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People, Places and Things
People, Places and Things
The Painkiller
The Painkiller
Botticelli Reimagined
Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century
Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky
Mariah Carey: Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour
Rudimental
Little Mix
Where's Wally? Fun Run
Glen Hansard
Chvrches
Underworld
Ellie Goulding
Janet Jackson
The 1975
Right Now
X
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co
The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co
Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare
Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers
The Sample Sale
House of Holi
St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
White Mink
The Passion of Jesus
Country Living Magazine Spring Fair
Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr
The BNY Mellon Boat Race
Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race
 

 

In March 2016 record-breaking star Adele returns with live gigs at The O2 and Timothy Spall stars in a revival of Harold Pinter's groundbreaking 1960 play, The Caretaker.

 
 

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

All of Shakespeare's plays acted out with household objects.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 01st - 06th March 2016

 

A cheese grater takes the role of Macbeth while a bottle of ink stands in as Hamlet in Forced Entertainment's Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare . No, we haven't gone mad, the production from the theatre pioneers presents each of Shakespeare's 36 plays as you've never seen them before, condensed and presented on a table using a cast of ordinary, everyday objects. One by one, members of the theatre ensemble retell the plays over six days, creating scaled-down worlds that are vivid, accessible and comic. Audiences can choose to book in for one or as many performances as they wish.

 
 
 

Rudimental

The band enjoy their biggest show to date.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 03rd March 2016

 

With their second album, We The Generation, reaching number one - following in the footsteps of their debut album, Home - Rudimental are embarking on a We The Generation World Tour, coming to the UK for nine dates in early 2016 and stopping by the O2 on 3rd March - their biggest show to date. Like their first album, We The Generation features a number of top artists, including Ella Eyre, Ed Sheeran, Dizze Rascal, MNEK and Lianne La Havas. With a string of hits under their belt and plenty of experience with big crowds - they supported Ed Sheeran at Wembley - audiences can expect a magnificent show.

 
 
 

Hilarity for Charity: A South London Cares Fundraiser

Stewart Lee has put together a great line-up of comedy acts.

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

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

 

Dates: 03rd March 2016

 

Fresh from his critically acclaimed A Room With a Stew, comedian Stewart Lee has put together a brilliant line-up of acts for Hilarity for Charity: A South London Cares fundraiser. The line up includes Shappi Khorsandi whose career has taken her to all corners of the globe, John Kearns won the 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy award, the immaculately tailored comedian and musician Earl Okin and Ginger & Black - a double act of Eri Jackson and Daniel Lawrence Taylor who perform dark, witty and contemporary songs. Joining them is Eleanor Tiernan, a hugely experienced deadpan Irish stand up comedian, newly relocated to London, who's appeared on Comedy Central's Alternative Comedy Experience.

 
 
 

Akram Khan Company: Kaash

The company present their first full-length work.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 05th March 2016

 

Back in 2002 leading dancer and choreographer Akram Khan teamed up with artist Anish Kapoor and musician Nitin Sawhney to present his company's first full-length work, Kaash; "a dark star of a dance" said the Observer review at the time. Now, 14 years later, Khan's long-awaited revival of the work is performed at Sadler's Wells by an acclaimed cast of dancers. Kaash, the Hindi word for 'if only', takes Hindu Gods, black holes, Indian time cycles, tablas, creation and destruction as starting points but really it's the ongoing process of the three collaborators " finding out what happens when their imaginations coincide" (Observer).

 
 
 

The Spring Knitting And Stitching Show

Over 200 companies showcase their goods at this consumer show.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 06th March 2016

 

There are six curated Textile Galleries, free demonstrations and appearances from Sewing Bee's Matt Chapple, Chinelo Bally and Lauren Guthrie at this craft consumer show where more than 200 companies sell all sorts of sewing and craft supplies. Whether you're a complete newcomer to knitting, dressmaking or cross stitching, there are experts on hand to help. As well as a yarn sweet shop there's the Knitted Feast competition which challengers knitters to create a life-size 3D knitted and crochet banquet, creating a centrepiece for this year's show.

 
 
 

DAS INSTITUT

This exhibition has an emphasis on the effects of light.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 2AR

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 03rd March - 22nd May 2016

 

Kerstin Bratsch, a German artist living in New York City, and fellow artist Adele Roder have been working collaboratively as DAS INSTITUT since 2007, exploring issues concerning the authenticity of artistic creation. In 2011, their paintings and computer-generated images appeared at the 54th Venice Biennale in curator Bice Curiger's official "ILLUMInations" exhibition. Their 2016 exhibition at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery continues the theme with the emphasis on the properties and effects of light.

 
 
 

Hilma af Klint: Painting the Unseen

The gallery reveals Af Klint's unseen spiritual world.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 03rd March - 22nd May 2016

 

The late Swedish painter Hilma af Klint, now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art, "claimed to be a clairvoyant who was told by spirit voices to paint 'on the astral plane'", wrote Adrian Searle in The Guardian in 2006. Although her paintings were not seen publicly until 1987, her work from the early 20th century pre-dates the first purely abstract paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich. "It is as if Af Klint anticipated moves Matisse didn't make until 1908" (The Guardian). With this exhibition which focuses primarily on her body of work, The Paintings for the Temple (1906-15), the Serpentine reveals Af Klint's unseen spiritual world.

 
 
 

House of Holi

City workers loosen their ties, don protective suits and pelt paint at each other.

Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, 9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4WY

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 04th - 12th March 2016

 

City workers can add a splash of colour to their day and throw paint at each other at the House of Holi which pops up outside Vivek Singh's modern Indian Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant in Devonshire Square. Londoners are invited to loosen their ties, don a protective suit and pelt paint at one another for 30 minutes. The pop-up comes courtesy of Cinnamon Kitchen which is celebrating the Holi Hindu festival with a five-course Holi menu - mains include a lamb 'pasanda' or tandoori king prawns - and colourful cocktails in the restaurant's Anise bar. The festival marks the arrival of spring and the bright paint being thrown around will bring a welcome burst of colour to the City's Devonshire Square.

 
 
 

The Sample Sale

Find brands like Tom Dixon, Moroso and Anglepoise at reduced prices.

Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

Tube: Holborn Station, Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 04th - 06th March 2016

 

A new venture from the team behind designjunction, this three day sample sale promises to deliver well known top end brands like Tom Dixon, Moroso and Anglepoise at reduced prices. As these quality homeware brands clear out their warehouses to prepare for an influx of summer stock, shoppers will have the chance to buy cut-price lighting, furniture and home accessories at up to 70 per cent off. Daily special star buys mean you can get a Tom Dixon Flood Chrome Pendant for a bargain £55 on 5th March and Cell Tealight Holders for a tenner, but only on 6th March 2016.

 
 
 

Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr

Ancient and modern traditions, processions, banquets and public occasions.

Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, Off Gresham Street, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 4th March to 31st July 2016

 

For two years acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr was the City of London's official photographer-in-residence. Between 2013 and 2015 he was given unprecedented access to state occasions and private ceremonies. Now, from March 2016, we too can peak beyond the red rope through his photographs, on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery in Unseen City. Parr captures ancient and modern traditions, processions, banquets and public occasions in his unique and playful reportage style. Whether it's the soaked-through spectators at the Lord Mayor's Show or the Silent Ceremony, swearing in a new Lord Mayor, he shows the unguarded moments that would otherwise go unnoticed. At the same time as this exhibition Martin Parr curates Strange and Familiar, at the Barbican Gallery from 16th March to 19th June 2016; tickets from either venue will give access to both exhibitions.

 
 
 

The Painkiller

Rob Brydon stars alongside Kenneth Branagh in this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic.

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: 05th March - 30th April 2016

 

Sean Foley directs this adaptation of Francis Veber's classic play, The Painkiller, as part of Kenneth Branagh's five-play season at the Garrick Theatre. The production sees Branagh star alongside Rob Brydon, reprising the roles they played to great acclaim at Belfast's Lyric Theatre back in 2011. Brydon plays a down-and-out Welsh loser who's determined to commit suicide while Branagh takes the role of a sinister hit-man who's come to wipe out a witness in a trial. Bring them together in two adjoining hotel rooms and what could possibly go wrong? Running for a year from October 2015, the Garrick season also sees the likes of Judi Dench, Richard Madden and Lily James take to the stage in productions of The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet.

 
 
 

Botticelli Reimagined

The largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930 examines his appeal to artists.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 5th March to 3rd July 2016

 

Hard to believe it now but Botticelli was largely forgotten for more than 300 years until his work was rediscovered in the 19th century. Botticelli Reimagined, the largest Botticelli exhibition in Britain since 1930, examines his appeal to artists from the Pre-Raphaelites to modern times. Over 50 original works by Botticelli are positioned alongside works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Rene Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman. Divided into three major sections: Global, Modern, Contemporary; Rediscovery and Botticelli in his own Time, the exhibition shows how Botticelli's imagery became so widely admired. 'Rediscovery' traces the impact of Botticelli's art on the Pre-Raphaelite circle during the mid-19th century. The final section arrives at Botticelli in his Own Time, showing not only the supreme skill of the artist but also as a designer who ran a highly successful workshop.

 
 
 

The 1975

The Manchester-formed four-piece return to the Brixton Academy.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 05th - 09th March 2016

 

Having reinvigorated the alternative scene, The 1975 found major success back in 2013 and have since gone on to become one of the breakthrough British bands of the past decade. The Manchester-formed four-piece return to the Brixton Academy this March after selling out three nights back in 2014. The major tour comes in support of their second studio album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, which is due out in February 2016.

 
 
 

Ave Maya Gala in Memory of Maya Plisetskaya

An evening celebrating the life and work of one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century.

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: 06th March 2016

 

An evening celebrating the life and work of one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, on what would have been her 90th birthday . Virtually the embodiment of the Bolshoi Theatre for decades, Ava Plisetskaya was renowned for her grace, style and fluidity of movement. The special gala will feature excerpts from her favourite roles performed by leading star dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, ballets of the Grand Opera Paris, Berlin Staatsoper, New York City Ballet and the Ballet of Monte Carlo. They will be performing w orks by Alberto Alonso, Maurice Bejart and Roland Petit, paying their tribute to the great ballerina.

 
 
 

Word/Play - Alan Titchmarsh In 'The Glory Of The Garden'

Alan Titchmarsh shares his green-fingered love for all things horticultural.

Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 06th March 2016

 

Gardening expert, writer, TV personality and all-round national treasure Alan Titchmarsh shares his green-fingered love for all things horticultural, with readings from his own writings and others. Pianist and composer Richard Sisson, who wrote the score for Alan Bennett's play The History Boys, accompanies him, playing gems by Tchaikovsky, Chaminade and Billy Mayerl. As well as presenting Pebble Mill at One, Songs of Praise and his own chat show on TV, Yorkshire-born Titchmarsh has written 50 gardening books as well as works of fiction - including 2014's 'Take Me Home', a romantic novel "steeped in lochs, lairds and dark secrets" (Blackpool Gazette).

