What’s on in London Friday 13 April

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Whats on in London on Fri 13th April

See what events are on in London on Friday 13 April 2012.

 at Barbican Hall, London
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BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Join conductor Nemme Jarvi, violinist Vadim Gluzman and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Tuur, Ciacon, Dvarionas and Sibelius.
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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London Philharmonic, playing Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky

Royal Festival Hall Three of the best young conducters will be leading pianist John Lill and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Mozart, Beethoven, Anderson and Stravinsky.
 
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Mountbatten Festival of Music

to Royal Albert Hall Join the Massed Bands of Her Majesty's Royal Marines at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, where they will perform a wide variety of music including traditional military marches, a classical overture and popular music from the stage and screen.
Middlesex at Lord’s, London
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County Cricket — Middlesex v Surrey

to Lord’s If you fancy catching a few innings at the home of cricket then get yourself down to Lord's Cricket Ground for an LV County Championship game between Middlesex and Surrey.
 
Ben E King at Jazz Café, London
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Legendary soul star, Ben E. King

to Jazz Café The legendary souls star Ben E. King is coming to London to 3 nights at the Jazz Cafe. As a member of The Drifters, Ben sang lead on classics like "Save The Last Dance" and "I Count The Tears". But it was when he split with the band in 1960 that he truly hit the heights. Songs like "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me" have become all-time classics.
Black T Shirt Collection at Dorfman Theatre, London
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“Black T-Shirt Collection”, at the National Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre "Black T-Shirt Collection" stars Inua Ellams as one of two foster brothers, trying to build up a global t-shirt brand. It follows their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, where they discover the consequences of success.
 
 at Serpentine Gallery, London
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Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition — Serpentine Gallery

to Serpentine Gallery Hans-Peter Feldmann made his name in the 1970s with his expansive and encyclopaedic photographic series, which linked his life-long hobby of collecting with his practice as an archivist of visual culture. This will be Feldmann's first solo show in a UK gallery since winning the 2010 Hugo Boss Prize.
An Instinct For Kindness at Trafalgar Studios, London
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“An Instinct For Kindness”, at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios "An Instinct For Kindness" is a difficult, but ultimately rewarding show which follows the experiences of Chris Larner. In November 2012 he accompanied his terminally ill partner to Switzerland, so she could end her life at 'Dignitas'. He returned home with an empty wheelchair, and a story to tell.
Moon On A Rainbow Shawl at Dorfman Theatre, London
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“Moon on a Rainbow Shawl”, at the National Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre Old Mack's noisy yard in Trinidad is a cacophony of calypso beats and hymn tunes, where neighbours drink, fight and pass judgment, all whilst trying to build a better life. But Ephraim is determined, and nothing is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a nw life in England -- not even the beautiful Rosa.
 at Natural History Museum, London
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“Animal Inside Out” — Natural History Museum

to Natural History Museum You might remember Gunther von Hagens' "Body Worlds" exhibition a few years back... "Animal Inside Out" is an animal version of that exhibit. It features more than 100 anatomical specimens from a tiny frog all the way up to an enormous 4-tonne elephant. The skins have been stripped away so you can see the intricate inner workings of everything from a hare and a goat, to a giraffe, octopus and ostrich.
 
 at Tate Modern, London
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Damien Hirst exhibition — Tate Modern

to Tate Modern Damien Hirst first came to attention in the 1980s and has gone on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This exciting exhibition will bring together key works from his first twenty years, including many of his iconic sculptures, medicine cabinets and spot and spin paintings.
Alices Adventures In Wonderland at Royal Opera House, London
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Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland — Royal Ballet

to Royal Opera House "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" brings Lewis Carroll's wonderful characters to life in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet, first performed at the Royal Opera House last season. The Royal Ballet takes on the cast of quirky characters -- everyone from the Mad Hatter and twitchy White Rabbit, to Alice and the Knave of Hearts.
 
Long Days Journey Into Night at Apollo Theatre, London
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“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, with David Suchet

to Apollo Theatre David Suchet will be starring in Eugene O'Neill's great American play "Long Day's Journey Into Night". It tells the story of James Tyrone (Suchet), Mary and their sons, during a long hot summer's day.
 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Buckingham Palace — Exclusive evening tour

to Buckingham Palace This Exclusive Evening Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the works of art on display. The tour takes place in the company of an expert guide and includes a copy of the official guidebook and glass of champagne served in the Bow Room.
 
 at Kensington Palace, London
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Princess Diana’s dresses — Kensington Palace exhibition

to Kensington Palace Kensington Palace will be showcasing a small exhibition of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales -- some of which will be on display in the UK for the very first time. The dresses will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, and will reflect some of the most memorable moments in Diana's life.
Noises Off at Novello Theatre, London
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“Noises Off”, at the Novello Theatre

to Novello Theatre The Novello Theatre will be putting on a production of Michael Frayn's side-splitting comedy, "Noises Off" -- hailed as one of the best British comedies ever written. The plot follows the backstage shenanigans of a theatre company as they stumble their way through rehearsals to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance. Noises Off will be playing in London on Friday 13th Apr, during its run at the Novello Theatre.
 
