What’s on in London Thursday 23 February

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Whats on in London on Thu 23rd February

See what events are on in London on Thursday 23 February 2012.

 at Cadogan Hall, London
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Schumann, Haydn and Handel — London Chamber Orchestra

Cadogan Hall Join conductor Christopher Warren-Green and the London Chamber Orchestra and Soloists at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Schumann, Haydn and Handel.
 at Barbican Hall, London
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Tchaikovsky, Britten and Shostakovich

Barbican Hall Join conductor Valery Gergiev, violinist Sarah Chang and the London Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall, as they play a selection of classical works by Tchaikovsky, Britten and Shostakovich.
 
Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to Royal Albert Hall This 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.
Kaiser Chiefs at Eventim Apollo, London
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Kaiser Chiefs, at the Hammersmith Apollo

Eventim Apollo The Kaiser Chiefs have a tonne of goodtime songs in the back catalogue -- "Ruby", "Oh My God", "Everyday I Love You Less" and "I Predict A Riot" are just a few of their better known releases. You can hear them all, and songs from the latest LP, when they play the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in February. Kaiser Chiefs will be performing at the Eventim Apollo in London on Thursday February 23rd.
 
 at Apsley House, London
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Apsley House Twilight Tour

Apsley House Discover the fascinating history of Apsley House in one of our special Twilight Tours. With the curtains drawn and guided by torchlight, you will be able to enjoy the sumptuous interiors and stunning artworks as you have never seen them before.
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

to Hayward Gallery As a former Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career, and provide an overview of his work so far. It will feature almost all of his major works, including his installations, photographs, videos, posters and banners.
 
 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel

to Courtauld Gallery The 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.
Island at Dorfman Theatre, London
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“Island”, at the National Theatre

to Dorfman Theatre When 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?
 at Tate Britain, London
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“Picasso and Britain” exhibition

to Tate Britain "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.
Jackie Mason at Wyndham’s Theatre, London
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Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show

to Wyndham’s Theatre Jackie Mason is back in town with "Fearless" -- his farewell show in the UK. Jackie's politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, "If it's in the news, it's in the show!"
 
Tales Of Hoffmann at London Coliseum, London
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“The Tales of Hoffmann”, at the London Coliseum

to London Coliseum Offenbach's operatic swansong "The Tales of Hoffmann" tells the story of a drunken poet, regaling the tales of his three great lost loves -- a mechanical doll, a sick young singer, and Giulietta - an Italian whore who stole his his soul. Tales Of Hoffmann will be in London on Thursday February 23rd, for a run at the London Coliseum.
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Lucian Freud’s Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery This major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud's portraits -- a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud's lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.
 
 at Tate Modern, London
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Yayoi Kusama exhibition

to Tate Modern Yayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.
 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 Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

to V&A 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.
Don Giovanni at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni". As he charms, lies and fights his way through life, pursued by his victims and their angry relatives, Don Giovanni can't resist the urge for further conquests. But when will his luck finally run out? Catch Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House on Thursday February 23rd, when the opera comes in London.
 
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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David Shrigley: Brain Activity

to Hayward Gallery David 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.
 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 BFI Southbank, London
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David Lynch film season, at BFI Southbank

to BFI Southbank BFI Southbank will be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood's most talked about directors with a month-long retrospective of David Lynch's films. Films include "Blue Velvet", "Dune", "The Elephant Man", "Eraserhead", "Lost Highway" and "Wild At Heart".
Sex With A Stranger at Trafalgar Studios, London
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“Sex With A Stranger”, at Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios When Adam leaves his girlfriend at home to attend a mate's birthday, he dosn't anticipate meeting Grace and ending up back at her flat... "Sex With A Stranger" is an excruciatingly accurate exploration of the time of our lives when were still growing up, and is superbly frank (even graphic) when it comes to the subject of sex.
 
 at Cartoon Museum, London
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“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons

to Cartoon Museum The Cartoon Museum will be marking the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a special exhibition of portraits drawn during the last 60 years. Some are affectionate, some are teasing, and some are totally unflattering, but their combined might showcase how her image has changed down the decades, and explores how the monarch's image was taboo in cartoons even as late as the 1950s.
 at Tate Britain, London
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“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain

to Tate Britain Cutting through 500 years of history, the exhibition will include works by Lely, Kneller, Mondrian, Bomberg and more. It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work.
 
