK as well as international galleries like Thinkspace Gallery from California, Station16 Gallery from Montreal and Gallery Itinerrance from France. While Frieze showcases established names, Moniker champions emerging talent.


Living with Buildings

Revealing how the structures that surround us contribute to our mental and physical health.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 4th October 2018 to 3rd March 2019


Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners have created a clinic especially commissioned for Wellcome Collection's major autumn exhibition, Living with Buildings. Taking over two galleries, this multi-storey exhibition will explore the pivotal role of design and urban planning in human health. On the first floor, visitors will be able to see the 'live build' of the mobile clinic, developed for and with Doctors of the World. The ground floor display features more than 100 objects, including the work of artists and photographers like Giles Round, Andreas Gursky and Rachel Whiteread, revealing how the structures that surround us contribute to our mental and physical health.


The Cake and Bake Show

The Great British Bake Off tent becomes a stage at this delicious day out.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, Earls Court, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th October 2018


The Cake and Bake Show has all the ingredients needed for a delicious day out. With new celebrity chefs and baking shows constantly bursting onto the scene, and the phenomenal success of The Great British Bake Off, baking has become more popular than ever. Bringing The Great British Bake Off television series to life, the tent becomes a stage at the Excel Centre where some of the stars from the current GBBO series as well as former champions give demos. The day will also offer an array of tempting and tasty features as well as star speakers. You can also enter the cake competition, showcase your skills and put your cake creation in front of a high profile panel of judges as well as thousands of visitors.


A Very Very Very Dark Matter

Jim Broadbent stars as Hans Christian Andersen in Martin McDonagh's new play.

The Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 10th October to 29th December 2018


Revered children's author Hans Christian Andersen, played by Jim Broadbent, harbours a dark secret in the attic of his Copenhagen townhouse. A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre reveals the secret which he has kept hidden from millions of his adoring readers in Martin McDonagh's new play, a dark and twisted comedy drama which will, no doubt, draw comparisons to his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman. Directed by Matthew Dunster who previously brought McDonagh's Hangmen to the stage at the Royal Court. NOTE: Contains strong language, sexual references, violence and scenes people may find disturbing.


BFI London Film Festival

Red carpet razzmatazz and over 350 film screenings as Hollywood comes to town.

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 10th to 21st October 2018


London rolls out the red carpet for the BFI London Film Festival in October, with a wealth of A-list stars stepping out for premieres of their films. Already confirmed for this year's programme, the 62nd edition, is the world premiere of Peter Jackson's new film, restored and colourised from footage shot during the First World War, co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums. As well as the glitzy red carpet glamour and opening gala razzmatazz there are events for everyone at the festival, from informal post-screening Q&As to films for families and from guest appearances to workshops and masterclasses as well as over 350 film screenings.


Anni Albers

The first major UK museum exhibition of the artist's work this century.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 11th October 2018 to 27th January 2019


In 2018, Tate Modern presents this century's first major UK museum exhibition of the work of Anni Albers. One of the world's leading textile artists and a significant figure at the Bauhaus, Albers was influential but also under appreciated, making this full-scale retrospective a good opportunity to showcase her contribution to modern art and design. Like other women at Bauhaus, Albers was barred from becoming a painter so instead focused on textiles as her means of expression, rising to prominence with her exploration of the technical limits of hand-weaving. A pioneer in the field, she found used innovative processes to create art from woven fabric. This full-scale retrospective brings together the most important examples of her work, from small-scale creations to wall hangings.


Royal Parks Half Marathon

16,000 runners pass through four of central London's best loved parks.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: Sunday 14th October 2018


The Royal Parks Half Marathon sees 16,000 runners passing through four of central London's best loved parks, an iconic stretch of the Thames and some of the capital's most famous landmarks. What's more, at 13.1 miles, it's a manageable run for those still daunted by the colossal feat of a full marathon. Starting and finishing in a wonderfully autumnal Hyde Park, runners pass Buckingham Palace, St James's Park and the Houses of Parliament before following the river to Blackfriars Bridge and back. The next leg takes them under both Admiralty and Wellington Arch, through Green Park, all around Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (through avenues of beautiful autumnal trees) before passing the Royal Albert Hall and across the finish line. As much fun for spectators as the runners themselves.


Jorja Smith

The Brits Critics Choice award winner ends her biggest tour to date.

