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April in London 2014

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'Tis Pity She's a Whore
Manic Street Preachers
Virgin London Marathon 2014
Royal Opera: La Traviata
McBusted
Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite: The Tempest Replica
Akram Khan: The Rashomon Effect / Vertical Road
This Is Now: Film And Video After Punk
James Dean Season
BFI Made in Britain - Sexy Beast
Gary Barlow
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
War Music: Notes from the First World War
The Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize
Sunny Afternoon
Pick Me Up
Orpheus
Udderbelly Festival
Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery
Venice Preserv'd
Handbagged
Tokyobikes and Ace Hotel London Bike Tours
1984
Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square
Good People transfers to the West End
City of London Sinfonia: CLoSer: Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time
A View from the Bridge
 

 

Justin Timberlake returns to the O2 for his first solo performance since 2007 and the Bank of England Museum reopens with the Curiosities from the Vaults in April 2014.

 
 

BFI Made in Britain

This year focusing on Jeremy, Ralph and Gerald Thomas - son, father and uncle respectively.

Made in Britain Made in Britain Returning for its third year, 2014's Made in Britain season focuses on acclaimed producer and founder of the Recorded Picture Company Jeremy Thomas, his father Ralph Thomas, director of a number of the 'Doctor' films and uncle Gerald Thomas, director of all the 'Carry On' films. Films on the line-up include Sexy Beast, Blood and Wine, All The Little Animals and Young Adam. Launched at the BFI in 2012 with a focus on women filmmakers, this annual series represents films born and bred in Britain.
2014-03-312014-04-29 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 31st March - 29th April 2014

 

Returning for its third year, 2014's Made in Britain season focuses on acclaimed producer and founder of the Recorded Picture Company Jeremy Thomas, his father Ralph Thomas, director of a number of the 'Doctor' films and uncle Gerald Thomas, director of all the 'Carry On' films. Launched at the BFI in 2012 with a focus on women filmmakers, this annual series represents films born and bred in Britain.

 
 
 

Longitude Punk'd

Celebrating wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and explorers of the eighteenth century.

Longitude Punk'd Longitude Punk'd Longitude Punk'd celebrates the wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and elegant explorers of the eighteenth century. The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has commissioned eight British steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828. The exhibition features both fantastical inventions and real historic objects - blurring the boundaries between art and science, fiction and fact. Longitude Punk'd includes specially created pieces by steampunk luminaries Robert Rankin, Herr Döktor, Dr Geof, Emily Ladybird, Major Thaddeus Tinker, Lady Elsie, Yomi Ayeni and Wyn Griffiths. 2014-04-012015-02-01 Where:
Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 1st April 2014 to 1st February 2015

 

Longitude Punk'd celebrates the wacky inventors, star-gazing scientists and elegant explorers of the eighteenth century. The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has commissioned eight British steampunk artists to create works inspired by the technical inventions that were presented to the Board of Longitude between 1714 and 1828. The exhibition features both fantastical inventions and real historic objects - blurring the boundaries between art and science, fiction and fact. Longitude Punk'd includes specially created pieces by steampunk luminaries Robert Rankin, Herr Dktor, Dr Geof, Emily Ladybird, Major Thaddeus Tinker, Lady Elsie, Yomi Ayeni and Wyn Griffiths.

 
 
 

Sir Neville Marriner's 90th Birthday Concert

A special concert with performances from Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and Murray Perahia.

Sir Neville Marriner's 90th Birthday Concert Sir Neville Marriner's 90th Birthday Concert Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and Murray Perahia, "one of the most renowned American musicians on the international stage today" according to Forbes magazine, play a special Royal Festival Hall concert marking the 90th birthday of Sir Neville Marriner who conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields playing Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, Mozart's Piano Concerto No.20 and Elgar's Enigma Variations.
2014-04-012014-04-01 Where:
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st April 2014

 

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and Murray Perahia, "one of the most renowned American musicians on the international stage today" according to Forbes magazine, play a special Royal Festival Hall concert marking the 90th birthday of Sir Neville Marriner who conducts the Academy of St Martin in the Fields playing Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, Mozart's Piano Concerto No.20 and Elgar's Enigma Variations.

 
 
 

Justin Timberlake

The star's first solo show at the arena since 2007.

Justin Timberlake Justin Timberlake After a seven-year hiatus from the music industry Justin Timberlake is well and truly back in the spotlight, and will be performing at the O2 Arena in both April and June 2014. This will be the star's first solo show at the arena since his FutureSex/LoveSounds tour back in 2007 and with the release of both The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, audiences will be treated to a whole host of new material as well as old favourites. The release of these two albums also meant Timberlake doubled his solo album output within one year.
2014-04-012014-04-02 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd April 2014

 

After a seven-year hiatus from the music industry, Justin Timberlake is well and truly back in the spotlight, and will be performing at the O2 Arena in both April and June 2014. This will be the star's first solo show at the arena since his FutureSex/LoveSounds tour back in 2007 and with the release of both The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, audiences will be treated to a whole host of new material as well as old favourites. The release of these two albums also meant Timberlake doubled his solo album output within one year.

 
 
 

RHS Great London Plant Fair

A festival of flowers lit up with colour and the unmistakable scent of spring.

RHS Great London Plant Fair RHS Great London Plant Fair Stock up on plants and seeds and get ready for your spectacular summer display at the RHS Great London Plant Fair. The Royal Horticultural Halls will light up with the colour and unmistakable scent of spring as nurserymen and growers gather to show off their finest horticultural essentials at this festival of flowers. Members of the RHS Advisory will be on hand to answer questions and planting queries, and guests will have the opportunity to get their hands on spring-flowering plants, seeds and bulbs. Check out our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls if you're planning on visiting the fair from outside London. 2014-04-012014-04-02 Where:
Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, London London, SW1P 2PE
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE

Tube: St James's Park Station, Victoria Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd April 2014

 

Stock up on plants and seeds and get ready for a spectacular summer display at the RHS Great London Plant Fair. The Royal Horticultural Halls will light up with the colour and unmistakable scent of spring as nurserymen and growers gather to show off their finest horticultural essentials at this festival of flowers. Members of the RHS Advisory will be on hand to answer questions and planting queries, and guests will have the opportunity to get their hands on spring-flowering plants, seeds and bulbs. Check out our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls if you're planning on visiting the fair from outside London.

 
 
 

Fiddler On The Roof

From the award-winning producers of The King and I and High Society.

Fiddler On The Roof Fiddler On The Roof Directed and choreographed by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, Fiddler on the Roof comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre this April as part of its UK tour. From the award-winning producers of The King and I and High Society, this new production of the musical tells the story of Tevye, a modest Jewish milkman whose traditional life in Tsarist Russia is threatened from all sides. His main concern is the fact that his headstrong daughters have decided they want to marry for love rather than with who he pairs them with. Can Tevye convince his wife and the community that their decisions fit with tradition?
2014-04-012014-04-05 Where:
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London London, SW19 1QG
Category: Theatre

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 01st - 05th April 2014

 

Directed and choreographed by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, Fiddler on the Roof comes to the New Wimbledon Theatre this April as part of its UK tour. From the award-winning producers of The King and I and High Society, this new production of the musical tells the story of Tevye, a modest Jewish milkman whose traditional life in Tsarist Russia is threatened from all sides. His main concern is the fact that his headstrong daughters have decided they want to marry for love rather than with who he pairs them with. Can Tevye convince his wife and the community that their decisions fit with tradition?

 
 
 

Tom's Midnight Garden

An adaptation of the classic children's novel by the Birmingham Stage Company.

Tom's Midnight Garden Tom's Midnight Garden Tom is sent to stay with his uncle and aunt while his brother recovers from measles, but when he wakes in the middle of the night and hears the clock strike 13, he finds himself transported to the past, and a magnificent garden in which he meets and befriends a girl called Hatty. As Tom continues his nightly adventures, strange things begin to happen. Who is Hatty? And why does the garden only appear when the clock strikes an impossible time? This production of Tom's Midnight Garden is brought to the Hackney Empire by the Birmingham Stage Company.
2014-04-012014-04-05 Where:
Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London London, E8 1EJ
Category: Theatre

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 01st - 05th April 2014

 

Tom is sent to stay with his uncle and aunt while his brother recovers from measles, but when he wakes in the middle of the night and hears the clock strike 13, he finds himself transported to the past, and a magnificent garden in which he meets and befriends a girl called Hatty. As Tom continues his nightly adventures, strange things begin to happen. Who is Hatty? And why does the garden only appear when the clock strikes an impossible time? This production of Tom's Midnight Garden is brought to the Hackney Empire by the Birmingham Stage Company.

 
 
 

Torvill & Dean's Dancing On Ice The Final Tour 2014

An emotional farewell tour from Dancing on Ice comes to Wembley twice in April.

Torvill & Dean's Dancing On Ice The Final Tour 2014 Torvill & Dean's Dancing On Ice The Final Tour 2014 Former Olympic ice dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean star in the final national arena Dancing on Ice show based on the hugely popular ITV programme which came to an emotional end, bowing out after nine series with an all-stars show won by former 'X Factor' star Ray Quinn. An entertaining and colourful show for all the family, which we have some great ticket deals for, the live tour includes ice dancing champions Gareth Gates, the king of the ice, Ray Quinn, Hayley Tamaddon, Beth Tweddle, Suzanne Shaw, Bonnie Langford, Kyran Bracken and Joe Pasquale. The judging panel is led by Olympic gold medal winner Robin Cousins, alongside former competitive skaters Karen Barber and her previous skating partner Nicky Slater.
2014-04-012014-04-03 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London London, HA9 0DH
Category: Dance

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 01st - 03rd April 2014

 

Former Olympic ice dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean star in the final national arena Dancing on Ice show based on the hugely popular ITV programme which came to an emotional end, bowing out after nine series with an all-stars show won by former 'X Factor' star Ray Quinn. An entertaining and colourful show for all the family, which we have some great ticket deals for, the live tour includes ice dancing champions Gareth Gates, the king of the ice, Ray Quinn, Hayley Tamaddon, Beth Tweddle, Suzanne Shaw, Bonnie Langford, Kyran Bracken and Joe Pasquale. Fans of the Dancing on Ice TV show will definitely want to check out this final live version, touring the country during 2014 and coming to London's Wembley Arena twice in April: 1st to 3rd April and 23rd & 24th April. Expect thrilling choreography, crowd pleasing tunes, ridiculous costumes and an emotional farewell.

 
 
 

Passport To Cinema

Highlighting the controversial and taboo themes of sex, crime, politics and social injustice.

Passport To Cinema Passport To Cinema A survey of Hollywood talkies made before the censorious Hays Production Code came into force in 1934 will be the subject of both the Sight And Sound Deep Focus season and the Passport To Cinema strand from April to July at the BFI Southbank. Highlighting the studios’ then relatively unfettered treatment of controversial and taboo themes to do with sex, crime, politics and social injustice, the season will include both classics like Blonde Venus, Public Enemy, Freaks and I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang and rarities like Baby Face, Jewel Robbery, Gabriel Over The White House and Wild Boys Of The Road.

2014-04-012014-07-31 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st April - 31st July 2014

 

A survey of Hollywood talkies made before the censorious Hays Production Code came into force in 1934 will be the subject of both the Sight And Sound Deep Focus season and the Passport To Cinema strand from April to July at the BFI Southbank. Highlighting the studios' then relatively unfettered treatment of controversial and taboo themes to do with sex, crime, politics and social injustice, the season will include both classics like Blonde Venus, Public Enemy, Freaks and I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang and rarities like Baby Face, Jewel Robbery, Gabriel Over The White House and Wild Boys Of The Road.

 
 
 

Powder Her Face

A contemporary chamber opera about a real-life sex scandal in the 1930s.

Powder Her Face Powder Her Face English National Opera presents nine site-specific performances of Thomas Ades's Powder Her Face at Ambika P3. Joe Hill-Gibbins, one of Britain's most exciting young theatre directors who last year directed 'The Changeling' at the Young Vic, directs and Amanda Roocroft takes on the role of the Duchess of Argyll. The University of Westminster's vast subterranean Ambika P3 art space on Baker Street, converted from the former concrete construction hall of the School of Engineering, promises to be an excited setting for this contemporary chamber opera about a real-life sex scandal in the 1930s.
2014-04-022014-04-19 Where:
Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London London, NW1 5LS
Category: Concerts

Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5LS

Tube: Baker Street Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 19th April 2014

 

English National Opera presents nine site-specific performances of Thomas Ades' Powder Her Face at Ambika P3. Joe Hill-Gibbins, one of Britain's most exciting young theatre directors who last year directed 'The Changeling' at the Young Vic, directs, and Amanda Roocroft takes on the role of the Duchess of Argyll. The University of Westminster's vast subterranean Ambika P3 art space on Baker Street, converted from the former concrete construction hall of the School of Engineering, promises to be an excited setting for this contemporary chamber opera about a real-life sex scandal in the 1930s.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget

Bold new pieces inspired by the First World War.

English National Ballet: Lest We Forget English National Ballet: Lest We Forget The English National Ballet's new Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, has commissioned three of Britain's top choreographers - Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett - to create bold new pieces inspired by the First World War. Classical ballet and contemporary dance come together in an exciting fusion of techniques that promises to be as moving as it is inspiring. The programme, commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War, will also include a performance of George Williamson's Firebird, which the ENB premiered in 2012.
2014-04-022014-04-12 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Dance

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 12th April 2014

 

The English National Ballet's new artistic director, Tamara Rojo, has commissioned three of Britain's top choreographers - Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett - to create bold new pieces inspired by the First World War. Classical ballet and contemporary dance come together in an exciting fusion of techniques that promises to be as moving as it is inspiring. The programme, commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War, will also include a performance of George Williamson's Firebird, which the ENB premiered in 2012.

 
 
 

Birdland

An all-star cast in a new play about the role of a rock-star.

Birdland Birdland Sherlock's Andrew Scott re-teams with Simon Stephens in a new play, Birdland, taking on the role of a rock star at the height of his fame. During the last week of a successful tour, Paul is starting to wonder about the "big questions" in life. The world premiere of the play marks Scott's first appearance at the Royal Court since he starred opposite Ben Whishaw in Mike Bartlett's Olivier award-winning play Cock. Sea Wall, his last collaboration with Stephens reached near cult status and was made into a film and transferred from the Bush to the National Theatre's the Shed in 2013. Carrie Cracknell, whose recent credits include 'A Doll's House' at the Young Vic which transferred to the West End and is set to go to Broadway, directs the play staged in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court.
2014-04-022014-05-24 Where:
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London London, SW1W 8AS
Category: Theatre

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, Belgravia, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 02nd April - 24th May 2014

 

Sherlock's Andrew Scott re-teams with Simon Stephens in a new play, Birdland, taking on the role of a rock star at the height of his fame. During the last week of a successful tour, Paul is starting to wonder about the "big questions" in life. The world premiere of the play marks Scott's first appearance at the Royal Court since he starred opposite Ben Whishaw in Mike Bartlett's Olivier award-winning play Cock. Sea Wall, his last collaboration with Stephens reached near cult status and was made into a film and transferred from the Bush to the National Theatre's the Shed in 2013. Carrie Cracknell, whose recent credits include 'A Doll's House' at the Young Vic which transferred to the West End and is set to go to Broadway, directs the play staged in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court.

 
 
 

Othello

EastEnders' James Alexandrou in Shakespeare's tale of jealousy, paranoia and revenge.

Othello Othello Shakespeare's famous tale of jealousy, paranoia and revenge, Othello is a feted soldier and newly married to the beautiful Desdemona. He is also a moor and has been promoted over the head of his friend Iago, who is now hell-bent on revenge. Former EastEnders actor James Alexandrou (Martin Fowler) plays the slippery Iago in this highly accessible production at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge from Grassroots Shakespeare, a company known for their 'original practices' approach which involves creating the shows in similar conditions to the original productions. The show is part of the West End's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. 2014-04-022014-04-26 Where:
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London London, WC2H 7BX
Category: Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 26th April 2014

 

Shakespeare's famous tale of jealousy, paranoia and revenge. Othello is a feted soldier and newly married to the beautiful Desdemona. He is also a moor and has been promoted over the head of his friend Iago, who is now hell-bent on revenge. EastEnders' James Alexandrou plays the slippery Iago in this highly accessible production from Grassroots Shakespeare at the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge. The show is part of the West End's celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

 
 
 

Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America

Works by 16 artists from former sister continents Africa and Latin America.

Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America is a major survey exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery which reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition celebrates and explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices through paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture by artists like Bogota-based Rafael Gomezbarros, and Vincent Michea whose bright-coloured paintings operate as souvenirs of Dakar's past glories.
2014-04-022014-11-02 Where:
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London London, SW3 4SQ
Category: Exhibitions

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 2nd April to 2nd November 2014

 

Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America is a major survey exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery which reunites the two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their contemporary artists. The exhibition celebrates and explores the parallels between their distinctly diverse cultures and creative practices through paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture by artists like Bogota-based Rafael Gomezbarros, and Vincent Michea whose bright-coloured paintings operate as souvenirs of Dakar's past glories.

