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Summer favourites like the Notting Hill Carnival and Kids Week return and two Open Air Theatre productions are staged in London during August 2018.

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Kids Week

Youngsters go free to West End shows throughout August.

The West End, , Soho, London, WC2H 7BP

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


Dates: 1st to 31st August 2018


A truly inspired summer treat for families, Kids Week makes West End hits available to youngsters for free - as long as an adult pays the full price. For the whole of August, a child aged between 5 and 16 can go to any participating show for free and they get some top shows taking part. Last year's line up included 42nd Street, An American In Paris, Disney's Aladdin and The Lion King, Dreamgirls, Five Guys Named Moe, Jungle Book, King Kong!, Mamma Mia! and more. There are options for under-fives with a programme of shows and activities specifically for the very young. Tickets for Kids Week 2018 go on sale in June 2018 and adults can also buy up to two extra children's tickets at half price while paying no booking fees. Bargain!


Carmen La Cubana

This UK premiere features Bizet's classic score and new orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 1st to 19th August 2018


The UK premiere of Carmen La Cubana featuring Bizet's classic score, with new orchestrations by Tony Award-winner Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton), comes to Sadler's Wells this summer. Performed by a large company of singers, dancers and musicians, the show is a sultry take on one of the most famous operas, set against the simmering turmoil of Revolution in Cuba, 1958. Inspired by Oscar Hammerstein II's Broadway hit Carmen Jones, Christopher Renshaw (The King and I) directs this UK premiere which mixes opera with salsa, mambo and cha-cha-cha.



A vivid new adaptation of Shakespeare's late romance.

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

Tube: Embankment Underground Station


Dates: From 01st August 2018


Chris Bush's vivid new adaptation of Shakespeare's late romance, Pericles, comes to the National's Olivier Theatre this summer. Directed by Emily Lim, the adaptation of the epic story of love, loss, family and community features choreography by Imogen Knight and music composed by James Fortune. This will be the first Public Acts production - a nationwide initiative in the UK that will create extraordinary acts of theatre and community - and will feature a large community ensemble and small cast of professional actors.


Bring It On: The Musical

Expect sass, somersaults and singing in this musical adaptation of the popular noughties film.

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station , Borough Station


Dates: 2nd August to 1st September 2018


Step into the world of an American high school this August with Bring It On The Musical, a stage adaptation of the popular noughties film. Staged at the Southwark Playhouse, it combines the talent of Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty, Tony Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt and Broadway lyricist Amanda Green to bring the story of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness to life. Expect plenty of sass, somersaults and singing.


Little Shop of Horrors

The big musical number comes to the Open Air Theatre.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 3rd August to 15th September 2018


Flower shop assistant, Seymour, discovers a mysterious new plant with questionable taste and a big appetite. Little Shop of Horrors brings the greenery to life as Maria Aberg (Dr Faustus, RSC, Fantastic Mr Fox) makes her Open Air Theatre directorial debut. A big musical number, the show features classic songs by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken including 'Suddenly, Seymour', 'Skid Row (Downtown)', and 'Dentist!' Find out whether our hapless hero will make the most of his newfound fame and win the attention of kind, sweet Audrey or will the mean green monster gobble them up?


London Craft Beer Festival

The festival returns with three days of beers, breweries, food and DJs.

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

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


Dates: 3rd, 4th and 5th August 2018


The London Craft Beer Festival returns for its 6th year in 2018 and it's moving to Tobacco Dock, which will be the event's residence for the foreseeable future. The popular event will return with a host of breweries, hundreds of beers, talented chefs and hot DJs for three days of fun. The line-up won't be announced until later in the year but last year welcomed the likes of Sierra Nevada, CRATE, Brooklyn Brewery, Berber & Q, Gunpowder and Norman Jay. Early bird tickets are now available.


Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic

More than 40 of Cicely Mary Barker's beautiful designs, first published a century ago.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

Tube: Lambeth North Station


Dates: 8th August to 30th September 2018


Enchanting and magical, Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies have been an inspiration to generations and this summer the Garden Museum presents an exhibition featuring more than 40 of her designs, first published a century ago. Fairies were popular at the time with the mystery surrounding the Cottingley fairy photographs which Arthur Conan Doyle published in a sell-out article for The Strand. In this exhibition, original artwork from all eight of the books is displayed alongside research materials and previously unseen sketchbooks and drawings. Barker's carefully observed flowers continue to appeal to the avid gardener while younger visitors can dress up as some of their favourite fairies.


Dinosaur World Live

A brand new interactive and engaging show for children.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station


Dates: 14th August to 9th September 2018


Playing during the day from 14th August 2018, dinosaurs return to Regent's Park in Dinosaur World Live, a brand new 50-minute show complete with Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few. Interactive and engaging theatre for children aged 3 and over, you'll explore unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.


Walking with Dinosaurs

The huge arena show returns, depicting the evolution of dinosaurs with cinematic realism.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 14th to 19th Aug 2018


A follow up to the hugely popular 1999 BBC television show, here comes another chance to go Walking With Dinosaurs again. The arena spectacular has now been seen by over 9 million people worldwide and will be stopping by The O2 this August to depict the dinosaurs' evolution with almost cinematic realism. The updated show will depict spectacular and colourful changes to dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research and present nine species from their entire 200 million year reign. You can get up close to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-Rex, who towers over us at an impressive 39ft, and walk alongside Allosaurus - one of the largest carnivores of the Jurassic period. Other dinosaurs featuring include the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period, the Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the Cretaceous period and, the largest of them all, the Brachiosaurus, which stands at 11 metres tall and 17 metres from nose to tail.


South West Four

Two days of dance music and big names over the bank holiday weekend.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2018


Now a firm favourite on the London festival calendar, South West Four is back for two days of dance music and big names over the bank holiday weekend. This year's line-up is yet to be announced but former programmes have provided a strong offering so we're expecting great things. The festival has proved a great success over the past fourteen years, filling Clapham Common with revellers united in the knowledge that they don't have to slum it in a tent and that there's no work the next day - so the party can go on and on. The music may finish around 11pm but there are after-parties for those keen on all-night revelry.


Notting Hill Carnival

The colourful carnival is back for bank holiday weekend.

Notting Hill, , London, W11 3AG

Tube: Holland Park Station


Dates: Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 2018


Held since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was originally a local affair for west London's homesick Caribbean community, this has evolved into Europe's biggest street party. Carnival sets London on fire in a blaze of Caribbean spirit as extravagantly costumed dancers, calypso and soca musicians, giant sound-systems and steel bands are joined by over a million revellers of all ages. Sunday is officially children's day, but there are loads of kids on both days enjoying the bright colours of the floats and the dancers' feathered costumes. Adults can shake their booty at dozens of stages and there are tunes for all tastes, from house to hip-hop. It's a huge area and can get very crowded, so be prepared for an exhausting day out, but for anyone who loves a party, carnival remains the absolute highlight of the London summer.Photo by (c) David Godfrey - - All rights reserved

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