Events in London – 26 March 2012

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Theatre shows

Watch a play on Monday 26 March, or one of London’s musicals

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.
Wyndham’s Theatre
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The Kings Speech

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.
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 26 March for one of these family events

SSE Arena Wembley
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Basketball legends… the Harlem Globetrotters

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition team that combine the best of basketball with a bit of athleticism, theater and comedy thrown in. This is no mere basketball game... it's an eye-popping piece of family entertainment that has been thrilling fans young and old for 84 years.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Monday 26th March and see an exhibition

National Gallery
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Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

J 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.
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.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 26 March?

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.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

Cecil 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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 26 March

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 Opera House
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Alices Adventures In Wonderland - Royal Ballet

"Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" brings Lewis Carroll's wonderful characters to life in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet, first performed at the Royal Opera House last season. The Royal Ballet takes on the cast of quirky characters -- everyone from the Mad Hatter and twitchy White Rabbit, to Alice and the Knave of Hearts.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 26 March

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 Monday 26th March

Eventim Apollo
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Bear Grylls - The Mud, Sweat & Tears Tour

Bear Grylls is the toughest guy on planet earth, able to live in the wilds with just his wits and a nail clipper for company. Now you can join him as he shares his survival tips and experiences on the "Mud, Sweat and Tears Tour". Learn about his life, his epic journey up Mount Everest, and what goes on behind the scenes of his hit TV show.
Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre
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Ideal Home Show 2012

The 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.
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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