April in London 2016

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My Mother Said I Never Should
Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
Exhibitionism
Glenn Close stars in Sunset Boulevard
Virgin London Marathon
The Vamps
Muse
Funny Girl
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize
Goosebumps The Show
Udderbelly Festival
Kings of War
Cyprus Avenue
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare's Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice
The Flick
Sigma
Jack Garratt
Troye Sivan
Breakin' Convention
Roundhouse CircusFest
The Winter's Tale
 

 

The Rolling Stones, Glen Close and Sheridan Smith are three of hottest ticket in town this April when the London Marathon hits the streets.

 
 

Tony Law: Frillemorphesis

Absurd, shout-y and powerful yet meaningful nonsense from the Canadian comedian.

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX

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

 

Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th February 2016

 

"Imagine if Harry Potter was a Canadian non-wizard who writes very funny jokes with his big hands, that's Tony Law," fellow comedian Sean Lock has said of the multi award-winning Mr Tony Law, a regular on BBC1's Have I Got News For You, BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats. He arrives at the Leicester Square Theatre this February following a sell-out tour and mammoth West End run in 2014. Be prepared for some absurd, shout-y and powerful yet meaningful nonsense at his new show: Frillemorphesis - "a show full of skilful, absurd riffs that leave you wondering how he does it" (Edinburgh Reporter).

 
 
 

Sunset Boulevard

Glenn Close makes her West End stage debut in a semi-staged version of Sunset Boulevard.

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

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

 

Dates: 1st April to 7th May 2016

 

Six-time Academy Award nominated actress and bunny boiler most chilling Glenn Close makes her West End stage debut in a semi-staged version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum. The star of recent hit TV series Damages, which has earned her a Golden Globe Award, plays faded silent movie star Norma Desmond, a role which she has previously won a Tony Award for. Appearing on stage with the full English National Orchestra, the cast plays out the story of Norma, living in a fantasy world in her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, who meets impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors. Lonny Price directs the production by GradeLinnit Company, the team that delivered 2015's hugely successful Sweeney Todd.

 
 
 

The Vamps

The boy band perform with support from Conor Maynard.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April 2016

 

Popular boy band The Vamps return to The O2 for two live shows in 2016. Following on from their second studio album, Wake Up, which debuted at number 10 in the UK album chart, the tour will feature jumbo LED side screens, plenty of ramps so the fans can be close to the band, and support from Conor Maynard, The Tide and Hometown.

 
 
 

Primal Scream

Bobby Gillespie's hard-partying, Glasgow-based alternative rock outfit play an intimate show.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: Friday 1st April 2016

 

Bobby Gillespie's hard-partying, Glasgow-based alternative rock outfit Primal Scream play four intimate UK shows including a headline gig on Friday 1st April at the London Palladium . The flamboyant lead singer and his band release ' Chaosmosis', the band's 11th studio album just before these gigs on 18th March. It's the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 album 'More Light', a "fusion of dreamy acoustic psychedelia" (Pitchfork). NME's 8 out of 10 review said Primal Scream's "voodoo grooves and swirling psychedelia" were "as inventive and relevant as they've ever been".

 
 
 

The Flick

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama transfers direct from New York.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 2nd to 30th April 2016

 

Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Flick transfers direct from New York to the National in spring, being staged in the Dorfman Theatre. Directed by Tony winner Sam Gold and with design by David Zinn, the production is set in a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, where three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimetre film projectors in the state. Their small day-to-day battles and not so small heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lacklustre, second-run movies being shown on the big screen.

 
 
 

Sigma

The musical duo perform their biggest live production to date.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Saturday 2nd April 2016

 

With a debut album featuring the likes of Rita Ora, Ella Eyre, Ella Henderson, Maverick Sabre, Paloma Faith and Labrinth, Sigma have certainly proved that they're good at networking. Stopping by the Brixton Academy in April, the duo have so far enjoyed two number one UK singles, two platinum awards, two BRIT nominations and performed at numerous festivals across the country. The 2016 Life tour will feature their band and guest vocalists, making it their biggest live production to date.

