Lead image: Circus Abyssinia (photo: Andrey Petrov)
1 Me & My Bee at Greenwich Theatre
Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world – one bee at a time. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so ThisEgg is launching a political party disguised as a party-party disguised as a show. This new comedy is for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late… The performance starts at 2pm and tickets are £13.50, £11 for concessions, and children are £8.50.
Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
2 Bat Out Of Hell at the Dominion Theatre, Fitzrovia
2 April-28 July
The West End run of Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical, winner of the Evening Standard Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical 2017, is opening this month. Performances will begin at the Dominion Theatre in London on 2 April, with a Gala Night on Thursday 19 April. The cast will be led by Andrew Polec, winner of the Joe Allen Best West End Debut in the Stage Debut Awards 2017. The show wowed critics and public alike when it played limited seasons at Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum and Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre in 2017, and has been seen by nearly 500,000 people so far. The show has received the most nominations for a musical in the 2018 WhatsOnStage Awards, with eight nominations.
268-269 Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia W1T 7AQ; nederlander.co.uk
3 Reared at Theatre503, Battersea
BAFTA-nominated John Fitzpatrick’s brand new play Reared will debut at Theatre503 this April. With unfailing humour, it tackles intergenerational conflict, postnatal depression, and the role of the Irish mother in the ‘sandwich’ generation caught looking after both their children and their parents. Under one roof, three generations of Anglo-Irish women try to find space for a fourth. As Caitlin waits for life to begin, her grandmother Nora fears the end and Eileen frets about them both. Between her mother-in-law’s incipient dementia and her daughter’s struggle for independence, Eileen finds herself battling to adjust her household and wrangle her husband. Sunday 22 and Monday 23 April.
503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW; theatre503.com
4 Bingo Academy at The Vaults
5 April-12 May
The Underground Bingo Academy will transform The Vaults underneath Waterloo station into a new, exciting and unforgettable bingo experience for all Londoners. A chance for would-be bingo enthusiasts to come out of hiding and to craft their bingo skills, the night will take place every Thursday-Saturday this April. Set to be a night of fun and games, eager bingo-ists will be taught the best ways to dab numbers, traditional and new-age bingo talk, and the various types of bingo they may have to face. Kicking off on 5 April, tickets start at £5.
Launcelot Street, Lambeth SE1 7AD; thevaults.london
5 Friday Street Food Fest – Vegan Vibes at Greenwich Market
Vegan Vibes kicks off the first of our monthly Street Food Fest with the vegan street food traders showcased inside the market. Partnering with Plant Bass LDN, the Vegan-themed event company who champion the best of vegan food with special guests and DJs, the Greenwich Market ‘Vegan Vibes’ Street Food Fest promises to deliver an unmissable, deliciously diverse offer of vegan tastes for one night only in this historic site. 6pm-10pm.
5B Greenwich Market SE10 9HZ; greenwichmarket.london
6 RHS London Orchid Show and Plant Fair, Westminster
Bringing in the weekend, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) London Orchid Show and Plant Fair (6-7 April) will showcase some of the finest spring plant displays, an abundance of exotic orchids and the opportunity to view an exclusive preview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Meet the designers behind the gardens at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show James Alexander-Sinclair to remix his BBC Radio 2 ‘Feel Good Garden’ from RHS Chelsea 2017 The Lindley Hall will become a tropical paradise filled with exotic orchids set underneath a cascading display of Moth orchids, by floral designer Paul Malget.
RHS Lindley Hall, SW1P 2QW & RHS Lawrence Hall SW1P 2QD; rhs.org.uk
7 Now Play This at Somerset House
The three-day games festival returns as part of the city-wide London Games Festival, with a host of hands-on activities for all ages. This year, Now Play This explores international game design, from the 1990s to the present day. From digital to analogue games, ones to play alone or with others, players will experience an array of dozens of games across multiple spaces – many of which premiere at the festival this year. This year’s focus is on the idea of place, demonstrating how games and play help us understand the world around us in new ways. Festival-goers will explore different countries and cultures, and critical issues specific to these places ranging from international borders to identity.
