Events in London – February 2012

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Theatre shows in February

Duke of York’s Theatre

BackBeat - The birth of The Beatles

to Duke of York’s Theatre BackBeat tells how story of The Beatles early years when John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe left the Liverpool docks for a riotous few months playing music in Hamburgs seedy Reeperbahn district
Novello Theatre

George Gershwins Crazy For You

to Novello Theatre George Gershwins smash-hit musical Crazy for You is packed full of classic songs including I Got Rhythm Someone To Watch Over Me Embraceable You and Nice Work If You Can Get It
Trafalgar Studios

Three Days In May with Warren Clarke

to Trafalgar Studios Three Days in May takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history Newly installed as Prime Minister Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britains only option is to fight on alone
Adelphi Theatre

One Man Two Guvnors - Adelphi Theatre

to Adelphi Theatre After getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother -- who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited with Rachel
Menier Chocolate Factory

Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory

to Menier Chocolate Factory This darkly enjoyable musical tells the tale of Pippin the heir to the throne of Charlemagne who sets out on a quest of self-discovery only to bump up against the uncertain worlds of love war politics and religion
Olivier Theatre

Shakespeares The Comedy of Errors - starring Lenny Henry

to Olivier Theatre In this version of William Shakespeares The Comedy of Errors the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town
Donmar Warehouse

William Shakespeares Richard II

to Donmar Warehouse Shakespeares poetic masterpiece Richard II follows the king as he banishes his noblemen and seizes their land to fuel his own wars As the nobels turn against him a battle for the crown begins and his right to rule is called into question
Old Vic

Noises Off at the Old Vic

to Old Vic The Old Vic will be putting on a production of Michael Frayns side-splitting backstage comedy Noises Off
Lyttelton Theatre

Travelling Light at the National Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre When Motl Mendl first sees the silent images on his dads cinematograph he is entranced With encouragement from his friend Anna Motl leaves his little village and ends up as a famed film director Travelling Light is a study of the Eastern European immigrants who rose to became major players in Hollywoods golden age
Apollo Theatre

The Madness of George III

to Apollo Theatre Alan Bennetts play The Madness of George III is best-known as an award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren It charts the true story of George IIIs mental health problems brought on by porphyria which led to bouts of insanity
Aldwych Theatre

Midnight Tango at the Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre Midnight Tango was created by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace -- the same people who have been dazzling us with their sensual tango routines on TVs Strictly Come Dancing The show is set in downtown Buenos Aires and will take you on a journey through this intoxicating city
Lyttelton Theatre

Juno and the Paycock at the National Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre Juno is struggling to cajole Jack back into work as he spends his time drinking with his sidekick Their son is crippled after fighting for the IRA and their daughter has joined a union and gone on strike Juno and the Paycock offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War
Olivier Theatre

She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre

to Olivier Theatre She Stoops To Conquer tells the story of Hardcastle whos trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friends son But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper and his daughter is a barmaid
Theatre Royal Haymarket

The Importance of Being Earnest

to Theatre Royal Haymarket Oscar Wildes farcical comedy follows two girls and two suitors who are earnest to marry plus Lady Bracknell -- who is earnestly hoping fora cucumber sandwich Part of the fun comes from the way the play trivialises serious institutions like marriage in a satire of Victorian ways
Trafalgar Studios

Sex With A Stranger at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios When Adam leaves his girlfriend at home to attend a mates birthday he dosnt anticipate meeting Grace and ending up back at her flat Sex With A Stranger is an excruciatingly accurate exploration of the time of our lives when were still growing up and is superbly frank (even graphic) when it comes to the subject of sex
Dorfman Theatre

Island at the National Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre When Cameron is told he is going to spend his holidays on an island in the middle of the Arctic Ocean where the skies flash with ice storms he isnt very happy Cut off from all his friends Cameron can either help his mum with her research or put on his boots and explore But is the island really uninhabited?
Trafalgar Studios

The Leisure Society at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios The Leisure Society is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner intending to dump him they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery

Music, comedy & film in February

BFI Southbank

Woody Allen film season at BFI Southbank

to BFI Southbank BFI Southbank will be celebrating one of Hollywoods greatest comics with a month-long season of Woody Allens films Films include Annie Hall Manhatten The Purple Rose of Cairo Midnight In Paris Vicky Cristina Barcelona Match Point and Bullets Over Broadway
Noël Coward Theatre

