March in London 2019

 
 
 
 
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The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr
Tom Hiddleston stars in Betrayal
WOW - Women of the World
Teenage Cancer Trust Series
Grief Is The Thing With Feathers
Ballet Black: Double Bill
The New Londoners
Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light
Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2019
Head of the River Race
The London Coffee Festival
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2019
Richard Alston Dance Company, Brahms Hungarian
Diana Vishneva's CONTEXT Festival
BalletBoyz: Them/Us
London Handel Festival
Berenice at the Royal Opera House, part of the London Handel Festival
Homegrown Festival: Occupy
The Other Art Fair
Royal Opera: La Forza Del Destino
Emilia
The Rubenstein Kiss
Fiddler On The Roof
The Bay At Nice
The Phlebotomist
Art
Saburo Teshigawara's The Idiot, The Print Room
Royal Opera: Berenice
The Zutons
Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra
Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019
House of Holi
Chiswick House Camellia Festival
Ghost Stories
Country Living Spring Fair
Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
 

© RMN-Grand Palais (musee d'Orsay) / Herve Lewandowski

Tom Hiddleston stars in the final Pinter at the Pinter, Caryl Churchill's Top Girls comes to the National Theatre and van Gogh gets a blockbuster exhibition at Tate Britain, it's all in London in March 2019.

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Richard Alston Dance Company: Quartermark

The acclaimed dance company presents two new works this year.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 01st - 02nd March 2019

 

The acclaimed Richard Alston Dance Company, entering its 25th year, makes the first of its final two visits to Sadler's Wells. The company presents two new works and the revival of Proverb, one of Alston's most telling pieces, set to the vocals of Steve Reich. Hungarian uses the renowned Johannes Brahms music, as dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour. Detour, Martin Lawrance's new work, is set to Michael Gordon's pulsing Timber with the choreographer's trademark quick-paced style.

 
 
 

Chiswick House Camellia Festival

See these beautiful blooms in the picturesque conservatory at Chiswick House.

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

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 

Dates: 01st - 31st March 2019

 

The colourful Camellia Festival, which showcases the wonderful Chiswick House camellia collection, is typically seen by 16,000 visitors each spring. Housed in the gardens' spectacular conservatory, designed by Samuel Ware in 1813, the collection is a national treasure and the oldest in the Western world - it was created in the early years of the 19th century by the 6th Duke of Devonshire and many of the 33 different varieties we see today are descended from the original planting. It's wonderful to see these beautiful blooms in the conservatory next to the restored nineteenth-century Italian Garden, replanted in 2012. Known as the Queen of the Winter Flowers, the camellias at Chiswick bring a burst of glorious colour - from pinks to reds, whites to stripes - to the spring season.

 
 
 

The Renaissance Nude

Revealing what lies beneath, the Royal Academy of Arts traces the origins of the nude.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 3rd March to 2nd June 2019

 

Showing some skin, the Royal Academy of Arts presents The Renaissance Nude, an exhibition examining the origins of the nude. Bringing together works by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Durer and Cranach, the exhibition reveals how drawing the human anatomy from life inspired some of the most renowned 15th and 16th century masterpieces. This was a time when the nude was transforming Christian art, as demonstrated in this display which includes full-scale paintings, miniatures, bronze statuettes and anatomical studies. See how the idealised beauty contrasts with the ageing body, and public images compare with more intimate works.

 
 
 

Art

Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson star in Yasmina Reza's award-winning drama.

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 04th - 09th March 2019

 

Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson star in a revival of Yasmina Reza's Olivier Award-winning Art, a study of friendship, prejudice and tolerance. The A-list cast will, no doubt, be a major draw for the much love production which has been packing in audiences for more than twenty years. When Serge (Nigel Havers) spends a small fortune on an all-white modernist painting, his friends Marc (Denis Lawson) and Yvan (Stephen Tompkinson) react in different - and not altogether favourable - ways. As the 80-minute play progresses the three men are faced with the realisation that their longstanding friendship may be over.

