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Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert
Ennio Morricone
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits
The Regent Street Motor Show
London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
The Lord Mayor's Show
Remembrance Sunday
The Country Living Christmas Fair
EFG London Jazz Festival
Oxford Street Christmas Lights
Andrea Bocelli
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
Gary Numan with The Skaparis Orchestra
Billy Ocean
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
London Illustration Fair
Taste Of London: Festive Edition
Royal Opera: Simon Boccanegra
Luke Latchman stars in Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith
War Horse
Royal Opera: Carmen
I Am Ashurbanipal: King Of The World, King Of Assyria
Ideal Home Show Christmas
Winterland London
Hogwarts in the Snow
Regent Street Christmas Lights
Christmas by the River
The Snowman
Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs
Summer and Smoke
Christmas in Leicester Square
RCA Secret

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There's an explosion of fireworks on the 5th, Star Wars gets the full orchestra treatment at the Royal Albert Hall and Gainsborough's Family Album opens at the National Portrait Gallery, it's all in London in November 2018.

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Andrea Bocelli

Fans of the Italian tenor can expect to hear popular songs from across his 15 albums.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 02nd - 03rd November 2018


Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli comes to The O2 Arena for the first time since 2016. One of the most successful classical artists of all time, Bocelli has sold over 65 million albums since emerging as a vocal phenomenon in the 90s. Renowned for bringing his own interpretation and approach to each piece he sings, Bocelli is at the same time a traditionalist, modernist and popularist. Lauded by the late, great Luciano Pavarotti, Bocelli continues to capture the hearts of audiences across the world. While Celine Dion's lofty opinion that "if God had a singing voice, he would sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli" is a bit creepy, it does underline the awe that this classical colossus inspires.


Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

The explosive occasion returns for two nights of fireworks, bonfires, hot dogs and family fun.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 01st - 02nd November 2019


Perched up high above North London with panoramic views across the city, Alexandra Palace is a great place to watch the spectacular display of fireworks set off in the grounds of the iconic building. But there's plenty more to do besides. Proving to be incredibly popular in previous years, the festival is going to be a two-day affair once again in 2018, with both days offering food and drink stalls, a bonfire, ice skating and a family friendly area with funfair rides and more. There's also an adults-only German Bier Festival inside (at an extra cost) with Bavarian waitresses serving premium German biers and traditional food until 11pm. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm on the Friday and 6pm on Saturday with the main explosive event following at 9pm on Friday and 8pm on Saturday.


The Regent Street Motor Show

The UK's largest free-to-view motoring extravaganza.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 02nd November 2019


From Piccadilly Circus to Oxford Circus, the capital's world-famous Regent Street will be closed to through traffic so it can, once again, host the annual Regent Street Motor Show, the UK's largest free-to-view motoring extravaganza. Three hundred cars from the past, present and future go on display as 120-year old classics are parked up alongside the latest zero emission electric models. Held the day before the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the motor show includes around 100 of the cars vying for the honours. Added to all this are stage shows, street entertainment by dance troupes and a motorcycle stunt team, making it an exciting day out for car fans.


Bonfire Night at the ArcelorMittal Orbit

See London light up the sky from the east London viewing platform.

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 03rd November 2018


Providing the chance to enjoy more than just one firework display, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is opening its door late-night this Bonfire Night for a chance to see the London sky light up from its viewing platform. With a cash bar available, guests will be able to enjoy a glass of prosecco or a beer while they watch fireworks exploding across the city - the platform has floor to ceiling windows and provides views of up to 20 miles away so you can guarantee some spectacular sightings. There will also be the chance to add some thrill to your evening with a ride on The Slide, which is the world's longest and tallest tunnel slide.


Midnight Apothecary Bonfire Night Special

The pop up returns for a seasonal special, promising all the fireworks you need in the cocktails.

Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe, Southwark, London, SE16 4LF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station , Canada Water Station


Dates: 02nd November 2019


Name checked by Elle and The Daily Telegraph, the Midnight Apothecary has proved to be a sure-fire hit (no pun intended). Returning for its seventh Bonfire Night special, Midnight Apothecary is a cocktail party with a difference. Set in The Brunel Museum's beautiful rooftop garden, the special event involves themed cocktails based on ingredients in the garden, a roaring fire pit on which to toast marshmallows, apple bobbing and food from Surrey Docks Farm's highly acclaimed Piccalilli Caff. They promise you'll get all the fireworks you need in the cocktails.


Klimt / Schiele

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele star in this Modernist exhibition centring on 1918.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 04th November - 03rd February 2019


See some of the 20th century's most important works on paper by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in The Sackler Wing of Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts. Klimt's sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele - which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years - are included in the display of around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings. This Modernist exhibition centring on 1918, a seismic year in Vienna, marks the centenary of both artists' deaths.


London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

Over 500 pre-1905 vehicles line up in Hyde Park and set off for the coast.

Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, London, W2 2UH

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 03rd November 2019


The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run sees over 500 pre-1905 vehicles line up in Hyde Park as they prepare to make the 60 mile drive from central London to the Brighton seafront in Sussex, through some of Britain's loveliest scenery. It's a great day out for vintage car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond and it's also a bit of a spectacle. The day before the run, on Saturday, more than 100 of these beautiful old cars can be seen on 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.


Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers

The Tower of London marks the centenary of the end of WWI with a special installation.

Tower Of London, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4AB

Tube: Tower Hill Station


Dates: 04th - 11th November 2018


To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the Tower of London is hosting Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers. A major light and sound display, the event will fill the famous moat with thousands of individual flames as a public act of remembrance for the lives of the fallen. The installation will unfold every evening over a period of four hours, with the moat gradually becoming illuminated by the flames. Accompanying the visual spectacle will be a specially commission sound installation created as an exploration of the shifting tide of political alliances, friendship, love and loss in war. The installation is free to watch from Tower Hill while special ticketed access for the moat will also be available.


The Great British Fry Up

The nation's favourite fried breakfast is given a day of its own.

MEATliquor KX, 6 St Chad's Place, London, WC1X 9HH

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 04th November 2018


The nation's favourite fried breakfast is given a day of its own as The Great British Fry Up is back for National Fry Up Day on Sunday 4th November. Hosted by MEATliquor KX, Masterchef runner up Steve Kielty will be cooking what promises to be the best Full English you've ever tasted. He will be joined by two of the most famous fry up chefs in the country, David Rowland and Ben Smith, whose works of fried art can be found over at the @fryuppolice on Instagram. The menu puts produce from leading independent suppliers to good use, including Powters Sausages, Fresh Blood Black Pudding courtesy of the Fruit Pig Company and eggs supplied by Cacklebean from the Cotswolds. Don't worry if you don't eat meat, a full vegetarian option is available, because no-one should miss out on a proper fry up.


Lorenzo Lotto Portraits

The National Gallery puts the spotlight on the great portraitist of the Italian Renaissance.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 05th November - 10th February 2019


Regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo Lotto portrayed a cross section of middle-class sitters and played with symbolism to add meaning to his portraits. Alongside his paintings of clerics, merchants and humanists on display at the National Gallery are some of the objects they were painted with - carpets, sculpture, jewellery, and other personal belongings - each hinting at the social status, interests, and aspirations of his subjects. The first exhibition of Lotto's portraits in the UK, it reveals fascinating information about the sitters, recorded in the artist's own account books.


Oxford Street Christmas Lights

This year the Oxford Street Christmas Lights get their biggest ever overhaul.

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

Tube: Bond Street Station


Dates: 21st November - 31st December 2019


This year, the Oxford Street Christmas Lights are set for their biggest ever overhaul, with the aim of outshining the displays in New York and Sydney. After seeing the success of events like the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and the hugely successful Lumiere London festival, West End bosses have launched a competition for new ideas from designers and architects from all over the world in time for this year's switch-on in November, with designer Anya Hindmarch on the judging panel. The new lighting over Europe's busiest shopping street will be up in time not only for Christmas but also for opening of the Elizabeth line train services in December.


Home Futures

The Design Museum asks what is the future of our living spaces?

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 07th November - 24th March 2019


The Design Museum concludes 2018 with an exhibition about the idea of Home. A place where people engage with design in the most important aspects of their lives, homes are rapidly developing thanks to economic and technological forces. Unaffordable prices, the spread of connected devices and the sharing economy are further developing the concept of a home and this exhibition asks what is the future of our living spaces. From furniture to robotics and sharing economy to nomadic lifestyles, it will explore how our idea of domestic life is changing through a display of seminal design pieces and commissioned installations.


The Country Living Christmas Fair

Over 400 exhibitors showcase everything you need for a perfect Christmas.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 13th - 17th November 2019


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.


Winterland London

Fulham's Thameside food court has bauble filled igloos and firepits to keep you warm.

Neverland London, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station


Dates: 07th November - 05th January 2020


Neverland London returns for winter with a brand new theme, bringing the Alps to London and there are bauble filled igloos and firepits to keep you warm. Retro gondolas and chairlifts help turn Fulham's Thameside food court into a ski resort as Winterland transports guests back in time to the Alps in the 80s and 90s. Jimmy's Lodge is in charge of the food, serving wood fired, sourdough pizzas with festive toppings, fondues and schnitzels, best enjoyed in the warmth of a heated winter lodge and washed down with some mulled wine. You can also sip on winter warmer cocktails from the comfort of the fur lined sofas. For those more playful moments, a karaoke booth, curling lanes, beer pong, putting pong, table tennis and more can be found within Fulham's very own ski resort.


War Horse

Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris' award winning production returns home to the National Theatre.

Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Fulton Road, Covent Garden, London, HA9 8TS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 18th October - 23rd November 2019


This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse returns to the theatre where it all started, the National Theatre, eleven years after its debut here to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. When his beloved horse Joey is shipped off to the front lines, Albert, still too young to enlist, embarks on a mission to bring him home. The staging is hugely ambitious, using life-size puppets for the horses, but it's mostly very effective and a scene where a tank looms over the terrified beasts is incredibly intense. Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris' production is a genuine classic, packed with terrifying cavalry charges, gruff humour and moments of rich emotion that are more than capable of reducing entire first-year classes (and their teachers) to tears. The National suggests this for children aged 12 and over, but we think it's suitable for kids as young as 10 (so long as you're prepared for them to be completely grief-stricken).


I Am Ashurbanipal: King Of The World, King Of Assyria

Massive stone sculptures and Assyrian treasures reveal the greatest king you've never heard of.

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

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


Dates: 08th November - 24th February 2019


Be transported back to ancient Iraq in the 7th century BC, when Ashurbanipal became the most powerful person on earth. From his capital at Nineveh, he ruled a vast empire, shaping the lives of people from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. This major British Museum exhibition tells the story of Ashurbanipal, told through over 200 items, Assyrian treasures and rare loans including massive stone sculptures, carved ivory, ornate chariot fittings and elaborate weaponry. The display also recreates the king's great library, showing its scale and significance.


Winter at Southbank Centre

The wintery festivities return with brand new shows and more family fun.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 08th November - 05th January 2020


Two brand new family shows are at the heart of this year's Winter programme at the Southbank Centre. The award-winning puppeteers from War Horse present the European premiere of Circus 1903 and two Australian theatre companies perform the UK premiere of Rumpelstiltskin, mixing music and silliness and starring cabaret legend Paul Capsis. There's more festive family fun with a sing-along version of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler's Zog & Friends Show, That Night Follows Day by Forced Entertainment and Maureen Lipman's Up for It. The entire 21 acre site is transformed into a winter landscape with the Winter Market, illuminated rooftops, choirs, carols and classical music - highlights include the return of Handel's Messiah and Christmas at the Movies. Tango classes, swing dancing, ballroom lessons, a day of drag kings and queens and a Caribbean Christmas Party are among the free events and it all comes to a big finale with A Vintage New Year's Eve Party where you get fantastic views of the London fireworks.


Christmas in Leicester Square

Frisky & Mannish, Monski Mouse and the Briefs boys put on some festive fun.

Leicester Square, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7BP

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


Dates: 08th November - 02nd January 2020


The festive feeling returns as Christmas in Leicester Square transforms the famous square in the centre of London into a wintery wonderland. There's a traditional Christmas market with stalls selling hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks. The man with all the presents takes up residence in Santa's grotto where children can meet the man himself, plus there's a whole host of shows in the beautiful surrounds of a traditional 1920s spiegeltent. Frisky & Mannish, Monski Mouse, the Briefs boys and the House of Burlesque are just four of the acts lined up. It's organised by Underbelly who helped develop Winter at Southbank Centre and who are best known in London for their Wonderground festivals on the Southbank.


Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs

300 years of history between Russia, Britain and their royal families.

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

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 09th November - 28th April 2019


Exploring 300 years of history between Russia and Britain, Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs shows works of art in the Royal Collection related to the two royal families. The Queen's Gallery exhibition features paintings and personal gifts from the time Peter the Great, the first Russian ruler to set foot on English soil, visited in 1698 up to modern times. Here you'll see the portrait, painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller, which Tsar Peter I presented to King William III. Paintings recognising Russia's contribution to the defeat of Napoleon sit alongside works by Carl Faberge, many of which entered the Royal Collection as a result of the close relationship between sisters Queen Alexandra and Empress Maria Feodorovna.



Phyllis Logan, Mrs Hughes in Downton Abbey, stars as reclusive author Patricia Highsmith.

Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London, WC2H 9ND

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


Dates: 10th November - 05th January 2019


Phyllis Logan, well-known for her role as Mrs Hughes in ITV's Downton Abbey, stars as reclusive author Patricia Highsmith, famed for writing The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train and The Price of Salt. Set in 1995, Switzerland tells the story of the writer, disturbed when a polished young man turns up at her Alpine retreat to persuade her to pen one final Tom Ripley novel. Lucy Bailey directs the West End transfer of Joanna Murray-Smith's taut two-hander, which was originally staged at Bath Theatre Royal. Please note: performances contain smoking.


The Lord Mayor's Show

A spectacle and celebration that goes back 800 years.

