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The Prince of Egypt
Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour
British Surrealism: 1783-1952
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
Jennifer Saunders stars in Blithe Spirit
Steve McQueen
British Baroque: Power and Illusion
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Message In A Bottle
God of Carnage
Imagine Children's Festival
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs
Woburn Treasures

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New musical The Prince of Egypt opens in the West End, David Hockney's Drawings are in the frame and the kimono is unwrapped at the V&A, it's all in February 2020.

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Royal Opera: Alice's Adventures Under Ground

The topsy-turvy worlds of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are given an innovative twist.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 4th to 9th Feb 2020


Antony McDonald directs Gerald Barry's operatic treatment of Lewis Carroll's classic surreal tale as Alice's Adventures Under Ground receives its stage premiere on the Royal Opera House main stage in February 2020. The topsy-turvy worlds of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are given an innovative twist in this madcap opera which should be the ideal family treat.


The Prince of Egypt

The story of Moses told through a lavish new musical.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 5th February to 12th September 2020


With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film to the Dominion stage. Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as the brand-new stage show follows the story of Moses, adopted by the Pharaoh and raised together with his adopted brother, Ramses. Tensions rise as the two find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (who wrote the score for Wicked) and songs like 'When You Believe' - a big hit for Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey - you can expect a spine tingling soundtrack which includes ten new songs. The cast comes with a wealth of experience in shows like Sweeney Todd and Les Mis with Luke Brady as Moses and Liam Tamne playing his adopted brother, Ramses, while Gary Wilmot stars as Bedouin leader Jethro.


British Baroque: Power and Illusion

The first-ever exhibition to focus on British baroque culture.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 5th February to 19th April 2020


In 2020, Tate Britain presents the first-ever exhibition to focus on baroque culture in Britain, which remains far lesser known in comparison to the pomp and glory of European baroque. British Baroque: Power and Illusion focuses on key historic moments such as the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the death of Queen Anne in 1714 in order to shine a spotlight on a much overlooked era and a time of momentous change in Britain. Works on loan from stately homes are shown in public for the very first time in order to explore how art was used to project a vision of power within the recently restored monarchy.


Time And Tide

A touching LGBT drama about a community struggling to deal with change.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 5th to 29th February 2020


James McDermott's brand-new play, Time and Tide, receives its world premiere in London this February with a run at Park Theatre. A touching LGBT comic drama set in Norfolk, the new production from the award-winning playwright follows May, Ken, Nemo and Daz as they struggle to deal with life's pressures within a close-knit community that's struggling to come to terms with change. Wendy Nottingham, Paul Eason, Elliot Liburd and Josh Barrow make up the cast while Rob Ellis directs.


Message In A Bottle

A new dance show set to Sting's musical hits.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 6th February to 21st March 2020


In a first-time collaboration between Sadler's Wells and Universal Music, Message In A Bottle is a brand-new dance show from triple Olivier Award-nominee Kate Prince. Set to the music of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, the world premiere sees a village in the midst of celebrations come under siege, resulting in three siblings - Leto, Mati and Tana - separated from their parents and launched into an extraordinary journey to new lands. Gravity-defying lyrical hip hop dance and uplifting music come together in the feel good show with a cast of international dancers performing to Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Walking On The Moon, Shape of My Heart and Fields of Gold.


Radical Figures: Painting In The New Millennium

The gallery puts the spotlight on a new generation of artists.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station


Dates: 6th February to 10th May 2020


The Whitechapel Gallery puts the spotlight on a new generation of artists this year with its major new exhibition, Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium. Focusing on artists who use the body as a tool to tell stories and explore vital social concerns, the exhibition explores contemporary subjects such as gender and sexuality, society, politics, race and body image. Demonstrating how the medium of painting has garnered renewed interest in the past two decades, it puts the focus on artists who have come to prominence since 2000 with works on display by the likes of Michael Armitage, Cecily Brown, Ryan Mosley and Sanya Kantarovsky.


Upstart Crow

Comedian David Mitchell makes his West End debut.

Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 7th February to 25th April 2020


David Mitchell makes his West End debut in Ben Elton's stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow as the all-new comedy - written especially for the stage - comes to the Gielgud Theatre. Mitchell puts on the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare, starring alongside Gemma Whelan (a familiar face from Game of Thrones and as Anne Lister's sister Marian in Gentleman Jack) who plays Will's friend and housekeeper, the sweet and fragrant Kate. They are joined by a troupe of players as Will desperately fries to come up with a brilliant new plot. Olivier award-winner Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster and The Miser) directs.


Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour

Strictly 2018 winner Stacey Dooley hosts the live show this year.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th February 2020


Strictly favourite and the show's winner in 2018 Stacey Dooley returns to host the tour for the first time in 2020 as the Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour waltzes its way around the country from January. Celebrities and professional dancers from the 17th series of the award-winning BBC One show put on a sequin filled show, recreating the glitz and glamour seen on TV. Expect to see the impressive choreography and toe tapping live music that Strictly is known for. The tour judges will, as always, provide their feedback and scores after each performance, however it's the audience who decides who wins the coveted Glitterball Trophy at the end of each show as you vote via text for your favourite couple. Performing 32 sequin-filled shows, the live tour comes to London's O2 Arena for five shows in February for the grand finale.


Kew Orchid Festival

The festival marks its 25th year with a celebration of the vibrant culture of Indonesia.

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

Tube: Kew Gardens Station


Dates: 8th February to 8th March 2020


An annual visual treat, the Kew Orchid Festival returns for its 25th year in 2020. This year the festival celebrates the diverse wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia. Made up of more than 17,500 islands, including Bali, Java and Borneo, the country's vast topography ranges from tropical rainforests to spectacular volcanoes and is home to a plethora of flora and fauna. Visitors to the festival will find themselves transported into an exotic paradise that captures the sights, smells and sounds of the country with a display of life-sized orangutans, tigers and rhinoceros decorated in flowers.


God of Carnage

A hilarious study of middle class parenting starring Elizabeth McGovern and Nigel Lindsay.

Rose Theatre Kingston, 24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, London, KT1 1HL

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 10th to 15th Feb 2020


Elizabeth McGovern and Nigel Lindsay reprise their roles in Yasmina Reza's award-winning God of Carnage this winter when it comes to Rose Theatre Kingston as part of a UK tour. The hit comedy production enjoyed an acclaimed run in 2018 and this time round it will welcome two-time Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro and Star War's actor Simon Paisley Day to the cast. A study of modern parenting, the ruthless comedy sees two sets of parents meet for a tense discussion after their children are embroiled in a playground spat. But who will turn out to be the childish ones in the end?


Be More Chill

The internet sensation and Broadway hit transfers to the London stage.

The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 12th February to 3rd May 2020


Its online success led to a Broadway staging and now internet sensation Be More Chill is receiving a London run. What started out as a low-key production in New Jersey soon went on to become a phenomenon thanks to a strong fan base downloading the full soundtrack and getting it to number two on the Top Albums Chart. Now the Tony Award-nominated score and stage production will be brought to life at The Other Palace Theatre with a brand-new UK cast. Based on the novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, the plot is centred around a boy, a girl and a supercomputer that lives inside the boy's head in order to form a zany, atypical love story accompanied by the infamous catchy songs More than Survive, Be More Chill and Michael in the Bathroom.


Imagine Children's Festival

Twelve days of family fun with special guests including Dermot O'Leary and Konnie Huq.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 12th to 23rd February 2020


Keeping kids entertained for twelve days this February, the Imagine Children's Festival delivers a line-up of family fun for 0-12 year olds. Head to the Southbank Centre for colourful puppet show The Very Hungry Caterpillar, multi-sensory experience Nest and the chance to meet a dinosaur at Erth's Dinosaur Zoo. Other highlights include a celebration of the Harry Potter books and an adventure with Pippi Longstocking while special guests include Michael Rosen, Dermot O'Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq.


The Dog Walker

Harry Burton directs the world premiere of Paul Minx's new play.

