Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

Catch Jeffrey Holland as Stan Laurel in a play as part of Camden Fringe, running until the end of th

Catch Jeffrey Holland as Stan Laurel in a play as part of Camden Fringe, running until the end of the month. Picture: Michael Wharley - Credit: Archant

Quirky plays, sibling fun on a Hindu celebration day and a seminar exploring Jewish culture are some of the top things to do in the borough over the next seven days.

Monday

A four-day seminar discussing Jewish language, literature and film runs from Monday to Thursday at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in North End Road, Golders Green.

Guest speakers include Hagai Segal, Trudy Gold, Dr Helen Miller, Dr Helen Fry and Rabbi Rodney Mariner.

The seminar costs £40 a day, £20 for a morning session and £15 for an afternoon session or £150 for the whole week. For further information and booking, call 020 8457 5000 or visit www.ljcc.org.uk.


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Tuesday

Brothers and sisters, aged three and upwards, will have to work together to make special tokens to mark the Hindu celebration day of siblings - Raksha Bandhan. The event is at Lauderdale House on Highgate Hill, from 10am to noon. Entry is £6.

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Thursday

A Hampstead soprano selected to take part in the prestigious Wigmore Hall International Song Competition will give a preview of her programme at St Stephen’s Church, Pond Street, Hampstead, at 7.30pm.

Catherine Hopper, a mezzo-soprano who grew up in Hampstead, will perform pieces by Britten, Debussy, Schubert and Tchaikovsky, with Joseph Middleton accompanying on piano. Tickets are £10, with £8 for concessions.

Friday

The Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival returns for another year to four venues. Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill; The Bull pub, North Hill; The Old Crown pub, Highgate Hill and Caipirinha Bar, Archway Road, will be hosting eclectic nights of jazz, soul, funk and boogaloo music from Friday until Monday, with live music on offer from the afternoon until late every evening.

All week

Camden’s quirky answer to the Edinburgh Fringe festival is already well underway - with dozens of unusual, funny and musical productions still to see in Highgate, Camden Town and Golders Green.

Upstairs at the Gatehouse theatre in Highgate has performances lined up for the rest of August’s Camden fringe, including a one-man play starring Jeffrey Holland, who played Spike in the 80s hit TV show Hi-De-Hi

Mr Laurel, the story of comic legend Stan Laurel, runs until Sunday, August 25.

The festival also features a play based on a true story about a Jewish woman who betrayed more than 3,000 Jews in the Second World war.

The drama, Blonde Poison, is performed by New Vic Productions and explores the motivation behind evil acts. It runs at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from Tuesday until Sunday, August 25.

Tomorrow is your last chance to see Wrapped In The Sun at the theatre, about a failed artist who teaches art on a council estate.

Several Camden Town theatres and the London Jewish Cultural Centre in North End Road, Golders Green, are hosting shows until the festival closes at the end of August.

All tickets are priced at £12 (concessions £10).

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