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May in London 2014

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Silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell 1933 given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll

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Wedding Dress 1775-2014
Havana Rakatan
London Burlesque Festival
Alchemy
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Kenneth Clark at the National Gallery
Little Mix
The Gruffalo
Sam Smith
Sight And Sound Deep Focus
Daniel Weil: The Art of Design
Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK
Bakersfield Mist
Bring Up the Bodies
Wolf Hall
Katy Perry
Royal Opera House: Tosca
Royal Opera: Dialogues Des Carmelites
La Femme
Barry Manilow
The Royal Ballet: The Dream/New Marriott/The Concert
A History Of Gardening In 100 Objects Curated By Alan Titchmarsh
The Testament Of Mary
Goodbye Piccadilly, London Transport Museum
Nick Lowe
Ancient Lives: New Discoveries
Canalway Cavalcade
Gwilym Simcock, plays with City of London Sinfonia
City of London Sinfonia
The Pajama Game
Cantina: LIMBO
The Tiger Lillies - Live In Concert
Notting Hill Mayfest
Walerian Borowczyk Season
Never Such Innocence, Australia House
Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's Globe
Pappy's play opening night at London Sketchfest
 

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

With bank holidays top and tailing May there are two long weekends to enjoy. Highlights of the month include a star turn from actress Fiona Shaw in the Testament of Mary, the return of Miss Saigon, and new insights into eight mummies at the British Museum.

 
 

City of London Sinfonia: Gwilym Simcock Trio

A new work by Mercury prize nominated jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock.

City Of London Sinfonia: Gwilym Simcock Trio City Of London Sinfonia: Gwilym Simcock Trio Michael Collins conducts the City of London Sinfonia playing 'Cumbrian Thaw', a new work by Mercury prize nominated jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock which "paints an atmospheric landscape of the Lake District in winter" (Financial Times). The Cadogan Hall concert includes Mozart's The Magic Flute Overture, and Beethoven's Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral', and is part of the New Music Biennial which pushes the boundaries of new music in the UK.
2014-05-012014-05-01 Where:
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London London, SW1X 9DQ
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 01st May 2014

 

Michael Collins conducts the City of London Sinfonia playing 'Cumbrian Thaw', a new work by Mercury prize nominated jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock which "paints an atmospheric landscape of the Lake District in winter" (Financial Times). The Cadogan Hall concert includes Mozart's The Magic Flute Overture, and Beethoven's Symphony No 6, 'Pastoral', and is part of the New Music Biennial which pushes the boundaries of new music in the UK.

 
 
 

A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution

Is the mere act of making or displaying a poster a political act in itself?

A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution The power of the poster is explored in the V&As free show A World to Win. From the Votes for Women movement to Occupy, from fighting hospital closures to antiapartheid, the museums poster collection features some potent graphic design. It also raises the question is the mere act of making or displaying a poster a political act in itself? 2014-05-012014-11-02 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: 01st May - 02nd November 2014

 

The power of the poster is explored in the V&A's free show A World to Win. From the Votes for Women movement to Occupy, from fighting hospital closures to antiapartheid, the museums poster collection features some potent graphic design. It also raises the question 'Is the mere act of making or displaying a poster a political act in itself?'.

 
 
 

The Testament Of Mary

A powerful and moving adaptation of Colm Toibin's 2013 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel.

The Testament Of Mary The Testament Of Mary Actress Fiona Shaw and director Deborah Warner collaborate once again on this powerful and moving piece of theatre, an adaptation of Colm Toibin's 2013 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel in which the Virgin Mary struggles to come to terms with the death of her son, reflecting on his life and the events that led up to the crucifixion. The Testament of Mary received three Tony Award nominations for its 2013 Broadway run; these May dates at the Barbican will be its only UK performances. Suitable for ages 14+. Contains nudity and a live vulture.
2014-05-012014-05-25 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 01st - 25th May 2014

 

Actress Fiona Shaw and director Deborah Warner collaborate once again on this powerful and moving piece of theatre, an adaptation of Colm Toibin's 2013 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel in which the Virgin Mary struggles to come to terms with the death of her son, reflecting on his life and the events that led up to the crucifixion. The Testament of Mary received three Tony Award nominations for its 2013 Broadway run; these May dates at the Barbican will be its only UK performances. Suitable for ages 14 and above. Contains nudity and a live vulture.

 
 
 

Walerian Borowczyk Season

A major retrospective of the renowned Polish film director.

Walerian Borowczyk Season Walerian Borowczyk Season Internationally renowned Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, who directed 40 films in both Poland and France, such as La Bete (1975), will be celebrated with a major UK retrospective of his work and restoration of his classic Goto, Island of Love (1969) at BFI Southbank. Additional events include an illustrated talk from writer Kuba Mikurda and illustrator Kuba Woynarowski and a Poster Design Masterclass with Tomasz Opasinski for budding graphic designers and illustrators. At the same time, from 20th May to 29th June 2014, the Institute of Contemporary Arts will host the first exhibition of Borowczyk's artwork - the filmmaker trained as a painter and sculptor at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts before establishing himself first as a poster artist in the 1950s and later as an animator and filmmaker.
2014-05-012014-05-29 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st - 29th May 2014

 

Internationally renowned Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, who directed 40 films in both Poland and France, such as La Bete (1975), will be celebrated with a major UK retrospective of his work and restoration of his classic Goto, Island of Love (1969) at BFI Southbank. Additional events include an illustrated talk from writer Kuba Mikurda and illustrator Kuba Woynarowski and a Poster Design Masterclass with Tomasz Opasinski for budding graphic designers and illustrators. At the same time, from 20th May to 29th June 2014, the Institute of Contemporary Arts will host the first exhibition of Borowczyk's artwork - the filmmaker trained as a painter and sculptor at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts before establishing himself first as a poster artist in the 1950s and later as an animator and filmmaker.

 
 
 

Sight And Sound Deep Focus

A survey of the controversial themes in Hollywood talkies made before the Hays Production Code.

Sight And Sound Deep Focus Sight And Sound Deep Focus A survey of Hollywood talkies made before the censorious Hays Production Code came into force in 1934 will be the subject of both the Sight And Sound Deep Focus season and the Passport To Cinema strand from April to July at the BFI Southbank. Highlighting the studios - then relatively unfettered treatment of controversial and taboo themes to do with sex, crime, politics and social injustice, the season will include both classics like Blonde Venus, Public Enemy, Freaks and I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang and rarities like Baby Face, Jewel Robbery, Gabriel Over The White House and Wild Boys Of The Road.

2014-05-012014-05-31 Where:
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London London, SE1 8XT
Category: Film Events

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 01st - 31st May 2014

 

A survey of Hollywood talkies made before the censorious Hays Production Code came into force in 1934 will be the subject of both the Sight And Sound Deep Focus season and the Passport To Cinema strand from April to July at the BFI Southbank. Highlighting the studios' then relatively unfettered treatment of controversial and taboo themes to do with sex, crime, politics and social injustice, the season will include both classics like Blonde Venus, Public Enemy, Freaks and I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang and rarities like Baby Face, Jewel Robbery, Gabriel Over The White House and Wild Boys Of The Road.

 
 
 

Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning historic novels play in rep at the Aldwych Theatre.

Wolf Hall Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning historic novels 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies' transfer from the Royal Shakespeare Company's home in Stratford to the West End and play in rep at the Aldwych Theatre. Adapted by Mike Poulton for the RSC, this new dramatisation centres on Henry VIII becoming increasingly impatient and angry over his request to the Pope for an annulment. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell, one-time mercenary, and master-politician who sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda. The plays, which star Ben Miles as Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as Henry, have enjoyed sell-out success in Stratford since last December and are expected to do equally well in London.
2014-05-012014-09-06 Where:
Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London London, WC2B 4DF
Category: Theatre

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 01st May - 06th September 2014

 

Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning historic novels 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies' transfer from the Royal Shakespeare Company's home in Stratford to the West End and play in rep at the Aldwych Theatre. Adapted by Mike Poulton for the RSC, this new dramatisation centres on Henry VIII becoming increasingly impatient and angry over his request to the Pope for an annulment. Into this volatile court enters the commoner Thomas Cromwell, one-time mercenary, and master-politician who sets out to grant the King his desire whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda. The plays, which star Ben Miles as Cromwell and Nathaniel Parker as Henry, have enjoyed sell-out success in Stratford since last December and are expected to do equally well in London.

 
 
 

Notting Hill Mayfest

The ever-popular village-style May Fair takes place on 17th May, mid-way through the month-long Mayfest.

Notting Hill MayFest Notting Hill MayFest Notting Hill MayFest The annual Notting Hill MayFest, formerly known as the St John's Festival after the 19th century parish church which acts as its centrepiece, brings together traditional musicians and contemporary artists to showcase their talents over a fortnight in one of London's dreamiest areas. Now in its eleventh year, the event galvanises a diverse community through a programme of music, art and family activities. The year's festival opens with a performance at the beautiful St John's Church, on Lansdowne Crescent behind Holland Park, by the church's choral scholars and musicians-in-residence on 1st May. An art exhibition of work by upcoming young artists will be held at the church, and the ever-popular village-style May Fair takes place on 17th May. Added to these are Pop Up Opera - performing Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle on 3rd May - and Pop Up Screens showing the charming Notting Hill with a specially filmed video introduction from its writer, Richard Curtis. Kids can join in the fun on two children's days run in association with the groundbreaking Multi-Story Orchestra, a London-based outfit that brings classical music to unexpected places.
2014-05-012014-05-31 Where:
St John's Church Notting Hill, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London London, W11 2NN
Category: Concerts

St John's Church Notting Hill, Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 2NN

Tube: Holland Park Station

 

Dates: 01st - 31st May 2014

 

The annual Notting Hill Mayfest, formerly known as the St John's Festival after the 19th century parish church which acts as its centrepiece, brings together traditional musicians and contemporary artists to showcase their talents throughout the month of May in one of London's dreamiest areas. Now in its eleventh year, the event galvanises a diverse community through a programme of music, art and family activities. The year's festival opens with a performance at the beautiful St John's Church, on Lansdowne Crescent behind Holland Park, by the church's choral scholars and musicians-in-residence on 1st May. An art exhibition of work by upcoming young artists will be held at the church, and the ever-popular village-style May Fair takes place on 17th May. Added to these are Pop Up Opera - performing Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle on 3rd May - and Pop Up Screens showing the charming Notting Hill with a specially filmed video introduction from its writer, Richard Curtis. Kids can join in the fun on two children's days run in association with the groundbreaking Multi-Story Orchestra, a London-based outfit that brings classical music to unexpected places.

 
 
 

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition

Winning and shortlisted images from a record number of entries submitted.

Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition The very best professional and amateur contemporary photography from around the world goes on display at Somerset House for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. From over 130,000 entries, winning and shortlisted works have been chosen in professional, youth and Open Competition categories - for amateurs and enthusiasts - showcasing the best photo-journalism, fine art and commercial photography. The overall winner follows in the footsteps of last 2014's winner of the L'Iris d'Or/ Photographer of the Year, American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz whose 'Shane and Maggie' series takes an unflinching look at domestic abuse.
2015-04-242015-05-10 Where:
Somerset House, Strand, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Exhibitions

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 24th April to 10th May 2015 - Various Times

 

The very best professional and amateur contemporary photography from around the world goes on display at Somerset House for the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. From a record 139,554 entries, winning and shortlisted works have been chosen, showcasing the best photo-journalism, fine art and commercial photography. The overall winners, announced in London on 30th April 2014, follow in the footsteps of the most recent winner of the L'Iris d'Or/ Photographer of the Year, Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang, whose series of portraits documented the children and youths who survived the July 2011 massacre on the island of Utoya, outside Oslo.

 
 
 

London Sketchfest

Unsigned sketch comedy talent and award-winning acts appear at the comedy festival.

London Sketchfest London Sketchfest Returning for a third year, the London Sketchfest brings a weekend of belly laughs from unsigned sketch comedy talent to award-winning acts from across Britain to London. While this year's line-up has yet to be announced, the organisers have confirmed there will be an action-packed line-up with competition shows presenting undiscovered new and unsigned acts; feature shows from a range of the best acts from around the UK; variety shows; and sketch screen - a cinema and comedy video competition - to the Backyard Bar and Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. Described as "Weird, wide-ranging and whimsical" by The Telegraph at its debut, London Sketchfest has reinvigorated a sketch scene increasingly overshadowed by all-conquering stand-up megastars, and gives us all a chance to see bright young British comedic talent live and under one roof before they make it big on the small screen.
2015-05-012015-05-03 Where:
Backyard Bar & Kitchen, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London London, E2 0EL
Category: Comedy

Backyard Bar & Kitchen, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 0EL

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 1st to 4th May 2014 - Various Times

 

Returning for a second year, the London Sketchfest brings a weekend of belly laughs from unsigned sketch comedy talent to award-winning acts from across Britain to London. This year things are hotting up with Pappy's kicking the festival off with a Best of Pappy's Live. And the expanded programme includes competitions, variety shows and silly sketches performed on two stages in the Backyard Bar and Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. Described as "Weird, wide-ranging and whimsical" by The Telegraph at its debut, London Sketchfest aims to reinvigorate a sketch scene increasingly overshadowed by all-conquering stand-up megastars. And with the return of the award-winning The Pin and Thunderbards, winners of last year's Best of the Fest show, alongside newcomers Foil, Arms and Hog, one of Ireland's top sketch group, and stand-out acts The Real MacGuffins and Matt Lacey, Sketchfest 2014 certainly promises to fulfil its founders' ambitions.

 
 
 

The Pajama Game

Another first-class musical revival from the Chichester Festival Theatre.

