Karl Marx walking tour
What better way to spend a crisp winter morning in the capital than following in the footsteps of Karl Marx?
These tours take place every Sunday at 11am, starting from outside the Criterion Theatre on Piccadilly Circus. They cover the rooms where the Communist Manifesto was commissioned and the First International founded.
Some of the best and worst episodes of Marx’s life took place in central London. Along the way is the Soho house where the three of the Marx family’s children died as a result of poverty.
This tour is an entertaining chance to put Marx’s works in the context of the man who wrote them. Go to marxwalks.com for more details.
Scripted by fantasy author China Miéville, this film blends archive footage of a century of resistance. It includes the Russian Revolution, Cable Street, Orgreave, Tahrir Square and the Occupy camp at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The film is loosely structured around a time travelling rioter, performance art and narration. This is so that the filmmakers have a freer hand to reflect on the relationship between protest movements and the capitalist state.
It is directed by Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, and available online at vimeo.com/41903421
The Master and Margarita
Here’s another chance to see Complicite’s dramatic version of Mikhail Bulgakov’s anti-Stalinist novel. In it a woman goes to hell and back to save her lover.
Pontius Pilate argues with Christ and the Devil visits Stalinist Moscow, exposing the greed and corruption of its citizens. Oddly, Stalin didn’t think it was about him.
The Master and Margarita runs from 14 December to 19 January at the Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS.