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Bend It Like Beckham
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Rambert with Tredegar Town Band and the Rambert Orchestra
Kafka on the Shore
Ninagawa Company: Hamlet
Grand Designs Live
English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance
London Sketchfest
Breakin' Convention
Canalway Cavalcade
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
Museums at Night
London Burlesque Festival
Clerkenwell Design Week
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
ITU World Triathlon London
The London International Antiquarian Book Fair
RAW Artisan Wine Fair
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Avenue Q
 

 

Bend It Like Beckham goes from screen to London stage in May 2015, just one of the LondonTown top picks of the month.

 
 

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

Waxwork models, walk-in sets and special effects faithfully reproduce the film's most memorable scenes.

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds Let the force be with you - and lead you through the two-foor, multi-million pound Star Wars experience at Madame Tussauds which opens in London in May 2015. More than snapping a selfie with life-like wax figures, the Star Wars attraction has authentic walk-in sets, special effects and 11 separate sets which faithfully reproduce the film's most memorable scenes. You can imagine you're Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back as you step into Yoda's swamp, and feel the fiery lava of Mustafar as Anakin turns to the dark side in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Fans can come face-to-face with Stormtroopers, witness Luke Skywalker as he battles Darth Vader on the Death Star and join the captive Princess Leia and the evil Jabba the Hutt in his Throne Room. Hang out with Han Solo in the cantina before stepping onto the Millennium Falcon with Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca. 2015-05-01 Where:
Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road London, NW1 5LR
Category: Exhibitions

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR

Tube: Baker Street Station, Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: From 01st May 2015

 

Let the force be with you - and lead you through the two-foor, multi-million pound Star Wars experience at Madame Tussauds which opens in London in May 2015. More than snapping a selfie with life-like wax figures, the Star Wars attraction has authentic walk-in sets, special effects and 11 separate sets which faithfully reproduce the film's most memorable scenes. You can imagine you're Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back as you step into Yoda's swamp, and feel the fiery lava of Mustafar as Anakin turns to the dark side in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Fans can come face-to-face with Stormtroopers, witness Luke Skywalker as he battles Darth Vader on the Death Star and join the captive Princess Leia and the evil Jabba the Hutt in his Throne Room. Hang out with Han Solo in the cantina before stepping onto the Millennium Falcon with Wookiee warrior, Chewbacca.

 
 
 

London Sketchfest

A weekend of belly laughs from bright young British comedic talent.

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, 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 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. 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.

 
 
 

Breakin' Convention

A celebration of hip hop dance culture.

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, 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 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.

 
 
 

BMW LSO Open Air Classics: Shostakovich

A free, open air concert featuring works by the mid-century Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich.

BMW LSO Open Air Classics: Shostakovich The London Symphony Orchestra once again presents the BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square. The free, open-air concert led by Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will this year feature works by the mid-century Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich - the full programme and date are yet to be announced. Large screens will be erected in the Square to allow everyone a close-up view of the concert. 2015-05-022015-05-02 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Concerts

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

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

 

Dates: Saturday 2nd May 2015

 

The London Symphony Orchestra once again presents the BMW LSO Open Air Classics in Trafalgar Square. The free, open-air concert led by Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev will this year feature works by the mid-century Russian master Dmitri Shostakovich - the full programme and date are yet to be announced. Large screens will be erected in the Square to allow everyone a close-up view of the concert.

 
 
 

Grand Designs Live

For people passionate about home and garden design.

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, 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.

 
 
 

Canalway Cavalcade

A wonderful waterway festival which takes place in Little Venice.

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, 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.

 
 
 

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance

'Mr Turner' Film maker Mike Leigh stages his first opera.