Mansion House, City of, London, EC4N 8BH

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


Dates: 09th November 2019


There are big changes afoot at the annual Lord Mayor's Show. There are no fireworks this year but the procession, one of highlights of the show, remains. Over 6,000 people, military marching bands and floats, Gog and Magog - the symbolic protectors of the City of London - take to the streets of London as the gilded State Coach carries the newly elected Lord Mayor. It's a spectacle and celebration that goes back 800 years and a wonderful day of pomp and pageantry. This year, to create a more engaging event, there's a wide range of family friendly activities at Bloomberg Arcade, Paternoster Square, and next to St. Paul's Cathedral. A funfair, food market, street artists, tours of the Cheapside area, and several companies showing the skills and technology related to their particular specialism are also part of the fun. To see the street procession, you can watch the outward journey from 11am to 12noon between Bank and St. Paul's. For a quieter version, watch the return leg from 1.15pm to 2.30pm in the Embankment area. Head through St. Paul's churchyard to the Paternoster Festival Zone to see some strange and wonderful acts,.


Magic Mike Live

Form an orderly queue to see six packs and sexy dance routines.

The Hippodrome, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7JH

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


Dates: 10th November - 13th September 2020


Picking up from where Dirty Dancing left off, Channing Tatum presents an adults-only dance and acrobatic spectacular based on the smash hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. If you saw Channing's appearance on the Graham Norton show - including an intimate dance with the Irish chat show presenter himself - you'll know what to expect. And it seems plenty of people are prepared to pay a pretty penny to see some steamy dancing as tickets have sold so well - with sales already exceeding £4 million - that they added a new booking period before the show even started. Performed on a 360 degree stage to bring the audience close to the performers, the show uses strobe lighting and theatrical smoke to raunchy effect.


Summer and Smoke

Patsy Ferran and Matthew Needham star as Tennessee Williams' play transfers to the West End.

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

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


Dates: 10th November - 19th January 2019


Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall's "shiveringly beautiful production" (The Sunday Times) of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre. Patsy Ferran won over the critics - "a genuine marvel" (Independent)- as Alma and Matthew Needham, who "fires up the stage" (The Times), returns as John in this "unmissable Tennessee Williams revival" (The Telegraph). Trapped between desire and a life of obligation, Alma meets John and her world turns upside down. This emotionally wrought drama explores the complex nature of body and soul, religion and indulgence versus sacrifice.


Remembrance Sunday

Royalty and heads of state observe two minutes' silence for those who died in the wars.

Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BX

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 10th November 2019


Each year, on the second Sunday of November, members of the Royal Family join current and former members of the services as well as members of state at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday, a time to pay tribute to the dead of the UK and Commonwealth. Once the wreaths have been laid there follows by two minutes' silence at 11am, both here and across the country. While thousands of people line the streets leading to the 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.


Felicity Ward

Good old-fashioned, straight up stand-up that's "gutbustingly funny" - Evening Standard.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 12th - 17th November 2018


Appearing on Netflix as part of the series Live From The BBC and with her own Radio 4 series Appisodes (from August), Felicity Ward, a regular co-host of the popular The Guilty Feminist podcast, brings the capital a good old-fashioned, straight up night of stand-up with enough weirdness to keep it interesting. Her "zippy style and clownish physicality" (Evening Standard) makes what could be seen as 'depressing' topics - IBS, mental health - "gutbustingly funny". In this new show she's now ready to Bust a Nut, first in Edinburgh, then in London.


Skate At Somerset House

Get into the festive spirit with a skate in the grand 18th-century courtyard.

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

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 13th November - 12th January 2020


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, Skate Lates brings a specially curated programme of music to the rink on nights with takeovers from hot names in the contemporary music scene. 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 19th year, Skate at Somerset House truly is "one of the great sights of a London winter... a wonderful place to be" (The Times).


Taste Of London: Festive Edition

The winter edition of the fabulous food festival returns adding seven brand new restaurants.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 15th - 18th November 2018


The winter edition of Taste of London presents 19 of London's top restaurants and a host of talented chefs under one roof for a festive treat at Tobacco Dock. New for this year are seven brand new restaurants, masterclasses at the new Urban Kitchen, wine and cheese pairings with Accolade Wine School, the Diner's Club VIP lounge, cocktail making and a hot dog party taking place in front of the Taste fire pit. Restaurants making their debut this year are Nonna Tonda, serving delicious handmade pasta dishes, Rohit Ghai's highly anticipated new Indian restaurant, Kutir, which opens a couple of weeks before Taste, Jamie Oliver's home of smoke and fire, Barbecoa, and authentic Malaysian cuisine from Papparich. On Saturday night DJ BBQ serves up hot dogs and takes over the decks at The Fire Pit for a two-hour DJ set. Plus there are over 100 food and drink stalls to shop at including handmade Burley Fudge, organic Beronia Wines, award winning Cornish Cheese Co. and Pleese Cakes. The perfect way to kick off the festive season.


