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The Royal Ballet: Onegin
London Boat Show
London International Mime Festival
London International Mime Festival
Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza
The Ruling Class
The Nether
Di and Viv and Rose
London Art Fair
English National Ballet: Swan Lake
Liberian Girl
The Diary of a Nobody
Vault Festival
London A Cappella Festival
Rubens and His Legacy
Straight No Chaser
Snowdrop Days 2015
Cirque Berserk
Royal Danish Ballet: Soloists and Principals
Royal Danish Ballet: Soloists and Principals
The Adventure Travel Show
Bad Jews
The London Classic Car Show
New Year's Day Parade 2015
Changing Britain 1945-2015
PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress
Mapping the City
Cirque Berserk
Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West
Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain
Richard Alston Dance Company
 

© ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Cirque Du Soleil perform at the Royal Albert Hall, The Nether transfers to the West End and James McAvoy gives us something to look forward to in January 2015, returning to Trafalgar Transformed in The Ruling Class.

 
 

New Year's Day Parade 2015

The parade returns for its 29th year.

Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JX

Tube: Westminster Station, St James's Park Station

 

Dates: 01st January 2015

 

More than half a million revellers and 10,000 performers are expected to pack London's streets on 1st January to celebrate the 29th anniversary of London's New Year's Day Parade. This fantastic spectacle takes around three hours to weaves its way along the 2.2 mile central London route, from outside The Ritz Hotel to Parliament Square. Expect vast, extravagant, Disney-style floats, with plenty of loud music, whistles and dancing in the street, along with marching bands, cheerleaders, street performers, clowns, acrobats, kites, colourful costumes and representatives from each of the 33 London Boroughs.

 
 
 

Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain

A look at the famous feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 09th January 2015

 

Focusing on the famous feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, Bette and Joan: The Final Curtain presents Davis on her death bed, being forced by Hollywood hacks Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons to face up to the ghost of her arch-rival. Devised and performed by Sarah Thom and Sarah Toogood, the wry, feisty and surprisingly moving play will be staged at the St James Theatre.

 
 
 

Cirque Du Soleil: Kooza

Acrobatics, clowning and the show-stopping Wheel of Death.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 06th January - 08th February 2015

 

The Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil have made the Royal Albert Hall something of a home-from-home and they return once again to the iconic venue with their sensational show, Kooza, this January. Praised as a return to form and simplicity, Kooza has a wonderfully retro feel and combines two circus traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. Otherworldly, mystical, garishly colourful and intimate, Kooza tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world. There are thrills, chills and surprises galore as the contortionists, trapeze-artists and acrobats test the limits of human performance - most notably with the show-stopping Wheel of Death.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Swan Lake

The English National Ballet perform Derek Deane's Swan Lake at the London Coliseum.

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 - 18th January 2015

 

The English National Ballet perform Derek Deane's Swan Lake at the London Coliseum with a "superb, no-nonsense professionalism" that manages to make "such an old tale feel so very fresh" (writes Mark Monahan in The Telegraph). Guest stars Ivan Vasiliev and Vitor Luiz perform alongside Alina Cojocaru, and Fernanda Oliveira while Tamara Rojo takes on the lead role for three performances dancing alongside Alban Lendorf in the role of Prince Siegfried. A "ravishing", "sumptuous spectacle" - The Sunday Times.

 
 
 

Liberian Girl

Diana Nneka Atuona's first play reveals the nature and the cost of survival.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 07th - 31st January 2015

 

Performed as part of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in front of an audience including Angelina Jolie and William Hague, Diana Nneka Atuona's first play tells the story of one teenage girl's survival amidst the atrocities of Civil War. Staged at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Liberian Girl follows the girl between 1989 and 2003, when over 200,000 people were killed in Liberia, and we discover the nature and the cost of survival.

 
 
 

The London Classic Car Show

The first event to showcase the thriving classic car network that the city has to offer.

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

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 08th - 11th January 2015

 

In early 2015 London will play host to The London Classic Car Show, the first event to showcase the thriving classic car network that the city has to offer. Organised by the team behind Top Gear Live and CarFest, the four-day event will take place at London ExCel and will offer features such as The Grand Avenue, paying homage to the greatest classic cars with more than 40 models paraded along the avenue throughout the show; James May's Cars That Changed The World, a special exhibit curated by Top Gear star James May; and James Martin's Classic Café, where TV chef and car enthusiast James Martin will create dishes that showcase both food and cars.

