Events in London – 6 April 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Friday 6th April

Leicester Square Theatre
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Phil Kay: Feral Will

Phil is your typical touchy feely, come off the stage cuddle you, lick your ear and whisper you a song type of comedian,combining topical comedy with sensical whimsy, song, story and dance in a freewheelin' show filled with laughs, short stories and philosophical ramblings.
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Friday 6 April, or one of London’s musicals

Apollo Theatre
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Long Days Journey Into Night, with David Suchet

David 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.
Novello Theatre
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Noises Off, at the Novello Theatre

The Novello Theatre will be putting on a production of Michael Frayn's side-splitting comedy, "Noises Off" -- hailed as one of the best British comedies ever written. The plot follows the backstage shenanigans of a theatre company as they stumble their way through rehearsals to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance.
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 6 April for one of these family events

Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

Hampstead 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.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Friday 6th April and see an exhibition

Natural History Museum
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Animal Inside Out - Natural History Museum

You 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.
Tate Modern
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Damien Hirst exhibition - Tate Modern

Damien 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.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 6 April?

Buckingham Palace
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

Strolling 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.
Kensington Palace
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Princess Dianas dresses - Kensington Palace exhibition

Kensington Palace will be showcasing a small exhibition of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales -- some of which will be on display in the UK for the very first time. The dresses will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, and will reflect some of the most memorable moments in Diana's life.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 6 April

Imperial War Museum
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War photographs by Don McCullin

Don McCullin is recognised as one of Britain's greatest war photographers. "Shaped By War" is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.
National Army Museum
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

This explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the "Commando" comic series. "Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics" will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.
 
 

Classical music

How about watching an opera, ballet, or listening to some classical music?

Royal Albert Hall
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Handels Messiah, on Good Friday

The Royal Choral Society will be giving a special Good Friday performance of Handel's "Messiah" at the Royal Albert Hall. This tradition has been in existence for more than 125 years, making the Royal Choral Society the world's most experienced choir at singing Handel's masterpiece.
London Coliseum
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Eifman Ballet, performing Tchaikovskys Onegin

Boris Eifman's retelling of "Onegin" fuses Tchaikovsky's classical score with Sitkovetsky's contemporary rock, and tells of the passion that Tatiana has for the charismatic Onegin, in a devastatingly poignant depiction of unrequited love.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 6 April

National Gallery
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Titians Diana and Callisto

This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
British Museum
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

The 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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Friday 6th April

Oval
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County Cricket - Surrey v Sussex

If you fancy catching a few innings of cricket then get yourself down to the Kai Oval for an LV County Championship game between Surrey and Sussex.
Queen’s Gallery
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Antarctic photography, from Scotts expedition

"The Heart of the Great Alone" is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott's Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton's visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.
 
 
 
 
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