 
 
 

Muse

The mega band perform in the round for the first time.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 12th April 2016

 

Mega band Muse perform in the round for the first time in 2016 when they come to The O2 as part of The Drones World Tour . Known for pushing the boundaries when it comes to stage production of their live shows, the band will give fans a true 360-degree audio and visual sensory experience. Production designer Oli Metcalfe and tour director Glen Rowe have also revealed that there will be a whole swarm of drones and a stage like a double headed arrow. The tour comes on the back of the band's seventh studio album, which was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

 
 
 

Roundhouse CircusFest

Three weeks of contemporary circus from the hottest names in the industry.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 4th to 24th April 2016

 

CircusFest is back at the Roundhouse for 2016 with three weeks of international contemporary circus, including world premieres, new productions and street performances from the hottest names in the industry. From shows that push the human body to the extreme to discussions on the cultural significance of circus throughout history, the programme is packed with spectacular events. This year's festival kicks off with the award-winning Finnish Race Horse Company, who will present the UK premiere of Super Sunday. Further programme highlights include one of Britain's hottest circus companies, Barely Methodical Troupe, who present the world premiere of their new production Kin; Ringside, inviting audiences to enjoy circus up close and personal in an intimate performance; and La Poeme, a captivating solo from cult French artist Jeanne Mordoj. There will also be a photography exhibition from Ben Hopper, The Insect Circus, a new production from Ockham's Razor, and a multimedia performance that explores what happens when some of the country's strongest and fittest women navigate motherhood.

 
 
 

Cyprus Avenue

David Ireland's play is about one man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 5th April to 7th May 2016

 

"Gerry Adams has disguised himself as a new-born baby and successfully infiltrated my family home." Belfast Loyalist Eric Miller believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams. His family urge him to stop living in the past and fighting old battles that nobody cares about anymore but his cultural heritage is under siege and he must act. David Ireland's Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court Theatre is the story of one man struggling with the past and terrified of the future.

 
 
 

The Suicide

Nikolai Erdman's satiric masterpiece is launched into contemporary Britain.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 6th April to 21st May 2016

 

Currently Writer in Residence at the National Theatre Studio, Suhayla El-Bushra takes The Suicide , Nikolai Erdman's satiric masterpiece, and launches it into contemporary urban Britain with a new adaptation. First performed in 1932, the play was deemed a danger to Communism and was quickly suppressed by Stalin. Now, the Russian classic is drastically reworked to focus on Sam, who has no job and is stuck in a small flat with his girlfriend and her mum. It feels like there is only one way out, but with plenty of people keen to capitalise on his momentous decision, what's his life worth?

 
 
 

Exhibitionism

Charting five decades of rock 'n' roll, the Rolling Stones stage their first major exhibition.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 6th April to 4th September 2016

 

Going strong for 50 years and counting, the Rolling Stones stage their first major exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, documenting five decades of rock 'n' roll through more than five hundred artefacts from the band's personal archives. Three years in the planning, the aptly titled Exhibitionism is displayed over nine themed galleries spread across two floors of the London gallery, just off the road where the hip kids hung out in the swinging sixties. All aspects of the band's history are covered through an interactive tour using album art, personal diaries, stage designs, backstage paraphernalia, film, fashion and rare sound archives to reveal the Stone's musical heritage from humble beginnings as a blues band in the early 1960s. The exhibition, which begins with a high-octane soundtrack and a film looking back at the band's career high points, also reveals the collaborations and vast array of artists, designers, musicians and writers the band has worked with - from Andy Warhol and Alexander McQueen to Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese.

 
 
 

Goosebumps The Show

An immersive experience inspired by RL Stine's horror series.

