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Sometimes the sheer scale of London can be overwhelming, not to mention the bewildering choice of entertainment. But don't fear, help is at hand. Whether it's the stage, screen or canvas that captures your attention, you can expect to be thoroughly entertained with our guide to the best of the best entertainment venues from the greatest city in the world.

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Southbank Centre

Thriving riverside arts complex

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

The Southbank Centre is a classic example of brutal 60's concrete architecture. Everyone has an opinion (usually negative) on its distinctive design - famous detractors include Prince Charles, who once described it as a 'monstrous carbuncle'. Yet, if the West End is the centre of popular culture in London, it is the South Bank Centre that is the centre of true excellence in the arts. Comprising the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Saison Poetry Library and the Purcell Room, the complex is the largest single-run arts centre in the world and consistently produces plays, classical and world music events and fine art exhibitions of high renown. Primarily a classical music venue, it is home to the London Philharmonic Orchestra and three resident associate ensembles. The Southbank programme also includes the London Jazz Festival, widely acknowledged for annually delivering world-class music to the capital, whilst the Hayward Gallery continues to host imaginative and influential exhibitions since its opening by Her Majesty The Queen in 1968. A happy architectural accident has also made this complex the best spot for skateboarding and BMXing in the capital, meaning it is loved by London's counter-culture as much as by its highbrow elite. In recent years, the building of Tate Modern and the London Eye adjacent to the centre has been the final step in making the South Bank of the Thames into the beating heart of a thousand years of British culture.

 
 

Events at Southbank Centre

Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 30th March 2019 | £49.50-£54.50

 
Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra Southbank Centre 2019-03-302019-03-30 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

An orchestral celebration of Stewart Copeland's legendary career, the former drummer of British band The Police performs his own material, joined by the London Concert Orchestra. After co-founding The Police in 1977 and playing sold ...more

Diane Arbus: In The Beginning
Ongoing

13th February to 6th May 2019 - Various Times | £14, child £6.75, concs £11

 
Diane Arbus: In The Beginning Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-05-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Kader Attia: The Museum Of Emotion
Ongoing

13th February to 6th May 2019 - Various Times | £14, child £6.75, concs £11

 
Kader Attia: The Museum Of Emotion Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-05-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
Constructing Spaces
OngoingFree Event

17th October 2018 to 31st March 2019 - 10am | Free

 
Constructing Spaces Southbank Centre 2018-10-172019-03-31 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
The Great British Gharana: SAMYO

Saturday 23rd March 2019 - 6pm | £8-£12

 
The Great British Gharana: SAMYO Southbank Centre 2019-03-232019-03-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

The National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music performs a programme of Indian classical, folk and popular music.

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 23rd March 2019 - 7.30pm | £10-£65

 
London Philharmonic Orchestra Southbank Centre 2019-03-232019-03-23 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres

Edward Gardner conducts Beethoven's Egremont Overture, Elgar's Cello Concerto with soloist Kian Soltani, and Mahler's Symphony No 1.

diane arbus: in the beginning Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th February to 6th May 2019 | £15.50 / £12.50 (includes entry to lower galleries Kader Attia: The Museum of Emotion)

 
diane arbus: in the beginning Southbank Centre 2019-02-132019-05-06 Where:
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London, SE1 8XX
Category: Arts Centres
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Barbican Centre

Huge, multifaceted arts and entertainment hub

Silk Street, City, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 
 

Described by the Queen as 'one of the wonders of the modern world', the Barbican Centre has also been voted 'London's ugliest building'. Ugly or not, this multi-faceted performance and arts venue is truly wondrous. Open 363 days a year, it offers the most diverse program of any London venue. As well as being home to the London Symphony Orchestra, the centre's giant 1,949 seat Barbican Hall attracts a host of international classical, jazz, rock, and world music stars. Two theatres offer a year-round program of some of the finest in international performing arts, while the 286 seat curve cinema mixes mainstream films with specialist seasons. The Barbican Art Gallery and The Curve Gallery present a diverse mix of design, architecture, fashion and photography from internationally acclaimed artists. The sprawling space also includes several smaller exhibition spaces, a Lakeside Terrace, a roof-top conservatory and three restaurants and a host of talks, signings, and events for children and live music in the foyer are also on offer. The building itself is a labyrinth and finding your route from the station or car park is an adventure in itself. Staircases twist around each other, directing lost patrons into mysteriously empty mezzanines, where odd snatches of music are the only guide back to the main lobby. The joy of coming across exhibitions, live music, or talks from a major arts celebrity in some odd corner of the building is a unique feature of this remarkable concentration of artistic talent.

