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  • Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich


    London, SE10 9NF
    Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich

    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.

  • Red Arrows 3D

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Red Arrows 3D

    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.

  • Museum of the Moon

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 5BD
    Museum of the Moon

    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.

  • Collecting for London

    150 London Wall, Barbican
    London, EC2Y 5HN
    Collecting for London

    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.

  • Keith Haring

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Keith Haring

    Join us for the first, major UK exhibition of artist and activist Keith Haring (1958–1990). Visitors can enjoy more than 85 artworks including large, vibrant paintings and drawings.

    A part of the legendary New York art scene of 1980s, Haring was a champion of his generation’s counterculture. He was inspired by graffiti, pop art and underground club culture. Haring worked with like-minded artists such as Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. All were interested in creating art for the many. They used new media and public spaces, not galleries to do so.

    Discover how activism played a key role in Haring’s art. Compelled to speak for his generation, his art responds to urgent issues including political dictatorship, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, AIDS awareness, capitalism and the environment.

    Also on display are posters, photographs, and videos that capture the vibrancy of 1980s New York street culture that Haring embraced and reflected.

  • The Vulcan and Cold War Experience

    Grahame Park Way
    London, NW9 5LL
    The Vulcan and Cold War Experience

    Ticket holders will have the chance to explore two of the Cold War’s most iconic aircraft; the Avro Vulcan B.2. and the McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2, which between them tell a story of uncertainty and tension that loomed over the world for decades. You will gain special access to both these mighty warriors, and allow you to climb in to and take a seat in the cockpit of the Vulcan and the pilot’s seat of the Phantom. This is a rare opportunity to experience what it was like to fly these great aircraft. Ticket holders will also be given a full ground tour, with the chance to get up and close to other significant Cold War aircraft, including the BAC Lightning F.6, the Handley Page Victor K2, and the English Electric Canberra PR3, and hear fascinating real-life stories of the people who flew the aircraft.

  • Frank Bowling

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Frank Bowling

    This exhibition offers a chance to experience the entirety of Bowling’s 60-year career. It showcases his sensual use of colour and bold experimentation.

    Born in Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1934, at 19 years old Bowling moved to London. He went on to study painting at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj.

    After graduating with a silver medal, he spent the next 60 years criss-crossing the Atlantic between studios in London and New York. Maturing into a master of his medium, he developed a visionary approach that fuses abstraction with personal memories. Now 85 he still paints every day, experimenting with new materials and techniques.

    The exhibition brings together a lifetime of large-scale artworks. It includes key series such as the iconic 'map paintings', the visually arresting ‘poured paintings’ made by pouring paint down an inclined surface, and the sculptural paintings of the 1980s evoking riverbeds, all the way to mature work selected from a recent period of explosive productivity.​

  • Allard Van Hoorn Urban Songlines 2009–19

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Allard Van Hoorn Urban Songlines 2009–19

    He recently undertook a residency in St Ives as part of the Tate St Ives Artists Programme.

    This exhibition presents a series of short films documenting projects from ten years of van Hoorn’s Urban Songlines series. 'Songlines' is a spiritual system of songs and storytelling relating to land practiced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Influenced by this tradition, van Hoorn researches and consults with communities around the world to produce Urban Songlines projects. They result in performances, scores or audio recordings, focusing on our relationship to place and the public domain.

    Van Hoorn’s latest work, 063 Urban Songline (Another Hurling of the Silver Ball) | Latitude: 50.204794° N – 50.214926° N / Longitude: -5.482636° W – -5.493938° W 2019, is based on the annual St Ives Feast Day tradition of ‘hurling’, where a small silver ball is chased through the town. Recreating the ball at a much greater scale, van Hoorn has collaborated with residents to invent a unique journey through St Ives. Following a live performance, audio extracts from the work will be played throughout the summer at Tate St Ives and a film of the event will be shown as part of this exhibition.

  • Brick Wonders

    Horniman Museum and Gardens
    100 London Rd, Forest Hill
    London, SE23 3PQ
    Brick Wonders

    From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks.

    Discover how and why people model the world, build your imagination at the interactive play areas, and don’t miss two Horniman icons created especially for the show.

    More than 50 models will be on show, from individual pieces that will inspire visitors to build them at home, to awe-inspiring dioramas and mosaics. Visitors can build their own brick wonders in interactive play areas – including a graffiti wall, build areas and big bricks for little hands – and the exhibition includes a mini-cinema showing short LEGO® animations.

  • Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

    183 Euston Rd
    London, NW1 2BE
    Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

    Explore how our biases affect our perception and whether our senses can be hacked. Discover spirit photography, magic props and psychology experiments to see how magic works on – and in – the mind of the spectator.

    Artefacts on display from the world of magic include the head of the gorilla costume worn by Derren Brown, Harry Houdini’s ‘Bell Box’, Tommy Cooper’s fez, and Paul Daniels’s sawing-in-half box.

