Talks in London Friday 2 March

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Talks in London on Fri 2nd March

Our guide to talks in London on Friday 2 March 2012.

Zoe Wanamaker at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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TV actress Zoe Wanamaker

V&A Zoe Wanamaker has starred in everything from TV's "My Family" to a "Harry Potter" film and Arthur Miller's plays. Tonight she will be discussing her career with the Daily Telegraph's arts editor Sarah Crompton. The cost also includes a wine reception with the speaker.

We don’t have any more talks listed, but there are plenty more events on Friday 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.

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.

“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.

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton2 MarchMichael 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.

“The Ladykillers”, at the Gielgud Theatre2 MarchThe 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?

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton2 MarchCecil 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.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern2 MarchAlighiero 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.

“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.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam2 MarchHajj 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.


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