What’s on in London October 2013

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 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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Richard Serra — Drawings for the Courtauld

to Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery is putting together an exhibition displaying twelve of Serra's most recent drawings in dense black crayon, created especially for the Courtauld Gallery. Serra first rose to prominence in New York more than forty years ago, and is celebrated for his ground-breaking sculptures and for his radical approach to drawing.
 at Royal Observatory, London
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Astronomy Photographer of the Year

to Royal Observatory The Royal Observatory is teaming up the BBC's 'Sky At Night' magazine to launch the annual "Astronomy Photographer of the Year" competition. The small exhibition includes images of stars, swirling nebulae and deep space.
Lyons at Menier Chocolate Factory, London
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The Lyons — Menier Chocolate Factory

to Menier Chocolate Factory The hit American comedy "The Lyons" is coming to London. As they gather around the bed of their dying father, the Lyons' compassion soon gives way to bickering and betrayal. As an exploration of a fractured family, "The Lyons" is both savagely funny and heart-breaking.
 at Royal Academy of Arts, London
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“Australia”… at the Royal Academy of Arts

to Royal Academy of Arts The Royal Academy's new exhibition will span more than 200 years of Australian art from 1800 to the present day, and will include paintings, drawings, multimedia and photography. The themes covered will include the impact of colonisation on Australia's indigenous people, early nation building, and the increasing urbanisation of the last 100 years.
One Man Two Guvnors at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
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Smash-hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors”

to Theatre Royal Haymarket After getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother -- who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited... with Rachel.
Elektra at Royal Opera House, London
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“Elektra”, at the Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House When Klytamnestra murders her husband, King Agamemnon, their daughter Elektra determines to avenge her father's death. Strauss's most daring opera is a concentrated and psychologically intense drama. Elektra's desperate need to avenge her father makes for a gripping plot, and the opera contains some passages of great vocal beauty.
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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Ana Mendieta exhibition — “Traces”

to Hayward Gallery The Hayward Gallery presents the UK's very first retrospective of Ana Mendieta's work. The exhibition focuses on her later pieces, revealing the full breadth of her work in a wide variety of media, from photography to film, sculpture and drawing. Ana Mendieta was famous for using her own body in her work, together with elemental materials such as blood, fire, earth and water.
 at London Dungeon, London
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Halloween… at the London Dungeon!

to London Dungeon The London Dungeon will be scarier than ever this Halloween, with their huge new dungeon containing 20 live actors and 18 new shows! Jack the Ripper, Mrs Lovett and the entire cast will be celebrating the season in a Dungeon decked out in a blaze of orange -- you can never have enough pumpkins right? Two underground rides and state-of-the-art special effects will scare you out of your wits, whilst some extra surprises will be thrown in too -- to keep you on a knife edge!
Resistable Rise Of Arturo Ui at Duchess Theatre, London
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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

to Duchess Theatre "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui" is a funny take on the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany, whose rise is shown in parallel with Ui's. Set in 1930s Chicago during the Great Depression, Ui and his mob of gangsters loom large, running protection rackets in the markets, the docks and across the city itself. You might be with him, or you might be against him -- but can anyone actually stop him?
Fidelio at London Coliseum, London
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Beethoven’s “Fidelio” — London Coliseum

to London Coliseum "Fiedlio" was Beethoven's one and only opera, and tells the moving story of Leonore who disguises herself to find work in the prison that's incarcerating her husband. She joins the prison staff as a guard and works against the tyranny of the corrupt governor, Don Pizarro. "Fidelio" is a story of the power of marital love, triumphing over injustice.
Light Princess at Lyttelton Theatre, London
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“The Light Princess”, with music by Tori Amos

to Lyttelton Theatre "The Light Princess" is both a dark fairytale and a coming-of-age story about grief, rebellion and the power of love. A prince and a princess in different kingdoms have both lost their mothers. The prince becomes so heavy-hearted that he can never smile, and declares war on the opposing realm. The princess escapes, only to encounter him on a piece of contested land.
 at Tate Modern, London
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Mira Schendel exhibition, at Tate Modern

to Tate Modern The Tate Modern's new exhibition will be the first full scale survey of Mira Schendel's work in the UK. Mira Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil, and the exhibition will reveal her dialogues with a diverse range of artists, philosophers and critics. It will bring together over 250 paintings, prints and sculptures from across her entire career.
Horrible Histories Barmy Britain at Garrick Theatre, London
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Horrible Histories — Barmy Britain (Part II)

