Events in London – 27 February 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Monday 27th February

Wyndham’s Theatre
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Comedy legend Jackie Mason - his farewell UK show

Jackie Mason is back in town with "Fearless" -- his farewell show in the UK. Jackie's politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, "If it's in the news, it's in the show!"
BFI Southbank
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David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood's most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynch's films. Films include "Blue Velvet", "Dune", "The Elephant Man", "Eraserhead", "Lost Highway" and "Wild At Heart".
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Monday 27 February, or one of London’s musicals

Olivier Theatre
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She Stoops to Conquer, at the National 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.
Aldwych Theatre
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Midnight Tango, at the 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.
 
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Monday 27th February and see an exhibition

Hayward Gallery
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Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

As 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.
Courtauld Gallery
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Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel

The 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.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 27 February?

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.
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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 27 February

Trafalgar Studios
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Three Days In May… with Warren Clarke

"Three Days in May" takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history. Newly installed as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britain's only option is to fight on alone.
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.
 
 

Classical music

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

Royal Albert Hall
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Verdis Aida, performed in the round

This spectacular version of Verdi's "Aida" will be performed 'in the round' amongst the ruins of Ancient Egypt. The epic work explores the tragic love triangle between the Ethiopian slave girl Aida, the King's daughter Amneris, and the Captain of the Guard.
London Coliseum
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Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

Richard Strauss's Viennese comedy "Der Rosenkavalier" tells the tale of Octavian, who quickly loses his heart to Sophie when asked to deliver a rose on behalf of the elderly Baron Ochs.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 27 February

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.
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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Monday 27th February

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.
Natural History Museum
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

The Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals the best images from the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition. It includes all of the winners, the runners-up and more than 100 prize-winning photographs.
 
 
 
 
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