Talks in London Friday 23 March

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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory23 MarchHampstead 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.

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel23 MarchThe Courtauld Gallery is putting on a special exhibition which follows the friendship that developed between Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson — two of the leading forces of abstract art. Using major paintings and reliefs by both artists, its explores the parallel paths that Mondrian and Nicholson charted during the 1930s in their Hampstead studios.

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”23 March“Hay Fever” is set in the country house of Judith Bliss – a recently retired star of the London stage. When members of the Bliss family start inviting a guest to stay the weekend, none of them tell the others that they’re inviting someone over… The comedy of bad manners star stars Lindsay Duncan.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London23 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.

War photographs by Don McCullin23 MarchDon 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.

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People23 MarchAs a former Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller has become hugely influential in the world of contemporary art. This exhibition will survey the breadth of his career, and provide an overview of his work so far. It will feature almost all of his major works, including his installations, photographs, videos, posters and banners.

The King’s Speech23 MarchNow 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 Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic23 MarchThe 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.

Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace23 MarchStrolling 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.

David Shrigley: Brain Activity23 MarchDavid Shrigley is best known for his witty and wry observations on everyday life. He uses a deliberately crude graphic style alongside an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. This exhibition will be his first major show in London.

“Her Maj” — 60 years of portraits of the Queen in cartoons23 MarchThe 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.

JLS — at the O2 Arena23 MarchJLS originally shot to fame during the X-Factor before becoming one of Britain’s most successful boy bands. Now they have announced a brand new “4th Dimension” arena tour for March and April 2012, taking in three nights at the O2 Arena.

“Sweeney Todd” — with Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton23 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.

Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude23 MarchJ 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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