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... Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be on in London this May, for a run at the Savoy Theatre.
 
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.
 
Privacy at Donmar Warehouse, London
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“Privacy” — Donmar Warehouse

to Donmar Warehouse "Privacy" explores how governments and big business gather up and use our personal information, and what that means for our security, our identity and our future. Provoked by the recent revelations of Edward Snowden, the play uses interviews with journalists, politicians and analysts to asks the audience directly: Is there really such a thing as privacy anymore?
Winters Tale at Royal Opera House, London
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Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House will be presenting the world premiere of a new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale". "The Winter's Tale" tells the story of Perdita, a lost princess who is raised by a shepherd. Her adventure brings her face-to-face with wild beasts, a magic statue, and an unexpected family reunion. But will she win the heart of her prince?
 
 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.
 at Photographer’s Gallery, London
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Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2014

to Photographer’s Gallery The annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, and photographers are encouraged to interpret 'portrait' in its widest sense.
 
 at Photographer’s Gallery, London
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John Deakin, and the Lure of Soho

to Photographer’s Gallery "John Deakin and the Lure of Soho" will explore the colourful characters and hidden corners of 1950/60s Soho, through the eyes of photographer John Deakin. Deakin is widely regarded as one of the Britain's best postwar photographers, and was renowned for his haunting street scenes, portraits and fashion work.
Sunny Afternoon at Hampstead Theatre, London
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“Sunny Afternoon” — with music by Ray Davies

to Hampstead Theatre "Sunny Afternoon" tells the extraordinary story of Ray Davies and The Kinks. Set against the back-drop of Britain and the Swinging Sixties, it explores the bands meteoric rise and agonising lows, when they were banned from playing America at the height of their career.
 
Silver Tassie at Lyttelton Theatre, London
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The Silver Tassie

to Lyttelton Theatre "The Silver Tassie" is a powerful, and rarely performed anti-war play that gives full expression to the horror of war with some acrid wit and dark vaudeville humour. It's Ireland, World War One, and Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory before grabbing his kit and heading for the trenches. Months later Harry returns, a cripple at their football club party.
 at Tate Modern, London
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Henri Matisse — The Cut-Outs

to Tate Modern "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" is devoted to the artist's famous paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954. It will bring together around 120 different works in a groundbreaking reassessment of the final chapter of his fifty-year career. The exhibition will re-examins the methods and materials that Matisse must have used, and highlight the tensions between fine art and decoration; contemplation and utility; and drawing and colour.
 
La Traviata at Royal Opera House, London
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Verdi’s “La Traviata”, at the Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of one of Verdi's best-loved operas, "La Traviata". It follows the story of Violetta who falls passionately in love with Alfredo and walks away from her happy life. But Violetta is ill and Alfredo's father disapproves of the match. Can their love overcome the obstacles? Or will their relationship end with the ultimate sacrifice?
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.
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. Mcalmont And Butler will be performing this May at the Union Chapel in 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. Alun Cochrane will be performing live at the Comedy Store in London in May 2014.
 
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.
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.
 
 
 
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