March in London 2018

 
 
 
 
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Adrienne Warren makes her West End stage debut as Tina

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Tina
elbow
Sutra
Will Young stars in Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Rag 'n' Bone Man
The Great Wave
Paloma Faith
Joan Jonas
Ballet Black: Double Bill
Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy
Quiz
Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton
Flight Of The Conchords
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018
balletLORENT: Rumpelstiltskin
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend
St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
The Big Half
Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race
London Landmarks Half Marathon
Backyard Cinema: Mission to Mars
Paul Weller
Stereophonics
Steven Wilson
Everything Everything
Action Against Hunger: Moveable Feast - The City
Little Big Town headline C2C: Country to Country
Victorian Giants: The Birth Of Art Photography
Somewhere In Between
Tacita Dean: Portrait
A Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit
Fabrizio Cassol & Alain Platel: Requiem pour L.
Hot Since 82 presents Labyrinth
The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s
Known Unknowns
 

 

A new musical on the life of Tina Turner, four sold out Morrissey gigs and the return of Emma Rice's Brief Encounter are three of the best events in London in March 2018.

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SOMNAI

Delve into the world of lucid dreaming with this new immersive experience.

Two Pear Tree Street, , London, EC1V 3SB

Tube: Barbican Station

 

Dates: 01st March - 06th May 2018

 

A brand new immersive experience from entertainment company dotdotdot, SOMNAI invites participants to delve into the world of lucid dreaming. Taking place across a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Clerkenwell, the 90-minute event combines live performance, multi-sensory elements and immersive technologies to take you away from normal society, where individuals are focused on wanting more, and into a world where an all-powerful AI leads the way. Delving deep into your psyche, you'll have to make choices that will take you on your own unique journey and reveal what you really want and who you really are. Beware though, not all dreams are sweet. After the experience, you'll be invited to enjoy bespoke cocktails in an interactive bar that sees illuminations and projections play with your perceptions.

 
 
 

Morrissey

Fans are given the chance to hear tracks from the singer's new album.

O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 01st March 2018

 

The former Smiths frontman, outspoken vegetarian and bequiffed purveyor of witty melancholia performs his solo material alongside songs written with his erstwhile collaborator Johnny Marr, a body of work that spans four decades. Morrissey plays four sold out London shows at Brixton Academy, the Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace and the London Palladium as part of his 2018 UK tour. Morrissey's live dates give fans a chance to hear tracks from his new album Low in High School, his first studio album since 2014, as well as well known works from his back catalogue.

 
 
 

Victorian Giants: The Birth Of Art Photography

Lewis Carroll and the Father of Photoshop are two of the four figures celebrated in a major art photography exhibition.

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: 01st March - 20th May 2018

 

Bringing together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, the 'Father of Photoshop' Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden. These four artists are the Victorian Giants featured in a major National Portrait Gallery exhibition on the birth of art photography in the Victorian era. It's the first exhibition in London to feature the work of Swedish born Oscar Rejlander since the artist's death and includes his famous picture Two Ways of Life of 1856-7. Constructed from over 30 separate negatives, it used his pioneering technique combining several different negatives to create a single final image. Lewis Carroll's photographs of Alice Liddell, his muse for Alice in Wonderland, are also among the images on display which, for conservation reasons, are rarely on view.

 
 
 

Brief Encounter

Emma Rice brings Kneehigh Theatre's award-winning production back to the West End.

Empire Cinema Haymarket, 63-65 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 2nd March to 9th September 2018

 

Ten years after Emma Rice brought Kneehigh Theatre's award-winning production of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter to the West End it returns, this time at the Empire Cinema Haymarket. Switching between live action and film, this adaptation by the outgoing artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe stars Jim Sturgeon as Alec and Isabel Pollen as Laura in a revival of the classic 1940s romantic movie.

 
 
 

The Inheritance

Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 02nd March - 05th May 2018

 

In March 2018, Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker; a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez. Set a generation after the AIDS crisis, The Inheritance looks at the fears, the activism, the communities and the new kinds of isolation in modern day America. Stephen Daldry directed Billy Elliot (which won ten Tony awards - more than any other British show in Broadway history), The Audience and Skylight, Netflix series The Crown and most recently The Jungle here at the Young Vic.

