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September in London 2019

 
 
 
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Totally Thames
Pub in the Park
Antony Gormley
Chiswick House Dog Show
Hozier
Last Night Of The Proms
BBC Proms in the Park
Open House London
Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert
Ant Middleton: Mind Over Muscle
Tim Walker
The Great River Race
PAD London Art   Design Fair
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Big the Musical
The Man in the White Suit
Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitesic star in Two Ladies
Don Giovanni
The Royal Opera: Werther
Doctor Dolittle
Noises Off
StreetFest London
The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story
Electric Soul Festival
The Music of Bond
Astana Ballet
Michel Legrand Remembered
The London Tattoo Convention
Skip Gallery: Look at This
Wellcome Collection: Being Human
A Doll's House
In conversation with Margaret Atwood
CIDERFEST - A Celebration of Cider
Beazley Designs Of The Year
Emerge Festival
 

 

Tom Kerridge brings food and music to Chiswick with Pub in the Park, the Design Museum celebrates the best Designs of the Year and Hozier performs at the London Palladium; these are the best London events in September 2019.

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Totally Thames

Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 01st - 30th September 2019

 

Month-long event Totally Thames returns this September with river-related events taking place along the river's entire 42-mile course through the capital. The festival - much of which is free - celebrates the main waterway which winds its way through the heart of the city, through a diverse mix of art, music, and educational events both on the water and along its banks and bridges at various riverside locations from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and beyond. This year, the event explores unusual and untold stories connected to the River Thames and aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution. Highlights include The Ship of Tolerance, a moving international installation created by acclaimed artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov; the Barking Stink, two scented pop-up exhibitions to mark the important memory of Barking and Dagenham's vibrant industrial heritage; and screenings of A Plastic Ocean, named by David Attenborough as "one of the most important films of our time".

 
 
 

Wellcome Collection: Being Human

A free exhibition which takes a fresh approach to health, science, art and medicine.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station

 

Dates: 5th September 2019 to 1st September 2021

 

Replacing Medicine Now as a permanent display at the Wellcome Collection is a free exhibition which takes a fresh approach to health, science, art and medicine. Exploring what it means to be human, the first floor display draws on different perspectives and personal stories from artists, activists, clinicians and researchers to challenge how we think about ourselves, each other and the world around us. Situated in the heart of the building, the display digs into our hopes and fears about medical advances and our impact on the environment. Organised thematically, it explores the global challenges of our time including climate change and infectious disease. Intriguing exhibits vary from a DNA sequencer smaller than an iPhone to a Friendship Bench which takes counselling outside the clinic.

 
 
 

Al Murphy: False Advertising

The artist responds to the advertising industry with play and positive illustrations.

The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH

Tube: Old Street Station

 

Dates: 5th September to 17th November 2019

 

The Book Club in Shoreditch will transform into a giant billboard this September thanks to Al Murphy's new exhibition, False Advertising. Decorating the quirky venue with his playful illustrations, the exhibition has been created as a response to his ongoing conflict with the advertising world. As a commercial artist, Al has a complicated, love/hate relationship with the industry, being grateful to it for putting food on his table but disdaining it for selling 'brain-melting' products to children. This exhibition will see him advertise imaginary products by imaginary clients in order to create a positive advertising display - one that encourages viewers to skip the diet pills and get an extra side of cheesy chips instead. His trademark typography, crude illustration, crass humour and self-aggrandising style will make it a fun, eye-catching display.

 
 
 

Skip Gallery: Look at This

Seven skips transformed into artworks by the likes of David Shrigley and Gavin Turk.

Arts Building, Morris Place, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JG

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 05th - 15th September 2019

 

They say one man's treasure is another's trash and nowhere is this more apparent than at the Skip Gallery. Transforming seven skips into artworks within the Arts Building, Look at This is the largest and most ambitious Skip Gallery exhibition to date. Artists like Fourth Plinth artist David Shrigley - whose 2017 artwork gives the exhibition its name - and Gavin Turk are taking part. Richard Woods's Upgrade, a graphic three dimensional caricature of a house, is dumped in a skip. Serbian-born multidisciplinary artist Maja Djordjevic presents Nothing To Wear Again! - a playfully pink cartoonish skip sculpture with a computer-doodle aesthetic - and there are brand new installations by Baker & Borowski and Sarah Maple. Her new work, The World As We Know it, suggests that the cosy, familiar old world we once knew has been thrown out with the rubbish.

 
 
 

Pub in the Park

Tom Kerridge brings food and music to the picturesque gardens of the west London stately home.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th September 2019

 

New for summer 2019, Tom Kerridge brings his Pub in the Park festival to Chiswick House for the first time, delivering food and music to the picturesque gardens of the west London stately home. Kerridge, chef-owner of the only pub in the UK with two Michelin stars, has lined up some first class pop-up pubs and restaurants for Chiswick including his own The Hand & Flowers, The Star Inn, Claude Bosi's Oyster Bar at Bibendum, Jose Pizarro, Rick Stein's Barnes restaurant, Berners Tavern, The Pony & Trap, Heston Blumenthal's The Hinds Head in Bray, Hawkyns and The French House. Alongside the pub line-up top chefs including Rick Stein, James Martin, Monica Galetti, Angela Hartnett, Cyrus Todiwala, Jose Pizarro, Josh Eggleton, Andrew Pern, Claude Bosi and Jason Atherton will be showcasing their skills on the demonstration stage. The live music line up lists Gabrielle, Clean Bandit, Stereo MCs, Texas, Soul II Soul Sound System, Scouting for Girls, Toploader and local singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor as well as Natalie Williams and the Soul Family. Mixing chef demonstrations, top quality food and live music, it's the best of the pub brought out into the open air.

 
 
 
 

Big the Musical

Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly feature in an all-star cast.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 

Dates: 6th September to 2nd November 2019

 

Based on the smash-hit movie starring Tom Hanks, Big the Musical is a heart-warming show about 12 year-old Josh Baskin who longs to be big and it makes its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre this autumn. Fans of the film will know the story unfolds as a mysterious Zoltar machine grants Josh his wish. Jay McGuiness stars as Josh who is transported into adult's body and tackles the highs and lows of living in a grown-up world with a childlike innocence that has a transforming effect on the adults around him played by a strong cast including Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters. We're looking forward to seeing the piano scene, proving that even the most sensible grown-ups are big kids at heart.

