Our November 2019 highlights
This show - a night of eating, drinking and Abba songs set in a taverna on the same Greek island as Ulvaeus’s smash hit musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ – has now claimed a corner of the O2 and features a script adapted by Britain’s favouite Scandinavian, Sandi Toksvig.
Federíco Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ is a fringe staple that’s not had a major revival in years. Now, here comes a new version of this bleak rural revenge tragedy.
Wrap up snug and head to one of the capital’s many bonfire displays to enjoy a high-tech spectacle over London’s top attractions and beyond.
This major new exhibition of Antony Gormley sculptures should provide a neat overview of his career to date, showing how his best-known and most-recent works developed out of his earlier practice.
November is the month when London gets transformed into the sparkliest, blingiest, most festive place on earth with the switching on of Christmas lights all over town. There's nothing like the sparkle of London Christmas lights to give the city an instant festive makeover.
You can glide around London all year round, but from the very first note of the very first Christmas song, the city's halls get well and truly decked out with winter wonder. Pop-up rinks appear outside iconic landmarks, like Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace and the Natural History Museum, while lights twinkle on every street and Christmas markets start mulling wine. Christmas celebrations aren’t ever truly complete until you’ve laughed at your mates falling over, so here’s a round-up of London’s best ice rinks to enjoy some merry antics this year. If you can’t wait until winter (or you want to get some practice in) some of the city’s rinks are open all year round too. Whether you’re a total pro, a little bit wobbly or have hold onto the rink for dear life, it’s time to get your skates on. RECOMMENDED: Christmas in London
Looking for gift inspiration? Look no further than London's Christmas markets and fairs, which start to pop up all over town from mid-November. Among a raft of special festive events you'll find foodie gifts, hand-crafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit.
In 2003, visitors to Tate Modern went mad for Olafur Eliasson's Turbine Hall installation. The artist is now back at the same galley with a big exhibition and an outside artwork. He's even taking over the Terrace Bar, turning it into a vegetarian canteen.
New art from Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey. We know a sum total of zilch about this latest work, but his previous output has been about everything from dance subcultures to semi-invented memories.
See the UK premiere of US playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury’s metatheatrical race drama.
The art of Paul Gauguin isn't exactly unknown (to say the least), yet there's never been an exhibition exclusively of his portraiture - until now.
Lucian Freud isn't especially known for his self-portraits, but it turns out he did quite a few of them - enough to fill an exhibition, anyhow.
Finally, a major retrospective of Blake's idiosyncratic artworks. The man who wrote 'The Tyger' truly was one of a kind and his art is filled with beauty, mystery and fear. See it whilst you can, at Tate Britain on the banks of Blake's 'charter'd Thames'.
Artist Nam June Paik has long been predicting how technology would soon be influencing our lives. This Tate show brings together works made across five-decades by the artist credited with inventing video art.
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