London Lite Friday, 6 November 2009 21 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS A hairy, Carrey ChristmastimeJim carrey A Christmas Carol opens today. 13PAGE 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 A FULL-BEARDED Jim Carrey rushes into the room like a deranged Santa, kicking a toy snowman out of his way while cracking jokes about parental abuse and wanting to drive a stake through Robert Pattinsons heart, before waxing lyrical about the joys of the festive season and Disneys animated take on Dickenss A Christmas Carol. Jimbo, a well-oiled machine when it comes to promoting his films, is all smiles as he talks about the classic storys themes of hope and redemption. I guess thats why it is so enduring. Every year were challenged by econ- omy, by personal circumstance and, he adds with a laugh, by hatred for certain people in our families. You cannot watch this story and not shift -- it gives us what we need to get us through the holidays and we end up having a pretty beautiful time. And his own most abiding Christmas memory? Being beaten by my stepfa- ther, he deadpans. Actually thats not true. I never had a stepfather. Among the eight characters Carrey plays in the Disney flick is sour-faced Ebenezer Scrooge. Any similarities there? Im a live-and-let-live sort of person but Im here to drive a stake through Robert Pattinsons heart. He is the undead! You may find him bleating on about Twilight star Pattinson on the internet. Carrey, 47, has embraced Twitter, say- ing: Ive been on the web for quite a few years watching people represent me in different forms and some of them have even pretended to be me so I guess I wanted to make a place where you could see me as I want to be seen, which is pretty naked. Youll see the full extent of my ego problem. That said, Carreys ego hasnt pre- vented him from embracing animated movies, where actors do all the motion- capture work but are replaced by CGI. But its such a wonderful thing, he beams. I can be cast in films that I would never be cast in normally. If I have it in my soul to play the character it doesnt matter what my face looks like or my age. Its really liberating. SIMON BUTTON Ho ho ho: Jim Carrey gets into the festive spirit Fleetwood mac LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM, right, and the band who lived through sex, drugs and rocknroll are back with classics such as Go Your Own Way and Little Lies. And tomorrow, Wembley Arena, Empire Way (0870 060 0870, wembley), 8pm, 45-75. Tube: Wembley Park edwyN colliNS COLLINS, right, recovered from two brain haemorrhages in 2005 and his comeback has been one of the most cheering success stories of this year. Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House 37-63 Bloomsbury Square WC1 (020 7404 7612), 7pm, 20. Tube: Holborn marilyN maNSoN THE god of f**k, right, has taken scary to a whole new level recently. Will this show be terrifying for the right reasons? Theres one way to find out. 9-10 Dec, O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Rd SW9 (0870 060 0100), 7pm, 28. Tube: Brixton opeN returN letter to richard BraNSoN TOM WRIGGLESWORTH, left, recounts how a whip- round on a train -- in aid of an elderly lady without a ticket -- ended with his arrest for begging. Until tomorrow, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St W1 (0870 429 6883), 9.30pm, 12. Tube: Tottenham Crt Rd miltoNS paradiSe JoNeS PERRIER, Sony and Time Out Award-winning comic Milton Jones, left, delivers his quirky one-liners. Sat, Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon St WC1 (020 7388 8822,, 7.30pm, 12, 10 concs. Tube: Euston rock with laughter AL MURRAY, left, Jasper Carrott, Jo Brand, Lenny Henry and Ed Byrne provide the laughter between sets from rockers Peter Andre, Sugababes, Bananarama and Bjrn Again. 20 Dec, Wembley Arena, Empire Way (0870 060 0870, wembley), 7.30pm, 35-50. Tube: Wembley Park aNNie get your guN JANE HORROCKS, right, is predictably wonderful as gun- slinging Annie Oakley. Until 2 Jan, Young Vic, 66 The Cut SE1 (020 7928 6363), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Sat 2pm, 20-29.50. Tube: Waterloo origiN oF the SpecieS MARJORIE YATES stars in this drama, right, about a prehistoric skeleton that comes to life to show us where we went wrong over the last four million years. Until 21 Nov, Arcola Theatre, 27 Arcola St E8 (020 7503 1646), Mon-Sat 8.15pm, 14. Rail: Dalston Kingsland aladdiN RUBY WAX, Pamela Anderson, right, and Paul OGrady share the role of the genie in this panto that will get everybody talking. 4 Dec-10 Jan, New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway SW19 (0870 060 6646), times vary, 16.75-29. Tube: Wimbledon taleS oF the uNexpected THE stables get a circus makeover for this new night featuring sets from Cocknbullkid and My Toys Like Me, left. Proud, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (020 7482 3867), 7.30pm, 8, 5 before 9pm. Tube: Camden Town VideocraSh 4 SHLOMO, left, joins Hextatic for audio-visual and beatboxing craziness. Live support comes from Stonephace and Polish psychedelic giants Oszibarack. Sat, KoKo, 1a Camden High St NW1 (0870 432 5527,, 9pm, 15. Tube: Mornington Crescent Bugz iN the attic THE Bugz boys, left, head south to spin broken beat and soulful house until dawn creeps in. 14 Nov, Plan B, 418 Brixton Rd SW9 (08701 165 421,, 10pm, 10, 8 adv. 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