 
 
 

Alison Moyet

Blues-infused pop from the former Yazoo member.

Alison Moyet Alison Moyet The chart-topping and award-winning vocalist, a former member of synth-pop duo Yazoo, performs blues-infused pop in support of her latest album, The Minutes. 2014-04-032014-04-03 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 03rd April 2014

 

The chart-topping and award-winning vocalist, a former member of synth-pop duo Yazoo, performs blues-infused pop in support of her latest album, The Minutes.

 
 
 

Four Tops and The Temptations

Two major Motown groups perform their biggest hits.

Four Tops and The Temptations Four Tops and The Temptations Long-established Motown groups the Four Tops and The Temptations come to London in April for a one-night performance at the O2. Often considered as one of the main artists to help define the Motown sounds of the 1960s, the Four Tops will be performing their big hits I Can't Help Myself and Reach Out I'll Be There. While The Temptations, who were the first ever Motown artists to win a Grammy, will offer classics My Girl and Papa Was a Rolling Stone. Support comes from The Platters and Freda Payne.

2014-04-032014-04-03 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 03rd April 2014

 

Long-established Motown groups the Four Tops and The Temptations come to London in April for a one-night performance at the O2. Often considered as one of the main artists to define the Motown sounds of the 1960s, the Four Tops will be performing their big hits I Can't Help Myself and Reach Out I'll Be There. While The Temptations, who were the first ever Motown artists to win a Grammy, will offer classics My Girl and Papa Was a Rolling Stone. Support comes from The Platters and Freda Payne.

 
 
 

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

One of the world's oldest symphony orchestras' three-night residency at the Barbican.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, with particular hommage to Anton Bruckner. This three-night Barbican residency starts with Mozart's Violin Concerto in G major and Bruckner's Symphony No 4 in E flat, Romantic, on 3 April, with Peter Zimmermann on violin. On 4 April, cellist Truls Mork plays Haydn's Cello Concerto in C and Bruckner's Symphony No 7. For the final evening on 6 April, pianist Lars Vogt joins Jansons to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No1 and Bruckner's Symphony No 9.
2014-04-032014-04-05 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Concerts

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 05th April 2014

 

Mariss Jansons conducts the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, one of the world's oldest symphony orchestras, with particular hommage to Anton Bruckner. This three-night Barbican residency starts with Mozart's Violin Concerto in G major and Bruckner's Symphony No 4 in E flat, Romantic, on 3 April, with Peter Zimmermann on violin. On 4 April, cellist Truls Mork plays Haydn's Cello Concerto in C and Bruckner's Symphony No 7. For the final evening on 6 April, pianist Lars Vogt joins Jansons to play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No1 and Bruckner's Symphony No 9.

 
 
 

London Coffee Festival

Indulge in the capital's growing scene of artisan coffee where baristas are rockstars!

London Coffee Festival London Coffee Festival The London Coffee Festival returns once again and embraces the fact that the capital is gaining respect as a great place to uncover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee. The festival launched in 2011 and now entices more than 15,000 coffee enthusiasts, food lovers and professional baristas to enjoy four days of coffee-fuelled activities. The festival includes demonstrations from world-class baristas, live acoustic music and a 'Lab' seminar programme where the keenest of coffee lovers can be educated. There will be the chance to learn about how to make a brew coffee at home, taste speciality drinks and graze on a number of artisan and street food. Features include a pop up coffee shop, a roastery tour and the official UK Barista Championships.


2014-04-032014-04-06 Where:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London London, E1 6QL
Category: Foodie Events

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 06th April 2014

 

The London Coffee Festival returns once again and embraces the fact that the capital is gaining respect as a great place to uncover, experience and indulge in artisan coffee. The festival launched in 2011 and now entices more than 15,000 coffee enthusiasts, food lovers and professional baristas to enjoy four days of coffee-fuelled activities. The festival includes demonstrations from world-class baristas, live acoustic music and a 'Lab' seminar programme where the keenest of coffee lovers can be educated. There will be the chance to learn about how to make a brew coffee at home, taste speciality drinks and graze on a number of artisan and street food. Features include a pop up coffee shop, a roastery tour and the official UK Barista Championships.

 
 
 

The Malcontent

The great Jacobean tragicomedy performed by talented 12- to 16-year olds.

The Malcontent The Malcontent The Malcontent, one of the greatest Jacobean tragicomedies, is performed at the Globe's new Sam Wanamaker indoor theatre by the Globe Young Players, a new company of talented 12 to 16-year-olds specially selected and trained by Shakespeare's Globe. Directed by Caitlin McLeod, a rising star who assisted on Dominic Dromgoole's touring production of 'Hamlet' in 2011 and more recently directed Facts at the Finborough Theatre.
2014-04-032014-04-19 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 19th April 2014

 

The Malcontent, one of the greatest Jacobean tragicomedies, is performed at the Globe's new Sam Wanamaker indoor theatre by the Globe Young Players, a new company of talented 12- to 16-year olds specially selected and trained by Shakespeare's Globe. Directed by Caitlin McLeod, a rising star who assisted on Dominic Dromgoole's touring production of 'Hamlet' in 2011 and more recently directed Facts at the Finborough Theatre.

 
 
 

Butterflies

The Natural History Museum will erect a tropical butterfly house on its lawn this summer.

Sensational Butterflies Sensational Butterflies From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive this summer with the erection of a tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. Visitors to Butterflies will be able to take on butterfly challenges, try out games and activities as they explore one of the planets most amazing life cycles and experience the magic of walking among hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. 2014-04-032014-09-14 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 5BD
Category: Kids Events

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 3rd April to 14th September 2014

 

From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive this summer with the erection of a tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. Visitors to Butterflies will be able to take on butterfly challenges, try out games and activities as they explore one of the planet's most amazing life cycles and experience the magic of walking among hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies.

 
 
 

King Charles III

Mike Bartlett's future history play which imagines what happens when Prince Charles ascends to the throne.

King Charles III King Charles III Charles has to decide how to rule, following the death of the Queen and a lifetime of waiting in King Charles III, Mike Bartlett's latest drama which imagines the accession and reign of Charles, Prince of Wales. The award-winning British playwright (who has won titles for 'Artefacts', 'Cock', and 'Love, Love, Love', and was BAFTA nominated for his TV series 'The Town') looks specifically at the period immediately after the Queen's death, when Prince Charles ascends to the throne and imagines the many troubles he encounters after so many decades as an heir. The production, which premieres at the Almeida Theatre from 3rd April to 31st May 2014, reunites Bartlett and Goold for the first time since their work together on 'Earthquakes in London' at the National Theatre in 2010. If that hard-hitting play about climate change and corporate corruption is anything to go by, they won't dodge the big questions around democracy. The cast includes Nicholas Rowe, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Adam James, Katie Brayben, who appeared in Goold's recent critically acclaimed American Psycho, and Olivier Award nominated actor Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role. 2014-04-032014-05-31 Where:
Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London London, N1 1TA
Category: Theatre

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 03rd April - 31st May 2014

 

Charles has to decide how to rule, following the death of the Queen and a lifetime of waiting in King Charles III, Mike Bartlett's latest drama which imagines the accession and reign of Charles, Prince of Wales. The award-winning British playwright (who has won titles for 'Artefacts', 'Cock', and 'Love, Love, Love', and was BAFTA nominated for his TV series 'The Town') looks specifically at the period immediately after the Queen's death, when Prince Charles ascends to the throne and imagines the many troubles he encounters after so many decades as an heir. The production, which premieres at the Almeida Theatre from 3rd April to 31st May 2014, reunites Bartlett and Goold for the first time since their work together on 'Earthquakes in London' at the National Theatre in 2010. If that hard-hitting play about climate change and corporate corruption is anything to go by, they won't dodge the big questions around democracy. The cast includes Nicholas Rowe, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Adam James, Katie Brayben, who appeared in Goold's recent critically acclaimed American Psycho, and Olivier Award nominated actor Tim Pigott-Smith in the title role.

 
 
 

Handbagged

Award winning comedy imagining the relationship between Maggie and Queen Elizabeth II.

Handbagged Handbagged The Tricycle Theatre's Olivier award winning production, Handbagged, which examines the relationship between former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and The Queen, comes to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run. Based on the short play Women, Power & Politics, Moira Buffini's "irresistibly mischievous" (The Independent) comedy drama dissects the antipathy between Maggie and Queen Elizabeth II, who held wildly divergent beliefs on society and its importance. There are multiple versions of the two women with younger and older versions of the Queen (played by Lucy Robinson and Marion Bailey, respectively) and the former Prime Minister (Fenella Woolgar and Stella Gonet) in this acclaimed drama directed by artistic director of the Tricycle Indhu Rubasingham. The production's deserved win of the Olivier for best off-west end play will ensure tickets will be in demand for this limited run which continues until 2nd August 2014.

2014-04-032014-08-02 Where:
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London London, WC2R 0NH
Category: Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 03rd April - 02nd August 2014

 

The Tricycle Theatre's Olivier award winning production, Handbagged, which examines the relationship between former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and The Queen, comes to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run. Based on the short play Women, Power & Politics, Moira Buffini's "irresistibly mischievous" (The Independent) comedy drama dissects the antipathy between Maggie and Queen Elizabeth II, who held wildly divergent beliefs on society and its importance. There are multiple versions of the two women with younger and older versions of the Queen (played by Lucy Robinson and Marion Bailey, respectively) and the former Prime Minister (Fenella Woolgar and Stella Gonet) in this acclaimed drama directed by artistic director of the Tricycle Indhu Rubasingham. The production's deserved win of the Olivier for best off-west end play will ensure tickets will be in demand for this limited run which continues until 2nd August 2014.

 
 
 

Ceramic Art London

A leading international fair for contemporary ceramics displaying the work of over 75 ceramic artists.

Ceramic Art London Ceramic Art London Held annually at the Royal College of Art, Ceramic Art London, now in its tenth year, is one of the leading international fairs for contemporary ceramics, with over 75 ceramic artists displaying their work. Held in the Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries, all works at the three-day exhibition are for sale, offering collectors an opportunity to see the latest works and buy directly from the maker. For gallery owners and collectors it's an opportunity to snap up new talent, and for enthusiasts and visitors it gives an insight into this niche art form. For those who want to learn more, there's a free programme of demonstrations, talks and discussions while an exhibition by RCA Ceramics students shows the future of studio ceramics. 2014-04-042014-04-06 Where:
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2EU
Category: Exhibitions

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EU

Tube: Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th April 2014

 

Held annually at the Royal College of Art, Ceramic Art London, now in its tenth year, is one of the leading international fairs for contemporary ceramics, with over 75 ceramic artists displaying their work. Held in the Henry Moore and Gulbenkian Galleries, all works at the three-day exhibition are for sale, offering collectors an opportunity to see the latest works and buy directly from the maker. For gallery owners and collectors it's an opportunity to snap up new talent, and for enthusiasts and visitors it gives an insight into this niche art form. For those who want to learn more, there's a free programme of demonstrations, talks and discussions while an exhibition by RCA Ceramics students shows the future of studio ceramics.

 
 
 

Backstreet Boys

Yes they really are back and performing together for the first time in a decade.

Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys Now that the Backstreet Boys are back together as a five-piece for the first time in ten years, they are embarking on a world tour in support of their eighth studio album, In A World Like This. Originally formed in the '90s, they are the most successful boy band in music history with more than 130 million records sold worldwide. As well as their news hits, nostalgic fans can expect to be treated to classic hits I Want It That Way, As Long As You Love Me and Everybody. Backstreets Back, alright! Support comes from '90s girl band All Saints, who are reforming specially for this tour.
2014-04-042014-04-04 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 04th April 2014

 

Now that the Backstreet Boys are back together as a five-piece for the first time in ten years, they are embarking on a world tour in support of their eighth studio album, In A World Like This. Originally formed in the '90s, they are the most successful boy band in music history with more than 130 million records sold worldwide. As well as their news hits, nostalgic fans can expect to be treated to classic hits I Want It That Way, As Long As You Love Me and Everybody. Backstreets Back, alright! Support comes from '90s girl band All Saints, who are reforming specially for this tour.

 
 
 

Andrew Lawrence: There Is No Escape Tour

If cynical and vitriolic humour is your thing, then this show is for you.

Andrew Lawrence: There Is No Escape Tour Andrew Lawrence: There Is No Escape Tour In his new show There Is No Escape, which he brings to the Bloomsbury Theatre in early April, Andrew Lawrence offers his standard chatter about death and the unpleasantness of other people. But, just to add to the negativity, he also looks back at his comedy career and asks: what was the point? Ever the pessimist, he explains how he's been nominated for practically every comedy award there is but never won one. Further self-deprecating points include the fact that he's deemed ugly in London and how a bogey was hanging out of his nose in his graduation photo. If cynical and vitriolic humour is your thing, then this show is for you.
2014-04-042014-04-05 Where:
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London London, WC1H 0AH
Category: Comedy

Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0AH

Tube: Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 04th - 05th April 2014

 

In his new show There Is No Escape, which he brings to the Bloomsbury Theatre in early April, Andrew Lawrence offers his standard chatter about death and the unpleasantness of other people. But, just to add to the negativity, he also looks back at his comedy career and asks: what was the point? Ever the pessimist, he explains how he's been nominated for practically every comedy award there is but never won one. Further self-deprecating points include the fact that he's deemed ugly in London and how a bogey was hanging out of his nose in his graduation photo. If cynical and vitriolic humour is your thing, then this show is for you.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Faust

McVicar's lavish production sets the action in Paris on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War.

Royal Opera: Faust Royal Opera: Faust Tenor Joseph Calleja "has one of the loveliest voices in opera right now", The New York Times wrote of his performance in Faust at the Metropolitan Opera two years ago. He alone is good reason to see Charles Gounod's version of Michel Carre's play Faust Et Marguerite, directed by David McVicar's at the Royal Opera House this spring. First seen at the Covent Garden venue in 2004, McVicar's lavish production sets the action in the Paris of Gounod's later years, on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War. Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside also star in the story of a middle-aged scholar who sells his soul to a mysterious demon in return for glory and pleasure. 2014-04-042014-04-25 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 04th - 25th April 2014

 

Tenor Joseph Calleja "has one of the loveliest voices in opera right now", The New York Times wrote of his performance in Faust at the Metropolitan Opera two years ago. He alone is good reason to see Charles Gounod's version of Michel Carre's play Faust Et Marguerite, directed by David McVicar's at the Royal Opera House this spring. First seen at the Covent Garden venue in 2004, McVicar's lavish production sets the action in the Paris of Gounod's later years, on the eve of the Franco-Prussian War. Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel and Simon Keenlyside also star in the story of a middle-aged scholar who sells his soul to a mysterious demon in return for glory and pleasure.

 
 
 

This Is Now: Film And Video After Punk

Films made by members of the industrial and New Romantic subculture scenes of the early 1980s.

This Is Now: Film And Video After Punk This Is Now: Film And Video After Punk This Is Now at the BFI Southbank will show up to twenty films newly restored by the BFI National Archive in a special season looking at bold and provocative films made by art students, clubbers and members of the industrial and New Romantic subculture scenes of the early 1980s, an uncertain, politically contentious time. The majority of the Super8 and 16mm films due to screen in this season have been out of circulation for 30 years.
2014-04-042014-04-17 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 04th - 17th April 2014

 

This Is Now at the BFI Southbank will show up to twenty films newly restored by the BFI National Archive in a special season looking at bold and provocative films made by art students, clubbers and members of the industrial and New Romantic subculture scenes of the early 1980s.

 
 
 

You Me At Six

Performing their first UK shows since their sold-out Wembley show.

You Me At Six You Me At Six Fresh from touring with Thirty Seconds To Mars, You Me At Six perform their first UK headline shows since their sold-out appearance at Wembley a year ago. The shows come on the back of their forthcoming album Cavalier Youth, due for release in January 2014. 2014-04-052014-04-05 Where:
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London London, N22 7AY
Category: Concerts

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 05th April 2014

 

Fresh from touring with Thirty Seconds To Mars, You Me At Six perform their first UK headline shows since their sold-out appearance at Wembley a year ago. The shows come on the back of their forthcoming album Cavalier Youth, due for release in January 2014.

 
 
 

Gary Barlow

In support of his first solo album in 14 years.

Gary Barlow Gary Barlow Now that his stint as an X Factor judge is over, Gary Barlow is back to focusing on what he does best: song writing and performing. In support of his first solo album in 14 years, Since I Saw You Last, the singer-songwriter will be touring the UK in early 2013, stopping by the O2 for two nights. Having written thirteen number one singles and been awarded the Ivor Novello Award six times, Barlow is one of Britain's most successful songwriters. His latest album entered the UK charts at number two, missing out on the top spot to One Direction who ironically spawned from the X Factor.
2014-04-052014-04-06 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 05th - 06th April 2014

 

Now that his stint as an X Factor judge is over, Gary Barlow is back to focusing on what he does best: song writing and performing. In support of his first solo album in 14 years, Since I Saw You Last, the singer-songwriter will be touring the UK in early 2013, stopping by the O2 for two nights. Having written thirteen number one singles and been awarded the Ivor Novello Award six times, Barlow is one of Britain's most successful songwriters. His latest album entered the UK charts at number two, missing out on the top spot to One Direction who ironically spawned from the X Factor.

