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This Week 24 – 30 April
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This Week 24 – 30 April

24 April 2017 Belphoebe New

Rounding off April, we’re lucky enough to have yet another bank holiday and long weekend to look forward to. Keep yourself busy in London with the British Library’s extensive new exhibition on the Russian Revolution, celebrate the Sikh New Year in Trafalgar Square or spend a night at the musicals far from the West End trail.

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
 
This is the second blockbuster exhibition of 2017 exploring the Russian Revolution in its centenary year. Hope, Tragedy, Myth lays bare hidden stories, combining both the political and the personal for a comprehensive and well-rounded exploration of the personal stories from this revolutionary period.  The most significant display will undoubtedly be Lenin’s handwritten application for a reader pass, dusted off and displayed for the first time outside the British Library archives. Hope, Tragedy, Myth will ask and attempt to answer the question as to whether the Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the international political landscape forever (spoiler, it probably did).
 
Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths runs from April to September 2017. Standard adult admission is £13.50, find out more and book tickets here.

Syria: A Conflict Explored 

Moving on from the political and humanitarian crises of the past, there’s a very real and urgent crisis happening in Syria at the moment that you might have seen glimpses of on the news but not know very much about. The Imperial War Museum are holding a season of exhibitions and events looking at the conflict, including a photography exhibition by Sergey Ponomarev, offering a rare and extraordinary insight into the lives of those living in Government controlled areas between 2013 and 2014. Following this, the Story of a Conflict exhibition will give an introduction to the complexities of the Syrian Civil War through objects, personal stories and film installations.
 
Syria: A Conflict Explored runs 27 April – 3 September 2017. Find out more here
 
Night at The Musicals
 
Prepare yourself for an entire evening of unadulterated musical theatre nonsense. Performers Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat are here to absolutely destroy (or ‘Les Misermassacre’, as they call it) your favourite musical hits including classics like Gypsy, Grease, Annie, The Lion King – and many more! A self-confessed tortured love letter to musical theatre, this show will make you see the instantly recognisable West End theatre shows in a completely different light, full of glamour, feistiness and divine costumes!
 
Night at The Musicals is on 30 April at Live at Zedel. Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Vaisakhi Festival 
 
Vaisakhi is a Sikh Festival typically celebrated on 13 or 14 April that marks the Sikh New Year and the Harvest Spring Festival. On the 29 April, there will be a celebration in Trafalgar Square for those of all cultures to enjoy, with live performances, kirtan (spiritual music), food and turban tying – a fantastic way to learn more about Sikh culture with the family.
 
Vaisakhi Festival is on 29 April at Trafalgar Square, entrance is free. Find out more here.


Photo credit:
Mark Eslick

The Ferryman
 
The bad news about The Ferryman is that it is sold out, sold out within a day of tickets being released in fact, which goes to show how incredibly anticipated and in demand this production is. Written by Jez Butterworth, this is a follow up to his equally highly acclaimed plays Mojo and Jerusalem. Set in rural Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles, The Carney Farmhouse is preparing for the annual harvest – but this year they will be interrupted by a mysterious visitor. Sell your soul or first-born children to get tickets to one of the most important London theatre events of the year.
 
The Ferryman runs 24 Apr - 20 May at The Royal Court Theatre. Find out more here.

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