Kings Speech at Wyndham’s Theatre, London
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The King’s Speech

to Wyndham’s Theatre Now an Oscar-winning movie, "The King's Speech" tells the story of Bertie, aka the Duke Of York, who becomes King George VI upon his brother's enforced abdication. While the country lumbers towards World War II the king struggles to overcome a speech impediment which threatens his broadcast to the nation.
Duchess Of Malfi at Old Vic, London
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“The Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic

to Old Vic The Old Vic will be putting on a production of John Webster's Jacobean tragedy "The Duchess of Malfi", which tells the black and bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess, struggling to retain her dignity in the face of death. Duchess Of Malfi will be playing at the Old Vic in London on Friday 13th Apr.
 
 at National Gallery, London
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Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

to National Gallery J W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude's landscapes. Two of Turner's most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.
Sweeney Todd at Adelphi Theatre, London
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“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

to Adelphi Theatre Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton will be starring in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Sweeney Todd", which tells the tale of Sweeney Todd's return to London after years of imprisonment. His quest for retribution takes in the local pie-shop owner, who's meaty recipes aid him in avenging the wrongs done to him and his family.
 
 at National Gallery, London
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Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”

to National Gallery This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
 at Tate Modern, London
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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.
 
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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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.
All New People at Duke of York’s Theatre, London
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All New People

to Duke of York’s Theatre "All New People" tells the story of Charlie, who has retreated to Long Beach Island for the winter. With his life in a rut, his little hideaway escape plan is ruined a motley parade of misfits who turn up and darken the mood. What will a fireman, a beauty queen, and a Brit estate agent do cooped up in a beach house?
 
 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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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.
 at Tate Britain, London
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“Picasso and Britain” exhibition

to Tate Britain "Picasso and Britain" will explore the artist's lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso's rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist's impact on 20th-century modernism.
 
Hay Fever at Noël Coward Theatre, London
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Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

to Noël Coward Theatre "Hay Fever" is set in the country house of Judith Bliss - a recently retired star of the London stage. When members of the Bliss family start inviting a guest to stay the weekend, none of them tell the others that they're inviting someone over... The comedy of bad manners star stars Lindsay Duncan.
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Lucian Freud’s Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery This major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud's portraits -- a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud's lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.
 
 at Tate Modern, London
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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.
Recruiting Officer at Donmar Warehouse, London
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“The Recruiting Officer” — Donmar Warehouse

to Donmar Warehouse "The Recruiting Officer" is an exploration of love, lustiness and victory -- in battle and in the bedroom. Captain Plume is given the job of recuiting men for the King's army, and tempts them with the promise of money, glory and adventure. But he's also determined to win the heart of Sylvia -- a wealthy heiress who can afford to put him to the test. You can catch the popular theatre show Recruiting Officer at the Donmar Warehouse on Fri 13th April.
 
 at British Museum, London
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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.
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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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 Beaton's own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.
 
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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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.
 at Tate Britain, London
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“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.
 
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Absent Friends at Harold Pinter Theatre, London
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“Absent Friends” at the Harold Pinter Theatre

to Harold Pinter Theatre Alan Ayckbourn's classic black comedy "Absent Friends" will be one tea party that you'll never forget... When Colin loses his fiancée, his friends invite him round for a bit of cheering up. But when they start to pour the tea trouble bubbles up in the form of a wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely hidden hatred. Maybe it isn't just Colin that needs the help?
 at British Museum, London
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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.
 
She Stoops To Conquer at Olivier Theatre, London
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“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre

to Olivier Theatre "She Stoops To Conquer" tells the story of Hardcastle, who's trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend's 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.
Master Class at Vaudeville Theatre, London
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Tyne Daly in “Master Class” — about Maria Callas

to Vaudeville Theatre "Master Class" tells the story of iconic opera singer Maria Callas. Tyne Daley (of "Cagney and Lacey" fame) takes the role of the legendary diva, whose turbulent love life and fiery temperament led to much self-sacrifice and heartache. See the theatre show Master Class on Friday 13th Apr 2012, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London.
 
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition

to Natural History Museum Captain Robert Scott's expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition's of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott's base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.
 at Museum of London, London
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“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 author's world.
 
Ladykillers at Gielgud Theatre, London
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“The Ladykillers”, at the Gielgud Theatre

to Gielgud Theatre The classic Ealing comedy "The Ladykillers" is coming to the stage in a brand new adaption by Graham Linehan. Posing as a group of amateur musicians, a cunning gang of thieves rent a room in fiesty old Mrs Wilberforce's house. Can she defeat the five big, burly men before they do the dastardly deed?
 at Saatchi Gallery, London
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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.
 
 
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