Kerry Ellis 20th Anniversary Tour

Join Kerry Ellis as she embarks on a UK tour to celebrate 20 years since her West End debut.

Kerry will be accompanied by her incredibly talented band, with a special appearance by an exciting guest choir at each show.  Expect a huge range of songs from Wicked show stoppers to Queen, to Ed Sheeran and more, telling stories from her illustrious career to date.

Ellis has just released her latest hit album on Sony Music with Brian May, Golden Days, and has starred in shows such as We Will Rock You. She was the first British Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked and her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Fantine in Les Misérables.

Links for tickets and Meet and Greets below.

Eva Noblezada ‘Girl No More’


Through a wonderfully colourful set list including some of her favourite artists like Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra, Eva sings from her heart and reveals a side of her story you’ve never heard.

Join the Tony Nominated star of Miss Saigon for an intimate evening of music in this one-off London solo debut.

Purchase tickets below.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band at EFG London Jazz Festival

Fresh from a UK-tour that included selling out four nights at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, The Kansas Smitty’s House Band arrive back in London at Shoreditch Town Hall for an EFG London Jazz Festival special.

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been quietly, or depending on where you’ve been spending your evenings, not so quietly, carving out a name for themselves as one of the driving forces in the UK jazz scene. Their reputation, built on their incendiary live shows, including four sold out main shows at Ronnie Scott’s, has recently been cemented by the release of their full debut album and the opening of their own bar venue in East London.

Both bar and band have received praise across the jazz and mainstream press, with extensive coverage from The Evening Standard, and reviews in the Sunday Times and Telegraph. The Band’s debut record was nominated as one of the top jazz albums of 2015 by the Telegraph. The Sunday Times summed it up nicely, saying “Conservatories or cocktails? If jazz is to survive it will need more bands (like this one)”. The House Band don’t like to be boxed in.

As their debut album exemplifies, they make wide use of the sour mash of styles that has allowed them to cross the divides between generations and dispositions. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans ethnic music, and gospel, they relentlessly pursue a sound of their own, seeking out and creating a genre-blind audience for their music.

Victoria Derbyshire ‘Dear Cancer, Love Victoria’

A much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015, she herself was in the news, after receiving a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that aimed to demystify the illness. The diaries have so far amassed 17 million views.

Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

Join Victoria for an evening of conversation, questions, answers and above all, openness.

The Other Palace show is in aid of You Can, who provide emotional support for young people aged 10-29 years of age who’ve been through cancer treatment.

Matt Cardle and Kerry Ellis

Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York and around the world. Meanwhile, Matt has become a multi-platinum recording artist having completed five sold-out tours since winning The X Factor’s highest rating series in 2010, watched by over 19 million.

This summer will see two of the most powerful and award-winning voices of this century appear in concert together for the very first time… Kerry Ellis and Matt Cardle will take to the stage for an epic evening of entertainment for two-nights only.

Nelson Mandela: The Presidential Years


In the exclusive London launch of the long-awaited sequel to Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom, world-renowned actors bring Mandela’s reflections on his time in power to life, and a select panel including his co-author the acclaimed South African novelist and poet Mandla Langa and the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang, and chaired by Jon Snow, discuss his legacy in a troubled world.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years draws heavily on the second volume of memoirs that Mandela began writing in the last days of his presidency (but was unable to finish) and tells the story of the transition from decades of apartheid rule and the challenges Mandela overcame to make a reality of his cherished vision for a liberated South Africa. What are the enduring lessons that can be drawn from Mandela’s time in power? How can the landmark achievements of the Nobel Peace Prize winner inspire the next generation?

The book’s title, Dare Not Linger, is derived from the closing paragraphs of Long Walk to Freedom: “I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

Wolf Hall Live

Hilary Mantel’s award-winning novel Wolf Hall was transformed into a riveting six-part drama by the BBC to huge acclaim in 2015.

Accompanying Thomas Cromwell’s machinations and hushed conversations in shadowy palace corners was original music by Debbie Wiseman, performed by members of The Locrian Ensemble of London; the soundtrack CD reached no.1 in the classical charts. Wiseman and the Ensemble perform selections from her acclaimed score, alongside extracts from Wolf Hall and its first sequel Bring Up The Bodies read by Anton Lesser – who played Thomas More in the BBC series.

Wiseman has over 200 film and television soundtracks to her name including Wilde, Wolf Hall and, more recently, Dickensian. Consisting of some of the country’s finest musicians, the Locrian Ensemble is at the very top of its game, delivering stunning performances which range from the blisteringly dramatic to the heart-rendingly mournful. The concert roughly follows the narrative of the television series with Lesser’s intense readings setting the scene for a musical commentary. The most intense part of the concert must surely be the depiction of Anne Boleyn’s execution, as the impassioned readings leave the audience hanging on every word, with music that is gripping and moving in equal parts.

Maria Friedman

Maria explores the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in her critically acclaimed show, comparing and contrasting songs from their separate catalogues, as well as their joint masterpiece ‘West Side Story’. Songs include ‘New York, New York’, ‘I Can Cook Too’, ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Send In The Clowns’.

Book fast for the four-time Olivier Award Winner in an intimate Cabaret setting. Maria will be joined by MD, Tony nominee Jason Carr.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Music of James Bond

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be closing this year’s Curious Arts Festival with a sensational evening celebrating over 50 thrilling years of iconic songs and themes from films about everyone’s favourite secret service agent – 007!

This is a night of 00Heaven featuring musical highlights from some of the best Bond films ever such as ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Licence to Kill’, ‘You Only Live Twice’, ‘Diamonds are Forever’, Live and Let Die’,‘Goldeneye’, ‘From Russia with Love’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘Casino Royale’ and many more.

Jay Rayner Writing Workshop

The Craft of Column Writing

Jay Rayner has been the Observer’s restaurant critic for 18 years. But just how do you write about the same subject time after time, and still keep your writing fresh, compelling and ahead of the competition? Join Jay for an afternoon’s masterclass, looking at the dynamics and mechanics of single subject column writing, complete with practical exercises and the chance to grill one of Britain’s leading restaurant critics to a turn.

The assumption is that a restaurant critic’s job is to tell the reader about the nuts and bolts of eating out: food, service and decor. In truth Jay uses his subject as an opportunity to discuss everything from politics to relationships, from love to sex and death, theatre, film and the arts. In short, restaurant reviewing is just another form of journalism with reporting at its heart. The key is working out the story, a lesson that can be applied to myriad single subject columns.

Course description

Location: Crazy Coqs, inside Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street
Time: 1.15pm-4.15pm (including break)

In this detailed afternoon class Jay Rayner will share the methods and structural tricks he uses to enable him to both stay on subject, but also examine the world around us. He’ll explain how you stay on subject by constantly changing the subject. This class would be useful for anyone interested in good writing, but who is challenged by the demands of writing about the same beat over an extended period. Suitable for bloggers looking to improve their work, public relations professionals wanting to sharpen their releases and journalists preparing to move into specialist writing. Please bring paper, or a notebook and something to write with, so you can participate in practical exercises

About Jay
Jay Rayner is the award winning restaurant critic for the Observer, a regular on television and presenter of the Kitchen Cabinet for BBC Radio 4. He is the author of nine books; his latest, The Ten (Food) Commandments is out now, published by Penguin.

Praise for Jay’s first masterclass in November 2017:

“Interesting, useful, well put-together and full of practical advice.”

“Jay is engaging, clear and practical. He gave great examples and encouraged criticism throughout”

“It is a great workshop and one I’d recommend”