May in London 2018

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The Royal Ballet - Elizabeth
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead
Urban Village Fete
Opera Holland Park
Breakin' Convention
Rita Ora
J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Formosa
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
The Future Starts Here
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier
Akram Khan Company: XENOS
Jean Louis Fernandez
Nigel Kennedy
Open Air Theatre
Battersea Circus Garden
Wandsworth Arts Fringe
Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival
FA Cup Final
Cafe de Paris: Royal Wedding Show
Translations
Julie
Consent
Trevor White & Angela Griffin star in Building The Wall at Park Theatre
The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The Tweed Run
Arcadia comes to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Catfish And The Bottlemen play All Points East
Gala Festival
We Are FSTVL
Foodies Festival, Syon Park
Don Letts appears at Portobello Live!
 

 

The Royal Ballet presents Queen Elizabeth, the Chelsea Flower Show blossoms, Rita Ora plays Brixton Academy and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre opens with Peter Pan in May 2018.

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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art

The first major exhibition to explore the relationship between abstract art and the invention of photography.

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

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 14th October 2018

 

Shape of Light at Tate Modern is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between abstract art and the invention of photography. The launch of these were defining moments in modern visual culture but the two stories are often told individually. Spanning from the 1910s to the present day, this exhibition will bring to life the innovation and originality of photographers in this period and demonstrate how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction. Vintage prints by the likes of Paul Strand and Man Ray will go on display alongside lesser-known experimental works and pieces by contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff.

 
 
 

Building The Wall

Trevor White and Angela Griffin star in Robert Schenkkan's gripping political thriller.

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

Tube: Finsbury Park Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 2nd June 2018

 

Jez Bond directs the UK premiere staging of Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan's gripping political thriller about a notorious criminal in 2019 America, who grants just one interview to an African American historian with an insatiable thirst for the facts. Angela Griffin plays Gloria, who stands to receive the first unfiltered confession from Rick (played by Trevor White), whose accused of unspeakable crimes that came about after the president's wall was built. A harrowing tale of the terrible events that resulted when Donald Trump made good on his promise to build a "beautiful wall" between Mexico and the United States.

 
 
 

London Original Print Fair

Exquisite etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs.

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

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th May 2018

 

The London Original Print Fair, the world's longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints, returns to the Royal Academy of Arts for the 33rd time in 2018, gathering 50 of the world's leading print dealers together at the prestigious London art gallery. It's a chance to see exquisite etchings, engravings, linocuts and lithographs from all periods of printmaking, from the earliest woodcuts of Durer to the latest additions by contemporary masters. Galleries including Alan Cristea Gallery and Marlborough Gallery typically take part, showcasing works by Royal Academicians and high profile artists - last year these included Gillian Ayres, Cornelia Parker and Paula Rego. If you're planning to visit the fair from outside London, have a look at our hotel deals near the Royal Academy of Arts for all your accommodation needs.

 
 
 

KERB Does Alchemy

KERB traders put a spicy twist on their street food dishes.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 3rd to 7th May 2018

 

KERB, the London street food specialists, are back at the Southbank Centre this May to add some spice to this year's Alchemy festival. Running for five days across the bank holiday weekend, the festival will see KERB's star traders put their own twist on the Alchemy theme, with dishes such as Indian fish and chips from The English Indian, hash brown pimped bun kebabs from Numra Siddique, masala chai and caramel ripple gelato cones. Other traders include Dosa Deli, Horn OK Please, Baba G, BBQ Dreamz, Taco Dave and Curry Cookhouse. Drink options Punjabi Pimm's, Kingfisher lager and Thornbridge citrus hoppy IPAs. There will also be Happy Hour Lates at the bar between 9.30pm and 10.30pm.

 
 
 

Battersea Circus Garden

The Big Top pops up a small park behind Clapham Junction, filled with acrobatic troupes and award winning acts.

Shillington Park, Este Road, London, SW11 2TB

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 

Dates: 4th to 13th May 2018

 

As part of the celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of circus, a small park behind Clapham Junction is transformed into Battersea Circus Garden for two weeks during Wandsworth Arts Fringe. The Big Top will be filled with acrobatic troupes and award winning acts starting with Hoops and Loops and including the acclaimed Lost in Translation's comic family friendly dramatisation of the domestic adventures of a dysfunctional family of misfits, The Hogwallops. Bagpipes blend with storytelling, dance and comedy, there's a theatrical staging of a magical story about sibling relationships in Moonfall, and Esprit Concrete combines parkour, dance, and storytelling in Grit. There are 13 different acts to see, from breathtaking acrobatics to juggling and live music plus a very special appearance by the Bibi and Bichu and their troupe from Ethiopian Dreams who also appear on the Southbank this spring as part of the Underbelly Festival.

