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Clean Bandit
Fashion on the Ration
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Paloma Faith
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions
Ruby Wax: Sane New World
English National Ballet: Modern Masters
Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Joshua Reynolds: Experiments In Paint
Spandau Ballet: Soulboys of the Western World Tour
Missing
Ivo van Hove, Antigone
Gypsy
Radiant Vermin
Unsuk Chin: Alice In Wonderland
Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company: La Bayadere
House of Holi
RCA Secret
St Patrick's Day Parade 2015
Chelsea Antiques Fair
BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair 2015
All Time Low
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea
Francois Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea: TWERK
Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London
Lionel Richie
Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games
Painting Paradise: The Art Of The Garden
Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America
The Royal Ballet: The Four Temperaments | Hofesh Shechter | Song of the Earth
The Charlatans
The Edible Garden Show
Human Rights Watch Film Festival
BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival
Shaun in the City
Women of the World Festival
Comic Relief Danceathon
Ideal Home Show
The X Factor Live Tour 2015
Country Living Magazine Spring Fair
Inventing Impressionism
Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby
Speirs   Major: HALFLIFE
London Eye Turns 15
Hans Haacke: Gift Horse
Lovely Day for a Guinness
Hiraeth
Where's Wally? Fun Run
Carters Steam Fair is at Battersea Park
Nick Mulvey
 

 

Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty comes to the V&A in March 2015, Sam Smith plays two sell-out shows at the O2 Academy Brixton and Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years.

 
 

Women of the World Festival

Caitlin Moran, Sandi Toksvig and Sarah Millican appear at this year's festival.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st - 08th March 2015

 

The Women of the World Festival (WOW) returns to the Southbank Centre for its fifth year this March, coinciding with International Women's Day on 8th March. Originally launched by Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, following the criticisms she received as a woman new to the role, it celebrates "the formidable power of women to make change happen". Spread across five days, WOW incorporates live music, films, comedy, theatre and poetry alongside debates, talks, networking, mentoring and workshops. This year's programme includes Caitlin Moran, journalist and author of 'How to Be a Woman', who is in Conversation with Friends on Saturday 7th March 2015, and Mirth Control, hosted by Sandi Toksvig who welcomes Sarah Millican and Sharon D. Clarke to the Royal Festival Hall stage on Sunday 8th March 2015.

 
 
 

Lionel Richie

Hello! The four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter will be Dancing On The Ceiling.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 01st - 31st March 2015

 

The four-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician and producer will perform soul, pop and R&B including popular hits Hello and Dancing On The Ceiling. The king of love crooning Lionel Richie hits the O2 Arena for two nights which top and tail March 2015. There are dozens of other musicians in the world who've managed to sell a hundred million albums, but we're not sure that anyone else has ever written a song quite as brilliant as All Night Long. That magnificent floor-filler was the central pinnacle of a career that mixed smooth soul (Easy, Three Times a Lady, Hello) with tight dance music (Brick House, Dancing on the Ceiling). All these hits will be on show at the O2, performed by a man whose brilliance has spanned a 40-year career.

 
 
 

Ruby Wax: Sane New World

A lesson in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy from the outspoken comedian.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 14th March 2015

 

"I can just about take in the weather then I'm exhausted," says comedian, writer, mental health campaigner Ruby Wax. "You open a newspaper, everyone's dead." Using knowledge from her recent Master's Degree in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy at Oxford University the American comedian and writer brings her one-woman show to the St James Theatre. In support of her No. 1 bestselling book of the same name, Sane New World sets out to help us understand why we sabotage our own sanity and provides a manual on how to survive the 21st century.

 
 
 

Harvey

James Dreyfus and Maureen Lipman star in the award-winning comedy about a large, invisible rabbit.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 07th March 2015

 

The Pulitzer prize-winning comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, played by James Dreyfus, and his friendship with an invisible rabbit named Harvey comes to Richmond Theatre from 3rd to 7th March as part of a nationwide tour prior to a West End run. Dreyfus is joined by Maureen Lipman who plays his sister Veta who tries to get him committed rather than risk the family's reputation. The problem is that Elwood P. Dowd has an unwavering friendship with a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit named Harvey. Veta takes him to see psychiatrist Dr William Chumley but the doctor mistakenly commits anxiety-ridden Veta instead of her brother. This new production of Mary Chase's award-winning comedy is directed by Lindsay Posner, who most recently directed Speed-the-Plow starring Lindsay Lohan.

 
 
 

Citizen Puppet

A verbatim puppet experiment looking at the lives of people on the political fringe.

The New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, Regents Place, London, NW1 3BF

Tube: Great Portland Street Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 14th March 2015

 

Blind Summit's election-themed Citizen Puppet is a verbatim puppet experiment looking at the lives of people on the political fringe in the build up to the election. Blind Summit Theatre, the creators of hit show The Table, collaborated with final year students from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for the production, which will be shown at the New Diorama Theatre. The puppets will reveal unspeakable truths on immigration, housing and tax fraud.

 
 
 

Antigone

Oscar winning Juliette Binoche takes the title role in this contemporary reimagining of Antigone.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 04th - 28th March 2015

 

Oscar winner Juliette Binoche takes the title role in a contemporary reimagining of Sophocles's Antigone at the Barbican this March. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the adaptation has been translated by TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson. When her dead brother is labelled a traitor, Antigone defies her uncle Creon, the King of Thebes, who dares her to say no, in order to honour her fallen sibling.

 
 
 

Missing

Audiences are taken into a world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music.

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

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 04th - 21st March 2015

 

Acclaimed physical dance theatre company Gecko present Missing at the Battersea Arts Centre. The visceral performance looks at the warped psyche of a woman called Lily and what happens when she unearths the depths of her forgotten past. Audiences will be taken into a world of striking imagery, multiple languages and beautiful music.

 
 
 

Inventing Impressionism

A tribute to art deal Paul Durand-Ruel, with a number of Impressionism's greatest masterpieces.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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

 

Dates: 4th March to 31st May 2015

 

A tribute to art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, of whom Moet said 'Without him, we wouldn't have survived', Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery will explore how one of painting's best loved movements owes much of its success to one many. Featuring more than 85 key works, including a number of Impressionism's greatest masterpieces, from the likes of Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir, it will lift the lid on Durand-Ruel, who immediately bought the works of these artists when they were still widely ignored or ridiculed.