The Pajama Game The Pajama Game Chichester Festival Theatre has a happy knack of bringing first class musical revivals to the West End - with 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Kiss Me, Kate' - and that looks set to continue with its romantic comedy musical The Pajama Game heading to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 2nd May. Richard Eyre's production, which enjoyed a sold out three month run at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year, is the latest West End transfer for the theatre which is currently undergoing a £22million refurbishment project. Set in a pajama factory, the 1954 musical is based on Richard Bissell's novel '7 and a half Cents' and tells of a love affair between two of the workers, the new Superintendent Sid Sorokin and feisty union member Babe Williams. The cast includes Joanna Riding, who starred in the original and who also recently appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward. She stars opposite Michael Xavier and Richard Eyre once again directs.
2014-05-022014-09-13 Where:
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London London, WC2H 8DP
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 02nd May - 13th September 2014

 

Chichester Festival Theatre has a happy knack of bringing first class musical revivals to the West End - with 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Sweeney Todd' and 'Kiss Me, Kate' - and that looks set to continue with its romantic comedy musical The Pajama Game heading to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 2nd May. Richard Eyre's production, which enjoyed a sold out three month run at the Chichester Festival Theatre last year, is the latest West End transfer for the theatre which is currently undergoing a £22million refurbishment project. Set in a pajama factory, the 1954 musical is based on Richard Bissell's novel '7 and a half Cents' and tells of a love affair between two of the workers, the new Superintendent Sid Sorokin and feisty union member Babe Williams. The cast includes Joanna Riding, who starred in the original and who also recently appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Stephen Ward. She stars opposite Michael Xavier and Richard Eyre once again directs.

 
 
 

Toby Spence & Friends

The fourth and final of the Guildhall School's first ever Alumni Recital Series.

Toby Spence & Friends Toby Spence & Friends Celebrated tenor Toby Spence returns to the Guildhall School where he studied opera to perform in their new concert hall within the recently opened Milton Court performance venue. He will be accompanied by fellow alumnus Julian Milford on piano when they play Beethoven's An Die Ferne Geliebte and Schumann's Dichterliebe top and tailing a series of pieces by Schubert. This special concert is the fourth and final of the Guildhall School's first ever Alumni Recital Series which includes performances by fellow former students including pianist Thomas Ades, mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and violinist Tasmin Little.
2014-05-022014-05-02 Where:
Milton Court, Silk Street, Barbican, London London, EC2Y 8DT
Category: Concerts

Milton Court, Silk Street, Barbican, City, London, EC2Y 8DT

Tube: Moorgate Station, Barbican Station

 

Dates: 02nd May 2014

 

Celebrated tenor Toby Spence returns to the Guildhall School where he studied opera to perform in the new concert hall within the recently opened Milton Court performance venue. He will be accompanied by fellow alumnus Julian Milford on piano when they play Beethoven's An Die Ferne Geliebte and Schumann's Dichterliebe top and tailing a series of pieces by Schubert. This special concert is the fourth and final of the Guildhall School's first ever Alumni Recital Series which includes performances by fellow former students including pianist Thomas Ades, mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, and violinist Tasmin Little.

 
 
 

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

Dark and complex themes from the UK's rich comic book and graphic art tradition.

Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK This major exhibition at the British Library will explore some of the darker and more complex themes to emerge from the UK's rich tradition of comic books and graphic art. While the exhibition will examine some of the early precursors to the British comic tradition such as William Hogarth, George Cruickshank and Punch magazine, it will mainly focus on post-war material such as The Beano, Viz, Action and Eagle but also look at the counterculture tradition of the 1970s as well as the pioneering work of Alan Moore, Bryan Talbot, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, who helped redefine the intellectual and artistic possibilities of the form with their revolutionary work on 2000AD, Watchmen, Batman, From Hell and many others. The exhibition will therefore demonstrate that the UK was both an early innovator of comics as well as an ongoing leader in the field. 2014-05-022014-08-19 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road, London London, NW1 2DB
Category: Exhibitions

British Library, 96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 

Dates: 02nd May - 19th August 2014

 

A brand new artwork by 'Tank Girl' and 'Gorillaz' co-creator, Jamie Hewlett, featuring a sassy new female character is unveiled in this major exhibition, the UK's biggest show of British comics, at the British Library which explores some of the darker and more complex themes to emerge from the UK's rich tradition of comic books and graphic art. While Comics Unmasked examines some of the early precursors to the British comic tradition such as William Hogarth, George Cruickshank and Punch magazine, it mainly focuses on post-war material such as The Beano, Viz, Action and Eagle but also looks at the counterculture tradition of the 1970s as well as the pioneering work of Alan Moore, Bryan Talbot, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, who helped redefine the intellectual and artistic possibilities of the form with their revolutionary work on 2000AD, Watchmen, Batman, From Hell and many others. The exhibition therefore demonstrates that the UK was both an early innovator of comics as well as an ongoing leader in the field.

 
 
 

Campo Viejo Streets Of Spain

Live installations, tapas and a massive wine experiment.

Campo Viejo Streets Of Spain Campo Viejo Streets Of Spain Campo Viejo Streets of Spain returns to the South Bank on the first May Bank Holiday of 2014. As well as live art installations, tapas and treats from Barcelona's world famous food market, La Boqueria, there will also be the chance to blend your own Rioja in a series of masterclasses. Plus, billed as the world's largest multi-sensory wine experiment, the Campo Viejo Colour Lab invites 2000 members of the public to explore the relationship between taste, colour and sound. Participants will be given a single glass of wine to taste while being exposed to a number of sounds and colours, recording how these influence the taste.
2014-05-022014-05-05 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Foodie Events

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 05th May 2014

 

Campo Viejo Streets of Spain returns to the South Bank on the first May Bank Holiday of 2014. As well as live art installations, tapas and treats from Barcelona's world famous food market, La Boqueria, there will also be the chance to blend your own Rioja in a series of masterclasses. Plus, billed as the world's largest multi-sensory wine experiment, the Campo Viejo Colour Lab invites 2000 members of the public to explore the relationship between taste, colour and sound. Participants will be given a single glass of wine to taste while being exposed to a number of sounds and colours, recording how these influence the taste.

 
 
 

Grand Designs Live

Inspiration and ideas for the home.

Grand Designs Live Grand Designs Live Based on the hugely popular Channel 4 TV series, in which the general public aim to build their dream homes, the multi-award winning Grand Designs Live returns to ExCel Centre this spring. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the show is the perfect place to come for ideas and inspiration for the home with over 500 exhibitors, top TV celebrities, shopping and fabulous show features. Whether you're building a conservatory, renovating a new home or just trying to sort out your hideous living room, there will be something for you at this ultimate exhibition for people passionate about home and garden design.
2015-05-022015-05-10 Where:
ExCel London Exhibition Centre, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London London, E16 1XL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 10th May 2015

 

Based on the hugely popular Channel 4 TV series, in which the general public aim to build their dream homes, the multi-award winning Grand Designs Live returns to ExCel Centre this spring. Presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the show is the perfect place to come for ideas and inspiration for the home with over 500 exhibitors, top TV celebrities, shopping and fabulous show features. Whether you're building a conservatory, renovating a new home or just trying to sort out your hideous living room, there will be something for you at this ultimate exhibition for people passionate about home and garden design.

 
 
 

Miss Saigon

The much loved musical returns to the West End.

Miss Saigon Miss Saigon Miss Saigon makes a welcome return to London's West End in 2014, taking to the stage at the Prince Edward Theatre. The musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil enjoyed a record-breaking run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago and has since played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world. Having waited for the perfect London theatre to become available, Sir Cameron Mackintosh now presents his reworked show and brings the love story to life once again. Set during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, the musical tells the story of a young Vietnamese orphan girl who is sold for the night to an American GI, resulting in both their lives changing forever. The production will tell a grittier and more realistic version of the story and will also feature a new song titled Maybe, which will be sung for the first time in English during the London shows.
2014-05-032015-04-25 Where:
Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, London London, W1D 4HS
Category: Theatre

Prince Edward Theatre, 28 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4HS

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

 

Dates: 3rd May 2014 to 25th April 2015

 

Miss Saigon makes a welcome return to London's West End in 2014, taking to the stage at the Prince Edward Theatre. The musical by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil enjoyed a record-breaking run at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago and has since played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world. Having waited for the perfect London theatre to become available, Sir Cameron Mackintosh now presents his reworked show and brings the love story to life once again. Set during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, the musical tells the story of a young Vietnamese orphan girl who is sold for the night to an American GI, resulting in both their lives changing forever. The production will tell a grittier and more realistic version of the story and will also feature a new song titled Maybe, which will be sung for the first time in English during the London shows.

 
 
 

Kitchen Gardens

The new addition shows how food was produced for the king's table.

Kitchen Gardens Kitchen Gardens The latest addition to Hampton Court Palace's world-class gardens will be the restored Kitchen Gardens, which will be used to show how food was produced for the king's table at the palace. The Tiltyard was used as the royal kitchen garden throughout the 18th century and this recreation will be faithful to its time, right down to the types of gardening displays used to cultivate rare heritage fruit and veg. The garden will be open to the public free of charge. 2014-05-26 Where:
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey London, KT8 9AU
Category: Exhibitions

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: From 26th May 2014

 

The latest addition to Hampton Court Palace's world-class gardens will be the restored Kitchen Gardens, which will be used to show how food was produced for the king's table at the palace. The Tiltyard was used as the royal kitchen garden throughout the 18th century and this recreation will be faithful to its time, right down to the types of gardening displays used to cultivate rare heritage fruit and veg. The garden will be open to the public free of charge.

 
 
 

Wedding Dress 1775-2014

Dresses from Galliano, Lacroix, Westwood, Vera Wang and those worn by Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stafani.

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution of the wedding dress over the past two hundred years. When did white become the norm? And how have notable fashion designers from Norman Hartnell and Charles James to the outré John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood and classic Vera Wang put their own mark on this iconic form? Augmenting the V&A's own pieces will be some new acquisitions and loans such as Dita Von Teese's purple dress (worn when she married Marilyn Manson) and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.
2014-05-032015-03-15 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: 3rd May 2014 to 15th March 2015

 

The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution of the wedding dress over the past two hundred years. When did white become the norm? And how have notable fashion designers from Norman Hartnell and Charles James to the outré John Galliano, Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood and classic Vera Wang put their own mark on this iconic form? Augmenting the V&A's own pieces will be some new acquisitions and loans such as Dita Von Teese's purple dress (worn when she married Marilyn Manson) and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.

 
 
 

English National Opera: Thebans

A compelling re-telling of Sophocles Theban tragedy.

English National Opera: Thebans English National Opera: Thebans Distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness creates a compelling re-telling of Sophocles's timeless Theban tragedy for the English National Opera which gets is world premiere at the London Coliseum in May 2014. Focusing on the fate of Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, this earth shattering story, an important ENO commission, unites the playwright with prize-winning British composer Julian Anderson ("a composer to cherish", The Times) who has written his first opear with this piece. De Nederlandse Opera Artistic Director Pierre Audi makes his much-anticipated ENO debut with this production, a tale of murder and incest, political ambition, and love and loyalty which ends in catastrophe. "Thebans in three words: families are terrifying" - Frank McGuinness. 2014-05-032014-06-03 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Concerts

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: 03rd May - 03rd June 2014

 

Distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness creates a compelling re-telling of Sophocles's timeless Theban tragedy for the English National Opera which gets is world premiere at the London Coliseum in May 2014. Focusing on the fate of Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, this earth shattering story, an important ENO commission, unites the playwright with prize-winning British composer Julian Anderson ("a composer to cherish", The Times) who has written his first opear with this piece. De Nederlandse Opera Artistic Director Pierre Audi makes his much-anticipated ENO debut with this production, a tale of murder and incest, political ambition, and love and loyalty which ends in catastrophe. "Thebans in three words: families are terrifying" - Frank McGuinness.

 
 
 

Breakin' Convention

Three-day international festival of hip hop and dance curated by Jonzi D.

Breakin' Convention Breakin' Convention This annual four-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a twelfth year in 2015. Breakin' Convention 2015 features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls. Taking place every May bank holiday weekend, this world-renowned celebration of hip hop dance culture takes over the space with live DJs, graffiti, workshops, performances, after parties and park jam. Expect a frenzy of cutting-edge performances with one head-spinning act after another taking to the stage to wow the audience. It's all hosted by Jonzi D, a central force in bringing street culture to Britain in the early 80s. Alongside world class performances the weekend is packed with live aerosol jams, workshop programmes, DJ demos and freestyle circles. The full line-up is announced in March 2015.
2015-05-012015-05-04 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Clubbing and Nightlife

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 3rd and 4th May 2014 at 6pm & 5th May 2014 at 6.30pm

 

This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for an eleventh year in 2014. Breakin' Convention 2014 features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls, including ILL-Abilities, Ukweli Roach and Wanted Posse. David Colas, Boy Blue Entertainment, and Boadicea are also among the many acts in what amounts to a frenzy of cutting-edge moves with one head-spinning act after another taking to the stage to wow audiences - all hosted by Jonzi D, a central force in bringing street culture to Britain in the early 80s. Alongside world class performances the weekend is packed with live aerosol jams, workshop programmes, DJ demos and freestyle circles.

 
 
 

Canalway Cavalcade

A pageant of boats and a floating festival for the May bank holiday weekend 3rd-5th May.

Canalway Cavalcade Canalway Cavalcade Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterway festival that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers, there will be an array of boats, trade show stalls and boater gatherings at this festival for water lovers. As well as the boating activities, there will also be Morris dancing, competitions, food, family-friendly activities and a real ale bar, making it an enjoyable day out for families. Plus, with the location being quaint Little Venice, this creates the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll and an enjoyable view alongside your lunch and ale.
2015-05-022015-05-04 Where:
Little Venice, Maida Vale, London London, W2 1TH
Category: Exhibitions

Little Venice, Maida Vale, Little Venice, London, W2 1TH

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station

 

Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th May 2015

 

Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterway festival that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers, there will be an array of boats, trade show stalls and boater gatherings at this festival for water lovers. As well as the boating activities, there will also be Morris dancing, competitions, food, family-friendly activities and a real ale bar, making it an enjoyable day out for families. Plus, with the location being quaint Little Venice, this creates the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll and an enjoyable view alongside your lunch and ale.

 
 
 

Michel Legrand and Natalie Dessay

Songs from the Oscar-winning French composer and opera singer's new album.