 
 
 

BalletBoyz: Them/Us

Double bill featuring Them written by BalletBoyz dancers and Us by Christopher Wheeldon.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 05th - 09th March 2019

 

A brand new double bill featuring Them written by BalletBoyz dancers and Us, written by Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. BalletBoyz, known worldwide for their ground-breaking live performances, films and TV appearances, present two new productions, both asking where we see ourselves in relation to the "other". Them is the first time the all-male dance company has created a dance using the in-house team which currently includes: Sean Flanagan, Benjamin Knapper, Harry Price, Liam Riddick, Matthew Sandiford and Bradley Waller.

 
 
 
 

Betrayal

Tom Hiddleston stars in the final play in Jamie Lloyd's Pinter at the Pinter season.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 5th March to 8th June 2019

 

Tom Hiddleston, star of The Night Manager, returns to the London stage following his acclaimed Hamlet directed by Kenneth Branagh. Bringing the Pinter at the Pinter season - with the Jamie Lloyd Company showing all of Harold Pinter's works - to a close, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance. Thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. The complexities of the human heart are explored in this, "the greatest, and the most moving, of all Pinter's plays" (The Daily Telegraph). Revealing characters' hidden emotions and veiled motivations and their self-absorbed competitive dishonesty, Pinter's Olivier award winning play is set to take the London stage by storm.

 
 
 

Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads

Over sixty sketches, drawings and full-sized sculptures juxtaposed with the Renaissance armour that inspired them.

Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 6th March to 23rd June 2019

 

New research reveals that Henry Moore's long relationship with the Wallace Collection directly inspired his celebrated Helmet Head sculptures, so where better to show them together for the very first time? It's wonderful to see over sixty sketches, drawings, maquettes and full-sized sculptures in plaster, lead and bronze, juxtaposed with the Renaissance armour that inspired them. Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads reveals that armour - and what it represents - is a recurring theme in all of Moore's work, including his reclining figures, exploring ideas about power and strength, protection and vulnerability.

 
 
 

House of Holi

Add a splash of colour to your day and fling paint at your friends and complete strangers.

Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, 9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4WY

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 06th - 21st March 2019

 

City workers can add a splash of colour to their day and throw paint at each other at the House of Holi which pops up outside Vivek Singh's modern Indian Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant in Devonshire Square from Wednesday 6th March to Thursday 21st March. Londoners are invited to loosen their ties, don a protective suit and pelt powdered paint at one another for 30 minutes. The pop-up comes courtesy of Cinnamon Kitchen which is celebrating the Holi Hindu festival with a five-course Holi menu - including spinach and paneer kofta and char-grilled kingfish with pickling spices - as well as colourful cocktails in the pop-up bar. A wonderful way to brighten your day, the Holi festival marks the arrival of spring and we can't think of a better way to celebrate the change of seasons and lighter evenings.

 
 
 

Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr

Works by the photographer famous for his wry observations of Britishness.

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: 7th March to 27th May 2019

 

Britain in the time of Brexit is seen through the lens of Martin Parr, a photographer famous for his wry observations of Britishness. The new works form just one section of Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr which opens at the National Portrait Gallery this spring. Featuring portraits of people from around the world, the exhibition examines national identity today, both in the UK and abroad. The exhibition also focuses on the British Abroad, including photographs made in British Army camps overseas, and Parr's long term study of the British 'Establishment', revealing the obscure rituals and ceremonies of British life. His portraits of celebrities, most of which have never been exhibited before, also go on display, showing British fashion legends Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith, contemporary artists Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and world-renowned football player Pele.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2019

This show includes photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 07th - 10th March 2019

 

Whether you're looking for a picture to match your new curtains or to discover the works of a creative genius on the way up, then this is the place for you. Taking place in Battersea in spring and autumn and on Hampstead Heath in May, the Affordable Art Fair offers original art from just over £100 to £6,000. Attended by around 22,000 people each time, the shows include photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries. The four-day Battersea spring fair gathers together more than 100 British and international galleries under one roof.