 
 
 

Miss Atomic Bomb

The world premiere of a new musical set in 1952 Las Vegas.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 07th March - 09th April 2016

 

The world premiere of new musical Miss Atomic Bomb is staged at the St James Theatre in March, leading the theatre's spring 2016 season. Written by Adam Long, Gabriel Vick and Alex Jackson-Long, the musical is inspired by real life nuclear tests and beauty pageants of the era. It's 1952 and in Las Vegas tourists are fascinated by nuclear, sipping on cocktails by hotel pools while watching atomic blasts ignite the desert sky. In the midst of it all, Candy's sheep have mysteriously died, Joey has deserted the army, fashionista Myrna is designing clothes for pigs and Lou, the hapless manager of the Golden Goose, needs to find an atomic gimmick. Living in a city controlled by the mob and the military, and with a spy in their midst, time in running out for the foursome.

 
 
 

Let It Be

The West End and Broadway hit goes on tour.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 07th - 12th March 2016

 

West End and Broadway hit Let It Be comes to New Wimbledon Theatre as part of a national UK tour taking in 26 theatres across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 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. It is an electrifying multimedia show jam-packed with 60s costumes, nostalgic film footage and uncanny performances from the Faux Four.

 
 
 

Women of the World Festival

WOW is now the largest women's festival in the world.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 08th - 13th March 2016

 

Opening on International Women's Day, the Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back for its sixth year in 2016. Now the largest women's festival in the world, the festival sees meetings happen across five continents with one million people involved, giving women the chance to talk about their heroines and how their achievements have inspired them. Originally launched by Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, following the criticisms she received as a woman new to the role, it also tackles difficult topics such as honour-based violence, alcoholism, rape, trans activism and criminal justice. Highlight of this year's festival include Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyds, on being the first woman to run the insurance market in its 327-year history; Sadiq Khan MP on what the next Mayor of London can do for gender equality; and Annie Lennox talking to Jude Kelly about her incredible career and work campaigning for the rights of women and people live with HIV/AIDS. Other names taking part include comedians Shazi Mirza, Bridget Christie, Sara Pascoe and Sue Perkins; singer and activist Charlotte Church; BBC Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney; and Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

 
 
 

If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me

This unique show is part gig, part dance piece.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 10th March - 16th April 2016

 

Jane Horrocks stars in unique show If You Kiss Me, Kiss Me at The Young Vic. Part gig, part dance piece, the all-singing show features no dialogue and is described by the theatre's artistic director David Lan as "a show unlike any you've seen". Conjuring up the hopes, disillusionment and messy relationships that were hallmarks of the 1970s and '80s music scene, it will feature covers of songs by the likes of Joy Division and The Human League. Following a woman's life through desire, love, motherhood and loss, it will also bring in a company of dancers and a live band.

 
 
 

Marc Brew Company - For Now, I am...

The second part of a trilogy, this show engages Marc Brew's body as it is now after a life-changing car accident.

Sadler's Wells: Lilian Baylis Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, South Bank, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 10th - 11th March 2016

 

The second part of a trilogy which began with Remember When, For Now, I am... engages directly with Marc Brew's body as it is now, 18 years since his life-changing car accident. The work explores the journey of getting to know, and learning to accept, a changed body and new ways of living and performing. After the performance on Thursday 10th March, renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Marc Brew compare their respective art forms while the following night includes a post-show talk by Marc Brew on creating dance that reflects life experience.

 
 
 

Cocktails in the City: Winter Edition

The drinks festival returns for three days of cocktails and foodie fun.

One Mayfair, 13A North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZA

Tube: Bond Street Station, Marble Arch Station

 

Dates: 10th - 12th March 2016

 

Cocktails in the City returns in 2016 for a three-day Winter Edition. This time taking place at the striking One Mayfair, the event showcases twenty of London's most exciting bars as well as a series of guest bars from Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen on the new International Floor. Produced by the Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, it will engulf guests into a world of cocktails, from classic champagne options to refreshing Pisco sours. Spread across three floors in the Grade I listed building, you'll get to see the world's finest bar tenders flaunt their skills, discover the coolest new openings, and feast on tempting food at the rooftop BBQ. In attendance will be the likes of Cahoots, Dishoom, Oxo Tower, City Social and Hawksmoor, as well as Little Red Door from Paris and Door 74 from Amsterdam.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Art to buy and workshops inspired by artist Alexander Calder.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th - 13th March 2016

 

Whether you're looking for a picture to match your new curtains or to discover the works of a creative genius on the way up, then this is the place for you. The twice yearly Affordable Art Fair at Battersea is attended by around 22,000 people each time and shows photography, original prints, sculpture and photography from over 100 British and international galleries. At the spring 2016 exhibition there are workshops inspired by artist Alexander Calder, you can try the art of drypoint printmaking, and South London Art Maps will be giving a talk on emerging artists.

 
 
 

White Mink

Burlesque, cabaret, dancers, DJs and the six-piece Electric Swing Circus.

Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John's Hill, Clapham, London, SW11 1TT

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 11th March 2016

 

More than just a night club with live music, White Mink combines burlesque performers, cabaret acts, dancers, live bands, DJs and audio-visual producers with the six-piece Electric Swing Circus. The band takes vintage swing and turns it into something altogether more modern, fusing 1920's sounds with breakbeat, house, reggae and dubstep. Opening the show on 11th March is The After Hours Quintet, who will be performing good-times swing versions of chart toppers like Britney Spears' Toxic and The Corals' Dreaming Of You. The Clapham Grand, originally opened as a grand music hall in 1900, is the perfect place to host such an decadent night out.

