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Mary Quant
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition
The London Marathon
Boat Races
Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa: Vessel

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The V&A relives the sixties with Mary Quant, Stanley Kubrick is celebrated at the Design Museum and the London Marathon takes over the city streets; just three of the best events in London in April 2019.

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Abhishek Majumdar's controversial play is finally staged at the Royal Court.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 3rd to 27th April 2019


Having been withdrawn from the schedule in 2017, Abhishek Majumdar's Pah-La will finally be staged at the Royal Court Theatre in 2019. Set in a remote Tibetan village, the play is based on real stories during the 2008 Lhasa riots. Deshar, a young runaway who has disowned her father Tsering, becomes a Buddhist nun and carries out an act of defiance, which reverberates across the whole country.


Mary Quant

A household name in the 1960s, Mary Quant was a byword for high hemlines.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 6th April 2019 to 16th February 2020


Following on from Christian Dior and Balenciaga, both the subject of fashion forward V&A exhibitions in the past few years, in 2019 the spotlight falls on a designer who is closer to home, Mary Quant. A household name in the 1960s, Mary Quant was a byword for high hemlines and pelmet sized miniskirts. With over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive, the exhibition revels in Quant miniskirts and makeup, her famous Bazaar boutiques as well as patterns you could make at home.


Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races

England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting 4.2 mile rowing race.

Putney Bridge, Between Fulham and Putney, London, SW6 3JD

Tube: Putney Bridge Station


Dates: Sunday 7th April 2019


One of London's oldest sporting events, first raced in 1829, The Boat Race sees England's two elite universities take to the water in a nail-biting 4.2 mile rowing race between Putney Bridge and Mortlake Bridge in southwest London. Thousands of fans line the Thames each year to see Oxford battle against Cambridge. For spectators, there's a great view - and some great pubs - around Furnivall Gardens on the north side of the Thames near Hammersmith Bridge. Head to Putney Bridge, where big screens are put up on both banks, to watch the start of the race. At Bishop's Park behind the South Stand of Fulham football ground Craven Cottage, you'll find food stalls, family attractions and a large beer tent, while the banks of the river around Barnes are another popular spot. The warm-up starts with the reserve crew race between Isis and Goldie held before the main event but the build-up at the river bank starts well before, from 12noon at Bishop's Park and Furnivall Gardens.


Edvard Munch: love and angst

The British Museum exhibition focuses on Munch's prints - and there are around 17,800 to choose from.

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

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


Dates: 11th April to 21st July 2019


Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, famous for his haunting depictions of raw human emotion - think of Munch and you'll soon think of The Scream - is the subject of a major British Museum display, at the Sir Joseph Hotung Exhibition Gallery. Edvard Munch: love and angst focuses on Munch's prints - and there are around 17,800 to choose from - including a self portrait showing the artist with a skeleton arm framing the foreground. The display highlights how his artistic vision was shaped by personal experience of tragedy. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were also a time when radical ideas were being expressed in art, literature, science and theatre in Europe. With a large number of loans coming from the Munch Museum in Oslo, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see the colour lithographs and woodcut prints here in the UK.


All My Sons

Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Jenna Coleman star in this production of Arthur Miller's play.

Old Vic Theatre, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

Tube: Waterloo Station , Southwark Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 15th April to 8th June 2019


The second in an Arthur Miller double-bill, The Old Vic presents an all-star production of All My Sons. Co-produced with Headlong and directed by Jeremy Herrin, the production sees Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Jenna Coleman and Colin Morgan star in the piece that cemented Miller's reputation as one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th Century. Set in 1947 America, the play follows Joe and Kate Keller, who have beaten the odds to raise two sons and establish a thriving business. However, nothing lasts forever and long buried truths are forced to the surface, threatening the end of the family's American dream.


Damien Jalet & Kohei Nawa: Vessel

Near-naked dancers inhabit a flooded stage filled with 7,500 litres of water.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April 2019


Filling the Sadler's Wells stage with 7,500 litres of water, Vessel is a striking collaboration between Olivier Award-winning Damien Jalet, who choreographed Hussein Chalayan's Gravity Fatigue at Sadler's Wells in 2015, and Japanese experimental sculptor Kohei Nawa. Inspired by the body's composition predominately being made up of water, the piece blurs the lines between the human form and its environment. Near-naked dancers inhabit a flooded stage, reflected and hidden by its mirror-like surface. Seven beings perform strange rituals to an electronic score by Marihiko Hara and Ryuichi Sakamoto.


Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Props, costumes, films and scripts by the director of A Clockwork Orange.

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 26th April to 17th September 2019


In 2019 the Design Museum stages its version of the Deutsches Filmmuseum's hugely successful exhibition - which began in Frankfurt in 2004 and has since travelled to 16 cities across the world - with an exploration of Stanley Kubrick's life and work. The exacting film maker spent most of his time living and working in Britain. It was here that he created the battlefields of Vietnam for Full Metal Jacket, an orbiting space station for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr Strangelove's war room. So it's only appropriate that the exhibition is staged in the UK capital, showing props, costumes, films and scripts by the director and exploring his work with designers including Hardy Amies, Eliot Noyes, Ken Adam and Saul Bass. At the same time, the BFI is hosting a Kubrick Season throughout April and May 2019 showing 2001: A Space Odyssey, Barry Lyndon and Eyes Wide Shut on the big screen.


The London Marathon

Attracting 40,000 runners and even more spectators, the marathon is the largest fund raising event in the world.

The Mall, Westminster, London, SW1Y 5AH

Tube: St James's Park Station


Dates: Sunday 28th April 2019


The largest fund raising event in the world, the London Marathon, returns to the capital in April. One of the top five international marathons, it sees around 40,000 runners - serious competitors, celebrities and charity fun runners - flood the streets of London to tackle the gruelling 26.2 mile route. Attracting thousands of spectators, the course comes alive to the sounds of bands, cheering crowds and pounding feet. The race kicks off at Greenwich Park and Blackheath with a loop around Charlton and Woolwich, continues through Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, crosses the Thames on Tower Bridge before circling Canary Wharf and the City ahead of the showpiece finish along the Embankment, past Parliament Square and onto The Mall in the shadow of Buckingham Palace.

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