Michel Legrand and Natalie Dessay Michel Legrand and Natalie Dessay He has won two Oscars for his film scores and written soundtracks for over 200 film and television productions, now French composer Michel Legrand comes to the London Palladium for one night only on Sunday 4th May 2014 performing with opera singer Natalie Dessay. Legrand, who composed the Oscar-winning scores behind the original 'Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Yentl', will be performing songs from the album he recently released with Dessay which reached the top 10 of the French pop chart.
2014-05-042014-05-04 Where:
London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London London, W1F 7TF
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 04th May 2014

 

He has won two Oscars for his film scores and written soundtracks for over 200 film and television productions, now French composer Michel Legrand comes to the London Palladium for one night only on Sunday 4th May 2014 performing with opera singer Natalie Dessay. Legrand, who composed the Oscar-winning scores behind the original 'Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Yentl', will be performing songs from the album he recently released with Dessay which reached the top 10 of the French pop chart.

 
 
 

Vaisakhi on the Square

A colourful way to welcome in the Sikh New Year.

Vaisakhi on the Square Vaisakhi on the Square The official Vaisakhi Festival celebrations in Trafalgar Square are a colourful way to welcome in the Sikh New Year. The festival is truly a sight to behold with traditional and modern Asian music and dancing and an array of exotic culinary delights on offer. Commemorating 300 years of the consecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru, the Vaisakhi festival includes performances of music such as Shabad Kirtin (religious hymns), as well as modern dance music and DJs. In previous years crowds of 30,000 have attended the celebrations, which typically end with a final prayer for the good and well-being of the whole of humanity. Vegetarian food prepared by the Sikh community is usually on sale during the afternoon.
2014-05-042014-05-04 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Seasonal

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

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

 

Dates: 04th May 2014

 

The official Vaisakhi Festival celebrations in Trafalgar Square are a colourful way to welcome in the Sikh New Year. The festival is truly a sight to behold with traditional and modern Asian music and dancing and an array of exotic culinary delights on offer. Commemorating 300 years of the consecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru, the Vaisakhi festival includes performances of music such as Shabad Kirtin (religious hymns), as well as modern dance music and DJs. In previous years crowds of 30,000 have attended the celebrations, which typically end with a final prayer for the good and well-being of the whole of humanity. Vegetarian food prepared by the Sikh community is usually on sale during the afternoon.

 
 
 

Robert Mapplethorpe

On display beside images by William Eggleston and Harry Callahan.

Robert Mapplethorpe Robert Mapplethorpe Photographs and self-portraits by the avant-garde American artist Robert Mapplethorpe are the subject of a free display at Tate Modern, where the portraits will be shown for the first time. Mapplethorpe was renowned for pushing the boundaries of photography in both his subject choice and technique, resulting in a number of controversial and explicit gay imagery. This exhibition allows for these controversial works to be displayed alongside his complete repertoire. Part of the Artist Rooms displays, there will also be a room dedicated to Alex Katz (26th April 2014 - 1st March 2015), displaying a group of large landscape paintings
2014-05-112014-10-26 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London London, SE1 9TG
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 

Dates: 11th May - 26th October 2014

 

Photographs and self portraits by the avant-garde American artist are the subject of a free display at Tate Modern where works by three iconic US photographers can be seen in close proximity to one another. Alongside the Robert Mapplethorpe self portraits, available from 5th May, are rooms dedicated to William Eggleston (until 11th May) and Harry Callahan, until 31st May 2014.

 
 
 

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz World Tour

Expect extreme twerking and explicit content from the former Hannah Montana.

Miley Cyrus: Bangerz World Tour Miley Cyrus: Bangerz World Tour The most talked about pop star of 2013 will be bringing her controversial stage antics to London this spring as part of her mammoth Bangerz World Tour. Last year Miley Cyrus twerked up a storm wherever she went, grinding up against Robin Thicke, countless dwarfs and even Father Christmas. Furthermore, with an explicit music video for her hit single Wrecking Ball - which proved to be the most watched music video of 2013 - and sparking up a joint at the MTV Europe Music Awards, she certainly succeeded in claiming the spotlight. Stopping by the O2 Arena for one night in May, her show comes with an explicit content warning. Miley's outrageous antics onstage as part of this tour have so far included Miley staging a sex act on a dancer wearing a Bill Clinton mask and the singer wearing a cannabis leaf-print leotard.
2014-05-062014-05-06 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: 06th May 2014

 

The most talked about pop star of 2013 will be bringing her controversial stage antics to London this spring as part of her mammoth Bangerz World Tour. Last year Miley Cyrus twerked up a storm wherever she went, grinding up against Robin Thicke, countless dwarfs and even Father Christmas. Furthermore, with an explicit music video for her hit single Wrecking Ball - which proved to be the most watched music video of 2013 - and sparking up a joint at the MTV Europe Music Awards, she certainly succeeded in claiming the spotlight. Stopping by the O2 Arena for one night in May, her show comes with an explicit content warning.

 
 
 

Havana Rakatan

One of Sadler's Wells' most successful productions.

Havana Rakatan Havana Rakatan Havana Rakatan returns to Peacock Theatre for its sixth season this year, proving it to be one of Sadler's Wells' most successful productions. The show is pure swinging with all the jazzy trumpeting and soulful rhythms of a live Cuban band setting the pace - even the name Havana Rakatan is evocative of an infectious stream of foot-stomping, body-twisting dances. Choreographer Nilda Guerra has put this show in motion by reliving the story of Cuban dance and music on stage. From its roots in African and Spanish cultures - there's a clever fusion at the beginning - to the full flavour of salsa, rumba and cha-cha-cha, the women delight in their sultry selves and the men are men. It sizzles with Cuban passion and then conjures up a street party in Havana you'd definitely want to be invited to. 2014-05-062014-05-24 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Dance

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

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 06th - 24th May 2014

 

Havana Rakatan returns to Peacock Theatre for its sixth season this year, proving it to be one of Sadler's Wells' most successful productions. The show is pure swinging with all the jazzy trumpeting and soulful rhythms of a live Cuban band setting the pace - even the name Havana Rakatan is evocative of an infectious stream of foot-stomping, body-twisting dances. Choreographer Nilda Guerra has put this show in motion by reliving the story of Cuban dance and music on stage. From its roots in African and Spanish cultures - there's a clever fusion at the beginning - to the full flavour of salsa, rumba and cha-cha-cha, the women delight in their sultry selves and the men are men. It sizzles with Cuban passion and then conjures up a street party in Havana you'd definitely want to be invited to.

 
 
 

Britten Sinfonia

New work by Brett Dean and Schoenberg's String Quartet No 2 In F Sharp Minor.

Britten Sinfonia Britten Sinfonia The Cambridge-based Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra perform an hour-long lunchtime concert including Tintner's Ellipse, a new work by Brett Dean and Schoenberg's String Quartet No 2 In F Sharp Minor at the Wigmore Hall. Soloist soprano Allison Bell joins composer and viola player Brett Dean and the Britten Sinfonia including acclaimed principal players - leader Jacqueline Shave and Miranda Dale (violins) and Caroline Dearnley (cello) in a programme chosen by Dean.
2014-05-072014-05-07 Where:
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London London, W1U 2BP
Category: Concerts

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 2BP

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 07th May 2014

 

The Cambridge-based Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra perform an hour-long lunchtime concert including Tintner's Ellipse, a new work by Brett Dean and Schoenberg's String Quartet No 2 In F Sharp Minor at the Wigmore Hall. Soloist soprano Allison Bell joins composer and viola player Brett Dean and the Britten Sinfonia including acclaimed principal players - leader Jacqueline Shave and Miranda Dale (violins) and Caroline Dearnley (cello) in a programme chosen by Dean.

 
 
 

Waiting for Godot

The controversial play staged by a talented creative team.

Waiting for Godot Waiting for Godot Beckett's controversial Waiting for Godot, a "play in which nothing happens, twice" (Vivian Mercier, Irish Times, 1956), comes to the Arcola Theatre this summer, staged by a talented creative team. Simon Dormandy, who has worked with Cheek by Jowl, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar and the Royal Court, directs, with a set by Patrick Kinmonth - who received the Wall Street Journal magazine's 'Innovator of the Year Award' for his "unrestricted creativity and multiple talents".
2014-05-072014-06-14 Where:
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London London, E8 3DL
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 07th May - 14th June 2014

 

Beckett's controversial Waiting for Godot, a "play in which nothing happens, twice" (Vivian Mercier, Irish Times, 1956), comes to the Arcola Theatre this summer, staged by a talented creative team. Simon Dormandy, who has worked with Cheek by Jowl, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Donmar and the Royal Court, directs, with a set by Patrick Kinmonth - who received the Wall Street Journal magazine's 'Innovator of the Year Award' for his "unrestricted creativity and multiple talents".

 
 
 

Bring Up the Bodies

Royal Shakespeare Company's new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novel.

Bring Up the Bodies Bring Up the Bodies The Royal Shakespeare Company's new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels 'Bring Up the Bodies' and 'Wolf Hall' play in two parts as both transfer to the West End and run in rep at the Aldwych Theatre. Directed by Jeremy Herrin and most of the original show's cast, including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as the king and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn will transfer too. Adapted by Mike Poulton, this production shows Anne Boleyn now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position. Tickets sold out quickly for the run in Stratford so this is likely to do so too. 2014-05-072014-09-06 Where:
Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London London, WC2B 4DF
Category: Theatre

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 07th May - 06th September 2014

 

The Royal Shakespeare Company's new dramatisation of Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winning novels 'Bring Up the Bodies' and 'Wolf Hall' play in two parts as both transfer to the West End and run in rep at the Aldwych Theatre. Directed by Jeremy Herrin and most of the original show's cast, including Ben Miles as Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as the king and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn will transfer too. Adapted by Mike Poulton, this production shows Anne Boleyn now Queen, her path to Henry's side cleared by Cromwell. But Henry remains without a male heir, and the conflict with the Catholic Church has left England dangerously isolated as France and the Holy Roman Empire ominously manoeuvre for position. Tickets sold out quickly for the run in Stratford so this is likely to do so too.

 
 
 

Cantina: LIMBO

Heart-stopping illusions, meticulous manoeuvres and breath taking dance moves.

Cantina: LIMBO Cantina: LIMBO Back by popular demand, LIMBO returns to London Wonderground with its impressive blend of heart-stopping illusions, meticulous manoeuvres and breath taking dance moves, audiences can expect an extraordinary show. Presented by the creative producers of 2012's hair-raising show Cantina, which successfully shocked audience after audience with its mind-bending acrobatics and blush-worthy nudity, Limbo features a cast of international performers include illusionist Paul Kieve, acrobat and aerialist Jonathan Nosan from the US, Australian acrobat-dancer Hilton Denis and the head balancer Danik Abishev. Directed by Scott Maidment, Limbo is a celebration of an exciting, peculiar world of promise and illusion. 2014-05-072014-08-17 Where:
London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Dance

London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 07th May - 17th August 2014

 

Back by popular demand, LIMBO returns to London Wonderground with its impressive blend of heart-stopping illusions, meticulous manoeuvres and breath taking dance moves, audiences can expect an extraordinary show. Presented by the creative producers of 2012's hair-raising show Cantina, which successfully shocked audience after audience with its mind-bending acrobatics and blush-worthy nudity, Limbo features a cast of international performers include illusionist Paul Kieve, acrobat and aerialist Jonathan Nosan from the US, Australian acrobat-dancer Hilton Denis and the head balancer Danik Abishev. Directed by Scott Maidment, Limbo is a celebration of an exciting, peculiar world of promise and illusion.

 
 
 

Kidnapped

The swashbuckling tale of shipwreck, kidnapping and the Jacobite uprising.

Kidnapped Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling tale of Davie Balfour, a young lad who escapes shipwreck, kidnapping and several attempted murders as he battles his way around Scotland as he seeks to reclaim his rightful inheritance inthe aftermath of the Jacobite uprising. Though the novel was written for young boys, Kidnapped has many fond adult fans. This production is brought to the Hackney Empire by Sell A Door Theatre and is adapted by Ivan Wilkinson. 2014-05-082014-05-10 Where:
Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London London, E8 1EJ
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 08th - 10th May 2014

 

Robert Louis Stevenson's swashbuckling tale of Davie Balfour, a young lad who escapes shipwreck, kidnapping and several attempted murders as he battles his way around Scotland as he seeks to reclaim his rightful inheritance inthe aftermath of the Jacobite uprising. Though the novel was written for young boys, Kidnapped has many fond adult fans. This production is brought to the Hackney Empire by Sell A Door Theatre and is adapted by Ivan Wilkinson.

 
 
 

Nick Lowe

The headmaster of British rock at his favourite London venue.

Nick Lowe Nick Lowe Many shades of rock and pop by the long-established singer-songwriter and producer Nick Lowe, best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass". His production work has led to collaborations with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others. The headmaster of British rock plays three nights at the atmospheric Union Chapel, his favourite venue in London, as part of a solo tour in spring 2014.
2014-05-092014-05-11 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London London, N1 2UN
Category: Concerts

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 09th - 11th May 2014

 

Many shades of rock and pop by the long-established singer-songwriter and producer Nick Lowe, best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" and "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass". His production work has led to collaborations with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others. The headmaster of British rock plays three nights at the atmospheric Union Chapel, his favourite venue in London, as part of a solo tour in spring 2014.

 
 
 

Blogtacular

Inspiring blog ideas and design.

Blogtacular Blogtacular The inaugural Blogtacular will take over The Royal Institution of Great Britain on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May 2014 filling the Faraday Theatre with inspiring blog ideas. Discussions on 'the power of collaboration', 'what can the magazines teach us', and blog design will be prompted by keynote speakers and there will be workshops on how best to blog.
2014-05-092014-05-10 Where:
Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London London, W1S 4BS
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BS

Tube: Green Park Station

 

Dates: 09th - 10th May 2014

 

The inaugural Blogtacular will take over The Royal Institution of Great Britain on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May 2014 filling the Faraday Theatre with inspiring blog ideas. Discussions on 'the power of collaboration', 'what can the magazines teach us', and blog design will be prompted by keynote speakers and there will be workshops on how best to blog.

 
 
 

London Rugby Sevens

The world's finest rugby talent from 16 international teams.

