Free events in London Monday 30 April

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Free events in London on Mon 30th April

Our guide to free events in London on Monday 30 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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South Downs / The Browning Version30 AprilThis double bill includes Terence Rattigan’s “South Downs” alongside David Hare’s specially commissioned companion piece, “The Browning Version”. Both of the plays examine life in boarding schools. One is told through the eyes of a retiring master, whose sad personal life makes him act like a tyrant to the pupils, and the other takes the side of a boy.

Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition — Serpentine Gallery30 AprilHans-Peter Feldmann made his name in the 1970s with his expansive and encyclopaedic photographic series, which linked his life-long hobby of collecting with his practice as an archivist of visual culture. This will be Feldmann’s first solo show in a UK gallery since winning the 2010 Hugo Boss Prize.

“Written on the Heart” — Duchess Theatre30 AprilDavid Edgar’s critically acclaimed play marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The story is spread across an 80-year divide, and follows two men as they try and translate the word of God into English. For the first man, the work means certain death at the stake. But for the second, it could mean a promotion to archbishop…

“Blood Brothers”, at the Phoenix Theatre30 April“Blood Brothers” has been packing them into the West End for two decades now. It tells the story of a single mum who is forced to give away one of her new-born twin sons after she can’t afford to keep him. Despite growing up on opposite side of the tracks their lives become hopelessly enmeshed, and ultimately end in tragedy.

Sean Lock: Work in Progress30 AprilYou’ll recognise Sean Lock from the many comedy and quiz shows that he appears on on the telly, including “QI”, “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “Argumental”. But now he’s returning to stand-up with a series of “Work in Progress” shows at the the Pleasance Theatre, in preparation for a full national tour.

Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel30 AprilThe 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.

Alighiero Boetti exhibition — Tate Modern30 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.

“The Duchess of Malfi”, at the Old Vic30 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.

“Making Noise Quietly” — Donmar Warehouse30 April“Making Noise Quietly” explores the shared bonds of suffering the develop in wartime. One story follows an artist and a conscientious objector, who share a tender moment in a meadow as the doodlebugs explode. In another, a bereaved mother shifts between bitterness and love, in recollecting her estranged son, lost in the Falklands.

 
 
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