Strand, WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
8 Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams at Underbelly Festival, Southbank
6 April-2 May
Following their smash hit run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and, Circus Abyssinia makes its London premiere at Underbelly. An unashamedly joyful mix of astonishing stunts, astounding circus skills and enchanted adventure, Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams follows the magical journey of two little Ethiopian brothers, Bibi & Bichu, who dream of joining the circus. Featuring high-flying acrobatics, death-defying tricks, clowning and towering feats of strength all performed to a thumping Ethiopian dance beat, this adrenaline-filled show is fun for all the family. Featuring the inimitable Konjowoch Troupe, this is an incredible retelling of how the cast dreamed of the circus in a country without one and created a phenomenal new Ethiopian tradition.
30 The Queen’s Walk, Lambeth SE1 8XX; underbellyfestival.com
9 Fresh Island Festival London Takeover at Junction House, Dalston
Fresh Island Festival will cross shores from Croatia to take over Junction House, London every Saturday this April. Providing a taste of what festival-goers will experience in July on the Adriatic shores, the UK’s finest urban music crews including Faded, Shorebitch, Cheese On Bread and more will play the best in grime, R&B and hip-hop to keep the crowds until the early hours. With a special appearance by festival alumni Tim Westwood on the 28th April, these nights are not to be missed. Kicking off on 7th April 2018, Fresh Island LDN Takeover tickets start at £10
578 Kingsland Rd, E8 4AH; tickets.gogetfaded.com
10 Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at V&A Museum
Until 8 April
Experience the timeless and universal appeal of an iconic literary character in Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A. Go on an adventure with this much-loved bear and discover the story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard in a multi-sensory and playful exhibition brought to life through letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion. Check the website for details of pop-up performances and drop-in workshops.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL; vam.ac.uk
11 Evidence by He Xiangyu at White Cube, Bermondsey
Until 8 April
Evidence is an exhibition of new sculpture, installation and video by Chinese artist He Xiangyu at White Cube Bermondsey. Known for his provocative and ambitious works, he is part of a generation of conceptual artists in China who use a range of media to articulate cultural and social concerns. This latest series is informed by small scraps of metal from North Korea, sourced whilst filming a project exploring the country’s diaspora in his hometown, close to the China /North Korea border. The objects relate to a black market recently discovered by the artist. Alongside this presentation, he will show The Swim (2016), a feature-length film documenting life on China’s border with North Korea through a series of interviews with defectors and Korean War veterans, plus footage of the artist swimming across the river to the border.
144–152 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ; whitecube.com
12 Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert at Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Ed Byrne come to Bromley on 10 April at Churchill Theatre with his total sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show Spoiler Alert. Ed explores the thin line between righteous complaining and brat-like whining and asks, ‘are we right to be fed up, or are we spoiled?’ Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £28.
High St, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
13 The London Book Fair, Olympia
10-12 April 2018
The London Book Fair, the book-publishing trade fair, is back again this April to help you with the shifting terrain that is the publishing industry, gathering people together and creating the space for them to make. There will be top authors and illustrators in attendance, including Joanna Trollope, Jacqueline Wilson, and Lauren Child. Over 200 Insights Programme seminars will be available on topics ranging from inclusivity, content across film and TV, illustration and literary translation. Join the more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the Fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business. Tickets start at £45.
Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith W14 8UX; londonbookfair.co.uk
14 FLUX Exhibition at Chelsea College of Arts, Westminster
Discover the big names of tomorrow at the FLUX Exhibition from 11-15 April. FLUX is London’s leading contemporary art exhibition to discover the most talented, dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists. FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, inspirational art event. Hosted by Chelsea College of Arts in London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, this fifth, much-anticipated edition brings 100 artists to the fore. Gray has hand selected the very best emerging and established artists for a five-day event.