London Rugby Sevens London Rugby Sevens London Rugby Sevens Head down to the home of English rugby this May as Twickenham opens its doors to some of the world's finest rugby talent from 16 international teams for the London Sevens. The two-day tournament is a great chance to experience a sport whose popularity is growing fast. Sevens is quicker and higher-scoring than Union or League rugby (think Twenty20 cricket) and the rules are far simpler, which explains part of its appeal. It also gives players the space for superb feats of individual skill, with the athletic Samoan, Fijian and New Zealand teams particularly prone to spectacular showboating. There are plenty of well-timed breaks so you can hit the bar for some liquid refreshment and soak up some of the extra entertainment. It's also much cheaper than the 15-a-side version, which is always a bonus, and there's a distinctive carnival atmosphere to these events with spectators often sporting a superb array of comedy fancy dress outfits.
2014-05-102014-05-11 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 - 11th May 2014

 

Head down to the home of English rugby this May as Twickenham opens its doors to some of the world's finest rugby talent from 16 international teams for the London Sevens. The two-day tournament is a great chance to experience a sport whose popularity is growing fast. Sevens is quicker and higher-scoring than Union or League rugby (think Twenty20 cricket) and the rules are far simpler, which explains part of its appeal. It also gives players the space for superb feats of individual skill, with the athletic Samoan, Fijian and New Zealand teams particularly prone to spectacular showboating. There are plenty of well-timed breaks so you can hit the bar for some liquid refreshment and soak up some of the extra entertainment. It's also much cheaper than the 15-a-side version, which is always a bonus, and there's a distinctive carnival atmosphere to these events with spectators often sporting a superb array of comedy fancy dress outfits.

 
 
 

The Royal Opera: Tosca

Puccini's classic love story set in the turbulence of Napoleon's invasion of Rome.

The Royal Opera: Tosca The Royal Opera: Tosca Jonathan Kent's naturalistic production of Puccini's classic love story Tosca, much revived since it was first seen at the Royal Opera House in 2006, is set in the turbulence of Napoleon's invasion of Rome in the summer of 1800. Puccini's most famous opera, based on the play La Tosca by French dramatist Sardou, contrasts the passion of lovers Mario Cavaradossi and Floria Tosca with the lust of Baron Scarpia. "Handsome and traditional" says the Financial Times, "Opera with a capital O", says the Arts Desk. 2014-05-102014-06-26 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: 10th May - 26th June 2014

 

Jonathan Kent's naturalistic production of Puccini's classic love story Tosca, much revived since it was first seen at the Royal Opera House in 2006, is set in the turbulence of Napoleon's invasion of Rome in the summer of 1800. Puccini's most famous opera, based on the play La Tosca by French dramatist Sardou, contrasts the passion of lovers Mario Cavaradossi and Floria Tosca with the lust of Baron Scarpia. "Handsome and traditional" says the Financial Times, "Opera with a capital O", says the Arts Desk.

 
 
 

Bakersfield Mist

Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage, starring opposite Ian McDiarmid.

Bakersfield Mist Bakersfield Mist Kathleen Turner, who famously bared all when she last appeared in the West End - in a stage adaptation of The Graduate fourteen years ago - returns to the London stage to play Maude, an unemployed bartender, in the European premiere of Stephen Sachs's comedy-drama Bakersfield Mist, at the Duchess Theatre. Maude has bought a painting from a thrift shop, and despite nearly destroying it, she believes it maybe a Jackson Pollock. An art expert, played by Ian McDiarmid, arrives in Bakersfield to authenticate it, but has no idea what he is about to truly discover. Producer Nica Burns told BBC News, "the chemistry between these two great stage actors was thrilling" at an early read through of the play.
2014-05-102014-08-30 Where:
Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5LA
Category: Theatre

Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 10th May - 30th August 2014

 

Kathleen Turner, who famously bared all when she last appeared in the West End - in a stage adaptation of The Graduate fourteen years ago - returns to the London stage to play Maude, an unemployed bartender, in the European premiere of Stephen Sachs's comedy-drama Bakersfield Mist, at the Duchess Theatre. Maude has bought a painting from a thrift shop, and despite nearly destroying it, she believes it maybe a Jackson Pollock. An art expert, played by Ian McDiarmid, arrives in Bakersfield to authenticate it, but has no idea what he is about to truly discover. Producer Nica Burns told BBC News, "the chemistry between these two great stage actors was thrilling" at an early read through of the play.

 
 
 

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

The annual celebrations in Covent Garden that draw in puppeteers from all over the country.

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival This annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the red nosed stick-wielding puppet, bringing together dozens of puppeteers in a colourful, highly entertaining afternoon. The annual celebrations in Covent Garden draw puppeteers from all over the country as well as folk music, dancers, clowns, jugglers and stalls. The location is appropriately close to the spot where Samuel Pepys first sighted Mr Punch on 9th May 1662 and recorded the fact in his diary - which is why the birthday celebrations fall on or near to 9th May. The day's events start with a toast to Mr Punch, and a brass band led Grand Procession starting at St Paul's Church garden, a beautiful little oasis in the city centre. There follows a special service with a sermon administered by Rev Mark Oakley and Mr Punch himself. An integral part of British heritage, the puppet with attitude is a wonderful, anarchic figure and this is a top traditional family day out.
2015-05-102015-05-10 Where:
St Paul's Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London London, WC2E 9ED
Category: Exhibitions

St Paul's Covent Garden, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ED

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

 

Dates: Sunday 10th May 2015

 

This annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the red nosed stick-wielding puppet, bringing together dozens of puppeteers in a colourful, highly entertaining afternoon. The annual celebrations in Covent Garden draw puppeteers from all over the country as well as folk music, dancers, clowns, jugglers and stalls. The location is appropriately close to the spot where Samuel Pepys first sighted Mr Punch on 9th May 1662 and recorded the fact in his diary - which is why the birthday celebrations fall on or near to 9th May. The day's events start with a toast to Mr Punch, and a brass band led Grand Procession starting at St Paul's Church garden, a beautiful little oasis in the city centre. There follows a special service with a sermon administered by Rev Mark Oakley and Mr Punch himself. An integral part of British heritage, the puppet with attitude is a wonderful, anarchic figure and this is a top traditional family day out.

 
 
 

This May Hurt a Bit

A witty, new drama about one family's journey through the NHS health system.

This May Hurt a Bit This May Hurt a Bit Stella Feehily's witty drama puts the NHS under the stethoscope in a new play which explores one family's journey through the health system and ponders the prognosis of the experience. This May Hurt a Bit is directed by Feehily's husband, Max Stafford-Clark, founder of Out of Joint, the theatre company behind Ciphers, written by Dawn King and directed by Blanche McIntyre which appears at the Bush Theatre in early 2014 as part of a UK tour. Out of Joint makes a welcome return to the St James Theatre following their raved-about production of 'Our Country's Good'. 2014-05-122014-06-21 Where:
St James Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London London, SW1E 5JA
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 12th May - 21st June 2014

 

Stella Feehily's witty drama puts the NHS under the stethoscope in a new play which explores one family's journey through the health system and ponders the prognosis of the experience. This May Hurt a Bit is directed by Feehily's husband, Max Stafford-Clark, founder of Out of Joint, the theatre company behind Ciphers, written by Dawn King and directed by Blanche McIntyre which appears at the Bush Theatre in early 2014 as part of a UK tour. Out of Joint makes a welcome return to the St James Theatre following their raved-about production of 'Our Country's Good'.

 
 
 

The Tiger Lillies - Live In Concert

Pre-war Berlin performance style fused with edgy, modern punk, as part of London Wonderground.

The Tiger Lillies - Live In Concert The Tiger Lillies - Live In Concert The Grammy award nominated purveyors of alt-cabaret The Tiger Lillies are regarded as the 'godfathers of alternative cabaret'. They fuse pre-war Berlin performance style with edgy, modern punk as they explore dark, depraved songs and draw on the classic recordings including Shockheaded Peter. Having been nominated for a Grammy they claimed an Olivier Award and now, conjuring up the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin and fusing it with savage punk, they return to London Wonderground with their live concert. Always capable of shocking, surprising and entertaining, The Tiger Lillies are 'unique, unapologetically offensive [and] raucously funny' (The Independent). Not suitable for under 16s. 2014-05-132014-05-18 Where:
London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Theatre

London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th - 18th May 2014

 

The Grammy award nominated purveyors of alt-cabaret The Tiger Lillies are regarded as the 'godfathers of alternative cabaret'. They fuse pre-war Berlin performance style with edgy, modern punk as they explore dark, depraved songs and draw on the classic recordings including Shockheaded Peter. Having been nominated for a Grammy they claimed an Olivier Award and now, conjuring up the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin and fusing it with savage punk, they return to London Wonderground with their live concert. Always capable of shocking, surprising and entertaining, The Tiger Lillies are 'unique, unapologetically offensive [and] raucously funny' (The Independent). Not suitable for under 16s.

 
 
 

Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

The tale of star-crossed lovers is set in a war-ravaged Italian metropolis in the 20th century.

Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet Scottish Ballet: Romeo and Juliet Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor transfers Prokofiev's rousing score to a war-ravaged Italian metropolis in the 20th century. The production is viewed as one of the Scottish Ballet's most iconic works and the new setting highlights the enduring relevance of Shakespere's classic story of doomed love. In the first act, set designer Tatyana Van Walsum projects black-and-white archive footage of First World War trenches onto a backdrop of stark modern buildings and cars. The second act is set in sepia tones and captures the optimism of the fifties following the end of Mussolini's dictatorship. Finally, the third act's contemporary setting shows today's warring nations under the eerie blue light of television cameras reporting from the front line on a 24/7 basis. View our ticket offers for the ballet.

2014-05-142014-05-17 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, London London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 14th - 17th May 2014

 

Choreographer Krzysztof Pastor transfers Prokofiev's rousing score to a war-ravaged Italian metropolis in the 20th century. The production is viewed as one of the Scottish Ballet's most iconic works and the new setting highlights the enduring relevance of Shakespere's classic story of doomed love. In the first act, set designer Tatyana Van Walsum projects black-and-white archive footage of First World War trenches onto a backdrop of stark modern buildings and cars. The second act is set in sepia tones and captures the optimism of the fifties following the end of Mussolini's dictatorship. Finally, the third act's contemporary setting shows today's warring nations under the eerie blue light of television cameras reporting from the front line on a 24/7 basis. View our ticket offers for the ballet.

 
 
 

The Tallis Scholars: War and Peace

Commemorating those who lost their lives in the First World War.

The Tallis Scholars: War and Peace The Tallis Scholars: War and Peace For the final concert in the choral series The Tallis Scholars return to Cadogan Hall for War and Peace, part of the choir's 40th anniversary programme. The special concert, featuring sacred works by Tallis, Victoria and other 15th century contemporaries, commemorates all those who lost their lives in the First World War one hundred years on. The programme includes music from Monody, Josquin, Guerrero, Arvo Pärt, Mouton, Lobo, John Tavener and Palestrina. 2014-05-142014-05-14 Where:
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London London, SW1X 9DQ
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 14th May 2014

 

For the final concert in the choral series The Tallis Scholars return to Cadogan Hall for War and Peace, part of the choir's 40th anniversary programme. The special concert, featuring sacred works by Tallis, Victoria and other 15th century contemporaries, commemorates all those who lost their lives in the First World War one hundred years on. The programme includes music from Monody, Josquin, Guerrero, Arvo Pärt, Mouton, Lobo, John Tavener and Palestrina.

 
 
 

Never Such Innocence

Letters and diaries from army leader Field Marshal Sir John French.

Never Such Innocence Never Such Innocence An evening of poetry, prose and music at Australia House to commemorate the First World War centenary. Organised by Lady Lucy French in conjunction with the Australian High Commission, the piece will also include the letters and diaries of Lady French’s great grandfather, Field Marshal Sir John French, who led the British Army in 1914. This is a black tie event, with the money raised going to five military charities.
2014-05-142014-05-15 Where:
Australia House, Strand, London London, WC2B 4LA
Category: Exhibitions

Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 14th - 15th May 2014

 

An evening of poetry, prose and music at Australia House to commemorate the First World War centenary. Organised by Lady Lucy French in conjunction with the Australian High Commission, the piece will also include the letters and diaries of Lady French's great grandfather, Field Marshal Sir John French, who led the British Army in 1914. This is a black tie event, with the money raised going to five military charities.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: Serenade | Sweet Violets | DGV

A program of exhilarating contrasts.

The Royal Ballet: Serenade | Sweet Violets | DGV The Royal Ballet: Serenade | Sweet Violets | DGV This mixed bill by The Royal Ballet presents a programme of exhilarating contrasts, from a dark Victorian melodrama to a celebration of hi-tech modernity. 'Serenade', one of Balanchine's earliest works, set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, is combined with 'Sweet Violets', Liam Scarlett's ballet inspired by Walter Sickert's 'Camden Town Murder' paintings while Christopher Wheeldon's award-winning 'DGV: Danse a grande vitesse' takes the high-speed TGV train as its inspiration.
2014-05-142014-05-26 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: 14th - 26th May 2014

 

This mixed bill by The Royal Ballet presents a program of exhilarating contrasts, from a dark Victorian melodrama to a celebration of hi-tech modernity. 'Serenade', one of Balanchine's earliest works, set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, is combined with 'Sweet Violets', Liam Scarlett's ballet inspired by Walter Sickert's 'Camden Town Murder' paintings while Christopher Wheeldon's award-winning 'DGV: Danse a grande vitesse' takes the high-speed TGV train as its inspiration.

 
 
 

Daniel Weil: The Art of Design

Featuring Weil's much-anticipated new series of clocks.

Daniel Weil: The Art of Design Daniel Weil: The Art of Design Argentine-born, London-based designer Daniel Weil has made a name for himself with art pieces such as the 1981 'Bag Radio' (a deconstructed radio in a clear plastic bag, currently part of the V&A's permanent collection) and his quirky, fully-functioning clocks such as the Clock for an Astronomer (concentric steel circles orbited by balls representing the hour and minute hands) and the Clock for a Card Player (its digits represented by playing cards). The Design Museum's exhibition of Weil's work features a much-anticipated new series of clocks, alongside other pieces, details of his work for Pentagram (which has included cabins, lounges and uniforms for United Airlines), sources of inspiration and collections of found objects. This cabinet of curiosities will illustrate how designers approach design as well as Weil's own manifesto of 'actions for designers'.
2014-05-142014-08-31 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: 14th May - 31st August 2014

 

Argentinian-born, London-based designer Daniel Weil has made a name for himself with art pieces such as the 1981 'Bag Radio' (a deconstructed radio in a clear plastic bag, currently part of the V&A's permanent collection) and his quirky, fully-functioning clocks such as the Clock for an Astronomer (concentric steel circles orbited by balls representing the hour and minute hands) and the Clock for a Card Player (its digits represented by playing cards). The Design Museum's exhibition of Weil's work features a much-anticipated new series of clocks, alongside other pieces, details of his work for Pentagram (which has included cabins, lounges and uniforms for United Airlines), sources of inspiration and collections of found objects. This cabinet of curiosities will illustrate how designers approach design as well as Weil's own manifesto of 'actions for designers'.