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16B Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6LT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 12th February to 7th March 2020


Many Londoners are no doubt likely to relate to Paul Minx's new play, The Dog Walker, with a story revolving around loneliness and friendship in a big city. The world premiere of the brand-new comedy comes to the Jermyn Street Theatre this February, inviting audiences to follow the story of professional dog walker Herbert when he encounters lone ouzo drinker Keri. Harry Burton, best known for his acclaimed productions of Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, The Leisure Society and Barking in Essex, directs the production.


La Cage aux Folles (The Play)

A new translation of the play from Simon Callow.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 12th February to 21st March 2020


A new translation of La Cage aux Folles by acclaimed actor, writer and theatre director Simon Callow comes to Park Theatre this February. While the story has spawned four blockbuster films and a Tony Award-winning musical, this will be a new version of the play with direction from Jez Bond and a cast featuring Michael Matus, Paul Hunter and Georgina Ambrey. Set in St. Tropez, the zany comedy focuses on nightclub owner Georges and his drag artiste partner Albin, who together create spectacular shows. Things take a more dramatic turn, however, when Georges son Lauren announced his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician.


Steve McQueen

The Turner Prize and Oscar-winning artist gets a major Tate Modern show.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 13th February to 11th May 2020


He's done the double, winning both the Turner Prize and an Oscar, and in spring 2020 '12 Years a Slave' filmmaker Steve McQueen is the subject of a major Tate Modern show. Putting on the first survey of his work, Tate displays personal and large-scale works spanning more than 20 years. Highlights include McQueen's earliest film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus 1992/97, a reflection on migration and multiculturalism in his home city of London. Recurrent themes in his work address issues of representation, identity and history. Large, immersive video installations present a close-up aerial view of the Statue of Liberty and an intense exploration of the labour conditions of gold miners in South Africa. The exhibition also features Weight 2016, a gold-plated mosquito net draped over a prison bed-frame and an exploration of the relation between protection and confinement.


Pretty Woman: The Musical

Bryan Adams presents an original score for this stage adaptation of the classic rom-com.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 13th February 2020 to 2nd January 2021


Everyone's favourite Hollywood love story comes alive on the London stage this February when Pretty Woman: The Musical transfers from Broadway to the West End with a run at the Piccadilly Theatre. The direction and choreography come from two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray) along with a book by the movie's director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Grammy Award-winning musician Bryan Adams and his long-time collaborator Jim Vallance are responsible for the score with a number of original songs as well as Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman'.


Woburn Treasures

Works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Canaletto are put on display.

The Queen's House, Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

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


Dates: 13th February 2020 to 17th January 2021


This year, Queen's House presents Woburn Treasures, a major new collaboration with Woburn Abbey that sees the venue showcase works from the private art collection of The Duke and Duchess of Bedford - widely regarded as one of the most important private art collections of today. With a number of pieces on public display in a national museum for the first time in over 60 years, visitors will be able to see pieces by the likes of Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Canaletto. Highlights include a full-length portrait of Anne of Denmark by Flemish artist Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Lady Elizabeth Keppel by Sir Joshua Reynolds and Regatta on the Grand Canal by Canaletto.


A Number

Roger Allam and Colin Morgan star in Caryl Churchill's haunting drama.

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

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 14th February to 14th March 2020


Caryl Churchill's haunting drama, A Number, returns to the London stage in 2020 with a run at Bridge Theatre starring Roger Allam and Colin Morgan. An exploration of identity, intimacy and belonging, it sees an only son discover that he is, in fact, one of a number of identical copies. What will happen when he confronts his father about his outrageous genetic experiment? The thrilling piece won the 2002 Evening Standard Award for Best Play and has since been staged at the likes of The Young Vic theatre. Polly Findlay directs this production with Allam taking the role of Salter, the father, and Morgan playing all his sons.


Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs

Discover what life was like before dinosaurs arrived on Earth.

Horniman Museum, 100 Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 15th February to 1st November 2020


Meet the giant insects and bizarre looking animals who used to inhabit earth 252 million years ago in the family friendly Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs exhibition at the Horniman Museum. Before Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex, life on earth was dominated by fearsome sabre-toothed predators, giant insects and strange reptiles with mammal-like characteristics. The Permian age ended with a mass extinction caused by a phenomenon getting a lot of press right now - global warming. It destroyed 90 per cent of all life. It would be millions of years before our planet's next great rulers arrived - the dinosaurs. You'll get to see fossil skeletons as well as full-size models and animatronics that bring the Permian back to life. Put your inner paleontologist to work with fossil digs in interactive pits throughout the exhibition.