 
 
 
 

Stereophonics

The Welsh rockers come to The O2 for two back-to-back gigs.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 02nd - 03rd March 2018

 

Welsh rockers Stereophonics, led by Kelly Jones, known for their hits including Dakota, Maybe Tomorrow and Have A Nice Day, come to The O2 for two back-to-back gigs in March. This arena tour coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Stereophonics' debut LP, Word Gets Around, but the band prefers to make new music rather than rely on what they've already got. They've just released their latest album, Scream Above The Sounds, which is "about trying to get above that noise that's constantly there" Jones told NME, commenting on the unrelenting stream of news and opinion on our screens.

 
 
 

Paul Weller

The Modfather plays hits old and new with fresh music from his latest album, A Kind Revolution.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 03rd March 2018

 

The singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Jam and The Style Council - affectionately known as The Modfather - plays hits like You Do Something to Me and You're The Best Thing. It's been over 40 years since Paul Weller first came to fame with the album, In The City, which he released with The Jam in May 1977. Instead of rehashing his greatest hits, he's just released a new studio album and this UK arena tour, which stops at The O2 on Saturday 3rd March 2018, will include songs from 'A Kind Revolution' which veers from the "gravelly R&B stomp of opening track Woo Se Mama" (NME) to "the pulsating disco-funk of One Tear" with Boy George on backing vocals. The Modfather is not one for resting on his laurels.

 
 
 

The Big Half

Last year's London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru takes on Mo Farah.

Tower Bridge, Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 04th March 2018

 

A brand new sporting event from the organisers of the London Marathon, The Big Half challenges elite runners and amateurs alike with a 13.1 mile course from Tower Bridge to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Just weeks ahead of the London Marathon 20,000 runners - including London Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru, Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins - will take on the route which follows the Thames, circling Canary Wharf, crossing Tower Bridge before finishing by Greenwich Park where The Big Festival celebrates London's diversity with food, music, entertainment and 'come and try' sporting sessions. If you live in one of the four host boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich you can enter The Big Relay as a team of four and anyone can join in The Little Half, a less daunting 2.4 mile route from Southwark Park to the finish line in Greenwich.

 
 
 

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Joe Pasquale stars a stage adaptation of the classic 1970s British TV show.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 05th - 10th March 2018

 

Joe Pasquale stars as accident-prone Frank Spencer in the stage adaptation of the classic 1970s British TV show. Guy Unsworth directs the production, which also features Sarah Earnshaw as Spencer's wife Betty and Susie Blake from Mrs Brown's Boys as his disapproving Mother-in-Law, Mrs Fisher. Pasquale, who won I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004, has recently starred the West End stage show of Spamalot, as King Arthur. Expect a revival of Frank's catch phrases - "Ooh Betty, the cat's done a whoopsie" - and a never-ending list of disasters with roller-skating and runaway chickens.

 
 
 

Russell Maliphant: maliphantworks2

10-day modern dance season includes a first chance to see Extract from Art Anatomy.

The Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, Clerkenwell, London, W11 3LB

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 

Dates: 06th - 17th March 2018

 

Former Royal Ballet dancer and acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant, presents maliphantworks2, a 10-day dance season at the Print Room at The Coronet in Notting Hill. Known for combining the precision of ballet with the power of contemporary dance and the thrill of martial arts, Russell offers five duets, four performed live in the Print Room's intimate theatre space and the fifth, a new film installation, in the studio. The programme includes a first chance to see Extract from Art Anatomy, performed by Russell and his wife Dana Fouras, part of a new company work which premieres at Sadler's Wells next year.

 
 
 
 

Elbow

The soulful band from Bury play The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 07th March 2018

 

The Guy Garvey fronted four-piece from Bury who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 return with their epic alt rock and progressive pop originals. Elbow, the soulful band from Bury, played to a worldwide audience at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012. Now they return to London for an arena sized gig at The O2 in March 2018 with a new track, 'Kindling (Fickle Flame)'. This special re-recorded version of the album track sees the song transformed into a duet between Guy Garvey and John Grant. John Grant and his band will also be the very special guests on the upcoming tour.

 
 
 

Women of the World Festival

The empowering festival returns for its eighth year.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 07th - 11th March 2018

 

The Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back for its eighth year in 2018, returning to the Southbank Centre for five empowering days. Now the largest women's festival in the world, the festival sees meetings happen across five continents with one million people involved, giving women the chance to talk about their heroines and how their achievements have inspired them. Originally launched by Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, following the criticisms she received as a woman new to the role, it tackles difficult topics such as honour-based violence, alcoholism, rape, trans activism and criminal justice. Following a year when the 'Me Too' movement shook the world, from Hollywood to the House of Parliament, and marking 100 years since some of the first British women could vote, this will be a timely festival. Join in with a series of talks and debates, concerts, performances, art installations, workshops and more.

