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London events in April

Your guide to the best happenings in London this April

© David Tett

April in London means that the city finally comes alive with warm weather, outdoor pursuits and a whole heap of energetic things to do. Whether you're up for taking on the mighty London Marathon, cycling the London to Paris bike ride - or just becoming the ultimate race spectator, we've picked out the best bits this April to keep you in cultural shape.

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Our April highlights

1

The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism

Following the success of ‘David Bowie Is’, the exhibition about Mick Jagger’s old mucker Dave, the Stones are proudly flaunting all the moss they’ve gathered over the last 50 years with this major expo at the Saatchi Gallery. The band have dug over 5,000 personal bits and bobs out of their mansion attics: photographs, films, posters, stage costumes, guitars, diaries and letters, and more Stones artefacts.

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Saatchi Gallery , Chelsea Until Sunday September 4 2016
2

Funny Girl

Critics' choice

'Funny Girl' will transfer to the West End's Savoy Theatre for a limited 12-week run in April 2016. Barbra bloody Streisand, eh? If the 75m-selling singer-slash-actress’s only really noteworthy contribution to the twenty-first century has been playing Ben Stiller’s mum in ‘Meet the Fockers’, then that’s okay: her legacy was pretty much assured before she hit 30. 

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Savoy Theatre , Charing Cross Until Saturday October 8 2016
3

Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979

Ignore the somewhat dry title of this survey of British art. Taking in the period of Harold Wilson’s Labour government and the election of Margaret Thatcher, there’s plenty of switched-on politically-motivated (and often angry) work on offer by artists who, thinking beyond the limits of conventional art, used text and photography to pose questions about the world around them.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Monday August 29 2016
4

The Flick

Annie Baker's much-hyped, Pulitzer Prize-winning Off-Broadway play gets a London transfer. Three underpaid employees of a fading Massachusetts movie theatre tend to one of the last 35-millimetre film projectors in the state. Their heartbreaks and petty battles unfold, in dramas far more compelling than the scenes which flicker on the big screen above them.

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National Theatre , South Bank Friday June 3 2016 - Wednesday June 15 2016
5

This Is A Voice

Through exploration of vocal tracts, speech devices and restless minds, this exhibition sheds light on the human voice and why we make the weird and wonderful sounds we do. Live performances, demonstrations and visuals examine the voice from its beginnings within the body to the sounds that ring out in our heads.

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Wellcome Collection , Bloomsbury Until Sunday July 31 2016
6

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

The most prestigious photographic award exhibition in the country, which gives a top prize of £30,000 for the best exhibition or publication of the past year by a living photographer of any nationality, returns with four new nominees: Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Trevor Paglen and Tobias Zielony. This year’s diverse shortlist reflects upon political concerns, identity and migration.

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Photographers' Gallery , Soho Until Sunday July 3 2016
7

Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Get ready to have shirts and skirts stripped back to focus on the skivvies that shape the body below at this exhibition charting how underwear supports and firms the figure, as well as the sexual and sensual appeal it holds. Around 200 garments and accessories will be on display, from long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria's mother to an Antonio Berardi dress sported by Gwyneth Paltrow.

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday March 12 2017
8

The City Garden

Inspired by gardens in the City of London, artist Rebecca Louise Law has created an installation especially for new Guildhall gallery The City Centre. Fresh flowers entwine with copper wire above head height where they will, over the summer, dry out and preserve themselves.

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The City Centre , Moorgate Until Sunday September 25 2016
9

The Tate Britain Commission 2016: Pablo Bronstein

The Turbine Hall over at Tate Modern may get the lion’s share of coverage, but Tate Britain’s annual commission for its central Duveen Galleries is often a highlight of the cultural year. This spring, the Buenos Aires-born, London-based artist Pablo Bronstein will make an, as yet unspecified, site-specific work for the galleries. On paper, he’s a perfect fit.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Sunday October 9 2016
10

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Critics' choice

Romantic, magical and mischievously funny: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is far and away the most obvious Shakespeare play for new Globe boss/former Kneehigh boss Emma Rice to direct at the helm of the Bankside institution, and it's great that she's dived straight in with it.

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday September 11 2016
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Brenna L
Brenna L

Is there any annual spring music festivals that take place in London? We are looking at a Music trip in 2017 for students and hoping for something related to do there. 

Ceri D
Ceri D

An alternative lecture on C.L.R. James and other writers’ opposition to WWII with James Heartfield, author of Unpatriotic History of the Second World War. CLR James wrote,"My friends, ... the democracy I haven’t got Hitler didn’t take from me."  Organised by education charity WORLDwrite, at Hatch, Homerton,London E9 6AB on Wednesday 8th April, 7.00pm .Book tickets online via https://clr-lecture.eventbrite.com