The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: From 06th April 2016

 

After the success of Alice's Adventures Underground, The Vaults under Waterloo host another immersive experience, this time taking on RL Stine's Goosebumps. With more than 400 million copies of the books in print around the world, the children's horror stories are the second bestselling series of all time and were also adapted into a popular television series in the 1990s. However, this will be the first time that they've been adapted for stage, providing the opportunity for kids of the nineties to enjoy a spot of nostalgia. With two shows - one aimed at adults and one for kids - the interactive live production has been created by Accomplice creator Tom Salamon, designer Samuel Wyer and Gingerline creators Darling & Edge and will lead audience members on a journey through the tunnels, where they fill find a number of spine-tingling scenes inspired by some of the most popular books. Expect spooky snippets from Say Cheese, The Blob That Ate Everyone, One Day In Horrorland and Stay Out Of The Basement. No doubt the Living Dummy will be lurking down there somewhere too.

 
 
 

5 Seconds of Summer

The biggest breakout band of 2014 embark on a mega tour.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th April 2016

 

The biggest breakout band of 2014 - likely down to support from the world's biggest boy band, One Direction - 5 Seconds of Summer are now touring in their own right and will be stopping by The O2 for two nights in April as part of their Sounds Live Feels Live tour. The Australian pop rock foursome catapulted into the industry with their debut single She Looks So Perfect last year, which topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK, and have since gone on to release a number one album that spawned numerous successful singles. This tour comes on the back of their second album, Sounds Good Feels Good, which features singles She's Kinda Hot and Hey Everybody! As well as standard tickets, there's also the option to purchase VIP packages that include access to the band's sound check and a group Q&A afterwards.

 
 
 

Udderbelly Festival

Two months of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 7th April to 17th July 2016

 

Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe. This year you can see funny man David Morgan performing his show Blammo! And America's Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin with an evening of hilarious ventriloquism and hi-jinks. Further acts are yet to be announced but you can expect a packed programme of quality entertainment. 

 
 
 

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age

Musings about the trials and tribulations of growing up and growing down.

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, Brixton, London, WC2H 7BX

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

 

Dates: 7th to 16th April 2016

 

If he doesn't get lost in Poland filming Stupid Man, Smart Phone, multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane will be live in London from 7th until 16th April 2016. Best known as the host of BBC3's Live At The Electric, Russell has made regular appearances on BBC1's Live At Apollo, BBC3's Unzipped, ITV2's Celebrity Juice and I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Now! Nominated four times for prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards, he made history as the first comedian to win both the Edinburgh Award and Melbourne Comedy Festival's Barry Award in one year. Now with his brand new show he muses about the trials and tribulations of growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny.

 
 
 

Lucia Di Lammermoor

Katie Mitchell's first production to receive its premiere on the ROH main stage.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 7th April to 19th May 2016

 

Diana Damrau and Aleksandra Kurzak lead a world-class cast in Katie Mitchell's new production of Lucia di Lammermoor. Her first production to receive its premiere on the Royal Opera House main stage, it will see Mitchell attempt to fill in the gaps in the female character's stories in Donizetti's tragic masterpiece, balancing things out between the sexes. Based loosely on Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor, Lucia di Lammermoor begins as Enrico plans to marry his sister Lucia to Arturo. But she is in love with Edgardo, her family's greatest enemy, and they become secretly engaged before he leaves for France. As one of the leading operas of the bel canto period, Lucia di Lammermoor is what grand tragic opera is all about; an emotionally-charged score guiding audiences through angst-ridden love affairs, divided loyalties and, not forgetting, that all-important 'I challenge thee to a duel' near the end.

 
 
 

Years & Years

The band embark on a UK headline tour with support from MØ.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Friday 8th April 2016

 

British electronica trio Years & Years are quickly increasing their fan base with the help of singles such as King, which reached number 1 in the UK charts, and Shine. The band also reached number one with they debut album Communion, won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 awards and received a nomination for the BRIT Critics' Choice Award. Now they're setting off on a UK headline tour, performing at Wembley Arena in April. Support comes from M.

 
 
 

Funny Girl

Sheridan Smith makes her much awaited return to the West End.

Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 9th April to 2nd July 2016

 

Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress Sheridan Smith makes her much awaited return to the West End in 2016 to star in Funny Girl, which transfers from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy Theatre. Running for 12 weeks only, the production returns to the West End to celebrate its 50th London anniversary. Following a successful Broadway opening, the show premiered at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1966 and then sold out at the Menier Chocolate Factory in only 90 minutes in 2015. Now, the Broadway smash that skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to stardom will see Sheridan play comedienne and actress Fanny Brice, whose story is told in the production. With music and lyrics by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, Funny Girl follows Brice's rise to fame and her tempestuous relationship with well-known entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein.

 
 
 

Doctor Faustus

Game of Thrones star Kit Harington stars in this Jamie Lloyd Company production.

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

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

 

Dates: 9th April to 4th June 2016

 

Credited with innovative adaptations of classics - tackling The Ruling Cast with James McAvoy in 2015 and staging a starry adaptation of The Maids in February 2016 - The Jamie Lloyd Company presents Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York's Theatre this April. The new production, starring Kit Harington of Game of Thrones fame, propels Christopher Marlowe's legendary 400-year-old tale into present day, a celebrity-obsessed society of greed and instant gratification. When Faustus makes a pact with the Devil, selling his soul in return for the ability to perform anything he wants with black magic, he becomes a world-renowned conjuror and international heartthrob. But, what is the cost of his desire for wealth and fame?

 
 
 

Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979

Tate Britain puts the spotlight on artists who set out to think beyond the limits of traditional art.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 12th April to 29th August 2016

 

A modern art movement that can be hard to comprehend, conceptual art comes under the spotlight in Tate Britain'sConceptual Art in Britain: 1964-1979. Taking a distinct period in British history, a time when both Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher were prime minister, the exhibition gathers together artists who set out to think beyond the limits of traditional art. Artists featured within the show include Keith Arnatt - "a pioneer in bringing conceptual ideas from the sphere of art to photography" (BJP) - Michael Craig-Martin , the YBA tutor who was recently the subject of a solo Serpentine Gallery exhibition, and Hamish Fulton who "has spent a lifetime transforming walks into works of art" (Telegraph).

 
 
 

The Winter's Tale

Christopher Wheeldon's dance adaptation of Shakespeare's great romance.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 12th April to 10th June 2016

 

After creating Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for The Royal Ballet in 2011 - the company's first full length ballet since 1995 - Christopher Wheeldon then went on to adapt Shakespeare's great romance, The Winter's Tale in 2014. And, described as 'a triumph for The Royal Ballet", it will once again be staged at the Royal Opera House this year. On its premiere the production was considered intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful, so it will be to great excitement that it returns. Powerful set designs are created by Bob Crowley while Joby Talbot offer atmospheric music, making this a masterful modern ballet.

 
 
 

My Mother Said I Never Should

Charlotte Keatley's award-winning play is directed by Paul Robinson.

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

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 13th April to 21st May 2016

 

Charlotte Keatley's award-winning play My Mother Said I Never Should is staged at the St James Theatre this April, directed by Paul Robinson and composed by Simon Slater. Described by The Guardian as a 'landmark play', the production is the most performed play by a female playwright. A moving exploration of the relationships between mothers and daughters, and the consequence of breaking the most sacred taboo of motherhood, the play follows four generations of women and their trials and tribulations throughout life.

 
 
 

Maria Merians Butterflies

Stunning drawings of insects by one of the world's most talented scientific illustrators.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 15th April to 9th October 2016

 

This exhibition tells the story of Maria Sibylla Merian, "one of the world's most talented scientific illustrators" (The Guardian) through her works in the Royal Collection, acquired by George III. On display at The Queen's Gallery are luxury versions of the plates of the Metamorphosis, her 1705 study of insects, by one of the world's first entomologists, partially printed and partially hand painted onto vellum by the artist herself. Stunning illustrations of insects, originally created as 60 copperplate engravings, depict the butterflies, moths, and caterpillars around the plants she had encountered on her travels to Dutch Guiana, modern-day Surinam.