 
 
 

A Doll's House

This new version of Henrik Ibsen's play offers a bold female perspective.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 06th September - 05th October 2019

 

A new version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is staged at the Lyric Hammersmith this September in what will be Rachel O'Riordan's first full show as Artistic Director. The new adaptation by Tanika Gupta takes the original theme of gender politics and offers a bold female perspective on the narrative, exploring both ownership and race through the lens of British colonialism. Set in Calcutta in 1879, the play focuses on Niru (Nora in the original), a young Bengali woman in a mixed-race marriage with English colonial bureaucrat, Tom. While Tom may think he loves Niru, regarding her as an exotic plaything, secrets soon come to light that Niru has been trying to keep hidden for years. Could their unearthing threaten disastrous consequences?

 
 
 

St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival

Around 40 vintage sailing and motor boats are brought together for this festival.

St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge Approach, St Katharine's Way, London, E1W 1LA

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 06th - 08th September 2019

 

Climb on board classic, historic and working boats, which are moored in St Katharine Docks next to Tower Bridge, at the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival, returning for its 11th year in 2019. The annual celebration brings together 40 vintage sailing and motor boats including Little Dunkirk Ships, the heroic vessels from the 1940 Dunkirk evacuations. There will also be live entertainment as a programme of waterside activities including stand-up paddle boarding, a treasure quest and live music from The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. There will be food and drink on offer as well as an array of nautical stalls. It's all part of Totally Thames, a month-long celebration of London's primary waterway.

 
 
 

Electric Soul Festival

Level 42, Heather Small, The Brand New Heavies and Kool & The Gang play at the brand new soul festival.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: 07th September 2019

 

A brand new one day only festival that's music to the ears of soul fans,the inaugural Electric Soul Festival welcomes Level 42, Heather Small, The Brand New Heavies and Kool & The Gang to The O2 on Saturday 7th September 2019. Hosted by legendary DJ Trevor Nelson, this gift for those who can't get enough of funk also features record shops, food stalls, and live DJs as the entire O2 is taken over for the festival. Between them, the four headline artists have sold millions of records with American band Kool & The Gang winning two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards and 25 Top Ten R&B hits with tracks like 'Celebration', 'Cherish' and 'Jungle Boogie'. Expect hits like Lessons in Love by Level 42, Moving On Up and Proud by Heather Small and Dream On Dreamer by The Brand New Heavies.

 
 
 

London Wing Fest

Traders battle it out to be named London's best chicken wing.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: 07th - 08th September 2019

 

A celebration of the chicken wing, the London Wing Fest is inspired by the National Buffalo Wing Festival that's held annually in New York and sees 2.4 million chicken wings consumed over two days. Created by the team at Randy's Wing Bar, the London version brings together 35 of the capital's best poultry purveyors in an attempt to find the best buffalo wing, a traditional, unbreaded wing, and best wild wing, a category that has no rules. Taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it welcomes the likes of Drums and Flats, Wigmans, Buffalo Joe's Thunderbird and Lord of the Wings. Visitors will be able to sample the goods and vote for their favourite. There will also be RedHot games including chilli beer pong, cornhole and foosball along with BBQ demonstrations.

 
 
 
 

Tank Party

A whole day of beer-related fun with street food and live music.

Camden Town Brewery, 55-59 Wilkin Street, London, NW5 3NL

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 

Dates: 07th September 2019

 

Beer lovers rejoice - the Tank Party is back this summer for a whole day of beer-related fun. Known for their locally sourced beer, the Camden Town Brewery takes things to another level at the party, serving up fresh pints of unfiltered Hells lager straight from the tank, which, at 60 hectolitres, is equivalent to 10,000 pints. While sipping on pints you'll also be able to enjoy food from Italian deli and restaurant Lina Stores, pasta lab experts Pastifico al Dente and Camden Market's The Cheese Wheel. There will be live music from Fullee Love Collective along with DJ sets, pasta making workshops, beer cocktails and screen printing.

 
 
 

In conversation with Margaret Atwood

The live National Theatre event may have sold out within hours but it will be broadcast live at a cinema near you.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 10th September 2019

 

Margaret Atwood celebrates the publication of The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, live on stage at the National Theatre on 10th September in an event that will be broadcast at over 1,300 cinemas across the globe. If you couldn't get tickets to the event - it sold out within hours when it was first announced in March - you can see the author as she speaks to broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed, screened live from the Lyttelton stage to a cinema near you. The interview will focus on her remarkable career, diverse range of works and why she has returned to her handmaid story, 34 years later. Special guests include actress Lily James, Ann Dowd, best known for playing Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale, and two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins.

 
 
 

William Blake

The largest survey of the artist's work in the UK for a generation.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 11th September 2019 to 2nd February 2020

 

This autumn, Tate Britain showcases William Blake's work as he intended it to be shown in what will be the largest survey of the artist in the UK for a generation. Widely considered to be one of Britain's greatest artists, Blake had bold ambitions as a visual artist and envisioned vast frescos that were unfortunately never realised. Through digital enlargement, this exhibition will project The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan c.1805-9 and The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth c.1805 onto one of the gallery walls, presenting them in the huge scale that Blake had once imagined for the very first time. The original works will be shown nearby in a re-staging of Blake's 1809 exhibition - his only significant attempt at gaining public recognition. The exhibition will also act as a visual biography of Blake's life with a strong focus on London and the previously unrecognised creative assistance of his wife, Catherine.

 
 
 

Fame the Musical

The musical celebrates 30 years of singing, dancing and leg warmers.

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

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: 21st December 2019 to 26th January 2020

 

Fame the Musical celebrates three decades of singing, dancing and leg warmers this year with a special 30th anniversary tour, swinging by The Peacock Theatre in autumn. Based on the 1980 hit blockbuster film, the musical follows the lives of students at New York's High School for The Performing Arts as they navigate the highs and lows, romances and heartbreaks of life. Since opening on Broadway in 1988, the musical has been given seven West End runs and this time will see Keith Jack, Jorgie Porter and Mica Paris take on some of the lead roles.

 
 
 

Astana Ballet

Kazakhstan's leading ballet company performs four one-act ballets.

Linbury Theatre, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 12th - 14th September 2019

 

The Republic of Kazakhstan's leading ballet company performs four one-act ballets at the Linbury Theatre. Lover Fear Loss is inspired by the life and music of French singer Edith Piaf, Salome is a biblical story based on Oscar Wilde's play, A Fuego Lento (burning desire) describes the anxiety and emotion felt in the first flush of love and The Heritage of the Great Steppe is the company's signature piece featuring female dancers in traditional costume and classic Kazakh folk dance choreography.