 
 

Events at Barbican Centre

I Is A Strange Loop
Ends Today

21st and 22nd March 2019 at 7.45pm & 23rd March 2019 at 2.30pm and 7.45pm | phone for availability

 
I Is A Strange Loop Barbican Centre 2019-03-212019-03-23 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Acting mathematicians Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould presents their take on mortality, consciousness and artificial life.

Daria Martin: Tonight The World
OngoingFree Event

31st January to 7th April 2019 - Various Times | Free

 
Daria Martin: Tonight The World Barbican Centre 2019-01-312019-04-07 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres
London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Sunday 24th March 2019 - 6pm | £16-£56, Wildcard £10, under 18s £5

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-03-242019-03-24 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

David Lang's The Public Domain in the foyer is followed, in the hall, by Philippe Manoury's Ring, Donghoon Shin's Kafka's Dream and Scriabin's Symphony No 4 'Poem Of Ecstasy'. The conductors are Francois-Xavier Roth and ...

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th March to 13th April 2019 | £16-£60

 
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers Barbican Centre 2019-03-252019-04-13 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy "is riveting as a bereaved husband - and an imaginary crow" (The Guardian) in the Enda Walsh adaptation of Max Porter's novel about loss. Grief is the Thing with Feathers, ...more

London Symphony Orchestra
On Soon

Wednesday 27th March 2019 - 6.30pm | £12-£36, Wildcard £10, under 18s £5

 
London Symphony Orchestra Barbican Centre 2019-03-272019-03-27 Where:
Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS
Category: Arts Centres

Gianandrea Noseda conducts Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel and Shostakovich's Symphony No 1.

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Royal Opera House

Architecturally stunning home of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera

Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 
 

Home of the Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, this impressive building in the heart of Covent Garden has been playing host to every major star of the classical music world since 1858. The third theatre to be located on this site, most of the existing venue - with the exception of the auditorium, facade and foyer which are originals from 1858 - is the result of a detailed reconstruction in the 1990s. It claims to be the most modern theatre facility in Europe, and it is certainly among the most spectacular. If you're serious about ballet and opera then this is the place to come for some of the best in the world. If you're not, and just want to explore the building itself (we recommend the dramatic glass atrium, a magnificently restored former flower market that now functions as a fine dining restaurant and champagne bar), you can wander around for free during the day. An esteemed, iconic and architecturally stunning venue.

 
 

Events at Royal Opera House

Royal Ballet: Don Quixote
Now On

22nd Mar, 25th Mar, 30th Mar, 1st Apr and 3rd Apr & 4th Apr 2019 - Various Times | £5-£120

 
Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2019-02-152019-04-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of Petipa's ballet which follows Don Quixote and his servant as they set out for a chivalrous adventure.

Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet: Frankenstein Ends Today

5th to 23rd March 2019

 
Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet: Frankenstein Royal Opera House 2019-03-052019-03-23 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

The Royal Ballet and San Francisco Ballet come together at the Royal Opera House for Liam Scarlett's full-length ballet, Frankenstein, first staged in 2016, which gets its first revival in 2019. ...more

Royal Ballet & San Francisco Ballet: Frankenstein
Ends Today

Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm | £5-£115

 
Royal Ballet & San Francisco Ballet: Frankenstein Royal Opera House 2019-03-052019-03-23 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Choreographer Liam Scarlett adapts Mary Shelley's Gothic novel into a full-length ballet exploring love, grief and the desire for power over death. Barry Wordsworth conducts Lowell Liebermann's score.