Royal Opera: Simon Boccanegra

Genoa's Doge strives to unite the warring factions in his city.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 15th November - 10th December 2018


Elijah Moshinsky's Renaissance production of Verdi's tragedy about the ill-fated Doge of Genoa comes to the Royal Opera House this autumn. The happy rise and tragic fall of Simon Boccanegra is depicted as Genoa's Doge strives to unite the warring factions in his city. A reunion with his long-lost daughter promises happiness for the lonely Boccanegra - and leads to the moving duet between father and daughter, Amelia, in Act I scene 1 - but he soon has to deal with treachery, plots against his life and a full-scale rebellion. This stunning production, sung in Italian with English surtitles, beautifully captures the atmosphere of Renaissance Genoa and Verdi's musical meditations on mortality.



Ice skating, a huge magical maze, comedy and circus on Clapham Common.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 15th November - 23rd December 2018


South London's answer to Winter Wonderland, Winterville returns to Clapham Common for 2018. Street Feast, Backyard Cinema, the Ice Rink, Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, Plonk Golf, the Fairground, Spiegeltent and pop-up pub Bar Humbug all return. But there's also plenty of new entertainment too. The Christmas Labrinth, a huge magical maze from Backyard Cinema, leads to a two-screen cinema in an enchanted forest with a cabaret-themed bar and a hidden tequila bar. Aerial sensationalists Chivaree Circus debut their brand-new production CRASH in the Spiegeltent. And for the first time the Winterville Spiegel hosts comedy with a special showcase of Rabbit Rabbit Comedy's favourite comedians including Kerry Godliman, Fin Taylor and Tony Laws. There's everything from Mexican wrestling to Mighty Hoopla with family fun from in a converted double decker bus as Bus King Theatre's stage magical puppet show What Is That In My Hat?


Regent Street Christmas Lights

A fleet of illuminated 'spirits' with widespread wings soar over Regent Street.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 14th November - 31st December 2019


The regal sweep of John Nash's famous shopping street has a great, festive atmosphere when the Christmas lights are switched on. Regent Street goes traffic-free for the official turning on of the lights and the Spirit of Christmas Theme returns, with a fleet of spectacular large-scale 'spirits' with widespread wings soaring over the street. The display, designed by leading British lighting creatives, James Glancy Design, takes inspiration from the street's original lights display back in 1954 and features over 300,000 twinkling lights, making it the biggest display in the capital.


Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert

The London Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams' spin tingling score at this special screening.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 16th - 18th November 2018


Prepare to travel to another dimension this November as Star Wars: A New Hope is presented live in concert for the first time in the UK at the Royal Albert Hall. The film, the fourth episode of the George Lucas saga, has been seen by millions but you won't have seen it like this before. It'll be projected in high-definition on the big screen, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra playing John Williams' spin tingling score. Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said that during the nine years 'Films in Concert' has been at the concert hall, "there's one movie that's been requested more than any other, and that's Star Wars: A New Hope... There's simply no film - or score - that's more iconic."


EFG London Jazz Festival

Presenting 2,500 artists across 60 venues over the course of the 10-day festival.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 15th - 24th November 2019


See Bobby McFerrin at the Barbican, Lea DeLaria live in concert at The Bridge Theatre and Orphy Robinson at Queen Elizabeth Hall, all appearing in the city as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, returning in 2018 for its 26th year. 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 Hall and Kings Place. Further highlights include Madeleine Peyroux at Royal Festival Hall, the BBC Young Jazz Musician and, on the last night, Bill Laurance as Snarky Puppy's Grammy Award winning keyboard virtuoso presents a brand new collaboration with the mighty WDR Big Band, led by Bob Mintzer.


Dick Whittington

Luke Latchman takes the lead as Dick Whittington in the Lyric's 10th panto.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 17th November - 06th January 2019


For its 10th anniversary pantomime production Lyric Hammersmith stages an all-singing, all-dancing version of Dick Whittington with villainous baddies and heroic goodies plus a little bit of feline flavour. Luke Latchman takes the lead as Dick Whittington with support from comedian Margaret Cabourn-Smith as Mayor Pigeon and Keziah Joseph as Tom Cat. On Friday 7th December 2018 there's a 10 year celebratory event with special guest appearances in the show and a look back on 10 years of pantomime at the Lyric. Tickets for this event include a winter cocktail, pre-show refreshments and a festive programme.


Hogwarts in the Snow

The film studios are transformed once again for the festive season.

Warner Bros Studio Tour London, Aerodrome Way, Leavesden, Watford, London, WD25 7LS

Tube: Watford Station


Dates: 19th November - 26th January 2020


The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is being transformed for the festive season once again this year, inviting visitors to see Hogwarts in the Snow and learn all about how the Christmas scenes in the films were made, including how a mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt were used to create snow the same method that will be used to decorate the Studio Tour this November. A number of the famous scenes will be decorated with snow while the renowned Great Hall will be transformed with wreaths, garlands, roast turkeys, Christmas puddings, cakes and Christmas trees. Be sure to visit and see the Studio's most magical makeover yet.


