What's On in early 2014: East London and Greenwich
The pages of this year's diary will be filling up fast so we've picked the cream of the crop on offer at the top east London venues over the next three months:
■ Anna Calvi's distinctive brand of seductive indie pop-rock will fill the E14 art-deco venue next month.
The Londoner has received critical acclaim from music journalists and a place on the BBC's Sounds of 2011 List.
Brian Eno called her "the best thing since Patti Smith".
February 8, from £21.80, troxy.co.uk.
THE O2, NORTH GREENWICH
■ Country star Taylor Swift (pictured above) will bring her back-catalogue of catchy, showstopping tunes to North Greenwich in February.
With a five-date haul at The O2 - and eager fans already prompting the first two dates to sell out - the excitement is building for the arrival of the Grammy Award-winner, with her 2010 and 2012 albums selling more than a million each in their first weeks of release.
February 1, 2, 4, 10 and 11, from £30.50, theo2.co.uk.
ICE RINK CANARY WHARF
■ Make the most of E14's glittering expanse of ice and banish those January blues by pulling on your skates.
With a path that weaves beneath the twinkling trees of Canada Square Park and The Boisdale Jukebox Bar providing warming drinks and '60s-style grub Ice Rink Canary Wharf provides fun for both friends and family.
Until February 16, Prices vary, icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk.
BACKYARD COMEDY CLUB, BETHNAL GREEN
■ Famed for his warm-yet-cheeky style, presenter, comedian and writer David Ward will host the line-up at Showcase Comedy's weekly event on January 16.
Joining him on stage will be acts including Robert White, Luke Graves and Mickey Sharma.
January 16, £5, backyardcomedyclub.co.uk.
■ Prepare to start 2014 laughing in the aisles as The Rumpus Theatre Company delights crowds with fast-paced, hysterical farce The Comedy Of Terrors.
Multiple mistaken identities provide the basis for an intense plot that mixes twins, identical policeman, a satanist association and impersonations with attempts to keep a romantic fling secret thrown into the mix.
January 21-25, £16, greenwichtheatre.org.uk.
THE ALBANY, DEPTFORD
■ A trio of real-life tales intertwine with music for the intimate and funny How To Be Immortal, which deals with aspects of love, science, death and immortality.
Debates about DNA centre on the death of Henrietta Lacks, a West Virginian, whose cells remain alive and well in a laboratory years after her passing, while loved-up coupled Rose and Mick are preparing for both a new family--as well as the death of the latter.
Meanwhile in the '50s, Dr George Gey and wife Margaret are combining homemade apparatus and calves liver puree to concoct a mind-blowing discovery.
January 28, 29, £12, thealbany.org.uk.
THE SPACE, ISLE OF DOGS
■ Take a first look at a fresh crop of acting, writing and directing talent at the One Festival 2014, a special series of monologues.
Following the success of last year's event, the Westferry Road venue will be playing host to top creatives making their mark on the theatre.
The action will be organised in a series of four programmes, each offering three or four diverse productions spanning sex trafficking, the revolution in Egypt, Jack the Ripper and, erm, Paris Hilton.
January 22-February 2, £12, space.org.uk.
THEATRE ROYAL STRATFORD EAST
■ This powerful political comment against war will return to the Stratford stage for the first time in 50 years to chime with the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Based on the songs sung by British soldiers during the conflict which killed 10 million, Oh What A Lovely War will be performed by a fresh ensemble cast including Caroline Quentin. The new production will strive to harness the spirit of the original while also resonating with modern audiences.
February 1-March 15, from £12, stratfordeast.com.ORD EAST