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March in London 2013

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Art13 London
Tiger Tracks
Photograph by Manuel Harlan
Steve Reich by Wonge Bergmann
Of Monsters and Men
Burn the Floor
Singin' In The Rain: Live in Concert
Move It
Holi Hindu Festival
Peter and Alice
Olly Murs
RBS 6 Nations: England v Italy
Lianne La Havas
The Stranglers: Feel It Live Tour
Maria Pages - photo by Victoria Hidalgo
George Bellows, 'Stag at Sharkey's', 1909
Country Living Magazine Spring Fair
The Script
Head of the River Race
The FA Trophy Final
Kaiser Chiefs
Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain
Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain
Sigur Ros
Above Me the Wide Blue Sky
Tosca
Laburnum Grove
Three Cane Whale
Written on Skin
Michael Caine
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
London Handel Festival
Rutherford and Son
Three Birds
Max Mara Art Prize for Women
Before the Party
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane 1973.
The Archer Station to Station tour, 1976
Once
Chelsea Antiques Fair
Kaffe Fasset - A Life in Colour
An Audience With Mr Nice
Harry Hill's Sausage Time
The Boat Race: Oxford v. Cambridge
Oxford v. Cambridge Goat Race
Doctor Brown, Befrdfgth
Joe Bonamassa
Alien Revolution at the Royal Observatory
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
English National Ballet 2 My First Cinderella
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Aladdin
Nabucco
Feast
Art13 London
LSO St Luke's 10th Birthday Festival
RCA Secret
Lewis Schaffer's American Guide to England
St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
Future Cinema: Casablanca
Future Cinema: Casablanca
Future Cinema: Casablanca
Women of the World Festival
Women of the World Festival
Women of the World Festival
2013 Teenage Cancer Trust Series, Royal Albert Hall
The Great Map, National Maritime Museum
Conjuring at the Court
 

 

Michael Caine, one of the capital's favourite Londoners, is celebrated this March with an exhibition for his 80th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the launch of HMS Belfast is recognised with a series of events. March also sees a number of music stars flock to the capital with the likes of Olly Murs, Of Monsters and Men, Lianne La Havas, The Script and The Kaiser Chiefs performing live.

 
 

Kaiser Chiefs

The rock band return to London as part of their 2013 tour.

Kaiser Chiefs Kaiser Chiefs Following a two-year break from the limelight, the Kaiser Chiefs returned with their controversial fourth studio album in mid-2011. 'The Future is Medieval' was released in a unique way that allowed fans to buy it directly from their website, selecting 10 of 20 available songs to create their own personalised compilation. An official version of the album was then later released, featuring 12 of the original songs and one previously unavailable track. This format created a debate within the music industry as to whether it was an ingenious marketing move or simply a scam that resulted in super-fans buying all 20 tracks. Having promoted the album - renamed 'Start The Revolution Without Me' for the US market - with a North American tour, they're now coming to the Brixton O2 Academy as part of their 2013 UK tour.
2013-03-012013-03-01 Where:
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London London, SW9 9SL
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 01st March 2013

 

Following a two year break from the limelight, the Kaiser Chiefs returned in 2011 with their controversial fourth studio album. 'The Future is Medieval' was released in a unique way that allowed fans to buy it directly from their website, selecting 10 of 20 available songs to create their own personalised compilation. Followed by a later official release that featured one previously unavailable track, it begged the question: was this an ingenious marketing move or a scam to sell twice the number of albums? Having promoted the album - renamed 'Start The Revolution Without Me' for the US market - with a North American tour, they're now coming to the Brixton O2 Academy as part of their UK tour.

 
 
 

Art13 London

New art fair showcases the best in international modern and contemporary art

Art13 London Art13 London Spring sees the launch of Art13 London, a new art fair which promises to showcase the best in international modern and contemporary art. Taking place at the recently refurbished Olympia Grand Hall, the fair is directed by Stephanie Dieckvoss who brings a wealth of experience with her having worked at Frieze from its inauguration in 2003 and at sister art fair, ART HK, in Hong Kong. It promises an international selection of 129 galleries from 29 countries with half of the works presented having been created by non-western artists. And with as many as 70 per cent of exhibitors participating at a fair in London for the first time, it promises to introduce new faces to the London art fair scene.
2013-03-012013-03-03 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 01st - 03rd March 2013

 

Spring sees the launch of Art13 London, a new art fair which promises to showcase the best in international modern and contemporary art. Taking place at the recently refurbished Olympia Grand Hall, the fair promises an international selection of 129 galleries from 29 countries with half of the works presented having been created by non-western artists. And with as many as 70 per cent of exhibitors participating at a fair in London for the first time, it promises to introduce new faces to the London art fair scene. Special features include 21 large-scale contemporary sculptures, an artist designed family photography trail, and a series of talks from some of the world's most prolific collectors as well as a Fortnum & Mason pop up champagne bar and restaurant serving afternoon tea.

 
 
 

Tiger Tracks

Londoners are encouraged to embrace their wild side at this tiger themed event.

Tiger Tracks Tiger Tracks Tiger Tracks invites visitors to St Pancras International to walk on the wild side with tiger themed activities including music, entertainment and art installations for three weeks in March 2013. Many of the bars, restaurants and shops at the magnificent train station are taking part so look out for promotions and events that all the family can take part in. The event starts with a live music performance on Friday 1st March and culminates with an exclusive champagne reception and black tie Gala dinner at the 5 star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on 21st March - attended by celebrities like Joanna Lumley, Jimmy Choo and Alistair McGowan in previous years. Your £300 ticket gets you a champagne reception, dinner and entertainment as well as the satisfaction that you're supporting a good cause - saving the wild tiger.
2013-03-012013-03-21 Where:
St Pancras International Station, Euston Road, London London, NW1 2QP
Category: Exhibitions

St Pancras International Station, Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2QP

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 01st - 21st March 2013

 

'Tiger Tracks' invites visitors to St Pancras International to walk on the wild side with tiger themed activities including music, entertainment and a photographic exhibition for three weeks in March 2013. Many of the bars, restaurants and shops at the magnificent train station are taking part so look out for promotions and events that all the family can take part in. The event culminates with an exclusive champagne reception and black tie Gala dinner at the 5 star St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on 21st March - attended in previous years by celebrities like Joanna Lumley, Jimmy Choo and Alistair McGowan. Your 300 ticket gets you a champagne reception, dinner and entertainment as well as the satisfaction that you're supporting a good cause - saving the wild tiger. And if you want to see these big cats in real life, visit the new 'Tiger Territory' which opens at London Zoo this month.

 
 
 

Future Cinema: Casablanca

Guests are invited to step back into 1942 and the world of Casablanca.

Future Cinema: Casablanca Future Cinema: Casablanca For their latest production Future Cinema has transformed The Troxy into Rick Blaine's notorious Café Américain from the iconic wartime romance, Casablanca. The cinematic classic tells the story of Blaine's café in the centre of town, where Europeans often come to obtain exit visas to escape the Nazis. When old flame Ilsa and her husband, resistance leader Victor Laszlo, turn up in Casablanca, Rick faces an agonising moral dilemma: help the woman he loves and lose her forever, or betray her husband to the Germans. With the venue moonlighting as the famous, exclusive and romantic nightclub, guests can become one of the exclusive characters from the movie, gathering around Sam's piano, placing a bet in the café's own casino or dancing the night away with Benoît Viellefon & His Orchestra. There will also be the chance to feast on Moroccan tagines, pastries and spices. Once the movie is screened guests will truly feel like they have stepped into the world of Casablanca.
2013-03-012013-03-23 Where:
Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London London, E1 0HX
Category: Film Events

Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 0HX

Tube: Stepney Green Station

 

Dates: 01st - 23rd March 2013

 

For their latest production Future Cinema has transformed The Troxy into Rick Blaine's notorious Caf Amricain from the iconic wartime romance, Casablanca. The cinematic classic tells the story of Blaine's caf in the centre of town, where Europeans often come to obtain exit visas to escape the Nazis. When old flame Ilsa and her husband, resistance leader Victor Laszlo, turn up in Casablanca, Rick faces an agonising moral dilemma: help the woman he loves and lose her forever, or betray her husband to the Germans. With the venue moonlighting as the famous, exclusive and romantic nightclub, guests can become one of the exclusive characters from the movie, gathering around Sam's piano, placing a bet in the caf's own casino or dancing the night away with Benot Viellefon & His Orchestra. There will also be the chance to feast on Moroccan tagines, pastries and spices. Once the movie is screened guests will truly feel like they have stepped into the world of Casablanca.

 
 
 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The mystery murder novel adaptation returns after its successful run last year.

 

Following a successful run at the National Theatre last summer, Simon Stephens' adaptation of 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' is transferring to the Apollo Theatre. Marianne Elliott directs this adaptation of the mystery murder novel, which is written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum condition, working with a cast that includes Niamh Cusack, Luke Treadaway, Sophie Duval and Matthew Barker. Rising star Treadaway reprises the title role having appeared on film as the star of David Mackenzie's 'You Instead' and in Joe Cornish's 'Attack the Block', and on stage in 'War Horse' and 'Saint Joan', alongside Anne-Marie Duff.

 
 
 

Alien Revolution

An exploration into our opinion on extraterrestrials.

Alien Revolution Alien Revolution Since Copernicus' displacement of Earth as the centre of the universe, many people, from scientists to clergymen, have considered an infinite universe and the possible inhabitants of other planets. Alien Revolution will explore the development of our opinion on aliens, in both science and culture, and how it has influenced religion, literature, philosophy, art and film. The exhibition is part of the Royal Observatory's Alien Season, which includes planetarium shows, public talks, workshops, sci-fi movie screenings and courses.
2013-03-012013-09-08 Where:
Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

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

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

 

Dates: 01st March - 08th September 2013

 

Since Copernicus's displacement of Earth as the centre of the universe, many people, from scientists to clergymen, have considered an infinite universe and the possible inhabitants of other planets. 'Alien Revolution' will explore the development of our opinion on aliens, in both science and culture, and how it has influenced religion, literature, philosophy, art and film. The exhibition is part of the Royal Observatory's 'Alien Season', which includes planetarium shows, public talks, workshops, sci-fi movie screenings and courses.

 
 
 

Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain

Month-long event that sees the Barbican and Wellcome Trust collaborate.

Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain Wonder: Art and Science on the Brain Wonder brings together two of London's great cultural institutions, the Barbican and the Wellcome Trust, for the first time. Exploring what happens when art and neuroscience collide, the month-long event features special lectures by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and outspoken comedienne Ruby Wax, a film season exploring mental health and a Barbican Weekender on Brain Waves which includes creative events for all ages. What happens when art and science combine? We get a rich season of events - including dance, theatre, music and art that explore, and are inspired by our most intriguing organ, the human brain. 2013-03-022013-04-08 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 02nd March - 08th April 2013

 

'Wonder' brings together two of Londons great cultural institutions, the Barbican and the Wellcome Trust, for the first time. Exploring what happens when art and neuroscience collide, the month-long event features special lectures by mathematician Marcus du Sautoy and outspoken comedienne Ruby Wax, a film season exploring mental health and a Barbican Weekender on Brain Waves which includes creative events for all ages. What happens when art and science combine? We get a rich season of events including dance, theatre, music and art that explore, and are inspired by our most intriguing organ, the human brain.

 
 
 

Tosca

Jonathan Kent's unnerving production takes to the stage.

Tosca Tosca It is doubtful that Jonathan Kent's 'Tosca' will ever escape the shadow of its predecessor at the Royal Opera House - Franco Zeffirelli's 1964 'Tosca' had a 40-year run, which is a pretty good innings - but this production has qualities of its own. Puccini's opera overflows with dangerous passions and darkest crimes as it twists and turns its way through a doomed love affair and, in Kent's production, an "unnerving" (The Guardian) atmosphere pervades the action. Paul Brown's designs, sitting between a backdrop of politically-charged Rome and sinister imagery, play a part in this - the top of Castel Sant'Angelo in Act III is "strikingly atmospheric" (The Stage) - but it is Puccini's theatrical score, capturing Tosca's light-hearted first entrance and then plunging to the dark depths of Scarpia's evil, that releases the tension.
2013-03-022013-07-20 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 02nd March - 20th July 2013

 

It is doubtful that Jonathan Kent's 'Tosca' will ever escape the shadow of its predecessor at the Royal Opera House - Franco Zeffirelli's 1964 'Tosca' had a 40 year run, which is a pretty good innings - but this production has qualities of its own. Puccini's opera overflows with dangerous passions and the darkest crimes as it twists and turns its way through a doomed love affair and, in Kent's production, an "unnerving" (The Guardian) atmosphere pervades the action. Paul Brown's designs, sitting between a backdrop of politically charged Rome and sinister imagery, play a part in this but it is Puccini's theatrical score, capturing Tosca's light hearted first entrance and then plunging to the dark depths of Scarpia's evil, that releases the tension.

 
 
 

Laburnum Grove

Oscar Toeman directs the revival of this comedy.

