38°C
EyeOnLondoner’s Guide to the most sought-after Events in April

Welcome to EyeOnLondon’s events listings page for April. Discover the latest and most popular events happening in the city this month, handpicked by our team of seasoned event enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned Londoner or a curious visitor, our listings offer a comprehensive roundup of cultural happenings, from exhibitions to live performances and everything in between.

DANCE & OPERA

Tosca at the Royal Opera House

From the early 1890s Giacomo Puccini had toyed with adapting French playwright Victorien Sardou’s gripping melodrama  La Tosca into an opera, but only began serious work following the premiere of the critically acclaimed La bohème in 1896. Employing La bohème’s gifted librettists Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica to streamline Sardou’s complicated plot, Puccini’s Tosca premiered in 1900.  With the city gripped by political unrest, fears of violence plagued the premiere at Rome’s Teatro Costanzi. However, Tosca  opened without incident, and although unpopular with critics who disliked its violence, it became an immediate success with the public and has remained a favourite ever since.

Bow St, London WC2E 9DD
roh.org.uk

Opens March 27

FAMILY & CHILDREN

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

The dinosaurs are one of the park’s most famous attractions, unveiled in 1854 and continuing to delight children and adults over 150 years later. They are amongst approximately 30 statues, including amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, located on islands within the lakes at the Penge side of the park. They are free to visit. Although by modern standards the models don’t quite represent the dinosaurs that walked our planet accurately, they reveal what pioneering scientists in the Victorian era knew about these prehistoric creatures. Alongside the largest and most well-known lizard-like sculptures, there are many more creatures to be discovered as you wander through the specially designed landscape. Because of their location and Grade I listing, the Dinosaurs are viewed from a short distance across the lakes. The Dinosaur Court, as it was known, is located within an area that includes artificial cliffs and geological displays.

Thicket Road, London, SE19 2GA

crystalpalaceparktrust.org

Ongoing

Behind the Scenes: Making The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians

London Zoo

The nights may be drawing in, but work isn’t slowing down on London Zoo’s main lawn. If you’ve visited recently, you may have noticed the building work going on next to the Diana monkeys and mangabeys. By spring next year the Terrace Restaurant, Zoo Shop and Giants of the Galápagos will share Barclay Court with London Zoo’s newest major exhibit: The Secret Life of Reptiles and Amphibians. The new exhibit will house 26 species and use the latest technology to bring to life eight different habitats – from the steamy forests of South America to the mountain jungles of Asia. For now though, the building is a jungle of wires, step ladders and spotlights, populated by hard-hatted builders, zookeepers and horticulturalists intent on building the perfect home for some of the world’s most threatened reptiles and amphibians.

Outer Circle, London, NW1 4RY

londonzoo.org

March 29 – April 30

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

Earth From Space

Royal Observatory

Each day, over 1,000 satellites constantly image and analyse Earth. The data collected, encompassing observations of everything from volcanic eruptions to traffic jams, is shaping our modern world. From space, Earth’s fragile beauty is most obvious. Its changing climate is unmistakable, as habitats retreat and oceans warm. But the data gathered is also helping to turn things around. Earth from Space takes a closer look at our world through the satellite’s lens, opening up a perspective that only a handful of humans have experienced themselves. Through astrophotography, video and interactive elements, the exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich explores satellites’ vital role in tackling climate change, and reveals a truly unique, living planet: our home in space.

Blackheath Avenue, London, SE10 8XJ

rmg.co.uk

Ongoing

MUSIC

Spirited Away

London Coliseum

Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away, created by legendary animator and director Hayao Miyazaki is re-imagined for the stage by Olivier and Tony award-winning director of Les Misérables, John Caird. The original Japanese cast perform this extraordinary production with wildly imaginative puppets, dazzling set and costume designs and a live orchestra playing the magnificent original film score by Joe Hisaishi. A masterpiece of storytelling and stunning visuals, Spirited Away tells the enchanting tale of Chihiro who while travelling to a new home with her family, stumbles into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. When her parents are turned into pigs and she is put to work in a magical bathhouse, Chihiro must use her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents, and return to the normal world.


St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

londoncoliseum.org

From April 30

TALKS, TOURS, & WALKS

Depot Family Tours

London Transport Museum

Exclusively for family groups, join us at our London Transport Museum Depot in Acton, west London to uncover the stories of some of the very special vehicles in our collection. From the tons of poop that accompanied the first Horse Buses, to why trains have bogies, this highlights tour of our bus and train shed may surprise you! One of our knowledgeable and engaging learning facilitators will take you around part of the Depot to discover some of our favourite vehicles and the stories of the people behind them. Family tours are aimed at family groups with children aged 5-9 years old. All visitors under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


London WC2E 7BB

ltmuseum.co.uk

See website for dates

THEATRE

Austentatious

Arts Theatre

The award-winning smash-hit comedy, as heard on BBC Radio 4, opens at the Arts Theatre. The all-star Austentatious cast improvise a hilarious new Jane Austen novel every night! Inspired entirely by a title from the audience and performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment – it’s a riotous, razor-sharp show where swooning is guaranteed. The revolving Austentatious cast include numerous, award-winning TV and Radio starring performers, including Rachel Parris (The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo), Cariad Lloyd (QI, Inside No.9, Griefcast, The Witchfinder), Joseph Morpurgo (Radio 4, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee), Andrew Hunter Murray (No Such Thing As A Fish) and more.
6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB

artstheatrewestend.co.uk

Ongoing

The Play that Goes Wrong

The Duchess Theatre

The longest running comedy in the West End and continues to tickle audiences after 9 smashing years at the Duchess Theatre. You all know the classic whodunit story, there has been a murder at a country manor and an inspector is set on the case to find who the culprit is. However, when this plot is given to the accident-prone thespians at The Cornley Drama Society, everything that can go wrong… does! The actors and crew battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Do you ever find out who murdered Charles Haversham? You’ll have to see for yourself! Experience total mayhem and enjoy the perfect slice of escapist comedy, guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter.

3-5 Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

theduchesstheatre.co.uk

Ongoing

Compiled by Fahad Redha

About Author

Editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *