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Sensational Butterflies
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy
Somewhere in Between
A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
Tacita Dean: Portrait
Tina
42nd Street
The Great British Seaside
Power UP is at the Science Museum this Easter
Trainspotting Live
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Zoe Wanamaker and Toby Jones in The Birthday Party
Easter Weekend at The Prince of Wales
 

 

Peter Rabbit comes to Kew Gardens, hundreds of butterflies emerge at the Natural History Museum and the great British seaside comes to Greenwich over the Easter weekend 2018.

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Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

Five star exhibition documenting a pivotal year in Picasso's life.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 8th March to 9th September 2018

 

Described by the gallery as one of the most significant shows it has ever staged, Tate Modern hosts Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy in 2018. The landmark exhibition takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932 - known as Picasso's 'year of wonders' - through a display if 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including the famous Le Reve (The Dream), which has never before been shown in the UK. From confident colour-saturated portraits to surrealist drawings, visitors will be able to see the works that cemented Picasso as the most influential artist of the early 20th century.

 
 
 

Hunt the Bubbles

Find one of the Champagne and hotdog shaped 'keepsakes' to get yourself a freebie.

Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4QG

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 27th - 30th March 2018

 

It's not just the kids who can enjoy some treasure hunting fun at Easter. The team at Bubbledogs have hidden keepsake Champagne bottles and, new for 2018, keepsake mini hotdogs around Soho and Fitzrovia for a Hunt the Bubbles treasure hunt. It's a mix and match sort of thing so if you get lucky and find a champagne bottle you get a free hotdog, and if you discover a mini hotdog you get a free glass of bubbles. To claim your prize simply post an image of your Bubbledog find on social media, tagging #HuntTheBubbles @bubbledogsuk, follow the restaurant and head to the Bubbledog's HQ on Charlotte Street between Tuesday 27th March and Saturday 7th April to claim your prize.

 
 
 

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life

A sensual story of figurative painting in the 20th century.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 28th February - 27th August 2018

 

A large-scale painting by Francis Bacon of his friend and artistic rival Lucian Freud is part of Tate Britain's landmark exhibition, All Too Human, which continues throughout Easter. The work, not exhibited for over half a century, is one of 100 pieces by some of the most celebrated modern British artists. With a focus on Freud and Bacon, the exhibition reveals how their art captures personal and immediate experiences and events. Featuring major works by Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Frank Auerbach, Paula Rego and many others, this exhibition makes poignant connections across generations of artists and tells the story of figurative painting in the 20th century.

 
 
 

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: 30th March 2018

 

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.

 
 
 

The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s

Four photographers show the nation's enduring love affair with the British beach.

National Maritime Museum, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

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

 

Dates: 23rd March to 30th September 2018

 

From donkey rides to deck chairs, the National Maritime Museum documents six decades of seaside life with its new exhibition, The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present. Running from March to September, the major photography show features over 100 works by four of Britain's most celebrated photographers: Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts. The works document the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with the country's beaches and explore our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. Among the works are 20 new photos by Martin Parr, taken in 2017 and commissioned especially for the exhibition.

 
 
 
 

Trainspotting Live

An immersive must-see for fans of Irvine Welsh's cult book.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 27th March - 20th May 2018

 

In Your Face Theatre and King's Head Theatre stage Irvine Welsh's cult, generation-defining novel charting the drug-fuelled descent into hell of Mark Renton and his hedonistic pals in 1980s Edinburgh. Adapted by Harry Gibson, directed by Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin, this immersive production of Trainspotting Live contains nudity, very strong language, heavy drug and needle use as well as "more audience participation than many are comfortable with" (Telegraph). But given all that, it is a must-see for fans of the book or the film and its return to the Vault Festival brings a new cast which includes Glasgow-born Andrew Still who played Joel Dexter in Hollyoaks (earning him a Sunday Mail Young Scot Award).

 
 
 

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville star in Richard Eyre's first class revival.

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

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

 

Dates: 27th January - 07th April 2018

 

Jeremy Irons returns to the London stage for the first time in over 10 years, starring opposite Olivier Award winner Lesley Manville who gives a "scorchingly brilliant account" (Independent) as "the morphine-addicted mother" in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. Richard Eyre directs the star duo in this four star production which tells the story of parents who are doomed to a destructive cycle of love and resentment with their two sons - Rory Keenan as Jamie and Matthew Beard as Edmund. An "unsparing portrait", writes Michael Billington in The Guardian, of O'Neill's family which "leaves you emotionally pulverised".

 
 
 

Frozen

Doctor Foster actor Suranne Jones stars in Bryony Lavery's award-winning psychological thriller.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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

 

Dates: 09th February - 05th May 2018

 

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones plays Nancy, an 'every woman', in Frozen, in Bryony Lavery's award-winning psychological thriller. The story is about three strangers who attempt to make sense of an unimaginable horror - the disappearance of a young girl en route to her grandmother's house. Not only is it about a woman loosing her child, says Suranne, "but it's about her finding herself again and I think that we can all relate to that". A "terrifically gripping" and "unusually brave" representation of a murderer "as person, rather than monster. It'll have you thinking." - Metro.

 
 
 

Easter Weekend at The Prince of Wales

Rooftop season is back with 80s music, Horse Meat Disco and Huey Morgan hosting an NYC Block Party.

The Prince Of Wales Brixton, 467-469 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8HH

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 29th March - 01st April 2018

 

Rooftop party season is back! The Prince of Wales, Brixton's only rooftop venue, opens the doors to its roof terrace on the Easter weekend with a series of back-to-back parties. Kicking off the weekend on Easter Thursday, Concrete's famous 80's Party is back on the POW rooftop. Friday 30th March brings beloved South London party-force Horse Meat Disco to the POW rooftop for a club set from the four-man DJ collective. Saturday will see Huey Morgan's NYC Block Party take over the space in an old-skool style New York block party. Closing the long weekend will be Slide & Get Diverted Easter Sunday with a DJ sets from Felix and Owen Hot Chip, and Luke Solomon.

