The Entertainment List: March 2015

THE ART OF DINING, N1 

A 70s themed, five course pop-up dining experience, combining food, theatre, music and set design. Inspired by Mike Leigh’s play of the same name, Abigail’s Party will see set designer Alice Hodge transform the iconic Rose Lipman Centre into a 70s living room, complete with lava lamps, hostess trolleys, shag-pile rugs, loud wallpaper, jazzy sofas, drinks cabinets and every shade of beige.

   

SWEENY TODD, W1

Tooting Arts Club's acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd is to move to a new home on Shaftesbury Avenue this spring whilst Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop undergoes refurbishment. Whilst the Lovetts' Victorian home is out of action Tooting Arts will recreate the interior of the beloved Harrington's, meticulously building an exact replica on Shaftesbury Avenue to house the show, the first pop-up musical to come to Theatreland.

   

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SAVAGE BEAUTY, V&A SW7

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, this is one exhibition you won’t want to miss.

   

SARGANT, NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, WC2

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was the greatest portrait painter of his generation. This major exhibition of over seventy portraits spans Sargent’s time in London, Paris, Boston and New York as well as his travels in the Italian and English countryside. Important loans from galleries and private collections in Europe and America make this an unmissable opportunity to discover the artist’s most daring, personal and distinctive portraits.

   

RAILWAY CHILDREN, KING’S CROSS THEATRE N1

Set in a brand new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breathtaking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60-tonne vintage locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight viewers of any age.

   

ONCE, PHOENIX THEATRE, WC2

Once is the smash-hit, award-winning musical that will capture your heart like no other.Closing soon, this heart-warming, hilarious and bittersweet love story celebrates the power of music, and is performed live on stage by an extraordinary cast of actor-musicians.

     

GYPSY, SAVOY THEATRE WC2

Following a successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The show, starring Imelda Staunton, will open at the Savoy Theatre on March 28th 2015.Gypsy the Musical first appeared in 1959 on Broadway under the title ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable’. The show features music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and is loosely based on the memoirs of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. Tickets are selling fast!

   

GUY BOURDIN: IMAGE MAKER, SOMERSET HOUSE WC2

The UK’s largest ever exhibition of the influential and enigmatic fashion photographer Guy Bourdin, featuring over 100 works and previously unseen material from the photographer’s estate, from 1955 to 1987. The exhibition closes on 15th March.

   

A VIEW FROM A BRIDGE, WYNDHAM'S THEATRE WC2

The Young Vic's hit production of A View from the Bridge transfers to the West End for a strictly limited season, with a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game, Before I Go To Sleep) as Eddie Carbone. Don't miss this “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production (Evening Standard) which sold out even before it opened at the Young Vic.Booking until 11th April.

   

 HOLI WITH DISHOOM, KING’S CROSS N1

Dishoom has been bringing the true spirit of Holi to London for the past two years. Holi parties are properly messy affairs, filled with joy and attended by revellers of all ages, backgrounds and faiths. The next one’s on 29th March at the not-even-open-yet Lewis Cubitt Square, just up the road next to Dishoom King’s Cross.

BEARD, SOMERSET HOUSE WC2

Somerset House presents a series of portraits by photographer Mr Elbank in which all of the subjects sport a beard.  Featuring over 80 images exhibited for the first time and exploring the art of grooming, the show celebrates the enduring beard trend that has exploded across the world.

   

FASHION ON THE RATION: 1940S STREET STYLE, IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM SE1

From 'onesies' to wear in the air raid shelter to jewellery created from aeroplane parts - Fashion on the Ration looks at how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing in 1940s Britain, often in new and unexpected ways.