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The American Dream: Pop to Present
Don Juan In Soho
Running Wild
Lost Without Words
The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes
Deutsche Borse Photography Prize
Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square
People Power: Fighting For Peace
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet - Tree Of Codes
Kara Tointon stars in Gaslight
English National Opera: Partenope
The Iris
Ceramic Art London
St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Florimania at Hampton Court Palace
Where's Wally? Fun Run
In the Steps Of The Ballet Russes
London Beer Week
House of Holi
House of Holi
Made In India
All About Piano! Festival


David Tennant, Griff Rhys Jones, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo are all in London's West End this March, when The American Dream brings Pop to the British Museum.

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The Miser

Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack star in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy.

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH

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


Dates: 01st March - 03rd June 2017


Griff Rhys Jones takes the title role and comedian Lee Mack stars in a major revival of Moliere's classic comedy The Miser with Sean Foley directing the new adaptation. A biting satire about a wealthy and tyrannical father, The Miser attempts to set up a love match with a much younger woman. Unfortunately, she is already devoted to his son. Director Sean Foley has already given us the hugely successful production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense and with such well known names in the lead roles, this has all the ingredients to be a must-see piece of theatre. The play opens at Bath Theatre Royal and travels to Richmond Theatre before opening at the Garrick Theatre in the West End on Wednesday 1st March 2017.


Russell Howard: Round The World

The comedian performs for 10 nights at the prestigious London venue.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 01st - 10th March 2017


Part of his biggest world tour to date, Round the World, Russell Howard is stopping by the Royal Albert Hall for a mammoth ten-night run. One of the best-selling acts in British stand-up and host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard's Good News, the Bristolian comedian will be the first to enjoy such a long run of consecutive dates at the prestigious venue, which comes after he was also the first comedian to bag four-night at the venue back in 2014. Known for his upbeat, razor-sharp comedy, the Mock the Week star will be sure to give the audience plenty of deep belly laughs during the show.


Stepping Out

A number of stars make up the cast in this bittersweet comedy drama.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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


Dates: 01st March - 17th June 2017


Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson star in Richard Harris' bittersweet comedy drama, Stepping Out, which choreographs the trials and tribulations of seven women and one man, who meet at a weekly tap dancing class in a north London church hall. Such an all-star cast make this award-winning comedy, directed by Maria Friedman at the Vaudeville Theatre, a toe tapping hot ticket.


The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes

120 LEGO models of super heroes go on display.

Doon Street Car Park, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PP

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 01st March - 15th October 2017


A life-size Batmobile, built from half a million LEGO bricks, is just one of the 120 models on display in The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes. Superman, Wonder Woman and all the super heroes are here, in a specially built space in the Doon Street Car Park on the South Bank. DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and others have all been built out of LEGO by former lawyer turned artist Nathan Sawaya who, like so many of us, started playing with LEGO toys at an early age but he has taken his hobby one step further and his touring exhibitions have been seen by millions of visitors worldwide. Visitors also have a chance to create their own masterpieces in an Interactive Zone - on seeing Sawaya's creations you're sure to be inspired.



A thrilling new drama that fictionalises a 1981 political power struggle.

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9LD

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


Dates: 02nd March - 15th April 2017


A thrilling new drama by Steve Waters, Limehouse fictionalises a power struggle at the heart of British politics in 1981 when one Sunday morning four prominent Labour politicians gather in Limehouse, east London. Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owens are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party and divide their loyalties, risking the betrayal of everything they believe in as a result? Would they be starting afresh or destroying the tradition that nurtured them? Staged at the Donmar Warehouse, this new play takes audiences behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history.


Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2017

The winning and shortlisted images from this renowned competition go on display.

Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, Soho, London, W1F 7LW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 23rd February - 03rd June 2018


In spring each year The Photographers' Gallery in London shows an exhibition of work by the four artists shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Borse Photography Prize worth £30,000 to the winner. The 2017 exhibition - which marks the prize's 20-year anniversary - features images by Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen, and Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs who together have been nominated for their exhibition EURASIA at Fotomuseum Winterthur. The winner will be announced during the run of the exhibition, rewarding the living photographer, of any nationality, who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography during the past year.


The Iris by Rebecca Louise Law

10,000 blue, purple, yellow and white irises immerse the view in nature.

