• Barbican HallJoin 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.
to • Royal Albert HallThis 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.
• Eventim ApolloThe 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 on Thursday 23rd Feb 2012 at the Eventim Apollo in London.
• Apsley HouseDiscover 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.
to • Hayward GalleryAs 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.
to • Courtauld GalleryThe 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.
to • Dorfman TheatreWhen 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?
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.
to • Wyndham’s TheatreJackie 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!"
to • London ColiseumOffenbach'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.
to • National Portrait GalleryThis 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.
to • Tate ModernYayoi 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.
to • British MuseumThe 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.
to • V&ACecil 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.
to • Royal Opera HouseThe 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?
to • Hayward GalleryDavid 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.
to • Buckingham PalaceStrolling 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.
to • BFI SouthbankBFI 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".
to • Trafalgar StudiosWhen 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. The theatre play Sex With A Stranger will be showing at the Trafalgar Studios in London on Thu 23rd February.
to • Cartoon MuseumThe 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.
to • Tate BritainCutting 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.
to • British MuseumHajj 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.
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. See the theatre show She Stoops To Conquer on Thursday 23rd Feb 2012, at the Olivier Theatre in London.
to • Royal Academy of ArtsThis 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.
• Science MuseumThe 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.
to • Lyttelton TheatreJuno 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.
to • Natural History MuseumCaptain 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.
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. Midnight Tango will be in London on Thursday February 23rd, during its run at the Aldwych Theatre.
to • Apollo TheatreAlan 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.
to • Lyttelton TheatreWhen 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. Travelling Light will be in London on Thursday February 23rd, during its run at the Lyttelton Theatre.
to • Museum of LondonThe 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.
to • Old VicThe Old Vic will be putting on a production of Michael Frayn's side-splitting backstage comedy, "Noises Off". See the theatre show Noises Off on Thursday 23rd Feb 2012, at the Old Vic in London.
to • Saatchi GalleryThe 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.
to • Olivier TheatreIn 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.
to • Menier Chocolate FactoryThis 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. Pippin will be playing at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on Thursday 23rd Feb 2012.
to • Adelphi TheatreAfter 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.
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.