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Comedy, espionage and art on offer for this week’s top Museum Lates

Posted at 10:00 am, September 30, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Secret London

It’s a new month, and with the seasons a-changin’ there’s plenty of new exciting things to be doing (indoors, thankfully). Have a browse through our top three museum lates happening this week:

1. Be entertained by international comedy at the British Library on Mon September 30. 6.30-8.30pm. £10 (£8 concessions).


Eddie Izzard is currently trying to perform his show in different languages around the world and in turn, international comedy is growing in the UK. The British Library are hosting a night of stand-up from ‘German Comedy Ambassador’ Henning Wehn who is a panel-show favourite, having appeared on ‘8 out 0f 10 Cats’, ‘Would I Lie To You?’, ‘QI’ and ’10 O’Clock Live’. He will be joined by Bangladeshi born-and-bred Naveed Mahbub who is one of Bangladesh’s most popular stand-up comedians, professional interpreter Matthew Perret and broadcaster and writer Natalie Haynes who is the first ever woman to be nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award at Edinburgh. The four comics will be speculating about the highs and lows of being funny in other languages as part of International Translation Day.

For more info and tickets visit bl.uk/events.

2. Indulge in citywide after hours events with Time Out’s First Thursdays on Thur October 3, until 9pm. Free.


On the first Thursday of every month, over 130 galleries and museums in East London keep their doors open a little later for loads of free events, tours, talks and exhibitions. Top picks for this month include: Opera Rose, the unexpected sculptural paintings of Jonathan Gabb at A Brooks Art, The Curve, an ambitious installation which is spread across a 90m space at Barbican and a continuation of facetiously titled project H/U/M/A/N/M/A/C/H/I/N/E at Arbeit Gallery, which explores the boundaries between natural and artificial.

For the full programme of events head to firstthursdays.co.uk

3. Be a spy by night in the Churchill War Rooms at the Imperial War Museum on Fri October 4, 6.30-9.30pm. £17 (concessions £13.60).


As part of a series of spy-themed events taking place, you’ll get the chance to step back into the 1940s world of espionage and embark on a secret mission under Churchill’s government. The spy challenge will show you what it takes to reach the standard of Special Operations Executive (SOE) as you work against the clock to decode hidden devices and find spy bugs planted around the site. An SOE agent will be reenacting some famous secret mission of WWII and you’ll also have the chance to watch an official SOE recruitment film from the museum archives. There will also be 1940s themed drinks on offer to aid/hinder your secret mission.

For more info and to book go to iwm.org.uk/events.

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