 
 
 
 

Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Two weeks of theatre, art, circus, comedy and free shows in South London.

Tara Theatre, 356 Garratt Lane, London, SW18 4ES

Tube: Wimbledon Park Station

 

Dates: 4th to 20th May 2018

 

More than 170 shows in over 55 venues across the borough comes to south London as Wandsworth Art Fringe returns with two weeks of theatre, art, circus, comedy and free shows. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus, Battersea Circus Garden brings The Big Top to a small park behind Clapham Junction. Traitors, Cads and Cowards by Martin McNamara is staged in Wandsworth Prison where the play is set. A musical play about selective mutism sufferer falling in love with an Asperger's Autism sufferer comes to St Mary's Church and a radio play by Chris Buxey is performed at Putney Arts Theatre. There's more arts and performance at Tara Arts, the Royal Academy of Dance HQ in Battersea Square, the Pump House Gallery and Balham Bowls Club where the first ever opera to have been co-written by an artificial intelligence is performed.

 
 
 

Breakin' Convention

The hip hop and dance theatre festival returns for its 15th year.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018

 

This annual three-day international festival of hip hop and dance theatre, curated by Sadler's Wells associate artist Jonzi D, is back for a 15th year in 2018. Breakin' Convention features performances from some of the world's greatest poppers, lockers, B-boys and B-girls. Taking place every May bank holiday weekend, this world-renowned celebration of hip hop dance culture takes over the whole Sadler's Wells space with dance workshops, graffiti, DJs and freestyle sessions all over the building.

 
 
 

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit

The long haired comedian tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 05th May 2018

 

Comedian Bill Bailey presents a compendium of travellers' tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling funny man. The long haired comedian tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness with his trademark intelligence, surreal tangents and keyboard tinkling. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. If you saw his most recent live show, Limboland, you'll be delighted to discover there's more where that came from.

 
 
 

Canalway Cavalcade

The distinctive waterway festival returns for 2018.

Little Venice, Maida Vale, Little Venice, London, W2 1TH

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station

 

Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th May 2018

 

Canalway Cavalcade is a distinctive waterway festival that has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. Organised by Inland Waterways Association volunteers, there will be an array of boats, trade show stalls and boater gatherings at this festival for water lovers. As well as the boating activities, there will also be Morris dancing, competitions, food, family-friendly activities and a real ale bar, making it an enjoyable day out for families. Plus, with the location being quaint Little Venice, this creates the perfect opportunity for a gentle stroll and an enjoyable view alongside your lunch and ale.

 
 
 

The Tweed Run

Cyclists don their finest tweed attire and set off on a 12-mile scenic route.

Spa Fields Park, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU

Tube: Farringdon Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th May 2018

 

One of London's most eccentric bike rides - surpassed only by the World Naked Bike Ride - The Tweed Run returns for its tenth annual bike ride this May. The quintessential bike ride requires participants to don their finest tweed attire and set off on a 12-mile scenic route that begins in Clerkenwell which this year takes in some of the capital's beautiful canal path as well as some of the city's finest landmarks along the way. Pit stops along the way allow for a spot of tea in a fine London square and a picnic break in the park. The whole thing ends up at Cycle Revolution Festival in Clerkenwell for a drink and a bit of a knees up.

 
 
 
 

Arcadia London

A giant mechanical spider comes to London this May Bank Holiday.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E15 2EE

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018

 

Arcadia, the nomadic party organisers known for bringing some memorable sets and a giant mechanical spider to Glastonbury, come to London this May Bank Holiday weekend for a special 10th anniversary show. On Saturday 5th May Leftfield is joined at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park by the 'godfather of techno', Sven Vath. Both are part of a strong line up which includes Eats Everything and dance duo Groove Armada, a stalwart of the scene for 20 years. Sunday sees chart topping Londoners Rudimental, who rocked the Spider in Seoul, light up the stage with euphoric dancefloor hits. They share the bill with Noisia, the trio of Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D as well as Preditah and Bassboy delivering high energy beats, urban funk and tinges of inner city soul. Unique to the event is the Metamorphosis show, 30 minutes where the spider comes to life with pyrotechnics and aerial artists, all centred on a 50-tonne fire breathing biomechanical spider.

