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Will Young stars in Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Rag 'n' Bone Man
The Great Wave
Paloma Faith
Joan Jonas
Ballet Black: Double Bill
Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races
Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy
Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton
Flight Of The Conchords
Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018
balletLORENT: Rumpelstiltskin
Sadler's Wells Family Weekend


A new musical on the life of Tina Turner, four sold out Morrissey gigs and the return of Emma Rice's Brief Encounter are three of the best events in London in March 2018.

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Morrissey at Brixton Academy

Fans are given the chance to hear tracks from the singer's new album.

O2 Academy Brixton, 211 Stockwell Road, London, SW9 9SL

Tube: Brixton Station


Dates: Thursday 1st March 2018


The former Smiths frontman, outspoken vegetarian and bequiffed purveyor of witty melancholia performs his solo material alongside songs written with his erstwhile collaborator Johnny Marr, a body of work that spans four decades. Morrissey plays four sold out London shows at Brixton Academy, the Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace and the London Palladium as part of his 2018 UK tour. Morrissey's live dates give fans a chance to hear tracks from his new album Low in High School, his first studio album since 2014, as well as well known works from his back catalogue.


Brief Encounter

Emma Rice brings Kneehigh Theatre's award-winning production back to the West End.

Empire Cinema Haymarket, 63-65 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 2nd March to 2nd September 2018


Ten years after Emma Rice brought Kneehigh Theatre's award-winning production of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter to the West End it returns, this time at the Empire Cinema Haymarket. Switching between live action and film, this adaptation by the outgoing artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe stars Jim Sturgeon as Alec and Isabel Pollen as Laura in a revival of the classic 1940s romantic movie.


The Inheritance

Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker.

The Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 2nd March to 5th May 2018


In March 2018, Stephen Daldry directs this hilarious and profound heart-breaker; a major world premiere in two parts by New York playwright Matthew Lopez. Set a generation after the AIDS crisis, The Inheritance looks at the fears, the activism, the communities and the new kinds of isolation in modern day America. Stephen Daldry directed Billy Elliot (which won ten Tony awards - more than any other British show in Broadway history), The Audience and Skylight, Netflix series The Crown and most recently The Jungle here at the Young Vic.


Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

Joe Pasquale stars a stage adaptation of the classic 1970s British TV show.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 5th to 10th Mar 2018


Joe Pasquale stars as accident-prone Frank Spencer in the stage adaptation of the classic 1970s British TV show. Guy Unsworth directs the production, which also features Sarah Earnshaw as Spencer's wife Betty and Susie Blake from Mrs Brown's Boys as his disapproving Mother-in-Law, Mrs Fisher. Pasquale, who won I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004, has recently starred the West End stage show of Spamalot, as King Arthur. Expect a revival of Frank's catch phrases - "Ooh Betty, the cat's done a whoopsie" - and a never-ending list of disasters with roller-skating and runaway chickens.



The soulful band from Bury play The O2.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: Wednesday 7th March 2018


The Guy Garvey fronted four-piece from Bury who won the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 return with their epic alt rock and progressive pop originals. Elbow, the soulful band from Bury, played to a worldwide audience at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012. Now they return to London for an arena sized gig at The O2 in March 2018 with a new track, 'Kindling (Fickle Flame)'. This special re-recorded version of the album track sees the song transformed into a duet between Guy Garvey and John Grant. John Grant and his band will also be the very special guests on the upcoming tour.



Former frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey plays four sold out London gigs.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: Wednesday 7th March 2018


The singer-songwriter who rose to prominence as lead vocalist for 80s band, The Smiths, plays four sold out shows in London at the O2 Academy Brixton, Royal Albert Hall, Alexandra Palace and the London Palladium as part of his 2018 UK tour. Morrissey's live dates give fans a chance to hear tracks from his new album Low in High School, his first studio album since 2014, as well as well known works from his back catalogue.


Women of the World Festival

The empowering festival returns for its eighth year.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 7th to 11th Mar 2018


The Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back for its eighth year in 2018, returning to the Southbank Centre for five empowering days. Now the largest women's festival in the world, the festival sees meetings happen across five continents with one million people involved, giving women the chance to talk about their heroines and how their achievements have inspired them. Originally launched by Jude Kelly, Southbank Centre's Artistic Director, following the criticisms she received as a woman new to the role, it tackles difficult topics such as honour-based violence, alcoholism, rape, trans activism and criminal justice. Following a year when the 'Me Too' movement shook the world, from Hollywood to the House of Parliament, and marking 100 years since some of the first British women could vote, this will be a timely festival. Join in with a series of talks and debates, concerts, performances, art installations, workshops and more.


Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

A month-by-month journey through 1932 - Picasso's 'year of wonders'.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 8th March to 9th September 2018


Described by the gallery as one of the most significant shows it has ever staged, Tate Modern hosts Picasso 1932 - Love, Fame, Tragedy in 2018. The landmark exhibition takes visitors on a month-by-month journey through 1932 - known as Picasso's 'year of wonders' - through a display if 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including the famous Le Reve (The Dream), which has never before been shown in the UK. From confident colour-saturated portraits to surrealist drawings, visitors will be able to see the works that cemented Picasso as the most influential artist of the early 20th century.


Rag 'n' Bone Man

The hip-hop and blues BRIT Award winner plays his biggest show to date.

Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London, N22 7AY

Tube: Bounds Green Station


Dates: 08th March 2018


BRIT Award winner Rory Graham, aka Rag 'n' Bone Man, plays his biggest show to date at Alexandra Palace in March 2018. His appearance here is part of the highly anticipated Grand Reserve Tour when he'll be performing tracks off his multi-platinum selling album 'Human'. As NME puts it: Rag 'N' Bone Man, spent years on the fringes of the UK hip-hop scene but he has "struck gold" with his massive hit 'Human'. He has a voice that is "truly a showstopper" (NME), a love of hip-hop that "bleeds into the music he makes" and an original take on blues.


Affordable Art Fair Battersea Spring 2018

Original art pieces from just over £100 to £6,000 go on display.

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Mar 2018


Whether you're looking for a picture to match your new curtains or to discover the works of a creative genius on the way up, then this is the place for you. Taking place in Battersea in spring and autumn and on Hampstead Heath in May, the Affordable Art Fair offers original art from just over £100 to £6,000. Attended by around 22,000 people each time, the shows include photography, original prints and sculptures from over 100 British and international galleries. The four-day Battersea spring fair gathers together more than 100 British and international galleries under one roof.


The Great Wave

A family tragedy takes on a global political dimension.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 10th March to 14th April 2018


Set in Japan and North Korea, The Great Wave, Francis Turnly's epic new thriller about teenage sisters caught in a tsunami is directed by the Tricycle Theatre's Indhu Rubasingham. The play, which premieres in the Dorfman Theatre, focusses on teenage sisters Reiko and Hanako. When a vast wave engulfs a Japanese beach, Hanako is lost and Reiko survives but their mother cannot accept that Hanako is gone.


Caroline, Or Change

This Olivier Award-winning musical is set during the America's civil rights movement.


Sharon D Clarke reprises her role in Caroline, or Change this March when the musical transfers from Chichester to London's Hampstead Theatre. The Olivier Award-winning production is set in 1963 Louisiana during America's civil rights movement. Whatever the progress of the movement, everything in the Gellman household seems to stay the same. For now, that is. Eight year old Noah is heartbroken by the death of his mother and his father's remarriage, choosing to escape it all by sneaking down to the basement to spend time with his black maid, Caroline Thibodeaux. However, when Mrs Gellman figures out a way to enable Caroline to take home a little more money, it has unexpected consequences her and Noah's relationship.


Paloma Faith

The quirky singer-songwriter is back with her first in more than three years.

The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0BB

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 14th March 2018


Paloma Faith, the London-hailing soul-pop singer-songwriter, well known for her quirky, eccentric style, goes on tour singing from her fourth album, 'The Architect'- her first in more than three years and since giving birth to her first child. Paloma, who won the BRIT Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015, has also been on our screens as a judge on The Voice. Her music features sweeping orchestral tracks, smooth soul, sleek disco grooves and stomping electro pop. Her new material raises social and political questions, and covers topical themes from motherhood to social anxiety, Donald Trump to the refugee crisis - all within the confines of classic pop.


Joan Jonas

Five decades of performance art by the influential American artist and her passion for story-telling.


Five decades of performance art by influential American artist Joan Jonas go on display in an immersive exhibition taking over Level 2 of Tate Modern's Blavatnik Building and in The Tanks. Originally trained as a sculptor, Jonas began experimenting with performance art, video and props after meeting choreographers Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer in the 1960s. The exhibition explores her personal items and her passion for story-telling, from the retelling of a Brothers Grimm fairytale to references to contemporary political events. Jonas is also the subject of this year's BMW Tate Live Exhibition, a ten day programme of live performance art in the Tanks.


Ballet Black: Double Bill

Arthur Pita restages A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream in this double bill.


Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black appears twice at the Barbican this spring/summer season as the company returns for the third consecutive year following previous sell-out shows. Their first appearance is this Double Bill which features Cathy Marston who choreographs a stage version of The Suit inspired by Can Themba's novel. Completing the evening, Portuguese choreographer Arthur Pita restages A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream. Then, in April 2018, dancers from Ballet Black appear along with dancers from The Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet in Steps Back in Time, Viviana Durante Company's homage to Kenneth MacMillan.


