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Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square
Power UP is at the Science Museum this Easter
Van Gogh and Britain
Dorothea Tanning
Underbelly Festival
Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature
Motown the Musical
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
 

 

The Underbelly Festival arrives at the Southbank and The Passion of Jesus and the Feast of St George come to Trafalgar Square over the Easter weekend.

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Van Gogh and Britain

Discover the influence Van Gogh's early stay in Britain had on the Dutch artist.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 27th March to 11th August 2019

 

See Van Gogh's Sunflowers in a new light at The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain. The artist's 1888 masterpiece - which has only left the National Gallery three times in its history - is shown at Tate Britain for the first time, alongside the British artwork that it inspired - from flower paintings by Frank Brangwyn and Matthew Smith to Jacob Epstein and David Bomberg. The first exhibition of the artist's work at Tate in over 70 years, the display concentrates on Van Gogh's residence in London, between 1873 and 1876, revealing his enthusiasm for British culture. It shows how he responded to works by John Constable and John Everett Millais, his love of British writers and his passion for British graphic artists and prints. Despite his poverty, he collected around 2,000 engravings, most from English magazines such as the Illustrated London News, prints he returned to in his final months when he painted his only image of London, Prisoners Exercising, from Gustave Dore's print of Newgate Prison.

 
 
 

Dorothea Tanning

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 27th February to 9th June 2019

 

Organised in collaboration with the Reina Sofi­a in Madrid, Tate Modern presents a major retrospective of Dorothea Tanning's work. Spanning seven decades, it's the first large-scale exhibition on the artist for more than 25 years and the only one to cover her full career. Known for her surrealist works that combine the familiar with the strange, Tanning explored desire and sexuality, and presented the idea that there was more to life than meets the eye. This new exhibition brings together her early enigmatic paintings, ballet designs, disturbing textile sculptures and large-scale late works. Prominent works on display include her self-portrait Birthday 1942 and room-sized installation Chambre 202, Hotel du Pavot 1970-3.

 
 
 

The Passion of Jesus

A free, open air recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

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

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

 

Dates: Friday 19th April 2019

 

Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giving viewers the chance to get to grips with the story at the heart of Easter. Featuring a cast of over a hundred, all donning period costumes, a donkey and horses, the 90-minute show attracts up to 20,000 people for each of its two performances at 12noon and 3.15pm and undoubtedly has a big impact on the watching crowds as they witness the tale of Christ's betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate.

 
 
 

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

The private lives of Elizabethans on paintings no bigger than a playing card.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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

 

Dates: 21st February to 19th May 2019

 

Small is beautiful and nowhere more so than at this National Portrait Gallery display, the first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. Showcasing the most skilled artists of the period, Nicholas Hilliard and French born Isaac Oliver, Elizabethan Treasures includes portraits of Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake. Regarded as an art form at which the English excelled, these exquisite miniatures contain clues about identity, society and visual culture in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Used as a means of showing favour, loyalty and expressing close relationships the small paintings could be worn as a necklace, pinned to clothing or secretly concealed as a token of friendship, patronage or love.

 
 
 

Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square

Patriotic celebrations for the feast day of England's patron saint.

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

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

 

Dates: Saturday 20th April 2019

 

The official Mayor of London's St George's Day celebrations fill Trafalgar Square with tea, cake and live entertainment on Saturday 20th April 2019. It's all part of the patriotic celebrations on the Saturday closest to 23rd April, the actual feast day of England's dragon-slaying patron saint. The square is decorated in red and white for the festival with stalls selling traditional English food - including Britain's favourite dish: chicken tikka masala - while live music is played by pop and folk groups.

 
 
 
 

Underbelly Festival

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 5th April to 29th September 2019

 

The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2019, presenting over 70 shows for five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows. In a temporary theatre - surrounded by street food and one of London's biggest outdoor bars - you'll find London's largest programme of affordable circus, cabaret and fringe theatre. Festival highlights this year include a month long residency by Gravity & Other Myths who bring their stripped back circus show to the South Bank. Join Bernie Dieter at the Little Death Club for some debauched kabarett, see drag extravaganza Yummy and listen to a new Podcast Live season with A Gay and A Non Gay and Hoovering Podcast on the lineup. Take the children to see stage adaptations of MONSTERSAURUS!, Shark In The Park and Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, as well as The Gruffalo, The Witch, and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson at the biggest ever Family Fest running throughout the Easter holidays.

 
 
 

Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature

Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 13th April to 27th October 2019

 

Luminous glass artworks by Dale Chihuly - whose giant glass Chandelier greets you as you enter the V&A - go on display in Kew Gardens. Turning the gardens into an outdoor gallery, the glass pieces are placed across the grounds, in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and, for the first time, in the Temperate House where a work has been specially designed for the space. Featuring pieces never seen before in the UK, the display includes the vibrant blue masterpiece Sapphire Star which welcomes you as you walk through Victoria Gate. At weekends and during the school holidays, the Chihuly Family Trail booklet helps children and their families explore the exhibition while exclusive night-time events allow you to these installations illuminated by an entirely different light.

 
 
 

Power UP

The gaming extravaganza brings video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 6th to 22nd April 2019

 

This Easter the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its fourth year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 160 systems and hundreds of games, including video games, computers and consoles from the past four decades. From Pong and Pacman to Minecraft and Mario, there's something for everyone. With PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch sitting alongside SNES, SEGA Dreamcast and BBC Micro - the original educational computer - visitors will be able to see how technology has evolved, with PlayStation VR providing a glimpse into the possibilities of the future.

 
 
 

Motown The Musical

Last chance to see the rags-to-riches musical before it ends on 20th April 2019.

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

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

 

Dates: 11th February 2016 to 20th April 2019

 

Telling the story of Berry Gordy, who went from being a featherweight boxer to Motown music mogul, Motown The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End in 2016, staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, the nostalgic musical explores thr success of Gordy's record label and how he launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and many more. Audiences are treated to more than 50 Motown tracks such as My Girl, Dancing In The Street, Ain't No Mountain High Enough and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

 
 
 
 
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