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Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich
London, SE10 9NF
Mark 100 years since the major naval clash with Jutland 1916: WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle exhibition at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.
The exhibition recounts the story of the great battle and its aftermath, through both German and British perspectives. Examine all the action of a battle that involved an incredible 279 ships, and feast your eyes on photographs, paintings, ship models and items made by the sailors.
Uncover stories that have never before been told, while marvelling at personal accounts that will teach you about what it was like to live during the First World War.
Medieval and Renaissance TourCromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
The Medieval & Renaissance Galleries are home to one of the world's most remarkable collections of treasures from the period, ranging from delicately carved ivories and intricate metalwork to Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks and powerful sculptures
As I Live and Breathe100 London Rd, Forest Hill
London, SE23 3PQ
Award-winning, internationally-exhibited visual artist Claire Morgan has created stunning new pieces for the Horniman, including a dramatic installation in Gallery Square.
Claire’s thought-provoking works draws on the theme of waste and the impact that humans have on their surroundings.
Her pieces include thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene frozen in time, and nature combined with plastics.
As I Live and Breathe features new pieces specially commissioned by the Horniman. A dramatic large scale installation suspended from the ceiling and descending over two floors captivates visitors as they enter the Museum. The three forms are composed of thousands of fragments of colourful waste polythene, torn by hand from used shopping bags. These suggest a dramatic movement, being pulled by gravity from overhead down to the ground below, but here the movement has been halted in order to freeze a fleeting instant in time.
Inside our Natural History Gallery will be a display combining plastics and nature, featuring four taxidermy specimens of prolific residents of urban London: grey squirrel, red fox, carrion crow and rose-ringed parakeet. A conical form – made from fragments of torn black polythene from bin bags - protrudes from the mouth of each animal.
Museum of the MoonCromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD
Since 2016 the Moon has been circling the globe, lighting up spaces from Bilbao to Beijing including abbeys and swimming pools.
This six-metre model features meticulously detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, ambient moonlight and an evolving soundscape.
It's at the Museum in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, accompanied by an exciting programme of events for space enthusiasts of all ages.
Hogarth: Place and ProgressSir John Soane's Museum
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn
London, WC2A 3BP
The darkly satirical series of William Hogarth (1697-1764) have an enduring appeal today. Cutting through social conventions, they present with wit and humour the immorality and vice that Hogarth perceived in all classes of society.
Hogarth: Place and Progress will unite all of Hogarth's surviving painted series for the first time, along with his engraved series. The Museum’s own Rake’s Progress and An Election will be joined by Marriage A-la-Mode from the National Gallery, the Four Times of Day from the National Trust and a private collection, as well as the three surviving paintings of The Happy Marriage from Tate and the Royal Cornwall Museum. The exhibition will also include engraved series lent by Andrew Edmunds prints such as The Four Stages of Cruelty, Industry and Idleness and Gin Lane and Beer Street.
Hogarth's narratives present a satirical take on the idea of 'progress'. The principal characters flout conventional morality and so progress not towards spiritual enlightenment but to poverty, madness and death. London settings, still identifiable today, play a key role in these cautionary tales: in A Rake’s Progress, the Rake's initial progression from the mercantile City of London to an extravagant West End mansion spirals to a brothel in Covent Garden, then ultimately to insanity and death in Bedlam madhouse, as a consequence of his dissolute lifestyle.
Displayed across the backdrop of Sir John Soane’s Museum, the exhibition will demonstrate how Hogarth’s ‘Modern Moral Subjects’ married the idea of progress with the moral geography of London, in a dynamic and evolving way throughout his own progress as an artist.
Mary QuantCromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.
Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006150 London Wall, Barbican
London, EC2Y 5HN
Since the 1970s, photographers have increasingly asked questions about the nature of the medium and the role of the photographer in the construction of the image. Women artists have been particularly active in this, as photography provides a way of working distinct from the traditionally masculine art forms of painting and sculpture.