Laburnum Grove Laburnum Grove Lanurnum Grove is a quiet residential address in one of the newer north London suburbs. Living there is George Radfern, an upstanding respectable citizen and householder who takes pleasure from simple things and spending his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse. However, when his greedy in-laws and daughter's obnoxious boyfriend try and leech money from him, he makes a surprising confession. Written by J.B. Priestley, this comedy delves into the greed and dishonesty that lurks within suburban England. Directed by Oscar Toeman, it is the first London revival of the play in nearly 40 years and will be performed at the Finborough Theatre. 2013-03-032013-03-19 Where:
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London London, SW10 9ED
Category: Theatre

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, Fulham, London, SW10 9ED

Tube: West Brompton Station

 

Dates: 03rd - 19th March 2013

 

Laburnum Grove is a quiet residential address in one of the newer north London suburbs. Living there is George Radfern, an upstanding respectable citizen and householder who takes pleasure from simple things. However, when his greedy in-laws and daughters obnoxious boyfriend try to leech money from him, he makes a surprising confession. Written by J.B. Priestley, this comedy delves into the greed and dishonesty that lurks within suburban England. Directed by Oscar Toeman, it is the first London revival of the play in nearly 40 years.

 
 
 

Lewis Schaffer's American Guide to England

The homesick New Yorker sets out to teach the English about England

Lewis Schaffer's American Guide to England Lewis Schaffer's American Guide to England American comedian Lewis Schaffer left "the best city in the world" (that's New York, apparently) back in 2000 when he married an English belle. 13 years, two children and a divorce later, the bespectacled jokesmith finds himself a hostage in a council flat in Nunhead. Schaffer is renowned - in fact, you could even say (in)famous - for his twice-weekly 'Lewis Schaffer is Free until Famous' shows at the Source Below in Soho, the longest-running solo stand-up show in London which has notched over 350 performances since its inception back in 2008. Now Schaffer - who is also the host of the weekly 'Nunhead American Radio' show on Resonance FM - is finally doing his first run of paid gigs at the Leicester Square Theatre.

In Lewis Schaffer's American Guide to England, the homesick New Yorker sets out to teach the English about England - which could prove tricky for someone whose "total indifference to all things British is brilliant" (The Scotsman). From the evidence of his on-going free nights, controversial Schaffer plays the middle-aged Jewish New Yorker shtick with aplomb (think the neuroses of Woody Allen and the irreverence of Greg Proops). He's certainly not shy of harsh one-liners, offensive put-downs and delusional, opinionated bitching. And yet he still remains endearingly self-depreciating - so perhaps the British customs are rubbing off on him, after all. These Sunday night shows this spring should be a hoot. But will they make Schaffer famous?
2013-03-032013-04-21 Where:
Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London London, WC2H 7BP
Category: Comedy

Leicester Square, Leicester Square, Soho, London, WC2H 7BP

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

 

Dates: 03rd March - 21st April 2013

 

American comedian Lewis Schaffer left "the best city in the world" (that's New York, apparently) back in 2000 when he married an English belle. 13 years, two children and a divorce later, the bespectacled jokesmith finds himself a hostage in a council flat in Nunhead. In 'Lewis Schaffer's American Guide to England' at the Leicester Square Theatre, the homesick New Yorker sets out to teach the English about England - which could prove tricky for someone whose "total indifference to all things British is brilliant" (The Scotsman). Schaffer plays the middle-aged Jewish New Yorker shtick with aplomb (think the neuroses of Woody Allen and the irreverence of Greg Proops). He's certainly not shy of harsh one-liners, offensive put-downs and delusional, opinionated bitching. And yet he still remains endearingly self-depreciating - so perhaps the British customs are rubbing off on him, after all?

 
 
 

Radio Rewrite

Steve Reich's new work is unveiled.

Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite Steve Reich: Radio Rewrite The world premiere of a new work by master of minimalism Steve Reich is unveiled at Royal Festival Hall this spring. Inspired by Reich's meeting with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Radio Rewrite reimagines two Radiohead songs - Everything in its Right Place from 'Kid A' and Jigsaw Falling into Place from 'In Rainbows'. These songs provide some of the harmonic and melodic material for the new piece, which is performed by the London Sinfonietta and is scored for flute, clarinet, two vibraphones, two pianos, a string quartet and an electric bass. Around 20 minutes in length, Radio Rewrite is performed alongside Reich's legendary Clapping Music and other pieces from the American composer's repertoire.
2013-03-052013-03-05 Where:
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 05th March 2013

 

The world premiere of a new work by master of minimalism Steve Reich is unveiled at the Royal Festival Hall this spring. Inspired by Reich's meeting with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, 'Radio Rewrite' reimagines two Radiohead songs 'Everything in its Right Place' from 'Kid A' and 'Jigsaw Falling into Place' from 'In Rainbows'. These songs provide some of the harmonic and melodic material for the new piece, which is performed by the London Sinfonietta and is scored for flute, clarinet, two vibraphones, two pianos, a string quartet and an electric bass. Around 20 minutes in length, 'Radio Rewrite' is performed alongside Reich's legendary 'Clapping Music' and other pieces from the American composer's repertoire.

 
 
 

Of Monsters and Men

Soothing harmonies from the successful Icelandic sextet.

Of Monsters And Men Of Monsters And Men Indie folk-rock band Of Monsters and Men are an Icelandic six-piece who are gradually captivating audiences around the world. Comparative to British band Mumford and Sons, the sextet sing in English and have reaped success from their debut album 'My Head is an Animal'. In fact, Britain lagged behind when it came to appreciating the simple guitar plucks and soothing harmonies of this band. The album topped the charts of their homeland and numerous European countries back in 2011, and even reached number six in the US Billboard chart a few months later, yet it took until the summer of 2012 for it to finally get a British release it then peaked at number three in the UK album chart. Their musical offerings may not be groundbreaking but they are undeniably alluring; they'll be stopping by Shepherd's Bush Empire to perform their whimsical folk music for three nights this March. 2013-03-052013-03-07 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London London, W12 8TT
Category: Concerts

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

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

 

Dates: 05th - 07th March 2013

 

With their simple guitar plucks and soothing harmonies, Icelandic six-piece Of Monsters and Men are gradually captivating audiences around the world. Comparable to British band Mumford and Sons, the sextet sing in English and have reaped success from their debut album 'My Head is an Animal', which topped the charts of their homeland and numerous European countries back in 2011, and reached number six in the US Billboard chart a few months later. Finally released in Britain in 2012, it then peaked at number three in the UK album chart. Their musical offerings may not be ground-breaking but they are undeniably alluring.

 
 
 

Give It Up For Comic Relief

Russell Brand introduces a host of well known musicians and comedians.

Give It Up For Comic Relief Give It Up For Comic Relief Russell Brand hosts a one-day comedy and live music show at Wembley Arena held in support of Comic Relief. A host of celebrities are 'doing something funny for money' by performing at Give It Up including comedians Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, and Simon Amstell and pop stars Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Emilie Sande, Jessie J and Jake Bugg. The night will also include comedy from Frankie Boyle, Doc Brown, Eddie Izzard (who returns to Wembley for a solo show on 11th and 12th May) and Jason Manford with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.
2013-03-062013-03-06 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London London, HA9 0DH
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 06th March 2013

 

Russell Brand hosts a one-day comedy and live music show at Wembley Arena held in support of Comic Relief. A host of celebrities are 'doing something funny for money' by performing at Give It Up including comedians Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, and Simon Amstell and pop stars Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Emilie Sande, Jessie J and Jake Bugg. The night will also include comedy from Frankie Boyle, Doc Brown, Eddie Izzard (who returns to Wembley for a solo show on 11th and 12th May) and Jason Manford with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.

 
 
 

Women of the World Festival

The formidable power of women is celebrated in this week long festival.

Women of the World Festival Women of the World Festival The Women of the World Festival (WOW) returns to the Southbank Centre for its fourth year this March, coinciding with International Women's Day on Saturday 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 Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot for defending the right of girls to be educated, comedian Ruby Wax, PR guru Lynne Franks, and musician Ronnie Spector who chronicles her 50-year journey through rock and roll.
2014-03-052014-03-09 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Seasonal

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 05th - 09th March 2014

 

Celebrating International Women's Day (8th March), the Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back in full force at the Southbank Centre for 2013. The five-day festival boasts a complete programme of gigs, films, comedy, classical music, theatre and poetry and this year includes performances by Mitsuko Uchida (6th March), the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Marin Alsop (8th March) and the annual 'Mirth Control: March of the Women' comedy, storytelling and musical event, hosted by Sandy Toksvig and starring Petula Clark, Sharon D Clarke, Marin Alsop and Sue Perkins (10th March). There will also be the chance to join in debates, networking, mentoring, workshops and free participatory events. The festival was originally launched by Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, following the criticisms she received as a woman new to the role: "I created WOW to celebrate the formidable power of women to make change happen, to remind us of our history and to encourage men to add their support as we aim to achieve a fairer world". Performers in previous years have included: Katy B, Jess Mills, Emeli Sand, Annie Lennox, Jo Brand, and Sinead O'Connor.

 
 
 

Burn the Floor

World class dancers perform an impressive blend of Latin and Ballroom routines.

Robin Windsor And Kristina Rihanoff: Burn The Floor Robin Windsor And Kristina Rihanoff: Burn The Floor For ballroom at its best book in for Burn the Floor when it comes to London this summer. Strictly Come Dancing's Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff guest star in the show at Shaftesbury Theatre alongside a strong cast featuring 16 world class dancers. Guest choreographed by Australian Jason Gilkison (former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer), the globetrotting show features a spectacular blend of Latin and Ballroom routines. Originally put together for Elton John's 50th birthday celebrations in 1997, Burn The Floor had its first public showing two years later. Some great ticket deals are available for Burn The Floor. All aspects of ballroom dancing are here from the elegance of the Viennese waltz to the sensual samba, from the tango to the mambo, cha-cha to charleston, it's an exciting evening that's "every bit as flashy and tacky as you would expect" (The New York Times).
2013-03-062013-06-30 Where:
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, WC2H 8DP
Category: Dance

Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 8DP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 06th March - 30th June 2013

 

Guest starring Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff from 'Strictly Come Dancing', and featuring a strong cast of 16 world class dancers, 'Burn the Floor' is ballroom at its best. Choreographed by Australian Jason Gilkison (former World Champion Latin and Ballroom dancer), the globetrotting show features a spectacular blend of Latin and Ballroom routines. Originally put together for Elton John's 50th birthday celebrations in 1997, 'Burn the Floor' had its first public showing two years later. All aspects of ballroom dancing are here from the elegance of the Viennese waltz to the sensual samba, from the tango to the mambo, the cha-cha to the Charleston.

 
 
 

Sigur Ros

Greatest hits and new tracks from the Icelandic four-piece.

Sigur Ros Sigur Ros Sigur Ros, the four-piece from Reykjavik, Iceland, led by singer Jonsi Birgisson, and renowned for their wonderfully atmospheric music, play three nights at London's Brixton Academy as part of a European tour. Expect sweeping and classically influenced post-rock and atmospheric ambient music from their back catalogue of greatest hits as well as new tracks from their latest album, Valtari. Blanck Mass, the solo project of young British musician Benjamin John Power, whose music featured in the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony is the support act.
2013-03-072013-03-09 Where:
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London London, SW9 9SL
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 07th - 09th March 2013

 

Sigur Ros, the four-piece from Reykjavik, Iceland, led by singer Jonsi Birgisson, play three nights at London's Brixton Academy as part of a European tour. Renowned for their wonderfully atmospheric music, expect sweeping and classically influenced post-rock and ambient music from their back catalogue of greatest hits as well as new tracks from their latest album, 'Valtari'. The support act is Blanck Mass, the solo project of young British musician Benjamin John Power, whose music featured in the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

The biannual fair returns with more reasonably priced pieces.

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Affordable Art Fair Battersea Affordable Art Fair Battersea 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.
2015-03-122015-03-15 Where:
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London London, SW11 4NJ
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Mar 2015

 

Over 100 galleries exhibit a huge array of affordable contemporary art in Battersea Park for the biannual Affordable Art Fair which has become a well loved institution on London's art scene. Showing original paintings, prints, sculpture and photography all under one roof, 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 (last year, around 4.5m exchanged hands). A fun, family day out, it's accessible to connoisseurs and the merely curious. There's a free crche, artist-led workshops, informal talks and tours, and a specialist exhibition showcasing work by new artists.

 
 
 

Feast

A four-day food festival fills the historic 19th century Tobacco Dock.

Feast Feast In the past, they've taken over a sorting office in Islington and a warehouse once used to store tobacco but now the guys behind Feast are bringing their four-day food festival to Brick Lane Yard. Bringing some of London's best chefs, restaurants and market stalls to unusual places, Feast is more than just a food festival (it's been dubbed "Glastonbury for foodies" by future space magazine), there's music from new bands and DJs as well as art installations; truly a feast for all the senses. Run by the team behind the hugely successful Long Table, Feast brings together a mouth-watering selection of well-established eateries, market stalls and burger vans like Patty and Bun, Spuntino, Flat Iron and The Meringue Girls. Book tickets online at www.wefeast.co.uk, where you can view the full list of participants.

