What's on this weekend, 2nd and 3rd March, 2019


Actor entertainer Mark Anthony performs the number one Prince tribute in the world, featuring hit records such as Kiss, When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Saturday, March 2, 7.30pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com

Respect to Aretha

Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and power-house vocalist Letitia George stars in this heartfelt and uplifting dedication to the Queen of Soul. Whilst Letitia will always be remembered for her breath-taking performances on series four of The Voice, she has gone on to forge an enviable reputation as one of the most passionate and hardworking soul singers around. Aretha’s sad passing has inspired Letitia and her outstanding backing band to attempt the seemingly impossible: to capture the very spirit of Aretha Franklin.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, March 3, 7.30pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Ricardo Curbelo: Latin American Music

This innovative and unique harpist, singer, composer and poet combines traditional music from several Latin American countries with his own spellbinding compositions. Vibrant, energetic and jazzy pieces contrast with enchanting melodies and heartfelt vocals.

St Andrew's Church, 153 Colworth Road, Leytonstone, E11 1JD, Sunday, March 3, 12pm. Details: 07986 589 553 ricardocurbelo.com

The Riojas & Open Mikey

Fresh off the back or their sold out birthday reunion show, The Riojas are back for one night only for an extra special performance. Featuring all their classic hits with some new ones thrown into the mix.

The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HF, Saturday, March 2, 8.30pm. Details: 020 8520 3709 coppermillpub.co.uk

Elizabeth I

The first fully staged professional production Rossini’s opera Elizabeth I to tour the UK. The opera shows the woman behind the monarch. The queen had the reputation of a monarch who ruled with her head, and silenced her heart – but writers and composers remained fascinated with her private life, and in particular with her rivalry with her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. Rossini’s opera contrasts the private and public spheres of her life, sparkling with vocal fireworks which culminate in a virtuosic showdown between the virgin queen, her councillor, her lover and his wife. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Saturday, March 2, 7.30pm. Details: 02089 852424 hackneyempire.co.uk

Romeo and Juliet

The Alternative Shakespeare Company bring their joie de vivre to the language of the greatest writer. A love story about a boy and a girl who meet by chance and instantly fall head over heels in love, but their families are bitter enemies. In order to be together they must risk all. Romeo and Juliet is a dazzling combination of passion, hatred and tragedy.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 8pm. Details: 020 8708 8800 redbridgedramacentre.co.uk

Dons of Comedy

Marking the 10th anniversary of urban comedy’s leading quality brand, Dons of Comedy, Harmony Productions has handpicked a star studded line-up to perform on this special night which features only the best of the best in urban comedy, including Kane Brown, Danny “Slim” Gray, Kojo Akoto, Axel Blake, Eddie “Congo” Kadi, Judi Love and hosted by Kennedy. This will be a side-splitting, rib-tickling night of a comedy show, no holds barred.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, Sunday, March 3, 6.30pm. Details: 020 8365 2121 alexandrapalace.com

East London – Architecture, Streetlife and Survival

One of the city's fastest growing areas, East London has for centuries been the engine room, shop floor and clearing house of the capital with its streets and buildings bearing witness to the shocks, pains and struggles of massive change. Before the coffee and the hipsters, merchants, labourers, refugees, reformers and the desperate shaped its life and have each left their mark on its tumultuous landscape. From lost markets and model dwellings, to railways, warehouses and world firsts, this walk explores the streets and spaces of Hoxton, Shoreditch and Spitalfields revealing the landmarks in the making of East London.

Old Street Station, Old Street, EC1Y 1BE, Saturday, March 2, 10.30am. Details: eventbrite.co.uk

The Seven Noses of Soho

Legend has it that if you see all the Seven Noses of Soho you will attain infinite wealth. This tour takes in all Seven Noses, a very grand eighth nose, and a ghost nose. Along the way you will learn about the creation of the noses and the myths surrounding them. You will also see numerous other hidden gems and to top it all there is even a bonus ear.

Covent Garden Station, James Street, WC2E 9JT, Saturday, March 2, 11am. Details: eventbrite.co.uk


Insiders/Outsiders is a year-long nationwide arts festival celebrating the indelible contribution of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe to British culture. Coinciding with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War Two, the festival includes exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, film screenings, walks, lectures and literary events.

Various venues in London, from Saturday, March 2. Details: insidersoutsidersfestival.org