 
 
 

Hetty Feather

Hetty's adventures from a squirrel house to the streets of Victorian London in search of her mother.

Hetty Feather Hetty Feather Jaqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather is brought to life on the stage at Rose Theatre Kingston this April. Adapted by scriptwriter Emma Reeves - known for CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker - the story follows Hetty after she escapes from the Foundling Hospital. Following her adventures from a squirrel house to the streets of Victorian London as she searches for her real mother, it's a terrific story that's ideal for all the family.

2014-04-052014-04-19 Where:
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames London, KT1 1HL
Category: Theatre

Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 05th - 19th April 2014

 

Jaqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather is brought to life on the stage at Rose Theatre Kingston this April. Adapted by scriptwriter Emma Reeves - known for CBBC's The Story of Tracy Beaker - the story follows Hetty after she escapes from the Foundling Hospital. Following her adventures from a squirrel house to the streets of Victorian London as she searches for her real mother, it's a terrific story that's ideal for all the family.

 
 
 

The Glamour of Italian Fashion

Luxury, style and craftsmanship from some of the world's leading fashion houses and emerging talents.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion The Glamour of Italian Fashion Since the Second World War, Italian designers have become synonymous with glamour: Prada, Gucci, Armani, Versace... the names alone scream swagger, money, luxury and style. But there is more to Italian fashion than jet-set glitz - its success has been built on values such as craftsmanship, fine materials, innovation and expert tailoring. This V&A exhibition offers the chance to appreciate the art of the designers and the makers, without running the gauntlet of Bond Street doormen, displaying 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, from the museum's collection. Pieces from leading Italian fashion houses are set beside lesser-known mid-century designers and emerging talent and put in context through period film and fashion photography.
2014-04-052014-07-27 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Exhibitions

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th April - 27th July 2014

 

Since the Second World War, Italian designers have become synonymous with glamour: Prada, Gucci, Armani, Versace... the names alone scream swagger, money, luxury and style. But there is more to Italian fashion than jet-set glitz - its success has been built on values such as craftsmanship, fine materials, innovation and expert tailoring. This V&A exhibition offers the chance to appreciate the art of the designers and the makers, without running the gauntlet of Bond Street doormen, displaying 100 ensembles, both menswear and womenswear, from the museum's collection. Pieces from leading Italian fashion houses are set beside lesser-known mid-century designers and emerging talent and put in context through period film and fashion photography.

 
 
 

Daydreams And Diaries: The Story Of Jacqueline Wilson

Original notebooks, extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books.

Daydreams And Diaries: The Story Of Jacqueline Wilson Daydreams And Diaries: The Story Of Jacqueline Wilson This exhibition at the Museum of Childhood celebrates best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson, giving visitors the chance to learn out about her childhood, early career and what inspired her to write. The exhibition features original notebooks along with childhood toys, school reports and diaries. There are also extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and Hetty Feather. The exhibition will also feature contributions from readers, explaining the impact Wilson's book have had on their lives.
2014-04-052014-11-02 Where:
V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London London, E2 9PA
Category: Exhibitions

V & A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9PA

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 5th April to 2nd November 2014

 

This exhibition at the Museum of Childhood celebrates best-selling children's author Jacqueline Wilson, giving visitors the chance to learn out about her childhood, early career and what inspired her to write. The exhibition features original notebooks along with childhood toys, school reports and diaries. There are also extracts and illustrations from some of her best-loved books including The Story of Tracy Beaker, The Illustrated Mum and Hetty Feather. The exhibition will also feature contributions from readers, explaining the impact Wilson's book have had on their lives.

 
 
 

The Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge

England's two elite universities take to the water in a gruelling four-mile rowing race.

The BNY Mellon Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge The BNY Mellon Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race returns in 2014 for the 160th contest as England's two elite universities take to the water in a gruelling four-mile rowing race between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge in southwest London. Around a quarter of a million fans are expected to line the Thames for the annual Boat Race in which Oxford (with 77 wins) will look to close in on the Light Blues of Cambridge (81 wins). For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnivall Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. Nearby, at Bishop's Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent, while the banks of the river around Barnes are another popular spot. This year's Boat Race takes place at 6pm and the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie is before the main event but events at the river bank kick off at 12noon at Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens.
2014-04-062014-04-06 Where:
Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London London, SW6 3JD
Category: Sporting Events

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 06th April 2014

 

One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race returns in 2014 for the 160th contest as England's two elite universities take to the water in a gruelling four-mile rowing race between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge in southwest London. Around a quarter of a million fans are expected to line the Thames for the annual Boat Race in which Oxford (with 77 wins) will look to close in on the Light Blues of Cambridge (81 wins). For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnivall Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. Nearby, at Bishop's Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent, while the banks of the river around Barnes are another popular spot. This year's Boat Race takes place at 6pm and the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie is before the main event but events at the river bank kick off at 12noon at Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens.

 
 
 

The 1975

One of the biggest new bands of 2013.

The 1975 The 1975 Since finding mainstream chart success with their single Chocolate in early 2013, The 1975 have gone on to become one of the biggest new bands of the year, supporting the Rolling Stones on tour and gaining a UK number one debut album, for which they outsold the Nine Inch Nails comeback album. They also booked three nights at the O2 Academy Brixton months before the self-titled album was even released. As well as stopping by the Brixton venue in early 2014, the Manchester-formed four-piece have been invited to perform a one-off special concert at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Albert Sessions, an initiative that allows artists who have not previously headlined at the venue to showcase their skills.
2014-04-062014-04-06 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 06th April 2014

 

Since finding mainstream chart success with their single Chocolate in early 2013, The 1975 have gone on to become one of the biggest new bands of the year, supporting the Rolling Stones on tour and gaining a UK number one debut album, for which they outsold the Nine Inch Nails comeback album. They also booked three nights at the O2 Academy Brixton months before the self-titled album was even released. As well as stopping by the Brixton venue in early 2014, the Manchester-formed four-piece have been invited to perform a one-off special concert at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Albert Sessions, an initiative that allows artists who have not previously headlined at the venue to showcase their skills.

 
 
 

Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race

Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race The stakes are high as Oxford and Cambridge once again come head-to-head in a nail-biting and highly competitive race. No, this isn't the famous Boat Race but the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race . Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other Cambridge - embark on the sixth annual race, which takes place at Spitalfields City Farm on the same day as the Boat Race. Last year, Barney the pygmy goat - who started Cambridge's winning streak back in 2009 - came out of retirement and made it five in a row for Cambridge. There are numerous other goat-related activities on offer as well as food & market stalls, live music, beer & cocktail bars, arts & crafts stands and a bookie & sweepstake tent. 2014-04-062014-04-06 Where:
Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, London London, E1 5AR
Category: Sporting Events

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 5AR

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 06th April 2014

 

The stakes are high as Oxford and Cambridge once again come head-to-head in a nail-biting and highly competitive race. No, this isn't the famous Boat Race but the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race . Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other Cambridge - embark on the sixth annual race, which takes place at Spitalfields City Farm on the same day as the Boat Race. Last year, Barney the pygmy goat - who started Cambridge's winning streak back in 2009 - came out of retirement and made it five in a row for Cambridge. There are numerous other goat-related activities on offer as well as food & market stalls, live music, beer & cocktail bars, arts & crafts stands and a bookie & sweepstake tent.

 
 
 

Martin Creed: Ballet (Work No. 1020)

One of two key performances that tie in with Creed's current exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.

Martin Creed: Ballet (Work No. 1020) Martin Creed: Ballet (Work No. 1020) A modern ballet piece for five dancers by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, 'Ballet Work No. 2010' is performed live at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall to music played by Creed and his band. The one-off event is one of two key performances which tie in with Creed's current exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, the first major survey of his work, which runs from January to April. You can also see the premiere of Creed's 'Face to Face with Bach' on 30th March 2014, a new commission and part of the Pull Out All of The Stops Festival which celebrates the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ. With 'Work No.1020' Creed gives simple ballet positions a fresh perspective.
2014-04-082014-04-08 Where:
Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Dance

Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 08th April 2014

 

A modern ballet piece for five dancers by Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, 'Ballet Work No. 2010' is performed live at the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall to music played by Creed and his band. The one-off event is one of two key performances which tie in with Creed's current exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, the first major survey of his work, which runs from January to April. You can also see the premiere of Creed's 'Face to Face with Bach' on 30th March 2014, a new commission and part of the Pull Out All of The Stops Festival which celebrates the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall organ. With 'Work No.1020' Creed gives simple ballet positions a fresh perspective.

 
 
 

Johnny Mathis

The Texan star, who's been entertaining audiences since the mid-fifties.

Johnny Mathis Johnny Mathis Veteran singer Johnny Mathis stops by the O2 for one night in April 2014 to perform live versions of hits from his extensive back catalogue. The concert follows the release of Mathis's latest studio album, Let It Be Me: Methis is Nashville which sees the singer depart from pop music and delve into the world of country. The Texas born star has been entertaining audiences since the mid-fifties, and boasts hits such as A Certain Smile, Twelfth Of Never, Winter Wonderland, I'm Stone In Love With You and When A Child Is Born. 2014-04-082014-04-08 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 08th April 2014

 

Veteran singer Johnny Mathis stops by the O2 for one night in April 2014 to perform live versions of hits from his extensive back catalogue. The concert follows the release of Mathis's latest studio album, Let It Be Me: Methis is Nashville which sees the singer depart from pop music and delve into the world of country. The Texas born star has been entertaining audiences since the mid-fifties, and boasts hits such as A Certain Smile, Twelfth Of Never, Winter Wonderland, I'm Stone In Love With You and When A Child Is Born.

 
 
 

English National Ballet 2: My First Ballet: Coppelia

A colourful version of the comic ballet adapted for younger audiences.

English National Ballet 2: My First Ballet: Coppelia English National Ballet 2: My First Ballet: Coppelia Part of the 'My First Ballet' series - adapting ballet productions especially for younger audiences - the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a colourful version of comic ballet Coppelia. Set to the music of Delibes, the fairytale follows an eccentric toymaker and his relationship with a lifelike Coppelia doll. The 'My First Ballet' series - which encourages new audiences while giving valuable stage experience to English National Ballet students - offers young audiences a first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. Check out our deals on tickets for My First Ballet: Coppelia which follows stagings of 'My First Sleeping Beauty' in 2011 and 2013's 'My First Cinderella'.
2014-04-082014-04-19 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Dance

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 08th - 19th April 2014

 

Part of the My First Ballet series - adapting ballet productions especially for younger audiences - the English National Ballet and English National Ballet School present a colourful version of comic ballet Coppelia. Set to the music of Delibes, the fairytale follows an eccentric toymaker and his relationship with a lifelike Coppelia doll. Check out our deals on tickets for My First Ballet Coppelia.

 
 
 

Orpheus

A jazz-infused adaptation of the ancient Greek myth.

Orpheus Orpheus For the past two years Little Bulb Theatre have been working in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre to create Orpheus, a 1930's Parisian retelling of the Orpheus myth, inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt. In this jazz-infused adaptation of the ancient mythological tale, they draw a parallel between the Greek figure Orpheus and the late gypsy jazz genius guitarist Django Reinhardt who kept playing even after losing the use of two fingers in his left hand. "It's a show with an epic sweep," writes Lyn Gardner in The Guardian, and by far and away the largest show to date from a company who gave us the "wildly successful" 'Operation Greenfield', about the growing pains of Christian teenagers intent on winning a village talent show. With Orpheus they've gone to a grand scale, using the setting of a magnificent 1930s Parisian-style music hall complete with an organ to explore the myth which is a story of love, of trying to put things right, and of how music can change things.
2014-04-082014-05-17 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London London, SW11 5TN
Category: Theatre

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 08th April - 17th May 2014

 

For the past two years Little Bulb Theatre have been working in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre to create Orpheus, a 1930's Parisian retelling of the Orpheus myth, inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt. In this jazz-infused adaptation of the ancient mythological tale, they draw a parallel between the Greek figure Orpheus and the late gypsy jazz genius guitarist Django Reinhardt who kept playing even after losing the use of two fingers in his left hand. "It's a show with an epic sweep," writes Lyn Gardner in The Guardian, and by far and away the largest show to date from a company who gave us the "wildly successful" 'Operation Greenfield', about the growing pains of Christian teenagers intent on winning a village talent show. With Orpheus they've gone to a grand scale, using the setting of a magnificent 1930s Parisian-style music hall complete with an organ to explore the myth which is a story of love, of trying to put things right, and of how music can change things.

 
 
 

Fourth Monkey Theatre: Yerma Our Country's Good The Good Person of Szechwan

The first production in the theatre's new repertory season.

Fourth Monkey Theatre: Yerma Our Country's Good The Good Person of Szechwan Fourth Monkey Theatre: Yerma Our Country's Good The Good Person of Szechwan Following their critically acclaimed productions of Project Colony and Paradise Lost in 2013, Fourth Monkey theatre company return to Trinity Buoy Wharf in April and June 2014 with a repertory season of work, performed in atmospheric basement space of The Electrician's Shop. The award-winning company will be producing Lorca's 'Yerma', Timberlake Wertenbaker's 'Our Country's Good' and 'The Good Person of Szechwan', Brecht's parable of good and evil, in rep between the 9th April and 3rd May and 4th to 21st June. 2014-04-092014-05-03 Where:
Trinity Buoy Wharf, Orchard Place, London London, E14 0JY
Category: Theatre

Trinity Buoy Wharf, Orchard Place, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 0JY

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 09th April - 03rd May 2014

 

Following their critically acclaimed productions of Project Colony and Paradise Lost in 2013, Fourth Monkey theatre company return to Trinity Buoy Wharf in April and June 2014 with a repertory season of work, performed in atmospheric basement space of The Electrician's Shop. The award-winning company will be producing Lorca's 'Yerma', Timberlake Wertenbaker's 'Our Country's Good' and 'The Good Person of Szechwan', Brecht's parable of good and evil, in rep between the 9th April and 3rd May and 4th to 21st June.

 
 
 

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

140 pieces from one of the fashion world's most theatrical designers.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk The first major exhibition of the work of fashion's most theatrical of designers, Jean Paul Gaultier. More than 140 pieces will be on show in the Barbican Art Gallery, spanning Gaultier's 35-year career. Alongside couture, ready-to-wear garments and film costumes will be pieces that have become celebrities in their own right, such as Madonna's conical bra from her 1990 Blonde Ambition world tour and stage outfits designed for Kylie Minogue. Plus there'll be catwalk films, music videos and clips from the cult 90s TV show Eurotrash. This won't be any standard exhibition; like the man himself, it promises humour, drama and subversion.
2014-04-092014-08-17 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Exhibitions

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 09th April - 17th August 2014

 

The first major exhibition of the work of fashion's most theatrical of designers, Jean Paul Gaultier. More than 140 pieces will be on show in the Barbican Art Gallery, spanning Gaultier's 35-year career. Alongside couture, ready-to-wear garments and film costumes will be pieces that have become celebrities in their own right, such as Madonna's conical bra from her 1990 Blonde Ambition world tour and stage outfits designed for Kylie Minogue. Plus there'll be catwalk films, music videos and clips from the cult 90s TV show Eurotrash. This won't be any standard exhibition; like the man himself, it promises humour, drama and subversion.

 
 
 

'Tis Pity She's a Whore

John Ford's Jacobean tragedy - not for the faint hearted.

'Tis Pity She's a Whore 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Cheek By Jowl reprise their production of John Ford's Jacobean tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, directed by Declan Donnellan. Not for the faint hearted (or anyone under the age of 16), the visceral, violent play addresses topics of incest, morality, corruption and religion as a brother and sister's relationship drags them down into Hell. Powerful stuff.
2014-04-092014-04-26 Where:
Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Theatre

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 09th - 26th April 2014

 

Cheek By Jowl reprise their production of John Ford's Jacobean tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, directed by Declan Donnellan. Not for the faint hearted (or anyone under the age of 16), the visceral, violent play addresses topics of incest, morality, corruption and religion as a brother and sister's relationship drags them down into Hell. Powerful stuff.

 
 
 

Oh My Sweet Land

Syria is just a distant memory for its refugees in this topical drama.

Oh My Sweet Land Oh My Sweet Land Oh My Sweet Land looks at the crisis in Syria, as told through the stories of the country's two million refugees. Amir Nizar Zuabi (The Beloved, I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother), founder of Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic with this UK premiere, conceived by Corinne Jaber. The German-Syrian actor and director masterminded Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors performed by actors from Afghanistan, the culmination of Shakespeare's Globe's six-week Globe to Globe festival, its contribution to the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Now living in camps and abandoned buildings in Lebanon or Jordan, Syria is just a distant memory for its refugees in this topical drama.
2014-04-092014-05-03 Where:
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London London, SE1 8LZ
Category: Theatre

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 09th April - 03rd May 2014

 

Oh My Sweet Land looks at the crisis in Syria, as told through the stories of the country's two million refugees. Amir Nizar Zuabi (The Beloved, I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother), founder of Haifa-based theatre company ShiberHur, returns to the Young Vic with this UK premiere, conceived by Corinne Jaber. The German-Syrian actor and director masterminded Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors performed by actors from Afghanistan, the culmination of Shakespeare's Globe's six-week Globe to Globe festival, its contribution to the Cultural Olympiad in 2012. Now living in camps and abandoned buildings in Lebanon or Jordan, Syria is just a distant memory for its refugees in this topical drama.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale

The premier of Christopher Wheeldon's latest full-length work.

The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale The Royal Ballet: The Winter's Tale Following his Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon's new full-length work, The Winter's Tale, is given its world premiere at the Royal Opera House on 10th April 2014. Based on Shakespeare's late, great romance the story, performed by The Royal Ballet, begins with Leontes's sudden and unfounded fear that his pregnant wife is sleeping with his best friend. Despite dealing with the ensuing jealousy and destruction, the tale has a feel-good happily-ever-after ending. Wheeldon reunites with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot, the team behind Alice, in what is expected to be one of the highlights of The Royal Ballet 2014 spring/summer season.
2014-04-102014-05-08 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 10th April - 08th May 2014

 

Following his Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon's new full-length work, The Winter's Tale, is given its world premiere at the Royal Opera House on 10th April 2014. Based on Shakespeare's late, great romance the story, performed by The Royal Ballet, begins with Leontes's sudden and unfounded fear that his pregnant wife is sleeping with his best friend. Despite dealing with the ensuing jealousy and destruction, the tale has a feel-good happily-ever-after ending. Wheeldon reunites with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot, the team behind Alice, in what is expected to be one of the highlights of The Royal Ballet 2014 spring/summer season.

 
 
 

Privacy

Have we clicked away our inner selves?

Privacy Privacy Is there any such thing as privacy any more or, in a world of search engines, online shopping and social media, have we clicked away our inner selves? Artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke tackles the topic of surveillance docudrama-style with Privacy, a production inspired by interviews with journalists, politicans and analysts about Edward Snowden's revelations. The main question it seeks to pose the audience is 'how much do we give away when we share?' Given the revelations of Edward Snowden and organisations such as WikiLeaks, is anything really secret? James Graham's new play draws on interviews with journalists, politicians and analysts to dissect life in the digital age.
2014-04-102014-05-31 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London London, WC2H 9LD
Category: Theatre

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9LD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 10th April - 31st May 2014

 

Is there any such thing as privacy any more or, in a world of search engines, online shopping and social media, have we clicked away our inner selves? Given the revelations of Edward Snowden and organisations such as WikiLeaks, is anything really secret? James Graham's new play draws on interviews with journalists, politicians and analysts to dissect life in the digital age. Directed by Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse.

 
 
 

Udderbelly Festival

Omid Djalili, Tony Law, Spank!, and Festival of the Spoken Nerd fill the upside down purple comedy cow.

Udderbelly Festival Udderbelly Festival Udderbelly Festival Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from the mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe. There's a huge variety of entertainment taking place both in and outside the bulbous bovine - which also appears at the Edinburgh Festival - with something going on almost every night. Confirmed acts for 2014 include Omid Djalili, Tony Law, Spank!, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and The Showstoppers Improvised Musical who create a brand new musical from scratch at each performance of the show.
2014-04-102014-07-13 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Comedy

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th April - 13th July 2014

 

Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from the mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe. There's a huge variety of entertainment taking place both in and outside the bulbous bovine - which also appears at the Edinburgh Festival - with something going on almost every night. Confirmed acts for 2014 include Omid Djalili, Tony Law, Spank!, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and The Showstoppers Improvised Musical who create a brand new musical from scratch at each performance of the show.

 
 
 

Good People

Imelda Staunton stars as a single-mother from South Boston struggling to make ends meet.

Good People Good People Imelda Staunton, who won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Sweeney Todd at the Chichester Festival, reunites with the musical's producer Jonathan Kent for Good People, which transfers to the West End following a successful run at Hampstead Theatre. Staunton plays single mother Margie (originally played by 'Fargo' actress Frances McDormand when it premiered on Broadway) who will do anything it takes to pay the bills after losing yet another job - so when an old boyfriend who has made good returns she is quick to track him down. Ultimately, David Lindsay-Abaire's play asks, 'can you ever really leave the place you are born?' Good People plays at the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week run.
2014-04-102014-06-14 Where:
Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4AU
Category: Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 10th April - 14th June 2014

 

Imelda Staunton, who won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in Sweeney Todd at the Chichester Festival, reunites with the musical's producer Jonathan Kent for Good People, which transfers to the West End following a successful run at Hampstead Theatre. Staunton plays single mother Margie (originally played by 'Fargo' actress Frances McDormand when it premiered on Broadway) who will do anything it takes to pay the bills after losing yet another job - so when an old boyfriend who has made good returns she is quick to track him down. Ultimately, David Lindsay-Abaire's play asks, 'can you ever really leave the place you are born?' Good People plays at the Noel Coward Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week run.

 
 
 

Dave Davies of the Kinks

The co-founder and guitarist of the legendary sixties supergroup performs his first UK show in 13 years.

Dave Davies of the Kinks Dave Davies of the Kinks Dave Davies, the co-founder and lead guitarist of the legendary sixties supergroup, The Kinks, performs his first UK show in 13 years at the Barbican on Friday 11th April in a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the band. Famed for his power chords which paved the way for rock to replace 1950s-style rock 'n roll, Dave Davies created a unique guitar sound evident in hits like 'You Really Got Me!' and helped The Kinks to chart well over 100 albums and singles from the 1960s to the 1990s. With reports in the press that a reunion of The Kinks is "as close as its ever been to happening", for their 50th anniversary, you never know what might happen, Dave's brother Ray Davies might just turn up to this. Kinks fans can also see the band's early career dramatised in Sunny Afternoon, a musical scripted by Joe Penhall and staged at Hampstead Theatre from 14th April.
2014-04-112014-04-11 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Concerts

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 11th April 2014

 

Dave Davies, the co-founder and lead guitarist of the legendary sixties supergroup, The Kinks, performs his first UK show in 13 years at the Barbican on Friday 11th April in a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the band. Famed for his power chords which paved the way for rock to replace 1950s-style rock 'n roll, Dave Davies created a unique guitar sound evident in hits like 'You Really Got Me!' and helped The Kinks to chart well over 100 albums and singles from the 1960s to the 1990s. With reports in the press that a reunion of The Kinks is "as close as its ever been to happening", for their 50th anniversary, you never know what might happen, Dave's brother Ray Davies might just turn up to this. Kinks fans can also see the band's early career dramatised in Sunny Afternoon, a musical scripted by Joe Penhall and staged at Hampstead Theatre from 14th April.

 
 
 

RHS London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show

Specialist orchids and botanical art shown alongside each other at the Royal Horticultural Halls.

RHS London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show RHS London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show The world's finest specialist orchid growers put their best work on display alongside beautiful botanical art at the RHS London Orchid and Botanical Art Show at the Royal Horticultural Halls in April. Discover remarkable displays of tropical and hardy orchids from all over the world, hear from a selection of esteemed orchid experts and shop from a wide variety of species and hybrids. The event also doubles as the largest botanical art show of the year, making it unmissable for flower and plant lovers. If you're visiting the show from out of town, take a look at our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls for all your accommodation needs. 2014-04-112014-04-12 Where:
Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, London London, SW1P 2PE
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE

Tube: St James's Park Station, Victoria Station

 

Dates: 11th - 12th April 2014

 

The world's finest specialist orchid growers put their best work on display alongside beautiful botanical art at the RHS London Orchid and Botanical Art Show at the Royal Horticultural Halls in April. Discover remarkable displays of tropical and hardy orchids from all over the world, hear from a selection of esteemed orchid experts and shop from a wide variety of species and hybrids. The event also doubles as the largest botanical art show of the year, making it unmissable for flower and plant lovers. If you're visiting the show from out of town, take a look at our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls for all your accommodation needs.

 
 
 

Theatre-Rites: Rubbish

Rubbish offers a beautiful world made from objects usually found in a bin bag.

Theatre-Rites: Rubbish Theatre-Rites: Rubbish Children aged five and above can enter an imaginary world that celebrates its rubbish. Created by leading children's theatre company Theatre-Rites, Rubbish creates a beautiful world from objects more usually found in a bin bag. The cast of four excavators create junk sculpture puppets and characters made from old washing up bottles, giving children a renewed approach to discarded old objects. 2014-04-112014-04-22 Where:
Southbank Centre: Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Theatre

Southbank Centre: Purcell Room, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 11th - 22nd April 2014

 

Children aged five and above can enter an imaginary world that celebrates its rubbish. Created by leading children's theatre company Theatre-Rites, Rubbish creates a beautiful world from objects more usually found in a bin bag. The cast of four excavators create junk sculpture puppets and characters made from old washing up bottles, giving children a renewed approach to discarded old objects.

 
 
 

Moyra Davey

Showcasing Davey's everyday life and personal relationship with literature.

Moyra Davey Moyra Davey New York-based photographer, filmmaker and writer Moyra Davey uses various mediums to showcase her everyday life and personal relationship with literature. For this exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, Davey will present four influential video works as well as two mjor bodies of recent work: Subway Writers, a display of photographs that show commuters writers on the New York Subway, and her ongoing series that focuses on her interest with Mary Wollstonecraft and the Shelleys.
2014-04-112014-06-15 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London London, NW3 6DH
Category: Exhibitions

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DH

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 

Dates: 11th April - 15th June 2014

 

New York-based photographer, filmmaker and writer Moyra Davey uses various mediums to showcase her everyday life and personal relationship with literature. For this exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre, Davey will present four influential video works as well as two major bodies of recent work: Subway Writers, a display of photographs that show commuters writers on the New York Subway, and her ongoing series that focuses on her interest with Mary Wollstonecraft and the Shelleys.

 
 
 

Phillip Lai

Exploring themes such as occupancy, itinerancy and otherness.

Phillip Lai Phillip Lai London-based artist Phillip Lai, who explores themes such as occupancy, itinerancy and otherness, showcases his new sculptural work at Camden Arts Centre. The piece extends ideas from his recent works, including Co-presence, for which strips of hand-dyed jute were hung over a suspended rope line together with cymbals and spoons. The curtain-like effect from the jute represents a sense of inhabitation within a space of labour while the cymbals mark the potential for noise and disobedience.
2014-04-112014-06-15 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London London, NW3 6DH
Category: Exhibitions

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DH

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 

Dates: 11th April - 15th June 2014

 

London-based artist Phillip Lai, who explores themes such as occupancy, itinerancy and otherness, showcases his new sculptural work at Camden Arts Centre. The piece extends ideas from his recent works, including Co-presence, for which strips of hand-dyed jute were hung over a suspended rope line together with cymbals and spoons. The curtain-like effect from the jute represents a sense of inhabitation within a space of labour while the cymbals mark the potential for noise and disobedience.

 
 
 

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

Images by shortlisted photographers Alberto Garcia-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna Simpson.

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize Deutsche Borse Photography Prize An exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the annual £30,000 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize shows images by Alberto Garcia-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna Simpson. The "surprising bordering on bemusing" (The Guardian) shortlist stretches the definition of the medium and features Richard Mosse's exhibition The Enclave, which represented Ireland at this year's Venice Biennale, Brooklyn-born Lorna Simpson's multimedia retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, Jochen Lempert's eponymously titled show at Hamburger Kuntshalle and Alberto Garcia-Alix and his publication Autorretrato/Self-Portrait. The winner of the renowned prize will be announced a month after the exhibition opens, on 12th May 2014, rewarding the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.
2014-04-112014-06-22 Where:
Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London London, W1F 7LW
Category: Exhibitions

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 11th April - 22nd June 2014

 

An exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the annual 30,000 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize shows images by Alberto Garcia-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna Simpson. The "surprising bordering on bemusing" (The Guardian) shortlist stretches the definition of the medium and features Richard Mosse's exhibition The Enclave, which represented Ireland at this year's Venice Biennale, Brooklyn-born Lorna Simpson's multimedia retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, Jochen Lempert's eponymously titled show at Hamburger Kuntshalle and Alberto Garcia-Alix and his publication Autorretrato/Self-Portrait. The winner of the renowned prize will be announced a month after the exhibition opens, on 12th May 2014, rewarding the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.

 
 
 

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760

Marking the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era.

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 Marking the 300th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian era, T he First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 at The Queen's Gallery brings together more than 300 works in the Royal Collection in order to explore royal patronage and taste during the reigns of George I and George II. When George I ascended the throne in 1714, becoming the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover, it marked the beginning of one of the most dramatic periods of change across British politics, intellectual and cultural life. This exhibition showcases a time when Britain was the world's most liberal, commercial and modern society. 2014-04-112014-10-12 Where:
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London London, SW1A 1AA
Category: Exhibitions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 11th April to 12th October 2014

 

The First Georgians: Art and Monarchy 1714-1760 at The Queen's Gallery brings together more than 300 works in the Royal Collection in order to explore royal patronage and taste during the reigns of George I and George II. When George I ascended the throne in 1714, becoming the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover, it marked the beginning of one of the most dramatic periods of change across British politics, intellectual and cultural life. This exhibition showcases a time when Britain was the world's most liberal, commercial and modern society.

 
 
 

Manic Street Preachers

A medley of hits from their 11 studio albums and previews from their upcoming album.

Manic Street Preachers Manic Street Preachers Manic Street Preachers Welsh veteran alternative rockers the Manic Street Preachers perform a medley of hits from their eleven studio albums including 2013's Rewind The Film, their first record since 2010. The title track of the album features Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley on vocals alongside Manics frontman James Dean Bradfield, while the first single Show Me The Wonder is a classic Manics track - an upbeat nugget of pop with soaring horns, a joyous chorus and some questioning lyrics. The rest of the album is a more reflective, stripped-back, acoustic affair which should keep one of the UK's most lasting rock bands in the limelight for a while longer. They will also offer a preview of tracks from their planned follow up album, Futurology. 2014-04-112014-04-12 Where:
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London London, SW9 9SL
Category: Concerts

Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 11th - 12th April 2014

 

Welsh veteran alternative rockers the Manic Street Preachers perform a medley of hits from their 11 studio albums including 2013's Rewind The Film, their first record since 2010. The title track of the album features Sheffield crooner Richard Hawley on vocals alongside Manics frontman James Dean Bradfield, while the first single Show Me The Wonder is a classic Manics track - an upbeat nugget of pop with soaring horns, a joyous chorus and some questioning lyrics. The rest of the album is a more reflective, stripped-back, acoustic affair which should keep one of the UK's most lasting rock bands in the limelight for a while longer. They will also offer a preview of tracks from their planned follow up album, Futurology.

 
 
 

Shapeshifter

Pioneers of modern music.

Shapeshifter Shapeshifter The Melbourne-based New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter bring their unique live show and pioneering blend of electronic textures and breaking beats to The Forum to promote their latest album, Delta. The quintet is made of trained musicians and built a reputation as pioneers of modern music after they eschewed 100% mechanical sound in favour of a more traditional approach, which includes live percussion, saxophone and guitar.
2014-04-122014-04-12 Where:
The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, London London, NW51JY
Category: Concerts

The Forum, 9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW51JY

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 

Dates: 12th April 2014

 

The Melbourne-based, New Zealand drum and bass act Shapeshifter bring their unique live show and pioneering blend of electronic textures and breaking beats to The Forum to promote their latest album, Delta. The quintet is made of trained musicians and built a reputation as pioneers of modern music after they eschewed 100% mechanical sound in favour of a more traditional approach, which includes live percussion, saxophone and guitar.

 
 
 

Virgin London Marathon 2014

The largest annual fund raising event in the world.

Virgin London Marathon 2014 Virgin London Marathon 2014 Every spring, around 30,000 runners flood the streets of the capital to take part in the London Marathon - one of the top five international marathons and the largest annual fund raising event in the world. Serious competitors mingle with charity fun-runners in the April sunshine as the 26.2 mile route comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath with a loop around Charlton and Woolwich, continues through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, crosses the Thames on Tower Bridge before circling Canary Wharf and the City ahead of the showpiece finish along the Embankment, past Parliament Square and onto The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.
2014-04-132014-04-13 Where:
The Mall, Westminster, London London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Sporting Events

The Mall, Westminster, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 13th April 2014

 

Every spring, around 30,000 runners flood the streets of the capital to take part in the London Marathon - one of the top five international marathons and the largest annual fund raising event in the world. Serious competitors mingle with charity fun-runners in the April sunshine as the 26.2 mile route comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath with a loop around Charlton and Woolwich, continues through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, crosses the Thames on Tower Bridge before circling Canary Wharf and the City ahead of the showpiece finish along the Embankment, past Parliament Square and onto The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

 
 
 

Katie Melua

A stripped-down set accompanied by just bass and keyboards as part of her 'Simplified' tour.

