pantomime, Music, Theatre, comedy, Portrait Gallery

Fireworks in Victoria Park, in London's East End

Dick Whittington

This pantomime runs from 23rd November at Stratford East. Tickets are selling fast, and the earlier you book online here, the lower the price.

Music, Theatre and Comedy

St Margaret’s House down at the Bethnal Green End of Old Ford Road have a lot of music, theatre and comedy on. For example  Shkembe Soup are performing an evening of live music, dance and fun on Thursday 14th Nov 2019.They’ll be performing songs from near and distant lands. See expressive, vibrant dancing influenced by folk and belly dance from North Africa and Turkey, along with other styles fused from flamenco, skirt work, Hungarian Romany and jazz. £5 on the door from 7.30pm at the Gallery Cafe, 21 Old Ford Road, London, E2 9PL.

National Portrait Gallery closure for redevelopment

I’ve always enjoyed the Portrait Gallery, which is located on the Charing Cross Road, just behind the National Gallery. Most of it is free, so you can just wander in. They are currently offering £5 tickets to see their special exhibitions. These are for concessions and over 60s Mon – Weds 10-11am. This a big price reduction.

The National Portrait Gallery has recently won a £9.4 million of National Lottery funding to refurbish their galleries. This will start in July 2020 and the gallery will be closed until 2023. Visit while you can.

Sheila Kelly took photos and filmed the short video above of the fireworks in Victoria Park last Sunday. She said: “The fireworks were spectacular especially when the big spaceship took off. The theme was the moon landings. I go every year and I’ve never seen it as busy and popular as this. There were loads of young people and families with kids. The stewards did a great job of crowd control. I look forward to next year!”

Fireworks in Victoria Park - Moon Rocket taking off

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