 
 
 

Arditti Quartet: Julian Anderson String Quartet No. 2

A world premiere of Julian Anderson's recent commission for the Wigmore Hall.

Arditti Quartet: Julian Anderson String Quartet No. 2 Arditti Quartet: Julian Anderson String Quartet No. 2 Julian Anderson, whose first opera Thebans is being premiered by English National Opera on 3rd May 2014, presents the world premiere of his String Quartet No. 2, performed by the Arditti Quartet. The piece, by "a composer who does stillness very well" (Daily Telegraph) has been co-commissioned by the Wigmore Hall where Anderson was recently appointed composer in residence. The string quartet also performs Scelsi's String Quartet No 4, Helmut Lachenmann's String Quartet No 2 'Reigen Seliger Geister', and Luis de Pablo's String Quartet No 4.
2014-05-152014-05-15 Where:
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London London, W1U 2BP
Category: Concerts

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 2BP

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 15th May 2014

 

Julian Anderson, whose first opera Thebans is being premiered by English National Opera on 3rd May 2014, presents the world premiere of his String Quartet No. 2, performed by the Arditti Quartet. The piece, by "a composer who does stillness very well" (Daily Telegraph) has been co-commissioned by the Wigmore Hall where Anderson was recently appointed composer in residence. The string quartet also performs Scelsi's String Quartet No 4, Helmut Lachenmann's String Quartet No 2 'Reigen Seliger Geister', and Luis de Pablo's String Quartet No 4.

 
 
 

Museums at Night

After-hours fun at some of London's finest venues.

Museums at Night Museums at Night Around 70 London venues typically take part in this after-hours event which opens up our landmark museums for a weekend of special, exclusive viewings and events, promises to be equally popular. If you think the idea of spending the night in a dusty old museum sounds a bit dull then Museums at Night, will make you think again. Previous participants have enjoyed sunset hovercraft rides, live action cluedo, toy sleepovers and tunnel tours by lantern-light. Leading London institutions like the RAF Museum, Museum of London, Apsley House, William Morris Gallery, British Postal Museum, London Transport Museum, Benjamin Franklin House, and even The Supreme Court have all previously taken part so you can expect museums, galleries and heritage sites like these to be involved again this year.
2015-05-142015-05-16 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Tours

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

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th and 16th May 2015

 

This annual campaign treats visitors to after-hours fun in some of London's finest museums, galleries and heritage sights. Expect twilight tours and midnight mystery in some of the most fascinating and historic locations the capital has to offer. The Museums at Night opens up our landmark museums for a weekend of special, exclusive viewings and events. Around 70 other venues take part including the Museum of London, Apsley House, William Morris Gallery, British Postal Museum, London Transport Museum, Benjamin Franklin House, and even The Supreme Court. If you think the idea of spending the night in a dusty old museum sounds a bit dull then think again, previous participants have enjoyed sunset hovercraft rides, live action cluedo, toy sleepovers and tunnel tours by lantern-light. In 2014, Grayson Perry, Spencer Tunick and Rankin are among the ten artists taking part in Connect10, a project which aims to bring artists, audiences and venues together to create unique events.

 
 
 

London Burlesque Festival

A whole 10 days of exotic entertainment from the King of Burlesque Chaz Royal.

London Burlesque Festival London Burlesque Festival London Burlesque Festival Madame JoJo's may have sadly closed but that doesn't mean burlesque is a dying art - for the London Burlesque Festival returns and is running for an extended period (increased from ten days to two weeks) in 2015, brought to you by the infamous King of Burlesque, Chaz Royal, the man behind the hilariously named 'Pavabotti - The Naked Tenor'. What was initially a weekend of glitz, vaudeville and sizzling striptease is now a whole two weeks of raucous exotic entertainment showcasing the very best in British burlesque and beyond. Taking place at more venues than last year - Dingwalls, The Grand Hall, Kings Cross, Fiddlers Elbow, Bush Hall and Conway Hall - the festival opens and closes with glittering ceremonies. Further highlights include the Best of British, with a display of the most talented and unique burlesque and variety acts from London and the rest of the UK; Hollywood Revive, an evening of star-studded glamour to play tribute to the greatest film stars from the silver screen; and Twisted Cabaret, the weird and wonderful scene of alternative cabaret. The festival also includes the Big Burlesque Day Out at Conway Hall, a day event including a vintage market, music and cocktails. If you crave suspenders, stockings, whips, lace, red lips, lascivious ladies, pert posteriors and a bit of a slap 'n' tickle then this is the event for your diary. 2015-05-152015-05-31 Where:
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London London, WC1R 4RL
Category: Clubbing and Nightlife

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, Soho, London, WC1R 4RL

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 15th to 31st May 2015

 

Prudes avert your eyes - for the London Burlesque Festival returns for the eight year, brought to you by the infamous King of Burlesque, Chaz Royal, the man behind the hilariously named 'Pavabotti - The Naked Tenor'. What was initially a weekend of glitz, vaudeville and sizzling striptease is now a whole 10 nights of raucous exotic entertainment showcasing the very best in British burlesque and beyond. Taking place at Madame JoJo's and Conway Hall, the festival opens and closes with glittering ceremonies. Further highlights include the Best of British, with a display of the most talented and unique burlesque and variety acts from London and the rest of the UK; Hollywood Revive, an evening of star-studded glamour to play tribute to the greatest film stars from the silver screen; and Twisted Cabaret, the weird and wonderful scene of alternative cabaret. The festival also includes the Big Burlesque Day Out at Conway Hall, a day event including a vintage market, music and cocktails. If you crave suspenders, stockings, whips, lace, red lips, lascivious ladies, pert posteriors and a bit of a slap 'n' tickle then this is the event for your diary.

 
 
 

Alchemy

South Asian culture, a mix of dance, music, talks and debates.

Alchemy Alchemy Alchemy Back for its sixth year, Alchemy, a festival of South Asian culture has grown to become the largest festival of Indian and South Asian culture outside India. Bringing a mix of dance, music, talks and debates to the Southbank Centre, Alchemy celebrates literature, film, craft and fashion as well as exploring the culture of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, taking a close look at their relationships with and influence on the UK and vice versa. Festival-goers can expect cutting-edge music, a huge range of free workshops, classes and Bollywood films.
2015-05-152015-05-25 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th to 25th May 2015

 

Back for its fifth year, Alchemy, a festival of South Asian culture, brings a mix of dance, music, talks and debates to the Southbank Centre. Also celebrating literature, film, craft and fashion, it explores the culture of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and takes a close look at their relationships with and influence on the UK and vice versa. Festival-goers can expect cutting-edge music, a huge range of free workshops, classes and Bollywood films.

 
 
 

All My Sons

Dark secrets lurk ready to tear a family apart in this WWII play by Arthur Miller.

All My Sons All My Sons 1946. It may be a lovely summer's day, but for the Keller family, the ghosts of World War II still cast long shadows. Their son, Larry, is missing in action; his mother Kate holds faith that he will return. His fiancee is less sure and is ready to move on. But there are other dark secrets lurking, ready to be exposed, secrets that could tear the family apart. The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons opens their 2014 season and is directed by Timothy Sheader.
2014-05-152014-06-07 Where:
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London London, NW1 4NR
Category: Theatre

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 15th May - 07th June 2014

 

1946. It may be a lovely summer's day, but for the Keller family, the ghosts of World War II still cast long shadows. Their son, Larry, is missing in action; his mother Kate holds faith that he will return. His fiancee is less sure and is ready to move on. But there are other dark secrets lurking, ready to be exposed, secrets that could tear the family apart. The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons opens their 2014 season and is directed by Timothy Sheader.

 
 
 

20/21 International Art Fair

Michael Portillo opens the fair at the Royal College of Art in Kensington on 15th May 2014.

20/21 International Art Fair 20/21 International Art Fair This is the ninth year this major commercial art fair specialising in art from the 20th and 21st centuries comes to the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore. The 20/21 International Art Fair - run by the same organisers as the 20/21 British Art Fair, held here in September - offers a similar focus on affordable art by big names but on an international scale. Modern and contemporary art comes from China, Japan, Russia, Australia, the Ukraine, Poland, France and Ireland as well as Britain. There are loads pieces on sale from high calibre artists like Modigliani, Matisse, Chagall, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, and Damien Hirst. The emphasis is on painting and sculpture rather than the wild fringes of conceptualism, and there should be some lovely work on display from some of the brightest talents of the last hundred years.

2015-05-142015-05-17 Where:
Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2EU
Category: Exhibitions

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2EU

Tube: Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th May 2015

 

This is the eighth year this major commercial art fair specialising in art from the 20th and 21st centuries comes to the Royal College of Art in Kensington Gore. The 20/21 International Art Fair - run by the same organisers as the 20/21 British Art Fair, held here in September - offers a similar focus on affordable art by big names but on an international scale. Modern and contemporary art comes from China, Japan, Russia, Australia, the Ukraine, Poland, France and Ireland as well as Britain. There are loads pieces on sale from high calibre artists like Modigliani, Matisse, Chagall, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, and Damien Hirst. The emphasis is on painting and sculpture rather than the wild fringes of conceptualism, and there should be some lovely work on display from some of the brightest talents of the last hundred years.

 
 
 

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Retro soul and funk from the Brooklyn-based singer.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Brooklyn-based singer Sharon Jones is joined by her backing band The Dap-Kings to perform retro soul and funk at the Roundhouse this May. The band aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it was in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, thus shunning modern digital recording methods in favour of traditional analogue recording equipment. This 2014 tour comes on the back of their latest album Give The People What They Want, due for release in January 2014.
2014-05-162014-05-16 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8EH
Category: Concerts

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 16th May 2014

 

Brooklyn-based singer Sharon Jones is joined by her backing band The Dap-Kings to perform retro soul and funk at the Roundhouse this May. The band aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it was in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s, thus shunning modern digital recording methods in favour of traditional analogue recording equipment. This 2014 tour comes on the back of their latest album Give The People What They Want, due for release in January 2014.

 
 
 

English National Opera: Cosi fan tutte

Mozart's darkly comic tale about two men who test their women's faith.

English National Opera: Cosi fan tutte English National Opera: Cosi fan tutte Improbable's inspirational artistic director Phelim McDermott returns to English National Opera to direct an updated version of Mozart's dark comedy about two men who test their women's faith. Cosi fan tutte ("women are all, and always, so"), Mozart's blackly comic tale of a bet that gets out of hand, sees officers Guglielmo and Ferrando gamble with the cynical Don Alfonso on the faithfulness of their sweethearts, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. McDermott's new production at the London Coliseum features a strong cast led by Kate Valentine (Mimi in last year's La boheme) and internationally renowned mezzo Christine Rice as the duped fiancees, while baritone Roderick Williams (Medea, Sunken Garden) plays the cynical Don Alfonso. Underpinning it all is Mozart's sublime score, which ebbs and flows with the tide of emotions from the serenity of Soave sia il vento to the sorrow of E amore un ladroncello.
2014-05-162014-07-06 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Concerts

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: 16th May - 06th July 2014

 

Improbable's inspirational artistic director Phelim McDermott returns to English National Opera to direct an updated version of Mozart's dark comedy about two men who test their women's faith. Cosi fan tutte ("women are all, and always, so"), Mozart's blackly comic tale of a bet that gets out of hand, sees officers Guglielmo and Ferrando gamble with the cynical Don Alfonso on the faithfulness of their sweethearts, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. McDermott's new production at the London Coliseum features a strong cast led by Kate Valentine (Mimi in last year's La boheme) and internationally renowned mezzo Christine Rice as the duped fiancees, while baritone Roderick Williams (Medea, Sunken Garden) plays the cynical Don Alfonso. Underpinning it all is Mozart's sublime score, which ebbs and flows with the tide of emotions from the serenity of Soave sia il vento to the sorrow of E amore un ladroncello.

 
 
 

Goodbye Piccadilly

Major London Transport Museum exhibition explores the role of London buses and their drivers in WWI.

Goodbye Piccadilly Goodbye Piccadilly Follow the London buses driven to the front during World War I, find out how women made up the transport workforce back home for the first time and how Londoners came under attack from the air as war came to the capital in Goodbye Piccadilly. This major exhibition at the London Transport Museum explores the contribution of London's buses, their drivers, and the upheaval for Londoners on the 'Home Front'. Historic objects on display include 'Ole' Bill', a 1911 B-type bus No. B43 on loan from the Imperial War Museum, requisitioned by the War Department in 1914 for use on the Western Front. Other highlights include First World War recruitment posters, rarely seen propaganda posters, and a 1914 female bus conductor's uniform. Alongside are new interpretations of the impact of war by University of the Arts and Central Saint Martins students.
2014-05-162015-04-19 Where:
London Transport Museum, 39 Wellington Street, London London, WC2E 7BB
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 16th May 2014 to 19th April 2015

 

Follow the London buses driven to the front during World War I, find out how women made up the transport workforce back home for the first time and how Londoners came under attack from the air as war came to the capital in Goodbye Piccadilly. This major exhibition at the London Transport Museum explores the contribution of London's buses, their drivers, and the upheaval for Londoners on the 'Home Front'. Historic objects on display include 'Ole' Bill', a 1911 B-type bus No. B43 on loan from the Imperial War Museum, requisitioned by the War Department in 1914 for use on the Western Front. Other highlights include First World War recruitment posters, rarely seen propaganda posters, and a 1914 female bus conductor's uniform. Alongside are new interpretations of the impact of war by University of the Arts and Central Saint Martins students. Always a popular event, the museum extends its hours for Friday Late on the exhibition's opening night when the clocks are turned back to 1914.

