And coincidentally, it seems, I
Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical! also opens this month. Running
at the London Palladium from February 27, the musical by Harry Hill
and Steve Brown is directed by Olivier Award winner and features Nigel
Harman in the lead role.
Fans of Borgen and The Killing are likely to be among the attendees at Nordicana
2014. Taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane from
February 1-2, the weekend event is a celebration of Nordic fiction and film,
featuring regional food, drink, fashion, design and music.
Now in its 13th year, The
Telegraph Outdoor Show takes over the ExCel Centre from February
13 to 16 to host a fair that covers adventure and activity in all its
guises. Talks, trials, showcases and more can be found in six distinct
zones: adventure travel; Britain on foot; climb adventure; on the
water; adventure photography; and the outdoors store. The programme caters
for all ages and abilities and children aged under 16 gain free admittance.
Fans of Spitting Image should make their way to the city’s Cartoon
Museum in Holborn, which hosts an exhibition dedicated to the
award-winning satirical puppet show from February 26 to June 8. Many of the
most popular characters will be on display, including Margaret Thatcher,
John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson and the occasional royal.
An exceptional exhibition, The Cheapside Hoard at the Museum
of London marks the first time that the dazzling Cheapside Hoard has
been displayed in its entirety. Composed of almost 500 pieces, the
collection of 16th- and 17th-century jewellery was found under a cellar
floor in London’s Cheapside some 100 years ago. Among the many spectacular
pieces on show are Byzantine cameos, perfume bottles and an emerald-covered
watch. The exhibition continues until April 27.
Another major exhibition now showing in London, the Taylor
Wessing Portrait Prize sees the National Portrait Gallery display
60 new portraits by some of the world’s most lauded photographers. Despite
the pictures’ common form, the images themselves vary significantly, with
formal commissions of instantly recognisable personalities shown alongside
spontaneous shots of charismatic but lesser-known individuals. It runs until
February 9, 2014.
and the Sea is the major new exhibition at Greenwich’s National
Maritime Museum. The show is the first full-scale examination of J.M.W
Turner’s lifelong fascination with the sea and features 120 pieces,
encompassing oils, watercolours, prints and sketches, dedicated to that
theme. It runs until April 21, 2014.
At the British Library, the exhibition Georgians
Revealed celebrates the 300 years since the period began by exploring
what Georgian life in Britain was like between 1714 and 1830. Utilising some
200 Georgian artefacts cherry picked from the library’s extensive
collections, the show considers the influence contemporary theatre-going,
fashion, celebrity and gambling have had on their modern-day counterparts.
In addition to the main exhibition, a programme of complementary events,
including talks by Heston Blumenthal and historian Lucy Inglis, will take
place over the coming months. The exhibition itself runs until March 11,
At Barbican, Pop
Art Design examines the origins of Pop Art and the inspiration its
artists derived from contemporary designers – and vice versa. The exhibition
features some 200 works by 70 artists, from the most established names of
the movement such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, to lesser-known
innovators such as Gaetano Pesce and Joe Tilson. It runs until February 9,
Always a spectacular show, the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife
Photographer of the Year exhibition this year runs until March 23, 2014.
From the tens of thousands of international entries received by judges the
best 100 will be on display so, as usual, you can expect a thrilling,
surprising and touching selection of pictures that expertly capture the
wonders of the natural world.