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
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.
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.
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.
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.