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May in London 2013

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I'll Be Your Mirror
Vaisakhi on the Square
ZooNation Dance Company: Some Like it Hip Hop
The Vaccines
The FA Vase
Bad Taste Cru, by Richard Moran
Grand Designs Live
Leona Lewis
Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Olympic Torch
Collect
London Burlesque Festival
The FA Cup Final
The MoonWalk
HSBC Sevens World Series: Marriott London Sevens
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
Museums at Night
1st Investec Test: England v New Zealand
Eric Clapton
Football League Play-off Finals
Clerkenwell Design Week
The Queen visiting Chelsea Flower Show, 2009
Zucchero
Wagner Anniversary Concert
Michael Landy in his studio at the National Gallery, 2012
Arundhati Roy by Sanjay Kak
Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game
Field Day
Field Day
UEFA Champions League Final 2013
Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2013
Muse
Hampton Court Foodies Festival
Football League Championship Play-off Final
Mark Knopfler. Image courtesy Royal Albert Hall
 The Specials, photo by Dean Chalkley
Depeche Mode
iTMOi
Public Enemy
20/21 International Art Fair
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition
In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion
Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure
ON Relatively Speaking - Felicity Kendal.
Tea and Coffee Festival
Roger Hodgson - image by Rob Shanahan
Free Range 2013
England v New Zealand: First NatWest Series ODI
Investec Derby Festival
International Stadium Poker Tour
London Wonderground
Ellen Gallagher
Don Carlo
Northern Ballet - The Great Gatsby
A Scream and an Outrage
To Kill a Mockingbird
Aled Jones
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion
Birth of a Collection@ The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the National Gallery
The Seagull
Raven Girl
La Donna Del Lago
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
I'll Be Your Mirror
Vaisakhi on the Square
Steadman at 77
Gaucho International Polo
Race, Hampstead Theatre
Chiswick House May Fayre
Chiswick House May Fayre
Bullet Catch at The Shed
Strange Interlude at the National Theatre
The Hothouse at Trafalgar Studios
Spring Loaded, 11th May to 22nd June 2013
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's Globe, from 24th May 2013
Passion Play
 

 

Theatre is a hot ticket in May with the opening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Simon Russell Beale in The Hothouse and the new season launch of the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Major tournaments in football, rugby and cricket and the Investec Derby racing festival also make it a busy month for sport.

 
 

Ellen Gallagher

A vast quantity of materials are used for Gallagher's broad range of art.

Ellen Gallagher: AxME Ellen Gallagher: AxME This summer, Tate Modern presents the UK's first major solo exhibition of the work of Ellen Gallagher, one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists to have emerged from North America since the mid-1990s. A twenty-year career has seen Gallagher bring together imagery from myth, nature, art and social history to create complex works in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, relief, collage, print, plasticine, sculpture, film and animation. The exhibition includes key works such as 'Bird in Hand 2006', the film installation 'Murmur 2003-4' as well as new work shown to the public for the first time.
2013-05-012013-09-01 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: 01st May - 01st September 2013

 

The Tate Modern presents an exhibition of the North American artist Ellen Gallagher and her diverse body of work from the past 20 years. Her eclectic style is inspired by literature, myth, science fiction and advertising and she works in a vast quantity of materials ranging from plasticine to watercolours.

 
 
 

Steadman at 77

A retrospective on the man behind the Alice in Wonderland illustrations.

Steadman at 77 Steadman at 77 British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his work with 'Fear and Loathing...' author Hunter S. Thompson has illustrated such classics as 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Treasure Island' and 'Animal Farm'. The illustrator, who starred in For No Good Reason, a documentary made about his laudable life and career which premiered at the 2012 London Film Festival, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition, Steadman at 77, at the London Cartoon Museum in 2013.
2013-05-012013-09-08 Where:
The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London London, WC1A 2HH
Category: Exhibitions

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1A 2HH

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 01st May - 08th September 2013

 

British cartoonist Ralph Steadman, best known for his work with 'Fear and Loathing...' author Hunter S. Thompson has illustrated such classics as 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Treasure Island' and 'Animal Farm'. The illustrator, who starred in For No Good Reason, a documentary made about his laudable life and career which premiered at the 2012 London Film Festival, is the subject of a retrospective exhibition, Steadman at 77, at the London Cartoon Museum in 2013.

 
 
 

The Vaccines

Indie rock music from the band's two successive albums.

The Vaccines The Vaccines With two albums released within 18 months, The Vaccines haven't paused for a breath since they first stepped onto the music scene in 2010. Described by The Independent as "the Shoreditch Strokes", they have received mixed reviews on their indie rock music. However, their latest studio album 'Coming of Age' was praised by the BBC: "Their writing and delivery is more creative and the four-piece sound more invigorated and inspired than ever." They have now added an extra date to their tour to perform at the O2 this May and support The Rolling Stones at their Hyde Park gig on Saturday 6th July.
2013-05-022013-05-02 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: 02nd May 2013

 

With two albums released within 18 months, The Vaccines haven't paused for a breath since they first stepped onto the music scene in 2010.  Described by The Independent as "the Shoreditch Strokes", they have received mixed reviews on their indie rock music. However, their latest studio album 'Coming of Age' was praised by the BBC: "Their writing and delivery is more creative and the four-piece sound more invigorated and inspired than ever." They have now added an extra date to their tour to perform at the O2 this May and support The Rolling Stones at their Hyde Park gig on Saturday 6th July.

 
 
 

ZooNation Dance Company: Some Like it Hip Hop

The well received dance-theatre fusion returns for 2013.

ZooNation Dance Company: Some Like It Hip Hop ZooNation Dance Company: Some Like It Hip Hop Kate Prince directs Some Like It Hip Hop, a dance-theatre fusion of the Billy Wilder film Some Like It Hot and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. One of the West End's biggest success stories of late, the show has received widespread critical acclaim for its "wit, heart and energy" (The Independent). Uniting a riveting storyline with some show-stopping dance routines, Prince, also the co-writer, presents a comical tale of romance, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and revolution - all set to original music from Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. If you're a fan of hip-hop, comedy and physical theatre, then this is most definitely the one for you. Book tickets for Some Like It Hip Hop now!
2013-05-032013-06-30 Where:
Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London London, WC2A 2HT
Category: Clubbing and Nightlife

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

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 03rd May - 30th June 2013

 

Kate Prince directs 'Some Like It Hip Hop', a dance-theatre fusion of the Billy Wilder film 'Some Like It Hot' and Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'. One of the West End's biggest success stories of last year, the show has received widespread critical acclaim for its "wit, heart and energy" (The Independent). Uniting a riveting storyline with some show stopping dance routines, Prince, also the co-writer, presents a comical tale of romance, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and revolution - all set to original music from Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. If you're a fan of hip hop, comedy and physical theatre, then this is most definitely the one for you.

 
 
 

The Hothouse

Simon Russell Beale and John Simm star in Jamie Lloyd's second production at Trafalgar Studios.

The Hothouse The Hothouse Simon Russell Beale and John Simm (currently appearing in BBC TV series The Village) star in Harold Pinter's tragicomedy The Hothouse, Jamie Lloyd's second production at Trafalgar Studios following the hugely successful debut of his Trafalgar Transformed season, which opened with James McAvoy starring in Macbeth. Set during Christmas day in a state-run mental institution, the play reveals the cruelty handed out by its leader whose power goes unchecked. Get tickets for The Hothouse now, previews from Saturday 4th May.
2013-05-042013-08-03 Where:
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London London, SW1A 2DY
Category: Theatre

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 04th May - 03rd August 2013

 

Simon Russell Beale and John Simm (currently appearing in BBC TV series The Village) star Harold Pinter's tragicomedy The Hothouse, Jamie Lloyd's second production at Trafalgar Studios following the hugely successful debut of his Trafalgar Transformed season which opened with James McAvoy starring in Macbeth. Set during a Christmas day in a state-run mental institution, the play reveals the cruelty handed out by its leader whose power goes unchecked. Get tickets for The Hothouse now, previews from Saturday 4th May and continues until 3rd August with opening night set for Thursday 9th May 2013.

 
 
 

The FA Vase

Amateur teams compete to win the vase.

The FA Vase Final The FA Vase Final So lowly are the teams involved in this knock-out competition that the winners do not receive a cup or a trophy - just a meagre vase. Open to amateur teams in the eighth and lower tiers of the Football League system (including outfits from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man), the FA Vase was won last year by Dunston UTS, who beat West Auckland Town 2-0 in front of a crowd of 5,126 at Wembley Stadium. But what a day out for everyone involved! 2013-05-042013-05-04 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 04th May 2013

 

So lowly are the teams involved in this knock-out competition that the winners do not receive a cup or a trophy - just a meagre vase. Open to amateur teams in the eighth and lower tiers of the Football League system (including outfits from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), the FA Vase was won last year by Dunston UTS, who beat West Auckland Town 2-0 in front of a crowd of 5,126. But what a day out for everyone involved!

 
 
 

Breakin' Convention

World class dance performances to celebrate the event's 10th anniversary.

 

This annual three day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013. 'Breakin' Convention' features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls, and includes a whole evening dedicated to world premieres from UK companies. It's a frenzy of cutting edge moves with one head-spinning act after another taking to the stage to wow audiences. Alongside world class performances the weekend is packed with live aerosol jams, workshop programmes, DJ demos, freestyle circles and a world record attempt for the longest continuous popping wave.

 
 
 

Chorus

Audiences are strongly encouraged to participate in this celebration of singing.

Chorus Chorus Back at the Southbank Centre for its sixth year, Chorus is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. This year's festival coincides with the Pull Out All The Stops Festival, a celebration of the restoration of the Royal Festival Hall's iconic organ which introduces eight new works and includes celebrity recitals. Further highlights of the 2014 programme include two performances by the Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuela, workshops of Maurice Durufle's 'Requiem', and David Greig's 'The Events', his new play with 250 singers at its heart. Chorus embraces all genres of music and welcomes gospel, indie, world music, acapella and classical all to the line-up. Many of the events are free and audiences are encouraged to join in for some, particularly the sing-along events like 'Pitch Bach' where you can learn a Bach chorale in 60 minutes, 'Find Your Voice' - an hour-long workshop culminating in a group performance, and Voicelab, the Southbank Centre's year-round vocal project which invites everyone to explore their voice.
2014-03-312014-04-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 31st March - 06th April 2014

 

Back at the Southbank Centre for its sixth year, 'Chorus' is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. The festival embraces all genres of music and welcomes gospel, indie, world music, a capella and classical to the line-up. Many of the events are free and audiences are encouraged to join in for the sing along events. Further highlights of the programme include the chance to become part of a mass improvised choir, special guest performances and a number of workshops.

 
 
 

Grand Designs Live

Channel 4's popular show is brought to life in this exhibition.

Grand Designs Live 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.
2013-05-042013-05-12 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: 04th - 12th May 2013

 

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 the 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.

 
 
 

Schumann: Under the Influence

Robert Schumann and his music are celebrated in this series of concerts.

Schumann: Under the Influence Schumann: Under the Influence Young American pianist Jonathan Biss has produced this series of concerts at Wigmore Hall that will pay homage to the legacy of Robert Schumann and his music. Regarded by some as a happy accident of history, Schumanns music is seen to be uniquely original and yet a crucial link in a chain of composers across centuries. This series will look into that progression and will feature the work of four composers who could not have existed without the influence of Schumann. 2013-05-042013-05-22 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: 04th - 22nd May 2013

 

Young American pianist Jonathan Biss produces this series of concerts at Wigmore Hall that will pay homage to the legacy of Robert Schumann and his music. Regarded by some as a happy accident of history, Schumann's music is seen as uniquely original and yet a crucial link in a chain of composers across centuries. This series will look into that progression and will feature the work of four composers who could not have existed without the influence of Schumann.

 
 
 

Don Carlo

Nicholas Hytner brings Verdi's longest work back to the stage.

Don Carlo Don Carlo Don Carlo This grand opera was cut and re-cut for over 20 years after its Paris debut in 1867 but Don Carlo - returning to the Royal Opera House in Nicholas Hytner's production - still remains Verdi's longest work. It gives new meaning to the word epic, taking in a broad sweep of 16th-century history and playing out the usual collection of operatic storylines involving lost love, jealous revenge and political ambition. Tickets are on sale now for Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House. The main action is focussed on Don Carlo falling for Elisabetta di Valois (she loves him back too), who has to marry Don Carlo's father King Philip II as part of the peace treaty between Spain and France. Nicholas Hytner's wealth of experience across all three genres of theatre, opera and film promises a dramatic frisson not usually associated with this monumental work. Stylised sets and period costumes from Bob Crowley complete the picture. 2013-05-042013-05-25 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: 04th - 25th May 2013

 

This grand opera was cut and re-cut for over 20 years after its Paris debut in 1867 but 'Don Carlo' - returning to the Royal Opera House in Nicholas Hytner's production - remains Verdi's longest work. It gives new meaning to the word 'epic', taking in a broad sweep of 16th century history and playing out the usual collection of operatic storylines involving lost love, jealous revenge and political ambition. The main action focuses on Don Carlo falling for Elisabetta di Valois, who despite loving him in return has to marry Don Carlo's father King Philip II as part of the peace treaty between Spain and France. Nicholas Hytner's wealth of experience across all three genres of theatre, opera and film promises a dramatic frisson not usually associated with this monumental work.

 
 
 

Public Enemy

A story of corruption, pollution and courage.

Public Enemy Public Enemy Another Henrik Ibsen revival to take to the stage at the Young Vic this year, 'Public Enemy' – originally titled 'Enemy of the People' - is a story of corruption, pollution and courage. When he discovers that the waters of a new public spa are toxic, Dr. Stockmann expects gratitude and glory. Instead, he becomes the most hated man in town. With the townspeople desperate to keep the dirty secret of their most lucrative tourist attraction, how far will one man go to stand up for the truth? Ibsen wrote the play to address the irrational tendencies of the masses and point out hypocrisies within the political system of the time.
2013-05-042013-06-08 Where:
The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London London, SE1 8LZ
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 04th May - 08th June 2013

 

Another Henrik Ibsen revival to take to the Young Vic stage this year, 'Public Enemy' originally titled 'Enemy of the People' - is a story of corruption, pollution and courage. When he discovers that the waters of a new public spa are toxic, Dr Stockmann expects gratitude and glory. Instead, he becomes the most hated man in town. With the townspeople desperate to keep the dirty secret of their most lucrative tourist attraction, how far will one man go to stand up for the truth? Ibsen wrote the play to address the irrational tendencies of the masses and point out the hypocrisy in the political system of the time.

 
 
 

I'll Be Your Mirror

Join the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for an urban festival organised by All Tomorrow's Parties.

I'll Be Your Mirror I'll Be Your Mirror Festival organisers All Tomorrow's Parties present I'll Be Your Mirror London, a worldwide festival series in which they replace their usual rural holiday camp location with a city centre venue. In London, Alexandra Palace is the place to see New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who not only play their first London headline show in four years, on Saturday 4th May, but also choose the line-up for the day. They've asked Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Atlanta rockers Black Lips, and the excellent Anika to join them. On Sunday 5th May, Grizzly Bear curate and play their largest UK show to date. They are joined by legendary Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, cult indie rock group The Walkmen, post-rock pioneers Tortoise, New Jersey's Real Estate, and Sweden's I Break Horses.
2013-05-042013-05-05 Where:
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London London, N22 7AY
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 04th - 05th May 2013

 

Festival organisers All Tomorrow's Parties present I'll Be Your Mirror London, a worldwide festival series in which they replace their usual rural holiday camp location with a city centre venue. In London, Alexandra Palace is the place to see New York's Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who not only play their first London headline show in four years, on Saturday 4th May, but also choose the line-up for the day. They've asked Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Atlanta rockers Black Lips, and the excellent Anika to join them. On Sunday 5th May, Grizzly Bear curate and play their largest UK show to date. They are joined by legendary Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, cult indie rock group The Walkmen, post-rock pioneers Tortoise, New Jersey's Real Estate, and Sweden's I Break Horses.

 
 
 

Vaisakhi on the Square

A colourful celebration 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

 

Every May sees Trafalgar Square transformed into a colourful celebration to welcome in the Sikh New Year. The Vaisakhi 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 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.

 
 
 

London Wonderground

London's south bank is given the welcome addition of an amusement ground.

London Wonderground London Wonderground Having made its first appearance last year, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in a Speigeltent in the shadow of the Southbank Centre, the London Wonderground makes a welcome return in May 2013. Transforming the riverside site into an amusement ground, it entices visitors in with fairground rides, circus shows and a programme of international cabaret, music and fringe theatre. In its inaugural year the festival drew over 800,000 visitors (including Madonna and 15 members of her entourage), and presented 277 different performances from 46 different acts. This year, the team behind last year's headline show Cantina return with another spellbinding show, Limbo. Further performers include Shclomo, beat boxing from a record breaking champion; The Tiger Lillies, Grammy-nominated, Olivier award-winning alternative cabaret performers; and House of Burlesque, a celebration of decadence, glamour and empowerment from Miss Tempest Rose. 2013-05-102013-09-29 Where:
London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th May - 29th September 2013

 

Having made its first appearance last year, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in a Spiegeltent in the shadow of the Southbank Centre, the 'London Wonderground' makes a welcome return in May. Transforming the riverside site into an amusement ground, it entices visitors in with fairground rides, circus shows and a programme of international cabaret, music and fringe theatre. In its inaugural year the festival drew over 800,000 visitors (including Madonna and 15 members of her entourage), and presented 277 different performances from 46 different acts, including the Australian circus hit Cantina, Hercules & Love Affair, British comedy trio Fascinating Aida, and Gary Stretch, the man with the stretchiest skin in the world. Expect similar freaks and misfits to form this year's line-up.

 
 
 

Leona Lewis

Two nights of music from the multi-platinum selling artist.

Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Leona Lewis Plucked from obscurity on her way to winning series three of the X Factor in 2006, the shy, unassuming but unquestionably stunning girl from Hackney went on to become a multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, conquer America and prove to be one of Simon Cowell's biggest successes to date. Leona embarked on her debut tour 'The Labyrinth' in 2010 to promote her first two albums. Now, on the back of her third album 'Glassheart', Leona Lewis will perform at the Royal Albert Hall for two nights as part of a 16-date UK tour.
2013-05-082013-05-09 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th May 2013

 

Plucked from obscurity on her way to winning series three of the 'X Factor' in 2006, the shy, unassuming but unquestionably stunning girl from Hackney went on to become a multi-platinum selling artist and three-time Grammy Award nominee, conquer America and prove to be one of Simon Cowell's biggest successes to date. Leona embarked on her debut tour 'The Labyrinth' in 2010 to promote her first two albums. Now, on the back of her third album 'Glassheart', Leona Lewis will perform at the Royal Albert Hall for two nights as part of a 16 date UK tour.

 
 
 

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Winner's of the 2012 Design of the Year award present their view on everyday objects.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby After winning the Design Museum's Design of the Year award in 2012 for their London 2012 Olympic Torch, designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby return to the museum for a show which presents their unique view on the production of everyday objects. The pair, who began working in their first studio in the Trellick Tower in 1997, were chosen to design the torch from submissions made by over 600 design agencies. In this Design Museum exhibition, visitors can explore the designers' multidisciplinary practice - they design everything from furniture and lighting to watering cans - and the way in which it challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art. Their work with manufacturers, engineers and factories is also examined as an integral part of their studio's award-winning projects.
2013-05-082013-08-25 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: 08th May - 25th August 2013

 

After winning the Design Museum's Design of the Year award in 2012 for their London 2012 Olympic Torch, designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby return to the museum for a show which presents their unique view on the production of everyday objects. The pair were chosen to design the torch from submissions made by over 600 design agencies. In this Design Museum exhibition, visitors can explore the designers' multidisciplinary practice - they design everything from furniture and lighting to watering cans - and the way in which it challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art. Their work with manufacturers, engineers and factories is also examined as an integral part of their studio's award-winning projects.

 
 
 

20/21 International Art Fair

A specialist fair for art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

20/21 International Art Fair 20/21 International Art Fair 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.

2014-05-152014-05-18 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: 15th - 18th May 2014

 

This is the fifth 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. Pieces are on sale from artists including Modigliani, Matisse, Chagall, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, and Damien Hirst.

 
 
 

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition

The country's leading portrait exhibition.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition The country's leading portrait exhibition, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition displays painted and drawn portrait submissions by both national and international artists, including high profile commissions and works by artists never before seen. With more than 200 pieces on display, it forms an ideal place for artists to be selected for commissions. This year the exhibition will be drawn from three sources: work by members, the best work chosen from open submission and a gallery of shortlisted works for the new SELF portrait prize, worth 20,000 pounds. Further prizes include the Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing, the Changing Faces Commission Prize, the de Lazlo Prize for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under, and the 10,000 pound Ondaatje Prize for the most distinguished painting, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of portraiture, which also earns the winner the Society's Gold Medal. 2013-05-092013-05-24 Where:
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London London, SW1Y 5BD
Category: Exhibitions

Mall Galleries, The Mall, St James's, London, SW1Y 5BD

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 09th - 24th May 2013

 

The country's leading portrait exhibition displays painted and drawn portrait submissions by both national and international artists, including high profile commissions and works by artists never before seen. This year the exhibition will be drawn from three sources: work by members, the best work chosen from open submission and a gallery of shortlisted works for the new SELF portrait prize, worth 20,000 pounds. Further prizes include the Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing, the Changing Faces Commission Prize, the de Lazlo Prize for the most outstanding portrait by an artist aged 35 years or under, and the 10,000 Ondaatje Prize for the most distinguished painting, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of portraiture, which also earns the winner the Society's Gold Medal.

 
 
 

A Scream and an Outrage

A marathon weekend of music.

A Scream and an Outrage A Scream and an Outrage In May the Barbican hosts A Scream and an Outrage, a marathon weekend of new music curated by composer Nico Muhly, featuring premieres and specially commissioned work from Muhly’s mentor Philip Glass. It’s “all about composers writing for their friends, and creating environments for great performances”, says Muhly. This translates into a piece created by David Lang and played by the innovative Brooklyn based quartet So Percussion, Paola Prestini's multimedia extravaganza, and music from the 16th century composer Thomas Tallis, among others.
2013-05-102013-05-12 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 10th - 12th May 2013

 

In May the Barbican hosts 'A Scream and an Outrage', a marathon weekend of new music curated by composer Nico Muhly, featuring premieres and specially commissioned work from Muhly's mentor Philip Glass. It's %u201Call about composers writing for their friends, and creating environments for great performances%u201D, says Muhly. This translates into a piece created by David Lang and played by the innovative Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion, Paola Prestini's multimedia extravaganza, and music from the 16th century composer Thomas Tallis, among others.

 
 
 

Collect

36 galleries, from the UK and around the world, are represented in this exhibition.

COLLECT COLLECT COLLECT Launched by the British Crafts Council in 2004, the 'Collect' craft show returns to the Saatchi Gallery this May for its 10th anniversary. Collect is the one of the largest art fairs for contemporary craft in Europe with over 300 artists representing 36 galleries from Britain and around the world. Desirable design objects include ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, wood, furniture and work in precious metals. With galleries from across the world coming together - from the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands - it's an impressive culmination of talent. Though totally unaffordable to all but serious collectors and the fabulously rich, it's a great exhibition.
2013-05-102013-05-13 Where:
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London London, SW3 4SQ
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 10th - 13th May 2013

 

Launched by the British Crafts Council in 2004, the 'Collect' craft show returns to the Saatchi Gallery this May for its 10th anniversary. 'Collect' is the one of the largest art fairs for contemporary craft in Europe with over 300 artists representing 36 galleries from Britain and around the world. Desirable design objects include ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles, wood, furniture and work in precious metals. With galleries from across the world coming together - from the UK, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands - it's an impressive collection of talent.

 
 
 

London Burlesque Festival

Nine days of raunchy and exotic entertainment.

London Burlesque Festival London Burlesque Festival London Burlesque Festival 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 ten 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. 2014-05-152014-05-25 Where:
Madame Jojo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, London London, W1F 0SE
Category: Clubbing and Nightlife

Madame Jojo's, 8-10 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0SE

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

 

Dates: 15th - 25th May 2014

 

Prudes avert your eyes, for the London Burlesque Festival returns for the seventh year at a number of venues across the capital. Brought to you by the infamous King of Burlesque, Chaz Royal, the man behind 'Pavabotti - The Naked Tenor', this year's event is bigger and more glamorous than ever. What was initially a weekend of glitz, vaudeville and sizzling striptease is now a whole ten nights of raucous exotic entertainment showcasing the very best in British burlesque and beyond. Venues across London take part and the festival typically concludes with a glittering Saturday night finale, in which burlesque beauties battle insatiably for the British and World Female Crown.

 
 
 

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Cycle

Three concerts to celebrate the key works of Tchaikovsky.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Cycle Moscow State Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky Cycle Described by the L.A. Times as "the world's least-heralded great orchestra", the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performs three concerts celebrating the key works of Tchaikovsky this May. The first concert on Friday 10th May features the March Slave, Piano Concerto No.1, and Fourth Symphony; the second concert on Tuesday 14th May includes the Russian composer's Francesca da Rimini, Rococo Variations and dramatic Fifth Symphony; the final concert of the cycle on Monday 20th May features Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Sixth Symphony, the 'Pathétique', and the Polonaise and Waltz from Eugene Onegin. Voted one of the 10 greatest conductors of the 20th century, Pavel Kogan conducts a line-up of virtuosic young soloists for this tantalising treat. 2013-05-102013-05-20 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: 10th - 20th May 2013

 

Described by the L.A. Times as "the world's least-heralded great orchestra", the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performs three concerts celebrating the key works of Tchaikovsky this May. The first concert features the 'March Slave', 'Piano Concerto No.1', and 'Fourth Symphony'; the second concert includes the Russian composer's 'Francesca da Rimini', 'Rococo Variations' and dramatic 'Fifth Symphony'; the final concert of the cycle features Tchaikovsky's 'Violin Concerto' and 'Sixth Symphony', the 'Pathtique', and the 'Polonaise' and 'Waltz' from 'Eugene Onegin'. Voted one of the 10 greatest conductors of the 20th century, Pavel Kogan conducts a line-up of virtuoso young soloists for this tantalising treat.