Katie Melua Katie Melua Georgia-born singer-songwriter Katie Melua will perform a stripped-down set accompanied by just bass and keyboards when she plays at London's Union Chapel on Sunday 13th April 2014 as part of her 'Simplified' European tour. "I love the purity and nakedness of performing with hardly any accompaniment," the singer of "nine million bicycles in Beijing" explained. She will be singing a wide range of material from all six of her albums in a sultry acoustica style.
2014-04-132014-04-13 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London London, N1 2UN
Category: Concerts

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 13th April 2014

 

Georgia-born singer-songwriter Katie Melua will perform a stripped-down set accompanied by just bass and keyboards when she plays at London's Union Chapel on Sunday 13th April 2014 as part of her 'Simplified' European tour. "I love the purity and nakedness of performing with hardly any accompaniment," the singer of "nine million bicycles in Beijing" explained. She will be singing a wide range of material from all six of her albums in a sultry acoustica style.

 
 
 

Hiromi, Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips

Experimental jazz from the Japanese pianist and accompanying musicians.

Hiromi, Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips Hiromi, Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara enlivens Cadogan Hall with her experimental and contemporary jazz, accompanied by musicians Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson, bass guitarist on Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away". 2014-04-132014-04-15 Where:
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London London, SW1X 9DQ
Category: Concerts

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9DQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 13th - 15th April 2014

 

Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara enlivens Cadogan Hall with her experimental and contemporary jazz, accompanied by musicians Simon Phillips and Anthony Jackson, bass guitarist on Paul Simon's "Slip Slidin' Away".

 
 
 

Russell Howard: Wonderbox

Back on the circuit after three years.

Russell Howard: Wonderbox Russell Howard: Wonderbox Having been busy informing the nation of his Good News, Russell Howard hasn't been on a tour for three years. However, he's now back on the circuit with his latest show, Wonderbox . His 2011 tour was a sell-out success and extended three times, and with more of his trademark upbeat and razor-sharp comedy, the same is expected this time round. Stopping by the Royal Albert Hall for four nights, Howard will be the first comedian to play an extended run at this renowned venue. Purchase tickets for Russell Howard: Wonderbox now on LondonTown.com. 2014-04-142014-04-17 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Comedy

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th - 17th April 2014

 

Having been busy informing the nation of his Good News, Russell Howard hasn't been on a tour for three years. However, he's now back on the circuit with his latest show, Wonderbox . His 2011 tour was a sell-out success and extended three times, and with more of his trademark upbeat and razor-sharp comedy, the same is expected this time round. Stopping by the Royal Albert Hall for four nights, Howard will be the first comedian to play an extended run at this renowned venue. Purchase tickets for Russell Howard: Wonderbox now on LondonTown.com.

 
 
 

Sunny Afternoon

Exploring the highs and lows of the Kinks, one of Britain's most iconic bands.

Sunny Afternoon Sunny Afternoon Using music and lyrics by The Kinks' lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, Sunny Afternoon tells the extraordinary story of the musician, the band and its rise to stardom. The exciting young cast includes John Dagleish as Ray Davies who had a hand in choosing the actor to play himself, George Maguire who plays Ray's brother Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp who takes on the role of the band's drummer Mick Avory. Set against the backdrop of social change in Britain - from the conservative 50s to the riotous 60s - this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands whose influence is still felt today.
2014-04-142014-05-24 Where:
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London London, NW3 3EU
Category: Theatre

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 14th April - 24th May 2014

 

Using music and lyrics by The Kinks' lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies, and a script by award-winning playwright Joe Penhall, Sunny Afternoon tells the extraordinary story of the musician, the band and its rise to stardom. The exciting young cast includes John Dagleish as Ray Davies who had a hand in choosing the actor to play himself, George Maguire who plays Ray's brother Dave Davies, Ned Derrington as Pete Quaife and Adam Sopp who takes on the role of the band's drummer Mick Avory. Set against the backdrop of social change in Britain - from the conservative 50s to the riotous 60s - this production explores the euphoric highs and agonising lows of one of Britain's most iconic bands whose influence is still felt today.

 
 
 

UB40

Still going strong after three decades in the business.

UB40 UB40 A British reggae band from Bristol seemingly named after a character in Star Wars? Are you having a laugh? Well, no, we're deadly serious - and so are UB40, still going strong after more than three decades in the business. The eight-man band with more than 50 UK chart singles famously formed while larking around in the dole queue (Unemployment Benefit, Form 40 - geddit?) - since which time they've taken their brand of reggae pop music all over the world, winning millions of fans. This concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire comes on the back of their latest Top 30 album Getting Over The Storm, awarded BBC Radio 2's Album of the Week.
2014-04-152014-04-15 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London London, W12 8TT
Category: Concerts

Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Tube: Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 

Dates: 15th April 2014

 

A British reggae band from Bristol seemingly named after a character in Star Wars? Are you having a laugh? Well, no, we're deadly serious - and so are UB40, still going strong after more than three decades in the business. The eight-man band with more than 50 UK chart singles famously formed while larking around in the dole queue (Unemployment Benefit, Form 40 - geddit?) - since which time they've taken their brand of reggae pop music all over the world, winning millions of fans. This concert at Shepherd's Bush Empire comes on the back of their latest Top 30 album Getting Over The Storm, awarded BBC Radio 2's Album of the Week.

 
 
 

Marty MacDonald's Farm: Honalee Live (Ages 3-7)

An interactive puppet show in which the audience must help Old MacDonald's nephew.

Marty MacDonald's Farm: Honalee Live (Ages 3-7) Marty MacDonald's Farm: Honalee Live (Ages 3-7) Old MacDonald's famous farm is in a mess. The animals are misbehaving and the cows are eating the crops. In this interactive puppet show at the Leicester Square Theatre, the audience must help Old MacDonald's nephew Marty sort everything out and save the farm. There'll be well-known songs and nursery rhymes to join in with and the guest voice of CBeebies' Justin Fletcher as Pongo the Pig (although Justin does not appear in person).
2014-04-152014-04-17 Where:
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London London, WC2H 7BX
Category: Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th April 2014

 

Old MacDonald's famous farm is in a mess. The animals are misbehaving and the cows are eating the crops. In this interactive puppet show at the Leicester Square Theatre, the audience must help Old MacDonald's nephew Marty sort everything out and save the farm. There'll be well-known songs and nursery rhymes to join in with and the guest voice of CBeebies' Justin Fletcher as Pongo the Pig (although Justin does not appear in person).

 
 
 

The Silver Tassie

Sean O'Casey's powerful World War One drama set in the Dublin tenements.

The Silver Tassie The Silver Tassie The dazzling Harry Heegan is off to war, following the football team's latest victory in The Silver Tassie, Sean O'Casey's powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 which comes to the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre this spring. Harry, played by Ronan Raftery, arrives at the trenches and finds a nightmarish world, where his fellow soldiers are now only cannon-fodder. When he returns months later, he's a cripple. At the football club party, everyone except the veterans, dances away and forgets in this play which gives full expression to the horror and waste of war.
2014-04-152014-05-21 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatre

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 15th April - 21st May 2014

 

The dazzling Harry Heegan is off to war, following the football team's latest victory in The Silver Tassie, Sean O'Casey's powerful, huge and rarely performed anti-war play of 1928 which comes to the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre this spring. Harry, played by Ronan Raftery, arrives at the trenches and finds a nightmarish world, where his fellow soldiers are now only cannon-fodder. When he returns months later, he's a cripple. At the football club party, everyone except the veterans, dances away and forgets in this play which gives full expression to the horror and waste of war.

 
 
 

Guiding Lights: 500 Years Of Trinity House And Safety At Sea

Highlighting Trinity House's role in preventing countless shipwrecks and immense loss of life.

Guiding Lights: 500 Years Of Trinity House And Safety At Sea Guiding Lights: 500 Years Of Trinity House And Safety At Sea Five hundred years ago, a fraternity of London mariners was given a charter by Henry VIII and became the Corporation of Trinity House - with instructions to improve the safety of navigation on the Thames. Since then, Trinity House has looked after pilotage, buoys, beacons and lightships and has become the Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and the Channel Islands. The work of Trinity House over the last 500 years has prevented countless shipwrecks and immense loss of life, and its employees have shown great skill, bravery and endurance. While Trinity House's aims have remained constant its methods of achieving them have changed dramatically as new technology is adopted and developed. This small gallery at the National Maritime Museum displays objects and stories from throughout the organisation's history as well as looking to the future as Trinity House continues to work 'for the benefit and safety of all mariners'. 2014-04-162016-01-04 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 16th April 2014 to 4th January 2016

 

Five hundred years ago, a fraternity of London mariners was given a charter by Henry VIII and became the Corporation of Trinity House - with instructions to improve the safety of navigation on the Thames. Since then, Trinity House has looked after pilotage, buoys, beacons and lightships and has become the Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales and the Channel Islands. The work of Trinity House over the last 500 years has prevented countless shipwrecks and immense loss of life, and its employees have shown great skill, bravery and endurance. While Trinity House's aims have remained constant its methods of achieving them have changed dramatically as new technology is adopted and developed. This small gallery at the National Maritime Museum displays objects and stories from throughout the organisation's history as well as looking to the future as Trinity House continues to work 'for the benefit and safety of all mariners'.

 
 
 

Akram Khan: The Rashomon Effect / Vertical Road

The National Youth Dance Company perform a brand new double bill for one night only.

Akram Khan: The Rashomon Effect / Vertical Road Akram Khan: The Rashomon Effect / Vertical Road Akram Khan, guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company, has created a brand new double bill for the young dance troupe which is showing at Sadler's Wells Theatre for one night only on Wednesday 16th April 2014. The dancers, aged 16 to 20 and drawn from workshops across England, perform a restaged excerpt from Vertical Road (originally performed by the Akram Khan Company in 2010), alongside the world premiere of a new work, The Rashomon Effect, by Khan and assistant choreographer, Andrej Petrovic.
2014-04-162014-04-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 16th April 2014

 

Akram Khan, guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company, has created a brand new double bill for the young dance troupe which is showing at Sadler's Wells Theatre for one night only on Wednesday 16th April 2014. The dancers, aged 16 to 20 and drawn from workshops across England, perform a restaged excerpt from Vertical Road (originally performed by the Akram Khan Company in 2010), alongside the world premiere of a new work, The Rashomon Effect, by Khan and assistant choreographer, Andrej Petrovic.

 
 
 

Elbow

Atmospheric alternative rock from the Mercury-winning five piece.

Elbow Elbow Elbow, the Mercury Music Prize winning five-piece from Bury who, in 2012, played to a worldwide audience at the Olympic Closing Ceremony come to London's O2 Arena in April 2014 as part of their first live shows in over a year. Expect atmospheric alternative rock including numbers from their sixth studio album due for release in March 2014. With previous albums, 'Build a Rocket Boys!' and 'The Seldom Seen Kid', going platinum and multi-platinum, there are high expectations of Elbow's new collection of works.
2014-04-162014-04-16 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 16th April 2014

 

Elbow, the Mercury Music Prize winning five piece from Bury who, in 2012, played to a worldwide audience at the Olympic Closing Ceremony come to London's O2 Arena in April 2014 as part of their first live shows in over a year. Expect atmospheric alternative rock including numbers from their sixth studio album due for release in March 2014. With previous albums, 'Build a Rocket Boys!' and 'The Seldom Seen Kid', going platinum and multi-platinum, there are high expectations of Elbow's new collection of works.

 
 
 

Tauba Auerbach

Hinting at an alternate, mirror universe.

Tauba Auerbach Tauba Auerbach This will be San Francisco-born, New York based artist Tauba Auerbach's first solo exhibition in the UK. Her work encompasses a variety of media ranging from photography and sculpture, painting and book design and reveals a highly innovative approach to colour, form and process.The show will feature newly created sculptural objects and photographs, which take as their starting point scientific principles of symmetry/asymmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe to the one that is known. 2014-04-162014-06-15 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, London London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 16th April - 15th June 2014

 

This will be San Francisco-born, New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach's first solo exhibition in the UK. Her work encompasses a variety of media ranging from photography and sculpture, painting and book design and reveals a highly innovative approach to colour, form and process.The show will feature newly created sculptural objects and photographs, which take as their starting point scientific principles of symmetry/asymmetry and reflection as a means to hint at an alternate, mirror universe to the one that is known.

 
 
 

David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality Of Dreams

The first UK institutional exhibition of Robilliard's work for over twenty years.

David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality Of Dreams David Robilliard: The Yes No Quality Of Dreams David Robilliard was a London-based poet and painter. Born in 1952 on the Channel Island of Guernsey, he moved to London in 1976 to pursue his interest in art. He first met Gilbert & George in 1979 and was described by them as 'the new master of the modern person'. They would remain good friends until his death in 1988. Robilliard had no formal training but produced paintings, drawings, and eight volumes of poetry in his short life. The ICA exhibition will bring together a selection of his paintings and will be the first UK institutional exhibition for over twenty years. 2014-04-162014-06-15 Where:
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, London London, SW1Y 5AH
Category: Exhibitions

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 16th April - 15th June 2014

 

David Robilliard was a London-based poet and painter. Born in 1952 on the Channel Island of Guernsey, he moved to London in 1976 to pursue his interest in art. He first met Gilbert & George in 1979 and was described by them as 'the new master of the modern person'.  They would remain good friends until his death in 1988. Robilliard had no formal training but produced paintings, drawings, and eight volumes of poetry in his short life. The ICA exhibition will bring together a selection of his paintings and will be the first UK institutional exhibition of his work for over twenty years.

 
 
 

Chris Marker

A look at the visionary French filmaker, photographer, writer and artist's prolific career.

Chris Marker Chris Marker Visionary French filmmaker, photographer, writer and artist Chris Marker (1921-2012) is widely acknowledged as the finest exponent of the essay film. He is best known as the director of over 50 films including Sans soleil (Sunless, 1983), A Grin Without a Cat (1977) and for his most influential work La Jetee (The Pier, 1962), imagining a Paris devastated by nuclear catastrophe and composed almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs, which later informed the narrative of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995). He was a prescient multi-media maker, exploring the future through both digital art and via his numerous online avatars. This exhibition looks at Marker's prolific career and considers his influence on contemporary British art and artists. Organised in collaboration with Chris Darke and the Centre Pompidou. 2014-04-162014-06-22 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London London, E1 7QX
Category: Exhibitions

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 16th April - 22nd June 2014

 

Visionary French filmmaker, photographer, writer and artist Chris Marker (1921-2012) is widely acknowledged as the finest exponent of the essay film. He is best known as the director of over 50 films including Sans soleil (Sunless, 1983), A Grin Without a Cat (1977) and for his most influential work La Jetee (The Pier, 1962), imagining a Paris devastated by nuclear catastrophe and composed almost entirely of black-and-white still photographs, which later informed the narrative of Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995). He was a prescient multi-media maker, exploring the future through both digital art and via his numerous online avatars. This exhibition looks at Marker's prolific career and considers his influence on contemporary British art and artists. Organised in collaboration with Chris Darke and the Centre Pompidou.

 
 
 

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

The most comprehensive exhibition of this aspect of Matisse's work.

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs In this exhibition of the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Tate Modern ignores the artist's famous colourist paintings to focus instead on his paper cut-outs. Made during the last decade of his life, when Matisse was often too ill to work at an easel, the cut-outs, or gouaches découpées, are arrangements of simple painted-paper shapes that nevertheless form striking graphic images - the 'Blue Nude' (1952), for example, or 'The Snail'. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of this aspect of Matisse's work ever staged, and brings together around 120 pieces made between 1943 and 1954.
2014-04-162014-09-07 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Exhibitions

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 16th April to 7th September 2014

 

In this exhibition of the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954), Tate Modern ignores the artist's famous colorist paintings to focus instead on his paper cut-outs. Made during the last decade of his life, when Matisse was often too ill to work at an easel, the cut-outs, or gouaches dcoupes, are arrangements of simple painted-paper shapes that nevertheless form striking graphic images - the 'Blue Nude' (1952), for example, or 'The Snail'. This will be the most comprehensive exhibition of this aspect of Matisse's work ever staged, and brings together around 120 pieces made between 1943 and 1954.

 
 
 

HeadSpaceDance: Mixed Bill

Innovative contemporary dance in the intimate Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House.

HeadSpaceDance: Mixed Bill HeadSpaceDance: Mixed Bill HeadSpaceDance, the company founded by the British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, present an evening of recent works created by the playwright and theatre director Matthew Dunster at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio. Matthew Dunster's work 'The Days The Nights The Wounds and The Night' explores what it's to be a dancer in a city like London and how it affects rest of a dancer's life through an innovative choreographic process and theatrical game playing. The evening's programme features dancers Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard, whose credits include performances with Rambert, Richard Alston Dance Company, Gemma Nixon, and Christopher Akrill who also perform works by choreographers Johan Inger and Luca Silvestrini. 2014-04-162014-04-24 Where:
Linbury Studio Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

Linbury Studio Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 16th - 24th April 2014

 

HeadSpaceDance, the company founded by the British dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill, present an evening of recent works created by the playwright and theatre director Matthew Dunster at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio. Matthew Dunster's work 'The Days The Nights The Wounds and The Night' explores what it's to be a dancer in a city like London and how it affects rest of a dancer's life through an innovative choreographic process and theatrical game playing. The evening's programme features dancers Clemmie Sveaas, Jonathan Goddard, whose credits include performances with Rambert, Richard Alston Dance Company, Gemma Nixon, and Christopher Akrill who also perform works by choreographers Johan Inger and Luca Silvestrini.

