Music, comedy & film in London – April 2014

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99 Club
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Patrick Monahan, at the 99 Club

Patrick Monahan will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Alistair Green and Tony Law.
Menier Chocolate Factory
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David Baddiel - Fame: Not The Musical

David Baddiel's "Fame: Not The Musical" is his first proper stand-up show for 15 years. Our society is obsessed with fame, but who will talk honestly about what it's really like? ...David Baddiel will. The show is as much a thought-piece as a comedy act, with David presenting ideas and stories about fame, and our culture's love of celebrities.
99 Club
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Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club

Hal Cruttenden ('Live at the Apollo', 'Rob Brydon Show') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Prince Abdi and Robert White.
Royal Albert Hall
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Rick Wakeman - Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Rick Wakeman is taking his classic 1974 concept album "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" on a worldwide tour, alongside the Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra and English Rock Ensemble. This state-of-the-art, live-arena presentation of the classical-rock crossover, based on the novel by Jules Verne, will feature some jaw-dropping visuals in the manner of Jeff Wayne's "The War of the Worlds".
Duchess Theatre
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Tim Key - Single White Slut

Tim Key is back on stage with a brand new show — "Single White Slut". His show will be full of simple tales of love, verses, and talking. A lot of fairly grubby water has sloshed under his bridge of late, so he'll be churning that up as well. And there will also be some Indian poetry, beer, owls and maybe fairies.
Comedy Store
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Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence - Comedy Store

TV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Phelim McDermott.
SSE Arena Wembley
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Jeff Dunham, at Wembley Arena

When was the last time a ventriloquist packed out Wembley Arena? But American comedian Jeff Dunham is no ordinary ventriloquist -- he's one of the biggest comics in America. His signature characters include the grumpy old man Walter, the beer-swilling redneck Bubba, a spicy pepper from Mexico, and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy - Little Jeff.
Cadogan Hall
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Joe Brown in concert - at Cadogan Hall

Joe Brown is an all-round entertainer who has worked as a singer, guitarist and TV performer for more than five decades -- he was even best mates with George Harrison. He was recently honoured with an MBE and Mojo's "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award. Joe will be joined by his five-piece band, and play a selection of musical styles including songs from "The Ukulele Album".
Prince Charles Cinema
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Casablanca - with pre-show piano and sparkling wine

Re-live the classic romance "Casablanca" with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and enjoy a very special 30-minute pre-show performance by pianist Cyrus Gabrysh. A free glass of sparkling wine will also be available, and dressing to impress (ie fancy dress!) is very much encouraged.
Royal Albert Hall
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Chas & Dave, at the Royal Albert Hall

It wasn't so long ago that Chas & Dave played their final show together, but we are happy to report that they're back together for a good ol' knees up at the Royal Albert Hall. This special one-off show follows the release of "That's What Happens", their first new studio album in 27 years.
Tattershall Castle
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Lee Hurst, at the Boat Show Comedy Club

Lee Hurst will appearing at Tattershall Castle -- London's finest floating comedy club -- alongside Andrew Lawrence, Chris McCausland (25th), Joe Lycett (25th), Chris McCausland (26th) and MC Iain Stirling (26th).
Prince Charles Cinema
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Sing-A-Long-A Grease

Join John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the greasy gang of bikers in Sing-A-Long-A Grease! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a highschool frenzy. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and full audience participation is essential!
Cutty Sark
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Ross Noble and guests, at the Cutty Sark Theatre

Ross Noble, the master of improvisational comedy, has received huge critical acclaim for his live performances. This is your chance to see him up close in a unique setting — the Cutty Sark, which is opening up a little theatre in the lower hold of the ship, where cargoes of tea and wool were once stacked more a century ago.
O2 Arena
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McBusted (McFly and Busted)

If you take two of the most successful bands in recent years, McFly and Busted, and crash them together, what do you get? — McBusted! Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd from McFly have announced that they will be joining forces with James Bourne and Matt Willis from Busted to form supergroup McBusted.
Comedy Store
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Marcus Brigstocke, at the Comedy Store

Marcus Brigstocke will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster.
99 Club
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Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club

Hal Cruttenden ('Live at the Apollo', 'Rob Brydon Show') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Nick Doody and Sofie Hagen.
Eventim Apollo
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Kenny G, at the Hammersmith Apollo

