Here is a list of a few things that Love London Love Culture have enjoyed seeing this year so far… 

Guys and Dolls, Savoy Theatre: this is such a joyful production of this classic musical, that it is brilliant that it is still running in the West End (now at the Phoenix Theatre). If you are feeling low, then you need to see this happy and romantic musical.

Grey Gardens, Southwark Playhouse: what an absolute privilege to watch Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock in this brilliant production! Funny and heartbreaking, this musical has to be the best off-west end musical produced this year – hands down.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, Royal Academy of Arts: this exhibition featured some absolutely stunning works that celebrate nature, exquisitely displayed in the Royal Academy. Wonderful exhibition to escape the world in.

Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York, Victoria and Albert Museum: one for the theatre lovers, a celebration of Broadway and the West End theatre scene and how both sides of the Atlantic have collaborated in the past to create some of the most memorable theatre productions of all time. Well worth a visit.

Nell Gwynn, Apollo Theatre: the gorgeous costumes, the fascinating story and bawdy sense of humour made for a treat on a miserable night in March. All of the cast were outstanding and it would have been great if Jessica Swale’s play had been given a longer run in the West End. Hopefully it will come back again soon!

Botticelli Reimagined, Victoria and Albert Museum: closing soon, this fascinating exhibition focuses on the influence of Botticelli on other artists throughout art history, featuring a wide range of media it was divisive with critics, but offers a new perspective on a artist’s work.

In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre: vibrant, sexy, enjoyable, sharp this is one of the hottest musicals to hit London in recent years. The dancing is sharp and it certainly has managed to get a younger audience into the theatre – which is certainly a positive outcome!

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery: a unique experience for fans of the Rolling Stones, this extraordinary exhibition celebrates the career of one of the most popular British bands of all time and the legacy that they have created.

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre: the hilarious new hit from the creators of The Play That Goes Wrong, is designed to put a smile on everybody’s face in the best possible way! Mischief Theatre are definitely taking over the West End!

Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre : featuring all the classic songs, this Broadway transfer has plenty to recommend it. It might not be quite what you are expecting , with a few changes made from the film. Worth seeing for the ‘A Whole New World’ sequence alone.

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