Strictly Ballroom The Musical

Will Young stars in the West End transfer of the musical based on the hit film by Baz Luhrmann.

Piccadilly Theatre, 16 Denman Street, London, W1D 7DY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 16th March to 21st July 2018


Pop Idol winner Will Young plays the brand new role of band leader, Wally Strand, in the West End transfer of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Championship ballroom dancer Scott Hastings (played by Jonny Labey who makes his West End debut) defies all the rules and follows his heart with new partner Fran (Zizi Strallen) in the feelgood stage musical. It's based on the hit film by Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge, Romeo And Juliet and The Great Gatsby, and directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie whose dazzling choreography for In the Heights earned him the 2016 Olivier Award.


BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights

In its second year the performance art exhibition focuses on the pioneering work of Joan Jonas.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 16th March to 25th April 2018


A combination of installation, performance, film, video, sound, and talks over a period of ten days transforms the Tate Modern Tanks into a space for performance art. In its second year, the BMW Tate Live Exhibition focuses on Joan Jonas, a pioneer of performance art. Unfolding over ten days and six nights, the exhibition coincides with a major survey of her work in the galleries above. Arctic landscapes, hanging crystals, myth-making and mystery are all part of the programme which opens with Jonas performing live together with her long-time collaborator, the celebrated Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran.


Flight Of The Conchords

The New Zealand-based comedy duo present their popular parody songs.

Hammersmith Apollo, 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 19th - 20th March 2018


New Zealand-based comedy duo Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement present their popular parody songs from the cult TV show of the same name. Staging their first UK and Irish headlining tour in over seven years, The Flight of the Conchords bring their unique brand of folk comedy to Hammersmith Apollo and The O2 where they've added a third date, on Tuesday 3rd April 2018, due to popular demand.



Life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner.

Aldwych Theatre, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Temple Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 21st March to 16th June 2018


Phyllida Lloyd, director of Mamma Mia!, helms a life-affirming musical based on the life of legendary artist Tina Turner, written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins. Featuring the iconic songs that propelled Turner to fame, the stage spectacular charts her rise from humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to the top of the global music charts. Adrienne Warren makes her West End debut in the title role opposite Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Ike Turner.


Tate Britain Commission: Anthea Hamilton

The artist renowned for her bold, often humorous works creates a piece for the grand Duveen Galleries.


Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, Anthea Hamilton is the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission. Renowned for her bold, often humorous works, she will create a new artwork combining sculpture and performance in response to Tate Britain's grand Duveen Galleries. Known for her provocative and playful works, she has used subjects as diverse as art nouveau design to 1970s disco and her Turner Prize nominated exhibition Lichen! Libido! Chastity! - "One of the most bizarre art works in New York" (The New Yorker) - put an eighteen-foot-tall sculpture of a man's buttocks on a brick wall.


Dancing On Ice

Torvill and Dean are joined by professionals and celebrities in a live version of the TV show.


Following a four year break Dancing on Ice, the live show, is back and coming to Wembley Arena as part of a UK tour. Former Olympic and World champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean lead a strong cast of professionals and celebrities in a live arena version of the popular TV show. Joining Torvill and Dean at the Dancing on Ice tour are celebrities and professional skaters from the new series, which starts on ITV in January. Jayne and Chris host the tour and take up their new roles as head judges, giving their expert feedback and scoring the celebrities and their partners.


Oxford v Cambridge Boat Races

England's two elite universities take to the water in one of London's oldest sporting events.

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

Tube: Putney Bridge Station


Dates: 24th March 2018


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 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.



Breath-taking spectacle of athleticism by the Shaolin monks.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 26th, 27th and 28th March 2018


An award-winning collaboration between choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, sculptor Antony Gormley and 19 Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple in China, Sutra is a breath-taking spectacle of athleticism that explores the philosophy and faith behind the Shaolin tradition in a contemporary context. One of Sadler's Wells' longest running and most successful productions, Sutra features Antony Gormley's striking set of 21 wooden boxes and Polish composer Szymon Brzoska's specially commissioned score, performed live.



The hit musical returns to the West End after five and a half years away.

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

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


Dates: 26th March to 23rd June 2018


Last staged in the West End back in 2012 - when it concluded a 15-year run - hit musical Chicago returns to London for the first time in five and half years. After a UK and international tour, it will transfer to the Phoenix Theatre in March. Written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the long running show tells the saga of a chorus girl who gets away with murder thanks to her sleazy lawyer, Billy Flynn. The original show was a flop in the 1970s as audiences found the subject matter too bleak. However, recent Broadway and London revivals of Chicago have been huge successes, spawning the film version which swept the boards at the Oscars. It's an all singing and dancing affair with some show-stopping set pieces. This musical has been a real hit with audiences and features some memorable show tunes, but above all, it's the costumes and slick style that make it such an unforgettable experience. Dozens of fishnet-clad chorus girls, regular celebrity appearances in the lead roles and a chic, pared-down set create a sense of timeless cool.


Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018

An exploration of the different ways political messages have been conveyed in the past ten years.


Taking the global financial crash of 2008 as its starting point and looking at the unsettled decade since, Hope to Nope explores the different ways political messages have been conveyed in the past ten years. The graphic message in the Barack Obama "Hope" poster by artist Shepard Fairey gives this Design Museum exhibition its title. It stands out among the political posters but with the proliferation of protest placards and the rise of social media, political iconography is being used as never before.



A wartime drama about Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg.

Park Theatre, 11 Clifton Terrace, London, N4 3JP

Tube: Finsbury Park Station


Dates: 28th March to 28th April 2018


John Dove directs David Haig, Malcolm Sinclair and Laura Rogers in the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Chichester Festival Theatre production of Haig's wartime drama about Scottish meteorologist, Group Captain James Stagg. The story is based on the remarkable real-life tale of two warring Allied meteorologists tasked with predicting the weather conditions for the D Day landings. David Haig is a familiar face, an Olivier Award-winning actor best known for his roles in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, TV series The Thin Blue Line and stage production of The Madness of King George III.


The Way Of The World

Linda Bassett is Lady Wishfort in William Congreve's biting, satirical Restoration comedy.


James Macdonald returns to the Donmar to direct Linda Bassett as Lady Wishfort in William Congreve's biting satirical comedy about a fractured, dysfunctional family willing to sacrifice everything - including their morals - for the sake of six thousand pounds. This new production of Restoration comedy, The Way of the World, reunites Macdonald with actress Linda Bassett (a familiar face from her film and TV roles in East in East and Call the Midwife) who returns to the Donmar after giving "a marvel of a performance" (The Guardian) in 2013's Roots.


English National Ballet: My First Ballet: Swan Lake

Audiences as young as three are invited to enjoy this specially created ballet.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 29th March to 7th April 2018


English National Ballet continues its tradition of presenting its My First Ballet series at The Peacock Theatre with an adaptation of Swan Lake. This traditional ballet offers audiences as young as three the chance to see a performance created just for children. A partnership between English National Ballet and the English National Ballet School, it has been shortened from the original length and a narrator will guide the young audience through the story of princess Odette, who was turned into a swan by the evil magician Rothbart. It will be performed by second year students from the English National Ballet School.


balletLORENT: Rumpelstiltskin

The Newcastle dance company complete Liv Lorent's trilogy of fairy tale dances for over sevens.


Following their acclaimed productions of Rapunzel and Snow White, Newcastle dance company balletLORENT return to Sadler's Wells to complete Liv Lorent's trilogy of fairytale dances for the over-sevens. All three works have been made with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy who has created a modern version of the fairytales. In Rumpelstiltskin she celebrates the outcast, the alchemist who is finally revealed to be 'the true prince that he was'. Performed by a cast of children aged 5 to 9 and adults, Rumpelstiltskin is part of Sadler's Wells Family Weekend which includes dance workshops for parents and children based on music and dance from the show.


Sadler's Wells Family Weekend

This two-day events opens up the venue to a new generation of dance lovers.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018


Spilling out into the foyer, the Family Weekend really opens up Sadler's Wells to a new generation of dance lovers. Not just for kids, the annual two-day dance festival is aimed at audiences aged 4 to 104 and in 2018 a fantastical fairy-tale adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, suitable for children aged 7 and older, is presented by the brilliant balletLORENT. The story of the shunned outsider is one of two main shows (the Lilian Baylis Studio performance is yet to be announced). These shows are complemented by fun activities taking place across the entire building including dance workshops for parents and children, a stay and play session with the performers and free arts and crafts activities in the foyer.


The Passion of Jesus

The annual Easter event returns to Trafalgar Square for 2018.

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

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


Dates: Friday 30th March 2018


Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giving viewers the chance to get to grips with the story at the heart of Easter. Featuring a cast of over a hundred, a donkey and horses, the 90-minute show attracts up to 20,000 people for each of its two performances at 12noon and 3.15pm and undoubtedly has a big impact on the watching crowds as they witness the tale of Christ's betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate.



James Graham's play about 'the coughing Major' on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?


Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Quiz, the play about 'the coughing Major' who famously cheated on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, transfers to the Noel Coward Theatre. Written by James Graham, the playwright behind Labour Of Love and Ink, Quiz is a fictional imagining of real events which took place in 2001, and its transfer marks a West End hat-trick for the prolific young Nottinghamshire-born writer. Chichester's Daniel Evans directs this "state-of-the-nation" drama which takes "a broader look at truth and lies" (The Telegraph).





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