 
 
 

FA Cup Final

The last major trophy of the English season.

FA Cup Final FA Cup Final FA Cup Final Arsenal play Hull City when the most famous cup competition in world football reaches its finale at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 17th May 2014 as the two sides who have battled through to the FA Cup Final go all out to claim the last major trophy of the English season. Steve Bruce's side, Hull City, have reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history after they staged a second-half fightback in a semi-final against Sheffield United. Hull were by no means outclassed in a 3-0 defeat at an Easter Sunday dress rehearsal with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying the win "will have no bearing on their FA Cup final meeting", insisting the Cup final is, "a completely different game". The final in May 2014 will have a day to itself for the first time since 2010, restoring the match to its traditional place as the last game of the English season.
2014-05-172014-05-17 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 17th May 2014

 

Arsenal play Hull City when the most famous cup competition in world football reaches its finale at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 17th May 2014 as the two sides who have battled through to the FA Cup Final go all out to claim the last major trophy of the English season. Steve Bruce's side, Hull City, have reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history after they staged a second-half fightback in a semi-final against Sheffield United. Hull were by no means outclassed in a 3-0 defeat at an Easter Sunday dress rehearsal with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saying the win "will have no bearing on their FA Cup final meeting", insisting the Cup final is, "a completely different game". The final in May 2014 will have a day to itself for the first time since 2010, restoring the match to its traditional place as the last game of the English season.

 
 
 

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony's infatuation with the alluring Queen of Egypt theatens to split the Empire.

Antony and Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra Eve Best, who played Wallis Simpson in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech, returns to Shakespeare's Globe to play Cleopatra in new production at of Shakespeare's Roman tragedy Antony and Cleopatra. The drama introduces us to the alluring and ambiguous Queen of Egypt who has bewitched the great Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. Tying in with the Globe's 2014 season theme of "Arms and the Man", the battlefield drama explores the conflicting claims of sex and power as Antony argues with his fellow leaders and his infatuation with Cleopatra threatens to split the Empire in two. Eve Best stars opposite Phil Daniels who plays Enobarbus, Antony's devoted friend.
2014-05-172014-09-01 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 17th May - 01st September 2014

 

Eve Best, who played Wallis Simpson in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech, returns to Shakespeare's Globe to play Cleopatra in new production at of Shakespeare's Roman tragedy Antony and Cleopatra. The drama introduces us to the alluring and ambiguous Queen of Egypt who has bewitched the great Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire. Tying in with the Globe's 2014 season theme of "Arms and the Man", the battlefield drama explores the conflicting claims of sex and power as Antony argues with his fellow leaders and his infatuation with Cleopatra threatens to split the Empire in two. Eve Best stars opposite Phil Daniels who plays Enobarbus, Antony's devoted friend.

 
 
 

RAW Artisan Wine Fair

Featuring wines from some of the world's best restaurants.

RAW Artisan Wine Fair RAW Artisan Wine Fair With the promise of healthy wine - well, healthier - the RAW Artisan Wine Fair at the Old Truman Brewery is an independent event that celebrates high quality, pure wine. Organised by Isabelle Legeron, the two-day independent event invites more than 150 growers to showcase their wines, many of which feature on the lists of the world's best restaurants, so that wine lovers, connoisseurs and curious beginners can try these exceptional wines. There will be growers from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Switzerland and many more showcasing natural, organic and biodynamic blends. There will also be talks by industry experts and plenty of artisan food to feast on.

2015-05-172015-05-18 Where:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London London, E1 6QL
Category: Foodie Events

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: Sunday 17th and Monday 18th May 2015

 

With the promise of healthy wine - well, healthier - the RAW Artisan Wine Fair at the Old Truman Brewery is an independent event that celebrates high quality, pure wine. Organised by Isabelle Legeron, the two-day independent event invites more than 150 growers to showcase their wines, many of which feature on the lists of the world's best restaurants, so that wine lovers, connoisseurs and curious beginners can try these exceptional wines. There will be growers from Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Switzerland and many more showcasing natural, organic and biodynamic blends. There will also be talks by industry experts and plenty of artisan food to feast on.

 
 
 

A History Of Gardening In 100 Objects Curated By Alan Titchmarsh

Shedding light on the history of gardening.

A History Of Gardening In 100 Objects Curated By Alan Titchmarsh A History Of Gardening In 100 Objects Curated By Alan Titchmarsh Writer, TV personality and gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh has been asked to curate this new exhibition for 2014 at the Garden Museum in Kennington, which will explore the history of gardening through 100 objects taken from the museum's archive and other historic collection. The exhibitions promises to shed new light on the history of gardening and will feature many fascinating items at this museum in a converted church on the south side of Lambeth Bridge. 2014-05-192014-08-31 Where:
Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London London, SE1 7LB
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 19th May - 31st August 2014

 

Writer, TV personality and gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh, who has written almost 40 gardening books and 6 novels and presented the Chelsea Flower Show from 1983 until 2013, has been asked to curate this new exhibition for 2014 at the Garden Museum in Kennington, which will explore the history of gardening through 100 objects taken from the museum's archive and other historic collection. The exhibitions promises to shed new light on the history of gardening and will feature many fascinating items at this museum in a converted church on the south side of Lambeth Bridge.

 
 
 

WWE Raw & Smackdown

A two-night blood bath bonanza from World Wrestling Entertainment.

WWE Raw & Smackdown WWE Raw & Smackdown WWE Raw & Smackdown America's World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) franchise returns to the UK with this two-night blood-bath bonanza. If watching steroid-generated, hulking brutes dressed up in all manner of bizarre costumes and dodgy Lycra, bashing each other with their fists, chairs and other paraphernalia, jumping off ring beams onto one another in elaborately choreographed bouts of man-on-man action is your cup of tea - then look no further. Monday night's show will see a selection of RAW Superstars take to the ring, including CM Punk, Randy Orton, Al Lee and Big Show. The next day is the SmackDown, The Bella Twins, John Cena and Alberto Del Rio. 2014-05-192014-05-20 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0BB
Category: Sporting Events

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 19th - 20th May 2014

 

America's World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) franchise returns to the UK with this two-night blood-bath bonanza. If watching steroid-generated, hulking brutes dressed up in all manner of bizarre costumes and dodgy Lycra, bashing each other with their fists, chairs and other paraphernalia, jumping off ring beams onto one another in elaborately choreographed bouts of man-on-man action is your cup of tea - then look no further. Monday night's show will see a selection of RAW Superstars take to the ring, including CM Punk, Randy Orton, Al Lee and Big Show. The next day is the SmackDown, The Bella Twins, John Cena and Alberto Del Rio.

 
 
 

Clerkenwell Design Week

Installations, workshops, presentations, product launches and debates.

Clerkenwell Design Week Clerkenwell Design Week Taking place at some of the more unusual locations in Clerkenwell - The Farmiloe Building, and the Priory of the Order of St John - Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day festival celebrating the creativity, social relevance and advancements in technology behind design. Now in its sixth year, the festival expands within the existing four focused exhibitions. The Design Factory is where you'll find present high-profile brands, the Farmiloe Building is dedicated to lighting, and Platform showcases the work of talented, up-and-coming designers in the subterranean Victorian prison at the House of Detention. Additions, new to the festival in 2014, once again takes over the Crypt on the Green at St. James Church. With new design pieces, commissioned projects, street spectacles and pop-up workshops as well as high profile speakers - including Ron Arad, Arik Levy and Sir Peter Cook in 2014 - this really is a must-visit event for architects, designers and anyone interested in design.
2015-05-192015-05-21 Where:
Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close, London London, EC1R 0EA
Category: Exhibitions

Crypt on the Green, Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 0EA

Tube: Farringdon Station

 

Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st May 2015

 

Taking place at some of the more unusual locations in Clerkenwell - The Farmiloe Building, and the Priory of the Order of St John - Clerkenwell Design Week is a three-day festival celebrating the creativity, social relevance and advancements in technology behind design. Now in its fifth year, the festival brings installations, workshops, presentations, product launches and debates celebrating contemporary design, as well as four focused exhibitions; The Design Factory, Platform, Detail and, new for 2014, Additions - a curated collection of small design items and home accessories at the Crypt on the Green. Talks on London's architecture and design will be given by industry heavyweights like Ron Arad and Arik Levy, The Campana Brothers, Sir Peter Cook and Farrells architecture practice. In addition, there's a fringe programme with interactive jewellery-making and silversmithing during the festival, and over 20 local bars and restaurants in the area are taking part. Clerkenwell Design Week typically attracts 30,000 people and offers an excellent opportunity to enlighten yourself on the wonders of modern design or, if you're a member of the industry, meet new and fellow enthusiasts.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show, is the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows. Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred of the greatest exponents of imaginative garden design, who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners.
2015-05-192015-05-23 Where:
Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London London, SW3 4SR
Category: Exhibitions

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 19th to 23rd May 2015

 

Two gardens mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show, the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows, held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913. Help for Heroes will have a Hope on the Horizon garden in the shape of a Military Cross to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred of the greatest exponents of imaginative garden design, who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners.

 
 
 

Kenneth Clark

The patron, collector and broadcaster with a passion for contemporary British art.

Kenneth Clark Kenneth Clark Tate Britain turns the tables and instead of focussing on an artist, looks at the influence of revered art historian Kenneth Clark (1903-1983). His 1969 BBC series Civilisation - a history of western art, architecture and philosophy - is still regarded as a classic piece of documentary television that popularised art history. As a patron, collector and broadcaster with a passion for contemporary British art, Clark championed what would become some of the leading artists of the century, from the Bloomsbury Group and the Euston Road School, to figures such as Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, John Piper and Graham Sutherland. Many of these will be represented in this exhibition, complemented by cultural artefacts and works from masters such as Turner, Renoir and Leonardo da Vinci.
2014-05-202014-08-10 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 20th May - 10th August 2014

 

Tate Britain turns the tables and instead of focussing on an artist, looks at the influence of revered art historian Kenneth Clark (1903-1983). His 1969 BBC series Civilisation - a history of western art, architecture and philosophy - is still regarded as a classic piece of documentary television that popularised art history. As a patron, collector and broadcaster with a passion for contemporary British art, Clark championed what would become some of the leading artists of the century, from the Bloomsbury Group and the Euston Road School, to figures such as Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, John Piper and Graham Sutherland. Many of these will be represented in this exhibition, complemented by cultural artefacts and works from masters such as Turner, Renoir and Leonardo da Vinci.

 
 
 

La Femme

The Parisian band play one night at Scala.

La Femme La Femme As you might expect with an edgy, young Parisian band, the members of La Femme appear tres chic and effortlessly cool. They also rock a decent sense of humour. When they performed in the US, they wore stripey Breton tops and berets, and have described their sound as being "bi-polar, solar, psycho Berlin". Others have descrbed their music as being a combination of cold wave, punk, surf rock and psychedelic pop, with a definite Gallic tinge.
They released their debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin in April last year and, following three dates in the US, will be playing at Scala on 21 May.
2014-05-212014-05-21 Where:
Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, London London, N1 9NL
Category: Concerts

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, King's Cross, King's Cross, London, N1 9NL

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 21st May 2014

 

As you might expect with an edgy, young Parisian band, the members of La Femme appear tres chic and effortlessly cool. They also rock a decent sense of humour. When they performed in the US, they wore stripey Breton tops and berets, and have described their sound as being "bi-polar, solar, psycho Berlin". Others have descrbed their music as being a combination of cold wave, punk, surf rock and psychedelic pop, with a definite Gallic tinge. They released their debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin in April last year and, following three dates in the US, will be playing in Scala on 21 May.

 
 
 

Ancient Lives: New Discoveries

Scientific analysis reveals a wealth of information about eight mummies.

Ancient Lives: New Discoveries Ancient Lives: New Discoveries Scientific analysis of mummies by the British Museum using procedures such as X-ray and CT scanning has revealed a wealth of information about how individuals lived and died in Ancient Egypt and Sudan. This exhibition will explore stories in the lives of eight mummies, all from a period of 4000 years between 3500BC and 500AD. From a priest to a temple singer to a child, get up close and personal with these individuals by understanding the food they ate, their mummification, their health and beliefs. Visitors will be invited to discover for themselves the mysteries of mummification through objects, interactive exhibits and other digital media.
2014-05-222014-09-30 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: 22nd May - 30th September 2014

 

Scientific analysis of mummies by the British Museum using procedures such as X-ray and CT scanning has revealed a wealth of information about how individuals lived and died in Ancient Egypt and Sudan. This exhibition will explore stories in the lives of eight mummies, all from a period of 4000 years between 3500BC and 500AD. From a priest to a temple singer to a child, get up close and personal with these individuals by understanding the food they ate, their mummification, their health and beliefs. Visitors will be invited to discover for themselves the mysteries of mummification through objects, interactive exhibits and other digital media.

 
 
 

London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Printed works dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair The London International Antiquarian Book Fair At 59 years of age, The London International Antiquarian Book Fair (LIABF) is almost as old as some of the classic tomes on display. Held at Olympia , the LIABF is the oldest such book fair in the world, attracting exhibitors from North America, Canada, Australia, Europe you name it. The fair will be brimming with printed works dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries including manuscripts, prints, ephemera, photographs, maps and atlases from all ages and from all corners of the globe. But you don't have to be a collector to enjoy all that's on offer, the LIABF is ideal for any book lover with a curious eye and an interest in history. Who knows, you might even find the perfect present for a friend or loved one (remember, Father's Day is just around the corner...). Tickets are free if you register in advance, if not you'll have to pay ten pounds on the door. Take time out between browsing the ancient books, maps and manuscripts with a drink or bite from the downstairs cafe. There's even a bar selling alcoholic drinks just in case you need some Dutch courage before making an indulgent purchase.

