Events in London – 26 June 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Tuesday 26th June

Royal Albert Hall
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Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

It might have been 18 years since Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons last played a concert in the UK, but thanks to the smash-hit musical "Jersey Boys" it seems like they've never been away. This eagerly awaited return will give fans a chance to hear songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Walk Like A Man" and "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)".
Pleasance Theatre
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Mark Watson - Edinburgh Preview

Mark Watson's face is finally getting noticed on the telly with stints on "Never Mind The Buzzcocks", "Have I Got News For You" and "Mock The Week". In fact, he's getting so well known that recently someone successfully posed as him and took all his money. It made him think about the power of the Internet, his identity, and how he can stop crime forever...
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Tuesday 26 June, or one of London’s musicals

Trafalgar Studios
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Chicken, at Trafalgar Studios

"Chicken" is a gritty play set in the Bronx. It follows two childhood pals, Wendall and Floyd, as they train a sickly rooster for an illegal cockfight. As the dysfunctional friends scrabble and strut like cocks themselves, this acutely observed play explores what it's like to be the underclass in a modern city.
Globe Theatre
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The Taming of the Shrew, at the Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's outrageous comedy "The Taming of the Shrew". The play follows two wealthy sisters as they search for a husband. Bianca is modest and kind, and has no trouble attracting a string of enviable suitors, but Katherina is wild and shrewish and the only man who wants to know is the gold-digging Petruchio.
 

Family & Kid’s events

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

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 Tuesday 26th June and see an exhibition

National Portrait Gallery
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BP Portrait Award 2012

The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and the 60 short-listed finalists will have their work on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
Tate Britain
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London Olympic and Paralympic Games posters

London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create the official posters for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. This will be on display at Tate Britain as part of the London 2012 Festival.
 

Royal & Religious

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

Old Vic
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Democracy - at the Old Vic

Michael Frayn's "Democracy" is a stylish thriller based on real-life events. It takes place during the final months of West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's term of office, and explores his suspicions that a Stasi spy has infiltrated his inner circle. As tensions mount, Brandt's precarious hold on his coalition government is pushed to the limits.
Mansion House
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Guided tour of Mansion House

Learn about the history of Mansion House, and how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors. The tour includes many of the public rooms, as well as the Harold Samuel Collection -- a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by masters like Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes, and Jacob Ruisdael.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Tuesday 26th June

 

Classical music

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

St. Paul’s Cathedral
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Sir Colin Davis playing Berliozs Requiem - St. Pauls Cathedral

Sir Colin Davis will be leading the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Berlioz's monumental "Requiem". This is your chance to hear one of Britain's finest conductors lead 200 musicians in the refined surroundings of St. Paul's Cathedral, with its cavernous acoustics.
Holland Park
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Double bill - Mascagnis Zanetto and Puccinis Gianni Schicchi

Pietro Mascagni's "Zanetto" is a gorgeously scored miniature which tells of a meeting between a beautiful courtesan and a wandering minstrel, which leads to love, sacrifice and pain. The second-part of the double-bill is Puccini's one-act comedy "Gianni Schicchi" - the third and final part of his "Il trittico".
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 26 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 Tuesday 26th June

Wimbledon
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Wimbledon Tennis Championships

This is the year... Can Andy Murray finally end 75 years of misery and become the first British player to walk away with the Wimbledon tennis title? Over half a million spectators will attend the All England Club to find out, and since there are only 500 tickets for the centre courts available, you will have to turn up seriously early to be certain of bagging a seat.
Southbank Centre
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E4 Udderbelly: Howard Marks

Howard Marks' outspoken wit and liberal opinions -- not to mention his murky past as a drug smuggler, has made him something of an icon in the world of literature. His live shows frequently see him discussing his job as a drug smuggler, where he offers his outspoken views on drug use and legalisation.
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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