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Here are the best things going on this month in London, from exhibitions and theatre to pop-ups and festivals
By Abbie Schofield
London is famous for its cultural offering – world-famous galleries, first-class theatre, exciting pop-ups and unique events are happening each month all over the city. So, the Absolutely team has rounded up the very best cultural events happening in each area of London, from Islington to Chiswick. Scroll down to find London’s hottest happenings for the month of March 2020.
North and East London
In celebration of Andy Warhol’s life and career, a new exhibition attempts to reveal the man behind the Pop Art by way of fifteen photographs taken by Warhol’s friend William John Kennedy which had been gathering dust for over five decades. The photos document the artist in the early 1960s when he was on the cusp of success. A supporting documentary, Full Circle: Before They Were Famous, tells the story behind the photos via interviews with Kennedy himself, art historians and key figures from the 1960s New York art scene.
Until 12 March, 1 Perrin’s Court, NW3 1QX; zebraonegallery.com
House of Holi
Cinnamon Kitchen’s pop-up House of Holi has returned once again to celebrate the Indian festival of colour. Londoners can don a protective white suit and get throwing colourful powdered paint to celebrate the arrival of spring, followed by a range of Holi-inspired snacks, small plates and cocktails.
2-15 March, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL; cinnamon-kitchen.com
Ceramic Art London
Ceramic Art London is the place to see and buy the best contemporary ceramic art made by 110 of the most prestigious makers from around the world. With price points ranging from £20 – £5000, this year’s edition will see an expanded snapshot of contemporary ceramic making, from the functional and decorative to the abstract and architectural.
20-22 March, Central Saint Martins, Granary Square N1; ceramicartlondon.com
The Clash’s 1979 album, London Calling, was instantly hailed as a rock masterpiece. In celebration of the “truly London work” the Museum of London have collated items from The Clash’s personal archive, including clothes, notes, images and music belonging to the band members.
Until 19 April, 150 London Wall, EC2Y; museumoflondon.org.uk
Message in a Bottle
Created by triple Olivier-award winner Katie Price, who was behind hit shows such as Some Like It Hip Hop and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Message In A Bottle is a new dance-theatre show set to the music of Sting. Expect dazzling footwork, astonishing athletics and hits like Every Breath You Take and Fields of Gold.
Until 21 March, Portugal Street, WC2A 2HT; peacocktheatre.com
Nuclear War, Buried and Graceland make up a 120-minute triptych of provoking theatre about human suffering and fraught social divisions showing at Islington’s Old Red Lion Theatre. The triptych follows the trend for ‘box-set theatre’, using world-renowned playwright Simon Stephens to support emerging talents David Spencer (Buried) and Max Saunders (Graceland).
3-21 March, 418 St John Street, EC1V 4NJ; oldredliontheatre.co.uk
The Prince of Egypt
From the composer of Wicked comes the stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt, based on the Dreamworks film. Audiences will be immersed in the world of Ancient Egypt and the story of two brothers with secret pasts and brilliant destinies. The first, Ramasses, will rule as Pharaoh. The other, Moses, is given a divine task: to rise up and free his people.
Until 31 October 2020, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ; theprinceofegyptmusical.com
Cars: Accelerating the Modern World
Since its invention 130 years ago, the automobile has transformed the way we live our lives and move throughout the world. This eye-opening exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum looks at the way cars have shaped the modern society we exist in today, with images of vintage cars, accessories and literature on show.
Until 19 April, Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
After becoming the most-visited exhibition in France, Londoners now have the chance to see the dazzling artefacts found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the tomb’s discovery, visitors will explore the life of Tutankhamun via more than 150 authentic ancient Egyptian pieces.
Until May 2020, King’s Road, SW3; tutankhamun-london.com
The Maddox Gallery’s March exhibition showcases the work of 12 up-and-coming women artists including Coco Dávez who is known for her colour-block work, disruptive social media sensation Sophie Tea and contemporary mixed media artist Beau Dunn.
2-24 March, 9 Maddox Street, W1S 2QE; maddoxgallery.com
Following the success of the first two months, Madison have announced March dates for their Unplugged series. Guests can expect an intimate three-course dinner, created specially for the evening, accompanied by a glass of bubbles. The exciting weekly line-up of both emerging talent and accomplished artists continues with Shingai on Tuesday 10th March, RuthAnne on Tuesday 17th March, Julius Cowdry on Tuesday 24th March and Rothwell on Tuesday 31st March.
Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, EC4M 9AF; madisonlondon.net
Traditional Japanese theatre and cinematic images are combined in this Olivier-award winning production of Madam Butterfly. Puccini’s story of unrequited love between a Japanese girl and an American naval officer is as captivating as ever with the lead role of Cio-Cio San played by Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw.
Until 17 April, St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ES; eno.org
On Blueberry Hill
Following sell-out seasons in Dublin and New York, Sebastian Barry’s first new work in 10 years is coming to the West End. In On Blueberry Hill, two men who are both best friends and worst enemies share a cell in Mountjoy Jail, destined to spend the next 20 years together. Throughout the play, they reveal the events that led them there.
