What’s On in South West London: 7 September – 13 September


SWLondoner provides your weekly round-up of what South West London has to offer.


By Katie Richardson

Looking for something to do this week? South West Londoner provides your weekly round-up of the best action in town…

Lady Gaga ‘Born this way ball’: Twickenham Stadium

Sunday 9 September 2012

Tickets: From £55

If you haven’t already been camping outside to await her arrival you better get in quick as Lady Gaga visits the Twickenham Theatre on her tour of the UK. Tickets have already sold out for Saturday 8 September and that’s with a 55,000 capacity so get in there quick! The first fan in line each day will also get to meet the lady herself backstage and receive one of 110 souvenir pendant necklaces.


Great Expectations: Richmond Theatre

Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 September 2012

Tickets: £15-£29.50

A stunning new production of the Dickens favourite, Graham McLaren’s lavish, spectacular and unashamedly theatrical show brings some of the most memorable characters ever created to life: the beautiful, chilling Estella, the terrifying convict Magwitch, the tragic, mysterious Miss Havisham and Pip with his ‘great expectations’.

42nd Street: New Wimbledon Theatre

Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 September 2012

Tickets: £15-£45

Winner of the 1980 Tony Award for Best New Musical and the 2001 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical: 42nd Street — the timeless, inspiring tale of small town Peggy Sawyer’s rise from chorine to Broadway star. And those songs! Lullaby of Broadway, We’re in the Money, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, Keep Young and Beautiful, I Only Have Eyes For You and the spectacular title number, danced down a flight of steps that lights up as brightly as the faces of the cast. Audiences will find out what it’s like to float up to Musical Comedy Heaven.

For tickets please visit:,showtimes

Putney Music Festival 2012: Putney Town Centre

Friday 7 September – Sunday 9 September 2012

Tickets: Variable with some free events – see guide via link:

Now in its 15th year, Putney Music Festival is taking over around 20 of the town’s clubs, pubs and restaurants to present live and DJ music. From opera to rock, and along with Latin, jazz and acoustic, there will be something to grab your ear in this eclectic mix.

Highlights include: 

  • John Otway and the Big Band at the Half Moon (£10 in advance, £12 on the door, 8 September)th
  • Nathan Mercado live at The Boathouse (Free entry, 9th September)
  • Live music and a DJ at the Fox and Hounds – (Free entry, Friday 7 and Saturday 8 September)
  • Late night Fusion at the Fez Club (£10 before midnight and £12 after, 8th September and £12 before midnight and £14 after, 9th September)


Beauty is the First Test Opening and Tour: Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park

Opening: Tuesday 11 September 5.45 – 8.30pm with a tour by curator Liz Cooper

Tour: Wednesday 12 September – 25th November 2012, 11am – 7pm.

Tickets: Free admission

Succinctly named as it is, you will be surprised with this new exhibition in which mathematics meets art, exploring how our artistic development is underpinned by mathematical concepts. Suitable for both adults and children this exhibition brings the two disciplines together by presenting works of art which present playful pieces and invite a further mathematical interpretation of them. For more information email [email protected]

Kingston Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge: Kingston Rotary Club

Sunday 9 September 2012, 10am – 4pm

Free Admission

This event is definitely one to watch for a family fun-filled day on the river. With up to 48 teams battling it out to win the Challenge Cup there will also be market stalls, boucy castles, rides and sideshows to keep everyone happy. Each team will also be raising money for charity with last year’s event raising over £45,000. TV personality and rugby legend will also be captaining a boat on behalf of the Beating Bowel Cancer Charity. 


Got to Dance: Clapham Common

Thursday 13 September – Tuesday 2 October 2012, 9.30am – 1.30pm

Free Admission

The equivalent to the X Factor on the dance scene, Davina McCall and the judges are back to host the auditions which you are invited to watch! In their quest to find the best dancers in the UK for Sky1’s show Got to Dance, you  might even be on the TV as part of its audience. From hip hop to Salsa any dance style is accepted and no doubt there will be a candidate who hasn’t been told they can’t dance too!


Boy George’s Taboo: Brixton Clubhouse

Friday 7 September, 19:30 – 21:30

Tickets: £10 – £32.50

Theatre is taken back to 1980s Lodnon in this exciting production of the early lives of Leigh Bowery, an anarchtic performance artist and George O’Dowd, who would later become Boy George. With the image of glittery self-indulgence alongside mass unemployment and social upheaval, this production explores how the two sparked rebellion and started the age of the new romantics.


Tickled Pig Stand-Up Comedy Competition – The Grand Final: Canal Cafe Theatre, North Kensington

Tuesday 11 – Wednesday 12 September 2012

Tickets: £8 plus £1.50 membership fee for new members

After a year-long search for the best comedy acts among the student population, this show features the grand finale with the final eight contestants battling it out to be crowned champion. A great night for anyone looking for something to laugh off those mid-week blues.

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