November in London 2016

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London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
Rod Stewart
BBC Good Food Show
EFG London Jazz Festival
Bonfire Night
Remembrance Sunday
London Triathlon
Selena Gomez
Deny, Deny, Deny
The Snowman
Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line
Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World
Designs of the Year
Penguin Waddle
Cats: The Musical
Michael Keegan-Dolan: Swan Lake Loch Na hEala
Foodies Festival Christmas
Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire
Aladdin
Skate At Somerset House
Christmas at Kew
The Lord Mayor's Show
La Soiree
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Peter Pan
Caravan Palace
UK Beatbox Championships
Being A Man
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Star Wars: Identities
Christmas in Leicester Square
Nice Fish
Sliders Curling Club
World Press Photo
Southbank Centre's Winter Festival
Regent Street Christmas Lights
Seven Dials Christmas Lights and Shopping Evening
Hamleys Toy Parade
Hyper Japan Christmas Market
Taste Of London Winter
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016
Mars Show Home
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Country Living Christmas Fair
Covent Garden Christmas Lights
Concrete Reality: Architecture Tour
 

 

Selena Gomez and Rod Stewart rock The O2 and Dreamgirls, the Tony award-winning musical, comes to London in November when the city's parks put on the most impressive fireworks displays.

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Deny, Deny, Deny

This timely play looks at the lengths people go to in order to be a champion.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 02nd November - 03rd December 2016

 

Staged at the Park Theatre, Deny, Deny, Deny is a timely play looks at the lengths some people go to in order to be champion. Set in 2026, it sees Eve, a promising young athlete, offered a cutting edge new 'therapy' by her mysterious, charismatic coach. He tells her it will make her the fastest woman in the world but is it safe, legal and ethical? A tale of ambition, love, revenge, jealousy and 21st-century science, it's based on two years of research by journalist turned playwright Jonathan Maitland.

 
 
 

Saving Jason

This new comedy puts the spotlight on a typical dysfunctional family.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 02nd November - 03rd December 2016

 

Peter Quilter's new comedy, Saving Jason, puts the spotlight on a typical dysfunctional family as they try to confront the behaviour of their rebellious teenage son. Set in '90s suburbia, it sees a plan descend into chaos and the revelation that Jason isn't the only one who's keeping secrets. The world premiere by the two-time Olivier nominated playwright will be shown at the Park Theatre this November.

 
 
 

Hair by Sam McKnight

This exhibition celebrates the 40-year career of the renowned fashion hairstylist.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 02nd November - 12th March 2017

 

Somerset House celebrates the work of master hairstylist Sam McKnight this autumn with major exhibition Hair by Sam McKnight. The first exhibition of its kind, it shines the spotlight on McKnight's 40-year career, highlighting how he has been instrumental in helping develop the images of Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana and many more. Having worked on hundreds of fashion editorial shoots, advertising campaigns and catwalk shows, including over 100 British Vogue covers, McKnight is one of the first session stylists to have carved out a career solely within fashion. Looking at hair from a new perspective, this exhibition will contextualise its wider cultural significance and the role of a session stylist in fashion. Featuring photography, magazines, catwalk and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as full outfit looks and commissioned wigs and hairpieces, it will unveil the little-known creative process behind the craft of hair styling within fashion. Not only will it track Sam's career from the late 1970s to today, it will also show the changing styles through time, looking at how fashion shoots can influence contemporary hair styling.

 
 
 

Sliders Curling Club

Bowling-on-ice comes to the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford.

Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 03rd November - 23rd December 2016

 

Now you don't have to wait for the winter Olympics to get into curling. Bowling-on-ice comes to East London. From the people behind Rooftop Film Club, Sliders is a club where you can book one of four neon lit curling lanes, sip on themed cocktails, enjoy street food and karaoke cabins powered by Lucky Voice, all on the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park in Stratford. Street food favourites Rockadollar Dogs serve up festive frankfurters and Peruvian barbeque specialists, Cachina, give the traditional hog roast a Latino twist. Entry to the undercover, heated Winter Bar is free with space for 200, 360 views of East London and Thermos %uFB02asks full of hot cocktails.

 
 
 

Pergola on the Roof Winter

A Nordic forest, oaky scents and candle light set the scene.

Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London, W12 7RJ

Tube: Wood Lane Station , White City Station

 

Dates: 3rd May to 1st October 2017

 

After its glorious summer sojourn (the most Instagrammed pop up of summer 2016? - we think so) Pergola on the Roof is back. This time the covered rooftop food court on the roof of the BBC Television Centre is heated for winter and a Nordic forest sets the scene. Dine at a choice of four self-serve restaurants under a canopy of holly, ivy, and winter flowers, set against burgundy walls and paved with woody bark. Think silver birch trees, low level lighting, blankets, cedar wood, oaky scents and candle light. Choose from menus by Snaps & Rye, Le Bab, Patty & Bun and Gunpowder. The queues were long over the summer but you can book in if you're a party of four or more, there's capacity for 600 and 25 per cent is kept back for walk-ins plus there are five giant beds seat up to 15 people. Snuggle up and get cosy.

