Saturday, 7 March 2015

London Spy 07:03:15 Our Saturday Review Of All Things #London

It's our weekly London roundup starting with a few headlines that caught the eye in London this week, click the links for the full stories…

CYCLING: Why No Boris Bikes in South East London? –

CYCLING 2: Bring Boris Bikes To South East London! A Petition! – The Peckham Peculiar

DRINKING: Soho's Underground Theme Bar – Daily Mail

THEATRE: Underground Censors Poster For Bad Jews – The Independent

PROPERTY: Overpriced London In Pictures! – The Week

ENVIRONMENT: Mapping London – National Geographic

ART: Too Explicit For London? – New York Times

THEATRE: In Praise Of Shakespeare's Globe -

As we embark on our definitive London Reading List here on The Daily Constitutional this week, here are a few literary London stories from the past few days…

Book Review: Murder At the Inn – The Daily Express

If You Do One OTHER Thing In London This Week…

Our weekly slot in which we point you in the direction of other happenings and events in our great city. A new exhibition, a gig, a museum, a pop-up-shop – the best of London within a few minutes of a London Walks walking tour.

We are ALWAYS spoiled for choice on the London fringe theatre scene – from new plays by up-and-coming playwrights to neglected classics, it's a vivid world.

This week we're pointing you north, to Highbury Corner and a powerful revival of The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco at the Hen and Chickens.

Since 1957 the play has been in residence in Paris at the Théâtre de la Huchette, (in a double-bill with The Bald Soprano, also by Ionesco). In English mainstream theatre, however, Ionesco, a leading light of the absurdist movement, is something of a neglected figure these days, which is why it is such a delight to see this revival here in London.

By turns linguistically playful and sinister this short play is both challenging and hilarious.

Darren Ruston plays The Professor, beginning the play somewhere just below coronary and painfully reining-in his passion and rage for the duration of the piece. The Pupil – a deliciously brittle performance by Elena Clements – mirrors our own mounting fears like a thermometer as the tension builds. Angela Loucaides as The Maid provides grim comedy and welcome release in her interjections to the progress of the lesson. It is beautifully paced thanks in large part to the cast and their effortless reading of Ionesco's rhythms.

It's an all-too-rare opportunity to see this great play – this correspondent last saw the piece 28 years ago – so don't miss it.

The Lesson ends 14th March

Tickets are £8.50

Hen and Chickens Theatre
109 St Paul's Road
N1 2NA

How to find the Hen & Chickens…

Walking News

This is our favourite walking story of the week. It was shared by filmmaker Jean-Marc Abela, the creative talent behind London Next Stop the Canadian TV travelogue fronted by our very own Karen Pierce-Goulding.

It's written by Andrew Tate, a freelance writer and neuroscientist, and it's titled Why Steve Jobs Took Long Walks and Why You Should Too.

Here's an extract…

Beethoven was an avid walker, taking short sojourns to stretch his legs while working, and then spending his afternoons wandering around Vienna. He always took a pencil and paper with him to write down anything that struck him. You can see, or rather hear, the influence of these woodland walks in his symphonies, particularly his 6th Symphony, known as his Pastoral Symphony for its country and woodland elements.

Beethoven’s love of walking rubbed off on another genius of the time, Goethe. The composer and the poet meet in the resort town of Teplice on the Czech-German border and went for a walk and talk through the town. Perhaps, though, this is not the best example of a great walking meeting as, though Beethoven originally idolized Goethe, this was very much a case of never meet your idols. The two disliked each other and never met again. Though I hope Goethe continued his walks.

Read the full story HERE

Thanks for sharing Jean-Marc, it's a great read. Here's a pic of Jean-Marc filming in London with Karen last year…

Heard In London This Week: The London Walks Podcast

Don't forget to catch-up with our current podcast on London Museums – all three parts are available now…

Seen in London This Week: The Latest London Walks Film

Coming up in March on The Daily Constitutional…

This month we'll be bringing our Cartoon & Comic Book London Tour to a close…

… we'll be adding to our definitive London Reading List… Associate Editor Richard III will be sharing the tale of an extraordinary London Walker… Special Correspondent David Tucker will be holding forth on London, London Walks and the business of "free" walking tours… and we'll be revealing details of the NEW London Walks on the Summer Programme 2015! Thanks for reading, see you next week.

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