 
 
 
 

Africa Utopia

A look at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 13th - 15th September 2019

 

Back for a seventh time, Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre looks at how African art and ideas can change the world for the better. The 2019 festival will open with Afrika Shrine Alive from The Kuti Family, bringing the atmosphere and energy of the iconic New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja, Lagos to London. Further highlights include the Chineke! Orchestra performing Errollyn Wallen's Nenna, and the Africa Utopia Fashion Show, showcasing designers from all over the African continent. The talks and panels line-up welcomes Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis, American fashion model Bethann Hardison, poet and rapper Akala, and Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel while other activities include a live makeup tutorial with Mata, a creative writing workshop with Nina Reece, and the return of the Africa Utopia Marketplace, presenting more than 30 stalls of fashion, accessories, books, art and more.

 
 
 

The Permanent Way

A brand-new site-specific production of David Hare's play.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 13th September to 17th November 2019

 

David Hare's award-winning play, The Permanent Way, comes to The Vaults this September in a brand-new site-specific production. Having originally premiered in York in 2003, the critically-acclaimed, sell-out production went on to be staged at the National Theatre in 2004. This will be the first revival of the production since that run, bringing the true stories of the botched privatisation of Britain's railways to the atmospheric underground tunnels, suitably located beneath Waterloo Railway Station. Exploring the ways in which we are governed, the staging comes at a very timely moment in British society. Alexander Lass, nominated for Best Director at the 2017 Stage Debut awards, will provide direction.

 
 
 

Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men

Stephen Fry brings the stories of Greek mythology to life live on stage.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 13th - 17th September 2019

 

Following on from his acclaimed book, Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold, Stephen Fry brings his vast knowledge of Greek mythology to the London Palladium as part of his first UK tour for more than 40 years. Mythos: A Trilogy - Gods. Heroes. Men is in fact three individual shows that can either be enjoyed individually or one after the other to complete a fascinating story. Through Fry's exceptional wit and storytelling along with dynamic set designs and classic yet humorous imagery, the shows bring the stories of Greek mythology to life. 'Gods' charts the creation of Cosmos and the primordial deities and looks at the rise of the Olympians; 'Heroes' delves into the quests, love affairs, betrayals and triumphs of the likes of Perseus, Theseus and Heracles; and 'Men' tells the tale of the founding of Troy, the abduction of Helen, The Trojan War and Odysseus' epic journey.

 
 
 

Last Night Of The Proms

Sell out concert bringing the famous classical music festival to a rousing close.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019

 

The grand finale to the annual feast of classical music. The Last Night of the Proms, which brings the festival to a rousing close, traditionally features patriotic tunes like Arne's Rule, Britannia!, 'Land Of Hope And Glory', Jerusalem and The National Anthem. Tickets are almost as hard to come by as Centre Court passes for the Wimbledon finals, but like the tennis, the whole thing is broadcast live on the BBC - and all round the world. Plus, on the same night, there's the popular Proms in the Park party in nearby Hyde Park.

 
 
 

BBC Proms in the Park

Britain's largest open air classical music concert comes to an explosive end.

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

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019

 

Held on the same night as the Last Night of the Proms, Proms in the Park is Britain's largest outdoor classical music event and offers a rousing alternative finale to two months of the BBC Proms for those unable to snare tickets to the Royal Albert Hall. Held in nearby Hyde Park, the BBC Proms in the Park has its own line-up - which typically includes well known pop stars and Grammy award winning singers as well as classical musicians and tenors. They join Proms in the Park favourites the BBC Concert Orchestra and Michael Ball as presenter - who took over from Sir Terry Wogan four years ago. Hyde Park is a great place to enjoy five hours of evening entertainment and a live big-screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional Last Night sing-along followed by a sensational firework finale to cap things off.

 
 
 
 

The Great River Race

Over 330 teams race 21.6 miles down the River Thames.

River Thames, , London, WC2H 7BP

Tube: Vauxhall Station , Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019

 

Regarded as the rowing equivalent of the London Marathon, the Great River Race gathers over 330 boats for a 21.6 mile race from the Isle of Dogs in east London to Ham House west of London. Bursting with colour, spectacle, intense competition and casual fun, the race challenges crews to row from the industrial cityscape of Docklands all the way along the Thames to the idyllic semi-rural Richmond shores. Since launching in 1987, entries have snowballed from a mere 72 entrants to a massive 330 boats carrying over 2,000 competitors, racing for 35 trophies. Festivities along the river at Richmond begin at noon with live music, a children's beach, donkey rides and food and drink stalls, finishing with a spectacular riverside party at Ham.

 
 
 

The London Design Festival 2019

A major city-wide design event with hundreds of installations, displays and exhibitions.

 

Dates: 14th - 22nd September 2019

 

Celebrating London as the gateway to international design, the London Design Festival returns for a 17th year in 2019 with hundreds of events and exciting installations. Look out for landmark projects in the city and at the V&A. British designer Paul Cocksedge responds to the changing rhythm of the community with his large-scale installation, Please Be Seated, in Broadgate while designer Dan Tobin Smith and The Experience Machine present VOID, a multi-sensory spatial installation at Collins Theatre, Islington. The V&A will be the official Festival Hub for the 11th year running, playing host to a number of specially-commission installations and displays. Among these are Legacy, a display of 10 works by 10 different artists inspired by an object of personal or professional importance to them; Falling Sky by Matthew McCormick, a multi-story art installation featuring frost-like formations conspicuously positioned above onlookers; and Sacred Geometry by Rony Plesl, a unique glass installation that draws inspiration from fire and wood. As a citywide event, the festival features 10 official Design Districts and incorporates events such as 100% Design, designjunction and the London Design Fair.

 
 
 

Two Ladies

Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitesic star as the first ladies of France and America.

Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 14th September - 26th October 2019

 

Zoe Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitesic play Helene and Sophia, the Two Ladies of the title of Nancy Harris's new play, a fictitious account of the first ladies of France and America. The drama, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre, positions the women alone together in a side room as their husbands clash over an international crisis. Who can they trust? Each other? Or their husbands? The A-list cast makes this a hot ticket. Zoe Wanamaker, who was last on stage in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, is a well known actress, familiar from her stage, film and TV roles which include My Family. Equally talented, Croatian born Zrinka Cvitesic won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her starring role in Once.

 
 
 

StreetFest London

A showcase of the best of London's urban art scene.

Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Shoreditch, London, E2 9DY

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019

 

The UK's first and foremost live art festival, StreetFest, returns for its 11th year in 2019 to once again showcase the best of London's urban art scene. Taking place at Oval Space in Hackney, the one-day urban culture festival supports emerging talent from the UK, displaying works from a collective of painters, architects, designers, illustrators, skaters and writers, as well as a great line up of music, street dance and spoken word. DJ Ron and Shortee Blitz headline the occasion while other highlights include the Live arts moment, a collaboration of a huge array of artists; the Speakers Corner, featuring spoken word and poetry curated by Music is Remedy; and Takeover hosted by Soul Mavericks with Bgirl and Bboy battles.

