Comedy in London Friday 13 April

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That’s it for the comedy gigs, but here are some more events on Friday 13 April in London:

“The Ladykillers”, at the Gielgud Theatre13 AprilThe 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?

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory13 AprilHampstead 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 don’t even have to book.

“The Recruiting Officer” — Donmar Warehouse13 April“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.

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People13 AprilAs 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.

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics13 AprilThis 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.

“Animal Inside Out” — Natural History Museum13 AprilYou 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.

County Cricket — Middlesex v Surrey13 AprilIf 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.

London Philharmonic, playing Mozart, Beethoven and Stravinsky13 AprilThree 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.

Princess Diana’s dresses — Kensington Palace exhibition13 AprilKensington 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.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton13 AprilCecil 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.

Buckingham Palace — Exclusive evening tour13 AprilThis 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.

“Absent Friends” at the Harold Pinter Theatre13 AprilAlan Ayckbourn’s classic black comedy “Absent Friends” will be one tea party that you’ll never forget… When Colin loses his fiancĂ©e, 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?

Mountbatten Festival of Music13 AprilJoin 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.

“The Pitmen Painters” — Duchess Theatre13 April“The Pitmen Painters” was written by the same guy as “Billy Elliot” — Lee Hall. It explores similar themes to that play, but this time it’s about a group of adult miners who enroll in an art course so they can express themselves in paint.

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