The arrival of spring means there’s a fresh calendar of events to add to your cultural itinerary. Whether visitors wish to browse new exhibitions at the British Museum and the National Gallery, witness captivating performances at Garrick Theatre and Barbican Centre, or enjoy the spring weather while watching one of the most exciting rowing races of the year, there are plenty of options to entertain. Here are a selection of the best events taking places across London in March.
A highly-anticipated revival of Moliere’s classic comedy, The Miser, this show at the Garrick Theatre, staring Griff Rhys Jones, is set to bring a hearty dose of satirical humour to London in March. The rip-roaring adaptation by Director Sean Foley tells the story of a wealthy father who battles between his love of money and his children.
1st March – 10th June 2017
The American Dream: Pop to Present
One of The British Museum’s most exciting new exhibitions, The American Dream: Pop to Present reflects on six dramatic decades of American history through the art of printmaking. The display showcases thought-provoking modern and contemporary works by American artists including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Kara Walker and Ed Ruscha, among others.
9th March – 18th June 2017
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
One of Britain’s leading artists, Howard Hodgkin, presents his first exhibition of portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends explores the themes of memory, emotion and relationships through richly-coloured, illusionistic portraits featuring the artist’s trademark voluptuous brushwork.
23rd March – 18th June 2017
The Head of the River Race
Every spring, around 400 rowing teams from across Britain and around the world take to the River Thames for one of the most exciting races of the season: The Head of the River Race. Pick a viewing spot along the riverbank and watch the crews battle it out along the 4.25 mile Thames Championship Course, stretching from Mortlake to Putney.
25th March 2017
Efterklang: Leaves – The Colour of Falling
A one-off performance at the Barbican, progressive Danish band Efterklang presents a rework of their opera, Leaves – The Colour of Falling. Joined on stage by The Happy Hopeless Orchestra, the group will treat guests to an immersive musical experience that breaks down the conventions of opera and explores the theme of loss – from identity to love.
9th March 2017
BMW Tate Live: Ten Days Six Nights
Tate Modern launches its annual BMW Tate Live programme with Ten Days Six Nights, a fresh artistic concept bringing together hand-selected artists for a series of exhibits and shows in The Tanks. Highlights include six evenings of pioneering interdisciplinary performances, culminating in the UK premier of choreographer Ligia Lewis’ minor matter on the final night.
24th March – 2nd April 2017
WOW – Women of the World
An important annual event for women across the globe, WOW – Women of the World at the Southbank Centre celebrates the achievements of women in Britain and abroad. Organised to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March, the festival presents a series of concerts, readings, theatre performances, workshops and talks on topics such as gender equality.
7th – 12th March 2017
Michelangelo & Sebastiano at the National Gallery
Featuring a captivating collection of artworks by two of Italy’s greatest artists, Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo, this is one of the National Gallery’s most significant temporary exhibitions. On display are several landmark works by each artist, alongside pieces the pair worked on together, including The Raising of Lazarus, painted for the Cathedral of Narbonne.
15th March – 25th June 2017
Lang Lang at the Royal Albert Hall
One of the world’s piano superstars, Lang Lang, is venturing to London to play two recitals at the Royal Albert Hall this March. Bringing his inimitable style to bear on popular piano suites from Debussy to Liszt, the show is sure to be an intimate affair.
13 & 15th March 2017
Olywn Bowey: Academicians in Focus at The Royal Academy
Devoted to the study of nature and its foibles, Olywn Bowey is famous for her juxtaposition of flowers and architecture, especially at the West Dean greenhouses in Sussex. Elected a Royal Academician in 1970, visit this delightful exhibition in its last month before it closes.
3rd November 2016 – 27th March 2017
When visiting London in March, for a sublime experience and unrivalled comfort, stay at one of our London hotels.
Image Credits: Miser © The Miser. The American Dream © MoMa, NY, 2012. Absent Friends © Howard Hodgkin. The Head of the River Race © JET Photography. Efterklang © Alexandre Lung. BMW Tate Live © Ian Cheng. Women of the World © Belinda Lawley. The Raising of Lazarus © The National Gallery. Lang Lang © Paul Sanders/Royal Albert Hall. Royal Academy © Hayes Davidson.