The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th February to 4th April 2019 | £5-£120

 
The Royal Ballet: Don Quixote Royal Opera House 2019-02-152019-04-04 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

A "fantastical folly of a show" (Evening Standard), Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote, his first major production for the Royal Ballet, receives its second revival six years after it premiered here at the Royal Opera House ...more

Royal Opera: La Forza Del Destino On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st March to 22nd April 2019 | £13–£285

 
Royal Opera: La Forza Del Destino Royal Opera House 2019-03-212019-04-22 Where:
Royal Opera House, Bow Street London, WC2E 9DD
Category: Theatres

Antonio Pappano conducts the revised version of Forza, in which Verdi's opera has a less melodramatic ending, in a Royal Opera House production. With beautiful arias such as Leonora's 'Pace, pace mio Dio!' Christof Loy ...more

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The O2 Arena

State-of-the-art concert arena on the Greenwich peninsula

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 

The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 20,000, it offers the slightly soulless Wembley Arena some serious competition and has attracted some of  the world’s biggest names in rock and pop in recent years, in fact this South-East London arena has seen everyone from The Rolling Stones and AC/DC to Beyonce and Britney Spears take to its stage. The 02 Arena also hosts classical music concerts, live comedy and tons of sporting events including the Barclays ATP World Tour tennis finals. From the debacle that was New Labour's Millennium Dome, something quite special has sprung.

 
 

Events at The O2 Arena

Becoming: An Evening With Michelle Obama On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 14th April 2019 | £35.75-£485.50

 
Becoming: An Evening With Michelle Obama The O2 Arena 2019-04-142019-04-14 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

After Michelle Obama's book tour talk at the Southbank Centre in December 2018 sold out within minutes it quickly became clear she would need a bigger room. The O2 should do the trick. On Sunday ...more

Childish Gambino
On Soon

Sunday 24th and Monday 25th March 2019 - 6.30pm | £35-£50, rescheduled from Nov 4, original tickets remain valid

 
Childish Gambino The O2 Arena 2019-03-242019-03-25 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Actor and comedian Donald Glover performs under his Grammy Award-winning rapper moniker including tracks from his most recent LP, "Awaken, My Love!".

Panic! At The Disco
On Soon

Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March 2019 - 6pm | £37.50

 
Panic! At The Disco The O2 Arena 2019-03-282019-03-29 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

Alt rock from the American band, led by vocalist Brendan Urie, performing in support of its sixth album, Pray For The Wicked.

Sheridan Smith
On Soon

Saturday 30th March 2019 - 7pm | £45-£65

 
Sheridan Smith The O2 Arena 2019-03-302019-03-30 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The singer and actress performs popular songs, including Anyone Who Had A Heart, City Of Stars, Mad About The Boy and And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going.

Drake
On Soon

1st & 2nd, 4th & 5th and 8th & 9th Apr 2019 - 7pm | phone for availability

 
Drake The O2 Arena 2019-04-012019-04-09 Where:
The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square London, SE10 0BB
Category: Live Music

The Canadian rapper and producer, who won a Grammy Award for his album Take Care, performs hip hop and R&B.

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Wembley Stadium

Magnificent sports venue and the home of English football

Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 
 

The world-famous football stadium was first built for the British Empire Exhibition of 1924, its first turf cut by King George V. Beneath the twin towers England internationals and FA Cup Finals were played for 70 years, including the 'White Horse Final' when over 240,000 spectators squeezed their way in. In the eighties, it played host to a number of legendary rock gigs including 'Live Aid' and the Nelson Mandela birthday concert. In 2002, the stadium, always intended to be a temporary structure, was demolished. The rebuilt Wembley, completed in 2007, has replaced the towers with an incredible arch, visible from anywhere in North West London. They've retained the same steeply banked seats, almost on top of the pitch, that help create the 'Wembley roar', and once again the English team has a spiritual home.

 
 

Events at Wembley Stadium

BTS

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June 2019 | phone for prices

 
BTS Wembley Stadium 2019-06-012019-06-02 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Seven-piece K-pop outfit hailing from Seoul performing in support of their third studio album, Love Yourself.