English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance One of the most "eye-catching elements" of the ENO's 2014/15 season is Mike Leigh's The Pirates of Penzance. "Leigh's interest in Gilbert and Sullivan is well known" according to The Guardian which goes on to cite his 1999 film Topsy-Turvy "about the pair's fraught working relationship". Writing in that paper, Leigh has said the operas have "often been misunderstood" and they had "their dark side, their hard edge". So we expect a menacing undercurrent to this much-loved comic opera. Leigh has also assembled a superb cast including Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him. 2015-05-092015-06-27 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Concerts

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

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

 

Dates: 9th May to 27th June 2015 - Various Times

 

One of the most "eye-catching elements" of the ENO's 2014/15 season is Mike Leigh's The Pirates of Penzance. "Leigh's interest in Gilbert and Sullivan is well known" according to The Guardian which goes on to cite his 1999 film Topsy-Turvy "about the pair's fraught working relationship". Writing in that paper, Leigh has said the operas have "often been misunderstood" and they had "their dark side, their hard edge". So can we expect a menacing undercurrent to this much-loved comic opera? Leigh has also assembled a superb cast including Andrew Shore as the very model of a modern Major-General, Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby, Robert Murray as the innocent pirate-apprentice Frederic, and Rebecca de Pont Davies as the older woman who has designs on him.

 
 
 

Run Hackney

The half marathon returns, moving from June to May.

Run Hackney Following a hot and sweaty launch in 2014, Run Hackney returns for its second year in 2015. Held on what turned out to be one of 2014's hottest days, last year's race was a gruelling affair for participants so we're glad to report that this year it has been brought forward from June to May. This year also offers an improved route through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a free technical t-shirt for each runner, more live entertainment, and an increase in the number of water stations and mist showers. Roads across the borough will once again be closed to cars allowing for the thousands of runners to speed across the flat course through one of London's greenest boroughs, taking in sites such as the Hackney Downs, London Fields and Victoria Park. 2015-05-102015-05-10 Where:
Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road London, E9 5PF
Category: Sporting Events

Hackney Marshes, Homerton Road, London, E9 5PF

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Sunday 10th May 2015

 

Following a hot and sweaty launch in 2014, Run Hackney returns for its second year in 2015. Held on what turned out to be one of 2014's hottest days, last year's race was a gruelling affair for participants so we're glad to report that this year it has been brought forward from June to May. This year also offers an improved route through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a free technical t-shirt for each runner, more live entertainment, and an increase in the number of water stations and mist showers. Roads across the borough will once again be closed to cars allowing for the thousands of runners to speed across the flat course through one of London's greenest boroughs, taking in sites such as the Hackney Downs, London Fields and Victoria Park.

 
 
 

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Dozens of puppeteers celebrate Punch's birthday.

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, 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.

 
 
 

Woolf Works

Wayne McGregor presents his ballet based on the writings and life of Virginia Woolf.

Woolf Works In summer 2015 Wayne McGregor presents his first full length ballet for The Royal Ballet. Woolf Works, based on the writings and life of Virginia Woolf, has a newly commissioned score by Max Richter, composer of McGregor's award winning ballet Infra. Costume designs are by Moritz Junge who also designed the costumes for the Olivier Award winning Chroma, with lighting by Lucy Carter and film design by Ravi Deepres. Alessandra Ferri, former Royal Ballet Principal, returns to perform this new work. 2015-05-112015-05-26 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Dance

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 11th to 26th May 2015

 

In summer 2015 Wayne McGregor presents his first full length ballet for The Royal Ballet. Woolf Works, based on the writings and life of Virginia Woolf, has a newly commissioned score by Max Richter, composer of McGregor's award winning ballet Infra. Costume designs are by Moritz Junge who also designed the costumes for the Olivier Award winning Chroma, with lighting by Lucy Carter and film design by Ravi Deepres. Alessandra Ferri, former Royal Ballet Principal, returns to perform this new work.

 
 
 

Rambert with Tredegar Town Band and the Rambert Orchestra

The full ranks of Tredegar Town Band accompany Rambert's dancers live on stage.

Rambert with Tredegar Town Band and the Rambert Orchestra Live on the Sadler's Wells stage, the full ranks of Tredegar Town Band accompany Rambert's dancers in the world premiere of Dark Arteries, presenting the world's first brass band dance work. Part of a mixed bill presented by Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells, the premiere is choreographed by Rambert's Artistic Director Mark Baldwin to a specially composed score by Gavin Higgins, a former Rambert Music Fellow who comes from a family of brass band musicians and who wrote the opening work for this year's Last Night of the Proms. 2015-05-122015-05-16 Where:
Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Dance

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th to 16th May 2015

 

Live on the Sadler's Wells stage, the full ranks of Tredegar Town Band accompany Rambert's dancers in the world premiere of Dark Arteries, presenting the world's first brass band dance work. Part of a mixed bill presented by Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells, the premiere is choreographed by Rambert's Artistic Director Mark Baldwin to a specially composed score by Gavin Higgins, a former Rambert Music Fellow who comes from a family of brass band musicians and who wrote the opening work for this year's Last Night of the Proms.

