Events in London – 28 February 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Tuesday 28th February

Comedy Store
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See Andy Parsons, at the Comedy Store

Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Store's "Cutting Edge". Other comedians on the bill include Alistair Barrie, Roger Monkhouse, Mick Ferry, Hal Cruttenden and Mitch Benn.
Royal Festival Hall
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Randy Newman, at the Royal Festival Hall

Randy Newman's 2012 tour is coming to the UK at the same time as his new release "Randy Newman: Live in London". This will be his only date in the capital, and shouldn't be missed!
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Tuesday 28 February, or one of London’s musicals

Trafalgar Studios
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The Leisure Society, at Trafalgar Studios

"The Leisure Society" is a fantastically offensive comedy with absolutely no moral compass. When a well-heeled couple invite their friend over for dinner, intending to dump him, they are surprised to find that he turns up with a stunning new beau in tow. The dinner party then descends into a drunken row of revelation and debauchery.
Olivier Theatre
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She Stoops to Conquer, at the National 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.
 
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Tuesday 28th February and see an exhibition

Tate Modern
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Alighiero Boetti exhibition - Tate Modern

Alighiero Boetti was one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th-century. As a key member of the Arte Povera group he sought radical new ways to use simple materials like stamps, pens and magazine covers. Later on he travelled to places like Ethiopia and Afghanistan and created some wonderful embroideries.
Hayward Gallery
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Jeremy Deller: Joy In People

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.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 28 February?

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.
British Museum
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Hajj - Journey to the heart of Islam

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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 28 February

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.
Trafalgar Studios
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Three Days In May… with Warren Clarke

"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.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Tuesday 28th February

 

Classical music

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

Cadogan Hall
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Tchaikovsky and Brahms - Cadogan Hall

Join conductor Alessandro Fabrizi, violinist Yoon-Hee Kim and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
Royal Albert Hall
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Verdis Aida, performed in the round

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.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 28 February

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.
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.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Tuesday 28th February

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.
Natural History Museum
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011

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.
 
 
 
 
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