30th Aug 2012 3:00pm | By Alasdair Morton
The San Fran punks who became multi-million rock gods bring their American Idiot album-as-a-musical to the UK for a nationwide tour and short London run at the Apollo.
The duo have an ambitious three-piece record coming out this month, November and January, but it is back to their 2004 chart-topper for this tale of punk singalongs and socio-political observations. Rock on!
Hammersmith Apollo, £22.50
Dec 4-16. 7pm
Tube | Hammersmith
Damon Albarn – musical chameleon, Gallagher baiter, occasional Blur frontman – dons his experimental hat for this evening’s show.
Birthed as a reaction to Live 8’s sleb-spotted posturing, Africa Express brings together artists from the continent that fascinates Geldof for an evening of jamming and spontaneous musical output.
The line–up’s to die for – Amadou and Mariam, Kano, Noisettes, Jack Steadman – and intent on broadening your musical boundaries.
Sept 8. 5pm, £20
Granary Square, N1C 4AA
Tube | King’s Cross
The unsettling musical from Rufus Norris, based on Kander and Ebb’s classic, itself based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, stars Will Young as the impressionable emcee at a cabaret club in Berlin at the end of Weimar German Republic.
The tale of sex, love and the rise of fascism makes for a thrillingly perverse melting pot, and is sure to see Young shake off his boy band days.
Oct 3-Jan 19. Times vary, £35+
Savoy Theatre, WC2R 0ET
Tube | Charing Cross
After a run in Hackney, this Tina Turner musical, chronicling her life and shaky times with Ike Turner, made its move to the
West End. Chock-full of the belter’s hits, it’s a rock’n’ roll musical spectacle.
Until Sept 29. Times vary, £32
Savoy Theatre, WC2R 0ET
Tube | Temple
This Tony Award-winning Broadway classic comes to town with its post modern play-within-a-play tale that pits warring gangsters and beleaguered actors amidst the troubled production of Taming Of The Shrew.
Nov 20-Mar 2. Times vary, £11+
Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB
Tube | Waterloo
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