Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 9 May 2017

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A PHOENIX REBORN: The Monument commemorates London's recovery from the Great Fire. Using this as a base, find out what London's recovery and rebirth really entailed. Guildhall Library, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

OPEN EVENING: The annual open evening of the Honourable Artillery Company on City Road takes place tonight, with military displays, helicopters and armoured vehicles, a parachute jump, and a police dog display. Finsbury Barracks, free entry, just turn up, from 5pm

EMILY DICKINSON: Take a closer look at the poetry of Emily Dickinson and her use of metaphors in this talk from professor Belinda Jack. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

BLACK SWAN: It's Genesis Cinema's 18th birthday, so they're screening some of their favourite films from the past 18 years to celebrate. This evening it's the Oscar winning Black Swan. Genesis Cinema, £2.50/free, book ahead, 6.10pm-8.30pm

FRONTLINE COVERAGE: What's it like reporting from war-torn countries, such as Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan? Find out from the Sunday Times' chief foreign correspondent Christina Lamb. Asia House, £15/£10/£7.50, book ahead, 6.45pm-8pm

In Tents And Purposes at Soho Theatre

COMIC THEATRE: 'Daft enjoyable meta-theatre comedy.' Those are the words of one reviewer on Roxy Dunn and Alys Metcalf's show In Tents and Purposes, telling the story of two friends, ten years and one fortune teller. Soho Theatre, £15/£12.50, book ahead, 7pm

SUSTAINABLE EATING: Nowadays people spend a lot more time considering the sustainability of what they eat. Hear a panel about the current state of sustainable food and take part in a "guided tasting meditation" (their words, not ours). Runway East Shoreditch, £22.50, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

LIFE DRAWING: Create your own May Day maidens at this life drawing session inspired by the work of Alphonse Mucha. The Underdog, £15, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm

LIVE JAZZ: London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK, and her latest album launch is tonight. Jazz Cafe, £8/£10, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

TWIN PEAKS: Sip on some damn fine coffee — or perhaps some booze, but we're trying to squeeze a reference in here — at the Book Club's Twin Peaks quiz. The Book Club, £3, book ahead, 7pm-10pm


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Theatre review: Angels in America makes heavenly theatre

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Tony Kushner's epic two-part Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia at the National Themes examines big themes of sexuality, religion and politics through the overlapping intimate relationships of two warring couples and a lonely individual coming to terms with AIDS in Reagan's 1980s America. It sounds heavy, but Millennium Approaches and Perestroika have many laugh-out-loud, as well as painfully moving, moments during their seven and a half hours. This spectacular revival from Marianne Elliott makes full use of the resources of the cavernous Lyttelton stage with Ian MacNeil's revolving set capturing the play's surreal flights of fancy.

The superb, multi-roling cast is led by Andrew Garfield as a suffering ex-drag queen and Nathan Lane as the notoriously ruthless right-wing lawyer and Trump mentor Roy Cohn. Although thankfully AIDS is no longer the death sentence it once was, and homophobia has declined, Kushner's portrait of a deeply divided, intolerant society seems even more frighteningly relevant now. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX, £20 per play (ballot only), until 19 August ★★★★★ [Monday‒Saturday] Neil Dowden

Art review: a gutted gallery

The main galleries of the ICA, both downstairs and up, have been completely gutted stripping the floors and walls — even the plug sockets have been ripped out. It's an ambitious, and we imagine expensive, project but it fails to really convey the messages about agriculture and upcycling the artist is trying to convey. Stuart Middleton: Beat at ICA, until 2 July, £1 ★★☆☆☆ Tabish Khan

Good cause for the day

WEST AFRICAN WILDLIFE: The wildlife of West Africa's Savannah is increasingly facing the realities of extinction. This discussion celebrates these animals while talking about ways to conserve their population before it's too late. Institute of Zoology at London Zoo, free, first come first served, 6pm

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A Secret London Tour


How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets