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Strictly Come Dancing Live: The O2 Arena
Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends
Elbow
Andrew McMahon
You Me At Six and All Time Low
A View From The Bridge
English National Opera: La Traviata
L'Ormindo
L'Ormindo
The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake
Works on Paper Fair
Ennio Morricone
Let It Be
Maxine Peake stars in How To Hold Your Breath
Craft Beer Rising
London's Chinese New Year
Imagine Children's Festival
The London Bike Show
The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show
Paper Cinema - BAC - James Allan
Game
Songs Of Lear
Eugene Onegin
History Is Now
Camellia Festival
The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Mackintosh Architecture
For Richer For Poorer: Weddings Unveiled
Dracula! Mr Swallow The Musical
Antigone
Gorgon City
Ultima Vez: What The Body Does Not Remember
Salt And Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860
Flamenco Festival London
Cirque Berserk
The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race
The Baby Show
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
MOVE IT
London Fashion Week
BRIT Awards 2015
George Ezra
Take That
The Charlatans
George Ezra is at the Brixton Electric
Plantastic
Roundhouse Rising
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 

 

Maxine Peake, Ralph Fiennes and Juliet Stevenson make February 2015 a strong month for new theatre in London. Beatles musical Let It Be is back after a two-year absence, the National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to John Singer Sargent and the Imagine children's festival returns to the Southbank for half term.

 
 

Breakthrough: Crossrail's Tunnelling Story

Walk through a five metre high installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel.

London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7BB

Tube: Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 1st February to 31st August 2015

 

See what's going on under our streets when Breakthrough: Crossrail's Tunnelling Story brings a five metre high, walk-through installation of a cross-section of a Crossrail tunnel to the London Transport Museum. Bringing to life the scale of the work being done under our feet to deliver Crossrail, the new railway that will run for more than 100km from Reading to Heathrow in the west, and to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, via Central London. This is a chance to see what it's like to work on the biggest construction project in Europe before the big East-West breakthrough - when the tunnel network will be joined up for the first time - this spring.

 
 
 

Royal Opera & Shakespeare's Globe: L'Ormindo

Cavalli's comedy about a sex-starved queen and her would-be lovers returns to the Globe.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 03rd February - 05th March 2015

 

Christopher Cowell's English translation of L'Ormindo, a co-production between Shakespeare's Globe and The Royal Opera, returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse after its successful debut during the playhouse's inaugural season. Francesco Cavalli's Baroque opera comedy about a sex-starved queen and her would-be lovers is staged in the small, candlelit Jacobean indoor theatre, an ideal setting for this intimate opera performed by nine singers and eight musicians. The world of jealous lovers, elopement and the intervention of Fortune and Destiny is brought to life as "Gods descend through the ceiling, and Amidas is conned into believing that spirits erupt through the floor" (The Guardian). Conduced by Baroque specialist Christian Curnyn.

 
 
 

non zero one: Mountaineering

A show about choice, interaction and personal conversation.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 15th February 2015

 

Award-winning theatre company non zero one presents a show about choice, interaction and personal conversation. They have performed in the corridors of the Barbican and on the roof of the National Theatre but mountaineering at the Roundhouse promises to be their biggest project yet. Join 93 others for a distinctly unique evening where you make the choices that define the path you take.

 
 
 

The Paper Cinema's Odyssey

Last year's sell-out show returns for a limited run.

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

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 14th February 2015

 

Three musicians and two puppeteers bring the Paper Cinema's contemporary retelling of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, 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. The show enjoyed sell-out runs and a transatlantic tour in 2014 and now returns for a limited run.

 
 
 

Viviane Sassen: Pikin Slee

Recent work including images taken in the Surinamese rainforest.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 03rd February - 12th April 2015

 

A solo exhibition of recent work by Viviane Sassen who has garnered parallel critical acclaim as a fashion photographer and in the context of contemporary visual art. The ICA display of works by Sassen, who has been influenced by Guy Bourdin, features the characteristically incisive photos she shot in Pikin Slee on the Upper Suriname River, deep within the Surinamese rainforest, in 2013.

 
 
 

The Last of the De Mullins

One woman defies her family and the traditions of the age.

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 28th February 2015

 

Stephen McGill and Joel Marvin present a play set in the Edwardian England of 1908 in which one woman defies her family and the traditions of the age, rejoicing in being a working mother and refusing to be tied to the institution of marriage. A feminist comedy-drama by dramatist St John Hankin - described by George Bernard Shaw as a "most gifted writer of high comedy" and thought of as the comic bridge between Wilde and Coward - The Last of the De Mullins stars Alexandra Dowling (Queen Anne in BBC1's The Musketeers) as Bertha, Charlotte Powell (Harriet Goodcharm in ITV's The Worst Witch) as Janet De Mullin, and Roberta Taylor - best known for her roles in The Bill and as Irene Hills in EastEnders - as Mrs De Mullin.

 
 
 

RADIANCE: The Passion Of Marie Curie

The life of Nobel Prize winning scientist Marie Curie is told by bestselling author Alan Alda.

Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, London, W4 1LW

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 04th - 28th February 2015

 

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the life and passion of Marie Curie is told by bestselling author Alan Alda in his first full-length stage drama. The French scientist Marie Curie embarks on a love affair with a married physicist, saving her from a deep depression following the death of her husband, and the science world unable to fully accept her previous achievements. But the love affair becomes public knowledge, and threatens Curie's career. Cathy Tyson, best known for her role in the 1986 British film 'Mona Lisa' starring alongside Bob Hoskins and Michael Caine, plays the title role of Marie Curie in this romantic drama written by the American actor and writer, Alan Alda.

 
 
 

How To Hold Your Breath

As follow up to her acclaimed Hamlet, Maxine Peake stars in Zinnie Harris' dark but witty drama.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 04th February - 21st March 2015

 

Maxine Peake, Martha Costello QC in BBC legal drama Silk and star of Oscar-tipped film The Theory of Everything, stars in Zinnie Harris' dark but witty drama exploring our recent European history, directed by the Royal Court's Vicky Featherstone. Starting with a seemingly innocent one night stand, How To Hold Your Breath gives "an epic look at the true cost of our principles and how we live now".

 
 
 

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

South African artist known for her often explicit portraits.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 5th February to 10th May 2015

 

From 5th February, Tate Modern celebrates Amsterdam-based, South African artist Marlene Dumas, known for her intense paintings drawn from personal and public images - her often explicit portraits also include such figures as Amy Winehouse and Princess Diana. This large-scale survey, The Image as Burden, brings together over 100 of her most important and iconic paintings and drawings and is the most significant exhibition of her work ever to be held in Europe, charting her career from the early 1970s to her most recent canvases.

 
 
 

Ennio Morricone

The film composer performs works from his over-fifty year career.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 05th February 2015

 

The film composer Ennio Morricone, well known for his soundtracks to The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and Django Unchained, among many others, performs works from his over-fifty year career. For this tour Ennio is joined on stage by 170 musicians and singers from some of the finest orchestras and choirs in Europe, soprano Susanna Rigacci and his longtime friend, Portuguese songwriter and singer Dulce Pontes. The tour which opened in February 2014 but had to be put on hold due to Ennio's spinal injury resumes on 1st February 2015 in Amsterdam and takes in 20 major European cities. Tickets already purchased for Ennio Morrcone on 10th December at London's O2 will remain valid for 5th February 2015.

 
 
 

Works on Paper Fair

All types of Works on Paper are presented at this annual fair at the Science Museum.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 05th - 08th February 2015

 

Watercolours, drawings and prints, photographs and posters, all types of Works on Paper are presented at this annual fair. Pictures drawn by hand, in ink, pencil, crayon, chalk, pastel, gouache or charcoal can be seen on the first floor of the Science Museum. Ranging in price from the affordable (at 500 and less), to the majority on offer from 750 to 7,500, and plenty above 10,000, works include early, modern and contemporary art as well as museum quality pieces. London artist Alice Shirley is this year's artist in residence at the fair and there are twice daily printmaking workshops where participants are shown how to produce their own prints.

 
 
 

Strictly Come Dancing Live: Wembley Arena

Simon Webbe, Scott Mills, Thom Evans and Caroline Flack are part of the Strictly live line-up.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 05th - 06th February 2015

 

The glitzy BBC television show is brought to life on stages around the country once again in 2015, returning for its eighth year. Directed by judge Craig Revel Horwood, the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to London on 5th and 6th February 2015 at Wembley Arena and 7th and 8th February at The O2. It follows much the same format as the BBC series, featuring performances from 2014's most popular celebrity and professional pairings, impressive routines by the professionals and the occasional verbal sideswipe from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. Celebrity dancers confirmed are Mark Wright, Caroline Flack, Alison Hammond and Frankie Bridge while Zoe Ball takes over as host. Check out our ticket deals for the show.

 
 
 

Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic

Porter's seven signature looks from the seventies.

Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 6th February to 3rd May 2015

 

The first-ever exhibition on the fashion and interior design of Thea Porter (1927-2000) who pioneered bohemian chic in the 1960s and 1970s from her shop in Soho. Rock star and celebrity clients from the Beatles and Pink Floyd to Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand flaunted her designs which show how her early years in Jerusalem and Damascus brought in a Middle Eastern influence. The exhibition is divided into Porter's seven signature looks including kaftans and gipsy dresses, and shows her clothes in glamorous fashion shoots on the pages of Vogue.

 
 
 

Strictly Come Dancing Live: The O2 Arena

The popular TV show is brought to life at The O2 and Wembley Arena.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th February 2015

 

The glitzy BBC television show is brought to life on stages around the country once again in 2015, returning for its eighth year. Directed by judge Craig Revel Horwood, the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour comes to London on 5th and 6th February 2015 at Wembley Arena and 7th and 8th February at The O2. It follows much the same format as the BBC series, featuring performances from 2014's most popular celebrity and professional pairings, impressive routines by the professionals and the occasional verbal sideswipe from judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. Celebrity dancers confirmed are Mark Wright, Caroline Flack, Alison Hammond and Frankie Bridge while Zoe Ball takes over as host. Check out our ticket deals for the show.

 
 
 

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

Richard Jones's acclaimed staging of Wagner's comedy is re-imagined.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 07th February - 10th March 2015

 

One of three new productions within English National Opera's 2014/15 season, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg sees Richard Jones's acclaimed staging of Wagner's comedy re-imagined for the scale of the London Coliseum and starring an exceptional cast. Leading Wagnerian bass-baritone Iain Paterson sings the cobbler Sachs for the first time, while the brilliant singing-actor Andrew Shore makes his stage role debut as Beckmesser, and ENO Music Director Edward Gardner conducts. The opera's central message "that great art can bring order and understanding to society" (The Artsdesk) is told with clarity and humour in Jones's new production.

 
 
 

English National Opera: La Traviata

The famed courtesan gives up her wild lifestyle and makes the ultimate sacrifice.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 09th February - 13th March 2015

 

Peter Konwitschny directs the company in a new production of La Traviata, Verdi's dramatic opera about the beautiful courtesan Violetta and the sacrifice of her own happiness for the sake of her lover's reputation. Verdi's music takes audiences to the heart of Violetta's world as the famed courtesan 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 ENO's Coliseum as Violetta sings her way to the heart-rending end of Act III, while the celebrated Brindisi drinking song of Act I never fails to bring the roof down. Conducted by Roland Boer, with soprano Elizabeth Zharoff in her debut performance as Violetta. Sung in English.

 
 
 

Imagine Children's Festival

Russell Brand, Judith Kerr and the Berliner Philharmoniker appear at the two-week festival over February half term.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 09th - 22nd February 2015

 

Immersive opera, Russell Brand and a site-wide Alice in Wonderland installation are all part of the inspiring Imagine Children's Festival at the Southbank Centre, giving children no end of entertainment for two weeks over February half term. Highlights include a performance by the Berliner Philharmoniker, the London premiere of children's opera Brundibar and - a first for the festival - Festival Ideas Cloud asks 'What Would I do as Prime Minister for the Day'. The beauty of this festival is that many of the events are free including a family concert in the Close Ballroom on 15th February conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. There are interactive performances including Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play and more for under-threes including a new early years soft play village, baby yoga sessions and two shows: Curious and Circles in The Sand, both by Half Moon Young People's Theatre. There are appearances from Judith Kerr, a fancy dress Animal Parade Day (16th February), and it all ends with a Big Fish Little Fish rave.

 
 
 

Cirque Berserk

Contemporary cirque style skills and thrilling stunt action.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 09th - 10th February 2015

 

A highlight of Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park, Cirque Berserk comes to New Wimbledon Theatre in February 2015 following a sold-out 2014 theatre tour. Combining contemporary cirque style skills with thrilling stunt action, Cirque Berserk is a danger-filled spectacle that promises to amaze audiences of all ages. Acts include the "off the scale awesome" (Daily Telegraph) Globe of Death with three motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a steel cage. A troupe of over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and death-defying stunt men are joined by award-winning physical comedian and clown, Tweedy. Cirque Berserk appear at three London venues in the first two months of 2015 - at Hackney Empire, New Wimbledon Theatre and at Beck Theatre in Hayes. We've got five Family Tickets up for grabs - see the LondonTown Competitions page for details.

 
 
 

Elbow

The platinum-selling five-piece return to a more intimate setting.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 10th - 12th February 2015

 

Guy Garvey's platinum-selling five-piece who hail from Bury who, in 2012, played to a worldwide audience at the Olympic Closing Ceremony return to a more intimate setting when they play three nights at London's Hammersmith Apollo in February 2015. Elbow, the Mercury Music Prize winning band, is brilliant at atmospheric alternative rock and these smaller gigs give fans a chance to see the band revisit tracks from their extensive back catalogue comprising six studio albums and a B sides collection that began with the release of the 'Noisebox' Ep in 1998.

 
 
 

History Is Now

Seven UK based artists take on a decade each.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th February - 26th April 2015

 

A well-timed exhibition, History is Now: 7 Artists Take on Britain offers an inventive way of exploring the country's recent history, giving us an insight into how we got to where we are today as the General Election approaches. Seven UK based artists - John Akomfrah, Simon Fujiwara, Roger Hiorns, Hannah Starkey, Richard Wentworth, and Jane and Louise Wilson - take on a decade each. Between them they have selected over 250 objects which represent periods of cultural history from 1945 to the present day. This major Hayward Gallery exhibition is part of Southbank Centre's Changing Britain 1945-2015 festival (30th January until 9th May 2015), which uses art, music, literature and philosophy to enlight and engage people in the political process.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

This Royal Opera House production by Anthony Dowell is an especially appealing one.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 10th February - 09th April 2015

 

With the instantly recognisable soaring score of Tchaikovsky and the wonderfully dark story of good set against evil, Swan Lake never goes out of fashion. Having first appeared in 1987, this Royal Opera House production by Anthony Dowell is an especially appealing and popular one, using beautiful designs inspired by the intricacy and brilliance of Faberge. The glamour of the palace ballroom is evocative of the Russian Imperial world in which the ballet was created, while the haunting moonlit lakeside is perfect for the tragic conflict of the human and spirit worlds. The performance on 17th March is screened live at select cinemas when the Royal Ballet's newest star Natalia Osipova and "the Brad Pitt of Ballet" Matthew Golding take on the lead roles.

 
 
 

Ultima Vez: What The Body Does Not Remember

"Bodies forced to react in situations where they have no choice" - The Guardian.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 10th - 11th February 2015

 

The amazing debut of Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus and Ultima Vez in 1987 stunned the world of dance at the time. "Tough, brutal, playful, ironic and terrific" said the New York Times 28 years ago when What the Body Does Not Remember "brought into focus a whole new genre of modern dance" (The Guardian). Now it's staged at Sadler's Wells and with a new cast, the "utterly contemporary" (The Guardian) show still stands as one of the most exciting pieces of dance ever made.

 
 
 

A View From The Bridge

The five star Young Vic productions transfers to the Wyndham's Theatre for a limited run.

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

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

 

Dates: 11th February - 11th April 2015

 

Ivo Van Hove's five star Young Vic production of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge transfers to the Wyndham's Theatre in February 2015. The limited eight week run will see Mark Strong lead the cast once again as Eddie Carbone, the tragic hero of the drama. The tragedy sees Carbone welcome his Sicilian cousins, who are looking to have a piece of American freedom, to his Brooklyn home. But, when one of them falls in love with his niece, it proves that freedom comes at a price. Further original cast members returning include Emun Elliott as Marco, Phoebe Fox as Catherine, Michael Gould as Alfieri, Luke Norris as Rodolpho and Nicola Walker as Beatrice.

 
 
 

Farinelli And The King

Mark Rylance returns to the Globe theatre.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 11th February - 08th March 2015

 

Ahead of starring in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of The BFG and the BBC's Wolf Hall, Mark Rylance returns to his rightful home, Shakespeare's Globe, to make his indoor theatre debut as Philippe V in Farinelli And The King. Staged at the Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Claire van Kampen's new play tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world's most famous castrato, and how he trades fame and fortune for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. The play comes as the latest in a series of works set to music at the Globe.

 
 
 

Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

The first major exhibition in the UK to present the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 12th February to 25th May 2015

 

The Barbican delves into the world of collectors for Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, the first major exhibition in the UK to present the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Its display of masterpieces, post-war pieces and oddball artefacts comes from such artists as Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal and Damien Hirst. The exhibition shows the artist as collector revealing how they gather objects for research and inspiration.

 
 
 

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Intimate portraits of Sargent's contemporaries: Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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

 

Dates: 12th February to 25th May 2015

 

The National Portrait Gallery pays tribute to portrait painter John Singer Sargent. Portraits of Artists and Friends (from 12th February to 25th May) features intimate portraits of contemporaries such as Auguste Rodin, Claude Monet and Robert Louis Stevenson, and the 70 works assembled here show him to be the greatest portraitist of his generation.

 
 
 

Fireworks (Al'ab Nariya)

Dalia Taha's play shows us a new way of seeing how war fracures childhood.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 12th February - 14th March 2015

 

Looking at what it's like to be a Palestinian child living under siege, Dalia Taha's Fireworks (Al'ab Nariya) at the Royal Court Theatre follows eleven year-old Lubna and twelve year-old Khalil as they play on the empty stairwell in their apartment block while the siege intensifies outside. Directed by Richard Twyman, it shows us a new way of seeing how war fractures childhood.

 
 
 

The London Bike Show

The UK's largest cycling show returns to ExCeL London.

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 12th - 15th February 2015

 

The UK's largest cycling show returns to ExCeL London with plenty of gear to browse and buy and industry experts giving talks on all aspects of cycling, from BMX to cross country riding. Brands already confirmed include Cannondale, Boardman, Scott, Giant and Hoy Bikes among more than 200 cycling related exhibitors. There's the chance to measure fitness, take a challenge and walk away with a personalised training programme. A new feature for 2015, the StreetVelodrome gives visitors a taste of track style cycling. What's more, a ticket to The London Bike Show also grants entry to three other events running alongside it at the same time: the Triathlon Show: London, The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show and the London International Dive Show (Saturday and Sunday only).

 
 
 

The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Everything from wall climbing to learning bushcraft skills.

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 12th - 15th February 2015

 

The world's longest indoor zip wire, a StreetVelodrome and an indoor whale watching boat trip are at ExCel London from 12th until 15th February 2015 when The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show returns along with The Bike Show, and the Triathlon Show London. There are plenty of free have-a-go attractions including the Climbing Village in the climb and adventure zone. Visitors can take part in the StreetVelodrome, a new feature for 2015, and take inspiration from stories told by the speakers on stage. As well as group master-classes from award-winning swimming coaches there are talks on everything from how to photograph that killer action shot to learning bushcraft skills.

 
 
 

Closer

Patrick Marber's Olivier Award-winning play is revived on stage for the first time since its premiere in 1997.

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

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

 

Dates: 12th February - 04th April 2015

 

Patrick Marber's Olivier Award-winning play, Closer, is revived on stage for the first time since its premiere back in 1997. Recipient of multiple awards, the play, which sees strangers become lovers and lovers become strangers, was turned into a film in 2004, starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law and original cast member Clive Owen. Staged at the Donmar Warehouse, this production is directed by David Leveaux and has an exciting cast including Nancy Carroll, Oliver Chris, Rachel Redford and Rufus Sewell.

 
 
 

Dracula! Mr Swallow The Musical

The Edinburgh Fringe hit show transfers to London for a limited run.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 09th February - 07th March 2015

 

A big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dracula! Mr Swallow the Musical transfers to London for three weeks only, showing at the Soho Theatre. It shows Mr Swallow as he's in the midst of a dress rehearsal for his new adaption of Dracula, featuring three musical-theatre actors and a live five piece band. The musical features fantastic original musical productions and striking design but Swallow cannot help but completely undermine with a succession of crazy interruptions, tearing the entire show down as a result.

 
 
 

Gorgon City

Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, bring their 'Sirens' tour to a climactic close.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 12th February 2015

 

English electronic music production duo, Gorgon City, consisting of two North London producers Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, bring their 'Sirens' tour, which saw them play to a sold out crowd at London's Forum, to its climax at the Roundhouse - where the band recently supported Mary J Blige - on 12th February 2015. Known for their huge, classic house tracks, including 'Go All Night', a piano laden number co-written by Kiesza and featuring the brilliant artist and actress Jennifer Hudson, Gorgon City was one of the breakthrough acts of 2014 - and are showing no signs of slowing down in 2015.

 
 
 

The Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show

The biggest motorcycle show in London.

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 13th - 15th February 2015

 

It's a case of two wheels are better than four at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show, the biggest show of its type in London. Held at the ExCel Centre in mid-February, is a multi-stage and multi star-studded show, with a world exclusive display of Valentino Rossi bikes, a full line up of all the major manufacturers and brand-new live action, interactive zones. Visitors will also be able to relive the classic biking years with the Classic Bike of the Year and a historic Norton Rotary display.

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Happy Days

Juliet Stevenson reprises her role as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's surreal masterpiece.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 13th February - 21st March 2015

 

Olivier Award-winning stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson (unforgettable star of Truly Madly Deeply) once again takes on one of the great roles in Samuel Beckett's surreal masterpiece Happy Days when it returns to the Young Vic in 2015. Directed by Natalie Abrahami, who directed a "compulsively watchable" (Guardian) revival of 'After Miss Julie' here two years ago, Happy Days tells the story of a middle-aged woman, Winnie, who is trapped in a scorched wasteland with her detached husband, Willie, and appears on stage buried up to her waist in a great mound of earth.

 
 
 

For Richer For Poorer: Weddings Unveiled

The changing nature of Jewish weddings examined over five decades.

Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station, Mornington Crescent Station

 

Dates: 13th February to 31st May 2015

 

Wedding dresses, invitations and menus are all in place for For Richer For Poorer: Weddings Unveiled, a major new Jewish Museum exhibition which examines the changing nature of Jewish weddings over five decades. See the museum's huge archive of vintage wedding photographs, particularly those of the East End wedding photographer Boris Bennett and discover a fascinating social history through the story of Jewish weddings in Britain from the 1880s to the mid-20th century.

 
 
 

MOVE IT

Live performances, dance classes and advice for anyone who wants to dance.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 13th - 15th February 2015

 

The UK's largest dance event features performances by Strictly Come Dancing stars Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor, Got To Dance 2014 winner Duplic8 and Flawless in the year the dance group celebrates its 10th anniversary. But whatever type of dance you're into, whether you want to be a ballerina or learn how to dance like a 'Strictly Come Dancing' star, MOVE IT has all the dances covered. In fact, there are around 250 dance classes you can take part it, covering everything from the bunny hop to hip hop. If that sounds a bit too energetic, you can always see how it's meant to be done with performances from 1,500 dancers representing groups as diverse as the English National Ballet and the Urban Strides. There's something for all levels from beginners to the serious professional, including seminars on nutrition and how to do a good audition as well as invaluable advice from industry organisations like Equity and Spotlight.

 
 
 

Plantastic

Explore the world of plants through a huge crawl-through root system.

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 14th February to 1st November 2015

 

From giant seeds and exploding cucumbers to sun-seeking flowers and a huge crawl-through root system, Plantastic at the Horniman Museum explores the world of plants on a massive scale. The interactive exhibition provides visitors with the chance to get up close and personal with nature. Open just in time for February half term, from May 2015 there will be specially designed and themed outdoor displays including a mass planting of sunflowers, a floral picture of the anatomy of a flower, and a border planted out to attract pollinating insects - go and find out how a bee sees the world.

 
 
 

You Me At Six and All Time Low

The two bands perform together across the UK.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 14th February 2015

 

British rock band You Me At Six co-headline with American pop punk giants All Time Low at the O2 this February. The gig will be the first performance at the O2 for You Me At Six and comes in support of their first number one album, Cavalier Youth. The two bands are also performing four other gigs across the UK in February.

 
 
 

Antigone

Award-winning playwright Roy Williams presents a contemporary take on Sophocles's Antigone.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 14th February - 14th March 2015

 

Olivier and BAFTA Award-winning Roy Williams, the playwright behind Sucker Punch, puts a contemporary twist on Sophocles's Antigone in 2015. Staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the adaptation is the first of two this year, with Oscar-winning Juliette Binoche starring in an Ivo van Hove directed production at the Barbican later in the year. The tragedy tells the story of Antigone, a woman who puts herself in danger when she defies her uncle, the King of Thebes, to bury her fallen brother.

 
 
 

London Children's Book Swap

Bring along your old books and swap them for some new ones.

Discover Children's Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 14th February 2015

 

If you've read the same bedtime story one too many times visit the London Children's Book Swap this Saturday and discover some new stories. Discover's fourth annual drop-in literary event takes place at more than 20 different family friendly arts and cultural venues located in London. Participating organisations and venues include the Discover Children's Story Centre, artsdepot, Polka Theatre, Southbank Centre, Unicorn Theatre, William Morris Gallery and the V&A Museum of Childhood. Simply bring along your old books and swap them for some new ones, creating a whole new library for free.

 
 
 

Flamenco Festival London

A fortnight featuring seven unique shows and popular flamenco stars.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 16th February - 01st March 2015

 

This year's Flamenco Festival London kicks off with Gala Flamenca, a regular feature at Sadler's Wells annual foot-stamping festival, featuring master of flamenco Antonio Canales, choreographer of Nuevo Ballet Espanol Carlos Rodriguez, young starlet Jesus Carmona, and the sensational Karime Amaya. And that's just for starters. The two-week festival is brimming with leading lights of flamenco as vocalist Arcangel appears with dancer Patricia Guerrero one night, followed by Ballet Flamenco de Andalucia another. Flamenco Festival favourite Eva Yerbabuena returns to perform Ay!, an exciting and dynamic show, Ballet Nacional de Espana bring 35 dancers to the stage, and choregorgapher Manuel Linan brings the festival to a close with 'Nomada' (Nomad), a powerful piece on human migration.

 
 
 

George Ezra at the Brixton Electric

The four-times BRITs nominated singer-songwriter plays the Brixton Electric as part of BRITs Week 2015.

Electric Brixton, 1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RJ

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 16th February 2015

 

Bristol-based singer-songwriter George Ezra headlines the Brixton Electric on Monday 16th February as part of BRITs Week 2015, a string of gigs showcasing the finest British talent. The four-times BRITs nominated indie blues-folk star plays the gig ahead of a completely sold out UK tour which includes a night at the larger Brixton Academy venue down the road a week later. George will be supported by three hotly-tipped emerging acts Nothing But Thieves, Josef Salvet and Seafret. George is up for four awards at this year's BRITs: British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, British Single and MasterCard British Album of the Year and performs live at The BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 on Wednesday 25th February.

 
 
 

London Beer Week

Seven days of beer, cider, stout and ale-filled fun.

14 Newburgh Street, , London, W1F 7RT

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th - 22nd February 2015

 

The team behind London Cocktail Week and London Wine Week are now turning their attention to the nation's favourite tipple with London Beer Week. Running in mid-February, it will be seven days of beer, cider, stout and ale-filled fun, with special deals, pop-ups, tastings, supper clubs, brewery tours and masterclasses across town. There are more than 100 venues taking part in the festival, including The Draft House, The Craft Beer Co, Whyte and Brown, Hops & Glory and Well and Bucket. There will also be a central hub just off Carnaby Street, where visitors will be able to collect their wristbands (the key to getting involved) and guide books as well as try different brews. Events include The Lager Files, where you can pick up tips on barrel ageing, mashing and fermentation; The Theatre of Beer, bringing together 200 cask beers from around Britain; and The Big Flavour Beer Dinner, a seven course feast matched with beer. The festival also partners with Craft Beer Rising, which is back for its third year with more beer, street food and music.

 
 
 

Roundhouse Rising 2015

Gigs from emerging artists, brilliant beatboxers Shlomo and Reeps One plus demos and debate.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 16th - 22nd February 2015

 

The Roundhouse Rising festival returns for its fifth year in 2015, offering a programme of gigs from emerging artists alongside a series of workshops and seminars aimed at 14 to 25-year-olds. The music line-up includes Welsh indie rockers Pretty Vicious, boundary-breaking FTSE, energetic noise-rock Dubliners Girl Band, electronica pioneer Tim Exile, experimental sounds from Gwilym Gold, plus beatboxing from the incredible Shlomo and walking soundsystem Reeps One. Further activities include resident DJs playing each night in Made Bar & Kitchen, and Rising Digital Futures - a day of discussion, demos and debate about the future of music in the digital age.

 
 
 

Man and Superman

Ralph Fiennes stars as the radical bachelor Jack Tanner in this romantic comedy by George Bernard Shaw.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 17th February to 17th May 2015

 

Ralph Fiennes stars as the radical bachelor Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, Simon Godwin's reinvented version of the grand-scale, romantic comedy by George Bernard Shaw. Acting alongside Indira Varma, who plays the heiress Ann, Fiennes is celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, and now guardian to the alluring Ann. She decides to marry Tanner who, wanting nothing to do with such domesticity, flees to Spain where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. The English Patient actor has recently been seen on the big screen in Wes Anderson's acclaimed The Grand Budapest Hotel and is the new M in the Bond films. On Friday 15th May Fiennes talks about the challenges and rewards of playing the role of Jack Tanner.

 
 
 

Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client

The delicate, complex and sometimes difficult relationship between clients and architects.

Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 17th February to 9th May 2015

 

With case studies including Sir John Soane's Dulwich Picture Gallery and Holy Trinity Church and Wren's Royal Naval College, Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client explores the delicate, complex and sometimes difficult relationship between clients and architects. Discover the role of the client in the intrinsic dynamics of architectural commissions through the museum's collection of rare pieces including previously unseen drawings, documents, letters, correspondence, and models.

 
 
 

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Competitors pick up a frying pan and slab of batter for a relay race with a difference.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 17th February 2015

 

In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, pancake enthusiasts leg it down Dray Walk at The Old Truman Brewery near Brick Lane with a frying pan and slab of batter for a relay race with a difference. All participants need for The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race is a team of four spirited souls dressed up in wacky costumes and armed with a frying pan (pancakes are provided). Heats kick off at 12.30pm, followed by the finals and ceremonial prize-giving (for the winners: an engraved frying pan, of course). All entrants receive hot pancakes and there's an award for the best-dressed team too so pick a theme and don the appropriate garb - however ridiculous. It's a really eccentric occasion made only better by the wandering clowns and string band playing in the background.

If you're visiting the pancake race from out of London and need accommodation, take a look at our hotels near The Old Truman Brewery.

 
 
 

Mackintosh Architecture

More than 60 original drawings, watercolours and models by the great Scottish architect.

RIBA Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Tube: Great Portland Street Station

 

Dates: 18th February to 23rd May 2015

 

A detailed portrait of the great Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh is put together at the RIBA Gallery this spring, the exhibition space for the Royal Institute for British Architect. Through his exquisitely detailed ink drawings for projects including the Glasgow Herald Building and Scotland Street School, the exhbition charts a career marked as much by its difficulties as by its successes. See more than 60 original drawings and watercolours, models - including a model of his original design for the Glasgow School of Art which he prepared when just twenty nine years old - films and portraits which reveal the evolution of his style.

 
 
 

Eugene Onegin

The first-ever theatrical adaptation of Pushkin's opera.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 18th - 21st February 2015

 

Russia's Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre makes a return to London in 2015 with the first-ever theatrical adaptation of Pushkin's Eugene Onegin. Staged at the Barbican, the production stays true to Alexander Pushkin's tale of unrequited love, disillusionment forgiveness and remorse. The UK debut is Vakhtangov's first appearance on the London stage since the triumphant Uncle Vanya in 2012.

 
 
 

Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?

An exploration of the power that food has over our bodies, brains and behaviour.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 12th February 2015 to 1st January 2016

 

Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? at the Science Museum explores the power that food has over our bodies, brains and behaviour. Through personal stories and cutting-edge science and technology, it shows how gut and bacteria work together to control our desire for food. Visitors will be able to look at the potential of technology to internally control appetite through your nerves, compare how baby animal react to sweet foods, and learn about the world's first poo bank.

 
 
 

Craft Beer Rising

More than 40 top breweries, some of London's finest street food and music to dance to.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 19th - 22nd February 2015

 

Craft Beer Rising is a festival dedicated to the increasing interest and innovative in beer industry in the UK. The unique event brings together over 40 top breweries, some of London's finest street food and music to dance to. Breweries last year included Bath Ales, St Austell and London's very own Meantime, whose brewery at Blackwall Lane in Greenwich is regularly open for tours. There's a variety of other attractions throughout the festival at The Old Truman Brewery.

 
 
 

Songs Of Lear

An inventive take on the Shakespearean tragedy.

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

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 19th - 22nd February 2015

 

The multi-award winning Song of the Goat Theatre Company presents Songs of Lear at the Battersea Arts Centre. The inventive take on the Shakespearean tragedy takes crucial scenes from the play and develops them through song and movement. A big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2012, it was awarded with the Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Archangel and Musical Theatre Matters Special Award.

 
 
 

FKA Twigs

The London-based artist, Tahliah Barnett, performs her biggest live show.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 19th - 20th February 2015

 

Following her Mercury Music Prize nomination for debut album LP1, FKA Twigs, the London-based artist, Tahliah Barnett, performs her experimental electronica and headlines her biggest live show at the Roundhouse. "FKA Twigs is an artist possessed of a genuinely strong and unique vision" writes Alexis Petridis in The Guardian, with a "fondness for Bjorkesque visual presentation". Performing live her "compelling, ecstatically filthy music" makes for a "mesmerising show" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

The Baby Show

Gadgets, gear and advice for new and expecting parents under one roof.

ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 20th - 22nd February 2015

 

Expert speakers including nutritionist and author, Annabel Karmel MBE, breast-feeding guru, Clare Byam-Cook and sleep expert Jo Tantum will be at The Baby Show when it returns to ExCeL London from 20th to 22nd February 2015. The Show, now in its 13th year, has all the baby essentials from well known and not-on-the high street brands. Following the success of last year's Work Family Show, the two shows run side by side offering parents advice on how to balance work and family, how to return into the workplace - with advice from CV skills and flexible working to confidence building, as well as inspirational stories from people who have done it. Those visiting The Baby Show get free entry to The Work Family Show exhibition, and have the option of attending expert led seminars from just 10 a ticket.