 
 
 

Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

A month-by-month journey through 1932 - Picasso's 'year of wonders'.

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.

 
 
 

Rag 'n' Bone Man

The hip-hop and blues BRIT Award winner plays his biggest show to date.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 08th March 2018

 

BRIT Award winner Rory Graham, aka Rag 'n' Bone Man, plays his biggest show to date at Alexandra Palace in March 2018. His appearance here is part of the highly anticipated Grand Reserve Tour when he'll be performing tracks off his multi-platinum selling album 'Human'. As NME puts it: Rag 'N' Bone Man, spent years on the fringes of the UK hip-hop scene but he has "struck gold" with his massive hit 'Human'. He has a voice that is "truly a showstopper" (NME), a love of hip-hop that "bleeds into the music he makes" and an original take on blues.

 
 
 

Somewhere In Between

Artists and scientists work together to explore 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.

 
 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2018

Original art pieces from just over £100 to £6,000 go on display.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 08th - 11th March 2018

 

Whether you're looking for a picture to match your new curtains or to discover the works of a creative genius on the way up, then this is the place for you. Taking place in Battersea in spring and autumn and on Hampstead Heath in May, the Affordable Art Fair offers original art from just over £100 to £6,000. Attended by around 22,000 people each time, the shows include photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries. The four-day Battersea spring fair gathers together more than 100 British and international galleries under one roof.

 
 
 

C2C: Country To Country

Country legends Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves headline.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 09th - 11th March 2018

 

Transforming The O2 arena into a mini Nashville, C2C: Country to Country, Europe's biggest country music festival, is back for a sixth year in 2018. Country legends Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, alongside first time headliners Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves take to the stage at the three-day event which welcomes some of country music's biggest stars. Big names like Emmylou Harris and Sugarland are hosted by a legend of British broadcasting, Bob Harris, on the main stage while six smaller stages host the likes of LANCO, Russell Dickerson and Lindsay Ell, entertaining the crowds into the evening. Ashley Campbell and Catherine McGrath appear on the BBC Radio 2 Stage at indigo where High Valley play their only London performance. Catch Brett Young and Lukas Nelson on the Spotlight Stage and enjoy C2C Sessions at NY-LON. Market stalls, food from the American South, cocktails, whiskey and craft beers, artist signings plus meet and greets make this a must for country music fans.

 
 
 

Everything Everything

The four piece play to the biggest headline crowd of their career.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 10th March 2018

 

The Manchester quartet, Everything Everything, praised by The Guardian†for its "nerd-rock" and by the Independent for its "distinctive post-Radiohead" sound, play to the biggest headline crowd of their career at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 10th March 2018. The band - Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman, Alex Robertshaw and singer Jonathan Higgs - has previous played sold-out shows at Brixton Academy, Royal Albert Hall and Somerset House and if they carry on producing intelligent rock - as on their new album, A Fever Dream - "it will be only a matter of time before these nerds rule" - writes Rachel Aroesti in The Guardian.

 
 
 

The Great Wave

A family tragedy takes on a global political dimension.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 10th March - 14th April 2018

 

Set in Japan and North Korea, The Great Wave, Francis Turnly's epic new thriller about teenage sisters caught in a tsunami is directed by the Tricycle Theatre's Indhu Rubasingham. The play, which premieres in the Dorfman Theatre, focusses on teenage sisters Reiko and Hanako. When a vast wave engulfs a Japanese beach, Hanako is lost and Reiko survives but their mother cannot accept that Hanako is gone.

 
 
 

Caroline, Or Change

This Olivier Award-winning musical is set during the America's civil rights movement.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 12th March - 21st April 2018

 

Sharon D Clarke reprises her role in Caroline, or Change this March when the musical transfers from Chichester to London's Hampstead Theatre. The Olivier Award-winning production is set in 1963 Louisiana during America's civil rights movement. Whatever the progress of the movement, everything in the Gellman household seems to stay the same. For now, that is. Eight year old Noah is heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father's remarriage, choosing to escape it all by sneaking down to the basement to spend time with his black maid, Caroline Thibodeaux. However, when Mrs Gellman figures out a way to enable Caroline to take home a little more money, it has unexpected consequences her and Noah's relationship.