 
 
 

This Time in History: What Escapes

Part of the V&A's WWI centenary commemorations.

This Time in History: What Escapes This Time in History: What Escapes Each time Edinburgh-based visual artist Rose Frain carries out her site-specific installation piece 'What Escapes' it is different; what binds its various incarnations together is the theme of looking beyond the official accounts of war and seeking out the traces of actual experience. Here the V&A has invited Frain to work with objects from its collection, reflecting on 1914. This forms part of the museum's WWI centenary commemorations.

2014-04-162014-11-30 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Exhibitions

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th April to 30th November 2014

 

Each time Edinburgh-based visual artist Rose Frain carries out her site-specific installation piece 'What Escapes' it is different; what binds its various incarnations together is the theme of looking beyond the official accounts of war and seeking out the traces of actual experience. Here the V&A has invited Frain to work with objects from its collection, reflecting on 1914. This forms part of the museum's WWI centenary commemorations.

 
 
 

Christy Moore With Declan Sinnott

Returning to the Southbank Centre after selling out the venue in his three previous performances.

Christy Moore With Declan Sinnott Christy Moore With Declan Sinnott Following sell-out performances in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Irish folk singer Christy Moore returns to the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall this spring for two live shows. Accompanied by his long-term producer, collaborator and friend Declan Sinnott, the award-winning star will perform tracks from his latest album, Folk Tale.
2014-04-172014-04-18 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th - 18th April 2014

 

Following sell-out performances in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Irish folk singer Christy Moore returns to the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall this spring for two live shows. Accompanied by his long-term producer, collaborator and friend Declan Sinnott, the award-winning star will perform tracks from his latest album, Folk Tale.

 
 
 

The London International Ska Festival

The four-day festival includes 50 Ska acts performing across multiple venues.

The London International Ska Festival The London International Ska Festival Back for its 26th anniversary, this four-day festival returns to the capital over the Easter weekend (17th to 20th April 2014) and invites 50 acts to perform across multiple London venues in celebration of all things Ska. With a variety of guests, including a number of Jamaican legends, the festival spans across all eras of the music genre. From 60s Jamaica through to the 70s and late 80s revivals, music fans can expect ska in all its guises including the original American rhythm and blues, The Specials 2 Tone era and Madness who were responsible for bringing Ska into the mainstream. Embracing these influences, the line-up boasts the likes of Derrick Morgan, Junior Murvin performing his classic Police & Thieves album, soulful vocalist Ken Parker, and Keith & Tex, the Jamaican duo famed for 1967 hit 'Stop That Train'.
2014-04-172014-04-20 Where:
Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, London London, NW1 7PG
Category: Concerts

Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 17th - 20th April 2014

 

Back for its 26th anniversary, this four-day festival returns to the capital over the Easter weekend (17th to 20th April 2014) and invites 50 acts to perform across multiple London venues in celebration of all things Ska. With a variety of guests, including a number of Jamaican legends, the festival spans across all eras of the music genre. From 60s Jamaica through to the 70s and late 80s revivals, music fans can expect ska in all its guises including the original American rhythm and blues, The Specials 2 Tone era and Madness who were responsible for bringing Ska into the mainstream. Embracing these influences, the line-up boasts the likes of Derrick Morgan, Junior Murvin performing his classic Police & Thieves album, soulful vocalist Ken Parker, and Keith & Tex, the Jamaican duo famed for 1967 hit 'Stop That Train'.

 
 
 

Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Fantasy

Mickey, the Toy Story gang and Tinker Bell on slippery territory.

Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Fantasy Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Fantasy The family friendly ice dance show featuring four favourite Disney stories returns as Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. This Disney On Ice show is performed by world-class figure skaters with well-known Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, the Cars, the Little Mermaid, Tinker Bell and the gang from Toy Story, and we've got great deals to see them here. The action takes place in four locations - the auto-racing terrain of Cars, Andy's bedroom for some fun with Woody, Buzz and the stars of Toy Story 3, Ariel's undersea world from the Little Mermaid, and the musical land of Pixie Hollow where Tinkerbell lives.
2014-04-172014-04-20 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London London, HA9 0DH
Category: Dance

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 17th - 20th April 2014

 

The family friendly ice dance show featuring four favourite Disney stories returns as Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. This Disney On Ice show is performed by world-class figure skaters with well-known Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, the Cars, the Little Mermaid, Tinker Bell and the gang from Toy Story, and we've got great deals to see them here. The action takes place in four locations - the auto-racing terrain of Cars, Andy's bedroom for some fun with Woody, Buzz and the stars of Toy Story 3, Ariel's undersea world from the Little Mermaid, and the musical land of Pixie Hollow where Tinkerbell lives.

 
 
 

Glorious Georges

Kew Palace explores the home of George II's grandson, the future George III of 'madness' fame.

Glorious Georges Glorious Georges To mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty, Kew Palace will explore the home of George II's grandson, the future George III of 'madness' fame, with new objects and displays. There will also be a Georgian garden party featuring historically appropriate food, music and costumes at Kew Palace on 16th and 17th August. There will also be Glorious Georges events at Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace. 2014-04-172014-12-31 Where:
Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, Richmond London, TW9 3AB
Category: Exhibitions

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 17th April to 31st December 2014

 

To mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty, Kew Palace will explore the home of George II's grandson, the future George III of 'madness' fame, with new objects and displays. There will also be a Georgian garden party featuring historically appropriate food, music and costumes at Kew Palace on 16th and 17th August. There will also be Glorious Georges events at Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace.

 
 
 

Glorious Georges

A special display in the rooms the Georgian court once occupied at Hampton Court.

Glorious Georges Glorious Georges At Hampton Court a special display will take place in the rooms the Georgian court once occupied in the Baroque half of the palace to mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty. It will include a stunning redisplay of the Queen's State and Private Apartments that will show what life was like for Georgian courtiers. There will also be a Georgian garden party featuring historically appropriate food, music and costumes at Hampton Court on 26th and 27th July. Glorious Georges exhibitions will also take place at Kew Palace and Kensington Palace.
2014-04-172014-12-31 Where:
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey London, KT8 9AU
Category: Exhibitions

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 17th April to 31st December 2014

 

At Hampton Court, a special display will take place in the rooms the Georgian court once occupied in the Baroque half of the palace to mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty. It will include a stunning redisplay of the Queen's State and Private Apartments that will show what life was like for Georgian courtiers. There will also be a Georgian garden party featuring historically appropriate food, music and costumes at Hampton Court on 26th and 27th July. There will also be Glorious Georges exhibitions at Kew Palace and Kensington Palace.

 
 
 

Glorious Georges

The court of King George II and Queen Caroline is recreated at Kensignton Palace.

Glorious Georges Glorious Georges At Kensington Palace State Apartments a special display will take place to mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty. The King's State Apartments will be transformed to recreate the court of King George II and Queen Caroline, to show how the Georgian king and his court entertained in lavish style. There will also be a Georgian garden party featuring historically appropriate food, music and costumes at the palace on 14th and 15th June. There will also be Glorious Georges exhibitions at Kew Palace and Hampton Court Palace. 2014-04-172014-12-31 Where:
Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, London London, W8 4PX
Category: Exhibitions

Kensington Palace State Apartments, Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London, W8 4PX

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 17th April to 31st December 2014

 

A Kensington Palace special display will take place to mark the 300th anniversary of the Georgian dynasty. The King's State Apartments will be transformed to recreate the court of King George II and Queen Caroline, to show how the Georgian king and his court entertained in lavish style. There will also be a Georgian garden party featuring historically appropriate food, music and costumes at the palace on 14th and 15th June. There will also be Glorious Georges exhibitions at Kew Palace and Hampton Court Palace.

 
 
 

Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients

Storytelling set to a live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics.

Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients Poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest began rapping in battles at 16, and at the age of 26 became the first person under 40 to win the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry. This is a chance to see her performing her solo show, 'Brand New Ancients', an hour and half of storytelling set to a live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics.
2014-04-182014-04-20 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London London, SW11 5TN
Category: Exhibitions

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 18th - 20th April 2014

 

Poet and spoken word artist Kate Tempest began rapping in battles at 16, and at the age of 26 became the first person under 40 to win the Ted Hughes award for innovation in poetry. This is a chance to see her performing her solo show, 'Brand New Ancients', an hour and half of storytelling set to a live score played by tuba, cello, violin, drums and electronics.

 
 
 

Floodtide Art and Performances

Mechanical sculptures, tidal music and the chance to explore the Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Floodtide Art and Performances Floodtide Art and Performances A long weekend of art and performance inspired by the Thames tide includes the launch of the Floodtide listening post, a mechanical musical device which is a collaboration between Floodtide, music made from the movement of tidal water, and sculptor Andrew Baldwin. See the mechanical sculptures, listen to the flow of the tidal music, and explore Trinity Buoy Wharf at the same time, home of the last surviving lighthouse in London and a thriving artists' community.
2014-04-182014-04-21 Where:
Trinity Buoy Wharf, Orchard Place, London London, E14 0JY
Category: Film Events

Trinity Buoy Wharf, Orchard Place, Tower Hamlets, London, E14 0JY

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 18th - 21st April 2014

 

A long weekend of art and performance inspired by the Thames tide includes the launch of the Floodtide listening post, a mechanical musical device which is a collaboration between Floodtide and sculptor Andrew Baldwin. See the mechanical sculptures, listen to the flow of the tidal music, and explore Trinity Buoy Wharf at the same time, home of the last surviving lighthouse in London and a thriving artists' community.

 
 
 

James Dean Season

Showing restored versions of the American icon's only three films.

James Dean Season James Dean Season This spring, the BFI is celebrating iconic American actor of the 1950s, James Dean, with a two-week season centred around restored versions of his only three films. The three classics - Giant, East of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause - will be screened multiple times across the two weeks, giving Londoners plenty of opportunities to appreciate the '50s star.

2014-04-182014-05-01 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th April - 01st May 2014

 

A season at BFI Southbank celebrating James Dean, the iconic American actor of the 1950s, centred around restored versions of his only three films - all classics - Giant, East Of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: La Traviata

Romance and tragedy set against sumptuous period designs.

Royal Opera: La Traviata Royal Opera: La Traviata Richard Eyre's production is a well-rehearsed formula for the Royal Opera but time after time it draws the crowds with the promise of pure spectacle. Verdi's music takes audiences to the heart of Violetta's world in La Traviata as she gives up her wild lifestyle for love and makes the ultimate sacrifice. There's romance, there's tragedy, there's even a scandal - the portrayal of a 'fallen' heroine would have been shocking to the premiere audiences of 1853. Both old hands and opera virgins will be reaching for the tissues at the Royal Opera House as Violetta, played by Renee Fleming, sings her way to the heart-rending end of Act III. Bob Crawley's sumptuous period designs beckon the audience into the Paris of the 19th century from the lavish scene of Violetta's party to her country house in the suburbs.
2014-04-192014-05-20 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 19th April - 20th May 2014

 

Richard Eyre's production is a well-rehearsed formula for the Royal Opera but time after time it draws the crowds with the promise of pure spectacle. Verdi's music takes audiences to the heart of Violetta's world in La Traviata as she gives up her wild lifestyle for love and makes the ultimate sacrifice. There's romance, there's tragedy, there's even a scandal - the portrayal of a 'fallen' heroine would have been shocking to the premiere audiences of 1853. Both old hands and opera virgins will be reaching for the tissues at the Royal Opera House as Violetta, played by Renee Fleming, sings her way to the heart-rending end of Act III. Bob Crawley's sumptuous period designs beckon the audience into the Paris of the 19th century from the lavish scene of Violetta's party to her country house in the suburbs.

 
 
 

Tokyobikes and Ace Hotel London Bike Tours

Take a three-hour two-wheeled tour around Shoreditch.

 

Starting on 19th April 2014, Ace Hotel and cult bike brand tokyobikes are running monthly bike tours exploring the scenic and hidden parts of the surrounding Shoreditch area. Everyone is welcome on the three-hour two-wheeled tours with bikes and gear provided by toykobikes. Tours are largely led by writer and brand consultant Duncan Riches who gives an insider's view of the local area. On the first tour, on Easter Saturday, highlights include a visit to artists' workshops at Terrace Studios in Dalston, a ride down Regent's Canal, and a visit to Keeling House, a modernist block of flats in Bethnal Green by the architect of the Royal National Theatre, Denys Lasdun. Meet in the lobby at 10am sharp, then head over to tokyobike who'll provide the wheels and helmet. After three hours of action and insight and you'll return to the hotel for a well earned fresh juice from Lovage, the Ace Hotel's onsite juice bar.

 
 
 

Imagining the Future of Medicine

Irish comedian and presenter Dara O Briain hosts a day of inspirational talks by world-renowned speakers.

Imagining the Future of Medicine Imagining the Future of Medicine Following the sold-out success of TEDxAlbertopolis held at the Royal Albert Hall in September 2013, Imagining the Future of Medicine will feature short talks and artistic performances celebrating the future of medicine and healthcare. Irish comedian and presenter Dara O Briain hosts while TEDMED curator Jay Walker is special guest at this day of inspirational talks by world-renowned speakers. Highlights include a neuroscientist who combines her talk with a theatrical performance; a surgeon who was inspired by paintings from the 16th century; and performances from a group who entertained millions at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Prior to the stage programme, biotech showcase The Cell makes its London debut at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London, a short walk away from the Royal Albert Hall.
2014-04-212014-04-21 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2014

 

Following the sold-out success of TEDxAlbertopolis held at the Royal Albert Hall in September 2013, Imagining the Future of Medicine will feature short talks and artistic performances celebrating the future of medicine and healthcare. Irish comedian and presenter Dara O Briain hosts while TEDMED curator Jay Walker is special guest at this day of inspirational talks by world-renowned speakers. Highlights include a neuroscientist who combines her talk with a theatrical performance; a surgeon who was inspired by paintings from the 16th century; and performances from a group who entertained millions at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Prior to the stage programme, biotech showcase The Cell makes its London debut at the Sir Alexander Fleming Building, Imperial College London, a short walk away from the Royal Albert Hall.

 
 
 

The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes

In celebration of the Queen's actual birthday.

The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes The Queen celebrates her actual birthday on 21st April privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. The 41-gun Queen's Birthday Gun Salute in Green Park takes place at midday, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. At Green Park the salute is carried out by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery who ride into the park, line up abreast and gallop. The Troop itself arrives at around 11.45am ready to fire the first round at midday. The guns are then unhooked and the salute is fired off. The band arrives separately and can usually be seen from about 11.30am. It is a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it's also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in a Royal Park - with a ton and a half of cannon in tow. The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes are held to celebrate her actual birthday on 21st April, and there are further celebrations for her official birthday in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour. 2014-04-212014-04-21 Where:
Green Park, Piccadilly, London London, W1J 9DZ
Category: Seasonal

Green Park, Piccadilly, Hyde Park, London, W1J 9DZ

Tube: Green Park Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2014

 

The Queen celebrates her actual birthday on 21st April privately, but the occasion is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London. The 41-gun Queen's Birthday Gun Salute in Hyde Park takes place at midday, a 21-gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62-gun salute at the Tower Of London at 1pm. At Hyde Park the salute is carried out by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery who ride into the park from the north by Marble Arch along North Carriage Drive, line up abreast and gallop down the parade ground to roughly opposite the Dorchester Hotel. The Troop itself arrives at around 11.45am ready to fire the first round at midday. The guns are then unhooked and the salute is fired off. Duty performed, the horses gallop back up towards North Carriage Drive. The band arrives separately and can usually be seen from about 11.30am. It is a spectacular show of pomp and ceremony and it's also the only time when you will see horses legally at a full gallop in Hyde Park - with a ton and a half of cannon in tow. The Queen's Birthday Gun Salutes are held to celebrate her actual birthday on 21st April, and there are further celebrations for her official birthday in June which is marked by Trooping the Colour.

 
 
 

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

This year the free celebrations in central London focus on British food; have fun feasting.

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square Though St George's Day is always on 23rd April, in 2014 it falls on a Wednesday so the London celebrations in Trafalgar Square will take place on the Monday before the saint's day, Easter Bank Holiday Monday 21st April. Flag waving is encouraged at this free event held in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint with live bands playing on the main stage and food stalls surrounding the square. This year's event focuses on British food and there will be a 250 seat banqueting area in the square, free tastings, hog roasts, live cookery demonstrations and food workshops. A bandstand, traditional games and a kids' tent add to the very English sense of fun. Sadly, despite tireless campaigning to make St George's day a national bank holiday, celebrations on the actual day itself will have to fit in with working hours.
2014-04-212014-04-21 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Seasonal

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st April 2014

 

Though St George's Day is always on 23rd April, in 2014 it falls on a Wednesday so the London celebrations in Trafalgar Square will take place on the Monday before the saint's day, Easter Bank Holiday Monday 21st April. Flag waving is encouraged at this free event held in recognition of England's dragon-slaying patron saint with live bands playing on the main stage and food stalls surrounding the square. This year's event focuses on British food and there will be a 250 seat banqueting area in the square, free tastings, hog roasts, live cookery demonstrations and food workshops. A bandstand, traditional games and a kids' tent add to the very English sense of fun. Sadly, despite tireless campaigning to make St George's day a national bank holiday, celebrations on the actual day itself will have to fit in with working hours.