Blithe Spirit

Jennifer Saunders plays the clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's witty comedy.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 17th to 22nd Feb 2020


Jennifer Saunders plays the clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, directed by former National Theatre director Sir Richard Eyre. Written in 1941, Coward's witty comedy provided light relief at the height of World War II when it was first staged. In this new production, which played to sell out audiences at Theatre Royal Bath last summer, Jennifer is joined by original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild who stars as novelist Charles, Lisa Dillon as his second wife Ruth Condomine and Emma Naomi as his first Elvira whose ghost is inadvertently summoned at a seance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life gets more complicated. This is the third play from Jonathan Church's Summer Season to transfer to the West End following Arthur Miller's The Price and Switzerland at the Ambassadors. The new production tours the UK coming to Richmond Theatre from 17th until 22nd February before arriving in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre for a five week run.


Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

An exploration of how masculinity is experienced, performed and socially constructed.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 20th February to 17th May 2020


Bringing together over 300 works by more than 50 pioneering international artists, the Barbican surveys the representation of masculinity across several mediums in its new exhibition, Masculinities: Liberation through Photography. An exploration of how masculinity is experienced, performed and socially constructed, it demonstrates how both photography and film have played a central role in influencing how masculinities are understood in contemporary society. Topics covered include queer identity, the black body, power and patriarchy and fatherhood and family.


Jan Svoboda: Against the Light

A showcase of works by the pioneering Czech photographer.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 21st February to 7th June 2020


Having hosted Jan Svoboda's first solo exhibition back in 1982, the Photographers' Gallery now presents Against the Light, the first major UK presentation of the Czech photographer since that first exhibition. Svoboda's ground-breaking experiments and visionary methods led to him becoming a pioneer in photographic appropriation and he went on to redefine many aspects of photography by bridging the traditions of Symbolism and Romanticism with the conceptual and self-reflexive tendencies of late Modernism. Co-organised with The Moravian Gallery in Brno, the exhibition puts around 50 vintage works on display showcasing a broad range of biographical material, personal photography and video interviews.


Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2020

The photography prize returns for its 24th year.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 21st February to 7th June 2020


In spring each year The Photographers' Gallery in London shows an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize - worth 30,000 to the winner. The 2020 exhibition marks the prize's 24th year and features images by Mohamed Bourouissa, Anton Kusters, Mark Neville and Clare Strand, all four of whom are deemed to have made a significant contribution to photography over the past 12 months. The winner will be announced during the run of the exhibition, rewarding the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.


Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age

Take a peek into the lives of the high society of the Dutch Golden Age.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 22nd February to 31st May 2020


Downton Abbey has proved the nation's fascination with the upstairs and downstairs divide in high society, so many will be glad to hear that The National Gallery is providing the chance to peer into the goings on of such households with its major winter exhibition, Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age. Depicting everything from the illicit goings on of a servants' quarters to the enviable lives of the high society, Maes perfectly captured the upstairs and downstairs lifestyle in the Dutch Golden Age. This new exhibition puts nearly 50 paintings and drawings by the artist, who began his career as one of Rembrandt's most talented pupils, to show his full repertoire of both historical and biblical scenes as well as those capturing everyday life.


Leon Spilliaert

The UK's first monographic exhibition of the artist.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 23rd February to 25th May 2020


The Royal Academy of Arts invites visitors to admire the work of Flemish artist Leon Spilliaert this winter with the UK's first monographic exhibition of the artist. Through the display of around 90 works, the exhibition shines a spotlight on an artist who has remained surprisingly unknown outside of his native Belgium, where his dreamy landscapes - most notably night-time scenes - and moving self-portraits are well-known and admired. Striking images of his hometown and the coast are among those to be displayed in the exhibition with works from both public and private collections.


