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The American Dream: Pop to Present

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The American Dream: Pop to Present
Don Juan In Soho
Running Wild
Lost Without Words
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize


David Tennant, Griff Rhys Jones, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo are all in London's West End this March, when The American Dream brings Pop to the British Museum.


Deutsche Borse Photography Prize

The winning and shortlisted images from this renowned competition go on display.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 12th February - 02nd May 2010


An exhibition of work shortlisted for the annual 30,000 Deutsche Borse Photography Prize including images by Anna Fox, Zoe Leonard, Donovan Wylie and this year's winner, Sophie Ristelhueber. The renowned prize rewards the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year. Brett Rogers, chair of the jury, summarised this year's entries saying that the four finalists explore "pertinent ideas around gender, nationality, surveillance and political conflict". In his exhibition MAZE 2007/8, for example, Donovan Wylie investigates the psychology of architecture through one of Ireland's most oppressive institutions, the Maze prison. US photographer Zoe Leonard traverses photographic genres in her unique approach to urban anthropology while Anna Fox, nominated for her exhibition, Cockroach Diaries & Other Stories, dissects the bizarre and the ordinary in British life. But it was Sophie Ristelhueber's magnificent exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris which scooped the prize, her images revealing the effects of war on bodies and landscapes.


The Miser

Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack star in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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


Dates: 1st March to 3rd June 2017


Griff Rhys Jones takes the title role and comedian Lee Mack stars in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy The Miser with Sean Foley directing the new adaptation. A biting satire about a wealthy and tyrannical father, The Miser attempts to set up a love match with a much younger woman. Unfortunately, she is already devoted to his son. Director Sean Foley has already given us the hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and with such well known names in the lead roles, this has all the ingredients to be a must-see piece of theatre. The play opens at Bath Theatre Royal and travels to Richmond Theatre before opening at the Garrick Theatre in the West End on Wednesday 1st March 2017.


Russell Howard: Round The World

The comedian performs for 10 nights at the prestigious London venue.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 1st to 10th March 2017


Part of his biggest world tour to date, Round the World, Russell Howard is stopping by the Royal Albert Hall for a mammoth ten-night run. One of the best-selling acts in British stand-up and host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard's Good News, the Bristolian comedian will be the first to enjoy such a long run of consecutive dates at the prestigious venue, which comes after he was also the first comedian to bag four-night at the venue back in 2014. Known for his upbeat, razor-sharp comedy, the Mock the Week star will be sure to give the audience plenty of deep belly laughs during the show.


Stepping Out

A number of stars make up the cast in this bittersweet comedy drama.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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


Dates: 1st March to 17th June 2017


Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson star in Richard Harris' bittersweet comedy drama, Stepping Out, which choreographs the trials and tribulations of seven women and one man, who meet at a weekly tap dancing class in a north London church hall. Such an all-star cast make this award-winning comedy, directed by Maria Friedman at the Vaudeville Theatre, a toe tapping hot ticket.


The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes

120 LEGO models of super heroes go on display.

Doon Street Car Park, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 1st March to 15th October 2017


A life-size Batmobile, built from half a million LEGO bricks, is just one of the 120 models on display in The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes. Superman, Wonder Woman and all the super heroes are here, in a specially built space in the Doon Street Car Park on the South Bank. DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and others have all been built out of LEGO by former lawyer turned artist Nathan Sawaya who, like so many of us, started playing with LEGO toys at an early age but he has taken his hobby one step further and his touring exhibitions have been seen by millions of visitors worldwide. Visitors also have a chance to create their own masterpieces in an Interactive Zone - on seeing Sawaya's creations you're sure to be inspired.



A thrilling new drama that fictionalises a 1981 political power struggle.

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

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


Dates: 2nd March to 15th April 2017


A thrilling new drama by Steve Waters, Limehouse fictionalises a power struggle at the heart of British politics in 1981 when one Sunday morning four prominent Labour politicians gather in Limehouse, east London. Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owens are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party and divide their loyalties, risking the betrayal of everything they believe in as a result? Would they be starting afresh or destroying the tradition that nurtured them? Staged at the Donmar Warehouse, this new play takes audiences behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history.


An American In Paris

The award-winning production transfers from Broadway to London.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 4th March to 30th September 2017


The award-winning An American In Paris transfers from Broadway to London, arriving at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017. Described by The New York Times as "a perfect integration of dance, romance and classic Gershwin", the show is performed by a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians, and is directed and choreographed by the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Christopher Wheeldon. Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film, the show tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city that suddenly offers hope and possibility. After a chance encounter with a beautiful dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. The most awarded Broadway musical of 2015, it features timeless songs such as I Got Rhythm, 'S Wonderful and They Can't Take That Away From Me, and is sure to be a hit this side of the pond.


