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Looking for something to do this week? South West Londoner provides your weekly round-up of the best action in town…
An Inspector Calls: New Wimbledon Theatre
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May, 7.30pm
From Stephen Daldry, the Oscar nominated Director of The Reader, The Hours and one of Britain’s best-loved films Billy Elliot, comes the magnificent production of J.B. Priestley’s classic thriller, An Inspector Calls – direct from its fourth West End season.
Hailed as the theatrical event of our generation winning more awards than any other play in history, this landmark production from the National Theatre has thrilled audiences in the West End, on Broadway and throughout the world with its epic and wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, lashing rain and chilling suspense.
When Inspector Goole arrives unexpectedly at the prosperous Birling family home, their peaceful dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman. His startling revelations shake the very foundations of their lives and challenge us all to examine our consciences.
Arthur Smith’s Laughter Clinic: Clapham Grand, St John’s Hill
Thursday 31 May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £20 in advance
Grumpy old man of the highest order Smith hosts this benefit gig for the Kelvis Kola Foundation. Headlining is the one and only Harry Hill, back to his stand-up roots after quitting ‘TV Burp’ (we think) plus Dr Phil Hammond, Elena Procopliu and more to be announced.
The V&A Museum: South Kensington
Exhibition runs until 12 August 2012 Daily 10.00–17.30
Tickets: £9.60-£13.80. Family ticket packages available.
The V&A’s exhibition, British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, celebrates the best of British post-war art and design from the 1948 ‘Austerity Games’ to 2012. Over 300 British design objects highlight significant moments in the history of British design and how the country continues to nurture artistic talent and be a world leader in creativity and design.
Summer art courses, Putney School of Art & Design: Oxford Road SW15
Runs until 14 July 2012
A range of popular art courses including digital photography and Photoshop; ceramic sculpture; painting and experimental media. Book now – www.wandsworth.gov.uk/psad or call 020 8788 9145
Kingston Philharmonia Summer Concert: St Andrew’s Church, Surbiton
Saturday 26 May, 7:30pm – 10pm
A concert of beautiful music for a summer’s evening, featuring the Prokoviev Summer Day Menotti Violin Concerto (Soloist Clare Howick) and Brahms Symphony No 2.
The conductor will be Levon Parikian, with Miriam Teppich acting as leader. 2012 What time? £10 (£9 concessions, £2 children)
More information, see www.kingstonphil.co.uk
Princess Alice Hospice Fair and Dog Show: West End Lane, Esher
Sunday 27 May, 11am to 4pm
Tickets: £2, children under 16 free
A fun day for everyone: home produce, arts and crafts, books and gifts, face-painting, music, BBQ, raffle, children’s games, movie characters, a Pimm’s tent and more.
Call 01372 461869 or visit www.pah.org.uk
Mambo Mondays Salsa: Fiesta Havana, Fulham
Monday 28 May, 8.30pm (beginners/intermediate), 9.30pm (improvers/advanced)
Join The Incognito Dance Company for 4 levels of Salsa Classes every Monday – All levels from absolute beginners to very advanced. Fun, friendly and experienced instructors.
Every Week DJ’s : Jazzy J, Blian, Queenie regularly play the latest Salsa and Latin music. Salsa classes taught by IDC Team and Special Guests and of course, plenty of salsa dancing till late.
No need to book, no partner needed, come alone or bring friends.
For more information and payment see www.incognitodance.com or call 07831715368
The Conquest of the South Pole: Rose Theatre, Kingston
Tuesday 29 May 7.30pm
Stephen Unwin’s original production of this play launched the careers of Ewan Bremner and Alan Cumming. Stephen now directs the next generation in the first major revival in the UK of this landmark piece of theatre.
London youth – out of work, on the dole, spending time in their flat, going on epic journeys of the imagination and hoping for the best. Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole is a fascinating mix of domestic drama and epic adventure, a 90-minute study of fantasy and dignity which cannot fail to cast its spell over audiences in Kingston.
Curtains the musical: London Oratory School Arts Centre, Fulham
Wednesday 30 May
Wimbledon Light Opera Society presents a musical comedy whodunit From the creators of Cabaret & Chicago, Kander & Ebb, Curtains is a hilarious send-up of backstage murder mysteries with plenty of witty, rousing show tunes along the way.
Tel: 07722 316 101 Web: visit website