NOW Gallery, 1 Green Place, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0PE

Tube: North Greenwich Station


Dates: 03rd March - 07th May 2017


With 10,000 fresh irises suspended by a copper wire, The Iris is an installation which immerses the viewer in nature, an experience that is rare in the concrete metropolis. This floral artwork by Rebecca Louise Law was inspired by the land that the NOW Gallery occupies, once a wetland of tidal marshes previously known as 'Bugsby's' and 'Greenwich Marsh'. Using a palette of blue, purple, yellow and white irises, the combination results in a visually stunning display. Constantly changing, the petals will dry out while in situ in the NOW Gallery, allowing the viewer to see the process of preservation as well as new sculptural shapes.


An American In Paris

The award-winning production transfers from Broadway to London.

Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station


Dates: 04th March - 30th September 2017


The award-winning An American In Paris transfers from Broadway to London, arriving at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017. Described by The New York Times as "a perfect integration of dance, romance and classic Gershwin", the show is performed by a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians, and is directed and choreographed by the Olivier and Tony Award-winning Christopher Wheeldon. Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film, the show tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city that suddenly offers hope and possibility. After a chance encounter with a beautiful dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war. The most awarded Broadway musical of 2015, it features timeless songs such as I Got Rhythm, 'S Wonderful and They Can't Take That Away From Me, and is sure to be a hit this side of the pond.


Lost Without Words

A look at what happens when a group of experienced actors are put on stage without a script.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 04th - 18th March 2017


Co-leaders of the Improbable theatre company, Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson, present Lost Without Words at the National Theatre this March. Created on the back of a meeting between McDermott and an established actor who was concerned his age was preventing him from remembering his lines, the production explores what would happen if six older actors in their 70s and 80s get up on stage without a script. Having spent their lives being other people, bringing life to other people's words, what will they do with nothing but themselves and no words but their own? In this bold theatrical experiment, audiences will get to enjoy a unique show every night.


Company Wayne McGregor / Paris Opera Ballet - Tree Of Codes

This multimedia event combines the talents of Wayne McGregor, Olafur Eliasson and Jamie XX.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 04th - 11th March 2017


The "spectacular multimedia event" (The Guardian) created for the 2015 Manchester international festival combines the talents of choreographer Wayne McGregor, set against Olafur Eliasson's clever "hall-of-mirrors designs" (Telegraph) to music by Jamie XX. An adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's book Tree of Codes, the piece explores Eliasson's visual concept, which mirrors the sculptural aspects of the book of the same name. The cast combines dancers from McGregor's Random Dance with members of the Paris Opera Ballet who perform to Mr XX's "giddily infectious beats" (Telegraph).



EastEnders actress Kara Tointon stars in Patrick Hamilton's tense mystery thriller.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 06th - 11th March 2017


EastEnders actress Kara Tointon, who has established herself as a successful stage star through West End roles like Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, stars in Patrick Hamilton's tense mystery thriller. She plays Bella Manningham, memorably portrayed by Oscar winner Ingrid Bergman in the classic 1944 film, while Rupert Young of BBC 1's Merlin is husband Jack Manningham and Keith Allen is Detective Rough. A highly suspenseful play, Gaslight reveals what happens when a woman, left alone in the house each night by her errant husband, fears for her sanity.


Women of the World Festival

The largest women's festival in the world.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March 2019


The Women of the World Festival (WOW) is back for its seventh year in 2017. Coinciding with WOW Finland with live link-ups throughout the weekend, the festival will take the opportunity to celebrate Nordic countries in line with the Southbank Centre's year-long Nordic Matters event. Now the largest women's festival in the world, the festival also 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.


The Kid Stays In The Picture

This play explores the rise and fall of legendary film producer Robert Evans.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 07th March - 08th April 2017


Actor, writer and co-founder of the award-winning theatre company Complicite, Simon McBurney directs The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court Theatre. Opening in March, the play explores the rise and fall of legendary film producer Robert Evans. In the 1960s and '70s, Evans became one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood having saved Paramount Pictures from collapse and produced films including The Godfather and Chinatown. However, by the 1980s he was broke, with his personal and professional life on a downward spiral. Set against the backdrop of political and social upheaval in America, it shows that there are three sides to every story.


House of Holi

Add a splash of colour to your day and get playful with paint.

Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise, 9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4WY

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate East Station


Dates: 26th February - 10th March 2018


City workers can add a splash of colour to their day and throw paint at each other at the House of Holi which pops up outside Vivek Singh's modern Indian Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant in Devonshire Square from Tuesday 7th March to Saturday 18th March. Londoners are invited to loosen their ties, don a protective suit and pelt paint at one another for 30 minutes. The pop-up comes courtesy of Cinnamon Kitchen which is celebrating the Holi Hindu festival with a five-course Holi menu - including lentil stuffed wheat bread and king prawns in coconut - and colourful cocktails in the pop-up bar. The festival marks the arrival of spring and the bright paint being thrown around will bring a welcome burst of colour to the City's Devonshire Square.


Made In India

A thrilling new play about birth and motherhood.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 08th - 25th March 2017


Directed by Katie Posner, Made In India is a thrilling new play from Satinder Chohan about birth and motherhood in a brave new world. Staged at the Soho Theatre, it's set in a surrogacy clinic in Gurajt, where three women meet. It's Londoner Eva's last chance for motherhood while for village Aditi, surrogacy is a lifeline out of poverty. However, for clinic owner and businesswoman Dr Gupta it's all just another transaction. With the backdrop of profound global forces, can it possibly remain that simple?


Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square

This major new exhibition looks at two architectural schemes proposed for the City.

RIBA Gallery, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Tube: Great Portland Street Station


Dates: 08th March - 25th June 2017


A renewed examination of two architectural schemes proposed for the same City of London site, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) presents a major new exhibition, Mies van der Rohe & James Stirling: Circling the Square, in spring 2017. Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe's unrealised Mansion House Square project will be explored alongside its built successor, James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates' newly listed No. 1 Poultry. The design history of the two schemes, from the 1960s to the 1980s, spans three decades of the mid-20th century, when pop art, high modernism and postmodernism co-existed and collided.


London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival

This year, the festival sees the main hall dedicated to real ales and craft beers brewed in London.

Camden Centre, Camden Centre Bidborough Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 9AU

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 08th - 10th March 2017


Back for its 33rd year, the Camden Centre hosts the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival, a rather self-explanatory celebration of beer, cider and perry, this March. Supporting London breweries, the long-running festival will, for the first time ever, see the main hall dedicated to real ales and craft beers brewed in London. There will be 150 craft beers, imported beers, ciders and perries as well as a small selection of English wine. There will also be a tombola and home cooked food at every session as well as a free pub quiz on the Wednesday evening and tutored tastings Friday lunch and afternoon.


The American Dream: Pop to Present

The first major exhibition on modern and contemporary American printmaking.

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

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


Dates: 09th March - 18th June 2017


This spring the British Museum stages the first major exhibition on modern and contemporary American printmaking. Through the work of artists like Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol,The American Dream: pop to present takes us through fifty years of American art, from Pop art to the New York and West Coast scenes in the early 1960s to the rise of minimalism, conceptual art and photorealism. American printmaking was the ideal medium to express America's power and influence in the days when race, AIDS, and feminism were causing a stir.


Gillian Wearing And Claude Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask

An exploration of the parallels between artists Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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


Dates: 09th March - 29th May 2017


The National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of French surrealist Claude Cahun and British contemporary artist Gillian Wearing for the first time this March for its new exhibition, Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun: Behind the mask, another mask. Despite being born 70 years apart and coming from contrasting backgrounds, remarkable parallels can be drawn between these two artists. Both share a fascination with the self-portrait and both use self-image, through the medium of photography, to explore the fluidity of identity and gender, often playing it out through masquerade and performances.


Affordable Art Fair Battersea

Browse and buy a huge variety of art under one roof from £100 up.

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

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 08th - 11th March 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. The twice yearly Affordable Art Fair at Battersea and Hampstead Heath offers original art from just over £100 to £6,000. Attended by around 22,000 people each time, the shows include photography, original prints, sculpture and photography from over 100 British and international galleries. The four-day spring fair in 2017 explores the power of art in aiding wellbeing - with many artists drawing on first-hand experience - and includes meditation workshops and mindful photography.



From ballroom to hip hop, this all-encompassing show has all the dances covered.

