London Lite Tuesday, 8 September 2009 19 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Lennys Moor is no pantomimeLENNY HENRY Othello is at Trafalgar Studios from Friday. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC THE AcoRN OTTOWAS indie-folk band, right, are supported by fellow Canucks Ohbijou -- indie-popsters who draw on folk and bluegrass influences. Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Rd W12 (020 8222 6933,, 7pm, 12.50. Tube: Shepherds Bush CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out WAvE MAcHiNEs THE Scouse alt-rock band, right, play tunes from their debut album, Wave If Youre Really There, which was released in June. Hoxton Sq Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Sq N1 (020 7613 0709), 7.30pm, 8.50. Tube: Old St DAviD GRAY TEN years and three albums on from White Ladder, Gray, right, remains best known for songs like Babylon and Please Forgive Me. Will new album Draw The Line, out next week, be able to change this? 14 Sep, Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (0844 482 8008,, 7pm, returns only. Tube: Chalk Farm THE PiTMEN PAiNTERs THIS play about miners- turned-painters, right, returns to the National after winning last years Evening Standard award. Until 22 Sep, National Theatre, South Bank SE1 (020 7452 3000), in rep, tonight 7.30pm, other times vary, 10-42.50. Tube: Waterloo Coming SoonTomorrowToday cATWALk coNfiDENTiAL ROBYN PETERSON, right, stars in a play she wrote about being a supermodel in the Seventies. Until 3 Oct, Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport St WC2 (0870 060 1742,, Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat 5pm & Sun 4pm, 20- 29.50. Tube: Covent Gdn THE AuTHoR TIM CROUCH stars in his own interactive play, right, about the extent performers will go to to please audiences. 23 Sep-24 Oct, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Sq SW1 (020 7565 5000), Mon-Sat 7.45pm, mat Sat 4pm, 10-15. Tube: Sloane Sq foR oNE NiGHT oNLY TIME OUT COMEDY presents some of the best stand-ups still standing including Jason Cook, left, Joe Lycett, Milton Jones, Pete Firman, Sam Gore, Stephen K Amos and Jarred Christmas (MC). Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1 (020 7388 8822), 7.30pm, 15-20. Tube: Euston Coming SoonTomorrowToday MARk WATsoN THE purposefully awkward comedian, left, whose prolific swearing might surprise those used to seeing him on TV, performs alongside Richard Herring, Freeze! and Angelos Epithemiou. 100 Club, 100 Oxford St W1 (020 7636 0933,, 8pm, 15. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd BiG NiGHT ouT HANS TEEUWEN, left, Sarah Millican and Jo Brand (MC) deliver some rib-ticklers at the last night of the Greenwich Comedy Festival. Sun, Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich SW10 (greenwichcomedyfestival., 7pm, 18.50. DLR: Cutty Sark DuB AND BAss COKI, left, Stenchman, Darkfire Dub (live set), Emalkay and DJ Madd spin dubstep and drum&bass in Camdens trendy former stables. Proud, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (020 7482 3867, proudcamden. com), 7.30pm, 5.50. Tube: Camden Town Coming SoonTomorrowToday coRoNA cARNivAL RESIDENT DJ Cesar R, left, brings a retro-pop feel and free Corona beer to the club formerly known as The End. The Den & Centro, 18 West Central St WC1 (020 7240 1083,, 10pm, 6, 5 before midnight, 4 adv. Tube: Holborn AN EvENiNG WiTH kRAfTY kuTs MATTER celebrates the work of breakbeat superstar Martin Reeves aka Krafty Kuts, left, at this night also featuring live performances from Rahzel and Jungle Brothers. 9 Oct, Matter, The 02, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686, matter, 10pm, 12. Tube: North Greenwich Complex character: Lenny Henry as Othello LENNY HENRY has an idea why he landed the role of Othello. Im six foot three and 18 stone, he booms. They couldnt really say no, could they? The face of Comic Relief admits hes nervous. Ive always been scared witless of doing theatre. Usually, its just me on my own on stage, going, This audience is rubbish. Now Im surrounded by actors, in a lead role. Its bizarre. Until now, Henrys only stage work has been panto. Was there always a serious actor under the comedy? Not really. My experience of Shakespeare at school blocked me for life: if youve ever heard a class of boys reading Romeo And Juliet, its not exactly elevating. It wasnt until my mum died in 1999 and I did an Open University degree in English l i t e r at u re t h at i t b e c a me le s s frightening. His performance won rave reviews at West Yorkshire Playhouse in February, one critic calling it one of the most astonishing debuts in Shakespeare I have ever seen. Henry, 51, has done his homework. Othellos a hugely complicated, screwed-up bloke who uses his seniority in the army as a shield against racism, he says. He also claims they dont have much in com- mon -- but the comic seems complicated, too. Othellos usually the only black person in a room, and I feel echoes of that. At school, if something went wrong, the teacher would go, Black child, stand up, he roars uncomfortably. Does doing Shakespeare mean he now feels a part of the establishment? I dont know. If being establishment means I can sell out gigs, then good. He sighs. Youve got to understand, because I toured with The Black And White Minstrels, people used to spit on me in the street. I was scum. So to be here 30 years later is tribute to my tenacity and hard work. Or perhaps the fact that Im actu- ally pretty funny. AMBER COWAN 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