 
 
 

The Stranglers

The '70s rock band play their legendary Black & White album.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 11th March 2016

 

Seventies rock band The Stranglers play their legendary 1978 'Black & White' album in its entirety on an 18 date tour of the UK, playing what journalist John Robb has described as 'the first post punk album'. Fans feared the worse when The Stranglers' frontman Hugh Cornwell quit back in 1990 - but the progressive punk outlaws refused to lie down. Having re-signed to EMI in 2004, the veteran four-piece are enjoying a renaissance halcyon era with Baz Warne joining original members Jet Black, JJ Burnel and Dave Greenfield. This latest tour comes to London's Brixton Academy on Friday 11th March - a venue which the band last played 25 years ago back in 1991 - before a hometown date in Guildford, with support from special guests Welsh rockers The Alarm. 
COMPETITION: We've got one pair of tickets for the London show to give away. Q: To enter, simply answer the following question: which album will be played in full at The Stranglers concert? A: Send your answer to competitions@londontown.com by 12noon on 9th March 2016. Use 'The Stranglers' as the title of your email and include your contact details in the email. Good luck!

 
 
 

In the Age of Giorgione

Displaying works by many of the most celebrated names in Renaissance art.

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 12th March - 05th June 2016

 

Shedding new light on the Venetian Renaissance, In the Age of Giorgione is a fascinating exhibition which seeks to unravel the influences that led to such monumental change in the 16th Century - a time when Venice became the undisputed European capital of the arts. Displaying works by many of the most celebrated names in Renaissance art, masterpieces by Giorgione are displayed side by side with works by Giovanni Bellini, Albrecht Durer, Sebastiano del Piombo, Lorenzo Lotto and, most notably, Titian. Though little is known about Giorgione's life, and few works can be attributed to him, his legacy is profoundly felt in Venice and beyond.

 
 
 

The Glamour Beauty Festival

Fearne Cotton, Amber Le Bon and Jo Malone join the Glamour team for the weekend.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 12th - 13th March 2016

 

Stuck in a make-up rut? Skincare routine gone down the drain? The team at Glamour magazine are here to give your attitude to beauty a makeover. Over the weekend of 12th and 13th March Fearne Cotton, Amber Le Bon and Jo Malone join the Glamour team at the Saatchi Gallery. Your ticket gives you access to a talk by industry insiders like Jo Malone, Liz Earle and Thea Green from Nails Inc. who reveal 'How To Build A Beauty Empire'. Hairdresser George Northwood gives a masterclass on friend and supermodel Amber Le Bon and, one for the men, supermodel David Gandy and his friend, menswear designer Patrick Grant, discuss the modern day boom in male grooming. You can also browse the beauty stands, meet the Laura Mercier make-up artists and enjoy complimentary pampering treatments. Plus you'll get a free goodie bag worth over £160 to take home.

 
 
 

Midcentury East

A one-day one-stop-shop where you can source the latest furniture and home decor.

Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London, E2 8LS

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 13th March 2016

 

A one-day one-stop-shop where you can source the latest furniture and home decor from 60 top mid-century dealers, Midcentury East is a major date in the interiors lovers' little black book. Taking place at the refurbished Haggerston School in Hackney, a brutalist building originally designed by Erno Goldfinger, the fair includes traders like Saxon from Metro Retro who has supplied props for Bond films. If you like all things Eames and Jacobsen, you will definitely get your fill here.

 
 
 

St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Floats and free entertainment in Trafalgar Square to celebrate Ireland's patron saint.

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

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

 

Dates: 13th March 2016

 

Floats representing all 32 counties of Ireland make their way through London for the St Patrick's Day Parade as over a quarter of a million people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2016 that's Sunday 13th March - when the parade makes its way from Green Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, around Piccadilly Circus, along Piccadilly via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with an Irish food market, children's theatre and fun activities, a film festival, comedy festival and fashion show as well as Irish music, song and dance on the main stage from 12noon.

 
 
 

Boris Godunov

A staging of Modest Mussorgsky's only completed opera.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 14th March - 05th April 2016

 

Boris Godunov, Modest Mussorgsky's only completed opera, is staged at the Royal Opera House in March, starring Bryn Terfel in the title role. Antonio Pappano conducts the production while Richard Jones directs. The story follows Tsar Boris Godunov, who came to power by murdering the nine-year-old Dmitry, heir to the throne. However, the young monk Grigory decides to pose as the risen Dmitry in a bid to seize the throne.

 
 
 

Bartabas and Andres Marin - Golgota

A fusion of dance, music, poetry, classical dressage and shamanistic magic.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 14th - 21st March 2016

 

For over 30 years, the acclaimed French artist Bartabas has been creating his own unique brand of equestrian theatre and in March 2016 he returns to the Sadler's Wells stage, accompanied by contemporary flamenco dancer Andres Marín. "A fusion of dance, music, poetry, classical dressage and shamanistic magic " (The Guardian), his work uses and blends the bodies of its human and animal performers. The UK premiere of this latest piece , Golgota , which translates from the Bible as 'place of the skull', uses Gregorian chants and the music of Tomas Luis de Victoria to explore flamenco.

 
 
 

People, Places and Things

The sell-out success transfers from the National.

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

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

 

Dates: 15th March - 04th June 2016

 

A sell-out success at the National Theatre in 2015, Duncan Macmillan's intoxicating play People, Places and Things transfers to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre from 15th March 2016. The latest collaboration between Headlong and the National, following the acclaimed 'Earthquakes in London' and 'The Effect', People, Places and Things introduces us to Emma - brought to life through a "career defining performance" by Denise Gough - an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control because of her addiction to drink and drugs. Now she's in rehab the question is: when intoxication feels like the only way, how can she ever sober up? Headlong's artistic director Jeremy Herrin directs this topical play about recovery and survival in the modern world.

 
 
 

Adele

The record-breaking star returns in spectacular fashion.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 15th March - 05th April 2016

 

After taking a three-year hiatus, Adele returned in spectacular fashion in 2015 and will be embarking on a European tour in 2016, stopping by The O2 in March. The star released her new single Hello in October 2015, which quickly became her second UK number one single and reached number one in 27 other countries. It also became the first song with more than a million digital sales in a week. The record-breaking track was swiftly followed by her third studio album, 25, which became the fastest million-selling album ever when it sold over one million copies in just ten days. Known for being a home bird, this is a rare opportunity to see the singer live and an one not to be missed. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday 4th December 2015.