I Think We Are Alone

Kathy Burke and Scott Graham co-direct Sally Abbott's new play.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 25th February to 21st March 2020


With co-direction from Kathy Burke and Scott Graham, Sally Abbott's new play, I Think We Are Alone, comes to Stratford East this winter to celebrate the 25th anniversary of physical theatre company Frantic Assembly. Created in partnership with Theatre Royal Plymouth, the play examines our need for love and forgiveness by following four individuals going through tough times. Sisters Charlotte and Polly have been drifting apart but they're about to come together and clear the air over events that still haunt them from their younger years. Meanwhile, Josie is struggling with grief and Graham is considering letting someone in to fill the missing piece in his heart.


British Surrealism: 1783-1952

The first major exhibition to explore the origins of surrealism.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich Village, London, SE21 7AD

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 26th February to 17th May 2020


Almost 100 years since the concept of surrealism was born, Dulwich Picture Gallery hosts the first major exhibition to explore its origins. British Surrealism: 1783-1952 shows how British Surrealism was a fundamental movement in the history of art and how it actually pre-dated the international movement's official beginnings. The works of more than 30 artists, including Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland, go on display in the exhibition, offering an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, etchings and prints from 1783 to 1952. The exhibition poses the question of whether Henri Fuseli and William Blake deserve the title of 'proto-surrealists', and it explores how Surrealism had a major impact on British artists in the 1930s and '40s. Visitors can expect themes of war, dreams, politics, violence, the unconscious and the uncanny.


David Hockney: Drawing from Life

Intimate portraits of Hockney's muse Celia Birtwell and his mother Laura.

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: 27th February to 28th June 2020


Widely acknowledged for his expertise in drawing, David Hockney's intimate portraits are put under the spotlight at this National Portrait Gallery exhibition showing around 150 works. David Hockney: Drawing from Life focuses on four sitters close to him and his self-portraits to examine his distinctive way of observing the world. His admiration for old and modern masters, from Holbein to Matisse, is evident in his neo-Classical style line drawings of the 1970s and the 'camera lucida' drawings of the late 1990s. Always open to new technology, in the 1980s he used composite Polaroids to 'draw with the camera', as he described it, creating Cubist depictions of form which paid homage to Picasso. More recently years, he has used iPhone and iPad apps to create vast landscapes. As well as self-portraits dating from his school-boy days, this exhibition reveals four subjects dear to Hockney's heart: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.



A brand-new beer festival with live music and 150 brewers.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station


Dates: 27th, 28th and 29th February 2020


Showcasing 150 of the world's best brewers, BrewLDN is a brand-new beer festival launching in 2020. Bringing the likes of Brooklyn Brewery, Fourpure, Hop Kettle and The Five Points to the Old Truman Brewery, the three-day event will provide the chance to sample a huge range of beers with the breweries on hand to educate visitors on their brewing processes and products. There will also be gourmet street food as well as live music from Greg Wilson and the Old Dirty Brasstards as well as resident DJs from Hoxton Radio.


Rob Brydon: Songs & Stories

The comedian intertwines songs and music into his comedy show.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: Friday 28th February 2020


Fresh from returning as Uncle Bryn in the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special, Rob Brydon heads on tour in 2020, stopping by Alexandra Palace for one night in February. Songs and Stories sees the funny man show another string to his bow with the introduction of singing and music. Accompanied by an eight-piece band, it will be his first show to combine songs and music with his witty jokes and will see him perform everything from Sondheim to Rodgers and Hammerstein.


Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Costumes from Star Wars and Memoirs of a Geisha go on display in this major exhibition.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 29th February to 21st June 2020


Catwalk designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Star Wars costumes and a Jean Paul Gaultier designed kimono created for Madonna go on display at the V&A in 2020 as part of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk - the first major exhibition on the kimono in Europe. Exploring the kimono as a dynamic and evolving icon of fashion in both Japan and the rest of the world, the exhibition will also display a broad range of artworks alongside the kimonos to reveal the sartorial, aesthetics and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day. Further highlights include costumes from the Oscar-winning Memoirs of a Geisha and a couture gown designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior.

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