Those travelling by train can take the District line to Kensington Olympia Tube Station, which is directly opposite the venue. If you're coming from further afield, our list of hotels near London International Antiquarian Book Fair will come in handy.
2015-05-282015-05-30 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 28th, 29th and 30th May 2015

 

At 58 years of age, the London International Antiquarian Book Fair (LIABF) is almost as old as some of the classic tomes on display. Held at Olympia , the LIABF is the oldest such book fair in the world, attracting exhibitors from North America, Canada, Australia, Europe you name it. The fair will be brimming with printed works dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries including manuscripts, prints, ephemera, photographs, maps and atlases from all ages and from all corners of the globe. But you don't have to be a collector to enjoy all that's on offer, the LIABF is ideal for any book lover with a curious eye and an interest in history. Who knows, you might even find the perfect present for a friend or loved one (remember, Father's Day is just around the corner...). Tickets are free if you register in advance, if not you'll have to pay ten pounds on the door. Take time out between browsing the ancient books, maps and manuscripts with a drink or bite from the downstairs cafe. There's even a bar selling alcoholic drinks just in case you need some Dutch courage before making an indulgent purchase.

Those travelling by train can take the District line to Kensington Olympia Tube Station, which is directly opposite the venue. If you're coming from further afield, our list of hotels near London International Antiquarian Book Fair will come in handy.

 
 
 

Richard Herring: We're All Going To Die

Having covered politics, love and penises in his previous shows, Herring turns his attention to death.

Richard Herring: We're All Going To Die Richard Herring: We're All Going To Die With previous shows covering taboo subjects such as politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock), Richard Herring now turns his attention to the one thing that none of us can escape: death. In his new show, We're All Going to Die, Herring explores our feelings towards death and questions whether it's a tragedy or just an excuse to have an extended lie-in?
2014-05-222014-05-23 Where:
Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London London, WC1H 0AH
Category: Comedy

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

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

 

Dates: 22nd - 23rd May 2014

 

With previous shows covering taboo subjects such as politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock), Richard Herring now turns his attention to the one thing that none of us can escape: death. In his new show, We're All Going to Die, Herring explores our feelings towards death and questions whether it's a tragedy or just an excuse to have an extended lie-in?

 
 
 

Nine Inch Nails

Industrial music from a band known for spectacular live shows.

Nine Inch Nails Nine Inch Nails Following a four-year hiatus, Trent Reznor's industrial Nine Inch Nails come to the O2 Arena to hammer home their trademark spectacular live show. Breaking through at the first Lollapalooza festival in 1991 at the same time as era-defining bands Guns & Roses, Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were making ripples, Reznor's NIN, or NI as it is often written, are largely credited with bringing industrial music to a mass audience. This tour comes on the back of eighth studio album, Hesitation Marks. Support comes from Wesley Eisold, aka Cold Cave.

2014-05-232014-05-23 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: 23rd May 2014

 

Following a four-year hiatus, Trent Reznor's industrial Nine Inch Nails come to the O2 Arena to hammer home their trademark spectacular live show. Breaking through at the first Lollapalooza festival in 1991 at the same time as era-defining bands Guns & Roses, Faith No More and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were making ripples, Reznor's NIN, or NI as it is often written, are largely credited with bringing industrial music to a mass audience. This tour comes on the back of eighth studio album, Hesitation Marks. Support comes from Wesley Eisold, aka Cold Cave.

 
 
 

Arctic Monkeys

The multi-award-winning Sheffield quartet with their indie-rock hits and material from their new album.

Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys Six years after their first appearance at Glastonbury, the Arctic Monkeys performed at last summer's famous festival to critical acclaim, with The Guardian claiming they were "a more powerful act than ever". Summer 2014 brings the BRIT and Ivor Novello award-winning, Sheffield-born quartet to Finsbury Park for two nights with support from Tame Impala, Miles Kane, and Royal Blood. Expect well known indie-rock hits and anthems from their back catalogue as well as new material from AM, their latest studio album.
2014-05-232014-05-24 Where:
Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London London, N4 1EE
Category: Concerts

Finsbury Park, Endymion Road, London, N4 1EE

Tube: Manor House Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 24th May 2014

 

Six years after their first appearance at Glastonbury, the Arctic Monkeys performed at last summer's famous festival to critical acclaim, with The Guardian claiming they were "a more powerful act than ever". Summer 2014 brings the BRIT and Ivor Novello award-winning, Sheffield-born quartet to Finsbury Park for two nights with support from Tame Impala, Miles Kane, and Royal Blood. Expect well known indie-rock hits and anthems from their back catalogue as well as new material from AM, their latest studio album.

 
 
 

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

Fossils and life-size models of mammouths, which ate the equivalent of 230 bags of sugar a day.

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants Mammoths: Ice Age Giants Some of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth will be the subject of Mammoths: Ice Age Giants at the Natural History Museum. And a 37,000 year old baby mammoth, Lyuba (pronounced Looba), the most complete woolly mammoth ever found, on display in Europe the first time, takes pride of place in the ice age exhibition. You can see huge fossils and life-size models of mammoths and square up to the powerful trunks and tusks of these great beasts. Visitors will also be able to try out life as a mammoth: tusk jousting, trunk moving and feel the weight of the hundreds of kilogrammes of food a mammoth ate each day, equivalent to 230 bags of sugar. The exhibition will also study the latest research into the causes of mammoth extinction and look at ways to protect their precious modern relative, the elephant.
2014-05-232014-09-07 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 5BD
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 23rd May - 07th September 2014

 

Some of the largest creatures to ever walk the earth will be the subject of Mammoths: Ice Age Giants at the Natural History Museum. And a 37,000 year old baby mammoth, Lyuba (pronounced Looba), the most complete woolly mammoth ever found, on display in Europe the first time, takes pride of place in the ice age exhibition. You can see huge fossils and life-size models of mammoths and square up to the powerful trunks and tusks of these great beasts. Visitors will also be able to try out life as a mammoth: tusk jousting, trunk moving and feel the weight of the hundreds of kilogrammes of food a mammoth ate each day, equivalent to 230 bags of sugar. The exhibition will also study the latest research into the causes of mammoth extinction and look at ways to protect their precious modern relative, the elephant.

 
 
 

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

A wonderfully original piece of theatre reminiscent of the early black and white Buster Keaton films.

The Animals and Children Took to the Streets The Animals and Children Took to the Streets Avant-garde theatre quartet 1927 returns to the National Theatre following two sell-out runs here to present The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, a show featuring storytelling, animation, live music and performance, set in a slum tenement block. Created by the company's co-founders, poet Suzanne Andrade and film-maker Paul Barritt, the show uses live music, performance and storytelling, film and animation to create a wonderfully original piece of theatre reminiscent of the early black and white Buster Keaton films. Riddled with animated cockroaches who crawl over the actors, it's as if the actors are trapped in the animations. "The show feels like a heady mix of Berlin cabaret, silent movie and social commentary," said Michael Billington in The Guardian, reviewing The Animals and Children... when it appeared at the National's Cottesloe in 2011. Age guidance: 11 years and above.
2014-05-232014-05-26 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 26th May 2014

 

Avant-garde theatre quartet 1927 returns to the National Theatre following two sell-out runs here to present The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, a show featuring storytelling, animation, live music and performance, set in a slum tenement block. Created by the company's co-founders, poet Suzanne Andrade and film-maker Paul Barritt, the show uses live music, performance and storytelling, film and animation to create a wonderfully original piece of theatre reminiscent of the early black and white Buster Keaton films. Riddled with animated cockroaches who crawl over the actors, it's as if the actors are trapped in the animations. "The show feels like a heady mix of Berlin cabaret, silent movie and social commentary," said Michael Billington in The Guardian, reviewing The Animals and Children... when it appeared at the National's Cottesloe in 2011. Age guidance: 11 years and above.

 
 
 

Elvis Presley in Concert

Elvis' former band mates take to the stage to showcase his greatest hits.

Elvis Presley in Concert Elvis Presley in Concert Long live the legend of Elvis Presley; and for two nights this May London will be allowing just that. With Elvis' former band mates taking to the stage to showcase some of his greatest hits, they will be aiming to bring a piece of the musical sensation back to his fans in London and creating Elvis Presley in Concert. With a collection of Elvis' best concert moments edited together, the producers will be removing all the sound except for the vocals enabling the band to play live to the singer's recordings. The footage of Elvis will be displayed on state of the art screens, with singers and a 16-piece orchestra synchronising their performances along to the vocals.
2014-05-242014-05-25 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London London, W6 9QH
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 24th - 25th May 2014

 

Long live the legend of Elvis Presley; and for two nights this May London will be doing just that. With Elvis' former band mates taking to the stage to showcase some of his greatest hits, they will be aiming to bring a piece of the musical sensation back to his fans in London and creating Elvis Presley in Concert. With a collection of Elvis' best concert moments edited together, the producers will be removing all the sound except for the vocals enabling the band to play live to the singer's recordings. The footage of Elvis will be displayed on state of the art screens, with singers and a 16-piece orchestra synchronising their performances along to the vocals.

 
 
 

Solo Inspiration: Tim Hugh and Edward Fox

The actor and the London Symphony Orchestra's principal cellist performing Solo Inspiration.

Solo Inspiration: Tim Hugh and Edward Fox Solo Inspiration: Tim Hugh and Edward Fox The Sunday Coffee Concert series at Kings Place continues on Sunday 25th May 2014 with actor Edward Fox and principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Tim Hugh, performing Solo Inspiration, a selection from the Bach Cello Suites combined with readings including poems by TS Eliot and Robert Browning.
2014-05-252014-05-25 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: 25th May 2014

 

The Sunday Coffee Concert series at Kings Place continues on Sunday 25th May 2014 with actor Edward Fox and principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Tim Hugh, performing Solo Inspiration, a selection from the Bach Cello Suites combined with readings including poems by TS Eliot and Robert Browning.

 
 
 

Little Mix

The X Factor winners with two number-one singes and a platinum-selling debut album under their belt.

Little Mix Little Mix Since becoming the first ever group to win the X Factor, Little Mix have been working hard to ensure they don't fall under the same umbrella as many previous unsuccessful winners. They seem to have succeeded with this mission so far with two number one singles, a platinum selling debut album and the highest ever US chart debut by a British girl group - beating even the Spice Girls. Now they're coming to London's O2 Arena for one night as part of their first arena tour.
2014-05-252014-05-25 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: 25th May 2014

 

Since becoming the first ever group to win the X Factor, Little Mix have been working hard to ensure they don't fall under the same umbrella as many previous unsuccessful winners. They seem to have succeeded with this mission so far with two number one singles, a platinum selling debut album and the highest ever US chart debut by a British girl group - beating even the Spice Girls. Now they're coming to London's O2 Arena for one night as part of their first arena tour.

 
 
 

Barry Manilow

The multi-million record selling composer and performer shows no sign of slowing down.

Barry Manilow Barry Manilow Barry Manilow may not be at the cutting edge of music, but boy is he popular. The Brooklyn-born composer and performer has sold more than 80 million records during a long career that incorporates writing, composing, arranging and producing, and shows no sign of slowing down. Performing for one night only at the O2, he has a vast number of tracks to choose from including Mandy, Can't Smile Without You and Copacabana.
2014-05-262014-05-26 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: 26th May 2014

 

Barry Manilow may not be at the cutting edge of music, but boy is he popular. The Brooklyn-born composer and performer has sold more than 80 million records during a long career that incorporates writing, composing, arranging and producing, and shows no sign of slowing down. Performing for one night only at the O2, he has a vast number of tracks to choose from including Mandy, Can't Smile Without You and Copacabana.

 
 
 

Katy Perry

Perry's Prismatic World Tour with special guests Icona Pop.

Katy Perry Katy Perry Since kissing a girl and liking it back in 2008, Katy Perry's career has gone from strength to strength. Her second studio album, One of the Boys, gained her two Grammy Award nominations while her third album, Teenage Dream, earned her even further Grammy nominations and became the second album in history to spawn five number one singles - the first being Michael Jackson's Bad. On the back of her latest album, PRISM, Perry is embarking on The Prismatic World Tour, for which she will stop by the O2 for four nights. The show is expected to be a multi-faceted spectacular, incorporating a special standing pit in front of the stage called 'The Reflection Section' that will allow the star to get closer than usual to her fans. Special guests of the evening will be Swedish synthpop duo Icona Pop, who were behind one of 2013's biggest hits, I Love It.

2014-05-272014-05-31 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: 27th - 31st May 2014

 

Since kissing a girl and liking it back in 2008, Katy Perry's career has gone from strength to strength. Her second studio album, One of the Boys, gained her two Grammy Award nominations while her third album, Teenage Dream, earned her even further Grammy nominations and became the second album in history to spawn five number one singles - the first being Michael Jackson's Bad. On the back of her latest album, PRISM, Perry is embarking on The Prismatic World Tour, for which she will stop by the O2 for four nights. The show is expected to be a multi-faceted spectacular, incorporating a special standing pit in front of the stage called 'The Reflection Section' that will allow the star to get closer than usual to her fans. Special guests of the evening will be Swedish synthpop duo Icona Pop, who were behind one of 2013's biggest hits, I Love It.

 
 
 

The Gruffalo

Infectiously catchy songs, superb dance routines and non-stop drama.

The Gruffalo The Gruffalo The Gruffalo is a classic that kiddies just love and this is the perfect opportunity to see it if you missed its run at Lyric Hammersmith earlier in the year. The loveable little mouse will once again be taking a 'stroll through the deep, dark wood'. Threatened by various predators, a snake, an owl and a gruffalo with ''terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws'', the mouse outwits them all. The plot is enchanting and is told by Tall Stories with a winning simplicity. The cast of three manage to transform the stage with remarkably few props and a host of infectiously catchy songs, not to mention some superb dance routines and non-stop drama. Many of the memorable lines become catchphrases and are repeated throughout the show in a bid to appeal to the innate 'again, again' approach favoured by children. By the end of the show they can raucously join in with their favourite bits. "A fine piece of children's theatre," says The Sunday Times; "Monstrous fun," says The Daily Mail. 2014-05-272014-06-01 Where:
Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street, London London, SE1 9AS
Category: Theatre

Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9AS

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 27th May - 01st June 2014

 

The Gruffalo is a classic that kiddies just love and this is the perfect opportunity to see it if you missed its run at Lyric Hammersmith earlier in the year. The loveable little mouse will once again be taking a 'stroll through the deep, dark wood'. Threatened by various predators, a snake, an owl and a gruffalo with ''terrible tusks and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws'', the mouse outwits them all. The plot is enchanting and is told by Tall Stories with a winning simplicity. The cast of three manage to transform the stage with remarkably few props and a host of infectiously catchy songs, not to mention some superb dance routines and non-stop drama. Many of the memorable lines become catchphrases and are repeated throughout the show in a bid to appeal to the innate 'again, again' approach favoured by children. By the end of the show they can raucously join in with their favourite bits. "A fine piece of children's theatre," says The Sunday Times; "Monstrous fun," says The Daily Mail.

