IN&OUTTONIGHT LISTINGS 46 Friday, 13 November 2009 London Lite NEVER before have I seen a domino row of hardened critics rise to give a standing ovation. Yet this is what they -- we -- did, along with a tearful audience, for the gloriously re-cast Blood Brothers, now celebrating its 21st year in the West End. The show has suddenly become quite wonderful, and the galvanising factor is the terrific stage debut of Melanie C. I last saw Blood Brothers three years ago. Willy Russells book, music and lyrics were impassioned, but the piece didnt wear its near three- hour running time particularly lightly. Now, with the former Spice Girl taking her place on merit rather than reputation to lead an impressively committed cast, it is a rich, detailed and moving piece. As struggling single mother Mrs Johnstone, who agrees to hand over one of her newborn twins to her rich, childless employer Mrs Lyons (Vivienne Carlyle), Ms Chisholm delicately captures every changing tone, from teenage joy to adult resignation. The range she manages on Easy Terms is equally admirable. If we already knew she could sing, we might not have guessed shed prove this adept at acting. If it carries on like this, Blood Brothers could run for another 21 years. Mel C stars in Blood Brothers until April Melspicesupclassic Triumphant debut: Mel C proves her merit as Mrs Johnstone in town last night... THEATRE Blood Brothers PhoenixTheatre HHHHH FionA MounTFoRd STUDIO 5 AT LANGLEY Disco & funky house. Langley St WC2 (020 7836 5005). Tube: Covent Gdn. Sat, 8 STYLISH RIOTS AT THE BARFLY, CAMDEN Electro, hip hop & rock. Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (0844 847 2424). Tube: Chalk Farm. Fri 10pm-late, 6 TIKI GOT SOUL MAN! AT SOUTH LONDON PACIFIC Funk, soul & Motown. Kennington Rd SE11 (020 7820 9189). Tube: Oval. Fri 5pm-3am, 5 TWEE AS F**K AT BUFFALO BAR Indie, Northern Soul & pop. Upper St N1 (020 7359 6191). Tube/Rail: Highbury & Islington. Fri 9pm-3am, 6, concs 5 UNHOLY AT SCALA Metal, electro, pop & techno. Pentonville Rd N1 (020 7833 2022). Tube/Rail: Kings Cross. Fri 11pm- 6am, 8, adv 5, w/flyer 6 WAY WE WORE AT THE LAST DAYS OF DECADANCE Electro, tropical & swing.. ShoreditchHighStE1(02077292896). Tube/Rail:OldSt.Fri8pm-2.30am,5 SAINTS & SINNERS AT THE WATERSHED Club classics. The Broadway SW19 (020 8540 0080). Tube/Rail: Wimbledon. Sat 11pm-3am, 8, 7 before midnight SALSA WITH GERALDO & MAGDALEINA AT FIESTA HAVANA Salsa, plus dance classes. Fulham Rd SW6 (020 7381 5005). Tube: Fulham Broadway. Fri-Sun 8pm, intermediate, advanced, 4, free before 10pm SALSA THERAPY AT THE ELBOW ROOM Salsa tunes plus free dance class. Chapel Market N1 (020 7278 3244). Tube: Angel. Sun 7pm-1am, 5 SHAKE AT THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM Disco & pop. Camden High St NW1 (020 7485 9006). Tube: Camden Town. Sat 10pm-3am, 10, NUS/Mems 8 SOHO CHIC AT LVPO Residents spin funk. Dean St W1 (020 7434 3399). Tube: Leicester Sq. Sat 9pm-3am, 8, free before 10pm SIN CITY AT THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM Rock & metal. Camden High St NW1 (020 7485 9006). Tube: Camden Town. Fri 10.30pm-3am, 7 SIN CITY AT PLAN B Dubstep night. Brixton Rd SW9 (0870 116 5421). Tube/BR: Brixton. Fri 10pm-6am, 8 SLAM DUNK AT RELENTLESS GARAGE Pop-punk, emo, ska, metal, screamo