Frank Skinner & Friends

to Noël Coward Theatre Frank Skinner & Friends promises a fine night of comedy cabaret and music all rolled into one Each night will feature four different acts compered by Frank
Leicester Square Theatre

Stewart Lee at the Leicester Square Theatre

to Leicester Square Theatre Following his much acclaimed BBC TV series and his sell-out season last year Stewart Lee returns to the Leicester Square Theatre with a brand new show
BFI Southbank

David Lynch film season at BFI Southbank

to BFI Southbank BFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywoods most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynchs films Films include Blue Velvet Dune The Elephant Man Eraserhead Lost Highway and Wild At Heart
Soho Theatre

Mark Watson at the Soho Theatre

to Soho Theatre Mark Watsons face is finally getting noticed on the telly with stints on Never Mind The Buzzcocks Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week Hes also the star of the cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better Now you can catch him testing out some brand new material at the Soho Theatre
O2 Arena

Olly Murs at the O2 Arena

to O2 Arena Olly Murs has gone from strength to strength since reaching the X-Factor final in 2010 His debut album was a great success last year and with his first full UK & Ireland tour already behind him he is now playing Londons most prestgious venue -- The O2
Ronnie Scott’s

Katie Melua at Ronnie Scotts

to Ronnie Scott’s This is a rare chance to see one of Britains most successful singer/songwriters in the intimate setting of Ronnie Scotts Katie Melua will be performing classic tracks like Closest Thing To Crazy and Nine Million Bicycles alongside some brand-nw material songs from her fifth studio album Secret Symphony
Comedy Store

Sean Lock and Jon Richardson at the Comedy Store

Comedy Store Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will be performing at the Comedy Store in aid of the Lily Foundation Other comedians on the bill include Ian Stone Kevin Day Seann Walsh Josh Widdicombe and Shappi Khorsandi
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush

James Blunt at the O2 Empire

O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush James Blunt has been on the road for a year now and will be bringing his lenghtly travels to an end with a gig at the Shepherds Bush Empire Join him for a special night of songs including classic tracks like Youre Beautiful High Goodbye My Lover and Wisemen
Soho Theatre

Alexei Sayle at the Soho Theatre

Soho Theatre As one of the 80s best comedians Alexei Sayle has been sorely missed from the stage But now he is returning to stand-up with some brand-new material as well as introducing some comedians that he has chosen specially from the circuit
Leicester Square Theatre

Bill Bailey - Work in Progess show

Leicester Square Theatre Join Bill Bailey for a special work in progress show at the Lececester Square Theatre as he tests out some brand new material on a captive audience Bill Bailey is famed for his surrealist comedy and musical interludes
Comedy Store

See Andy Parsons at the Comedy Store

Comedy Store Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Stores Cutting Edge Other comedians on the bill include Paul Thorne Sean Meo Jo Caulfield Ian Stone and Hal Cruttenden
Eventim Apollo

James Morrison at the Hammersmith Apollo

to Eventim Apollo With his new album The Awakening already spawning two hit singles James Morrison is hitting the road for a series of gigs up and down the country You can catch up with him when he plays the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in February
Victoria & Albert Museum

Diana Rigg from The Avengers

V&A Diana Rigg is best-known for playing Emma Peel in the 1960s TV series The Avengers Tonight she will be talking to critic Al Senter about her varied TV and theatre career
O2 Arena

Snow Patrol at the O2 Arena

to O2 Arena Snow Patrol are one of Britains most succesful bands with big hit singles like Chocolate and Chasing Cars helping to shift more than 11 million albums Their latest album Fallen Empires is an altogether more ambitious effort and you can hear them perform tracks from it when they play The O2 in February
Tattershall Castle

Boat Show Comedy Club - Lee Hurst

to Tattershall Castle Lee Hurst will appearing at Tattershall Castle -- Londons finest floating comedy club -- alongside Andrew Bird and MC Yianni
SSE Arena Wembley

Olly Murs at Wembley Arena

SSE Arena Wembley Olly Murs has gone from strength to strength since reaching the X-Factor final in 2010 His debut album was a great success last year and with his first full UK & Ireland tour already behind him he is now playing one of the Londons most prestgious venues -- Wembley Arena
Leicester Square Theatre

