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?

“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.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London30 AprilThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘David Copperfield’ will bring to life the author’s world.

“Animal Inside Out” — Natural History Museum30 AprilYou might remember Gunther von Hagens’ “Body Worlds” exhibition a few years back… “Animal Inside Out” is an animal version of that exhibit. It features more than 100 anatomical specimens from a tiny frog all the way up to an enormous 4-tonne elephant. The skins have been stripped away so you can see the intricate inner workings of everything from a hare and a goat, to a giraffe, octopus and ostrich.

Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov — Cadogan Hall30 AprilConductor Philip Winter will be leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Whitgift Orchestra, and the Whitgift and Coloma Choirs in a selection of classical works by Glinka, Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov.

Collaborators, at the National Theatre30 AprilThe Olivier Theatre will be putting on a production of “Collaborators”. Mikhail Bulgakov is living with Moscow’s dissidents, and constantly watched by the secret police. But his dreams of freedom may cost him his life when he’s commissioned to write a play to celebrate Stalin’s 60th birthday.

ABBA’s hit musical — “Mamma Mia!”30 April“Mamma Mia!” tells the tale of mum Donna recalling her wild-child youth on the eve of her daughter’s wedding. But when her daughter starts prodding for the identity of her dad, three men land on the Greek island paradise and rekindle memories that they first shared 20 years ago.

“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.

“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.

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.

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