Spice Girls Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th, 14th and 15th June 2019 | £82-£395

 
Spice Girls Wembley Stadium 2019-06-132019-06-15 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

Twenty three years after the Spice Girls smashed their way into the charts the best-selling female group is back together - with one notable exception - on tour, playing six stadium concerts. Emma, Mel B, ...more

Fleetwood Mac

Sunday 16th and Tuesday 18th June 2019 - 5pm | £75-£200, phone for availability

 
Fleetwood Mac Wembley Stadium 2019-06-162019-06-18 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The legendary rock outfit, with its current line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, with newcomers Mike Campbell formerly of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers plus ex-Crowded House Neil Finn, performs ...

Bon Jovi

Friday 21st June 2019 - 5pm | £45-£125, phone for availability

 
Bon Jovi Wembley Stadium 2019-06-212019-06-21 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The rock'n'roll legends perform their hits, including Livin' On A Prayer and I'll Be There For You, alongside tracks from its most recent album, This House Is Not For Sale.

Billy Joel

Saturday 22nd June 2019 - 6pm | £50-£115

 
Billy Joel Wembley Stadium 2019-06-222019-06-22 Where:
Wembley Stadium, Wembley London, HA9 0WS
Category: Spectator Sport

The pop-rock singer, who rose to fame in the late 70s, performs his original works.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The West End's oldest and most spectacular theatre

Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 
 

The first theatre on this site was built in 1662 on the orders of Charles II. It has been rebuilt a number of times since then, but the current auditorium, completed in 1922, incorporates many elements from as long ago as 1820. As a result, this vision in cream and gold possesses an elegance unmatched in the West End. Its broad staircases, its chandeliered salon, its statuary and panels speak of an older, more glamorous theatrical age than the weighty grandeur of much of the West End. The performance history here is the history of popular theatre in Britain. From Nell Gwynne's debut, when Charles II fell in love with the 15-year-old actress, through the great Colley Cibber, to a three decade stint by David Garrick, London's greatest stars have appeared beneath the Theatre Royal's gorgeously decorated arch. Noel Coward's 'Cavalcade' (1931), with a 250-strong chorus, brought audiences to their feet every night, before Ivor Novello took the theatre up to the Second World War with a series of shows which he scored, wrote and starred in. After the war, the Theatre Royal blazed a trail into the modern world of long-running musicals, with a series of hits including 'Oklahoma', 'South Pacific', '42nd Street' and 'Miss Saigon', which ran for 4,236 performances.

 
 
 

The O2 Academy Brixton

Superb music venue in a lively area of London

211 Stockwell Road, Brixton, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 

This former cinema with its art deco interior, proscenium arch and 140ft dome is London's most celebrated venue for live music, winning Best Live Venue at the NME awards at least a dozen times since 1994 . The famous sloping floor means there are great views wherever you're standing, though keeping your feet can be a problem at the more raucous rock gigs. Most of the biggest bands in the world have played here, and it also holds some of Britain's hardest club nights. Located in one of the hardest-partying areas of London, with a capacity of 4,700, excellent sound, a 6am licence, and one of the biggest dance floors in the capital, this is the only place to watch your favourite bands and DJs.

 
 

Events at O2 Academy Brixton

AJ Tracey

Saturday 23rd March 2019 - 7pm | £25, phone for availability

 
AJ Tracey O2 Academy Brixton 2019-03-232019-03-23 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The London-based grime artist, real name Che Wolton Grant, performs material from his upcoming EP, Secure The Bag!

NAO
On Soon

Thursday 28th March 2019 - 7pm | £25, phone for availability

 
NAO O2 Academy Brixton 2019-03-282019-03-28 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The soulful singer-songwriter from London performs songs from her album Saturn.

Crystal Fighters
On Soon

Thursday 4th April 2019 - 7pm | £20

 
Crystal Fighters O2 Academy Brixton 2019-04-042019-04-04 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The electronic trio performs tracks from its third album, Everything Is My Family.

The Hunna
On Soon

Sunday 7th April 2019 - 7pm | £25

 
The Hunna O2 Academy Brixton 2019-04-072019-04-07 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

The up and coming four-piece from Hertfordshire performs indie-rock.