2013-07-042013-07-07 Where:
Brick Lane Yard, Buxton Street Gate, London London, E1 5ER
Category: Foodie Events

Brick Lane Yard, Buxton Street Gate, Shoreditch, London, E1 5ER

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 04th - 07th July 2013

 

In the past, they've taken over Guys Quad and a sorting office in Islington but now the guys behind Feast are bringing their four-day food festival to a warehouse once used to store tobacco, the 19th century Tobacco Dock in Wapping. Bringing some of London's best chefs, restaurants and market stalls to unusual places, Feast is more than just a food festival (it's been dubbed "Glastonbury for foodies" by future space magazine), there's music from new bands and DJs as well as art installations; truly a feast for all the senses. Run by the team behind the hugely successful Long Table, Feast brings together a mouth watering selection of well established eateries, market stalls and burger vans like Patty and Bun, Spuntino, Dishoom, HIX, The Wright Brothers, The Meringue Girls, Roti Chai, Bone Daddies. Book tickets online at www.wefeast.co.uk/tickets where you can view the full list of participants.

 
 
 

Above Me the Wide Blue Sky

A multi-screen installation that incorporates love, loss and belonging.

Above Me the Wide Blue Sky Above Me the Wide Blue Sky Following their previous Young Vic production 'On Ageing' performance company Fevered Sleep are back with their latest offering. 'Above Me the Wide Blue Sky' is a multi-screen installation that delves into our relationship with the ever changing world and how we are linked with nature. Staged with a soundscape of birdsong, electronic music and a new score for string quartet, it will weave together images, movement and sound with stories of love, loss and belonging.

2013-03-072013-03-28 Where:
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London London, SE1 8LZ
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 07th - 28th March 2013

 

Following their previous Young Vic production 'On Ageing', performance company Fevered Sleep are back with their latest offering. 'Above Me the Wide Blue Sky' is a multi-screen installation that delves into our relationship with the ever changing world and how we are linked with nature. Staged with a soundscape of birdsong, electronic music and a new score for string quartet, it will weave together images, movement and sound with stories of love, loss and belonging.

 
 
 

Mies Julie

An explosive revival of August Strindberg's 'Miss Julie'.

Mies Julie Mies Julie Internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber sets her contemporary reworking of August Strindberg's 'Miss Julie' in the remote Eastern Cape Karoo. This explosive revival focuses on one night that is intriguingly both brutal and tender as it explores sexual drama and class politics post-apartheid. The play delves into the haunting and violent, intimate and epic as the two main characters, John and Mies Julie, have a deadly battle over power, sexuality and memory. The battle results in violent consequences but no brutality compares to the sorrow that in a different, less traumatised South Africa, John and Julie could have found love. 2013-03-072013-05-19 Where:
Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London London, W6 9RL
Category: Theatre

Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, London, W6 9RL

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 07th March - 19th May 2013

 

Internationally acclaimed director Yael Farber sets her contemporary reworking of August Strindbergs Miss Julie in the remote Eastern Cape Karoo. This explosive revival focuses on one night that is intriguingly both brutal and tender as it explores sexual drama and class politics after apartheid. The play delves into the haunting and violent, the intimate and epic as the two main characters, John and Mies Julie, have a deadly battle over power, sexuality and memory.

 
 
 

George Catlin: American Indian Portraits

A first time showing of Catlin's extensive body of American Indian Portraits.

George Catlin: American Indian Portraits George Catlin: American Indian Portraits George Catlin's insightful American Indian Portraits are displayed at the National Portrait Gallery, giving great insight to the indigenous people and their ways of living. Between 1796 and 1872, Pensylvanian-born artist Catlin is known to have made five trips to the western region of the United States in order to create what is now one of the most prominent and extensive recordings of the native tribe. The exhibition feartures over 50 portraits and will go down in history as the first time the artworks have been shown together outside America since the 1840s.
2013-03-072013-06-23 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Exhibitions

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: 07th March - 23rd June 2013

 

For the first time in history, George Catlin's whole body of American Indian Portraits are displayed together outside America, with over 50 offerings giving great insight into the indigenous people and their ways of life. Between 1796 and 1872, Pennsylvanian-born artist Catlin is known to have made five trips to the western region of the United States in order to create what is now one of the most prominent and extensive recordings of the native people.

 
 
 

Three Cane Whale

Elegant and atmospheric music from the acoustic trio.

Three Cane Whale Three Cane Whale Alex Vann, Pete Judge and Paul Bradley are Three Cane Whale, a multi-instrumental acoustic trio who hail from Bristol. Their debut album, recorded live in an 18th century Bristol church, was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her 'Top Five modern folk albums' (Sunday Telegraph). They play their own brand of folk in Hall Two at Kings Place for one night only on Friday 8th March 2013. Alex plays mandolin, bowed psaltery, music box and something called a 'zither', Pete is a dab hand on the trumpet, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel and dulcitone, while Paul plays acoustic guitar and miniature harp. Together they create "elegant and atmospheric" music, so says The Guardian.
2013-03-082013-03-08 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London London, N1 9AG
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 08th March 2013

 

Alex Vann, Pete Judge and Paul Bradley are Three Cane Whale, a multi-instrumental acoustic trio who hail from Bristol. Their debut album, recorded live in an 18th century Bristol church, was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her 'Top five modern folk albums' (Sunday Telegraph). Alex plays mandolin, bowed psaltery, music box and something called a 'zither', Pete is a dab hand on the trumpet, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel and dulcitone, while Paul plays acoustic guitar and miniature harp. Together they create "elegant and atmospheric" music, says The Guardian.

 
 
 

Singin' In The Rain: Live in Concert

The musical is given a cinematic makeover for its 60th anniversary.

Singin' In The Rain Singin' In The Rain One of the world's most adored musical films is given a unique cinematic makeover at the Royal Albert Hall this spring featuring a live orchestral accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Singin' In The Rain, this European premiere of the original 1952 American musical (chronicling a love affair in the Golden Age of silent movies) follows in the footsteps of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix and West Side Story, all of which have enjoyed sold-out live orchestra screenings in front of more than 50,000 people at one of London's most magical settings. Audiences can enjoy all the classics from the original film, including Broadway Rhythm, Should I?, Make 'Em Laugh and, of course, the title track, Singin' In The Rain. These back-to-back performances are followed later in the year by a live orchestral rendition of Disney's Fantasia in October. 2013-03-082013-03-09 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Film Events

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th March 2013

 

One of the world's most adored musical films is given a unique cinematic makeover at the Royal Albert Hall this spring featuring a live orchestral accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of 'Singin' In The Rain', this European premiere of the original 1952 American musical follows in the footsteps of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'The Matrix' and 'West Side Story', all of which have enjoyed sold-out live orchestra screenings at one of London's most magical settings. Audiences can enjoy all the classics from the original film, including 'Broadway Rhythm', 'Should I?', 'Make 'Em Laugh', and of course, the title track, 'Singin' In The Rain'. These back to back performances are followed later in the year by a live orchestral rendition of Disney's 'Fantasia' in October.

 
 
 

Move It

Three days of fancy footwork from a variety of dance genres.

Move It Move It Whether you want to be a ballerina or learn how to dance like a 'Strictly Come Dancing' star, Move It has all the dances covered. In fact, there are around 250 dance classes you can take part it, covering everything from the bunny hop to hip hop. If that sounds a bit too energetic, you can always see how it's meant to be done with performances from 1,500 dancers representing groups as diverse as the English National Ballet and the Urban Strides. There's something for all levels from beginners to the serious professional, including seminars on nutrition and how to do a good audition.
2013-03-082013-03-10 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 08th - 10th March 2013

 

Whether you want to be a ballerina or learn how to dance like a 'Strictly Come Dancing' star, 'Move It' has all the dances covered. In fact, there are around 250 dance classes you can take part 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.

 
 
 

Written on Skin

A contemporary twist is given to George Benjamin's dramatic tale.

Written on Skin Written on Skin George Benjamin introduced himself to the world of musical theatre with 'Into the Little Hill'. This 2006 collaboration with dramatist Martin Crimp was a 40-minute contemporary retelling of the fairytale story 'Pied Piper'. Now, working with Crimp once more, Benjamin has braved a full-scale piece. After a well received premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 'Written on the Skin' will now arrive at the Royal Opera House for an eagerly anticipated run. Set in 13th-century Provence, the story follows The Protector, who invites a scribe known as The Boy into his home and commissions a manuscript. However, when The Boy gets a little too close to the Protectors wife, an unimaginably violent tale runs its course. The story of love, passion and violence is given a unique contemporary twist as it is narrated by three angels who are placed in present day. The Guardian described Benjamin's score as "more impassioned, more sensuously beautiful and, at times, more fiercely dramatic than anything he has written before." 2013-03-082013-03-22 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 08th - 22nd March 2013

 

After a well-received premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, George Benjamin's 'Written on Skin' arrives at the Royal Opera House for an eagerly anticipated run. Set in 13th century Provence, the story follows the Protector, who invites a scribe into his home and commissions a manuscript. However, when the scribe gets too close to the Protector's wife, an unimaginably violent tale runs its course. The story of love, passion and violence is given a unique contemporary twist as it is narrated by three angels who are in the present day. Benjamin's score is "more impassioned, more sensuously beautiful and, at times, more fiercely dramatic than anything he has written before" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

The Winslow Boy

Lindsay Posner directs Terence Rattigan's play, which is based on a true story.

The Winslow Boy The Winslow Boy Award-winning theatre director Lindsay Posner comes to The Old Vic to direct Terence Rattigan's 1946 play The Winslow Boy. The plot is set in Edwardian England and is based on the true story of a young naval cadet whose wrongful conviction for theft of a five-shilling postal order sparks a media storm and debate that goes all the way to the House of Commons. Special offers on tickets for The Winslow Boy are now available. 2013-03-082013-05-25 Where:
Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London London, SE1 8NB
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 08th March - 25th May 2013

 

Award-winning theatre director Lindsay Posner comes to The Old Vic to direct Terence Rattigan's 1946 play 'The Winslow Boy'. The plot is set in Edwardian England and is based on the true story of a young naval cadet whose wrongful conviction for the theft of a five shilling postal order sparked a media storm and debate that went all the way to the House of Commons.

 
 
 

Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock

A unique piece of art from the Swiss artists goes on display in Kensington Gardens.

Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock Rock on Top of Another Rock is the first and only public sculpture by Swiss artists Fischli and Weiss to be commissioned in the UK. Located in Kensington Gardens, the unique sculpture is a representation of the earliest and most basic types of monument from around the world. Formed of two glacial igneous granite boulders, it shows one rock balanced precariously on top of the other and is visible from a number of viewpoints across the park. The aim was to create a piece that is initially startling but also fits both locally and historically with its surroundings.
2013-03-082014-03-06 Where:
Kensington Gardens, Park Office, Magazine Storeyard, Magazine Gate, London London, W2 2UH
Category: Exhibitions

Kensington Gardens, Park Office, Magazine Storeyard, Magazine Gate, Bayswater, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Queensway Station

 

Dates: 08th March - 06th March 2014

 

'Rock on Top of Another Rock' is the first and only public sculpture by Swiss artists Fischli and Weiss to be commissioned in the UK. Located in Kensington Gardens, the unique sculpture is a representation of the earliest and most basic types of monument from around the world. Formed of two glacial igneous granite boulders, it shows one rock balanced precariously on top of the other and is visible from a number of viewpoints across the park. The aim was to create a piece that is initially startling but also fits both locally and historically with its surroundings.

 
 
 

Peter and Alice

An imagination of a chance meeting between Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Peter And Alice Peter And Alice Dame Judi Dench stars as Alice Liddell Hargreaves in Peter and Alice, a new play by American playwright John Logan - his first since Red, which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010. The second of five plays which are part of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre, Peter and Alice imagines a chance meeting between Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan who here becomes Peter Llewelyn Davies, played by Ben Whishaw. Set in the 1930's, the drama unfolds as Alice attends the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition, and meets Peter in a Charing Cross Road bookstore.
2013-03-092013-06-01 Where:
Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4AU
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 09th March - 01st June 2013

 

Dame Judi Dench stars as Alice Liddell Hargreaves in 'Peter and Alice', a new play by American playwright John Logan - his first since 'Red', which went on to win six Tony Awards in 2010. The second of five plays which are part of the Michael Grandage season at the Noel Coward Theatre, 'Peter and Alice' imagines a chance meeting between Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan who here becomes Peter Llewelyn Davies, played by Ben Whishaw. Set in the 1930s, the drama unfolds as Alice attends the opening of a Lewis Carroll exhibition, and meets Peter in a Charing Cross Road bookstore.

 
 
 

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars

An impressive display of objects from the royal courts.

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars Armour, textiles and an extraordinary display of silver are among more than 150 objects in Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars, a new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum which opens on 9th March 2013. Riches from the royal courts from Henry VIII to Charles II and from Ivan the Terrible (Ivan IV) to the early Romanovs are gathered together from several state collections to create a narrative. At the heart of the exhibition, which marks the 400 year anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, is a showcase of spectacular British and French silver given to successive Russian Tsars. Some would have been melted down for money had they remained in Britain or France.
2013-03-092013-07-14 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 09th March - 14th July 2013

 

Armour, textiles and an extraordinary display of silver are among more than 150 objects in 'Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars'. Riches from the royal courts from Henry VIII to Charles II, and from Ivan IV - the Terrible - to the early Romanovs are gathered together from several state collections to create a narrative. At the heart of the exhibition, which marks the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, is a showcase of the spectacular British and French silver given to successive Russian Tsars. Some would have been melted down for money had they remained in Britain or France.

