Coinciding with Adventures in Moominland at the Southbank Centre, the Moomins come to Kew Gardens this April. Moomin Adventures is a three-week Easter festival that sees the Moomins getting up to all sorts of mischief and fun. Among the activities will be an interactive Moomin trail, inviting young visitors to embark on a magical Moomin mission through Kew Gardens to find Hemulen's missing plants. There will also be a Moomin Festival Camp, where you can meet a real-life Moomin costumed character; Marvellous Moomin workshops, from den building to courgette planting; and face painting, providing the chance to get traditional Easter or Moomin themed design. There will also be a specially designed Kew Moomin App to enhance the experience.
Easter Events in London
A three-week Moomin-themed Easter festival.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 1st to 17th April 2017
A free, open air recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Dates: Friday 14th April 2017
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.
A huge parade of sails with around 30 ships sailing down the Thames.
Cutty Sark Gardens, King William Walk, London, SE10 9HT
Dates: 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Apr 2017
A huge Parade of Sails sees around 30 Tall Ships sail down the Thames in convoy on the Sunday of the Tall Ships Festival which runs over the Easter weekend, from Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th April 2017. This year, the festival forms part of the Canadian Confederation 150th anniversary celebrations, with ships sailing from Greenwich to Quebec, passing through Sines, Portugal, the Canary Islands, Bermuda and Boston. Over the five days there will be a series of activities in Greenwich, Woolwich and on the River Thames while on Sunday 16th April ships, street performers and a grand fireworks finale will take place. It's a wonderful family day out where children can board some of the ships usually off limits to the general public.
Charlie Condou and Victoria Yeates star in Arthur Miller's landmark political parable.
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 11th to 15th Apr 2017
Coronation Street's Charlie Condou stars as righteous Reverend Hale and Victoria Yeates, who plays Sister Winifred in BBC drama Call The Midwife, is Elizabeth Proctor in Arthur Miller's landmark political parable. This new production of The Crucible, a play about the corrosive power of suspicion in a small 17th century New England town, draws parallels with Trump's America and Post Brexit UK where truth is no longer an absolute. Staged in association with Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg, the play is directed by Douglas Rintoul, fresh from his recent sell-out production of Made in Dagenham.
A month-long celebration of games and play.
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 7th April to 7th May 2017
Somerset House hosts a month-long celebration of games and play this April with special exhibition Game Changers: Another Way to Play. The month kicks off with popular gaming weekend Now Play This, which coincides with the London Games Festival and features a post-apocalyptic mini-golf course on the River Terrace, a ping-pong table that creates a work of art as you play, and a physical, team-based challenge to stop the bubonic plague. The main exhibition, meanwhile, offers visitors more of an in-depth look at the creative process of game design. From traditional games such as chess, billiards and mazes to the exciting new games of today, discover what influences designers and see how the games have evolved. There will also be games on hand for visitors to try for themselves.
This theatrical experience transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the 1990s.
Colab Factory, Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU
Tube: Borough Station
Dates: 23rd March to 27th April 2017
Following on from their previous theatrical experience, Hunted, which was marvellously intense, Colab Theatre return with a new immersive production this March. Montagues and Capulets is a unique adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, transporting the classic love story to a warehouse squat in the 1990s, a time when rave culture was at its peak. As a member of the audience, you'll play a member of one of the competing families and the rivalry between the two sides will play a key focus in your journey. You'll even have the power to change how the story ends. Nineties rave fancy dress isn't compulsory but strongly encouraged - prizes will be given for '90s band group costumes.
The first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist, Howard Hodgkin.
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Dates: 23rd March to 18th June 2017
The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's paintings are not related to what his subject looks like and instead focus on feelings, making it a landmark moment for the gallery as it will be the first time an exhibition of portraits hosted there will include paintings that are completely abstract. Characterised by colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork, the principal concern of Hodgkin's art is to evoke a human presence. This exhibition will display portraits of Peter Blake, Gillian Wise, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Philip King and R B Kitaj as well as more intimate portraits with lovers from the 1970s.
The immersive Olivier Award-nominated production returns just in time for Easter.
The Vaults, Arch 233, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN
Dates: 15th April to 10th September 2017
Les Enfants Terribles and ebp's Olivier Award nominated wonderland, a huge hit here at the the Vaults deep underneath Waterloo Station two years ago, returns. Invited down the rabbit hole in groups of 56, Alice's Adventures Underground presents each audience member with a choice of 'Eat Me' or 'Drink Me', which affects the way their show unfolds. Dependant on the path chosen, guests will then be led on a journey through some of 33 different rooms, each unique with a story to tell - expect to meet a number of familiar characters along the way and join in on one hell of a tea party. This impressive fusion of puppetry, music, storytelling and modern circus-theatre is dark yet humorous and puts the audience in the midst of the action. In production for three years, it's a must-visit this summer. And be sure to have a boogie with the walrus, champagne in hand, at the after party. Not suitable for children aged below 11, instead see Adventures in Wonderland for children aged five to 10.
A new staging of Tony Kushne's multi-award winning two-part play.
National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Dates: From 11th April 2017
The National Theatre presents a new staging of Tony Kushner's multi-award winning two-part play, Angels in America, this April. The 1993 play won a Pulitzer, Tony and Drama Desk Award and was later adapted into a HBO miniseries. Now, Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse) directs the new production. Set in America in the mid-1980s, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, the genre-busting play, which is made up of two parts - Millennium Approaches and Perestroika - tells the story of a straight and a gay couple as they tackle addiction, diagnosis and desperate illness. Andrew Garfield takes the role of Prior Walter while other cast members include Denise Gough, Nathan Lane, James McArdle and Russell Tovey.
The tropical butterfly house returns to the Natural History Museum.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD
Dates: 31st March to 17th September 2017
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.
Easter weekend is your last chance to catch this major exhibition.
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD
Dates: 11th February to 17th April 2017
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 is a powerful new exhibition that explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history, when centuries of Tsarist rule were overthrown and Communist Russia was born. Hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts, the exhibition looks through the lens of the period's groundbreaking art with works on display by Avante Garde artists Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko, who all lived during the events and aftermath of the fall of the Tsar rule in Russia. With photography, sculpture, film and propaganda, this exhibition will mark the historic centenary by focusing on the 15-year period between 1917 and 1932, when Russian art flourished across every medium. The British Library also marks the anniversary of the revolution with a special exhibition, Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths.
Two male lawyers take opposing briefs in a rape case in Nina Raine's new play.
National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Dates: 28th March to 17th May 2017
Nina Raine examines the topical and controversial subject of Consent in her latest play. Staged at the National Theatre in collaboration with Out of Joint theatre company, it's about two male lawyer friends, Ed and Matt, who take opposing briefs in a rape case of a woman from an entirely different social background to both of them. The powerful, painful and funny play sifts evidence from every side and looks at why Justice is blind. Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?
Tate Britain presents a major new exhibition to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality.
Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Tube: Pimlico Station
Dates: 5th April to 1st October 2017
The year 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales, and Tate Britain isn't letting it go unnoticed. Putting on the first major exhibition in Britain to focus on queer British art, well known figures such as Oscar Wilde, and works by artists including John Singer Sargent, David Hockney and Francis Bacon, have been selected for Queer British Art. A combination of playful and political, erotic and domestic works, this exhibition explores how shifts in attitudes towards gender and sexuality found expression in the arts.
IN THIS ARTICLE
The Passion of Jesus
Royal Greenwich Tall Ships
Game Changers: Another Way to Play
Montagues And Capulets - The Immersive Story
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Alice's Adventures Underground
Angels in America
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932
Queer British Art
Easter in London 2017
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