Until May 2020, 14 Whitehall, SW1A 2DY; onblueberryhill.co.uk
Delving into the world of political intrigue, court games and high drama, this immersive comedy allows you to discover the stories of Henrietta, an English mistress, and Queen Caroline, the face of the court. Kensington Palace provides a brilliant backdrop to this scandalous story, which is based on truth.
2-30 March, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX; hrp.org.uk
Over 200 works will be on display at Tate Britain in celebration of the Victorian illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, including his famed black and white line drawings and works that inspired him. Beardsley’s art titillated audiences in 1800s London with its humour, elegance and social commentary and this will be the largest exhibition of his work in 50 years.
From 4 March, Millbank, SW1P 4RG; tate.org.uk
The Time Machine
Inspired by HG Wells’ The Time Machine, Creation Theatre takes small audience groups on a journey through the labyrinth of the iconic London Library. Entering a world in which time travel has generated thousands of parallel universes, expect the unexpected in this new take on immersive science-fiction theatre.
Until 5 April, 14 St James’ Square, SW1Y 4LG; londonlibrary.co.uk
Run Sister Run
From award-winning playwright Chloë Moss, Run Sister Run tells the story of two sisters heading in different directions, desperate to cling to their bond. Spanning four decades up to the present day, we watch the sisters navigate life in this emotive story of family, love and dependence.
25 March-2 May, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE; sohotheatre.com
Sims Reed Gallery is showcasing an exhibition of prints and works on paper by American artist Dale Chihuly, best known for his glass installations. The twenty-nine original prints and ten original works on paper explore graphite, charcoal and bright colours and have been integral to the artist’s process and developing ideas that would later become his iconic glasswork.
25 March-1 May, 43A Duke Street, SW1Y 6DD; gallery.simsread.com
Can I Help You?
Can I Help You? is a magical realist play examining of the role race and gender have to play in mental health and suicide. A woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box comes across a man who is about to throw himself off Beachy Head. They start talking and both characters find hope – and are changed forever.
3-21 March, Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
Mitcham VR Festival
Cutting edge digital entertainment will be brought to Merton via a virtual reality festival showcasing VR and 360-degree films. Highlights include Judi Dench: My Oak Tree VR which allows viewers to fly around and through the most impressive oak tree in the Dame’s garden.
7 March, 12-16 Upper Green West, CR4 3AA; digitaldrama.org
The Apologists investigates the act of public apology by way of three high profile women who each get embroiled in a public scandal. Consisting of three monologues all performed by Gabrielle Scawthorn, this thought-provoking production reveals the power and limitations of saying sorry.
3-8 March, 1 Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0QW; omnibus-clapham.org
This new immersive experience will plunge you into the gritty underworld of 1920s London, where one family battles for supremacy in Elephant and Castle. In this intimate show of hair-raising thuggery and smuggling, the audience decides what happens, so no two nights are the same.
Until 29 March, 16 Harper Road, SE1 6AD; colabtheatre.co.uk/crooks-2
Women Beware Women
Step into the flamboyant Florentine court and uncover the savage underbelly of desire, lust and ambition in Thomas Middleton’s exploration of gender power dynamics. Starring Thalissa Teixeira, Tara Fitzgerald and Olivia Vinall, this formidable trio deliver a brilliant performance of the Jacobean tragedy, directed by Amy Hodge.
21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT; shakespearesglobe.com
The High Table
Tara’s perfect Nigerian wedding to her girlfriend, Leah, is all planned. But then her parents refuse to attend, jolting three of Tara’s ancestors awake from their eternal rest to try and resolve the family drama. This debut play by Temi Wilkey is both parts hilarious and heartbreaking, addressing tradition, family expectations and love.
Until 21 March, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
The Cat and the Canary
The latest whodunit from the Classic Thriller Theatre Company is the Cat and the Canary. Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather at a remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. Prepare to be swept into a work of dark secrets, haunting shadows and a whole load of mystery.
2-7 March Little Green, TW9 1QJ; atgtickets.com
Chiswick House and Gardens’ Grade 1 listed conservatory is in bloom this month as 33 varieties of camellia are on display, with petals ranging from pink and red to white and striped. Guides will be on hand to take guests on camellia-themed tours, giving an overview of the beautiful Italian Garden and its camellia collection.
Until 22 March, Chiswick House, W4 2QN; chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Essie’s job and relationship have both come to an end, and she’s a little bit lost; this new sharp and funny play by Irish writer Margaret Perry is about trying to hold on while your world collapses. Having won multiple awards at the likes of Edinburgh Fringe and Vault Festival, Collapsible is now showing at Bush Theatre.
7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ; bushtheatre.co.uk
Barnes Music Festival
Musical Journeys – A Voyage Of Discoveries is the theme for this year’s Barnes Music Festival, which has a jam-packed schedule of opera recitals, choir concerts, films, music from emerging young artists and more, all in celebration of the global cultural and musical hub that is London.
7-22 March, various venues, barnesmusicfestival.com
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