 
 
 
 

Selena Gomez

She's come a long way from the Wizards of Waverly Place.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 04th November 2016

 

She may have started out as a Disney star but Selena Gomez is now a fully fledged, bona fide multi-platinum selling pop star. For those still doubtful, the first three singles - Good For You, Same Old Love and Hands to Myself - from her latest album, Revival, have all reached number 1 in the US. Entertainment Weekly said it's "as fresh and forward-thinking as the music of indie darlings Tove Lo and FKA Twigs", while Rolling Stone raved, "this is the sound of a newly empowered pop artist growing into her strengths like never before".

 
 
 

Portrait of the Artist

Self-portraits by world-renowned artists are put in the main frame.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 04th November - 23rd April 2017

 

Exploring the notion of artists as celebrities, Portrait of the Artist puts self-portraits by world-renowned artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, Freud and Hockney in the main frame. Images at The Queen's Gallery also include portraits of artists by their friends, relatives and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi. Themes like the 'cult' of the artist, symbolism and the artist's changing status over the centuries are explored through 150 artworks and objects dating from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.

 
 
 

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line

This exhibition looks at the important role maps played throughout history.

British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 04th November - 01st March 2017

 

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line looks into how maps made the world we live in. The exhibition at the British Library sheds light on 100 years of mapping technology - from the original sketch of today's London Underground to the satellite imagery of the 1990s - and how it has monitored and shaped the society we live in. From wars to moon landings, it showcases extraordinary maps and the important role they played during the 20th century. Among the exhibits will be the first map of the Hundred Acre Wood, the New York Subway and secret spy maps.

 
 
 

World Press Photo

The best photographs of the year covering news, sport and current affairs.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 04th - 21st November 2016

 

A free display of the best photographs submitted to the annual World Press Photo of the Year competition can be seen on Level 2 of the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall every year in November. Subject matters on display in this year's exhibition include images of events depicting war-torn territories, the ongoing refugee crisis, rallies protesting police brutality and displays of the power of nature such as an avalanche that swept over a Mount Everest basecamp as a result of 2015's Nepalese earthquake. The winning World Press Photo of the Year, taken by Australian freelance photographer Warren Richardson, shows refugees crossing the border from Serbia into Hungary before a secure fence on the border was completed.

 
 
 

Bonfire Night

Fireworks, processions, festivals and funfairs mark Guy Fawkes' failed plot.

 

Dates: 05th November 2016

 

November is the month that likes to go with a bang - and an explosive one at that. The 5th of November marks Guy Fawkes' failed plot to blow up Parliament with the kind of pyrotechnics Mr Fawkes could only dream of. Every year for Bonfire Night there's a host of elaborate fireworks displays, processions, festivals and funfairs planned across the capital. There are normally huge displays in public parks across London including shows at Ravenscourt Park, Victoria Park and Battersea Park (to name a few) - we'll update our full feature nearer the time with the best places to watch the fireworks in London on Bonfire Night.

 
 
 
 

Regent Street Motor Show

This free car festival gives London the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 05th November 2016

 

The whole of Regent Street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, is closed to traffic for the Regent Street Motor Show, the free car festival which gives Londoners the chance to see 300 cars up close and personal on one of London's busiest shopping streets. Petrol-heads will be in their element as the free show, which is staged on the eve of the Veteran Car Run, offers a unique and interesting display of motoring from the 19th century to the present day. The street is split into zones with around 100 period vehicles, 20th and 21st century displays and a future concept display from some of today's leading manufacturers. Added to all this are stage shows, presentations and competitions making it an exciting day out for car fans.

 
 
 

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

500 fine vintage cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park to the coast.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 06th November 2016

 

Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles are expected for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run which allows vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy a picturesque drive down to the south coast, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's also a bit of a spectacle. These 500 or so fine vintage cars make the 60 mile drive from Hyde Park in central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex. The day before the run, on Saturday, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars parade up and down Regent Street as part of The Regent Street Motor Show. You can get up and close to view them and its free of charge. This annual event has taken place every November to commemorate the Emancipation Run of 1896, celebrating the passing into law of the 'Locomotives on the Highway Act'. This raised the speed limit from 4mph to 14mph and meant that cars no longer had to travel with a man walking in front.

 
 
 

London Triathlon

Some 13,000 competitors come to the Docklands to run, swim, cycle and compete.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 

Dates: 06th - 07th November 2016

 

The triathlon is fast replacing the marathon as the event of choice for testing your body to the limit and with 13,000 entrants participating, the London Triathlon is the world's largest event of its kind. Competing in a punishing programme of running, swimming and cycling, there's something for all levels of ability with a choice of distances - Super Sprint, Sprint, Olympic, Olympic Plus and Team Relay. A strong focus on raising money for charity sees £1 million typically raised each year and celebrities, major sporting figures and some of the world's best triathletes are all expected to take part watched by some 55,000 spectators lining the streets near the ExCel Centre in Docklands where the triathlon starts.

 
 
 

Oxford Street Christmas Lights

The street is closed to cars on 6th November 2016 for the big switch on.

Oxford Street, Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1C 1JN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 06th November - 31st December 2016

 

Gold baubles and 1,778 lights hang above Oxford Street in celebration of Christmas and the busy shopping street is closed to cars on 6th November 2016 for the Christmas Lights turning on ceremony. A well-known celebrity is usually given the honour of flicking the switch - last year it was pop princess Kylie Minogue - and there are lives performances from singers, pop stars and the cast of a West End musical, if the format of previous years is followed. Details for this year's event have yet to be revealed.