 
 
 

In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

The extravagant fashion pieces of the 16th and 17th century royals are showcased.

 

The fascination with royal fashion began long before Kate Middleton stepped onto the scene. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries social status was highly dependent on dressing in the best possible taste. Satin gowns, fur trims, sumptuous velvet and bejeweled necks were the epitome of style in daily court life, and that was just for men. The Tudor and Stuart fashions were captured in all their intricate detail by many great artists including Van Dyck and Nicholas Hilliard. The Queens Gallery presents a collection of more than 60 paintings alongside jewellery, garments, armour and other artefacts from the period.

 
 
 

The FA Cup Final

The finale of the world's oldest domestic football cup competition.

The FA Cup Final 2013 The FA Cup Final 2013 After months of knock-out matches, the last two teams standing come head to head at Wembley Stadium for the final of the FA Cup - the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. Last year, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 to claim their fourth FA Cup title in six years: a second half Andy Carroll goal was not enough after Chelsea went two-up either side of the break through Brazilian midfielder Ramirez and talismanic striker Didier Drogba. Spanish schemer Juan Mata was man of the match - but Drogba took the accolades by becoming the first player in history to score in four different FA Cup finals. Time will tell which teams will line up for this clash - but with Drogba now gone, perhaps Chelsea's aura of invincibility will be lifted. 2013-05-112013-05-11 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 11th May 2013

 

After months of knock-out matches, the last two teams standing come head to head at Wembley Stadium for the final of the FA Cup - the world's oldest domestic football cup competition. Last year, Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 to claim their fourth FA Cup title in six years: a second half Andy Carroll goal was not enough after Chelsea went two-up either side of the break thanks to Brazilian midfielder Ramirez and talismanic striker Didier Drogba. Spanish schemer Juan Mata was man of the match - but Drogba took the accolades by becoming the first player in history to score in four different FA Cup finals. Time will tell which teams will line up for this clash - but with Drogba now gone, perhaps Chelsea's aura of invincibility will be lifted.

 
 
 

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure

The comedian performs twice in London as part of his biggest tour yet.

Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure Not content with running seven weeks of back-to-back marathons (thankfully in trainers, not stilettos), Eddie Izzard embarks on the most extensive comedy tour ever - visiting 25 countries throughout Europe, USA, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal and The Far East. Force Majeure is Izzard's first tour since 2009's Stripped, which ran for two years and saw the inimitable comic take on a three-month residency in Paris performing entirely in French. No-one does rambling, whimsical, intelligent, surreal and seemingly unscripted stream-of-consciousness quite as good as Izzard, a veritable master of self-referential pantomime. "A comic genius. Eddie has become entertainment incarnate," says The Telegraph. Also showing at The O2 Arena on Saturday 8th June.
2013-05-112013-05-11 Where:
SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London London, HA9 0DH
Category: Comedy

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 11th May 2013

 

Not content with running seven weeks of back to back marathons (thankfully in trainers, not stilettos), Eddie Izzard embarks on his most extensive comedy tour ever - visiting 25 countries throughout Europe, the USA, Africa, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal and the Far East. 'Force Majeure' is Izzard's first tour since 2009's 'Stripped', which ran for two years and saw the inimitable comic take on a three month residency in Paris performing entirely in French. No one does rambling, whimsical, intelligent, surreal and seemingly unscripted stream of consciousness quite as well as Izzard, a veritable master of self-referential pantomime Izzard will also take to the stage at the O2 Arena on the 8th June.

 
 
 

The MoonWalk

15,000 participants power walk in aid of breast cancer charity 'Walk the Walk'.

The MoonWalk London 2013 The MoonWalk London 2013 The MoonWalk London 2013 The world's only Power Walking Marathon returns for its 16th Birthday. The MoonWalk attracts 15,000 participants and raises money for Walk the Walk, a breast cancer charity that makes grants available to support medical research but one that also funds emotional and physical care to those who already have cancer. This year's theme has yet to be announced but you can expect the walkers to stride out in some outrageous outfits; wearing a colourful decorated bra has become de rigueur on the walk, so look out for the most flamboyant. Those that set out from Battersea Power Station at 11pm get a fantastic evening tour past London's architectural highlights as well as the satisfaction of raising money for charity. 2013-05-112013-05-11 Where:
Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London London, SW8 5BP
Category: Sporting Events

Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, Battersea, London, SW8 5BP

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 11th May 2013

 

The world's only Power Walking Marathon returns for its 16th birthday. 'The 'MoonWalk' attracts 15,000 participants and raises money for Walk the Walk, a breast cancer charity that makes grants available to support medical research and also funds emotional and physical care for those who already have cancer. This year's theme has yet to be announced but you can expect the walkers to stride out in some outrageous outfits; wearing a colourful decorated bra has become de rigueur on the walk, so look out for the most flamboyant.

 
 
 

HSBC Sevens World Series: Marriott London Sevens

The last of ten rounds in the competition.

HSBC Sevens World Series: Marriott London Sevens 2013 HSBC Sevens World Series: Marriott London Sevens 2013 With Rugby Sevens being drafted in for the Rio 2016 Olympics, there should be extra interest in the Marriott London Sevens tournament this year. Held at Twickenham over one weekend, the event is the last of 10 rounds in the HSBC Sevens World Series, which features the 16 best international teams in this high-octane, fast-moving format of the game. There are four competitions in total, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the Cup and Plate competitions, and the two losers battling it out for the Bowl and Shield categories. Last year, Fiji took the main Cup competition after brushing aside New Zealand in the semis before thrashing Samoa 38-15 in the final. Hosts England narrowly lost 14-12 to great rivals Australia in the Plate final, Wales beat Scotland in the Bowl and France prevailed over the USA in the Shield. 2013-05-112013-05-12 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: 11th - 12th May 2013

 

With Rugby Sevens being drafted in for the Rio 2016 Olympics, there should be extra interest in the Marriott London Sevens tournament this year. Held at Twickenham over one weekend, the event is the last of 10 rounds in the HSBC Sevens World Series, which features the 16 best international teams in this high octane, fast moving format of the game. There are four competitions in total, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the Cup and Plate competitions, and the two losers battling it out for the Bowl and Shield categories. Last year, Fijitook the main Cup competition after brushing asideNew Zealandin the semis before thrashingSamoa38-15 in the final. HostsEngland narrowly lost 14-12 to great rivalsAustraliain the Plate final,WalesbeatScotlandin the Bowl andFranceprevailed over theUSAin the Shield.

 
 
 

Eltham Palace Art Deco Fair

A chance to purchase original 1930s objects.

Art Deco Fair Art Deco Fair If there's one place in London that merits an Art Deco Fair, it's Eltham Palace, one of London's secret wonders, a captivating blend of 1930s art deco decadence and classic medievalism. The much-loved weekend fair is held twice over the summer and gives visitors the chance to buy original 1930s objects - from furniture and collectables to hats, handbags and jewellery. 2013-05-112013-05-12 Where:
Eltham Palace, Court Yard, off Court Road, London London, SE9 5QE
Category: Exhibitions

Eltham Palace, Court Yard, off Court Road, London, SE9 5QE

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

 

Dates: 11th - 12th May 2013

 

If there's one place in London that merits an Art Deco Fair, it's Eltham Palace, one of London's secret wonders, a captivating blend of 1930s art deco decadence and classic medievalism. The much loved weekend fair is held twice over the summer and gives visitors the chance to buy original 1930s objects - from furniture and collectables to hats, handbags and jewellery.

 
 
 

Wozzeck

A vivid retelling of the Berg operatic masterpiece.

Wozzeck Wozzeck The latest offering from promising Young Vic director Carrie Cracknell is a vivid retelling of the Berg operatic masterpiece, Wozzeck, based on the tragic tale of a troubled soldier who murders his unfaithful wife, before accidentally drowning and leaving behind an orphaned child. The production at the London Coliseum will be conducted by award-winning ENO Music Director Edward Gardner. Book Wosseck tickets now.
2013-05-112013-05-25 Where:
London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London London, WC2N 4ES
Category: Exhibitions

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: 11th - 25th May 2013

 

The latest offering from promising Young Vic director Carrie Cracknell is a vivid retelling of the Berg operatic masterpiece, 'Wozzeck', based on the tragic tale of a troubled soldier who murders his unfaithful wife, before accidentally drowning and leaving behind an orphaned child. The production will be conducted by award-winning ENO Music Director Edward Gardner.

 
 
 

Aled Jones

The treble singer and television presenter concludes his tour of the British cathedrals.

Aled Jones Aled Jones Welsh treble singer and Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones concludes his tour of British cathedrals with this rescheduled show at Union Chapel. Initially known for his 1982 cover of The Snowman's 'Walking in the Air', Jones has gone on to release 29 albums and sell more than six million records. He now presents Daybreak on ITV. 2013-05-122013-05-12 Where:
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London London, N1 2UN
Category: Concerts

Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London, N1 2UN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 12th May 2013

 

Welsh treble singer and 'Songs of Praise' presenter Aled Jones concludes his tour of British cathedrals with this rescheduled show at Union Chapel. Initially known for his 1982 cover of 'Walking in the Air' from 'The Snowman', Jones has gone on to release 29 albums and sell more than six million records. He now presents 'Daybreak' on ITV.

 
 
 

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Dozens of puppeteers celebrate Mr Punch's 351st birthday.

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.
2014-05-112014-05-11 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: 11th May 2014

 

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the red nosed, stick wielding puppet, bringing together dozens of puppeteers in a colourful and highly entertaining afternoon. In 2013 it's Mr Punch's 351st birthday and celebrations in Covent Garden draw puppeteers from all over the country as well as folk musicians, 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 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. There follows a special service with a sermon administered by Rev Mark Oakley and Mr Punch himself.

 
 
 

Chiswick House May Fayre

Gardening, crazy golf and circus workshops.

Chiswick House May Fayre Chiswick House May Fayre A fun, family day out at Chiswick House garden, the May Fayre offers lots of entertainment and activities from gardening to a circus workshop given by professionals. You can pick up skills like balloon modelling, plate spinning, stilt walking and balancing skills on a low wire. Other activities include a 9 hole crazy golf course, a toddlers' area where young children can try to hook the duck, throw a beanbag and take part in garden games including giant dominoes, quoits and noughts and crosses. See behind the scenes in the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden and get ideas for your own garden. There will also be stalls selling homegrown vegetable plants, food and refreshments.
2013-05-122013-05-12 Where:
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London London, W4 2RP
Category: Exhibitions

Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 12th May 2013

 

A fun, family day out at Chiswick House garden, the May Fayre offers lots of entertainment and activities from gardening to a circus workshop given by professionals. You can pick up skills like balloon modelling, plate spinning, stilt walking and balancing skills on a low wire. Other activities include a 9 hole crazy golf course, a toddlers' area where young children can try to hook the duck, throw a beanbag and take part in garden games including giant dominoes, quoits and noughts and crosses. See behind the scenes in the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden and get ideas for your own garden. There will also be stalls selling homegrown vegetable plants, food and refreshments.

 
 
 

A Walk Through British Art - BP British Art Displays

A dramatic makeover is given to the Tate's art displays.

A Walk Through British Art - BP British Art Displays A Walk Through British Art - BP British Art Displays The BP British Art Displays get a spring makeover with a dramatic revamp of the collection and a shift in the chronological ordering of the artworks, dating from 1540 to the present. In addition, there will be focus rooms exhibiting highlights from particular artists and periods. Henry Moore, William Blake and J.M.W Turner all receive a space dedicated to their work, and for the first time, there will be a gallery dedicated entirely to photography.
2013-05-142013-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank, London London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 14th May - 31st December 2013

 

The BP British Art Displays get a spring makeover with a dramatic revamp of the collection and a shift in the chronological ordering of the artworks, dating from 1540 to the present. In addition, there will be focus rooms exhibiting highlights from particular artists and periods. Henry Moore, William Blake and J.M.W Turner all receive a space dedicated to their work, and for the first time, there will be a gallery dedicated entirely to photography.

 
 
 

Northern Ballet - The Great Gatsby

The Northern Ballet's interpretation of the 'Great American Novel'.

