What’s On | February

From flamboyant Spanish dancing and nights at the movies, to blockbuster art exhibitions and top new theatre, here’s our guide to London’s hottest tickets to get your hands on this month

Flamenco Festival

14–25 February
Get fired up this month at Sadler’s Wells’ 15th annual Flamenco Festival. Featuring sizzling hot performances from the world’s finest flamenco dancers and musicians, this year’s festival focuses on real women’s stories and the people behind the costumes. The opening show, Tempo of Light, portrays the passion of the dance, from its gypsy roots to modern-day interpretations, while events throughout the festival delve into the voices of real women, breaking down clichés of Spanish women and femme fatales. The Gala Flamenca (21–23 February) celebrates the empowering story of the legendary flamenco artist, La Chana. Tickets £12–£45. sadlerswells.com; 020 7863 8000

Movie Nights © Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

Movie Nights at the Museum

9–10 February & 2–3 March
Get the popcorn out for a movie night with a difference during this season of out-of-this-world screenings at the Natural History Museum. Take your seat beneath Hope the Blue Whale in the iconic Hintze Hall, get a drink or snack from the bar and settle in for some sci-fi action. Films include ET The Extra-Terrestrial, Alien, Gravity, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, among others. £28 (members £25). nhm.ac.uk

Pablo Picasso, Nude in a Black Armchair (Nu au fauteuil noir), 1932. © Succession Picasso/DACS London, 2017

Picasso

8 March–9 September
Experience Picasso as you’ve never seen him before at the Tate Modern’s first ever solo exhibition of his work. Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy charts one of the most influential and creative years in the artist’s career, month by month, with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings. Amongst them will be a selection of family photographs giving a rare glimpse into the artist’s personal life. £22, members and under-12s go free. tate.org.uk

Alice Liddell by Lewis Carroll, 1858 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

1 March–20 May
This major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the work of four Victorian pioneers of art photography – Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Lady Clementina Hawarden. It will examine the ways in which they revolutionised artistic photography and look at how the artists approached photographing the same subjects, such as Charles Darwin and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Works include Carroll’s portraits of Alice Liddell (the ‘real’ Alice in Wonderland). £12. npg.org.uk

Empress of Britain colour lithograph poster for Canadian Pacific

Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

3 February–10 June
Take a step back in time to the golden age of ocean travel at the V&A Museum’s exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style (sponsored by Viking Cruises). With more than 250 items on display, from furniture and textiles to posters, photographs and film, highlights include a Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915, the Christian Dior suit worn by Marlene Dietrich aboard the Queen Mary in 1950, and a fragment of a panel from the Titanic. £18. vam.ac.uk

Frozen

9 February–5 May
Suranne Jones’ performance in TV’s Dr Foster gripped the nation, and now the actress brings her talents to the West End in another psychological drama, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Bryony Lavery’s award-winning play, Frozen, tells the chilling tale of a child who goes missing on the way to visit her grandmother, and explores the connections between three strangers who try to unravel the horror of the unimaginable. Tickets from £15. trh.co.uk

© Bill Cooper

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  

1–15 March
Enter the magical world of the fairy kingdom with Britten’s operatic interpretation of Shakespeare’s ethereal fantasy. Counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie leads the cast of Robert Carsen’s production at the ENO, as the fairy-king Oberon, alongside soprano Soraya Mafi, who plays queen Tytania. They are joined by a quartet of up-and-coming opera stars playing Helena, Hermia, Lysander and Demetrius, while young conductor Alexander Soddy makes his ENO debut. Tickets from £12 (plus £1.50 booking fee). eno.org

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