The photographs in this exhibition are a selection from a three-year collecting project. The museum’s aim was to acquire the work of artists who make photographs about London using experimental tactics. Their approaches involve examining social issues through carefully set-up compositions or by placing prints in a narrative sequence. Others study closely a particular locality over a sustained period of time or record it by pushing against the technical constraints of photography. All, in their different ways, have produced rich bodies of work through prolonged engagement with the city.
Cairo StreetsCromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
This display brings visitors face to face with everyday life in Cairo in the 19th century, through historic photographs of local people going about their daily lives. It also features examples of turned wood window screens, called mashrabiyyah, which gave a characteristic visual flavour to Cairo’s streets.
Collecting for London150 London Wall, Barbican
London, EC2Y 5HN
The museum holds some seven million items in its London Collection.
We regularly add to our collection, acquiring items that reflect the past and present of this unique city. We do not just collect precious or beautiful objects, we are also interested in the everyday, things that at first glance might not look very special. The context and associated information of even simple objects can often tell us a lot about the history of the capital and in particular the Londoners who lived, or live, here.
This display showcases some of the recent additions made to the collection, highlighting a very diverse range of stories.
BMW Tate Live ExhibitionTate Britain
London, SW1P 4RG
In 2020 Tate Modern’s Tanks will again play host to an exciting series of installations and live performances.
In 2019, Anne Imhof created a new large-scale commission, Sex. 2018 celebrated the performance pioneer Joan Jonas, while the first exhibition in 2017 included work from a range of artists including Isabel Lewis, CAMP, Wu Tsang, Fred Moten and Fujiko Nakaya.
Cornflakes to Cola224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
London, W8 6AG
In 1950 Sainsbury’s opened its first self-service store in Croydon. This marked a pivotal moment as it was the first time that shoppers in the UK could help themselves to products directly from the shelves. Rationing from World War II would come to an end in 1954, beginning a new era of abundance.
In self-service stores packaging design took on a new importance as the only way of communicating information about the product. Sainsbury’s was quick to understand this, and in 1963 set up its own in-house design team, led by graphic designer Peter Dixon. Although small in size, the team had a prodigious output, creating hundreds of new packaging designs each year.
Rigorously overseen by the CEO John Sainsbury, the team was also responsible for designing the company’s broader brand identity, from staff passes to delivery trucks. Every element had to communicate the company’s messaging. In retrospect however, they also reveal the energy and optimism of the period, where even a packet of cornflakes could be playful and modern.’
Manners and Modernity: Ukiyo-e and etiquette on the Seibu RailwayCromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
Featuring courtesans, Kabuki actors and other images found in ukiyo-e woodblock prints the posters illustrate the bustle and thrill of city life in modern Japan. Humour tempers the message about how to be a well-behaved commuter. The display includes original ukiyo-e prints which depict some of the artistic influences that inspired the posters.
Space Descent VR with Tim PeakeExhibition Road, South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.
Now, let Tim be your guide on an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule—just like the one that brought him home.
Using the latest state-of-the-art VR technology, you’ll get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and experience the thrill of being an astronaut. Space Descent VR retraces the 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS, and is narrated by Tim Peake.
Designer Maker User224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
London, W8 6AG
Designer Maker User features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.
The exhibition covers a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering, to the digital world, fashion and graphics. Designer Maker User features a bold, colourful and engaging display designed by Studio Myerscough, with digital interactives by Studio Kin.
The Secret Life of the HomeExhibition Road, South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
From pop-up toasters to horse-drawn vacuum cleaners, take a closer look at the development of household appliances.
Most of the objects on show date from the late 19th and the 20th century. But you’ll also find ancient Roman keys, 18th century cooking utensils and a 21st century robotic vacuum cleaner, and you’ll learn how applied robotics has become one of the key influences on the future development of household appliances.
How do CD players, washing machines and toilets work? Interactive exhibits in the gallery will help you find out, and you can play the world’s first home video game 'Pong' too.
Visit The Secret Life of the Home to see how the design of household gadgets has changed over time.
Red Arrows 3DExhibition Road, South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
Discover the thrill of flying with the RAF Red Arrows during one of their sensational aerobatic displays in Red Arrows 3D.