Bill Bailey - Work in Progess show

Leicester Square Theatre Join Bill Bailey for a special work in progress show at the Lececester Square Theatre as he tests out some brand new material on a captive audience Bill Bailey is famed for his surrealist comedy and musical interludes
Wyndham’s Theatre

Comedy legend Jackie Mason - his farewell UK show

to Wyndham’s Theatre Jackie Mason is back in town with Fearless -- his farewell show in the UK Jackies politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics David Cameron and his hilarious take on every day life As Jackie says If its in the news its in the show!
Comedy Store

See Andy Parsons at the Comedy Store

Comedy Store Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Stores Cutting Edge Other comedians on the bill include Paul Thorne Ian Stone Imran Yusuf Alistair Barrie and Martin Coyote
Prince Charles Cinema

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music

Prince Charles Cinema Join Maria the nuns the dashing Captain and his gaggle of singing kids in Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a Julie Andrews inspired frenzy and fancy dress is encouraged Theres even a competition for the best-dressed nun/nazi/Von Trapp kid!
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush

Lightning Seeds at the Shepherds Bush Empire

O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush Lightning Seeds front man Ian Broudie has taken something of a back seat over recent years but hes back for a rare London show at the Shepherds Bush Empire
Bloomsbury Theatre

Jimmy Carrs Gagging Order

Bloomsbury Theatre Join Jimmy Carr as he tests out some brand new material for a forthcoming tour Might be good might be rubbish
Eventim Apollo

Nicole Scherzinger at the Hammersmith Apollo

Eventim Apollo Since fronting the Pussycat Dolls Nicole Scherzinger has gone on to become one of the most successful solo artists of the year Her career has taken off with a run of top 5 singles and a judging spot on the US X-Factor Her debut album Killer Love was released in November
O2 Arena

Brit Awards 2012

O2 Arena The Brit Awards have been a fixture of the British music calendar since 1977 boasting some memorable performances by the best of the British music scene James Corden will be hosting the event for the second year running and the trophy will be designed by pop artist Peter Blake -- famous for The Beatles Sgt Pepper cover
Leicester Square Theatre

Mica Paris at the Leicester Square Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre The UKs very own soul queen Mica Paris has clocked up more than two decades in the business and now shes back and ready to wow us again with songs from her latest album released this February
Eventim Apollo

Kaiser Chiefs at the Hammersmith Apollo

Eventim Apollo The Kaiser Chiefs have a tonne of goodtime songs in the back catalogue -- Ruby Oh My God Everyday I Love You Less and I Predict A Riot are just a few of their better known releases You can hear them all and songs from the latest LP when they play the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in February
O2 Arena

Rammstein – Made in Germany 1995-2011

O2 Arena Rammstein are one of the loudest head-banging bands around -- the kind of act that turns their amps up to 11 The German band has just assembled a retrospective of their greatest hits called Made In Germany 1995-2011 and will be taking it on tour in 2012
Eventim Apollo

Omid Djalili at the Hammersmith Apollo

to Eventim Apollo The worlds funniest Iranian comic is back at the Hammersmith Apollo with a brand new show Omid Djalili has had a great 12 months picking up the best actor award for his role in The Infidel This goes alongside his gongs for comedy -- the Time Out Award for best stand-up and nomination for the prestigious Perrier Award
Prince Charles Cinema

Sing-A-Long-A Grease

Prince Charles Cinema Join John Travolta Olivia Newton-John and the greasy gang of bikers in Sing-A-Long-A Grease! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a highschool frenzy Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and theres even a competition for the best-dressed guest!
Cadogan Hall

Elkie Brooks at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Now celebrating more than 50 years in music Elkie Brooks will be performing some of her classic hits alongside a few from her most recent album With numerous hit singles million selling albums and awards her annual tours are a treat for fans old and new
Tattershall Castle

Boat Show Comedy Club - Lee Hurst

to Tattershall Castle Lee Hurst will appearing at Tattershall Castle -- Londons finest floating comedy club -- alongside Dave Fulton and Mark Mair
Prince Charles Cinema

Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror

Prince Charles Cinema Don your best pair of stilettos and fishnet nights for Sing-A-Long-A Rocky Horror! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a crossdressing frenzy Fancy dress is highly recommended and the best-dressed Transylvanians will be dragged out on stage for the best-dressed prize
O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush

Marina & The Diamonds - O2 Empire

O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush Marina and the Diamonds are promising to play some brand new material as part of the NME Awards Shows
O2 Arena

Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds

O2 Arena Ever since he split from Oasis in October 2009 Noel has kept a backseat whilst his brother Liam formed Beady Eye But now Noel has his own band -- High Flying Birds -- and is taking them out a seven date UK and Ireland tour They will be playing tracks from their debut album and a selection of old Noel Gallagher songs
Royal Festival Hall

Randy Newman at the Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall Randy Newmans 2012 tour is coming to the UK at the same time as his new release Randy Newman: Live in London This will be his only date in the capital and shouldnt be missed!
Comedy Store

See Andy Parsons at the Comedy Store

Comedy Store Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Stores Cutting Edge Other comedians on the bill include Alistair Barrie Roger Monkhouse Mick Ferry Hal Cruttenden and Mitch Benn

Family & Kid’s events in February

London Olympia

The Doctor Who Experience

to London Olympia The Doctor Who Experience is an unmissable adventure featuring an awe-inspiring exhibition and a walk-through experience in which you will be invited to become the Doctors companion and reunite him with the TARDIS whilst battling some of the best-loved and scariest monsters from the hit TV show
Hampstead Observatory

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

to Hampstead Observatory Hampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor housed inside a rotating dome and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich -- it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free You dont even have to book
Royal Observatory

Spend an evening looking at the stars

to Royal Observatory If youre a budding astromomer and looking for a truly memorable experience then how about booking a spot on a session at the Royal Observatory? The ticket will include a planetarium show exploring the stars on show that night and the opportunity to look through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope
Old Truman Brewery

The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race

Old Truman Brewery The Great Spitalfields Pancake Race will take place outside the Old Truman Brewery The idea is to run along Dray Walk flipping your meal high into the sky and trying not to drop it If you make it through the heats then you will progress all the way to the grand final where a beautifully engraved frying pan will be waiting for the winner
Natural History Museum

Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum Have you ever seen the movie Night At The Museum? Well nows your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries and a live show called Revenge of the Minibeasts

Sports events in February

British Museum

See the London Olympic medals at the British Museum

to British Museum The British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs to the final casting at the Royal Mint
Twickenham Stadium

Rugby 6 Nations: England v Wales

Twickenham Stadium As the winners of last years Rugby 6 Nations England will be looking to repeat the feat with a game against Wales The RBS 6 Nations Championship is an annual rugby union competition involving the six best sides in Europe: England France Ireland Italy Scotland and Wales

Art & Museum exhibitions in February

National Army Museum

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

to National Army Museum This explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the Commando comic series Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity
Victoria & Albert Museum

The House of Annie Lennox

to V&A Annie Lennoxs success with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist has spanned four decades in which she has amassed a large collection of costumes dresses and accessories This exhibition will showcase items that helped to develop her creative vision together with plenty of photographs awards interviews and videos
British Museum

Grayson Perry: The Tomb Of The Unknown Craftsmen

to British Museum Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry will be curating a special exhibition of his new works alongside some objects made by anonymous men and women throughout history His theme will be sacred journeys and the afterlife -- everything and magic and shamanism to holy relics and motorbikes
National Gallery

Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

to National Gallery Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan brings together some of the artists rarest paintings in the most complete display of Leonardos rare surviving paintings ever held This exhibition focuses on Leonardo as an artist and explores his aims and techniques as a painter -- especially his representations of the human form
Saatchi Gallery

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany

to Saatchi Gallery The Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called Gesamtkunstwerk It will include pieces by Dirk Bell Matti Braun Andre Butzer Max Frisinger Thomas Helbig Volker Hueller Thomas Kiesewetter Josephine Meckseper Kirstine Roepstorff Julian Rosefeldt Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp
Museum of London

Dickens and London exhibition at the Museum of London

to Museum of London The Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth by putting on a major new exhibition taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings Paintings photographs and the original manuscripts of Bleak House and David Copperfield will bring to life the authors world
Natural History Museum