 
 
 
 

WOW - Women of the World

Activist and writer Angela Davis, author Naomi Klein and comedian Jo Brand challenge stereotypes.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 08th - 09th March 2019

 

This is the ninth Women of the World Festival (WOW) but the first since Jude Kelly left the Southbank Centre to run the WOW Foundation full time. She has lined up two headline talks with legendary activist and writer Angela Davis as well as award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein. Jo Brand challenges stereotypes with Born Lippy: How To Do Female and Women's Equality Party co-founder Catherine Mayer examines how debates have become so damagingly polarised. During the day on Friday and Saturday there's What Now? and What Next?, led by Kelly, looking at the current state of the nation for women and girls, and asking what the future looks like. Through eight major events the festival invites us to take stock of where equality is now and what comes next.

 
 
 

Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2019

The renowned photography exhibition returns for its 22nd year.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 8th March to 2nd June 2019

 

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 2019 exhibition - which marks the prize's 22nd year anniversary - features images by Laia Abril, whose work focuses on the difficult topic of abortion; Susan Meiselas, a leading documentary photographer known for her work in conflict zones; Arwed Messmer, nominated for his exhibition on the Red Army Faction; and Mark Ruwedel, recognised for his work that explores geological, historical and political events. 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.

 
 
 

Emilia

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's exhilarating all-female production gets a West End transfer.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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

 

Dates: 8th March to 15th June 2019

 

Hailed as "an act of revolution" (The Times) and "a landmark moment in the history of Shakespeare's Globe" (The Independent), Morgan Lloyd Malcolm's "exhilarating all-female production" is brought to a wider audience with this West End transfer. Based on the biography of the 17th-century poet and feminist, Emilia Bassano, the play tells the story - untold for centuries - of the author of the first published collection of poetry by a woman in England. Believed to be Shakespeare's mysterious Dark Lady, she now "steps out of the shadows in a glorious blaze of passion and fury" (The Times). "If Shakespeare's Globe had a roof, it would have been blasted off by the thunderous ovations and cheers" said The Independent.

 
 
 

Raw Wine Fair

Two days of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine.

The Store Studios, 180 The Strand, London, WC2R 3DA

Tube: Temple Station

 

Dates: 10th - 11th March 2019

 

Taking over the Store Studios for two days, the Raw Wine Fair brings together some of the best wine talent in the world. Over 150 growers will be in attendance to showcase an exciting line-up of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine, which are all kind to the planet and better for your health. Farmers, producers and sommeliers will all be on hand to explain the process of producing such fine wines and talks by industry experts will allow you to make decide which wine you should be buying to take home. There will also be a selection of stalls selling a range of street food.

 
 
 

CONTEXT Festival

Contemporary dance from Russian and a rare opportunity to see Diana Vishneva perform.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 12th March 2019

 

A showcase of Russian contemporary choreography featuring prima ballerina Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes plus excerpts from Kirill Serebrennikov's ballet Nureyev and the UK premiere of Asunder. Prima ballerina at the Mariinsky Theatre, guest soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre and ex-principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, Diana retired from the latter in 2017. This is the first time her celebrated CONTEXT Festival will be performed in the UK and presents a rare opportunity to see Diana Vishneva herself perform on a London stage.

 
 
 
 

Downstate

A fiery and provocative new play from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bruce Norris.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 12th March - 27th April 2019

 

Coming to the National Theatre direct from its debut at Steppenwolf, Chicago, Downstate is a fiery and provocative new play from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bruce Norris. Set in downstate Illinois, it tells the story of four men convicted of sex crimes against minors. Sharing a house with one another, they live out their lives in the shadow of their offences, and soon one of them will come face-to-face with a victim. But does the visitor want closure or retribution? The powerful piece puts the limits of compassion in the spotlight and questions what happens when society deems someone beyond forgiveness.

 
 
 

Ballet Black: Double Bill

New dance piece portrays a milestone moment in South African history.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, Covent Garden, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 14th - 17th March 2019

 

UK-based Ballet Black, led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, return to the Barbican Theatre for the fourth consecutive year following their previous sell-out seasons, this time with two world premieres. The first, a Barbican co-commission, Ingoma (Song), portrays a milestone moment in South African history when 60,000 black miners took courageous strike action. The second is another original work, a light-hearted and engaging narrative ballet by Italian choreographer Luca Silvestrini.