16 John Islip Street, Westminster SW1P 4JU; fluxexhibition.com
15 Coconut at the Oval House, Kennington
Based on writer Guleraana Mir’s real experience of interracial and intercultural relationships, Coconut will embark on a UK tour this summer. This fresh new play challenges dated Asian female stereotypes with an honest portrait of the contemporary British Asian experience. With its unremitting humour, Mir explores the impact of religion and faith – and the lack of it – in modern romance. Coconut will see the professional debut of Kuran Dohil as Rumi and will play from 11-28 April at Ovalhouse in Kennington.
52-54 Kennington, Oval SE11 5SW; ovalhouse.com
16 East End Film Festival, East London
11 – 29 April
This year, the East End Film Festival opens with the UK Premiere of Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat including a Q&A with director Sara Driver. Other highlights include the London Premiere of In The Fade starring Diane Kruger in a role that won her a Best Actress award at Cannes. In his first UK appearance since In The Fade won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, East End Film Festival welcomes director Fatih Akin to talk about the controversy surrounding his latest film as well as his eclectic body of work.
Events at various locations around East London; eastendfilmfestival.com
17 NOTFLIX at Greenwich Theatre
Coming to the Greenwich Theatre on 12 April is a show called NOTFLIX that you do not want to miss, by a group of people bursting with talent. NOTFLIX combines the taste profiles of a room full of theatregoers to create a brilliantly hilarious and completely improvised viewing experience – a full-length comedy musical! Featuring a live band and original songs, the cast of the show will create an entirely improvised musical out of audience suggestions. They had a five star, total sellout show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016/2017 and the London Vaults Festival 2017, because – let’s face it – everything is better as a musical.
Crooms Hill SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
18 London Coffee Festival, Old Truman Brewery, East London
Embark on a journey of discovery at The London Coffee Festival, celebrating London’s vibrant coffee scene and its creative subcultures. Rub shoulders with burgeoning start-ups, industry pioneers and long-established companies to a soundtrack of live DJs and musicians. From speciality tastings to industry talks, artisan workshops and showcases from world-class baristas, the party is on. Tickets start at £16.50 for a single day
91 Brick Ln, E1 6QR, UK; londoncoffeefestival.com
19 Dominic Beattie Exhibition at JGM Gallery, Battersea
Until 14 April
From 7 March-14 April, Dominic Beattie is exhibiting at JGM Gallery in Battersea. The show promises an explosion of colour and pattern. Beattie will install his first ‘wall painting’ set to fill the entire expanse of a street facing wall confronting visitors to the gallery as they approach. Also included are items of furniture, developed with his partner Lucia Buceta’s design input. With an entirely new series of work, it is a Dominic Beattie exhibition that has not been seen before.
24 Howie Street SW11 4AY; jgmgallery.com
20 Architecture Drawing Prize Exhibition at Sir John Soane Museum, Holborn
Until 14 April
Throughout March, in the Sir John Soane Museum’s Foyle Space, you will find the Architecture Drawing Prize exhibition on show. It represents the culmination of the inaugural Architecture Drawing Prize which launched in summer 2017. The prize celebrates drawing’s significance as a tool in capturing and communicating ideas, recognising the continuing importance of hand drawing, but also embracing the creative use of digitally produced renderings. The exhibition will showcase the winning entry as well as a selection of those shortlisted, announced at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin in November 2017.
