to • Royal Albert Hall"West Side Story" is 50 years old! To celebrate this milestone the Royal Albert Hall will be showing the Oscar-winning movie on a big screen whilst Leonard Bernstein's electrifying score will be played live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
to • Holland ParkPietro Mascagni's "Zanetto" is a gorgeously scored miniature which tells of a meeting between a beautiful courtesan and a wandering minstrel, which leads to love, sacrifice and pain. The second-part of the double-bill is Puccini's one-act comedy "Gianni Schicchi" - the third and final part of his "Il trittico".
• Eventim ApolloEx-White Stripes frontman Jack White has gone solo, and will be performing his very first UK solo dates this summer, in support of his debut album "Blunderbuss". You can catch him when he plays the Hammersmith Apollo in June.
• Prince Charles CinemaBring your best white vest to the Prince Charles Cinema, as they're screening the first three "Die Hard" movies back-to-back! Can Bruce Willis single-handedly defeat a hundred terrorists in a skyscraper, a wintry airport and New York City (with a little help from Samuel Jackson)? Can he heck!
to • National Portrait GalleryThe BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and the 60 short-listed finalists will have their work on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
to • Pleasance TheatreIt's been ten long years since the star of "Jonathan Creek" and "QI" last tried stand-up, but after a hugely successful tour of Australia, Alan Davies is back on stage with a brand-new show: the cheerily titled "Life Is Pain".
to • Tate BritainLondon 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be on display at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival.
to • Regent’s ParkA Taste of London will boost a boutique food market and tasting menus from more than 40 of London's finest restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, Gauthier Soho, and the hot new Barbecoa and Corner Room. After you've had your fill, head to the Taste Theatre and learn some kitchen secrets from famous chefs like David Chang, Nuno Mendes and Michel Roux.
to • Serpentine GalleryYoko Ono needs no introduction... as the wife of John Lennon she became the most famous muses around. But not many people have seen the artwork, films and performance pieces which originally made her name. This major exhibition will be her first London show for more than a decade. It will be made up of new and existing works, and Ono will present a selection of her best installations and films.
to • Old VicMichael Frayn's "Democracy" is a stylish thriller based on real-life events. It takes place during the final months of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's term of office, and explores his suspicions that a Stasi spy has infiltrated his inner circle. As tensions mount, Brandt's precarious hold on his coalition government is pushed to the limits.
to • Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition called "Mantegna to Matisse", which showcases some of the greatest works from the gallery's collection. Artists on show will include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Mantegna, to works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse.
to • Hayward GalleryThe "Invisible Art" exhibition will bring together works of art from the past 50 years that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. Many of the works will seek to turn our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art, whilst other works will emphasize the important role that our imaginations must play.
to • Noël Coward Theatre"Gatz" is set in an everyday office where the bored workers happen upon a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". They then proceed to read it aloud (word for word) as the story's characters swirl around them.
to • Globe TheatreThe Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's patriotic history play "Henry V". Set immediately before and after the events of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Shakespeare's masterful plot tells the story of Henry's campaign to reclaim his English possessions in Northern France. You can catch the popular theatre show Henry V at the Globe Theatre on Fri 22nd June.
to • Trafalgar StudiosThe original writers of the classic TV series "Yes, Prime Minister" have reunited for a special 30th anniversary production which follows the PM as head of a coalition government. With the country is on the verge of financial meltdown there is just one way out. Will he ride the punches and bounce back unscathed? Yes Prime Minister will be playing in London on Friday 22nd Jun, during its run at the Trafalgar Studios.
to • Royal Academy of ArtsHave you ever dreamt of seeing your art up on the walls of one of London's major galleries? The Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new and recent work by established, unknown and emerging artists.
to • Fortnum & MasonNow that summer is upon us, how about enjoying a posh picnic in the park, courtesy of Fortnum & Mason. Not only will they supply a ready-made feast (complete with crockery and cutlery), but they can also deliver it straight to your picnic rug, as you sit and soak up the rays.
to • London ZooHave a wild night out at London Zoo -- after hours! Grab yourself a drink from the Penguin Beach Bar and enjoy the silent disco, twisted cabaret, and improvised comedy in the aquarium. You can grab a bite to eat from the BBQ, and pre-order a special picnic for you and your buddies.
to • Donmar WarehouseWhen another nurse is murdered in the world's most illustrious sanatorium, three men fall under suspicion -- Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Johann Wilhelm Mobius. But what are these great men doing here? And what have they got to hide? Durrenmatt's hilariously satirical masterpiece is set in the shadow of the atom bomb, at a time of unprecedented scientific advance. The Physicists will be in London on Friday June 22nd, during its run at the Donmar Warehouse.
to • Menier Chocolate FactoryThe Tony Award-winning comedy-drama "Torch Song Trilogy" tells the story of a drag queen's search for acceptance, encountering plenty of thrills, passion, love and loss along the way. Bursting with courage and quick wit, Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness. Torch Song Trilogy will be playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on Friday 22nd Jun.