 
 
 

Bull

Mark Bartlett's play receives its London premiere.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 08th January - 07th February 2015

 

After his success with Charles III in 2014, Mark Bartlett now brings his play Bull to the London stage. Originally a companion to his 2009 play Cock, which examined power play in the bedroom, the piece receives its London premiere at the Young Vic and looks at office politics as three employees battle it out in order to survive the redundancy firing line. Set in a corporate wrestling ring, the audience is given a front row seat to the contest, in which no blow is too low.

 
 
 

London Boat Show

A must-see for anyone who likes messing about on the water.

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

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 09th - 18th January 2015

 

London's biggest exhibition of boats hosts 500 exhibitors showcasing anything from 1.4-metre sailing dinghies to 37-metre tri-deck motor yachts. Visitors can also take part in a range of thrilling watersport activities such as kayaking, windsurfing and wakeboarding in a special Action Pool. With displays ranging from indoor canoeing to sailing, tall ships, historic vessels and a marina full of some the largest exhibitor boats in production (at the Royal Victoria Dock), it's set to be an action-packed event with all hands on deck. Additional activities include an anchor watch masterclass, boating for beginners area - free from people peddling products - new boat launches and the Dinghy Racing Weekend. A must-see for anyone who likes messing about on the water.

If you're looking to find accomodation near to the ExCeL centre, be sure to check out our London hotels page.

 
 
 

Royal Danish Ballet: Soloists and Principals

The Royal Danish Ballet returns Sadler's Wells for the first time in ten years.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 09th - 10th January 2015

 

Not seen at Sadler's Wells for ten years, the Royal Danish Ballet returns with the internationally renowned company's principals and soloists performing a programme featuring excerpts from works by August Bournonville, the acclaimed 19th century Royal Danish Ballet choreographer and ballet master who created more than fifty works for the company. The programme includes the pas de sept from A Folk Tale, and the pas de six and tarantella from Napoli a work created by Bournonville in 1842 which became one of his most important and popular works - the tarantella, inspired by Italian folk dance, has become a signature dance of the Royal Danish Ballet.

 
 
 

London Short Film Festival

The festival is open to international filmmakers for the first time in 2015.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 09th - 18th January 2015

 

In January 2015 the London Film Short Festival is open to international filmmakers for the first time in its 12 year history. Of the 1,500 short films received approximately 300 have been selected to be screened during the 10-day festival. Renowned for its crazy, avant-garde and challenging offerings with over 75 events taking place in venues across town including the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse, and Oval Space, the LSFF really is an ultra buzzing, decidedly edgy and often decadent event, accompanied by training sessions, drunken bashes, live music and awards.

 
 
 

London Boat Show

The capital's biggest exhibition of boats.

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

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 09th - 18th January 2015

 

London's biggest exhibition of boats hosts 500 exhibitors showcasing anything from 1.4-metre sailing dinghies to 37-metre tri-deck motor yachts. Visitors can also take part in a range of thrilling watersport activities such as kayaking, windsurfing and wakeboarding in a special Action Pool. With displays ranging from indoor canoeing to sailing, tall ships, historic vessels and a marina full of some the largest exhibitor boats in production (at the Royal Victoria Dock), it's set to be an action-packed event with all hands on deck. Additional activities include an anchor watch masterclass, boating for beginners area - free from people peddling products - new boat launches and the Dinghy Racing Weekend. A must-see for anyone who likes messing about on the water.

If you're looking to find accomodation near to the ExCeL centre, be sure to check out our London hotels page.

 
 
 

Truth, Lies, Diana

A 'factiona' drama that looks into the mystery of Princess Diana's death.

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, 14 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NQ

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

 

Dates: 09th January - 14th February 2015

 

Using transcripts, public statements and leaked official documents, Truth, Lies, Diana at the Charing Cross Theatre claims to shed light on the mystery of Princess Diana's death. The 'factional' drama created by Jon Conway follows a playwright as he discovers secrets about the late Princess of Wales and her death. But the revelations lead to the downward spiral of his life, suspecting his own wife of being unfaithful.

 
 
 

London International Mime Festival

64 performances over 24 days celebrate the art of mime.

