London 2012 event listings 5 August: what’s on during the Olympics

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After The Party, Criterion Theatre, W1, to 12 Aug, Part of the Criterion's Playing The Games season, Serge Cartwright's play concerns two old friends from Stratford who see a way out of their rut through the Games.

Slow Boat, Chisenhale Gallery, E3, 5 Aug to 11 Aug, The art vessel arrives at Chisenhale, offering work by Benedict Drew and members of the young Propeller group.

The Real Truth: A World's Far, Raven Row, E1, to 19 Aug, Susan Treister's exhibition with talks and events exploring global conspiracies.

John Etheridge, Pizza Express Jazz Club, W1, to 8 Aug, Skilful, open-minded and entertaining guitarist appearing in various contexts, from his swing-celebrating Sweet Chorus (tonight) to the Soft Machine Legacy band (7 & 8 Aug).

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/National Youth Orchestra Of Scotland, Royal Albert Hall, SW7, 5 Aug, James MacMillan's Fanfare Upon One Note features during Prom 31 alongside Loch Ness – A Postcard From Scotland, a world premiere from Thea Musgrave.

Shazia Mirza, The Lion & Unicorn, Kentish Town, NW5, 5 Aug, The pioneering female Muslim comic explores cultural tensions and mutual misunderstandings between different ethnic groups – with gags.

Bob Mills, 99 Club, Storm, Leicester Square, WC2, 5 Aug, A stalwart of the British comedy scene for many years, Mills is still a hugely dependable entertainer providing an absolutely copper-bottomed live show.

Antony's Meltdown: Marina Abramovic – Lecture For Women, Queen Elizabeth Hall, SE1, The massively acclaimed performance artist presents a lecture for women only, entitled The Spirit In Any Condition Does Not Burn.

Cleopatra: Not the Usual Passion Assigned to A Woman, Purcell Room, SE1, 5 Aug, Janet Suzman, Kim Cattrall and Jude Kelly discuss complexity of the role of Cleopatra, and of her relevance to modern women.

Sheltered, The Lock Tavern, Camden, NW1, 5 Aug, free, Paper Crows and Duologue are live at a night of indie, rock and electro, spun by Ten Story and Sheltered DJs.

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