London Lite Thursday, 2 July 2009 21 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS We thank you for the musicBenny Andersson Story Of A Heart is out on Monday. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC Blur DAMON ALBARN, right, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree lead this huge, open-air singalong. And tomorrow, Hyde Park SW1 (blur., 4pm, returns only. Tube: Hyde Park Corner CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out The Wiggles THESE kids entertainers, right, Australias biggest export (apart from, maybe, Kylie), perform songs like Hot Potato to an adoring crowd of toddlers. And Sat, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St W6 (08448 444748), 11am & 2pm, 14.50. Tube: Hammersmith The gipsy Kings THE French-Latino stars, right, who have sold more than 18 million albums, play hits like Djobi Djoba and Bamboleo. Ol! 11 Jul, Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane NW3 (020 8348 1286), 5.30pm, 27.50-37. Tube: Hampstead then 210 bus peTer pAn CIARAN KELLGREN, right, plays the boy who never grew up in this magical production in Kensington Gardens. Until 30 Aug, Kensington Park Gardens, Buck Hill W2 (0871 386 1122,, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Tue, Thu & Sat 2pm, Sun 3pm, 22.50-60. Tube: Lancaster Gate Coming SoonTomorrowToday Alls Well ThAT ends Well MICHELLE TERRY and Oliver Ford Davies, right, star in Shakespeares comedy about a feisty maid who is set a series of impossible tasks to win over the count she covets. Until 1 Oct, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 (020 7452 3000), in rep, tonight 7.30pm, other times vary, 10-30. Tube: Waterloo An inspecTor cAlls JB PRIESTLEYS play about an unexpected visit from a mysterious inspector, right, finally returns to the West End. 22 Sep-14 Nov, Novello, Aldwych WC2 (0844 482 5172), Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Thu 2.30pm, Sun 4pm, 12.50-47.50. Tube: Charing Cross eAsT MeeTs JesT WITTY IN THE CITY favourite Carey Marx, left, and 2007 If.comedy winner Brendon Burns give City workers another reason to go to this top-notch pub. The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate St E1 (020 7426 0495,, 8pm, 10. Tube: Liverpool St Coming SoonTomorrowToday pAul sinhA MR SINHA, left, is that rare thing -- a comedian who can talk about politics and other clever things without sounding preachy. Excellent. Udderbelly, South Bank SE1 (0871 663 2538,, 9pm, 15, 12.50 concs. Tube: Waterloo The WorKs ISABEL FAY, left, Isy Suttie and Renton Skinner try out their new material on an up-for-it crowd next Friday night. 10 Jul, Madame JoJos, 8-10 Brewer St W1 (020 7734 3040,, 7.30pm, 10, 8 adv. Tube: Piccadilly Circus lA BoMBA! THIS explosive Latin rave kicks off its monthly residency at Ministry with sets from Londons biggest urban Latin DJs Jose Luis, left, El Moreno, DJ Loco and Jimmy Valencia. Ministry Of Sound, 103 Gaunt St SE1 (08700 600 010,, 10.30pm, 10, 7 adv. Tube: Elephant & Castle Coming SoonTomorrowToday Bugged ouT! FRENCH electro DJ Brodinski, left, launches his gallantly titled Suck My Deck album. Dusty Kid, Matt Walsh and JoJo De Freq help man the decks. Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St EC1 (020 7336 8898,, 10pm, 13, 10 concs, 6 after 3am. Tube: Farringdon More ThAn A Feeling A NIGHT of power ballads hosted by good-time girls, Team Feel The Fourth. So its lighters aloft for classics by Bonnie Tyler, left, Heart and Roxette. Sat, Loom Bar, 5 Clipstone St W1 (020 7436 0035), 9pm, 2, 1 if youre dressed for power. Tube: Great Portland St TAKE a good look at the bearded chap pictured on the right. Does he look like one of the greatest songwriters that ever lived? Or does he look like your uncle about to sort out some nasty wallpaper crisis? Obviously, Benny Andersson is the former, part of the songwriting team that made Abba so huge, co-creator of hits with Bjrn Ulvaeus that, collectively, have sold more than 370 million copies worldwide. Wowsah. But Andersson doesnt seem bothered by the past -- he rarely even takes time out to consider the wonders of his back catalogue, from Dancing Queen, through Voulez Vous to The Day Before You Came. In fact, even when pressed, he can only offer up a single favourite Abba song. Sometimes Ill get moved by The Winner Takes It All. Theres a resonance to it, about what it was originally; maybe also some sort of, not sadness, but a nostalgic feeling of All right, we werent that bad, we were quite good, we did good stuff. Some good stuff. Sheesh, thats some understatement. Twenty-seven years after Abba last recorded together, Andersson, 62, is set to return to the singles charts with a new song, Story Of A Heart, co-written with Ulvaeus and sung by the Swedish singer Helen Sjholm. It could well be an Abba song -- sweetly melodic with a mournful undertow. Yet its all just work to Andersson. This is more like a real job. And this isnt like working in a coal mine or driving a bus. But it is work. And the reason it works well for me is because Im lucky enough to have this talent to tell the bad stuff from the good. Now, thats not my doing, is it? But I know that I have that. And thats luck. Yep, mate, selling 370 million records is just down to blind luck. What a very lucky beggar you are. PAUl CONNOlly Some guys have all the luck: brilliant Benny Andersson index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html