Theatre in London Friday 23 March

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Theatre in London on Fri 23rd March

Our guide to theatre shows in London on Friday 23 March 2012.

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Kings Speech at Wyndham’s Theatre, London
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The King’s Speech

to Wyndham’s Theatre Theatre show in London at the 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. See the theatre show Duchess Of Malfi on Friday 23rd Mar 2012, at the Old Vic in London.
 
Sweeney Todd at Adelphi Theatre, London
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“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton

to 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.
Being Shakespeare at Trafalgar Studios, London
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Simon Callow in “Being Shakespeare”

to Trafalgar Studios Back 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.
 
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.
Leisure Society at Trafalgar Studios, London
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“The Leisure Society”, at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios "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.
 
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? See the theatre show All New People on Friday 23rd Mar 2012, at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.
Hay Fever at Noël Coward Theatre, London
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Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

to Noël Coward Theatre London theatre show at the 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.
 
Midnight Tango at Aldwych Theatre, London
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“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre "Midnight Tango" was created by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace -- the same people who have been dazzling us with their sensual tango routines on TV's "Strictly Come Dancing". The show is set in downtown Buenos Aires and will take you on a journey through this intoxicating city.
Madness Of George Iii at Apollo Theatre, London
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The Madness of George III

to Apollo Theatre Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" is best-known as an award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It charts the true story of George III's mental health problems brought on by porphyria, which led to bouts of insanity.
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?
Comedy Of Errors at Olivier Theatre, London
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Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry

to Olivier Theatre In this version of William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors", the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.
 
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.
Legally Blonde at Savoy Theatre, London
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“Legally Blonde”, at the Savoy Theatre

to Savoy Theatre College cutie Elle Woods is riding high as the homecoming queen... but hits the ground with a bump when her boyfriend dumps her for someone serious. So Ellie does what all women do when they're depressed -- she hits the shops, and signs up for Harvard Law -- proving that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
 
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 23 March?

Yayoi Kusama exhibition23 MarchYayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons23 MarchThe Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch’s image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton23 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.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum23 MarchThe British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.

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.

Dino Snores — Sleep over at the Natural History Museum23 MarchHave you ever seen the movie “Night At The Museum”? Well… now’s your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called “Revenge of the Minibeasts”.

“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.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition23 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.

JLS — at the O2 Arena23 MarchJLS originally shot to fame during the X-Factor before becoming one of Britain’s most successful boy bands. Now they have announced a brand new “4th Dimension” arena tour for March and April 2012, taking in three nights at the O2 Arena.

 
 
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