Free events in London Wednesday 4 April

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Free events in London on Wed 4th April

Our guide to free events in London on Wednesday 4 April 2012.

 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

to 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.
 at National Gallery, London
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Titian’s “Diana and Callisto”

to National Gallery 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.
 at British Museum, London
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

to 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.
 at National Army Museum, London
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

to National Army Museum 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.

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Verdi’s “Rigoletto” — Royal Opera House4 AprilOne of Verdi’s most popular operas, “Rigoletto” tells the tale of a hunchbacked court jester who dotes on his daughter Gilda in the colourful and corrupt world of 16th-century Mantua. But when the wealthy Duke of Mantua sets his sights on her, the course is set for tragedy.

Princess Diana’s dresses — Kensington Palace exhibition4 AprilKensington 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.

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany4 AprilThe 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.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons4 AprilThe 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.

War photographs by Don McCullin4 AprilDon 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.

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton4 AprilMichael Ball and Imelda Staunton will be starring in Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd”, which tells the tale of Sweeney Todd’s return to London after years of imprisonment. His quest for retribution takes in the local pie-shop owner, who’s meaty recipes aid him in avenging the wrongs done to him and his family.

The King’s Speech4 AprilNow an Oscar-winning movie, “The King’s Speech” tells the story of Bertie, aka the Duke Of York, who becomes King George VI upon his brother’s enforced abdication. While the country lumbers towards World War II the king struggles to overcome a speech impediment which threatens his broadcast to the nation.

“The Pitmen Painters” — Duchess Theatre4 April“The Pitmen Painters” was written by the same guy as “Billy Elliot” — Lee Hall. It explores similar themes to that play, but this time it’s about a group of adult miners who enroll in an art course so they can express themselves in paint.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture4 AprilThis 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.

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