O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Wednesday 17th October 2018


Brits Critics Choice award winner Jorja Smith ends her biggest tour to date with a one-night-only gig at O2 Brixton Academy. Her star is certainly on the rise with a sold-out UK tour and new single 'Let Me Down' earning the young vocalist glowing reviews across the board. Jorja has supported mega-star Bruno Mars, she's collaborated with Drake and in 2018 she's also appearing as part of Somerset House Summer Series. Since releasing 'Blue Lights' - "a fantastically introspective and clever piece of songwriting" (NME) - Jorja has released the classically inspired 'A Prince' which featured the vocal talents of Maverick Sabre and then the soulful Cadenza produced 'Where Did I Go?' which Drake proclaimed was his favourite track of the moment in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.


Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Browse and buy art and take part in a Frida Kahlo inspired self-portrait masterclass.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Oct 2018


A diverse line-up of artists display an array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair, which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene. It's an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, ranging from £100 to £6,000. This year you can take part in a self-portrait masterclass inspired by the blockbuster Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Thursday Late View, discover upcycling techniques and explore the trend for terrariums. Central St Martins Short Courses will be offering still life workshops and Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon CBE showcases limited editions of his abstract works. A fun, family day out, the art fair is accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious.


Guys and Dolls

Adrian Lester, Jason Manford and Clive Rowe star in a semi-staged version of the classic musical comedy.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October 2018


Adrian Lester, Jason Manford and Clive Rowe - reprising his Olivier Award-winning role - star in a semi-staged version of the classic musical comedy, Guys and Dolls, staged for just three performances this October at the Royal Albert Hall. Directed and choreographed by Stephen Mear, it also features Joe Stilgoe, Meow Meow and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. This New York tale of gamblers, gangsters, nightclub singers and one missionary features some of Broadway's greatest show-stoppers, including Luck Be a Lady, Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat and My Time of Day. With such a strong cast this feel-good show is sure to be a sell-out success.



A celebration of rum with launches, masterclasses and Tiki Thursday.

ILEC Conference Centre - Ibis London Earls Court, 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD

Tube: West Brompton Station


Dates: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018


RumFest, the UK's largest celebration of rum, returns for its 12th year in 2018. Taking place at ILEC Conference Centre in Earls Court, the festival is a celebration of rum and its growing popularity. There will be more than 400 rums to sample, savour and purchase, including access to ultra-premium and rare rums. There will also be the opportunity to take part in seminars and master classes conducted by industry experts including Ian Burrell, RumFest founder, who'll be leading a tasting on both days, showcasing five rare and expensive rums with a combined retail value of £1,500. This year for the first time London Rum Week, a week-long celebration of rum, takes place at bars all over the capital the week before RumFest,from 15th until 21st October.


At Last: The Etta James Story

A show about the soul legend and her turbulent life.

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October 2018


Telling the story of soul legend Etta James, Vika Bull stars in this narrative concert about the blues singer and her turbulent life. Since its world premiere in Melbourne in 2013 At Last - The Etta James Story has packed out theatres in Australia and New Zealand, including three seasons at The Sydney Opera House. Having wowed British audiences in 2017, Vika and the Essential R&B Band start a 23 date visit, with two finale shows at London's Cadogan Hall on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The show features some of her best loved songs including Tell Mama, Something's Got A Hold On Me and her signature song At Last.



Bono and the band are back with a new arena production staged in the round.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Tuesday 23rd October 2018


Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr are back on the road with their eXPERIENCE iNNOCENCE Tour, which comes to The O2 on Tuesday 23rd October 2018. The Irish quartet are so huge there will never be an end to their commercial success and there's no debating that U2 put on a tremendous live show. A sequel to the 2015 tour which saw "U2 reinvent the arena show" (Rolling Stone), this new arena production is staged in the round and features multiple performance areas. If you saw 'U2 at the BBC' with Cat Deeley, when the band performed an intimate gig at Abbey Road Studios, you'll want to see this.



