Outdoor events in London Saturday 25 February

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That’s all the outdoor events, but there are plenty more days out on Saturday 25 February including:

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics25 FebruaryThis 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.

Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’25 FebruaryThis 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.

“Pippin”, at the Menier Chocolate Factory25 FebruaryThis darkly enjoyable musical tells the tale of “Pippin”, the heir to the throne of Charlemagne, who sets out on a quest of self-discovery only to bump up against the uncertain worlds of love, war, politics and religion.

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, at Barbican Hall25 FebruaryJoin conductor and pianist Murray Perahia and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Barbican Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Ries, Beethoven and Schubert.

“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre25 February“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.

Juno and the Paycock, at the National Theatre25 FebruaryJuno is struggling to cajole Jack back into work as he spends his time drinking with his sidekick. Their son is crippled after fighting for the IRA, and their daughter has joined a union and gone on strike. “Juno and the Paycock” offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition25 FebruaryCaptain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace25 FebruaryStrolling 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.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London25 FebruaryThe 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.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition25 February“Picasso and Britain” will explore the artist’s lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso’s rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist’s impact on 20th-century modernism.

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel25 FebruaryThe 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.

Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton25 FebruaryCecil 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.

“Island”, at the National Theatre25 FebruaryWhen Cameron is told he is going to spend his holidays on an island in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, where the skies flash with ice storms, he isn’t very happy. Cut off from all his friends, Cameron can either help his mum with her research, or put on his boots and explore. But is the island really uninhabited?

David Shrigley: Brain Activity25 FebruaryDavid Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life. He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. This exhibition will be his first major show in London.

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