 
 
 

Avenue Q

Puppets and live actors are used to explore the painful transition from childhood to adult life.

Avenue Q Hit American puppet musical Avenue Q comes to the Greenwich Theatre in May. Previously staged at numerous theatres across London as well as across the world, the show is back with more mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness. Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Book of Mormon, it uses puppets and live actors to explore the painful transition from childhood to adult life, where the realisation of the 'real world's' limitations hit you. 2015-05-122015-05-24 Where:
Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill London, SE10 8ES
Category: Theatre

Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES

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

 

Dates: 12th to 24th May 2015

 

Hit American puppet musical Avenue Q comes to the Greenwich Theatre in May. Previously staged at numerous theatres across London as well as across the world, the show is back with more mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness. Created by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Book of Mormon, it uses puppets and live actors to explore the painful transition from childhood to adult life, where the realisation of the 'real world's' limitations hit you.

 
 
 

Museums at Night

See up to 70 London museums after all the visitors have gone home.

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, 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

 

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.

 
 
 

Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha's hit film scores a hit on the London stage.

Bend It Like Beckham Twelve years after the box office success of Gurinder Chadha's hit film, Bend It Like Beckham comes to the London stage in a musical stage adaptation of the British comedy in which two teenage girls set out to make careers as professional footballers. The film's director and writer Gurinder Chadha returns for the stage adaptation with original music for the show, produced by Sonia Friedman, written by Howard Goodall, and lyrics by Charles Hart. The story of film that launched the career of Keira Knightley, is set in 2001 and this stage version, which opens at the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015, touches on themes of race, inclusiveness and "the very human warmth about who we are as a nation", Gurinder said in an interview with The Guardian. 2015-05-152015-07-11 Where:
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road London, WC2H 0JP
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 15th May to 11th July 2015

 

Twelve years after the box office success of Gurinder Chadha's hit film, Bend It Like Beckham comes to the London stage in a musical stage adaptation of the British comedy in which two teenage girls set out to make careers as professional footballers. The film's director and writer Gurinder Chadha returns for the stage adaptation with original music for the show, produced by Sonia Friedman, written by Howard Goodall, and lyrics by Charles Hart. The story of film that launched the career of Keira Knightley, is set in 2001 and this stage version, which opens at the Phoenix Theatre in May 2015, touches on themes of race, inclusiveness and "the very human warmth about who we are as a nation", Gurinder said in an interview with The Guardian.

 
 
 

Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show

Motown favourites performed live by Human Nature with support from Smokey Robinson.

Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show The Australian four-piece Human Nature - Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney - is supported by the American singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson who are accompanied by their band, The Funk Foundation in a show featuring many Motown favourites. Robinson, who was vice president of Motown records until the company was sold in 1994, wrote and produced Motown hits for bands like The Temptations and The Miracles, the band he founded while still in high school, and for solo singers Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, and Marvin Gaye. Well known songs like 'The Way You Do the Things You Do,' 'My Girl', 'Get Ready' and 'My Guy' are just some of the hits he wrote during that time. This performance, their first ever solo London concert, is part of the group's 25th anniversary celebrations. 2015-05-152015-05-15 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street London, W6 9QH
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: Friday 15th May 2015

 

The Australian four-piece Human Nature - Toby Allen, Phil Burton and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney - is supported by the American singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson who are accompanied by their band, The Funk Foundation in a show featuring many Motown favourites. Robinson, who was vice president of Motown records until the company was sold in 1994, wrote and produced Motown hits for bands like The Temptations and The Miracles, the band he founded while still in high school, and for solo singers Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, and Marvin Gaye. Well known songs like 'The Way You Do the Things You Do,' 'My Girl', 'Get Ready' and 'My Guy' are just some of the hits he wrote during that time. This performance, their first ever solo London concert, is part of the group's 25th anniversary celebrations.