 
 
 

42nd Street

Toe tapping Easter entertainment, the excellent 42nd Street cast is joined by Lulu.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 20th March 2017 to 20th October 2018

 

From Monday 19th March, Lulu joins the cast of 42nd Street playing legendary diva Dorothy Brock in the hit Broadway musical at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The multi Tony-Award-winning musical, with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of 45, tells the story of a chorus line girl who is thrust into a musical's lead when the usual star suffers an injury. Lulu returns to the West End for the first time in 30 years, starring alongside Ashley Day as Billy Lawlor, Tom Lister as the big shot director Julian Marsh and the "outstanding" Clare Halse as overnight sensation Peggy Sawyer. Big musical numbers include We're In The Money, Dames, I Only Have Eyes For You and title song 42nd Street. "An American classic right royally revived" - The Telegraph.

 
 
 
 

The Birthday Party

Last chance to see this starry, superb production of The Birthday Party before it ends on 14th April.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 09th January - 14th April 2018

 

A trio of Olivier Award winners, Toby Jones, Zoe Wanamaker and Stephen Mangan, star in Harold Pinter's darkly comic thriller about a birthday party at a seaside boarding house. Proceedings descend into disarray when two enigmatic strangers arrive and disrupt the humdrum lives of the residents. This new production of The Birthday Party at the Harold Pinter Theatre comes 60 years after the play's debut. Ian Rickson, artistic director at the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006, who directed Pinter himself in his last performance as an actor in Krapp's Last Tape, directs.

 
 
 

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: 30th March - 15th April 2018

 

This Easter the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its third year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 180 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.

 
 
 

Somewhere In Between

From under water breathing to cattle breeding, four artists consider what it means to be human.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 08th March - 27th August 2018

 

Four contemporary artists worked together with scientists to question what it means to be human in the 21st Century. From synaesthesia to cattle breeding, free diving to HIV, Somewhere in Between, shows the results of their research in a free exhibition at the Wellcome Collection. Emphasising the importance of collaboration in finding solutions, each artist has integrated research from the fields of physiology, neuroscience, immunology and genetics to create unique artworks, presented here for the first time.

 
 
 

Tacita Dean: Portrait

One of three London institutions putting the focus on Tacita Dean this spring.

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: 15th March - 28th April 2018

 

The first National Portrait Gallery exhibition to be devoted to the medium of film, this major new display will focus on portraiture primarily through the medium of 16mm film. Tacita Dean's longstanding and personal interest in portraiture is shown through her films of influential figures like Merce Cunningham and Claes Oldenburg, both previously unseen in the UK, as well as Cy Twombly and David Hockney. Further highlights include her film diptych of Julie Mehretu, photographic works and two new films, 'Providence', made for the exhibition, and 'His Picture in Little', created specifically for the gallery's permanent collection. You can explore Tacita Dean's complete works at three major London galleries this spring: Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery, Still Life at the National Gallery and Landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts from May 2018.

 
 
 

Tina

Musical charting the rise of pop star Tina Turner from Mamma Mia! director Phyllida Lloyd.

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: 21st March 2018 to 16th February 2019

 

Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins. Featuring the iconic songs that propelled Turner to fame, Tina, the stage spectacular charts her rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to the top of the global music charts. Adrienne Warren makes her West End debut in the title role opposite Kobna Holdbrook-Smith - last on stage playing Laertes in Hamlet at the Barbican alongside Benedict Cumberbatch - as Ike Turner.

 
 
 
 

Sensational Butterflies

The tropical butterfly house returns to the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 29th March to 16th September 2018

 

From chomping caterpillars to beautiful butterflies, the Natural History Museum comes alive at summer with the arrival of the tropical butterfly house on the museum lawn. Visitors to Sensational Butterflies can take on butterfly challenges, try out games and activities as they explore one of the planet's most amazing life cycles and experience the magic of walking among hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. Not only offering the chance to see butterflies and moths usually seen in Africa, Asia and South America, the display also has a hatchery window where visitors can watch butterflies emerging from their chrysalises.

 
 
 

Springfest German Bier Festival

A taste of Stuttgart comes to London with the UK's largest bier festival.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 30th March 2018

 

The UK's largest German Bier Festival, Springfest, is back this Easter, bringing a taste of Stuttgart to Alexandra Palace. Upon arrival, you'll be invited into the huge bier keller, where an army of Bavarian babes will be on hand to serve jugs or pints to the table. All you have to do is choose which German or craft beer you fancy - choose from Schwaben Brau Meister Pils, Volksfest Bier, Sanwald Wheat Bier or a selection of specialist craft beers. There will also be live music from The Oompah Band and A Tribute to ABBA, DJs from London's infamous pop night Club de Fromage and German street food from top London vendors. Visitors are encouraged to arrive in their finest Oktoberfest chic and Bavarian fashion, with prizes for the best dressed on the night.

 
 
 

A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit

Take a trip to Mr McGregor's potting shed when Peter Rabbit comes to Kew.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 30th March - 15th April 2018

 

Peter Rabbit comes to Kew Gardens this spring for a bunny-themed Easter festival. Visitors will be able to join Peter Rabbit and all his furry friends on an adventure in the Royal Botanical Gardens, where there will be a packed schedule of games, crafts and storytelling inspired by Beatrix Potter's iconic tales. Follow a Peter Rabbit trail, take a trip to Mr McGregor's potting shed, transform into your chosen character for the day, get stuck into giant food card games and get a selfie with a giant Peter Rabbit board.

 
 
 
 
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