 
 
 

Cats: The Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical comes to New Wimbledon Theatre for one week only.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 07th - 12th November 2016

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical based on TS Eliot's 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats' comes to New Wimbledon Theatre for one week only following a second season at the London Palladium in 2015. One of the longest-running shows in the West End - it played for 21 record-breaking years - Cats is a wonderful show about the Jellicle cats who meet on one special night of the year at the Jellicle Ball. Long term Associate Director of Cats Chrissie Cartwright recreates Trevor Nunn's original direction featuring Gillian Lynne's choreography and some wonderful and well loved songs including Memory which became a Top 10 hit in the UK in 1981 for Elaine Paige.

 
 
 
 

Country Living Christmas Fair

The perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 09th - 13th November 2016

 

In preparation for Christmas, the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair brings a taste of rural England to the Business Design Centre, with all the cosy traditionalism that goes with it. With over 400 exhibitors there's everything you need for a perfect Christmas. There are handmade toys, stocking fillers, limited edition decorations, and, of course, plenty of seasonal food - from smoked salmon and tender ham to the delights of Cornish cheese, mulled wine, sloe gin, fudge, chocolate and traditional Christmas puddings. With all that tartan and tinsel, this is the perfect place to begin getting into the Christmas mood. It also gives you the chance to deal with all those traditional seasonal nightmares long before the last minute.

 
 
 

The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection

150 images collected by Sir Elton John show the 'coming of age' of photography.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th November - 07th May 2017

 

A collection of modernist photography brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, with works by notable photographers Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, Imogen Cunningham and Man Ray, show the 'coming of age' of photography. And how artists pushed the accepted conventions of portraiture. Over 150 images, all rare vintage prints from the 1920s to the 1950s, show the works of more than 60 artists such as André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen, telling the story of modernist photography.

 
 
 

Mars Show Home

Early settlers could inhabit the red planet as early as 2037.

Royal Observatory Greenwich, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

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

 

Dates: 10th - 16th November 2016

 

There could be life on Mars a few decades from now. Human life. Mars Show Home indicates what that would look like for the early settlers. A dome-like structure made from Martian soil and recycled spacecraft parts, a double air-locked entrance, food supplies, scientific equipment and tunnels linking to other habitats on display here are all designed to protect us from Mars' unforgiving atmosphere and freezing temperatures. The show home brings to life Stephen Petranek's vision, described in 'How We'll Live on Mars', of how we could inhabit the red planet as early as 2037.

 
 
 

BBC Good Food Show

Cooking demos by the stars of our favourite cooking shows on the box.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 11th - 13th November 2016

 

Bringing a host of TV programmes to life including Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef: The Professionals, the BBC Good Food Show arrives at Olympia for three days this November. Well known chefs and TV personalities Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and Paul Hollywood present cooking demos in the Supertheatre, and are joined by food writer and chef, Gizzi Erskine, demonstrating dishes from her new book, 'Season's Eatings'. Saturday Kitchen Live sessions, hosted by Matt Tebbutt, include appearances from Ben Tish, head chef at Salt Yard Group and Dan Doherty, executive chef of Duck and Waffle. There's local and seasonal produce in the Producers' Village, a handpicked selection of pop-up restaurants and street food vendors plus hundreds of speciality and artisan producers. See the LondonTown Competitions page for our ticket giveaway.

 
 
 

EFG London Jazz Festival

Jazz greats Dhafer Youssef, Madeleine Peyroux and Norma Winstone come to the capital.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 11th - 20th November 2016

 

Great jazz musicians including Dhafer Youssef, Madeleine Peyroux and Norma Winstone come to the capital for theEFG London Jazz Festival, which returns for a 24th time in 2016. Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival, more than 250 shows take place in London's best concert halls and arts centres including the Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Ronnie Scott's, 606 Club, The Forge, the Rich Mix Centre, Artsdepot, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Halland KOKO.The organisers habitually attract some top performers including MOBO and Grammy award winners and blend them together with both newcomers and mainstays of the jazz scene - from stars of the American jazz tradition to key players of the European scene and free musical thinkers. Given the obsessive nature of ardent jazz fans together with the small venues (which include restaurants and bars), tickets often sell out fast, you have been warned.

 
 
 
 

Christmas in Leicester Square

La Soiree's Spiegeltent, Christmas Market and Santa's Grotto come to the very heart of London.

Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP

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

 

Dates: 11th November - 08th January 2017

 

A new place to get in the festive spirit this winter, Christmas in Leicester Square brings La Soiree's Spiegeltent, a Christmas Market and Santa's Grotto to the very heart of London. Underbelly, who helped develop Winter at Southbank Centre and who are best known in London for their Wonderground festivals on the Southbank, are behind this event so it won't be hard to repeat that success in a more central location. Head to Leicester Square to browse the craft and food stalls, to take in a gravity defying circus show or bubble act.

 
 
 

La Soiree

Juggling, acrobatics and bubble blowing from the award-winning cabaret troupe.

Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP

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

 

Dates: 11th November - 08th January 2017

 

The Olivier Award-winning La Soiree cabaret spectacular pitches its Spiegeltent in the heart of London, on the site of a new attraction for London this winter: Christmas in Leicester Square. Much-loved favourites Ursula Martinez, The English Gents, Hamish McCann's pole act and Captain Frodo return to the Spiegeltent, along with new acts. These include New Orleans songstress Acantha Lang, quirky juggler Olivia Porter, acrobat David Girard and his new 'CirQle' apparatus, hula-hooper Satya Bella, trapeze artist Jarred Dewey, and the comedy couple Daredevil Chickens.

 
 
 

Southbank Centre's Winter Festival

Hundreds of Christmas trees, circus, cabaret, comedy and concerts come to the Southbank.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 11th November - 25th January 2017

 

The Southbank Centre puts on a series of festive events and fun for all ages, in the lead up to Christmas including a new version of hit show BIANCO by NoFit State Circus, the Tony award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet and Duckie, the first work for children (and the young at heart) by cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat. The full programme includes festive concerts, comedy, social dances, creative workshops, choirs and a weekend of events inspired by the theme of giving and charity. The entire 21 acre site is transformed into a winter landscape with a Nordic feel, designed by Hemingway Design, with hundreds of Christmas trees, mythological Scandinavian creatures, walks of twinkling lights and the return of the Winter Market. As well as tree hugging and Big Band Christmas Karaoke there's BUMP Rollerdisco and A Vintage New Year's Eve Party with fantastic views of the London fireworks.

 
 
 

The Lord Mayor's Show

River pageant, parade of over 6,000 people and an explosive fireworks finale.

Mansion House, City of, London, EC4N 8BH

Tube: Bank Station , Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, Monument Station

 

Dates: 12th November 2016

 

The annual Lord Mayor's Show begins with a river pageant and takes over the streets of London as a parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands and floats surround a gilded State Coach carrying the newly elected Lord Mayor. It's a spectacle and celebration that goes back 800 years and, just as he did all those years ago, the Mayor travels by river, from Westminster to HMS President in the Gloriana accompanied by a flotilla of 24 traditional Thames boats. It's a wonderful day of pomp and pageantry. The street procession starts at 11am with an RAF flypast and goes on until about 2.30pm, covering the whole area between Bank and Aldwych with the mayor departing from Mansion House for the Royal Courts of Justice where he/she takes an oath of allegiance to the Queen. For a grand finale there's one of London's most impressive fireworks displays at 5.15pm, set off from a barge moored in the Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges. The best vantage points to watch from tend to be around Embankment and Gabriel's Wharf.

 
 
 

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

The world's top eight tennis players attempt to out-ace each other at The O2.

The O2 Arena - Indoor sports venue, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 13th - 20th November 2016

 

A battle between the world's best eight men's singles tennis players and men's doubles pairs, the ATP World Tour Finals is a theatrical affair, with the audience plunged in darkness and all eyes on the bright hard court below. Played over eight days at The O2 Arena, the tournament brings top players like three-time champion Novak Djokovic and home hope Andy Murray in their quests to secure places at the tour finals. Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer and 22-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem all look likely to be in the London tournament, competing for the title and 7.5 million dollars in prize money.

 
 
 
 

Remembrance Sunday

The war dead are remembered with a solemn two minutes' silence at the Cenotaph.

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th November 2016

 

Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. The Queen and other members of state place wreaths at the Cenotaph followed by two minutes' silence at 11am and after a short service there is a march past by thousands who served and suffered in the conflict of war. While thousands of people line the streets leading to Cenotaph, there are usually other events marking Remembrance Sunday including a Ceremony of Remembrance at London's Imperial War Museum, a day of activities at the National Army Museum and a weekend of events at the Royal Air Force Museum.

 
 
 

Covent Garden Christmas Lights

The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet fill the Piazza with song and dance.

Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

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

 

Dates: 15th November - 02nd January 2017

 

The Royal Opera Chorus and The Royal Ballet fill Covent Garden's famous Piazza with song and dance before the Sugar Plum Fairy herself officially switches on the Covent Garden Christmas Lights on Tuesday 15th November 2016. The covered market and surrounding area are filled with Tchaikovsky's notable score to The Nutcracker as the decorations - including over 45 mistletoe chandeliers and 80,000 pealights - are lit up. Notorious for its festive lighting extravaganzas, Covent Garden is one of London's most magical areas at Christmas, with mistletoe for the romantics and a LEGO installation for families.

 
 
 

Penguin Waddle

The largest gathering of people dressed as penguins meets in Paternoster Square.

Paternoster Square, , London, EC4M 7DZ

Tube: St. Paul's Station , Mansion House Station, Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th November 2016

 

Waddle your way around a 2km course while dressed as a penguin. It may sound fishy but it's an important attempt to defend the Penguin Waddle title for the largest gathering of people dressed as penguins while waddling around the 2km course from Paternoster Square to the Scoop. Participants take in the stunning views of St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Modern, the Shard, Tower of London, City Hall and Tower Bridge as they don their penguin suit and start to waddle in the name of charity - money raised from the event supports Richard House Children's Hospice.