  • Immersive Histories: Dambusters

    Grahame Park Way
    London, NW9 5LL
    Immersive Histories: Dambusters

    Step back in time to the early hours of 17 May 1943 and on board Lancaster G-George to join the Dambusters on their legendary mission.

    Using the latest virtual reality and haptic technology, in conjunction with a physical 1:1 recreation of the interior of the iconic Avro Lancaster bomber, experience key events from the Dambusters Raid as never before. Witness decisive moments play out before you as you explore the aircraft piloted by Wing Commander Guy Gibson DSO and Bar, DFC and Bar.

  • War Brides

    Grahame Park Way
    London, NW9 5LL
    War Brides

    Global conflict and the mobilisation of troops during the Second World War brought couples together who would never have met in that era. Although marriage was discouraged by the military, tens of thousands of locals married foreign nationals on active duty. Couples met on the dance floor, on air bases, blind dates, in queues, hospitals or air raid shelters. For war brides, a new husband meant a new country.

    Artist Bev Tosh is the daughter of a Royal New Zealand Air Force pilot and his Canadian war bride. Her works portray war brides of airmen stationed on Royal Air Force bases in the UK during the Second World War and Canadian brides of ‘flyboys’ from England, Australia and New Zealand trained in Canada. 

    Collectively these portraits and stories speak across continents and generations of an extraordinary post-war emigration of women who made a leap of faith for the love of an airman.

  • Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance

    The National Gallery
    Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross
    London, WC2N 5DN
    Bartolomé Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance

    See the dazzling works of Spanish 15th-century genius, Bartolomé Bermejo

    Little is known about the enigmatic Bermejo, but he was one of Spain’s most innovative and accomplished painters active in the second half of the 15th century.

    This exhibition brings together six of Bermejo’s paintings that have never been seen outside of Spain, including the triptych of the 'Madonna of Montserrat' from the cathedral at Acqui Terme, Alessandria (Italy) and the 'Piedad Desplà' from Barcelona Cathedral.

    In addition, our own magnificent 'Saint Michael Triumphs over the Devil', returns on display following its year-long conservation; unveiling the painting’s exquisite details and the extent of Bermejo’s artistry.  

  • Roman London family walk

    150 London Wall, Barbican
    London, EC2Y 5HN
    Roman London family walk

    Go back 2,000 years and walk the streets of Roman Londinium! Visit the remains of the Roman city wall, the location of a long lost fort and Londinium’s hidden amphitheatre, where brave gladiators and nimble acrobats entertained the raucous crowds, on this interactive tour for families.

  • The Secret Life of the Home

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     The Secret Life of the Home

    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.

  • Otobong Nkanga

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Otobong Nkanga

    Nigerian-born contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga will install new and existing works at Tate St Ives.

    Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures address complex and fraught histories around the politics of land and its relationship to the body.

  • Turn It Up: On Paradoxes

    Horniman Museum and Gardens
    100 London Rd, Forest Hill
    London, SE23 3PQ
    Turn It Up: On Paradoxes

    Jide Odukoya’s photographic series shows Nigeria abuzz through the lens of traditional Nigerian weddings, presented as some of the world’s most opulent ceremonies.

    Turn It Up: On Paradoxes deploys a critical lens to explore the paradox of parallel Nigerian worlds; contrasting cosmopolitan affluence and extravagance, with underlying economic poverty.

    His work focuses on global consumerism and overindulgence, Nigeria’s contagious spirit of celebration, and moments of everyday intimacy.

  • Atmosphere

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Atmosphere

    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.

  • Dóra Maurer

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Dóra Maurer

    Tate Modern presents the work of Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer (born 1937) in a year-long free exhibition.

    It brings together some 35 works, revealing the diversity of her output, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings. Spanning more than five decades, the show highlights the playful conceptual approach that she brings to her experiments across all media.

    Maurer was at the centre of an independent community of artists, poets and musicians that championed their own culture outside of the official Hungarian system during the socialist period. They organised exhibitions in apartments and published underground journals.

    Trained as a graphic artist in the 1950s, Maurer pushed the medium to its limit in her experimental works of the following two decades. In the 1970s she started to work in photography and moving image, often collaborating with musicians, as well as teaching creative performative workshops. She developed increasingly geometric and abstract drawings and paintings in the 1970s and beyond. The exhibition culminates in a room of her recent paintings, in which overlapping colours create a sense of shapes floating in space..

    Movement, displacement, perception and transformation have remained consistent threads in her work. Never tied down to one medium, Maurer remains a unique voice, constantly in motion.

    This exhibition will include works from Tate’s collection, major loans from private collections and five works which are promised gifts to Tate.

  • Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers

    Mike Nelson has transformed the grand spaces of the Duveen Galleries into something between a sculpture court and an asset strippers’ warehouse. He has carefully selected objects from the post-war Britain that framed his childhood – including enormous knitting machines, woodwork stripped from a former army barracks, graffitied steel awnings and doors from an NHS hospital.

    Nelson’s project has been informed by the Duveen Galleries’ origins as the first purpose-built sculpture galleries in England, intended to rival the sculpture court at the British Museum and the V&A’s Cast Courts. It turns the neo-classical galleries into a warehouse of monuments to a lost era and the vision of society it represented.

    Nelson is interested in the cultural and social contexts behind the objects he has selected, as well as their material qualities. He explains

    Their manipulation and arrangement subtly shift them from what they once were into sculpture, and then back again to what they are – examples of the machines and equipment left over from industry and infrastructure. The exhibition weaves this allusion with that of British history. It presents us with a vision of artefacts cannibalised from the last days of the industrial era in place of the treasures of empire that would normally adorn such halls.

    The annual Tate Britain Commission invites artists to create a new artwork in response to the grand space of the Duveen Galleries. Artists who have previously undertaken commissions in the Duveens at Tate Britain include Anthea Hamilton, Cerith Wyn Evans and Pablo Bronstein.

  • African Heritage Tours in Europe 1600 - 1815

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    African Heritage Tours in Europe 1600 - 1815

    Come and join our V&A Volunteer Guides and share in their passion and pride as they reveal the extraordinary Afro-European narratives within the new Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries.
     

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Space Descent VR with Tim Peake

    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.

  • Takis

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Takis

    Over a 70-year career, Takis (Panayiotis Vassilakis, born 1925) has created some of the most innovative art of the 20th century.

    Takis's work seeks out the essential poetry and beauty of the electromagnetic universe. He was one of the most original artistic voices in Europe from the 1960s and remains a pioneering figure today.

    This the largest exhibition of Takis's work ever held in the UK, bringing together over 70 works. Throughout his career he has produced antennae-like sculptures he calls Signals, and musical devices using magnets, electricity and viewer participation to generate resonant and random sounds. Such inventions earned Takis the admiration of the international avant-garde, ranging from the American Beat poets to artists such as Marcel Duchamp.

    At Tate Modern visitors will encounter forests of Signal sculptures and magnetic objects inspired by radar. The thunderous sounds of Takis’s Musicales, his Silver Musical Sphere and his Gong will complete the journey.

  • BMW Tate Live Exhibition

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    BMW Tate Live Exhibition

    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.

  • Driverless: Who is in control?

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Driverless: Who is in control?

    Technology developers are racing to create fully autonomous machines with the ability to make decisions on their own. How many of these smart machines already exist? And how much control are we willing to transfer to them?

    Discover more in this cutting-edge exhibition through interactive exhibits, thought-provoking objects and even a retro robot car. Driverless will give you a unique glimpse into the AI-driven tech that could shape the habits, behaviour and society of tomorrow. 

    Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface.

  • Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006

    150 London Wall, Barbican
    London, EC2Y 5HN
    Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006

    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.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 5BD
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

    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.

  • Come From Away

    Charing Cross Road
    London, WC2H 0JP
    Come From Away

    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 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!'.

  • The Lehman Trilogy

    16 Denman Street
    London, W1D 7DY
    The Lehman Trilogy

    Tickets for Stefano Massini’s hit play The Lehman Trilogy completely sold out when the new English version premiered at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre in July. Starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, the play tracks three generations of the family behind one of the world’s biggest financial corporations. 

    The Lehman Trilogy will now transfer to the West End's Piccadilly Theatre in May 2019, with tickets now on sale.  

    Beginning in 1844, The Lehman Trilogy charts the formation of the Lehman Brothers bank, as a young man from Bavaria with a big dream made a splash in New York with the help of his two brothers. From here, the play skips 163 years of banking history, and tells of the establishment of the bank, and its doomed fate which led to the biggest global financial collapse in history, affecting each and every one of us.

    Adapted by Ben Power, The Lehman Trilogy is directed by Sam Mendes – who directed West End smash-hit The Ferryman, as well as the latest James Bond film Spectre.

    The production received a plethora of five-star reviews upon its premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre: the Guardian labelled it an ‘Engrossing play and an acting masterclass’, while The Times said ‘Sam Mendes triumphs’. Given its universal acclaim, a West End transfer may well be on the cards.

  • 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”.

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Northumberland Avenue
    London, WC2N 5DE
    Fiddler on the Roof

    Fiddler on the Roof  has transferred to the West End's Playhouse Theatre following its revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory, with director Trevor Nunn giving Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's classic musical a new lease of life. The production opened in the West End to the Playhouse Theatre on 27th March 2019, after tickets for Fiddler on the Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London sold out. 

