What’s on in London May 2014

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Whats on in London in May

See what events are on in London during May 2014.

Twelve Angry Men at Garrick Theatre, London
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“Twelve Angry Men” — with Martin Shaw

to Garrick Theatre Based on the much-loved 1950s movie and starring TV favourite Martin Shaw, "Twelve Angry Men" is still as hard-hitting and relevant today. One man's life hangs in the balance. Should he face the death sentence for murder? When twelve jurors convene in one claustrophobic room to decide, his fate seems certain... but then a single dissenting voice starts to examine the evidence.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Savoy Theatre, London
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

to Savoy Theatre Based on the hit movie starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" will transport you to the decadent underworld of the French Riviera, where two seasoned old swindlers attempt to con a rich heiress. But as the pair compete to see who has the better con, they discover that there is only room for one of them...
 
Relative Values at Harold Pinter Theatre, London
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“Relative Values” — Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin, Rory Bremner

to Harold Pinter Theatre Noel Coward's "Relative Values" is an uproarious culture clash between the glittering American world of Hollywood and the stiff upper lip of the English aristocracy. It is bad enough when the Earl announces that he is to marry a Hollywood film actress, but then the family discovers that her sister is none other than the Earl's mother's maid!
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Sensational Butterflies

to Natural History Museum Step into the Natural History Museum's outdoor butterfly house and meet some wriggly caterpillars, beautiful butterflies and majestic moths. You will also be able to explore the life cycle of these amazing insects, all the way from an egg and chrysalis, to the spectacular butterfly.
 
 at Queen’s Gallery, London
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The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy

to Queen’s Gallery When George I ascended the throne in 1714 he ushered in a silent revolution. As the first British monarch of the German House of Hanover, his arrival heralded one of the most dramatic periods of change in British political, intellectual and cultural life.
Uncle Vanya at Wyndham’s Theatre, London
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Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya”

to Wyndham’s Theatre The Wyndham's is bringing Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" to London, direct from Moscow's Moccobeta State Academic Theatre. Note: The play will be performed in Russian with English subtitles.
 
Titus Andronicus at Globe Theatre, London
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Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”

to Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre is putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus". It tells the story of the general Titus, who returns to Rome with the Goth queen Tamora and her three sons. But when Titus sacrifices her eldest son and refuses the to take on the title of emperor, he initiates a terrible cycle of violence.
Three Sisters at Wyndham’s Theatre, London
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Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”

to Wyndham’s Theatre The Wyndham's is bringing Chekhov's "Three Sisters" to London, direct from Moscow's Moccobeta State Academic Theatre. Note: The play will be performed in Russian with English subtitles.
Much Ado About Nothing at Globe Theatre, London
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Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”

to Globe Theatre The Globe Theatre is putting on a production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". "Much Ado About Nothing" is a wise-cracking comedy of love, honour and second chances. Claudio and Hero are due to be married soon, but the devious Prince looks set to thwart their nuptials. Meanwhile, reluctant lovers Beatrice and Benedick are unable to admit that they love each other. Can the Prince's plot finally bring them together?
Tim Key at Duchess Theatre, London
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Tim Key — Single White Slut

to Duchess Theatre Tim Key is back on stage with a brand new show — "Single White Slut". His show will be full of simple tales of love, verses, and talking. A lot of fairly grubby water has sloshed under his bridge of late, so he'll be churning that up as well. And there will also be some Indian poetry, beer, owls and maybe fairies.
 
1984 at Playhouse Theatre, London
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George Orwell’s “1984″

to Playhouse Theatre George Orwell's nightmarish vision of the future is coming to the Almeida Theatre. Winston Smith thinks a thought... but Big Brother is watching. Orwell's fiction is re-examined in a radical new staging which explores modern-day surveillance, and why his terrible vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. 1984 will be in London on May, during its run at the Playhouse Theatre.
David Baddiel at Menier Chocolate Factory, London
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David Baddiel — “Fame: Not The Musical”

to Menier Chocolate Factory David Baddiel's "Fame: Not The Musical" is his first proper stand-up show for 15 years. Our society is obsessed with fame, but who will talk honestly about what it's really like? ...David Baddiel will. The show is as much a thought-piece as a comedy act, with David presenting ideas and stories about fame, and our culture's love of celebrities.
 
 at National Gallery, London
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Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

to National Gallery The National Gallery's new exhibition will focus on Italian Renaissance works containing architecture, and will include works by artists such as Duccio, Botticelli and Crivelli. While many of the paintings reflect real architectural forms, others are deliberately fantastical, offering a suitable setting for biblical and mythological tales.
Mcalmont And Butler at Union Chapel, London
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McAlmont & Butler — Union Chapel

Union Chapel David Mcalmont and Bernard Butler haven't played together since they split in 2006. But now they're back for a one-off charity gig at the Union Chapel, to raise funds for the Bobath Centre in North London.
 