 
 
 

Portobello Live!

Don Letts, ska and reggae legends Gaz Mayall and The Trojans and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock are on the lineup.

Portobello Live! Various Venues, Portobello Road, London, W10 5TY

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station , Westbourne Park Station

 

Dates: Sunday 6th and Monday 7th May 2018

 

Now an established fixture in the festival calendar, Portobello Live! returns on Sunday and Monday of the May Day bank holiday. DJ and filmmaker Don Letts, ska and reggae legends Gaz Mayall and The Trojans as well as former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock are on the line up for this year's music, spoken word, film, performance and art festival. Portobello Live Choir opens proceedings on the Sunday when Ben VP (from Curiosity Killed The Cat) performs at Acklam Village. It's a chance to see Leah Weller, Rotten Hill Gang, Richard Strange (Doctors of Madness), Tiny Magnetic Pets, My Drug Hell, Ted Key and the Kingstons (Housemartins) rapper/poet JC001, WHALLS, Bandante (the Bad Seeds) and many more perform at venues in and around Portobello including Subteranea, The Cow, Mau Mau, Rough Trade, Vinyl Cafe, Westbank, Maxilla Social Club and The Italian Job.

 
 
 

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan: Formosa

Lin Hwai-min's new work takes inspiration from the words of the Portuguese sailors in the 16th century.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th May 2018

 

Choreographer and writer Lin Hwai-min's new work takes inspiration from the legendary words of the Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, as they spotted the land that would one day be known as Taiwan. A new show by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, whose "open-air summer shows attract audiences of up to 40,000 people" (The Guardian), Formosa gets its UK premiere at Sadler's Wells this spring. With music by award-winning Taiwanese singer Sangpuy and projection designs made up of Chinese characters.

 
 
 

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting paintings, original prints, sculpture, etchings and photography.

Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, London, NW3 1TH

Tube: Hampstead Station

 

Dates: 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th May 2018

 

The second Affordable Art Fair of the year in Hampstead is the little sister of the Battersea Park original which occurs in spring and autumn. Held in a marquee on the Lower Fairground Site on Hampstead Heath over a May weekend, there are over 100 galleries under one roof, exhibiting paintings, original prints, sculpture, etchings and photography from both established names and emerging talents - all priced from 100 to 6,000. It's the eighth consecutive year the Affordable Art Fair has come to Hampstead in its 13-year history with artists and gallerists presenting workshops and talks. Thursday is the Late View, an evening of art and activities with music and wine as well as art and sculpture demonstrations.

 
 
 

Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier

An in-depth look at the career of the late couturier and shoe designer.

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

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 

Dates: 10th May to 7th October 2018

 

A major new exhibition at the Design Museum, Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier explores the career and creative process of the famed couturier and shoe designer. Before his untimely death in November 2017, the museum had worked closely with Alaia to plan this major exhibition. Following his passing, the unique exhibition will go ahead as the designer had planned, exploring his passion and energy for fashion as he himself intended it to be seen. Renowned for his skill at tailoring and innovative use of materials, Alaia would design his garments by draping and sculpting directly onto the human frame and meticulously cutting his own pattern. This exhibition will showcase more than 60 outstanding examples of his work from the past 35 years as well as specially commissioned architectural elements by leading artists and designers with whom Alaia worked closely.

 
 
 
 

Julie Cunningham & Company: Crave

An enigmatic new dance piece choreographed by Julie Cunningham.

Barbican The Pit, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th May 2018

 

An enigmatic new dance piece choreographed by Julie Cunningham who made her move into choreography with the double bill, To Be Me, seen here at the Barbican last year. WithCrave she combines dance and spoken word based on Sarah Kane's harrowing play. In her penultimate work, the playwright investigates dark and potent themes including rape, incest, addiction and instability. Cunningham's version, performed by four actors and four dancers,connects stark movement to the poetic style of Kane's writing.

 
 
 

Balance Festival

Sample fitness classes, healthy food and new wellbeing trends.