Lost Without Words

A look at what happens when a group of experienced actors are put on stage without a script.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station


Dates: 4th to 18th March 2017


Co-leaders of the Improbable theatre company, Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, present Lost Without Words at the National Theatre this March. Created on the back of a meeting between McDermott and an established actor who was concerned his age was preventing him from remembering his lines, the production explores what would happen if six older actors in their 70s and 80s get up on stage without a script. Having spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people's words, what will they do with nothing but themselves and no words but their own? In this bold theatrical experiment, audiences will get to enjoy a unique show every night.


Women of the World Festival

The largest women's festival in the world.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 7th to 12th Mar 2017


The Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back for its seventh year in 2017. Coinciding with WOW Finland with live link-ups throughout the weekend, the festival will take the opportunity to celebrate Nordic countries in line with the Southbank Centre's year-long Nordic Matters event. Now the largest women's festival in the world, the festival also 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.


The Kid Stays In The Picture

This play explores the rise and fall of legendary film producer Robert Evans.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 7th March to 8th April 2017


Actor, writer and co-founder of the award-winning theatre company Complicite, Simon McBurney directs The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court Theatre. Opening in March, the play explores the rise and fall of legendary film producer Robert Evans. In the 1960s and '70s, Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood having saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films including The Godfather and Chinatown. However, by the 1980s he was broke, with his personal and professional life on a downward spiral. Set against the backdrop of political and social upheaval in America, it shows that there are three sides to every story.


Made In India

A thrilling new play about birth and motherhood.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 8th to 25th March 2017


Directed by Katie Posner, Made In India is a thrilling new play from Satinder Chohan about birth and motherhood in a brave new world. Staged at the Soho Theatre, it's set in a surrogacy clinic in Gurajt, where three women meet. It's Londoner Eva's last chance for motherhood while for village Aditi, surrogacy is a lifeline out of poverty. However, for clinic owner and businesswoman Dr Gupta it's all just another transaction. With the backdrop of profound global forces, can it possibly remain that simple?


Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square

This major new exhibition looks at two architectural schemes proposed for the City.

RIBA Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Tube: Great Portland Street Station


Dates: 8th March to 25th June 2017


A renewed examination of two architectural schemes proposed for the same City of London site, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square, in spring 2017. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe's unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates' newly listed No. 1 Poultry. The design history of the two schemes, from the 1960s to the 1980s, spans three decades of the mid-20th century, when pop art, high modernism and postmodernism co-existed and collided.


The American Dream: Pop to Present

The first major exhibition on modern and contemporary American printmaking.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 9th March to 18th June 2017


This spring the British Museum stages the first major exhibition on modern and contemporary American printmaking. Through the work of artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol,The American Dream: pop to present takes us through fifty years of American art, from Pop art to the New York and West Coast scenes in the early 1960s to the rise of minimalism, conceptual art and photorealism. American printmaking was the ideal medium to express America's power and influence in the days when race, AIDS, and feminism were causing a stir.


English National Opera: Partenope

The Olivier Award-winning production comes to London this March.

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

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


Dates: 15th to 24th March 2017


Christopher Alden's Olivier Award-winning production of Handel's opera Partenope comes to London this March. The opera follows Rosmira, who still loves the man who jilted her, Arsace. Unfortunately for Rosmira, however, he is in love with the beautiful Partenope. As too are Armindo and Emilio. Rosmira, therefore, disguises herself as a man and becomes another of Partenope's suitors in order to win back Arsace. Sarah Tynan sings the title role of the proud queen of Naples, who is wooed by rival suitors and must choose between them. The co-production with Opera Australia is conducted by Christian Curnyn. Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage.


Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Through a series of rarely seen materials, this exhibition marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 15th March to 3rd June 2017


Kicking off the first whole year at the Design Museum's new Kensington home, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Through a series of rarely seen materials, from large-scale architectural drawings to propaganda from the period, the exhibition shows Moscow as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s, presenting an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. Each of the eight projects presented in the exhibition will introduce a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union and provide and insight into the culture at the time.


Michelangelo & Sebastiano

This major new exhibition focuses on the artistic relationship between two Renaissance masters.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 15th March to 25th June 2017


This major exhibition at the National Gallery focuses on the artistic relationship between the two Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo, who became friends as the latter was finishing the Sistine Chapel ceiling. They collaborated on several works, with Michelangelo providing the younger artist with drawings and ideas. The exhibition draws our attention to two of these collaborations in particular: the 'Pieta' for San Francesco in Viterbo, and the 'Raising of Lazarus', painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne. Alongside are works by each before they met, correspondence between the two and an examination of their allegedly acrimonious falling-out.