 at British Museum, London
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Hajj — Journey to the heart of Islam

to British Museum Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and every muslim must make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least one time in their lives. This major new exhibition will chart the history of this journey, exploring how pilgrims have tackled it through the centuries.
She Stoops To Conquer at Olivier Theatre, London
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“She Stoops to Conquer”, at the National Theatre

to Olivier Theatre "She Stoops To Conquer" tells the story of Hardcastle, who's trying to introduce his eligable daughter to his old friend's son. But his son is crippled with shyness when it comes to wooing the upper classes, and he is tricked into thinking his prospective father-in-law is an old innkeeper, and his daughter is a barmaid.
 
 at Royal Academy of Arts, London
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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

to Royal Academy of Arts This major new exhibition by David Hockney will span fifty years of his career, picking out the pieces which demonstrate Hockney's fascination with the depiction of landscape. The exhibition will also include some of his iPad drawings, and a series of films which were shot on 18 cameras.
 at Science Museum, London
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Stephen Hawking: A 70th birthday celebration

Science Museum The Science Museum will be celebrating Professor Stephen Hawking's 70th birthday with a small exhibition of objects and papers from his own archives. There will also be some specially recorded audio by Professor Hawking himself, and some photographs that span his life and career, many of them previously unseen.
 
Juno And The Paycock at Lyttelton Theatre, London
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Juno and the Paycock, at the National Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre Juno 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.
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition

to Natural History Museum Captain 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.
 
Midnight Tango at Aldwych Theatre, London
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“Midnight Tango”, at the Aldwych Theatre

to Aldwych Theatre "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.
Madness Of George Iii at Apollo Theatre, London
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The Madness of George III

to Apollo Theatre Alan Bennett's play "The Madness of George III" is best-known as an award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It charts the true story of George III's mental health problems brought on by porphyria, which led to bouts of insanity. The theatre play Madness Of George Iii will be showing on Thursday February 23rd, at the Apollo Theatre.
 
Travelling Light at Lyttelton Theatre, London
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“Travelling Light”, at the National Theatre

to Lyttelton Theatre When 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.
 at Museum of London, London
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“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London

to Museum of London The 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.
 
Noises Off at Old Vic, London
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Noises Off, at the Old Vic

to Old Vic The Old Vic will be putting on a production of Michael Frayn's side-splitting backstage comedy, "Noises Off". Noises Off will be in London on Thursday February 23rd, during its run at the Old Vic.
 at Saatchi Gallery, London
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Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany

to Saatchi Gallery The Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called "Gesamtkunstwerk". It will include pieces by Dirk Bell, Matti Braun, Andre Butzer, Max Frisinger, Thomas Helbig, Volker Hueller, Thomas Kiesewetter, Josephine Meckseper, Kirstine Roepstorff, Julian Rosefeldt, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.
 
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Comedy Of Errors at Olivier Theatre, London
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Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry

to Olivier Theatre In this version of William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors", the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.
Pippin at Menier Chocolate Factory, London
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“Pippin”, at the Menier Chocolate Factory

to Menier Chocolate Factory This 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.
 
One Man Two Guvnors at Adelphi Theatre, London
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“One Man, Two Guvnors” — Adelphi Theatre

to Adelphi Theatre After getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother -- who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited... with Rachel.
Three Days In May at Trafalgar Studios, London
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“Three Days In May”… with Warren Clarke

to Trafalgar Studios "Three Days in May" takes us behind the famous Downing Street door for three of the most pivotal days in British history. Newly installed as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill assembles the war cabinet and tries to persuade the appeasers that Britain's only option is to fight on alone. See the theatre show Three Days In May on Thursday 23rd Feb 2012, at the Trafalgar Studios in London.
 
 at Queen’s Gallery, London
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Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition

to Queen’s Gallery "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.
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

to Natural History Museum The Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition reveals the best images from the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition. It includes all of the winners, the runners-up and more than 100 prize-winning photographs.
 
Crazy For You at Novello Theatre, London
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George Gershwin’s “Crazy For You”

to Novello Theatre George Gershwin's smash-hit musical "Crazy for You" is packed full of classic songs including "I Got Rhythm", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Embraceable You" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It".
 at Imperial War Museum, London
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War photographs by Don McCullin

to Imperial War Museum 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.
 
 
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