BRIGHTER – Shows and performances in the Angel: Feb 2019

The wonderful arts and cultural venues in the Angel will be hosting a wide range of shows over the coming month. Check out what’s coming up in February 2019.


3 – 9 February            London Lovecraft Festival

Taking place over seven nights, the festival will have original and gently-loved productions presented to London audiences deep in the depths of darkest pub theatredom. With world premieres as well as tried and true creations, both Lovecraft novices and deeper initiates should find their palates tickled and their brains disturbed.

12 February – 2 March       Rattled

Em never meant to get married. She didn’t mean to be unhappy. It all just sort of happened by accident… like running over your neighbours cat. Things always seem to just happen to Em. Now standing alone on the edge of a train station platform, she just wants to know… whose baby is this?  RATTLED is a vital piece of new writing that explores the effects of childhood trauma through the eyes of a woman confronted by her past.

12 February – 2 March       In Search of Applause

Directed by Andrew Hurst, Keep It Moving Theatre presents a new, romantic comedy in the form of a one woman play that explores our human propensity to search for validation from the world around us for the rational decisions we’ve made …while our insides tear in two.  But then again, who’s ever going to be truly happy? We may at least be comfortable…



8 – 9 February          Sadler’s Wells Sampled 

Sadler’s Wells’ annual celebration of dance is the perfect opportunity to discover dance styles that you’ve never seen before (or to bring along a dance newbie).  This year’s line-up includes performances from the Dresden-based Semperoper Ballett, with a pair of pas de deux taken from William Forsythe’s Neue Suite and George Balanchine’s glittery masterpiece, Diamonds.

14 – 17 February           Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch — Since She – Dimitris Papaioannou

The unmistakable style of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch was forged over decades performing Pina Bausch’s huge catalogue of extraordinary work. Following the choreographer’s death in 2009, the company are now ready to embark on the expansion of this hallowed repertoire.  In an exchange of firsts, New Piece I marks the creation of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s first full-length work by a guest choreographer, while also being the first work that Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou has created outside of his own company.

22 – 25 February           Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch — Bon Voyage, Bob – Alan Lucien Øyen

Norwegian choreographer, director and award-winning playwright Alan Lucien Øyen takes on the challenge to create the second new full-length piece for the company.  Øyen practically grew up backstage at Ibsen’s Den Nationale Scene, experiencing both the cutting-edge and the classical from an early age. As resident choreographer of the Norwegian National Ballet and for his own company winter guests, Øyen’s work seeks to discover authentic expression and reflect the human experience, using dance, theatre and text.



6 February – 9 March (various dates)       Bizet’s Carmen

The Olivier Award nominated producers of La Traviata, La bohème and Tosca present a vivid, compelling and devastatingly powerful take on Georges Bizet’s masterpiece. Carmen works minimum wage jobs on the frontline of Britain’s crumbling service industry. Jose falls madly in love with her after a brief fling. As his passion morphs into something uglier, and far more troubling, Carmen realises she might have made a fatal mistake… Sung in English, and blending stark emotional realism with some of the world’s most beloved music, this highly original new production examines toxic relationships in a society on the brink of collapse.

18 February – 9 March (various dates)      Timpson: The Musical

Two warring houses. One ancient grudge. A whole lot of shoes. Can the warring houses of Montashoe and Keypulet be united by a pair of star-crossed lovers? Journey to Victorian London where Monty Montashoe and Keeleigh Keypulet, two young inventors bursting with ambition, strive to break free from the confines of their parents and follow their dreams all the way to the 50th annual ‘Invention Convention’! Sponsored by Timpson Ltd. themselves, Gigglemug Theatre’s debut musical explaining the origins of the high street cobbler’s “Timpson” is guaranteed hilarity for any “quality service person”.



6 – 10 Feb         The Selfish Giant

Inspired by the touching children’s story The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, Bristol’s two leading family theatre experts are combining forces to explore an unusual friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.  Powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic sums up this very special show.

8 Feb – 7 April (various dates)     Prince Charming

It’s a lot of pressure being Prince Charming. There’s all those dragons to fight and kingdoms to save, not to mention being charming all the time. It’s enough to make anyone a little worried.  Holed up in his bed, Prince Charming is making a list of his worries – from being struck by lightning or getting stuck in quicksand to the problem of his unfortunate name.  Somebody needs to come to our Prince’s rescue.  This new musical is funny, endearing and suitable for anyone who’s ever felt a bit anxious.

20 – 24 February            3 Little Pig Tails

A brand new version of the classic story of the three little pigs set in Paris. A grumpy old wolf is a chef who wants some pigs’ tails for his soup. Will the little pigs outwit the wolf and what kind of house will they build? A funny, warmhearted and interactive rustic tale to make you squeal with laughter, bristling with puppets, live music and lots of joining in.



12 Feb – 30 March         Shipwreck

Anne Washburn returns to the Almeida with a sinister and sensational play directed by Almeida’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold.