What's on in East London this weekend, 22nd and 23rd June, 2019

The Jive Aces Big Beat Revue

Featuring special guests, vintage pinup dancing troupe The Satin Dollz, the baritone sax of Lottie B and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua, this show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll. With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza, this show will have you out of your seat with its larger than life big-beat sound.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, June 23, 7.30pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

The Magic Flute

Sir Thomas Allen returns to Scottish Opera to revive his five-star production of Mozart’s most inventive opera. Set in a spectacular world inspired by the Victorian futurism of HG Wells and Jules Verne, this enthralling show perfectly balances the opera’s beguiling mix of comedy, fantasy and pantomime with a profound story of the search for wisdom, love and truth. A handsome prince, a damsel in distress, sorcerers, priests and a bumbling bird catcher – all are given life in Mozart’s sublime blend of lyrical love duets, folk-like ditties and the explosive coloratura of the Queen of the Night arias.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Thursday, June 20, to Saturday, June 22, 7.30pm. Details: 02089 852424 hackneyempire.co.uk

The Greatest Show on Earth

This high energy show featuring students from New Hall School’s dance department will showcase dance styles from ballet, tap, modern, street and musical theatre. Students from ages 3 to 18 years old will be celebrating their love for performing and entertaining audiences with their talents.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, various times. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

As Far as Isolation Goes

What does it feel like to be a refugee? Find out at an interactive installation by artists Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa. Be guided through the emotional and mental health hardships faced by people in detention centres through painting, touch and sound. Tania El Khoury is a live artist who creates installations and performances focused on audience interactivity and concerned with the ethical and political potential of such encounters. Basel Zaraa is a spoken-word artist, visual and stencil graffiti artist, and percussionist, whose work explores themes of exile and resistance.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, Sunday, June 23. Details: 020 7960 4200 southbankcentre.co.uk

Art Night

London’s biggest free all-night arts festival, giving residents the opportunity to see some of the most exciting contemporary artists from across the world make exhibitions, installations, performances and projects.

Walthamstow Market, High Street, Saturday, June 22, from 12am. Details: artnight.london

Madge Gill

Madge Gill was born in Walthamstow and spent most of her years living in East London. A self-taught, visionary artist, she created meticulous artworks, many of which were created while “possessed” by Myrninerest, her spirit-guide. This landmark exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of Gill’s work to date, bringing together drawings, large-scale embroideries, textiles and archival objects, many of which have never been exhibited before.

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park House, 531 Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP, Saturday, June 22, to Sunday, September 22. Details: 020 8496 4390 wmgallery.org.uk

The One-Person Show

Actor and playwright Tom Ratcliffe is running a masterclass at Harlow Playhouse this June about how to create your own work. The workshop will consist of a practical session in exploring ideas for your own material and how to go about getting these ideas up on their feet. The masterclass will also contain a question and answer session about the practicalities of creating and performing your very own piece of theatre.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Sunday, June 23, 1pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com


Sweatlife is a health and fitness festival featuring classes across yoga, boxing, pilates, spin, barre, bootcamp and dance by London’s top fitness studios including Barry’s Bootcamp, Psycle and Crossfit. There will also be a schedule of panel and speaker sessions throughout the weekend. Experts will explore themes including the science of meditation, mental health, and overcoming adversity. Sessions for mindfulness will offer a calming and reflective space for guests.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23. Details: lululemon.co.uk/sweatlife

Pride Ride

Join IBikeLondon once again as they ride with pride through the streets of London to celebrate Pride Month, and London’s legendary diversity. Visit the heart of London's LGBTQ community as you bring the party to the streets.

Outside National Theatre, Southbank, SE1 9PX, Saturday, June 22, 1pm to 8pm. Details: eventbrite.co.uk

West End Live

Performers from huge West End shows including Wicked, The Lion King, Matilda the Musical and more perform short sets for free in Trafalgar Square.

Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN, Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23. Details: westendlive.co.uk