What’s On in South West London: 13 April – 19 April


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


By Asif Faruque

Looking for something to do this week? We provide your weekly round-up of what South West London has to offer.

Dancing Queen: New Wimbledon Theatre

Tuesday 17 April – Saturday 21 April

Tickets: £10-£28.50

Celebrating timeless hits from the pop phenomenon Abba and hot on the heels of the huge success of the Broadway Musical Mamma Mia this outrageous glittering production is a non-stop, fun filled party for everyone.
Featuring a dynamic cast of singers and dancers, beautiful costumes and dazzling choreography, this high octane, musical extravaganza features fabulous ‘Broadway Style’ production pieces, performed to wall-to-wall mega Abba hits, including Money Money Money, Fernando, Voulez Vous, Take a Chance and many more.

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Frocks and Frills Vintage Fair: St Mark’s Church Hall, St Marks Place, Wimbledon

Saturday 14th April, 11am-5pm

Tickets: Adults £2, Students and Children £1

A 20-stall vintage fair will be held this Saturday, it is being organised by vintage fair organisation ‘Frocks and Frills’. The fair will be offering vintage clothes, accessories and furniture. This is the first event to be staged by Frocks and Frills with another event in Wimbledon happening on the 28th July.

Business Planning Workshop: Tuition House, Wimbledon

Wednesday 18th April, 9.30am-12.30pm

Tickets: £35

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This three-hour workshop will be led by business adviser Kevan Dunne and will provide  anyone with ambitions of starting their own business with expert and practical advice on how to set up their business plan.

The topics covered include but are not limited to: Key contents of a business plan, the structure, research needed and financial forecasts.


Olympic Open Weekend: Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre, Hampton Academy

Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th April – All Day


The doors of Hampton Sports and Fitness Centre will be open to all, children and adults, for a weekend of free sports to celebrate the upcoming Olympic games.

Activities available will include Martial Arts, Badminton, Indoor Rowing, Trampolining and Hockey.


Dickens’ Writing and Railways: Kew Library

Tuesday 17th April, 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tickets: £2

In a series of events around the area celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, David Turned will be exploring aspects of the early Victorian Railways that Dickens wrote about.

The main focus of the talks will be analysing Dickens’ representation of the Victorian railways and whether they represent an accurate description of the British railways.

For real Dickens lovers there will also be a themed quiz on Wednesday night at Twickenham Library starting at 7pm.


Hollie Cook Live: Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush

Tuesday 17th April, 5.30pm-11pm

Advance tickets: £12

Born and bred in West London, Hollie Cook, daughter of Sex Pistol’s drummer Paul Cook, released an album in 2011 that the BBC called ‘the most enjoyable reggae album of the year so far.’

Hollie’s self-coined ‘tropical pop’ sound stems for her passion for reggae singers, and her show on Tuesday will see her performing from her latest 2012 LP ‘Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub’.

The show will feature tracks such as ‘For Me You Are Dub’ and ‘And The Beat Goes On’. Three tracks will feature brand-new vocals from Hollie Cook.


Eros Remembrance Art Exhibition by Caryl Stockham: Mania Mia Boutique, New King’s Road, Fulham

Thursday April 19th, 6pm-9pm

London-based artist Caryl Stockham will be celebrating the opening of her exhibition at Mania Mi Boutique on New King’s Road.

Caryl has worked on animation for Pink Floyd’s iconic film ‘The Wall’ and she has travelled the world in search of inspiration.

‘Eros Remembrance’ is a collection of romantic watercolour and pastel paintings inspired by the poetry of renowned Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy.

The viewing will also have live music by flautist Anne Allen, drinks and treats as well as a special 10% discount on all the items in the shop as well as artwork.


Sacconi String Quartet: Royal College of Music, Chelsea

Tuesday 17th April, 7.30pm

Tickets: £5-£8

A one-off concert celebrating the best of string ensemble music. In an unusual ‘No Conductor Required’ setup, the Sacconi Quartet will be leading an elite orchestra of hand-picked string players. They will be playing favourite works by Grieg and Tchaikovsky, bringing the thrill and intimacy of chamber music performance to the wider stage.

The performance will be held in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall within the Royal College of Music.

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Oramics to Electronic, Music Exhibition: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Chelsea

Monday 16th April, 10am – 6pm


The science museum will be hosting an exhibition charting the history of electronic music right back from the experimental music of the 1950’s through to today’s widespread use of digital music. Highlights will include the first ever portable synth and the oramics machine – the machine from the 60s that could transform drawings into sound!


Dickens and the Metropolis: Battersea Library

Monday 16th April, 6.30pm

Free, but booking essential on 0208 871 7466

Continuing the celebration of Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday, Battersea Library will be holding a talk by lecturer Calix Eden. This talk will explorer the image of Dickens as a Londoner, how he thrived on the vitality of London yet he mercilessly exposed its inequalities. How he became part of the establishment yet savaged authority.

The focus of the talk will be on Dickens’ first work, Sketches by Boz.


Dickens and Food: Earlsfield Library

Thursday 19th April, 6.30pm

Free, but booking essential on 0208 871 6389

This talk will again be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Dickens through a talk by Professor Nicki Humble, who is in the department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton.

The event will explore how food is presented in Dickens’s novels and discuss Victorian food in general.

Her talk will be accompanied by a free specially prepared booklet of Dickensian recipes!


Classical Music Concert: All Saints Church, Kingston upon Thames

Saturday 14th April, 6.45pm-10pm

Tickets: £10 Adults, £5 Students

A classical music concert featuring nationally acclaimed musicians Kirsty Michele Anderson (Soprano) Miguel Moncloa (Tenor) Charles Economou (Piano) Josh von Bohlen (Violin). The music will showcase music from around the world by composers such as Verdi, Stravinsky and others.


Anything Goes, the musical: Performing Arts Centre, Kingston Grammar School

Wednesday 18th April – Saturday 21st April, 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 Adults, £13.50 students, £11 children

Amateur Musical Theatre production group, Kingston Vale Operatic and Dramatic Society (KVODS) are putting their production of ‘Anything Goes’ on at the Performing Arts Centre in Kingston.

The musical is an adaptation of the long running broadway hit, which is about the madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. The musical introduced songs such as “Anything Goes” and “I Get A Kick Out of You”.

Matinee tickets are also available for a 2.30pm showing on Saturdays.

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