Free events in London Monday 30 April

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 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.
 
 
 

We don’t have any more free events, but how about these other events in London on 30 April?

Damien Hirst exhibition — Tate Modern30 AprilDamien Hirst first came to attention in the 1980s and has gone on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This exciting exhibition will bring together key works from his first twenty years, including many of his iconic sculptures, medicine cabinets and spot and spin paintings.

Jeremy Deller: Joy In People30 AprilAs 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.

“Misterman”, at the National Theatre30 AprilThomas Magill lives in Inishfree, a quaint little Irish town. As a fierce evangelist he wants to save this sinful place from itself. Dwain Flynn is a miserable drunk, and Mrs Cleary is a blasphemous flirt, but they aren’t listening. How far will Thomas go in his quest for salvation?

“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…

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.

“Educating Rita”, with Matthew Kelly and Claire Sweeney30 April“Educating Rita” is best known as a BAFTA award-winning film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine. It tells the story of Rita, a brash young hairdresser who has recently discovered the joys of English literature. Her unschooled reactions to the classics challenges the attitudes of university lecturer Frank.

Rufus Wainwright, at the Lyceum Theatre30 AprilRufus Wainwright has been hailed by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and hails from a vert musical family — his parents are the folk-singing Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, whilst his sister Martha has found equal success in the pop charts.

“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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