Classical music in London Friday 2 March

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Le Nozze Di Figaro at Royal Opera House, London
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Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” — Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is putting on a production of Mozart's glorious comedy, "Le Nozze di Figaro". The plot revolves around Figaro's attempts to protect his love from the lusty looks of Count Almaviva, but the action soon sucks in the entire household and reveals its poignant undercurrents...
Tales Of Hoffmann at London Coliseum, London
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“The Tales of Hoffmann”, at the London Coliseum

to London Coliseum Offenbach's operatic swansong "The Tales of Hoffmann" tells the story of a drunken poet, regaling the tales of his three great lost loves -- a mechanical doll, a sick young singer, and Giulietta - an Italian whore who stole his his soul.
 
Aida at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Verdi’s “Aida”, performed ‘in the round’

to Royal Albert Hall 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.
 
 

That’s all of the classical music, but there are lots of other events taking place on 2 March including:

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition2 MarchCaptain 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.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London2 MarchThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘David Copperfield’ will bring to life the author’s world.

“Picasso and Britain” exhibition2 March“Picasso and Britain” will explore the artist’s lifelong connections with this country. The exhibition will consist of 150 works charting Picasso’s rise in Britain, tracing the ways in which his work was exhibited and collected here during his lifetime. It will also examine the artist’s impact on 20th-century modernism.

Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” — starring Lenny Henry2 MarchIn this version of William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”, the staging will be moved to a contemporary setting. In this witty merry-go-round of mistaken identity, much mayhem ensues when two sets of estranged twins find themselves wandering through the streets of the same town.

Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show2 MarchJackie Mason is back in town with “Fearless” — his farewell show in the UK. Jackie’s politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the ecomony and the US presidential race to the Olympics, David Cameron, and his hilarious take on every day life. As Jackie says, “If it’s in the news, it’s in the show!”

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton2 MarchMichael 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 Recruiting Officer” — Donmar Warehouse2 March“The Recruiting Officer” is an exploration of love, lustiness and victory — in battle and in the bedroom. Captain Plume is given the job of recuiting men for the King’s army, and tempts them with the promise of money, glory and adventure. But he’s also determined to win the heart of Sylvia — a wealthy heiress who can afford to put him to the test.

The Madness of George III2 MarchAlan Bennett’s play “The Madness of George III” is best-known as an award-winning film starring Nigel Hawthorne and Helen Mirren. It charts the true story of George III’s mental health problems brought on by porphyria, which led to bouts of insanity.

 
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