What's on in Twickenham
By The Editor
25th May 2023 | Local News
A list of exciting events coming up in Twickenham. If you would like to add your own event simply click the black Nub It button in our What's On section!
Eel Pie Club at The Patch, London Road, Twickenham
Thursday, May 25 - Paul Cox - 25th Anniversary of Ain't Doing Nothing
Paul Cox has sung with legends such as Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Paul Rodgers, Gary Brooker, Bonnie Tyler, Chris Barber, Paul Jones, Andy Fairweather-Low to name but a few.
The show features a 7 piece band, including saxophonist, Nick Payne, has played with many huge names including Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, The Q Tips, Paul Young, Al Green, Cliff Richard and Zoot Money.
Mike Summerland on guitar has performed with The Temptations and Blodwyn Pig and is currently the main man in Classic Rock tribute, Fire and Water.
Dave Moore on keyboards has played alongside Dick Heckstall-Smith, Earl Green, Siuchi Sugayma and the Hamburg Blues Band.
Matt Winch on trumpet, is a top player and writer of TV theme tunes has worked alongside Nick Payn at the O2 Zeppelin concert and Andy Fairweather Lowe.
Nigel Hardy on bass has spent time in New York working with the late Robert Palmer and toured extensively with The Blues Caravan in Europe. And Wes Johnson on drums has toured with Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith, Ariel Posen, Katie Bradley, Robin Bibi and many more.
Sunday, May 28 - Barbarians v World XV - The Killik Cup
Eddie Jones will head up the Barbarians and Steve Hansen will lead a World XV at Twickenham Stadium for the Killik Cup.
Fans can expect an entertaining match, with attacking rugby full of tries and the teams packed with world class international players. Global stars already invited include:
Barbarians: Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), Danny Care (Eng), Andre Esterhuizen (Sa), Aaron Cruden (Nz), Justin Tipuric (Wal), George Furbank (Eng), Rhys Webb (Wal) & Joe Marler (Eng).
The Exchange, Twickenham
Saturday, May 27 - Show of Hands with Michael Wood and Kirsty Merryn present 'Songs of the People'
Show of Hands – Steve Knightley and Phil Beer join world renowned historian and broadcaster Michael Wood and singer songwriter Kirsty Merryn to take us on a chronological journey through 800 years of English radical songs.
Michael will provide the historical context alongside songs that illustrate the People's History.
From the Great Famine and the Peasant's Revolt in the 14th century, the English Civil War, the Diggers and Levellers, Peterloo, the Chartists and Tolpuddle Martyrs these songs commemorate the lives of ordinary men and women through times of struggle and hardship as they fought for the rights that are ours today.
Comedy, Turks Head, St Margarets
Saturday, May 27 – Bearcat Comedy
This week's line-up from the popular stand-up club, which regularly brings the top names from UK comedy to the venue, features Andrew Mensah, Kate Norris, Larry Dean, Robyn Perkins, and Tasmin Sarkany.
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
Until June 17 – The Circle by Somerset Maugham
Jane Asher plays Lady Kitty, a society beauty who notoriously abandoned her stuffy husband Clive (Clive Francis) and eloped with the handsome Lord Porteous (Nicholas Le Prevost).
Thirty years later, love's young dream has descended into non-stop squabbling.
Meanwhile, Clive and Lady Kitty's son Arnold (Pete Ashmore) faces the same marital fate, as his wife Elizabeth (Olivia Vinall) threatens to elope with the dashing Teddie Luton (Chirag Benedict Lobo).
Will history come full circle? Or can one generation learn from their parents' disastrous mistakes?
Somerset Maugham's sparky comedy of manners was first staged in 1921 and has remained a firm favourite with audiences ever since.
May 30-31 - Richard E Grant
Since his breakout role in cult classic film Withnail and I in 1987, Richard E Grant has become a much-loved fixture on our screens, starring in everything from Doctor Who to Downton Abbey via Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Spice World and Oscar-nominated for his 2018 role in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Now, join him for these unique events as he tells stories from his life, entwining tales from his extraordinary time in showbiz with uplifting reflections on love and loss, to celebrate the publication of his new book, A Pocketful of Happiness.
OSO Arts Centre, Barnes
Until May 27 - Absent Friends
A classic Alan Ayckbourn tragi-comedy from the 1970s, last revived in the West End ten years ago.
Provoking laughter and tears in equal measure, the play explores the innocent destructiveness of the happily well-intentioned.
Colin's friends want to help. He has been absent from their lives for a while, but the death of his fiancée, whom they have never met, has propelled Diana into organising a consolatory tea party.
Ayckbourn is the master at laying bare human nature and in Absent Friends he explores the universal and unchanging themes of our embarrassment in the face of death, the despair of lives unfulfilled and marriages that have stalled. Produced & Directed by Claire Evans
May 31-June 4 - False Accounts: Exposing the Post Office Cover Up
In 1999 Horizon, a new computer system was installed in Post Offices nationwide. There was only one problem: it was prone to bugs and the designers, Fujitsu, was fully aware of this. Soon hundreds of Sub-Postmasters across the UK were experiencing mysterious shortfalls of thousands of pounds for which they were liable.
From award-winning playwright, Lance Nielsen, this play shines a satirical light on what would soon become the biggest miscarriage of justice in British history.
May 27-29 – Foodies Festival
The UK's biggest touring gourmet food and music festival series – returns to London for a huge May Bank Holiday weekend.
Featuring a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars, including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Scouting For Girls and Fleur East
The three-day event features live cooking demonstrations from top chefs drawn from the ranks of MasterChef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, plus top-rated Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs
Star names appearing in the live cooking theatres include: Great British Bake Off 2022 winner, Syabira Yusoff, MasterChef: The Professionals 2022 champion,Nikita Pathakji, MasterChef: The Professionals champions Alex Webb and Steven Edwards, MasterChef champion, Dhruv Baker, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist, Charlie Jeffreys, Great British Bake Off finalist, Juergen Krauss, stars of Channel 4's Extreme Cake Makers, Christine and Phil Jensen and ITV Love Island cast members, chef and authors John and Tony Alberti (The Alberti Twins).
One Paved Court, Richmond
Until June 4 – 50,000 Witches by Noga Shatz
A new body of work exploring the representation of the female figure in painting through a contemporary perspective.
Noga Shatz re-examines famous women models, depicted by famous painters throughout the history of art, tracing their stories and bringing them to the front of the canvas, focusing on the fragmentation of the female figure. The works reclaim 'known' narratives in history and offer new interpretations to represent a layered female identity.
Ted Lasso Tour runs Saturday and Sunday at 3.30pm; Thursday at 6.30pm
Explore the locations featured in the hit Apple TV streaming show, Ted Lasso, starring Jason Sudeikis, which made its Season Three return to the screen this week. The walking tour takes in Ted's local pub, front door and even his thinking bench!
Museum of Rugby, Twickenham Stadium
Until September – The Jimmy Peters Story
James 'Jimmy' Peters was the first black man to ever play rugby union for England, overcoming hardships, setbacks and intolerance in the process to proudly represent his nation.
Until October 31 - Black Magic exhibition
Eel Pie Island Museum – Richmond Road
To mark the 35th anniversary of Black History Month in the UK, the museum is hosting a celebration of Black culture and shines a light on some of the many inspiring people of African and Afro-Caribbean heritage in Richmond, who have made the borough a richer, more vibrant place.
From jazz to reggae, this exploration of Black musicians is not simply Black history but Richmond's history. By learning about our culturally diverse past and traditionally unheard voices, we can look forward to the next exciting chapter together.
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