The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 

Dates: 11th, 12th and 13th May 2018

 

A wellbeing festival designed to help you on your way to a healthy lifestyle, Balance Festival brings a whole host of London's fitness offerings to one place, The Old Truman Brewery, from 11th to 13th May 2018. An ideal place to dip your toe into the water of wellbeing, you'll get to try new fitness classes, sample healthy food and learn all about health-conscious travelling. Fitness studios attending include Another Space, Boom Cycle, Third Space, Barry's Bootcamp and triyoga, with classes such as box HIIT, cardio and strength, barre, yoga and T10, which combines resistance and cardio.

 
 
 

The Future Starts Here

A display of groundbreaking technologies looks at what the future holds.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: 12th May to 4th November 2018

 

A blockbuster spring exhibition, The Future Starts Here sees the V&A look at the power of design in the making of the world tomorrow. Bringing together groundbreaking technologies and drawing upon international research, it will showcase a picture of a rapidly advancing future. A display of more than 100 items will explore how such objects can impact the body, the home, politics, cities and the planet. Objects on display include portraits generated by DNA, a chargeable shirt that can power a smartphone, items printed by the world's first zero gravity printer, and a global seed bank that could be used to prevent loss of plant species in the event of a crisis. From smart appliances to artificial intelligence and new projects from the likes of Google and Apple, this is a glimpse into the future.

 
 
 

Eurovision Party at The Water Poet

Turn up as a sailor, a pirate, a ship's captain or other nautical dress and enter the costume competition.

The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: Saturday 12th May 2018

 

The official theme for this year's Eurovision Song Contest is 'All Aboard!' - something to do with Portugal being "connected Europe to the rest of the world through the ocean", apparently. Well, The Water Poet is picking it up and running with it. Their mega Eurovision Screening Party sees the pub transformed into a massive ocean liner, where you can go below deck to watch the action on the huge cinema screen or get stranded outside on the 'Desert Island', with tropical cocktails from Malibu and screens everywhere (all desert islands should have cocktails and TVs). Throw on your finest Eurotrash attire and watch as the UK's effort inevitably succumbs to a bottom three finish.

 
 
 

Planet Earth II Live in Concert

Scenes from the popular TV show are shown on the big screen alongside live classical music.

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

Tube: South Kensington Station

 

Dates: Sunday 13th May 2018

 

Classical music and nature on the big screen, a combination that will get you racing to the Royal Albert Hall faster than a baby iguana escaping the clutches of a deadly racer snake. Planet Earth II Live in Concert is staged by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers, conducted by Jessica Cottis, playing live while specially-selected footage from the award-winning BBC series is shown in high-definition on the big screen. The stunning score is by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and his composers, Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe. Zimmer is renowned for his work on the likes of Gladiator, Interstellar and Blade Runner 2049, but the landmark BBC series has a special place in his heart: "Filmmaking at its absolute peak."

 
 
 
 

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

Folk music, dancers, clowns, jugglers and puppet shows celebrate Mr Punch's birthday.

St Paul's Covent Garden, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9ED

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

 

Dates: Sunday 13th May 2018

 

The annual Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival celebrates the red nosed stick-wielding puppet, bringing together dozens of puppeteers in a colourful, highly entertaining afternoon. The celebrations in Covent Garden draw puppeteers from all over the country as well as folk music, dancers, clowns, jugglers and stalls. The location is appropriately close to the spot where Samuel Pepys first sighted Mr Punch on 9th May 1662 and recorded the fact in his diary - which is why the birthday celebrations fall on or near to 9th May. The day's events start with a toast to Mr Punch, and a brass band led Grand Procession starting at St Paul's Church garden, a beautiful little oasis in the city centre. There follows a special service with a sermon administered by Rev Mark Oakley and Mr Punch himself. An integral part of British heritage, the puppet with attitude is a wonderful, anarchic figure and this is a top traditional family day out.

 
 
 

The Royal Ballet: Elizabeth

A dynamic exploration of the life and loves of Elizabeth I.

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, Covent Garden, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th May 2018

 

Former Principal of The Royal Ballet Zenaida Yanowsky is Elizabeth I in this dynamic exploration of her life and loves. Covering key moments in the queen's reign, choreographer Will Tuckett and playwright Alasdair Middleton have created a chamber work that weaves together dance, music, text and song. Taking inspiration from letters, diaries, poetry and plays, including material written by her famed suitors, the script for this dance-drama is spoken and sung by female actors and a baritone.

