What’s on in London for May 2017

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Summer has truly arrived and hopefully the weather will start to warm up, giving you the chance to participate in lots of outdoor events. First thing we have listed is the State opening of Parliament, now at this time there is no exact date, but it is likely to take place about the middle of the month. Also this month there are some new Theatre productions opening, as well as concerts from Bob Dylan and Ariana Grande. Also look out for The Chelsea Flower show and loads more special events. Have a good month

No 1. Date to be announced should be mid May “State Opening of Parliament”

Watch the traditional procession which leads the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster.

The State Opening of Parliament is the most important event in the parliamentary calendar, bringing together the sovereign, the House of Lords and the House of Commons to mark the start of the new parliamentary year. The century-old ceremony takes place in the House of Lords, where the Queen reads a speech written by the government (the Queen’s Speech) which outlines its agenda for the coming year.

Join the throngs of spectators as the procession makes its way along The Mall and Whitehall, before heading to the Houses of Parliament. Spot the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh in the horse-led coach, escorted by the Household Cavalry. Check the media for exact date.

No 2. 6th May 2017 “Westminster Morris Men’s Day of Dance in Trafalgar Square

Spot Morris dancers perform in various locations across Westminster, before gathering together in Trafalgar Square at the annual Day of Dance.

The day begins at 12.30pm, with an hour of traditional English dancing in Trafalgar Square, as the Westminster Morris Men, along with Morris teams from all over the country, perform dances from different regions of England.

Between 2.30pm and 5pm, you can catch smaller displays around Westminster, with individual teams dancing at various landmarks and pubs.

The teams make their way back to Trafalgar Square at 5pm, to finish off the day with another hour of mass dancing.

No. 3. 9th May 2017 “Bob Dylan” at The SSE Arena, Wembley

The highly-influential Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter, and now Nobel Prize winner, performs his iconic folk and blues songs, including Lay Lady Lay and Blowin’ In The Wind. Tickets: £72.87 to £82.35

No.4. 13th May to 1st October 2017 “The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Discover more than 350 objects from the band, including rare artefacts and memorabilia that have never been seen before. Immerse yourself in Pink Floyd’s psychedelic world with exclusive video and sound installations, handwritten lyrics, and original posters from their albums and concerts. Highlights of the exhibition include original musical instruments and spectacular set reconstructions from some of Pink Floyd’s legendary albums and live performances, such as The Wall, The Division Bell and The Dark Side of The Moon.

Take this unique opportunity to consider the band’s pioneering music and visual imagery in light of their immense impact on contemporary art, design and performance. Tickets: £22 to £26.

No.5. 16th May to 17th June 2017 “Judy!” at Arts Theatre

Immerse yourself in the fascinating life story of one of the world’s greatest stars with Judy! at Arts Theatre.

Discover three defining stages of Judy Garland’s life, from the young girl heading towards The Wizard of Oz to the veteran performer seen on CBS. Refusing to tell the usual story of self-destruction, Ray Rackham’s acclaimed biographical musical focuses on a woman’s triumph in a man’s world.

Adored by audiences following its first run at Southwark Playhouse in 2015, the show features a soundtrack of classic songs including Over The Rainbow and The Man That Got Away. Tickets: £25 to £84.

No.6.   19th May till 16th September 2017 “Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2017 Season”

Enjoy a spot of Open Air Theatre in the stunning surroundings of Regent’s Park this summer with a stellar line-up of outdoor musicals and plays.

On The Town

Prepare for a night On The Town, as the biggest dance musical ever staged at Regent’s Park arrives to dazzle audiences. Follow the romantic adventures of three sailors on leave for 24 hours in the Big Apple, during a theatrical extravaganza packed with magnificent choreography and smash-hit tunes including New York, New York. 19th May-1st July. Tickets: From £18

No.7. 21st May 2017 “BMW LSO Open Air Classics” in Trafalgar Square

Join thousands of spectators as the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) steps out of the concert hall and onto Trafalgar Square. Conducted by Valery Gergiev and with rising star Behzod Abduraimov on the piano, the LSO this year performs a programme of Rachmaninov’s music, including his Second Symphony, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Symphonic Dances. Joining the London Symphony Orchestra on stage for the Symphonic Dances performance are 40 East London youths from the LSO On Track young musicians programme, as well as musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Whether you are new to classical music, or a Rachmaninov enthusiast this is a brilliant opportunity to enjoy a free open-air concert in Central London.

The concert begins at 6.30pm,but make sure to arrive much earlier to secure a space. Large screens and sound systems will be in place to ensure everyone in the square can fully enjoy the experience.

No. 8. 23rd May 2017 till 6th January 2018 “Annie” at Piccadilly Theatre

Be dazzled by the much-loved story of Annie, as the classic musical arrives at Piccadilly Theatre.

The smash-hit show follows the tale of Annie in 1930s New York, who has the chance to escape from evil Miss Hannigan when billionaire Oliver Warbucks offers her a new home. But Miss Hannigan and her friends have other ideas…

Comedian and television star Miranda Hart makes her West End debut as Miss Hannigan, joining this spectacular musical which is directed by Nikolai Foster.

Written by Thomas Meehan, with music from Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, the production features famous songs including Tomorrow, Easy Street and It’s a Hard Knock Life. Tickets: £20 to £69.50

No.9. 23rd to 27th May 2017 “RHS Chelsea Flower Show” at the Royal hospital Chelsea.

World-renowned garden designers, plant specialists, florists and nurseries come together every year to one of London’s most charming and affluent neighbourhoods to show off cutting-edge garden designs and inspirational floral exhibits. Stroll through show-stopping and award-winning gardens. Discover rare flowers and plants. Spot emerging gardening trends. See creative floral artworks and unusual displays. And browse the horticultural products on sale, from gardening gadgets to sculptures and plants.

The highlights of this year’s show are as follows:

Discover how plants and gardens can be squeezed into the smallest of urban spaces with Professor Nigel Dunnett’s RHS Greening Grey Britain Show Garden.

Explore more spectacular and innovative Show Gardens, from a Maltese landscape to a Silk Road Garden and a design inspired by Covent Garden’s history.

Walk through imaginative Artisan Gardens inspired by Japanese emperors, Spanish Art Nouveau artists, a medieval boat found in Norfolk and much more.

See ideas come to life in the Fresh Gardens category, which include creative interpretations of an active volcano and a scientific research lab.

Step inside the Great Pavillion marquee to examine playful as well as educational horticultural exhibits from top nurseries and florists.

Take the children for a tranquil moment in the Come to your Senses Eco Garden.

Tickets: £35 to £63

No.10.   25th to 26th May 2017 “Ariana Grande” at The O2

The Florida-born pop sensation with Grammy and BRIT award-nominations to her name performs her commercial pop hits in support of her third studio album, Dangerous Woman. Tickets: £43.40 to £67.10.


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