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

Tube: Canning Town Station


Dates: 10th - 12th March 2017


Lord of the Dance - Michael Flatley Dance Academy, Flawless, Kristina Rihanoff, Twist and Pulse will be at MOVE IT at the ExCeL centre this March. Whatever type of dance you're into, ballet or 'Strictly' style ballroom, MOVE IT has all the disciplines covered. Dance classes cover everything from the bunny hop to hip hop. If that sounds a bit too energetic, you can always see how it's meant to be done with performances from 1,500 dancers representing groups as diverse as the English National Ballet and the Urban Strides. There's something for all levels from beginners to professional dancers, including seminars on nutrition and how to do a good audition as well as invaluable advice from industry organisations like Equity and Spotlight. Adding MOVE FIT to the mix for the first time this year, you can revive your fitness routine at more than 100 classes and workouts. 


In the Steps Of The Ballet Russes

Dancers from some of the world's finest ballet companies perform.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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


Dates: 12th March 2017


Well-known and up-and-coming stars and leading dancers from some of Russia's renowned dance companies celebrate the legacy of Ballet Russes. Much-loved favourites from the heady days of Diaghilev will be complemented by less familiar works and some spectacular contemporary pieces (including a number of world premieres). The cast comes from some of the finest ballet companies in the world including the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Grand Opera Paris, Berlin Staatsoper and Monte Carlo ballets, the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and New York City Ballet.


London Beer Week

A seven-day celebration of the nation's favourite tipple.


Dates: 12th - 18th March 2018


The team behind London Cocktail Week and London Wine Week now turn their attention to the nation's favourite tipple with London Beer Week. Running in mid-March, it's seven days of beer, cider, stout and ale-filled fun, with special deals, pop-ups, tastings, supper clubs, brewery tours and masterclasses across town. This year's headline event will be The Beer Edit, which turns Oval Space into a beer village for three days with a generous selection of beers as well as keg parties. Other highlights include the Spirit of Prague at The Old Truman Brewery, which provides the chance to enjoy both the traditional and modern side of Prague with Prague prices, pretzel and pilsner pairings and try before you buy Staropramen; an East London Rickshaw Beer Tour, showcasing the diversity of London's craft beer scene; and the Guinness X LWB St Patrick's Day Party, with food, live entertainment, the ultimate food and beer pairing, and exclusive beers from Guinness's Open Gate Brewery.


Sergei Polunin - Project Polunin

The Ukrainian ballet prodigy performs a triple bill at Sadler's Wells.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 14th - 18th March 2017


His solo dance performance to Hozier's Take Me to Church, made with director David LaChapelle, has had over 17 million views on YouTube. Now Ukrainian ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin performs a triple bill at Sadler's Wells of both classical and modern pieces, including the UK premiere of Vladimir Vasiliev's Icarus, and Tea or Coffee, a company piece choreographed by Andrey Kaydanovskiy. The programme also includes Echo and Narcissus, a piece co-created by Polunin in collaboration with composer Ilan Eshkeri who wrote the music for Polunin's biographical film, Dancer, released in UK cinemas on 10th March.


English National Opera: Partenope

The Olivier Award-winning production comes to London this March.

London Coliseum - English National Opera (ENO), St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

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


Dates: 15th - 24th March 2017


Christopher Alden's Olivier Award-winning production of Handel's opera Partenope comes to London this March. The opera follows Rosmira, who still loves the man who jilted her, Arsace. Unfortunately for Rosmira, however, he is in love with the beautiful Partenope. As too are Armindo and Emilio. Rosmira, therefore, disguises herself as a man and becomes another of Partenope's suitors in order to win back Arsace. Sarah Tynan sings the title role of the proud queen of Naples, who is wooed by rival suitors and must choose between them. The co-production with Opera Australia is conducted by Christian Curnyn. Sung in English, with surtitles projected above the stage.


Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution

Through a series of rarely seen materials, this exhibition marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station


Dates: 15th March - 03rd June 2017


Kicking off the first whole year at the Design Museum's new Kensington home, Imagine Moscow: Architecture, Propaganda, Revolution marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution. Through a series of rarely seen materials, from large-scale architectural drawings to propaganda from the period, the exhibition shows Moscow as it was imagined by a bold new generation of architects and designers in the 1920s and early 1930s, presenting an idealistic vision of the Soviet capital that was never realised. Each of the eight projects presented in the exhibition will introduce a theme relevant to life and ideology in the Soviet Union and provide and insight into the culture at the time.