 
 
 

J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan

The Olivier Award nominated production opens the Open Air Theatre's 2018 season.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 17th May to 15th June 2018

 

The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2018 season launches in May with a return of their Olivier Award nominated production of Peter Pan. Based on the re-discovered original play written by J M Barrie, Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel's production tells the story of George Llewelyn Davies, one of the children who inspired the author to create the character of Peter Pan. Using puppetry in places, the drama reveals how the wounded soldiers of World War One used the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land as an escape. Recommended for ages 9 and above, not suitable for children below 4.

 
 
 

Open Air Theatre

This year's season includes Peter Pan, As You Like It and Little Shop of Horros.

Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR

Tube: Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 17th May to 9th September 2018

 

A mainstay of summer in London, the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre opens its doors for another season in 2018, opening with their Olivier Award-nominated production of Peter Pan. Then comes The Turn of the Screw, a co-production with English National Opera, which reunites director Timothy Sheader with designer Soutra Gilmour who previously designed the impressive multi-tiered set for the Olivier Award-winning production of Into the Woods. Max Webster, the director behind The Lorax at the Old Vic, stages Shakespeare's romantic comedy, As You Like It, and Little Shop of Horrors is the monster musical of the season. During the day, Dinosaur World Live brings Tyrannosaurus rex and friends to the park in a brand new 50-minutes show for ages 3 and above.

 
 
 

Rita Ora

The pop star performs her hit songs live as part of a seven-date tour.

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

Tube: Brixton Station

 

Dates: Friday 18th May 2018

 

Pop star Rita Ora undertakes a seven-date UK tour in May 2018 stopping off at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 18th May. Popular as a judge on the The Voice, Rita made her return to music with the release of Your Song in May 2017 and now she's back playing live and performing the follow up Anywhere. Her collaboration with Avicii, a melancholy dance hit, Lonely Together climbed to the top three, giving Rita another turn in the limelight. Hosting and performing at the MTV EMAs at Wembley Arena in November2017, these shows give fans a chance to see her perform her live.

 
 
 
 

Nigel Kennedy

Kennedy plays three UK concerts in May 2018, finishing at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th May 2018

 

Never one to shy away from breaking boundaries, violinist Nigel Kennedy has previously released an album of Jimi Hendrix-inspired compositions, he's tried his hand in Polish Klezmer music and now he performs new interpretations of George Gershwin. For someone whose violin is worth 2 million it's rather apt that the Gordon Ramsay of classical music often looks as if he's been dressed by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Now a respected, consummate performer, Kennedy plays three UK concerts in May 2018, finishing with this show at London's Royal Festival Hall.

 
 
 

FA Cup Final

Who will take the cup from Arsenal?

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Tube: Wembley Park Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th May 2018

 

The most famous cup competition in world football reaches its finale at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 19th May 2018 as the two sides who have battled through to the FA Cup Final go all out to claim the last major trophy of the English season. Who will challenge last year's cup winners Arsenal who, with their 2017 victory, became the most successful club in FA Cup history, having won this prestigious trophy 13 times? All will be revealed in the big final which this year falls on the same day as the Royal Wedding. But don't fret, while kick-off time has not yet been confirmed, last year's final started at 5.30pm and the wedding is at Windsor at noon so, thankfully, you can watch both.

 
 
 

Cafe de Paris: Royal Wedding Show

Celebrate the Royal Wedding in style and watch the fairy tale romance unfold.

Cafe de Paris, 4 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th May 2018

 

Not one the 2,640 members of the public invited to the Royal Wedding? Don't worry. On the day Harry and Meghan say 'I do', Cafe de Paris celebrates their wedding with a riotous Royal extravaganza. Dress up in your best wedding attire for a night of cabaret, circus, comedy and burlesque in the sumptuous 1920s 'Titanic Ballroom' and watch the fairy tale romance unfold. The lovebirds' romantic history, from clandestine dates at Soho House to the public announcement of their relationship at the Invictus Games, is told by your host and maitre d', Reuben Kaye. Storytelling glides into song at this risqué show set to rival the glamour of the wedding in Windsor.

 
 
 

The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

A day of romance and pageantry with a carriage procession through Windsor.