 
 
 

Nice Fish

Written by Mark Rylance with poet Louis Jenkins, the play casts a "bewitching theatrical spell" - New York Times.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 15th November - 11th February 2017

 

Mark Rylance returns to the West End opposite Jim Lichtscheidl in the London transfer of the hit New York comedy about two old friends searching for answers on a frozen Minnesota lake as the ice is beginning to creak and groan. Written by Rylance in a unique collaboration with contemporary prose poet Louis Jenkins, Nice Fish is directed by Claire van Kampen and casts a "bewitching theatrical spell" - The New York Times.

 
 
 

The Night Before Christmas

The exclusive venue is given a festive, fairy-tale makeover.

Sketch - The Glade, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 15th November - 06th January 2017

 

Getting into the festive spirit, sketch presents The Night Before Christmas this winter. A series of installations created by top London florists, it sees the exclusive venue transformed into a magical fairy-tale world. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by 'Hollow Way', a walkway of snow-covered Christmas trees with a soundtrack of enchanting music. The famous pod toilets have also been given a Christmas tree makeover, with Carly Snow - the florist responsible for sketch's summer installation, Mayfair Flower Show - presenting 'Let It Snow'. The Glade has been given a particularly pretty makeover with 'The Faraway Tree' by bespoke florist JamJar. A canopy of winter flowers, trees and beautiful fairies engulfs the bar while pretty fairy table centrepieces continue the theme. The two Michelin-starred Lecture Room, meanwhile, has been decorated with 'Follow The Star', a Christmas tree designed by Tony Marklew. As part of the installation, sketch is serving The Night Before Christmas Afternoon Tea in The Gallery, with London Choralists performing throughout December.

 
 
 
 

Trade

This dark, humorous play explores the cost of sex.

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

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 16th - 26th November 2016

 

Bryony Shanahan, winner of a 2016 Genesis Future Directors Award, directs Debbie Tucker Green's Trade at The Young Vic. A darkly humorous play, it explores the costs of sex and how, for some women, financial freedom comes at a painful price. The play sees three worlds collide at an idyllic Caribbean resort as three very different women unravel the lies that bind them together in the name of fair trade.

 
 
 

Peter Pan

Magic, mischief, music and make-believe for children aged 7 and above.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 16th November - 29th December 2016

 

JM Barrie's timeless tale of the boy who refused to grow old takes flight in a devised co-production with Bristol Old Vic. Sophie Thompson (who played Mafalda Hopkirk in Harry Potter and Lydia in Four Weddings and a Funeral) portrays a vengeful Captain Hook opposite Madeleine Worrall as Wendy. Following the acclaimed Jane Eyre, Sally Cookson is back, directing this wondrously inventive version of Peter Pan to the National Theatre and exploring the complexities of growing up. Expect magic, mischief, music and make-believe in this family show suitable for children 7 years and above.

 
 
 

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

The beauty of this prize is it's open to professionals and amateurs alike.

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: 17th November - 26th February 2017

 

Three photographers shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize - Kovi Konowiecki, Claudio Rasano and Joni Sternbach - are shown alongside 55 other selected entries at the National Portrait Gallery. Open to professionals and amateurs alike, the 15,000 pound prize consistently attracts a high level of expertise yet the 'open to all' caveat means there's always an element of surprise. Featured here are professional commissions alongside personal portraits, photographs that tell a story and build a mystery. This is a display of intelligent art, sometimes comic, often deeply moving, in which a very simple project - take a photograph that focuses on one or more human beings - has produced a glorious variety of work.

 
 
 

Regent Street Christmas Lights

This year's theme looks back to the earliest Christmas lights display, to 1954.

Regent Street, Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 17th November - 31st December 2016

 

The Regent Street lights are some of the most breathtaking in the capital with a spectacular Christmas show and fireworks display marking the moment they're switched on. This year the turning on of the Regent Street Christmas Lights on 17th November reveals a brand new scheme that pays homage to the earliest Christmas lights display, dating back to 1954. For the first time, the lights will form part of a wider scheme that runs the length of Regent Street, across Piccadilly and into St James's, finishing at Waterloo Place, making it the largest scheme in Central London. Traffic-free for the occasion, the street has a great, festive atmosphere and the lights are set off beautifully against the regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street.

 
 
 

Skate At Somerset House

Ministry of Sound, Green Man and Soho Radio provide the tunes for the night skates.

Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 17th November - 15th January 2017

 

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep out seasonal chills is one of London's most appealing winter rituals - and a superb way to ease yourself into the festive spirit. If your youngsters need guidance there's the Polar Cub Club for under 8s. But if you're looking for something altogether more grown up, the Club Nights offer the atmosphere of open-air clubbing, on and off the ice, to a soundtrack curated by prominent DJs. This season's line-up includes Morning Gloryville, Green Man and Soho Radio. Get your Christmas shopping done while you're there at The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason's occupying 15 rooms in the West Wing of Somerset House filled with hampers, tea caddies, stocking fillers, gifts and games. Now in its 17th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times).

 
 
 
 

Caravan Palace

Hedonistic house meets old school jazz.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: 17th November 2016

 

Parisian electro swing band, who energetically fuse hedonistic house and old school jazz. Caravan Palace is "an unlikely amalgamation of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Daft Punk," according to the Independent, "they're an irresistible (Christmas) party band, whose raison d'etre is to get people dancing." A big draw on the festival circuit, this is music that'll put a smile on your face and get you dancing. Their November dates follow sets at Glastonbury and a sold out show at Somerset House in the summer.

