Discover Jane Austen’s ‘Lost’ Works + More London Events 7/10-7/16

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Isn’t summer in London marvelous? Ok, you don’t know whether to dress for the beach or a downpour but that all adds to the fun, eh? Anyway, we’re attempting to free you from the uncertainty of what to do with your days off by offering this joy filled list of things to do this week.

Gandalf talks!
It’s not often you get the chance to hear one of the world’s finest and most entertaining stage actors talk about his craft. Book this week to hear Sir Ian McKellen chat about his role in the 1970 BBC TV play of Marlowe’s “Edward II,” which incidentally featured the first same-sex kiss seen on British TV. Tickets go on sale on July 11 at 11:30 am but won’t stick around for long. (Tickets: TBC)

Listen to your music with a side of greenery.
It’s not cheap but Lovebox in Victoria Park is one of London’s best summer music festivals. Headlining this year’s two-day extravaganza are Frank Ocean and Chase & Status, but there are over 80 other acts to enjoy. Plus food, hip hop karaoke, ping pong and happy, summering Londoners make it worthwhile. (Tickets from £72)

Find new audition material while celebrating pride.
Another one-off theatrical production to get booking for is The Old Vic’s Queer Voices Monologues. Just two nights of actors like Russell Tovey and Sara Crowe bringing “some of the most poignant, funny, tragic and riotous moments of British gay history over the last century” to life. (Tickets: £10)

Discover Jane Austen’s “lost” works.
Playing the Southbank’s big purple Underbelly tent on July 10 are the brilliantly funny Austentacious, who improvise a brand new “lost” Austen work for your entertainment and delectation at every performance. Let’s hope Jane had a good sense of humour. (Tickets: £15)

“I demand to have some booze.”
It’s thirty years since Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann turned the boozy shenanigans of two out of work actors into a darkly comic classic. On July 14, the Prince Charles Cinema hosts an anniversary screening of “Withnail and I”, so it’s almost obligatory that London’s acting community attend. Presumably the inclusion of the “finest wines available to humanity” is TBC. (Tickets: £10)

Having a ball...for free.
Maybe you missed out on Wimbledon Final tickets but don’t worry: across London, you can watch the big event in the open air for free. Chelsea’s Duke of York Square is offering a big screen, strawberries & cream and champers, while over in SE1 Flat Iron Square promises beer, picnics and “live alternative commentary”. (Free)

Dust off your kimono and prepare your best Sumo lunge.
The Hyper Japan festival is rolling back into town from July 14. Slap bang in the middle of East London, this celebration of all things Japanese will highlight everything from J-pop to sushi making contests and paint your own kitsune masks to the really terrible sounding wasabi pizza. (Tickets from £15)

Check out Backstage’s London audition listings!