to • Jazz CaféWith over 15 million albums sold, 2 Grammy awards won, and one of the most successful singles of all time with "I Try", Macy Gray's distinctive voice has won her a legion of fans. The release of her new album "Covered" sees Macy return to the UK with a performance at one of London's most intimate venues.
• O2 Academy BrixtonThere's nothing ironic about this... Alanis Morissette is playing a gig at the Brixton Academy. We haven't seen her too much in the UK since her hey-day, so this will be a rare chance to see the American star in action.
• Cadogan HallFelicity Kendal is one of Britain's best loved actresses, starring in popular shows like "The Good Life" and "Rosemary & Thyme". But has life been good to her? You can find out when journalist Rob McGibbon interviews her about her career on the stage and screen.
to • Royal Albert HallIt 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)". Catch Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons at the Royal Albert Hall in London, between the 26th and 27th June.
to • WimbledonThis 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.
to • Soho TheatreMicky Flanagan is coming to the Soho Theatre for a series of work in progress shows. Using his East End background and Cockney wit, Micky will tell a tale of his working class childhood, where alphabetti spaghetti was a luxury.
to • Ronnie Scott’sBest known for playing the saxophone, Curtis Stigers also has one of the most distinctive voices around. Now he's coming to London with his American band to showcase songs from his latest LP "Let's Go Out Tonight".
to • 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.
to • Globe TheatreThe 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.
to • National Portrait GalleryThe 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.
to • Tate BritainLondon 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.
to • Serpentine GalleryYoko Ono needs no introduction... as the wife of John Lennon she became the most famous muses around. But not many people have seen the artwork, films and performance pieces which originally made her name. This major exhibition will be her first London show for more than a decade. It will be made up of new and existing works, and Ono will present a selection of her best installations and films.
to • Old VicMichael 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.
to • Courtauld GalleryThe Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition called "Mantegna to Matisse", which showcases some of the greatest works from the gallery's collection. Artists on show will include Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Mantegna, to works by Rembrandt, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse.
to • Hayward GalleryThe "Invisible Art" exhibition will bring together works of art from the past 50 years that explore ideas related to the invisible and the hidden. Many of the works will seek to turn our attention towards the unwritten rules and conventions that shape our understanding of art, whilst other works will emphasize the important role that our imaginations must play.
to • Noël Coward Theatre"Gatz" is set in an everyday office where the bored workers happen upon a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby". They then proceed to read it aloud (word for word) as the story's characters swirl around them. You can catch the popular theatre show Gatz at the Noël Coward Theatre on Wed 27th June.
to • Globe TheatreThe Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's patriotic history play "Henry V". Set immediately before and after the events of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Shakespeare's masterful plot tells the story of Henry's campaign to reclaim his English possessions in Northern France.
to • Holland Park"Lucia di Lammermoor" is the most dramatic of all Donizetti's operas, and tells the story of a child-like bride tricked into a politically advantageous marriage by her abusive older brother. But then she falls for a Byronic outcast and her personality turns madly - and murderously - to love. See Lucia Di Lammermoor at the Holland Park on Wednesday 27th Jun 2012, when the classical opera comes to London.
to • Charles Dickens MuseumWalk the streets of London through the eyes of Charles Dickens and his characters. See the places where the Victorian novelist lived and worked, and where he conjured up scenes for his books. Listen to readings and his unfolding biography, as you take in some of the most evocative parts of the city, parts of which are largely unchanged from Dickens' time.
to • Trafalgar StudiosThe original writers of the classic TV series "Yes, Prime Minister" have reunited for a special 30th anniversary production which follows the PM as head of a coalition government. With the country is on the verge of financial meltdown there is just one way out. Will he ride the punches and bounce back unscathed?
to • Royal Academy of ArtsHave you ever dreamt of seeing your art up on the walls of one of London's major galleries? The Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new and recent work by established, unknown and emerging artists.
to • Fortnum & MasonNow 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.
to • Donmar WarehouseWhen another nurse is murdered in the world's most illustrious sanatorium, three men fall under suspicion -- Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Johann Wilhelm Mobius. But what are these great men doing here? And what have they got to hide? Durrenmatt's hilariously satirical masterpiece is set in the shadow of the atom bomb, at a time of unprecedented scientific advance.