 
 
 

Jack Garratt

The BRIT Critics' Choice Award winner performs tracks from his debut album.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 15th April 2016

 

Winner of the BRIT Critics' Choice Award 2016, Jack Garratt is one of the year's hottest prospects and has already connected with fans all across the globe, selling out every headline show he played in the UK and US throughout 2015. The multi-instrumentalist will be taking to the stage at the Brixton Academy in April, presenting live versions of his genre-defying songs. The show comes in support of his debut album Phase, which is due for release on February 19th 2016.

 
 
 

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

A story of the changing nature of Shakespeare's reputation.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 

Dates: 15th April to 6th September 2016

 

Telling the story of the changing nature of Shakespeare's reputation, Shakespeare in Ten Acts is the British Library's tribute to the Bard for to mark the 400th anniversary of the great playwright's death. This major exhibition includes manuscripts and diaries which provide first-hand accounts - on 13th March 1602, a law student noted how Shakespeare took an invitation meant for his friend, the actor Richard Burbage, from a female fan to visit her after the performance of Richard III at the Globe. The message was returned saying, "William the Conqueror was before Richard the 3". Other stand-out items from the British Library's collections include the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare's hand, one of only six authentic Shakespeare signatures, and rare printed editions, paintings, photographs, costumes and props.

 
 
 

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

The 2016 exhibition features images by Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Trevor Paglen and Tobias Zielony.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th April to 26th June 2016

 

In spring each year The Photographers' Gallery in London shows an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize worth 30,000 to the winner. The 2016 exhibition features images by Laura El-Tantawy, selected for her photobook In the Shadow of the Pyramids, Erik Kessels who reflects on the fragmented realities of loss in Unfinished Father, Trevor Paglen who shows that secrets cannot be hidden from view through his work and Tobias Zielony. Mostly taken in Berlin and Hamburg Zielony's photographs portray the lives and circumstances of African refugee activists living in Europe. The winner of the prize will be announced during the run of the exhibition, rewarding the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.

 
 
 

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Themes of innovation and luxury are explored in this revealing V&A exhibition.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 16th April 2016 to 12th March 2017

 

Tighten your girdle. This spring the V&A tells the story of underwear, from the sensory to the practical, through strapping, stretchy and silky undergarments designed since the 18th century . M ore than 200 examples of underwear are revealed in Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear which explores themes of innovation and luxury, from the custom-made, such as a rare example of home-made 'stays' worn by a working woman in England in the 18th century to pieces by designers including Stella McCartney, La Perla, Rigby & Peller and Paul Smith. The development of the bra, corsets as a means of improving medical conditions and floral embroidered stockings worn by Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII are among the highlights of this revealing exhibition.

 
 
 

Troye Sivan

The YouTube star performs two nights in London.

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

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

 

Dates: 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Apr 2016

 

After years of covering the likes of Outkast and John Lennon, YouTube star Troye Sivan has now found success with his own music, releasing his debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, to critical acclaim and even finding a fan in Taylor Swift. Embarking on a European tour, the star will stop by Shepherd's Bush Empire for two nights in April.

 
 
 

Elegy

Nick Payne's new play imagines a world where every act of human behaviour was understood.

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

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

 

Dates: 21st April to 18th June 2016

 

Part of the Donmar Warehouse 2016 season, this world premiere of Elegy , Nick Payne's new play, opens in April and once again sees the Olivier Award-nominated writer delve into the world of science. Elegy asks what would happen if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded, with every act of human behaviour catalogued and wholly understood. Imagining a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean it's possible to augment and extend life, it follows three women who have made the choice between love and survival. All of this knowledge comes at what cost?

 
 
 

Kygo

The breakout star of dance music brings his Cloud Nine worldwide tour to London.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 2016

 

Kygo, one of the fastest growing breakout stars of dance music in the last couple of years, brings his Cloud Nine worldwide tour to the Brixton Academy . The 24-year-old Norwegian prodigy has gone from bedroom producer to global luminary, using his skills as a remixer to catch the attention of the likes of Avicii, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran, who all called upon him for their official remixes.