 
 
 
 

Action Against Hunger: Moveable Feast - The City

Dine in the private spaces of some of the City's top restaurants.

Duck & Waffle, 40th Floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station

 

Dates: 12th March 2018

 

Enjoy fine dining surrounded by 15 different types of marble in a Greek Masonic temple and sky high views from the 40th floor of Heron Tower, and help end child malnutrition. Take part in Action Against Hunger's Moveable Feast and you'll dine in the private spaces of some of the city's top restaurants - including Andaz Liverpool Street, Duck & Waffle, Hawksmoor Guildhall and the private dining room at Abdul Yaseen's Darbaar. There are only 60 spaces available so the whole thing is rather exclusive and you get to eat at several venues in the same evening. As well as this City food safari, there's another moveable feast in Soho on 27th March where you get to dine at Michelin starred restaurant The Ninth, Hakkasan Hanway Place, Barrafina Drury Lane and private members' club Quo Vadis.

 
 
 

Paloma Faith

The quirky singer-songwriter is back with her first in more than three years.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 14th March 2018

 

Paloma Faith, the London-hailing soul-pop singer-songwriter, well known for her quirky, eccentric style, goes on tour singing from her fourth album, 'The Architect'- her first in more than three years and since giving birth to her first child. Paloma, who won the BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015, has also been on our screens as a judge on The Voice. Her music features sweeping orchestral tracks, smooth soul, sleek disco grooves and stomping electro pop. Her new material raises social and political questions, and covers topical themes from motherhood to social anxiety, Donald Trump to the refugee crisis - all within the confines of classic pop.

 
 
 

Joan Jonas

Five decades of performance art by the influential American artist and her passion for story-telling.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 14th March - 05th August 2018

 

Five decades of performance art by influential American artist Joan Jonas go on display in an immersive exhibition taking over Level 2 of Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building and in The Tanks. Originally trained as a sculptor, Jonas began experimenting with performance art, video and props after meeting choreographers Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer in the 1960s. The exhibition explores her personal items and her passion for story-telling, from the retelling of a Brothers Grimm fairytale to references to contemporary political events. Jonas is also the subject of this year's BMW Tate Live Exhibition, a ten day programme of live performance art in the Tanks.

 
 
 

Ballet Black: Double Bill

Arthur Pita restages A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream in this double bill.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, Covent Garden, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 15th - 17th March 2018

 

Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black appears twice at the Barbican this spring/summer season as the company returns for the third consecutive year following previous sell-out shows. Their first appearance is this Double Bill which features Cathy Marston who choreographs a stage version of The Suit inspired by Can Themba's novel. Completing the evening, Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita restages A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream. Then, in April 2018, dancers from Ballet Black appear along with dancers from The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet in Steps Back in Time, Viviana Durante Company's homage to Kenneth MacMillan.

 
 
 

Tacita Dean: Portrait

One of three exhibitions at landmark London art galleries dedicated to the British artist.

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 Tacita Dean's portraiture, primarily through the medium of 16mm film. One of the Young British Artists in the late '80s, Tacita Dean was chosen for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall commission in 2011 and now is the subject of three London exhibitions this spring. For the first time, three major London galleries stage three related exhibitions at the same time: while Portrait is at the National Portrait Gallery, Still Life is a free display at the National Gallery followed two months later by Landscape which opens the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts in May 2018.

 
 
 
 

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Will Young stars in the West End transfer of the musical based on the hit film by Baz Luhrmann.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 16th March to 20th October 2018

 

Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in the West End transfer of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Championship ballroom dancer Scott Hastings (played by Jonny Labey who makes his West End debut) defies all the rules and follows his heart with new partner Fran (Zizi Strallen) in the feelgood stage musical. It's based on the hit film by Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge, Romeo And Juliet and The Great Gatsby, and directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie whose dazzling choreography for In the Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award.

 
 
 

BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights

In its second year the performance art exhibition focuses on the pioneering work of Joan Jonas.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th March - 25th April 2018

 

A combination of installation, performance, film, video, sound, and talks over a period of ten days transforms the Tate Modern Tanks into a space for performance art. In its second year, the BMW Tate Live Exhibition focuses on Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance art. Unfolding over ten days and six nights, the exhibition coincides with a major survey of her work in the galleries above. Arctic landscapes, hanging crystals, myth-making and mystery are all part of the programme which opens with Jonas performing live together with her long-time collaborator, the celebrated Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran.