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Prokofiev

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia Voices and Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform Sergey Prokofiev's "Scythian Suite" and "Ivan the Terrible".
Andy Zaltzman at Southbank Centre, London
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Andy Zaltzman’s “Cricket vs The World” — Udderbelly Festival

Udderbelly Festival Andy Zaltzman is bringing his "Cricket vs The World" show to the London Udderbelly, after a successful stand-up tour of India. The show will be his take on the world of cricket and politics, and answer the perennial question: if the world ended by an Armageddon what would we miss more -- cricket or the rest of the world?
 
 at Somerset House, London
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Guided tour at Somerset House

Somerset House This guided tour at Somerset House will explore some of the Tudor intrigues and extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment. As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse, you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power.
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

to V&A This exhibition will look at 100 years of political posters, from the "Votes for Women" campaign of the early 20th-century right up to the more recent "Occupy" movement. Political activists have always used posters to educate and organise the masses. Simply making a poster is in itself a means of taking action, while for many the posters represent an important part of cultural output.
 
Billy Bragg at Eventim Apollo, London
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Billy Bragg — at the Hammersmith Apollo

Eventim Apollo Billy Bragg returned to the spotlight with his acclaimed album "Tooth & Nail" -- his first new studio album in five years. Now you can catch him when he plays the Hammersmith Apollo in May.
Roberta Flack at Indigo, London
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Roberta Flack, at the indigO2

Indigo Roberta Flack's big hits include the classic No.1 singles "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Killing Me Softly with His Song", and "Feel Like Makin' Love". Now she's back in London with one night at the indigO2.
 
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Symphonic Rock, at the Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Now in it's 10th glorious year, "Symphonic Rock" will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra blasting their way through a bombastic set of classic rock and pop anthems by the likes of Robbie Williams, Bon Jovi, Meat Loaf, U2, Queen, Led Zepplin and Eric Clapton. This year's show will include a special tribute to Coldplay, with big hits like "Viva La Vida", "Trouble" and "Fix You".
Alun Cochrane at Comedy Store, London
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Alun Cochrane, at the Comedy Store

to Comedy Store Join Alun Cochrane for "The Best in Stand-Up" at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Mick Ferry, Kerry Godliman, Paul Sinha and Dave Fulton. Stand-up comedian Alun Cochrane will be in London during May 2014, for a show at the Comedy Store.
 
Patrick Monahan at 99 Club, London
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Patrick Monahan, at the 99 Club

99 Club Patrick Monahan will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Tom Allen and Andrew Lawrence.
 at British Library, London
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Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK

to British Library The British Library's new exhibition features some of the biggest names in comic art,including Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison. The show will explore the full breadth of the medium, which stretches all the way back to the Victorian era and beyond. The issues under the microscope include politics, violence, sexuality and gender.
 
Pajama Game at Shaftesbury Theatre, London
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“Pajama Game” — Shaftesbury Theatre

to Shaftesbury Theatre The classic Broadway musical "The Pajama Game" is coming to the Shaftesbury Theatre, featuring hit songs "Hey There", "Once-A-Year Day", "There Once Was A Man" and "Steam Heat". Romance is in the air at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, as Superintendent Sid Sorokin falls head-over-heels in love with feisty Union rep Babe Williams. The musical Pajama Game will be on during May at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
Trevor Nelson at Jazz Café, London
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Trevor Nelson Presents… Soul Nation

Jazz Café Radio 2's Trevor Nelson has a monthly residency at the Jazz Cafe, on the first Friday of every month, playing an eclectic mix of timeless soul, jazz, funk, R&B and hip-hop, from the 1970s up until the present day.
 