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has sold more than 75 million records since the early '80s, and is now one of the premiere artists in contemporary jazz. You can catch him when he plays one night at the Apollo.
Royal Albert Hall
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Gary Barlow, at the Royal Albert Hall

Just when everyone thought that Take That were back together as a five-piece, Gary Barlow takes a job as a judge on the X-Factor. Then Robbie leaves again and Gary does a solo show! Now he's off on a full tour of the UK and Ireland, which includes one night at the Royal Albert Hall.
99 Club
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Holly Walsh and Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club

Holly Walsh ('Mock The Week'), Hal Cruttenden ('Live at the Apollo', 'Rob Brydon Show') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Luke Toulson.
Royal Festival Hall
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April Fools Day Comedy Concert, with Rich Hall

Rich Hall will be joining forces with stars from the classical world for an April Fools musical/comedy concert. Whether you are a music professor or couldn't tell a string quartet from a string vest, this is the show for you. They guarantee a laugh every four bars.
Duchess Theatre
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Adam Buxton - Kernal Panic

Award-winning radio host Adam Buxton and is bringing his "Kernel Panic" show back to life a short run in the West End. Looking deep within the soul of his laptop, he will consider how we humans present ourselves in the net age.
Comedy Store
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Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence - Comedy Store

TV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson.
Eventim Apollo
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Adam Ant, at the Hammersmith Apollo

Back in his 1980s heydey Adam Ant had a clutch of Top 10 hits and three massive No.1 singles -- including the iconic "Stand And Deliver". His later life has had its ups and downs, but now he's back with a special one-off show — performing his classic debut album "Dirk Wears White Sox" in its entirety.
Ronnie Scott’s
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John Mayall, at Ronnie Scotts

John Mayall is a true blues legend, with a musical career that spans over fifty years. As the founding member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, he has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
Royal Albert Hall
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James Blunt - Moon Landing Tour

James Blunt will be making his debut at the Royal Albert Hall when his "Moon Landing 2014" tour comes to London. This will be in support of his forthcoming album "Moon Landing".
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush
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Matt Cardle, at the Shepherds Bush Empire

Having rose to fame after winning the X-Factor, Matt Cardle now finds himself with three best-selling albums under his belt -- his debut "Letters", "The Fire" and the recently released "Porcelain".
99 Club
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Lee Nelson, at the 99 Club

Lee Nelson will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Bob Mills and Simon Munnery.
Cutty Sark
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Ross Noble and guests, at the Cutty Sark Theatre

Ross Noble, the master of improvisational comedy, has received huge critical acclaim for his live performances. This is your chance to see him up close in a unique setting — the Cutty Sark, which is opening up a little theatre in the lower hold of the ship, where cargoes of tea and wool were once stacked more a century ago.
Royal Festival Hall
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Irish legend, Christy Moore

The legendary Irish singer-songwriter Christy Moore returns to Royal Festival Hall for two nights in April, accompanied by his long-term collaborator Declan Sinnott.
Southbank Centre
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Andy Zaltzmans Political Animal - Udderbelly Festival

The "Political Animal" returns to the Udderbelly Festival to harangue and cajole a very naughty planet. Andy Zaltzman will host the evening, and be joined by Mark Steel, Jeremy Hardy and Joe Wells.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Russell Kane - Smallness

Edinburgh Comedy Awards winner Russell Kane is returning to the Queen Elizabeth Hall with his listeringly big-small show, "Smallness".
O2 Arena
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Elbow - at the O2 Arena

Elbow have won a clutch of awards in recent years including "Best British Band" at the BRITS and the prestigious Mercury Prize for "The Seldom Seen Kid". Last summer even saw them playing at the Closing Ceremony for the Olympic Games. Now you can catch them performing live at The O2, just one month after the release of their sixth studio album.
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush
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UB40, at the Shepherds Bush Empire

UB40 are back with their biggest UK tour for three years. This follows the release of their successful new album "Getting Over The Storm" late last year.
Royal Albert Hall
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Russell Howard - Wonderbox

Russell Howard, the star of TV's "Good News" and "Mock The Week", is back with his first stand-up tour for three years. "Wonderbox" promises us more of his upbeat and razor-sharp comedy.
Comedy Store
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Jarred Christmas - Comedy Store

"Stand Up for Choice" is a night of live comedy in support of "GamesAid", a campaign to provide greater choice at the end of life. Jarred Christmas will be there, alongside MC Imran Yusuf, Paul Tonkinson, Paul Thorne, Ola, Holly Walsh, Kev Orkian and Susan Calman.
99 Club
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Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club

