January in London 2017

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New Year's Day Parade
Thoroughly Modern Millie
The Adventure Travel Show
London Boat Show
London Short Film Festival
London International Mime Festival
Snowdrop Days
Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna
London Art Fair
The Glass Menagerie
Fantastic Mr Fox at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
New Old: Designing For Our Future Selves
Dublin Oldschool
Wish List
Escaped Alone
Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London
Don't Move, Improve!
Sex with Strangers
Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition
Terrains Of The Body: Photography From The National Museum Of Women In The Arts


The Design Museum explores how design can help improve the lives of our ageing population, The Vaults host a Great Gatsby themed production as part of the six-week Vault Festival, and The Phoenix Theatre stages a new musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth in January 2017. Read on to discover all the top London events beginning this month.

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New Year's Day Parade

The 2017 parade celebrates the magic of the movies.

Parliament Square, Westminster Bridge, Westminster, London, SW1P 3JX

Tube: Westminster Station , St James's Park Station


Dates: 01st January 2018


London's New Year's Day Parade celebrates the magic of the movies and partners with the BFI (British Film Institute) for its 2017 event. Many of this year's entries pay homage to movies including Jurassic Park, Ghostbusters, The Italian Job, Mary Poppins and Star Wars. Entertaining London since its inception on January 1st 1987, the parade takes around three hours to weaves its way along the 2.2 mile central London route, from outside The Ritz Hotel to Parliament Square, and more than 500,00 spectators pack London's streets to see it. Expect vast, extravagant, Disney-style floats, with plenty of loud music, whistles and dancing in the street, along with marching bands, cheerleaders, street performers, clowns, acrobats, kites, colourful costumes and representatives from each of the 33 London Boroughs.


Searcys at The Gherkin: Saints and Sinners

Choose whether to be a saint or a sinner with the choice between a healthy and indulgent menu.

Searcys at The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, Liverpool Street, London, EC3A 8EP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station


Dates: 01st January - 12th February 2017


This January, for six weeks only, Searcys at The Gherkin offers clean eating with a menu from health guru Alice Liveing, better known as Clean Eating Alice, contrasted with a richly indulgent alternative. Whether you choose to detox or indulge, the Saints and Sinners menu comes with stunning views over London, from St Paul's to Crystal Palace. Usually off limits to the general public, the restaurant on the 39th floor becomes a temple to well-being with mouth-watering nutritious delicacies. If you've had one too many mince pies over Christmas, this calorie-busting menu is the best way to counterbalance it with a healthy start to 2017.


London Boat Show

The latest in boating, messing about on the water and beautiful yachts.

ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 10th - 14th January 2018


London's biggest exhibition of boats returns for its 63rd year in 2017, with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing everything from 1.4-metre sailing dinghies to 37-metre tri-deck motor yachts. Visitors to the 10-day London Boat Show will be able to see the latest in boating and boating technology and hear from the world's experts in the field in The Show's Stage. Beautiful yachts are moored in the marina and next them is the Watersports Park which plays host to a festival of watersports where visitors can get on the water and try the latest watersports.


London Short Film Festival

Avant-garde and challenging short films shown at venues across town.


Various Venues Dates: 11th to 20th January 2019


After opening to international film makers for the first time in 2015, the London Short Film Festival returns this January with hundreds of film screenings, each hand-picked for the occasion. Renowned for its crazy, avant-garde and challenging offerings, the festival sees around 70 events take place in venues across town, including the ICA, Hackney Picturehouse, and Oval Space. The LSFF really is an ultra buzzing, decidedly edgy and often decadent event, accompanied by training sessions, drunken bashes, live music and awards.


London International Mime Festival

Choose from 120 performances as the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.


Various Venues Dates: 9th January to 3rd February 2019


Seventeen companies put on 120 performances over 34 days for this year's London International Mime Festival. Taking place at some of the city's best arts venues and, for the first time, Shoreditch Town Hall, the programme of events is made up many UK or London premieres, with artists from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain, Finland and New Zealand joining some of Britain's fast emerging talents and established names. The festival opens with a very special edition of Gandini Juggling's Smashed re-imagined for 17 performers and featuring jugglers, hundreds of apples and crockery. Festival highlights include Compagnie MPTA performing Barons Perchés, Thomas Monckton's Only Bones, and Charleroi Danses Kiss & Cry - "One of the most touching and emotional experiences you'll have in a theatre" (Metro).


