New Yorker Benjamin Scheuer is the writer and star of 'The Lion', a musical featuring one man, six guitars, and a story of love, loss and survival that had its UK premiere at last year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe under the name 'The Bridge'.

Scheuer has recently finished a season off Broadway, and brings the show to the capital this month for a number of dates at the St James Studio. I put some questions to him ahead of his London run. You can read the interview here.

'The Lion' is on at the St James Studio from 19 Aug until 7 Sep. See the venue website for more info and tickets.
FRIDAY 15 AUGUST 2014 >>
DANCE: Mariinsky Ballet – Cinderella | Royal Opera House | 15-16 Aug
Formerly known as the Kirov, Russia's formidable Mariinsky Ballet stay loyal to Prokofiev's grand and magical 'Cinderella' score, following nouveau-classical choreography by one-time Bolshoi AD Alexei Ratmansky. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel | The Forum | 15 Aug
Following the cancellation of the Jabberwocky festival at the ExCel Centre earlier this week, headliners Neutral Milk Hotel and another of the festival's acts, the Ex, have found a new home at The Forum tonight. Various other acts who were due to play the two-day event have also been moved to gigs in other venues around the capital over the weekend, listings for which can be found here. Details and tickets for the Neutral Milk Hotel show here.

THEATRE: See Rock City And Other Destinations | Union Theatre | 15-30 Aug (pictured)
Winging in from off-Broadway, this acclaimed all-American road musical by song/script-writing team Brad Alexander and Adam Mathias follows a young man's tour of the US's most famous tourist hotspots, all this backed with a score incorporating pop, rock and folk. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Saturday Night At The Spiegeltent | London Wonderground | 16 Aug
Saturday nights at the London Wonderground's flagship Spiegeltent space are a rather niche affair, so haters of silent disco vibes, and/or live circus and cabaret by the likes of fire-breather Aurora Galore, handbalancing man Sammy Dineen, contortionist Jo Foley, hoop acrobat Jessie Rose, and/or breakdancing crews needn't apply to this evening's event. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: The Perceptionists | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Aug
Acclaimed musical funny-lady Tammy Stone, TW favourites Jo Ball and Jonathan Hansler, and on-point improv comic Yasser Kayani, are The Perceptionists, and together they do skewed impersonations in even weirder contexts. Like, for instance, Basil Fawlty on cookery show with some ghosts, or Inspector Clouseau at a speed-dating event. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: James Lavelle + Derrick May + A Guy Called Gerald | Koko | 16 Aug (pictured)
UNKLE's James Lavelle, Detroit techno pioneer Derrick May and acid rave innovator A Guy Called Gerald head up a larger-than-large dance line-up at Camden's Koko, with their top sets following openers from DJs Richard Fearless (of Death In Vegas), Last Magpie, Barem, and a live appearance by French Kiwi Juice. Details and tickets here.
SUNDAY 17 AUGUST 2014 >>

COMEDY: Angel Comedy w/ Masud Milas | Camden Head, Islington | 17 Aug (pictured)
One of the Time Out Introduces Class Of 2014, "super chilled out" guy Masud Milas has now graduated from stand-up school, and is going pro as part of tonight's Angel line-up. This evening's heavenly comic host also features Nick Ewans, Nick Elleray, Elf Lyons, Suzy Wylde, Annie McGrath, Elliot Horn, Alex Paige, Lisa D'Aguiar, Jonny Drewek and Darrell Skipper, and by the way it's FREE. Details here.

