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London events in April

Own April with our selection of the very best events happening in London

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April in London is when things really kick into gear. Spring is officially here and the city finally sees some warm weather, meaning that London's great outdoors comes alive, the rooftop bars start opening, the lidos start filling up, and some brave souls take on the mighty London Marathon. If that all sounds far too energetic, just become an enthusiastic spectator and get stuck into some serious chocolate over the Easter weekend and the first bank holiday of the year. Here's our event highlights for the month to get you started – we've got a feeling April is gonna be a good one. 

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Our April 2017 highlights

Open-air theatre at the the Globe

April 22 is going to be a good day for theatre fans. It's when the alfresco fun begins at the Globe, kicking off with what's rumoured to be a very full-on production of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Directed by Daniel Kramer, new boss of the English National Opera, this version of the classic tale of lovers from warring families should pull no punches – hopefully under sunny (or at least rain-free) skies. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Sunday July 9 2017

Ashley Bickerton

A 30-year-long survey of the American artist's career, which follows his early days in the Neo-Geo movement in '80s New York, through to his lush, tropical-inspired paintings inspired by relocating to Bali in 1993, to works created in the last few years.

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Newport Street Gallery , Lambeth Until Sunday August 20 2017

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Ofili rose to fame in the '90s with his exquisite paintings featuring materials like elephant dung – but for this NG commission, he's created a hand-woven tapestry that features a mixture of classical mythology and the magic and folklore of his adopted home Trinidad.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Until Monday August 28 2017

Queer British Art at Tate Britain

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. This show charts the preceding century: a hundred years of queer artists either making deeply personal work (about lives led in necessary secrecy) or avowedly political statements. Duncan Grant, John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and David Hockney are among those on display.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Sunday October 1 2017

The Ferryman


For a lot of people, 'The Ferryman' will effectively serve as Jez Butterworth's follow-up to his era-defining 'Jerusalem', mostly because its actual follow-up, 'The River', was almost impossible to get seats to. Everything about 'The Ferryman' screams big, though: debuting in the Court's main house, it's directed by Butterworth's James Bond collaborator Sam Mendes and co-produced by Sonia Friedman.

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Gielgud Theatre , Soho Until Saturday October 7 2017

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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. 

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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