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Mad King Duels for Power, Jamie’s Pizza, Icemen: London Weekend

Eddie Redmayne and Andrew Buchan in "Richard II" by William Shakespeare in London. The play deals with the English king who believes he has a divine right to rule, and who is forced to give up his crown after a rebellion. Photographer: Johan Persson/Donmar Warehouse via Bloomberg

The fresh-faced gofer who fell for Marilyn Monroe on the big screen now plays Richard II on stage.

Eddie Redmayne charmed moviegoers as the bamboozled upstart in “My Week with Marilyn.” He’s now at the Donmar Warehouse in Shakespeare’s somber tale of the 14th-century English king who gets stabbed in the back.

Redmayne, who just turned 30, does a good job of portraying the despairing sovereign, though he pairs his lines with lots of hand gestures. The rest of the cast is excellent, as are the split-level, Gothic sets.

Michael Grandage directs. Information: or +44-844-871-7624.

As somewhere casual to eat near the Donmar, Union Jacks is worth a try. It’s the first outlet of a planned new chain by Jamie Oliver serving flatbread, the U.K. equivalent of pizza.

Information: or +44-20-3597-7888.


A one-bedroom mini-apartment is temporarily available for hire on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall (part of the Southbank Centre).

“A Room for London” -- inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Congo riverboat -- is a timber structure with a bathroom, kitchenette, library, and pretty views. It fits two people, at most, and guests log their impressions at the end.

Designed by David Kohn Architects and by artist Fiona Banner -- who parked warplanes inside Tate Britain in 2010 -- the room costs from 120 pounds ($185) per night and bookings for the July-to-December period open Jan. 19. Or you can win a stay by entering a competition of ideas for London’s future.


Saturday Night

Jocelyn Brown will give Londoners a rare, live chance to hear why she’s such a sought-after studio session diva.

She’s known for her 1980s dance hits, especially the chart-topping “Someone Else’s Guy.” Yet Brown has also worked with artists from Chic to Lou Reed. In her two nights (Friday and Saturday) at the Jazz Cafe, she’ll sing hits and show off her range, from disco to soul.

Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, NW1 7PG. Information: or +44-844-847-2514.

Camden is filled with restaurants. Yet it can still be hard to find a good place to eat. Market stands out for the quality of its seasonal British food. It’s relaxed and informal -- fitting for a night out at the Jazz Cafe. Otherwise, the venue has its own restaurant with a stage view. Information: or +44-20-7267-9700.


Michelangelo wannabes gather in Canary Wharf this weekend.

Eight teams from across the globe will chisel away in competitions at the London Ice-Sculpting Festival. You too can pick up the discipline by signing up for a 20-minute master class and learning how to sculpt a husky dog.

In Montgomery Square, Canada Square Park and Jubilee Place Shopping Mall, next to Canary Wharf tube station. Information:

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