Classical music in London Friday 2 March

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Classical music in London on Fri 2nd March

Our guide to classical music in London on Friday 2 March 2012.

Le Nozze Di Figaro at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” — Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House London classical music at the Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro". The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva, but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents...
Tales Of Hoffmann at London Coliseum, London
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“The Tales of Hoffmann”, at the London Coliseum

to London Coliseum Offenbach's operatic swansong "The Tales of Hoffmann" tells the story of a drunken poet, regaling the tales of his three great lost loves -- a mechanical doll, a sick young singer, and Giulietta - an Italian whore who stole his his soul. See Tales Of Hoffmann at the London Coliseum on Friday 2nd Mar 2012, when the classical opera comes to London.
 
Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to Royal Albert Hall This spectacular version of Verdi's "Aida" will be performed 'in the round' amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King's daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 2 March including:

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory2 MarchHampstead 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 Theatre2 March“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.

“The Leisure Society”, at Trafalgar Studios2 March“The Leisure Society” is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass. When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner, intending to dump him, they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow. The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery.

“Three Days In May”… with Warren Clarke2 March“Three Days in May” takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history. Newly installed as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britain’s only option is to fight on alone.

“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre2 March“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.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition2 MarchCaptain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

Spend an evening looking at the stars…2 MarchIf you’re a budding astromomer and looking for a truly memorable experience, then how about booking a spot on a session at the Royal Observatory? The ticket will include a planetarium show exploring the stars on show that night, and the opportunity to look through the 18-tonne Victorian telescope.

“The Pitmen Painters” — Duchess Theatre2 March“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.

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”2 March“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.

 

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