 
 
 

Wine Car Boot

Taste your way around London's independent wine scene.

Bloomberg Arcade, 3 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC2R

Tube: Mansion House Station , Cannon Street Station, Bank Station, Monument Station, St. Paul's Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019

 

Moving to Bloomberg Arcade, the Wine Car Boot returns this summer, providing visitors with the chance to taste their way around London's independent wine scene. The shops, suppliers and producers in attendance will each present a selection of their favourite wines for guests to sample and buy, to drink at the event or take home. The diverse line-up of producers includes classic merchants like Berry Brother's & Rudd and The Wine Society as well as contemporary specialists including New Zealand Cellar, Dynamic Vines and Newcomer. There will also be lesser-known bottles from Greece, Hungary and Georgia long with the very best Italian and French wines. There will also be food from Ekte while Bloomberg eateries such as Bleecker Burger, Brigadiers, Homeslice and Koya will also be open. Entrance to the event is free but there's also the option to buy the tasting pack for ¬£12, which includes a tote bag, five wine tokens and a Govino glass.

 
 
 
 

Beethoven 250

Wigmore Hall marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with a special season.

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP

Tube: Bond Street Station , Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 14th September 2019 to 1st December 2020

 

December 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth and to celebrate the occasion Wigmore Hall presents its special season, Beethoven 250. Launching in September 2019 with Beethoven Festival Weekend, which will offer ten concerts over two days, the season will run until December 2020 with a programme covering a wide array of Beethoven's chamber and instrumental works. The season will also examine the composer's legacy and provide fresh insight into his works. The Beethoven Festival Weekend will welcome leading artists including Steven Isserlis and Robert Levin while other highlights include two solo violin works performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen and a new string trio performed by the Albion Quartet.

 
 
 

Richmond Theatre Open Day

The theatre celebrates its 120th birthday with a special open day.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 15th September 2019

 

As part of its 120th birthday celebrations, Richmond Theatre is hosting an Open Day for the first time in 10 years. The one-day event will invite visitors to enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look of the theatre with unrivalled access to the venue, including spaces that aren't normally accessible. The creative learning department will be on hand to host special activities with the chance to practice a monologue on stage or rewire a lantern while the management team will explain how they programme the theatre. It's the perfect opportunity to discover the inner workings of a London theatre.

 
 
 

All the World's A Stage: 120 Years of Richmond Theatre

Take a journey back in time through the history of the 120-year-old theatre.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 15th September 2019

 

In the year that it celebrates its 120th birthday, Richmond Theatre is taking visitors on a journey back in time with All the World's A Stage: 120 Years of Richmond Theatre. The special one-night-only event will see Theatre Director Brendan Riding and a line-up of special guests delve into the history of the venue, providing and informative and imaginative insight into one of Frank Matcham's best surviving masterpieces. From the building of the theatre to the shows it has staged, the unique uncovering will explore its entire history.

 
 
 

A Woman Of No Importance

Liza Goddard and Roy Hudd star in this new adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 16th - 21st September 2019

 

Oscar Wilde's A Woman Of No Importance comes to the Richmond Theatre for one week only this September as part of the venue's 120th birthday celebrations. Wilde's second play, the piece explores the double standards between men and women in the Victorian era through the use of both wit and drama. Starring Liza Goddard, Roy Hudd, Isla Blair, Emma Amos and Katy Stephens, this new production is sure to provoke both tears and laughter when a young American woman and an English lord meet at a house party. Classic Spring Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, will direct after launching the new theatre company with the same play at the Vaudeville Theatre back in 2017.

 
 
 

The Royal Opera: Don Giovanni

The seductive Don Giovanni makes a catalogue of sexual conquests.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 16th September - 10th October 2019

 

Kasper Holten's "thoughtul and attentive" (Telegraph) 2014 production of Mozart's drama returns to the Royal Opera House, starring Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott as the seductive Don Giovanni. Holten, who transitioned from the Royal Danish Opera to become Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, offers an interpretation of Mozart's Don Giovanni in which the protagonist is cast as an artist who seduces an endless stream of women. His catalogue of sexual conquests, made through his ability to create wonderful illusions, is a vain attempt to escape his own mortality and comes at a high price. With set designs by Es Devlin (whose credits range from the 2012 Olympic Ceremony, to the award-winning Chimerica) and costume designs by Anja Vang Kragh (Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Christian Dior) this exciting, visual production is backed by an impressive creative team including Swedish soprano Malin Bystrom who returns as Donna Anna, the role she sang in the production's premiere in 2014.

 
 
 
 

The Royal Opera: Werther

The Royal Opera tells the tragic story of a doomed love affair.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 17th September - 05th October 2019

 

Edward Gardner conducts the Royal Opera House orchestra in this production of Benoit Jacquot's staging of Jules Massenet's tragic love story, Werther. Based on a novel by Goethe, the opera tells the tragic story of Werther's doomed love for Charlotte and the sad consequences of his actions. Charlotte promises her mother she will marry her "very proper and upright" fiance, Albert, but as the ROH's musical director, Antonio Pappano, explains "she cannot extinguish the idea of Werther" (The Guardian). The production, which returns to the Royal Opera House after a starry staging in 2016, boasts elegant stage designs by Charles Edwards and is sung in French with English surtitles.

 
 
 

Doctor Dolittle

The eccentric Doctor, played by Mark Williams, is joined by a cast of puppet animals.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station

 

Dates: 17th - 28th September 2019

 

Doctor Dolittle, the man who can talk to the animals, embarks on an extraordinary adventure to find the Giant Pink Sea Snail that holds the secret of life. Helped by his human companions and an exotic menagerie of animal friends, including the Pushmi-Pullyu and trusty sidekick Polynesia the parrot, the eccentric Doctor, played by Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley in the Harry Potter films), heads off to Sea-Star Island. Christopher Renshaw directs this new stage production, part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the original film starring Rex Harrison, written by Leslie Bricusse and songs from the 1967 film including the Academy Award-winning Talk To The Animals.

 
 
 

Beazley Designs Of The Year

An annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 18th September 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

Costumes from The Favourite, a biodegradable pregnancy test and a self-driving shuttle bus are just three of the 76 shortlisted concepts on display at the Design Museum's Beazley Designs of the Year - an annual celebration of the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world. Nominations are made across six categories - fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design - from innovative designers from around the world. Vegan sliders, a low-cost pocket-sized device which improves early detection of HIV, the world's first silent and hands-free breast pump and a wearable virtual assistant which you can talk to with opening your mouth are four more innovative ideas. A winner in each category and one overall winner will be announced on Thursday 21st November 2019.

 
 
 

Raindance Film Festival

The indie film festival returns with the very best in new cinema from the UK and abroad.

Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 4LR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 18th - 29th September 2019

 

The Raindance Film Festival, described by The Guardian as "the indie-est film festival this side of the Atlantic", returns in September for its 27th year offering a programme of the very best in new cinema from the UK and around the world. Specialising in first-time directors and discovery and aiming to promote and support independent filmmaking, the programme usually includes around 200 feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations, music videos and VR experiences along with seminars and workshops.

 
 
 

English National Ballet: Akram Khan's Giselle

Akram Khan's reinterpretation of Giselle returns to London this summer.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 18th - 28th September 2019

 

Described as "magnificently danced" and "a gift for ENB" by Judith Mackrell in The Guardian when it premiered at Manchester International Festival, Akram Khan's reinterpretation of Giselle for English National Ballet updates the piece, placing it in a contemporary setting. Following performances around the world, the production is set to return to London for the first time since 2017 for a limited run at Sadler's Wells. In his first full length ballet, Khan casts Giselle as part of a community of migrant workers turned out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. Set and costume designs are by Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip, known for his work on the hit film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Adolphe Adam adapts Vincenzo Lamagna's original score. In this "intriguingly imagined" and "visually transfixing" adaptation, Akram Khan "uses his 40-strong cast to impressive effect" (The Guardian).

 
 
 
 

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story

Folk music meets theatre in this hybrid based on a true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees.

Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, Off Ensign Street, London, E1 8JB

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 18th - 28th September 2019

 

A dizzying, darkly funny folk music theatrical hybrid based on a true story of two Jewish Romanian refugees, Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story covers sex, religion, tragedy and triumph. Although set in 1908, the plight of refugees is still a topical subject, as writer Hannah Moscovitch says: "With the Syrian conflict continuing to decimate a nation, and Trump..." The show follows Chaim and Chaya, played by Eric Da Costa and Mary Fay Coady, as they make a fresh start in the New World, watched over by The Wanderer, Ben Caplan. Following rave reviews at its premiere in Canada, 2b theatre company bring the production to Wilton's Music Hall in September for its first London run.

 
 
 

Designjunction 2019

The design event moves to King's Cross for its ninth year.

West Handyside Canopy, York Way, London, N1C 4UZ

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 19th - 22nd September 2019

 

For its ninth year designjunction, a key part of the London Design Festival, moves to King's Cross - a key reason that the area has been named a Design District in the festival for the first time. The event offers a curated show of the best international furniture, lighting and design objects with three central exhibition spaces: Cubitt House, Lewis Cubitt Park and West Handyside Canopy. The King's Cross Light Tunnel will play host to the RADO Star Prize awards programme for the first time and the Everyman Cinema will offer a programme of talks curated by Grant Gibson. Other highlights include showcases by leading international names such as Icons of Denmark, LSA International and PAD Home as well as 70 premium boutiques and emerging design labels showcases everything from accessories to technology and glassware to stationery.

 
 
 

The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience

A four-storey building in central London is transformed into a 1990s New York setting.

Secret Location, , London, XX1 0LL

Tube:

 

Dates: 19th September 2019 to 19th January 2020

 

For anyone who watched Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street and dreamed of joining in on the hedonistic, money-fuelled action, the dream is about to become reality with The Wolf of Wall Street: The Immersive Experience. Based on Jordan Belfort's infamous memoir, as depicted in the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the show has been adapted and directed by Alexander Wright, who worked on The Great Gatsby, and will transform a four-storey building in central London into an iconic 1990s New York setting complete with trader schemes, supercars and full-service restaurants and bars. Guests can choose whether to trade with Jordan or work with the FBI, but either way they can expect 'the outrageous, the spectacular and the downright ridiculous'.

 
 
 

Groan Ups

A new comedy from the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 20th September to 1st December 2019

 

A new play from Mischief Theatre, the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, Groan Ups is a show all about growing up. The brand-new comedy questions whether we're the same people at 30 as we were when we were 13 by throwing a number of grown-up problems at an unruly classroom of kids and anarchic high school teenagers. The new production premieres at the Vaudeville Theatre this September.

 
 
 

Ian McKellen On Stage

Following a country wide 80-date tour, the acting legend returns to London with 80 more shows.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 20th September 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

Most people think about putting their feet up at the age of 80 but Ian McKellen, star of stage and legend on screen, celebrated his 80th birthday with an 80-date, 80-venue country wide tour. In London, alone, he appeared on 20 dates at theatres and arts centres across the city. Now, he's returning with 80 more shows, all at London's Harold Pinter Theatre. What's more, as with all the previous shows, all the profits will be donated to theatre charities. His impromptu solo show last year - now the stuff of legend - treated theatre goers to "a bit of Gandalf and a couple of Shakespeare speeches" when injury prevented him from performing King Lear. For this special 80th birthday tour you can expect more of the same as well as convivial conversation, anecdotes and a reflection on his life. For each performance, 80 tickets priced at just £10 are available.

 
 
 
 

Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

This interactive exhibition provides a how-to-guide to going to the theatre in 18th and 19th century England.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London, WC1N 1AZ

Tube: Russell Square Station

 

Dates: 20th September 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

The Foundling Museum teaches Londoners everything they need to know about 18th and 19th century theatre with its new exhibition, Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain. The museum-wide, interactive exhibition provides a how-to-guide to going to a show in 18th and 19th century England, delving into the mechanics of both theatre and concerts. More than 100 objects will reveal the surprising number of similarities between attending theatre shows and festivals then and now, including advertising, ticket sales, audience behaviour and dress code. Visitors will be able to go behind the scenes, exploring how what's involved in the roles of theatre managers, set designers and scenery painters, as well as refreshment sellers and ticket collectors. A 1785 set model from the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden and an original 18th-century supper box painting, Devil to Pay, by Francis Hayman will be among the items on display.

 
 
 

Michel Legrand Remembered: Keep the Music Playing

Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra stages a tribute to the Oscar winning composer.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 20th September 2019

 

What was to be a concert by Michel Legrand at the Royal Festival Hall has now become a tribute to the great French composer following his death in January 2019 at the age of 86. Ronnie Scotts Jazz Orchestra stages a celebration of the musician and composer in an evening inspired by his legendary 1999 album Big Band. Legrand composed Oscar-winning film scores for over 200 film and television productions, including the original 'Thomas Crown Affair', 'Summer of '42' and 'Yentl'. The jazz orchestra is joined by special guests Alison Moyet, Tamsin Little and Maria Friedman in a fitting tribute to the great composer and musician.