Northern Ballet - The Great Gatsby Northern Ballet - The Great Gatsby Two days before the UK release of Baz Luhrmann's cinematic adaptation, Northern Ballet's interpretation of the 'Great American Novel' takes to the stage at Sadler's Wells. Set in America's roaring 1920s, The Great Gatsby tells the compelling story of the young Nick Carraway and his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby an aloof character with a secret past. As he is invited further into the world of lavish parties and extravagant glamour, Carraway starts to unravel the truth that's hidden behind the sparkling façade of his neighbour's world. Book tickets now for The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells. 2013-05-142013-05-18 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 - 18th May 2013

 

Days after the UK release of Baz Luhrmann's cinematic adaptation, Northern Ballet's interpretation of the 'Great American Novel' takes to the stage at Sadler's Wells. Set in America's roaring 1920s, 'The Great Gatsby' tells the compelling story of young Nick Carraway and his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby - an aloof character with a secret past. As he is invited further into the world of lavish parties and extravagant glamour, Carraway starts to unravel the truth that's hidden behind the sparkling faade of his neighbour's world.

 
 
 

Relatively Speaking

Laugh-out-loud moments are plentiful in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy.

Relatively Speaking Relatively Speaking Felicity Kendal stars in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy, Relatively Speaking, which plays at the Wyndham's Theatre from 14th May, its first West End revival since its original London run in 1967. Lindsay Posner directs the cast of four which also includes Kara Tointon (Strictly Come Dancing winner in 2010 who recently appeared in Pygmalion alongside Rupert Everett), Max Bennett and Jonathan Coy. Special ticket deals for Relatively Speaking are now available. There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this tale of mistaken identity as Greg, who only met Ginny a month, decides she's the woman for him. Finding a scribbled address, Greg follows Ginny to her parents' house to ask her father's permission to marry. Only trouble is, the couple he finds in the garden are not Ginny's parents, so who are they?
2013-05-142013-08-31 Where:
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0DA
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 14th May - 31st August 2013

 

Felicity Kendal stars in Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy 'Relatively Speaking' at the Wyndham's Theatre, its first West End revival since its original London run in 1967. Lindsay Posner directs the cast of four which also includes Kara Tointon, Max Bennett and Jonathan Coy. There are many laugh-out-loud moments in this tale of mistaken identity as Greg, who only met Ginny a month ago, decides she's the woman for him. Finding a scribbled address, Greg follows Ginny to her parents' house to ask her father's permission to marry. The only trouble is, the couple he finds in the garden are not Ginny's parents, so who are they?

 
 
 

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Film Music Gala

The orchestra play musical pieces from both Hollywood blockbusters and timeless classics.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Film Music Gala Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Film Music Gala The scenes in a movie that feature thrilling music are always the ones that give audiences goose bumps. A perfect score has the power of transforming a scripted scene into an unforgettable moment. Paying homage to the spectacular world of film music, the Royal Albert Hall invites the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to play some favourite pieces from both recent Hollywood blockbusters and timeless classics. Highlights of the evening include: Gladiator, the Lord of the rings, Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean and Harry Potter. 2013-05-152013-05-15 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 15th May 2013

 

Paying homage to the spectacular world of film music, the Royal Albert Hall invites the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to play some favourite pieces from both recent Hollywood blockbusters and timeless classics. Highlights of the evening include music from 'Gladiator', 'The Lord of the Rings', 'Jurassic Park', 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and 'Harry Potter'.

 
 
 

Passion Play

Zoe Wanamaker stars in this family drama written by Peter Nichols and directed by David Leveaux.

Passion Play Passion Play James and Eleanor's long-standing marriage is under threat when James agrees to secretly meet their recently widowed friend Kate. Multi Olivier Award winner Zoe Wanamaker (best known for the BBC's My Family and her role as Madame Hooch in the Harry Potter series) stars in the celebrated dark comedy on love and infidelity, written by Peter Nichols and directed by David Leveaux. Passion Play at the Duke of York's Theatre is a glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, Book theatre ticket deals for Passion Play.
2013-05-012013-08-03 Where:
Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London London, WC2N 4BG
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 01st May - 03rd August 2013

 

James and Eleanor's long-standing marriage is under threat when James agrees to secretly meet their recently widowed friend Kate. Multi Olivier Award winner Zoe Wanamaker (best known for the BBC's My Family and her role as Madame Hooch in the Harry Potter series) stars in the celebrated dark comedy on love and infidelity, written by Peter Nichols and directed by David Leveaux. Passion Play at the Duke of York's Theatre is a glorious meeting of humour, eroticism and duplicity, Book theatre ticket deals for Passion Play.

 
 
 

McCoy's Premier League Darts

The culmination of the event's three month tour sees the world's four leading players compete.

McCoy's Premier League Darts McCoy's Premier League Darts The world's leading four darts players descend upon The O2 Arena for the play-offs of the McCoy's Premier League Darts to mark the culmination of the event's three-month tour of the UK & Ireland. The likes of reigning champion Phil "The Power" Taylor and current world champion Adrian Lewis will take part in the tournament, which is played over 14 consecutive Thursday evenings starting on 7th February in Belfast. With each of the eight players facing each other twice, the top four stars in the table will qualify to make this showpiece event at The O2. Last year's highlight was a stunning nine-dart finish from Aussie Simon Whitlock during his semi-final win over Andy Hamilton - but "The Wizard" was denied the overall crown by Taylor, who snared the title for a sixth time in front of a record 10,000 fans.

2013-05-162013-05-16 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: 16th May 2013

 

The world's four leading darts players descend upon the O2 Arena for the play-offs of the McCoy's Premier League Darts to mark the culmination of the event's three month tour of the UK and Ireland. The likes of reigning champion Phil "The Power" Taylor and current world champion Adrian Lewis will take part in the tournament, which is played over 14 consecutive Thursday evenings starting on 7th February in Belfast. With each of the eight players facing each other twice, the top four stars in the table will qualify for this showpiece event at the O2.

 
 
 

Museums at Night

The chance to take an after hours peek at some of London's finest buildings.

Museums at Night Museums at Night 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, Freud Museum, Courtauld Gallery, and Museum of Soho. 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.
2014-05-152014-05-17 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: 15th - 17th May 2014

 

This annual campaign treats visitors to after hours fun in some of London's finest museums, galleries and heritage sights. The London Transport Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Old Operating Theatre and London's Royal Observatory have all participated in previous years along with around 70 other venues. 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. One venue hosted a 'Thunderbirds' themed night to exhibit rare models, complete with 1960s music, screenings of the TV show and an interview with a voice artist.

 
 
 

1st Investec Test: England v New Zealand

Following a winter tour in their country, New Zealand now travel to England for further games.

1st Investec Test: England v New Zealand 1st Investec Test: England v New Zealand By the end of 2013, England's cricketers should be so familiar with all things New Zealand that they'll be filling their burgers with pickled beetroot and fried eggs. If a winter Tour Down Under featuring three (drawn) Tests, three ODIs and three T20s in February and March wasn't enough, New Zealand in turn travel across the world for a summer tour of England boasting two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s. This First Investec Test at Lord's is followed 11 days later by the First NatWest Series ODI at the same venue. The other two London fixtures for the tourists are the back-to-back T20 games at the Kia Oval on 25th and 27th June. New Zealand will then stick around for the ICC Champions Trophy, which is hosted in England and Wales and features five London games (including the opening semi-final) at Lord's. England should enter the two-match Test series as favourites: at the time of writing, Alastair Cook's side are the second best ranked side in test cricket while visitors New Zealand are the second bottom outfit, tailed only by minnows Bangladesh. 2013-05-162013-05-20 Where:
Lord's Cricket Ground , St. John's Wood Road, London London, NW8 8QN
Category: Sporting Events

Lord's Cricket Ground , St. John's Wood Road, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN

Tube: St John's Wood Station

 

Dates: 16th - 20th May 2013

 

By the end of 2013, England's cricketers should be so familiar with all things New Zealand that they'll be filling their burgers with pickled beetroot and fried eggs. If a winter tour Down Under featuring three Tests, three ODIs and three T20s in February and March wasn't enough, New Zealand in turn travel across the world for a summer tour of England boasting two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s. The First Investec Test takes place at Lord's and you can expect it to be a rather one sided affair: at the time of writing, England are the second best ranked side in test cricket while visitors New Zealand are the second bottom outfit, tailed only by minnows Bangladesh.

 
 
 

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play opens the Open Air Theatre season.

To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'To Kill a Mockingbird' returns to the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre after its sell-out success last year. The production, which opened the season last year ends the theatre's 2014 season. When a small town is engulfed with racial injustice, it takes the courage of one man to disregard what's expected of him and stand for what's right. Atticus Finch is a lawyer who seeks the truth and is determined to prove the innocence of a black man wrongly accused. Finch's daughter, Scout a young girl progressing into adulthood fights for his honour but faces terrible circumstances as a result. However, the determination of the pair gives hope to other locals in the town. The story's strong themes of compassion and bravery have provided it with enduring popularity and have already proved to be a huge success in the idyllic setting of the open air theatre. 2014-08-282014-09-13 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: 28th August to 13th September 2014

 

This year, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season commences with Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. When a small town is engulfed by racial injustice, it takes the courage of one man to disregard what's expected of him and stand up for what's right. Atticus Finch is a lawyer who seeks the truth and is determined to prove the innocence of a black man wrongly accused. His daughter fights for his honour and faces terrible circumstances as a result, but the determination of the pair gives hope to other locals in the town. The story's strong themes of compassion and bravery have lent it enduring popularity and it will now be revived in the idyllic setting of the open air theatre.

 
 
 

Eric Clapton

The influential guitarist plays at his favourite London venue.

Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton returns to his favourite London venue to celebrate his 50th year as a professional musician. Over the last half-century Clapton has established himself as one of the most influential guitarists of all time - and he's the only three-time inductee to the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame. "This is like walking into my front room," old Slowhand Clapton joked ahead of a previous Royal Albert Hall residency in 2011. Supported by his impressive long-time touring partners - Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards), and Willie Weeks (bass) - Clapton will focus on a back catalogue from The Yailbirds and Cream as well as his popular solo material, including some of his recent blues and honky-tonk offerings. There's no reason to cry about this journeyman.
2013-05-172013-05-23 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 17th - 23rd May 2013

 

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton returns to his favourite London venue to celebrate his 50th year as a professional musician. Over the last half-century Clapton has established himself as one of the most influential guitarists of all time - and he's the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "This is like walking into my front room," old Slowhand Clapton joked ahead of a previous Royal Albert Hall residency in 2011. Supported by his impressive long-time touring partners - Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards), and Willie Weeks (bass) - Clapton will focus on a back catalogue from The Yard birds and Cream as well as his popular solo material, including some of his recent blues and honky tonk offerings. There's no reason to cry about this journeyman.

 
 
 

Chimerica

World premiere of a new co-production from the Almeida theatre and Headlong theatre company.

Chimerica Chimerica Twenty three years after the event, Joe, a young American photojournalist, is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film in Tiananmen Square, 1989. Chimerica, a new co-production presented by the Almeida theatre and Rupert Goold's acclaimed Headlong theatre company, written drama by Lucy Kirkwood (NSFW, Royal Court) gets its world premiere at the Islington theatre on 20th May 2013. This provocative piece which examines the changing fortunes of the two countries is directed by Lyndsey Turner ('Posh' at the Royal Court and the West End) who makes her Almeida theatre debut. The play, which runs until 6th July 2013, will be the final production at the Almeida Theatre under Michael Attenborough who steps down as its artistic director after 11 years in the role.
2013-05-202013-07-06 Where:
Almeida Theatre, Almeida Street, London London, N1 1TA
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 20th May - 06th July 2013

 

Twenty three years after the event, Joe, a young American photojournalist, is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film in Tiananmen Square, 1989. 'Chimerica', a new co-production presented by the Almeida theatre and Rupert Goold's acclaimed Headlong theatre company, and written by Lucy Kirkwood ('NSFW', Royal Court) gets its world premiere at the Islington theatre. This provocative piece which examines the changing fortunes of the two countries is directed by Lyndsey Turner ('Posh', at the Royal Court and the West End) who makes her Almeida theatre debut. The play will be the final production at the Almeida Theatre under Michael Attenborough who steps down as its artistic director after 11 years in the role.

 
 
 

Dieter Roth: Diaries and other works

An exhibition of the influential artist's diaries and career.