 
 
 

Olly Murs

The Essex boy performs at Wembley and the O2 this month.

Olly Murs Olly Murs Cheeky Essex lad Olly Murs is yet another pop act to have spawned from the X Factor. However, after reaching the finals back in 2009 - losing out to Joe McElderry - the popstar has journeyed on the road to success. Crediting his career so far to 'Right Place, Right Time', the title of his third studio album, Murs has established himself as a singer/songwriter, sold out arena tours and turned his hand at TV presenting. His songs offer unashamed pop that provide light-hearted listening but nothing particularly original; nevertheless, with his charm, infectious grin and clear love for his trade, the Essex boy has succeeded at building a career from his personality as much as his music. Part of his 2013 tour, Murs will be performing twice in London and, if you're lucky, he may even split his trousers mid-performance again.
2013-03-102013-03-10 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London London, HA9 0DH
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 10th March 2013

 

Olly Murs is yet another act to have spawned from the 'X Factor' and has since journeyed on the road to success. Crediting his career to 'Right Place, Right Time', the title of his chart topping third album, Murs has established himself as a singer-songwriter, sold out arena tours and turned his hand at TV presenting. As part of his 2013 tour, Murs will be performing three times in London and, if you're lucky, he might split his trousers mid-performance again. He will also be accompanying Robbie Williams on his 'Take the Crown' tour later in the year.

 
 
 

RBS 6 Nations: England v Italy

The third and final RBS home game at Twickenham.

RBS Six Nations: England v Italy RBS Six Nations: England v Italy In last year's match against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, England relied largely on the boot of Owen Farrell as they limped past their opponents 19-15 in true underwhelming fashion. With Stuart Lancaster now settled as England coach, this third and final home game at Twickenham should be relatively straight-forward for England as they bid to win back the Six Nations crown from Wales. The game comes a fortnight after England's home game against France and one week ahead of their final game of the tournament against the Welsh at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
2013-03-102013-03-10 Where:
Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London London, TW1 1DZ
Category: Sporting Events

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham, London, TW1 1DZ

Tube: Hounslow East Station

 

Dates: 10th March 2013

 

In last year's match againstItalyat the Stadio Olimpico inRome,Englandrelied largely on the boot of Owen Farrell as they limped past their opponents 19-15 in true underwhelming fashion. With Stuart Lancaster now settled asEnglandcoach, this third and final home game at Twickenham should be relatively straight forward forEnglandas they bid to win back the Six Nations crown fromWales. The game comes a fortnight afterEngland's home game againstFranceand one week ahead of their final game of the tournament against the Welsh at the Millennium Stadium inCardiff.

 
 
 

Lianne La Havas

Part of her biggest UK headline tour to date, the singer performs two nights in London.

Lianne La Havas Lianne La Havas The soulful voice of Lianne La Havas has gradually been acquiring more and more fans. From being invited to "hang out and play guitar" with Prince at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis, flown to Milan by Tom Ford to perform at the launch party for his Noir fragrance and graced by a surprise appearance from Stevie Wonder at one of her gigs, the London-born singer has attracted some serious attention. Prior to establishing her own unique blend of folk and R&B, the Mercury Prize-nominated artist performed with Paloma Faith's band and then went on to signing a deal with Warner in the US in 2010. Now with her debut album 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' the 22 year-old will be coming to O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire as part of her biggest UK headline tour to date.

2013-03-112013-03-12 Where:
Shepherd's Bush Empire, Shepherd's Bush Green, London London, W12 8TT
Category: Concerts

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

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

 

Dates: 11th - 12th March 2013

 

The soulful voice of Lianne La Havas has gradually been acquiring more and more fans. From being invited to "hang out and play guitar" with Prince at his home in Minneapolis, flown to Milan by Tom Ford to perform at the launch party for his 'Noir' fragrance and graced by a surprise appearance from Stevie Wonder at one of her gigs, the London-born singer has attracted some serious attention. Now, promoting her debut album 'Is Your Love Big Enough?', the Mercury Prize-nominated artist embarks on her biggest UK headline tour to date.

 
 
 

London Handel Festival

Six weeks of events to celebrate Handel's music.

London Handel Festival London Handel Festival London Handel Festival The London Handel Festival has been running for over 25 years, celebrating Handel's music at venues across London with an extensive six-week season of concerts, talks and walks. Venues include the delightful St George's Church in Mayfair, Handel's own parish church, where the Handel Singing Competition and dozens of intimate performances take place. This year's programme includes a performance by the winner of last year's singing competition, tenor Rupert Charlesworth who is joined by Laurence Cummings on harpsichord for a special performance at the Foundling Museum. Collaborations with the Royal College of Music continue in 2014 with Handel's Arianna in Creta performed at the college's Britten Theatre for the opening of the festival.
2014-03-032014-04-18 Where:
St George's Church Hanover Square, St George Street, Hanover Square, London London, W1S 1FX
Category: Concerts

St George's Church Hanover Square, St George Street, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London, W1S 1FX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 03rd March - 18th April 2014

 

The London Handel Festival has been running for 25 years, celebrating Handel's music at venues across London with an extensive six week season of concerts, talks and walks. Venues include the delightful St George's Church in Mayfair, Handel's own parish church, where the Handel Singing Competition and dozens of intimate performances take place. This year's programme includes a performance by the winner of last year's singing competition, Ukrainian Anna Starushkevych, who became the first mezzo-soprano to win the award. Collaborations with the Royal College of Music and the London Handel Players continue in 2013 with the latter joined by special guest Francis Colpron on recorder.

 
 
 

Little Angel FIRSTS

A new two-week festival celebrating puppetry by emerging companies

Little Angel Firsts Little Angel Firsts Little Angel presents its second year of FIRSTS, a two-week festival celebrating puppetry premieres by emerging companies. It's a great way to support fledgling talent working in this fascinating field and all tickets are just 5 pounds so it's also an incentive for audiences to take the plunge. Shows by the five selected companies include a new adaptation of Marlowe's Faust, Faust Refracted by Darren East and Touched Theatre which re-examines the lure of hidden knowledge in the wake of Wikileaks and the Snowden revelations. London Under (Showing Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th March), by Lama Creative, reveals what goes on beneath the chaotic city streets lies a lost world full of myth, magic and mayhem. Recommended ages vary for each show, from over 4 to 7 year olds to adults only.
2014-03-112014-03-22 Where:
The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London London, N1 2DN
Category: Theatre

The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London, N1 2DN

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 11th - 22nd March 2014

 

Little Angel presents its first ever FIRSTS, a new two-week festival celebrating puppetry premieres by emerging companies. It's a great way to support fledgling talent working in this fascinating field and all tickets are just 5 pounds so it's also an incentive for audiences to take the plunge. Shows by the five selected companies include The Engineer's Thumb, inspired by a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle; a reworking of the well-loved Swedish poem, Tomten; and The Nose, a darkly humorous adaptation of a satirical short story by Nikolai Gogol, presented by Carnival of Objects. Productions vary in age range from over 3's to adults only.

 
 
 

Dirty Great Love Story

A three week run of this Edinburgh Fringe runaway success.

Dirty Great Love Story Dirty Great Love Story Following rave reviews while on show at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Dirty Great Love Story returns to the Soho Theatre for a highly anticipated three-week run. The award-winning romantic comedy tells the story of Rich and Kate, who are both eager for some romancing. After spending a drunken night together, the unlikely lovers struggle to avoid each other and become bound by an unexpected turn of events. Packed with a series of laugh-out-loud moments, the production fuses poetry and prose, asking the big question: are they really right for each other? Co-written and performed by Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, this very human story strikes all the right chords.
2013-03-122013-03-30 Where:
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London London, W1D 3NE
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 12th - 30th March 2013

 

Following rave reviews while on show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 'Dirty Great Love Story' returns to the Soho Theatre for a highly anticipated three week run. The award-winning romantic comedy tells the story of Rich and Kate, who are both eager for some romancing. After spending a drunken night together, the unlikely lovers struggle to avoid each other and become bound by an unexpected turn of events. Packed with a series of laugh-out-loud moments, the production fuses poetry and prose, asking the big question: are they really right for each other? Co-written and performed by Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, this very human story strikes all the right chords.

 
 
 

Tate Britain Commission: Simon Starling

Starling creates a new piece that works in sync with the gallery's space.

Tate Britain Commission: Simon Starling Tate Britain Commission: Simon Starling The Turner Prize winning artist Simon Starling has been selected to create a major new project for the 2013 Tate Britain Commission. Winning the Turner Prize in 2005 with ShedboatShed - in which he dismantled a wooden shed on the banks of the river Rhine, created a boat and sailed it down the river before reassembling it in a museum - Starling was tasked with creating a new piece for the Tate's Duveen Galleries which addresses the heritage of the space as a sculpture gallery. He has done this with 'Phantom Ride', an invitation for visitors to take a 'rollercoaster ride on invisible rails'. Taking inspiration from the genre of film popular in the early days of cinema, 'Phantom Ride' will fill the gallery space with huge projection screens and reveal significant artworks and events that have animated the space in previous years. The ghostly apparitions will feature Fiona Banner's 'Jaguar' from 2010, Martin Creed's 'Work No. 850' and Scott Myles' 'The End of Summer'.
2013-03-122013-10-20 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Exhibitions

Tate Britain, Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 12th March - 20th October 2013

 

The Turner Prize winning artist Simon Starling has been selected to create a major new project for the 2013 Tate Britain Commission. Winning the Turner Prize in 2005 with 'ShedboatShed' - in which he dismantled a wooden shed on the banks of the river Rhine, created a boat and sailed it down the river before reassembling it in a museum - Starling is tasked with creating a new piece for the Tate's Duveen Galleries which should address the heritage of the space as a sculpture gallery.

 
 
 

Chelsea Antiques Fair

The annual fair returns with pieces to cater all budgets.

Chelsea Antiques Fair Chelsea Antiques Fair Chelsea Antiques Fair 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) 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 much, much more.

2014-03-192014-03-23 Where:
Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London London, SW3 5EE
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 19th - 23rd March 2014

 

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 of pounds. The antiques are presented against the gilded opulence of Chelsea Town Hall, with its marble columns, chandeliers and original oil paintings. The fair 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 much, much more.

 
 
 

Michael Caine

The famous Londoner's 80th birthday is celebrated with this exhibition.

Michael Caine: 80th Anniversary Exhibition Michael Caine: 80th Anniversary Exhibition As Sir Michael Caine celebrates his 80th birthday, the Museum of London reflects on the life of the prolific actor and iconic Londoner. Born in Southwark on 14th March 1933 as Maurice Micklewhite, Caine burst into the limelight as a soldier in Zulu before taking on myriad roles from Alfie through to Alfred. Renowned for his distinctive cockney accent and famous for blowing the bloody doors off, Caine was voted London's favourite Londoner in 2008 and said in his acceptance speech: "If you're born in London you're one of the luckiest people on earth. This is a city that I will love to the day I die and I'm so proud to be a Londoner." This photography exhibition focuses on key moments in both Caine's personal life and his career as an actor and explores how his background as a rebellious working-class Londoner influenced his path to stardom. 2013-03-132013-07-14 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Exhibitions

Museum of London, 150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 13th March - 14th July 2013

 

As Sir Michael Caine celebrates his 80th birthday, the Museum of London reflects on the life of the prolific actor and iconic Londoner. Born in Southwark on 14th March 1933 as Maurice Micklewhite, Caine burst into the limelight as a soldier in 'Zulu' before taking on myriad roles from Alfie through to Alfred. Renowned for his distinctive cockney accent and famous for blowing the bloody doors off, Caine was voted London's favourite Londoner in 2008 and said in his acceptance speech: "If you're born in London you're one of the luckiest people on earth. This is a city that I will love to the day I die and I'm so proud to be a Londoner." This photography exhibition focuses on key moments in both Caine's personal life and in his career as an actor and explores how his background as a rebellious working class Londoner influenced his path to stardom.

 
 
 

RCA Secret

Guess the artist at the Royal College of Art's fundraising exhibition at its Battersea gallery.

RCA Secret RCA Secret RCA Secret The RCA Secret show 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 £45. And for the first time ever the fundraising sale of postcards will be held at the college's Dyson building in Battersea. 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 £45 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 on 23rd March when the buying starts. If you're a little more relaxed, leave it until later; the queue usually disappears by around midday.
2013-03-142013-03-23 Where:
Royal College of Art, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, London London, SW11 4AN
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th - 23rd March 2013

 

The RCA Secret show 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 45. And for the first time ever the fundraising sale of postcards will be held at the college's Dyson building in Battersea. The way it works is simple. You go to one of the viewing days (or view online), 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 45 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. 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 on 23rd March when the buying starts. If you're a little more relaxed, leave it until later; the queue usually disappears by around midday.

 
 
 

BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Thousands flock to London for the UK's third largest film festival.

BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival 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 28th year in 2014 with an exciting new programme and a new name to reflect the increasing diversity of the festival. The long-running event, the third largest film festival in the UK, opens with the European premiere of Hong Khaou's 'Lilting', a poetic drama of love and loss starring Ben Whishaw. The BFI Flare festival sees hundreds of filmmakers, cast, crew and more than 250,000 visitors flock to the city for a festival programme that gets bigger year-on-year. This year's festival includes over 50 feature films from around the world, an expanded programme of industry events, late night DJs in the bar on Fridays and Saturdays, and concludes with Sophie Hyde's '52 Tuesdays' which won a Best Director Award at Sundance.
2014-03-202014-03-30 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th - 30th March 2014

 

Showcasing the best in new queer film and video, the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Festival returns for its 27th year. The third largest film festival in the UK, the LLGFF festival sees hundreds of film makers, cast, crew and more than 250,000 visitors flock to the city. The programme boasts around 250 feature films, shorts and documentaries, as well as plenty of events and club nights.

 
 
 

The Stranglers: Feel It Live Tour

The longstanding rock band return for an extensive UK tour.

The Stranglers: Feel It Live Tour The Stranglers: Feel It Live Tour Britain's most successful punk rock band drop into the Roundhouse as part of an extensive UK tour. Fans feared the worse when The Stranglers' frontman Hugh Cornwall 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 whippersnapper 48-year-old Baz Wayne taking over singing duties for the last three studio albums alongside original members Jet Black, JJ Burnel and Dave Greenfield. Having garnered a total of 24 Top 40 hits over four decades - including classics such as Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Always the Sun, Skin Deep and Peaches - The Stranglers have withstood the test of time, and are taking to the stage on the back of the critically acclaimed album, Giants. Support comes from the reformed alternative rock band, The Godfathers.

2013-03-152013-03-15 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8EH
Category: Concerts

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 15th March 2013

 

Britain's most successful punk rock band drop into the Roundhouse as part of an extensive UK tour. Fans feared the worse when The Stranglers' frontman Hugh Cornwall 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 whippersnapper 48-year-old Baz Wayne taking over singing duties for the last three studio albums alongside original members Jet Black, JJ Burnel and Dave Greenfield. Having garnered a total of 24 Top 40 hits over four decades, The Stranglers have withstood the test of time, and are taking to the stage on the back of their critically acclaimed album, 'Giants'. Support comes from the reformed alternative rock band, The Godfathers.

 
 
 

Flamenco Festival London 10th Anniversary

A number of vibrant performances to celebrate ten years of this colourful festival.

Flamenco Festival London 10th Anniversary Flamenco Festival London 10th Anniversary Foot-stamping and skirt-swirling drama returns to Sadler's Wells for the 10th Anniversary of the annual Flamenco Festival. Brimming with raw energy and hot-blooded passion, the art of flamenco will be displayed on one very colourful stage by world-class dancers from across Spain. From traditional performances inspired by flamenco's gypsy roots to the contemporary artists taking the form in whole new directions, this festival is set to be more flamboyant than ever with eight magnificent productions in the main house and two special performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio.
2013-03-152013-03-27 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 15th - 27th March 2013

 

Foot-stamping and skirt-swirling drama returns to Sadler's Wells for the 10th anniversary of the annual Flamenco Festival. Brimming with raw energy and hot blooded passion, the art of flamenco will be displayed on one very colourful stage by world class dancers from across Spain. From traditional performances inspired by flamenco's gypsy roots to the contemporary artists taking the form in whole new directions, this festival is set to be more flamboyant than ever with eight magnificent productions in the main house and two special performances in the Lilian Baylis Studio.

 
 
 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The surrealism of this magical tale is brought to life once more.

The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The Royal Ballet: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The Royal Ballet stages a stunning stage version of Lewis Carroll's fantastical tale which returns to the Royal Opera House following its well received 2011 world premiere here. Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland combines elaborate costumes, projections and backdrops with inventive props and music by Joby Talbot. Praised for its theatrical effects, all of Carroll's famous characters through the looking glass are portrayed in incredibly inventive ways. Although the story has been tweaked, beginning with a party in Oxford held by Alice's parents, children (from five years old) will enjoy the engaging show and atmospheric music and will recognise the twitchy White Rabbit, a tap dancing Mad Hatter, a sinuous caterpillar and The Queen of Hearts. 2014-12-062015-01-16 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 6th December 2014 to 16th January 2015

 

The Royal Ballet stages a stunning version of Lewis Carroll's fantastical tale which returns to theRoyal Opera Housefollowing its well received 2011 world premiere. Christopher Wheeldon's'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'combines elaborate costumes, projections and backdrops with inventive props and music by Joby Talbot. Praised for its theatrical effects, all of Carroll's famous characters through the looking glass are portrayed in incredibly inventive ways. Although the story has been tweaked, beginning with a party in Oxford held by Alice's parents, children will enjoy the engaging show and atmospheric music and will recognise the twitchy White Rabbit, a tap dancing Mad Hatter, a sinuous caterpillar and The Queen of Hearts.

 
 
 

75th anniversary of the launch of HMS Belfast

The anniversary of the Royal Navy ship is celebrated with a series of special events.

HMS Belfast: 75th anniversary HMS Belfast: 75th anniversary Sunday 17th March 2013, St Patrick's Day, marks 75 years since HMS Belfast was first launched in 1938. Now the floating military museum located on the River Thames, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, is a reminder of the role of the Royal Navy ships during the Second World War. During the weekend of 16th and 17th March, there will be a series of special events and activities (free with admission) to mark this monumental occasion. Visitors will be invited to witness simulated firing from the 4-inch guns, as well as enjoy live Irish music and meet veterans who served on board. Children will also be able to create plaster cast medallions of the ship's crest and learn how to use Morse Code during live radio demos in the Bridge Wireless Office. For full details and time, please visit the official website.

2013-03-162013-03-17 Where:
HMS Belfast, Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, London London, SE1 2JH
Category: Exhibitions

HMS Belfast, Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, Bankside, London, SE1 2JH

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 16th - 17th March 2013

 

Sunday 17th March 2013, St Patricks Day, marks 75 years since HMS Belfast was first launched in 1938. Now the floating military museum located on the River Thames, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, is a reminder of the role of the Royal Navy ships during the Second World War. During the weekend of 16th and 17th March, there will be a series of special events and activities (free with admission) to mark this monumental occasion.

 
 
 

George Bellows (1882-1925)

Highlights of the artist's short lived career go on display.

George Bellows (1882-1925) George Bellows (1882-1925) In the spring, the Royal Academy of Arts stages the first ever UK retrospective for American Realist painter George Bellows, who would probably be regarded as one of the greatest of all American artists, had he not died in 1925, aged 42. He left behind a remarkable body of work for so short a career and this exhibition includes approximately 50 paintings, 20 drawings, and 20 lithographs out of the hundreds he left behind. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to explore the principle themes of Bellows' work - urban life in New York among them, evident in his better-known boxing paintings and his images of the excavation and construction of Pennsylvania Station. Book your tickets today to see this great collection of George Bellows work. 2013-03-162013-06-09 Where:
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London London, W1J 0BD
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th March - 09th June 2013

 

In the spring, the Royal Academy of Arts stages the first ever UK retrospective for American Realist painter George Bellows, who would probably be regarded as one of the greatest of all American artists, had he not died in 1925, aged 42. He left behind a remarkable body of work for so short a career and this exhibition includes approximately 50 paintings, 20 drawings, and 20 lithographs out of the hundreds he left behind. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to explore the principle themes of Bellows's work - urban life in New York among them, evident in his better-known boxing paintings and his images of the excavation and construction of Pennsylvania Station.

 
 
 

Once

The multi award winning show comes to London.

Once Once Having taken Broadway by storm, winning eight awards at the 2012 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor, the musical Once comes to London's Pheonix Theatre. Based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, it has been brillliantly adapted by Enda Walsh and retains much of the film's original Grammy nominated soundtrack written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Book tickets for Once, an unforgetable show, that tells the story of an Irish busker and a young Czech mother who connect over their shared love of music and develop an unexpected friendship which then becomes a complicated romance. 2013-03-162015-07-04 Where:
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0JP
Category: Theatre

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0JP

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

 

Dates: 16th March 2013 to 4th July 2015

 

Having taken Broadway by storm, winning eight awards at the 2012 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor, the musical 'Once' comes to London's Phoenix. Based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, it has been brilliantly adapted by Enda Walsh and retains much of the film's original Grammy nominated soundtrack written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. It tells the story of an Irish busker and a young Czech mother who connect over their shared love of music and develop an unexpected friendship which then becomes a complicated romance.

 
 
 

Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces

The vibrant world of the Bedford Music Hall is explored.

Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces The Bedford Music Hall in Camden Town, famous as a haunt for the Camden Town Group of artists headed by Walter Sickert, comes under the spotlights in Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces. This free exhibition within the Victoria & Albert Museum's Theatre and Performance Galleries explores the vibrant world of the Edwardian Music Hall through paintings by W.R. Sickert, a new play by award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta as well as playbills, programmes and music sheets from the V & A's collection.
2013-03-162014-01-05 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th March - 05th January 2014

 

The Bedford Music Hall in Camden Town, famous as a haunt for the Camden Town Group of artists headed by Walter Sickert, comes under the spotlights in 'Music Hall: Sickert and the Three Graces'. This free exhibition within the Victoria & Albert Museum's Theatre and Performance Galleries explores the vibrant world of the Edwardian Music Hall through paintings by W.R. Sickert, a new play by award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta as well as playbills, programmes and music sheets from the V & A's collection.

 
 
 

St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

A giant 36 metre long inflatable dragon is part of this year's parade.

 

London's Irish community have always celebrated St Patrick's Day in the traditional manner, with church services, music, dancing and plenty of Guinness and whisky. In London, there's a big parade with floats representing all 32 Irish counties as 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. Look out for the puca, a giant 36 metre long inflatable dragon, which is being brought over by award winning artists Bui Bolg. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with live shows, music and a huge outdoor ceili as well as comedy and a food market, from 12 noon. Of course, the best places to celebrate are the pubs and Catholic churches throughout London, with their mix of religion, music and good cheer. Keep an eye on where the real London Irish go after the parade and you could be in for a memorable evening.

 
 
 

Above And Beyond

Get immersed in this site specific theatrical performance at London's five star Corinthia Hotel

Above And Beyond Above And Beyond Theatre company Look Left Look Right presents a site specific theatrical performance at Corinthia Hotel London where the audience has a one-to-one experience with the cast. Above and Beyond introduces characters based on the people that work or stay at the luxurious hotel and is set in different eras to reflect the building's history. The audience becomes part of the play as they are guided through different encounters and experiences. The multi-award winning theatre company is renowned for its innovative and immersive productions, picking up two awards at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 'You Once Said Yes' and beat off stiff competition to become the Corinthia Artist in Residence so this latest piece is an intriguing prospect.
2013-03-182013-04-14 Where:
Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London London, SW1A 2BD
Category: Theatre

Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BD

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 18th March - 14th April 2013

 

Theatre company Look Left Look Right presents a site specific theatrical performance at Corinthia Hotel London where the audience has a one-to-one experience with the cast. Above and Beyond introduces characters based on the people that work or stay at the luxurious hotel and is set in different eras to reflect the building's history. The audience becomes part of the play as they are guided through different encounters and experiences. The multi-award winning theatre company is renowned for its innovative and immersive productions, picking up two awards at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 'You Once Said Yes' and beat off stiff competition to become the Corinthia Artist in Residence so this latest piece is an intriguing prospect.

 
 
 

Rutherford and Son

A gritty drama that explores the dynamics of an Edwardian family.

Rutherford and Son Rutherford and Son Portraying an Edwardian family on the brink of collapse, Rutherford and Son is a gripping drama set to take the stage at the Rose Theatre. Dictatorial patriarch John Rutherford is oblivious to any hopes or feelings that his family members have and will sacrifice happiness for his one focus: the success of the family firm. The family members are enduring a control freak of a father, an unreachable milestone with the business and a home that resembles prison. Yet, they have dreams. With Northern Broadside's Artistic Director, Barrie Rutter, taking the role of John Rutherford, this drama lives up to the company's trademark gritty style.
2013-03-192013-03-23 Where:
Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames London, KT1 1HL
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 19th - 23rd March 2013

 

Portraying an Edwardian family on the brink of collapse, 'Rutherford and Son' is a gripping drama set to take the stage at the Rose Theatre. Dictatorial patriarch John Rutherford is oblivious to any hopes or feelings that his family members have and will sacrifice happiness for his one focus: the success of the family firm. The family members are enduring a control freak of a father, an unreachable milestone with the business and a home that resembles a prison, yet they still have dreams. With Northern Broadside's Artistic Director, Barrie Rutter, taking the role of John Rutherford, this drama lives up to the company's trademark gritty style.