 
 
 

Antony Gormley

The examines what it means to have a body in this new exhibition.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 21st September to 3rd December 2019

 

Well known for using his own form as a recurring feature in his works, Angel of the North sculptor Antony Gormley examines what it means to have a body in the Royal Academy of Arts' major autumn exhibition. The solo show, the most significant in the UK for over a decade, brings together existing and new works created especially for the occasion. Drawings and sculptures, expansive and immersive installations take over the RA's main galleries, filling them with iron, steel, lead, seawater and clay artworks which put the solidity and certainty of sculpture to the test.

 
 
 

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

The Philharmonia Orchestra performs John Williams' well known score for five shows only.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st - 23rd September 2019

 

The Empire Strikes Back as Star Wars in concert takes audiences at the Royal Albert Hall to another galaxy, far, far away, with the Philharmonia Orchestra performing John Williams' well known score for five shows only this September. It follows Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, shown here last year, and picks up the story as the battle for the galaxy intensifies and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. It's up to Luke Skywalker to save them. Introducing the Imperial March and Yoda's Theme, new music broadens Han and Leia's theme and develops the soundtrack to enhance the film.

 
 
 

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner star in Peter Nichols' bittersweet comedy.

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 21st September to 30th November 2019

 

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner (best known for her role as the mother in Outnumbered) star in Peter Nichols' bittersweet comedy A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Inspired by Nichols' own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays of its generation. It addresses, with heart breaking black humour, the issues faced by two parents, Bri and Sheila, struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine. Nicknaming her 'Joe Egg', they lose themselves in fantasy games to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality. The play is, according to Michael Billington, reviewing it for The Guardian back in 2001, "a study in female resilience and the power of the life force". Simon Evans, who directed Killer Joe starred Orlando Bloom here at Trafalgar Studios, directs.

 
 
 
 

Open House London

A rare chance to see inside London's architectural landmarks.

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd September 2019

 

One weekend a year we get to go behind doors which are, for the rest of the year, closed to the public and see inside London's architectural landmarks. The fantastic, free Open House London allows access to more than 800 of the city's sites and buildings. There's a wealth of architectural gems to choose from, typically including old favourites like City Hall, 10 Downing Street and the BT Tower as well as City of London icons, the Cheesegrater and 'The Gherkin'. You can also get inside some of the grandest private homes in your own neighbourhood - it's a voyeur's dream come true. For the more serious students of contemporary design, this is a chance to visit spaces by famous modern architects, some of whom give talks and tours of the buildings they've designed. Entry to some houses is only permitted via pre-booked tickets acquired through the website www.londonopenhouse.org. This year's full programme goes live on 20th August and once booked in you're advised to bring booking confirmation with you.

 
 
 

Tim Walker

An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, Covent Garden, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 21st September 2019 to 8th March 2020

 

An immersive journey into the fantastical worlds created by photographer Tim Walker. Revealing the important roles played by set designers, stylists, make-up artists, models and muses, this Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition gives you a behind-the-scenes insight into the creative process behind Walker's imaginative images. At the heart of the exhibition are new photographs directly influenced by Tim's research into the V&A's collection - a source of inspiration over the past 25 years. A fascination look at the creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers.

 
 
 

'Master Harold'... and the boys

A semi-autobiographical play by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 21st September to 17th December 2019

 

A semi-autobiographical play by Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard, 'Master Harold'... and the boys comes to the National Theatre this September. Set in 1950s apartheid South Africa, the play tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Sam and Willie and Master Harold. On a long rainy afternoon in St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, Sam and Willie are practicing their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship when Hally, aka Master Harold, arrives from school to hide out in his parents' tea room.

 
 
 

HowTheLightGetsIn Festival

The festival returns for a second year with talks, debates, music and more.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Hampstead, London, NW3 7JR

Tube: Highgate Station

 

Dates: 21st - 22nd September 2019

 

The world's largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn comes to London for the second year this September. Hosted by the Institute of Art and Ideas and taking place in the grounds of Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, the festival has a programme of debates, talks, music and comedy, bringing together more than 100 events in total. Conservative MP Rory Stewart, journalist Joanna Gosling, scientist Rupert Sheldrake and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett are among the speakers this year while debate topics include Metropolis Untamed, Post Truth and New Lies, The End of Left and Right, and The Godless World. Music wise, expect everything from dance music to intimate singer-songwriter gigs and cabaret to DJ sets.

 
 
 

Chiswick House Dog Show

One of London's biggest and best dog shows with 18 classes and celebrity judges.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 22nd September 2019

 

One of the biggest and certainly the best dog shows in London town, the Chiswick House Dog Show is a fun day out even if you don't have a four legged friend. With celebrity judges - David Tennant, Mel Giedroyc, Wayne Sleep and Ant and Dec have all judged in the past - and 18 classes to enter, there's always something to see and it's fun seeing whether you agree with the judges' on who's the best dressed or which pooch really does have talent. Good old fashioned games - like the human fruit machine - create the feeling of a village fair and there are over 40 stands selling everything from dog beds to country coats. Food and drink stalls get busy but you can always bring your own picnic, set the rug down and make a day of it. The fancy dress competition - given a different theme each year - sparks some wonderfully creative ideas from cops and robbers to 'The Canine Cannonballs' which scooped last year's prize following a circus theme.

 
 
 
 

The Royal Opera: Agrippina

A gripping operatic staging of Agrippina by Barrie Kosky and starring Joyce DiDonato.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 23rd September - 11th October 2019

 

Joyce DiDonato takes the lead in this new production of Handel's tale of the wife of the Emperor Claudius and her ambitions for their son Nerone. A co-production with Bavarian State Opera, Munich, and Dutch National Opera, this operatic staging of Agrippina is new to the Royal Opera House. Following the reported death of Claudius, Agrippina is outrageous and blatant in her pursuit of power. The score boasts a succession of brilliant Baroque jewels and bright arias, sung by acclaimed British singers Iestyn Davies and Lucy Crowe, supported by the Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment under the direction of Barrie Kosky, "arguably the most exciting director working in opera today" - The Telegraph.