Sound Of Music at Prince Charles Cinema, London
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Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music

Prince Charles Cinema Join 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!
 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London
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Free lunchtime concert, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square has a proud history of hosting some of London's best live classical music events. Some of their most popular events are the lunchtime concerts which they put on for free. They feature everything from solo pianists and violinists, to string quartets and vocal groups.
 
Le Nozze Di Figaro at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro" (The Marriage of Figaro). The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva... but the action soon sucks in the entire household.
Mcalmont And Butler at Islington Assembly Hall, London
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McAlmont & Bernard Butler

Islington Assembly Hall David Mcalmont and Bernard Butler haven't played together since they split in 2006. But now they're back for a one-off charity gig at the Islington Assembly Hall. Mcalmont And Butler will be performing a concert in London at the Islington Assembly Hall this May.
 
Hal Cruttenden at 99 Club, London
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Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club

99 Club Hal Cruttenden ('Live at the Apollo', 'Rob Brydon Show') will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Roisin Conaty and Brett Goldstein.
Boy With Tape On His Face at Union Chapel, London
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Live at the Chapel — The Boy With Tape On His Face

Union Chapel Live at the Chapel returns with another fantastic line-up headed by The Boy With Tape On His Face. This is your chance to see him in the Union Chapel's intimate surroundings alongside MC Doc Brown and John Kearns.
 
Thebans at London Coliseum, London
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Thebans — London Coliseum

to London Coliseum "Thebans" is Frank McGuinness and Julian Anderson's re-telling of Sophocles' timeless tragedy. It follows the fate of Oedipus and his daughter Antigone in a tale of murder, ambition, love and loyalty, hatred and revenge... which drive everyones to catastrophe. See a production of Thebans at the London Coliseum this May.
Alun Cochrane at Southbank Centre, London
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Best of the Comedy Store, at the Udderbelly Festival

Udderbelly Festival The Comedy Store is bringing some of its brightest stars to the Udderbelly Festival. Tonight's show will feature Kerry Godliman, Dave Fulton, Alun Cochrane and Paul Sinha.
 
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Neil Finn at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Neil Finn (from Crowded House)

Royal Festival Hall Neil Finn is best known as the frontman of Crowded House, but now you can hear him play some solo material at the Royal Festival Hall. This will follow the release of his new album "Dizzy Heights" in February.
Gyles Brandreth at Leicester Square Theatre, London
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Gyles Brandreth — Looking for Happiness

to Leicester Square Theatre TV celebrity and former MP Gyles Brandreth set out to find the secret of happiness and ended up in a psychiatrist's chair - with Dr Anthony Clare. What the great man taught him will provide the backbone of this unique one-man show that should make you laugh out loud -- and maybe change your life!
 
 at Alexandra Palace, London
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May Bank Holiday Funfair, at Alexandra Palace

to Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace will be holding their May Bank Holiday Funfair between the 3rd and 5th May, with plenty of children's rides, dodgems, and stalls with prizes and refreshments.
Paul Merton at Comedy Store, London
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Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store

Comedy Store TV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart. Paul Merton will be performing live at the Comedy Store in London in May 2014.
 
Grease at Prince Charles Cinema, London
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Sing-A-Long-A Grease

Prince Charles Cinema Join John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the greasy gang of bikers in Sing-A-Long-A Grease! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a highschool frenzy. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and full audience participation is essential!
Engelbert Humperdinck at London Palladium, London
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Engelbert Humperdinck, at the London Palladium

London Palladium Fresh from his exploits at the Eurovision Song Concert, Engelbert Humperdinck is back at the London Palladium for a night of classic tracks and songs from his most recent albums. Expect to hear favourites like "Please Release Me", "The Last Waltz", "Am I That Easy To Forget", "There Goes My Everything" and "A Man Without Love".
 
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Frozen Planet in concert

Royal Festival Hall If you enjoyed the BBC's "Frozen Planet" on TV, then you will love this special show which combines a live orchestral accompaniment with stunning HD footage from the BBC series.
Jack Dee at Soho Theatre, London
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Jack Dee’s Helpdesk

to Soho Theatre Have you got a problem? Do you need a sympathetic ear? Well fret not, because Jack Dee and his panel of experts are here to help. Career advice... relationships... how to tell your in-laws you no longer want them in your life... Come along and share all your troubles with Jack and have them ridiculed in front of a live audience.
 
 
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