 
 
 

Seven Dials Christmas Lights and Shopping Evening

See the new lights, enjoy free wreath making, discounts on shopping and a brass band.

Seven Dials, Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DD

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

 

Dates: 17th November 2016

 

See the Seven Dials Christmas lights installation being launched and wrap up your Christmas shopping early this year with the Seven Dials festive Shopping Evening on Thursday 17th November. The Christmas lights this year bring a forest full of creatures - including a fox, bear, wolf and owl - and the streets are traffic free for the occasion. Get 20 per cent off in over 60 stores, enjoy food and drink offers and on street activities. The night is completed with live music from 10-piece brass band the Old Dirty Brasstards, free wreath making and a pop-up winter bar on Earlham Street.

 
 
 

Taste Of London Winter

Everything you need to give your Christmas a gourmet makeover.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 17th - 20th November 2016

 

More than 30,000 visitors typically enjoy the foodie event presented as "the perfect place for passionate foodies to get inspiration and enjoy a festive gastronomic heaven". At 'Taste of London Winter' the kings and queens of cookery share their top tips for making the festive season a culinary triumph. As well as the opportunity to take part in live cooking demonstrations you can give your Christmas a gourmet makeover and shop for top seasonal ingredients to inject some inspirational spark into your family's tried and tested festive classics. A multitude of food stalls from top London restaurants come to the east London's Tobacco Dock offering tastings and food demonstrations.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival Christmas

Top tips for festival food success plus demos from top chefs like Jane Devonshire.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 18th - 20th November 2016

 

Taking place in Syon Park in spring and at both Alexandra Palace and Clapham Common in the summer, the Foodies Festival comes to the Old Truman Brewery for its Christmas special in November. Join top chefs including Ed Baines, Andrew Scott and Adam Simmonds for a perfectly timed Christmas feast. As well as food demos from top chefs like Jane Devonshire, MasterChef Winner 2016, joined on stage by fellow MasterChef 2016 finalists Jack, Billy and Juanita, there's produce to buy in the artisan market, a vegan area, a London gin theatre, and a new series of 12 Christmas Top Tip practical masterclasses on how to curate a festive cheeseboard and curing salmon. It's not just about food, you can also sing carols, take part in the chilli eating competition, and enjoy live entertainment throughout the day. We've got 10 pairs of tickets to giveaway, see LondonTown Competitions for details.

 
 
 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Fair ground rides, a Christmas market and the UK's largest outdoor Ice Rink.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 18th November - 02nd January 2017

 

Throughout late November and December a large area of Hyde Park near Hyde Park Corner is transformed into a Winter Wonderland, complete with fairground rides, giant wheel, circus, Christmas market, food and drink stalls, Santa's grotto and, of course, an ice rink. Now in its eighth year, Winter Wonderland has become a favourite in many Londoners' calendars. There's a huge choice of things to do from the ice rink to the Magical Ice Kingdom. Other popular features are the 53-metre-high Observational Wheel, Zippos Circus - always a hit, especially when temperatures plummet - and traditional Christmas Market with wooden chalets and Bavarian-style bars and cafes. (Remember: advanced booking on the main attractions is advised while you'll need to buy tokens from kiosks dotted around the fair for the many rides.) Free entry to the site means you can just walk around and absorb the festive ambiance - but it will take a strong will not to succumb to the smells and fun on offer.

 
 
 
 

Star Wars: Identities

See original costumes and cool props and discover what forces shape you.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 18th November 2016 to 3rd September 2017

 

Some 200 props, models, costumes and artwork from the original Star Wars films, an interactive identity quest, and insightful scientific content, all work together in STAR WARS Identities to follow the dramatic journeys of Luke and Anakin Skywalker. You'll be taken on an interactive identity quest devised by a team of experts in fields of genetics, neuropsychology and psychology so you can explore your own identity, leading to one overriding question: what forces shape you?

 
 
 

Dreamgirls

Tony Award-winning musical based on the lives and careers of The Supremes.

Savoy Theatre, Savoy Court, Strand, London, WC2R 0ET

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 19th November 2016 to 28th February 2018

 

A multi-award winning hit on Broadway and a 2006 film starring Beyonce, Dreamgirls returns thirty-five years after the original 1981 Tony Award-winning musical was first staged. The story, based on the lives and careers of The Supremes, charts the tumultuous journey of 'The Dreams', a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois, as they learn the hard lesson that show business is as tough as it is fabulous. This highly anticipated new production is directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the hugely successful Tony and Olivier award-winning director who's also responsible for The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, and Something Rotten! Amber Riley, "a powerhouse talent" (Daily Mail) as Mercedes Jones in Glee, stars as lead singer Effie White, performing classic sixties songs like 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going', 'I Am Changing', 'Listen' and 'One Night Only'.

 
 
 

Aladdin

Karl Queensborough stars as Aladdin and Vickki Stone as Abanazar in the Lyric panto.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 19th November - 07th January 2017

 

Award-winning comedian, Vikki Stone (whose television credits include Uncle, The John Bishop Show, The Funny Thing About..., Ten Pieces, SafeWord and Titch and Ted) plays Abanazer in this year's Lyric panto, Aladdin. Joining her is Karl Queensborough who returns to the Lyric stage in the title role after playing the Prince in last year's Cinderella. The Lyric, always a great place for nurturing young talent, has brought in a six strong young ensemble who'll help create some magic carpet festive fun in a show full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and a Genie.