Various Venues London, , London, W1J 9LN

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 10th - 25th January 2015

 

18 companies put on 64 performances over 24 days at some of the city's best arts venues for the London International Mime Festival which opens with the London premiere of 'Bromance' at Central Saint Martin's Platform Theatre. Taking place at the Barbican, Jacksons Lane, the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells, Soho Theatre and Southbank Centre, performers include Chris Lynam, who takes us backstage into the private world of a clown performer, NoFit State Circus, Basil Twist and Trygve Wakenshaw who stages the London premiere of 'Kraken' at the Soho Theatre, an hour of physical stream-of-consciousness from the Gaulier-trained clown.

 
 
 

Othello

Frantic Assembly's acclaimed and award-winning Othello explodes onto the Lyric stage.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 13th - 31st January 2015

 

Frantic Assembly's acclaimed and award-winning Othello, set against the backdrop of Yorkshire during the race riots of 2001, explodes onto the Lyric Hammersmith stage following a successful UK tour. Known for its physical style of theatre, Frantic Assembly takes Shakespeare's brutal and gripping thriller-tragedy and transports it to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear. The Yorkshire riots of 2001 were a time of divisions and some unexpected alliances which blend in well with the story of Othello. Mark Ebulue, recently of the RSC and a former kickboxer, plays Othello and Steven Miller, known for his four-year stint as Lenny Lyons in Casualty plays Iago, with Kirsty Oswald (The Judas Kiss, The Winter's Tale) as Desdemona.

 
 
 

Alex Edelman: Millennial

The New York based comedian examines Generation Y.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 13th - 31st January 2015

 

New York based comedian Alex Edelman brings his debut show Millennial to the Soho Theatre in January 2015. A recent college graduate and recipient of this year's Foster's Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, he has been perfecting the show for an extended period of time and performed it at Edinburgh Fringe 2014. 'Boasting technical flair and a precocious authority, Edelman's comedy manages to capture the voice of Generation Y' (the Guardian) and his show is loosely based around the representation of this generation.

 
 
 

Adventures Of The Black Square: Abstract Art And Society 1915-2015

A century of Abstract art presented through the works of 80 artists.

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

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

 

Dates: 15th January - 06th April 2015

 

Follow a century of Abstract art from 1915 to today, shedding new light on the evolution of geometric abstraction. Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915-2015 takes as its starting point Kazimir Malevich's groundbreaking Black and White (1915) to launch a survey of the influence and reach of geometric abstraction. Carl Andre, Piet Mondrian, Gabriel Orozco and Aleksander Rodchenko are just some of the 80 featured artists.

 
 
 

Bad Jews

The original cast from the Ustinov Studio reprise their roles for this London premiere.

St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 15th January - 28th February 2015

 

The UK premiere of this production of Bad Jews was a sell out at the Ustinov Studio, Bath, last year and the original cast reprise their roles for this St. James Theatre run of Joshua Harmon's provocative play. Set in a cramped Manhattan apartment, the two main antagonists - cousins Daphna and Liam, a self-styled "bad Jew" - "go at each other hell-for-leather" (The Guardian) on the night after their grandfather's funeral. Jenna Augen who plays Daphna has been nominated in the Best Supporting Performance category at the UK Theatre Awards for her part in this "scaldingly funny and penetrating comedy" (Telegraph).

 
 
 

The Ruling Class

James McAvoy and Jamie Lloyd make this one of the hottest tickets in town.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th January - 11th April 2015

 

Atonement actor James McAvoy who played a highly acclaimed Macbeth in an all-Scottish production here two years ago, returns to Jamie Lloyd's Traf Transformed season at Trafalgar Studio to play Jack, a possible paranoid schizophrenic with a Messiah complex. The Ruling Class, Peter Barnes' satirical play centres on Jack, recently appointed the 14th Earl of Gurney, who finds himself in the midst of a familial power struggle. The combination of McAvoy, Lloyd and a ferocious mix of hilarity and horror makes this one of the hottest tickets at the start of the London theatre season in 2015.

 
 
 

Cirque Berserk

Contemporary cirque style skills and thrilling stunt action.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 16th - 17th January 2015

 

A highlight of Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park, Cirque Berserk comes to Hackney Empire in January 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.