 
 
 

Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America

The second installment of contemporary work from artists from Africa to Latin America.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 4th March to 6th September 2015

 

The second instalment of Saatchi's Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America opens on 4th March 2015 showing contemporary work from artists working in an area covering Africa to Latin America. In the first installment, sculptures of huge ants crawled over the walls, collages of newspaper clippings reflected the political state of the Republic of the Ivory Coast and semi-nude female models hid behind wooden ceremonial masks in a colonial mansion. In Pangaea II, 17 contemporary artists including Aboudia, Dawit Abebe, Eduardo Berliner, Jean-Francois Bocle, Armand Boua, Pia Camil and Alida Cervantes are displayed.

 
 
 

Fashion on the Ration

'Make do and Mend' became the motto during the Second World War.

IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 5th March to 31st August 2015

 

Gas-mask handbags, blackout buttons and siren suits are not items considered fashionable today but in post-war Britain these were the sort of things that passed for the very latest innovations in fashion. On display in Fashion on the Ration, an Imperial War Museum exhibition about coping in the face of adversity, these items are just some of the 300 exhibits which show how fashion and style were maintained and even flourished during the Second World War. Divided into six sections, the exhibition looks at uniform, innovative and rationing - when 'Make do and Mend' became the motto for making clothes last longer. Items on display include a bridesmaid's dress made from parachute material and an underwear set made from RAF silk maps for Countess Mountbatten.

 
 
 

House of Holi

The colourful Cinnamon Kitchen party pod is back following last year's sell out success.

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

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

 

Dates: 05th - 14th March 2015

 

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 from 5th to 14th March. 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, which takes place on 6th March, 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 and children are welcome too, at the 'Little' Holi' sessions on Saturdays.

 
 
 

Beard

Award-winning photographer Brock Elbank elevates facial hair to an art form.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 05th - 29th March 2015

 

Hipster alert! Given their popularity in scene-making east London, it was only a matter of time before someone dedicated an exhibition to the beauty of the beard. All of the 80 subjects in Beard, a free Somerset House display of images by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank, sport facial growth on their chins. But what is more revealing is the enduring nature of the beard - which is not just a trend of the 2010s. The pogonophiles come from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life; it includes the famous facial hairs of actor John Hurt and models Ricki Hall and Billy Huxley, but also other interesting characters such as tattooist Miles Better and British woman Harnaam Kaur, who has been growing a beard since the age of 16 after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition which causes excess hair growth.

 
 
 

Francois Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea: TWERK

A mash-up of modern dance styles including Jamaican dancehall, 1970s voguing and twerking.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 05th - 06th March 2015

 

The choreographer duo's latest work examines free styles including Jamaican dancehall, 1970s voguing and twerking, taking inspiration from their personal history of clubbing, plus the grime music trends. Featuring New York voguer Alex Mugler, contemporary performers Ana Pi and Elisa Yvelin, plus grime wave DJs Elijah and Skilliam. Gives a whole new meaning to twerking.

 
 
 

Hans Haacke: Gift Horse

A horse's skeleton on the Fourth Plinth comments on power, money and history.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: 5th March to 31st December 2015

 

Hans Haacke's Gift Horse, a sculptural installation of a horse's skeleton, makes an eerie outline on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Exploring the links between power, money and history, while commenting wryly on the statue of William IV originally planned for the fourth plinth, Haacke's horse constitutes a searching reflection on the politics of its site and continues critical engagement with British culture which he began with A Breed Apart in 1978, an investigation into former British car manufacturer Leyland's links with the apartheid regime in South Africa.

 
 
 

Underworld

A rare chance to see the dance duo perform their classic landmark work in full.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 06th March 2015

 

Following the huge success of the 20th anniversary performance of their dubnobasswithmyheadman album at Royal Festival Hall last year, dance duo Underworld return to London to play one night only at Eventim Apollo on 6th March 2015. dubnobasswithmyheadman was hailed as a game changer on release at the start of 1994. Two decades on, it is unarguably one of the most influential British electronic records. This is a rare chance to see the Cardiff-formed twosome of Karl Hyde and Rick Smith perform their classic landmark work in full.

 
 
 

Stevie

Zoë Wanamaker stars in this major revival of Hugh Whitemore's award-winning drama.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 06th March - 18th April 2015

 

Zo Wanamaker stars in this major revival of Hugh Whitemore's award-winning drama. Staged at the Hampstead Theatre, Stevie provides a moving glimpse into the unconventional life of celebrated English poet and novelist Stevie Smith, showing the contrast between her tame suburban evenings sampling Battenberg cake and sherry with the undeniable talent that will one day bring her fame. Lynda Baron and Chris Larkin will star alongside Wanamaker while Christopher Morahan directs.

 
 
 

Speirs & Major: HALFLIFE

Get immersed in a light installation in the new King's Cross foot tunnel.

King's Cross Foot Tunnel, 1 Pancras Square, King's Boulevard, London, N1C 4TB

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 6th March 2015 to 6th March 2016

 

From Friday 6th March commuters and pedestrians using the new Allies & Morrison King's Cross foot tunnel will be greeted by HALFLIFE, an immersive light installation created by award winning lighting design practice Speirs & Major. Within the 90-metre tunnel wall are 180 light sources, each with red, green, blue, warm and cool white lights which interact with the movement of traffic so no two moments are ever the same. Keith Bradshaw, Principal at Speirs Major says, "Each visitor will have their own perception of time and distance, immersed in light, dark and colour".

 
 
 

London Bass Guitar Show 2015

Bassist Mark King of Level 42 will be performing at this year's show.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th March 2015

 

Level 42's Mark King, arguably the world's best funk bassist, will be performing at the London Bass Guitar Show in 2015, the show which gives bass players access to the latest products and to the world's top players, all under one roof. American bass player Divinity Roxx is putting in an appearance on both the main stage and on the masterclass line up. The Olympia show is the place to find all the gear available in the bass world from the likes of Korg, Barnes & Mullins, Anaconda Basses and Pedulla Guitars among others.

 
 
 

Anthony Browne's The Big Write

A weekend of events with the author and illustrator of 'Gorilla' and 'Willy The Wimp'.

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

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th March 2015

 

Join former Children's Laureate, author and illustrator of 'Gorilla' and 'Willy The Wimp', Anthony Browne, for a weekend of events with some of his favourite authors and illustrators. David Melling, creator of Hugless Douglas, Alexis (I am Henry Finch) Deacon, Mini Grey (Space Dog) and Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of Giraffes Can't Dance are part of the 22-strong line-up of bookish talent coming to Discover Children's Story Centre for one weekend in March for The Big Write which has events for children of all ages, even babies who will enjoy music and movement workshop Bounce Boogie Baby Bounce with artist Alice Mackenzie. There will also be a one-stop-character shop for children aged six and above where they can enter a digital den and create their own persona using props and costumes. There will also be a fantastic interactive musical storytelling of 'Willy the Wimp' with string quartet and saxophone, Adriamus Ensemble.

 
 
 

Step Up Challenge

Climb three London landmarks and go for a 6.1km run in-between.

Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 

Dates: 08th March 2015

 

Climb the famous 'Walkie-Talkie' building and two other London landmarks with a 6.1km run in-between them for the capital's latest endurance event. Ascend over 1,600 stairs and finish with a well deserved glass of champagne at Europe's highest roof garden, the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. Participants have the choice of taking on two different challenges, depending on how extreme you want the challenge to be. The hardest, Step Up 3,2,1, involves ascending Portland House in Victoria, 5 Strand in Charing Cross and 20 Fenchurch Street - a total of 71 stories, or 1672 stairs, in aid of learning disability charity Mencap.

 
 
 

Unsuk Chin: Alice In Wonderland

A operatice adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novel.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 08th March 2015

 

Adding to the Alice in Wonderland themed events taking place in London in 2015, the year that marks the novel's 150th anniversary, Unsuk Chin's operatic adaptation will be staged at the Barbican. The South Korean composer's startling multi-media operatic adaptation combines the illustrations of Ralph Steadman with interactive animated projections and suitably outlandish costumes. In the UK premiere of the opera Netia Jones directs, young American soprano Rachele Gilmore stars as Alice and Baldur Bronnimann conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

 
 
 

Comic Relief Danceathon

A six-hour dance frenzy raising money for Comic Relief.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 08th March 2015

 

Join Claudia Winkleman and a host of celebrities this March for the Comic Relief Danceathon. Taking place at Wembley Arena, the event, which is hosted by Claudia, will be a six-hour non-stop dance frenzy to raise funds for Red Nose Day 2015. Celebrities such as Caroline Flack - Strictly Come Dancing 2015 champion - Davina McCall, Kirstie Allsopp and Sara Cox will all be joining in on the action and you can too, dancing along to a range of genres including 70s disco, 80s power, 90s rave and musical theatre. Simply sign up via the official website. All funds raised will go towards helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and across Africa.

 
 
 

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games

The 'feet of flames' dancer directs this re-vamped, dance-theatre spectacular, featuring a cast of 40.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 9th March to 5th September 2015

 

Irish-American dancer and choreographer Michael Flatley, who has turned Irish dancing into a spine tingling show spectacular, directs this dynamic re-vamped, dance-theatre spectacular, featuring a cast of 40 dancers and guest performer Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud. "The story here is as basic as ever" says the Daily Telegraph, "a fight between good and evil" so expect lines of fast footed toe tapping, power ballads and the story of a Little Spirit who faces the Dark Lord in her dream world where the Lord of the Dance and his men defeat evil in an impressive dance-off.

 
 
 

London Eye Turns 15

The big wheel embraces teenage rebellion by getting a 'tattoo'.

London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 09th - 15th March 2015

 

First opened 15 years ago on 9th March 2000 the London Eye celebrates with a nod to teenage rebellion by getting a 'tattoo'. Artist in residence, London born illustrator Jamie Cullen, has created the temporary tattoo for one of the 32 capsules inspired by the views from the big wheel. The anniversary party continues with surprise bubbly for lucky ticket holders who get a Champagne Experience upgrade, on offer throughout the anniversary week which runs between Monday 9th March and Sunday 15th March when there's 15 per cent off advanced online bookings.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Modern Masters

New triple bill honours three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 10th - 15th March 2015

 

Modern Masters honours the work of three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century: Jiri Kylian, John Neumeier and William Forsythe. Bold and galvanising, their choreographies are full of invention and energy, driven by music. This new triple bill follows the success of last year's debut productions of 'Le Corsiare' and 'Lest We Forget', showing the English National Ballet's ability to produce pioneering new work.

 
 
 

Radiant Vermin

A comic satire looking at the housing crisis.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 10th March - 12th April 2015

 

Philip Ridley's comic satire Radiant Vermin at the Soho Theatre looks at the housing crisis and how far a young couple are willing to go to get out of it. Ollie and Jill want to tell you all the details of their dream home. Some of the things they had to do to get it may shock you, but you must be aware, they did it all for their baby. Directed by David Mercatali, it's playful, provocative and viciously sharp.

 
 
 

Nick Waplington & Alexander McQueen: Working Process

A behind-the-scenes look into one of fashion's most famous designers.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 10th March to 17th May 2015

 

Artist Nick Waplington's photographs, shown in a major exhibition at Tate Britain, capture the creative journey of Alexander McQueen's final Autumn/Winter collection, Horn of Plenty in 2009. Providing a rare behind-the-scenes look into one of fashion's most famous designers, candid images of McQueen's working process reveal a raw and unpolished side of the fashion world. These are juxtaposed with rigorously produced photographs of recycling plants and landfills to create a powerful commentary on destruction and creative renewal - themes at the heart of the Horn of Plenty collection.

 
 
 

Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of a Massacre

A new work from Anders Lustgarten.

Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 11th March - 02nd April 2015

 

Shrapnel: 34 Fragments of A Massacre at the Arcola Theatre is a new work from Anders Lustgarten on The Roboski Massacre, a 2011 incident where Turkish Armed Forces dropped bombs on smugglers going across the Turkish/Iraqi border after they had been spied by a US drone. Arcola Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen directs the play, which dares to ask what a massacre is made of.

 
 
 

Buyer and Cellar

The smash hit US comedy comes to London.

Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Tube: Borough Station

 

Dates: 11th March to 2nd May 2015

 

Ugly Betty's Michael Urie stars in the much anticipated comedy Buyer and Cellar at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The US comedy enjoyed a smash hit run in New York and a major US tour and now the one-man show comes to London for a limited time. Written by Jonathon Tolins, the show revolves around a gay couple's worship of Barbara Streisand and how Alex, an out of work actor, gets a job in the mini mall of the village that Streisand has created in her basement.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

An art fair that strips away the pretension of the art world.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 12th - 15th March 2015

 

Over 100 galleries exhibit a huge array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the Affordable Art Fair which has become a well-loved institution on London's art scene. It's an event that strips away the pretension of the art world and gives buyers a chance to pick up some really great work at fair prices, ranging from 40 to 4,000. A fun, family day out, it's accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious. There's a free creche, artist-led workshops, informal talks and tours, and a specialist exhibition showcasing work by new artists. The Battersea Park art fair, which attracts 20,000 people to each London event, has been such a success that further fairs have sprung up in Stockholm, NYC, Rome, Seattle and Singapore.

 
 
 

Joshua Reynolds: Experiments In Paint

The discoveries of a four-year research project into the paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 12th March to 7th June 2015

 

The culmination of a four-year research project into the collection of Reynolds paintings at the Wallace Collection, Joshua Reynolds: Experiments in Paint goes behind the surface to reveal the artist's unconventional manipulation of pigments, oils, glazes and varnishes. The display of 20 paintings - including five from the Wallace Collection and three on loan from other collections - archival sources and x-rays we can see beyond the canvas of celebrated portraits including 'Nelly O'Brien', 'Mrs Abington as Miss Prue' and Reynolds' 'Self-Portrait Shading the Eyes' from the National Portrait Gallery.

 
 
 

Wellington: Triumphs, Politics and Passions

Fifty-nine portraits go on display to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

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

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

 

Dates: 12th March to 7th June 2015

 

Last year saw the centenary of the outbreak of World War I; 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The National Portrait Gallery marks the event with Triumphs, Politics and Passions (12th March until 7th June), the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, including rarely seen portraits and photographs. Drawn from museums and private collections, including that of the present Duke of Wellington, the exhibition of fifty-nine portraits includes rarely-seen loans including a portrait by John Hoppner of the Duke as a youthful soldier and a daguerreotype portrait by Antoine Claudet.

 
 
 

RCA Secret

Get your hands on a piece of genuine art by a bona fide artist for a mere £50.

Royal College of Art, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4AN

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 12th - 20th March 2015

 

The RCA Secret show, held at the college's Dyson Building in Battersea, is that rarest of artistic events - a chance to get your hands on a piece of genuine art by a bona fide artist for a mere 50. The way it works is simple. You go to one of the viewing days, look at the postcards which have been sent in by all sorts of people (famous artists, celebrities, artists in training and talented but not well known artists), then return on the sale day and purchase the ones you liked - for 50 a pop. The catch is that you can't tell who did the postcard until after you've shelled out your dosh, so you might come home with a Hirst original or, well... you might not. It's an opportunity to flex your artistic knowledge, pick up a bargain and invest in the future of the RCA (because it's all for charity, folks). So if you reckon you can tell your Opie from your Emin, head down to the RCA (or view online) and see what you can pick up but you will need to register in advance to buy. If you're dead set on a particular postcard, get there before the doors open at 8am when the buying starts - early birds queue from about 5am. If you're a little more relaxed, leave it until later; the queue usually disappears by around midday.

 
 
 

The X Factor Live Tour 2015

The live show of the hugely successful TV talent contest comes to Wembley Arena.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 12th March 2015

 

The hugely successful talent contest TV show X Factor goes on tour with The X Factor Live as the top eight acts from the 2014 show perform at arena shows across the country. For this year's touring finalists - including Italian singer Andrea Faustini, teen starlet Lauren Platt, cheeky chappie Stevi Ritchie, and eight-piece group Stereo Kicks - the dream that they will emulate the success of former finalists Cher Lloyd, James Arthur, JLS, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Olly Murs and One Direction is still very much alive. Ben Haenow, Fleur East, Jay James, and Only The Young complete this year's live line up. Attended by more than three million people, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the past ten years. London dates in 2015 are Thursday 12th March at Wembley Arena, and Friday 20th March and Saturday 21st March at The O2 Arena.

 
 
 

Rules For Living

Stephan Mangan stars in this dark comedy.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 13th March to 8th July 2015

 

Stephen Mangan joins a cracking cast of Deborah Findlay, Miles Jupp and Maggie Service in Sam Holcroft's comedy Rules for Living, staged at the National Theatre in March 2015. An unseasonal play about Christmas, it sees an extended family gather for the holidays with each of them trying to follow their own strategic rules for living. Directed by Marianne Elliott, he playful, dark comedy explores long-held rivalries and resentments as the rules take over.

 
 
 

Clean Bandit

Deep house and baroque pop from the London-based four-piece.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 13th March 2015

 

The London-based four-piece performs deep house and baroque pop with heavy classical and electronica influences. Hotly tipped chart-toppers Clean Bandit headlined at Somerset House Summer Series last year and in 2015 they'll top that with this appearance at Alexandra Palace, where half of the band spent much of their young years. Having had huge success with their number one hit 'Rather Be', the four-piece play their addictive dance-pop delights, deep house and baroque pop with classical and electronica influences. Beats and soaring strings evoke Massive Attack while their live show calls on Basement Jaxx with a new twist. Special guest is Jess Glynne.

 
 
 

The Great Home Hack

Channel 4's Max McMurdo presents useful tips on upcycling and home hacking.

Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, London, SW6 6EA

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 13th - 15th March 2015

 

Curated by Channel 4's Max McMurdo, The Great Home Hack makes its debut at Fulham Palace on the weekend of 13th to 15th March 2015 giving useful tips on upcycling and home hacking. Stalls showing new and original works from leading designers in the world of upcycling include leather by Paguro Limited, handmade musical instruments by Vulpestrements, furniture by Bluebells Vintage and upcycled bags and clothing from Spriasaurus. The weekend will include workshops and masterclasses on how to 'Eco Chic Your Home', 'Create a Silver Trinket Box' and 'Make a Pallet Wood Wine Rack' as well as tastings of Brancott Estate's wines, sponsors of the event.