Hal Cruttenden ('Live at the Apollo', 'Rob Brydon Show') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Mike Wozniak and Tom Allen.
Eventim Apollo
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Foreigner… with Europe and FM

Foreigner was the band behind one of the 80's biggest hits -- "I Want To Know What Love Is" -- but also scored plenty of success with songs like "Cold As Ice", "Juke Box Hero" and "Feels Like The First Time". Now they're taking to the stage with special guests Europe and FM.
Union Chapel
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Katie Melua, at the Union Chapel

Katie Melua is bringing her "Simplified" tour to London, with one night at the Union Chapel. She is promising to play a stripped-down set accompanied by just bass and keyboards.
Comedy Store
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Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence - Comedy Store

TV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson.
Leicester Square Theatre
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Richard Herring - Meaning of Life

Richard Herring's "Meaning of Life" show will tackle one of life's big questions each month: Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? And is there really good and evil? Herring will offer his own outrageous, taboo-busting comedy on the subject, and will also attempt to provide some genuine insights with the help of expert interviews.
Leicester Square Theatre
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Rob Beckett, at the Leicester Square Theatre

You might have seen him on TV's "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now!", "8 Out of 10 Cats" and "Mock The Week", but now you can catch Rob Beckett on his national tour. His plan is for you to laugh a lot and leave happier than when you arrived.
Southbank Centre
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Omid Djalili - Udderbelly Festival

Omid Djalili is back on tour with a gig at the Udderbelly. Omid has had a great few years, picking up a best actor award at the Turin Film Festival for his role in "The Infidel". This goes alongside his gongs for comedy -- the Time Out Award for best stand-up, and nomination for the prestigious Perrier Award.
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush
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Foreigner Unplugged

Foreigner was the band behind one of the 80's biggest hits -- "I Want To Know What Love Is" -- but also scored plenty of success with songs like "Cold As Ice", "Juke Box Hero" and "Feels Like The First Time". Now they're taking to the stage with a special "Unplugged" show, prior to the release of the their new album "I Want To Know What Love Is - The Ballads".
O2 Arena
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Miranda Hart - My What I Call Live Show

Miranda Hart is back on stage doing stand-up for the first time since her hit series "Miranda". This is your chance to see Miranda's laugh out loud genius live. She wants you to join her party. Expect galloping, attempts at song and dance, and simply - such fun!
O2 Academy Brixton
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Manic Street Preachers, at the Brixton Academy

The Manic Street Preachers recently returned with their first new studio album for three years -- "Rewind The Film". Now they are setting off on a Spring tour which takes it two nights at the Brixton Academy.
Prince Charles Cinema
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Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror

Don your best pair of stilettos and fishnet nights for Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a crossdressing frenzy. Fancy dress is highly recommended, and the best-dressed Transylvanians will be dragged out on stage for the best-dressed prize.
Tattershall Castle
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Boat Show Comedy Club - Abandoman

Abandoman will appearing at Tattershall Castle -- London's finest floating comedy club -- alongside Maff Brown, Steve Williams and MC Jim Smallman.
Cutty Sark
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Ross Noble and guests, at the Cutty Sark Theatre

Ross Noble, the master of improvisational comedy, has received huge critical acclaim for his live performances. This is your chance to see him up close in a unique setting — the Cutty Sark, which is opening up a little theatre in the lower hold of the ship, where cargoes of tea and wool were once stacked more a century ago.
Comedy Store
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Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store

Join Jarred Christmas for "The Best in Stand-Up" at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include MC Ian Coppinger, Geoff Norcott, Christian Reilly, plus another special guest.
Union Chapel
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor, at the Union Chapel

Fresh from her exploits on Strictly Come Dancing, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back with a brand-new album -- "Wanderlust". You can hear tracks from it when she plays two nights at the Union Chapel.
99 Club
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Holly Walsh, at the 99 Club

Holly Walsh ('Mock The Week', 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Rhys James and Prince Abdi.
O2 Academy Islington
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Dappy, from N-Dubz

When Tulisa left N-Dubz for the X-Factor and a solo career, Dappy turned his sights on his own solo tour. He has already seen success when his debut single "No Regrets" hit number one.
Soho Theatre
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Seann Walsh - The Lie-in King