Windsor Castle, Windsor and Maidenhead, London, SL4 1NJ

Tube: Heathrow Terminals 123 Station

 

Dates: Saturday 19th May 2018

 

At 12 noon on Saturday 19th May 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married at St George's Chapel and 2,640 members of the public will be in the grounds of Windsor Castle to help them celebrate. It's a day of ceremony and pageantry with a carriage procession through Windsor, more than 250 members of the armed forces on duty and music by the Band of the Irish Guards. In the church, in front of 600 guests, and against a floral display by designer Philippa Craddock, the happy couple will say 'I do', documented by Alexi Lubomirski who is tasked with taking the official photographs. Claire Ptak, owner of London gem Violet Cakes, has designed the lemon and elderflower wedding cake. After the church service there will be a lunchtime reception at St George's Hall followed by a private evening party for 200 at Frogmore House. While the house is not usually open to the public, you can get a sneak peak on one day only, on Tuesday 5th June, as part of the National Garden Scheme - tickets available here.

 
 
 

Urban Village Fete

A contemporary twist on the traditional summer fete.

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

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 

Dates: Sunday 20th May 2018

 

Back for a fourth year Urban Village Fete offers a contemporary twist on the traditional summer fete. Roaming acts - think brass band house music and life-sized slinkies - perform alongside Gilles Peterson who DJs all day. Curated designer marketplaces, street food vendors, art and design workshops, pop-ups and talks hosted by BBC Radio London's Robert Elms are all part of the fun. Further activities in the flourishing Peninsula Garden include workshops (we had group hoola hooping and paper hat workshops last year) and the chance to become a DJ for the day with The Charity Shop DJ, all pulled together by HemingwayDesign who are also behind the Classic Car Boot Sale.

 
 
 
 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Beautiful and inspiring blooms signal the start of the season.

Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4SR

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 

Dates: 22nd to 26th May 2018

 

Regarded as a highpoint of the London summer season, the fragrant Chelsea Flower Show is a wonderful showcase of blooms and celebrities - even the Queen attends. In 2018 they're introducing a new Space to Grow garden category, offering ideas and inspiration which can be taken home to your own garden, and for the first time on Friday 25th May, Ranelagh Gardens will remain open to the public until late for an evening of live music, entertainment and more. Particularly spectacular are the gardens created by eight hundred imaginative garden designers who spend nearly a month creating a horticultural wonderland over the 11-acre site. This beautiful and inspiring show is a real treat, even for non-gardeners.

 
 
 

Translations

Ciaran Hinds and Colin Morgan lead a strong cast in this powerful account of nationhood.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 22nd May to 7th July 2018

 

Thirteen years after it was last staged at the National Theatre,Brian Friel's modern classic, Translations, returns. Ciaran Hinds and Colin Morgan lead a strong cast in this powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community. Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin, working as translator for the British army and, "short-sightedly erasing his own country" (Independent). Tasked with creating a map of the area, the army officers set about replacing the Gaelic names with English ones...

 
 
 

Tartuffe

Moliere's classic comedy is transported to modern day America.

Haymarket Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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

 

Dates: 25th May to 28th July 2018

 

Given current world events, this is a well timed adaptation of Moliere's classic comedy. Adapted by Christopher Hampton, this take on Tartuffe transfers the seventeenth century comedy to modern day America, where a French film tycoon finds his life uprooted by a radical American evangelist. The brand new production, directed by Gerald Garutti (Notes from Underground and Haim - In The Light Of A Violin), premieres in the West End as the first dual language theatre production, alternating between English and French with surtitles throughout. The drama unfolds as media tycoon Orgon falls under the seductive spell of evangelist Tartuffe who looks set to steal his fortune and divide his family.

 
 
 

The Rink

The award-winning musical is given its first London revival in nearly 30 years.

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

Tube: Elephant & Castle Station , Borough Station

 

Dates: 25th May to 23rd June 2018

 

Award-winning musical The Rink - originally premiered on Broadway in 1984 with Chita Rivera and Liza Minelli - is given its first London revival in nearly 30 years in 2018, being staged at the Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season. It tells the story of Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern coast of American. As she's about to sell the rink to developers, her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long period away in the hope to save the rink and make amends with her mother. The show features a score by Tony and Olivier and Award-winning John Kander and Fred Ebb.

 
 
 

LIFT Festival

See more than 1,5000 LED-lit pigeons light up London's night sky.