and harcore. Highbury Corner N5 (0870 060 3777). Tube/BR: Highbury & Islington. Fri 10.30pm-late, 6 SOMETHING SERIOUS AT THE PHOENIX Indie, pop & rock. Cavendish Sq W1 (020 7493 8003). Tube: Oxford Circus. Fri 9pm-2am, 4, NUS/w/flyer 2, free before 11pm SOUL SHACK AT THE BLAGCLUB DJ Ash spins soul anthems, R&B, house & funk. Russell Gdns W14 (020 7243 0123). Tube: Kensington Olympia. Sat 9pm- 3am, 10, 5 before 10pm CoMEDY APOLLO THEATRE Shaftesbury Ave, W1 (0870 890 1101). Tube: Piccadilly Circus Dylan Moran: What It Is. Dry humour from the star of Black Books. Fri & Sat 8pm, 20-65 THE BLOOMSBURY THEATRE Gordon St, WC1 (020 7388 8822). Tube/Rail: Euston Louis C.K. Critically acclaimed American stand-up. Fri & Sat 9.30pm, Fri & Sat 7.30pm, 18.50 BRB THE ARC Torrens St, EC1 (07760 488119). Tube: Angel 99 Club Islington. With Miles Jupp, Pippa Evans, Sol Bernstein & MC Matt Green. Sat 8.15pm, 20, concs 16 COCKPIT THEATRE Gateforth St, NW8 (020 7258 2925). Tube/Rail: Marylebone/ Edgware Rd Spontaneity Shop. Fifteen improvisers perform a series of sketches & games. Sat 7.30pm- 10pm, 7 COCHRANE THEATRE Southampton Row, WC1 (020 7269 1606). Tube: Holborn Clare Summerskill: In No Particular Order!. Stand-up & sketches from the writer & comedian. Sun 7.30pm, 15, concs 10 THE COMEDY PUB Oxendon St, SW1 (020 7839 7261). Tube: Leicester Sq Soho Comedy Club. With Dag Soras, Matt Green, Eric Lampaert, Caroline Maybe, Rich Brophy, David Mulholland & MC Kate Smurthwaite. Fri 8.30pm, 7 Soho Comedy Club. With Nathan Caton, Stuart Black, Toby French, Paul T Eyeres & MCs Kate Smurthwaite & David Mulholland. Sat 8.30pm, 7 COMEDY STORE Oxendon St, SW1 (020 7930 2967). Tube: Piccadilly Circus The Best In Stand Up. With Rob Rouse, Mike Wilmot, Jeff Innocent, Michael Fabbri & Alistair Barrie, with open spots. Fri 8pm, 16 & 18 The Best In Stand Up. MC Rob Rouse introduces observational humour from Jeff Innocent, Michael Fabbri, Mike Wilmot & Alistair Barrie. Sat 8pm & midnight, 16 & 18 The Comedy Store Players. Featuring Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey & Lee Simpson. Sun 8pm, 15 THE CORNER STORE Wellington St, WC2 (0870 446 0616). Tube: Covent Gdn The Funny Side...Of Covent Gdn. With Dave Ward, Phil Kay, Ninia Benjamin & compere, Gareth Kane. Fri 8pm, doors 7pm, 12.50 The Funny Side...Of Covent Gdn. Featuring Dave Ward, Phil Kay, Ninia Benjamin & compere, Craig Murray. Sat 8pm, 12.50 The Funny Side...Of Covent Gdn. Featuring Cole Parker, Zoe Lyons, Brendan Dempsey & compere, Gareth Kane. Sun 7.30pm, 12.50 ETCETERA THEATRE Camden High St, NW1 (020 7482 4857). Tube: Camden Town Scenes From Communal Living. The young comedy improvisers present the share-flat from hell. Sun 8.30pm, 11.50, concs 7.50 HEN & CHICKENS St Pauls Rd, N1 (020 7704 2001). Tube/Rail: Highbury & Islington Mark Watson: Work In Progress. Observational stories from the Mock The Week regular. Sun 7.30pm, 8 LEICESTER Sq THEATRE Leicester Place, WC2 (0844 847 2475). Tube: Leicester Sq, Embankment Guy & Riks DIC. Sketch comedy & stand-up from the duo. Fri & Sat 7pm, 12 Just The Tonic. Featuring Rob Rouse, Pete Firman, Brett Goldstein & Phil Kay. Fri 9.30pm, 12.50 Just The Tonic. With Rob Rouse, Phil Kay & Brett Goldstein. Sat 9.30pm, 12.50 THE CAMDEN HEAD Camden High St, NW1 (020 