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  • William Blake: The Artist

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    William Blake: The Artist


    William Blake was a painter, printmaker and poet who created some of the most iconic images in British art.

    Radical and rebellious, he is an inspiration to visual artists, musicians, poets and performers worldwide. His personal struggles in a period of political terror and oppression, his technical innovation, his vision and political commitment, have perhaps never been more pertinent.

    Inside the exhibition will be an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. You will be able to experience for yourself the impact these works had when they were shown for the first time. In another room, Blake’s dream of showing his works at enormous scale will be made reality using digital technology.

    With over 300 original works, including his watercolours, paintings and prints, this is the largest show of Blake’s work for almost 20 years. It will rediscover him as a visual artist for the 21st century.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mary Quant

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Mary Quant

    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.

  • Cairo Streets

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Cairo Streets

    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.

  • Manners and Modernity: Ukiyo-e and etiquette on the Seibu Railway

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Manners and Modernity: Ukiyo-e and etiquette on the Seibu Railway

    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.

  • Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security

    From the trenches of the First World War to the latest in cyber security, Top Secret explores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum Group's and GCHQ’s historic collections.

    Trace the evolution of the gadgets and devices used to conceal crucial messages and to decode the secrets of others. Hear from GCHQ staff doing top secret work to defend against terror attacks and serious crime and discover the challenges of maintaining digital security in the 21st century.

    Explore the story of Alan Turing and the team of Bletchley Park codebreakers who broke the Enigma code in 1941, uncover spy-craft from 1960’s Cold War espionage and challenge your friends and family to become codebreakers in our interactive puzzle zone.

    Top Secret coincides with the 100th anniversary of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Vivian Suter

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Vivian Suter

    Navigate your way through the maze of colourful hanging paintings, which form Vivian Suter’s (b. 1949) large-scale installation Nisyros (Vivian’s Bed) 2016-17.

    Suter’s work is inspired by the tropical landscape of Panajachel in Guatemala, where she lives and works. The environment plays an important role in the making and development of her work. She leaves her artwork outdoors to be exposed to the elements so that natural substances, such as volcanic and botanical matter, are incorporated into the work. Look closely at the hanging canvases and see whether you can spot the leaves or twigs congealed in the thick paint or the random imprints of her dog’s paws.

    You can find Vivian Suter in our ground floor Wolfson Gallery. It is the first solo display of Vivian Suter’s work in the UK.

  • 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.

  • 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 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!"

  • 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!'.

  • 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”.

  • Only Fools and Horses

    8 Haymarket
    London, SW1Y 4HT
    Only Fools and Horses

    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…