    Set in Russia at the turn of the 1905 Revolution, Fiddler on the Roof centres around Tevye, a Jewish man who works hard to ensure that he raises his five daughters with traditional Jewish customs. When the village matchmaker brings news that a wealthy butcher wants to marry their eldest child Tzeitel, it’s clear that pairing people together isn’t what Tzeitel wants. Tzeitel wants to marry her childhood friend, Motel the tailor. Eventually, Tzeitel and Motel marry each other, with local Jews joining in with the ceremony, but they are not able to celebrate for too long, with Russians wreaking havoc in their community.

  • Disney's The Lion King

    21 Wellington Street
    London, WC2E 7RQ
    Disney's The Lion King

    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 Musical

    49 Aldwych
    London, WC2B 4DF
    Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

    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 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”.

  • The Book of Mormon Tickets

    31 Coventry Street
    London, W1D 6AS
    The Book of Mormon Tickets

    The Book of Mormon is the uplifting and satirical story of two Mormon missionaries who are sent from the comfort of Salt Lake City to Uganda in Africa in order to spread the word of the Mormon church. Whilst Elder Kevin Price is looking forward to his two year mission praying he will be posted to Orlando, his partner Elder Arnold Cunningham, a nerdy overweight missionary is only looking for a best friend. As the unlikely heroes arrive in Uganda their fears are confirmed as they are immediately robbed at gunpoint by a local warlord, General Butt-Fucking-Naked. The local villagers and Mafala Hatimbi soon tell the missionaries about their strategy for coping with life constantly battling against poverty, AIDS and famine, as well as the tyrannical General.

    After meeting the other missionaries who have failed to convert the village, the pair develop two different coping strategies for handling the situation. While Elder Price optimistically believes that the Mormon word will prevail, Elder Cunningham finds himself teaching an alternative form of history and religion, one that captures the imagination of the citizens. The pair wrestle with their own integrity and beliefs, coming together to find that they both rely on each other in very similar ways.

  • The Mousetrap

    West Street
    London, WC2H 9NZ
    The Mousetrap

    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!"

  • Underbelly Festival in South Bank

    91 Waterloo Road
    London, SE1 8RT
    Underbelly Festival in South Bank

    Enjoy a fun-packed festival of live entertainment and alfresco eating and drinking at Underbelly Festival in South Bank.

    Stretching throughout the summer, the festival returns for the 11th year with stages full of affordable circus, theatre, cabaret, comedy, music and children’s shows on the south bank of the Thames.

    You can also drop by the free-to-enter festival site to tuck into street food from the riverside vendors and grab a drink at one of London’s biggest outdoor bars, including the Rekorderlig Botanicals bar and Pimm’s Hut.

  • The Spitfire Experience - Cockpit Tour

    Grahame Park Way
    London, NW9 5LL
    The Spitfire Experience - Cockpit Tour

    Climb inside the Spitfire MK16 and take the pilot’s seat, learn about the aircraft and see what it would have been like to fly a Spitfire.

  • Little Swifts

    Grahame Park Way
    London, NW9 5LL
    Little Swifts

    Our fun and lively Little Swifts sessions, for children aged 2-5 years, are linked to our amazing collection.
    Tuesdays include a fun-packed hour of drama, dance and music. A magical session that gets all children participating!
    Thursdays include stories, songs and messy play. A lively session that gets children exploring!

  • Huguette Caland

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Huguette Caland

    Shifting between figuration and abstraction, Caland's large, colourful canvases and detailed drawings from the 1970s and 1980s will offer a delicate balance between the suggestive and the explicit.

    After moving to Paris from Beirut in 1970, Caland achieved artistic recognition with her exuberant and erotically charged paintings that challenged traditional conventions of beauty and desire. The female physique is a recurrent motif in her work, often painted like landscapes with voids and mountain-like forms.

    Born in Lebanon in 1931, Caland studied art at the American University of Beirut and lived in Paris and California for many years.

  • Natalia Goncharova

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Natalia Goncharova

    Tate Modern will present the first retrospective of Natalia Goncharova ever held in the UK. Most of the works have never been seen in this country before.

    Goncharova found acclaim early in her career. Aged just 32 she established herself as the leader of the Russian avant-garde with a major exhibition in Moscow in 1913. She then moved to France where she designed costumes and backdrops for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. She lived in Paris for the rest of her life, becoming a key figure in the city’s cutting-edge art scene.

    Goncharova’s artistic output was immense, wide-ranging and at times controversial. She paraded the streets of Moscow displaying futurist body art and created monumental religious paintings. She took part in avant-garde cinema, experimented with book designs and designed for fashion houses in Moscow and Paris.

    Her bold and innovative body of work influenced and transcended the art movements of the 20th century. The exhibition will explore her diverse sources and inspirations, from Russian folk art and textiles to the latest trends in modernism and beyond.