 
 
 

War Music: Notes from the First World War

An exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war.

War Music: Notes From The First World War War Music: Notes From The First World War War Music at the Royal Academy of Music will look at the role of music in the First World War in an exhibition held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war. In the war, music was heard on battlefields, concerts halls, camps and churches, reflecting the emotions of war such as pride, nationalism, sorrow, consolation. The exhibition will feature a host of popular songs as well as items such as a gramophone, used in the trenches and camouflaged to avoid detection. It will be accompanied by a lively programme of musical events.
2014-04-222015-03-21 Where:
Royal Academy Of Music, Marylebone Road, London London, NW1 5HT
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Academy Of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5HT

Tube: Regent's Park Station, Baker Street Station

 

Dates: 22nd April 2014 to 21st March 2015

 

War Music at the Royal Academy of Music will look at the role of music in the First World War in an exhibition held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war. In the war, music was heard on battlefields, concerts halls, camps and churches, reflecting the emotions of war - pride, nationalism, sorrow, consolation. The exhibition will feature a host of popular songs as well as items such as a gramophone, used in the trenches and camouflaged to avoid detection. It will be accompanied by a lively programme of musical events.

 
 
 

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits

A whistlestop tour of the best of the Bard.

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits Shakespeare's Greatest Hits Continuing the Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations, trio In Voice and Verse present a whistlestop tour of the best of the Bard, including all the greatest speeches, poems and songs. See how many you can recite. Performing Shakespeare's Greatest Hits at the Leicester Square Theatre are actor Lance Pierson, soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain.
2014-04-222014-04-23 Where:
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London London, WC2H 7BX
Category: Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd April 2014

 

Continuing Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations, trio In Voice and Verse present a whistlestop tour of the best of the Bard, including all the greatest speeches, poems and songs. See how many you can recite. Performing Shakespeare's Greatest Hits at the Leicester Square Theatre are actor Lance Pierson, soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain.

 
 
 

The Paper Cinema's Odyssey

A contemporary retelling of Homer's epic poem.

The Paper Cinema's Odyssey The Paper Cinema's Odyssey Three musicians and two puppeteers bring the Paper Cinema's contemporary retelling of Homer's epic poem, The Odessy, to life at the Battersea Arts Centre. The epic tale, of a husband's long return to his home and family after war, is told with the help of Paper Cinema's clever use of cinematic projection, live music and cut-out paper puppets.
2014-04-222014-04-23 Where:
Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London London, SW11 5TN
Category: Theatre

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd April 2014

 

Three musicians and two puppeteers bring the Paper Cinema's contemporary retelling of Homer's epic poem, The Odessy, to life at the Battersea Arts Centre. The epic tale, of a husband's long return to his home and family after war, is told with the help of Paper Cinema's clever use of cinematic projection, live music and cut-out paper puppets.

 
 
 

Katherine Ryan

Wittily warped humour and commentary on popular culture.

Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model Katherine Ryan: Glam Role Model The acerbic Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, now based in the UK, is becoming a regular fixture on TV panel games such as Mock the Week and QI. Catch her at the Soho Theatre Downstairs for a night of her wittily warped humour and some commentary on popular culture.
2014-04-222014-05-03 Where:
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London London, W1D 3NE
Category: Comedy

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, Soho, London, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 22nd April - 03rd May 2014

 

The acerbic Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan, now based in the UK, is becoming a regular fixture on TV panel games such as Mock the Week and QI. Catch her at the Soho Theatre Downstairs for a night of her wittily warped humour and some commentary on popular culture.

 
 
 

Translations

A farm girl is torn between the affections of a local school teacher and the love of a British soldier.

Translations Translations Despite Brian Friel saying his play Translations is 'a play about language and only language', it actually explores language and communication, Irish history and cultural imperialism. Set in 1833 rural Ireland, it tells the story of farm girl Maire and how she is torn between the affections of the local school teacher and the love of a British soldier - between her native tongue and a new language. Will she choose the comfort of the familiar or delve into a world of foreign possibilities? 2014-04-222014-05-03 Where:
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames London, KT1 1HL
Category: Theatre

Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 22nd April - 03rd May 2014

 

Despite Brian Friel saying his play Translations is 'a play about language and only language', it actually explores language and communication, Irish history and cultural imperialism. Set in 1833 rural Ireland, it tells the story of farm girl Maire and how she is torn between the affections of the local school teacher and the love of a British soldier - between her native tongue and a new language. Will she choose the comfort of the familiar or delve into a world of foreign possibilities?

 
 
 

The Believers

Two families are thrust upon each other during a night of cataclysmic weather.

The Believers The Believers In this new production physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, in association with writer Bryony Lavery, explores what happens when two families are thrust upon each other during a night of cataclysmic weather. Bruised, tired and lubricated with alcohol, tensions soon arise. Until, the unthinkable happens. Desperate to determine what truly happened, will they be able to pull together and find the answers? Frantic Assembly have become renowned for unique and dynamic theatre pieces - described by The Independent as 'vibrant and visceral' - and this show is sure to be no different.
2014-04-222014-05-17 Where:
Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London London, NW6 7JR
Category: Theatre

Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR

Tube: Kilburn Station

 

Dates: 22nd April - 17th May 2014

 

In this new production physical theatre company Frantic Assembly, in association with writer Bryony Lavery, explores what happens when two families are thrust upon each other during a night of cataclysmic weather. Bruised, tired and lubricated with alcohol, tensions soon arise. Until, the unthinkable happens. Desperate to determine what truly happened, will they be able to pull together and find the answers? Frantic Assembly have become renowned for unique and dynamic theatre pieces - described by The Independent as 'vibrant and visceral' - and this show is sure to be no different.

 
 
 

Uncle Vanya

Checkov's story about the younger second wife of a professor and an eternally frustrated love triangle.

Uncle Vanya Uncle Vanya Last year saw London stage four revivals of Anton Checkov's Uncle Vanya and now 2014 welcomes another. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his two acclaimed Checkov productions - the second being Three Sisters - from Moscow's Moccobeta State Academic Theatre to London's Wyndham's Theatre . For the productions, which will be performed in Russian with English surtitles, Konchalovsky has utilised the same setting and cast in order to showcase the similarities between Checkov's two most famous plays. The story deals with Yelena, the younger second wife of a professor, who entertains an eternally frustrated love triangle between two friends of her husband - Vanya, the brother of the professor's late first wife, and the local doctor, Astrov (who himself has inadvertently rendered the professor's daughter completely smitten). Book tickets to Uncle Vanya through LondonTown.com 2014-04-232014-05-03 Where:
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0DA
Category: Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 23rd April - 03rd May 2014

 

Last year saw London stage four revivals of Anton Checkov's Uncle Vanya and now 2014 welcomes another. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his two acclaimed Checkov productions - the second being Three Sisters - from Moscow's Moccobeta State Academic Theatre to London's Wyndham's Theatre. For the productions, which will be performed in Russian with English surtitles, Konchalovsky has utilised the same setting and cast in order to showcase the similarities between Checkov's two most famous plays. The story deals with Yelena, the younger second wife of a professor, who entertains an eternally frustrated love triangle between two friends of her husband - Vanya, the brother of the professor's late first wife, and the local doctor, Astrov (who himself has inadvertently rendered the professor's daughter completely smitten). Book tickets to Uncle Vanya through LondonTown.com

 
 
 

City of London Sinfonia: CLoSer: Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time

Part of the informal concert series offering shorter performances in more relaxed settings.

City of London Sinfonia: CLoSer: Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time City of London Sinfonia: CLoSer: Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time The City of London Sinfonia's hugely popular informal concert series CLoSer - which offers audiences shorter concerts in a more relaxed setting - finishes its 2013/14 season with a performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. The Village Underground's acoustics and bare brick walls create a unique atmosphere to stage this epic 12th Century masterpiece.
2014-04-232014-04-23 Where:
Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London London, EC2A 3PQ
Category: Concerts

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 23rd April 2014

 

The City of London Sinfonia's hugely popular informal concert series CLoSer - which offers audiences shorter concerts in a more relaxed setting - finishes its 2013/14 season with a performance of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. The Village Underground's acoustics and bare brick walls create a unique atmosphere to stage this epic 12th Century masterpiece.

 
 
 

Hamlet

A new version of Hamlet to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Hamlet Hamlet On 23rd April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, a new version of Hamlet staged by Shakespeare's Globe begins a two-year global tour, aiming to take in all 205 nations in the world. The 'Globe to Globe Hamlet', a stripped-down version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy is performed by a new cast of just eight actors in a brisk two hours and forty minutes. The tour, which comes to Middle Temple Hall from 18th to 20th April before officially beginning at Shakespeare's Globe on 23rd April 2014 will finish on 23rd April 2016 - the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. This will also be the date of Dominic Dromgoole's departure from the Globe, after a decade as its artistic director.


2014-04-232014-04-26 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 26th April 2014

 

On 23rd April 2014, the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, a new version of Hamlet staged by Shakespeare's Globe begins a two-year global tour, aiming to take in all 205 nations in the world. The 'Globe to Globe Hamlet', a stripped-down version of Shakespeare's classic tragedy is performed by a new cast of just eight actors in a brisk two hours and forty minutes. The tour, which comes to Middle Temple Hall from 18th to 20th April before officially beginning at Shakespeare's Globe on 23rd April 2014 will finish on 23rd April 2016 - the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. This will also be the date of Dominic Dromgoole's departure from the Globe, after a decade as its artistic director.

 
 
 

Pick Me Up

The UKs first contemporary graphic art festival.

Pick Me Up Pick Me Up Bringing together exciting international talents from the diverse field of graphic arts, the Pick Me Up art fair is a 12-day extravaganza dedicated to graphic art. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the latest talents in the graphic art scene. The spectacular Somerset House is once again host for this annual celebration of contemporary graphic art, design and illustration, first launched in April 2010. As well as the affordable artwork and limited-edition prints on sale from as little as £10, there's a lively series of events and activities including creative workshops, late-night art and music mash-ups, quirky family-fun events and interactive shopping spaces.
2014-04-242014-05-05 Where:
Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Exhibitions

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th April - 05th May 2014

 

Bringing together exciting international talents from the diverse field of graphic arts, the Pick Me Up art fair is a 12-day extravaganza dedicated to graphic art. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the latest talents in the graphic art scene. The spectacular Somerset House is once again host for this annual celebration of contemporary graphic art, design and illustration, first launched in April 2010. As well as the affordable artwork and limited-edition prints on sale from as little as 10, there's a lively series of events and activities including creative workshops, late-night art and music mash-ups, quirky family-fun events and interactive shopping spaces.

 
 
 

The Other Art Fair

Original works from promising emerging artists before they get signed.

The Other Art Fair The Other Art Fair Snap up some original art from some of London's most promising emerging artists, before they get signed and the prices soar. All the artists showing at The Other Art Fair have been carefully selected by an eagle-eyed committee of art experts, so even if you're not buying, this show is a great day out for art-lovers looking to discover new talent. Since its launch in 2011, the fair has attracted artists from all across the world as opposed to just London. So, visitors will be able to explore art from France, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Puerto Rico. This year's fair also boasts live performance, curated walks, limited edition prints and 'Photo 15', a celebration of the best fifteen unrepresented photographers from London and beyond. There will also be interactive art sessions for children, a mentor programme and pop up food stalls. With so many aspects to the event, this is more than an art fair, rather an art experience.
2014-04-242014-04-27 Where:
Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London London, NW1 5LS
Category: Exhibitions

Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5LS

Tube: Baker Street Station

 

Dates: 24th - 27th April 2014

 

Snap up some original art from some of London's most promising emerging artists, before they get signed and the prices soar. All the artists showing at The Other Art Fair have been carefully selected by an eagle-eyed committee of art experts, so even if you're not buying, this show is a great day out for art-lovers looking to discover new talent. Since its launch in 2011, the fair has attracted artists from all across the world as opposed to just London. So, visitors will be able to explore art from France, Italy, Japan, Brazil and Puerto Rico. This year's fair also boasts live performance, curated walks, limited edition prints and 'Photo 15', a celebration of the best fifteen unrepresented photographers from London and beyond. There will also be interactive art sessions for children, a mentor programme and pop up food stalls. With so many aspects to the event, this is more than an art fair, rather an art experience.

 
 
 

Basel Symphony Orchestra

Three concerts of minimalist music.

Basel Symphony Orchestra Basel Symphony Orchestra The Cadogan Hall in Chelsea hosts the cutting-edge Basel Symphony Orchestra for three concerts (on 24th, 28th & 30th April) of minimalist music starting with Philip Glass's Overture, Arvo Part's Lamentate For Piano And Orchestra and John Adams's Harmonielehre, with Maki Namekawa, piano. Dennis Russell Davies conducts. 2014-04-242014-04-24 Where:
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London London, SW1X 9DQ
Category: Concerts

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9DQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 24th April 2014

 

The Cadogan Hall in Chelsea hosts the cutting-edge Basel Symphony Orchestra for three concerts (on 24th, 28th & 30th April) of minimalist music starting with Philip Glass's Overture, Arvo Part's Lamentate For Piano And Orchestra and John Adams's Harmonielehre, with Maki Namekawa, piano. Dennis Russell Davies conducts.

 
 
 

McBusted

The McFly and Busted super group.

McBusted McBusted After the rapturous response given when McFly were joined by two thirds of Busted during their 10th anniversary gigs, the two bands have officially come together to form super group McBusted. The group is made up of all four members of McFly - Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter - and two members of Busted - Matt Willis and James Bourne. Their 2014 tour will see them play three nights at the O2, indulging fans with a nostalgic mega mix of hits from both band's back catalogues.
2014-04-242014-04-26 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 24th - 26th April 2014

 

After the rapturous response given when McFly were joined by two thirds of Busted during their 10th anniversary gigs, the two bands have officially come together to form super group McBusted. The group is made up of all four members of McFly - Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter - and two members of Busted - Matt Willis and James Bourne. Their 2014 tour will see them play three nights at the O2, indulging fans with a nostalgic mega mix of hits from both band's back catalogues.

 
 
 

London Children's Ballet: Nanny McPhee

A charming interpretation of Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee.

London Children's Ballet: Nanny McPhee London Children's Ballet: Nanny McPhee The London Children's Ballet return to Peacock theatre with a charming interpretation of Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee. This family production tells the story of a father and his seven unruly children who have driven away every nanny in the village. Just as he starts to think all is lost, the magical Nanny McPhee comes into their lives and things miraculously start to change. 2014-04-242014-04-27 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Dance

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th - 27th April 2014

 

The London Children's Ballet returns to the Peacock theatre with a charming interpretation of Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee. This family production tells the story of a father and his seven unruly children who have driven away every nanny in the village. Just as he starts to think all is lost, the magical Nanny McPhee comes into their lives and things miraculously start to change.

 
 
 

The London Original Print Fair

The chance to see specialist dealers displaying their etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs.

The London Original Print Fair The London Original Print Fair The London Original Print Fair, London's premier print fair, offers the chance to see specialist dealers displaying their etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs in the grand setting of the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the past 20 years it has become a firm favourite with dealers and print fans alike. Prices start from £100 and rise to £1,000,000 covering old Masters (including Rembrandt and Durer), 18th and 19th century painters (Hogarth, Goya, Sickert) and top names from the contemporary scene (Hockney and Hirst). Whether you're looking for an investment or something pretty to put on your walls, limited edition prints offer a more affordable alternative to one-off, original art works - and it's great fun to browse.

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2014-04-242014-04-27 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London London, W1J 0BD
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Mayfair, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 24th - 27th April 2014

 

The London Original Print Fair offers the chance to see specialist dealers displaying their etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs in the grand setting of the Royal Academy of Arts. Over the past 20 years it has become a firm favourite with dealers and print fans alike. Prices start from 100 and rise to 1,000,000 covering old Masters (including Rembrandt and Durer), 18th and 19th century painters (Hogarth, Goya, Sickert) and top names from the contemporary scene (Hockney and Hirst). Whether you're looking for an investment or something pretty to put on your walls, limited edition prints offer a more affordable alternative to one-off, original art works - and it's great fun to browse.

 
 
 

Titus Andronicus

A gory production that caused four members of the audience to faint in one night in 2006.

Titus Andronicus Titus Andronicus Lucy Bailey's 2006 production of Titus Andronicus - a gruesome play which saw audiences "dropping like flies" (one observer told the Evening Standard) - is revived and revamped at Shakespeare's Globe for the theatre's 2014 season. Eight years ago Shakespeare's Globe had to issue a warning about its gory production after four members of the audience fainted in one night. Scenes of mutilation, rape and murder are "made all the more claustrophobic" (The Independent) by William Dudley's stage set in which the theatre is draped in dark cloth which blocks out the sunlight. "Audiences should be aware of its graphic nature prior to seeing the play," said The Independent in 2006.
2014-04-24 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: From 24th April 2014

 

Lucy Bailey's 2006 production of Titus Andronicus - a gruesome play which saw audiences "dropping like flies" (one observer told the Evening Standard) - is revived and revamped at Shakespeare's Globe for the theatre's 2014 season. Eight years ago Shakespeare's Globe had to issue a warning about its gory production after four members of the audience fainted in one night. Scenes of mutilation, rape and murder are "made all the more claustrophobic" (The Independent) by William Dudley's stage set in which the theatre is draped in dark cloth which blocks out the sunlight. "Audiences should be aware of its graphic nature prior to seeing the play," said The Independent in 2006.

