Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 2 March 2017

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LITTLE ITALY TOUR: Spend your lunchtime wandering around London's Little Italy in Clerkenwell with an Italian tour guide. Visit the Italian Church, and tuck into a three course meal. St Peter's Italian Church, £25, book ahead, noon-2pm

SKATE & YOGA: House of Vans is hosting a Girls Skate Night, so if you're a female shredder, here's a chance to show off your skills. They're also throwing in free cocktails all night long and an hour long yoga session into the mix. House of Vans, free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm

KEATS NIGHT: The National Theatre presents a night dedicated to one of the great Romantic poets, John Keats. Poetry and prose performer Ruth Rosen reads some of the great odes and poems written by Keats. National Theatre, £5/£4, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm

WHALES: Ever wondered what's it like to be a whale? This talk goes inside the world's largest mammal's mind to try and explain how they think. It's probably more accurate than lying submerged in your bath after a particularly large dinner. London School of Economics, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm

ROBOT ZOO LATE: The Horniman Museum is opening up its Robot Zoo exhibition — which we loved —  for an adults only evening. There will be talks discussing the relationships between humans, animals and robots. For the party animals among you, there will be tunes and cocktails too. Horniman Museum, £5, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

Pulp Fiction at Harlesden Picture Club

GUERILLA GIRLS: To celebrate International Women's Day, watch a screening of documentary Guerillas in our Midst, about the commercial art world in its 1980s boom, with an introduction from Club de Femmes. Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50/£7.50, book ahead, 7pm

STREET ART TALK: What is street art and how is it defined? That's what this talk from Banksy collaborator Tristan Manco investigates. London Transport Museum, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

PEOPLE'S QUESTION TIME: Ask the questions that matter to Sadiq Khan and the London Assembly. This is the chance to hear their plans for the future of London. Westcroft Leisure Centre, free, book ahead and get there early, 7pm-9pm

FILM CLUB: Head along to the launch of the Harlesden Picture Club, with a screening of the cult classic, Pulp Fiction. To celebrate their first night there's free popcorn, cakes and handmade sausage rolls. Harlesden Picture Palace, free, book ahead, 7.45pm-10.45pm

NEPALESE FUSION: Namlo are a Nepalese fusion band who are launching their first album with a live performance, traditional Nepalese food and short films. Rich Mix, £6/£8, book ahead, 8pm


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Theatre review: Danish modern

If you can get a ticket, we think you'd love the Almeida Hamlet, even if you're not specifically lusting after Andrew Scott (Moriarty from Sherlock) pitching to rival Cumberbatch's star turn in the same role.

It's Shakespeare for the 'Borgen' generation; a slick and surveillance-heavy visual on a cool penthouse set where Juliet Stevenson's splendid dirty dancing Gertrude can shag Claudius on a couch while the Norwegian ambassador paces the corridor. Enjoy cute turns of Amaka Okafor and Calum Finlay as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern or Jessica Brown Findlay's bathtub-dunking Ophelia, but even though you could ice a cake during some of his pauses, it's Scott's softly spoken, vulnerable and charming Dubliner Dane that holds your gaze and speaks the famous lines completely afresh, and as if to only you.
Hamlet, Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, N1 1TA £10-38 28 February-15 April ★★★★★ Johnny Fox

Comedy review: 200mph jokes

Rhys James performs a comedy set like he's got somewhere else to be. He sprints through jokes, barely coming up for air, and leaving us wondering whether he's getting paid by the word. While he got some fantastic laughs, there were also some periods when the crowd went quiet; especially during his section on millennials. James's self-deprecating style and the way he ties the entire show together neatly at the end is impressive; he's clearly talented. There's a great show in here somewhere, it just needs an editor to come and find it. Rhys James: Forgives, Soho Theatre, Wardour Street, W1, £12/£14, ★★★☆☆ Harry Rosehill

Good cause of the day

PAINFUL COMEDY: Laugh Till It Hurts brings together a fantastic collection of comics (including the reliably excellent Ed Byrne) in aid of the children's charity Barnardo's. The Hippodrome Theatre, £22, book ahead, 29 March, 7.30pm

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