Michelangelo & Sebastiano

This major new exhibition focuses on the artistic relationship between two Renaissance masters.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

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


Dates: 15th March - 25th June 2017


This major exhibition at the National Gallery focuses on the artistic relationship between the two Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo, who became friends as the latter was finishing the Sistine Chapel ceiling. They collaborated on several works, with Michelangelo providing the younger artist with drawings and ideas. The exhibition draws our attention to two of these collaborations in particular: the 'Pieta' for San Francesco in Viterbo, and the 'Raising of Lazarus', painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne. Alongside are works by each before they met, correspondence between the two and an examination of their allegedly acrimonious falling-out.


Don Juan In Soho

David Tennant plays the title role in this dark, funny and sexy drama.

Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

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


Dates: 17th March - 10th June 2017


David Tennant returns to the West End this March to play the title role in Patrick Marber's Don Juan in Soho. Directed by Marber himself, the play will be staged at the Wyndham's Theatre for a strictly limited 11-week run. The contemporary take on Moliere's classic comedy, Don Juan, first premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in December 2006, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Rhys Ifans. Now, with this West End transfer, more audiences will be able to enjoy the "dark, funny and very sexy" (The Telegraph) production.


St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Master storytellers Macnas are sure to put on a big, bold visual spectacle.

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

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


Dates: 18th March 2018


Floats representing all 32 counties of Ireland make their way through London for the St Patrick's Day Parade as over a quarter of a million people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - in 2017 that's Sunday 19th March - when the parade makes its way from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with an Irish food market, children's theatre and fun activities, a film festival, comedy festival and fashion show as well as Irish music, song and dance on the main stage from 12noon. This year, there will also be an appearance from master storytellers Macnas who are renowned for putting on big, bold visual spectacles.


Where's Wally? Fun Run

It won't be hard to spot Wally on Clapham Common on Sunday 19th March.

Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London, SW4 9DE

Tube: Clapham South Station


Dates: 19th March 2017


Walk, jog or run 5 or 10km dressed as Martin Hanford's red and white striped shirt wearing character for the National Literacy Trust's Where's Wally? Fun Run. Taking place on Clapham Common for the first time, the fun run is suitable for runners and walkers of all abilities - there's even a 1K for under 12s. Further fun for kids includes rides and free races in the festival area and, for the first time this year, everyone who takes part will receive a copy of Where's Wally? The Sticker Book! to take home and enjoy. Adult runners are asked to raise £100 or more in sponsorship with all money raised going to help disadvantaged children learn to read and write.


42nd Street

The multi-Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical transfers to the West End.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5JF

Tube: Covent Garden Station , Holborn Station, Temple Station


Dates: 20th March - 20th October 2018


Broadway comes to the West End in 2017 with classic musical 42nd Street. Replacing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the multi-Tony-Award-winning musical opens at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in March with an all-singing, high-kicking cast of over 50. The musical tells the story of a chorus line who is thrust into a musical's lead when the usual star suffers and injury. Written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, it has played to audiences for nearly 40 years. Grammy Award-winning singer Sheena Easton makes her West End debut in the iconic role of Dorothy Brock and Randy Skinner provides the choreography.


Running Wild

Told with spectacular life-size puppets, this fantastic children's show is a story of love, loss and loyalty.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Underground Station


Dates: 22nd - 25th March 2017


Michael Morpurgo's Running Wild, originally produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and Regent's Park Theatre - it opened the Open Air Theatre season in 2016 - comes to Hackney Empire in March 2017. A story of love, loss, loyalty and of living for the moment, Running Wild follows Lilly and her mother as they embark on a journey to Indonesia for a new start, and the chance for Will to ride an elephant. But, when the tsunami suddenly hits, Oona the elephant charges into the rainforest with Will still clinging on. Told with spectacular life-size puppets, this show for children "mashes up The Jungle Book with a David Attenborough-esque plea for the preservation of endangered ecosystems" (Telegraph).


The Bear/The Proposal

Anton Chekhov's plays are given a modern makeover.

