Talks in London Friday 13 April

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ABBA’s hit musical — “Mamma Mia!”13 April“Mamma Mia!” tells the tale of mum Donna recalling her wild-child youth on the eve of her daughter’s wedding. But when her daughter starts prodding for the identity of her dad, three men land on the Greek island paradise and rekindle memories that they first shared 20 years ago.

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain13 AprilCutting through 500 years of history, the exhibition will include works by Lely, Kneller, Mondrian, Bomberg and more. It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work.

“Animal Inside Out” — Natural History Museum13 AprilYou 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.

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton13 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.

Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition13 April“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.

“The Pitmen Painters” — Duchess Theatre13 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.

“The Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic13 AprilThe Old Vic will be putting on a production of John Webster’s Jacobean tragedy “The Duchess of Malfi”, which tells the black and bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess, struggling to retain her dignity in the face of death.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern13 AprilAlighiero 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.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition13 AprilCaptain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

“The Ladykillers”, at the Gielgud Theatre13 AprilThe classic Ealing comedy “The Ladykillers” is coming to the stage in a brand new adaption by Graham Linehan. Posing as a group of amateur musicians, a cunning gang of thieves rent a room in fiesty old Mrs Wilberforce’s house. Can she defeat the five big, burly men before they do the dastardly deed?

See the stars at Hampstead Observatory13 AprilHampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich — it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don’t even have to book.

Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics13 AprilThis 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.

“An Instinct For Kindness”, at Trafalgar Studios13 April“An Instinct For Kindness” is a difficult, but ultimately rewarding show which follows the experiences of Chris Larner. In November 2012 he accompanied his terminally ill partner to Switzerland, so she could end her life at ‘Dignitas’. He returned home with an empty wheelchair, and a story to tell.

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude13 AprilJ 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.

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