London Lite Friday, 23 October 2009 25 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS Gimme!Gimme! Gimme!asequel Dominic cooper An Education (12A) is out next Friday. 12PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday DOMINIC COOPER isnt one of those boringly serious thesps prone to contemplating his navel, but he is contemplating his abs. I ask him if he still has the washboard stomach he honed for Mamma Mia! and the 31-year- old Londoner says: It went astray but Ive just got it back. Cue the swoons of girls and gays who helped make the Abba movie into the biggest hit in UK box office history. Despite spending most of his working life in dramas such as The History Boys and The Duchess, Cooper is thrilled at the success of the Greek island romp. I tried my hardest not to go to the audition because I didnt think I could pull off the singing, says the man who, compared to Pierce Brosnan, sounded like Pavarotti. But I loved doing that film, even if I did look like a greasy sausage. Today hes more spiv than sausage, sporting a quiff, designer stubble and the sharpest of suit jackets. This child of the Eighties who recalls being mes- merised by Back To The Future looks like hes been whisked here from the swinging Sixties, which is appropriate considering thats where An Education -- the acclaimed new movie in which he plays scheming best mate to Peter Sarsgaards romantic lead -- is set. Of the era Cooper, who grew up listen- ing to Duran Duran and The Human League, reckons: It would have been terribly exciting. The Beatles were recording, The Stones were recording. Wasnt The Pill also about to be launched? That would have been exciting too. I ask why and he just laughs. Dominic is dating Amanda Seyfried, but is guarded about his private life. Im more interested when well be seeing the Mamma Mia! sequel that Meryl Streep has promised is on the cards. Cooper looks flummoxed. I havent heard anything about that, but fingers crossed my character is still in it. Id love nothing more than to spend another summer on a Greek island. Thank goodness hes still got the stomach for it. SIMONBUTTON Groovy baby: Cooper is a big fan of the Sixties Green Day THE punk rockers fronted by Billy Joe Armstrong, right, who certainly arent American Idiots, have sold more than 22 million records in the United States alone. And tomorrow, The 02, Millennium Way SE10 (0871 984 0002, theo2., 6.30pm, 37.50. Tube: North Greenwich Franz FerDinanD ALEX KAPRANOS, right, and Franz have pulled out all the stops for their second night in SW9 with DJ support from Rob Da Bank, Hot Chip, Nze, The Glimmers and Moscow. O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100, O2academy, 9pm, 23.50. Tube: Brixton LittLe Boots ELECTROPOP singer Victoria Hesketh, right, releases her third single, Heartbreak, next month. Dont miss her final London show of the year. 11 Dec, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, Shepherds Bush Green W12 (0870 060 0100, O2shepherdsbushempire., 7pm, 12.50. Tube: Shepherds Bush tim minchin THE Perrier Award- winning Australian rocknroll comedian, left, who was by far the best act at last years Secret Policemans Ball, performs his funny cabaret show. And tomorrow, HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St W6 (0844 844 4748), 7.30pm, 20. Tube: Hammersmith GreG Davies WE ARE KLANGS comedy giant (hes 6ft 8in tall), left, talks about his best source of jokes: his parents. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883,, 8pm, returns only. Tube: Tottenham Court Rd BristoLian iranian JODY KAMALI, left, whose father is Iranian and whose mother is from Bristol, discusses the contradictions between the two identities he inherited. Mon-31 Oct, Etcetera Theatre, The Oxford Arms, 265 Camden High St NW1 (020 7482 4857,, Mon 9.30pm, Tue-Sat 7.30pm, 6.50- 8.50. Tube: Camden Town not the messiah (hes a very nauGhty Boy) ERIC IDLES salute to Monty Python, right, features Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore SW7 (020 7589 8212), 8pm, 19-140. Tube: South Kensington prick up your ears CON ONEILL replaces Matt Lucas in the story of lovers Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton (Chris New, right). Until 6 Dec, Comedy Theatre, Panton St SW1 (0870 060 6637), Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm & Sun 4pm, 17.50-49.50. Tube: Piccadilly Circus sweet charity TAMZIN OUTHWAITE, right, is Charity Hope Valentine in this musical featuring hits such as Hey, Big Spender and The Rhythm Of Life. 21 Nov-7 Mar, Menier Chocolate Factory, 51-53 Southwark St SE1 (020 7907 7060), Tue-Sat 8pm, mats Sat & Sun 3.30pm, 29.50. Tube: London Bridge wtF iBiza reunion JIMMY LEE and Jon Slater, left, Pique, Jack Michaels, J Lee Pop and Aris play upfront house for the White Isles fans. Lightbox, 6a South Lambeth Place SW8 (thelightboxlondon., 10pm, 15, 12 adv. Tube: Vauxhall cocoon part 3 TECHNO heavyweight Dubfire headlines Cocoons third London instalment alongside Timo Maas, left, and Jacek Sienkiewicz (live). Mr Cs Superfreq is in room two. Matter, The 02, Peninsula Square SE10 (020 7549 6686,, 10pm, 15. Tube: North Greenwich keep the DeaD aLive GET dressed up for a Shoreditch Halloween with Stuart Patterson, left, Tomoki Tamura, Alec Samways and Haran De Lucas. 31 Oct, East Village, 89 Great Eastern St EC2 (020 7739 5173), 9pm, 10, 8 before 11pm. Tube: Old St 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.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html