Gary Numan with The Skaparis Orchestra

The King of Synthpop goes classical as he's joined by The Skaparis Orchestra.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 19th November 2018


The King of Synthpop Gary Numan drops into the Royal Albert Hall for a one-off London concert this autumn as he and his band are joined by The Skaparis Orchestra for six exclusive shows. After 30 years in the business, Numan still has a major influence on current musical trends and the British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos last year. At this orchestral concert the songs will be drawn not only from his highly successful 'Savage' album, but also key pieces from his vast back catalogue. He may no longer be the sinister, moody, bleak, morbid and glumly gothic persona of his early incarnation, but Numan will always be remembered as the man who replaced the guitar with the synthesiser - and did so wearing black.


Dirty Dancing

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 19th - 24th November 2018


Eleanor Bergstein's stage adaptation of her hugely successful 1987 film screenplay features all the hits (Hungry Eyes, I've Had the Time of My Life, She's like the Wind) and the famous reassurance that "nobody puts Baby in the corner" that have ensured an all-conquering West End run. Written by Bergstein, Dirty Dancing is based on her experiences as a teenager on a family holiday. She adapted it for the stage after realising that nearly 20 years since coming out it is still the bench mark against which all other chick flicks are measured. A lot of boyfriends and husbands are going to get dragged along to this with gritted teeth, but we defy anybody not to enjoy themselves once the curtain rises and the magic begins: "Come on ladies... God wouldn't have given you maracas if he didn't want you to shake them".


Ideal Home Show Christmas

600 exhibitors selling everything from toys to gadgets, food to fairy lights.

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

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: 20th - 24th November 2019


From fairy lights to food, gifts to winter garden advice, the Ideal Home Show Christmas has everything you need for seasonal entertaining under one roof. With over 600 exhibitors selling everything from toys to gadgets you'll find presents for the whole family. Join workshops on wreath making, Christmas decoration upcycling and centrepiece arrangements. Get styling inspiration and top tips from Good Homes magazine and other experts. Plus, discover essential winter advise for the garden with Lee Connelly while The Skinny Jean Gardener gives tips on how to involve the whole family. Rosemary Shrager, Theo Randall, Aldo Zilli, Rachel Green and Ed Baines offer their top tips and expert advice on perfecting a festive feast as, for the second year, the show shares its Olympia home with the Eat & Drink Festival - free with your Ideal Home Show ticket.


Father Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall

Enjoy an hour long experience before meeting the big man himself.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 21st November - 24th December 2018


Children and their families are taken on an hour long Christmas experience through enchanted spaces within the Royal Albert Hall, guided by magical characters, before meeting the big man himself. There will be games, storytelling and songs and every child will have the chance to meet Father Christmas, sit in his sleigh and receive a present. The great hall is a magical place at any time of year and lends itself particularly well to a behind-the-scenes tour at Christmas. The experience can be enjoyed by all ages but is most suitable for children aged between three and eight.


Florence and the Machine

The band comes to London for two nights as part of a nine-date tour.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 21st - 22nd November 2018


Florence the Machine come to The O2 for two nights as part of their nine-date UK tour to promote their latest album High As Hope. Back in 2009 Florence won the Critics Choice gong at the Brit Awards having recorded only two songs. It's been nine years since Lungs hit the shelves and Florence, "a 21st-century Kate Bush" (The Independent), ventures into new territory with her fourth album. A recent show at London's Royal Festival Hall was greeted with a series of 5-star reviews - "one of the most thrilling shows of the year," said The Times; "a euphoric return by a singular talent" - The Telegraph - and this appearance at The O2 gives fans another chance to see the singer perform live in one of London's biggest arenas.


French Winter Village by Grey Goose at The Langham

The Langham's courtyard garden has been transformed into a rustic winter hideaway.

Roux at The Landau, 1 Portland Place, London, W1B 1JA

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 21st November - 01st February 2019


Tucked away within the interior of the Langham hotel, the courtyard garden has been transformed into a rustic winter hideaway where you can enjoy special seasonal cocktails and French food. Settle in underneath the Christmas tree adorned with lights or get cosy under blankets and sip on warming mulled wine and Grey Goose cocktails. Festive food straight from the fire delivers a feast of pomme de terre and warmed Vacherin Mont d'Or - perfect for sharing. Visit the French Winter Village and you'll leave feeling like you've escaped to an exclusive French winter wonderland, without leaving London.


Gainsborough's Family Album

Showing all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time.

