What’s on in London for May 2016

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May in London is usually considered the start of our summer season so the tourists should be flocking to the city, with this in mind their is plenty to see and do. If however you are looking at theatre and music tickets which may be hard to come by for some shows, then Harmony cars may be able to help, as they now have contacts with ticket agencies who can provide tickets for most West end productions.Harmony Cars number is 07976 374498. They can also provide tickets for major sporting events and of course offer an excellent chauffeur service.

No 1. 8th May2016 “Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival” at St Paul’s Church Covent Garden.

Celebrating the anniversary of the first time that Samuel Pepys recorded seeing a Punch and Judy-style show in London in 1662, this fun festival is a popular annual treat for families. Puppeteers travel from all over England to perform.

This year is the 41st Covent Garden May Fayre, and it starts with a procession at 11am around the neighbourhood, before a church service at midday and puppet shows from 12.30pm. You’ll also find puppet workshops, food stalls and entertainment including maypole dancing, clowns and folk music bands. The Actor’s Church was built in the 17th century to designs by celebrated architect Inigo Jones, St Paul’s Covent Garden was the first new church to be built in London since the Reformation. Due to the large number of theatres in the area, as well as the puppet shows held in its grounds, it quickly gained the nickname “the Actor’s Church”. It contains memorials to many famous theatrical personalities, including Charles Macklin, Dame Ellen Terry and Vivien Leigh. You may also recognise the church’s appearance from its appearance in the film My Fair Lady.

No 2. 10th to 14th May 2016 “Elvis Costello Detour: at The London Palladium”.

This enduringly popular singer-songwriter revisits his back catalogue from the past four decades including Accidents Will Happen, Alison, I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea, Oliver’s Army, Pump It Up and Watching The Detectives, plus he performs soulful cover versions of Charles Aznavour, Cliff Edwards, Sam And Dave and Brinsley Schwarz.

Ticket Prices: Adult Ticket: £38.00 to £57.50 per ticket

No.3. 13th May 2016 “Iggy Pop” at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bowie may be gone, but thank the gods we’ve still got Iggy. The shirt-averse Detroit wildman and official King of Punk revealed a great new project last week with Josh Homme (from Queens Of The Stone Age). Hear the new stuff and some deathless Iggy classics in South Ken this May, with a band also featuring Homme’s Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate Dean Fertita and Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys.

No.4.     18th May 2016 “State Opening of Parliament 2016” at Parliament Square.

Watch as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travel in a coach from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament, the most exciting and important event of the Parliamentary calendar. As Head of State, it is The Queen’s duty to formally open each new session of Parliament.

Join the throngs of spectators as the procession makes its way along The Mall and Whitehall, before heading to the Houses of Parliament. The ceremony takes place at the House of Lords.

No.5. 24th to 28th May 2016 “RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016” at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea are transformed into show gardens, inspirational small gardens and vibrant horticultural displays for the world’s most famous flower show. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is attended by more than 150,000 visitors each year. Tickets sell out quickly and must be purchased in advance, so book now to avoid disappointment.The show has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends. New plants are launched and the popularity of older varieties are revived.

It’s the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week and is staged in one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods. Alongside the gardens, you’ll find a host of retailers who are returning with their garden goodies, outdoor products and green-fingered advice.

No.6. 26th to 28th May “Radiohead” at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm.

One of the most adventurous bands ever to emerge from the UK make a long overdue return this summer, performing for three nights at the Roundhouse in Camden. It’s an incredibly intimate venue for Thom Yorke’s boys, whose past London headline shows include gigs at The O2 and Victoria Park. If you manage to snag a ticket you’ll be one of the first people to hear their new album – as yet untitled, but due to be performed in full on the band’s upcoming tour. With a bit of luck they’ll also chuck in some favourites from their back catalogue, which covers everything from brainy arena rock to woogly, downbeat electronica. Radiohead being Radiohead, anything could happen tonight. Just don’t hold your breath for ‘Creep’.

No.7. 27th May to 1st October 2016 “Aladdin” at Prince Edward Theatre.

After breaking records on Broadway, Disney Theatrical Productions (The Lion King) transports Aladdin to London’s West End.

With the help of Genies (Trevor Dion Nicholas)three wishes, can Aladdin change his fate and win the heart of a princess? Or will the treacherous Grand Vizier Jafar uncover Aladdin’s humble origins and overthrow the Sultan? Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon), Aladdin features much-loved family favourites, A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights from the 1992 animated Disney classic. Chad Beguelin (Elf) joins forces with Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast) and Tim Rice (The Wizard of Oz) to produce original songs for this breath-taking new production. Audiences will also be treated to previously unheard songs by Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid; Little Shop of Horrors).

Discover the magical world of Agrabah and book your ticket to this dazzling new London show.Ticket Prices:Adult Tickets: £28.00 to £125.00 per ticket.

Don’t forget if you need transport to take you and bring you back from the show then why not contact Harmony cars to arrange a chauffeur driven car. They can be contacted on 07976 374498.

No.8. 27th May to15th October 2016 “The Go-Between” at the Apollo Theatre.

Don’t miss Michael Crawford’s return to the West End.

Crawford plays Leo, an emotionally detached, elderly man who keeps memories of his past locked away. On finding a diary from his youth, Leo comes across a passage from a particularly hot summer in 1900, when thirteen-year-old Leo was manipulated into acting as a go-between for a pair of young lovers from entirely different social spheres. The tragic results of that affair have followed him for the rest of his life. The Go-Between has already received Best Musical Production at the Theatre Awards UK for runs at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal & Derngate and Derby Live. Now with a new score by Richard Taylor, the musical’s London premiere promises to be a hit. Ticket Prices: Adult: £25.00 to £109.00 per ticket.

No.9. 27th to 29th May 2016 “MCM London Comic Con” at the Excell Centre.

A firm fixture on every fanboy’s annual calendar, London Comic Con is the UK’s biggest modern pop culture convention. With dealer stalls, special guests, plenty of manga, games and cosplay there’s heaps to get excited about. Stars making an appearance have yet to be announced for the May 2016 event but previous celebs of the big and small screen have included Edgar Wright, Danny DeVito and more Dr Who’s than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at. Priority tickets can be bought in advance and give you a two-hour head start on the general entry times. See the MCM Comic Con website for more information

No.10.   28th May to 6th August 2016 ” Titanic” at Charing Cross Theatre.

Witness the tragic story of Titanic, as it is brought to life at Charing Cross Theatre, in a revival of Southwark Playhouse’s award-winning musical.

On the night of 14 April 1912, RMS Titanic hits an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York and sinks, leaving 1517 men, women and children to die. Many of those on board had dreamed of a better life in America.

Based on real stories and characters, this romantic musical delves into the captivating stories of the ocean liner’s passengers, from the hopes of the poor Third Class immigrants to the ambitions of billionaires travelling in First Class.With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a script by Peter Stone, Titanic recreates these tragic stories of hope and escape.

Ticket Prices:  Adult: £29.50 per ticket.

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