Kings Cross and St Pancras
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Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
Part of a complex that includes galleries and office space that houses, among others, the Guardian and Observer newspapers, Kings Place's main 420-seat auditorium opened in autumn 2008 with a wide-ranging series of concerts that often span a week and are curated by a series of different musicians. Although Kings Place will be the permanent home of both the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, there's also jazz, folk, leftfield rock and spoken word on the bill – some performances using a more flexible, subsidiary 220-seater room. There are decent food and drink options too, with the Concert Bar, Green & Fortune Café and a more serious modern British eatery, Rotunda, all under the same roof.
What's on at Kings Place
Solo shows, Work-in-progress, Big-name talent, Stand-up
The 'Adam' half of 'Adam & Joe' went solo with his technology-based show 'Kernel Panic'. Now, as part of the Kings Place Festival, he's testing new ideas and reviving some favourites. Basically, Buxton + a laptop = brilliant buffoonery!
Impressive improv comedy from experienced improvisers Cariad Lloyd and Paul Foxcroft. Definitely worth catching.
Big-name talent, Sketch shows, Musical comedy, Stand-up
Edinburgh Comedy Award-winners Tim Key and Tom Basden's ramshackle two-hander – 'Freeze!' – comes to Kings Place Festival. The shambolic pair expertly blend sketches, poems and weird films. Sublime lunacy.
Solo shows, Character comedy
Character comic Joseph Morpurgo's latest solo show, 'Odessa', is another hugely innovative triumph. We open with 1980s news report footage about a chemical plant fire in Odessa, Texas. Morpurgo ingeniously brings to life the subjects of the story, as...
Slick storytelling sketch quartet The Beta Males bring their latest show 'Happenstance' to the Kings Place Festival following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Sketch shows, Character comedy, Stand-up
- Critics' choice
This fundraising gig – organised by one of the nicest people in comedy, Nick Mohammed – is in aid of charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Most of the line-up is secret, but just the fact that comedy god Daniel Kitson has been announced as MC is enough...
Classical and opera
- Critics' choice
Second Viennese School leader Arnold Schoenberg is set in the context of his Viennese influences, such as Beethoven and Brahms. Performers over the weekend include London Sinfonietta with mezzo Sarah Connolly, Quatuor Diotima, soprano Kate Royal and Aurora...