Gandini Juggling: Smashed

The cult hit show returns as part of the London International Mime Festival.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 09th - 10th January 2017


The forbidden fruit gets its comeuppance in Gandini Juggling's cult-hit show Smashed. Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, this funny work explores conflict, tense relationships and lost love. In this special edition, staged for the opening the London International Mime Festival in its 40th year, 17 performers challenge all preconceptions of juggling as they disrupt the carefully created constellations of flying fruit, and instead celebrate the 'drop' as the apples come tumbling down, and with them, the rigid conventions of etiquette, dress and body language.


Wish List

This new drama takes on the subject of zero-hours contracts.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 10th January - 11th February 2017


Katherine Soper's new familial drama takes on the timely subject of zero-hour contracts. Staged at the Royal Court Theatre, Wish List tells the story of Tamsin, a warehouse worker who packs boxes on the clock, with a zero-hour contract. Her obsessive-compulsive brother, Dean, is housebound but when he is declared fit for work and his benefits are cut, Tamsin has to fight for the support her and her brother desperately need. Matthew Xia directs the play, which is a co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre.


Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna

Welcome to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 12th January - 04th February 2017


Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil's 33rd production is a celebration of love. The Montreal-based circus company, renowned for its breathtaking stunts and performers, has made the Royal Albert Hall something of a home-from-home and they return for another January residency in 2017 with Amaluna. The show invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. A story of love, storms and coming of age, it follows the queen's daughter and a brave young suitor, whose love will be put to the test.


New Old: Designing For Our Future Selves

A look at how design could help improve our ageing population.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 12th January - 19th February 2017


Marking the 30th anniversary of Helen Hamlyn's pioneering New Design for Old exhibition at the Boilerhouse Project, which stemmed from the philanthropist's focus on the design of homes for older people, New Old explores the potential for design and designers to enhance the experience of our later lives. The pop-up exhibition at the Design Museum explores how, as our population ages rapidly, we can lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives. Curated by Jeremy Myerson, Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, it will feature specially designed commissions and will look at themes such as home, working, community, identity and mobility.


Virtually Real

Step into a world of virtual reality with this new exhibition.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 12th - 14th January 2017


The Royal Academy of Arts invites you to step into a Virtually Real in 2017, where there are hundreds of simulated worlds where the normal rules of gravity don't apply. The collaborative pop-up project between virtual reality platform HTC Vive and contemporary art school Royal Academy Schools features works from three RA School alumni that have been created using virtual reality platforms. Visitors will be able to walk through, over, under and around the artworks and there will be 3D printed version so they can be enjoyed in both virtual and physical worlds.


Written on Skin

Five years after its well received premiere, George Benjamin's full-scale piece returns.

Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 13th - 30th January 2017


Five years after its well received premiere at the 2012 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 'Written on the Skin' George Benjamin's full-scale piece returns to the Royal Opera House. Set in 13th-century Provence, the story follows The Protector, who invites a scribe known as The Boy into his home and commissions a manuscript. However, when The Boy gets a little too close to the Protectors wife, an unimaginably violent tale runs its course. The story of love, passion and violence is given a unique contemporary twist as it is narrated by three angels who are placed in present day. The Guardian described Benjamin's score as "more impassioned, more sensuously beautiful and, at times, more fiercely dramatic than anything he has written before."


Nordic Matters

The Southbank Centre dedicates an entire year to Nordic art and culture.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: From 13th January 2017


In 2017, the Southbank Centre will dedicate an entire year to the arts and culture of one region of the world for the first time. Nordic Matters invites audiences to immerse themselves in all things Nordic, from favourites such as Moomin, LEGO, saunas and cinnamon buns to inspiring Nordic art, mythology, literature and music. The programme of events explores the region's reputation as world-leaders in their approach to play, children, gender equality and sustainability and asks what the UK could learn from them. Launching in January, the year-long event includes the first major UK exhibition dedicated to The Moomins, a debut from Finnish heavy metal band Hevisaurus, the first UK edition of music festival Nordic Music Days, a sauna with a twist and a Learning through Play workshop with LEGO.


Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

A look at the legacy of the influential Lockwood Kipling.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 14th January - 02nd April 2017


Lockwood Kipling, father to Rudyard Kipling, was an influential but largely unknown figure in the Arts and Crafts movement and this free V & A exhibition will certainly help to rectify that. The display shows Kipling's collecting and curatorial practices in museums in Bombay, Lahore and at the South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was then known). Included are some wonderful examples of Indian craftsmanship such as a bracelet of enamelled gold set with diamonds, a purple woven silk prayer carpet and a sword and helmet.


Belief and Beyond Belief

This year-long festival explores themes of spiritual belief and religious belief.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 16th January - 17th December 2017


Professor Stephen Hawking opens the year-long Belief and Beyond Belief festival appearing at an exclusive event marking his 75th birthday and an app based on his book A Brief History of Time. With eight themed weekends throughout 2017, the new Southbank Centre festival explores themes of spiritual belief, religious belief and what it means to be human. Free events include storytelling, yoga, mindfulness, workshops, pre-concert talks, a Big Sing, craft activities and a parade inspired by the Mexican festival Day of the Dead.



The play for young audiences transfers from the Edinburgh Fringe.

National Theatre: Dorfman, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 16th January - 18th February 2017


Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 and winning The Scotsman Fringe First Award, Us/Them transfers to the National Theatre in 2017. Presented by Brussels Theatre Company BRONKS, the play for young audiences looks back to 2004 when a group of terrorists stormed a school in Beslan and took hundreds of children hostage. The production isn't a straightforward account of the tragedy but a view through a child's eye and an exploration of the way children cope with traumatic situations.


Winter Lights Festival

An immersive egg-like structure is one of the 30 beautiful light installations in Canary Wharf.

Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, London, E14 5AG

Tube: Canary Wharf Station


Dates: 16th - 27th January 2018


Brightening the darkest January days, the Winter Lights Festival at Canary Wharf brings an array of illuminated installations to the city. The interactive festival - where you can actually get up close to the light sources - includes 30 sculptures, lasers, projections and digital art. Works include Angels of Freedom, by Merav Etan and Gaston Zah, in which five giant wings with white halos invite people to turn themselves into angels. Also among the works making their UK debut is Marcus Lyall's On Your Wavelength, a mind-powered laser and sound installation of over 20,000 LEDs. Over the weekend of 19th to 21st January live graffiti created from light will be on show with Luma Paint Light Graffiti (Lichtfaktor feat. Helge Bomber Steinmann), transforming any object into a live painting canvas.


Thoroughly Modern Millie

EastEnders star Michelle Collins and Strictly's Joanne Clifton star in this jazzy musical.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 17th - 21st January 2017


EastEnders star Michelle Collins plays Mrs Meers and Strictly Come Dancing's Joanne Clifton plays Millie Dillmount, a Kansas girl determined to make it big in New York City. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 Academy Award-winning film. Taking you back to the height of the Jazz Age in 1920s New York City, hit songs like Gimme Gimme and Thoroughly Modern Millie make this show a fun one for all the family.


London Art Fair

Museum quality modern art and talks by industry experts.

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0QH

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 16th to 20th Jan 2019


Now in its 29th year, the London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre shows no signs of losing its cutting edge. Whether you're buying or just looking you'll have over a hundred of London's best galleries to browse through. There are two shows within the show: 'Art Projects', showcasing contemporary art from across the globe; and 'Photo50', a curated exhibition of 50 contemporary photographs. Talks by industry leaders like writer and broadcaster Michael Bird are supplemented by tours hosted by Sotheby's and it's open late on Thursday - stop by after work for an insightful programme of talks, tours and performance.


Anthony Green RA: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont

The RA celebrates the 40th anniversary of Anthony Green's election as a Royal Academician.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 18th January - 30th April 2017


Anthony Green RA has been a fixture in the annual Summer Exhibition for 50 years and now the Royal Academy celebrates the 40th anniversary of his election as a Royal Academician in 1977 with a new exhibition. Taking place in the Tennant Gallery, Anthony Green RA: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont focuses on a recently-completed work that will be shown for the very first time. Titled The Fur Coat, "focuses on a recently-completed work that will be shown for the very first time. Titled The Fur Coat, "Hazana", the work measures three metres in height and features a life-sized painted figure of Green's mother, Madeleine Dupont. The painting tells the story of his mother's second marriage through the eyes of her 13-year-old only child.


Magical Lantern Festival

Explore The Silk Road, from Europe to Ancient China, through beautiful lit up lanterns.

Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP

Tube: Turnham Green Station


Dates: 24th November - 01st January 2018


It's wonderful to have festivals to light up some of the most picturesque parts of London at this time of year. The illuminated walk at Kew is a must-see at Christmas, and it's followed in January by the Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House. The theme for this year's festival, now in its second year, is: 'Explore The Silk Road'. See lantern scenes which represent and highlight this significant trade route and culture from Europe to Ancient China, beginning with a 15-metre wide lantern of the Houses of Parliament. As well as the lanterns there's food and drinks for sale, an ice bar, a synthetic ice rink, virtual reality gaming and a mini funfair.


Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition

An opportunity to view the shortlisted proposals for future Fourth Plinth artworks.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 19th January - 26th March 2017


The Fourth Plinth commissions, filling the empty plinth with a modern work of art, have become a hotly anticipated and much-debated fixture in Trafalgar Square. And this free exhibition at the National Gallery gives us an opportunity to view the shortlisted proposals for 2018 and 2020 by some of the leading artists working today. Who'll be the next after David's Shrigley's 'Really Good'? This exhibition is your chance to have your say.


The Adventure Travel Show

Perfect for discovering the world off the beaten track.

Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station


Dates: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th January 2019


Back for its 21st year, The Adventure Travel Show is the UK's only event dedicated entirely to discovering the world off the beaten track. Whether you're interested in volunteering, a career break, trekking, diving, safari or cycling, the show gives you access to specialist adventure travel companies who can help. There are over 100 free inspirational talks across four theatres to choose from, information on the hottest new destinations, the chance to enhance your travel photography, writing and film skills. Hear talks from adventurers like Sean Conway whose completion of the world's longest Ultra Triathlon was documented on the Discovery Channel. If this doesn't inspire you to travel in 2017, nothing will.


Only Bones

This award-winning production uses body manipulation to create a unique piece of physical theatre.

Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 23rd January - 04th February 2017


Only Bones is an award-winning new production by New Zealanders Thomas Monckton and Gemma Tweedie and Finland-based physical theatre company Kallo Collective. Performed at the Soho Theatre as part of the London International Mime Festival, Only Bones uses body manipulation and bendy physicality to create an original piece of physical theatre. Its quirky low-tech aesthetic involves one performer, one technician, one light, no text, and a stage area of little more than 1m squared. With head-juggling and jellyfish this is a hypnotic show about a lot, using very little.


Dublin Oldschool

Philip McMahon directs this darkly humorous play from Emmet Kirwan.

National Theatre: Dorfman, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 24th - 31st January 2017


Emmet Kirwan's darkly humorous play, Dublin Oldschool, transfers from the Edinburgh Fringe to London's Old Vic Theatre in 2017. Philip McMahon directs the production, which follows wannabe DJ Jason as he reconnects with his estranged brother Daniel during a drug-fuelled trip through Dublin. Jason takes the audience along with him on the binge, delving from one debauched rave to another before he encounters Daniel and they reconnect and reminisce over tunes, trips and their city.


Vault Festival

Six weeks of superb and experimental theatre in Waterloo's Leake Street tunnels.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, South Bank, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 23rd January to 17th March 2019


Vault Festival is one of the most exciting happenings on London's fringe. Returning for its fifth year, the six-week arts festival features over 200 new shows with a wide-ranging programme of performance, live music, discussions and one-off late night parties. This year, it returns to its original home at The Vaults and, for the first time, at satellite venues Network Theatre and Morley College. At The Vaults, award-winning company The Flanagan Collective will immerse audiences in the decadence and excess of The Great Gatsby. Performed across multiple spaces, the show will run throughout the six weeks of the Vault Festival. The 2017 programme also includes The Neath, produced and curated by the team behind The Crystal Maze; The Long Trick, a new play about one man's private protest against gentrification; Astronauts of Hartlepool, looking at the Brexit North/South divide; and The Texas Tax Man, transporting audiences to the wild west of the mid 18th century for a journey that's both dangerous and hilarious. There will also be food, drink and dancing.


Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox

A playful re-telling of the popular Roald Dahl story.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 25th January - 19th February 2017


A playful re-telling of Roald Dahl's popular tale, Fantastic Mr Fox, by Maria Aberg who did a "Glastonbury-style" (Independent) As You Like It for the Royal Shakespeare Company. In this adaptation of Dahl's classic tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, live music and songs bring the story to life. The Guardian reviewer Lyn Gardner finds, "there is always plenty to enjoy" from the "jaunty songs by the multi-talented Arthur Darvill" to all of the fantastic animals - a "ditzy rabbit", badger, mole, mouse and the "full-of-himself" Mr Fox, played with "terrific energy" by Greg Barnett.


Escaped Alone

Caryl Churchill's drama returns for a limited run.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 25th January - 11th February 2017


After a critically acclaimed premiere in 2016 - the year the Royal Court Theatre celebrated its 60th birthday - Caryl Churchill's drama, Escaped Alone, returns for a limited run before going on tour. Directed by James Macdonald and starring Linda Bassett, Deborah Findlay, Kika Markham and June Watson, the play is about three old friends and a neighbour who encounter tea and catastrophe during one summer afternoon. According to The Observer, "Caryl Churchill's magnificent new play unleashes an intricate, elliptical, acutely female view of the apocalypse. Revolutionary."


The Great Gatsby

An immersive adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel.

The Vaults, 10 Leake Street, London, SE1 7NN

Tube: Waterloo Station , Lambeth North Station


Dates: 25th January - 05th March 2017


The Guild Of Misrule presents an adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel, which brilliantly depicts a decadent society obsessed with wealth and status. Through this immersive theatrical take on The Great Gatsby, you'll be plunged into a world of jazz, bootleg liquor and more than a little scandal. Expect music, cocktails, debauchery with dressing up encouraged and dancing shoes mandatory. Part of the Vault Festival, this show, which draws together creatives from Secret Cinema, Les Enfant Terribles, The Flanagan Collective and Belt Up Theatre, promises to be a highlight.


London A Cappella Festival

Champions of Gareth Malone's The Naked Choir, The Sons of Pitches, are among the performers.

Kings Place, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9AG

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 24th - 27th January 2018


The annual London A Cappella Festival showcases some of the best choral, jazz, contemporary and beatbox ensembles, with an eclectic programme that never disappoints. In 2017 the festival welcomes chart-topping Decca recording group VOCES8, reigning champions of Gareth Malone's The Naked Choir The Sons of Pitches, YouTube sensations Swedish fishermen Solala, and America's Got Talent stars OneVoice. Added to these are all-American country music stars Home Free, free interactive pop-ups, and workshops exploring all things vocal.


The Glass Menagerie

John Tiffany directs his first West End play since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4BG

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 26th January - 29th April 2017


Director John Tiffany returns to the West End for the first time since the international critical hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to revive his critically acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie. An A-list cast includes Tony Award-winner Cherry Jones who stars as the domineering former southern belle, who enlists the help of her son to find a husband for her emotionally fragile daughter. She appears with fellow Edinburgh International Festival cast members Michael Esper (Tom) and Kate O'Flynn (Laura) while Brian J. Smith reprises his Tony Award-nominated Broadway role as the Gentleman Caller.


Sex With Strangers

A love story packed with hidden ambitions, desire and secret agendas.

Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3EU

Tube: Swiss Cottage Station


Dates: 27th January - 04th March 2017


Emilia Fox stars in the UK premiere of Laura Eason's smart comedy Sex with Strangers, directed by Peter DuBois. The Silent Witness actress returns to Hampstead Theatre following the sell-out hit Rapture, Blister, Burn in 2014 to play Olivia, an attractive and talented but underappreciated mid-career writer. She is unexpectedly trapped overnight in a secluded, snowed-in B&B with Ethan, an equally attractive and wildly successful young blogger. What develops is a love story packed with hidden ambitions, desire and secret agendas.


Don't Move, Improve!

Look inside London's best architecturally designed home extensions.

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Tube: Goodge Street Station , Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 27th January - 29th March 2017


In this annual competition we get a peek inside London's best architecturally designed home extensions. Run by New London Architecture, Don't Move, Improve!, now its seventh year, is one of world's most popular design awards programmes, according to design bible Dezeen. A chance for emerging architectural practices to get the recognition they deserve, this year's winning project is a house in Clapton, east London, with a copper-lined kitchen and dining area and a bathroom which cleverly extends from the terraced house. This two-month free exhibition shows the winning projects alongside the complete longlist of 120 projects that made up the first stage of the awards.