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

Tube: Southwark Station , Waterloo Station, Lambeth North Station


Dates: 22nd March - 01st April 2017


Lucy J Skilbeck, recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award, directs two one-act comedic shorts for The Young Vic in 2017. Translated from Anton Chekhov by Michael Frayn, The Bear and The Proposal explore the absurdity of gender divisions. Bringing the plays into modern day, Skilbeck's new production features a company of queer and transgender performers. The Bear sees widow Elena vow to spend the rest of her days at home, grieving. However, seven months into her mourning, an intrusion from an unknown stranger forces her to interact with the outside world. The Proposal, meanwhile, shows what happens when misunderstandings and wild accusations interfere with a proposal of marriage.


The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945

A major new exhibition on Japanese domestic architecture.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station


Dates: 23rd March - 25th June 2017


In 2017, the Barbican hosts the first major UK exhibition on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 looks at a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design. In the wake of the war, the widespread devastation of Tokyo and other cities in Japan brought a desperate need for new houses, and the single family house soon became the foremost site for architectural experimentation and debate. This exhibition will showcase some of the most exciting architectural projects of the last 70 years, many of which have never before seen in the UK.


People Power: Fighting For Peace

An exploration into how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict.

IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station


Dates: 23rd March - 28th August 2017


The Imperial War Museum explores how peace movements have influenced perceptions of war and conflict with its new exhibition, People Power: Fighting for Peace. Taking a journey from the First World War to the present day, the exhibition brings together over 300 objects, including paintings, literature, posters, banners and music, to tell the story of passionate people over one hundred years and the struggles they have endured for the anti-war cause.


Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

The gallery hosts its first-ever exhibition of abstract portraits.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

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


Dates: 23rd March - 18th June 2017


The National Portrait Gallery presents Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, the first exhibition of portraits by the leading British artist. Hodgkin's paintings are not related to what his subject looks like and instead focus on feelings, making it a landmark moment for the gallery as it will be the first time an exhibition of portraits hosted there will include paintings that are completely abstract. Characterised by colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork, the principal concern of Hodgkin's art is to evoke a human presence. This exhibition will display portraits of Peter Blake, Gillian Wise, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Philip King and R B Kitaj as well as more intimate portraits with lovers from the 1970s.


Montagues And Capulets - The Immersive Story

Colab Theatre present a unique adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Colab Factory, Long Lane, London, SE1 4AU

Tube: Borough Station


Dates: 23rd March - 27th April 2017


Following on from their previous theatrical experience, Hunted, which was marvellously intense, Colab Theatre return with a new immersive production this March. Montagues and Capulets is a unique adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, transporting the classic love story to a warehouse squat in the 1990s, a time when rave culture was at its peak. As a member of the audience, you'll play a member of one of the competing families and the rivalry between the two sides will play a key focus in your journey. You'll even have the power to change how the story ends. Nineties rave fancy dress isn't compulsory but strongly encouraged - prizes will be given for '90s band group costumes.


Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?

Damian Lewis returns to the West End to star in the Tony Award-winning play.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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


Dates: 24th March - 24th June 2017


Damian Lewis returns to the West End this March to star in Edward Albee's The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? The Tony Award-winning play follows Martin, who is at the pinnacle of his life. He has a loving wife and son, a fantastic career as an architect, and the commission of a lifetime. Despite this, he embarks on a love affair from which there is no going back, with familial relationships collapsing as a result. Ian Rickson, former Royal Court artistic director, directs the late classic, which is full of Albee's characteristically sharp wit and will be staged at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited period.


Florimania at Hampton Court Palace

See stunning flower arrangements in King William III's State Apartments.

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, London, KT8 9AU

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 24th - 26th March 2017


The annual Florimania weekend is a spring highlight at Hampton Court Palace and this year's display explores the theme of royal women. Taking place over Mother's Day weekend, Florimania is a lovely way to treat busy mums to some time off where they can enjoy stunning flower arrangements in King William III's State Apartments. Take inspiration from some of the keenest garden-loving queens in history, from Queen Mary II and her collection of exotic plants at Hampton Court Palace, Marie Antoinette and the gardens of Versailles, and Queen Charlotte at Kew. You can also see how it's done through flower arranging demonstrations at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm on each of the days. Entry to Florimania is included in your palace admission ticket, so you and mum can admire the historic royal palace and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the 60-acre stately gardens, just starting to bloom.