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2A 3BP; soane.org
21 Ferrari: Under the Skin at The Design Museum, Kensington
Until 15 April
Ferrari: Under the Skin is a major exhibition at The Design Museum, examining the fascinating history of one of motoring’s most iconic brands. The show, created in collaboration with Ferrari, celebrates 70 years of precision design, from the launch of the very first Ferrari car in 1947 to the latest car in production. See important cars in the flesh, such as one that won the British Grand Prix in 1952 driven by Alberto Ascari, a sports racing car that won the Goodwood TT and a selection of client cars. The exhibition also affords a rare insight into the life of Enzo Ferrari, paying tribute to his passion for racing, something that ultimately gave rise to the brand.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; designmuseum.org
22 SPIKED at Pleasance Theatre, Islington
Pepperbox Theatre’s SPIKED come to Pleasance Theatre in Islington on Monday 16th until Saturday 28th April. Written, directed and designed by mothers, SPIKED will be performed by women in their forties to redress the gender imbalance in theatre and to tell the stories of women in their prime. When their children’s class have been mysteriously taken ill, three mothers from very different backgrounds wait anxiously in A&E for news. As they confront the unresolved tensions in their lives, the boundaries between them break down and they realise they have something to learn from their children. Tickets £12and £10 concessions.
Carpenters Mews, North Road N7 9EF; pleasance.co.uk
23 Global Citizen Live London at O2 Academy, Brixton
Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy and many others are performing at Global Citizen Live London, a free-ticketed arts and activism event on Tuesday, 17 April at the O2 Academy Brixton. The night of special programming is timed to the centenary year of Nelson Mandela and the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Global Citizens will call on world leaders to honour Mandela’s legacy and make major investments towards ending extreme poverty by 2030. Until 6 April, activists and music fans can begin earning their free tickets by signing up at gclive.london and demand world leaders make major investments to support women and girls, provide education for children in crises, and eradicate diseases including polio, and malaria.
211 Stockwell Road, Brixton SW9 9SL; globalcitizen.org
24 The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, Battersea Park
The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair returns to Battersea Park from 17-22 April. The foyer display will recognise the rising trend for an area in the home that combines a love of the outdoors with a tranquil getaway space.
25 Who Wants to Live Forever? at The Albany, Deptford
A jazz fantasy about loss, love and hope, set among the stars, Who Wants To Live Forever? combines science fact, real-world psychological observation and autobiography with lots of live jazz vocals to ask why some stars shine more brightly than others, human and celestial, and why people love to watch them falling. Who Wants To Live Forever? is about camping holidays and friendship; about learning how to sing so that you can sing to the stars; about loss and memory, and turning memory into myths of Amazon princesses sailing the skies. Tickets £12 and £10 concessions.
Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG; thealbany.org.uk
26 Absolute Hell at the National Theatre
18 April-16 June
Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II – Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play, Absolute Hell, was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges at the National Theatre as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho. Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production.
Upper Ground, Lambeth SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
27 Norman Ackroyd: Travels with Copper and Wax at One Paved Court, Richmond
20 April-26 May
One Paved Court, an independent contemporary art space in the heart of Richmond, is delighted to announce a new exhibition Travels with Copper and Wax by Norman Ackroyd, one of Britain’s leading landscape artists working in watercolour and etching. The show coincides with the artist’s 80th birthday. Travels with Copper and Wax offers a rare opportunity for visitors to view Ackroyd’s early and recent etchings together, giving a unique insight into his work. The exhibition will bring together two distinct areas of his work – ‘intimate English landscapes’ from the early 1990s, and his more recent dramatic monochrome landscapes based on the harsh coastlines, outcrops of rock and wild seas of the north of Scotland and the west of Ireland.
1 Paved Court, Richmond TW9 1LZ; onepavedcourt.co.uk
28 An Evening of Meat at The Vaults
Until 22 April
Launching at The Vaults in Waterloo, An Evening of Meat is a unique and provocative dinner installation: a feast of femininity where expressive dance and indulgent food meet to thoroughly inundate all the senses. Featuring a fine-dining menu and dancers using a table as a stage, An Evening Of Meat is a powerful conceptual dining experience. As you sink your teeth into a six-course dinner, you are confronted with performers struggling to reach the vertical position. You become part of the dancer’s struggle to stand up as she becomes more than just a piece of meat on the table.
Leake Street, Lambeth SE1 7AD; thevaults.london
29 Amadeus at the National Theatre
Until 24 April
Michael Longhurst’s acclaimed production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus is at the Olivier theatre, following a sell-out run of performances last year. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God. Amadeus features live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia with Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati reprising their roles of Mozart and Salieri.