Dieter Roth: Diaries and other works Dieter Roth: Diaries and other works Influential German-Swiss artist Dieter Roth was known as a sculptor, painter and conceptualist explorer. Back in the sixties he made ‘literature sausages’ by mashing books to a pulp and created paintings using melted cheese and yoghurt. His final project records the last year of his life, in a slow evolving self-portrait. He was an avid diarist, and filled countless journals with pages of colourful doodles and notes. The Camden Arts Centre now hosts an exhibition of these diaries and other highlights from his bold and unedited career.
2013-05-172013-07-14 Where:
Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London London, NW3 6DH
Category: Exhibitions

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London, NW3 6DH

Tube: Finchley Road Station

 

Dates: 17th May - 14th July 2013

 

Influential German-Swiss artist Dieter Roth was known as a sculptor, painter and conceptualist explorer. Back in the sixties he made 'literature sausages' by mashing books to a pulp and created paintings using melted cheese and yoghurt. His final project records the last year of his life, in a slow evolving self-portrait. He was an avid diarist, and filled countless journals with pages of colourful doodles and notes. The Camden Arts Centre now hosts an exhibition of these diaries and other highlights from his bold and unedited career.

 
 
 

La Donna Del Lago

Turbulent love story set against the 16th century Scottish Highlands.

La donna del lago La donna del lago John Fulljames directs Rossini's famous love story set against the turbulent background of the 16th-century Scottish Highlands. King James V falls for Elena, a beautiful and mysterious woman (the "lady of the lake") who is not only the daughter of the enemy but also desperately in love. But the object of Elena's affection is neither the king nor her own fiancé... 2013-05-172013-06-11 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: 17th May - 11th June 2013

 

John Fulljames directs Rossini's famous love story set against the turbulent background of the 16th century Scottish Highlands. King James V falls for Elena, a beautiful and mysterious woman (the "lady of the lake") who is not only the daughter of the enemy but also desperately in love. But the object of her affection is neither the king nor her own fianc%u2026

 
 
 

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

An exploration of the methods used to persuade and influence citizens.

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion Propaganda: Power and Persuasion From the iconic depictions of Margaret Thatcher as Napolean, to the representation of the Olympics, propaganda comes in many forms and affects us all on a daily basis. The British Library presents a major exhibition exploring state propaganda from its origins in ancient Greece up until the present day. Through over 200 exhibits on display, ranging from Nazi propaganda to everyday objects, the exhibition uncovers the methods used to persuade and influence citizens, and reveals the powerful messages behind the cartoons, the films and the posters used in state propaganda. Related events include talks by the likes of Alastair Campbell and Michael Dukakis, and the Late at the Library propaganda-themed party.
2013-05-172013-09-17 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: 17th May - 17th September 2013

 

From the iconic depictions of Margaret Thatcher as Napoleon, to the representation of the Olympics, propaganda comes in many forms and affects us all on a daily basis. The British Library presents an exhibition exploring and uncovering the methods used to persuade and influence citizens, and reveals the powerful messages behind the cartoons, the films and the posters.

 
 
 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sam Mendes recreates Roald Dahl's magical story as a musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Nominated for a staggering seven Oliviers in this year's Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tells the heart-warming tale of Charlie Bucket and his fortunate discovery of a life-changing golden ticket. First we meet his poverty stricken but happy family, his four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal the coveted ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a critically acclaimed production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. From May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be filled with "dazzling light displays and projections" (The Telegraph), a surreal mix of giant lollipops and human blueberries. But "by far the greatest fun is to be had from the Oompa Loompas," says The Telegraph. "They alone are worth the price of admission." Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now. After the successful transition of Dahl's Matilda The Musical to the West End, this equally joyous and bizarre Dahl tale has become another hit for the British author behind classic children's books including The BFG and James and the Giant Peach.
2013-05-222015-05-30 Where:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London London, WC2B 5JF
Category: Theatre

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 22nd May 2013 to 30th May 2015

 

Who could forget the heart-warming tale of forlorn little Charlie Bucket and his poverty stricken family? His four grandparents huddled together for warmth in one double bed and his parents struggling to feed the family. The tale takes a dramatic turn when Charlie pulls back the wrapper of his favourite chocolate bar to reveal a life-changing golden ticket. This much loved Roald Dahl story was recently revived in a Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp, and now makes the bold move from screen to stage in a new production directed by Sam Mendes, with original music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. From May 2013 Theatre Royal Drury Lane will be filled with an utterly surreal mix of giant lollipops, Oompa Loompas and human blueberries. Tickets for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are on sale now. After the successful transition Dahl's Matilda The Musical made to the West End stage, this equally joyous and bizarre tale promises to be a much anticipated addition to Theatreland.

 
 
 

Football League Play-off Finals

A weekend of back to back finals.

Football League Play-off Finals Football League Play-off Finals The League One and Two play-offs - contested by the teams finishing from third to sixth in their respective leagues - come to a head with this Wembley weekend of back-to-back finals. First up is Saturday's League Two play-off final which last year saw Crewe Alexandria beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 to rise to League One. Sunday's League One play-off final will struggle to beat the drama of last year's game: although goalless, a nail-biting penalty shootout saw all 22 players (including goalkeepers) take spot-kicks with Huddersfield Town emerging 8-7 winners over Sheffield United to reach the Championship. 2013-05-182013-05-19 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 18th - 19th May 2013

 

The League One and Two play-offs - contested by the teams finishing from third to sixth in their respective leagues - come to a head with this Wembley weekend of back to back finals. First up is Saturday's League Two play-off final which last year saw Crewe Alexandria beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 to rise to League One. Sunday's League One play-off final will struggle to beat the drama of last year's game: although goalless, a nail-biting penalty shoot out saw all 22 players (including goalkeepers) take spot-kicks with Huddersfield Town emerging 8-7 winners over Sheffield United to reach the Championship.

 
 
 

The School of Life Sunday Sermon: Jon Ronson

The journalist and author delivers a secular sermon.

The School of Life Sunday Sermon: Jon Ronson The School of Life Sunday Sermon: Jon Ronson Jon Ronson, the journalist and author of The Psychopath Test, will be delivering a secular sermon on Sunday 19 May 2013 at Conway Hall as part of the thought provoking School of Life Sunday Sermon series. His book, The Men Who Stare at Goats, "an inspired study of America's war on terror," (The Guardian) was made into a major motion picture in 2009 and his most recent novel, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, was published in October 2012. On reading 'The Psychopath Test' Will Self said of Ronson, "he does indeed force us to think more deeply about the subject at hand".
2013-05-192013-05-19 Where:
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London London, WC1R 4RL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 19th May 2013

 

Jon Ronson, the journalist and author of 'The Psychopath Test', will deliver a secular sermon as part of the thought provoking 'School of Life Sunday Sermon' series. His book, 'The Men Who Stare at Goats', "an inspired study of America's war on terror" (The Guardian), was made into a major motion picture in 2009 and his most recent novel, 'Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries', was published in October 2012. On reading 'The Psychopath Test' Will Self said of Ronson, "he does indeed force us to think more deeply about the subject at hand".

 
 
 

Lana Del Rey

The American singer-songwriter performs to back to back nights.

Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey When her 'Video Games' single became a hit on YouTube, American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey became an overnight success and suddenly she was one of the most talked about acts of 2012. Can she actually sing? Or songwrite? After a shaky start on Jay Leno's US TV show she triumphed with some spell binding live performances at the summer festivals - "her charisma was off the scale" said The Guardian of her performance at Latitude 2012. Now the award winning singer returns to the UK in 2013 for two live shows at Hammersmith Apollo on 19th and 20th May as part of a European tour. If further proof of her popularity were needed you need only look at her album sales - over 2.5 million copies of 'Born To Die' have been bought worldwide.
2013-05-192013-05-20 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: 19th - 20th May 2013

 

When her 'Video Games' single became a hit on YouTube, American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey became an overnight success and suddenly she was one of the most talked about acts of 2012. Can she actually sing? Or write songs? After a shaky start on Jay Leno's US TV show she triumphed with some spellbinding live performances at the summer festivals - "her charisma was off the scale" said The Guardian of her performance at 'Latitude' 2012. Now the award-winning singer returns to the UK in 2013 for two live shows as part of a European tour. If further proof of her popularity were needed you need only look at her album sales - over 2.5 million copies of 'Born To Die' have been bought worldwide.

 
 
 

The Man Booker International Prize

£60,000 is awarded to a fiction novelist.

The Man Booker International Prize The Man Booker International Prize The ten authors in contention for the Man Booker International Prize appear at the Southbank Centre for a night of readings which will launch the London Literature Festival. Following the finalist announcements at the Jaipur Literary Festival in January, returns to London to announce the 2013 winner. The £60,000 prize is awarded to a fiction novelist every two years. This year the winner is being determined by a panel of five judges including Aminatta Forna and Sir Christopher Ricks. 2013-05-202013-05-20 Where:
Southbank Centre: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th May 2013

 

Following the finalist announcements at the Jaipur Literary Festival in January, the Man Booker International Prize returns to London to announce the 2013 winner. The 60,000 prize is awarded to a fiction novelist every two years. This year the winner is being determined by a panel of five judges including Aminatta Forna and Sir Christopher Ricks.

 
 
 

London Literature Festival

World class literature and spoken word performances.

London Literature Festival London Literature Festival London Literature Festival The Southbank serves up its annual dose of world class literature with a delectable array of spoken word performances, exciting new collaborations, workshops and talks from major writers and thinkers from around the world. Now in its seventh year, the festival has jumped a couple of months earlier to May. Programme highlights include a night of readings by authors on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize; a strand on Alternative Lifestyles; artistic and scientific perspectives on the world's Bees; a celebration of the history, neighbourhoods and creative tensions of London; as well as a line-up of the world's best writers, poets, performers and thinkers, not to forget the ever-popular Women's Prize for Fiction Readings. Speakers at the popular two-week event include literary greats such as Barbara Kingsolver, biographer Claire Tomalin, 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' author Lionel Shriver and historian William Dalrymple.
2013-05-202013-09-08 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: 20th May - 08th September 2013

 

The Southbank serves up its annual dose of world class literature with a delectable array of spoken word performances, exciting new collaborations, workshops and talks from major writers and thinkers from around the world. Now in its seventh year, the festival has jumped forward a couple of months to May. Programme highlights include a strand on Alternative Lifestyles; artistic and scientific perspectives on the world's bees; a celebration of the history, neighbourhoods and creative tensions of London; as well as a line-up of the world's best writers, poets, performers and thinkers, not to forget the ever popular Women's Prize for Fiction Readings. Notable speakers at the popular two week event include literary greats such as Barbara Kingsolver, biographer Claire Tomalin, 'We Need to Talk About Kevin' author Lionel Shriver and historian William Dalrymple, presenter Melvyn Bragg as well as actor and author Rupert Everett. The festival launches with the 2013 Man Booker Prize Readings.

 
 
 

Clerkenwell Design Week

Contemporary design is celebrated with three days of art based events.

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 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.
2014-05-202014-05-22 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: 20th - 22nd May 2014

 

A three day festival of installations, workshops, presentations, product launches and debates celebrating contemporary design. Taking place at various venues in Clerkenwell - including The Farmiloe Building, a former Victorian glassworks on St John Street - Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates the creativity, social relevance and advancements in technology behind design. It's a typical festival-type occasion, with exhibitions, street entertainment, music, food and receptions, all centred on the design theme. Last year's design week saw 30,000 people attend and this year is billed to be even bigger.

 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

2013 marks the centenary of this beautiful and inspiring show.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show RHS Chelsea Flower Show The RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centenary in 2013, and it promises to be an extraordinary event with a nostalgic look back at the past 100 years. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, most of London society, including the Queen, regards the Chelsea Flower Show as a highpoint of the London summer season, so if you get bored of the blooms you can have a great time celeb-spotting. Particularly specatcular 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.
2013-05-212013-05-25 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: 21st - 25th May 2013

 

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centenary in 2013, and it promises to be an extraordinary event with a nostalgic look back at the past 100 years. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, most of London society, including the Queen, regards the Chelsea Flower Show as a highpoint of the London summer season, so if you get bored of the blooms you can have a great time celeb-spotting. 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.

 
 
 

Gaucho International Polo 2013

An evening celebration of Argentina's sporting and cultural heritage

Gaucho International Polo 2013 Gaucho International Polo 2013 This evening celebration of Argentina's sporting and cultural heritage returns to The O2 Arena for a third year. Arena Polo is to polo what Twenty20 cricket is to cricket: smaller teams of three and a reduced-size sand pitch makes for a faster and more exciting game that is spectator friendly and far less exclusive than the traditional game. Last year, Scotland beat Ireland in a warm-up game before England took on Argentina in the night's showpiece fixture, pitching the UK's finest player Jamie Morrison against the global polo superstar that is Nacho Figueras. A thrilling encounter saw England win 1-0 on penalties after a nail-biting 15-15 draw, while extra entertainment came from Grammy award-winning 'electrotango' band, Bajofondo. There was, of course, plenty of Argentine wine consumed as well. This year, Grammy-nominated band Tanghetto will be flying in from Buenos Aires for the evening and Strictly Come Dancing Stars Vincent and Flavia will dance an Electric Tango.
2013-05-212013-05-21 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: 21st May 2013

 

This evening celebration of Argentina's sporting and cultural heritage returns to The O2 Arena for a third year. Arena Polo is to polo what Twenty20 cricket is to cricket: smaller teams of three and a reduced-size sand pitch makes for a faster and more exciting game that is spectator friendly and far less exclusive than the traditional game. Last year, Scotland beat Ireland in a warm-up game before England took on Argentina in the night's showpiece fixture, pitching the UK's finest player Jamie Morrison against the global polo superstar that is Nacho Figueras. A thrilling encounter saw England win 1-0 on penalties after a nail-biting 15-15 draw, while extra entertainment came from Grammy award-winning 'electrotango' band, Bajofondo. There was, of course, plenty of Argentine wine consumed as well.