 
 
 

Open Air Theatre

The magical Regent's Park Open Air Theatre opens with Peter Pan on 15th May 2015.

Open Air Theatre Open Air Theatre A visit to the magical Regent's Park Open Air Theatre really is an essential part of spending summer in London, and this season's programme opens with Peter Pan with J.M. Barrie's original stage play launching the 2015 season on 15th May 2015. This will be followed by The Seagull (19th June until 11th July) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (from 16th July to 29th August). Following sell-out performances in 2011, Timothy Sheader's production of William Golding's Lord of the Flies will then return to the Open Air Theatre from 3rd until 12th September to conclude the 2015 season, prior to a major UK tour. 2015-05-152015-09-12 Where:
Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park 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 to 12th September 2015

 

A visit to the magical Regent's Park Open Air Theatre really is an essential part of spending summer in London, and this season's programme opens with Peter Pan with J.M. Barrie's original stage play launching the 2015 season on 15th May 2015. This will be followed by The Seagull (19th June until 11th July) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (from 16th July to 29th August). Following sell-out performances in 2011, Timothy Sheader's production of William Golding's Lord of the Flies will then return to the Open Air Theatre from 3rd until 12th September to conclude the 2015 season, prior to a major UK tour.

 
 
 

London Burlesque Festival

The burlesque festival returns bigger and better than before.

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, 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

 

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 11 to 17 days) 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.

 
 
 

RAW Artisan Wine Fair

Natural, organic and biodynamic wines to quaff.

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, 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.

 
 
 

Clerkenwell Design Week

Three-day festival celebrating the creativity and technology in design.

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, 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 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.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities.

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, SW3 4SR
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 19th to 23rd May 2015

 

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.

 
 
 

The Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper reprises his role as Joseph Merrick.

The Elephant Man Bradley Cooper reprised his 2012 role of Joseph Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man last year on Broadway, which is still enjoying a record-breaking run, and now the play is set to transfer to the West End. Staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited 12-week run, the production sees the three-time Oscar-nominated actor perform alongside Patricia Clarkson as Mrs Kendal and Alessandro Nivola as Dr Treves. Adhering to Pomerance's original portrayal, Cooper will not wear prosthetic makeup for the performance and instead distorts his body and face to allow the audience to imagine Merrick's appearance. 2015-05-192015-08-08 Where:
Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket London, SW1Y 4HT
Category: Theatre

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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

 

Dates: 19th May to 8th August 2015

 

Bradley Cooper reprised his 2012 role of Joseph Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man last year on Broadway, which is still enjoying a record-breaking run, and now the play is set to transfer to the West End. Staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited 12-week run, the production sees the three-time Oscar-nominated actor perform alongside Patricia Clarkson as Mrs Kendal and Alessandro Nivola as Dr Treves. Adhering to Pomerance's original portrayal, Cooper will not wear prosthetic makeup for the performance and instead distorts his body and face to allow the audience to imagine Merrick's appearance.

 
 
 

Art15

180 galleries show works by well known artists like Yinka Shonibare and Ai WeiWei under one roof.

Art15 For the third edition of Art15 the global art fair at Olympia gets a new director. Kate Bryan, previously Director of Contemporary Art at The Fine Art Society, London's oldest dealership based on New Bond Street, steps into the shoes of Stephanie Dieckvoss as the fair's director. But the fair continues as it set out, as a showcase for art's emerging markets with contemporary works in a variety of media by international artists including Yinka Shonibare, Ai WeiWei, Leah Capaldi, Lothar Gotz and Liliane Lijn. Expect around 180 galleries represented from as many as 38 different countries at a fair "designed to appeal to the collector who wants to add something new and different and a little high-risk to his or her portfolio" (Wallpaper). 2015-05-212015-05-23 Where:
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road London, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 21st, 22nd and 23rd May 2015

 

For the third edition of Art15 the global art fair at Olympia gets a new director. Kate Bryan, previously Director of Contemporary Art at The Fine Art Society, London's oldest dealership based on New Bond Street, steps into the shoes of Stephanie Dieckvoss as the fair's director. But the fair continues as it set out, as a showcase for art's emerging markets with contemporary works in a variety of media by international artists including Yinka Shonibare, Ai WeiWei, Leah Capaldi, Lothar Gotz and Liliane Lijn. Expect around 180 galleries represented from as many as 38 different countries at a fair "designed to appeal to the collector who wants to add something new and different and a little high-risk to his or her portfolio" (Wallpaper).

