What’s on in London for March 2013

boat raceEaster and spring are on the way and half term school holidays will start during the month so lots of children will be in London during this month . Hopefully the snow in the UK will have gone and things will start to warm up. There are lots of events to see and do this month. To help you find things that do not rely on our unpredictable weather I have tried to include a lot of indoor events so rain, shine or snow there will be something to keep you entertained throughout the month.

No 1. 1st to 3rd March  “Madagascar Live! “…at Wembley Arena.

Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they escape from New York’s Central Park Zoo and journey all the way to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. This live arena version of the blockbuster movie will be brought to life by the use of imaginative sets and costumes, and some spectacular new songs and dance routines. Audiences of all ages will adore it! Tickets: £20 to £50.

No 2. 2nd to 3rd March  “Boogie Nights (The 70′s Musical) — The Osmonds & Gareth Gates” at the  indigO2, Millennium Way, North Greenwich, London.

This show has been remixed into a concert version. The Osmonds and Gareth Gates will headline the all-star cast, which also includes Louisa Lytton, Andy Abraham, Chico and Shane Richie Jnr. The indigO2 is a smaller entertainment venue next to the main O2, just under the roof. It has a capacity of up to 2,400 people with theatre-style seating downstairs and a huge balcony area.  Tickets: £32.50 to £40.

No. 3. 8th to 10th March 2013 “MOVE IT” at Olympia

This is the UK’s biggest dance festival dedicated to dance of all styles and levels. Join 20,000 dancers for three days, and soak up the  electric atmosphere with 100 live performances, 220 dance classes in any genre you can think of, dance competitions and fascinating interviews from dancing idols and celebrities from the dance world. This is your once-a-year opportunity to create your ultimate dance experience and is perfect for beginners, professionals or students, or just simply for an inspiring day out for those who love dance. On the main stage there will be the  internationally acclaimed Wayne McGregor, bringing his company of ten extraordinary dancers, with music from Coldplay and Massive attack collaborator, Jon Hopkins. Also critically acclaimed and multi-award winning musical, ‘A Chorus Line’ will be performing. ‘ So You Think You Can Dance’ winner Matt Flint will also be back for 2013 as the exciting new host of the MOVE IT Main Stage. Also performing will be Twist and Pulse, Olivier Award winning Boy Blue Entertainment, English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer Birdgang Dance Company and Sky’s Got to Dance finalists Boadicea. You can also catch up at ‘The Dance Register’ interview sofa – Discover useful insights and expert knowledge with Darcey Bussell, Tommy Franzen, Aletta Collins, Jonzi D, Mark Baldwin of Rambert and English National Ballet’s Director Tamara Rojo. Every member of the family can enjoy the entertainment, master classes and find out everything you need to know about dance no matter if it’s just where your local class is or where you can audition for a degree in dance or in the performing arts. Shoppers will also be able to head to the wide range of stands at the show to pick up the hottest items in dance. Times: Friday: 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday: 10.00 – 19.00 Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00. Ticket price: Adults – £14 Advanced, £17 on the door, Child (5-15yrs) – £10.75 Advanced, £13 on the door Under 5yrs – FREE

No.4. 10th March  “Rugby 6 Nations: England v Italy” at Twickenham Stadium.

England’s Rugby 6 Nations campaign continues with a game against Italy at Twickenham. Tickets: £40 to £98

No.5. 15th March to 1st April  “Ideal Home Show” at Earls Court Exhibition Centre

This iconic British Home Show will returns for its 105th Year! Whether you have a substantial home project or want to add those finishing touches that make a house a home, the Ideal Home Show has everything you need! With seven dedicated show areas catering to every need and taste, this is the only place to visit when making your home ideal. From ideal Interiors, to ideal Home Improvements, with ideal Gardens, and ideal Gadgets, plus ideal Food & Housewares, ideal Shopping and ideal Woman the enhanced sections give you more choice and bigger brands, all under one roof. Plus see exclusive show offers, new product launches and items you won’t find on the high street.

Times:  10am-6pm daily Late Night Thursdays open until 9pm. Admission: Weekday Adult: £16.50 on the door, £12 in advance. Weekend Adult: £18.50 on the door, £14 in advance. Weekday Concession (Over 60’s): £12 on the door, £10 in advance

No.6. 16th and 17th March “C2C: Country To Country” at The O2.

Country superstars are joining forces for the first time in London to create C2C: Country to Country. Some of the biggest names in the business are heading across the Atlantic for a huge two-day music festival extravaganza . Some of the leading country music artists in the world are all on stage together, including Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Brantley Gilbert, Kristian Bush, LeAnn Rimes and others to be announced shortly. The likes of LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood have a massive effect on both the UK and US charts, echoing the traditional sounds of the greatest country singers, while appealing to modern day listeners. Carrie Underwood’s sell out London performance last summer was the latest milestone and illustrated the UK’s huge appetite for the new sounds of country.

The line up so far is 16th Tim McGraw,Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush. 17th Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, LeAnn Rimes,Brantley Gilbert  Times: 3:30pm Admission: £35 – £65

No.7. 20th March  “Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy Night” at the Royal Albert Hall

Russell Brand and Noel Fielding are back together .Their evening of comedy in 2007 as ‘The Goth Detectives’ Bob Skeleton and Macabre de Coiffure was a massive success so we’re really excited to see what this year brings. Russell Brand shot to fame in the U.S. in 2008 when he was seen as rocker ‘Aldous Snow’ in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, the British star has become an international comedic success. Noel Fielding is a highly regarded comedian in his own right, his show Voodoo Hedgehog was a Perrier nominee and his regular appearances to sell-out crowds at the Royal Albert Hall in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust have won rave reviews. Noel is currently working on the second series of his show, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy. Alongside them will be special guests from the world of comedy to tickle your funny bone. Show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are from £25.

No.8. 23rd March till 28th July “David Bowie is at Victoria and Albert Museum“

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie – one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades. The V&A’s Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie’s own instruments and album artwork. The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie’s collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display will be more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these will be more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas. Admission:      Adults: £14, Senior citizens: £11

No.9.  28th March till 29th September “Life and death Pompeii and Herculaneum” at British Museum. 

In AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples, southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Preserved under ash, their rediscovery nearly 1,700 years later provided an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire. Starting with the bustling street, and moving through the intimate spaces of a home, you will be transported into the lives of ordinary Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, before devastation struck. From the atrium to the garden, bedroom and dining room, this personal journey will reveal parallels with our own lives today. With over 20 years since the last major exhibition on Pompeii in the UK, recent discoveries alongside celebrated objects, including body casts, will reveal new insights into this highly captivating and human story. Admission: Standard: £15, 16 – 18 years: £12.50, Under 16 years: free.

No.10. 31st March “Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race (159th)” held on The River Thames between Mortlake and Putney at 16.30 p.m.

In 2012, Cambridge won the 158th Boat Race, taking their overall tally to 81 races won against Oxford’s 76. Can Oxford win the title in 2013 to help close the gap? The world famous sporting event between Oxford and Cambridge was first held in 1829. The 4¼ mile Thames course from Putney to Mortlake is over three times as long as the Olympic course. Enjoy the festival atmosphere of the Boat Race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Bridge, Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish). There are large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith which mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. The parks will also feature food outlets, beer stands and merchandising stalls.


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