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 Show at the Wyndham’s Theatre London. 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? All New People will be in London on Friday March 23rd, during its run at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Hay Fever at Noël Coward Theatre, London
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Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

to Noël Coward Theatre Show at the Noël Coward Theatre London. "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?

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.

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.

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People23 MarchAs a former Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career, and provide an overview of his work so far. It will feature almost all of his major works, including his installations, photographs, videos, posters and banners.

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.

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.

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude23 MarchJ W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude’s landscapes. Two of Turner’s most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.

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.

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music23 MarchJoin Maria, the nuns, the dashing Captain and his gaggle of singing kids in Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a Julie Andrews inspired frenzy, and fancy dress is encouraged. There’s even a competition for the best-dressed nun/nazi/Von Trapp kid!

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel23 MarchThe Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson — two of the leading forces of abstract art. Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists, its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios.

 
 
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