Upper Ground, Lambeth, SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
30 United in Love Exhibition at Alon Zakaim Fine Art, Mayfair
24 April-8 May
United in Love, is the first joint venture from former international model turned photographer Natalie Goldstein and Simon Docherty, leading music and media executive and music publisher. The exhibition at Alon Zakaim Fine Art will feature twelve photographic works in two sizes, in limited editions of 12. Goldstein’s influence from Helmut Newton and Herb Ritts can clearly be seen with the portrayal of muscular, athletic bodies in monumental poses. Yet tempered with her own innate style, as can be seen with use of natural fibres, feathers and body art to enhance and shield the body at the same time. The photographic images were directed by Goldstein with the help of the choreographer Liane McRae from the Royal Ballet and the Royal Academy of Dance, and produced by Docherty.
5-7 Dover Street W1S 4LD; unitedinlove.co.uk
31 MFest at the British Library
MFest is the UK’s first dedicated festival of Muslim culture, literature and ideas, which will take place at the British Library, in central London, on 27-29 April 2018. MFest brings together Muslims and non-Muslims to celebrate the richness and plurality of Muslim cultures, and explore contemporary Muslim thought through the breadth of its heritage, politics, and communities. Nearly 30 events will make up the MFest programme, including poetry readings, workshops, performances, discussions, after parties and family events. The award-winning novelist and political commentator Elif Shafak will give the 2018 keynote speech, following music by the acclaimed Palestinian singer Reem Kelani. Tickets are £5 for individual events, £20 for day passes and £35 for a festival pass.
96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB; mfest.org
32 Lorna Simpson: Unanswerable at Hauser & Wirth London, Mayfair
Until 28 April
Lorna Simpson’s inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London, ‘Unanswerable’, features new and recent work across three different media: painting, photographic collage and sculpture. Simpson came to prominence in the 1980s through her pioneering approach to conceptual photography, which featured striking juxtapositions of text and staged images and raised questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history. These concerns are reflected throughout the exhibition to present the artist’s expanding and increasingly multi-disciplinary practice today.
23 Savile Row, Mayfair W1S 2ET; hauserwirth.com
33 Harmonics in Space at the NOW Gallery, North Greenwich
Until April 29
London-based designer Fred Butler unveils her solo-exhibition Harmonics in Space at the NOW Gallery in Greenwich Peninsula. Butler is turning the NOW Gallery into a destination for healing as a wellness and art therapy experience for free. Harmonics in Space is designed for you to focus on your self-care in a totally unique setting for you to be immersed in. With the addition of a tactile floor and iridescent shimmer, you will be transported on a journey to a meditative other-world. As part of the experience, you are invited to take the time to try origami and create an exclusive colourful cosmic creature to match your mood.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ; nowgallery.co.uk
34 David Milne: Modern Painting at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 7 May
Dulwich Picture Gallery presents the first major UK exhibition of one of Canada’s greatest modern painters, David Milne, bringing together 90 oil paintings and watercolours alongside drawings and photographs never shown before in the UK, to reveal an artist of true originality and vision. Through periods of intense experimentation, often working in solitude in the wild, Milne developed an extraordinary body of landscapes, fusing influences from Monet, Matisse and Cezanne into a bold modernist language of his own.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
35 Magali Reus: As Mist, Description Exhibition at the South London Gallery, Camberwell
Until 27 May
This is one to get excited about. London-based Dutch artist Magali Reus’s first major institutional solo exhibition in London comprises an entirely new body of work, framed by architectural interventions designed specifically for the South London Gallery’s main space. Reus’s interest in material as evidence of process is articulated in interlinked series of sculptures through the use of complex casting, moulding and weaving techniques, pitting the aggressive emptiness of manufacture against the slow diligence of handwork. The exhibition has been commissioned and produced by Bergen Kunsthall and the South London Gallery.