 
 
 

Ninagawa Company: Hamlet

Battle Royale actor Tatsuya Fujiwara stars in this adaptation of Hamlet.

Ninagawa Company: Hamlet As well as the highly anticipated production starring Benedict Cumberbatch later in the year, the Barbican is also staging a Ninagawa Company production of Hamlet in 2015. As part of a celebration of Ninagawa's eightieth birthday, the new version of Shakespeare's classic stars popular Japanese actor Tatsuya Fujiwara, best known for his roles in the Battle Royale films, in the title role. Fujiwara became the youngest Hamlet in Japanese theatrical history in 2003, aged just 21. 2015-05-212015-05-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th May 2015

 

As well as the highly anticipated production starring Benedict Cumberbatch later in the year, the Barbican is also staging a Ninagawa Company production of Hamlet in 2015. As part of a celebration of Ninagawa's eightieth birthday, the new version of Shakespeare's classic stars popular Japanese actor Tatsuya Fujiwara, best known for his roles in the Battle Royale films, in the title role. Fujiwara became the youngest Hamlet in Japanese theatrical history in 2003, aged just 21.

 
 
 

Temple

Simon Russell Beale plays the Dean of St Paul's in Steve Waters' new play.

Temple Steve Waters' new play, Temple, takes audiences to the heart of 2011's Occupy London crisis at St Paul's Cathedral. The fictional account of the events will focus on the Dean of St Paul's, with Simon Russell Beale playing the Dean, and how the cathedral, which had remained open through the Blitz, flood warnings and terrorist threats, had to close its doors. Howard Davies directs the piece. 2015-05-212015-07-25 Where:
The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials London, WC2H 9LD
Category: Theatre

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

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

 

Dates: 21st May to 25th July 2015

 

Steve Waters' new play, Temple, takes audiences to the heart of 2011's Occupy London crisis at St Paul's Cathedral. The fictional account of the events will focus on the Dean of St Paul's, with Simon Russell Beale playing the Dean, and how the cathedral, which had remained open through the Blitz, flood warnings and terrorist threats, had to close its doors. Howard Davies directs the piece.

 
 
 

Ninagawa Company: Kafka on the Shore

Japanese Academy Award-winning star Rie Miyazawa stars in this production.

Ninagawa Company: Kafka on the Shore The second Ninagawa Company production to be staged at the Barbican this May, this theatrical adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore stars the Japanese Academy Award-winning star of The Twilight Samurai, Rie Miyazawa. A mind-bending novel by one of Japan's most widely read and highly regarded authors, Kafka on the Shore comprises of two distinct but unrelated plots, running back and forth between the two. One follows 15-year-old Kafka and his story of running away from his family while the other tells the story of Nakata, whose hunt for a lost cat takes him on the road for the first time in his life. 2015-05-282015-05-30 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Theatre

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

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

 

The second Ninagawa Company production to be staged at the Barbican this May, this theatrical adaptation of Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore stars the Japanese Academy Award-winning star of The Twilight Samurai, Rie Miyazawa. A mind-bending novel by one of Japan's most widely read and highly regarded authors, Kafka on the Shore comprises of two distinct but unrelated plots, running back and forth between the two. One follows 15-year-old Kafka and his story of running away from his family while the other tells the story of Nakata, whose hunt for a lost cat takes him on the road for the first time in his life.

 
 
 

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair

The oldest fair dealing in classic books in the world.

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, W14 8UX
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

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

 

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.

 
 
 

ITU World Triathlon London

Hyde Park has firmly established as the venue for one of the world's most iconic triathlons.

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, 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 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.

 
 
 
 
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