Teenage Cancer Trust Series

Ed Sheeran and Pet Shop Boys are just two of the six great gigs lined up.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 25th to 31st Mar 2019


The Teenage Cancer Trust annual series of concerts returns to the Royal Albert Hall this spring with six wondrous nights of music and a star-studded comedy evening. This year the line-up includes Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys, and The Who - performing a new acoustic version of classic rock opera Tommy. In between the gigs is a night of stand up hosted by Romesh Ranganathan - with special guests Jo Brand, Kevin Bridges and Russell Kane among other top billing comedians. On the seventh and final night, Sunday 2nd April 2017, Pet Shop Boys wrap things up performing with former Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.



This new play examines the controversial topics of consent and rape.

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 29th May - 11th August 2018


Nina Raine examines the topical and controversial subject of Consent in her latest play. Staged at the National Theatre in collaboration with Out of Joint theatre company, it's about two male lawyer friends, Ed and Matt, who take opposing briefs in a rape case of a woman from an entirely different social background to both of them. The powerful, painful and funny play sifts evidence from every side and looks at why Justice is blind. Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?



Belinda Lang and Paul McCann star in Moira Buffini's tense historical drama.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 28th March - 01st April 2017


Belinda Lang, best known for playing Bill in 2 Point 4 Children, and Paul McCann (who first came to our attention in Withnail and I) star in the 20th anniversary production of Moira Buffini's tense historical drama. The story of a family held captive in Nazi occupied Guernsey, in Gabriel tensions intensify when a mysterious young man is washed ashore with no memory of who he is. Directed by the award-winning Kate McGregor, this touring production is by Theatre6 and Tony Award-winning producer Catherine Schreiber who brought The Scottsboro Boys to London.


Executioner Number One

Toby Whithouse presents the world premiere of his new comedy.

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

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 29th March - 15th April 2017


The world premiere of new black comedy, Executioner Number One, is staged at the Soho Theatre this March. Written and performed by Toby Whithouse, So You Think You're Funny finalist and award-winning creator of Being Human, the play follows Ian, whose ambition is to be the country's most senior hangman now that an overwhelming public vote brought back the death penalty. For the production, Whithouse partners with former Soho associate director Jonathan Lloyd, designer Andrew Purcell and lighting designers Chahine Yavroyan.


All About Piano! Festival

Jazz improvisation, storytelling and performances by Melvyn Tan and The Piano Brothers.

Institut Francais Du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London, SW7 2DT

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station


Dates: 31st March - 02nd May 2017


Launched in 2013 following the restoration of the Institut français' grand piano, All About Piano enters its fifth year, starting on Friday 31st March with international star Melvyn Tan. He plays Catching Fire, a piece specially written for his 60th birthday by friend and composer Jonathan Dove. Throughout the festival you can hear jazz improvisation, storytelling in French for toddlers, a film screening with music played by pianist and composer Laurent Perez del Mar and hear a talk by a Steinway master piano tuner. Bringing the festival to a close, The Piano Brothers play a mix of classical music and modern classics, from Adele to Muse, and throw in a few surprises along the way.


Ceramic Art London

Urban and industrial textures and hues make their mark at this year's fair.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 31st March - 02nd April 2017


Featuring 90 leading makers from around the world, Ceramic Art London, now in its thirteenth year, offers a rare chance to buy unique pieces from the artists themselves. Prices range from 25 pounds for one of Sue Pryke's exquisite tea cups to several thousand pounds for James Oughtibridge's curvaceous and zen-like sculptures. Urban and industrial textures and hues make their mark at the 2017 fair at Central Saint Martins with Eddie Curtis finding strange beauty in industrial pollution and Robert Cooper fashioning candlesticks from ancient pottery shards washed up on the Thames foreshore.



The nineties group returns after six years away from the spotlight.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 31st March 2017


Causing much excitement among fans across the globe, funk and acid jazz outfit, Jamiroquai is back. The group, fronted by the man with many silly hats, lead singer Jay Kay, first came to our attention in the 1990s with debut hit album Emergency on Planet Earth. Hits like the excellent Virtual Insanity, Cosmic Girl and Love Foolosophy made the band a household name. Now they're back with new album Automation and this intimate, sold out headline show at the Roundhouse is the first chance fans will have to hear them play live in London in six years. Officially labelled "cool again" by none other than NME, the band, "derided for years", is finally getting the attention it deserves.





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