 
 
 

Bullet Catch

Solo drama based on a notoriously dangerous magic trick, at The Shed.

Bullet Catch Bullet Catch One man attempts the most notorious of theatrical illusions; so notorious and dangerous that even Houdini refused to attempt it, and twelve other brave illusionists, assistants and audience members have died since its 17th century conception. Bullet Catch is a solo drama written and performed by Rob Drummond in the National Theatre's new temporary theatre space, The Shed, comes direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe where The Guardian reviewer Lyn Gardner described it as a "remarkable, multilayered and utterly gripping show". 2013-05-212013-06-01 Where:
National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 21st May - 01st June 2013

 

One man attempts the most notorious of theatrical illusions; so notorious and dangerous that even Houdini refused to attempt it, and twelve other brave illusionists, assistants and audience members have died since its 17th century conception. Bullet Catch is a solo drama written and performed by Rob Drummond in the National Theatre's new temporary theatre space, The Shed, comes direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe where The Guardian reviewer Lyn Gardner described it as a "remarkable, multilayered and utterly gripping show".

 
 
 

Zucchero

Greatest hits from the Italian singing sensation.

Zucchero Zucchero Italian singing sensation Zucchero performs his greatest hits along with tracks from his latest album, La Sesión Cubana, which was recorded in Havana and features collaborations with some of Cuba's most important musicians. Once described by Ray Charles (no less) as "probably one of the best blues musicians I've ever worked with", Zucchero burst onto the international scene with his 1887 album Blue's, which became the highest-selling album in Italian history and featured the original version of his hit Senza Una Donna (later recorded as a duet with Paul Young). Blending gospel, blues and rock, Zucchero jumps from boogies to ballads, rubbing shoulders with world famous artists such as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting and Pavarotti.
2013-05-222013-05-22 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 22nd May 2013

 

Italian singing sensation Zucchero performs his greatest hits along with tracks from his latest album, 'La Sesin Cubana', which was recorded in Havana and features collaborations with some of Cuba's most important musicians. Once described by Ray Charles (no less) as "probably one of the best blues musicians I've ever worked with", Zucchero burst onto the international scene with his 1987 album 'Blue's', which became the highest-selling album in Italian history and featured the original version of his hit 'Senza Una Donna' (later to be recorded as a duet with Paul Young). Blending gospel, blues and rock, Zucchero jumps from boogie to ballads, rubbing shoulders with world famous artists such as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Sting and Pavarotti.

 
 
 

Wagner Anniversary Concert

A concert to commemorate the exact 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth.

Wagner Anniversary Concert Wagner Anniversary Concert Sir Andrew Davis conducts a concert commemorating the exact 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth with music from Die Meistersinger, Tristan und Isolde and Die Walküre with soloists Giselle Allen, Susan Bullock and James Rutherford. The Valkyries is one of Wagner's finest artistic achievements - and the prelude to Act III, The Ride of the Valkyries, has become rooted in popular culture since the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, where an American air regiment bellows out Wagner's powerful piece on helicopter-mounted loudspeakers during an assault on a Vietnamese village. This Philharmonia Orchestra concert kicks off Wagner 200 - a wide-ranging, London-based festival celebrating the bicentenary of the German composer's birth. Wagner 200 continues throughout the year with further concerts, opera screenings, public masterclasses, symposia, a curated film season, an exhibition and much more - at leading venues including the Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place. 2013-05-222013-05-22 Where:
Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London London, SE1 8XX
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 22nd May 2013

 

Sir Andrew Davis conducts a concert commemorating the exact 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth with music from 'Die Meistersinger', 'Tristan und Isolde' and 'Die Walkre' with soloists Giselle Allen, Susan Bullock and James Rutherford. 'The Valkyries' is one of Wagner's finest artistic achievements - and the prelude to Act III, 'The Ride of the Valkyries', has become rooted in popular culture since the 1979 film 'Apocalypse Now', where an American air regiment bellows out Wagner's powerful piece on helicopter-mounted loudspeakers during an assault on a Vietnamese village. This Philharmonia Orchestra concert kicks off 'Wagner 200' - a wide-ranging, London-based festival celebrating the bicentenary of the German composer's birth.

 
 
 

Birth of a Collection: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the National Gallery

19th century and Old Master paintings are put on display.

Birth of a Collection: The Barber Institute of Fine arts and the National Gallery Birth of a Collection: The Barber Institute of Fine arts and the National Gallery The Barber Institute of Fine Arts celebrates its 80th anniversary, marking the occasion with a display of 19th century and Old Master paintings. The artworks were first displayed and stored together in the National Gallery during the early days of the Barber Institute back in the 1930s. This exhibition will reunite the collection, which includes masterpieces by Nicolas Poussin, Joseph Mallord William Turner and Claude Monet. 2013-05-222013-09-01 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Exhibitions

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

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

 

Dates: 22nd May - 01st September 2013

 

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts celebrates its 80th anniversary, marking the occasion with a display of 19th century and Old Master paintings. The artworks were first displayed and stored together in the National Gallery during the early days of the Barber Institute back in the 1930s. This exhibition will reunite the collection, which includes masterpieces by Nicolas Poussin, Joseph Mallord William Turner and Claude Monet.

 
 
 

Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Large scale works represent a contemporary view of the lives of the saints.

Michael Landy: Saints Alive Michael Landy: Saints Alive 2013 Associate Artist in residence at the National Gallery, Michael Landy, is the subject of a free exhibition in the gallery's Sunley Room where seven kinetic sculptures go on display from May 2013. In Saints Alive Landy's large-scale works, consisting of fragments of National Gallery paintings cast in three dimensions, represent a contemporary view of the lives of the saints. Landy scours car boot sales and flea markets to create his works, recycling rubbish to create something new. One of the YBAs (Young British Artists) of the 1990s, he is best known for his 2001 installation, 'Break Down', where he catalogued and then destroyed all of his possessions. 2013-05-232013-11-24 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Exhibitions

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

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

 

Dates: 23rd May - 24th November 2013

 

The 2013 Associate Artist in residence at the National Gallery, Michael Landy, is the subject of a free exhibition in the gallery's Sunley Room where seven kinetic sculptures go on display from May. In 'Saints Alive' Landy's large scale works, consisting of fragments of National Gallery paintings cast in three dimensions, represent a contemporary view of the lives of the saints. Landy scours car boot sales and flea markets to create his works, recycling rubbish to create something new. One of the YBAs (Young British Artists) of the 1990s, he is best known for his 2001 installation, 'Break Down', where he catalogued and then destroyed all of his possessions.

 
 
 

Race

Olivier award winner Terry Johnson directs David Mamet's courtroom drama.

Race Race Clarke Peters (best known for his role as Detective Lester Freamon in hit US TV series The Wire) makes his Hampstead Theatre debut in Race, a detective story written by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Mamet. Directed by Olivier award winner Terry Johnson, who returns to the north London theatre following the sell-out hit Old Money last season, Race tells the story of two lawyers, one black and one white, who must uncover the truth surrounding a rape case, in which the accused is white and the accuser is black. When David Mamet's drama premiered on Broadway in December 2009, directed by its author, the New York Times noted the 'tension of its subject' and 'corkscrew plot twists' while the LA Times described it as "one of the most anticipated productions on Broadway this year". Though best known for his role in The Wire, Clarke Peters is a seasoned theatre actor who wrote and starred in the musical Five Guys Named Moe in 1990.
2013-05-232013-06-29 Where:
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London London, NW3 3EU
Category: Theatre

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 23rd May - 29th June 2013

 

Olivier award winner Terry Johnson returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Old Money last season to direct Race, a detective story written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet. Two lawyers, one black and one white, must uncover the truth surrounding a rape case, in which the accused is white and the accuser is black. When David Mamet's drama premiered on Broadway in December 2009, directed by its author, the New York Times noted the 'tension of its subject' and 'corkscrew plot twists' while the LA Times described it as "one of the most anticipated productions on Broadway this year".

 
 
 

Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game

The cockney comic performs three shows in London this year.

Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game Cockney comic and man-of-the-moment Micky Flanagan travels the length and breadth of the UK & Ireland for one of the most anticipated comedy tours of 2013. Following on from his sell-out Out Out tour of last year, Back In The Game has three major stops in London: Hammersmith Apollo (24th & 25th May), Wembley Arena (3rd & 4th October) and The O2 Arena (16th-19th October). The 49-year-old funnyman came to comedy late, his debut show telling of his rise from working class East End lad to arty-farty East Dulwich resident - and earning him a best newcomer nomination at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. Comedy glory beckoned, with Frank Skinner claiming Flanagan was "arguably the funniest comedian in the world". He's now a regular on TV panel shows and a household name - far cry from his first job as a fish porter at Billingsgate Fish Market. 2013-05-242013-05-25 Where:
Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London London, W6 9QH
Category: Comedy

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 24th - 25th May 2013

 

Cockney comic and man of the moment Micky Flanagan travels the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland for one of the most anticipated comedy tours of 2013. Following on from his sell-out 'Out Out' tour of last year, 'Back In The Game' has three major stops in London. The 49-year-old funnyman came to comedy late, his debut show telling of his rise from working class East End lad to arty-farty East Dulwich resident - and earning him a best newcomer nomination at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe. Comedy glory beckoned, with Frank Skinner claiming Flanagan was "arguably the funniest comedian in the world". He's now a regular on TV panel shows and a household name - a far cry from his first job as a fish porter at Billingsgate Fish Market. Flanagan will also take to the stage at Wembley Arena and the O2 Arena in October.

 
 
 

Tea and Coffee Festival

A celebration of the two beverages in a a number of intriguing forms.

 

Unsurprisingly, the organisers of the Tea and Coffee Festival at London's Southbank Centre are extremely keen on their tea and coffee and Londoners are invited to get out of Starbucks or Costa and head down to the festival where these drinks will be properly celebrated and showcased. The festival will be a celebration of all things tea and coffee - enjoy the drinks in their pure form, tea and coffee based cocktails, macaroons, churros with mocha sauce, coffee flavoured cheesecakes and plenty more. There'll be tastings, masterclasses, talks, demonstrations and much more and with three days to choose from, you can be sure you'll find plenty to keep you enthused.

 
 
 

Raven Girl / Symphony in C

British choreographer collaborates with novelist Audrey Niffenegger.

Raven Girl Raven Girl Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor returns to the Royal Opera House main stage in May 2013 with Raven Girl, an exciting collaboration with novelist Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife. The pairing of the choreographer in residence at the Royal Ballet and the American author, who is also a visual artist, is an exciting prospect which promises to be a highlight of the year at the Covent Garden opera house. Raven Girl will be performed as a double bill with Balanchine's Symphony in C. Booking for members of the general public opens 9th April 2013.
2013-05-242013-06-08 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: 24th May - 08th June 2013

 

Multi award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor returns to the Royal Opera House main stage with 'Raven Girl', an exciting collaboration with novelist Audrey Niffenegger, author of 'The Time Traveler's Wife'. The pairing of the choreographer in residence at the Royal Ballet and the American author, who is also a visual artist, is an exciting prospect which promises to be a highlight of the year at the Covent Garden opera house. 'Raven Girl' will be performed as a double bill with Balanchine's 'Symphony in C'.

 
 
 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Michelle Terry stars as Titania at Shakespeare's Globe from the end of May.

A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream The award-winning Michelle Terry (Tribes) returns to Shakespeare's Globe this summer to star as Titania in the Bard's evergreen forest fantasy of knavish sprites and mismatched lovers. Hermia (Olivia Ross) loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius - but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between Oberon and Titania, the King and Queen of the Fairies. Showing just how the course of true love rarely does run smooth, the incredibly inventive A Midsummer Night's Dream - one of Shakespeare's most popular and widely performed works - is both dramatic and hilarious in equal measures. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, this production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging. 2013-05-242013-10-12 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: 24th May - 12th October 2013

 

The award-winning Michelle Terry (Tribes) returns to Shakespeare's Globe this summer to star as Titania in the Bard's evergreen forest fantasy of knavish sprites and mismatched lovers. Hermia (Olivia Ross) loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius - but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia. When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between Oberon and Tatania, the King and Queen of the Fairies. Showing just how the course of true love rarely does run smooth, the incredibly inventive A Midsummer's Night Dream - one of Shakespeare's most popular and widely performed works - is both dramatic and hilarious in equal measures. Directed by Dominic Droomgoole, this production will employ Renaissance costumes and staging.

