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Top reviews

  • Exotic animals and peculiar stories in new book The Georgian Menagerie ★★★★☆
  • Flamboyant and daring, Briefs Boys are more boylesque than burlesque ★★★★☆
  • Double R Club eschews happy-clappy cabaret for a David Lynch-inspired experience ★★★☆☆
  • A different look at apartheid-era South Africa, in My Children! My Africa! ★★★★☆
  • Hetty Feather is touching, acrobatic and great for kids ★★★★☆
  • Al fresco Pinocchio is anything but wooden ★★★★★

Intoxication, addiction and facing reality at the National Theatre


Coming to National Theatre from 25 August, People, Places and Things follows Emma. Once upon a time she was having the time of her life, but intoxication and reality aren't easy bedfellows. The first step to sobriety? Admitting she has a problem, but that's a big ask when reality is always one step ahead.

Written by Duncan Macmillan (1984), directed by Headlong's Jeremy Herrin (The Nether, Wolf Hall) and with music from electronic music pioneer Matthew Herbert, this co-production with Headlong and the National Theatre battles the reality of intoxication at the National's Dorfman Theatre. Tickets available to purchase online from £15.

This week’s Best of Londonist is sponsored by National Theatre.

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ROMEO AND JULIET: Watch Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film adaptation of literature's most famous and tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet, starring young Leonardo di Caprio and the excellent Claire Danes. Luna Cinema does it al fresco at Hampton Court Palace on 21 August. Tickets £17.

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PAINT LONDON: Join PopUp Painting at The Trafalgar for a creative night out dedicated to London. Create a unique urban masterpiece and drink some wine on 18 August. Equipment and materials provided, tickets £29.

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SECRET CINEMA: Get involved in The Empire Strikes Back. Go on, you know you want to. Secret east London location. 14 August and other dates in August and September. May the Force be with you. Tickets £78.

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BOAT PARTY: Go clubbing at sunset on the Thames with the Amor Summer Boat Party featuring Space Audiowhores and Seb Fontaine, all ending up back on dry land at McQueen London. 22 August, from 6.45pm. Tickets £15.

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CEILDIH: Try out the energetic, easy to follow, Scottish dancing with Ceilidh Club at Cecil Sharp House on 21 August. We challenge you not to grin as soon as you get jigging and reeling. Tickets £12.50.

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HORRIBLE HISTORIES: Whether you've a youngster to entertain or not, history reimagined and hamming up the nasty bits is funny and educational with Barmy Britain Part II from Horrible Histories at the Garrick Theatre. Tickets from £12.50 for dates up to 5 September.

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