 
 
 

Lovely Day for a Guinness

Stay late at the Museum of Brands and marvel at the advertising genius of Guinness.

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, London, W11 2AR

Tube: Westbourne Park Station

 

Dates: 13th March 2015

 

In celebration of St Patrick's Day the Museum of Brands invites you to join them for their second Friday Late, a night dedicated to the advertising genius behind that great iconic Irish brand, Guinness. It's your chance to experience the museum differently, through a themed late night opening with a screening of Guinness ads, a treasure hunt, ceilidh music and live performances as well as a free drink on arrival - we'll settle for a pint of the black stuff. Cheers!

 
 
 

Richard Diebenkorn

Four decades of work by one of America's "finest abstract painters" (Washington Post)

Royal Academy Of Arts at 6 Burlington Gardens, 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ES

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 14th March to 7th June 2015

 

A man described by the Washington Post as one of America's "finest abstract painters", Richard Diebenkorn is the subject of a Royal Academy of Arts exhibition spanning four decades of his career. One of America's most celebrated 20th Century artists, Diebenkorn is best know as an abstract expressionist but this exhibition in the gallery's Sackler Wing also shows him as a figurative painter. It places his work in the context not just of American Post-War Art but also within the European tradition.

 
 
 

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

The fashion maverick is celebrated at London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th March to 2nd August 2015

 

Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibition which became one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's top 10 most visited exhibitions when it was shown in New York in 2011, comes to London's Victoria and Albert Museum in spring 2015. And a year before opening the exhibition's success is set to rival the Bowie exhibition for breaking records at the V&A where they were forced to set up an additional phone line to help with demand. At the launch Martin Roth, V&A Director, said: "Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here - by staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home." In the designer's own words, "London's where I was brought up. It's where my heart is and where I get my inspiration." - Alexander McQueen, January 2000.

 
 
 

Midcentury Modern

Beautiful furniture from some of Britain's top mid-century dealers.

Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 15th March 2015

 

Described as "design heaven" by Orla Kiely, Midcentury Modern, run in association with Elle Decoration, is a major date in the interiors lovers' little black book. There are 90 stands showing stunning furniture from the mid-20th century. The selling show features 63 of Europe's best dealers downstairs and in the arches and hall at Christison Hall and 27 top contemporary designers upstairs, all within the scenic setting of Dulwich College - which is five minutes' walk from West Dulwich Railway Station. It's a one-day one-stop-shop where you can source the latest furniture from some of Britain's top mid-century dealers, look for unique designer pieces made in Europe, America and Scandinavia and buy original gifts. If you're visiting London for the exhibition leave time to visit other attractions in the area, including the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and use our guide to the hotels near Midcentury Modern.

 
 
 

St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

London goes green and the Guinness flows freely 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: 15th March 2015

 

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 2015 that's Sunday 15th March - when the procession makes its way from Green Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, around Piccadilly Circus, along Haymarket 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.

 
 
 

The Charlatans

The band fronted by Tim Burgess is back, celebrating 25 years since their debut album was released.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2015

 

A one-off performance by the respected indie-rock legends, in support of the release of their "triumphant" twelfth studio album, Modern Nature, an album which "warms the bones" says the Daily Telegraph. Two years after the death of drummer Jon Brookes, The Charlatans, fronted by Tim Burgess, are back, celebrating 25 years since their debut album was released in 1990. But time and tragedy haven't stopped the band - known for classics including 'The Only One I Know', 'Telling Stories' and 'One To Another' - from making great music; their new album "shows little sign of creative fatigue" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

Spandau Ballet: Soulboys of the Western World Tour

One of Britain's great iconic bands, Spandau Ballet play live at the O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 17th - 18th March 2015

 

The 1980s group Spandau Ballet perform hits from their repertoire, including Gold and True. One of Britain's great iconic bands, Spandau Ballet has sold over 25 million records, scored numerous multi-platinum albums and amassed 23 hit singles across the globe. One of the super-groups of the 80s, the band reformed in 2009 after two decades apart, embarking on a sold-out tour and haven't looked back since. The New Romantic band recently premiered 'Soulboys Of The Western World' to a sold out Royal Albert Hall and this O2 concert is likely to be just as popular.

 
 
 

Bad Jews

Joshua Harmon's play transfers to the Arts Theatre for an 11 week run.

Arts Theatre, 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

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

 

Dates: 18th March to 11th July 2015

 

The best selling play to date at both the Ustinov Studio in Bath and St James Theatre in London, the Theatre Royal Bath production of Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews transfers to the Arts Theatre for a limited 11 week run. 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 won the Best Supporting Performance category at the UK Theatre Awards for her part in this "scaldingly funny and penetrating comedy" (Telegraph).

 
 
 

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Meet the cute lambs at the fair which covers everything from bee keeping to spring bunting.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 18th - 22nd March 2015

 

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. New features for 2015 include a newcomers market, showcasing first-time crafters and makers, Q&A panel discussions where you can put your questions to experts and editors from Country Living Magazine and the Heal's Styling Service, giving you the chance to book a free 20 minute consultation. There will also be a Garden Theatre with demos on keeping chickens, bees, seasonal recipes and planting summer bulbs as well as inspirational speakers including interior design columnist Alison Cork, and horticulturist Lucy Summers. Added to these are over 400 exhibitors, many exhibiting for the first time, so leave time to browse the many stalls packed with cushions, fabrics, clothes, bags, jewellery, homeware and more. You can also learn all about lamb farming and will even get a chance to feed real live lambs at the fair from Wednesday until Sunday.

 
 
 

Chelsea Antiques Fair

Actress Susan Hampshire officially opens the 2015 fair.

Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EE

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th - 22nd March 2015

 

The Chelsea Antiques Fair has been a popular annual fixture on the Kings Road since 1950, catering for all sorts of budgets - from 20 to tens of thousands. The antiques are presented against the gilded opulence of Chelsea Town Hall, with its marble columns, chandeliers and original oil paintings. The fair (which coincides with the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair half a mile away) has a host of specialist dealers, and a quick browse will reveal 19th and early 20th century porcelain and pottery, fine gem set jewellery, oak furniture, silverware, Chinese antiquities, Art Deco furniture, fine maps and prints, Persian carpets and rare glassware and more. The 2015 fair will be officially opened by actress Susan Hampshire at 3pm on Wednesday 18th March, an hour after the doors open.

 
 
 

BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair 2015

The art fair run by the British Antique Dealers' Association returns with a new chairman at the helm.

Duke of York Square, Duke of York Square, London, SW3 4LY

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 18th - 24th March 2015

 

With a new chairman at the helm the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair returns to Chelsea in March giving art fans a rare opportunity to peruse and purchase pieces from specialist dealers. The appointment of Richard Coles reflects the fair's move towards modern art, cross-collecting and interior design. Paintings, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, and fine furnishings are all displayed in a specially designed pavilion on the Duke of York Square, in the heart of affluent Chelsea, an area well suited to the high calibre of the art - all exhibitors must be members of the prestigious British Antique Dealers' Association.

 
 
 

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A powerful collection of films dealing with the subject of global injustice.

Curzon Soho, 93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue, City, London, W1D 5DY

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

 

Dates: 18th - 27th March 2015

 

The annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival this year is spread across four screens city-wide from the Barbican to the British Museum. A powerful collection of films dealing with the subject of global injustice, this year's festival opens with a screening of the UK premiere of 'The Yes Men Are Revolting' at Curzon Soho. There's the UK premiere of 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature 'The Salt of the Earth' at the British Museum, and 'Rosewater' is the closing night film at Ritzy Brixton, a documentary on the months-long imprisonment of the Iranian Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari who attends a Q&A after the film.

 
 
 

Hiraeth

Bud leaves her family farm for the bright lights of the big smoke.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 18th - 21st March 2015

 

Winner of the best English Language Production at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015 and the IdeasTap Underbelly Award in 2014, Hiraeth comes to the Soho Theatre in March. The play follows Buddug James Jones, who's just become heir to her family's three hundred year old farming dynasty, as she decides to change her destiny and set out for the big smoke. Leaving five generations of tradition behind, she encounters men, heartbreak, drama and hilarity. The show is a personal reflection on the current wider contemporary issues affecting the UK countryside and young generations depart from rural life for more urban pastures.

 
 
 

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival

This year's festival opens with Justin Kelly's 'I Am Michael' which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 19th - 29th March 2015

 

Showcasing the best in new queer film and video, the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (previously known as the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Festival or LLGFF) returns for its 29th year in 2015 with an exciting programme which kicks off with a screening of Justin Kelly's 'I Am Michael', starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto, on the opening night. Over 50 features and 100 short films representing the best in contemporary and archive LGBT cinema from around the world are due to be shown at this year's festival. The long-running event, the third largest film festival in the UK, also includes industry events, late night DJs in the bar on Fridays and Saturdays and attracts hundreds of filmmakers, cast, crew as more than 250,000 visitors flock to the city for a festival programme that gets bigger year-on-year.

 
 
 

All Time Low

The Baltimore-based four-piece comes to Wembley Arena.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 20th March 2015

 

American pop punk band All Time Low comes to Wembley Arena as part of a year-long tour to promote their fifth studio album, Don't Panic. One of the most popular new bands in recent times, the Baltimore-based four-piece has got an increasingly ardent fan base and this latest album was their first to reach the top spot on the Top Internet Albums chart. This Wembley gig comes a month after their O2 concert with You Me At Six on Saturday 14th February 2015.

 
 
 

Painting Paradise: The Art Of The Garden

Works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Carl Faberge showcase the glorious royal gardens.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 20th March to 11th October 2015

 

Scenes from royal gardens at Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and Hampton Court are shown in Painting Paradise, an exhibition for garden lovers and the green fingered. Featuring works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Carl Faberge, Maria Sibylla Merian and more, the exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, uses items from the Royal Collection to tell the story of 'the art of the garden' from 1500 to 1900, looking at how the garden has been celebrated in art from the 16th to the early 20th century, and the long-running rivalry between Britain and France in creating glorious gardens.

 
 
 

The Edible Garden Show and Good Life Live

Wild food forager Mark Lloyd and chef and writer Rachel Green are at this year's show.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 20th - 22nd March 2015

 

Wild food forager Mark Lloyd and chef and writer Rachel Green are coming to The Edible Garden Show and Good Life Live at Alexandra Palace in March. Appearing at the new 'Cook It!' area, the two celebrity speakers are back by popular demand inspiring visitors with the tasty delights. Visitors can get enjoy all aspects of outdoor living, from the NFU Countryside representing our farmers to a poultry talk on all the different breeds. Green fingered visitors can also get expert advice from gardening experts including TV presenter James Wong and gardening guru Paul Peacock.

 
 
 

The X Factor Live Tour 2015

The live show comes to The O2 Arena on Friday 20th March and Saturday 21st March.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 20th - 21st March 2015

 

The hugely successful talent contest TV show X Factor goes on tour with The X Factor Live as top eight acts from the 2014 show perform at arena shows across the country. For this year's touring finalists - including Italian singer Andrea Faustini, teen starlet Lauren Platt, cheeky chappie Stevi Ritchie, and eight-piece group Stereo Kicks - the dream that they will emulate the success of former finalists Cher Lloyd, James Arthur, JLS, Leona Lewis, Little Mix, Olly Murs and One Direction is still very much alive. Ben Haenow, Fleur East, Jay James, and Only The Young complete this year's live line up. Attended by more than three million people, The X Factor Live Tour has been one of the most successful annual arena tours in the UK for the past ten years. London dates in 2015 are Thursday 12th March at Wembley Arena, and Friday 20th March and Saturday 21st March at The O2 Arena.

 
 
 

Ideal Home Show

Gregg Wallace, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh attend.