 
 
 

2013 Teenage Cancer Trust Series

Noel Gallagher curates the annual series of charity gigs

2014 Teenage Cancer Trust Series 2014 Teenage Cancer Trust Series 2014 Teenage Cancer Trust Series The Teenage Cancer Trust annual series of concerts returns to the Royal Albert Hall this spring with six wondrous nights of music and a star-studded comedy evening. This year, Teenage Cancer Trust patron Roger Daltrey from The Who has handpicked the line-up which includes Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, OneRepublic, and The Cure who play a three-hour show on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March. Kicking off the week-long bonanza is American singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, followed by a night of stand up with Micky Flanagan, John Bishop, Patrick Kielty and a cluster of other top comedians. For many, the two three hour shows by The Cure will be the stand-out gigs of the week, while other performances come from Paolo Nutini, OneRepublic, and Britpop band Suede who headline the seventh and final night on Sunday 30th March 2014.
2014-03-242014-03-30 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 24th - 30th March 2014

 

Kicking off the week-long bonanza at the Royal Albert Hall is American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams with special guest Beth Orton, followed by a night of stand-up with Russell Brand and Noel Fielding. Fans of Britpop will enjoy a special Saturday night Oasis-verses-Blur-style concert that sees series curator Noel Gallagher perform on the same stage as special guests Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon, as well as Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys. For many, the combination of Primal Scream and Echo & The Bunnymen will be the stand-out gig of the week, while other performances come from Kasabian and Dark Horses, and Rizzle Kicks and Labrinth. Paul Weller, the legendary 'Modfather', will headline the seventh and final night with support from London indie rockers Palma Violets.

 
 
 

Birmingham Royal Ballet Aladdin

An adaptation of the much loved tale about a notorious magic lamp.

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin Birmingham Royal Ballet: Aladdin The London Coliseum is set to be transformed into a magical Arabian world as this tale of love, sorcery and triumph is brought to life through David Bintley's choreography and music by Carl Davis. When Aladdin has a run-in with the Palace guards he is suddenly caught up in a whirlwind of adventure, love at first sight, unbelievable riches and, of course, the notorious magic lamp. This adaptation of the much-loved story returns to its original narrative, with its background in the Arabian Tales of 1001 Nights and links to ancient Chinese stories, but is still recognisable as Aladdin deals with all the power, and trouble, that the lamps brings him. Having first been created for the National Ballet of Japan, Bintley's Aladdin now comes to London as part of its UK premiere tour. 2013-03-202013-03-24 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Dance

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

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

 

Dates: 20th - 24th March 2013

 

The London Coliseum is transformed into a magical Arabian world as this tale of love, sorcery and triumph is brought to life through David Bintley's choreography and music by Carl Davis. When Aladdin has a run-in with the Palace guards he is suddenly caught up in a whirlwind of adventure, love at first sight, unbelievable riches and, of course, the notorious magic lamp. This adaptation of the story returns to its original narrative, with its background in 'The 1001 Arabian Nights' and links to ancient Chinese stories, but is still recognisable as Aladdin deals with all the power, and trouble, that the lamp brings him.

 
 
 

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Hundreds of exhibitors provide inspiration for sprucing up your home.

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair Country Living Magazine Spring Fair Country Living Magazine Spring Fair As daffodils and snowdrops push through the ground, spring takes charge and urges us to shake off the shackles of winter and have a change. The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair at Islington's Business Design Centre is full of ideas for sprucing up your home and wardrobe, and also encourages visitors to try their hand at something new. There will be over 400 exhibitors at the show this year, many exhibiting for the first time, as well as free workshops with the price of entry that include hat making, wire jewellery making, applique and biscuit decorating. Do arrive early though, as places are limited. The Country Living Theatre is another source of hands-on ideas as experts give talks on flower arranging, jam making and other home crafts. But leave time to browse the many stalls packed with cushions, fabrics, clothes, bags, jewellery, homeware and more.


2014-03-192014-03-23 Where:
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London London, N1 0QH
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 19th - 23rd March 2014

 

As daffodils and snowdrops push through the ground, spring takes charge and urges us to shake off the shackles of winter and make a change. The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair is full of ideas for sprucing up your home and wardrobe, and also encourages visitors to try their hand at something new. There will be over 400 exhibitors, many attending for the first time, as well as free workshops with the price of entry that include hat making, wire jewellery making, appliqu and biscuit decorating. The Country Living Theatre is another source of hands-on ideas as experts give talks on flower arranging, jam making and other home crafts. Be sure to leave time to browse the many stalls packed with cushions, fabrics, clothes, bags, jewellery, housewares and more.

 
 
 

Max Mara Art Prize for Women

Laure Prouvost presents a body of short films and installations.

Max Mara Art Prize for Women Max Mara Art Prize for Women This biannual prize at the Whitechapel Gallery has been celebrating the aesthetic and intellectual contribution that women artists bring to contemporary art for over five years. Winning artists are presented with a unique opportunity to develop a new project during a fully funded six-month residency in Italy. Here, Laure Prouvost, the fourth winner of the prize, presents a body of short films and installations developed during her residency. Referencing Roman murals and the pleasures of Italy, Prouvost connects language and understanding, playing on the historic idea of visiting the Mediterranean for inspiration. The exhibition includes presentations by a shortlist of this year's entrants who talk through their plans should they be chosen for the Max Mara Art Prize.
2013-03-202013-04-07 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London London, E1 7QX
Category: Exhibitions

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

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

 

Dates: 20th March - 07th April 2013

 

This biannual prize at the Whitechapel Gallery has been celebrating the aesthetic and intellectual contribution that women artists bring to contemporary art for over five years. Winning artists are presented with a unique opportunity to develop a new project during a fully funded six month residency in Italy. Here, Laure Prouvost, the fourth winner of the prize, presents a body of short films and installations developed during her residency. Referencing Roman murals and the pleasures of Italy, Prouvost connects language and understanding, playing on the historic idea of visiting the Mediterranean for inspiration. The exhibition includes presentations by a shortlist of this year's entrants who talk through their plans should they be chosen for the prize.

 
 
 

Three Birds

A dark tale of what happens when three siblings are left home alone.

Three Birds Three Birds Winner of 2011's Bruntwood Prize for playwriting, Three Birds is a dark comic tale from Janice Okoh. When Tiana, Tionne and Tanika are left home alone, the three siblings take different paths in keeping themselves entertained. Tiana holds it together with the aid of housework and homework, Tionne starts to get experimental and Tanika chooses the route of rebellion. All seems okay until the outside world starts to interfere and the three are prepared to do anything to keep their secret safe from the adults pressing in. Directed by Sarah Frankcom, it's a tale of childhood, family and fantasy. 2013-03-202013-04-20 Where:
Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, London London, W12 8LJ
Category: Theatre

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: 20th March - 20th April 2013

 

Winner of 2011's Bruntwood Prize for playwriting, 'Three Birds' is a dark comic tale from Janice Okoh. When Tiana, Tionne and Tanika are left home alone, the three siblings take different paths in keeping themselves entertained. Tiana holds it together with the aid of housework and homework, Tionne starts to get experimental and Tanika chooses the route of rebellion. All seems okay until the outside world starts to interfere and the three are prepared to do anything to keep their secret safe from the adults pressing in. Directed by Sarah Frankcom, it's a tale of childhood, family and fantasy.

 
 
 

The Designs Of The Year 2013

'The Oscars of the design world' return with the most innovative designs of the year.

The Designs Of The Year 2013 The Designs Of The Year 2013 A Room For London, Jacqueline Durran's Anna Karenina Costumes, and Renzo Piano's Shard are shortlisted for the Designs of the Year awards. These shortlisted works are among the objects displayed at the Design Museum's exhibition, the result of a search for the most innovative designs of the year. Billed as 'the Oscars of the design world', beautifully designed pieces cross a whole range of categories including architecture, fashion, furniture and transport. A high profile judging panel decides the best entries in each of the seven categories and one overall winner who is announced to the public on 17th April 2013. Contenders will be hoping to take the mantle from last year's winners, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who were awarded the prize for their design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch.
2013-03-202013-07-07 Where:
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, London London, SE1 2YD
Category: Exhibitions

Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, Bankside, London, SE1 2YD

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 20th March - 07th July 2013

 

A Room For London, Jacqueline Durran's Anna Karenina Costumes, and Renzo Piano's Shard are shortlisted for the Designs of the Year awards. These shortlisted works are among the objects displayed at the Design Museum's exhibition, the result of a search for the most innovative designs of the year. Billed as 'the Oscars of the design world', beautifully designed pieces cross a whole range of categories including architecture, fashion, furniture and transport. A high profile judging panel decides the best entries in each of the seven categories and one overall winner who is announced to the public on 17th April 2013. Contenders will be hoping to take the mantle from last year's winners, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who were awarded the prize for their design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch.

 
 
 

LSO St Luke's 10th Birthday Festival

The London Symphony Orchestra celebrates a decade at St Luke's.

LSO St Luke's 10th Birthday Festival LSO St Luke's 10th Birthday Festival March 2013 marks ten years since the London Symphony Orchestra turned the beautifully restored 18th-century Grade 1 listed St Luke's church into its music education centre and concert venue. To celebrate, LSO St Luke's is hosting a 12-day festival, from 21st March to 1st April, featuring 17 events from live performances to events which reveal what's behind the music as well as activities for the whole family. Chamber music concerts featuring artists including the Vienna Piano Trio and Nash Ensemble will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. And the LSO's education and community programme, LSO Discovery, will present interactive events, masterclasses and open days. Special guests include the award-winning Aurora Orchestra and middle-eastern jazz musician and oud player Dhafer Youssef. Full details and booking available at lso.co.uk/lsostlukes10.

2013-03-212013-04-01 Where:
LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, London London, EC1V 9NG
Category: Concerts

LSO St Luke's, 161 Old Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 9NG

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 01st April 2013

 

March 2013 marks ten years since the London Symphony Orchestra turned the beautifully restored 18th-century Grade 1 listed St Luke's church into its music education centre and concert venue. To celebrate, LSO St Luke's is hosting a 12-day festival, from 21st March to 1st April, featuring 17 events from live performances to events which reveal what's behind the music as well as activities for the whole family. Chamber music concerts featuring artists including the Vienna Piano Trio and Nash Ensemble will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. And the LSO's education and community programme, LSO Discovery, will present interactive events, masterclasses and open days. Special guests include the award-winning Aurora Orchestra and middle-eastern jazz musician and oud player Dhafer Youssef. Full details and booking available at lso.co.uk/lsostlukes10.

 
 
 

The Low Road

Bruce Norris and Dominic Cooke collaborate once again.

The Low Road The Low Road Bruce Norris's 'The Pain and the Itch' was the first play that Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, directed in his inaugural season. Therefore, it is very apt that his final directing project as Artistic Director will be another of Bruce Norris's works. 'The Low Road' will take to the stage in the downstairs theatre this spring and tells the story of a young entrepreneur who sets out on a quest for wealth with priceless ambition and a purse of gold. Previous collaborations from Norris and Cooke include the multi award-winning 'Clybourne Park' which saw Norris receive a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and Cooke nominated for an Olivier Award.
2013-03-212013-04-27 Where:
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London London, SW1W 8AS
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 27th April 2013

 

Bruce Norris's 'The Pain and the Itch' was the first play that Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, directed in his inaugural season. Therefore, it is very apt that his final directing project as Artistic Director will be another of Bruce Norris's works. 'The Low Road' will take to the stage in the downstairs theatre this spring and tells the story of a young entrepreneur who sets out on a quest for wealth with priceless ambition and a purse of gold. Previous collaborations from Norris and Cooke include the multi award-winning 'Clybourne Park' which saw Norris receive a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, and Cooke nominated for an Olivier Award.

 
 
 

Before The Party

Matthew Dunster directs Ackland's humorous play that's set in the wake of the Second World War.

Before The Party Before The Party Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Rodney Ackland's Before The Party finds humour in the wake of the Second World War at the expense of the socially aspirational Skinner family. Rarely staged - this production is the first one mounted in over 25 years - this is Ackland's first play at the Almeida and forms part of Michael Attenborough's final season at the Islington theatre. In post-war Britain rationing is still in place but the Skinner family won't let a little nuisance like that get in the way; they've got a party to go to. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, the unsavoury underbelly of upper middle class life is about to be exposed. Matthew Dunster directs. 2013-03-212013-05-11 Where:
Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London London, N1 1TA
Category: Theatre

Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 11th May 2013

 

Based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Rodney Ackland's 'Before The Party' finds humour in the wake of the Second World War at the expense of the socially aspirational Skinner family. Rarely staged - this production is the first one mounted in over 25 years - this is Ackland's first play at the Almeida and forms part of Michael Attenborough's final season at the Islington theatre. In post-war Britain rationing is still in place but the Skinner family won't let a little nuisance like that get in the way; they've got a party to go to. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, the unsavoury underbelly of upper middle class life is about to be exposed. Matthew Dunster directs.

 
 
 

The Great Map

An interactive map enables visitors to discover stories based on the museum's collections.

The Great Map The Great Map A huge interactive world map, especially suitable for families, goes on permanent display at the National Maritime Museum in March 2013, an installation which allows visitors to use a touch-screen tablet to find out more about some of the most famous and exciting events in Britain's maritime history. Walk across the surface of The Great Map, housed in the museum's largest open space, and you'll discover seafaring stories from the world's vast oceans and seas.
2013-03-222013-03-22 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

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

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

 

Dates: 22nd March 2013

 

A huge interactive world map, especially suitable for families, goes on permanent display at the National Maritime Museum in March 2013, an installation which allows visitors to use a touch screen tablet to find out more about some of the most famous and exciting events in Britain's maritime history. Walk across the surface of the 'Great Map', housed in the museum's largest open space, and you'll discover seafaring stories based on the museum's collections.

 
 
 

The Script

The Irish trio stop by London for two nights of live music.

The Script The Script The rise to success has hardly been a slow burner for Irish rock band The Script. Despite two of the three members - Danny and Mark - originally struggling to find musical recognition, they soon found themselves admirers in the form of U2 and the rollercoaster began from there. Since their chart topping eponymous debut album in 2008, the trio have released two more successful albums, played stadium shows with the likes of U2, Take That and Paul McCartney, and sold millions of records worldwide. Now they're coming to London's largest music venue for two nights as part of their #3 world tour.
2013-03-222013-03-23 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd March 2013

 

The rise to success has hardly been a slow burner for Irish rock band The Script. Despite two of the three members Danny and Mark originally struggling to find musical recognition, they soon found themselves admirers in the form of U2 and the rollercoaster began from there. Since their chart-topping eponymous debut album in 2008, the trio have released two more successful albums, played stadium shows with the likes of U2, Take That and Paul McCartney, and sold millions of records worldwide. Now they're coming to London's largest music venue for two nights as part of their '#3' world tour.

 
 
 

The Chocolate Festival

Three days of indulgence with an array of chocolate based activities.

The Chocolate Festival The Chocolate Festival The Chocolate Festival The Chocolate Festival moves to the Business Design Centre in 2014 with plenty more chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. This event will feature stands from award winning chocolatiers such as William Curley, Damian Allsop, Paul Wayne Gregory and Co-Couture, plus the attendance of renowned and new chocolate companies. Demonstrations, tastings and talks will take place in the main marquee, where attendees can learn about the health benefits of chocolate, how to include chocolate in savoury dishes as well as tutored tastings. As always, there will be dozens of stalls all showcasing chocolate and chocolate products, such as hot chocolate, chocolate cakes, crepes, churros, a chocolate fountain, self-making kits and much more. If you are a chocoholic, or you know someone who is, then you simply cannot afford to miss this event.
2014-04-112014-04-13 Where:
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London London, N1 0QH
Category: Foodie Events

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 11th - 13th April 2014

 

Just in time to stock up for Easter, The Chocolate Festival returns with plenty more chocolatiers and artisan delights to tickle your taste buds. It features stands from award-winning chocolatiers such as William Curley, Damian Allsop, Paul Wayne Gregory and Co-Couture, plus the attendance of renowned and new chocolate companies. Demonstrations, tastings and talks will take place in the main marquee, where attendees can learn about the health benefits of chocolate, how to include chocolate in savoury dishes as well as tutored tastings. And, as always, there will be dozens of stalls all showcasing chocolate and chocolate products.

 
 
 

Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour

The first London retrospective on the artist since 1988.

Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour The colourful world of the American-born artist Kaffe Fassett is celebrated at the Fashion and Textile Museum where the work of one of the great practitioners of contemporary craft goes on display from 22nd March 2013. This exhibition, Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour, is the first in London since Fassett's retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1988, the year he designed a gold medal winning garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. The museum - itself testament to the uplifting power of colour - hosts a special installation featuring over 100 works, including 9-foot-wide knitted shawls, patchwork fabrics, yarns and knits as well as items especially created for this show and not seen in public before. You can also get all 'touchy-feely' with the textiles through a 'feeling' wall that uses touch to help explore the fabrics on display.
2013-03-222013-06-29 Where:
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London London, SE1 3XF
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 22nd March - 29th June 2013

 

The colourful world of the American-born artist Kaffe Fassett is celebrated at the Fashion and Textile Museum where the work of one of the great practitioners of contemporary craft goes on display. This exhibition, 'Kaffe Fassett - A Life in Colour', is the first in London since Fassett's retrospective at the Victoria & and Albert Museum in 1988, the year he designed a gold medal-winning garden for the Chelsea Flower Show. The museum hosts a special installation featuring over 100 works, including 9-feet-wide knitted shawls, patchwork fabrics, yarns and knits as well as items especially created for this show and not seen in public before. You can also get all 'touchy-feely' with the textiles through a 'feeling' wall that uses touch to help explore the fabrics on display.

 
 
 

Holi Hindu Festival

This vibrant event dusts off the gloom of winter and embraces the colours of spring.

Holi Hindu Festival of Colour Holi Hindu Festival of Colour Spring is on its way and the Holi Hindu festival of Colour - a vibrant and playful celebration - will be welcoming it in style. Visit Church Street in Twickenham town centre for promenade performers, street theatre, music and an Indian market, and head to the grounds of Orleans House Gallery for the afternoon festival and colour throwing. With the tradition being for man and nature to throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colours of spring, the customary coloured powders will be on hand ready to be thrown amongst the crowds. 2013-03-232013-03-23 Where:
Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham London, TW1 3DJ
Category: Seasonal

Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham, London, TW1 3DJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 23rd March 2013

 

Spring is on its way and the Holi Hindu festival of Colour - a vibrant and playful celebration - will be welcoming it in style. Taking place in the grounds of Orleans House Gallery, and extending to Twickenham town centre, the colours of spring will be bursting into action with promenade performers, street theatre, music and an Indian market. With the tradition being for man and nature to throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colours of spring, the customary coloured powders will be on hand ready to be thrown amongst the crowds.

 
 
 

Messiah Anniversary Concert

A one-off springtime performance of Handel's most famous creation.

Messiah Anniversary Concert Messiah Anniversary Concert Say 'Hallelujah' to Handel at the beautiful Grosvenor Chapel with this one-off springtime performance by the Pegasus Choir marking the 270th anniversary of the London premiere of the Baroque composer's great oratorio Messiah. Drawn from the King James version of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, and with a verbal text provided by Charles Jennens, Messiah is Handel's most famous creation and amongst the most popular works in Western choral literature, presenting Jesus's life and its significance according to Christian doctrine. 2013-03-232013-03-23 Where:
The Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, London London, W1K 2PA
Category: Concerts

The Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 2PA

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 23rd March 2013

 

Say 'Hallelujah' to Handel with this one-off springtime performance by the Pegasus Choir marking the 270th anniversary of the London premiere of the Baroque composer's great oratorio 'Messiah'. Drawn from the King James version of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer, and with a verbal text provided by Charles Jennens, 'Messiah' is Handel's most famous creation and among the most popular works in Western choral literature, presenting Jesus' life and its significance according to Christian doctrine.

 
 
 

Head of the River Race

420 crews battle it out in this classic race.

Head of the River Race Head of the River Race Head of the River Race The Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the exact same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport. It is also a particularly nice stretch of the river, so even if you are not that excited by rowing, this is a really nice spot to enjoy a walk or a pint and watch the boats glide past - hopefully the tides will dictate that the race coincides nicely with an early pub lunch, but you'll have to book early if you want a seat that faces the river.
2013-03-232013-03-23 Where:
Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London London, SW6 3JD
Category: Sporting Events

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

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 23rd March 2013

 

The Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport. It is also a particularly nice stretch of the river, so even if you are not that excited by rowing, this is a really nice spot to enjoy a walk or a pint and watch the boats glide past - hopefully the tides will dictate that the race coincides nicely with an early pub lunch, but you'll have to book early if you want a seat that faces the river.

 
 
 

David Bowie Is

Iconic costumes worn by the star go on display in this major retrospective.

David Bowie Is David Bowie Is More than sixty flamboyant stage costumes worn by pop icon David Bowie can be seen at London's Victoria & Albert Museum when it hosts a major retrospective of the musician and actor's career in spring 2013. Featuring over 300 objects including lyrics, instruments, photographs and videos, David Bowie Is features outlandish costumes including 1970's Ziggy Stardust bodysuits and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the 1997 Earthling album cover. The exhibition follows the young David Robert Jones, born in Brixton in 1947, on the artistic journey he makes in becoming David Bowie, the stage name he officially adopted in 1965. More than just a songwriter, Bowie was involved in designing the costumes, stage sets and album artwork and was truly innovative with his 1972 creation of alien alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His role in film and on stage is celebrated in the final section through an immersive audio-visual space with footage of music videos, live tours and films including Labyrinth and Basquiat.
2013-03-232013-08-11 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 23rd March - 11th August 2013

 

More than sixty flamboyant stage costumes worn by pop icon David Bowie can be seen at this major retrospective of the musician and actor's career. Featuring lyrics, instruments, photographs and videos, 'David Bowie Is' showcases outlandish costumes including 1970s Ziggy Stardust bodysuits and the Union Jack coat designed by Bowie and Alexander McQueen for the 1997 'Earthling' album cover. The exhibition follows the young David Robert Jones, born in Brixton in 1947, on the artistic journey he makes in becoming David Bowie, the stage name he officially adopted in 1965. More than just a songwriter, Bowie was involved in designing the costumes, stage sets and album artwork and was truly innovative with his 1972 creation of alien alter ego Ziggy Stardust. His role in film and on stage is celebrated in the final section through an immersive audio visual space with footage of music videos, live tours and films including 'Labyrinth' and 'Basquiat'.

 
 
 

The FA Trophy Final

The final of the knock-out competition comes to Wembley.

The FA Trophy Final The FA Trophy Final Two teams from the lower echelons of League football come head to head at Wembley Stadium in the final of this knock-out cup competition previously reserved for semi-professional sides. The holders are York City, who beat Newport Country 2-0 last year, while former Northern Ireland international Martin O'Neill, in his first managerial role, led Wycombe Wanderers to two FA Trophy wins back in the early 90s. 2013-03-242013-03-24 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 24th March 2013

 

Two teams from the lower echelons of League football come head to head in the final of this knock-out cup competition previously reserved for semi-professional sides. The holders are York City, who beat Newport County 2-0 last year, while former Northern Ireland international Martin O'Neill, in his first managerial role, led Wycombe Wanderers to two FA Trophy wins back in the early '90s.

 
 
 

Doctor Brown, Befrdfgth

Absurd visual humour and clowning about from the eccentric mime artist.

Doctor Brown: Befrdfgth Doctor Brown: Befrdfgth Doctor Brown, the star of last year's Edinburgh Festival, brings his highly rated and confusingly titled 'Befrdfgth' to London's Soho Theatre. Mime acts may have been all the rage at Edinburgh but the silent creation from American Phil Burgers trumped the lot of them, picking up the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award and leaving behind a wake of raucously amused festival-goers. London audiences can expect plenty of absurd visual humour and hysterical clowning about from the "part mime artist, part lord of misrule" (The Guardian). If you think mime is something of a tired genre, then this is the show that will change your mind forever. 2013-03-252013-04-20 Where:
Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London London, W1D 3NE
Category: Comedy

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 25th March - 20th April 2013

 

Doctor Brown, the star of last year's Edinburgh Festival, brings his highly rated and confusingly titled 'Befrdfgth' to London's Soho Theatre. Mime acts may have been all the rage at Edinburgh but the silent creation from American Phil Burgers trumped the lot of them, picking up the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award and leaving behind a wake of raucously amused festival-goers. London audiences can expect plenty of absurd visual humour and hysterical clowning about from the "part mime artist, part lord of misrule" (The Guardian). If you think mime is something of a tired genre, then this is the show that will change your mind forever.

 
 
 

An Audience With Mr Nice

One-man comedy show to raise money for charity.

Howard Marks: An Audience With Mr Nice Howard Marks: An Audience With Mr Nice Howard Marks, the legendary Mr Nice, brings his hazy one-man show 'An Audience With Mr Nice' to the Bloomsbury to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis. Born in 1945 in a small Welsh coal-mining village, Marks cheated and crammed his way through a physics degree from Oxford University before dabbling in teaching and post-graduate philosophy. In his time, Marks has worked with the British Secret Service and been connected with the Mafia, IRA, M16 and CIA. Drug trafficking saw him banged up for seven years in the States before Marks wrote his bestselling autobiography following his release in 1995. His critically acclaimed live show sees the 67-year-old cult figure discuss his life as a marijuana smuggler and his views on drug use and legalisation.
2013-03-262013-03-26 Where:
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London London, WC1H 0AH
Category: Exhibitions

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

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

 

Dates: 26th March 2013

 

Howard Marks, the legendary Mr Nice, brings his hazy one-man show 'An Audience With Mr Nice' to the Bloomsbury to raise money for the homeless charity Crisis. Born in 1945 in a small Welsh coal-mining village, Marks cheated and crammed his way through a physics degree from Oxford University before dabbling in teaching and post-graduate philosophy. In his time, Marks has worked with the British Secret Service and been connected with the Mafia, IRA, M16 and CIA. Drug trafficking saw him banged up for seven years in the States before Marks wrote his best-selling autobiography following his release in 1995. His critically acclaimed live show sees the 67-year-old cult figure discuss his life as a marijuana smuggler and his views on drug use and legalisation.

 
 
 

Harry Hill's Sausage Time

The bespectacled comedian promises incontrovertible proof that God exists.