 
 
 

Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers

Martin Parr curates this Barbican exhibition which shows the UK from a visitor's perspective.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 16th March - 19th June 2016

 

Celebrated British photographer Martin Parr curates this Barbican exhibition which looks at how the UK has been caught on camera by international photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and David Glodblatt. Strange and Familiar presents a portrait of modern Britain, from the 1930s onwards, captured by some of the world's leading photographers working in social documentary and street photography, portraiture and architectural photography. Each of the photographers records different characteristics of life around Britain. Whether it's Cartier-Bresson's images of the Coronation of King George VI or Sergio Larrain's take on London in the late 1950s, each captures Britain in their own distinctive style.

 
 
 

Glen Hansard

The Grammy nominated folk singer comes to the Palladium for one night only.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2016

 

Nominated for a Grammy in the Best Folk Album category for his second solo album, Glen Hansard will be hitting the road in spring 2016 including a date at London Palladium on 16th March. Having performed on stage with the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, new album 'Didn't He Ramble', his first in over three years, is "Hansard's most intimate and elegant record since his work in Once" (Daily Telegraph). It follows 2012's solo debut Rhythm & Repose, which Billboard hailed as "Hansard at his most engaging".

 
 
 

A Raisin in the Sun

Ashley Zhangazha takes on one of the great roles of American theatre.

The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG

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

 

Dates: 16th - 19th March 2016

 

Ashley Zhangazha, tipped as one to watch following performances in Henry V for the Michael Grandage Company and alongside Lenny Henry in Fences in the West End, stars as Walter in the upcoming tour of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun, taking on one of the great roles of American theatre. Susan Wokoma, who stars Off-Broadway in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Henry IV and who is known for screen roles in E4 sitcom Chewing Gum will play Beneatha Younger. Joining them will be Everal A Walsh (as Bobo) and Llewella Gideon, best known for her many TV comedies including Nighty Night, Absolutely Fabulous and The Real McCoy, a s Lena Younger in t his intense family drama, written on the cusp of the civil rights era.

 
 
 

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Garden designer Lucy Summers creates a seaside themed spring garden for the fair.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 16th - 20th March 2016

 

As much a part of spring as daffodils and snowdrops, for Londoners spring also means the arrival of the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair at Islington's Business Design Centre. Features include a newcomers market, showcasing first-time crafters and makers, Q&A panel discussions where you can put your questions to experts as well as free stamp making and printing workshops. Garden designer Lucy Summers is creating a seaside themed spring garden with beach huts and a boat, and offering green-finger tips. The spring garden will also host talks and demos on bee keeping and planting. Added to these are over 400 exhibitors, so leave time to browse the stalls packed with cushions, fabrics, clothes, bags, jewellery, homeware and plenty of other crafty goodies. 
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Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

London is loaned celebrated portraits from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

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: 17th March - 26th June 2016

 

The National Portrait Gallery shares its 160th anniversary celebration with a Russian cultural institute exactly the same age, the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. In a direct cultural exchange, London is loaned celebrated portraits for Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, while Moscow is given portraits of famous Britons from the National Portrait Gallery. Among twenty six of Russia's most highly treasured portraits are those of Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy, painted by some of the greatest Russian artists of the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The majority of the portraits were bought or commissioned directly from the artists by Pavel Tretyakov, a merchant, philanthropist and the founder of the State Tretyakov Gallery, whose own notable portrait by Ilia Repin opens the exhibition.

 
 
 

Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent

The first exhibition devoted solely to Scottish art in the Royal Collection.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 18th March to 9th October 2016

 

The Queen has one of the finest collections of Scottish art in the world and Scottish Artists 1750 - 1900: From Caledonia to the Continent, the first exhibition devoted solely to Scottish art in the Royal Collection, gives us all - Queen and commoner - a chance to enjoy it. With a focuses on 1750 to 1900, significant works include Allan Ramsay's portrait of George III, the King resplendent in coronation robes and gold breeches. Alongside are paintings, drawings and miniatures by Sir David Wilkie, whose scenes of the peasantry and everyday life were influenced by the Dutch school. From 15th April 2016 onwards, admission includes entry to Maria Merian's Butterflies.

 
 
 

MOVE IT

The dance festival moves to a new venue for 2016.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 18th - 20th March 2016

 

Darcey Bussell, Zoo Nation and Wayne McGregor and the team at Random Dance will be at MOVE IT which moves to a new venue, to the ExCeL centre, in 2016. W hatever type of dance you're into, ballet or 'Strictly' style ballroom, MOVE IT has all the disciplines covered. Darcey is there to introduce DD (Diverse Dance) MIX, the new dance fitness program she has developed with The Voice and Take That choreographer Nathan Clarke. T here are around 250 dance classes you can take part in, 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.

 
 
 

Chorus

This festival is a celebration of voice and the power of singing.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 18th - 20th March 2016

 

Back at the Southbank Centre for 2016, Chorus is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. This year's festival includes a Twitter Chorus, with hundreds of singers reciting comical and controversial tweets; The Rattler world premiere, a new interactive retelling of Rumpelstiltskin by Mahogany Opera Group; Gospeloke, a ceremonial and euphoric karaoke experience with a live gospel choir backing; and The Bach Choir, who give their annual Easter-tide performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. Further highlights include Choirs Remixed, Friday Tonic and Mmm Hmmm - Verity Standen, a poignant musical journey with original a cappella songs.

