Events in London – 26 April 2014

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Saturday 26th April

SSE Arena Wembley
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Jeff Dunham, at Wembley Arena

When was the last time a ventriloquist packed out Wembley Arena? But American comedian Jeff Dunham is no ordinary ventriloquist -- he's one of the biggest comics in America. His signature characters include the grumpy old man Walter, the beer-swilling redneck Bubba, a spicy pepper from Mexico, and Peanut's own ventriloquist dummy - Little Jeff.
Cadogan Hall
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Joe Brown in concert - at Cadogan Hall

Joe Brown is an all-round entertainer who has worked as a singer, guitarist and TV performer for more than five decades -- he was even best mates with George Harrison. He was recently honoured with an MBE and Mojo's "Outstanding Contribution to Music" award. Joe will be joined by his five-piece band, and play a selection of musical styles including songs from "The Ukulele Album".

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Saturday 26 April, or one of London’s musicals

Wyndham’s Theatre
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Chekhovs Three Sisters

The Wyndham's is bringing Chekhov's "Three Sisters" to London, direct from Moscow's Moccobeta State Academic Theatre. Note: The play will be performed in Russian with English subtitles.
Globe Theatre
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Shakespeares Titus Andronicus

The Globe Theatre is putting on a production of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus". It tells the story of the general Titus, who returns to Rome with the Goth queen Tamora and her three sons. But when Titus sacrifices her eldest son and refuses the to take on the title of emperor, he initiates a terrible cycle of violence.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 26 April for one of these family events

London Palladium
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I Cant Sing - The X-Factor Musical

"I Can't Sing!" is the hilarious new musical based on the X-Factor, written by Harry Hill. Go behind the microphones at the biggest show on earth, and follow one girl's journey to the final round. This fantastic new musical features a whole host of deliriously funny songs bursting with Harry Hill's side-splitting silliness. The X-Factor's regular judges will also some in for some merciless mickey-taking.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Saturday 26th April and see an exhibition

Tate Modern
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Henri Matisse - The Cut-Outs

"Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs" is devoted to the artist's famous paper cut-outs made between 1943 and 1954. It will bring together around 120 different works in a groundbreaking reassessment of the final chapter of his fifty-year career. The exhibition will re-examins the methods and materials that Matisse must have used, and highlight the tensions between fine art and decoration; contemplation and utility; and drawing and colour.
Photographer’s Gallery
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Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2014

The annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, and photographers are encouraged to interpret 'portrait' in its widest sense.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 26 April?

Vaudeville Theatre
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Handbagged - about the Queen and Margaret Thatcher

"Handbagged" is a wickedly funny new play which tells the story of two iconic women — Liz and Maggie. One is destined to rule, the other is elected to lead. But when the Queen and Margaret Thatcher got behind closed doors, and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 26 April

The Blitz Party
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The Blitz Party

Dust off your old army uniform and get down to Shoreditch for a Blitz Party! Revellers will be able to dance to some of the East End's finest swing bands and DJs, including World War II-era hits from Glenn Miller and Dame Vera Lynne. Ration books will replace the menus, and old wartime films and black and white newsreels will be projected onto the walls.
National Portrait Gallery
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The Great War in Portraits

With the centenary of the First World War coming up this year, the National Portrait Gallery will be putting on a timely exhibition of "Great War Portraits". The exhibition will look at the different roles, experiences and destinies of those caught up in the conflict.

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Saturday 26th April

Old Royal Naval College
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Guided tour, around the Old Royal Naval College

Enjoy a 60-minute tour around the Old Royal Naval College, with one of their knowledgeable Yeoman guides. The historic buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s, as a refuge for old and injured sailors, but its rich history stretches back more than 500 hundred years to when Greenwich Palace was a home to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Classical music

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

Royal Festival Hall
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London Philharmonic - Beethoven and Tchaikovsky

Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Nikodijevic, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Royal Opera House
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Verdis La Traviata, at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House will be putting on a production of one of Verdi's best-loved operas, "La Traviata". It follows the story of Violetta who falls passionately in love with Alfredo and walks away from her happy life. But Violetta is ill and Alfredo's father disapproves of the match. Can their love overcome the obstacles? Or will their relationship end with the ultimate sacrifice?

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 26 April

National Gallery
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Van Goghs Sunflowers

"The Sunflowers" is a small exhibition which offers visitors the rare opportunity to see two of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflower" paintings side-by-side. One is owned by the National Gallery, and the other comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This will be the first time that they have been shown together for 65 years.

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Saturday 26th April

Photographer’s Gallery
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John Deakin, and the Lure of Soho

"John Deakin and the Lure of Soho" will explore the colourful characters and hidden corners of 1950/60s Soho, through the eyes of photographer John Deakin. Deakin is widely regarded as one of the Britain's best postwar photographers, and was renowned for his haunting street scenes, portraits and fashion work.
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