Harry Hill: Sausage Time Harry Hill: Sausage Time The madcap star of the award-winning TV Burp is back with a banger! Once described as "Ronnie Corbett possessed by the ghost of Salvador Dali", Harry Hill is one of comedy's most instantly recognisable (not to mention baffling) figures. The bespectacled baldy's new live show, Sausage Time, promises incontrovertible proof that God exists. The self-styled floppy-collared loon is joined by his band, The Harry's, and his son from his first marriage, Gary, who is gifted a debut stand-up spot following his ribald turn as Alan Sugar in TV Burp. There's also a section dedicated exclusively to Tongans, a chance to catch up on Harry's Nan's latest ailments and meows from the legendary Stouffer the Cat. As sure as pork and lamb are the main two chops, there'll also be expert-whistler-of-chart-hits grandson Sam and his all-singing, all-dancing finale. Also, we presume, some sausages. (Also showing Thursday 11th April 2013). 2013-03-262013-03-26 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London London, W6 9QH
Category: Comedy

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 26th March 2013

 

The madcap star of the award-winning 'TV Burp' is back with a banger! Once described as "Ronnie Corbett possessed by the ghost of Salvador Dali", Harry Hill is one of comedy's most instantly recognisable (not to mention baffling) figures. The bespectacled baldy's new live show, 'Sausage Time', promises incontrovertible proof that God exists. The self-styled floppy-collared loon is joined by his band, The Harry's, and his son from his first marriage, Gary, who is gifted a debut stand-up spot following his ribald turn as Alan Sugar in 'TV Burp'. There's also a section dedicated exclusively to Tongans, a chance to catch up on Harry's Nan's latest ailments and meows from the legendary Stouffer the Cat. As sure as pork and lamb are the main two chops, there'll also be expert-whistler-of-chart-hits grandson Sam and his all-singing, all-dancing finale. Also, we presume, some sausages.

 
 
 

Joe Bonamassa

The American blues guitarist plays the first of four consecutive nights at different London venues.

Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa American blues rock guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa plays four nights in different iconic London venues this March on the back of his 11th studio album, Driving Towards the Daylight, which peaked at #2 in the UK charts in spring 2012. Starting at the intimate Borderline and ending five days later at the magical Royal Albert Hall, the internationally renowned guitarist will also drop into the Shepherd's Bush Empire and Hammersmith Apollo on his whistle-stop tour of the capital. The 35-year-old from upstate New York has been playing the guitar since the age of four, opened for B.B. King at the age of 12 and at 14 formed a band with Miles Davis' son. That's quite some resume from "the new messiah for guitar music lovers" (The Sun) who has fast forged a reputation as "the pre-eminent blues-rock guitarist of his generation" (The Guardian).

2013-03-262013-03-26 Where:
The Borderline, 16 Manette Street, London London, W1D 4JB
Category: Concerts

The Borderline, 16 Manette Street, Soho, London, W1D 4JB

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

 

Dates: 26th March 2013

 

American blues rock guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa plays four nights in different iconic London venues on the back of his 11th studio album, 'Driving Towards the Daylight', which peaked at #2 in the UK charts in spring 2012. Starting at the intimate Borderline and ending four days later at the magical Royal Albert Hall (Saturday 30th March), the internationally renowned guitarist will also drop into the Shepherd's Bush Empire (27th March) and Hammersmith Apollo (28th March) on his whistle -stop tour of the capital. The 35-year-old from upstate New York has been playing the guitar since the age of four, opened for B.B. King at the age of 12 and at 14 formed a band with Miles Davis' son. That's quite some resum from "the new messiah for guitar music lovers" (The Sun) who has fast forged a reputation as "the pre-eminent blues-rock guitarist of his generation" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

English National Ballet 2 My First Cinderella

The classic fairytale is performed as an introduction to ballet for youngsters.

English National Ballet 2 - My First Cinderella English National Ballet 2 - My First Cinderella English National Ballet have partnered with English National Ballet School to produce the My First series, a number of special performances aimed towards a younger audience to introduce them to ballet through the magic of fairytales. Cinderella, the charming tale of rags-to-riches, is performed to music by Prokofiev and accompanied by narration. Tormented by her evil stepsisters, Cinderella dreams of the day she can escape and attend the Prince's enchanting ball. One night, when she's been abandoned for yet more cleaning, Cinderella is visited by her Fairy Godmother and her dreams begin to come true.
2013-03-272013-04-07 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Kids Events

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

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 27th March - 07th April 2013

 

English National Ballet have partnered with English National Ballet School to produce the 'My First' series: a number of special performances introducing younger audiences to ballet through the magic of fairytales. 'Cinderella', the charming tale of rags -to -riches, is narrated and accompanied by music from Prokofiev. Tormented by her evil stepsisters, Cinderella dreams of the day she can escape and attend the Prince's enchanting ball. One night, when she's been abandoned for yet more cleaning, Cinderella is visited by her Fairy Godmother and her dreams begin to come true.

 
 
 

Conjuring at the Court

Monthly magic show hosted by the affable Russell Levinson

Conjuring at the Court Conjuring at the Court West London's popular monthly magic show Conjuring at the Court returns to the Drayton Court Hotel in West Ealing for a show which boasts one of the strongest line-ups in the event's four-year history. Taking to the stage are John Lenahan, renowned for his hilarious and deceptive magic; Michael Vincent (pictured), a sleight-of-hand demon who recently baffled the illustrious Penn & Teller on their ITV magic show; the witty, clever and inventive Jon Allen; and Bharat Patal, who brings the colour and music of India together in a fast-moving, spectacular and entertaining magic display that fills the stage and will no doubt elicit a fair share of wows from the faithful audience of regulars. Taking part on the last Thursday of the month, Conjuring at the Court has been showcasing the best hand-picked magicians and illusionists in the business since 2009, with every show promising a different line up of contrasting talents and costing only a tenner. As usual, this March bonanza is hosted by the eminently affable Russell Levinson who holds the evening together with his own brand of genial amazement. Just a 12-minute train ride from Central London, you'll be in the comfortable surrounds of the Drayton Court before you can say 'Pick a card, any card'. Grab a bite at the bar or restaurant prior to the show - or get food delivered to your table. For tickets and more information please visit www.conjuringatthecourt.com. 2013-03-282013-03-28 Where:
The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, London London, W13 8PH
Category: Comedy

The Drayton Court, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, London, W13 8PH

Tube: Ealing Broadway Station

 

Dates: 28th March 2013

 

West London's popular monthly magic show Conjuring at the Court returns to the Drayton Court Hotel in West Ealing for a show which boasts one of the strongest line-ups in the event's four-year history. Taking to the stage are John Lenahan, renowned for his hilarious and deceptive magic; Michael Valdini (pictured), a Polish performer of charm and great skill whose entrancing act will blow you away; the witty, clever and inventive Jon Allen; and Bharat Patal, who brings the colour and music of India together in a fast-moving, spectacular and entertaining magic display that fills the stage and will no doubt elicit a fair share of wows from the faithful audience of regulars. At just 10 a pop, these monthly magical bonanzas won't perform too much of a disappearing act from your wallet.

 
 
 

The London International Ska Festival

Bands performs music from all eras of the genre.

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

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

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 

Dates: 17th - 20th April 2014

 

Back for its 25th anniversary, this four day festival invites more than 40 acts to perform across multiple London venues in celebration of all things ska. With a variety of guests, including a number of Jamaican legends, the festival spans all eras of the music genre. From '60s Jamaica through to the '70s and late '80s revivals, visitors can expect music from all its influences including the original American rhythm and blues, The Specials 2 Tone era and Madness - who were responsible for bringing ska into the mainstream. Embracing these influences, the line-up boasts the likes of Lynval Golding from The Specials, Rico Rodriguez, USA ska pioneers The Toasters and The Sidewalk Doctors.

 
 
 

Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

A display of objects from two cities buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius go on display.

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum This spring, the British Museum stages a major exhibition on Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, an examination of two very different cities in the Bay of Naples, both buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Displaying over 250 objects, many of which have never before been seen outside Italy before, the museum conveys what everyday Roman life was like nearly 1700 years ago. Objects from Herculaneum, a small seaside town, include wooden furniture carbonized by the high temperatures of the ash and a baby's crib that still rocks on its curved runners. From Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region, we have a beautiful wall painting of the baker, Terentius Neo and his wife, who appear as equal partners, in business and in life. Other fascinating objects include sculpted marble reliefs, carved ivory panels and casts showing the Pompeii victims forever suspended in their last moments. An intriguing insight into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
2013-03-282013-09-29 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Exhibitions

British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 28th March - 29th September 2013

 

This spring, the British Museum stages a major exhibition on 'Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum', an examination of two very different cities in the Bay of Naples, both buried by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 AD. Displaying over 250 objects, many of which have never before been seen outside Italy, the museum conveys what every day Roman life was like nearly 1700 years ago. Objects from Herculaneum, a small seaside town, include wooden furniture carbonized by the high temperatures of the ash and a baby's crib that still rocks on its curved runners. From Pompeii, the industrial hub of the region, we have a beautiful wall painting of the baker, Terentius Neo and his wife, who appear as equal partners, in business and in life. Other fascinating objects include sculpted marble reliefs, carved ivory panels and casts showing the Pompeii victims forever suspended in their last moments. An intriguing insight into the daily life of the Roman Empire.

 
 
 

Nabucco

Verdi's first successful opera provides a romantic and political plot.

Nabucco Nabucco "With this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began" were the words of Giuseppe Verdi following the instant success of Nabucco. Having fallen into despair after the failure of his second opera, Verdi vowed never to compose another piece. However, he was convinced by Bartolomeo Merelli, manager of La Scala Milan, to work on Nabucco and its resounding success led to his fame. Offering a romantic and political plot, Nabucco is set to the background of the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted and exiled by the Babylonian King. This revival, directed by Daniele Abbado, is based in the second half of the 20th century and uses large-scale video projections to accompany the action on stage. Epic scores such as the Hebrew Slaves' song of exile 'Va pensiero' the words of which are rumoured to be what inspired Verdi to write music again add to the powerful drama of the piece.
2013-03-302013-04-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 30th March - 26th April 2013

 

"With this opera, it can truly be said that my artistic career began" were the words of Giuseppe Verdi following the success of 'Nabucco'. Having fallen into despair after the failure of his second opera, Verdi vowed never to compose another piece. However, he was convinced by Bartolomeo Merelli, manager of La Scala Milan, to work on 'Nabucco' and its resounding success led to his fame. With a romantic and political plot, 'Nabucco' is set against the background of the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted and exiled by the Babylonian King. This revival is based in the second half of the 20th century and uses large- scale video projections to accompany the action on stage. Epic scores such as the Hebrew slaves' song of exile 'Va pensiero' - the words of which are rumoured to be what inspired Verdi to write music again - add to the powerful drama of the piece.

 
 
 

The Boat Race: Oxford v. Cambridge

The two elite universities compete once again in this prestigious race.

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

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

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 06th April 2014

 

This year's Boat Race will struggle to repeat the drama of last year's, where a rogue swimmer - later jailed for six months for causing a public nuisance - was almost decapitated by an oar belonging to the Oxford crew. Following a restart, Cambridge won the race - but to muted celebrations after the Dark Blues' bow man collapsed from exhaustion. One of London's oldest sporting events nevertheless returns in 2013 as England's two elite universities take to the water in a gruelling four mile rowing race between Putney Bridge and Chiswick Bridge in southwest London. Around a quarter of a million fans are expected to line the Thames for the 159th annual Boat Race in which Oxford (with 76 wins) will look to close in on the Light Blues of Cambridge (81 wins). The start is scheduled for 4.30pm.

 
 
 

Oxford v. Cambridge Goat Race

A quirky alternative to the famous boat race.

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

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

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 06th April 2014

 

The stakes are high as Oxford and Cambridge once again come head -to -head in a nail-biting and highly competitive race. No, this isn't the famous Boat Race but the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford v  Cambridge Goat Race. Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other named Cambridge - embark on the sixth annual race, which takes place at Spitalfields City Farm on the same day as the Boat Race. Last year, Bramble the Golden Guernsey made it four in a row for Cambridge in front of 1,700 fans - although Oxford took consolation in winning the inaugural spin-off Stoat Race event. There are numerous other goat-related activities on offer as well as food and market stalls, live music, beer and cocktail bars, arts and crafts stands and a bookie and sweepstake tent. Kids (naturally) most welcome.

 
 
 

A Doll's House

The play nominated for three Evening Standard Awards last year returns.

A Doll's House A Doll's House The well received 'A Doll's House' transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre this August following a successful run at the Young Vic. The sell-out success from Simon Stephens - who also worked on the multi Olivier Award-winning A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time - was widely praised, "warmly recommended" (The Telegraph) and nominated for three Evening Standard Awards back in 2012 and enjoyed another successful run earlier this year. Now, the "sexy, passionate interpretation" (The Evening Standard) of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play comes to the West End for a limited 12-week run, beginning in August. Book your tickets now for A Doll's House. Controversial at the time, A Doll's House is acutely critical of 19th century marriage norms but, despite contrary beliefs, Ibsen insisted the play was not a fight for women's rights. This revival will see Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan return as the title roles Nora and Torvald.
2013-08-082013-10-26 Where:
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London London, WC2N 4BG
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 08th August - 26th October 2013

 

The well received 'A Doll's House' returns for another run at the Young Vic. The sell-out success was widely praised, "warmly recommended" (The Telegraph) and nominated for three Evening Standard Awards back in 2012. Now, the "sexy, passionate interpretation" (The Evening Standard) of Henrik Ibsen's 1879 play returns for 2013. Controversial at the time, 'A Doll's House' is acutely critical of 19th century marriage norms but, despite contrary beliefs, Ibsen insisted the play was not a fight for women's rights. This revival will see Hattie Morahan and Dominic Rowan return as the title roles Nora and Torvald.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

19th December 2014

 

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