It is the capital’s longest-running international theatre season, but don’t worry: it’s so much more than people in white face make-up trying to get out of invisible boxes.
In fact, it is a dazzling array of productions that have an emphasis on movement rather than the spoken word in common, from circus skills through dance to work that is impossible to put a label on. And this year’s programme is packed with juicy treats. From huge productions like the Barbican’s Mother by the Olivier Award-winning Belgian troupe Peeping Tom to the spectacular and dangerous Santa Madera by Compagnie Mpta (pictured) at Shoreditch Town Hall, it’s got it all.
And there are two new pieces co-commissioned for the festival, namely Sigma: a beautiful piece by Gandini Juggling built around the South Indian dance Bharatanatyam; and the strange and profound mask work of Vamos Theatre in a piece about a ghostly spirit guarding over a soldier in Afghanistan.
So, stop thinking of mime as something you have to push past while shopping and investigate the treasures in this most creative of all arts festivals. Until Feb 3, various venues, London, mimelondon.com
London Art, Antiques and Interiors Fair
Peruse more than 30,000 pieces of furniture and works of art at this major market for home stuff from throughout the ages. Until Sunday, ExCel, London, artantiquesinteriorsfair.com
Leicester Comedy Festival gala preview show
Let the laughter commence as Ed Byrne hosts a taster of the comedians who are going to be giving funny bones a good going over in the next few weeks. Tonight, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, demontforthall.co.uk
A Country Night In Nashville
Leave the cold Scottish winter behind and step into Nashville honky tonk playing all your favourite country and western hits both ancient and modern. Yee-haw! Tonight, Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, acountrynightinnashville.com
Richard Strauss’s everyday story of a girl who has a man’s head cut off for the sheer hell of it is an opera not short on drama. Don’t miss out. Until Jan 30, Royal Opera House, London, roh.org.uk
Butlin’s is shrugging off its family holiday mantle to play host to up-and-coming and alternative bands including Wild Beasts, The Horrors and British Sea Power. Until Sunday, Butlin’s, Bognor Regis, rockawaybeach.co.uk
Sgt Pepper Live
It’s the closest you’re ever going to get to seeing the Fab Four live, with the Bootleg Beatles joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a celebration of the album’s half century. Tomorrow, Echo Arena, Liverpool, echoarena.com
What do Mike Tyson, Shakespeare and Patrick Stewart have in common? They all appear in this extraordinary one-man play about masculinity starring Joe Sellman-Leava. Until tomorrow, Theatre Royal, Bath, theatreroyal.org.uk
From Pythagoras to Frankie Howerd, this comic take on world philosophy, titled Total Eclipse Of Descartes, has things pretty much covered. Learn something while laughing. Until Jan 20, Soho Theatre, London, sohotheatre.com
Fast And Furious Live
Fans of the speedy movie series will find themselves in a world where the cars from the films perform stunts right there in front of your very eyes. Tonight, Echo Arena, Liverpool, fastandfuriouslive.com