 
 
 

Three Sisters

Checkov's Prosorov sisters bored with life in a provincial town.

Three Sisters Three Sisters Running concurrently with Uncle Vanya, Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his second Checkov adaptation to the Wyndham's Theatre. Highlighting the similarities between Checkov's two most celebrated plays, this production of Three Sisters sees Konchalovsky utilise the same set and cast as Uncle Vanya. With initial inspiration taken from the Bronte sisters, Checkov's play tells the story of three Prosorov sisters who are finding life in a provincial town increasingly boring. This production is performed in Russian with English surtitles. View our ticket deals for Three Sisters.
2014-04-242014-05-03 Where:
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0DA
Category: Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0DA

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 24th April - 03rd May 2014

 

Running concurrently with Uncle Vanya, Andrei Konchalovsky transfers his second Checkov adaptation to the Wyndham's Theatre. Highlighting the similarities between Checkov's two most celebrated plays, this production of Three Sisters sees Konchalovsky utilise the same set and cast as Uncle Vanya. With initial inspiration taken from the Bronte sisters, Checkov's play tells the story of three Prosorov sisters who are finding life in a provincial town increasingly boring. This production is performed in Russian with English surtitles. View our ticket deals for Three Sisters.

 
 
 

Venice Preserv'd

Immersive theatre led by the classical stars of tomorrow.

 

A world full of carnival, love and intrigue is the setting for Thomas Otway's Restoration comedy, in which a group of revolutionaries try to overthrow the corrupt Venetian senate. Presented as immersive theatre, by The Spectators' Guild, the promenade piece stars Ashley Zhangazha as Jaffier and takes you through the streets of maritime Greenwich to the historic Paynes and Borthwick Wharf, once a ship engine factory, a meat storage facility and a paper warehouse. Now recast as a bustling Venetian metropolis.

 
 
 

Musical Comedy Awards Grand Final

Finalists come head to head at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Musical Comedy Awards Grand Final Musical Comedy Awards Grand Final The Musical Comedy Awards return for a sixth year when the finalists will come head to head at the Bloomsbury Theatre for the showpiece grand final after a series of heats held between January and March at the Black Heart in Camden. The genre is in fine fettle, as exemplified by the success of mainstream acts such as Flight of the Conchords (the self-proclaimed "formerly New Zealand's fourth-best folk parody duo") and Frisky and Mannish, finalists of the 2009 Musical Comedy Awards.
2014-04-252014-04-25 Where:
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London London, WC1H 0AH
Category: Comedy

Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0AH

Tube: Euston Square Station, Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 25th April 2014

 

The Musical Comedy Awards return for a sixth year when the finalists will come head to head at the Bloomsbury Theatre for the showpiece grand final after a series of heats held between January and March at the Black Heart in Camden. The genre is in fine fettle, as exemplified by the success of mainstream acts such as Flight of the Conchords (the self-proclaimed "formerly New Zealand's fourth-best folk parody duo") and Frisky and Mannish, finalists of the 2009 Musical Comedy Awards.

 
 
 

Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite: The Tempest Replica

The UK premiere of The Tempest Replica, a Shakespeare-inspired dance work.

Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite: The Tempest Replica Kidd Pivot / Crystal Pite: The Tempest Replica Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, a former dancer with William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and Sadler's Wells newest associate artist, presents the UK premiere The Tempest Replica, her Shakespeare-inspired dance work, in April 2014. The first visit to Sadler's Wells for Pite's Kidd Pivot company since debuting in 2009, The Tempest Replica draws on Shakespeare's The Tempest, exploring themes of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination. Check out our ticket deals.
2014-04-252014-04-26 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th April 2014

 

Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, a former dancer with William Forsythe's Ballett Frankfurt and Sadler's Wells newest associate artist, presents the UK premiere of The Tempest Replica, her Shakespeare-inspired dance work, in April 2014. The first visit to Sadler's Wells for Pite's Kidd Pivot company since debuting in 2009, The Tempest Replica draws on Shakespeare's The Tempest, exploring themes of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination. Check out our ticket deals.

 
 
 

Sundance London

The third year of the US indie-film spinoff founded by Robert Redford.

Sundance London Sundance London Bringing three days of original film and an expanded filmmaker development programme, Sundance London returns to The O2 for the third year in April 2014. The UK spinoff of America's indie film festival founded by Robert Redford in 1987 will showcase films screened at the Utah-based film festival in January. As well as screenings celebrating independent filmmakers, the festival includes a short film competition on the theme of 'Making a go of it' and a workshop for aspiring short filmmakers.
2014-04-252014-04-27 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Film Events

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th April 2014

 

Bringing three days of original film and an expanded filmmaker development programme, Sundance London returns to The O2 for the third year in April 2014. The UK spinoff of America's indie film festival founded by Robert Redford in 1987 will showcase films screened at the Utah-based film festival in January. As well as screenings celebrating independent filmmakers, the festival includes a short film competition on the theme of 'Making a go of it' and a workshop for aspiring short filmmakers.

 
 
 

FINA/NVC Diving World Series

The world's diving elite return to the Zaha Hadid-designed venue continuing the legacy of the Games.

FINA/NVC Diving World Series FINA/NVC Diving World Series The top ranked divers in the world return to the Aquatics Centre for the FINA/NVC Diving World Series - the first international event to be held at the Centre since the London 2012 Games - from 25th to 27th April 2014. The world's diving elite, many of whom competed here at the 2012 Olympics, return to the iconic Zaha Hadid-designed venue continuing the legacy of the Games.
2014-04-252014-04-27 Where:
Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: Sporting Events

Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th April 2014

 

The top ranked divers in the world return to the Aquatics Centre for the FINA/NVC Diving World Series - the first international event to be held at the centre since the London 2012 Games - from 25th to 27th April 2014. The world's diving elite, many of whom competed here at the 2012 Olympics, return to the iconic Zaha Hadid-designed venue continuing the legacy of the Games.

 
 
 

Toy

Shoegaze indie-rock with heavy psychedelic influences.

Toy Toy The London-based five-piece bring their shoegaze indie-rock with heavy psychedelic influences to the Shepherd's Bush Empire for one night. Since their thirst live performance at The Lexington back in 2010, Toy have played at a number of festivals, picked as one of NME's 100 New Bands You Have to Hear and released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim. This London gig comes in support of their second album, Join the Dots which took twice as long as their first album to produce.
2014-04-262014-04-26 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London London, W12 8TT
Category: Concerts

Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8TT

Tube: Goldhawk Road Station, Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 

Dates: 26th April 2014

 

The London-based five-piece bring their shoegaze indie-rock with heavy psychedelic influences to the Shepherd's Bush Empire for one night. Since their thirst live performance at The Lexington back in 2010, Toy have played at a number of festivals, picked as one of NME's 100 New Bands You Have to Hear and released their self-titled debut album to critical acclaim. This London gig comes in support of their second album, Join the Dots which took twice as long as their first album to produce.

 
 
 

Lucy Parham and Henry Goodman: Enoch Arden

Part of the Sunday Coffee Concert series.

Lucy Parham and Henry Goodman: Enoch Arden Lucy Parham and Henry Goodman: Enoch Arden Acclaimed West End actor Henry Goodman reads Richard Strauss's melodrama 'Enoch Arden' based on Tennyson's epic poem accompanied by pianist Lucy Parham, part of the Sunday Coffee Concert series at Kings Place.
2014-04-272014-04-27 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London London, N1 9AG
Category: Theatre

Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 27th April 2014

 

Acclaimed West End actor Henry Goodman reads Richard Strauss's melodrama 'Enoch Arden' based on Tennyson's epic poem accompanied by pianist Lucy Parham, part of the Sunday Coffee Concert series at Kings Place.

 
 
 

RHS London Alpine Garden Show

Offering a wide range of alpines from heucheras to hardy hellebores for sale.

RHS London Alpine Garden Show RHS London Alpine Garden Show New for 2014, the RHS London Alpine Garden Show comes to the Royal Horticultural Halls on Sunday 27th April offering a wide range of alpines from heucheras to hardy hellebores. The RHS London Flower Shows are small but are more than a selling show; they include expert talks and guest speakers, competitions and exhibitions. Check out our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls if you're planning on visiting the fair from outside London. 2014-04-272014-04-27 Where:
Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, London London, SW1P 2PE
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE

Tube: St James's Park Station, Victoria Station

 

Dates: 27th April 2014

 

New for 2014, the RHS London Alpine Garden Show comes to the Royal Horticultural Halls on Sunday 27th April offering a wide range of alpines from heucheras to hardy hellebores. The RHS London Flower Shows are small but are more than a selling show; they include expert talks and guest speakers, competitions and exhibitions. Check out our hotel deals near the Royal Horticultural Halls if you're planning on visiting the fair from outside London.

 
 
 

Much Ado About Nothing

The bantering Beatrice and Benedick are charming as they deny their love for one another.

Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing A new small touring version of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing comes to the Globe between 28th April and 3rd May and from 14th to 19th May 2014. "The very best Much Ados touch the heart as much as they do the funny bone," wrote Quentin Letts reviewing the 2011 Shakespeare's Globe production of Much Ado About Nothing in the Daily Mail. In this new version lovable lovers, the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, are made all the more charming as they deny their love for one another.
2014-04-282014-05-19 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 28th April - 19th May 2014

 

A new, small touring version of Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing comes to the Globe between 28th April and 3rd May and from 14th to 19th May 2014. "The very best Much Ados touch the heart as much as they do the funny bone," wrote Quentin Letts reviewing the 2011 Shakespeare's Globe production of Much Ado About Nothing in the Daily Mail. In this new version, lovable lovers, the bantering Beatrice and Benedick, are made all the more charming as they deny their love for one another.

 
 
 

1984

101 seats for every performance of Headlong's five star adaptation are available for £19.84.

1984 1984 George Orwell's seminal novel, 1984, is adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong Theatre company who have created "a superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth" according to the Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner who gave it 5 out of 5. Though "not an easy watch" (Guardian), Headlong's version of George Orwell's novel on surveillance and censorship uses a book club from the distant future discussing Winston Smith's diary to makes the story more relevant today than ever. This new adaptation transfers from the Almeida Theatre to the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End for a three-month run beginning on 28th April 2014.
2014-04-282014-08-23 Where:
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London London, WC2N 5DE
Category: Theatre

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 28th April - 23rd August 2014

 

George Orwell's seminal novel, 1984, is adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong Theatre company who have created "a superbly handled multimedia speculation on the nature of truth" according to the Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner who gave it 5 out of 5. Though "not an easy watch" (Guardian), Headlong's version of George Orwell's novel on surveillance and censorship uses a book club from the distant future discussing Winston Smith's diary to makes the story more relevant today than ever. This new adaptation transfers from the Almeida Theatre to the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End for a three-month run beginning on 28th April 2014.

 
 
 

Yo-Yo Ma

The cello and piano star's first recital at Wigmore Hall in more than 20 years.

Yo-Yo Ma Yo-Yo Ma American cellist and pianist Yo-Yo Ma, who has reached the level of celebrity where he "could do just about anything and his fans would like it" (Washington Post), comes to Wigmore Hall on 29th April 2014 to give his first recital there for more than 20 years. He'll be performing Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Guarnieri's Dansa Negra, and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D Minor for violin and piano, op. 108, with British pianist Kathryn Stott. 2014-04-292014-04-29 Where:
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London London, W1U 2BP
Category: Concerts

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 2BP

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 29th April 2014

 

American cellist and pianist Yo-Yo Ma, who has reached the level of celebrity where he "could do just about anything and his fans would like it" (Washington Post), comes to Wigmore Hall on 29th April 2014 to give his first recital there for more than 20 years. He'll be performing Stravinsky's Suite Italienne, Guarnieri's Dansa Negra, and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D Minor for violin and piano, op. 108, with British pianist Kathryn Stott.

 
 
 

Gyles Brandreth: Looking For Happiness

The wearer of novelty knits begins his quest in Las Vegas and ends it in the psychiatrist's chair.

Gyles Brandreth: Looking For Happiness Gyles Brandreth: Looking For Happiness Follow Gyles Brandreth - actor, author, former Tory MP, and wearer of novelty knitwear - on his quest for the seven secrets of happiness, a journey which begins in Las Vegas and ends in the psychiatrist's chair. A regular on TV panel shows, Brandreth is a household name in the UK and his stand-up shows a sell-out. The Scotsman newspaper described the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 performances of Looking for Happiness as an 'absolute joy'.
2014-04-292014-05-11 Where:
Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London London, WC2H 7BX
Category: Comedy

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Soho, London, WC2H 7BX

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 29th April - 11th May 2014

 

Follow Gyles Brandreth - actor, author, former Tory MP, and wearer of novelty knitwear - on his quest for the seven secrets of happiness, a journey which begins in Las Vegas and ends in the psychiatrist's chair. A regular on TV panel shows, Brandreth is a household name in the UK and his stand-up shows a sell-out. The Scotsman newspaper described the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 performances of Looking for Happiness as an 'absolute joy'.

 
 
 

John Butler Trio

Fresh from the release of their new album Flesh & Blood, their first since 2010.

John Butler Trio John Butler Trio With a constant conveyor belt of band members, it’s a surprise that John Butler has managed to keep the title of his band as the John Butler Trio. Lead singer and guitarist Butler is the only constant member, with nine others being involved throughout the band's sixteen-year history. With the current line-up consisting of John Butler, Byron Luiters and new drummer Grant Gerathy, the John Butler Trio circa 2014 will be stopping by the O2 Academy Brixton on the back of their new album Flesh & Blood, their first release since April Uprising back in 2010.

2014-04-302014-04-30 Where:
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London London, SW9 9SL
Category: Concerts

Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 30th April 2014

 

With a constant conveyor belt of band members, it's a surprise that John Butler has managed to keep the title of his band as the John Butler Trio. Lead singer and guitarist Butler is the only constant member, with nine others being involved throughout the band's sixteen-year history. With the current line-up consisting of John Butler, Byron Luiters and new drummer Grant Gerathy, the John Butler Trio circa 2014 will be stopping by the O2 Academy Brixton on the back of their new album Flesh & Blood, their first release since April Uprising back in 2010.

 
 
 

Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

With works by Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli.

Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting The architecture in Italian Renaissance painting is explored through works by 14th, 15th and 16th century artists including Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli at this exhibition in the Sunley Room of the National Gallery. Building the Picture also explores the way architecture was used to frame sitters in figurative paintings and depict biblical stories in paintings like Duccio's 1307/8-11 work, 'The Annunciation', the opening scene on the front of his greatest work, the double-sided 'Maesta' altarpiece.
2014-04-302014-09-21 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Exhibitions

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 30th April to 21st September 2014

 

The architecture in Italian Renaissance painting is explored through works by 14th, 15th and 16th century artists including Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli at this exhibition in the Sunley Room of the National Gallery. Building the Picture also explores the way architecture was used to frame sitters in figurative paintings and depict biblical stories in paintings like Duccio's 1307/8-11 work, 'The Annunciation', the opening scene on the front of his greatest work, the double-sided 'Maesta' altarpiece.

 
 
 

A View from the Bridge

Arthur Miller's tragic tour de force.

A View from the Bridge A View from the Bridge Award-winning and internationally renowned director, Ivo van Hove, whose theatrical adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage played at the Barbican in November 2013, directs Arthur Miller's tragic tour de force at the Young Vic from 4th April 2014. The director of Holland's leading theatre company has assembled a strong cast including Zero Dark Thirty actor Mark Strong who returns to the stage after a 12-year absence to play the lead in Miller's A View from the Bridge. Strong stars as Eddie Carbone, the tragic hero of Miller's drama set in blue collar 1950s Brooklyn while Nicola Walker (famed for TV roles in Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks, and her Olivier award-winning performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) plays Eddie's wife, Beatrice.
2014-04-042014-06-07 Where:
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London London, SE1 8LZ
Category: Theatre

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, South Bank, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 04th April - 07th June 2014

 

Award-winning and internationally renowned director, Ivo van Hove, whose theatrical adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage played at the Barbican in November 2013, directs Arthur Miller's tragic tour de force at the Young Vic from 4th April 2014. The director of Holland's leading theatre company has assembled a strong cast including Zero Dark Thirty actor Mark Strong who returns to the stage after a 12-year absence to play the lead in Miller's A View from the Bridge. Strong stars as Eddie Carbone, the tragic hero of Miller's drama set in blue collar 1950s Brooklyn while Nicola Walker (famed for TV roles in Last Tango in Halifax, Spooks, and her Olivier award-winning performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) plays his wife, Beatrice.

 
 
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