Things To Do Today In London: Friday 15 March 2019

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Watch a screening of The Florida Project

PIRATES OF PENZANCE: It’s your last chance to see this updated version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, a musical story of a young boy apprenticed to a band of pirates. Wilton’s Music Hall, £10-£30, book ahead, until 16 March

WALKING BOOK CLUB: Writer Emily Rhodes leads a free book lovers’ walking tour around Regent’s Park, focusing on Anita Brookner’s novel Look At Me. Read the book before you turn up — it’s about a medical librarian in Marylebone, working on cataloguing images of illness. Daunt Books Marylebone, free, just turn up, 10am

WASBIES: The Wasbies were an intrepid group of women belonging to the Women’s Auxiliary Service and supporting the campaign in Burma during the second world war. Author Elizabeth Lockart-Mure talks about these experiences, based on the surviving diary of Maria Pilbrow. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am

LONDON MISSILE ATTACKS: Head to the National Archives to learn a bit more about the German V-1 and V-2 missiles used in attacks against Britain in 1944-5, and find out why British interception techniques were powerless to stop them. National Archives (Kew), £5/£4, book ahead, 2pm-3pm

ACTORS IN CONVERSATION: Actors Janie Dee, Peter Forbes, Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding are currently starring in Follies at National Theatre. They take some time out of rehearsals to discuss the challenges and rewards of their current roles. National Theatre, £7/£5, book ahead, 3pm

Watch The Kin Selection Controversy at British Library

THE FLORIDA PROJECT: Watch a screening of The Florida Project, a 2017 film about a precocious six year old who lives in the shadow of Disney World but spends the summer finding her own mischievous escapades. It’s part of the museum’s series of events looking at surviving childhood in difficult homes. The Foundling Museum (Bloomsbury), £5/£3, book ahead, 7pm

ROB DELANEY: Comedian Rob Delaney — best-known for co-writing and starring in Catastrophe — hosts an evening of comedy with Nina Conti and Ed Gamble also expected to appear. Hackney Empire, from £23.50, book ahead, 7pm

KIN SELECTION CONTROVERSY: The Kin Selection Controversy refers to the dispute over which scientist first proposed the evolutionary theory of kin selection — William D Hamilton or John Maynard Smith. Don’t worry if you don’t understand the theory itself, as the story is brought to life in this dramatisation for British Science Week. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm

BREAKUP MONOLOGUES: Popular podcast The Breakup Monologues, hosted by accidental relationship guru Rosie Wilby, is recorded live. This week’s guests include evolutionary psychologists Diana Fleischman and Geoffrey Miller who discuss their polyamorous relationship. Kings Place (King’s Cross), £9.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

BALLROOM AND LATIN: You don’t need to have a partner or know the steps to attend this evening social dance. Take part in Ballroom and Latin dances to traditional and modern music. Same-sex couples are welcome, and refreshments are provided. Morley College (Lambeth), £6/£8, book ahead, 7.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

Fiendish Friday Quiz: Hackney is often described as the only Inner London borough to lack a tube station. It’s not quite true, however. Can you name the one station that does lie partly within the borough? The first person to tweet the correct answer to @HeckTube wins an exclusive lump of grit from the streets of Hackney.

Good cause of the day

Music 4 Mums is a night of music (whodathunkit?) and spoken word raising money and awareness for APP — Action on Postpartum Psychosis. Big names like Imelda Staunton, Alex Waldmann and Romola Garai are performing along with a host of choirs. Book ahead now.

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