 
 
 

St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

The biggest St Patrick's Day festival ever held in London takes place across the entire city.

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

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

 

Dates: 18th March 2018

 

This year's St Patrick's Day festival - the biggest ever held in London - takes place across the entire city with events in 33 boroughs over three days. For the grand finale, the St Patrick's Day Parade brings floats representing all 32 counties of Ireland to central London on Sunday 18th March. The parade makes its way from Green Park via Piccadilly and Whitehall to Trafalgar Square where Eoghan McDermott is joined on stage by the house band of RTE's Late Late Show. There's live music from KILA, followed by the Big St. Patrick's Ceili to get everyone dancing jigs and reels. Tribute will be paid to Cranberries frontwoman, Dolores O'Riordan, led by Lisa Lambe and Orla Gartland. There's more free entertainment with games, arts and crafts, walkabout performances based on Irish myths - look out for characters like Pirate Queen Grainne Mhaol and the giant Fionn MacChuaill. City-wide celebrations include open air Irish dance in Enfield, jazz in Hackney, music classes in Croydon and children's art and crafts workshops in Haringey. Join in with walking tours, open air gigs in Camden Market, Irish films at West End cinemas and Irish art at City Hall.

 
 
 

Flight Of The Conchords

The New Zealand-based comedy duo present their popular parody songs.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 19th - 20th March 2018

 

New Zealand-based comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement present their popular parody songs from the cult TV show of the same name. Staging their first UK and Irish headlining tour in over seven years, The Flight of the Conchords bring their unique brand of folk comedy to Hammersmith Apollo and The O2 where they've added a third date, on Tuesday 3rd April 2018, due to popular demand.

 
 
 

Red, Blue, White: Global Colours

Limited-edition photographs explore the political association of red, blue and white.

Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 26th May 2018

 

Featuring around 60 limited-edition photographs taken by over 30 of the world's leading photojournalists, Red, Blue, White: Global Colours is a new, free-to-view exhibition at the Getty Images Gallery. Focusing on these colours, which often evoke national identity in many Western countries, the exhibition plays with the mutability of political symbols and tension. The photographers have immersed themselves in the stories for a period of months or years. The exhibition also marks the launch of the Reportage Collection of prints, which includes images from renowned photojournalist John Moore, who is known for documenting Latin American migration to the United States. More light-hearted images include Bollywood behind-the-scenes, Eton's enduring traditions and Africa's emerging fashion industry.

 
 
 
 

Tina

Life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner.

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, 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 as Ike Turner.

 
 
 

Backyard Cinema: Mission to Mars

The Fifth Element, Armageddon and Independence Day are screened under the stars.

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR

Tube: Borough Station , Elephant & Castle Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 02nd August 2018

 

Sci fi fans take note: Backyard Cinema is going on a Mission to Mars this spring. From 21st March 2018 space travel is the new theme for the back garden cinema. Expect an out-of-this-world immersive cinematic experience as films like The Fifth Element, Armageddon and Independence Day are screened under the stars. Enjoy a bespoke cocktail as you watch classics E.T., Interstellar and Men in Black from a giant beanbag in the cosmos. Blade Runner, Passengers and Star Wars are also on the bill for this is out-of-this-world celebration of space travel and science fiction.

 
 
 

Secret Cinema Presents Blade Runner - The Final Cut

Secret Cinema celebrates ten years with an immersive version of Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece.

Secret Cinema, Central, London, XX1 0LL

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Dates: 21st March - 08th July 2018

 

A fantastic fusion of film, music, immersive theatre, dress up and dance, Secret Cinema celebrates its tenth year with an immersive version of Blade Runner - The Final Cut. In its own unique way Secret Cinema, set up by founder Fabien Riggall in 2007, recreates sets from the film, fills them with actors and uses them as a backdrop for an immersive cinema experience. So you, the audience, can walk around the set and enjoy passing encounters with actors playing characters from the film. Over the last decade, they've brought us a mega Back to the Future event in 2014, the successful Empire Strikes Back and last year Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge which saw Secret Cinema back at its best. Staged at a secret London location, you can expect a fully immersive take on Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece.

 
 
 

Fabrizio Cassol & Alain Platel: Requiem pour L.