Sundara Karma
On Soon

Saturday 13th April 2019 - 7pm | £21

 
Sundara Karma O2 Academy Brixton 2019-04-132019-04-13 Where:
O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road London, SW9 9SL
Category: Live Music

Indie-rock originals by the four-piece from Reading.

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Riverside reconstruction of Shakespeare's original theatre

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, Bankside, London, SE1 9DT

Tube: Mansion House Station

 
 

Set against the historical background of Bankside this is one of the finest spaces in the world for watching theatre, and also one of the most astonishing buildings in London. Opened in 1997 - thanks to the campaigning efforts of actor Sam Wanamaker - this painstaking, piece-by-piece reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is located just 200 yards from the original playhouse on the banks of the river Thames. With stunning wooden timbers and a fantastic thatched roof there is little to separate it from the original. The stage and seating are outdoors and though the seats are covered, if you really want to experience the true Elizabethan theatrical experience, you can buy a ticket as a 'groundling' and watch the production standing up in the pit in front of the stage. It can get pretty tiring and you do run the risk of being rained on and bumped into by marauding actors, but experiencing the play in this way is much more authentic and really quite fun. The season runs from May to September or October each year and usually mixes Shakespearian classics with works by other Renaissance playwrights. The standard of performance is consistently high and reassuringly traditional in its approach. It is also quite astoundingly cheap.

 
 

Events at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

After Edward
Now On

21st March to 6th April 2019 - 7.30pm | £20-£45, fixed position standing £10

 
After Edward Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-03-212019-04-06 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Locked inside the theatre with some rather anarchic fellow inmates - Gertrude Stein, Harvey Milk and Quentin Crisp - King Edward II can't escape what seems to be coming for him. Written by Tom Stuart.

Romeo And Juliet
Ends Today

Thursday 21st March 2019 at 7pm & Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 2pm and 6pm | £10-£15, standing £5

 
Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-282019-03-23 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Playing Shakespeare's version of the star-crossed romance is a 90-minute performance designed to introduce students and families to Shakespeare.

Richard II
On Soon

22nd February to 21st April 2019 - Various Times | £20-£48, fixed standing £10, Premium Seats £62

 
Richard II Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-222019-04-21 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

A king reflects with startling eloquence on the disintegration of his status and identity when he is forced to relinquish his crown. Directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton.

Edward II
On Soon

7th February to 20th April 2019 - Various Times | £20-£48, fixed standing £10, Premium Seats £62

 
Edward II Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-02-072019-04-20 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres
Moll And The Future Kings
On Soon

Saturday 30th March 2019 - 9.30pm | £12, £10 if you also book for After Edward

 
Moll And The Future Kings Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2019-03-302019-03-30 Where:
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside London, SE1 9DT
Category: Theatres

Members of the Through the Door course pay tribute to cross-dressing performer Moll Frith with an evening of improvised, gender-twisting entertainment.

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Sadler's Wells Theatre

Modern contemporary dance and music performance space

Rosebery Avenue, Islington, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Occupying a site with a long tradition of entertaining Londoners, Sadler's Wells exists to bring the best of national and international dance, ballet, opera and music theatre to the capital. Now a strikingly modern building with flexible performance and auditorium spaces, the original Sadler's Wells opened in 1683. Six Sadler's Wells later and sleek steel and glass have replaced the crumbling brick edifice of previous centuries. Originally a music hall, the venue now boasts a resoundingly contemporary but extremely accessible programme - with an emphasis on dance and movement - supported by innovative visual arts exhibitions in its public spaces. Sadler's really came into its own when Lilian Baylis took charge in the 1920s. Since then many of the world's best dancers have performed on this Islington stage. In 1995, Matthew Bourne premiered his magnificent 'Swan Lake' here which went on to become the West End's longest running ballet. Sadler's Wells continues to have close associations with the centrally located Peacock Theatre, its home during periods of renovation, while the Lilian Baylis Theatre - now a highly regarded venue in itself - is located within the Sadler's Well Islington complex. Ranging from the cutting-edge to the mainstream, some truly landmark productions have taken place here over the years.