 
 
 

UK Beatbox Championships

Live music and battles by the best bass and hip hop artists in the country.

Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NL

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 19th November 2016

 

The best bass and hip hop artists in the UK battle it out to see who will be crowned the new stars of the UK's beatbox scene. Hosted by Too Many T's and Natty Speaks, there'll be 28 competitors lining up to win three Beatbox Championship titles. Live music comes from 24-year old Contrix who'll be hoping to win a record-equaling third solo championship. Oxbox, last year's winner of the Looping title, Alix Perez, widely acclaimed as one of the most groundbreaking producers in drum'n'bass and electronica, and international beatbox sensation Tom Thum (check his TED Talk) all perform live.

 
 
 

Hamleys Toy Parade

Basil Brush, a giant Marshmallow Man and a cast of hundreds join the parade.

Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, London, W1B 5BT

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 20th November 2016

 

Basil Brush takes centre stage as host and special guest of this year's Hamleys Toy Parade. A giant Marshmallow Man and a cast of hundreds, including marching bands, dancers and toy cars, parade along Regent Street in the free all-day event. Much loved characters and new faces on this year's line up include CBeebies favourites Hey Duggee, The Teletubbies, Go Jetters, Q Pootle 5, Something Special and Twirlywoos. It's Hamleys brought to life, with Lego characters and a host of stars like Barbie, Fireman Sam and The Transformers taking to the streets of London.

 
 
 
 

Rod Stewart

The septuagenarian shows no signs of hanging up his leopard print shirts.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 22nd - 25th November 2016

 

Rock and roll legend Rod Stewart returns to the capital for two gigs at The O2 Arena in front, no doubt, of hoards of female fans. The timeless performer attracts a loyal following and continues to sell records by the million - his 29th album 'Another Country', released last year, went platinum. Both Elton John and James Brown have called Stewart the best white soul singer of all time - and who are we to disagree? With his trademark raspy voice and tight leather pants, expect the evergreen 65-year-old to whizz through his back catalogue of classics, including gems such as Maggie May, Baby Jane, Some Guys Have All The Luck, Young Turks and This Old Heart of Mine. Oh, and the blond crooner has a new album of classic sixties/seventies-era soul favourites to promote.

 
 
 

Christmas at Kew

A mile-long illuminated trail lights up the beautiful botanic gardens.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 23rd November - 02nd January 2017

 

A tunnel of lights, scented fire garden and laser beams over water await visitors to the mile-long illuminated trail that forms the centrepiece of Christmas at Kew. The beautiful Kew Gardens open their doors after dark to reveal a walkway peppered with giant light sculptures, light projections on the Palm House and fire garden, scented with pine, frankincense and cedar. This year Santa and his elves make a welcome return to the North Pole village, and there will be vintage rides, Christmas gifts and traditional festive fare.

 
 
 

The Snowman

A much-loved festive tradition in London, the show returns for 2016.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 23rd November - 01st January 2017

 

This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, staged in the Peacock Theatre, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.

 
 
 

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016

Some of the most promising talent emerging from UK art schools this year.

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 23rd November - 22nd January 2017

 

An important barometer of contemporary art, Bloomberg New Contemporaries returns to the ICA galleries for a seventh year. Works in various media explore themes of mass-production, socio-economics, gender equality and cultural identity. Among the shortlisted artists are Victoria Adam, Katja Angeli, Diana Anghel, Saelia Aparicio Torinos, James Berrington, Jack Bodimeade, Anna Bunting-Branch, Leah Carless, Michael Cox, David Donald and Jemma Egan. The chosen artists represent the most promising talent emerging from UK art schools this year.

 
 
 

Concrete Reality: Architecture Tour

Discover more about the design of this iconic Brutalist building.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 23rd November - 29th December 2016

 

In March 1976, Denys Lasdun's National Theatre was revealed to the public, an astonishing new cultural destination on the South Bank. Now, forty years on, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of this iconic Brutalist building, design lovers and culture enthusiasts can take a 90-minute Concrete Reality Architecture Tour of the NT site. Spanning five acres, and with enough seats to entertain 2,450 people over three auditoriums, the National Theatre continues to fascinate the design world and stage world class theatre.

 
 
 
 

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World

One of two opening exhibitions at the new Design Museum explores the issues that define our time.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 24th November - 23rd April 2017

 

The opening exhibition at the Design Museum in its brand new Kensington home presents eleven newly commissioned installations by OMA, Hussein Chalayan and a handful of the world's leading designers and architects. Fear and Love explores the issues that define our time, including networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads. In response to the Brexit vote, OMA, the architecture practice founded by Rem Koolhaas, presents The Pan-European Living Room. Fashion designer Hussein Chalayan reveals your emotions through wearable devices and Madeline Gannon has transformed a robot into a living, breathing mechanical creature named Mimus. There's no doubt: the new Design Museum is a laboratory of ideas.

