UNDRESSED: A BRIEF HISTORY OF UNDERWEAR
Exploring the role of and the appeal of underthings designers, entrepreneurs and innovators who’ve played a big role in underwear. 140 garments and accessories for men and women together with fashion plates, photographs and film, advertisements and packaging on display. Knickers to any other plans.
Victoria and Albert Museum, 16 April 2016 to 5 February 2017
It is especially poignant to be appreciating Zaha Hadid’s beautifully enhanced art space in the park this month as the Serpentine presents the first major exhibition of work by Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder in a UK public institution. Based in New York and London, Brätsch and Röder each has her own practice, but the artists work collaboratively as DAS INSTITUT.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 3 March 2016 to 15 May 2016
DANS LE NOIR? OTRA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, dining-in-the-dark restaurant Dans le Noir where supper is served by blind guides, is inviting guests to dance on Friday nights for the Otra Vista Social Club. From 22 April 10pm–1am, there will be a ‘silent’ dancefloor with local and international DJs, and a pitch-black chill-out space.
Dans le Noir? 30–31 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1 (020 7253 1100); Fridays from 22 April
SHAKESPEARE IN TEN ACTS
The British Library in King’s Cross invites you to step through 400 years of William Shakespeare from the first production of Hamlet and experience how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generation theatregoers. Shakespeare in Ten Acts showcases more than 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving script penned in Shakespeare’s own hand, plus the earliest printed edition of Hamlet dating back to 1603.
British Library, 15 April–6 September 2016
96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB
THE ROLLING STONES: EXHIBITIONISM
After the success of ‘David Bowie Is’, Dave’s old mucker Mick Jagger is next up with the Stones proudly flaunting all the moss they’ve gathered over the last 50 years. For the Saatchi Gallery expo the band has dug up over 5,000 personal bits and bobs from their mansion attics: photographs, films, posters, stage costumes, guitars, diaries and letters, and more Stones artefacts. It’s fun having a proper poke around it all; although it will set you back £19 a ticket.
Duke Of York's HQ, King's Rd, London SW3. 5 April to 4 September
Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning off-Broadway play gets a transfer to the mighty National Theatre. Time Out: “Three underpaid employees of a fading Massachusetts’ movie theatre tend to one of the last 35-millimetre film projectors in the state. Their heartbreaks and petty battles unfold, in dramas far more compelling than the scenes which flicker on the big screen above them…”
National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1. From 13 April until mid June 2016.
THIS IS A VOICE
Wellcome Collection takes us on a tour of vocal tracts, speech devices and restless minds, to turn the volume up on the human voice and talk about why we make the weird and wonderful sounds we do. Live performances, demonstrations and visuals examine the voice from its beginnings within the body to the sounds that ring out in our heads.
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1. 14 April to 31 July 2016
DAVID BOWIE’S SOHO
Trace Ziggy Stardust’s steps on this guided walk around Soho’s backstreets. Where Bowie recorded some of his songs, his first performance venue and his most beloved bars. A percentage of the proceeds go to charity. Tickets £12
Soho. 3pm on 5 April – more dates to follow.
SECRET CINEMA: 28 DAYS LATER
An immersive screening of Danny Boyle's zombie classic plays for more than 28 days in that experiential style that only these guys can pull off. Tickets £67 or £134 for VIP passes (18+).
14 April to 29 May 2016 | Secret location, naturally.
A RIGHT ROYAL KNEES UP
Missed your chance to go to a drama-filled wedding reception in a cockney-fied East End pub back in 1969? Here's your chance to catch up... Tickets £38.
Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, London. 26–29 April.
RCA SECRET POSTCARD SALE
Art by Steve McQueen, Damon Albarn, Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, Maggi Hambling, Thomas Heatherwick, David Bailey, James Dyson from £55? Only through RCA’s Secret Sale! Just under 2,000 postcard-sized artworks up for sale at the show in its 22nd year. All exhibited anonymously from 8–15 April; sale starts 10 April. Guess who has created which piece! Profits support emerging artists. Buyers need to register here; you can buy up to four postcards each.
http://london.secret.rca.ac.uk 8–15 April 2016… Ready, stead, go!
Image Credit L-R: Cotton and lace corset, 1890 V&A Collection, The Rolling Stones, A Right Royal Knees Up @ Carousel, DAS INSTITUT Image Uli Holz.