 
 
 

The Other Art Fair

Fantastic fair for discovering new and emerging artists.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 14th - 17th March 2019

 

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair is a fantastic fair for discovering new and emerging artists, showcasing work by more than 140 painters, sculptors and illustrators at the Old Truman Brewery. Free guided tours give you some direction about what art to buy but there are also exhibitions to see. Missing marks the 25th anniversary of the Missing People charity with an exhibition which includes a new portrait of Richard Edwards of the Manic Street Preachers. LA-based Guest Artist Gary Baseman creates an immersive experience called The Purr Room. Each day, in The Illustration Corner, you can meet a different artist presenting a free, interactive drop-in project. Tattoo artist Nara Ishikawa takes up residency, hole punches simulate snow and Soho Radio is broadcasting from the fair on Thursday and Friday.

 
 
 

The Rubenstein Kiss

Ruby Bentall stars in a tale of conspiracy and betrayal in the Cold War.

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

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station , Borough Station

 

Dates: 14th March - 13th April 2019

 

Ruby Bentall, best known for playing Verity in the BBC's Poldark, takes on the role of Esther Rubenstein in The Rubenstein Kiss, a tale of conspiracy and betrayal in the Cold War, staged at the Southwark Playhouse. Inspired by the true story of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were executed in 1953 for allegedly providing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, James Phillips's drama is the study of conspiracy, betrayal and guilt. In Joe Harmston's new production, the drama is played out by a new generation of actors including Henry Proffit who plays Esther's husband Jakob Rubenstein.

 
 
 

The Bay At Nice

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond star in David Hare's mother daughter drama.

Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Tube: Borough Station

 

Dates: 14th March to 4th May 2019

 

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond star in a new revival of David Hare's The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory with Richard Eyre directing. In the 75-minute play, set in Leningrad in the 1950s, an aging artist is invited by her daughter to verify the authenticity of a Matisse painting at the city's Hermitage Museum. At its heart is mother and daughter's differing takes on life, love and art. With such a strong creative team and cast - Olivier Award winning actress Penelope Wilton has reached a new audience as the matriarch of the Crawley family in Downton Abbey - this production is sure to sell out.

 
 
 
 

David Gray

The singer-songwriter behind hits This Year's Love and Babylon performs live.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 17th March 2019

 

Folk rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, David Gray, whose 1998 album White Ladder was the fifth bestselling album in the UK in the 2000s now promotes his brand new album, Gold In A Brass Age. After releasing his first album of new material in four years, the Cheshire-born singer-songwriter goes on a seventeen-date tour of the UK in 2019, playing at Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 17th March. The atmospheric and experimental new album comments on the brevity of life - "time ticking by is a theme that recurs throughout the record" says Gray.

 
 
 

Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light

The most complete exhibition of the artist's paintings outside Spain.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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

 

Dates: 18th March to 7th July 2019

 

In spring 2019 the National Gallery stages the first exhibition in the UK for over a century of the work of the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. More than sixty works displayed in Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light represent the artist's career, making this exhibition in the Sainsbury Wing the most complete exhibition of the artist's paintings outside Spain. Important masterpieces are among the portraits, landscapes and the seascapes, garden views and bather scenes for which he is most well known. Sometimes referred to as Spain's Impressionist, his work resonates with that of his contemporaries across Europe, including Sargent and Monet.

 
 
 

Homegrown Festival: Occupy

Festival of young voices and emerging talent expands from four days to four weeks.

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 18th March - 12th April 2019

 

Occupy expands Battersea Arts Centre's annual Homegrown Festival of young voices and emerging talent from four days to four weeks. The month long festival features six world premieres, gig theatre, live games, virtual experiences, rap poetry and installations. A dynamic collective aged 16 to 25 stages a London City Takeover (5 Apr to 7 Apr) as Battersea Arts Centre, BFI, the Roundhouse, Tate, Wired4Music and the Young Vic all give them space to share their visions of the future. High Rise eState of Mind, a new show from the makers of BAC Beatbox Academy's Frankenstein, exposes young people's fears of where will they live. An interactive theatre game of survival, love in the digital age and exploration of non-binary identity are just three further strands in the packed programme.

