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.
 

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“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.

“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.

“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…

Princess Diana’s dresses — Kensington Palace exhibition30 AprilKensington 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.

Out of Focus: Photography30 AprilForty artists are included, using a wide variety of styles and methods. You’ll see everything from street portraits of everyday folk, to close-ups of ageing bodies and flamboyant eccentrics. You’ll catch glimpses of interesting stories, without knowing what the story is — like a man handcuffed to a pipe, and a child having his head wound dressed.

“Educating Rita”, with Matthew Kelly and Claire Sweeney30 April“Educating Rita” is best known as a BAFTA award-winning film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine. It tells the story of Rita, a brash young hairdresser who has recently discovered the joys of English literature. Her unschooled reactions to the classics challenges the attitudes of university lecturer Frank.

“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.

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People30 AprilAs 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.

The King’s Speech30 AprilNow 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.

 
 
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