 
 
 

PJ Harvey: Recording in Progress

Part gig, part installation, experience what happens when PJ Harvey makes an album.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 16th January - 14th February 2015

 

For four weeks, PJ Harvey, her band, producers and engineers will record her ninth album from inside a glass-encased studio in the recently opened New Wing at Somerset House. Part gig, part installation, visitors can experience exactly what happens when Harvey and musicians, together with her longstanding producers Flood and John Parish, go through the creative process of recording an album. The box surrounding the studio, an architectural installation designed by Somerset House-based Something & Son, has one-way glazing, so spectators can look in but Harvey and her team can't see into the crowd. The allocated 3,000 tickets, available for 45-minute sessions, have already sold out.

 
 
 

The Adventure Travel Show

Meet the great explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes when he opens this year's show.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 17th - 18th January 2015

 

Sir Ranulph Fiennes the "world's greatest living explorer", according to The Guinness Book of Records, and the first person to reach both the North and South poles by foot opens The Adventure Travel Show on Saturday 17th January 2015. Touted as the biggest collection of specialist travel operators, The Adventure Travel Show offers advice on the kind of holiday adventures you can't find on the high street. There'll be more than 100 free talks from explorers, expedition leaders, and guide-book writers - including Sir Ranulph himself - and you can attend travel writing and photography seminars held in conjunction with Wanderlust travel magazine.

 
 
 

East is East

The classic British comedy heads to Richmond Theatre direct from the West End.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 19th - 24th January 2015

 

British comedy East is East heads to Richmond Theatre direct from the West End, for one week only in January 2015. This fantastic stage show stars Jane Horrocks (Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Absolutely Fabulous) as Ella, and award-winning playwright and actor Ayub Khan Din. The author co-stars in his own play for the first time, stepping into his semi-autobiographical take on British Asian life set in 1970s Salford to play her husband, Pakistani chip-shop owner George 'Genghis' Khan. Directed by acclaimed young director Sam Yates, this "wonderfully vivacious" (The Independent) drama is performed against Tom Scutt's "terrific set" (Daily Telegraph) with a "polished" performance by Horrocks as the redoubtable Ella.

 
 
 

The Diary of a Nobody

Weedon Grossmith's comic novel about a hapless Victorian clerk kicks off the King's Head Theatre 2015 season.

The King's Head, 115 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 20th January - 14th February 2015

 

After a sell-out success last summer, Rough Haired Pointer Theatre Company presents Mary Franklin's inventive adaptation of George and Weedon Grossmith's comic novel about a hapless Victorian clerk as the first show of the King's Head Theatre 2015 season. With four actors playing 45 characters, a much-bashed-about front door, a human postbox and some living lamp shades, this heart-warming, hysterical production celebrates the joys and frustrations of everyday life.

 
 
 

Dara

Two brothers, heirs to the Muslim empire, fight for succession.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 20th January - 04th April 2015

 

A play originally performed in Pakistan, Dara takes the audience to seventeenth century Mughal India two watch the story of two brothers - whose mother's death inspired the Taj Mahal - who are heirs to the Muslim empire. With two different interpretations of religion, they will fight for succession. Shahid Nadeem's intense domestic drama has been adapted by Tanya Ronder for the National Theatre.

 
 
 

London Art Fair

Museum quality modern British art and contemporary works vie for attention.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 21st - 25th January 2015

 

Now in its 27th year, the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre shows no signs of losing its cutting edge. There are two shows within the show: 'Art Projects' where Anna Colin curates 'Dialogues', showcasing contemporary art from across the globe; and 'Photo50', where Sheyi Bankale curates 50 contemporary photographs. At the front is 'The Figure in Modern British Art', an exhibition of paintings and drawings by some of the leading British figurative painters of the 20th century including Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, Lucian Freud, William Coldstream and Frank Auerbach, presented by Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery.

 
 
 

The Hard Problem

Tom Stoppard's neuroscience play follows a young psychology researcher.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 21st January to 27th May 2015

 

Sir Nicholas Hytner's last production at the National before he steps down as Artistic Director will be Tom Stoppard's neuroscience play, The Hard Problem. Stoppard's first play for the stage since Rock 'n' Roll in 2006 and his first for the National since The Coast of Utopia in 2002, The Hard Problem follows young psychology researcher Hilary, played by Olivia Vinall, as she nurses a private sadness and troubling question at work. She poses the question 'If there is nothing but the matter, what is consciousness?' This is the 'hard problem' which she presents to her colleagues.