 
 
 

The Phlebotomist

Ella Road's powerfully provocative vision of the future.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station

 

Dates: 19th March - 20th April 2019

 

Following a sold out run Hampstead Downstairs in 2018, director Sam Yates revives Ella Road's provocative drama about a dystopian future on the theatre's main stage. The "terrific" (The Guardian) Jade Anouka plays Bea, who falls for a man with a perfect genetic profile but does a flawless rating guarantee true love? "Black Mirror meets Brave New World" said The Guardian, giving the "racy dystopian thriller" four stars.

 
 
 

Saburo Teshigawara's The Idiot

Cult Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara returns to London.

The Print Room at the Coronet, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 

Dates: 20th - 30th March 2019

 

A man, a woman and a rat move around the stage beneath pulsing light which transforms the space into a labyrinth as cult Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara returns to London with his danced telling of Dostoevsky's The Idiot. Teshigawara and his long-standing artistic collaborator Rihoko Sato, embody the principal characters of the novel, Prince Myshkin (the Idiot) and the fascinating Nastasya Filippovna. They are joined by Emiko Murayama as the rat. Together they reveal the movement inside Dostoevsky's words; moans, murmurs and sighs are fleshed out by their bodies.

 
 
 
 

The Show In Which Hopefully Nothing Happens

An absurdist piece about hope, humour and failure which children aged between six and 10 will enjoy.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 28th April 2019

 

An absurdist piece about hope, humour and failure which children aged between six and 10 will enjoy. Welcome to the most boring show in history: an actor who never gets to perform and a security guard who just hopes nothing will occur. Originally created in the Netherlands, this piece of theatre by Jetse Batalaan is recreated with the Unicorn featuring a UK cast.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: La Forza Del Destino

Personal dramas play out against a background of war in Verdi's opera.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 21st March - 22nd April 2019

 

Antonio Pappano conducts the revised version of Forza, in which Verdi's opera has a less melodramatic ending, in a Royal Opera House production. With beautiful arias such as Leonora's 'Pace, pace mio Dio!' Christof Loy directs a colourful production where personal dramas play out against a background of war. Starring Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tezier, the story reveals how Don Carlo, set on avenging the murder of his father, joins the Spanish army under a false name, little knowing that the man his is looking for, Don Alvaro, has done the same thing. The men become close friends while fighting in Italy. But friendship turns to enmity when Don Carlo discovers Leonora's portrait among Alvaro's possessions. Many years later, they meet at the remote monastery where our hapless heroine, Leonora, lives as a recluse.

 
 
 

Fiddler On The Roof

Trevor Nunn's production, sold out at the Menier Chocolate Factory, transfers to the West End.

Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE

Tube: Embankment Underground Station , Charing Cross Station

 

Dates: 21st March to 15th June 2019

 

Proud father Tevye struggles to maintain his family's Jewish traditions in turn of the 20th century Imperial Russia in the West End transfer of Menier Chocolate Factory's sold-out, "note-perfect" (The Guardian) staging of the Tony Award-winning musical. Trevor Nunn directs Andy Nyman as the despairing patriarch and Judy Kuhn as Golde in this joyous and timely celebration of life. Featuring well known songs like 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', 'Sunrise, Sunset' and 'If I Were a Rich Man', Fiddler on the Roof "bursts from the stage" (Financial Times), bringing new life to one of the most beloved musicals of all time. "Musically, geopolitically, emotionally, this Fiddler raises the roof" said The Guardian in its five star review.

 
 
 

The New Londoners

Featuring 163 families from 187 countries, captured by an award winning British photographer.

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

Tube: King's Cross Station , Euston Station

 

Dates: 22nd March to 7th July 2019

 

Close to 200 different countries are represented by people living in London, according to the UN, and award winning British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins has created portraits of most of them. The British Library has acquired the collection, featuring 163 families from 187 countries, and displays a selection of them in a free display in the Library's Second Floor Gallery. The New Londoners features photographs of the families in their London homes and is the first time an edit of the completed project can be seen on public display.