 
 
 

Field Day

A diverse alternative to mainstream pop festivals.

Field Day Field Day British band Metronomy headline Saturday at Field Day while recently-reunited US band the Pixies headline the Sunday leg of the Victoria Park festival which moves to June and expands to become a two-day event in 2014, the year the East London festival celebrates its eighth birthday. Saturday's bill includes Warpaint, Sky Ferreira, The Temper Trap and Syrian folk singer Omar Souleyman who has collaborated with Damon Albarn's Gorillaz. Sunday's headline act is pioneering band of the late '80s alt/rock movement, the Pixies who release Indie Cindy the band's first full studio album since 1991's Trompe le Monde, in late April. Having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam they are now bringing their music to a whole new generation of music fans. Head to Field Day for subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe. After parties at neighbouring clubs keep the vibe going after the main event - curfew at 10.45pm - has closed.
2014-06-072014-06-08 Where:
Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London London, E3 5SN
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th June 2014

 

East London's Field Day offers a more diverse, fresh selection of acts than some of the more mainstream pop festivals in London. Think subdued electro, melancholic folk, bold dance acts and a dreamy summer vibe to match. So far on the bill is the enchanting Bat for Lashes, whose first two albums earned her two Mercury Prize nominations and an Ivor Novello. Plus experimental folktronica quartet Django Django will be on hand to liven up the crowd with their blend of tribal beats and serene harmonies. Following the main event, neighbouring clubs put on some cracking after-parties to carry those dancing feet through till dawn. Just keep your fingers crossed that the sun shines over leafy Victoria Park this year.

 
 
 

UEFA Champions League Final 2013

Wembley becomes the first stadium to host the Champions League final twice in three years.

UEFA Champions League Final 2013 UEFA Champions League Final 2013 History is made as Wembley becomes the first stadium to host the Champions League final twice in three years - as UEFA doffs its cap in celebration of 150 years of the Football Association's existence. While Wembley may be the spiritual home of English football, it's not as if the 'home' advantage did much good back in 2011 when Barcelona coasted past Manchester United 3-1 to win the first European Cup final to be held at the stadium since its reopening in 2007. Last year, Chelsea became champions of Europe for the first time with a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich in Munich's Allianz Arena. Perhaps it will be third-time lucky for the home nation and this May we'll see another London club take the spoils at Wembley. 2013-05-252013-05-25 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 25th May 2013

 

History is made as Wembley becomes the first stadium to host the Champions League final twice in three years - as UEFA doffs its cap in celebration of 150 years of the Football Association's existence. While Wembley may be the spiritual home of English football, it's not as if the 'home' advantage did much good back in 2011 when Barcelona coasted past Manchester United 3-1 to win the first European Cup final to be held at the stadium since its reopening in 2007. Last year, Chelsea became champions of Europe for the first time with a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich in Munich's Allianz Arena. Perhaps it will be third- time lucky for the home nation, and maybe this May we'll see another London club take the spoils at Wembley.

 
 
 

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2013

The two best sides in the country go head to head.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2013 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2013 Rugby union's biggest domestic club final sells out Twickenham Stadium and sees the two best sides in the country go head to head in a bruising winner-takes-all encounter. Nine months of fiercely contested rugby - that's 135 games between the top 12 teams, plus two playoffs between the top four - all boils down to one 80-minute match in the battle for the Premiership crown. The final takes place following playoff matches between the table toppers and the 4th ranked team, and the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams, with the highest-placed team having home advantage. Last year, Harlequins, first place in the table, beat Leicester Tigers 30-23 in the final despite a late rally in front of 81,779 fans. 2013-05-252013-05-25 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: 25th May 2013

 

Rugby union's biggest domestic club final sells out Twickenham Stadium and sees the two best sides in the country go head to head in a bruising winner-takes-all encounter. Nine months of fiercely contested rugby - that's 135 games between the top 12 teams, plus two play-offs between the top four - all boil down to one 80 minute match in the battle for the Premiership crown. The final takes place following play-off matches between the table toppers and the 4th ranked team, and the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams, with the highest placed team having home advantage. Last year, Harlequins, first place in the table, beat Leicester Tigers 30-23 in the final despite a late rally in front of 81,779 fans.

 
 
 

Roger Hodgson

Solo work and classic Supertramp hits from the legendary vocalist.

Roger Hodgson Roger Hodgson The legendary songwriter and vocalist Roger Hodgson - the former frontman of 80s progressive rock outfit Supertramp - performs both solo work and some classic Supertramp hits such as Dreamer, Breakfast in America, The Logical Song and It's Raining Again.

2013-05-252013-05-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 25th May 2013

 

The legendary songwriter and vocalist Roger Hodgson - the former frontman of '80s progressive rock outfit Supertramp - performs both solo work and some classic Supertramp hits such as 'Dreamer', 'Breakfast in America', 'The Logical Song' and 'It's Raining Again'.

 
 
 

Muse

The trio perform tracks from their sixth studio album.

Muse Muse Muse As part of their 2013 tour, the bombastic three-piece play at the Emirates Stadium for two nights. Musical heavyweights Muse are known for their ambitious hybrids of rock, opera, classical and electronica, and their latest work has proved no exception. Released in 2012, 'Survival' was quite possibly the most ridiculous song that could have been chosen as an anthem for the London Olympic Games. Yet, with its over-dramatic chorus and corny lyrics, it blared from speakers across London to gee on the athletes. '2nd Law', the album from which the single was taken, is the band's sixth studio album and offers a "mad sci-fi mix of prog rock, cinematic strings, pop melodies and dubstep-inflected electronica" (The Telegraph). This tour will no doubt offer plenty of the trio's famed energetic and extravagant stage displays to accompany the outlandish songs.
2013-05-252013-05-26 Where:
Emirates Stadium: Arsenal FC, 75 Drayton Park, London London, N5 1BU
Category: Concerts

Emirates Stadium: Arsenal FC, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU

Tube: Holloway Road Station, Arsenal Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th May 2013

 

Musical heavyweights Muse are known for their ambitious fusion of rock, opera, classical and electronica, and their latest work has proved no exception. Released in 2012, 'Survival' was quite possibly the most ridiculous song that could have been chosen as an anthem for the London Olympic Games. Yet, with its over-dramatic chorus and corny lyrics, it blared from speakers across London to gee on the athletes. '2nd Law', the album from which the single was taken, is the band's sixth studio album and offers a "mad sci-fi mix of prog rock, cinematic strings, pop melodies and dubstep-inflected electronica" (The Telegraph). This tour will no doubt offer plenty of the trio's famed energetic and extravagant stage displays to accompany the outlandish songs.

 
 
 

Hampton Court Foodies Festival

Two days of tantalising gastronomic events.

 

Meet Michelin-starred chefs, see live demonstrations and sample food from London's top restaurants at the Foodies Festival. Cooking is made to look easy thanks to demos from top chefs and if the mere thought of all that makes you hungry then you can head to the restaurant tents where you can sample signature dishes from well-known restaurants. Wash it all down with posh fizz from Veuve Clicquot and you can guarantee an atmosphere of bon viveur. Around 25,000 people are expected to attend which just goes to show the popularity of London's restaurants. Much like the 'Taste of London', these 'Foodies' offer a winning combination of sampling, slurping and learning, all in the open air. A foodie's treat. The festival will also take place in Battersea Park from on 27th - 29th July.

 
 
 

Keats House Summer Festival

Nine day festival to celebrate English Romantic poet John Keats.

Keats House Summer Festival Keats House Summer Festival The fourth annual summer celebration of the English Romantic poet John Keats gives literary lovers a chance to enjoy the great poets work through readings, performances, music and creative workshops. The nine day festival is held in his restored home, and the garden in which he wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale'. This year's festival also welcomes Jo Shapcott to be the poet-in-residence.
2013-05-252013-06-02 Where:
Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London London, NW3 2RR
Category: Exhibitions

Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR

Tube: Belsize Park Station

 

Dates: 25th May - 02nd June 2013

 

The fourth annual summer celebration of the English Romantic poet John Keats gives literary lovers a chance to enjoy the great poet's work through readings, performances, music and creative workshops. The nine day festival is held in his restored home, and the garden in which he wrote 'Ode to a Nightingale'.

 
 
 

BUPA London 10,000

Serious competitors and fun runners tackle the same course as the one used for the 2012 Olympics Marathons.

Bupa London 10,000 Bupa London 10,000 Presented by the London Marathon, Bupa London 10,000 is run on the same course as the one used for the 2012 Olympic Marathons. Starting and finishing in The Mall, the route follows clockwise around the City of Westminster and the City of London, passing famous sights such as Nelson's Column, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Big Ben. Having won the race for the past four years, it's likely that Olympic champion Mo Farah will return in an attempt to defend his title and no doubt strike a pose at the finish line no prizes for guessing what one. Aside from the serious competitors, the streets will also be flooded with thousands of charity fun-runners and humorous costumes.
2013-05-272013-05-27 Where:
, London,
Category: Sporting Events

, St James's, London,

Tube:

 

Dates: 27th May 2013

 

Presented by the London Marathon, the 'BUPA London 10,000' is run on the same course as the 2012 Olympic Marathons. Starting and finishing in The Mall, the route goes clockwise around the City of Westminster and the City of London, passing famous sights such as Nelson's Column, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Big Ben. Having won the race for the past four years, it's likely that Olympic champion Mo Farah will return in an attempt to defend his title and no doubt strike a pose at the finish line no prizes for guessing which one. Aside from the serious competitors, the streets will also be flooded with thousands of charity fun runners and humorous costumes.

 
 
 

Football League Championship Play-off Final

This vital game decides the third and final team to rise to the Premier league.

Football League Championship Play-off Final Football League Championship Play-off Final There is no single sporting event in the world more valuable to the winners than the Championship play-offs final, which decides the third and final team to rise to the riches of the Premier League. Last year, West Ham United (who finished 3rd in the Championship) beat 5th-place Blackpool 2-1 at Wembley thanks to a late goal by Ricardo Vaz Te to ensure an immediate return to the top flight after the east London club's shock relegation in 2011. The 87th minute goal was worth an estimated £85m when TV revenue is factored in. The loser traditionally keeps all gate receipts from the final - not that this is much consolation for the fans (especially if they've travelled all the way from Blackpool). At the end of the day, there will be tears of joy or pain either way. 2013-05-272013-05-27 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 27th May 2013

 

There is no single sporting event in the world more valuable to the winners than the Championship play-offs final, which decides the third and final team to rise to the riches of the Premier League. Last year, West Ham United (who finished third in the Championship) beat fifth place Blackpool 2-1 thanks to a late goal by Ricardo Vaz Te to ensure an immediate return to the top flight after the east London club's shock relegation in 2011. The 87th minute goal was worth an estimated 85m when TV revenue is factored in. The loser traditionally keeps all gate receipts from the final - not that this is much consolation for the fans (especially if they've travelled all the way from Blackpool). At the end of the day, there will be tears of joy or pain either way.

 
 
 

Mark Knopfler

Six nights of performances from the former Dire Straits frontman.

Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler One of Britain's biggest exports returns to the prestigious venue for six special nights to promote his latest album Privateering ("a warm, authentic and durable record" - The Telegraph). The former Dire Straits frontman is hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has sold in excess of 120 million albums. At these eagerly anticipated Royal Albert Hall concerts Mark Knopfler's full eight-piece band will choose material from his eight solo albums, as well as the major Dire Straits hits including Money For Nothing, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Walk of Life. Since leaving Dire Straights, Knopfler has matured into a master of low-key country blues, eclipsing even Bob Dylan with his thoughtful musicianship and genuine soul when the pair toured together in 2011. This should be quite special. 2013-05-272013-06-01 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 27th May - 01st June 2013

 

One of Britain's biggest exports returns to the prestigious venue for six special nights to promote his latest album 'Privateering', "a warm, authentic and durable record" (The Telegraph). The former Dire Straits frontman is hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has sold in excess of 120 million albums. At these eagerly anticipated concerts Knopfler's full eight-piece band will choose material from his eight solo albums, as well as the major Dire Straits hits including 'Money For Nothing', 'Sultans of Swing', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Walk of Life'. Since leaving Dire Straights, Knopfler has matured into a master of low -key country blues, eclipsing even Bob Dylan with his thoughtful musicianship and genuine soul when the pair toured together in 2011. This should be quite special.

 
 
 

The Specials

The legendary band stop by London for one night as part of their reform tour.

The Specials The Specials Expect a sea of pork pie hats and mod-style suits as the legendary ska band The Specials reform for a 10 date tour around the UK. The band, who are best known for their hits 'Too Much Too Young' and 'Ghost Town', have been stacking up hits for over 30 years and they land in London for one night at the O2 Brixton Academy.
2013-05-282013-05-28 Where:
Brixton Academy, 211 Stockwell Road, London London, SW9 9SL
Category: Concerts

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 28th May 2013

 

Expect a sea of pork pie hats and mod-style suits as the legendary ska band The Specials reform for a 10 date tour around the UK. The band, who are best known for their hits 'Too Much Too Young' and 'Ghost Town', have been stacking up hits for over 30 years and they land in London for one night at the O2 Brixton Academy.