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 20th March - 06th April 2015

 

Britain's biggest consumer home event returns for its 107th year, featuring everything you need to spruce up your abode. Celebrities appearing at the Ideal Home Show in 2015 include TV presenter and inspirational author Katie Piper, TV presenter and architect George Clarke, gadget expert Suzi Perry, food critic Gregg Wallace, interiors icon Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and returning favourite Alan Titchmarsh. The show is divided into seven dedicated sections including areas on home improvements, interiors, gardens, technology, food and housewares as well as fashion and beauty. There are competitions to find the Young Gardeners of the Year and the Ideal Wallpaper Designer of the Year. And Moneysavingexpert.com founder Martin Lewis and his team will be on hand to help you save on the cost of running your home.

 
 
 

Carters Steam Fair

The old fashioned fair arrives in vintage motors at Battersea Park from 21st March.

Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 21st - 29th March 2015

 

This beautifully old fashioned steam fair arrives in a rally of vintage cars and lorries transporting their rides - which include a one hundred year old galloper - and candy floss stalls. Set up by John Carter and based in Berkshire, Carters Steam Fair travels the South East of the country and makes regular appearances in London's parks for seven months - from April to October - of the year. Fairground rides include the 1930s Teddy Andrews' Ark, Victory Dive Bomber dating back to around 1958, and 'The Marlow Donkey' train ride - a Maxwell ride from the 1930s. A hook-a-duck stall, roll-a-ball and rifle range are just some of the other games and attractions on offer where you can try to win prizes and impress the kids with your target practice.

 
 
 

Rodrigo y Gabriela

The Mexican guitar duo follow up their Glastonbury success with their biggest headline date in Britain to date.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 21st March 2015

 

One of the highlights of the main stage at Glastonbury last year, Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back in the UK playing their biggest headline date in Britain so far at Wembley Arena on the 21st March 2015. Initially part of the thrash metal scene in Mexico City, the pair uprooted to Dublin ten years ago on hearing it was a good starting point for travelling musicians. It was a choice they would not regret for their inventive use of two guitars took the UK festival circuit by storm, culminating in the exceptional self-titled album Rodrigo y Gabriela in 2006, which managed to keep even the Arctic Monkeys off the top of the Irish charts. Combining deft plucking, dreamy song-writing and fret-tapping and slap-bass percussion, the pair's sound is both classical and traditional, without betraying their respect for the heavy metal genre. Their live show really is something quite special to behold and you'll be surprised at the range of sounds these two excellent musicians can conjure from their guitars.

 
 
 

Where's Wally? Fun Run

There'll be no trouble spotting Wally in Victoria Park this weekend.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 22nd March 2015

 

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. Back at east London's Victoria Park for the third year running, the fun run is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities aged eight and over and there will also be games and activities available for younger children. The 25 registration fee helps raise money for disadvantaged children to read and write and includes an official Wally costume.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: The Emerging Dancer

Six emerging dancers perform in front of a panel of eminent judges.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 23rd March 2015

 

The up-and-coming talents are celebrated in this annual English National Ballet competition. Six finalists will perform in front of a panel of judges, and a live audience, with the 2015 Emerging Dancer Award winner announced at the end of the showcase, as well as the winner of the People's Choice Award.

 
 
 

Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby

Stunning sets and costumes recreate the seductive style of the 1920's.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 24th - 26th March 2015

 

In March Sadler's Wells welcomes back Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby, which caused much excitement in 2013. A ballet based on the famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald: the seductive style of the era is recreated through stunning sets and costumes with music by Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE (Four Weddings And A Funeral), played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

 
 
 

The Three Lions

Find out what really happened when Prince William met Cameron in Beckham's hotel room.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 24th March to 2nd May 2015

 

The Prime Minister, the Duke of Cambridge and the world's most famous footballer gather in a Swiss hotel room the night before England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018. However, in spite of their collective eagerness to bring football home, when things go really wrong, they realise that three heads may not be better than one. Find out what really happened when Prince William met Cameron in Beckham's hotel room in William Gaminara's comedy directed by Philip Wilson. Already a critical success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Three Lions comes to the St. James Theatre via a national tour.

 
 
 

Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London

A fascinating exhibition on homelessness in Victorian London, and how it's still relevant today.

Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 24th March to 12th July 2015

 

The Geffrye Museum's display on Homes Of The Homeless: Seeking Shelter In Victorian London promises to be fascinating exhibition on a subject close to home. Using first hand accounts the Hackney museum looks at the problem of homelessness in Victorian London through paintings, photographs, and objects, as well as personal stories and reports. From 1840s onwards, the exhibition shows how London's poor were affected by slum clearance to make way for the railways, and how they managed to find shelter.

 
 
 

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company: La Bayadere

A radical reimagining of Petipa's celebrated ballet.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th - 28th March 2015

 

In a new Royal Opera House commission pioneering British Asian choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh makes a fascinating return to her roots, while incorporating her more recent work in a unique and personal examination of Marius Petipa's 1877 ballet La Bayadere. Bayadere - The Ninth Life is a radical reimagining of Petipa's celebrated ballet and weaves a many-layered narrative that moves from fact to fantasy. It promises to be visually stunning, technologically innovative, contemporary and personal.

 
 
 

Sam Smith

The London-based singer-songwriter stops by the O2 Brixton Academy.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th March 2015

 

Sunday Times Culture named him 'the voice of 2014', his global hit single 'Stay With Me', has sold over 4.5 million copies to date and in March 2015 the London-based singer-songwriter Sam Smith stops by the O2 Brixton Academy for two nights on his 'In The Lonely Hour Tour'. Having been named the Critics' Choice Award for the Brits 2014 and with his debut album, 'In The Lonely Hour', selling over 1.9 million copies worldwide, Sam Smith has officially made it big. These Brixton gigs come after sold out tours of the UK and US in 2014.

 
 
 

Paloma Faith

The soul-pop singer-songwriter and former burlesque dancer performs live at The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 25th March 2015

 

Since coming onto the scene in 2009, London-hailing soul-pop singer-songwriter and former burlesque dancer Paloma Faith has made a name for herself in both music and acting, as well as being known for her quirky personality and unique sense of fashion. Her debut album 'Do You Want the Truth of Something Beautiful?' was certified platinum and produced five singles. Paloma performed at the 2014 BBC Proms and her current album 'A Perfect Contradiction' was one of the huge success stories of last year.

