FESTIVALS & EVENTS
19-29 May: Discover the creativity and cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. Please check for times and prices. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 020-7960 4200. www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Station: Waterloo. E8.
6 May: BBC Total Immersion Day: Edgard Varèse. A half dozen of Varèse’s ﬁnest scores by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Please check for times and prices. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891. www.barbican.org.uk. Station: Barbican. C10.
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL
1 May: Philharmonia & Vivace Chorus: Brahms Requiem. One of the most popular choral works in the world, Brahms’ uplifting and inspiring Requiem. Please check for times and prices. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 0844-545 8252. www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Station: Waterloo. E8.
ST JAMES’S PICCADILLY
This church has free recitals on Mon, Wed & Fri at 1.10pm and concerts from 7.30pm. St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7381 0441. www.sjp.org.uk. Station: Piccadilly Circus. E7.
ST MARTIN-IN-THE-FIELDS CHURCH
Extensive programme of lunchtime and evening concerts and recitals. St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. www.smitf.org. Station: Charing Cross. E8.
27 May: Pavel Kolesnikov. Pavel plays Bach, Schubert and Schumann on the piano. Please check for times and prices. 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP. T: 020-7935 2141. Station: Bond Street. D6.
CONCERTS: POP, JAZZ & WORLD
31 May: The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Music from the 1920s and 1930s. Please check for times and prices. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ. T: 020-7730 4500. www.cadoganhall.com. Station: Sloane Square. F6.
Iconic venue for live music. 1-3 May: Ed Sheeran. 25-26 May: Ariana Grande. 27-28 May: Iron Maiden. 31 May: KISS. Please check for times and prices. The O2, Peninsula Square, SE10 0AX. T: 0844-856 0202. www.theo2.co.uk. Station: North Greenwich. Map inset.
RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ CLUB
London’s most famous jazz venue. 15-17 May: Monty Alexander Trio. Jamaican jazz piano virtuoso Monty Alexander. Check for times and prices. Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 47 Frith St, W1D 4HT. T: 020-7439 0747. www.ronniescotts. co.uk. Station: Tottenham Court Road. D7.
ROYAL ALBERT HALL
6 May: Film Music Gala. With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 8 May: Laura Mvula. 10 May: Abbaphonic. With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 11-14 May: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Watch the ﬁlm to a live score. 17 May: Adam Ant. 18-19 May: The Beach Boys. Check for times and prices. Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP. T: 020-7589 8212. www.royalalbert hall.com. Station: South Kensington. F4.
25-27 May: Zero Point. An engrossing sensory performance which uses imagery produced by motion-sensing technology. 7.45pm. Tickets £16-£30. Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891. www.barbican.org.uk. Station: Barbican. C10.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The Royal Ballet Company’s home base. To 13 May: Mayerling. Electrifying choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet – a tale of passion inspired by true events. Please check for times and prices. Bow St, WC2E 9DD. T: 020-7304 4000. www.roh.org.uk. Station: Covent Garden. D8.
9-13 May: Northern Ballet. A true story about Casanova. Steeped in 18th-century decadence, Kenneth Tindall’s ﬁrst full-length ballet is a riot of intrigue and seduction. 16-20 May: Ghost Dances. Christopher Bruce’s eerie contemporary work is on a UK tou. Please check for times and prices. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN. T: 020-7863 8000. www.sadlerswells.com. Station: Angel. Off map.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
THE GIRL AND THE GIRAFFE
From 31 May: Giraffe isn’t very well, so Girl tries everything to make him better. Beautiful puppetry. Check for times. Tickets £9-£12.50. Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, SW19 1SB. T: 020-8543 4888. www.polka theatre.com. Station: Wimbledon. Off map.
THE MAN WHO KNOWS IT ALL
From 31 May: Two performers and a musician go on a quest in search of everything it is possible to know. Please check for times. Tickets £12-£18. Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley St, SE1 2HZ. T: 020-7645 0560. www.unicorn theatre.com. Station: London Bridge. E10.
MY FIRST BALLET: CINDERELLA
6-20 May: Jaw-dropping circus, soaring aerial performances and projections. Please check for times. Tickets from £25. Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, WC2A 2HT. T: 020-7863 8222. www.sadlerswells.com. Station: Holborn. D8.