to Garrick Theatre "Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain (Part II)" will introduce you to Queen Boudicca and the Scottish rebel William Wallace. Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Charles I keep his head? And will you be able to excape the clutches of Burke and Hare?
Die Fledermaus at London Coliseum, London
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“Die Fledermaus”, by Johann Strauss

to London Coliseum Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" is a story of revenge, seduction and mistaken identity, centred around a high-society party thrown by Prince Orlofsky. Light-hearted and colourful, this new production is set in an Art Deco-inspired fantasy world influenced by Freud and his dream analysis. Eisenstein is to be jailed, his wife is being seduced... and Dr Falke wants to exact revenge for a past prank.
Don Quixote at Royal Opera House, London
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“Don Quixote” — The Royal Ballet

to Royal Opera House "Don Quixote" tells the story of Kitri and Basilio, whose happy love is threatened by Kitri's father's attempts to persuade his unwilling daughter into a more suitable (and lucrative) match with the rich nobleman Gamache. Here steps in the bumbling knight Don Quixote, determined to seek adventures while searching for his beloved Dulcinea.
Ray Davies at Waterstone’s, London
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Book signing — The Kinks’ Ray Davies

Waterstone’s This is your chance to meet the legendary Kinks' frontman Ray Davies, as he signs copies of his autobiography "Americana - The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff", at Waterstones.
 at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
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See Sir John Soane’s Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane’s Museum Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven — Royal Festival Hall

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Claudio Abbado, pianist Martha Argerich and the Orchestra Mozart at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
Henry Blofeld at Cadogan Hall, London
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Blowers and Baxter — Memories of Test Match Special

Cadogan Hall Join two titans of cricketing commentary for a side-splitting show full of memories from "Test Match Special". Peter Baxter and broadcaster Henry Blofeld will be telling anecdotes about the most legendary players from the last forty years.
Jarred Christmas at Comedy Store, London
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Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store

Comedy Store Join Jarred Christmas for the "The Cutting Edge" at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Ian Stone, Paul Thorne, Roger Monkhouse, Steve Gribbin and Sean Meo.
Hidden In The Sand at Trafalgar Studios, London
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“Hidden in the Sand” — Trafalgar Studios

to Trafalgar Studios "Hidden in the Sand" is a beautiful love story set between London and Cyprus. Alexandra is a Cypriot refugee from the Turkish invasion, who makes a new home for herself in London. But when an English scholar, Jonathan, falls deeply in love with her, will love be able to overcome the grief of the past?
Huey Lewis And The News at O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush, London
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Huey Lewis and the News

O2 Empire Shepherd’s Bush It's been thirty years since Huey Lewis And The News released "Sports" -- one of the most celebrated albums of the 80s. Now's your chance to relive your youth when the band play the O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in October.
 at Mansion House, London
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Guided tour of Mansion House

to Mansion House Learn about the history of Mansion House, and how it has been used by previous Lord Mayors. The tour includes many of the public rooms and a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by masters like Frans Hals, Nicoleas Maes, and Jacob Ruisdael.
 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Igor Levit, playing Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas

Queen Elizabeth Hall Igor Levit will be opening this year's International Piano Series, with a performance of Beethoven's "Piano Sonata in E", "Piano Sonata in A flat" and "Piano Sonata in C minor".
Josh Widdecombe at Bloomsbury Theatre, London
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Laugh Till It Hurts… Patrick Monahan, Josh Widdecombe

Bloomsbury Theatre Some of Britian's top comedians are coming together at the Bloomsbury Theatre in support of the homeless charity 'Crisis'. "Laugh Till It Hurts" will feature Patrick Monahan, Josh Widdecombe, Lloyd Langford, Ivo Graham, Barry Cryer and Alistair McGowan (line-up is subject to change). The night will be compered by Mark Dolan.
Classical Brit Awards at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Classic Brit Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall The Classic Brit Awards are the classical equivalent of the pop music's Brit Awards and Grammies. The event combines live performances from some of the most highly regarded musicians and performers in the world today, with a number of specially commissioned awards presented throughout the evening.
Kate Adie at National Army Museum, London
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Kate Adie — Womens’ role in World War I

National Army Museum When World War I broke out in 1914, women emerged from their domestic lives whilst a generation of men went off to fight. They began to occupy important roles in transport, policing, munitions and even politics. Join Kate Adie as she explains how the First World War began the seismic shift towards equal rights.
 at Charles Dickens Museum, London
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Walk around Charles Dickens’ London

to Charles Dickens Museum Walk the streets of London through the eyes of Charles Dickens and his characters. See the places where the Victorian novelist lived and worked, and where he conjured up scenes for his books. Listen to readings and his unfolding biography, as you take in some of the most evocative parts of the city, parts of which are largely unchanged from Dickens' time.
 at Dr. Johnson’s House, London
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Walk in the footsteps of Samuel Johnson