Captain Scotts Antartic Expedition

to Natural History Museum Captain Robert Scotts expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expeditions of all-time This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team alongside a life-size representation of Scotts base-camp which still survives in Antarctica
Science Museum

Stephen Hawking: A 70th birthday celebration

Science Museum The Science Museum will be celebrating Professor Stephen Hawkings 70th birthday with a small exhibition of objects and papers from his own archives There will also be some specially recorded audio by Professor Hawking himself and some photographs that span his life and career many of them previously unseen
Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

to Royal Academy of Arts This major new exhibition by David Hockney will span fifty years of his career picking out the pieces which demonstrate Hockneys fascination with the depiction of landscape The exhibition will also include some of his iPad drawings and a series of films which were shot on 18 cameras
British Museum

Hajj - Journey to the heart of Islam

to British Museum Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries
Tate Britain

Migrations exhibition - Tate Britain

to Tate Britain Cutting through 500 years of history the exhibition will include works by Lely Kneller Mondrian Bomberg and more It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work
Cartoon Museum

Her Maj - 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons

to Cartoon Museum The Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queens Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years Some are affectionate some are teasing and some are totally unflattering but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades and explores how the monarchs image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s
Hayward Gallery

David Shrigley: Brain Activity

to Hayward Gallery David Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships This exhibition will be his first major show in London
Sir John Soane’s Museum

See Sir John Soanes Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane’s Museum Sir John Soanes Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world including masterpieces by Canaletto Turner and Hogarth Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
Victoria & Albert Museum

Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton

to V&A Cecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits Also included are extracts from Beatons own letters and diaries which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting
Tate Modern

Yayoi Kusama exhibition

to Tate Modern Yayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma
National Portrait Gallery

Lucian Freuds Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery This major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freuds portraits -- a central theme throughout his career It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods For example paintings of Freuds lovers close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work
Churchill War Rooms

After Hours at the Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms This is your chance to explore Churchills secret wartime bunker after hours The night will include music from the London Swing Dance Society will be on hand to help you master the Charleston Jitterbug and the Lindy Hop You will also be able to sample a cool glass of Pol Roger - Churchills favourite champers!
Natural History Museum

Night Safari - Valentines Day Special

Natural History Museum Join a nightime tour of the Natural History Museums iconic Central Hall and adjoining galleries Youll meet the scientists and get a chance to touch and hold real objects from the collection You can then visit the bar and reminisce with your fellow adventurers and chat with the scientists after theyve put the specimens to bed
Tate Britain

Picasso and Britain exhibition

to Tate Britain Picasso and Britain will explore the artists lifelong connections with this country The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picassos rise in Britain tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime It will also examine the artists impact on 20th-century modernism
Courtauld Gallery

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel

to Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson -- two of the leading forces of abstract art Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios
Hayward Gallery

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

to Hayward Gallery As a former Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career and provide an overview of his work so far It will feature almost all of his major works including his installations photographs videos posters and banners
Tate Modern

Alighiero Boetti exhibition - Tate Modern

to Tate Modern Alighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps pens and magazine covers Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries

Classical music in February

London Coliseum

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

London Coliseum Richard Strausss Viennese comedy Der Rosenkavalier tells the tale of Octavian who quickly loses his heart to Sophie when asked to deliver a rose on behalf of the elderly Baron Ochs
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic playing Prokofiev

Royal Festival Hall The Prokofiev Festival continues with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin leading violinist Janine Jansen and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Symphony No1 in D Violin Concerto No2 in G minor and Symphony No5 in B flat
Royal Opera House

Mozarts Cosi Fan Tutte - Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozarts Cosi Fan Tutte Can two faithful couples have their affections altered by a harmless deception? Two men decide to find out and test the constancy of their lovers by following the promptings of an arch-manipulator
Barbican Hall

London Symphony Orchestra playing Debussy

Barbican Hall Join conductor Michael Tilson Thomas mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they perform Debussys Sacree et Danse Profane En Blanc et Noir and La mer
Royal Festival Hall

Philharmonia playing Mendelssohn and Bruckner

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Kurt Masur violinist Arabella Steinbacher and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Mendelssohn and Bruckner
Royal Opera House

Mozarts Don Giovanni - Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozarts Don Giovanni As he charms lies and fights his way through life pursued by his victims and their angry relatives Don Giovanni cant resist the urge for further conquests But when will his luck finally run out?
Barbican Hall

