Talks in London Friday 23 March

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ABBA’s hit musical — “Mamma Mia!”23 March“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.

Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam23 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.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern23 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.

Lang Lang, playing the Beethoven Concerto Cycle23 MarchWorld reknowned pianist Lang Lang will be performing the first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London, alongside conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton23 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.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London23 MarchThe 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.

“Absent Friends” at the Harold Pinter Theatre23 MarchAlan Ayckbourn’s classic black comedy “Absent Friends” will be one tea party that you’ll never forget… When Colin loses his fiancĂ©e, 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?

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain23 MarchCutting 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.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition23 March“Picasso and Britain” will explore the artist’s lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso’s rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist’s impact on 20th-century modernism.

Ideal Home Show 201223 MarchThe Ideal Home Show is now into its 104th year. The exhibition includes everything you ever wanted to know about refitting your home. There will be more than 800 exhibitors on display with goods for you to try and buy, and celebrity speakers will be one hand to give their tips.

“The Recruiting Officer” — Donmar Warehouse23 March“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.

All New People23 March“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?

The King’s Speech23 MarchNow 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.

Simon Callow in “Being Shakespeare”23 MarchBack by popular demand, Simon Callow will be reprising his celebration of the world’s most famous playwright in “Being Shakespeare”. This magnificent one-man show brings to life the Bard by interweaving his most popular plays into a “greatest hits” whole, populating it with his most loved and most reviled characters.

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