Events in London – 25 March 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Sunday 25th March

Lyric Hammersmith
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Sean Hughes, at the Lyric Hammersmith

Sean Hughes will be headlining the Sunday night comedy slot at the Lyric Hammersmith alongside Stephen Grant, Ava Vidal and MC Richard Herring.
Comedy Store
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Marcus Brigstocke, at the Comedy Store

Marcus Brigstocke will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Ian Coppinger and Stephen Frost.

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Sunday 25 March, or one of London’s musicals

Novello Theatre
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Noises Off, at the Novello Theatre

The 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.
Trafalgar Studios
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Simon Callow in Being Shakespeare

Back by popular demand, Simon Callow will be reprising his celebration of the world's most famous playwright in "Being Shakespeare". This magnificent one-man show brings to life the Bard by interweaving his most popular plays into a "greatest hits" whole, populating it with his most loved and most reviled characters.

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 25 March for one of these family events

Alexandra Palace
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London Festival of Railway Modelling

Alexandra Palace welcomes the Festival of Railway Modelling -- London's leading railway modelling event suitable for modellers of all ages and experience. The show will include over 40 working layouts and exhibits from the leading manufacturers, selling everything from paint to trains and railway tracks.
Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

Hampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich -- it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don't even have to book.

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Sunday 25th March and see an exhibition

National Gallery
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Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

J W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude's landscapes. Two of Turner's most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.
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.

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 25 March?

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.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

Cecil 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.

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 25 March

Imperial War Museum
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War photographs by Don McCullin

Don McCullin is recognised as one of Britain's greatest war photographers. "Shaped By War" is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.
National Army Museum
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

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.

Classical music

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

Barbican Hall
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London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall

Join conductor Rafael Fr├╝hbeck de Burgos, pianist Yuja Wang and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they play a selection of classical works by Glinka, Bartok and Rimsky-Korsakov.
Royal Festival Hall
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Benjamin Brittens War Requiem

Join conductor Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem".

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 25 March

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 25th March

Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre
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Ideal Home Show 2012

The Ideal Home Show is now into its 104th year. The exhibition includes everything you ever wanted to know about refitting your home. There will be more than 800 exhibitors on display with goods for you to try and buy, and celebrity speakers will be one hand to give their tips.
Queen’s Gallery
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Antarctic photography, from Scotts expedition

"The Heart of the Great Alone" is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott's Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton's visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.
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