 
 
 

Emma Kunz

The first UK solo exhibition by the late Swiss healer, researcher and artist.

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Tube: Lancaster Gate Station

 

Dates: 23rd March to 19th May 2019

 

Geometric drawings inspired by spiritualism go on display at the Serpentine Gallery at the first UK solo exhibition by the late Swiss healer, researcher and artist Emma Kunz, one of the great pioneers of abstract art. Born to a family of weavers in 1892, Kunz used her drawings, created using a pendulum, to formulate diagnoses for her patients and saw in them answers to her questions on life. She "channelled her sorrow into these amazing geometric drawings," says Serpentine Galleries artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, "It's almost like a higher force, a magnetic force drew her hand."

 
 
 
 

Teenage Cancer Trust Series

Rudimental, Take That, Doves, The Script and Levellers make up this year's line-up.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 25th - 31st March 2019

 

The Teenage Cancer Trust annual series of concerts returns to the Royal Albert Hall this spring with five wondrous nights of music. This year the line-up includes Rudimental, Take That, alternative rock legends, Doves, who return after a decade away, pop/rock trio The Script and English folk-rockers Levellers. Supporting Rudimental is grime star Ghetts, Take That celebrate their 30th anniversary and Doves, the legendary three-piece band from Manchester, reward a generation of fans patiently waiting for their reappearance. Irish trio The Script are five albums and ten years into a 30 million record-selling career while English folk punk band Levellers play a full electric set on Sunday 31st March as part of 'A Beautiful Night Out', a one-day version of their award-winning grass roots festival Beautiful Days.

 
 
 

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

Cillian Murphy stars in the Enda Walsh adaptation of Max Porter's novel about loss.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 25th March - 13th April 2019

 

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy "is riveting as a bereaved husband - and an imaginary crow" (The Guardian) in the Enda Walsh adaptation of Max Porter's novel about loss. Grief is the Thing with Feathers, which makes its UK premiere in the Barbican Theatre, is a deeply moving meditation on love, bereavement and living as a father and his two young children deal with the shock of sudden death. In Walsh's staging for Complicite and Wayward Productions, the Crow's "psychological and symbolic aspect" is emphasised by having Murphy embody him, switching between roles "with a flip of his dressing gown" (The Guardian).

 
 
 

The London Coffee Festival

The four-day festival returns with coffee, cocktails, music and art.

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

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 28th - 31st March 2019

 

The four day London Coffee Festival returns with coffee, cocktails, music and art all linked to the theme of coffee. The festival includes live roasting demonstrations, an espresso martini party, coffee food pairing, a milk bar, latte art and the school of chocolate. Across the Old Truman Brewery site over 250 artisan coffee and gourmet food stalls, tastings and demonstrations, interactive workshops, street food, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs and art exhibitions are staged, all centred on the caffeinated drink.

 
 
 

Top Girls

Caryl Churchill's powerful feminist play returns to London.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 26th March - 22nd April 2019

 

More than three decades since it premiered at the Royal Court, Caryl Churchill's powerful feminist play, Top Girls, returns to London in 2019, and it's just as relevant today as it was back in 1982. Originally staged in the era of Thatcherism, the story follows Marlene - the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency - as she takes inspiration from Maggie at Number 10 to realise even more ambitions. A look at the obstacles women have to tackle in order to obtain equality, it sees Marlene dine with notable female figures - both mythical and historical - as they discuss their own tumultuous journeys to power.

