What's on in East London this weekend, 13th and 14th April, 2019

Iago Banet

With his band Deep Blue Sea, Banet has toured across the UK, playing venues including O2 Academy Islington and 100 Club, and has recorded several albums. As a solo artist, Iago is launching his new album of instrumental music which features compositions mixing styles ranging from country to jazz, bossa nova to blues, and even tango. Banet specializes finger style acoustic guitar, which means that he plays bass, rhythm and melody all at once.

Luna Lounge, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1HG, Friday, April 12, 7pm. Details: 07904 525639 lunalounge.info

Stratford East Singers Live

Acclaimed choir Stratford East Singers return to the stage for a musical extravaganza. Led by soul singer Byron Gold, SES formed in 2011 and have gone from strength to strength with over 135 people taking part so far. They have performed at a variety of different of theatre shows and cultural events including BABEL, The Harder They Come concert, Heartfelt and BT's River of Music event. They have also appeared alongside Fleur East on ITV's X Factor in 2015.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN, Saturday, April 13, 7pm. Details: 020 8534 0310 stratfordeast.com

Alice in Wonderland

Join Alice down the rabbit hole in her magical adventures through Wonderland in this brand-new staging of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite. Come and join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts plus many more colourful characters. This exciting and playful take on the tale features a professional cast of energetic performers, catchy new songs and lots of humour that will entertain and delight the whole family.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday April 13, and Sunday, April 14, various times. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Milkshake Live!

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical. But when stage fright hits, his friends come to help. Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Saturday, April 13, 11am and 2pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

First Feat 2019

Now in its 21st year, Queen’s Theatre’s annual dance showcase, hosted by dance artist Tyrone Isaac-Stuart, celebrates the creative and diversity of young dancers in East London and Essex.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, April 14, 7pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

Smoke and Mirrors

This free exhibition will be the first ever to focus on the relationship between magic and psychology. Smoke and Mirrors will seek the truth about deception, ask how bias and suggestion affect our senses and decisions, and consider what it is about the human condition that means many of us believe in magic and the supernatural, even in the face of logical explanations. Artefacts from the world of magic will include those from Derren Brown, Tommy Cooper, Paul Daniels, Debbie McGee and Harry Houdini. Explore spirit photography, magic props, psychology experiments and more to see how magic works on – and in – your mind.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE, Thursday, April 11, to Sunday, September 15. Details: 020 7611 2222 wellcomecollection.org

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst

Discover this pioneering, subversive artist as the British Museum lifts the veil on his life and works in the largest show of his prints in the UK for 45 years. The emotional intensity of The Scream has reverberated through history, speaking to generations. The fact that it needs no explanation is arguably one of its strengths. Yet perhaps it is also the reason that, beyond his name, so little is known about its creator. Although it has become a universal symbol of human anxiety, it is a deeply personal response to Munch’s upbringing and experiences as a young artist. Looking at the cities of pre-war Oslo, Berlin and Paris, the exhibition shows how new ideas about personal and political independence gave rise to an important voice. In this collaborative exhibition with the Munch Museum in Oslo, discover how he mastered the art of printmaking and explore his remarkable body of work. Munch’s innovative techniques, bold use of colour and dark subject matter resonated with shifting attitudes – and mark him out as one of the first truly ‘modern’ artists.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG, Thursday, April 11, to Sunday, July 21. Details: 020 7323 8299 britishmuseum.org


The quintessential British lifestyle event, FesTeaVal, is re-imaging what tea can be. It’s all about the immersive tea experience this year. Rebalance with tea and meditation, learn about tea and sustainability or experience the ultimate modernist afternoon tea. And when it all gets a bit too much cool off with an iced tea at the beach. There will of course be tea tasting aplenty with a host of artisanal tea brands for you to discover.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF, Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14. Details: nationalteaday.co.uk

Heritage Theatre Walks

Join a dedicated team of volunteers to hear about the history of London’s oldest new theatre. The tour will lead you around the main auditorium and foyer areas, and it will give an overview of the past, present and future of Alexandra Palace Theatre.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, various times. Details: 020 8365 2121 alexandrapalace.com