7485 4019). Rail: Camden Rd; Tube: Camden Town The Fix Presents.... With Mighty Boosh & Snuff Box star Rich Fulcher, plus Charlie Chuck, Brian Gittins, Eve Webster & MC Fergus Craig. Fri 7.30pm, 12 MOONLIGHTING Greek St, W1 (020 7734 6308). Tube: Tottenham Crt Rd Amused Moose Comedy. Featuring comic, writer & presenter Mark Dolan, Martin Davis, Andrew Bird, Stuart Goldsmith & Joe Lycett. Sat 8.30pm, 9-11 O2 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE Shepherds Bush Green, W12 (0905 020 3999). Tube: Shepherds Bush Simon Amstell: Do Nothing. Stand- up & observational comedy from the ex-Never Mind The Buzzcocks host. Sun 7pm, 18 SOHO THEATRE Dean St, W1 (020 7478 0100). Tube: Tottenham Crt Rd Abnormally Funny People. Three acts are joined by a guest MC from the nationwide comedy circuit. Line- up to be announced. Fri 8pm, 10 Comedy Club 4 Kids. James Campbell returns with his stand-up act primarily aimed at children over the age of six. Today-Sun 1pm, 10, family 30 Reginald D Hunter: The Only Apple In The Gdn Of Eden & Niggas. The controversial comedian & regular guest on Have I Got News For You & QI performs his latest stand-up show on race & other such topics. Fri & Sat 9.30pm, 10-17.50, concs 12.50 & 15 Mark Thomas: The Manifesto. Political satire from the London- based comic & activist. Fri 9.45pm, 12 STORM Leicester Sq, WC2 (07760 488119). Tube: Leicester Sq 99 Club Leicester Sq. With Pippa Evans, Sol Bernstein, James Dowdeswell & MC Mowten. Fri 8.30pm, 24, two for one 99 Club Leicester Sq. With Chris McCausland, Mark Maier & Phil Kay. Sat 8.30pm-10.30pm, 30, two for one 99 Club Leicester Sq. The actor & writer performs stand-up, plus Joe Bor, Benny Boot & MC Chris Martin. Sun 8.30pm, 10, concs 8 listings restaurant and bar THE GUILT FREE LUNCH To Start Youve got some bad news to break to Brian so you decide to soften him up over a spot of lunch. Mains You let Brian know hes been passed over for promotion in favour of the Chief Executives son. But you dont pass up choosing a lunchtime special: Hoxton smoked fish cakes with mixed leaf salad and lemon aioli Confit of duck terrine with spiced chutney and toasted farmhouse bread Linguine with tomato and basil sauce, vegetables and parmesan (v) Dessert Brian bleats about the long hours hes been putting in but frankly if he was up to the job he wouldnt have to work so hard. And choosing between him and the CEOs firstborn is a lot easier than choosing between: Baileys bread and butter pudding with vanilla custard Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream Trio of Hoxton Apprentice ice creams with a shortbread biscuit To Finish You leave without feeling the least bit guilty because every penny of profit made by the Hoxton Apprentice is fed back into the charity Training For Life to help long-term unemployed people get permanent jobs. To book your table call: 020 7749 2828 or e-mail info@hoxtonapprentice.com Opening hours Lunch 11.00am to 6.00pm Tuesday to Friday Dinner 6.00pm to 11.00pm Tuesday to Sunday Brunch 11.00am to 6.00pm Saturday to Sunday 16 Hoxton Square London N1 6NT (7 mins from old street tube,exit2) 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.html48.html49.html50.html51.html52.html53.html54.html55.html56.html57.html58.html59.html60.html61.html62.html63.html