Fane Productions present the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor in conversation at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for one night only. In this rare London appearance Atwood will discuss her works, which include her dystopian trilogy Oryx and Crake, Year of the Flood, and Maddaddam, the Booker Prize winning The Blind Assassin, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, recently made into a Netflix series, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Since its development into a television series, The Handmaid’s Tale has launched a cultural phenomenon, winning no less than eight Emmys along the way.
The evening will be hosted by The Guardian’s Lisa Allardice.
Kansas Smitty’s House Band have spent the last year playing more music than ever before. Whether it’s a four-night sell-out residency at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, a late-night tent takeover at Love Supreme, or a European road trip to Scandinavia, it all comes down to one thing; their unique brand of original music.
Music this good needs a place to live. That’s why the band run their own bar on Broadway Market, where they meet to record, play, drink, and entertain audiences. Fans leap at the chance to see the band in their rightful home, and their summer series of Basement Tapes shows sold out in days. As Cerys Matthews said, ‘they dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable’. What you can be sure of seeing the Kansas Smitty’s House Band is the electric atmosphere they bring to every stage.
Following the resounding success of his recent tour dates Gareth simply can’t resist bringing his signature choral excitement to Curious Arts Festival!
Expect to see TV’s favourite choirmaster in his element as he curates an evening of music that truly matters to him. Gareth is excited to showcase his own written material alongside well-known classics distinctly arranged by Gareth, as well as repertoire from his TV series The Choir and a sing along the likes only Gareth can muster.
Join us for your chance to be part of this musical extravaganza, not to be missed.
Journalist and author Misha Glenny has spent years courageously investigating the most dangerous and sophisticated organised crime networks around the world. His international bestseller McMafia, now a hit BBC TV series, is known to millions and in this illuminating talk, Glenny will shed further light on the Russian mafia, giant drug cartels, corrupt intelligence agencies and cyber hackers that pose an increasing threat to global security in the 21st century.
A passionate and humorous speaker, Glenny has travelled the world to expose the often-invisible super-smart criminals that populate his writings and broadcasts. This is a rare opportunity to hear a true expert take you into the minds of his underworld subjects and as executive producer and script consultant on the TV series, a chance to discover what it took to bring his extraordinary cast of characters to life on the small screen.
There will also be a book signing post event at each venue.
In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a twenty-something working in fashion retail. She took part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making clothes for the UK High Street. This sparked her series of hugely popular investigations, establishing her as one of BBC3’s most celebrated presenters.
Through the course of her documentary making, Stacey has covered a wide-range of topics, from sex trafficking in Cambodia, to Yazidi women fighting back in Syria. At the core of her reporting are incredible women in extraordinary and scarily ordinary circumstances – from sex workers in Russia, to victims of domestic violence in Honduras. In her first book, On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, Stacey draws on her encounters with these brave and wonderful women, using their experiences as a vehicle to explore issues at the centre of female experience.
Catch Stacey in these rare live appearances as she discusses everything from gender equality and domestic violence, to sex trafficking and sexual identity, weaving these global strands together in an exploration of what it is to be women in the world today.
There will also be a book signing post event.
The three-time Tony award winning composer, conductor and pianist comes to London for one night only, with the 60-piece BBC Concert Orchestra. This special performance will feature music from his dazzling musicals , including the award-winning The Bridges of Madison County; the influential The Last Five Years; his debut song cycle, Songs for a New World; the seminal Parade; and the sensational Honeymoon in Vegas. This will be a unique evening with Jason, featuring the most popular songs from his shows and introducing new work never before heard this side of the Atlantic. With special guests from London’s West End and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Broadway maestro Larry Blank, it will be a chance to catch up with one of the giants of contemporary musical theatre at the iconic London Palladium. Not to be missed!
Produced by Fane Productions and BBC Radio 2.
One hundred years ago this February, the first British women got the right to vote. Some British men believe everything went downhill from there.
Grayson Perry and Catherine Mayer agree that life could be made better for men—by making life better for women. They just don’t always see eye to eye on how to do this. Join them for an evening of discussion, laughs, gender politics and gently glowing debate.
Grayson Perry is an award-winning artist; Bafta-winning TV presenter; Reith Lecturer and bestselling author with traditional masculine traits including having the desire to ‘always be right and to overtake all other cyclists when going up big hills’.
Catherine Mayer is an award-winning journalist; bestselling author; and the president of the Women’s Equality Party, which she co-founded by accident after ‘being handed a microphone in a theatre. Oh’.
Grayson and Catherine encourage you to bring along your misogynist uncle, the pal who doesn’t ‘get feminism’ and your partner or colleague who insists the gender pay gap is a myth.
It is still one of the best kept secrets in show business that Patricia Routledge trained not only as an actress but also as a singer and had considerable experience and success in musical theatre, both in this country and in the USA.
Her many awards include a Tony for her Broadway performance in the Styne-Harburg musical “Darling of the Day” and a Laurence Olivier Award for her performance in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide”. Her one woman show “Come for the Ride” toured the UK in 1988 and in 1992 she played Nettie Fowler in the highly acclaimed production of “Carousel” at the National Theatre. In 1998 she was honoured with the Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
In this fascinating encounter with the writer, presenter and broadcaster Edward Seckerson she recalls this very special part of her career with access to some rare and treasured recordings.
Acclaimed plantswoman, bestselling author and one of our most familiar gardening experts in the media today, Carol Klein is most famous for her role as regular presenter of BBC Gardeners’ World, having featured on (almost) every programme since 2005.
Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her a popular and trusted figure. Now is your chance to hear about life in her own beautiful cottage garden.
‘A triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty’ (The Guardian) Kathleen Turner’s ‘exquisite’ and ‘defiant’ (The Times) one-woman show, Finding My Voice, has opened to great acclaim from critics and audiences alike.
A ‘deeply personal account of a career spanning 41 years on Hollywood, Broadway and the West End’ (The Stage), ‘Hollywood legend’ Turner ‘mixes the poignant with the political’ (Telegraph) in this ‘undeniably fabulous’ (Time Out) new show from Fane Productions.
Lending her trademark husky alto to classic tunes from the American songbook, two-time Golden Globe winner and star of Body Heat, Romancing the Stone & War of the Roses, Kathleen also voiced cartoon heart-throb Jessica Rabbit and guest-starred as Chandler’s Dad in TV Sitcom, Friends.
With just two weeks left in London, and a short UK tour, don’t miss this inspirational and charismatic storytelling from a bona fide stage and screen legend.
“Utterly charming… She sells the poetry of the lyrics” – Gary Wilmot
“Captivating. She had the entire audience in the palm of her hand” – Patsy Ferran
★★★★ ‘A defiant one-woman show… Exquisite’ – The Times
★★★★ ‘Hollywood legend mixes the poignant with the political… it’s a blast’ – The Telegraph
‘A triumphant roar from Hollywood royalty’ – The Guardian
‘Brilliant storytelling’ – The Stage
‘Undeniably fabulous’ – Time Out