London's first comprehensive retrospective of the artist for 40 years.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 24th October 2018 to 24th February 2019


Tate Britain presents London's first comprehensive retrospective of Edward Burne-Jones in 40 years, showcasing 150 of his works in a wide range of media. The last, and arguably the most romantic, of the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones was one of the art world's leading figures of the European fin de siecle and a pioneer of the symbolist movement. Offering a parallel universe based on myth, legend and the Bible, he disengaged from the modern world and often challenged society. Through a display of paintings, stained glass and tapestry, this exhibition will show how he worked with a wide range of materials to pioneer a radical new approach to narrative in his works.


Bloc Party

The band plays their seminal debut album live and in full.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: Wednesday 24th October 2018


Thirteen years after Silent Alarm was released to widespread critical acclaim, Bloc Party will play their seminal debut album live and in full for the first time at handful of special shows across six European capital cities, culminating with one night at Alexandra Palace on Wednesday 24th October. Achieving multi-platinum sales and earning Bloc Party a Mercury Prize nomination, the album has since been heralded as one of the most influential and important of the decade by Pitchfork, Q, Newsweek, Spin, Complex and Clash, and was named it as one of the best albums of all time by NME.



Big celebration of blues music expands to four nights for the first time in 2018.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Oct 2018


John Fogerty and the Steve Miller Band perform on the opening night of BluesFest which returns to The O2 this October, expanding to four nights for the first time. Grammy-winning Fogerty is set to perform Creedence Clearwater Revival in a greatest hits set at his first UK headline show for 10 years while the Steve Miller Band plays its first UK show since 2012; both will be their only UK shows of the year. The four-night festival takes over all areas of The O2 complex, including the 14,000-capacity Arena and Indigo at The O2, filling the stadium with brilliant blues and legends of rock 'n' roll.


The Ski & Snowboard Show London

Marvel at the pros' impressive stunts on the 50 foot real-snow slope, Mount Battersea.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, Earls Court, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th Oct 2018


Taking place during the October half term, the Ski & Snowboard Show has something to entice all skiers, from first timers to seasoned pros. Visitors to the show in Battersea Park get the chance to get up close and personal with the stars of the ski and snowboard scene and marvel at their impressive stunts on Mount Battersea - a 50ft real-snow kicker. As well as all the latest gear and winter gadgets to buy, there's an ice skating rink, late night apres ski on the Friday and Saturday, live music, comedy, all sorts of Alpine food - from crepes to tartiflette - as well as screenings of some of the best ski films.


Natural History Museum Ice Rink

One of London's most popular festive ice rinks returns for another year.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 25th October 2018 to 6th January 2019


The earliest of London's winter ice rinks to open, the Natural History Museum's annual icing-over of its gardens kicks off from 25th October. The 1,000 square metre rink outside Alfred Waterhouse's imposing building is surrounded by 80,000 glowing pea-lights dangling from the overhanging trees and a sparkling 30 foot Christmas tree. Additional attractions include a smaller 100-square-metre rink for youngsters and a stylish balcony cafe/bar when you can warm your hands and insides on hot chocolate. Big-foots amongst you will be pleased to know that skates go up to adult size 15, while penguin skate aids are available for £5 on a first come first served basis.


Don Quixote

David Threlfall and Rufus Hound reprise their roles in James Fenton's music-filled production for the RSC.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 27th October 2018 to 2nd February 2019


David Threlfall, best known as Frank Gallagher in Channel 4's Shameless, and Rufus Hound reprise their roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in James Fenton's "lovely, music-filled production" (The Guardian) of Cervantes' classic novel which originally premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company's home in Stratford-upon-Avon in spring 2016. Miguel de Cervantes' novel tells the famous, farcical story of a deluded knight accompanied by his faithful squire. Threlfall is "the almost perfect" knight says Dominic Cavendish reviewing the original production for the Telegraph. The RSC production "does profound, joyous justice" to Cervantes's great work says the Financial Times: five stars.


Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me

The actress and comedian takes us through her life story.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 29th October 2018


The 'Absolutely Fabulous' actress and comedian, Joanna Lumley, who first came onto our screens as Purdey in the New Avengers in 1976, takes us through her life story which started in London in the swinging '60s. Beginning as Jean Muir's house model and muse, she moved on to proper modelling before her acting career started, landing her roles in Coronation Street, On the Buses, Dracula and as a brainwashed Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. But for a whole generation, she will always be known as Patsy. Before the 30 date tour started Joanna said, "Nothing like this has come my way before, and I may have to be dragged off with a hook at the end of each show... I think it will be fabulous."

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