 
 
 

Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

The V&A challenges the popular perception of this important American photographer.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 19th March to 3rd July 2016

 

Challenging the popular perception of Paul Strand as primarily a photographer of American places and people, this major V&A exhibition displays around 200 objects including his images of the Scottish Hebrides, and of Egypt, Morocco and Ghana taken between the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, all countries which had gone through transformative political change. The exhibition begins in Strand's native New York in the 1910s, exploring his early works of its financial district, railyards, wharves and factories. During this time he broke with the soft focus and Impressionist-inspired 'Pictorialist' style of photography to produce among the first abstract pictures made with a camera.

 
 
 

The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

An exploration of the magical worlds of these popular children's shows.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 19th March to 9th October 2016

 

The first major retrospective of Smallfilms - Firmin and Postgate's popular and influential production company - The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co at the Museum of Childhood gives adults the chance to enjoy a bit of nostalgia and also welcome their children into the world of children's characters of the past. Oliver Postgate's voice and Peter Firman's puppets and artwork are major parts of 20th century British culture and became staples of children's television across the globe. Created before the days of CGI, the programmes were made through detailed craftsmanship and bold ingenuity. The magical worlds of The Clangers and Bagpuss, as well as Pogles Wood, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine, will be explored in this exhibition through a collection of original puppets alongside archive footage, sets and storyboards, photos, scripts and filming equipment, all presented in a playful recreation of Oliver and Peter's film studio.

 
 
 

Where's Wally? Fun Run

It'll be easy to spot Wally on Clapham Common this March.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station

 

Dates: 20th March 2016

 

Walk, jog or run 5 or 10km dressed as Martin Hanford's red and white striped shirt wearing character for the National Literacy Trust's Where's Wally? Fun Run. Taking place on Clapham Common for the first time, the fun run is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities - there's even a 1K for under 12s. Adult runners are asked to raise £100 or more in sponsorship and there's a £25 registration fee which includes an official Wally costume. All money raised helps disadvantaged children to read and write.

 
 
 

Les Blancs

Lorraine Hansberry's final drama is staged at the National.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 22nd March - 02nd June 2016

 

It may be lesser known than A Raisin in the Sun, but Les Blancs was considered by Lorraine Hansberry as potentially her most important work. Staged at the National in 2016, her final drama follows Tshembe, who returns home to Africa from England for his father's funeral. As a society prepares to drive out its colonial present and claim an independent future, he finds himself in the eye of a storm. Racial tensions boil over and a family and a nation fall apart in this illuminating and powerful play. New York Times described the original production as "Incredibly moving. Towering, magnificent."

 
 
 

Right Now

Catherine-Anne Toupin's play explores one woman's crisis and darkest desires.

Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ

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

 

Dates: 23rd March - 16th April 2016

 

After moving into their gorgeous new flat, Alice and Ben are delighted to discover their friendly neighbours across the hall. However, it soon becomes apparent that the family are keen to be more than just good neighbours. Rolling out the welcome mat and suggesting drinks, hors d'oeuvres and dancing, things soon begin to heat up and innocent invitations lead to passionate encounters and unsettling revelations. Showing at the Bush Theatre, Right Now by award-winning playwright Catherine-Anne Toupin explores one woman's crisis and darkest desires, walking the delicate line between playful laughter and deep trauma. Michael Boyd, award-winning former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, directs.

 
 
 

Mariah Carey: Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour

The mega pop songstress embarks on her first European tour in 13 years.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 23rd March 2016

 

Mariah Carey stops by The O2 as part of her first European tour in thirteen years. One of the best-selling female artists of all time, the star will perform her biggest, career-defining hits for the Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour, which sees her visit six UK cities. Drawing on a back catalogue of over 18 number one singles, the multi Grammy Award-winning artist won't have any difficulty in finding some crowd-pleasing numbers and audiences can expect renditions of classics such as Hero, Fantasy, Always Be My Baby and the global smash hit We Belong Together.

 
 
 

House of Toast

Part competition, part pub quiz and part dance party.

Hoxton Grill, 81 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HU

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 23rd March 2016

 

Billed as 'part competition, part pub quiz and part dance party', the House of Toast workshop is the perfect way to test your creative skills and indulge in a spot of healthy competition. Run by The Robin Collective, it invites participants to get into teams of six to ten people and first take part in a quiz before embarking on a fierce construction competition, building creations from toast - think of it as card house building on steroids. You'll be judged on your creativity, building skills, team spirit and maybe even your dance moves, with DJ David Baguette-r spinning the hot jams.

 
 
 

Pablo Bronstein

A site-specific performance piece in response to the architecture of the Duveen galleries.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 26th April to 9th October 2016

 

For the Tate Britain Commission in 2016, Pablo Bronstein will unveil a site-specific performance piece in response to the imposing architecture of the Duveen galleries. The Argentinian artist is known for his use of architectural design and drawing to engage with the grandiose and imperial past of the built environment. His 'Erecting of the Paternoster Square Column 2008', for example, is "a mythical re-telling of the construction of one of the most important Postmodern set pieces in London", in the artist's own words.

 
 
 

Underworld

Karl Hyde and Rick Smith play two very special live dates.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 24th - 25th March 2016

 

Following the huge success of the 20th anniversary performance of their dubnobasswithmyheadman album at Royal Festival Hall two years ago, ambient dance duo Underworld return to London to play two very special live dates at the Roundhouse on Thursday 24th March and Friday 25th March 2016. dubnobasswithmyheadman was hailed as a game changer on release at the start of 1994. Over two decades on, it is unarguably one of the most influential British electronic records. But the Cardiff-formed twosome of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are not resting on their laurels. They're releasing their seventh studio album, Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future, just before these gigs, on 18th March 2016. Expect bass notes crunching over relentless percussion and voices that warp into harmonic riffs - music you can dance to and which points to Underworld creatively reborn.

