Things to do in London next week

Zoe Paskett
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There’s a lot to be thankful for this week: fab new shows, Christmassy cinema and comedy shows.

That’s not to mention as many Thanksgiving meals as you can eat.

Grab a slice of what's on this week:


It’s still pumpkin season as Thanksgiving lands on Thursday. Add a little pecan pie to the menu at Balthazar or tuck into hearty southern cuisine at the Blues Kitchen. All-American destination Joe Allen gives you a taste of ever corner of the US with their gravy smothered offering. Check out our guide here on where to go for Thanksgiving dinner.

Backyard Cinema’s The Snowman Experience

Hankies at the ready – the ultimate Christmas tearjerker is getting a special screening at Winter Wonderland. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Snowman will be shown in Backyard Cinema’s characteristic immersive setting. You’ll feel like you’re Walking in the Air.

November 22-January 6, Hyde Park, W2,

A Thoroughly Modern Revue

Sink The Pink co-founder Glyn Fussell brings us a thoroughly camp revue, complete with song and dance numbers, sketches, comedy and all sorts of appearances. Jayde Adams, Jonny Woo, Le Gateau Chocolat and JonBenet Blonde are all on a the lineup that’s sure to be extravagant and entertaining.

November 21-December 22, Ultralounge Cabaret Club at Selfridges, W1,

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale

What do you do with all the stuff your ex gave you? You sell it and make a fortune, of course. In Haley McGee’s new show Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, she calculates the cost of each of her relationships and makes a little cash from the breakup. Hey, anyone would do the same.

November 20-December 8, Camden People’s Theatre, NW1,

The Age of Aquaria

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 winner Aquaria comes to London in the midst of her victory tour, touching down at the Clapham Grand this month. The 22-year old drag daughter of Sharon Needles will be joined by fellow contestant Blair St Clair, we do declare.

November 19, Clapham Grand, SW11,

Caroline, or Change

Sharon D Clarke led the previous runs at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Hampstead Theatre to five star reviews as Caroline, a black maid who serves a grieving Jewish family in civil rights era Louisiana. The creative team is just as exciting, with a book by Tony Kushner with music by Jeanine Tesori.

November 20-February 9, Playhouse Theatre, WC2

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Rose Matafeo

She won the Fringe comedy award with her marvellous Horndog, having to add another run at the Soho Theatre after the initial one sold-out (no surprises). That’s not until January, but this month Rose Matafeo is headlining Stuff and Things, sharing the stage with Kieran Hodgson, Rosie Jones and Phil Ellis.

November 20, Earl Haig Hall, N8,

Summer and Smoke

This Almeida transfer of Tennessee Williams’s play sees Alma and John meet one summer on Mississippi in a haze of passion. Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham lead this return for the entire original cast, directed by Rebecca Frecknall. (Read our interview with Ferran and Frecknall here)

November 20-January 19, Duke of York’s Theatre, WC2

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If you’re more keen on entering the wings than the spotlight, the country’s biggest theatre careers event is back. Talks, activities, behind the scenes peeks are on offer for free to 16-30 year olds looking to get into an off-stage theatre career, whether its lighting, costumes or set design.

November 19, Waldorf Hilton Hotel,

The Fisherman

Gbolahan Obisesan has adapted Chigozie Obioma’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel into this play about Ben and Obembe, who risk their father’s wrath to go fishing with their older brothers in a forbidden river. It returns to the Arcola after a sold-out week in September.

November 20-December 1, Arcola Theatre, E8,