Mad Virgin’s Last Hope; Slave Show; Jimmy Cliff: London Weekend

Derbhle Crotty
Derbhle Crotty plays Maureen in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at the Young Vic in London. Maureen's rural life in Ireland is boosted by the hope of finding a husband and moving to America. Photographer: Keith Pattison/Young Vic via Bloomberg

Crazy Maureen Folan gets her last chance to shine at the ball this weekend. She puts her shortest party dress on and becomes “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.”

Derbhle Crotty has the title role in Irish writer Martin McDonagh’s play, which is coming to the end of its London run.

The story starts with comedy. Maureen, 40, trades stories and insults with her mother Mag, 70 (portrayed with dry wit by Rosaleen Linehan). Manipulative Mag angers her virginal daughter by trying to destroy her first and only hope of finding a man.

They battle for survival in a rural cottage under a poster that ominously proclaims “may you be half an hour in heaven afore the devil knows you’re dead.”

Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, SE1 8LZ. Ends Saturday (2:30 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m.) Information: +44-20-7922-2922 or

The Anchor & Hope, just a few steps from the Young Vic, was this week named as London’s best pub for food by Harden’s restaurant guide. The place is often packed so it’s essential to arrive early if you want to eat. Information: or +44-20-7928-9898.


The man who cast Nicolas Cage as an alcoholic in “Leaving Las Vegas” will be spending the weekend in London, soberly surveying the state of culture.

Mike Figgis is curating the “Deloitte Ignite” three-day festival at the Royal Opera House. There are performances or talks by artist Peter Blake, writer Neil LaBute, astrologer Shelley von Strunckel and flamenco star Eva Yerbabuena.

Deloitte LLP is sponsoring. Information: or call +44-20-7240-1200.

Saturday Night

“You Can Get It If You Really Want,” Jimmy Cliff will be repeatedly advising his audience at the O2’s little sister IndigO2 as he brings his European tour to London.

The reggae star has a deep catalog of other hits to choose from, including “The Harder They Come,” “Wild World” and the eternally optimistic forecast “I Can See Clearly Now” -- this year performed at Glastonbury as murky clouds poured rain.

IndigO2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX. Information:, +44-20-8463-2000 or


Slavery isn’t a thing of the past. Thousands of people in the U.K. are trafficked and forced to work for free, beg or prostitute themselves. The Museum of London points the finger in a small, free exhibition.

Illustrations are by Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins, who conceals victims’ features. Pictured from behind is a woman trafficked from India who was made to work seven days a week, beaten and raped by a man who took her money.

A London map brings it closer to home. Traffickers were caught trying to sell a Lithuanian woman for 3,000 pounds ($4,882) outside Selfridge’s on Oxford Street, the map shows. Child trafficking may be happening on Eurostar trains. And the London 2012 Olympics may make things worse, because more cheap labor is needed.

“Freedom From: Modern Slavery in the Capital” is at Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN. Information: or +44-20-7001-9844.

Barbecoa, the barbecue-meat restaurant co-owned by Jamie Oliver and New York chef Adam Perry Lang, is convenient for the Museum of London. It is also suitable for families -- so long as they’re not on a tight budget.

Information: or +44-20-3005-8555.

(Mark Beech and Farah Nayeri write for Muse, the arts & leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are their own.)

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