Modern dance piece inspired by Mozart's last and unfinished work.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd March 2018

 

Alain Platel, founder and director of Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B, and regular collaborator, composer Fabrizio Cassol, return to Sadler's Wells with the UK premiere of Requiem pour L. a piece inspired by Mozart's last and unfinished work. Exploring death - a recurring theme in Platel's work - the dance uses the imagery that Mozart's music conjures up, from the requiem mass to the mass grave into which Mozart himself was dumped. Movement and music combine to create a moving ceremony of mourning as well as an uplifting celebration of life.

 
 
 

Known Unknowns

A display of paintings, sculpture, video and mixed media from 17 contemporary artists.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 24th June 2018

 

Featuring the work of 17 contemporary artists, Known Unknowns at the Saatchi Gallery covers a broad spectrum of art forms. Showcasing the work of an international selection of artists, each born between 1966 and 1990, the exhibition's name references the artists' status in the mainstream art world. While the group are relatively unknown, their respective practices are widely admired by their artistic peers and are considered to be ground breaking. Paintings, sculpture, video and mixed media will be on display, with themes that represent contemporary life such as the Internet age, the ethics of viewing, and voyeurism.

 
 
 
 

Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton

The artist renowned for her bold, often humorous works creates a piece for the grand Duveen Galleries.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 22nd March to 7th October 2018

 

Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, Anthea Hamilton is the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission. Renowned for her bold, often humorous works, she will create a new artwork combining sculpture and performance in response to Tate Britain's grand Duveen Galleries. Known for her provocative and playful works, she has used subjects as diverse as art nouveau design to 1970s disco and her Turner Prize nominated exhibition Lichen! Libido! Chastity! - "One of the most bizarre art works in New York" (The New Yorker) - put an eighteen-foot-tall sculpture of a man's buttocks on a brick wall.

 
 
 

The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s

Six decades of seaside life in an exhibition which includes 20 new photos by Martin Parr.

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 60 years. Among the works are 20 new photos by Martin Parr, taken in 2017 and commissioned especially for the exhibition.

 
 
 

Dancing On Ice

Torvill and Dean are joined by professionals and celebrities in a live version of the TV show.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 23rd - 25th March 2018

 

Following a four year break Dancing on Ice, the live show, is back and coming to Wembley Arena as part of a UK tour. Former Olympic and World champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean lead a strong cast of professionals and celebrities in a live arena version of the popular TV show. Joining Torvill and Dean at the Dancing on Ice tour are Donna Air, former X Factor contestant Jake Quickenden, Love Island 2017 winner Kem Cetinay and Max Evans. Also on the line up are TV presenter Alex Beresford, former Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker and two-time former champion Ray Quinn, all partnered by professional skaters. Jayne and Chris are our hosts, taking up their new roles as head judges, with Denise Van Outen as a special guest judge, giving their feedback and scoring the celebrities and their partners.

 
 
 

Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races

England's two elite universities take to the water in one of London's oldest sporting events.

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 24th March 2018

 

One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race sees England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting rowing race between Putney Bridge and Mortlake Bridge in southwest London. Thousands of fans line the Thames each year to see Oxford battle against Cambridge. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnivall Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Head to Putney Bridge, where big screens are put up on both banks, to watch the start of the race. At Bishop's Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent, while the banks of the river around Barnes are another popular spot. The warm-up starts with the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie held before the main event but the build-up at the river bank starts well before, from 12noon at Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens.

 
 
 

Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race

Goats - not boats - representing the UK's finest universities compete down on the farm.

Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 5AR

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 

Dates: 24th March 2018

 

The stakes are high as Oxford and Cambridge once again come head-to-head in a nail-biting and highly competitive race. No, this isn't the famous Boat Race but the equally prestigious (okay, maybe not quite) Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race. Two feisty goats - one named Oxford, the other Cambridge - embark on the annual race, which takes place at Spitalfields City Farm on the same day as the Boat Race. In the build up to the big race there's live music, food and market stalls, beer and cocktail bars, arts and crafts stands as well as a bookie and sweepstake tent.

 
 
 
 

Urban Food Fest

A revolving line-up of street food stalls alongside craft beer and cocktails.