The Baby Show comes to London's ExCeL centre from Saturday 20th February to Monday 22nd February and to Olympia in October.

 
 
 

London Fashion Week

Gareth Pugh who marks his 10th anniversary with a return to London Fashion Week.

 

Over 70 designers are confirmed to show at London Fashion Week which, alongside New York, Paris and Milan, is one of the world's leading designer fashion showcases. Taking place in February and September at Somerset House, the strictly invite-only LFW showcases the industry's most creative designers and businesses, in the UK and internationally, with catwalk shows, exhibitions and award ceremonies. Headline names for the A/W 2015 season include Gareth Pugh who marks his 10th anniversary with a return to the London show schedule, as well as Maria Grachvogel and Sass & Bide. They're joined by newcomers, Molly Goddard, Claire Barrow, Le Kilt & Phoebe English. The exhibition at Somerset House houses over 100 ready-to-wear and accessory designers including the NEWGEN up-and-coming designers. Over 5,000 visitors - fashion buyers, press and photographers - attend and while events are for industry insiders only it's possible to spot top models and designers around town while it's on.

 
 
 

George Ezra

The four-times BRITs nominated indie blues-folk star plays Brixton Academy.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 20th February 2015

 

The four-times BRITs nominated indie blues-folk star plays at Brixton Academy as part of a sold out UK tour five nights before he finds out how many of the coveted gongs he gets. Bristol-based singer-songwriter George Ezra is up for four awards at this year's BRITs: British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, British Single and MasterCard British Album of the Year and performs live at The BRIT Awards 2015 at The O2 on Wednesday 25th February.

 
 
 

The Charlatans

Tim Burgess and the band are back 25 years after their debut album was released.

Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 20th February 2015

 

Respected indie-rock legends, The Charlatans, fronted by Tim Burgess, are back 25 years after their debut album was released. Nineties rockers - known for classics including 'The Only One I Know', 'Telling Stories' and 'One To Another' - play at the Brooklyn Bowl as part of Brit Week 2015 ahead of the BRIT Awards 2015 which take place at the neighbouring O2 in London on Wednesday 25th February. Hear old classics and new hits from their "triumphant" twelfth studio album, Modern Nature, an album which "warms the bones" says the Daily Telegraph and "shows little sign of creative fatigue" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

London's Chinese New Year

Over 300,000 people take part in the celebrations centred on Chinatown.

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

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

 

Dates: 22nd February 2015

 

Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital last year. This year, the Year of the Sheep, Chinese New Year falls on 19th February and the London celebrations take place on the Sunday following, 22nd February 2015, with a number of activities taking place in Chinatown , Leicester Square , Shaftesbury Avenue an Trafalgar Square. Festivities begin at 10am with a parade which begins at Duncannon Street, moving along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. An official opening ceremony then takes place in Trafalgar Square with speeches from special guests. Once officially opened, the real celebrations kick off with Dragon dancing, music and performances on the Trafalgar Square stage. Join the throng in a stall-covered Chinatown for fun and firecrackers on and around Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and Shaftesbury Avenue where there are impromptu parties, food stalls and lion dancing.

 
 
 

Game

A young couple are offered their own home but it comes at a high price.

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 23rd February - 04th April 2015

 

A new work from playwright Mike Bartlett, Game is set in the midst of a housing crisis. Directed by Sacha Wares and staged at the Almeida, the play follows a young couple who are offered their own home but it comes at a much higher price than money. The production will see the Almeida radically refigured and will reunite writer Mike Bartlett with acclaimed director-designer duo Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether.

 
 
 

Take That

Gary, Mark and Howard play the intimate O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire.

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: 23rd February 2015

 

Take That headline the War Child BRIT Awards Concert on 23rd February as part of BRITs Week 2015. The annual gig, which has previously been headlined by Coldplay, Muse and Ed Sheeran, raises funds for children affected by violence in war zones. Gary, Mark and Howard play the intimate O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire for just 2,000 lucky fans before playing at London's O2 Arena at the main BRIT Awards event on Wednesday 25th February.

 
 
 

The War On Drugs

The indie-rock band from Philadelphia fronted by Adam Granduciel play live.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 24th February - 02nd March 2015

 

Indie-rock with elements of country from the four-strong band from Philadelphia fronted by Adam Granduciel. With their November tour having long-since sold-out, 2014's breakout success story The War On Drugs will play an eight date UK tour appearing at O2 Academy Brixton in February and March 2015; the 4,900 capacity make these the biggest headline shows they've ever played.

 
 
 

BRIT Awards 2015

The biggest music event in Britain's calendar returns, with Ant & Dec taking over the hosting duties.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 25th February 2015

 

Ant & Dec, much loved hosts of 'I'm a Celebrity' and the kings of primetime entertainment TV, take over the prestigious hosting duties of the BRIT Awards 2015 which take place on Wednesday 25th February at a celeb filled bash at The O2 where Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift entertain the crowd. The biggest music event in Britain's calendar, broadcast live on ITV, the awards will once again feature a host of the year's most successful artists all hoping to get their hands on a Brit Award Trophy, which this year has been designed by artist Tracey Emin. George Ezra is up for four awards, and 24-year-old singer-songwriter James Bay has already won the Critics' Choice Award, which identifies the best future British music stars. But there are many more gongs up for grabs, live performances and some slurred acceptance speeches - if the Arctic Monkeys are allowed on stage again.

 
 
 

Salt And Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860

The Tate explores one of the earliest forms of photography.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 25th February to 7th June 2015

 

First championed by British inventor William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839 salted paper prints were one of the earliest forms of photography. Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-60 shows ninety photographs, prime examples of the few fragile salt prints that survive, showing historic moments and personal portraits. Highlights include Fox Talbot's photograph of his daughter Ela in 1842, Nadar's images of Parisians and Roger Fenton's shell-shocked soldiers in the Crimean war. The exciting Victorian age of modern invention and innovation can also be seen in Tate's Sculpture Victorious exhibition which is on at the same time.