This stunning high definition 3D film, with flight motion technology, allows you to feel for yourself what it's like in the cockpit as the 'Reds' fly in close formation and perform impressive solo manoeuvres.
Then you can take the controls for yourself in our Fly 360° jet flight simulators.
AtmosphereExhibition Road, South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
Step into a virtual world, with its own oceans, land and atmosphere, and go back in time to discover key moments in the Earth’s multibillion-year climate history.
The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of the climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.
Fascinating objects include a real Antarctic ice core, tree rings and scientists’ instruments. Come to this gallery to get to grips with the latest climate news and investigate the important issue of climate change.
The Science Museum developed the content for this gallery through extensive research and engagement with scientists and experts, including expertise from the Met Office as principal content contributor.
Treasures of Europe 1800-1615 TourCromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL
Be guided through a suite of seven galleries displaying an extraordinary collection of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design.
Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit CollectionCromwell Road
London, SW7 5BD
Go behind the scenes with our knowledgable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.
As we explore some of the Darwin Centre’s 27 kilometres of shelves, you’ll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.
You’ll meet Archie, our 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and learn more about our cutting-edge research.
The Snow QueenClifton Terrace, Finsbury Park
London, N4 3JP
Based on the original story The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson, this story too sees Gerda go on an epic quest to save her best friend from the icy grip of the snow queen. Her best friend in this adaptation by Charles Way, however, is a boy renamed Cei. Gerda battles through changing seasons in order to save Cei from a never-ending winter. Despite their nasty teacher Mr Oversko, and with the help of bickering flowers, the confusion of princes and princesses, Bae the talking reindeer and, of course, snow fights, the pair just might be ready to grow up. Join Gerda on her journey for the frosty holiday season this year for a thrilling family day out.
The Wolf of Wall Street5-15 Sun Street
London, EC2M 2PT
An immersive production of The Wolf of Wall Street, the autobiography by larger-than-life American stockbroker Jordan Belfort, is set to open at a London location in September.
Based on the 2007 memoir, which was subsequently adapted for the big screen by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street tells of the highs and lows of the millionaire lifestyle, the flat-out debauchery that comes with it, and the pressures of a high-level FBI investigation. Belfort filed for bankruptcy at the age of 25, but became a stock market millionaire by the age of 26. At one point, his company, Stratton Oakmont, made one thousand dollars per minute.
The Comedy About A Bank RobberyPiccadilly Circus
London, SW1Y 4XA
Mischief Theatre’s hit comedy show The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is sending audiences into fits of laughter at the Criterion Theatre, as the hilarious theatre company are cementing their reputation as the funniest outfit in the West End and beyond.
The smash-hit follow-up to the company’s debut The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is set in the summer of 1958, as the Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted to take care of a precious diamond. A dangerous escaped convict is on the loose and determined to steal the priceless jewel with the help of his sidekick, girlfriend, and the maintenance man.
The MousetrapWest Street
London, WC2H 9NZ
Agatha Christie's legendary 'whodunit' is still delighting and thrilling audiences in London's West End, as the show enters its 65th record-breaking year on stage. Running at the St. Martin's Theatre since 1974, the original production opened across the road at the Ambassadors Theatre on 25 November 1952 and has since been presented in 27 different languages in more than 50 countries around the world.
"A group of people gathered in a remote part of the countryside discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. A cracking yarn and an irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere!"
Come From AwayCharing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JP
Come from Away, the Broadway musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is based on the events in the week following the 9/11 attacks on America, when 38 planes were ordered to land in the small Canadian town of Gander. This true story tells the tale of the town who kept 7,000 stranded visitors housed and fed following the biggest tragedy the US had seen.
The musical began previews in London at the Phoenix Theatre on 30th January 2019, and tickets for the West End premiere of Come From Away are on sale now.
Come From Away saw Sankoff and Hein modestly set out to write a musical they wanted high school kids to perform, rather than aspiring for a Broadway musical. The pair travelled to the Newfoundland town on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and learnt of the kindness of its residents. They felt like these stories had to be told and wrote a positive, upbeat musical to celebrate the residents.
