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

80s Mania

Currently taking the UK by storm, this is Europe’s official 80s reunion concert show, featuring the music of 25 chart-topping pop stars including Duran Duran, Human League, Culture Club, Wham!, Madness, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Soft Cell, Kim Wilde plus many more live on stage. An incredible 150 costume changes, custom-produced dual-screen video projection, more than 35 smash hits, the superb New Romantic Band and the amazing 80s Mania Dancers.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Saturday, March 16, 7.30pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com

Black Dyke Band

This multi award-winning band from West Yorkshire is one of the oldest and best-known brass bands in the world, with collaborators including Sir Paul McCartney, Tori Amos, Elton John and The Beautiful South.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, March 17, 4pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Lonely Eddie

Lonely Eddie is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist performing atmospheric, emotional, electronic pop. At live shows you will find him doing a lot of multi-tasking, surrounded by pedals, drum pads and synths performing as a one man band.

Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, Saturday, March 16, 7pm. Details: 07904 525639 lunalounge.info


Brilliant Americana country/blues/rock. Original high energy folk Americana with close harmonies, guitars and drums.

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

Robbie Love

Robbie Love is a versatile Irish singer who has an incredible selection of songs from The Eagles, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Oasis.

The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HF, Sunday, March 17, 8.30pm. Details: 020 8520 3709 coppermillpub.co.uk

Let’s Face the Music

A nostalgic celebration of much-loved songs and duets from the classic musicals of the golden age of Hollywood. Featuring ever-popular music from My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Calamity Jane, West Side Story, and many more.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP, Sunday, March 17, 2.30pm. Details: 020 7589 8212 royalalberthall.com

Arabian Nights

Award-winning Redbridge Youth Theatre present their twist on the classic tale of The Arabian Nights, the ancient tale of the ruler Shahrayar who discovers his first wife has been unfaithful and has her executed. Shahrayar distrusts all women and decides to marry a different one every day and have them executed the next morning. This way his wives will not be able to cheat and dishonour him. On her wedding night, Shahrazad, knowing about her murderous husband, weaves an enchanting tale to entertain him. When she finishes the first tale, she immediately begins the next, and successfully lives to see another day.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Saturday, March 16, 8pm. Details: 020 8708 8800 redbridgedramacentre.co.uk

In Basildon

Len is a die-hard West Ham supporter who proudly made a career at Ford Dagenham. Now he’s on his deathbed with the nearest and dearest gathered to say goodbye. His sisters, slogging away on the checkouts at Asda Romford and Tesco Basildon, haven’t spoken in 20 years. Over a ham sandwich spread, the banter soon flows and old animosities emerge as it’s time to read the will. A sharply funny play, charting an East End family’s history from the homelands of Hackney, via Romford, to Basildon and beyond. Written by Romford playwright David Eldridge, this explosively knotty drama is being brought back to its roots after a 2012 premiere at the Royal Court Theatre

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, until Saturday, March 30, various times. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

The Picture of Dorian Gray

This brilliant dramatisation of Oscar Wilde's classic novel about a young man who magically retains his youth and beauty while the decay of advancing years and moral corruption appears on a portrait painted by one of his lovers.

Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7ER, Saturday, March 16, 8pm. Details: 01992 919038 theydondrama.org

The Sleeping Beauty

A resplendent classic filled with fantasy and wonder, a cornerstone of the classical style. The Bolshoi’s younger generation takes us on a dream-like journey in this must-see ballet.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, March 17, 3pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Ballet Black: Triple Bill

In the first half, Ballet Black reprise Martin Lawrance’s Pendulum, an intimate duet that the company premiered in 2009. This is followed by a light-hearted work, CLICK! by Scottish Ballet’s choreographer-in-residence Sophie Laplane, a new piece for a mesmerising ensemble whose dancers are all of black and Asian descent. Forming the second half of the bill, Ingoma (meaning song) is a specially commissioned piece by company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November, which imagines the struggles of black South African miners and their families in 1946 – the same year in which 60,000 of them took courageous strike action. Through a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing, the performance by Ballet Black’s artists portrays a milestone moment in the country’s history.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, until Sunday, March 17, various times. Details: barbican.org.uk

A Suffragette Legacy: Kitty Marion

Come along for a panel discussion exploring the life and legacy of popular musical theatre performer and militant Suffragette, Kitty Marion. Suffrage expert and author Di Atkinson and theatre historian Viv Gardner will reveal the turbulent life of Kitty, the performer-turned-arsonist who was imprisoned and force-fed over 300 times. They will be joined by Vicky Featherstone, the first female director of the Royal Court and leading voice for the #MeToo movement, who will talk about today's fight against sexual harassment and abuse in the theatre industry, and how Kitty's message is still relevant today. There will also be readings from Kitty's autobiography by performer and writer Naomi Paxton.

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN, Saturday, March 16, 2pm. Details: 020 7001 9844 museumoflondon.org.uk

St Patrick’s Day Festival

The London St Patrick's Day Festival, now approaching its seventieth year, attracts more than 125,000 people to events across London. It has become a destination event showcasing the best of Irish food, music, song, dance, culture, and arts. This year’s theme is #LondonIsOpen. Come along to the festivities on Sunday 17 March as the parade sets off at midday from Piccadilly. The Trafalgar Square festival runs from 12pm - 6pm.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN, Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17. Details: london.gov.uk

Spring Makers Market

Come along for original, well made, inspired design, handmade or made locally. You’ll find everything from jewellery, stationery, art, homeware, adults and kids’ clothes, accessories and more. There will be several workshops over the course of the weekend. Urban Makers Feast will be on hand to keep your energy levels up with gorgeous, warming dishes, artisan coffee and cakes and some spring cocktails.

Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, Grove Road, E3 5TW, Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, 11am to 5pm. Details: urbanmakers.co.uk