MUST DO: three for the 2018 diary

THEATRE: Lysistrata at the Shaw

All aboard the nationwide sex-strike. Photo: PR
This Greek classic by Aristophanes follows a woman’s extraordinary ploy to end the carnage of the civil war by instigating a nationwide sex-strike. Performed by UCL’s Greek and Latin Department, this new version, set in Renaissance England, explores the relationship between lust and violence as it documents the women’s conflicting desires to stick to their celibate truce – or give into Aphrodite’s lure. Time to hotfoot it out of that chastity belt and make a quick dash for the box office. Tickets are a tenner, available here. 7th-9th Feb, Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Rd, NW1

ART: London Art Fair’s 30th outing

Grayson Perry’s Britain is Best (2014) Courtesy of Castlegate House Ltd
Over the last three decades, this annual consumer affair has always been chocka with contemporary art, with work from global names galore (such as Grayson Perry, above). Sitting alongside the main fair are curated spaces Art Projects and Photo50, featuring what they’re hoping is the next generation of artists. Tickets here.Runs 17th-21st Jan, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street N1. 

MUSIC: AMP Sounds’ NW1 takeover

Annie Mac comes to Camden. Photo: PR
DJ Annie Mac’s next series of gigs hits Camden in February with nine shows across three venues. KOKO will host four raves over four consecutive weekends, headlined by Annie herself with guest DJs; while the recently spruced-up Jazz Café will showcase a roster of live acts; and not to be outdone, there’s a closing party at iconic Chalk Farm venue the Roundhouse. Gigs take place throughout Feb, tickets here.

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