Euro Car Parks, 163-175 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 24th March to 6th October 2018

 

The Urban Food Fest returns, running every Saturday from midday to midnight at the Euro Car Parks in Shoreditch. The market invites a revolving line-up of 15 food stalls and trucks to serve a whole host of cuisines; from jerk chicken to sushi and pizza to pad Thai, there's no shortage of options. There will also be lashings of craft beer, ales and cider, specialist cocktails and entertainment from up-and-coming bands. Some Saturdays take on different themes, including a Tate the World themed market on Saturday 24th March with authentic dishes from across the globe.

 
 
 

London Landmarks Half Marathon

10,000 runners take in London landmarks like Big Ben and the London Eye.

Downing Street, Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA

Tube: Westminster Station

 

Dates: 25th March 2018

 

A brand new half marathon through Westminster and the City, London Landmarks Half Marathon takes 10,000 runners past Big Ben and the London Eye on Sunday 25th March. Expected to attract 40,000 spectators, the event takes in both well known and 'hidden & quirky' landmarks around the capital from the birthplace of the bowler hat to London's Roman Amphitheater. Starting on Pall Mall, runners can enjoy fabulous views of London landmarks including St Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column, the Gherkin, the Shard and the Tower of London on the closed road route before finishing by Downing Street. Don't forget, clocks go forward the day of the run so adjust your alarm or risk missing the race.

 
 
 

Sutra

Breath-taking spectacle of athleticism by the Shaolin monks.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 26th - 28th March 2018

 

An award-winning collaboration between choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China, Sutra is a breath-taking spectacle of athleticism that explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition in a contemporary context. One of Sadler's Wells' longest running and most successful productions, Sutra features Antony Gormley's striking set of 21 wooden boxes and Polish composer Szymon Brzoska's specially commissioned score, performed live.

 
 
 

Chicago

The hit musical returns to the West End after five and a half years away.

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0JP

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

 

Dates: 26th March to 6th October 2018

 

Last staged in the West End back in 2012 - when it concluded a 15-year run - hit musical Chicago returns to London for the first time in five and half years. After a UK and international tour, it will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in March. Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the long running show tells the saga of a chorus girl who gets away with murder thanks to her sleazy lawyer, Billy Flynn. The original show was a flop in the 1970s as audiences found the subject matter too bleak. However, recent Broadway and London revivals of Chicago have been huge successes, spawning the film version which swept the boards at the Oscars. It's an all singing and dancing affair with some show-stopping set pieces. This musical has been a real hit with audiences and features some memorable show tunes, but above all, it's the costumes and slick style that make it such an unforgettable experience. Dozens of fishnet-clad chorus girls, regular celebrity appearances in the lead roles and a chic, pared-down set create a sense of timeless cool.

 
 
 

Steven Wilson

The progressive rock musician and record producer packs out the Albert Hall.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th March 2018

 

Grammy-nominated progressive rock musician and record producer Steven Wilson ("the most successful British artist you've never heard of" - The Telegraph) performs material from his latest album, To The Bone. A collection of "artful, sophisticated pop-rock" (The Guardian), one of the many highlights of his fifth album is Nowhere Now, a gloriously soaring paean to the joys of everyday escapism. The producer has added a third and final show at the Royal Albert Hall after his two shows there sold out.

 
 
 
 

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018

An exploration of the different ways political messages have been conveyed in the past ten years.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 28th March - 12th August 2018

 

Taking the global financial crash of 2008 as its starting point and looking at the unsettled decade since, Hope to Nope explores the different ways political messages have been conveyed in the past ten years. The graphic message in the Barack Obama "Hope" poster by artist Shepard Fairey gives this Design Museum exhibition its title. It stands out among the political posters but with the proliferation of protest placards and the rise of social media, political iconography is being used as never before.

 
 
 

Pressure

A wartime drama about Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 28th March - 28th April 2018

 

John Dove directs David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair and Laura Rogers in the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Haig's wartime drama about Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg. The story is based on the remarkable real-life tale of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D Day landings. David Haig is a familiar face, an Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his roles in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, TV series The Thin Blue Line and stage production of The Madness of King George III.

 
 
 

The Way Of The World

Linda Bassett is Lady Wishfort in William Congreve's biting, satirical Restoration comedy.

