Vibe’s picks for the week April 30 to May 6.


The Gruffalo
The Churchill Theatre, Bromley, from Friday, May 2, to Sunday, May 4.

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Julia Donaldson and Axel Schleffer’s hit children’s book comes to life in Bromley. Perfect for pre and primary schoolers and their grown ups. Tickets £13.90 at

Earthquakes in London
Catford Broadway Studio Theatre from April 30 to May 25.

First performed at the National Theatre to rave reviews in 2010, Mike Bartlett’s play about three sisters and their relationships to each other and their estranged father will jolt your reality and challenge you to engage with it. Tickets from £8 to £14.50. Go to

Avenue Q
Greenwich Theatre until May 11

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Following five years in the West End, the smash hit, irreverent puppet musical for adults is headed on tour and has stopped in Greenwich. Tickets from £21 adults and £18.50 concessions (suitable for ages 14+). Go to

World’s Worst Serial Killers
The Woodville on Wednesday (April 30)

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Retired murder squad detective Trevor Marriott delves into the stories of some of the most terrifying killers with the help of his unique insights and real crime scene photographs, as well as looking at the errors and bad judgement calls made by the law which allowed them to keep killing. It’s not for the squeamish.

Tickets £11 or £13. Go to


The Kast Off Kinks
The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst on Thursday (May 1)

These guys are not your average tribute. For starters, they’ve been in the Kinks. Jim Dalton (1978 to 1996), Ian Gibbons (1979 to 1989 and 1992 to 1996) and Mick Avory (1964 to 1984) join singer Dave Clarke. Over the years, the band has even played shows with Ray Davies in the line up. Tickets £12 in advance or £15 on the door. Go to or call 020 8761 9078.

Miley Cyrus
The O2 on Tuesday (May 6)

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Headline grabber and serial twerker Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz World Tour to Greenwich. Tickets £56.50 to £69 at


Black Bird Comedy presents Simply the Jest
Upstairs at The Telegraph, New Cross, on Friday (May 2)

Laugh your socks off at this regular night of stand up. It’s every first and third Friday of the month.  Doors 7.30pm, show 8.30pm. Free.

Ruby Wax
Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Sunday, May 4.

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The US-born comedian, actor and writer who started at the Royal Shakespeare Company and went on to make her own TV programmes and script edit Absolutely Fabulous has become a mental health campaigner and gained a Masters from Oxford University in recent years. Her tour, Sane New World, is based on her acclaimed book and helps us understand why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking. It’s not strictly comedy, but we’re sure you’ll be entertained. Tickets £18 at


Roller Disco
The Walnuts, Orpington on Fridays

RocknRoller take the Roller Disco concept to a new level, with everything supplied, DJs, lights and trained staff. There’ll be games, dancing and competitions and fancy dress is encouraged. It’s £7.50 with skate hire and £6 without. Go to

Disco Kids Spacetacular
The Albany, Deptford, on Sunday, May 4.

Disco Kids is back with top tunes and a space theme for an afternoon (2pm to 5pm) for the little ones that is out of this world. DJ Jean Genie is on the decks. Tickets  £6 at or call 020 8692 4446.

Ightham Mote play area

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The historic National Trust property just got even more exciting for youngsters with a new play area. Next to the Discovery Den, at the north end of the garden, kids can let their imaginations run wild with natural games and activities.

Open daily 10.30am to 5pm (the house opens 11am and last entry is 4.30pm).

The Goblin King’s Annual Masquerade Ball
Bunker 51, Charlton on Friday (May 2)

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Now in its fourth year, the grim faerie tale world of music, performance, hidden experience, interactive creatures, puppetry and art is heading for south east London.

It’s all pretty magical and weird – ‘an experiential party exploring the darker side of fantasy’. Costumes or formal attire with mask recommended – imaginative and elaborate encouraged. Transport to and from North Greenwich station will be provided all evening.

Tickets from £15. Go to