Talks in London Friday 13 April

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“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.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam13 AprilHajj 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.

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.

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude13 AprilJ 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.

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.

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.

“The Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic13 AprilThe 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.

BBC Symphony Orchestra, at Barbican Hall13 AprilJoin 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.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity13 AprilDavid 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.

“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.

“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.

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany13 AprilThe 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.

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.

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.

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