Dvoraks The Jacobin

Barbican Hall Join conductor Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they perform Dvoraks romantic comedy opera The Jacobin
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic playing Bruckner

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform Bruckners Christus factus est Symphony No9 and Te Deum
Royal Festival Hall

Happy And Glorious - Celebrate 60 years of The Queen

Royal Festival Hall Happy And Glorious is a celebration of Her Majestys Diamond Jubilee year hosted by the royal correspondent Jennie Bond Conductor Gavin Sutherland will lead the London Concert Orchestra through a programme that will include the nationss much-loved favourites
Cadogan Hall

Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Valery Poliansky and the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Tchaikovsky Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov as part of the Zurich International Concert Series
Royal Festival Hall

Royal Philharmonic playing Mozart and Beethoven

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Daniele Gatti pianist Jasminka Stancul and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart and Beethoven
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic playing Martinu Liszt and Dvorak

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Marin Alsop pianist Stephen Hough and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Martinu Liszt and Dvorak
Cadogan Hall

English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Martin Panteleev pianist Derek Han and the English Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Grieg Chopin and Tchaikovsky
Royal Festival Hall

Philharmonia playing Brahms and Shostakovich

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Tugan Sokhiev pianist Arcadi Volodos and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Brahms and Shostakovich
London Coliseum

The Tales of Hoffmann at the London Coliseum

to London Coliseum Offenbachs operatic swansong The Tales of Hoffmann tells the story of a drunken poet regaling the tales of his three great lost loves -- a mechanical doll a sick young singer and Giulietta - an Italian whore who stole his his soul
Barbican Hall

BBC Symphony Orchestra - Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join conductor Lionel Bringuier violinist Carolin Widmann and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they give the UK premiere of Rebecca Saunders Violin Concerto alongside a selection of works by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic playing Chopin and Dvorak

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Marin Alsop pianist Lukas Vondracek and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Kodaly Chopin and Dvorak
Cadogan Hall

Vaughan Williams and Bruch - London Chamber Orchestra

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Christopher Warren-Green violinist Caroline Goulding and the London Chamber Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Walton Bruch and Vaughan Williams
Royal Opera House

Mozarts Le Nozze di Figaro - Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozarts glorious comedy Le Nozze di Figaro The plot revolves around Figaros attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents
Cadogan Hall

Camerata Salzburg playing Mozart

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Tomas Hanus and the Camerata Salzburg at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart as part of the Zurich International Concert Series
Cadogan Hall

Royal Philharmonic playing the music of Burt Bacharach

Cadogan Hall Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for an evening of music by Burt Bacharach The concert will feature hits including Anyone Who Had A Heart Alfie Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and many more well-known classics written for great artists like Dusty Springfield Tom Jones Dionne Warwick and Herb Alpert
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic - Valentines Day Concert

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Neeme Jarvi pianist Boris Giltburg and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a special Valentines Day concert of classics by Rachmaninov and Kreisler
Barbican Hall

Anton Du Beke presenting Valentines Day Classics

Barbican Hall Anton Du Beke will be presenting a concert of Valentines Day Classics by Tchaikovsky Elgar Gershwin Bizet and more Music will be provided by Viv McLean and the London Concert Orchestra
Barbican Hall

London Symphony Orchestra playing Rachmaninov

Barbican Hall Join conductor Antonio Pappano violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Bartok Korngold and Rachmaninov
Eventim Apollo

Katherine Jenkins - The Daydream Tour

Eventim Apollo Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins is taking her Daydream tour to 21 cities across the UK to plug the release of her brand-new album This new album is her most personal yet taking her favourite songs from across the classical folk and pop genres
Barbican Hall

New York Philharmonic at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Conductor Alan Gilbert will be leading the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Mahlers Symphony No9 at Barbican Hall
Royal Festival Hall

Philharmonia playing Beethoven and Brahms

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Philharmonia Chorus at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Beethoven and Brahms
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic playing Rachmaninov and Kreisler

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Neeme Jarvi pianist Boris Giltburg and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Rachmaninov and Kreisler
Barbican Hall

New York Philharmonic at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join conductor Alan Gilbert mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the New York Philharmonic at Barbican Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Berlioz Stravinsky Ravel and Thomas Ades
Barbican Hall