 
 
 

The Caricatures of Mark Boxer

Cartoon Museum exhibition dedicated to the British 60s cartoonist.

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 21st January - 22nd March 2015

 

The Caricatures of Mark Boxer at the Cartoon Museum is an exhibition dedicated to the British 60s cartoonist, who was renowned for his charm, elegance and wit. With long associations with The Times, The Guardian and Tatler, Boxer was a talented writer and editor who produced clever caricatures for profiles in numerous publications. This exhibition will showcase his caricatures of well-known figures from literature, music, politics and drama as well as TV celebrities and the Royal Family.

 
 
 

Di and Viv and Rose

Tamzin Outhwaite reprises her role in the Hampstead's West End transfer.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 22nd January to 23rd May 2015

 

Following its sell out success at Hampstead Theatre, 'Di and Viv and Rose', a heart-warming play by Amelia Bullmore transfers to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End and Tamzin Outhwaite, star of the original, makes the transfer too. People you meet at university often become lifelong friends, whether you like it or not. 'Di and Viv and Rose' all met when they were 18 while at university. They lived together which was intense but fun and they became a force not to be messed with. Together they felt unassailable. Fast forward a few years and life has thrown them some hurdles - what will the traumatic event do to their friendship? First shown in 2011 in the smaller downstairs space at Hampstead Theatre, this witty play was the first in-house production to move to the theatre's main stage in 2013 and now, due to its resounding success, it transfers to the West End. Critically acclaimed Anna Mackmin known for Hedda Gabler and The Real Thing directs, while Samantha Spiro and Jenna Russell take to the stage alongside Tamzin Outhwaite.

 
 
 

Mapping the City

This innovative exhibition reopens the New Wing at Somerset House.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 22nd January - 15th February 2015

 

The New Wing at Somerset House reopens in January 2015 with Mapping the City, an innovative exhibition presented in collaboration with arts organisation A(by)P. It will feature works by established and emerging artists from the street and graffiti art scenes, including Shepard Fairey and Swoon and Aryz. Each an individual response to the way the artist relates to a place, the maps will vary from the literal to the abstract, with some illustrated and others created using digital technology.

 
 
 

Churchill's Scientists

A celebration of the scientists who helped Britain to victory in the Second World War.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 23rd January 2015 to 1st March 2016

 

The Science Museum's major exhibition of 2015 is Churchill's Scientists, which will run from January 2015 until early 2016. Marking the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, the exhibition will celebrate the little-known story of the scientists who helped Britain to victory in the Second World War and launched a post-war science renaissance. Visitors will learn about the invention of radar and the production of penicillin and antibiotics, as well as Britain's top secret research behind the first atomic bomb. The exhibition will also feature a number of personal objects belonging to Churchill, including the cigar he was smoking in 1951 on the day he learned he's been re-elected as Prime Minister.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: Onegin

An elegant portrait of a young girl's doomed infatuation, danced by the Royal Ballet.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 24th January - 27th February 2015

 

John Cranko's adaptation of Pushkin's verse-novel, set to music by Tchaikovsky, "is suddenly flavour of the month" said The Telegraph reviewing this "welcome revival" of Onegin at the Royal Opera House in 2013. Two years on and it has lost none of its appeal. Made in 1965 for Cranko's Stuttgart company, this portrait of a young girl's doomed infatuation is "one of the great ballerina vehicles" and includes a dream pas de deux danced by the youthful Tatiana who transforms from a bookish country girl into a sophisticated woman at the pinnacle of St Petersburg society.

 
 
 

Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne

More than 160 artworks reveal the Flemish artist's influence on the history of art.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 24th January - 10th April 2015

 

Set to be one of the biggest art shows of the year, Rubens and His Legacy is a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts featuring over 160 artworks, incorporating paintings, drawings and prints, exploring the Flemish artist's influence on the history of art. As well as works by Rubens, the show also features works by the great artists who were influenced by him like Watteau, Manet, Renoir, Picasso, Van Dyck and Cezanne, covering the themes of poetry, elegance, power, lust, compassion and violence.