 
 
 

Ellie Goulding

The pop sensation embarks on an arena tour in support of her new album.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 24th - 25th March 2016

 

On the back of her third album, Delirium, Ellie Goulding embarks on an arena tour in 2016, stopping by The O2 for two nights in March. Since winning the Critic's Choice Award back in 2010, Ellie has gone on to sell over 20 million records, have two number one albums, become winner of another BRIT award and had streams in excess of one billion. Leaning more towards a pop feel, Delirium debuted at number three on the UK albums chart and the US Billboard 200, earning the star her highest-charting record in American and her highest first-week sales figure in both territories. A multi-instrumentalist, Ellie is known for bringing numerous aspects to her live shows and audiences can expect a fantastic performance, she will also be joined by special guest John Newman.

 
 
 

The London International Ska Festival

Four days of live performances to celebrate the ska genre.

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

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 24th - 27th March 2016

 

Stranger Cole and Intensified play on the opening night of The London International Ska Festival , getting the festival off to a strong start. Originally launched in 1988, this four-day festival returns to the capital over the Easter weekend (24th to 27th March 2016) and invites more than 60 acts to perform at The Garage, Highbury Corner, The Dixie Queen and a number of other venues in celebration of all things Ska. Confirmed acts for 2016 include Johnny Osbourne, Hollie Cook, Sonic Boom Six, Maroon Town and The Ska Vengers.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

The perfect introduction to ballet for little ones.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th March - 02nd April 2016

 

English National Ballet continues its tradition of presenting the My First Ballet series at The Peacock each spring, giving audiences as young as three the chance to see a performance created just for children. Sleeping Beauty gives young audiences the perfect introduction to ballet, danced to a shortened version of Tchaikovsky's music and with a with a narrator to explain the story of Princess Aurora, cursed by the evil Carabosse. Creative dance workshops are held for children on stage on select days, from Tuesday 29th March until Friday 1st April at 4.45pm.

 
 
 

balletLORENT - Snow White

A mystical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th March 2016

 

Makers of the acclaimed Rapunzel, balletLORENT present a mystical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White in a fantastical dance theatre production for the over-sevens. Retold by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the story has some modern twists and tells of a mother who longs for a daughter with unrivalled beauty but when her wish is granted jealously arises. Traditional in ballet terms, the small company includes a talented corps of children who star as the creatures of the woods into which Snow White retreats. Part of Sadler's Wells Family Weekend, there are dance workshops for parents and children of all abilities on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March based on music and dance from the show.

 
 
 

Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

There's something for every member of the family on this weekend.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th March 2016

 

There's something for every member of your troupe at the Family Weekend at Sadler's Wells , an annual two-day dance festival aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104. For the 2016 festival there are two main shows, Snow White, a mystical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale by balletLORENT , and Digitopia, a visually stunning integration of live dance and digital technology by T om Dale Company in partnership with MOKO Dance . These shows are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including dance workshops for parents and children, a s tay and play session on stage with the performers, and free activities in the foyer.

 
 
 

The Passion of Jesus

Trafalgar Square hosts a special adaptation of the story at the heart of Easter.

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

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

 

Dates: 25th March 2016

 

Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giving viewers the chance to get to grips with the story at the heart of Easter. Featuring a cast of over a hundred, all donning period costumes, a donkey and horses, the 90-minute show attracts up to 20,000 people for each of its two performances at 12noon and 3.15pm and undoubtedly has a big impact on the watching crowds as they witness the tale of Christ's betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate.

 
 
 

The Caretaker

Timothy Spall stars in this revival of Harold Pinter's groundbreaking play.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 26th March - 14th May 2016

 

Joining celebrated actor Ralph Fiennes, who stars in The Master Builder, on The Old Vic 2016 programme, Timothy Spall will take to the stage in The Caretaker. Directed by Matthew Warchus, the revival of Harold Pinter's groundbreaking 1960 play forms part of Warchus's first season as artistic director at the London venue, following on from Kevin Spacey. The play, which changed the face of modern theatre when it premiered, follows disturbed handyman Aston, who invites an irascible tramp to stay with him at his brother's jumbled London flat. Initially, it seems that the guest will take advantage of his vulnerable host, but when Aston's brother Mick arrives, an enigmatic power struggle commences.

 
 
 

Armin Van Buuren

The prolific DJ performs one night in Brixton.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 26th March 2016

 

Having been ranked as World No.1 DJ by DJ magazine a record five times and claimed the record for most entries on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums, Armin Van Buuren is no stranger to accolades and has quite the fan base. Now, the prestigious DJ is going on tour and playing at the Brixton Academy for one night in March. With a career spanning more than twenty years, Armin's huge following and appeal is undeniable and this will be an unmissable opportunity to hear him perform tracks from new album, Embrace.

 
 
 

Little Mix

The band bring their Get Weird tour to The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 27th March 2016

 

Since becoming the first ever group to win the X Factor, Little Mix have been working hard to ensure they don't fall under the same umbrella as many previous unsuccessful winners. Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall have succeeded in their mission with three number one singles, a platinum selling debut album and the highest ever US chart debut by a British girl group - beating even the Spice Girls. Now they're coming to London's O2 Arena for the last night of their major UK arena tour in March 2016. Their latest hit single 'Black Magic' is from their eagerly anticipated third album 'Get Weird', released on Friday 6th November 2015.

 
 
 

The BNY Mellon Boat Race: Oxford vs Cambridge

England's two elite universities take to the water in the hotly contested rowing race.

