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  • Baroque in Britain

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Baroque in Britain

    From the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714, the late Stuart period was a time of change for Britain. This exhibition will explore how art and architecture was used by the crown, the church and the aristocracy to project images of power and status in an age when the power of the monarchy was being questioned.

    This exhibition will include the work of the leading painters of the day – including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill. It will celebrate ambitious grand-scale portraits, magnificent architecture, the persuasive illusion of mural painting, as well as the brilliant woodcarving of Grinling Gibbons. And a room will be dedicated to the designs of Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor and John Vanbrugh for St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court and Blenheim Palace – the great buildings of the age.

    This is the first time that Tate has staged a show devoted to the later 17th century and the first to explore baroque art in Britain. It will be a chance to encounter a rich, sophisticated but largely forgotten era of art history. Many of the works will be on display for the first time, several of them having been uncovered by new research.

  • Theaster Gates: Amalgam

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Theaster Gates: Amalgam

    Tate Liverpool presents Theaster Gates: Amalgam, a series of installations by American artist Theaster Gates (b. 1973). Amalgam, a word used to describe a blending of different elements, is reflective of Gates’s practice. Combining sculptures, film, dance and music the exhibition explores complex and interweaving issues of race, territory, and inequality in the United States.

    The word amalgam has also been used in the past as a derogatory term to refer to racial, ethnic and religious mixing. Theaster Gates: Amalgam takes as its point of departure the history of Malaga, a small island off the north east state of Maine, USA. In the mid-nineteenth century, the island’s ethnically-mixed community was forcibly relocated to the mainland. Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see three-large scale works responding to the history of Malaga.

  • Andy Warhol

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Andy Warhol

    Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy observer who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – changing modern art in the process.

    He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 Warhol moved from Pittsburgh to New York, where he was later joined by his mother. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its unforgettable realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.

    Visitors to this major retrospective will be able to see his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup Cans, play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. The exhibition will bring together rarely seen work from the 1970s that display his skill as a painter, as well as his experiments with different forms of mass media.

    Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol will emerge as an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.

  • Information Age

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Information Age

    Re-live remarkable moments in history, told through the eyes of those who invented, operated or were affected by the new wave of technology, from the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922 to the dawn of digital TV.

    Discover how wireless technology saved many lives on the Titanic and spread news of the disaster to the world within hours. You can also hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual telephone switchboard.

  • Engineer Your Future

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Engineer Your Future

    Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

    Visit our interactive exhibition for teens thinking about their futures, where challenges, games and films will help you understand what engineers do—and find out whether this could be a job for you.

  • Everybody Razzle Dazzle

    Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
    Liverpool, L3 4BB
    Everybody Razzle Dazzle

    Liverpool Biennial, 14–18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool have co-commissioned one of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum).

    Everybody Razzle Dazzle will see Peter Blake transform Snowdrop – an active Mersey Ferry – with one of his iconic, colourful designs into a fully working Dazzle Ferry.

    Step aboard a moving artwork! Travelling on Snowdrop you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the history of dazzle – a painting technique employed to camouflage British ships – and the role that Liverpool’s much loved Mersey Ferries took in the First World War in a special on-board display.

  • Flight

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Flight

    From mankind's earliest dreams of flight to the wide-body aeroplanes of today, discover the absorbing story of flight.

    Overhead walkways allow you to get up close to aeroplanes suspended in the air. Examine exhibits from the pioneer days of aviation, including the world's most authentic Antoinette monoplane (1909), Amy Johnson's Gipsy Moth and the Vickers Vimy, which first crossed the Atlantic in 1919.

  • Exploring Space

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Exploring Space

    From rockets to satellites, probes to landers, this gallery showcases some out-of-this world objects.

    You’ll be able to see a full-sized replica of Eagle—the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the Moon in 1969. Then discover how we are able to live in space—to breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet.

    Get a unique insight into the history of rockets. Suspended from the ceiling are two real space rockets—a British Black Arrow and a United States Scout.

    You can also find out how the space age started in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik 1 and see a full-size replica of the Huygens module that landed on Titan in 2005 and a model of the Beagle 2 Mars lander.

  • Energy Hall

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Energy Hall

    Trace the remarkable story of steam and how it shaped the world we live in today.

    Steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years. Without it, the Industrial Revolution could never have happened. Even now, steam provides 75% of the electricity we use every day.

    Discover an unparalleled collection of historic full-size engines and models. Displays include:

    • The oldest surviving and unaltered atmospheric engine
    • Rotative engines built by James Watt
    • High-pressure engines of the type pioneered by Richard Trevithick
    • A steam turbine designed and built by Charles Parsons
  • Challenge of Materials

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Challenge of Materials

    Explore and experience the properties of materials in our eye-opening Challenge of Materials gallery.