 
 

Events at Sadler's Wells

Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland
Ends Today

21st March 2019 at 2pm and 7.30pm, 22nd March 2019 at 7.30pm & 23rd March 2019 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm | £15-£55

 
Mark Morris Dance Group: Pepperland Sadler's Wells 2019-03-202019-03-23 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

Celebrated American choreographer Mark Morris reimagines tracks from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as part of the album's 50th anniversary in 2017. Composer Ethan Iverson's jazzy score is performed live by a ...

Yamato Drummers Of Japan: Passion
Now On

12th to 31st March 2019 - Various Times | £15-£38

 
Yamato Drummers Of Japan: Passion Sadler's Wells 2019-03-122019-03-31 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The Taiko drummers return to the UK with an energetic display of rhythm and musicianship, bringing with them the traditional Odaiko drums, which weigh more than half a tonne each and are used in Shinto ...

Northern Ballet: Victoria
On Soon

26th to 30th Mar 2019 - Various Times | £15-£60

 
Northern Ballet: Victoria Sadler's Wells 2019-03-262019-03-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

The company's production tells the astounding life story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice, directed by Cathy Marston.

Encore Dance Company - A 3rd Year Performing Arts Showcase
On Soon

Saturday 30th March 2019 at 2.45pm and 7.45pm | £17, concs £15

 
Encore Dance Company - A 3rd Year Performing Arts Showcase Sadler's Wells 2019-03-302019-03-30 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A performance by students of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Regal Ballet Showcase
On Soon

Sunday 31st March 2019 - 7pm | £35

 
Regal Ballet Showcase Sadler's Wells 2019-03-312019-03-31 Where:
Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, Islington London, EC1R 4TN
Category: Classical Music

A mixed programme by students of Regal Ballet.

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BFI IMAX Cinema

IMAX Cinema with the largest screen in the UK

1 Charlie Chaplin Walk, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 8XR

Tube: Waterloo Station

 
 

With a screen the height of five double decker buses, a 12,000 watt digital surround sound-system, and the special multi-dimensional technology of the iMax format, the BFI Imax is, without doubt, the most technically impressive modern cinema in the country. Watching a film here is more like taking part in the action - travel from the depths of the ocean up to the far reaches of outer space via a series of spectacular 3D and 2D films. A large proportion of their 3D programme is dedicated to children's films, but by virtue of their technical brilliance many of these are just as fascinating for adults to watch. 3D documentaries and mainstream movies also add to the portfolio and the 2D films are also impressive on this, the largest screen in the UK. Even the fact that it currently acts as a kind of roundabout and can only be accessed via a series of illuminated tunnels is quite a coup. As you navigate the tunnels with their space-age blue lights on your way to the cinema you feel that the 'living cinema experience' has already begun. Don't let the kids have all the fun.
 

 
 
 
 

Kings Place

A creative hub in the heart of Kings Cross

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 

Just 150 metres from King's Cross and St Pancras stations and with a waterside setting, the Dixon-Jones designed Kings Place combines the offices of The Guardian newspaper with a concert hall and two art galleries. As you'd expect from the architects behind the improvements to the Royal Opera House and National Portrait Gallery it's a well designed complex of curvaceous surfaces and appealing public spaces. The concert hall, London's first to be purpose-built since the Barbican Concert Hall in 1982, includes a stunning wood-lined 420-seat auditorium. The Kings Place Music Foundation is a registered charity which provides a platform for artists and musicians to meet and share ideas. This dynamic venue is also home to a charming waterside restaurant and a homely cafe.

 
 

Events at Kings Place

London Sinfonietta

Saturday 23rd March 2019 - 7pm | £22.50

 
London Sinfonietta Kings Place 2019-03-232019-03-23 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

Explore the emergence of Minimalism through installations, film, talk and performances of Reich's Pendulum Music and Violin Phase, Glass's Knee Play No 2 from Einstein On The Beach and 1+1. The sound projection is by ...

Global Pillage
Now On

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019 - 4pm | £9.50

 
Global Pillage Kings Place 2019-03-232019-03-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

BBC Radio 4's Deborah Frances-White hosts a comedy panel show podcast about idiom, culture, customs and norms, where two teams of comedians take on the hive mind of the audience.

