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THE BEST CULTURAL EVENTS IN LONDON IN 2020

London’s cultural calendar promises more exciting and stimulating events than ever in 2020, so get your diary out and get ready to start booking tickets for the year ahead.

Whether you’re keen to soak up cutting-edge art, immerse yourself in spine-tinglingly beautiful music or take in a play or two, the capital has a huge amount to offer to kick off the new decade. Here are the year’s highlight events to start booking now…

Miuccia Prada

Prada. Front and Back
The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG
Opens September 2020
Tickets go on sale in spring 2020

The first major museum exhibition about Prada, one of the world’s most influential fashion houses, with different sections to reflect the idea of front and back, conveying both the surface of fashion and the creative and industrial infrastructure on which it depends. The exhibition will offer unprecedented insight into Miuccia Prada’s creative approach, inspirations and landmark collaborations, including those with architects Rem Koolhaas and Herzog and de Meuron.

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen, and artists of the Royal Ballet in in The Royal Ballet production of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, to music by Joby Talbot, with set and costume designs by Bob Crowley. Premiered at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 25 February 2011. Credit: Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser 
V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
Opens June 27 2020
Tickets go on sale in early 2020

Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser charts the evolution of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages, with an immersive and theatrical show that will encapsulate art, theatre and design.

The Bright Young Things at Wilsford by Cecil Beaton, 1927. © The Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby's

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE
12 March – 7 June 2020
Tickets start from £17

The extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish “Bright Young Things” of the Twenties and Thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton, will be explored in this major new exhibition.

Featuring the leading cast of the “Bright Young Things”, many of whom Beaton would call friends, the show will chart Beaton’s transformation from middle-class suburban schoolboy to beloved society figure and star Vogue photographer, while bringing to life a glamorous, eccentric and creative era of British cultural life, combining High Society and the avant-garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers.

"The Glow" at the Royal Court

The Glow
Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
January 30 – 22 February 2020
Tickets from £12 to £49

Alistair McDowall’s atmospherically spooky play was awarded the Pinter Commission in 2018. Set in 1863, when spiritualist medium Mrs Lyall requires a new assistant, she finds the perfect candidate in an asylum’s windowless cell: a nameless woman, with no memory as to who she is, or how she arrived there. As the woman’s past begins to reveal itself, so do new powers neither are prepared for.

Aubrey Beardsley works

Aubrey Beardsley
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
4 March – 25 May 2020
Tickets £16

This major exhibition will celebrate the brief but brilliant career of Aubrey Beardsley, one of the enfants terribles of fin-de-siècle London, who died tragically young at the age of just 25. His subversive, sinuous black-and-white images have continued to shock and delight admirers for over a century and he is perhaps best remembered for his powerful illustrations of Sloane Street resident Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salomé. This will be the largest display of his original drawings, with over 200 works, in over 50 years and the first exhibition of his work at Tate since 1923.

Michael Palin

Michael Palin – Live on Stage: A Night of Celebration
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ
Wednesday 26 February 2020, 7.30 pm
Tickets from £20.00 to £135.00

Michael Palin will be recalling some of the highlights of his 30 years of travels then celebrating 50 years of Monty Python, discussing how comedy and adventure have been natural bedfellows during a rich and diverse career. All proceeds will go directly to Action for Stammering Children, with which Palin has worked for 30 years.

"Poet In Da Corner" at the Royal Court

Poet In Da Corner
Royal Court, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
January 30 – 22 February 2020
Tickets from £12 to £35

After its critically acclaimed premiere in 2018, “Poet in da Corner”, a technicolour world where music, dance and spoken word collide, is returning to the Royal Court before touring the U.K.. Written and performed by Debris Stevenson, the semi-autobiographical story centres on a girl in a strict Mormon household somewhere in the seam between East London and Essex. She is given Dizzee Rascal’s ground-breaking grime album “Boy in da Corner” by her best friend, SS Vyper (played by grime MC Jammz), and immediately sees her life start to change. From feeling muted by dyslexia to spitting the power of her words; from being conflicted about her sexuality to finding the freedom to explore; from feeling alone to being given the greatest gift by her closest friend.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
V&A Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL
29 February – 21 June 2020
Tickets from £16

The cultural and societal impact of the kimono, both in Japan and beyond, are explored in this exhibition that traces the garment’s history and story, from the 17th Century to the present day. Expect incredible examples from across the ages and representations of the kimono in Japanese art.