What’s on in London for April 2016


Tourist season has begun and so London has lots of things to do and see. This month there are a number of new stage productions opening at London Theatres. There is lots of live music, and an exhibition at the Excel centre. For Sporting events see earlier article on the blog showing what’s on. If you require any transport or tickets for any of the events listed below then contact Harmony Cars who can provide Chauffeur transport to get you to and from the events, and can also help supply you with tickets.

No 1. 1st April to 7th May 2016 “Sunset Boulevard” at the London Coliseum. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s celebrated musical Sunset Boulevard arrives at the London Coliseum for a strictly limited run this spring. Glenn Close makes her West End debut to reprise her Tony Award-winning role as Norma Desmond, a silent film star in decline. Based on Billy Wilder’s classic film, this captivating musical follows poor screen writer Joe Gillis as he is seduced by Norma and the fantasy world confined within her mansion on Sunset Boulevard.A tale of excess and obsession, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved score will be brought to life by the full English National Opera orchestra. From the partnership that produced Sweeny Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel, ENO and the GradeLinnit Company’s new production promises to be another sell-out success. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £32.00 to £639.00 per ticket

No 2. 6th April to 4th September 2016 “EXHIBITIONISM: The Rolling Stones” at Saatchi Gallery. Step into the life of The Rolling Stones in an immersive exhibition. Get a glimpse into the life of The Rolling Stones, one of the UK’s biggest rock and roll bands. Discover rare and previously unseen artefacts from Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards. Music lovers should not miss this ground-breaking exhibition as it takes over the entire art gallery in Chelsea. It features everything from original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia from their live tours, to rare guitars, iconic costumes and personal correspondence. You’ll also uncover rare audio tracks, unseen video clips and unique cinematic presentations; as well as original poster and album cover artwork amongst the 500 exhibits spanning the band’s career since the 1960’s. Collaborative work with the likes of Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen and Martin Scorsese will also be showcased in this immersive exhibition.

No.3. 9th April 2016 “Vaisakhi in London” at City Hall and The Scoop. Celebrate the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi with performances and activities. Enjoy music, performances and fun activities at City Hall and The Scoop, in celebration of Vaisakhi, which symbolises the Sikh New Year. You’ll find everything from turban tying displays, spiritual music and folk dance performances, to food stalls, exhibitions and short films by Sikh artists. There’s plenty to enjoy for kids with activities galore during an afternoon crammed full of cultural experiences from midday.

No.4. 9th April to 7th January 2017 “Show Boat” at the New London Theatre. Daniel Evans’ new version of the powerful musical transfers to London’s West End following a bestselling run in Sheffield. A timeless tale of love and freedom amidst racial prejudice, this dramatic production features the classic songs Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, Ol’ Man River and Make Believe. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name, Show Boat follows the lives, loves and struggles of the workers and performers aboard the Cotton Blossom. Join the show boat’s journey along the Mississippi River over the course of 40 of the most critical years of American history in the Deep South. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £19.50 to £127.00 per ticket

No.5. 9th April to 10th September 2016 “Funny Girl” at Savoy Theatre. Sheridan Smith plays Fanny Brice in a major revival of the hit musical, directed by Michael Mayer. After a sold out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Funny Girl, starring multi-award-winning stage and screen star Sheridan Smith, transfers to Savoy Theatre. This modern classic is based on the bitter-sweet story of Fanny Brice (Smith) and her rise to Broadway fame amidst a stormy relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. Based on the book by Isobel Lennart with revisions by Harvey Fierstein, this much-loved tale has all the passion and laughs of the original production which helped catapult Barbra Streisand to global renown. Prepare to sing your heart out as the iconic Jule Styne and Bob Merrill score returns with songs including Don’t Rain on My Parade, People, and You Are Woman, I Am Man. Broadway heavyweight Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Spring Awakening) directs what promises to be one of the must-see musicals this summer. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £32.00 to £160.00 per ticket

No.6. 20th April to 26th April 2016 “Jeff Lynne’s ELO” at The O2. Jeff Lynne’s ELO performs songs from the groups first new music album in 15 years; Alone In The Universe. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £51.50 to £81.50 per ticket

No.7. 23rd April 2016 “Bellowhead: The Farewell Tour” at London Palladium. After 12 amazing years, the UK’s most successful folk band Bellowhead are calling it a day. They will be gracing the London Palladium stage as part of their tour. The band said ’It’s in keeping with all the musical and theatrical traditions that make Bellowhead what it is, that we will end at our peak and leave the audience wanting more. The shows always finish on a high, and so should we.’ Bellowhead have performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and their sheer joy of performing and infectious energy has earned them loyal and enthusiastic audiences, who have made this big party juggernaut all worthwhile. Please note there is an age limit of 14+ for this event. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £58.00 per ticket

No.8. 23rd April 2016 “Feast of St George” in Trafalgar Square 2016 Free. Celebrate St George’s Day, England’s national day, with free activities, food stalls and children’s games at the annual festival in Trafalgar Square, which takes on a Shakespearean theme this year. Join the St George’s Day celebrations, with English food, free activities and a Shakespearean twist at the Mayor of London’s annual Feast of St George in Trafalgar Square. This year’s event takes place on St George’s Day itself, 23 April, between 12pm and 6pm.See Trafalgar Square decorated in red and white for England’s national day, and join in the free themed activities with live music, family games, dance and storytelling. Plus, watch celebrity chefs give live cookery demonstrations and sample traditional English fare from the food stalls, inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th-century origins as a national day of feasting. To mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, which also falls on 23 April, this year’s event will also celebrate the bard’s life and work with themed activities.

No.9.   28th April to 11th May 2016 “The Comedy About A Bank Robbery” at Criterion Theatre. Enjoy the latest offering from the Mischief Theatre Company and laugh until you drop. This is a story of eight incompetent crooks attempting to outwit a snoozing security guard. Directed by Mark Bell, this comedy proves to be just as hilarious as Mischief Theatre’s last.   Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £20.00 to £89.00 per ticket.

No.10.   30th April to 8th May 2016 “Grand Designs Live” at ExCel. The show is based on the popular television series Grand Designs and shares the same presenter, design expert Kevin McCloud. Now in its eleventh year, the organisers are promising a bigger and better show than ever before. Packed with more than 500 exhibitors across seven different areas, the show covers everything from interiors, gardens, food and housewares to kitchens, bathrooms, self-builds and renovations. Whether you want to build a new home from scratch, drastically alter an existing home or just spruce up a room or two, all the advice and equipment needed can be found here. With seminars, demonstrations and even one-to-one advice from experts in all fields of home improvement, there’s bound to be something here to spark some inspiration for a grand design of your own. Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £12.00 to £39.00 per ticket.


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