9 to 5 the MusicalStrand
London, WC2R 0ET
Tickets are now on sale for 9 to 5 the Musical which brings the brilliant music of Dolly Parton to life on stage. With a story based on the 1980 film of the same name, the show gets its West End premiere at the Savoy Theatre from January 2019. Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 The Musical is a hilarious story of friendship, gossip and revenge.
9 to 5 runs at the Savoy Theatre until 31st August 2019, with tickets on sale now. The show stars Louise Redknapp, Bonnie Langford, Natalie McQueen, Amber Davies and Brian Conley.
The musical opened on Broadway in 2009 at the Marquis Theatre, starring actress Megan Hilty. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards, including one for Parton herself who was up for Best Original Score. Reviews for the musical were generally positive, with The Guardian calling the musical “a triumph” when it opened in New York.
9 to 5 the Musical opened at the West End's Savoy Theatre on 17th February 2019 in the presence of Dolly Parton herself, who took to the stage during the curtain call to express her pride in the show and added that the cast 'made her look good!'.
Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha ChristieBelvedere Road
London, SE1 7PB
A brand new, site-specific production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution will be staged in a a unique court room setting inside County Hall, adjacent to the London Eye on London's South Bank. Developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family, the new production is directed by Lucy Bailey and will place the audience in the centre of the action within the court room.
London, W1D 6BA
The West End's longest running musical, Les Misérables has been enjoyed by over 70 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records as it passes its 30th year in London. The original production, which features direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, continues to run at the Queen's Theatre, having transferred from the Palace Theatre in April 2004.
Featuring a stunning score by Boublil and Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh's original production opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8th October 1985 (beginning previews on 28th September), where it went on to become a musical theatre phenomenon. It opened at the Palace Theatre on 4th December, and transferred to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3rd April 2004. Fans of the show continue to revisit this dazzling original that includes hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Bring Him Home” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.
Only Fools and Horses8 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT
A stage adaptation of the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, co-written by Paul Whitehouse, which is now in London's West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
First broadcast on the BBC in 1981, Only Fools and Horses was the quintessential British comedy show. Starring David Jason as South London market trader Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter and Nicholas Lyndhurst as his younger brother Rodney, the Peckham brothers spent their lives trying to get rich quick with a number of schemes devised through their company, Trotters Independent Trading Co. Their yellow three-wheeler Reliant Regal is an icon and can be spotted on the odd road across Britain if you’re lucky…
Death of a Salesman16 Denman Street
London, W1D 7DY
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman returns to the West End in 2019, produced by Elliott Harper Productions, starring Sharon D Clarke and Wendell Pierce. After a sell-out run at the Young Vic, Death of a Salesman transfers to the Piccadilly Theatre from October 2019.
Miller’s play is about a man who returns from an unsuccessful business trip to find his two adult sons living at the family home. Business has been tough for Willy as of late, and its takes its toll on the 69-year-old, who drifts in and out of daydreams and hallucinations throughout the play.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, whose recent triumphant production of Company in the West End opened to universally positive reviews, the play will be led by Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman, and Sharon D Clarke as Linda Loman.
Disney's The Lion King21 Wellington Street
London, WC2E 7RQ
Walt Disney's long-running and multi-award winning musical The Lion King continues to delight audiences in London's West End. After opening on Broadway in 1997, the show has gone on to be the most successful piece of entertainment in history, mounting numerous world-wide productions including the original London production at the Lyceum Theatre in the heart of the West End.
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's The Lion King is unlike anything ever before seen in musical theatre, and will redefine your expectations of what theatre can be. Director and designer Julie Taymor crafts a colourful, imaginative and highly creative world that brings the flora, fauna and animals of Africa to live, set against a timeless score by Elton John and Tim Rice, with additional songs by Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina and Hans Zimmer.
Thousands continue to pack the Lyceum Theatre every week with their Lion King tickets to celebrate and revel in the majestic storytelling that transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. The Lion King began previews in the West End on 24th September 1999, with an official opening on 19th October 1999.