65-67 Peckham Road SE5 8UH; southlondongallery.org
36 John Copeland: Your Heaven Looks Just Like My Hell Exhibition at the Newport Street Gallery, Lambeth
Until 28 May
Newport Street Gallery presents an exhibition of work by American artist John Copeland. Copeland’s first UK solo exhibition features 25 paintings, dating from 2009 to 2017, taken from the Murderme collection. Veering between representation and abstraction, Copeland’s paintings feature tactile, impasto surfaces, rendered in oil and acrylic paint. Professing an interest in ‘any arrangement that involves interaction between the figures’, Copeland often situates his subjects in social settings – around a table, playfully balanced on one another’s shoulders, or surveying a painting as a group. The figures remain, however, deeply ambiguous, and are set against abstract backgrounds populated by curious, amorphous shapes.
Newport Street, Lambeth SE11 6AJ; newportstreetgallery.com
37 Ian Cheng Exhibition at Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park
Until 28 May
This spring, the Serpentine invites you to your first encounter with a sentient artwork named BOB (Bag Of Beliefs). A litter of BOBs will begin their lives in parallel on 6 March. Each BOB may become interested in you, love you, hate you, mistake you for someone else, learn from you, or ignore you. And you, in turn, may permanently influence a BOB’s behaviour, beliefs, and emotional life. BOB is the creation of American artist Ian Cheng and will sit at the heart of his first solo UK exhibition, transforming the Serpentine Gallery into a space that is not unlike an animal sanctuary for new forms of 21st-century life. Growing and evolving at all hours of the day and night, BOBs will not be exhibited for your viewing pleasure – you will be exhibited to them.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org
38 Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross – Dressers Exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, Soho
Until 3 June
Drawn from the extensive personal archives of filmmaker and photography collector Sébastien Lifshitz, this exhibition of amateur ‘found’ photographs from Europe and the US explores gender non-conformity and cross-dressing. Dating from 1880 onwards, the photos are mostly of unnamed and unknown figures and as such offer an unauthorised view into the worlds of individuals and groups choosing to defy gender conventions. Lifshitz’s initial collecting impulse was a fascination with the vernacular documentation of cross-dressing; his criteria to accumulate photographs, which showed men dressing as women and vice versa. Under Cover: A Secret History of Cross-Dressers celebrates the collective inventiveness and liberation that the seemingly simple act of dressing differently provides. The exhibition was originally produced by the Rencontres d’Arles.
16 – 18 Ramillies Street W1F 7LW; thephotographersgallery.org.uk
39 Rediscover: Tiepolo’s ‘Joseph Receiving Pharaoh’s Ring’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Until 3 June
From 20 March, Rediscover: Tiepolo’s ‘Joseph Receiving Pharaoh’s Ring’ is on show at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The painting has been away from the Gallery for conservation since October 2015. This is the first opportunity to see the painting newly conserved, alongside the technical research carried out along the way: including X-rays and paint analysis. You can expect to look at a single painting from every possible angle, learning more about its artist, subject, meaning and making. It will reveal incredible details and the layers beneath the surface of the painting.
Gallery Road, Dulwich SE21 7AD; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
40 Macbeth at the National Theatre
Until 23 June
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. The National Theatre is presenting the famous Shakespeare production of Macbeth. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy is directed by Rufus Norris 25 years after his last Shakespeare production. Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth respectively.
Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PX; nationaltheatre.org.uk
41 Fatberg! at Museum of London
Until 1 July
The Museum of London will showcase the last remaining piece of the Whitechapel fatberg as part of a display titled Fatberg! opening on 9 February. Fatberg! will address how fatbergs are created, the processes of obtaining and displaying such an object and how the rest of the fatberg was recycled. The display will tie in with the museum’s season of events and displays, City Now City Future which examines the challenges, initiatives and innovations taking place within our cities.