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: 22nd November - 03rd February 2019


The National Portrait Gallery brings together all surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough's daughters for the first time for its major new exhibition, Gainsborough's Family Album. The exhibition will showcase the twelve portraits, which feature the Gainsborough girls as young children right through to fashionable adults. Items such as The Artists Daughters chasing a Butterfly and The Artists Daughters with a Cat go on display alongside other rarely seen paintings, including the double full-length of Mary and Margaret Gainsborough as sumptuously dressed young women, and some never before seen in the UK such as an early portrait of the artist's father John Gainsborough. Despite starting out with landscapes - his preferred art form - Gainsborough went on to become one of Britain's most successful eighteenth-century portraitists and this will provide the perfect chance to admire his work.


Christmas at Kew

Kew Gardens is lit up once again for the annual festival celebration.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 20th November - 05th January 2020


A chorus of singing trees, giant light-up piano keys connected to a real-life piano and laser beams over water await visitors to the mile-long illuminated trail that forms the centrepiece of Christmas at Kew. After dusk, Kew Gardens is lit up by giant light sculptures, a fire garden, hundreds of shining petals, gigantic flower pots and light projections on the Palm House. Each year they add different light installations so even if you've been before - and it has become an annual tradition for many Londoners - there's something new to see. You can also stop off to see Santa and his elves performing panto along the route, enjoy carousel and helter skelter rides as well as mulled wine, mince pies and traditional festive fare. If you want to sit down to a traditional Christmas dinner you can do so at Kew's Botanical restaurant.


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

One of London's best festive attractions returns for another year.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station


Dates: 21st November - 05th January 2020


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 eleventh 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 where you can go on a Deep Sea Adventure. 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.


The Snowman

Birmingham Repertory Theatre's adaptation of Raymond Briggs's book is a much-loved festive tradition in London.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 21st November - 05th January 2020


Bill Alexander directs Birmingham Repertory Theatre's musical adaptation of Raymond Briggs' children's story about the airborne adventures of a boy and his frosty friend. This staging of The Snowman by Sadler's 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.


True West

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn star as warring brothers in this West End premiere.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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


Dates: 23rd November - 16th February 2019


Kit Harington - famous for his leading role in Game of Thrones - and Johnny Flynn - star of Lovesick, Beast and US TV series Genius, and who received rave reviews for his performance in the New York transfer of Hangmen - star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End premiere of True West. Penned by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, the plays is a ferociously funny, modern classic. Director Matthew Dunster (who also worked on Hangmen), asks, "Is it about two brothers, or is it about how we all grapple with two sides of ourselves"? Set in the stifling Californian desert, tensions rise as brother goes against brother, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.


Aladdin at Hackney Empire

Olivier Award-winning Grande Dame of pantomime Clive Rowe stars in the 20th anniversary show.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station


Dates: 24th November - 06th January 2019


Susie McKenna has written and directed pantomimes for Hackney Empire for 20 years and marks two decades with a new staging of Aladdin. Olivier Award-winning Grande Dame of pantomime Clive Rowe, who has appeared in the panto here 11 times, stars as Widow Twankey. Gemma Sutton takes on the title role, joined by Julie Yammanee as Princess Ling Mai and Empire regular Kat B as the Genie of the Lamp. It's set in the far off, far East Kingdom of Ha Ka Ney (see what they did there?), on the outskirts of old Peking. Young Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all his wishes are about to come true - with the help of A Monkey Queen, tap-dancing pandas and his larger-than-life mum.


Ennio Morricone

The maestro conducts his film music live in the UK for the very last time, days after his 90th birthday.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 26th November 2018


The film composer Ennio Morricone, well known for his soundtracks for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Cinema Paradiso, The Untouchables and Django Unchained, among many others, conducts his film music live in the UK for the very last time, days after his 90th birthday. Maestro Ennio Morricone will be at The O2 on Monday 26th November 2018, performing works from his sixty year career. The concert will be performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra - who played on the Oscar winning score for The Hateful Eight - and the Crouch End Festival Chorus. Morricone has played at the Barbican Centre and Royal Albert Hall as well as more recent shows at The O2 and Blenheim Palace and bows out with one last big concert before he retires at the end of the year.


Billy Ocean

The multi-award-winning vocalist seamlessly blends rhythm 'n' blues and pop.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 27th November 2018


The multi-award-winning Trinidad and Tobago-born vocalist and guitarist, known for the songs Caribbean Queen, When The Going Gets Tough and Red Light, seamlessly blends rhythm 'n' blues and pop. Billy Ocean is the biggest selling black recording star Britain has ever produced and has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime to date. 2016 saw the 'best of' album, Here You Are: The Best Of Billy Ocean, released in the UK and he is currently working on his next album to be released in 2018. Here at the Royal Albert Hall he'll perform the best of his greatest hits with songs like Love Really Hurts Without You and Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car to choose from.


A Christmas Carol

Matthew Warchus' staging of Charles Dickens' timeless classic returns.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 23rd November - 18th January 2020


Matthew Warchus' staging of Charles Dickens' timeless classic, which has been adapted from the stage by Jack Thorne, returns to the Old Vic for the festive season. Four ghosts visit Scrooge on Christmas Eve and shepherd the curmudgeon between past, present and future. Music and cheer abound as Scrooge races against time to thaw his heart in time for yuletide merriment.