Dr. Johnson’s House Follow in the footsteps of legendary London wit Samuel Johnson and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street where he lived. The tour will include Gough Square, Temple Church, Temple Bar and Fleet Street itself.
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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London Philharmonic, playing Britten

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, cellist Truls Mork and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform Benjamin Britten's "The Prince of the Pagodas Suite", "Suite on English Folk Tunes", "Nocturne" an "Cello Symphony".
 at Tate Britain, London
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Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm

to Tate Britain Tate Britain's new exhibition is called "Art under Attack", and will explore the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the 16th-century onwards. Iconoclasm is the deliberate destruction of artworks for religious, political or aesthetic motives. Political attacks include a portrait of Oliver Cromwell hung upside down, and the Suffragettes' targeted attacks on our cultural heritage during the early 20th-century.
Omid Djalili at Eventim Apollo, London
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Big Comedy Special — Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Tim Vine

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith Apollo will be hosting a "Big Comedy Special" in aid of Mencap. The fantastic line-up includes big names like Omid Djalili, Jo Brand, Richard Herring, Jessica Hynes, Andrew Maxwell, Jon Richardson, Susan Calman, Tim Vine and Wendy Wason. More special guests are still to be announced.
Katie Melua at Roundhouse, London
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Katie Melua, at the Camden Roundhouse

Roundhouse Katie Melua is embarking on a series of dates to celebrate ten years in the music business. She will be performing classic tracks from her five studio albums, alongside some brand new songs which are due for release in the autumn.
 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
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City in Spires — a tour of Wren’s churches

to St. Paul’s Cathedral This enjoyable walk will take around some of Christopher Wren's finest City churches. After the Great Fire of London he rebuilt 51 of them, including St Michael Paternoster Royal (Dick Whittington's church) and St Mary-le-Bow (the Cockney church). Judge for yourself which is the finest.
 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Orchestra Mozart, playing Mozart and Beethoven

Queen Elizabeth Hall Join conductor Diego Matheuz and the Orchestra Mozart at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as they perform Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)", Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No.3" and "Symphony No.3 (Eroica)".
Roots at Donmar Warehouse, London
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“Roots” — Donmar Warehouse

to Donmar Warehouse "Roots" tells the story of Beatie Bryant falling for the young socialist, Ronnie. She is anxiously awaiting his arrival to meet her family at their Norfolk farm, hbut will his ideas about a bolder, freer world clash with their rural way of life? "Roots" is a portrait of a young woman finding her voice in a time of social change.
Pam Ayres at Cadogan Hall, London
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An Evening with Pam Ayres

Cadogan Hall Pam Ayres will be marking the release of her new book of poetry, with a special show at Cadogan Hall. Pam Ayres' work is funny and approachable. Her hair-trigger timing and eye for the detail explores everyday life and the absurdity therein.
 at Somerset House, London
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Guided tour at Somerset House

to Somerset House This guided tour at Somerset House will explore some of the Tudor intrigues and extravagant entertainments of the Georgian Enlightenment. As you explore the graceful staircases and atmospheric Deadhouse, you will get to see some scientific curiosities and learn more about British naval power.
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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A Life in Song: Lyrics by Don Black

Royal Festival Hall Michael Grade will be presenting an evening devoted to one of the world's most versatile lyricists, the Oscar-winning Don Black. Black will be attending the event in person, and music will be provided by the BBC Concert Orchestra and guests. Black will also take to the stage to talk with Michael Grade about his life, his songs, and share anecdotes about his long career.
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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International Ballroom Dancing Championships

Royal Albert Hall The International Ballroom Dancing Championships returns to the Royal Albert Hall, bringing together some of the world's best amateur and professional ballroom dancers. The best talent in the country will compete with around 350 of the world's foremost dancers for the International Professional Ballroom and Latin titles.
 at British Museum, London
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Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art

to British Museum The British Museum's new exhibition showcases some explicit, beautifully drawn Japanese prints, paintings and drawings. These detailed and brightly coloured works, produced between 1600 and 1900, inspired the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso, and continues to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art today.
Barry Gibb at O2 Arena, London
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Barry Gibb — “Mythology Tour”

O2 Arena Barry Gibb will be touring the UK in tribute to his brother Bee Gees, Maurice and Robin. The "Mythology Tour" will be a trip through the Bee Gees' classic back catalogue, and feature a band that includes his son Stephen, Maurice's daughter Samantha and Beth Cohen.
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