 
 
 

Mark Leckey: O'Magic Power of Bleakness

An ambitious, large-scale exhibition by Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 24th September 2019 to 5th January 2020

 

Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey brings his work to Tate Britain this autumn with his ambitious, large-scale exhibition, O'Magic Power of Bleakness. Combining new and existing works, the exhibition is set in an atmospheric, theatrical environment with both sounds and visions acting as a key element. A focal point of the exhibition is a life-size replica of a motorway bridge on the M53 near where Leckey grew up. The motorway has been a recurring motif throughout the artist's work and this replica will act as the setting for a new audio play inspired by folklore. Another aspect of the exhibition is Leckey's breakthrough film montage, Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1990, which is made up of footage from dance floors chronicling Britain's underground club scene from the 1970s to the 1990.

 
 
 

Red Palace

An immersive Gothic cabaret inspired by fairy tales and carnivals.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station

 

Dates: 24th September 2019 to 12th January 2020

 

Following on from last year's Divine Proportions, Shotgun Carousel return to The Vaults with another immersive experience, this time presenting Red Palace. Inspired by the carnivals of Venice, the narratives of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, the evening offers an intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus, dance and genre-defying performance, all accompanied by a menu courtesy of Masterchef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie. Guests are invited join The Prince and other fairy tale characters in a Gothic masked ball within the walls of the Red Palace. Don't expect your typical fairy tale sweethearts, however; watch out for assassins, alchemists and prophetesses as you journey into a world of glamour, danger and elegance.

 
 
 

Boeing Boeing

The multi-award-winning comedy comes to Richmond with an all-star cast.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 24th - 28th September 2019

 

An all-star cast come to Richmond Theatre this September to star in Marc Camoletti's Boeing Boeing. Tom Lister (Emmerdale), Daniel Casey (Midsomer Murders, EastEnders), Emily Head (The Inbetweeners, Emmerdale) and Susie Blake (Coronation Street, Mrs Brown's Boys) take the leading roles in the brand-new production of the multi-award-winning West End and Broadway comedy with direction from Guy Unsworth. Working across three different airlines and three different timetables, Bernard has successfully kept his three different flight attendant fiances happy, with each of them blissfully unaware of the others. However, when Boeing launches a new, faster aeroplane there could be some serious turbulence ahead. The production comes as part of Richmond Theatre's 120th birthday celebrations.

 
 
 

Ant Middleton: Mind Over Muscle

The survival expert recreates his Everest challenge and shows how to build psychological resilience.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 25th - 26th September 2019

 

The adventurer, survival expert and TV presenter, who came to fame on Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins, recreates his recent Everest challenge through lighting, sound and set. Proving that it's Mind Over Muscle that counts, Ant Middleton†takes you on a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery, showing the mental strength it took for him to overcome huge challenges. His latest Channel 4 series sees Ant lead a group of 25 high into the spectacular and punishing Andes Mountains in Central Chile. He draws on Special Forces experience and training with the UK's Elite Forces (P Company, Commando Course, UK Special Forces Selection) to pass on his tips for survival, psychological resilience and physical endurance.

 
 
 
 

The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter

An exploration of the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 25th September 2019 to 26th January 2020

 

Created in partnership with BBC Radio 4, The Art of Innovation: From Enlightenment to Dark Matter explores the relationship between art and science over the past 250 years. Held at the Science Museum, the exhibition will run alongside an accompanying 20-part series on BBC Radio 4. Iconic artworks by the likes of Hepworth, Hockney, Lowry and Turner go on display alongside objects of scientific discovery to see how the legendary masters were inspired by science and how the relationship between artists and scientists has helped us t interpret, study and explore the world around us.

 
 
 

Umberto Boccioni: Recreating the Lost Sculptures

Cutting-edge 3D printing is used to recreate the artist's pioneering lost sculptures.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London, N1 2AN

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 25th September to 22nd December 2019

 

The Estorick Collection provides the chance to witness the extraordinary sculptural talent of Futurist artist Umberto Boccioni in its new exhibition, Recreating the Lost Sculptures. Through the use of cutting-edge 3D printing materials and vintage photographic material, digital artists Matt Smith and Anders Raden have recreated four of the artist's ground-breaking sculptures, the originals of which were deliberately destroyed by sculptor Piero da Verona back in 1927. A volumetric study of a human face titled Empty and Full Abstracts of a Head along with three of the artist's iconic striding figures have all been recreated, providing the chance for modern audiences to 'see' the lost masterpieces for the very first time.

 
 
 

The Man in the White Suit

Stephen Mangan takes on the role played by Alec Guinness in the classic Ealing Studios comedy.

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

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

 

Dates: 26th September 2019 to 11th January 2020

 

Stephen Mangan, Kara Tointon and Sue Johnston star in Sean Foley's hotly anticipated stage adaptation of the "highly sophisticated farce" (The Guardian), classic Ealing Studios comedy, The Man in the White Suit. The 1951 Ealing Studios comedy film, which starred Alec Guinness, is remade for the Wyndham's Theatre stage in this world premiere. Mild mannered chemist Sidney Stratton develops a fabric that never gets dirty and never wears out. The luminous looking suit might make you like a knight in shining armour but rag trade industry bosses soon realise it would mean the death of the entire industry. The trade unions, too, can see impending unemployment for their members. Foley reunites with Stephen Mangan (together they created the Olivier Award winning comedy Jeeves and Wooster) and also teams up once again with Michael Taylor with whom he created The Ladykillers.

 
 
 

Noises Off

Meera Syal stars in Michael Frayn's classic comedy, the funniest farce ever.

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

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

 

Dates: 27th September 2019 to 4th January 2020

 

Meera Syal, Lloyd Owen and Daniel Rigby star in Michael Frayn's classic comedy which follows a group of actors and the unpredictability of life in theatre. After watching from the wings a production of his 1970 farce The Two of Us, Michael Frayn noticed that the goings on behind the scenes were funnier than out front. The result was Noises Off. This rip-roaring production, directed by Jeremy Herrin (All My Sons, This House, Wolf Hall), played at the Lyric Hammersmith and now transfers to the Garrick Theatre from 27th September 2019 to 4th January 2020. "Is this the funniest farce ever?" asked the Evening Standard when this production opened at the Lyric. And replied: "Yes. Yes it is."

