Talks in London Friday 13 April

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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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London13 AprilThe 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.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland — Royal Ballet13 April“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.

War photographs by Don McCullin13 AprilDon McCullin is recognised as one of Britain’s 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.

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.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits13 AprilThis 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.

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.

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.

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, with David Suchet13 AprilDavid 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.

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