2016 is shaping up to be another exciting year in London in terms of theatre productions and art exhibitions coming to the capital. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best things coming up in 2016: 

Grey Gardens, Southwark Playhouse2nd January-6th February this European premiere of the musical based on the hit film,the musical stars Olivier award winners Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell as Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin. Listen to the cast and director talking about the production here:

Jeepers Creepers, Leicester Square Theatre18th January-20th February – looking at the life of comedian Marty Feldman, this show reveals how he tried to manage the fame that he always wanted and along with the depression and excess through his eyes. The show has been written by Feldman’s biographer Robert Ross and directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Royal Academy of Arts30th January – 20th April – using the work of Monet as a starting point, this new major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts looks at the way in which gardens helped evolve art from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. Artists on display in the exhibition will include: Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro and Manet.

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy Tchaikovsky, National Portrait Gallery17th March-26th June – the National Portrait Gallery will present a rare opportunity to see a selection of works on loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. This display will focus on the writers, composers and patrons, whose achievements helped to develop Russia’s rich cultural scene.

The End of Longing, Playhouse Theatre2nd February to the 14th May – Matthew Perry returns to the West End with his debut play that sees four lost souls trying to search for meanings in their lives. But after one particular evening, the four of them are forced to confront the darker sides of their relationships. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Aladdin: The Musical, Prince Edward Theatre27th May- 1st October – there has been a lot said on Love London Love Culture on this already, but it is exciting news that another classic Disney film  is being brought to the London stage.

Undressed:  A Brief History of Underwear, Victoria and Albert Museum:16th April – 12th March 2017 – the Victoria and Albert museum will explore the practicalities of underwear and its role in fashionable wardrobes -as well as the highlighting its sensual appeal.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style, National Portrait Gallery11th February-22nd May – when you think of fashion, you think of Vogue and so to celebrate its 100th anniversary since the British Vogue was created, the National Portrait Gallery will celebrate some of the best photography commissioned by the magazine since 1916.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Haymarket Theatre Royal : 30th June-17th September – after its UK tour, this production will be heading to the West End, with Pixie Lott taking on the role of Holly made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the loved film.

Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre : 15th July-27th August – this will be the first time that Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical will be presented at the Open Air Theatre and celebrates 45 years since the musical first arrived in London.

This is just a taste of what is to come in 2016 – so the year ahead will bring plenty for Love London Love Culture to talk about!

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