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:

Legendary soul star, Ben E. King13 AprilThe 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.

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.

“Blood Brothers”, at the Phoenix Theatre13 April“Blood Brothers” has been packing them into the West End for two decades now. It tells the story of a single mum who is forced to give away one of her new-born twin sons after she can’t afford to keep him. Despite growing up on opposite side of the tracks their lives become hopelessly enmeshed, and ultimately end in tragedy.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition13 April“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.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition13 AprilYayoi 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.

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.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern13 AprilAlighiero 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.

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.

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.

“An Instinct For Kindness”, at Trafalgar Studios13 April“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.

“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre13 April“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.

ABBA’s hit musical — “Mamma Mia!”13 April“Mamma Mia!” tells the tale of mum Donna recalling her wild-child youth on the eve of her daughter’s wedding. But when her daughter starts prodding for the identity of her dad, three men land on the Greek island paradise and rekindle memories that they first shared 20 years ago.

“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 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?

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.

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