21+ SPECTACULAR THINGS TO DISCOVER THIS MARCH
21+ SPECTACULAR THINGS TO DISCOVER THIS MARCH
Pictured: Lucy Farrell
Theatre in London and Surrey in March 2023
1 ALL ROADS – New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, 14 – 18 March
Local theatre company Attic presents ALL ROADS – a new play by Roy Williams – exploring what it means to love, grieve and build your own future, and being a young Black Brit today.
2 Accidental Death of an Anarchist – Lyric Hammersmith, 13 March – 08 April
A razor-sharp satire, Tom Basden’s wickedly hilarious adaptation relocates Dario Fo’s classic farce to contemporary London and features a show-stopping performance from Daniel Rigby as the Maniac.
3 Ellen Kent’s La Bohème – Richmond Theatre, 31 March
Senbla presents Opera International’s award-winning Ellen Kent Production featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv, with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
4 The Bodyguard – New Wimbledon Theatre, 6 – 11 March
The international, award-winning smash-hit musical The Bodyguard is back! Starring Pussycat Doll, and multi-platinum Grammy nominated Melody Thornton as Rachel Marron and featuring a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, One Moment in Time, Greatest Love Of All, and one of the greatest hits of all time – I Will Always Love You.
5 International Women’s Day at Omnibus Theatre – various dates during the month
Celebrate the month of International Women’s Day at Omnibus Theatre. Kicking off the month is the final leg of the SHE tour (7-12 Mar) – an enthralling new play inspired by The Seven Ages of Man speech in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Then an exciting line-up explores life through the lens of womanhood: rage and vulnerability (Labyrinth, 11 Mar), motherhood (Mary & Her Monster, 12 Mar), the climate crisis (Eco Maniac, 13-15 Mar), finding community (SWIM, 16-18 Mar), obsession and body image (Seen 00:25, 17-19 Mar), culture and myth (Myth Refreshed, 18 Mar), intersectionality (AIYAA, 18-19 Mar & You Are African First Before Anything, 19 Mar) and much more.
6 Spirit of Dance – New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 5 March
This blockbuster hit show will take you around the world – from flamenco to techno to can can – all to the thunder of Irish dance!
7 Jekyll & Hyde – OSO Arts Centre, 21-25 March
Head to Barnes for the brand-new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s spine-chilling short story. A debut show for MaggieMarie Productions.
8 Stray dogs – Theatre503, 14 March – 1 April
This visceral play asks how we can create a better future when things are awful. It’s been a harsh winter – the common people starve while the rich hoard gold and grain. And then there’s Jacob. He cures the sick – and chops off thieves’ heads. But he wants to drop the latter and heal full time – will he be able to achieve it, though?
MUSIC EVENTS in London and Surrey in MARCH 2023
9 Lucy Farrell + Hannah Scott Live at The Sound Lounge – 10 March
The Sound Lounge are celebrating International Women’s Day with Lucy Farrell – an in-demand folk singer and Hannah Scott, a Sound Lounge favourite and FATEA Magazine’s Female Artist of the Year 2022.
10 Women in Rock – The Harlequin Theatre & Cinema, Redhill, 11 March
The ultimate celebration of the world’s greatest female anthems. Performing to audiences of up to 120,000 and backed by a band of world class musicians, these women are ready to take you on a spectacular journey through five decades of female rock, leaving you cheering for more.
11 Music Monday at East Sheen Baptist Church – 20 March
Join acclaimed musicians Erik and Audrey Joy-Fauss for an afternoon tea concert series of classics both old and new in an intimate space of East Sheen Baptist Church! It starts at 4 PM and is free to attend but any donations are graciously accepted.
12 Barnes Music Festival – 4-19 March
Get ready for an excellent programme of 37 events over two weeks at nine venues across Barnes. From performances by acclaimed musicians to wine tasting and painting sessions to a toddlers’ concert and selecting the Barnes Young Musician of the Year, Barnes Music Festival promises to be one of the best music events of the year.
13 Concert by The 1885 Singers – All Saints Church Putney Common, 19 March
The 1885 Singers and orchestra perform Elgar’s Music Makers, and works by Parry and Mendelssohn. Alan Maries is the soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet concerto.
14 Monumental Mozart and New Created Haydn – All Saints Church, Kingston, 25 March
For their Spring concert this year, Kingston Choral Society brings you one of the jewels in the classical crown – Mozart’s magnificent Mass in C Minor. The concert will also feature the frenetic yet ultimately consolatory Insanae et Vanae Curae by Mozart’s great friend and mentor, Haydn.
15 Landmark Festival of Choirs – Landmark Arts Centre, 12 March
Three resident choirs Landmark Singers, Landmark Sound and Mansong are joining forces with two invited choirs for the first ever Landmark Festival of Choirs. Expect a wide variety of music encompassing traditional folk songs, world music, jazz, pop and much more.
Art events in London and Surrey in March 2023
16 Beyond The Streets – Saatchi Gallery, 17 Feb – 9 May
The most comprehensive street art exhibition to open in the UK! Beyond The Streets will feature original art, rare ephemera, photography, immersive and site-speciﬁc installations, archival fashion, and surprises from over 150 artists. One of a kind.
17 Spirit of the Ballet: talk, tour and music performance – Dorich House Museum, 16 March
Anna Meadmore has managed the extraordinary archive and art collection at The Royal Ballet School for over two decades and she will be leading a tour of the new ballet-themed sculpture trail, Spirit of the Ballet. Students from Kingston University’s Music Department will be performing a concert inspired by the students’ responses to Dorich House and to Spirit of the Ballet. Free to attend but must be booked in advance.
18 ‘Beautiful Moments’ – Ad Lib Gallery 16 – 26 March
A solo show of paintings by an acclaimed London artist Jean Fletcher, including magnificent landscapes of the United Kingdom, Italy and France, and captivating views of Majorca.
19 Mary Cassatt: Painting in Paris – Sacred Heart Church Hall, 8 March
Looking at paintings and prints, this lecture examines ways in which Mary Cassatt – a professional woman artist in a male art world and the only American artist to exhibit with the French Impressionists in their independent exhibitions – produced idiosyncratic and significant avant-garde images of 19th century French society.
20 The Affordable Art Fair – Battersea Evolution, 8 – 12 March
Discover the joy of collecting art! Explore thousands of contemporary artworks, priced between £50 and £7,500 – including Emma Gibbon’s popular Popsicles and Joe Curtis’s Stamp paintings and Katherine Huskie’s glass from Esher’s Art Agency.
21 Paul Wee talks to Andrew Keener – Dryburgh Hall, Putney Leisure Centre, 20 March
Paul Wee is one of BIS Records’ roster of distinguished pianists, having recorded some of the most challenging nineteenth century repertoire written for the instrument, including music by Alkan, Liszt and Thalberg. He combines his career as a pianist with that of a London-based barrister. He talks to his recording producer, Andrew Keener, about his passion for this ‘Golden Age’ of pianist-composers, his idols and the balancing act of combining two different careers.