 
 
 

Richard Alston Dance Company: Rejoice in the Lamb (Burning | Nomadic | Madcap)

The London premiere of Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb celebrates the dance company's 20 years.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 26th - 27th January 2015

 

A 20th anniversary celebration of the Richard Alston Dance Company featuring Benjamin Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb plus two new works at Sadler's Wells - the London premiere of Martin Lawrance's Burning and the premiere of Sadler's Wells commission Nomadic. For the London premiere of Alston's Rejoice in the Lamb - "both unfashionably easy to watch and sophisticated in construction" said the New York Times - Britten's setting of Christopher Smart's poetry is sung by Montclair State University Vocal Accord. The words are full of wild and witty details reflected in Alston's joyous choreography for his company's ten dancers.

 
 
 

First Aid Kit

The Swedish duo performs self-penned folk material.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 27th January 2015

 

The Swedish duo, comprising siblings Johanna and Klara Soderberg, performs self-penned folk material and soothing harmonies. Recently seen supporting Ryan Adams at The Roundhouse and on Later... with Jools Holland, First Aid Kit played their own sold out headline show at the Royal Albert Hall last October and now they're back in London, at the Hammersmith Apollo. They first came to prominence with their 2008 YouTube cover of 'Tiger Mountain Peasant Song' by Fleet Foxes and now they have more than a few celebrity fans with Jack White asking them to support him on his European tour in 2013, Patti Smith reduced to tears as she watched them perform her 1979 song 'Dancing Barefoot', and Paul Simon giving them a standing ovation after hearing their version of his song 'America'. With "themes of loneliness, loss and isolation" recurring in their songs, "there is an air of Scandinavian noir straight out of a Kurt Wallander novel" notes The Guardian.

 
 
 

Vault Festival

First rate six-week arts festival in Waterloo's Leake Street tunnels.

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, South Bank, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 28th January - 08th March 2015

 

Returning for its third year, Vault Festival is a six-week arts festival in Waterloo's Leake Street tunnels featuring a wide-ranging programme of performance, live music, discussions and one-off late night parties. The line up for this year's festival includes Artful Badger, Filter's Macbeth, True Brits by Vinay Patel set in the aftermath of 7/7, and Yve Blake who collects stories from strangers to turn them into music and dance show 'Lie Collector'. Host to a choice of more than 30 shows (that's at least five shows a night!) in the atmospheric tunnels beneath Waterloo Station (accessed via Leake Street), Vault is one of the most exciting happenings on London's fringe.

 
 
 

London A Cappella Festival

Showcasing some of the best choral, jazz, contemporary and beatbox ensembles.

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 28th - 31st January 2015

 

Five decades on from their Grammy Award-winning debut album festival favourites and co-hosts The Swingle Singers perform at the London A Cappella Festival which celebrates its sixth birthday in 2015. Showcasing some of the best choral, jazz, contemporary and beatbox ensembles, the annual festival offers an eclectic assortment of music that ranges from choral masterpieces to extraordinary beatbox and Nordic folk to retro pop. Taking place at Cadogan Hall on 28th January and at Kings Place from 29th to 31st January 2015, the London A Cappella Festival includes performances by British vocal harmony group The King's Singers, YouTube phenomenon Accent and America's hottest vocal talent Straight No Chaser. The schedule also includes blistering pop beats from Singaporean stars MICappella, the Finnish voices of Club For Five, Irish group Anuna, and Canada's Countermeasure - giving this year's festival a truly global feel.

 
 
 

Straight No Chaser

The American collective has collaborated with Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins and Dolly Parton.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 28th January 2015

 

The American collective, Straight No Chaser, formed at Indiana University, perform soulful pop tracks for one night only at Cadogan Hall as part of the London A Cappella Festival. The group reimagines a selection of their favourite songs and collaborations with music icons that made them famous including Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Rob Thomas, Seal, Sara Bareilles, and Jason Mraz. This is the only London concert they are playing as part of a European tour of 21 shows in 14 countries.

 
 
 

Oh What A Lovely War

This powerful comment against war, staged here last year, returns to Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 29th January - 07th February 2015

 

Built upon the songs that ordinary British soldiers sang during a war that killed 10 million in four years, this Musical Entertainment production is a powerful comment against war. A riot of music and colour, brilliantly comic and deeply moving, Terry Johnson's reimagined production remains true to the spirit of Joan Littlewood's 1963 original. Ian Reddington (EastEnders, Coronation Street) and Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale) join Wendi Peters, best known for her role as Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street, when the Theatre Royal Stratford East production returns to the theatre and tours in 2015 following a well received debut at the Stratford theatre last year.

