Things To Do In London: Friday 27 March 2015

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Museum Week

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Things To Do

Coral Reefs opens at Natural History Museum

PAGE TO STAGE: Hampstead Theatre’s Page to Stage Drama and Literary Festival begins today, aiming to lift the lid on what goes on behind the scenes during the making of a play. £12/£10 per event, prebook, until 29 March

CORAL REEFS: Natural History Museum's new temporary exhibition Coral Reefs opens today, giving the public a chance to learn about what lives on coral reefs, and why they are so important. £10/£4.50, booking recommended, until 13 September (Natural History Museum also has its monthly late night opening tonight)

NICHOLAS HYTNER: As he steps down from his position as director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner is the subject of a National Theatre platform about his time in charge. £4/£3, prebook, 5.30pm

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN: Following on from the opening of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, this month's late is themed around the natural elements that went into McQueen's collections: expect skeletal armoury, skins, scales and crystals. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm

COMEDY: Nish Kumar has sold out his show Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity at various venues around London, so maybe best to book in advance for this performance at the Prince of Wales in Brixton. £10/£12, prebook, 7pm

EAST END CRIME: East End crime authors Kimberley Chambers and Dreda Say Mitchell are at Southern Grove Community Centre in Bow to talk about their work. Followed by a Q&A and book signing. £5, prebook, 7pm

ELECTION FEVER: Three guests, including Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, are at Trouble Club to discuss the issues of the week in advance of the elections. It's London's only regular political forum. £10/£8, prebook, 7pm

SHERLOCK AND BEYOND: Head to Museum of London for an evening all about Sherlock Holmes. Authors Ann Cleeves, Laura Wilson and Mark Billingham discuss the enduring popularity of the sleuth. 18+. £15, prebook, 7.30pm

LIVE MUSIC: Singer-songwriter Chris Helme, best known for fronting The Seahorses in the Britpop era, performs at Canada Water Cultural Space. £12/£10, prebook, 7.45pm

FRIDAY EVENING DISCOURSE: Astronomer Dr Sarah Kendrew is at the Royal Institution to talk about the telescopes of the future — technology that is being developed now that will revolutionise our understanding of the universe. £17/£11, prebook, 7.50pm

Dance: inspired by art, influenced by science, at NOW Gallery

Today and tomorrow only, see choreographer and dancer Susan Sentler create a performance in the recently opened NOW Gallery at Greenwich Peninsula. The performance is a response to the gallery's current Aperture installation by artist Robert Orchardson.

The three-hour, structured improvisation dance sees Sentler and 10 Trinity Laban-trained dancers draw upon the concepts and images within Orchardon’s sculptural piece, which itself is inspired by a collection of scientific paraphernalia uncovered in the archives of Royal Museums Greenwich. Hear live music from composer and musician, Ronen Kosokaro, enjoy a free drink with the show, and take in a free artist-made dance film in NOW Gallery’s new cinema.

The performances are completely free to enjoy and take place today 6pm-9pm and tomorrow 2pm-5pm at NOW Gallery. Visitors are welcome to drop in.


Today's Things To Do In London is sponsored by NOW Gallery

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