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Made in India

In a clinic in Gujarat three women meet. It’s Londoner Eva’s last chance for motherhood. For village girl Aditi, surrogacy is a lifeline out of poverty. For clinic owner and businesswoman Dr Gupta, it’s all just another transaction. But with the backdrop of profound global forces, can it possibly remain that simple? A thrilling new play about motherhood and blood ties, between women and across nations, in a brave new world.

Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford, E18 2RB, Tuesday, February 28, 8pm. Details: 020 8708 8800

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London Drinker Beer and Cider Festival

Come and support London breweries. Now in its 33th year, this is one of the longest running beer festivals in London and for the first time ever, the main hall is dedicated to real ales and craft beers brewed in London. In total there will be 150 London craft beers, imported beers (including American beers courtesy of the Brewers Association), ciders and perries. 2017 will also see a small selection of English wine. To add to the enjoyment, there is a tombola, Shut the Box and excellent home cooked food every session from Phil’s Pop Up Kitchen to suit meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, WC1H 9AU, Wednesday, March 8, to Friday, March 10. Details: northlondon.camra.org.uk

Russell Howard

In 2017, critically acclaimed comedy superstar, one of the best-selling acts in British stand-up, and host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Howard returns to the live stage for the first time in three years with his biggest global tour to date, Round The World. Russell will be performing 10 shows at the Royal Albert Hall – the longest ever consecutive run of dates by a single comedian at the venue.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Kensington, SW7 2AP, Wednesday, March 1, to Friday, March 10. Details: 020 7589 8212


Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre champions gender equality, celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere and examining the obstacles that keep them from fulfilling their potential. Hear influential and challenging speakers, take part in mentoring sessions and workshops, and see some of the best female comedians, musicians, performers and writers around. Talks from speakers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sandi Toksvig and Gillian Anderson will explore perceptions of gender identity and equality, celebrate heroines and question politics. What does Brexit mean for women? How do you go about asking for a pay rise? How are women using technology to change the world? All this and much more at the six-day festival.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XX, Tuesday, March 7, to Sunday, March 12. Details: 020 7960 4200

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Currents by Mayumana

This spectacular show was inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. On stage, we accompany a journey between two troops, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity and each inspired by a different aesthetic and artistic approach, all of which are presented as a dialogue, through unique sounds, lights, and visual effects. The show combines a variety of elements: specially made musical instruments, massive video art projections including video mapping and eleven skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ, Tuesday, April 18, to Sunday, May 7. Details: 02089 852424