Dante Quartet
On Soon

Sunday 24th March 2019 - 6.30pm | £14.50-£29.50

 
Dante Quartet Kings Place 2019-03-242019-03-24 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The ensemble performs Haydn's String Quartet In G, Howells's String Quartet No 3 'In Gloucestershire', Beethoven's String Quartet No 8 In E Minor No 2 'Razumovsky'.

Deborah Frances-White: The Guilty Feminist
On Soon

Monday 25th March 2019 - 7.30pm | phone for availability

 
Deborah Frances-White: The Guilty Feminist Kings Place 2019-03-252019-03-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

The comedian is joined by guest comedians and musicians to discuss topics all 21st-century feminists agree on while confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears underlying their lofty principles.

Lefty Scum
On Soon

Monday 25th March 2019 - 7.30pm | £15

 
Lefty Scum Kings Place 2019-03-252019-03-25 Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way London, N1 9AG
Category: Arts Centres

A triple-header show with Jonny & The Baptists, Josie Long and Grace Petrie as they tackle present-day politics and socialism on a more light-hearted scale.

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Royal Albert Hall

Iconic oval venue which annually hosts the world-famous Proms

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Classical music, rock, pop and jazz, sporting events, galas, banquets and balls and the world-famous Proms series all take place within the Royal Albert Hall's iconic oval walls. One of London's most versatile venues, it is a favourite of performers from Jose Carreras to Kylie Minogue. The Hall also plays host to the Seniors' tennis circuit. The likes of Becker and McEnroe can be seen bouncing balls off the famous mushrooms on the ceiling. The brainchild of Prince Albert, inspired by the success of the Great Exhibition, the hall first opened in 1871, ten years after the Prince's death. Heavily influenced by ancient amphitheatres and notions of the 'Empire and the arts, the oval structure's terracotta walls are decorated on the outside with a frieze dedicated to "The Triumph of Arts and Sciences". Gas lighting, poor acoustics and old pipe organs have been replaced over the years and the awe-inspiring venue now exists as a testimony to both the architectural and aesthetic achievements of the past and the technological developments of the present - it now features the largest pipe organ in the British Isles. A Grade I listed building, the hall has a capacity of over 5000 and is most consistently packed out during the summer when the Promenade concerts take over. First held here in 1941 when their original venue - the Queen's Hall - was bombed, the Proms remain fantastically popular.
 

 
 

Events at Royal Albert Hall

A-Ha Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Tuesday 5th November 2019 | £39.50-£95

 
A-Ha Royal Albert Hall 2019-11-052019-11-05 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Hailing from Norway, the three-piece best known for their hits The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me performs live at the Royal Albert Hall. Magne Furuholmen, Pal Waaktaar-Savoy and the hunky Morten ...more

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Classical Spectacular
Now On

21st to 24th Mar 2019 - Various Times | £18.50-£73.50

 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Classical Spectacular Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-212019-03-24 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

John Rigby conducts the orchestra, plus guest choirs, to perform a range of classical works combined with state of the art technology and laser displays. With lighting designer Durham Marenghi, Classical Spectacular Dancers and Muskets ...

Rudimental
On Soon

Monday 25th March 2019 - 7.30pm | £37.63-£53.75

 
Rudimental Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-252019-03-25 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The London-based collective, comprised of Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden, DJ Locksmith and Piers Agget, perform their drum'n'bass hits.

Teenage Cancer Trust Series On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th to 31st Mar 2019 | £27-£66

 
Teenage Cancer Trust Series Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-252019-03-31 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

The Teenage Cancer Trust annual series of concerts returns to the Royal Albert Hall this spring with five wondrous nights of music. This year the line-up includes Rudimental, Take That, alternative rock legends, Doves, who ...more

Teenage Cancer Trust - An Evening Of Comedy
On Soon

Tuesday 26th March 2019 - 7.30pm | £26.88-£53.75

 
Teenage Cancer Trust - An Evening Of Comedy Royal Albert Hall 2019-03-262019-03-26 Where:
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP
Category: Classical Music

Kevin Bridges hosts this charity performance that includes performances by John Bishop, Kerry Godliman, Romesh Ranganathan and Tommy Tiernan.

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