 
 
 

The Nether

Jennifer Haley's futuristic fantasy transfers to the West End.

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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

 

Dates: 30th January - 25th April 2015

 

An intricate crime drama and a haunting thriller set in the year 2050, The Nether is a futuristic fantasy in which a young female detective reveals a disturbing brand of entertainment. Transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre in January 2015 following a strong run at the Royal Court last summer, Jennifer Haley's thriller starts with an interrogation into some deep and dark corners of the imagination. The production, a joint effort from Headlong and the Royal Court, is directed by Jeremy Herrin. David Calder steps into the role of Doyle, taking over from David Beames and joining original cast members Amanda Hale (Morris), Ivanno Jeremiah (Woodnut) and Stanley Townsend (Sims) who are joined by Zoe Brough and Isabella Pappas who will alternate the role of Iris as they did at the Royal Court. Set designs are by Es Devlin. Contains adult content, language and scenes of a disturbing nature. Not suitable for ages below 18.

 
 
 

Changing Britain 1945-2015

3-month arts festival taking place across the Southbank Centre's 21-acre site.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th January to 9th May 2015

 

The Southbank Centre looks at the last 70 years of British history in Changing Britain 1945-2015, a 3-month arts festival taking place across the centre's 21-acre site. Taking inspiration from historian David Kynaston's books, part of a series 'Tales of a New Jerusalem' on the social history of England, the festival asks if we still believe in the values of the 1951 Festival of Britain, created to give Britons a feeling of recovery and progress after the Second World War. The festival explores themes of history, society, culture and social justice since 1945, beginning with a series of BBC Concert Orchestra concerts and a major exhibition, History is Now: Seven Artists Take On Britain, in the Hayward Gallery from 10th February to 26th April. The festival builds up to three weekends of talks and debates (18th & 19th April, 25th & 26th April and 2nd to 4th May) ahead of the General Election on 7th May. Following the election, on 9th May, artists and audiences including the London Sinfonietta give a message to the new government about the importance of creativity.

 
 
 

Sir Jacob Epstein: Babies And Bloomsbury

Two of Epstein's inspirations come under the spotlight - children and Bloomsbury.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 30th January to 10th May 2015

 

The Foundling Museum's winter exhibition explores the life and work of Modernist sculptor Jacob Epstein. Babies and Bloomsbury concentrates on two of his inspirations - children, many of which he drew and sculpted, and Bloomsbury, where he lived between 1914 and 1927. It features bronzes, drawings and archive photographs of the artist, his children and their mothers.

 
 
 

Snowdrop Days 2015

New for 2015, visitors to the charming Chelsea Physic Garden can see the snowdrops at eye level.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, London, SW3 4HS

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 31st January - 08th February 2015

 

See the snowdrops at the historic botanical gardens and enjoy a walk through nature at the charming Chelsea Physic Garden, usually closed during winter but open especially for the Snowdrop Days. This year there's an opportunity to see the snowdrops elevated to eye level so you can marvel at these wonderful harbingers of warmer weather. While the snowdrops take centre stage you can also see other late winter flowers like wild primulas, miniature iris and crocuses. The Snowdrop Days also include a series of free talks and workshops including a talk by Joe Sharman, the plantsman of Monksilver Nursery, on Saturday 31st January.

 
 
 

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

"A truly unique exhibition" showing world-class treasures loaned from regional museums.

Two Temple Place, 2 Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 31st January - 19th April 2015

 

Two Temple Place, a spectacular neo-Gothic mansion on London's Victoria Embankment, reopens this January, with an exhibition showcasing the riches gathered by the great collector-philanthropists of the booming industrial North West. Cotton to Gold features rare Roman coins, priceless medieval manuscripts, Turner watercolours, Tiffany glass, Japanese prints, Byzantine icons, ivory sculptures, preserved beetles and a Peruvian mummy. The world-class treasures, loaned from the Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington and Towneley Hall in Burnley, are from the collections of an extraordinary group of Lancashire magnates and cotton mill owners who were among Britain's wealthiest men. "We rarely lend our collections in such volume," said Paul Flintoff, Museum Manager, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, "in fact they have never travelled together before - making this a truly unique exhibition."

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

3rd May 2015

 

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