Free events in London Monday 30 April

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Free events in London on Mon 30th April

Our guide to free events in London on Monday 30 April 2012.

 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

to 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.
 at National Gallery, London
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Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”

to National Gallery 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.
 
 at British Museum, London
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

to 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.
 at National Army Museum, London
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

to National Army Museum 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.
 

We don’t have any more free events, but how about these other events in London on 30 April?

“Making Noise Quietly” — Donmar Warehouse30 April“Making Noise Quietly” explores the shared bonds of suffering the develop in wartime. One story follows an artist and a conscientious objector, who share a tender moment in a meadow as the doodlebugs explode. In another, a bereaved mother shifts between bitterness and love, in recollecting her estranged son, lost in the Falklands.

“The Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic30 AprilThe Old Vic will be putting on a production of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy “The Duchess of Malfi”, which tells the black and bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess, struggling to retain her dignity in the face of death.

“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre30 AprilWhen Motl Mendl first sees the silent images on his dad’s cinematograph, he is entranced. With encouragement from his friend Anna, Motl leaves his little village and ends up as a famed film director. “Travelling Light” is a study of the Eastern European immigrants who rose to became major players in Hollywood’s golden age.

“Written on the Heart” — Duchess Theatre30 AprilDavid Edgar’s critically acclaimed play marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The story is spread across an 80-year divide, and follows two men as they try and translate the word of God into English. For the first man, the work means certain death at the stake. But for the second, it could mean a promotion to archbishop…

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”30 April“Hay Fever” is set in the country house of Judith Bliss – a recently retired star of the London stage. When members of the Bliss family start inviting a guest to stay the weekend, none of them tell the others that they’re inviting someone over… The comedy of bad manners star stars Lindsay Duncan.

South Downs / The Browning Version30 AprilThis double bill includes Terence Rattigan’s “South Downs” alongside David Hare’s specially commissioned companion piece, “The Browning Version”. Both of the plays examine life in boarding schools. One is told through the eyes of a retiring master, whose sad personal life makes him act like a tyrant to the pupils, and the other takes the side of a boy.

Rufus Wainwright, at the Lyceum Theatre30 AprilRufus Wainwright has been hailed by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and hails from a vert musical family — his parents are the folk-singing Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, whilst his sister Martha has found equal success in the pop charts.

Yayoi Kusama exhibition30 AprilYayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

“Noises Off”, at the Novello Theatre30 AprilThe 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.

 
 
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