 

Various Venues Dates: 25th May to 22nd July 2018

 

The London International Festival of Theatre (or LIFT, if you prefer) returns to the capital in 2018 at theatres, arts venues and other sites around London. There's a huge range of events, including live performances, art exhibitions and installations. See London's night sky sparkle as over 1,5000 LED-lit pigeons swoop over Thamesmead. The Royal Court Theatre stages Notes From the Field, Anna Deavere Smith's first London appearance in over 25 years. Congolese dance artist Faustin Linyekula present political piece, In Search of Dinozord. And Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven's immersive Phobiarama pops up in King's Cross. There are too many highlights to mention but we couldn't miss out Fatherland by Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham, Taylor Mac, Punchdrunk and Hofesh Shechter Company for sheer inventiveness and innovation. Go see.

 
 
 
 

All Points East

See The xx, Lorde and Bjork, Nick Cave and Catfish and the Bottlemen.

Victoria Park, Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5SN

Tube: Mile End Station

 

Dates: 25th May to 3rd June 2018

 

New for summer 2018, All Points East is a rocking ten day summer music festival coming to Victoria Park in May and June. To kick things off, there's a three day music festival with appearances from headliners LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Lorde and Bjork. It's followed by a four day community-focused midweek programme of comedy, food and outdoor cinema. Then comes a long weekend of three back to back headline shows with Catfish and the Bottlemen, the four-piece from Llandudno, headlining on Friday 1st June 2018, Ohio indie rockers The National play on Saturday and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds bring the festival to a rousing close on Sunday.

 
 
 

We Are FSTVL

Top DJs Amine Edge & Dance and Hot Since 82 are two of the 225 artists playing across 20 stages.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, London, RM14 2TN

Tube: Upminster Bridge Station

 

Dates: 25th, 26th and 27th May 2018

 

House music is what it's all about at We Are FSTVL which features over 225 artists across 20 stages in and around a private aerodrome in Uxbridge, 20 minutes from central London. Top DJs including Amine Edge & Dance, Hot Since 82 and Rene LaVice are just three of the names lined up. Two new stage arenas have also been confirmed, Kopparberg Outsider who collaborate with D-Vine Sounds and Paravana and Desperados who team up with Rinse and Oneman. The CUFF label heads oversee the music at the Cafe Mambo arena so be prepared for a big Ibizan hedonistic party. Happy campers can choose to spend the whole weekend on site.

 
 
 

The Major General's Review

A free-to-view rehearsal for The Queen's official birthday parade, Trooping the Colour.

Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Westminster, London, SW1A 2AX

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Westminster Station

 

Dates: Saturday 26th May 2018

 

The Major General's Review takes place at Horse Guards Parade two weeks before the Trooping the Colour, held to mark The Queen's official birthday. It's the first of two rehearsal reviews carried out in the weeks before the birthday parade and it's free to view but you do need a ticket - apply in advance by sending your ticket requirements to: The Brigade Major, Headquarters Household Division, Horse Guards, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX. Even if you haven't booked tickets you can still see some of the parade as it passes by St James's Park and The Mall from Buckingham Palace on the way to Horse Guards Parade. And if you miss this rehearsal you can always see The Colonel's Review on Saturday 8th June when tickets are 10 per seat, applications should be sent to the address above.

 
 
 

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kocchar, Glynn Purnell and Josh Eggleton come to the Chefs Theatre.

Syon Park, Road, Brentford, London, TW8 8JF

Tube: Richmond Station

 

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

 

The Foodies Festival returns to Syon Park this spring bringing Bake Off finalists and famous chefs to leafy west London on the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. This year's line-up features a range of culinary elite, including the likes of Matt Tebutt and Michelin-starred chefs Atul Kocchar, Glynn Purnell and Josh Eggleton to the Chefs Theatre. Great British Bake Off winner Sophie Faldo is joined by finalists Steven Carter-Bailey and Kate Lyon in the Cake & Bake Theatre. New for 2018 are workshops on the power of plant based proteins, gut-friendly food and craft tea. With over 20 street food outlets, the Pimms Teapot and cookery classes for kids as well as garden games and a pie throwing contest there's a lot to get your teeth stuck into.

 
 
 

Gala Festival

Norman Jay, Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli and Ibiza's Alfredo play.