 
 
 

The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain

The first exhibition of the Dutch artist's work at Tate in over 70 years.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 

Dates: 27th March to 11th August 2019

 

See Van Gogh's Sunflowers in a new light at The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain. The artist's 1888 masterpiece - which has only left the National Gallery three times in its history - is shown at Tate Britain for the first time, alongside the British artwork that it inspired - from flower paintings by Frank Brangwyn and Matthew Smith to Jacob Epstein and David Bomberg. The first exhibition of the artist's work at Tate in over 70 years, the display concentrates on Van Gogh's residence in London, between 1873 and 1876, revealing his enthusiasm for British culture. It shows how he responded to works by John Constable and John Everett Millais, his love of British writers and his passion for British graphic artists and prints. Despite his poverty, he collected around 2,000 engravings, most from English magazines such as the Illustrated London News, prints he returned to in his final months when he painted his only image of London, Prisoners Exercising, from Gustave Dore's print of Newgate Prison.

 
 
 
 

London Handel Festival

This year's programme takes 'Handel's Divas' as its theme and begins with a performance of Berenice.

St George's Church Hanover Square, St George Street, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London, W1S 1FX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station , Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 27th March - 29th April 2019

 

The London Handel Festival has been running for over 25 years, celebrating Handel's music at venues across London with an extensive six-week season of concerts, talks and walks. Venues include the delightful St George's Church in Mayfair, Handel's own parish church, where the Handel Singing Competition and dozens of intimate performances take place. This year's programme takes 'Handel's Divas' as its theme and begins in March with a performance of Berenice at the Royal Opera House and continues with a Handel and Hogarth walk around Covent Garden Handel and a performance of the Rival Queens at St John's Smith Square. Festival Voices make their London Handel Festival debut with Handel Remixed at the CLF Art Cafe in Peckham's Bussey Building.

 
 
 

Royal Opera: Berenice

Handel's theatrical opera presents a battle of love and politics.

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

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 27th March - 07th April 2019

 

Adele Thomas directs Handel's opera, Berenice, which premiered over 250 years ago at the Covent Garden Theatre, a forerunner to the Royal Opera House. Opening the 2019 London Handel Festival, this new co-production between The Royal Opera and London Handel Festival presents a battle of love and politics as two strong women fight against princes and each other. Staged in the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre, it's sung in English to a new English translation by Selma Dimitrijevic while Laurence Cummings conducts the London Handel Orchestra.

 
 
 

Re-Textured Festival

A new festival celebrating electronic music and brutalist architecture.

 

Dates: 28th - 31st March 2019

 

A new festival from DJ duo Krankbrother, Re-Textured takes over five London venues for four days this March. A celebration of both electronic music and brutalist, modernist architecture, it will see the Southbank Centre, E1, 180 The Strand, Village Underground and Walthamstow Academy taking part, hosting a series of electronic, techno and ambient gigs. At the Southbank, Kuwaiti music producer and artist Fatima Al Qadiri and Danse Noire co-founder Aisha Devi play boundary-pushing thumping beats as part of Concrete Lates and house pioneers The Orb celebrate their 30-year anniversary playing greatest hits and new music in Queen Elizabeth Hall.

 
 
 

Country Living Spring Fair

Inspiring lifestyle show full of interiors ideas and showcasing over 400 exhibitors.

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

Tube: Bounds Green Station

 

Dates: 28th - 31st March 2019

 

Learn modern calligraphy, weave an Easter basket, feed the lambs and support independent producers as the Country Living Spring Fair†comes to Alexandra Palace this March. As much a part of spring as daffodils and snowdrops, this inspiring lifestyle show is full of home and interiors ideas, with over 400 exhibitors selling cushions, fabrics, clothes, bags, jewellery, homeware and plenty of other crafty goodies. There's a newcomers market, showcasing first-time crafters, workshops and talks on topics like flower arranging, bee keeping and block printing. So not only can you give your home and wardrobe a spring clean but you can also try your hand at something new. COMPETITION: We've got 10 pairs of tickets to the Country Living Spring Fair to give away. Go to LondonTown Competitions†for details.