 
 
 

Sculpture Victorious

Discover the innovative sculpture of Queen Victoria's reign.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 25th February to 25th May 2015

 

An exhibition devoted to the innovative sculpture of Queen Victoria's reign, Sculpture Victorious at Tate Britain celebrates lavish work produced in the prolific Victorian era. As well as marble, limewood, ceramic and bronze sculpture, including Frederic Leighton's An Athlete Wrestling with a Python, there is jewellery and silverwork with works by Francis Chantrey and Alfred Gilbert plus lesser-known artists such as Mary Watts and William Reynolds-Stephens. It's accompanied by Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860 (25th February to 7th June), the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography.

 
 
 

The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco

A comic take on post-colonial Zimbabwe.

Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 

Dates: 26th February - 21st March 2015

 

Andrew Whaley's comic take on post-colonial Zimbabwe, The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco at the Gate Theatre is part of Christopher Haydon's new season Freedom Burning, which explores how human beings try to achieve liberty. The Fringe First winning play shows three prisoners who are being held after a brawl. When joined by Fiasco, who claims to be a freedom fighter who has spent many years hiding in a mountain cave, they must try to decipher if he really is who he claims to be.

 
 
 

London Fashion Weekend

The open-to-all weekend returns with more shopping opportunities.

 

Along with the main London Fashion Week event, the open-to-all London Fashion Weekend is returning to Somerset House this February. This fashion-focused weekend is an opportunity for everyone to get access to the latest designer trends - even if they don't have a stylist's little black book. The frenzied London Fashion Week is all about work for models, buyers and fashion editors who run around at breakneck speed. But this consumer show which takes place on the weekend after the main event offers savvy shoppers the opportunity to check out the latest fashions at a far more leisurely pace. Tickets are on a timed entry basis to make sure the crowds never get 'first-day-of-the-sales' busy. And with over 150 London Fashion Week designers offering their clothes at cheaper than retail prices you can find some real bargains. But it's not just about the latest clothes, you also get makeovers and styling tips while sipping on a champagne cocktail - very stylish.

 
 
 

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

An exhibition which indulges our grisly fascination with death and detection.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

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

 

Dates: 26th February to 21st June 2015

 

An exhibition and series of events to indulge our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection, the Wellcome Collection's big spring exhibition is Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, which looks at the history, science and art of forensic medicine. The first major exhibition at the gallery since its 17.5 million development, it will challenge the familiar views of forensic medicine shaped by fiction through the use of original evidence, archival material, photographic documentation, film footage and forensic instruments.

 
 
 

English National Opera: The Indian Queen

Peter Sellars directs a new retelling of Purcell's story of love and fear.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 26th February - 14th March 2015

 

Peter Sellars directs a new retelling of Purcell's unfinished opera about the clashes between the Europeans and the Mayans from a female's perspective. The Indian Queen comes to the London Coliseum with a new text in which the first encounter between Europeans and the Mayans of the New World are observed by a female narrator. This new text is based on The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma by Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar, and the sets are designed by LA-graffiti artist Gronk. Conducted by Laurence Cummings and starring Julia Bullock as Teculihuatzin/Dona Luisa, Lucy Crowe as Dona Isabel and Thomas Walker as Don Pedrarias Davila.

 
 
 

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Marc Bruni directs the London transfer of the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 10th February to 13th June 2015

 

Marc Bruni directs the London transfer of the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, which charts the early life and career of singer-songwriter Carole King including her relationship with her husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, and the friendly rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Singer-songwriter Katie Brayben, most recently seen as Princess Diana in King Charles III at the Wyndham's Theatre, plays the title role of Carole King with Glynis Barber, best known for playing Harriet Makepeace in Dempsey and Makepeace, as her mother, Genie Klein. The score includes the Carole King classics 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow', 'One Fine Day', 'You've Got A Friend', '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' and 'I Feel The Earth Move'.

 
 
 

Let It Be

Beatles musical Let It Be returns to the London stage following a two-year absence.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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

 

Dates: 28th February to 27th September 2015

 

Following a two-year absence Let It Be is back in London, at the Garrick Theatre, from February 2015. Over 50 years after the release of the super-group's first single, Love Me Do, the hit songs of the Fab Four are performed in this celebratory musical/narrative. From their early appearances in Liverpool's Cavern Club through to the height of their global fame, this show captures it all. Featuring Twist and Shout, Yesterday and Hey Jude alongside the show's namesake Let it Be, this is great entertainment for die-hard fans and a fun way to introduce youngsters to some Beatles classics. Ticket deals for Let It Be at the Garrick Theatre London are available. It is an electrifying multimedia show jam-packed with 60s costumes, nostalgic film footage and uncanny performances from the Faux Four.

 
 
 

Andrew McMahon

Frontman of emo pop band Something Corporate performs solo.

Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, London, N1 2UD

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 28th February 2015

 

Former Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon will be taking his eponymously titled album 'Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness' on UK tour in February 2015. Last here two years ago in May 2013, McMahon will be returning to the UK to perform solo shows in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds, culminating in a final show in London on Saturday 28th February at Islington Assembly Hall.

 
 
 

Camellia Festival

Entrance to the floral festival is free this year.

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 28th February - 29th March 2015

 

Guests visiting the annual Camellia Festival, which showcases the wonderful Chiswick House camellia collection, can do so for free this year. Housed in the Gardens' spectacular conservatory the collection is a national treasure and the oldest in the Western world having been created in the early years of the 19th century by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. It's wonderful to see these beautiful blooms in the conservatory designed by Samuel Ware in 1813, positioned next to the restored nineteenth-century Italian Garden, replanted in 2012. Known as the Queen of the Winter Flowers, the camellias at Chiswick bring a burst of glorious colour - from pinks to reds, whites to stripes - to the spring season.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

25th May 2015

 

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