to • Trafalgar StudiosIn a London ravaged by riots, brothers Elliot and Darren organise sinister 'parties' to realise their clients' darkest fantasies. But as they busy themselves preparing for the next guest, they realise that the next party will guarantee not just their safety, but their salvation.
to • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre"Ragtime" is a poignant but ultimately triumphant musical which unites three families split by race and destiny. The timeless struggle between wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, and hope and despair, make this a theatre experience not to be missed.
to • National Portrait Gallery"The Queen: Art And Image" will bring together sixty images of Elizabeth II from throughout her reign, to show how the way she has been portrayed has changed down the decades. It will include formal portraits and photographs from the likes of Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud.
to • Wyndham’s TheatreThe Wyndham's Theatre will be putting on a production of Mike Leigh's acclaimed play, "Abigail's Party". Set in the 1970s, "Abigail's Party" tells the tale of a friendly drinks party held by happy couple Beverly and Laurence. But as the alcohol flows tempers flare and the evening careers towards disaster... Abigails Party will be playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London on Friday 22nd Jun.
to • Duke of York’s Theatre"Posh" is a searing take on the privileged upper classes. Meeting in an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with deep pockets are intent on restoring their right to rule. It may look like a wild night of debauchery, decadence and good wine... but this isn't a jolly. They're planning a revolution! Posh will be playing in London on Friday 22nd Jun, during its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
to • Kensington GardensCS Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is one of our best-loved children's tales, and Kensington Gardens will be hosting an enchanting theatrical experience when a specially created pavillion with 1480 seats and a circular stage will act as a doorway into the magical land of Narnia. The theatre play The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe will be showing on Friday June 22nd, at the Kensington Gardens.
to • Vaudeville TheatreJoe Orton's legendary comedy "What The Butler Saw" stars stand-up comic Omid Djalili as Doctor Rance. When Dr Prentice orders his new secretary to undress things really start to unravel, as he is interrupted by his wife, her blackmailing lover, a nosey government inspector and an equally nosey policeman.
to • Queen’s GalleryThe "Anatomy" exhibiton at the Queen's Gallery will explore Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human body. Long regarded as one of the greatest Renaissance artists, da Vinci was also a pioneer when it came to understanding the human anatomy.
to • Buckingham PalaceStrolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the "Changing of the Guard" is one of the must-do events in everyone's itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.
to • Olivier TheatreThe Olivier Theatre will be putting on a production of "Collaborators". Mikhail Bulgakov is living with Moscow's dissidents, and constantly watched by the secret police. But his dreams of freedom may cost him his life when he's commissioned to write a play to celebrate Stalin's 60th birthday.
to • Savoy TheatreDanny DeVito and Richard Griffiths are The Sunshine Boys... but the legendary comedy kings haven't spoken to each other for years. When CBS enquire whether they will be re-united for a 'History of Comedy' show, their families struggle to even get them in the same room. Can this cantankerous old double-act overcome their differences for one last show? Sunshine Boys will be in London on Friday June 22nd, during its run at the Savoy Theatre.
to • National Maritime MuseumThis year's Diamond Jubilee gave us a magnificent display of boats on the Thames, the likes of which we hadn't seen for two hundred years. This new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum will reveal what the royal river was like in years gone by, when it played host to the pomp and pageantry of the crown.
to • Saatchi GalleryForty artists are included, using a wide variety of styles and methods. You'll see everything from street portraits of everyday folk, to close-ups of ageing bodies and flamboyant eccentrics. You'll catch glimpses of interesting stories, without knowing what the story is -- like a man handcuffed to a pipe, and a child having his head wound dressed.
to • Harold Pinter TheatreThis double bill includes Terence Rattigan's "South Downs" alongside David Hare's specially commissioned companion piece, "The Browning Version". Both of the plays examine life in boarding schools. One is told through the eyes of a retiring master, whose sad personal life makes him act like a tyrant to the pupils, and the other takes the side of a boy.
to • Duchess TheatreDavid Edgar's critically acclaimed play marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The story is spread across an 80-year divide, and follows two men as they try and translate the word of God into English. For the first man, the work means certain death at the stake. But for the second, it could mean a promotion to archbishop...
to • Natural History MuseumYou might remember Gunther von Hagens' "Body Worlds" exhibition a few years back... "Animal Inside Out" is an animal version of that exhibit. It features more than 100 anatomical specimens from a tiny frog all the way up to an enormous 4-tonne elephant. The skins have been stripped away so you can see the intricate inner workings of everything from a hare and a goat, to a giraffe, octopus and ostrich.
to • Tate ModernDamien Hirst first came to attention in the 1980s and has gone on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This exciting exhibition will bring together key works from his first twenty years, including many of his iconic sculptures, medicine cabinets and spot and spin paintings.
to • Apollo TheatreDavid 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.