150 London Wall EC2Y 5HN; museumoflondon.org.uk
42 Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017 at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
Until 22 July
Russian photographer Artem Mironov beat thousands of photographers from around the world to be declared Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017. His photograph, The Rho Ophiuchi Clouds, will take pride of place at the corresponding exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Now in its ninth year, the competition received over 3,800 entries from over 90 countries. The best of these exceptional photographs are showcased in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ; rmg.co.uk
43 The Simon & Garfunkel Story at Lyric Theatre, Soho
Until 23 July
The Simon & Garfunkel Story as it extends its acclaimed West End run with Philip Murray Warson (One Man Two Guvnors) to join, starring as Paul Simon alongside previously announced Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel. Revealing the incredible journey shared by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the audience follows their meteoric rise. From Simon and Garfunkel‘s humble beginnings, right through their worldwide successes and bitter break-up, culminating with a stunning recreation of their 1981 Central Park reformation concert, audiences can re-live the moments that justified their ten Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
29 Shaftesbury Avenue W1D 7ES; thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com
44 Relatum – Stage at Serpentine Galleries, Hyde Park
Until 29 July
The Serpentine continues its exploration of public art with a sculptural commission by artist Lee Ufan named Relatum – Stage. Lee Ufan came to prominence in the late 1960s as one of the major theoretical and practical proponents of the avant-garde Mono-ha group. The first contemporary art movement in Japan to gain international recognition, Mono-ha rejected Western notions of representation, focusing on the relationships between materials and perceptions rather than on expression or intervention. Ufan’s minimalist works, which use only two materials, steel and stone, are characteristic of this school of thought. Comprised of two angled, mirrored, steel sheets and two different-sized stones, Relatum – Stage will merge the natural and industrial in a poetic installation that reflects the surrounds of the park.
Kensington Gardens W2 3XA; serpentinegalleries.org
45 All Too Human at the Tate Britain, Westminster
Until 27 August
Get down to the Tate Britain this month to see the exhibition that everyone is talking about, All Too Human. It celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.
Millbank, Westminster, SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
46 Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at County Hall
Until 16 September
This new production of Agatha Christie’s classic courtroom drama by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Rebecca Stafford Productions is set in County Hall’s ornate Chamber. Director Lucy Bailey places the audience in the thick of the action, with some even watching from the jury box, as this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal unfolds around them. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? This production has proved so popular that its run has been extended until September. Tickets £10-£95 (VIP Jury Tickets include access to a private bar area, a complimentary programme and 2 complimentary drinks.
Belvedere Road, South Bank SE1 7PB; witnesscountyhall.com
47 The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Until 30 September
On 23 March the National Maritime Museum opens a major photography exhibition celebrating the nation’s love affair with the seaside. Featuring over 100 works by four of Britain’s most celebrated photographers – Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts – The Great British Seaside: Photography from the 1960s to the present, explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades. The Great British Seaside documents a quintessentially British experience. It covers the country’s beaches from Brighton to Blackpool and captures the traditions, customs and eccentricities associated with them. Through the work of some of Britain’s most celebrated photographers, the exhibition will showcase photography from their archive collections, as well as negative contact sheets and footage.
Park Row, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk
48 Special Forces: In the Shadows at the National Army Museum, Chelsea
Until 18 November
Extreme training. Secret missions. Total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces. This major exhibition presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Discover who these soldiers are, the skills they need, and the operations they’ve undertaken at home and abroad. The exhibition looks at the work of these units as well as the skills and dedication needed to make the cut. Tickets are £8.
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3 4HT; nam.ac.uk
49 Dream On at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Until 20 January 2019
Dream on is a new exhibition which explores dreams, the unconscious and an imaginary world between sleep and wakefulness. iI weaves together several elements. Looking at our relationship to objects and the power we invest in them the exhibition plays with the notion that objects come to life when we are not looking, much like our dreams when we fall asleep. The artists at the exhibit include Christie Brown Katherine Tulloh, Madeleine Waller, the children of St George’s Hospital Tooting, and the primary school children from Lauriston School Hackney.
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green E2 9PA; vam.ac.uk