Twenty Things To Look Forward to in 2020

There have been plenty of exciting announcements about exhibitions, films , theatre productions and book coming up next year – here’s twenty events to look out for!

Frozen coming to the West End: having already proven to be a massive hit on Broadway, the musical will be making its way across to London in Autumn 2020 and is already one of the most highly anticipated openings in the West End for next year!

Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts: the first major exhibition opening in London next year will concentrate on the artist’s imaginative use of paper. On display from the 25th January, the exhibition will explore how Picasso used and worked with paper for his pieces of art.

Live action Mulan: released on the 27th March 2020, this live action remake of the classic Disney animation will put a more contemporary spin on the story. Sadly, there are none of the original songs but the trailer does suggest that Disney are trying to keep the spirit of the original.

NoFit State Circus’s return to the Roundhouse: it was recently announced that the circus company were returning to the London venue to perform their latest show Lexicon for a limited run.

Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum: the V&A will present a major exhibition exploring the history and influence of Lewis Carroll’s beloved story which will be open to the public from the 27th June.

West Side Story film: Steven Spielberg is directing a remake of the beloved musical, which is set for release in December next year in the UK. The cast for the film includes Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria.

Back to the Future the Musical: the world premiere of this brand new musical based on the beloved film is set to open at the Manchester Opera House from the 20th February.

The release of The Mirror and Light by Hilary Mantel: this eagerly anticipated sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies will conclude the trilogy of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy.

British Surrealism 1783-1952, Dulwich Picture Gallery: on display from the 26th February, the Dulwich Picture Gallery will explore the origins of surrealist art in Britain.

In the Heights film: this is a musical film that hugely anticipated by all fans of Lin Manuel-Miranda and is set for release on the 26th June 2020. The cast is set to include: Anthony Ramos, Leslie Grace, and Jimmy Smits.

The Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre: heading to London from the 5th February and based on the DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt will play a limited season in the West End. It features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and a book by Philip LaZebnik (Mulan and Pocahontas).

Bags! Victoria and Albert Museum: on display from the 25th April, the V&A will examine the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the handbag.

Sunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre: Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are set to reprise their roles from the Broadway run of this musical for a limited run at the Savoy Theatre next Summer. Tickets are on sale now!

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things, National Portrait Gallery: the National Portrait Gallery will explore Cecil Beaton’s work in portraits in a new exhibition that will go on display from the 12th March.

Pretty Woman the Musical: while exact details of the West End production haven’t been revealed yet, it has been confirmed the musical will be heading to London early next year.

Top Gun: Maverick: the sequel to the classic 1980’s film is set for release next summer and will of course see Tom Cruise reprise his role.

Baroque in Britain, Tate Britain: on display from the 5th February, this exhibition will highlight how art and architecture was used by the crown, the church and the aristocracy to project images of power and status in an age when the power of the monarchy was being questioned.

Death on the Nile film: set for release in October 2020, Kenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot who has to solve the murder of a young heiress. The cast will also include: Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer.

Andy Warhol, Tate Modern: this major retrospective of the famous artist’s career will allow visitors to see his famous images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup Cans alongside rarely seen work from the 1970s.

Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age, National Gallery: this first exhibition devoted to the artist will feature over 35 paintings and drawings from collections across the world to span across his entire career. It will be on display from the 22nd February.

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