Lang Lang and the New York Philharmonic

Barbican Hall Alan Gilbert will be leading Lang Lang and the New York Philharmonic at Barbican Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Magnus Bartok and Prokofiev
Royal Festival Hall

Berliozs Romeo et Juliette

Royal Festival Hall Sir Mark Elder will be leading the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Symphony Chorus in a performance of Berliozs Romeo et Juliette at the Royal Festival Hall
Barbican Hall

Andre Previn and Anne-Sophie Mutter

Barbican Hall Join conductor Andre Previn violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they play Previns Concerto for Violin Viola & Orchestra and a selection of works by Copland and Harbison
Barbican Hall

Andre Previn and Anne-Sophie Mutter

Barbican Hall Andre Previn will playing the piano alongside cellist Daniel Muller-Schott and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter at Barbican Hall performing a selection of classical works by Mozart Mendelssohn and Andre Previn himself
Cadogan Hall

Mendelssohn Mozart and Dvorak - Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Dirk Joeres clarinetist Julian Bliss and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Mendelssohn Mozart and Dvorak
Barbican Hall

Tchaikovsky Prokofiev and Shostakovich

Barbican Hall Join conductor Andre Previn violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they play Previns Concerto for Violin Viola & Orchestra and a selection of works by Copland and Harbison
Royal Festival Hall

London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Choir at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart Brahms Zemlinsky and Szymanowski
Royal Albert Hall

Verdis Aida performed in the round

to Royal Albert Hall This spectacular version of Verdis Aida will be performed in the round amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida the Kings daughter Amneris and the Captain of the Guard
Barbican Hall

Tchaikovsky Britten and Shostakovich

Barbican Hall Join conductor Valery Gergiev violinist Sarah Chang and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they play a selection of classical works by Tchaikovsky Britten and Shostakovich
Cadogan Hall

Schumann Haydn and Handel - London Chamber Orchestra

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Christopher Warren-Green and the London Chamber Orchestra and Soloists at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Schumann Haydn and Handel
Barbican Hall

Sibelius Stravinsky and Prokofiev

Barbican Hall Join conductor Kirill Karabits pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Sibelius Stravinsky and Prokofiev
Barbican Hall

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join conductor and pianist Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Barbican Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Ries Beethoven and Schubert
Royal Festival Hall

Philharmonia playing Rachmaninov and Sibelius

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vasily Petrenko violinist James Ehnes and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Hindemith Rachmaninov and Sibelius
Cadogan Hall

Tchaikovsky and Brahms - Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Alessandro Fabrizi violinist Yoon-Hee Kim and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall as they perform a selection of classical works by Glinka Tchaikovsky and Brahms

Sightseeing tours in February

Tower of London

Twilight Tour at the Tower of London

to Tower of London Hosted by one of the world-famous Yeoman Warders the Tower of London Twilight Tour will allow you to experience the place after the visitors have left As the evening darkens and the atmosphere thickens you will hear spine-chilling stories and tales of past residents including some of Britains most famous kings queens and criminals
Dr. Johnson’s House

Walk in the footsteps of Samuel Johnson

Dr. Johnson’s House Follow in the footsteps of legendary London wit Samuel Johnson and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street where he lived The tour will include Gough Square Temple Church Temple Bar and Fleet Street itself
Somerset House

Guided tour of Somerset House

to Somerset House This 45-minute tour of Somerset House will take in Tudor intrigues and the Kings Shilling and the extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power
The City

The Shakespeare Trail

to The City The Shakespeare Trail is an exciting two hour romp around the City of London during which you will explore the lives of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Londoners The registered City of London Guide will introduce you to his local friendships and give you a feel for the layout of Elizabethan London
The City

The City of London Walk

to The City This 90-minute walk will explore the ancient Square Mile with its secret spaces and architecture spanning 2000 years of history This is an excellent introduction to the oldest part of London with fascinating tales stretching from the Romans all the way up to the 21st-century
The City

Charles Dickens: Fact from fiction

to The City The Museum of London will be putting on a special walk to coincide with their Dickens and London exhibition which will attempt to trace Dickens life and literature through the streets of the Square Mile
Mansion House

