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Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019
Take That
Wandsworth Arts Fringe
KERB: Jam on Rye
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
Canalway Cavalcade
Arcadia London
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
Breakin' Convention


The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the West End in May 2019, Take That bring their greatest hits to The O2 and the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre season begins with Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play Our Town.

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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End

After three successful years in Islington the Crystal Maze comes to the West End.

22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, London, W1D 7EJ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


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, t eams of up to eight are tasked with a series of challenges against the clock in four themed zones: Medieval, Aztec, Industrial and Futuristic.


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Death of a Salesman

Marianne Elliott directs this bold adaptation of Arthur Miller's most famous play.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 1st May to 29th June 2019


The Old Vic is staging an Arthur Miller double bill in 2019 with The American Clock and All My Sons, but it's the Young Vic that's taking on the writer's most famous play. In a bold new adaptation, Death of a Salesman will be given new meaning with the story told through the eyes of an African American family. Revered director Marianne Elliott - renowned for putting contemporary twists on classics - is behind the production while Wendell Pierce of The Wire, Suits and Selma will make his UK stage debut as Willy Loman. Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke and Arinze Kene will also star.


Take That

The band marks its 30th anniversary with a massive UK arena and stadium tour.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 2nd to 10th May 2019


The chart-topping pop trio of singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald performs old favourites like 'Relight My Fire' at The O2. No longer a boy band but grown men with families, Take That celebrates three decades in the music business playing longstanding hits 'Everything Changes But You', 'Could It Be Magic' and 'A Million Love Songs' as well as new songs from their most recent albums. The band is renowned for its spectacular live productions with aerialists, circus performers, holograms and robots, and this show will be just as visually impressive. For this 30th anniversary tour they're joined by special guest Rick Astley.


Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Two weeks of theatre, art, circus and comedy as well as some free shows.

Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station


Dates: 3rd to 19th May 2019


More than 170 shows in over 55 venues across the borough comes to south London as Wandsworth Arts Fringe returns with two weeks of theatre, art, circus, comedy and free shows. Last year, when the festival celebrated the 250th anniversary of circus, over 20,000 people participated in the 180 events staged across borough. The Fringe involves over 700 artists with events, some free others ticketed, taking place at every conceivable space from street corners to theatres, rooms above pubs to municipal halls and open parks. In 2018 venues included Wandsworth Prison, St Mary's Church, Putney Arts Theatre, Tara Arts, the Royal Academy of Dance HQ in Battersea Square, the Pump House Gallery and Balham Bowls Club where the first ever opera to have been co-written by an artificial intelligence was performed.


Breakin' Convention

Jonzi D is back with his three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 3rd, 4th and 5th May 2019


This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a 16th year in 2019. Breakin' Convention features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls. Taking place every May bank holiday weekend, this world-renowned celebration of hip hop dance culture takes over the whole Sadler's Wells space with dance workshops, graffiti, DJs and freestyle sessions all over the building. On its opening evening, the festival kicks off with an adults-only evening, WORX, where you can enjoy a free cocktail and a night of hip hop cabaret as Breakin' Convention "comes of age" for its sweet 16th.


Canalway Cavalcade

Floating and folksy festival featuring the canal boats of Little Venice.

Little Venice, Maida Vale, Little Venice, London, W2 1TH

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station


Dates: 4th, 5th and 6th May 2019


Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterway festival that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers, there will be an array of boats, trade show stalls and boater gatherings at this festival for water lovers. As well as the boating activities, there will also be Morris dancing, competitions, food, a real ale bar and family-friendly activities making it an enjoyable day out for families. Plus, with the location being quaint Little Venice, this creates the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll and an enjoyable view alongside your lunch and ale.


Arcadia London

Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82 and Sasha play under the giant spider.

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

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station


Dates: Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019


Arcadia, the nomadic party organisers known for bringing some memorable sets to Glastonbury deliver a giant a 50-tonne fire breathing mechanical spider to London this May Bank Holiday weekend for the spider's only UK show. The two day festival begins on Saturday as, fresh from his ground breaking Barbican show, DC10 DJ Jamie Jones headlines at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He's part of a strong Saturday line up which includes Sasha, Alan Fitzpatrick and Hot Since 82. Sunday sees the bass heavy and flamboyant DJ EZ mixing against a backdrop of giant flame bursts, flying creatures, and a whole new set of SFX. Joining him is Sub Focus delivering drum n bass, with ID on the mic. Hot off the back of her XOYO residency comes Flava D in her first major festival appearance of the summer, while special guest Lethal Bizzle takes over with rampaging hip hop. Unique to the event is the Metamorphosis show, 30 minutes where the spider comes to life with pyrotechnics and aerial artists, all centred on the spider.


Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Explore over 100 galleries under one roof in a marquee on Hampstead Heath.

Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, London, NW3 1TH

Tube: Hampstead Station


Dates: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th May 2019


The second Affordable Art Fair of the year in Hampstead is the little sister of the Battersea Park original which occurs in spring and autumn. Held in a marquee on the Lower Fairground Site on Hampstead Heath over a May weekend, there are over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting paintings, original prints, sculpture, etchings and photography from both established names and emerging talents - all priced from 100 to 6,000. It's the ninth consecutive year the Affordable Art Fair has come to Hampstead in its 14-year history with artists and gallerists presenting workshops and talks. Thursday is the Late View, an evening of art and activities with music and wine as well as art and sculpture demonstrations.


