What's on in East London this weekend, 9th and 10th November, 2019

Festival of Remembrance

Join Harlow's Royal British Legion for a Remembrance Day concert and service commemorating all those who have given their lives since WWI and the many conflicts since. Featuring music and readings, the concert will also feature standards from Royal British Legion branches in the region.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Sunday, November 10, 7.30pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com

The Spangles Gang

Excellent country and old timey traditional and new folky/bluegrassy/bluesy music from The Spangles Gang who will provide a set full of gorgeous harmonies and elegant arrangements of some classics.

The Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HF, Saturday, November 9, 8.30pm. Details: 020 8520 3709 coppermillpub.co.uk

Sam & I

Over the flames of a candle, a woman holds her husband’s diary. “You will not live through this fire,” she whispers. And then the wife of Samuel Pepys, Secretary to the Admiralty and Fellow of the Royal Society, relents and reads the joys and trials of their household, the gossip of the court, the horrors of the Great Plague, the flames of the Fire of London, the antics and betrayals of a serial adulterer - her husband. This is Elizabeth’s dark night of the soul.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Saturday, November 9, 7.45pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

Best of Burlesque

Edinburgh Fringe late-night favourite Best of Burlesque comes to Harlow for the first time with a new all-star extravaganza. A round-up of the absolute finest in sultry striptease, curvaceous cabaret and vaudeville variety from the legendary producers of the infamous London Burlesque Festival. Since 2012 Best of Burlesque has entertained tens of thousands of late-night Fringe festival goers and each year the show only gets better.

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS, Saturday, November 9, 7.30pm. Details: 01279 431945 playhouseharlow.com

Ballet Black: Triple Bill

Celebrating their 18th year, there’s always excitement when Ballet Black take to the stage. Their popular programme contrasts dramatic and inventive storytelling in a lively showcase of modern ballets. INGOMA (meaning song) is a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing. This premiere and Barbican co-commission portrays a milestone moment in South African history and imagines the struggles of black miners and their families in 1946. Ballet Black reprise Martin Lawrance’s PENDULUM – an intimate duet which premiered in 2009. CLICK! an original, light-hearted work, completes the Triple Bill.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN, until Saturday, November 9, 7.45pm. Details: 020 8534 0310 stratfordeast.com

Lee Mead: My Story

Selected from thousands of performers, Lee Mead was thrust into the spotlight in 2007 to play the iconic role of Joseph in the West End, an incredible run that had to be extended to satisfy public demand. From there his career has been a rollercoaster of engagements from stage to screen. In the West End, Lee has appeared in classic musicals such as Wicked, Legally Blonde and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In television he has appeared in Casualty and Holby City. For 2019, Lee wishes to give something back and invite his fans to join him for an intimate interview, completely stripped back where he gets the opportunity to talk not only as Lee the showman but also as Lee the man. Lee will talk about the magical moments, the highs, the lows, the memories and of course the songs the audience love to hear.

Chelmsford City Theatres, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG, Sunday, November 10, 7.30pm. Details: 01245 606505 chelmsford.gov.uk

The Lord Mayor’s Show

The Lord Mayor’s Show is 804 years old. It has been a fixture of London life for centuries, from its origins as a way to keep the city under control through medieval carnival and imperial spectacle to become the world’s greatest unrehearsed civic procession. The modern show is a joyful and diverse civic parade of over 6,000 people, with dozens of marching bands, military detachments, carriages, dance troupes, inflatables, giant contraptions and ceremonial displays. Every year is different and surprising, combining London’s ancient pomp, rowdy patchwork heritage and modern dynamism to create a spectacle unlike anything else in the world.

Mansion House, Walbrook, EC4N 8BH, Saturday, November 9, from 11am. Details: lordmayorsshow.london

The Indians are Coming

Join Mickey Sharma, Sukh Ojla, Omid Singh and Anuvab Pal for Diwali Dhamaka. Bringing together some of the world’s funniest acts for an evening of fun and laughter.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT, Sunday, November 10, 6.30pm. Details: 01708 443333 queens-theatre.co.uk

East Art Fair

The East Art Fair mixes work by some of the UK’s hottest up and coming new artists with work by some of the country’s biggest established names. It will be a unique opportunity to see and buy both originals and limited edition prints – including many pieces that will not be available elsewhere – as well as mingle with and talk to the artists themselves.

Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Street, Saturday, November 9, 10am to 6pm. Details: eventbrite.com