Don Juan In Soho

David Tennant plays the title role in this dark, funny and sexy drama.

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

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


Dates: 17th March to 10th June 2017


David Tennant returns to the West End this March to play the title role in Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho. Directed by Marber himself, the play will be staged at the Wyndham's Theatre for a strictly limited 11-week run. The contemporary take on Moliere's classic comedy, Don Juan, first premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in December 2006, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Rhys Ifans. Now, with this West End transfer, more audiences will be able to enjoy the "dark, funny and very sexy" (The Telegraph) production.


42nd Street

The multi-Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical transfers to the West End.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Temple Station


Dates: 20th March to 22nd July 2017


Broadway comes to the West End in 2017 with classic musical 42nd Street. Replacing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the multi-Tony-Award-winning musical opens at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in March with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50. The musical tells the story of a chorus line who is thrust into a musical's lead when the usual star suffers and injury. Written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, it has played to audiences for nearly 40 years. Grammy Award-winning singer Sheena Easton makes her West End debut in the iconic role of Dorothy Brock and Randy Skinner provides the choreography.


Running Wild

Told with spectacular life-size puppets, this fantastic children's show is a story of love, loss and loyalty.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th Mar 2017


Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild, originally produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and Regent's Park Theatre - it opened the Open Air Theatre season in 2016 - comes to Hackney Empire in March 2017. A story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment, Running Wild follows Lilly and her mother as they embark on a journey to Indonesia for a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant. But, when the tsunami suddenly hits, Oona the elephant charges into the rainforest with Will still clinging on. Told with spectacular life-size puppets, this show for children "mashes up The Jungle Book with a David Attenborough-esque plea for the preservation of endangered ecosystems" (Telegraph).


The Bear/The Proposal

Anton Chekhov's plays are given a modern makeover.

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

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 22nd March to 1st April 2017


Lucy J Skilbeck, recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, directs two one-act comedic shorts for The Young Vic in 2017. Translated from Anton Chekhov by Michael Frayn, The Bear and The Proposal explore the absurdity of gender divisions. Bringing the plays into modern day, Skilbeck's new production features a company of queer and transgender performers. The Bear sees widow Elena vow to spend the rest of her days at home, grieving. However, seven months into her mourning, an intrusion from an unknown stranger forces her to interact with the outside world. The Proposal, meanwhile, shows what happens when misunderstandings and wild accusations interfere with a proposal of marriage.


The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945

A major new exhibition on Japanese domestic architecture.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station


Dates: 23rd March to 25th June 2017


In 2017, the Barbican hosts the first major UK exhibition on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 looks at a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design. In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought a desperate need for new houses, and the single family house soon became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. This exhibition will showcase some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before seen in the UK.


BMW Tate Live: Dear Guests...

This new exhibition combines installation, performance, film, video and sound.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 24th March to 2nd April 2017


In March 2017 Tate Modern presents the first in a sequence of annual Live Exhibitions. This new exhibition format is choreographed through both time and space and will combine installation, performance, film, video, sound and talks throughout a period of nine days. Situated in the unique spaces of the Tanks at Tate Modern, Dear Guests... will offer "an alternative invitation to the audience to encounter art in live, shared situations".


Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?

Damian Lewis returns to the West End to star in the Tony Award-winning play.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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


Dates: 24th March to 24th June 2017


Damian Lewis returns to the West End this March to star in Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? The Tony Award-winning play follows Martin, who is at the pinnacle of his life. He has a loving wife and son, a fantastic career as an architect, and the commission of a lifetime. Despite this, he embarks on a love affair from which there is no going back, with familial relationships collapsing as a result. Ian Rickson, former Royal Court artistic director, directs the late classic, which is full of Albee's characteristically sharp wit and will be staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited period.



This new play examines the controversial topics of consent and rape.

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

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station


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?


Executioner Number One

Toby Whithouse presents the world premiere of his new comedy.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 29th March to 15th April 2017


The world premiere of new black comedy, Executioner Number One, is staged at the Soho Theatre this March. Written and performed by Toby Whithouse, So You Think You're Funny finalist and award-winning creator of Being Human, the play follows Ian, whose ambition is to be the country's most senior hangman now that an overwhelming public vote brought back the death penalty. For the production, Whithouse partners with former Soho associate director Jonathan Lloyd, designer Andrew Purcell and lighting designers Chahine Yavroyan.

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