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

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

 

Dates: 29th March - 26th May 2018

 

James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett as Lady Wishfort in William Congreve's biting satirical comedy about a fractured, dysfunctional family willing to sacrifice everything - including their morals - for the sake of six thousand pounds. This new production of Restoration comedy, The Way of the World, reunites Macdonald with actress Linda Bassett (a familiar face from her film and TV roles in East in East and Call the Midwife) who returns to the Donmar after giving "a marvel of a performance" (The Guardian) in 2013's Roots.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Swan Lake

Audiences as young as three are invited to enjoy this specially created ballet.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 29th March - 07th April 2018

 

English National Ballet continues its tradition of presenting its My First Ballet series at The Peacock Theatre with an adaptation of Swan Lake. This traditional ballet offers audiences as young as three the chance to see a performance created just for children. A partnership between English National Ballet and the English National Ballet School, it has been shortened from the original length and a narrator will guide the young audience through the story of princess Odette, who was turned into a swan by the evil magician Rothbart. It will be performed by second year students from the English National Ballet School.

 
 
 

balletLORENT: Rumpelstiltskin

The Newcastle dance company complete Liv Lorent's trilogy of fairy tale dances for over sevens.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 30th - 31st March 2018

 

Following their acclaimed productions of Rapunzel and Snow White, Newcastle dance company balletLORENT return to Sadler's Wells to complete Liv Lorent's trilogy of fairytale dances for the over-sevens. All three works have been made with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy who has created a modern version of the fairytales. In Rumpelstiltskin she celebrates the outcast, the alchemist who is finally revealed to be 'the true prince that he was'. Performed by a cast of children aged 5 to 9 and adults, Rumpelstiltskin is part of Sadler's Wells Family Weekend which includes dance workshops for parents and children based on music and dance from the show.

 
 
 
 

Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

This two-day events opens up the venue to a new generation of dance lovers.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 30th - 31st March 2018

 

Spilling out into the foyer, the Family Weekend really opens up Sadler's Wells to a new generation of dance lovers. Not just for kids, the annual two-day dance festival is aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104 and in 2018 a fantastical fairy-tale adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, suitable for children aged 7 and older, is presented by the brilliant balletLORENT. The story of the shunned outsider is one of two main shows (the Lilian Baylis Studio performance is yet to be announced). These shows are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including dance workshops for parents and children, a stay and play session with the performers and free arts and crafts activities in the foyer.

 
 
 

The Passion of Jesus

The annual Easter event returns to Trafalgar Square for 2018.

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, 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 Big Day Out With Peter Rabbit

Follow the trail and take a trip to Mr McGregor's potting shed.

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.

 
 
 

Travel Photographer of the Year

The exhibition returns for its 15th year, moving from Greenwich to London Bridge City.

London Bridge City Pier, Bridge Walk, London, SE1 3UD

Tube: London Bridge Station , Monument Station

 

Dates: 30th March - 29th April 2018

 

The free-to-view Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition returns for its 15th year in 2018, moving from Greenwich to London Bridge City. The outdoor exhibition showcases the latest prize-winning images from the world-class travel photography competition. Around 140 images will go on display, chosen from more than 12,000 entries by photographers in 129 countries. A diverse collection, the showcased images present everything from a dry riverbed landscape in Utah to an eerie yet beautiful shot of a Japanese snow monkey emerging from the water.

 
 
 

Springfest German Bier Festival

The UK's largest German bier festival is back this March.

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 bierkeller, where an army of Bavarian waiters and waitresses 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.

 
 
 
 

Quiz

James Graham's play about 'the coughing Major' on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

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

 

Dates: 31st March - 16th June 2018

 

Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Quiz, the play about 'the coughing Major' who famously cheated on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre. Written by James Graham, the playwright behind Labour Of Love and Ink, Quiz is a fictional imagining of real events which took place in 2001, and its transfer marks a West End hat-trick for the prolific young Nottinghamshire-born writer. Chichester's Daniel Evans directs this "state-of-the-nation" drama which takes "a broader look at truth and lies" (The Telegraph).

 
 
 

Hot Since 82 presents Labyrinth

Pacha resident brings brings his Labyrinth party to the UK for a special one-off show.

Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 31st March 2018

 

After his debut year in Ibiza - transforming Pacha into a mythical jungle - dance DJ Hot Since 82 brings his Labyrinth party to Tobacco Dock for a special one-off Easter rave. This March Hot Since 82, real name Daley Padley, invites exciting new talent and some of the Balearic old guard to London. Erick Morillo, Matthias Tanzmann, Archie Hamilton and La Fleur play in the main space while Dubfire, Eats Everthing and Matador take over the car park, delivering high class house and techno.

 
 
 

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