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What's on in London this June 2017 near Canary Wharf

Music and theatre feature highly this month but there's also new exhibitions and fashion too.

MAMMA MIA!

From West End to global phenomenon, Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer's ingenious vision of staging the storytelling magic of ABBA's timeless songs.

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter tries to uncover which of three men from her mother's past is her real father. It's an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.

The show originally opened in London's West End in 1999, has played over 7,500 performances and been seen by nearly 8 million people. For its 18th birthday, Mamma Mia! is returning to London at the Novello Theatre from 12 June 2017.

Sara Poyzer (Billy Elliot) plays Donna Sheridan, Kate Graham (Billy Elliot, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is Tanya and Jacqueline Braun (Les Misérables, We Will Rock You) is Rosie.

PICTURING HETTY FEATHER

Picturing Hetty Feather is a family-friendly exhibition at the Foundling Museum exploring how Jacqueline Wilson's Hetty Feather has brought the history of the Foundling Hospital to life.

For her Foundling Fellowship at the Museum, Wilson researched the history of the Foundling Hospital and developed the character of Hetty Feather, a girl who uses imaginative storytelling or, as she calls it, 'picturing' to deal with life's challenges.

Tales of the spirited Victorian foundling have sold millions and led to an Olivier Award-nominated stage show and BAFTA-nominated CBBC television series. Visitors can try on costumes made for the TV production and discover their own 'picturing' abilities as they imagine what life was like for Hetty and the real-life foundling children.

THE 02 10TH BIRTHDAY SHOWS

Since its launch in 2007, The O2 has become one of the most successful, and recognisable music and entertainment venues in the world. And this month it's celebrating its 10th birthday with a week-long series of unique shows from some of the world's biggest acts.

alt-J, one of the most successful British bands of the decade, are in The O2 Arena on 16 June with their only UK indoor show of 2017.

One of the most influential British bands of the past twenty-five years, Jamiroquai are on 24 June with their biggest UK headline gig since 2011. They currently hold the Guinness World Record for best-selling funk album of all time.

Ed Sheeran is joining the celebrations with an extra show on top of his sell-out worldwide 2017 tour on 22 June. And Céline Dion has four dates at The O2 this month (20, 21, 29, 30 June), with two of them as part of the birthday shows.

CANARY WHARF EVENTS

There's Pop-up Painting on Thursday 8 June at Westferry Circus for an outdoor workshop trying Jackson Pollock's splatter-style painting.

On Thursday 15 June you can see the RSC Live: Antony & Cleopatra at the East Wintergarden as the show is broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June are a great time to visit the Crossrail Place Roof Garden as the RHS on Tour roadshow has free gardening advice and demonstrations.

And if you're feeling sporty, try Padel Tennis in Montgomery Square from 19 June to 7 July.

SARGENT: THE WATERCOLOURS

On from 21 June, Dulwich Picture Gallery has the first major UK exhibition of watercolours by the Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent (1856- 1925), since 1918.

Curated by Richard Ormond, Sargent's grand-nephew, Sargent: The Watercolours brings together nearly 80 works from arguably Sargent's greatest period of watercolour production between 1900 and 1918.

Renowned as a leading portraitist of his generation, Sargent mastered the medium of watercolour during his painting expeditions to Southern Europe and the Middle East, where he developed a distinctive way of seeing and composing.

Arranged thematically, the exhibition showcases Sargent’s landscapes, architectural structures and figurative scenes. It draws attention to his use of the close-up to focus on a specific motif, his unusual use of perspective and the arresting and dynamic poses of his figures. The show also serves as a startling reminder of Sargent's mastery of the visual complexities of light, the effects of which are present in almost every one of his works.

LONDON STADIUM

Better know as the Olympic Stadium (on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park), the London Stadium has some big music shows this month.

Depeche Modeare taking the stage on 3 June as part of their Global Spirit Tour covering 32 cities in 21 countries. The band’s last tour played to over 2.5 million fans at sold-out shows across Europe and North America and was one of 2013's largest and best selling tours.

On 16 and 17 June it's the turn of rock legends Guns N' Roses for their only UK show this year. The date sees Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan reunite in the UK for the first time in 20 years, as the band's Not In This Lifetime tour rolls into the capital. The iconic band are joined by special guests and Nashville rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and indie-rock duo The Kills.

And on 23 June it's Robbie Williams who's going to be rocking the Stadium for his only London date. Williams will become the first solo artist to headline the London Stadium as part of his 29-date tour spanning 18 European countries across the summer. Featuring special guests Erasure, who have enjoyed 5 chart topping albums, this promises to be a night of Heavy Entertainment.

TOMMY

The Who's Tommy is at Theatre Royal Stratford East this month (7-17 June). Based on the 1969 epic album, this rock musical is written by Pete Townsend and features state-of-the-art audio descriptions, captioning and sign language interpretation.

It is the second touring production made in association with Ramps on the Moon – a consortium of theatres across the UK that are committed to driving change in their organisations.

With a cast of over 22 performers and musicians, this is the story of the pinball-playing boy which has entertained and intrigued audiences for more than 40 years.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

The heart-warming tales of The Wind in the Willows take to the massive auditorium of the London Palladium in a new musical comedy version with Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes as one of the creators.

The comedy cast includes Rufus Hound as Mr Toad, Coronation Street's Denise Welch as Mrs Otter, Gary Wilmot as Badger, Simon Lipkin as Rat, Craig Mather as Mole and EastEnders actor Neil McDermott as Chief Weasel.

The show previews from 16 June and opens on 29 June and there's a Kids Go Free promotion this summer.

Based on Kenneth Grahame's treasured novel, The Wind in The Willows is a riotous comedy following the impulsive Mr Toad whose insatiable need for speed lands him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall.

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK

The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane hosts the annual Graduate Fashion Week on 4 to 7 June so check out what the latest trends will be and discover some up-and-coming names.

Showcasing the work of over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world, Graduate Fashion Week represents the future of creative design talent.

Attracting 30,000 guests each June, the annual event includes catwalk shows, exhibitions, talks and workshops featuring leading names from the fashion industry, plus the acclaimed Gala Award Show.

DID YOU MISS THESE?

Lots of the recommendations from last month may well be good for this month too. Do see What's On in London in May 2017 Near Canary Wharf for even more fun in London.

If you are planning your trip in June, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers!

Laura Porter writes AboutLondonLaura.com and contributes to many other publications while maintaining an impressive afternoon tea addiction. You can find Laura on Twitter as @AboutLondon and on Facebook as @AboutLondonLaura.

 

Required photo credits:Mamma Mia: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart as Bill, Richard Trinder as Sam & Alasdair Harvey as Harry in MAMMA MIA! Credit Brinkhoff & Mögenburg  |  Dulwich Picture Gallery: A Turkish Woman by a Stream by John Singer Sargent  |  The Wind in the Willows: Rufus Hound as Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willow, credit: Helen Maybanks