Music in London Monday 30 April

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Rufus Wainwright at Lyceum Theatre, London
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Rufus Wainwright, at the Lyceum Theatre

Lyceum Theatre Rufus 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.
 
 

We don’t have any more concerts, but how about these other nights out on Monday 30 April?

Princess Diana’s dresses — Kensington Palace exhibition30 AprilKensington Palace will be showcasing a small exhibition of dresses worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales — some of which will be on display in the UK for the very first time. The dresses will be displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, and will reflect some of the most memorable moments in Diana’s life.

The King’s Speech30 AprilNow 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.

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.

“Noises Off”, at the Novello Theatre30 AprilThe Novello Theatre will be putting on a production of Michael Frayn’s side-splitting comedy, “Noises Off” — hailed as one of the best British comedies ever written. The plot follows the backstage shenanigans of a theatre company as they stumble their way through rehearsals to a shambolic first night and a final disastrous performance.

“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?

Collaborators, at the National Theatre30 AprilThe Olivier Theatre will be putting on a production of “Collaborators”. Mikhail Bulgakov is living with Moscow’s dissidents, and constantly watched by the secret police. But his dreams of freedom may cost him his life when he’s commissioned to write a play to celebrate Stalin’s 60th birthday.

“Moon on a Rainbow Shawl”, at the National Theatre30 AprilOld Mack’s noisy yard in Trinidad is a cacophony of calypso beats and hymn tunes, where neighbours drink, fight and pass judgment, all whilst trying to build a better life. But Ephraim is determined, and nothing is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a nw life in England — not even the beautiful Rosa.

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.

 
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