Events in London – 17 June 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Sunday 17th June

Comedy Store
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Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence - Comedy Store

TV's Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart and Lee Simpson.
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Sunday 17 June, or one of London’s musicals

Noël Coward Theatre
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Gatz - F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby

"Gatz" is set in an everyday office where the bored workers happen upon a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". They then proceed to read it aloud (word for word) as the story's characters swirl around them.
Globe Theatre
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Shakespeares Henry V, at the Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's patriotic history play "Henry V". Set immediately before and after the events of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Shakespeare's masterful plot tells the story of Henry's campaign to reclaim his English possessions in Northern France.
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 17 June for one of these family events

Alexandra Palace
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Summer Funfair, at Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace will be hosting their annual Summer Fun Fair with plenty of rides, dodgems, traditional stalls with prizes and refreshments.
Kensington Gardens
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - Kensington Gardens

CS Lewis' "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is one of our best-loved children's tales, and Kensington Gardens will be hosting an enchanting theatrical experience when a specially created pavillion with 1480 seats and a circular stage will act as a doorway into the magical land of Narnia.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Sunday 17th June and see an exhibition

Courtauld Gallery
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Mantegna to Matisse exhibition - Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition called "Mantegna to Matisse", which showcases some of the greatest works from the gallery's collection. Artists on show will include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Mantegna, to works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse.
Hayward Gallery
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Invisible Art - at the Hayward Gallery

The "Invisible Art" exhibition will bring together works of art from the past 50 years that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. Many of the works will seek to turn our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art, whilst other works will emphasize the important role that our imaginations must play.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 17 June?

National Portrait Gallery
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The Queen: Art and Image

"The Queen: Art And Image" will bring together sixty images of Elizabeth II from throughout her reign, to show how the way she has been portrayed has changed down the decades. It will include formal portraits and photographs from the likes of Pietro Annigoni, Cecil Beaton, Lord Lichfield, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud.
Buckingham Palace
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Changing the Guard, at 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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 17 June

 
 

Classical music

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

Barbican Hall
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Sir Simon Rattle, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic

Sir Simon Rattle will be conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they perform Brahms' "Symphony No 3", Webern's "Six Pieces for Orchestra" and Schumann's "Symphony No 3 Rhenish".
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 17 June

National Gallery
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Titians Diana and Callisto

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.
British Museum
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See the London Olympic medals, at the 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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Sunday 17th June

Lord’s
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Twenty20 Cup - Middlesex v Sussex

If you fancy watching some fast-paced Twenty20 at the home of cricket then get yourself down to Lord's Cricket Ground for the Friend's Life T20 game between Middlesex and Sussex.
Fortnum & Mason
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Enjoy a picnic in the park, with a Fortnum & Mason hamper

Now that summer is upon us, how about enjoying a posh picnic in the park, courtesy of Fortnum & Mason. Not only will they supply a ready-made feast (complete with crockery and cutlery), but they can also deliver it straight to your picnic rug, as you sit and soak up the rays.
 
 
 
 
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