MUSIC: Dead Kennedys | Koko | 17 Aug
Punk lives! Presidential American band Dead Kennedys, of 'Too Drunk To Fuck' infamy, play what'll likely be an exemplary set behind the re-release of their first seven-inch singles circa 1979-1982. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: What I Remember And How Things Will Be | The Rag Factory | 15-17 Aug
A play about first love from Emma Perry, 'What I Remember...' centres on Meredith and Tom, who get to meet following a twelve-year wait, onlt to find the wight of the past hanging heavily on them. Details and tickets here.
MONDAY 18 AUGUST 2014 >>
COMEDY: The 99 Club w/ Ross Noble + Hal Cruttenden + Stefano Paolini | Storm, Leicester Square | 18 Aug
Keeping it 100 at this evening's 99 Club is headliner and king-of-the-surreal Ross Noble, who'll lollygag alongside naughty-but-nice stand-up Hal Cruttenden and Radio 4 mainstay Stefano Paolini. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FILM: Kid Koala – Nufonia Must Fall | Roundhouse | 18 Aug
Scratch DJ Kid Koala, is joined by the Afiara String Quartet in playing his original score to this special show and screening inspired by his graphic novel 'Nufonia Must Fall'. Its scenes, which follow a jobless robot and a lonely office girl's improbable love story, are recreated in mini sets by a team of puppeteers, with the action cinematically lit, filmed, and shown on a big cinema screen. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Troilus And Cressida | Tristan Bates Theatre | 18 Aug – 6 Sep (pictured)
On show alongside 'Coriolanus' as part of Lazarus Theatre's 'Our World At War Season', it's this bold modernisation of Shakespeare's lesser-famed (if no less great) him-and-her tragedy 'Troilus And Cressida', in which two young lovers are torn apart against a frantic tableau of jealous, big battles, and the odd skirmish. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Hot Tub Cinema presents... Pretty Woman | Former Shoreditch Underground Station | 19 Aug
While it mightn't appeal to all tastes - who knows - but we at TW can't imagine anything better than sitting, wrinkling and drinking in a jacuzzi watching smash-hit solici-com 'Pretty Woman'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE/PUPPETRY: Buttons | The Space | 19-23 Aug (pictured)
Colliding poignantly with this year's WW1 centenary, 'Buttons' – which is created by Sort Of with a toolbox of live theatre, shadow puppetry and what the kids are calling 'object manipulation' - follows Dana and Joni as they reminisce on their time spent in Auschwitz. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Lion | St James Theatre | 19 Aug – 7 Sep
A one-man off-Broadway show from writer/actor Benjamin Sheuer, 'The Lion' oscillates from love, to loss, to living; with Sheuer singing folk songs against a cotillion of six guitars. Details and tickets here. And check out Caro's interview with Sheuer here.

FILM: Moulin Rouge | Royal Festival Hall | 20 Aug
The jewel of the Southbank Centre's Festival Of Love season, this big n special screening of Baz Luhrman's most abidingly-loved movie musical – aside from 'Australia', of course – can (can) and will seat 2000 absinthe fans. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Beau Defeated | Wilton's Music Hall | 20 Aug
Written by leading lady playwright Mary Pix all the way back in 1700, witty class satire 'The Beau Defeated' hinges on widow (and avid social climber) Mrs Rich, who aspires to move in 'court circles'. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Twelfth Night | Southwark Playhouse | 20-23 Aug
This re-telling of Shakespeare's silly tale of enchantment, in which Viola and Sebastian get into many a strange and decadent comic scrape, features a live harpist and opera singers. And regular acting, in this case from the boys, girls, boyish girls and girlish boys of the Oxford University Dramatic Society obvs. Details and tickets here.
COMEDY: Tasty Combo Go To Hell! | The Camden Head | 21-24 Aug
Tipped sketch crazies Tasty Combo present their new show, which is set in hell – hence the title. In it, a failed writer-of-skits considers making a pact with the devil in exchange for improved comic skills, but first asks old Satan to show him around a bit. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goldfrapp | Royal Naval College | 21 Aug (pictured)
Stylish synthpop-ologist Alison Goldfrapp and band collaborator Will Gregory "can't wait" (they claim) to play this one-time open air show, which slots nicely into this year's Greenwich Music Time festival. It's the pair's only British show of 2014, and celebrates their sterling new LP 'Tales Of Us'. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: This Is The Kit | Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre | 21 Aug
The Nest Collective and SB Centre present meadow-fresh folk ambience via This Is The Kit – aka Paris, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Kate Stables, who's joined by a cast of unplugged guitarists, banjo players, hornblowers and laptop operators. Details and tickets here.
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