 
 
 

The London Tattoo Convention

400 of the most influential tattoo artists in the world.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th September 2019

 

Returning for its 15th year in 2019, the London Tattoo Convention invites 400 of the most influential tattoo artists in the world at Tobacco Dock to showcase their talents. See all types of tattoo come to life from hand-poked Japanese tebori to hyper-realistic portraiture. Attendees this year include the UK's oldest tattooist, 86 year old Plymouth based, Doc Price will be there, inking his last ever tattoo after seven decades of decorating. Daily tattoo competitions are judged by renowned industry names including inker to the likes of David Beckham and Johnny Depp, Mark Mahoney, and leading Swiss artist Filip Leu. New this year is a skate park by Vans, creating their first ever Halfpipe Ramp Jam and showing demos from pro riders, champion UK skaters and skateboarding legend, Steve Olson. You'll also get the chance give it a go yourself at free skate lessons. Vote for your favourite tattoo, see fire breathing and aerial performances and enjoy guitar laden live music, from rock 'n' roll to heavy metal.

 
 
 
 

CIDERFEST - A Celebration of Cider

A celebration of the UK's diverse cider scene.

Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, One Wharf Road, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 

Dates: 27th - 29th September 2019

 

A celebration of the UK's diverse cider scene, CIDERFEST comes to Canopy Market this September. Created in partnership with The Cider Box, champions of artisan and traditionally made ciders, and Gabe Cook, a leading cider expert, the three-day event puts the focus on 'real cider'. Despite cider's growing popularity, this form of cider, which is made from 100% freshly pressed apple juice, still remains underappreciated. With an exciting line-up of ten cider-makers from all corners of the industry, this event will put that right. Visitors will be able to enjoy cider tastings along with demonstrations and food pairing sessions. Producers on the line-up include the award-winning Hallets, Sussex-based Ascension Cider and the innovative Loxley Cider while The Cheese Bar will serve up an array of award-winning British cheeses. National charity The Orchard Project will also be in attendance to show how cider is made while a line-up of live musicians and DJs will complete the party atmosphere.

 
 
 

Emerge Festival

Over 40 museums, galleries and arts centres open late for two nights of gigs, theatre and DJ sets.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 

Dates: 27th - 28th September 2019

 

A silent disco on Tower Bridge and a pop-up roof terrace gin bar at Wellington Arch are just two of the after-dark events you can enjoy as part of the Emerge Festival. Over 40 of the capital's best-loved museums, galleries, and architectural landmarks stay open late for two nights of gigs, theatre, DJ sets, poets and craft cocktails, all for the price of one ticket. Highlights include a Jimi Hendrix House Party at the Handel and Hendrix in London - Hendrix's first London pad - with DJs, dancing and drinks, Mercury nominated band Jungle perform a DJ Set at the Natural History Museum and Neo-soul star Ady Suleiman is supported by Jazz FMs 'Soul Act of the Year' Poppy Ajudha on the Horniman's bandstand. Venues taking part include Tower Bridge's glass walkway, the Design Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Barbican and The Chocolate Museum where you can take part in an Immersive Cabaret Chocolate Quest. Check the full listings on the official website.

 
 
 

The Music of Bond

The London Concert Orchestra is joined by guest singers Tim Howard and Louise Dearman.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 28th September 2019

 

For one night only, the London Concert Orchestra plays The Music of Bond at Royal Festival Hall, celebrating the world's most famous secret agent with a concert of theme music and songs. The orchestra, conducted by John Rigby, is joined on stage by guest singers Tim Howard (the co-lead singer of Mike The Mechanics) and Louise Dearman to play a soundtrack of classic British film music from over five decades. The programme includes legendary opening numbers from famous 007 films From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Casino Royale, among others.

 
 
 

Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

Marching bands, Morris dancers, maypole dancing and the mayors of London.

Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, City, London, EC2P 2EJ

Tube: Moorgate Station , Bank Station, St. Paul's Station, Mansion House Station

 

Dates: 29th September 2019

 

Each year, on a Sunday in September, London's Pearly Kings & Queens come together to welcome the new season in style - and boy what a style they have, with extravagant Smother Suits covered top to toe in sparkly buttons, badges and glitter. The free festival starts in the afternoon at Guildhall Yard with marching bands, Morris dancers, maypole dancing and the mayors of London. No doubt the celebrations continue with some pints of ale and plates of jellied eel at an East End boozer - perhaps interspersed with a spot of Morris dancing. It's a wonderful spectacle but one that helps raise money for charity. A second Pearly Kings & Queens Harvest Festival is held in October in Covent Garden, at St Paul's Church.

 
 
 

Hozier

The Irish singer stops by the London Palladium for five nights.

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 30th September - 05th October 2019

 

The soul and blues-folk singer from the Dublin first found fame with the release of his globally successful, triple platinum single Take Me To Church, the video for which has been viewed over 250 million times on YouTube. Now Hozier releases a new album, Wasteland, Baby!, and stops by the London Palladium for five nights as part of his UK & European tour. Winner of a coveted Ivor Novello, creator of stunning sets at Glastonbury and Longitude and an unforgettable duet with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards, Hozier creates hauntingly beautiful music.

 
 
 
 

PAD London Art Design Fair

A showcase of exceptional modern art, design, decorative arts, photography and jewellery.

Berkeley Square, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, Mayfair, London, W1J 5AX

Tube: Green Park Station

 

Dates: 30th September - 06th October 2019

 

A spin-off of its longer established Parisian sister, the PAD London Art Design Fair returns to Mayfair in 2019 to bring together exceptional works of modern art, design, decorative arts, photography, jewellery and tribal art. Sixty nine prominent international galleries come together for the occasion, making it a fantastic place to discover museum quality pieces. Expect to find contemporary design pieces from Fumi and Pinto, glass and ceramic from Adrian Sassoon and Didier Luttenbacher, and collectable jewellery from French designer Lorenz Baumer, former artistic director for high jewellery at Louis Vuitton. The fair, which takes place at the same time as Frieze and Frieze Masters, helps to attract the world's most influential art buyers to London each October.

 
 
 

SFG Club at Roof East

The rooftop club returns with an English boozer theme.

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

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 30th September to 21st December 2019

 

Sticking to its namesake, which stands for Social, Fun & Games, the SFG Club returns to Roof East this winter for the ultimate East End knees up. Bringing all the best elements of a traditional local boozer to a sky-high east London rooftop, the winter season offers pub quizzes every Wednesday, musical bingo every Thursday and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. The Hops on Top tent provides the chance to sample a menu of 50 beers from microbreweries around the world while Saturday Tasting Sessions include whisky, gin, tequila and mezcal. Classic British pub snacks such as scampi fries, pork scratchings and Worcester sauce crisps will feature on the food menu and there's also a selection of street food from Jimmy's, Kolkati and Eat Chay. The club's popular curling shuffleboard, bowling and crazy golf also make a return as well as old school video games - think Pac-Man and Space Invaders - foosball, tabletop skittles, virtual reality table foosball and British pub favourite, a pool table.

 
 
 

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