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

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 27th March 2016

 

The women's and men's Oxford v Cambridge boat races will be held on the same day for the second year in 2016, making it the 162nd men's race and 71st women's. One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race sees England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting rowing race between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge in southwest London. Thousands of fans line the Thames each year to see Oxford (78 wins) battle against Cambridge, who are currently in the lead with 81 wins. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnivall Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Alternatively, you might like to watch from near the start at Putney Bridge, where the big screens on both banks allow spectators to monitor the race as it heads its way around the first bend. Nearby, at Bishop's Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent, while the banks of the river around Barnes are another popular spot. This year the Newton Women's Boat Race will begin at 4.50pm and BNY Mellon Boat Race at 5.50pm with the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie held before the main event but the build-up at the river bank starts well before, from 12noon at Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens.

 
 
 

Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race

Fun, four-legged alternative to the boat race on the same day.

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

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 27th March 2016

 

The stakes are high as Oxford and Cambridge once again come head-to-head in a nail-biting and highly competitive race. No, this isn't the famous Boat Race but the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race. Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other Cambridge - embark on the annual race, which takes place at Spitalfields City Farm on the same day as the Boat Race. In the build up to the big race there's live music, food and market stalls, beer and cocktail bars, arts and crafts stands as well as a bookie and sweepstake tent.

 
 
 

Brainstorm

After a sell-out run in 2015, Brainstorm returns to the National's Temporary Theatre.

Temporary Theatre (formerly The Shed), National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 29th March - 02nd April 2016

 

After a sell-out run in 2015, Brainstorm returns to the National's Temporary Theatre in 2016. Created with cognitive neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, the production draws on the life experiences of the cast, an ensemble of 11 to 19 year old theatre-makers, and explores the most frustrating, chaotic and exhilarating changes that will ever happen to us. The show, created by Islington Community Theatre, is part of Call to Create, a global collective of over 80 cultural organisations coming together to reveal the great art young people make.

 
 
 

The Importance of Being Earnest

An operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic play.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 29th March - 03rd April 2016

 

The Royal Opera House stages Gerald Barry's operatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic play, The Importance of Being Earnest . The Irish composer's wildly inventive and idiosyncratic setting of Wilde's play has proved a success since its 2011 premiere, winning the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best large-scale composition. Wilde described the play as treating "all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality". Showcasing a facetious display of Edwardian values, the play centres on Algernon and Ernest as they adopt different identities and court the attentions of Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew.

 
 
 

The Witches

A brave young boy and his grandmother plan to get rid of the child-hating witches.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 29th March - 10th April 2016

 

Witches, in Roald Dahl's book, absolutely detest children. They find them revolting and are planning to wipe them out like weasels. Now Nikolai Foster directs Roald Dahl's The Witches, adapted for the stage by David Wood, telling the tale of a brave young boy and his grandmother's plan to get rid of child-hating witches. This scary book - recommended for children aged 7 and their brave grown-ups - is brought to life in a terrifying theatrical tale.

 
 
 

X

Alistair McDowall's new production is based on Pluto.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 30th March - 07th May 2016

 

Alistair McDowall follows his powerful 2015 production, Pomona, with exciting new work, X. Directed by the Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone, the unique piece focuses on a lone research base on Pluto that has lost contact with Earth, leaving the skeleton crew to sit and wait. But waiting soon starts to eat away at them and they lose all sense of everything, seeing things that aren't really there. "It's a tax write-off. This is where they send the new, the underqualified, the old. And most of all the British. Mars is full of blonde Americans. It's like they're building the master race out there."

 
 
 

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

This comedic play comes from the team behind the award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong.

Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 31st March - 26th June 2016

 

From the team behind West End productions The Play That Goes Wrong - winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy - and Peter Pan That Goes Wrong comes new show, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. Being staged at the Criterion Theatre, the Mischief Theatre production stars show creators Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and follows eight incompetent criminals trying to steal a diamond. Add in a snoozing security guard and what could possibly go right?

 
 
 

Francis Lung

Solo project of Tom McClung, former bass player of the Manchester based WU LYF.

London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton St, London, E8 3RR

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 31st March 2016

 

Francis Lung is the solo project of Tom McClung, former bass player of the Manchester based WU LYF, who continues where the band left off in 2012 with a sound that puts the emphasis on pop. His debut album Faeher's Son, which is a Scottish way of saying 'father's son', opens with the intimate 'Something Blue' then moves on to the light, calypso rhythms of 'Where Life Comes To Live' and 'Oh My Love'. Lead track 'Back One Day' will fill London Fields Brewery with bohemian piano chords and a sparse but punching percussive beat.

 
 
 

Chvrches

The trio from Glasgow combine sweet synthpop with infectious electro beats.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 31st March 2016

 

Glasgow's premier synthpop trio Chvrches "won over the audience with a punchy set that switched seamlessly between both their albums" (Evening Standard) when they played their biggest show to date at Alexandra Palace in November last year. This gig at the Royal Albert Hall may well top that. Combining sweet synthpop with hard electro, the trio - Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty - continue to win over audiences when they play live. At her best, singer Lauren Mayberry resembles "a Scottish Kate Bush" (Standard) during the dolorous moments of hit single 'Never Ending Circles' a heartfelt song which "highlights a new, mature depth for the group" (Nylon).

 
 
 

Janet Jackson

The multi Grammy Award-winner returns with her 11th studio album.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 31st March 2016

 

On the back of her 11th studio album, Unbreakable, Janet Jackson plays The O2 for one night this March. The music icon, multiple Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist has collaborated with the likes of J Cole and Missy Elliott on this latest album, which according to The Guardian "arrives to a renewed wave of appreciation for her visionary career". Peaking at number one on the Billboard 200, the album proves there is still a mega Janet fan base and this tour will provide a rare chance to see her live once again.

 
 
 

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