The Time Travellers' Ball

This immersive evening opens brand new theatre, The Buzz.

The Buzz, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR

Tube: Borough Station , Elephant & Castle Station


Dates: 28th November - 17th February 2019


This November, theatrical experience The Time Travellers' Ball opens new venue The Buzz, London's first ever purpose-built immersive theatre venue. An evening of dance, decadence and drama through the decades, the ball is a time hopping love story to London. Audiences will be able to travel through the decades, starting as a flapper in the roaring 1920s before moving onto the fabulous 1950s as a jive queen and then onto the groovy 1970s. All will be told through the story of young lovers Edward and Norma, with the cocktails flowing as the love story flourishes. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress glamorously in an outfit fitting to the decade of their choice.


The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Winner of seven Olivier awards, the hit stage show is back in the West End.

Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, Fulton Road, Soho, London, HA9 8TS

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 18th November - 10th January 2021


The hugely popular stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel by Simon Stephens returns to the West End in November 2018. It started with a sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2012 and since then has been seen by more than three million people worldwide. Now The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winner of seven of the eight awards for which it was nominated at the 2013 Oliviers, returns. Remaining true to the book, this adaptation is a murder mystery story told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy with an autistic spectrum condition. Clever set design by Bunny Christie and Finn Ross recreates the London Underground and projects the mind maps of Christopher, originally played by rising star Luke Treadaway. NOTE: Not suitable for under 13s.


Christmas by the River

Explore the picturesque market next to Tower Bridge and enjoy festive workshops.

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 26th November - 05th January 2020


One of London's most picturesque festive markets, Christmas by the River is back for its fifth year in 2018. Taking place in London Bridge, the market, housed in wooden huts, boasts a backdrop of lovely London landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and City Hall and brings together over 50 stalls selling gifts, food and drink. Get ready for Christmas and join in with the free workshops on everything from food and drink tastings to glittery arts and crafts and storytelling.


RCA Secret

This year's contributors include Nick Park, Bob and Roberta Smith and Maggi Hambling.

Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU

Tube: Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 30th November - 03rd December 2018


The RCA Secret show, held at the Royal College of Art's Dyson Building in Battersea, is that rarest of artistic events - a chance to get your hands on an original piece of genuine art by a bona fide artist for a mere £60. The way it works is simple. You go to one of the viewing days, look at the postcards - and there are 1,800 to choose from - return on the sale day and purchase the ones you like. This year's contributors include Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park, contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling. The catch is that you can't tell who did the postcard until after you've shelled out your dosh, so you might come home with a Hirst original or, well... you might not.


Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong is joined by Jules Buckley and the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 30th November - 01st December 2018


Now firmly part of the live music calendar, Pete Tong along with Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra are back with a brand new Ibiza Classics show for November 2018. From the dance floors of Ibiza to London's O2, BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong is joined by the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra to present a line-up of live artists to perform a homage to the dance tracks which put the Balearic isle on the map. He's brought the Ibiza Prom to the Royal Albert Hall ago and now returns for a third year to The O2. Expect reinterpretations of classic dancefloor fillers in this brand new show. "Finally, a chance to cut some moves, to 'stack some shelves'" said The Guardian ahead of Tong's Proms performance.


London Illustration Fair

A showcase of work by illustrators, designers, print makers, publishers and crafty businesses.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 29th November - 01st December 2019


The London Illustration Fair returns at the end of November and can usually be found taking over the Bargehouse, a four-storey warehouse by the Oxo Tower on the South Bank. The fair showcases the work of illustrators, designers, print makers, publishers and crafty businesses for a three-day illustration extravaganza. Exhibiting alongside the artist-led stands are handpicked creative partners and a packed programme of workshops, artist-led talks and workshops, live DJs and a fully stocked winter-warming bar. Last year's workshops included the history of record sleeve illustration, graphic novels, paper cameras and a multitude of printmaking techniques which visitors got to try out.


Royal Opera: Carmen

Barrie Kosky's high-kicking production of Bizet's opera gets its first revival.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 30th November - 22nd December 2018


Following its UK premiere in February this year, Barrie Kosky's all-singing all-dancing production of Bizet's much-loved opera Carmen returns to the Royal Opera for its first revival this autumn. Australian director Barrie Kosky - "a maverick whose successes include a radical staging of Handel's oratorio Saul at Glyndebourne" (Telegraph) - presents a daring new production which is "set to shock" those who prefer a more traditional interpretation. It's staged with "winning" choreography by Otto Pichler who "runs the gamut of dance styles" (Culture Whisperer). Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts while mezzo-soprano Ksenia Dudnikova and tenor Brian Jagde sing the roles of Carmen and Don Jose, all three making their Royal Opera debuts.





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