 
 
 

Flash Mob

A mix of dance styles from well-known, talent show performers.

Flash Mob Flash Mob After a successful three-week run back in 2012, Flash Mob returns to the Peacock Theatre this spring. The glittering production boasts a mixed programme of dance styles, including Latin, Celtic, street, contemporary and salsa. Providing a platform for dance stars who have emerged from TV dance shows, it features performers such as Kevin Clifton and Karen Haur from Strictly Come Dancing, Flawless from Britain's Got Talent, and Tommy Franzen from So You Think You Can Dance. 2014-05-272014-06-08 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Dance

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

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 27th May - 08th June 2014

 

After a successful three-week run back in 2012, Flash Mob returns to the Peacock Theatre this spring. The glittering production boasts a mixed programme of dance styles, including Latin, Celtic, street, contemporary and salsa. Providing a platform for dance stars who have emerged from TV dance shows, it features performers such as Kevin Clifton and Karen Haur from Strictly Come Dancing, Flawless from Britain's Got Talent, and Tommy Franzen from So You Think You Can Dance.

 
 
 

Rozanne Hawksley: War And Memory

Exploring the nature and meaning of the commemoration of war.

Rozanne Hawksley: War And Memory Rozanne Hawksley: War And Memory Rozanne Hawksley is one of the UK's great textile art innovators. At once poignant and powerful, her work explores the nature and meaning of the commemoration of war, considering the impact of conflict on combatants, family, friends and ultimately the nation. Rozanne Hawksley: War and Memory examines remembrance, representation and memory in the setting of the Queens House, which was once a school for sailors. The installation features new work alongside pieces from throughout Hawksley's acclaimed career including: Seamstress And The Sea which refers to the artist's maternal grandmother, a widow who sewed sailor's collars for a living from the First World War until her death during World War Two; Prisoner, a sculpture created as a response to the work of the photographer Don McCullin; plus works from the memorials series.
2014-05-282014-11-14 Where:
The Queen's House, Park Row, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Exhibitions

The Queen's House, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

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

 

Dates: 28th May - 14th November 2014

 

Rozanne Hawksley is one of the UK's great textile art innovators. At once poignant and powerful, her work explores the nature and meaning of the commemoration of war, considering the impact of conflict on combatants, family, friends and ultimately the nation. Rozanne Hawksley: War and Memory examines remembrance, representation and memory in the setting of the Queen's House, which was once a school for sailors. The installation features new work alongside pieces from throughout Hawksley's acclaimed career including: Seamstress And The Sea which refers to the artist's maternal grandmother, a widow who sewed sailor's collars for a living from the First World War until her death during World War Two; Prisoner, a sculpture created as a response to the work of the photographer Don McCullin; plus works from the memorials series.

 
 
 

Archive

A worldwide exclusive of their latest album.

Archive Archive Archive will perform a worldwide exclusive of their latest and most ambitious project, AXIOM at the Roundhouse this May. Having previous been told that their music sounds like the soundtrack to a movie, the south London collective have now produced a forty minute short film and an accompanying album set for release on CD, Vinyl, Download and DVD. For this show they will perform AXIOM live with the accompanying film. The band's history spans eighteen years and they have enjoyed great success throughout Europe but remained relatively unknown within the UK. This show will provide Londoners with the chance to appreciate their talent.
2014-05-292014-05-29 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8EH
Category: Film Events

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 29th May 2014

 

Archive will perform a worldwide exclusive of their latest and most ambitious project, AXIOM at the Roundhouse this May. Having previous been told that their music sounds like the soundtrack to a movie, the south London collective have now produced a forty minute short film and an accompanying album set for release on CD, Vinyl, Download and DVD. For this show they will perform AXIOM live with the accompanying film. The band's history spans eighteen years and they have enjoyed great success throughout Europe but remained relatively unknown within the UK. This show will provide Londoners with the chance to appreciate their talent.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Dialogues Des Carmelites

A beautifully staged opera set against the violent upheaval of the French Revolution.

Royal Opera: Dialogues Des Carmelites Royal Opera: Dialogues Des Carmelites Director Robert Carsen, who staged 'Falstaff' at the Royal Opera House in 2012, brings his award-winning production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites to Covent Garden this summer. The starkly beautiful staging of the opera set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution combines modern design with period costumes and uses stunning lighting effects. There are contrasting scenes as hundreds of revolutionaries swarm the stage, followed by a scene of silent contemplation as Blanche, the timid daughter of an aristocrat, joins the Carmelite order of nuns, against the wishes of her family. The action culminates in one of opera's most devastating final scenes, as Blanche embraces death with her fellow nuns, to the hymn Salve Regina.
2014-05-292014-06-11 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: 29th May - 11th June 2014

 

Director Robert Carsen, who staged 'Falstaff' at the Royal Opera House in 2012, brings his award-winning production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites to Covent Garden this summer. The starkly beautiful staging of the opera set during the violent upheaval of the French Revolution combines modern design with period costumes and uses stunning lighting effects. There are contrasting scenes as hundreds of revolutionaries swarm the stage, followed by a scene of silent contemplation as Blanche, the timid daughter of an aristocrat, joins the Carmelite order of nuns, against the wishes of her family. The action culminates in one of opera's most devastating final scenes, as Blanche embraces death with her fellow nuns, to the hymn Salve Regina.

 
 
 

Sam Smith

Having made the cut for the BBC's Sound of 2014, Smith coincides his UK tour with his latest track release.

Sam Smith Sam Smith London-based singer-songwriter Sam Smith fist made waves in the music industry when he featured on Disclosure's track Latch in late 2012 and Naughty Boy's La La La in May 2013. Since then he's transitioned into a solo career and will embark on a 2014 UK tour, stopping by Shepherd's Bush Empire in February and the Roundhouse in May. Having made the cut for the BBC's Sound of 2014 list, which includes HAIM, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J among its previous winners, and been named the Critics’ Choice Award for the Brits 2014, Smith is certainly one to watch. For his debut single Money on My Mind Smith took inspiration from Major Lazer's Pon De Floor to create an undoubtedly catchy chorus. The track is due for release in February 2014, coinciding with his UK tour.
2014-05-302014-05-30 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8EH
Category: Concerts

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 30th May 2014

 

London-based singer-songwriter Sam Smith fist made waves in the music industry when he featured on Disclosure's track Latch in late 2012 and Naughty Boy's La La La in May 2013. Since then he's transitioned into a solo career and will embark on a 2014 UK tour, stopping by Shepherd's Bush Empire in February and the Roundhouse in May. Having made the cut for the BBC's Sound of 2014 list, which includes HAIM, Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J among its previous winners, and been named the Critics' Choice Award for the Brits 2014, Smith is certainly one to watch. For his debut single Money on My Mind, Smith took inspiration from Major Lazer's Pon De Floor to create an undoubtedly catchy chorus. The track is due for release in February 2014, coinciding with his UK tour.

 
 
 

The Roof

Panoramic show on the roof of a purpose-built venue opposite the National Theatre.

The Roof The Roof As you stand with your headphones on a trap door opens and a figure in a red jumpsuit stands ready to play, and so The Roof, an outdoor theatre-parkour summer spectacle begins. The audience occupy this figure as he makes his way through various levels of a computer game, becoming more disillusioned as the game goes on. There are hints at a narrative - a girl in a glass box may or may not be the 'princess in the tower' who may or may not need rescuing. It's not clear. Visually, there are some memorable motifs - rabbits in sixties clothes swaying their hips hypnotically; majorettes who beckon like sirens; majorette legs dangling - and the music and sound composed by Dave Price work well to connect audience and performers. But the video game visualisation doesn't entirely immerse, and the lack of narrative is confusing. Even so, this the third collaboration between David Rosenberg (co-founder of Shunt) and Frauke Requardt - following Electric Hotel and Motor Show - offers theatre goers something different and will no doubt appeal to fans of Super Mario style computer games. Part of the LIFT Festival.
2014-05-302014-06-28 Where:
Doon Street Car Park, Upper Ground, London London, SE1 9PP
Category: Theatre

Doon Street Car Park, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 30th May - 28th June 2014

 

As you stand with your headphones, a door opens and a figure stands on a roof, and so the game will begin. The Roof, sure to be a hit of the summer, is a panoramic-set show, influenced by free running, by David Rosenberg (co-founder of Shunt) and Frauke Requardt, their third collaboration following Electric Hotel and Motor Show. In this latest collaboration, part of LIFT Festival, performances take place on the roof of a purpose-built venue by the set designer of the 2012 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony, Jon Bausor, opposite the National Theatre. Even if you don't have tickets to see the show, you can go along for a drink at the Saltbox bar and soak up the atmosphere on a summer's evening.

 
 
 

A Simple Space

Breathtaking acrobatics by one of Australia's hottest young circus ensembles, Gravity And Other Myths.

A Simple Space A Simple Space The London premiere of the show that has captivated festival audiences around the world comes to the Udderbelly Festival from 30th May as seven young acrobats compete for your laughter, gasps and applause with back flips and breathtaking acrobatics. A combination of physical theatre and circus-style-performance, presented by the Australian company Gravity And Other Myths. 2014-05-302014-07-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Theatre

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th May - 06th July 2014

 

The London premiere of the show that has captivated festival audiences around the world comes to the Udderbelly Festival from 30th May as seven young acrobats compete for your laughter, gasps and applause with back flips and breathtaking acrobatics. A Simple Space combines physical theatre and circus-style-performance, presented by one of Australia's hottest young circus ensembles, Gravity And Other Myths.

 
 
 

ITU World Triathlon London

Athletes of all levels compete in London's Hyde Park.

ITU World Triathlon London ITU World Triathlon London Following the overwhelming success of the 2012 Olympics and a spectacular ITU World Triathlon Series grand final, hosted here in September last year, London's Hyde Park has firmly established as the venue for one of the world's most iconic triathlons. The event returns on the last weekend of May 2015, bringing together triathletes of all levels, from future stars to Olympic medallists to weekend warriors. The course is more or less identical to the one used during London 2012, setting the scene perfectly for a dramatic showdown between 2012 medallists the Brownlee brothers, who will be joined by 5,000 of the world's top triathletes (from varying age-groups) over six days of action in and around the Serpentine Boating Lake, culminating in the elite women's and men's races. Many thousands of spectators are expected to watch the superstars of the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 World Championships return to the UK's home of triathlon.
2015-05-302015-05-31 Where:
Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London London, W2 2UH
Category: Sporting Events

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May 2015

 

Following the overwhelming success of the 2012 Olympics and a spectacular ITU World Triathlon Series grand final, hosted here in September last year, London's Hyde Park has firmly established as the venue for one of the world's most iconic triathlons. The event returns on 31st May and 1st June 2014, bringing together triathletes of all levels, from future stars to Olympic medallists to weekend warriors. The course is more or less identical to the one used during London 2012, setting the scene perfectly for a dramatic showdown between 2012 medallists the Brownlee brothers, who will be joined by 5,000 of the world's top triathletes (from varying age-groups) over six days of action in and around the Serpentine Boating Lake, culminating in the elite women's and men's races. Many thousands of spectators are expected to watch the superstars of the London 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 World Championships return to the UK's home of triathlon.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: The Dream/New Marriott/The Concert

The world premiere of choreographer's Alastair Marriott's latest work.

The Royal Ballet: The Dream/New Marriott/The Concert The Royal Ballet: The Dream/New Marriott/The Concert The Royal Ballet performs the world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer Alastair Marriott as part of a mixed dance programme at the Royal Opera House. It's performed alongside Frederick Ashton's interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - a classic of The Royal Ballet - and Jerome Robbins' 'The Concert' (or The Perils of Everybody), a comic ballet set to nine pieces of Chopin's well-loved piano music with plays out the thoughts and fantasies of a concert audience, taking them on some wonderfully surreal flights of fancy. 2014-05-312014-06-13 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: 31st May - 13th June 2014

 

The Royal Ballet performs the world premiere of a work by acclaimed choreographer Alastair Marriott as part of a mixed dance programme at the Royal Opera House. It's performed alongside Frederick Ashton's interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - a classic of The Royal Ballet - and Jerome Robbins' 'The Concert' (or The Perils of Everybody), a comic ballet set to nine pieces of Chopin's well-loved piano music with plays out the thoughts and fantasies of a concert audience, taking them on some wonderfully surreal flights of fancy.

 
 
 

Hotel

A new play by 'That Face' writer Polly Stenham comes to The Shed.

Polly Stenham: Hotel Polly Stenham: Hotel A new play by 'That Face' writer Polly Stenham, Hotel comes to The Shed from 31st May. In this tropical thriller, set on a secluded desert island, Robert and the family are getting away from it all. But beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets a storm is coming and we soon find out the cost of integrity. Stenham, who made her playwriting debut in 2007 aged 19 with 'That Face' starring a pre-Doctor Who Matt Smith, documented the "hysterical, destructive neuroses of the upper-middle class" (The Guardian) with her first work. Now with this new play she explores the cost of integrity. Directed by Maria Aberg who last year directed As You Like It redrawn as a Glastonbury-style music festival for the Royal Shakespeare Company, following her riotous production of King John in the Swan Theatre as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.
2014-05-312014-08-02 Where:
National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 31st May - 02nd August 2014

 

A new play by 'That Face' writer Polly Stenham, Hotel comes to The Shed from 31st May. In this tropical thriller, set on a secluded desert island, Robert and the family are getting away from it all. But beyond the white sand and beautiful sunsets a storm is coming and we soon find out the cost of integrity. Stenham, who made her playwriting debut in 2007 aged 19 with 'That Face' starring a pre-Doctor Who Matt Smith, documented the "hysterical, destructive neuroses of the upper-middle class" (The Guardian) with her first work. Now with this new play she explores the cost of integrity. Directed by Maria Aberg who last year directed As You Like It redrawn as a Glastonbury-style music festival for the Royal Shakespeare Company, following her riotous production of King John in the Swan Theatre as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

 
 
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Sophie Wallace

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