Tina - The Tina Turner Musical49 Aldwych
London, WC2B 4DF
Tina – The Tina Turner Musical chronicles the life of the rock ‘n’ roll legend who brought us hit songs like “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, “Proud Mary”, “The Best”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Better Be Good To Me”.
Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee. She obtained Swiss citizenship in 2013 and currently lives in Küsnacht, Switzerland. She shot to fame in the mid-1950s singing with Ike Turner's Kings of Rhythm, originally under the name "Little Ann." She became Tina Turner in 1960 and began the Ike & Tina Turner Revue with hits such as "River Deep – Mountain High", "Proud Mary" and "Nutbush City Limits", selling-out tickets to shows in stadiums and arenas across the world. She has since spoken openly about being a victim of domestic abuse and split from Ike in 1976.
Matilda - The Musical32-34 Earlham Street
London, WC2H 9HU
Adapted from the incomparable children's novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company that continues to delight audiences in the West End. Since opening at the Cambridge Theatre in November 2011, the hit show has gone on to win over 50 major international awards, including 12 for Best Musical. Featuring a smart and witty original score by Tim Minchin, alongside an exciting book by Dennis Kelly, the musical adaptation is one of the most successful British musicals of modern times, and entertains audiences both old and young.
Matilda The Musical tells the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. After opening at the RSC's home in Stratford upon Avon, the musical transferred to the West End where it was greeted with a set of excellent reviews, with critics praising not only the charm of the score and book, but also the ingenious staging by director Matthew Warchus and choreographer Peter Darling.
The Phantom of the Opera Tickets57 Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4QL
Andrew Lloyd Webber's sensational long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera continues to run in its original form at the West End's Her Majesty's Theatre. Since opening in 1986 where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical, the show features some of Lloyd Webber's most memorable music alongside the original stunning set design, costumes and special effects.
The haunting story of The Phantom of the Opera is adapted from Gaston Leroux's novel of the same name and is set in the heart of the Paris Opera House. As young ballet dancer Christine Daae becomes the object of The Phantom's secret affections, he manipulates her career at the expense and horror of the Opera House staff and stars. A truly romantic tragedy, this beautiful story is set against one of the West End's most memorable scores that includes hit songs such as “The Music of the Night”, “All I Ask of You”, “Think of Me”, and of course, “The Phantom of the Opera”.
Cyrano de BergeracNorthumberland Avenue
London, WC2N 5DE
James McAvoy will star in a new production of Edmond Rostand's classic play Cyrano de Bergerac, which is freely adapted by Martin Crimp, and directed by Jamie Lloyd who will kick-off a year-long residency of productions at the Playhouse Theatre.
Cyrano de Bergerac is a late 19th-century play by Rostand which dramatises the life of its titular character, a 17th-century French playwright and author. There have been multiple revivals of Cyrano in the West End and on Broadway, as well as film and radio adaptations.
Martha, Josie and the Chinese ElvisClifton Terrace, Finsbury Park
London, N4 3JP
The story of this brilliant comedy is all about stay-at-home dominatrix Josie, and she has lost her passion for life. Being middle-aged, caring for a daydreaming daughter, and coping through Boston’s winter, the last thing she is looking forward to is her birthday. Her favourite and most loyal client Lionel, however, is adamant to cheer her up, and with the help of Josie’s daughter, Brenda, and their devout Catholic cleaner, Martha, they are going to throw her a birthday party! They even have a surprise guest up their sleeve – a brand new Elvis impersonator, Timothy Wong. However, no one knows about the other surprise guest that is really going to see that the party gets all shook up!
This comedy is all about learning to accept yourself and finding a place to fit in; no matter how old you are, what you’re wearing or whether or not you know Elvis’ songs. This heartfelt play will thaw the coldest of winters and warm the hearts of the biggest Scrooge, all whilst drawing the deepest laughs from the pits of your stomachs.
The Woman in BlackRussell Street
London, WC2B 5HH
One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences in London since 1989.
Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kips enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed.
The cast for The Woman in Black currently features Matthew Spencer as The Actor and Stuart Fox as Arthur Kipps. The play’s original cast featured Charles Kay as Arthur Kipps and John Duttine as The Actor.