Events in London – 4 April 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Wednesday 4th April

Leicester Square Theatre
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Alistair McGowan and Friends

TV impressionist Alistair McGowan will be performing for an eclectic night of comedy in aid of the Green Party. He will be joined by plenty of friends, including Scott Capurro, Ian Saville, Shelley Bridgman, Calen Harley, David Whitney, Abie Philbin Bownan's Eco Jihad and Karen Bailey.
Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Dave Gormans Powerpoint Presentation

After the tremendous success of his "Googlewhack" and "Are You Dave Gorman?" shows, Dave Gorman is back with his most exciting one yet... "Powerpoint Presentation". For this brand new show he will be teaming up with a projector screen to present a powerpoint presentation. Be warned that some bullet points will be used.
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Wednesday 4 April, or one of London’s musicals

Apollo Theatre
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Long Days Journey Into Night, with David Suchet

David 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.
Novello Theatre
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Noises Off, at the Novello Theatre

The 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.
 
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Wednesday 4th April and see an exhibition

Tate Modern
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Damien Hirst exhibition - Tate Modern

Damien 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.
National Gallery
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Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

J W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude's landscapes. Two of Turner's most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 4 April?

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.
Kensington Palace
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Princess Dianas dresses - Kensington Palace exhibition

Kensington 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.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 4 April

Imperial War Museum
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War photographs by Don McCullin

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.
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.
 

Sightseeing tours

Sightseeing buses, boat tours and guided walks on Wednesday 4th April

Dr. Johnson’s House
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Walk in the footsteps of Samuel Johnson

Follow in the footsteps of legendary London wit Samuel Johnson and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street where he lived. The tour will include Gough Square, Temple Church, Temple Bar and Fleet Street itself.
Charles Dickens Museum
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A walk around Charles Dickens London

Take a stroll around Victorian London with this Charles Dickens walk. Starting at the Charles Dickens Museum, you will be led through the city in the company of an expert guide, stopping off at various landmarks to hear readings from his novels, and learnall about the locations that Dickens frequented and enjoyed.
 

Classical music

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

Barbican Hall
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Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, performing Verdis Requiem

Valery Gergiev will be conducting the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Chorus at Barbican Hall in a performance of Verdi's "Requiem".
Cadogan Hall
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Weber, Rachmaninov and Brahms - Cadogan Hall

Join conductor Yuki Miyagi, pianist Kemal Gekic, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Weber, Rachmaninov and Brahms.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 4 April

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 Wednesday 4th April

Royal Geographical Society
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Sandi Toksvig: Discovering People

Author, presenter and comedienne Sandi Toksvig will be talking about her travels around the world, from growing up in the States to exploring Britain, for her stimulating weekly travel programme 'Excess Baggage'.
O2 Arena
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Diversity, at The O2

Dance group Diversity have announced their biggest UK tour to date which includes one extra special night at The O2. Since winning "Britain's Got Talent" in 2009, Diversity have performed in front of everyone from Her Majesty the Queen to the PM.
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.
 
 
 
 
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