    Walk across a magnificent glass bridge suspended by steel wires spanning the main hall. Discover historic gems, state-of-the-art materials and bizarre items, such as a steel wedding dress. You'll also see art installations from around the world.

    From cotton, wood and glass to titanium alloys, visit this gallery to discover a wide variety of materials.

  • Typhoon Force


    London, SW7 2DD
     Typhoon Force

    Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet.

    Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

    Experience the thrill of riding in the cockpit of this impressive aircraft, with a rapid descent from 40,000 feet, formation flying with a second Typhoon and landing at RAF Coningsby.

    Located in our Fly Zone gallery on Level 3, this flight simulator offers a state-of-the-art audio-visual presentation that gets you closer to the action than ever before.

  • Who Am I?

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Who Am I?

    What makes you smarter than a chimp? What makes you smile? What makes you, you?

    Who Am I? invites you to explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits.

    Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal in our brand-new interactive exhibits.

    Investigate some of the characteristics that make humans such a successful species, such as personality, intelligence and language.

    Reflect on the big questions that new techniques in science are raising, and explore how your genetics and brain combine to create your unique identity.

  • The Clockmakers’ Museum

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     The Clockmakers’ Museum

    Discover the world’s oldest clock and watch collection in its new home at the Science Museum.

    The collection includes more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and a number of fine sundials and examples of hand engraving, mapping the history of innovation in watch and clock making in London from 1600 to the present day.

    Assembled by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and once located in the Guildhall, this remarkable array of timepieces traces the story of the capital’s clockmakers—from their first marine chronometers and mechanical clocks through the evolution of the wristwatch.

    John Harrison was the inventor of the marine chronometer. Among the collection’s highlights are the fifth chronometer he made, which he completed in 1770, and a four-month duration longcase clock by the father of English watchmaking, Thomas Tompion.

  • Maskelyne and Cooke Magic Bar

    21 Piccadilly, Mayfair
    London, W1J 0BH
    Maskelyne and Cooke Magic Bar

    Just a hop, skip and a jump away from where this bar's namesakes Maskelyne and Cooke held their famous performances, this hip, upscale bar provides magic and cocktails four nights a week. The bar itself is open for drinks from Monday through Saturday. You will be wowed and awed with close-up magic at your table, performed by top-notch local and international magicians. Fancy cocktails are on the drink menu, including one made with green absinthe. . . even the cocktails have a trick or two up their sleeves! Drop in on a Wednesday for a magic masterclass, complimentary cocktail included in price.

  • The Prince of Egypt

    268-269 Tottenham Court Road
    London, W1T 7AQ
    The Prince of Egypt

    A new stage musical based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture The Prince of Egypt is set to open in the West End at the Dominion Theatre from 5th February. 

    The musical features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, who write the songs of Wicked, with a book by the film's writer Philip LaZebnik, and will be directed by Scott Schwartz. 

    Featuring songs such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's hit , plus "Deliver Us", "All I Ever Wanted" and "Through Heaven's Eyes", The Prince of Egypt is based on the book of Exodus and tells the story of Moses, who was born a child of Israel, and brought up in Egypt after he was found by Pharoah's wife in a wicker basket floating on the Nile.

  • Matilda - The Musical

    32-34 Earlham Street
    London, WC2H 9HU
    Matilda - The Musical

    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 Tickets

    57 Haymarket
    London, SW1Y 4QL
    The Phantom of the Opera Tickets

    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”.

  • 9 to 5 the Musical

    Strand
    London, WC2R 0ET
    9 to 5 the Musical

    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!'.

  • Magic Goes Wrong

    404 Strand, Covent Garden
    London, WC2R 0NH
    Magic Goes Wrong

    Mischief Theatre conjures up another "Goes Wrong' play where just about everything that can go wrong does... all for the fun of it! Co-written with magic legends Penn and Teller, this romp through what happens when hapless magicians try to present a charity event is magically fun. Of course everything spirals out of control in the most delicious and hilarious way. Presented by the Mischief Theatre who also brought the West End "The Play that Goes Wrong". Please note, co-creators Penn and Teller will not be appearing in the show.

  • Les Miserables


    London, W1D 6BA
    Les Miserables

    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”.

  • The Magic Hour

    Piccadilly, Mayfair
    London, W1J 7BX
    The Magic Hour

    Travel back in time to the early days of parlour magic with Tony Middleton 'Sonic'. His show, "The Magic Hour" is filled with stories of Victorian magicians and their secrets, while he amazes you with his up-close talents. The evening takes place in a plush room with seats for only 68 people. Children above the age of 10 are welcome. Tony is a very personable and engaging entertainer who like to get to know his audience before and after the show.