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Seann Walsh is back on the road with his eagerly anticipated new show — "The Lie-in King". Seann Walsh has appeared on TV shows including "Stand Up For The Week", "Live At The Apollo" and "Argumental.
O2 Arena
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Johnny Mathis, at the O2 Arena

This is your chance to catch Johnny Mathis in a rare UK performance. The legendary star has sold more than 350 million records worldwide, winning a lifetime achievement award in 2003 and being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. His vast back catalogue includes big hits like "A Certain Smile", "Twelfth Of Never", "I'm Stone In Love With You" and"When A Child Is Born".
Eventim Apollo
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Susan Boyle in Concert

The legend that is Susan Boyle is setting off on her very first nationwide tour -- called "Susan Boyle In Concert". You can catch the global singing sensation as she sings tracks from her albums alongside some never heard before classics, including 'I Dreamed A Dream', 'Wild Horses' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
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Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright has been hailed as "the greatest songwriter on the planet" by none other than Elton John, and now he's all set to release a Best-of album called "Vibrate: The Best Of Rufus Wainwright". he begins a European and UK tour in March. The show at Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be his only London date.
Comedy Store
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Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence - Comedy Store

TV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson.
Royal Albert Hall
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Re-live the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his motley crew in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl". The swashbuckling adventure tells the story of a young blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) who enlists the help of Johnny Depp to rescue the beautiful Keira Knightly from some undead pirates.
O2 Arena
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Gary Barlow, at The O2

Just when everyone thought that Take That were back together as a five-piece, Gary Barlow takes a job as a judge on the X-Factor. Then Robbie leaves again and Gary does a solo show! Now he's off on a full tour of the UK and Ireland, which includes two nights at The O2.
O2 Arena
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Backstreet Boys (with support from All Saints)

The original five Backstreet Boys got back together and will be performing together for the first time in ten years, when their "In A World Like This" comes to The O2. As an extra treat, support will come from one of the best-loved UK girl bands of all time -- All Saints.
Jazz Café
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Trevor Nelson Presents… Soul Nation

Radio 2's Trevor Nelson has a monthly residency at the Jazz Cafe, on the first Friday of every month, playing an eclectic mix of timeless soul, jazz, funk, R&B and hip-hop, from the 1970s up until the present day.
99 Club
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Lee Nelson, at the 99 Club

Lee Nelson will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Nick Revell and Brett Goldstein.
Cutty Sark
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Ross Noble and guests, at the Cutty Sark Theatre

Ross Noble, the master of improvisational comedy, has received huge critical acclaim for his live performances. This is your chance to see him up close in a unique setting — the Cutty Sark, which is opening up a little theatre in the lower hold of the ship, where cargoes of tea and wool were once stacked more a century ago.
Royal Albert Hall
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Alison Moyet - Royal Albert Hall

Alison Moyet is back on stage with a show at the Royal Albert Hall, where she will be showcasing songs from her new album "The Minutes", alongside some much-loved classics from her back catalogue.
Indigo
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Boy George - This Is What I Do

Boy George was one of the 80s biggest stars as lead singer of Culture Club, and went on to have massive success as a DJ. Now he's back with "This Is What I Do" -- his first studio album of new material in almost two decades.
O2 Arena
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The Four Tops & The Temptations

Two timeless Motown legends for the price of one! Special guests joining the Four Tops and The Temptations include The Platters and Freda Payne.
Comedy Store
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Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store

Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Steve Edis and Neil Mullarkey.
Pleasance Theatre
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Mark Watson - Work in Progress

Mark Watson will be testing out some brand new material at the Pleasance Theatre, in a series of "work in progress" shows. Somewhat darker in tone than usual, he says. Also funnier than usual, though.
Comedy Store
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Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store

Join Jarred Christmas for "The Cutting Edge" at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Alistair Barrie, Paul Thorne, Stephen Grant, Steve Gribbin and guest 'Edger'.
Royal Albert Hall
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City Rocks - Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Maverick Sabre

City Rocks is helping to celebrate the 275th birthday of Coram (the UK's oldest children's charity), with a fantastic line-up of artists including Lily Allen, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Maverick Sabre, Brian May and Kerry Ellis.
O2 Arena
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Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake is bringing "20/20 Experience" to London with two huge nights at the O2 Arena. The best-selling album has already sold 3.5 million worldwide, and held the No.1 spot for 3 weeks. This will be Justin's first solo show at The O2 since he toured his FutureSex/LoveShow in 2007.
 
 
 
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