 
 
 

Designs of the Year

Tate Modern's Switch House and an online STI testing kit make the shortlist for the world's best designs.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 24th November - 19th February 2017

 

The Design Museum's annual Designs of the Year awards have become a much anticipated feature of the design calendar. And in 2016 there's an added sense of anticipation as the museum moves into its new Kensington home. Nominees this year include the last David Bowie album cover, the recently completed Tate Modern Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron and the Prada Foundation in Milan by Rem Koolhaus/OMA. The SH:24 online STI testing kit and This War of Mine video game are nominated in the digital category while a drinkable book makes it onto the product shortlist. The refugee crisis has sparked a number of innovative solutions like the flat-pack refugee shelter designed by IKEA Foundation and an icon based communication design to illustrate first aid kits for refugees, both on the awards shortlist celebrating the world's best designs.

 
 
 

Once in a Lifetime

Three New Yorkers try to make it big in Hollywood.

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

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 25th November - 14th January 2017

 

Olivier Award-winning Richard Jones directs Once in a Lifetime at The Young Vic this winter, taking audiences back to Hollywood in 1930. With the first-ever talking motion picture a smash hit, suddenly every actor needs a voice, encouraging three New Yorkers to head west and open an elocution school. However, when you're dealing with the all-powerful studio moguls and neurotic screenwriters of Hollywood, success isn't as easy as one may think. Adapted by Christopher Hart, Moss Hart and George S Kaufman's production sees three heroes vie to become the next big thing in Tinsel Town.

 
 
 

Michael Keegan-Dolan: Swan Lake Loch Na hEala

Irish mythology inspires a new interpretation of the enduringly popular ballet.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th November 2016

 

Dance and theatre-maker Keegan-Dolan draws upon Irish mythology to reimagine the enduringly popular ballet with eight dancers, two actors and three musicians, accompanied by an original score of traditional Irish and Nordic folk music performed live on fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, voice and percussion. This magical new adaptation of one of the world's most famous ballets, Swan Lake, will receive its UK premiere at Sadler's Wells, following its world premiere at the Dublin Theatre Festival in October.

 
 
 

Being A Man

Sir Roger Moore, Scottee and Professor Green are just three of the 50 speakers.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th November 2016

 

James Bond star Sir Roger Moore, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, entertainer Scottee and Professor Green are just four of the 50 speakers and performers lined up for the third BAM - Being A Man festival, providing a platform for conversations on how men's roles are evolving in the 21st century. Ashley Walters (Bullet Boy, Top Boy, So Solid Crew), spoken word artists Last Poets, author and vlogger Jonny Benjamin, comedian John Holmes and Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler make their voices heard. Issues such as shared parental leave, depression, video games, education, and dad dancing are up for discussion while a thought-provoking, uplifting show by the London Gay Men's Chorus closes the festival.

 
 
 
 

Hyper Japan Christmas Market

Kawaii clothing, kitsch gifts and live entertainment.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 25th - 27th November 2016

 

The Hyper Japan Christmas Market offers a festive take on the event, which showcases the culture, customs, language, travel and anime of Japan in a big, vibrant showcase. Taking place at Tobacco Dock, visitors will be able to browse stalls selling kawaii clothing and kitsch gifts, and take part in craft courses ranging from paint-your-own kistune (fox) masks, to kokeshi doll decoration. Sample all kinds of food from Japanese curry to traditional wagashi sweets. Vote for your favourite tipple in the Sake Cocktail Awards, and enjoy live entertainment from acrobatic girl group, The Hoopers, metal chanteuse, Fuki, and the reincarnation of 80s pop sensation, Shohjyotai.

 
 
 

Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire

Alexia Khadime stars as Princess Tahlia and Gavin Spokes makes his dameing debut.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 26th November - 08th January 2017

 

The West End's leading lady Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) will be returning to the site of her stage debut, Hackney Empire, to star as Princess Tahlia in Sleeping Beauty this Christmas. She will be joined by Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke who returns after her appearance in Mother Goose in 2014. Gavin Spokes makes his dameing debut, following his Olivier Award-nominated performance as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls in the West End. Enter the enchanted Hackneytonia, a land of fairies, unicorns and dragons where the wicked fairy Carabosse casts an evil spell on the princess.

 
 
 

Katie Melua

The singer-songwriter is joined on stage by the 23-piece Gori Women's Choir.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station

 

Dates: 27th November 2016

 

Georgia-born singer-songwriter Katie Melua is joined on stage by the 23-piece Gori Women's Choir when she plays a one-off London gig at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Masters of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing, Gori Women's Choir are described by Melua as a "completely unique vocal orchestra". She has been working with the group, led and conducted by Teona Tsiramua, for the last 18 months. Together they will perform new material from Melua's forthcoming project as well as a selection of classic songs from her six album back catalogue.

 
 
 

Gatsby

Cressida Bonas stars as Daisy Buchanan in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book.

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BX

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

 

Dates: 29th November - 15th January 2017

 

Cressida Bonas stars as Daisy Buchanan opposite Ludovic Hughes' Gatsby as Ruby In The Dust present their take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous book, The Great Gatsby. The audience are encouraged to enter into the party spirit and dress up and sip themed cocktails as the downstairs space at Leicester Square Theatre is transformed into a speakeasy from the Jazz age. It's Cressida's second time at this theatre following her one woman show, An Evening with Lucian Freud, staged here last year.

 
 
 

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