 
 
 

Russell Page

The man behing the Battersea Park Festival Gardens and the garden of the Frick Collection.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 25th March to 21st June 2015

 

The Garden Museum holds an exhibition on garden designer Russell Page (from March 2015), who brought a painter's eye for form and style to gardens such as that at Longleat House and Battersea Park Festival Gardens, made for the 1951 Festival of Britain. The exhibition of over 50 paintings, photographs and drawings includes items from Russell Pages' own archive and the work he did on the garden of the Frick Collection in New York City.

 
 
 

The Robin Collective: The Cherry Rooms

A free , four-room gastronomical adventure.

133 Bethnal Green Road, , London, E2 6DG

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 26th - 29th March 2015

 

Known for their play-with-your-food workshops and events, The Robin Collective are now taking it up a level with The Cherry Rooms. Found at the top of Brick Lane, what appears to be an unassuming soda shop is actually a four-room gastronomical adventure. Guests will crawl through a secret entrance and venture through four rooms of foodie experiments, including a cola rain room and the UK's first edible cherry tree. There will also be molecular mocktails and a series of workshops, such as a lesson on edible beauty treatments. And did we mention it's all free?

 
 
 

Nick Mulvey

The two-time Mercury Prize nominee plays London's Roundhouse.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 27th March 2015

 

He has clocked up two Mercury Prize nominations - first in 2008 with his former band Portico Quartet and again in 2014 as a solo artist - and in 2015 Nick Mulvey plays two high profile gigs at London's Roundhouse and Somerset House. The talented London-based singer-songwriter is British but moved to Cuba at the age of 19 to study music and returned to London to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Having spent six years with Portico Quartet making "unusual yet accessible modern jazz" (The Guardian), his solo output has a completely different "folk-rooted" (Independent) sound. Both have served him well.

 
 
 

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Dive into the spectacular seascapes and richness of life beneath the waves.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 27th March to 13th September 2015

 

The Natural History Museum's exhibition Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea examines the spectacular seascapes and richness of life beneath the waves. Home to almost a quarter of all living species under the sea, coral reefs are a vital source of food, income and storm protection for many million people around the world. This exhibition will feature spectacular underwater photography, an aquarium with live sea coral and fish, a multi-screen dive experience and specimens collected by Charles Darwin.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: The Four Temperaments | Hofesh Shechter | Song of the Earth

Masterpieces by Balanchine and MacMillan frame a world premiere from Hofesh Shechter.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 27th March - 14th April 2015

 

In this triple bill at the Royal Opera House masterpieces by Balanchine and MacMillan frame a world premiere from Hofesh Shechter. Showcasing The Royal Ballet's expertise and offering audiences a rich and varied experience, the first act is George Balanchine's epoch-making Four Temperaments. Next up is Hofesh Shechter, winner of the 2008 Critics' Circle for Best Choreography (Modern), who brings his charged, highly politicised choreography to the Royal Opera House for the first time, in a new work for The Royal Ballet. Kenneth MacMillan's Song of the Earth, a melancholy and poetic understanding of Gustav Mahler's song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde, brings the programme to an end.

 
 
 

Nicki Minaj: The PinkPrint Tour

Hip hop, R&B and pop from the Trinidad and Tobago-born singer-songwriter.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 28th March 2015

 

The colourful Trinidad and Tobago-born singer-songwriter and former American Idol judge Nicki Minaj melds hip hop, R&B and pop as she performs songs from her third studio album The PinkPrint and earlier hits. With support from Trey Songz who recorded two no.1 collaborations with Nicki - 'Touchin/Loving' and 'Bottoms Up'.

 
 
 

Against Captain's Orders: A Journey Into The Uncharted

Punchdrunk's largest production to date.

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

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

 

Dates: 28th March to 31st August 2015

 

Punchdrunk Enrichment's largest production to date, Against Captain's Orders: A Journey into the Uncharted gives 6 to 12 year old visitors to the National Maritime Museum a theatrical journey through the museum's collection of maritime artefacts. The site specific work is sure to be a theatrical highlight for parents and children alike.

 
 
 

Gypsy

Imelda Staunton stars as stage-struck Mama Rose in the West End transfer.

Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 28th March to 28th November 2015

 

Imelda Staunton stars as Mama Rose in the West End transfer of the critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy which comes to London after much speculation and anticipation. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, this enthralling musical centres on stage-struck mother Rose Hovick and her grand plans for her two daughters. Staunton reunites with director Jonathan Kent who previously collaborated on the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Sweeney Todd, which, after a sell-out run there, transferred to the West End. "Everything about Kent's production slots perfectly into place", said Michael Billington reviewing the original Chichester production for The Guardian last year.

 
 
 

Shaun in the City

Go baa-my for Shaun the Sheep and follow his trail around town.

Broadgate, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2BL

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 28th March to 25th May 2015

 

If your little ones go baa-my for Shaun the Sheep, who now stars in his own full-length feature film, from late March they can follow Shaun in the City and find 50 giant models of Shaun around London town. In the excellent Aardman film Shaun and his woolly friends go on an adventure to the big city. Now he's in the city in 'real' life! The Shaun in the City trail places giant Shaun sculptures designed by celebrities and artists - including Shaun the Sheep creator Nick Park - in iconic locations across the capital from 28th March until 25th May. Following the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit's Children's Charity.

 
 
 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller

Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel star in the gory opera of the Demon Barber.

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: 30th March - 12th April 2015

 

Emma Thompson returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, in a semi-staged production where the English National Opera orchestra will appear on stage alongside the cast. Starring alongside Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel as the bloodthirsty barber who seeks vengeance by murdering his customers, Thompson plays his landlady, Mrs. Lovett, who bakes his victims' bodies into meat pies which are fed to her unsuspecting customers. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the score pays homage to the music of Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann through hits like 'The Ballad of Sweeney Todd', 'Not While I'm Around', 'A Little Priest', and 'Pretty Women'. The production was originally performed by the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in 2014. The New York Times hailed the "starry concert" as a great success, capable of "sending musical theater audiences into raptures of glazed-eyed bliss", and claimed Terfel, "may be the most richly gifted singer ever to undertake the title role".

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

29th May 2015

 

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