Snowdrop Days

See the first winter flowers at the charming botanic garden in Chelsea.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Garden, London, SW3 4HS

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 27th January - 04th February 2018


See the snowdrops at the historic botanical gardens and enjoy a walk through nature at the charming Chelsea Physic Garden at their annual Snowdrop Days. While the snowdrops take centre stage you can also see other late winter flowers like wild primulas, miniature iris and crocuses. A plant marquee will also be on site selling rare snowdrops and other winter flowering plants - Growing Friends will be on site to advise. The Snowdrop Days also include a series of free talks and workshops on photographing and painting snowdrops.


The Girls

A new musical from Gary Barlow and Tim Firth.

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 28th January - 22nd April 2017


Based on the true story, film and award-winning play Calendar Girls, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new British musical, The Girls, opens at the Phoenix Theatre this January. Inspired by the story of a group of ladies who appeared nude for a Women's Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, the musical comedy will show their life in the Yorkshire village, how it came about, the effect it had on their friends and family, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary. Like the 2003 film, Tim Firth will direct with musical staging by Lizzi Gee and comedy staging by Jos Houben. The 'Girls' will be played by Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding.


Joe Allen's 40th Birthday Party

Celebrate the 40th birthday of Theatreland institution Joe Allen.

Joe Allen, 2 Burleigh Street, London, WC2E 7PX

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 29th January 2017


Theatreland institution Joe Allen turns 40 and to mark the occasion alumnus Rowley Leigh returns to his inaugural kitchen and is joined by Gizzi Erskine and journalist and critic Lisa Markwell. Original waiters from the 70s Jon Spiteri, David Young and Jonathan Blake will share a tale or two from the early days while shaking up cocktails and waiting tables. West End actress Harriet Thorpe (who starred in The Dresser and Absolutely Fabulous) gives us a show tune or two, and actor and TV personality Christopher Biggins, a Joe Allen regular, will be on the door. Restaurant critic Jay Rayner joins in the fun playing live jazz piano accompanied by his wife, Pat Gordon Smith, and American singer and actress Shelia Ferguson performs West-End classics. They're all in the safe hands of musical director Nigel Lilley (Piaf, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, My Fair Lady) before he brings La Cage Aux Folles to the National Theatre.


London's Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at this spectacular party.

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 18th February 2018


Chinese New Year in London is one of the most spectacular in the West with over 300,000 people taking part in the celebrations across the capital. This year, the Year of the Rooster, the London celebrations take place on 29th January 2017 with activities taking place in Chinatown, Leicester Square, Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square. Festivities include a parade which begins at Duncannon Street, moving along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. An official opening ceremony then takes place in Trafalgar Square with speeches from special guests. Once officially opened, the celebrations really kick off with Dragon dancing, music and performances. Join the throng in a stall-covered Chinatown for fun and firecrackers on and around Gerrard Street, Lisle Street and Shaftesbury Avenue where there are impromptu parties, food stalls and lion dancing.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joe McElderry takes the title role in this adaptation of the biblical musical.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 31st January - 04th February 2017


X Factor favourite Joe McElderry stars in the title role in Bill Kenwright's production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's biblical musical. Joe's title-role debut in the 2016 production of Joseph was his first major theatrical appearance - and his performance was met with 5 star reviews and standing ovations up and down the country. Now the TV talent show star, who was just 18 when won the sixth series of The X Factor, returns to the role, touring the country and belting out hits like Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do.


Tango Fire

This passionate show transports Londoners to Beunos Aires.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 31st January - 18th February 2017


The Peacock Theatre will be reminiscent of Buenos Aires as Argentina's hottest dance company Tango Fire returns with its latest dance production. Experts in the field, German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi conjure the intoxicating passion of late-night Buenos Aires and chart the history of the fiery Argentine tango to a soundtrack of live music, flanked by a cast of tango dancers including several world champions.


Terrains Of The Body: Photography From The National Museum Of Women In The Arts

This all-female show displays work by artists who embrace the female body as a medium for storytelling.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station


Dates: 18th January - 16th April 2017


The Whitechapel Gallery continues its support of female artists in 2017 with its all-female show, Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The collection shows photography and video work by 17 contemporary artists from around the world who embrace the female body as a vital medium for storytelling. Artists displaying work include Marina Abramovic, Rineke Dijkstra, Anna Gaskell and Nan Goldin.





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