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This year’s concert line up across London’s venues is as impressive as always, and should keep the whole family entertained: from Kygo, Elbow, Stereophonics, Kasabian, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Sheridan Smith, Gregory Port, Bryan Adams, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters and U2 to the headliners of Hyde Park’s British Summertime Festival; Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Michael Bublé and Bruno Mars.
In the West End, Broadway’s hit show 42nd Street is as popular as ever, and the musical Kinky Boots based on the true story continues its successful run. For something a little more serious, Jez Butterworth’s Ferryman is not to be missed, nor is the Network starring Bryan Cranston at the National. Soon to appear at the Wyndham’s theatre is a Long day’s Journey into Night, Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece with Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, and The Birthday Party has just opened at the Harold Pinter – Ian Rickson reunites with Sonia Friedman Productions to direct this major new revival of Harold Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece. It is hard to talk about theatre and not mention Hamilton, with 11 Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes to its name and its original music score of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap and R&B.
For the classic arts, the Royal Opera House sees the return of the favourites, Carmen, Tosca and this season’s hit, The Winter’s Tale – Shakespeare’s classic story brought to life by Christopher Wheeldon; and we have a fabulous summer of opera including Glyndebourne Festival, with amongst others, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and a double serving of Handel in the form of Guilio Cesare and Saul.
Fancy a flutter? The racing season is in full swing, and as always the stalwart fixtures of the Gold Cup, the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood will be here before we know it. For a change from these, Il Palio in Sienna is a fantastic weekend, or Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in the Autumn is one of the greatest flat races in the world.
The premier league is in full flight, however one can’t help but feel Man City’s title claim is a forgone conclusion, a little more debated would be who will be victorious at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, or who will take the Champions League title in Kiev?
For the rugby fans the 6 Nations is here it would seem every fixture is not to be missed as it shapes up to be a great tournament, along with some exciting young talent coming through the ranks.
Before we know it the sun will shine and the covers will be pulled back to reveal the green grass of Queens and Wimbledon, but that of course is not before the excitement on the clay of Roland Garros.
Other big events not to be missed include: the fun and entertaining Brit Awards, the hilarious Chris Rock and an exciting re-match between Haye v Bellew, all at the O2, and on the subject of boxing, Anthony Joshua goes head-to-head with Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium. London Fashion week is just a few weeks away, and the F1 season is just around the corner with our favourite races at Silverstone, Monaco and Singapore, on the golf tour we have the Ryder Cup to look forward to in France, the US and British Opens too.
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