 
 
 

Kings of War

Olivier Award-winning Ivo van Hove brings Shakespeare's kings into modern day.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 22nd April to 1st May 2016

 

Olivier Award-winning Ivo van Hove, who recently enjoyed success with Antigone and A View from the Bridge, brings Shakespeare's three kings - Henry V, Henry IV and Richard III - into modern day in his new production, Kings of War . Staged at the Barbican , the show sees the kings become modern-day political leaders, with all their fates unfolding. Each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to go to war, the play pulls us behind the scenes and exposes the conflict between national concerns and self-interest, striking a cord with global events seen on the news each day.

 
 
 

Virgin London Marathon

38,000 runners take on the 26.2 mile route through the streets of London.

The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 24th April 2016

 

The largest fund raising event in the world, the London Marathon, returns to the capital in April 2016. One of the top five international marathons, it sees around 38,000 runners - serious competitors, celebrities and charity fun runners - flood the streets of London to tackle the gruelling 26.2 mile route. Attracting thousands of spectators, the course comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath with a loop around Charlton and Woolwich, continues through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, crosses the Thames on Tower Bridge before circling Canary Wharf and the City ahead of the showpiece finish along the Embankment, past Parliament Square and onto The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

 
 
 

The Royal Opera: Tannhauser

The critically acclaimed 2010 production returns to the ROH stage.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 26th April to 15th May 2016

 

Tim Albery's critically acclaimed 2010 production of Wagner's early opera, Tannhauser, returns to the Royal Opera House stage this year. The production focuses on the conflict at the heart of Tannhauser - the opposing pulls of the sensual and the spiritual. Peter Seiffert, emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Sophie Kock form the cast while Michael Levine provides the set designs Jasmin Vardimon the choreography.

 
 
 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

The musical duo perform their biggest live shows in 2016.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Wednesday 27th April 2016

 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis come to The O2 in 2016 for their biggest shows on the continent to date. The US rapper and musical partner enjoyed their third top five hit last year with Downtown, which features Eric Nally and Hip Hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz,Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel, has been performed on the VMA's and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the video has been viewed over 45 million times on YouTube. It was certified gold with over 500,000 in sales in the US, selling over 1 million tracks worldwide. This tour from the multi Grammy Award-winning pair comes on the back of an upcoming new album.

 
 
 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The first production of Emma Rice's inaugural season at the Globe.

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

Tube: Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 30th April to 11th September 2016

 

Emma Rice's first season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe commences with a new production of the comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream . The 2016 Wonder season is the first after Dominic Dromgoole's departure and will see Rice attempt to get a gender-balanced stage at the Globe. She stated "If anybody bended gender it was Shakespeare, so I think it just takes a change of mindset." With just 16% of Shakespeare's characters being female, it will be interesting to see how she tackles this challenge. In keeping with the wonder theme the season will feature a magical forest of silver birch tree trunks designed by Lez Brotherston, with it spilling from the piazza onto London's Bankside. This production of fairies and lovers 'promises to be a riotous celebration, complete with music, dance and naughtiness'.

 
 
 

Breakin' Convention

The annual festival of hip hop and dance theatre returns.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 30th April, 1st May and 2nd May 2016

 

This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a 13th year in 2016. Breakin' Convention 2016 features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls including world champion b-boy crew The Ruggeds (Netherlands), experimental b-boys Iron Skulls (Spain) and leading streetdancer Antoinette Gomis from France. Taking place every May bank holiday weekend, this world-renowned celebration of hip hop dance culture takes over the space with live DJs, graffiti, workshops, performances, after parties and park jam. Expect a frenzy of cutting-edge performances with one head-spinning act after another taking to the stage to wow the audience. It's all hosted by Jonzi D, a central force in bringing street culture to Britain in the early 80s. Alongside world class performances the weekend is packed with live aerosol jams, workshop programmes, DJ demos and freestyle circles.

 
 
 
 
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