What's on in East London this weekend, 16th and 17th February, 2019


This is the definitive tribute to one of the world’s most legendary rock bands. Capturing the magic and excitement of Led Zeppelin’s concerts in the 1970s, Boot-Led-Zeppelin faithfully perform all their classic songs.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, February 16, 7.30pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

The Songs of Doris Day

From her days with the Big Bands to her prolific recordings and Hollywood pictures, join Sue and Jeff Short as they tell the story and bring you the songs of Doris Day, including Secret Love, Que Sera Sera, and It’s Magic.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, February 17, 5pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers

On 3rd February 1959, rock ’n’ roll lost its brightest star. The unparalleled catalogue of music that Buddy Holly left behind has entertained, inspired and moved every subsequent generation to laughter, tears and an irrepressible desire to dance. To commemorate Buddy’s anniversary and to celebrate the joy he has brought millions of people, the country’s first and best-loved Buddy Holly act plays a very special show in venues all over the UK.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, February 16, 7.45pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Singsong Club

Join the SingSong Club for a sing-along/strum-along. Bring voices, ukuleles and percussion for the biggest and most awesome communal sing-song session and work your way through the greatest pop songs ever written.

The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HF, Saturday, February 16, 8.30pm. Details: 020 8520 3709 coppermillpub.co.uk

Woodford Musical Circle

The concert includes The Woodford Singers, the oboist Hannah Huff and local well-known pianist John Rippin.

St James URC Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, Saturday, February 16, 7.30pm. Details: 020 8505 0300

Hotel Paradiso

Thrillingly spectacular circus skills blend seamlessly with charm, physical comedy, clowning, juggling, theatrical storytelling and slapstick in this colourful and funny show from Lost in Translation Circus. Meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso – and their arch enemy the dastardly Banker, who schemes to repossess the hotel. The cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood. With thrills, gasps, laughs and drama there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Sunday, February 17, 2pm and 7pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com


Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s gripping psychological thriller Equus explores the complex relationships between devotion, myth and sexuality. When teenager Alan Strang’s pathological fascination leads him to blind six horses in a Hampshire stable, psychiatrist Dr Martin Dysart is tasked with uncovering the motive behind the boy’s violent act. As Dysart delves into Alan’s world of twisted spirituality, passion and sexuality, he begins to question his own sanity and motivations in a world driven by consumerism. Award-winning director Ned Bennett brings Peter Shaffer’s psychological thriller Equus to the stage in a bold new production of the critically-acclaimed classic.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN, Friday, February 15, to Saturday, March 23. Details: 020 8534 0310 stratfordeast.com

The Improv Party

For one night only, students from award-winning theatre school Tomorrow's Talent bring you an evening of improvised comedy. There will be laughter, audience participation and absolutely no preparation.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, February 17, 7pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

Diane Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and midtown shoppers, are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the 20th century. Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery, this exhibition takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated. The exhibition features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XX, until Monday, May 6. Details: 020 7960 4200 southbankcentre.co.uk

Brick Wonders

From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO bricks. More than 50 models will be on show, from individual pieces that will inspire visitors to build them at home, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. Visitors can build their own brick wonders in interactive play areas – including a graffiti wall, build areas and big bricks for little hands.

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ, Saturday, February 16, to Sunday, October 27. Details: horniman.ac.uk