Drunk Actors Running Amok + More Festive To-Dos in London This Week

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Photo Source: Paul McGann and Richard E Grant in Withnail & I at the BFI

OMG it’s just over a week till Christmas and we haven’t bought any presents, sourced a turkey or pulled any crackers (ooer) – but as an actor in the greatest city in the world there are always things to do…    

Yuletide sing-song 
As we hurtle towards Christmas, our thoughts naturally turn to booze and singing. If you’re the same then why not go BIG – get yourself to the Coach & Horses in Soho on Wednesday and Saturday for a proper sing-song round the piano – and then on Friday it’s musicals galore at the Phoenix Arts Club’s Theatreland Sing-Along

National Elf Service
A new London theatre is always cause for celebration but the news of the opening of the long-awaited Alexandra Palace’s new stage really is exciting. It’s been closed to audiences for 80 years but will soon seat over 1200 people for music, theatre and opera productions. On Monday they’re screening the Christmas classic Elf, giving us all a brilliant chance to have a nose around. (£17.50) 

Meet Uncle Monty
Perhaps the ultimate on-screen depiction of actors running amok, Withnail & I is definitely a cult classic. Find out why the comic actor Mathew Baynton and so many others love this 1987 film about two resting actors who go on holiday “by mistake.” What a way to spend Friday night! (£12.65)   

Festive frolics
Yes, it’s niche, but you don’t get much more Christmassy that a sausage dog dressed in a festive jumper. On Sunday hundreds of dachshunds and their owners will gather in Hyde Park to celebrate the annual Christmas Sausage Walk. There’s a prize for the best dressed. (Free) 

Take a Loki at this
Ok, so this is crazily forward-looking but if you want to see Tom Hiddleston in Harold Pinter’s Betrayal it might be an idea to act now. The Hid will be gracing the London stage in March 2019 and booking is already open. So get to it! (From £15)

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