Theatre in London Friday 13 April

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Theatre in London on Fri 13th April

Our guide to theatre shows in London on Friday 13 April 2012.

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Black T Shirt Collection at Dorfman Theatre, London
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“Black T-Shirt Collection”, at the National Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre London theatre show at the 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.
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. The theatre play An Instinct For Kindness will be showing at the Trafalgar Studios in London on Fri 13th April.
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.
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.
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.
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 in London on Friday April 13th, during its run at the Old Vic.
Sweeney Todd at Adelphi Theatre, London
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“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

to Adelphi Theatre Theatre show in London at the 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
Pitmen Painters at Duchess Theatre, London
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“The Pitmen Painters” — Duchess Theatre

to Duchess Theatre "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.
Mamma Mia at Prince of Wales Theatre, London
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ABBA’s hit musical — “Mamma Mia!”

to Prince of Wales Theatre "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.
Blood Brothers at Phoenix Theatre, London
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“Blood Brothers”, at the Phoenix Theatre

to Phoenix Theatre "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.

We don’t have any more theatre shows, but how about these other things to do on 13 April?

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.

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.

Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition — Serpentine Gallery13 AprilHans-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.

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.

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.

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel13 AprilThe 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.

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.

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain13 AprilCutting 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.

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.

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