to • Menier Chocolate FactoryThe Tony Award-winning comedy-drama "Torch Song Trilogy" tells the story of a drag queen's search for acceptance, encountering plenty of thrills, passion, love and loss along the way. Bursting with courage and quick wit, Arnold fights for his place in the world and his right to happiness.
to • Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre"Ragtime" is a poignant but ultimately triumphant musical which unites three families split by race and destiny. The timeless struggle between wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, and hope and despair, make this a theatre experience not to be missed. Ragtime will be playing in London on Wed 27th June, during its run at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
to • National Portrait Gallery"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.
to • Wyndham’s TheatreThe Wyndham's Theatre will be putting on a production of Mike Leigh's acclaimed play, "Abigail's Party". Set in the 1970s, "Abigail's Party" tells the tale of a friendly drinks party held by happy couple Beverly and Laurence. But as the alcohol flows tempers flare and the evening careers towards disaster...
to • Duke of York’s Theatre"Posh" is a searing take on the privileged upper classes. Meeting in an oak-panelled room in Oxford, ten young bloods with deep pockets are intent on restoring their right to rule. It may look like a wild night of debauchery, decadence and good wine... but this isn't a jolly. They're planning a revolution!
to • Kensington GardensCS 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.
to • Vaudeville TheatreJoe Orton's legendary comedy "What The Butler Saw" stars stand-up comic Omid Djalili as Doctor Rance. When Dr Prentice orders his new secretary to undress things really start to unravel, as he is interrupted by his wife, her blackmailing lover, a nosey government inspector and an equally nosey policeman. You can catch the popular theatre show What The Butler Saw at the Vaudeville Theatre on Wed 27th June.
to • Queen’s GalleryThe "Anatomy" exhibiton at the Queen's Gallery will explore Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human body. Long regarded as one of the greatest Renaissance artists, da Vinci was also a pioneer when it came to understanding the human anatomy.
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 • Savoy TheatreDanny DeVito and Richard Griffiths are The Sunshine Boys... but the legendary comedy kings haven't spoken to each other for years. When CBS enquire whether they will be re-united for a 'History of Comedy' show, their families struggle to even get them in the same room. Can this cantankerous old double-act overcome their differences for one last show? See the theatre show Sunshine Boys on Wednesday 27th Jun 2012, at the Savoy Theatre in London.
to • National Maritime MuseumThis year's Diamond Jubilee gave us a magnificent display of boats on the Thames, the likes of which we hadn't seen for two hundred years. This new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum will reveal what the royal river was like in years gone by, when it played host to the pomp and pageantry of the crown.
to • Saatchi GalleryForty artists are included, using a wide variety of styles and methods. You'll see everything from street portraits of everyday folk, to close-ups of ageing bodies and flamboyant eccentrics. You'll catch glimpses of interesting stories, without knowing what the story is -- like a man handcuffed to a pipe, and a child having his head wound dressed.
to • Harold Pinter TheatreThis double bill includes Terence Rattigan's "South Downs" alongside David Hare's specially commissioned companion piece, "The Browning Version". Both of the plays examine life in boarding schools. One is told through the eyes of a retiring master, whose sad personal life makes him act like a tyrant to the pupils, and the other takes the side of a boy.
to • Duchess TheatreDavid Edgar's critically acclaimed play marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The story is spread across an 80-year divide, and follows two men as they try and translate the word of God into English. For the first man, the work means certain death at the stake. But for the second, it could mean a promotion to archbishop...
to • Natural History MuseumYou might remember Gunther von Hagens' "Body Worlds" exhibition a few years back... "Animal Inside Out" is an animal version of that exhibit. It features more than 100 anatomical specimens from a tiny frog all the way up to an enormous 4-tonne elephant. The skins have been stripped away so you can see the intricate inner workings of everything from a hare and a goat, to a giraffe, octopus and ostrich.
to • Tate ModernDamien Hirst first came to attention in the 1980s and has gone on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This exciting exhibition will bring together key works from his first twenty years, including many of his iconic sculptures, medicine cabinets and spot and spin paintings.
to • Apollo TheatreDavid Suchet will be starring in Eugene O'Neill's great American play "Long Day's Journey Into Night". It tells the story of James Tyrone (Suchet), Mary and their sons, during a long hot summer's day.
to • Kensington PalaceKensington Palace will be showcasing a small exhibition of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales -- some of which will be on display in the UK for the very first time. The dresses will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, and will reflect some of the most memorable moments in Diana's life.
to • Novello TheatreThe 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.