 
 
 

Depeche Mode

The successful '80s band continue their career and now promote their 13th studio album.

Depeche Mode Depeche Mode The 80s cool definers Depeche Mode continue a career that has seen them sell over 100 million records and become heroes to two very different generations. The name means 'Fashion Update', and it was their ability to stay on the cutting edge of both music and fashion that allowed them to make the transition from Euro-synth stars (unsurprisingly they had their first big success in Germany) to world-conquering electronic pioneers. Now, on the back of their 13th studio album, the band are back to perform their new material and much-loved early work. Songs like 'Shout' and 'Enjoy the Silence' are extraordinary live, and these will be massive concerts, with an audience that ranges from teenage goths and emo-kids, through the rave generation, all the way to the fans who first loved them twenty-odd years ago. 2013-05-282013-05-29 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: 28th - 29th May 2013

 

The '80s cool-definers Depeche Mode continue a career that has seen them sell over 100 million records and become heroes to two very different generations. The name means 'Fashion Update', and it was their ability to stay on the cutting edge of both music and fashion that allowed them to make the transition from Euro-synth stars to world conquering electronic pioneers. Now, on the back of their 13th studio album, the band are back to perform their new material and much loved early work. Songs like 'Shout' and 'Enjoy the Silence' are extraordinary live, and these will be massive concerts, with an audience that ranges from teenage goths and emo kids, through the rave generation, all the way through to the fans who first loved them twenty-odd years ago.

 
 
 

iTMOi

Akram Khan choreographs a radical reinterpretation of Stravinsky's masterpiece.

Akram Khan Company: iTMOi Akram Khan Company: iTMOi Akram Khan's take on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), returns to Sadler's Wells in 2014, a year after its explosive debut here. Leading choreographer Akram Khan - one of the stars of the Olympic opening ceremony - gives Igor Stravinsky's masterpiece a radical reinterpretation using an international cast of 11 dancers to explore the human condition, rooted in the concept of a women dancing herself to death. "Through Khan's shockingly imagined chaos that we're drawn into the creative maelstrom from which art is born," (The Guardian). Featuring an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, with costume design by Kimie Nakano. 2014-06-102014-06-14 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: 10th - 14th June 2014

 

One hundred years after its first performance took Paris by storm, Igor Stravinsky's masterpiece 'The Rite of Spring' is celebrated at Sadler's Wells with a radical reinterpretation by leading choreographer Akram Khan - one of the stars of the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Boasting an international cast of 12 dancers, 'iTMOi' ('in The Mind Of igor') explores the human condition and the way in which Russian composer Stravinsky transformed his work by evoking emotions through pattern, rooted in the concept of a woman dancing herself to death. Featuring an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, 'iTMOi' is part of the Sadler's Wells 'A String of Rites' series and blends Khan's brilliance with a talented artistic team including costume designer Kimie Nakano.

 
 
 

Free Range 2013

College students are given the opportunity to showcase their work.

Free Range 2013 Free Range 2013 Since its inception in 2001, Free Range has been showcasing art, fashion, design, graphics, illustrations, textiles and photography from creative graduates from all over London and the UK. The annual event returns to the Old Truman Brewery in May, providing college students with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level. For the public it's a (free) chance to spot the latest trends and newest talents. Shows change every Friday so if you visit every weekend you'll be rewarded with new artistic barrage each time. What's more, a stone's throw from Brick Lane and its popular markets, Free Range can be part of a wider day out in one of the East End's hippest neighbourhoods. All the exhibitions and displays are free but take note that the fashion catwalk shows are by invite only, while Thursday nights are private viewings. For more information please visit www.free-range.org.uk.
2013-05-282013-07-22 Where:
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London London, E1 6QL
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 28th May - 22nd July 2013

 

The annual event returns to the Old Truman Brewery in May, providing college students with the opportunity to showcase their work on an international level. For the public it's a (free) chance to spot the latest trends and newest talents. Shows change every Friday so if you visit every weekend you'll be rewarded with a new artistic barrage each time. What's more, as it's a stone's throw from Brick Lane and its popular markets, 'Free Range' can be part of a wider day out in one of the East End's hippest neighbourhoods. All the exhibitions and displays are free but take note that the fashion catwalk shows are by invite only, while Thursday nights are private viewings.

 
 
 

Strange Interlude

Anne-Marie Duff returns to the National Theatre as Nina in Eugene O'Neill's epic drama.

Strange Interlude Strange Interlude Nina is distraught by the death of the love of her life, killed during the First World War. Escaping her jealous father, she begins a series of tasteless sexual encounters, finally marrying a young and amiable man. Pregnant, Nina discovers a terrible secret which forces her into a life-changing decision. Eugene O'Neill's sweeping drama, Strange Interlude, features Anne-Marie Duff as Nina and is one of the great masterpieces of American theatre.
2013-05-282013-08-12 Where:
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 28th May - 12th August 2013

 

Nina is distraught by the death of the love of her life, killed during the First World War. Escaping her jealous father, she begins a series of tasteless sexual encounters, finally marrying a young and amiable man. Pregnant, Nina discovers a terrible secret which forces her into a life-changing decision. Eugene O'Neill's sweeping drama, Strange Interlude, features Anne-Marie Duff as Nina and is one of the great masterpieces of American theatre.

 
 
 

The Seagull

John Donnelly reinterprets Anton Chekhov's play.

The Seagull The Seagull The popularity of Chekov adaptations continues as Rupert Goold's Headlong Theatre troupe takes on The Seagull. The original play drew upon themes of desire and aspiration, whilst introducing subtext and realism to the stage. This new production - more than 100 years later - is reinterpreted by John Donnelly, with promising young director Blanche McIntyre taking the reins. 2013-05-292013-06-01 Where:
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey London, TW9 1QJ
Category: Exhibitions

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 29th May - 01st June 2013

 

The popularity of Chekov adaptations continues as Rupert Goold's Headlong Theatre troupe takes on 'The Seagull'. The original play drew upon themes of desire and aspiration, whilst introducing subtext and realism to the stage. This new production - more than 100 years later - is reinterpreted by John Donnelly, with promising young director Blanche McIntyre taking the reigns.

 
 
 

International Stadium Poker Tour

30,000 players compete for £16 million in this week-long tournament.

International Stadium Poker Tour International Stadium Poker Tour The inaugural International Stadium Poker Tour comes to Wembley Stadium for a week-long tournament with a guaranteed prize fund of more than £16 million. 30,000 players are expected to compete on the opening day in an online competition using laptops in the stadium's stands. This will decide the 3,000 players who will go on to take a seat on poker tables on the pitch for live play over the remaining six days. Of course, entry comes at a price: there's a 600 (£488) buy-in for all those wishing to take part. ISPT aims to create the world's largest poker event each year, each time using a prestigious stadium in a different country. It remains if the event attracts enough players (or backers) to ensure the cards are in the air. 2013-05-312013-06-06 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London London, HA9 0WS
Category: Sporting Events

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 31st May - 06th June 2013

 

The inaugural International Stadium Poker Tour comes to Wembley Stadium for a week-long tournament with a guaranteed prize fund of more than 16 million. 30,000 players are expected to compete on the opening day in an online competition using laptops in the stadium's stands. This will decide the 3,000 players who will go on to take a seat at the poker tables on the pitch for live play over the remaining six days. Of course, entry comes at a price: there's a %u20AC600 (488) buy-in for all those wishing to take part. The ISPT aims to create the world's largest poker event each year, each time using a prestigious stadium in a different country. It remains to be seen if the event will attract enough players (or backers) to ensure the cards are in the air.

 
 
 

Investec Derby Festival

The prestigious horse race returns for another year.

Investec Derby Festival 2013 Investec Derby Festival 2013 This famous race meeting is one of the oldest and greatest horse races in the world, established by the Earl of Derby in 1779. Today the main race - the Investec Derby - attracts prize money of over a million pounds and crowds approaching 100,000. Held at the Grade I listed Epsom Downs Racecourse, the Investec Derby Festival is one of the most glamorous events in the international racing calendar, with the Queen arriving by carriage followed by thousands of spectators in their best togs. The famous Investec Derby itself takes place on the Saturday, while Friday features a prestigious race called The Investec Oaks, and, more importantly, Investec Ladies' Day, which is as much a fashion show as a horse race. Last year, the Derby was won by Camelot, the 8/13 favourite ridden by 19-year-old Irish jockey Joseph O'Brien and trained by his father Aidan O'Brien. 2013-05-312013-06-01 Where:
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, London London, KT18 5LQ
Category: Sporting Events

Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, London, KT18 5LQ

Tube: Morden Station

 

Dates: 31st May - 01st June 2013

 

This famous race meeting is one of the oldest and greatest horse races in the world, established by the Earl of Derby in 1779. Today the main race - the Investec Derby - attracts prize money of over a million pounds and crowds approaching 100,000. Held at the Grade I- listed Epsom Racecourse, the Investec Derby Festival is one of the most glamorous events in the international racing calendar, with the Queen arriving by carriage followed by thousands of spectators in their best togs. The famous Investec Derby itself takes place on the Saturday, while Friday features a prestigious race called The Investec Oaks, and, more importantly, Investec Ladies' Day, which is as much a fashion show as a horse race. Last year, the Derby was won by 'Camelot', the 8/13 favourite ridden by 19-year-old Irish jockey Joseph O'Brien and trained by his father Aidan O'Brien.

 
 
 

England v New Zealand: First NatWest Series ODI

The first of three NatWest Series one day internationals between the two sides.

England v New Zealand: First NatWest Series ODI England v New Zealand: First NatWest Series ODI The first of three NatWest Series one-day internationals between England and New Zealand takes place on the last Friday of May at Lord's. The last ODI series between the two sides took place back in 2008 with New Zealand prevailing the five-game series 3-1, culminating with a 51-run win at Lord's. The hosts will hope history doesn't repeat itself. After this match at Lord's there will be games at The Ageas Bowl in Hampshire and Trent Bridge. 2013-05-312013-05-31 Where:
Lord's Cricket Ground , St. John's Wood Road, London London, NW8 8QN
Category: Sporting Events

Lord's Cricket Ground , St. John's Wood Road, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN

Tube: St John's Wood Station

 

Dates: 31st May 2013

 

The first of three NatWest Series one day internationals between England and New Zealand takes place on the last Friday of May at Lord's. The last ODI series between the two sides took place back in 2008 with New Zealand prevailing in the five game series 3-1, culminating with a 51 run win at Lord's. The hosts will hope history doesn't repeat itself. After this match at Lord's there will be games at The Ageas Bowl in Hampshire and Trent Bridge.

 
 
 

Spring Loaded

The Place's annual festival of contemporary dance.

Spring Loaded Spring Loaded Spring Loaded, The Place's annual festival of contemporary dance, bounces back to London this May, showcasing new talent in the dance world. Laila Diallo kicks off the festival on 11th May with a piece which explores themes of migration and displacement. This modern physical theatre piece is just a taster of the exciting array of dance you'll find at the Spring Loaded festival which runs from 11th May to 22nd June. Since launching in 1987, Spring Loaded has been a spring board for many household names including Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor (resident choreographer of The Royal Ballet) and DV8 artistic director Lloyd Newson. This year's programme includes James Cousins' There We Have Been, a duet where the female character barely ever touches the floor, a new work by 2010 Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest winner James Wilton, and a performance by this year's Place Prize winner Riccardo Buscarini who combines dance with a live gig in a performance about memories, motherhood, and hot pink knitwear.
2013-05-112013-06-22 Where:
The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London London, WC1H 9PY
Category: Dance

The Place, 17 Duke's Road, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9PY

Tube: Euston Station, Euston Square Station

 

Dates: 11th May - 22nd June 2013

 

Spring Loaded, The Place's annual festival of contemporary dance, bounces back to London this May, showcasing new talent in the dance world. Laila Diallo kicks off the festival on 11th May with a piece which explores themes of migration and displacement. This modern physical theatre piece is just a taster of the exciting array of dance you'll find at the Spring Loaded festival which runs from 11th May to 22nd June. Since launching in 1987, Spring Loaded has been a spring board for many household names including Matthew Bourne, Wayne McGregor (resident choreographer of The Royal Ballet) and DV8 artistic director Lloyd Newson. This year's programme includes James Cousins' There We Have Been, a duet where the female character barely ever touches the floor, a new work by 2010 Sadler's Wells Global Dance Contest winner James Wilton, and a performance by this year's Place Prize winner Riccardo Buscarini who combines dance with a live gig in a performance about memories, motherhood, and hot pink knitwear.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

22nd August 2014

 

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