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Will Young stars in Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Rag 'n' Bone Man
The Great Wave
Paloma Faith


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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Former frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey plays four sold out London gigs.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 07th March 2018


The singer-songwriter who rose to prominence as lead vocalist for 80s band, The Smiths, plays four sold out shows in London at the O2 Academy Brixton, 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.


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 2nd 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.


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: 5th to 10th Mar 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.



The soulful band from Bury play The O2.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Wednesday 7th 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.


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 2017. 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.


The Great Wave

A family tragedy takes on a global political dimension.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 10th March to 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.


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.


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 21st July 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.



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 to 16th June 2018


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.



Breath-taking spectacle of athleticism by the Shaolin monks.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 26th, 27th and 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.





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