Guided tour of Mansion House

to Mansion House Learn about the history of Mansion House and how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors The tour includes many of the public rooms as well as the Harold Samuel Collection -- a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by masters like Frans Hals Nicoleas Maes and Jacob Ruisdael
Apsley House

Apsley House Twilight Tour

Apsley House Discover the fascinating history of Apsley House in one of our special Twilight Tours With the curtains drawn and guided by torchlight you will be able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors and stunning artworks as you have never seen them before
Olympic Park

Walk the Olympic Way

Olympic Park This guided walk will explore the redevelopment of the area around the Olympic Park and look at some of the finds unearthed by the Museum of Londons archaeologists

Free events in February

Royal Observatory

Astronomy Photographer of the Year

to Royal Observatory The Royal Observatory is teaming up the BBCs Sky At Night magazine to launch the annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition The images on display will come from four categories: Earth and Space Our Solar System Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Buckingham Palace

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

to Buckingham Palace Strolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the Changing of the Guard is one of the must-do events in everyones itinerary The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys
Foyles

Dickens Book Club - Bleak House

Foyles To coincide with the Museum of Londons big new exhibition on Charles Dickens Foyles have joined forces with them to lay on a couple of literary evenings in their flagship store This month the Dickens Book Club will read extracts from Bleak House and follow it with an after-hours discussion in the company of the exhibitions curator Alex Werner
London School of Economics

Alex Salmond talking about the future of Scotland

London School of Economics Join SNP leader Alex Salmond for a talk entitled Independence and Responsibility: the future of Scotland during which he will be laying out his vision for Scotlands future including his governments plans for a referendum on Scottish independence

Other London events during February

Imperial War Museum

War photographs by Don McCullin

to Imperial War Museum Don McCullin is recognised as one of Britains greatest war photographers Shaped By War is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work and includes over 200 of his finest photographs many which have not been seen in public
Natural History Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

to Natural History Museum The Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals the best images from the worlds most prestigious wildlife photography competition It includes all of the winners the runners-up and more than 100 prize-winning photographs
Queen’s Gallery

Antarctic photography from Scotts expedition

to Queen’s Gallery The Heart of the Great Alone is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scotts Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackletons visit in 1914 The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice
National Portrait Gallery

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011

to National Portrait Gallery The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography The National Portrait Gallery will be displaying the winner of the event alongside all the other entries
Royal Albert Hall

Cirque du Soleils Totem

to Royal Albert Hall Cirque du Soleil returns to the Royal Albert Hall with Totem mixing death-defying acrobatics with aerial stunts and dance moves Inspired by the evolution of mankind this spectacular show traces mans journey from the sea to his ultimate desire to fly
Mansion House

Charles Dickens Bicentenary Dinner

Mansion House The Charles Dickens Museum will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth with a special dinner at Mansion House The evening will start with a sherry reception followed by a three-course dinner and wines and coffee Dickens-themed entertainment will be led by the great Sir Patrick Stewart
Selfridges

Penguin Book Club - Oliver Twist

Selfridges The Penguin Book Club is a place where readers can get together and chat about classic novels for an hour or simply sit back and listen to the fascinating discussions Todays event will focus on Charles Dickens Oliver Twist
Somerset House

London Fashion Week at Somerset House

to Somerset House London Fashion Week is a showcase for the worlds greatest designers and emerging talent including Burberry Matthew Williamson Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood and more
British Library

Simon Callow talking about Charles Dickens

British Library Actor Simon Callow will be talking to Malcom Andrews about a rarely explored side of Charles Dickens As one of the very first celebrity authors Callows argues that his outut was driven as much by his performance and showmanship as it was towards his literary endeavour His readings in the UK and the States attracted thousands of fans and he even acted in plays for the public
London Olympia

Who Do You Think You Are? - Live

to London Olympia London Olympia will be hosting a live version of the popular TV show Who Do You Think You Are? If youve ever wondered what your ancestors did for a living where they lived and how they died then this show is the perfect place to start
Royal Festival Hall

Anton du Beke & Erin Boag - Lets Do It

Royal Festival Hall Britains favourite dance couple Anton du Beke and Erin Boag are returning to the stage with a fantastic new show -- Lets Do It The music will be provided by singer Lance Ellington and a live orchestra and they will be accompanied by some excellent guest dancers
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