 
 
 

Ghost Stories

The original terrifying live production returns to west London 8 years after its premiere.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 29th March to 11th May 2019

 

Having premiered at Lyric Hammersmith back in 2010, Ghost Stories has since become a global phenomenon and in 2019 it will return to the west London theatre as part of Sean Holmes' last season as artistic director. Not recommended for those with a nervous disposition, the show is a series of short stories strung together by academic presenter, Professor Philip Goodman (played by Andy Nyman, co-creator of Derren Brown's stage and TV shows), and there are plenty of moments when you'll want to hide behind the sofa. Written and directed by Nyman and the League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson, it is billed as a selection of stories whose creepy tales "will bleed off the stage and into your dreams". That's not quite the case - there's enough humour to soften the truly scary stuff - but it certainly gives you plenty of paranormal things to think (and shriek) about. You may notice your step quicken on the walk home after dark. Not suitable for anyone aged 15 and below, or those of a nervous disposition.

 
 
 
 

Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End

The interactive game based on the cult TV programme comes to the Trocadero.

The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End, 22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, London, W1D 7EJ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 29th March to 30th June 2019

 

From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th January 2019), the interactive game, based on the cult TV programme of the 1990s, comes to the Trocadero in the heart of London's West End. The experience spans three floors and challenges you to 32 new games hosted by more than 60 maze masters. Altogether it's big enough for nearly 1,000 players a day. A great team bonding exercise, teams of up to eight are tasked with a series of challenges against the clock in four themed zones: Medieval, Aztec, Industrial and Futuristic.

 
 
 

Head of the River Race

420 crews row down a 4.25 mile course along the Thames.

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 

Dates: 30th March 2019

 

The Head of the River Race is one of the classic races on the rowing calendar, a warm up for the Oxford vs. Cambridge Boat Race that follows the exact same course backwards, from Mortlake to Putney Bridge along the Thames. There are 420 crews in all, rowing down the 4.25 mile course, testing their willpower and teamwork in this uniquely macho sport. It is also a particularly nice stretch of the river, so even if you are not that excited by rowing, this is a really nice spot to enjoy a walk or a pint and watch the boats glide past - hopefully the tides will dictate that the race coincides nicely with an early pub lunch, but you'll have to book early if you want a seat that faces the river.

 
 
 

The Zutons

The Liverpool indie-rock band celebrates the 15th anniversary of its debut album.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 30th March 2019

 

After nine years apart, Liverpool indie-rock band The Zutons celebrates the 15th anniversary of its debut album, Who Killed.... The Zutons? with a UK tour in March and April 2019, stopping off at the Roundhouse on 30th March. Best known for their song 'Valerie', which was covered by Amy Winehouse, the band had a number of hit singles in the naughties including 'Pressure Point', 'Remember Me' and 'You Will You Won't'. Before the 2019 tour, Zutons frontman Dave McCabe said, "We've all been off doing our own thing for a little while, and it's only with hindsight and a bit of space that you see how special something really is".

 
 
 

Stewart Copeland Lights Up The Orchestra

The former drummer of The Police performs his own music and film scores.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th March 2019

 

An orchestral celebration of Stewart Copeland's legendary career, the former drummer of British band The Police performs his own material, joined by the London Concert Orchestra. After co-founding The Police in 1977 and playing sold out venues across the globe Copeland began his move beyond the rock arena in the mid 1980s, composing music for films. His best-known film scores include Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish and Oliver Stone's Wall Street. In this live performance at Royal Festival Hall he plays these and other works, co-arranged for orchestra by musical director Troy Miller, producer for Jamie Cullum, Laura Mvula and Gregory Porter, who conducts.

 
 
 

Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019

Ivan Vasiliev is among the superstar performers at this celebration of Russian ballet.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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

 

Dates: 31st March 2019

 

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala, an annual fixture since 2006, celebrates the legacy of the famed Russian Ballet School and pays tribute to its legendary dancers. In 2019, performers at the one-night-only event at the Coliseum include the "dazzlingly athletic" (The Telegraph) Ivan Vasiliev (Mikhailovsky Theatre), Maria Alexandrova and Anastasia Stashkevich of the Bolshoi Theatre, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Mikhail Kaniskin from Staatsballett Berlin and Jeffrey Cirio who's currently with English National Ballet. Members of the Mariinsky Theatre, Vienna State Ballet and Boston Ballet, among others, all come together for this celebration of Russian ballet.

 
 
 

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