Peckham Rye Park, Strakers Road, London, SE15 3UA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: Sunday 27th May 2018

 

Back for a third year but it's first in Peckham Rye Park, Gala is kicking off the summer with Chicago house legend Derrick Carter, disco pioneer Daniele Baldelli and Ibiza's Alfredo playing at the one-day festival on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday. They're joined by Norman Jay, Greg Wilson and Melodies International co-founder Mafalda on the main stage, Horse Meat Disco returns to host 'The Pleasure Dome' stage and local luminaries Rhythm Section head-up their own stage. Peckham via New Zealand duo Chaos in the CBD and Rhythm Section's rising star Z Lovecraft join them while vinyl outlets Rye Wax and YAM Records host a record fair on site. The music line-up is complemented by quality street food - there's BBQ from Slow Ritchies, Maltby Market's famous Cheese Truck, fried chicken by Other Side Fried and Honest Burger is back with the GALA Burger to keep the party going long after sunset plus Peckham's Brick Brewery will be there keeping everyone hydrated.

 
 
 
 

Opera Holland Park

Operatic arias soar over the tree tops as four brand new productions begin with Verdi's La traviata.

Holland Park Theatre, Holland Park, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU

Tube: Kensington (Olympia) Station

 

Dates: 29th May to 28th July 2018

 

The annual Opera Holland Park is a highlight of summer in London, when the temporary structure of Holland Park Theatre is erected in West London's Holland Park and the operatic arias soar over the tree tops. The magical atmosphere of these productions owe a lot to their surroundings but it's also a tribute to a remarkable opera company that has defied expectations and budgets to produce productions of the very highest standard. The 2018 season brings four brand new productions, kicking off with Verdi's La traviata, followed by Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, and the season's rarity Mascagni's Isabeau. The Royal Ballet School returns for its end-of-year summer performances giving a rare opportunity to glimpse the next generation of aspiring young ballet dancers.

 
 
 

Akram Khan Company: XENOS

Dance inspired by Greek mythology, Prometheus and events from the First World War.

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

Tube: Angel Station

 

Dates: 29th May to 9th June 2018

 

Sixteen years after his first production, Kaash, talented choreographer and dancer Akram Khanis set for his final full length solo show. His new piece, XENOS, commissioned by 14-18 NOW for the First World War centenary, premieres at Sadler's Wells this spring. Working from a text by acclaimed playwright Jordan Tannahill, the dance draws on the story of a shell-shocked Indian soldier trapped in a trench. Inspired by Greek mythology, the myth of Prometheus and by events from the First World War, XENOS, meaning 'stranger' or 'foreigner', expresses tales of loss, hope and redemption, through a mix of classical kathak and contemporary dance.

 
 
 

Consent

Nina Raine's legal drama puts modern relationships in the dock.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 29th May to 11th August 2018

 

Nina Raine examines the topical and controversial subject of Consent in her latest play. Staged at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre last year, this "tense, entertaining modern-day tragi-comedy" (Daily Telegraph) takes a searing look at the law whilst putting modern relationships into the dock. Created 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?

 
 
 

Lee Bul: Wayward Wander

A mid-career survey of the acclaimed South Korean artist.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th May to 19th August 2018

 

The Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery hosts a mid-career survey of the work of acclaimed South Korean artist Lee Bul. The first retrospective of the artist in London, Wayward Wander explores the artist's extensive investigation into the body and its relationship to architectural space. Lee Bul has explored questions of intimacy, gender, technology and class during South Korea's transition from military dictatorship to democracy, drawing on science fiction, bioengineering and visionary architecture to look at these topics through a focus on the body. The exhibition will showcase her performance, drawing, painting and large-scale immersive installations.

 
 
 

Julie

Vanessa Kirby, better known as Princess Margaret in The Crown, stars in this new adaptation.

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

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station

 

Dates: 31st May to 4th August 2018

 

Known for her reinterpretations of classic plays, Carrie Cracknell directs Vanessa Kirby (Princess Margaret in The Crown) in Julie at the National's Lyttelton Theatre. Reworked by Polly Stenham and designed by Tom Scutt, the new version of August Strindberg's tragedy brings Miss Julie into contemporary London. As a late-night party begins to die down, Julie continues to dance but downstairs Jean and Kristen listen and wait. What will follow as the three of them engage in a dangerous tryst?

 
 
 

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