White Pearl

A comedy satire about racism within different east Asian ethnic groups.

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 10th May to 15th June 2019


Having already made a splash in New York, 24-year-old Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King is given her UK debut in 2019 with White Pearl. Staged at the Royal Court Theatre, the play is a satire about racism within different east Asian ethnic groups. In Singapore, Clearday is a successful cosmetic start-up, but when the company's latest product - a skin whitening cream - is advertised online, it goes viral for all the wrong reasons. The YouTube views are climbing and the company needs to tackle the PR nightmare.


The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 11th May to 3rd August 2019


Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre, the critically acclaimed The Lehman Trilogy transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles reprise the roles they originally played at the National. Widely praised when it was first staged, this "engrossing play" includes "an acting masterclass from Simon Russell Beale" (The Guardian). Charting Lehman bank's "rise and fall beautifully" (Times), the history of American capitalism takes on the deceptive charm of a folk tale" (Telegraph) under the direction of Sam Mendes (The Ferryman, Skyfall). Nearly two centuries of Lehman lineage is revealed, from 1844 in Bavaria to bankruptcy 163 years later.


Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

Katya Jones and nine professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 18th May 2019


See ten of the top professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform brilliant ballroom dances. Reigning Strictly champion Katya Jones is just one of the ten dancers and Strictly favourites performing on the 35 date tour which comes to London's Eventim Apollo on Saturday 18th May. She's joined by nine of the best dancers from the popular TV series including AJ Pritchard, two-time Strictly finalist Giovanni Pernice and Oti Mabuse and Karen Clifton, both former finalists on Strictly, Australian Open Champion Dianne Buswell and two-time Ballroom and Latin World Champion Nadiya Bychkova.


Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)

A reimagining of John Gay's infamous musical satire, The Beggar's Opera.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 21st May to 15th June 2019


Following a successful run in 2015, Kneehigh theatre return to Lyric Hammersmith in 2019 with Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a reimagining of John Gay's infamous musical satire, The Beggar's Opera. 'Bursting with wit, wonder and weirdness', the show features a cast of actor musicians who shimmy their way through a story about an assassinated Mayor Goodman and contract killer Macheath.


RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Fragrant flowers and flamboyant designs make Chelsea a highpoint of the London summer season.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 21st to 25th May 2019


Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners. Held in the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital since 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show, is the finest of the Royal Horticultural Society shows.



The largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

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

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


Dates: 23rd May to 26th August 2019


A recreation of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo comes to the British Museum as it stages the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan. Literally meaning 'pictures run riot' this narrative art form has crossed over into other forms of cultural expression, including 'cosplay' dressing up. Contemporary manga and digital anime are linked to their historic roots as Manga gives us a chance to see the origins of modern Japanese cartoons and - spoiler alert - they're older than you think. The Handscrolls of Frolicking Animals (Choju giga), for example, dating back to 1200 AD, is considered by some to be the foundation of modern manga. Showing bestselling books from the 1970s, anime and gaming, the exhibition shows how manga has become a multimedia global phenomenon.


London Original Print Fair

Gathering 50 of the world's leading print dealers at the Royal Academy of Arts.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th May 2019


The London Original Print Fair, the world's longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints, returns to the Royal Academy of Arts for the 34th time in 2019, gathering 50 of the world's leading print dealers together at the prestigious London art gallery. It's a chance to see exquisite etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs from all periods of printmaking, from the earliest woodcuts of Durer to the latest additions by contemporary masters. Galleries including TAG Fine Arts, Jealous and Peter Harrington typically take part, showcasing works by Royal Academicians and high profile artists - in previous years these have included Gillian Ayres, Cornelia Parker and Paula Rego. If you're planning to visit the fair from outside London, have a look at our hotel deals near the Royal Academy of Arts for all your accommodation needs.


KERB: Jam on Rye

The Peckham festival mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: Monday 27th May 2019


On the second Bank Holiday in May Jam on Rye returns to Peckham Rye Park for a second year. Brought to you by street food specialists KERB, the festival mixes fresh flavours and local traders with live music. There are four stages of music on offer, reflecting London's vibrant melting-pot of cultures and showcasing undiscovered local talent. Expect reggae, afrobeat and new wave jazz, served with a side order of top London street food traders, summer cocktails, talks and family activities.


Sergei Polunin

The Ukrainian ballet prodigy presents a new mixed programme at the London Palladium.

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 28th May to 1st Jun 2019


His goose bump inducing 2015 performance to Hozier's Take Me to Church, made with director David LaChapelle, has had over 25 million views on YouTube. In autumn 2018 Sergei Polunin collaborated again with Hozier for the official video of new single, Movement. Now, in May 2019, the Ukrainian ballet prodigy presents a new mixed programme at the London Palladium featuring an international cast and creative team, including Polunin himself.


Lee Krasner: Living Colour

The story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock.

Barbican Art Gallery, Silk Street, London, EC2 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 30th May to 1st September 2019


One of the pioneers of Abstract Expressionism, Lee Krasner, is the subject of a solo exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery which tells the story of a formidable artist whose importance has often been eclipsed by her marriage to Jackson Pollock. The first retrospective of her work in Europe for over 50 years, Lee Krasner: Living Colour features nearly 100 works - many on show in the UK for the first time - from across her 50-year career. Early self-portraits, charcoal life drawings and impressive large-scale abstract paintings are accompanied by rare photography and film in an elegant exhibition design by David Chipperfield Architects.

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