What's on in London this March 2018 around Canary Wharf, London
This March brings Mother's Day on Sunday 11 March and Easter at the end of the month. We've got music, theatre and so much more to recommend to help you make the most of your time in London.
As always, there's some great music at The O2 in North Greenwich this month.
C2C, aka Country to Country, is Europe's biggest country music festival. It's back for its sixth year from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 March 2018.
The festival has performances from the world's best country stars as well as emerging talent from Nashville, UK and Europe. Last year they welcomed over 50,000 fans and are expecting even more country music fans this year.
Joining Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Little Big Town is one of America's biggest country stars, Kacey Musgraves, who is headlining the festival for the very first time. Joining the stellar headliners are multi-platinum and acclaimed artists Emmylou Harris, Kip Moore, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Margo Price and Midland. The C2C Spotlight Stage is returning with performances from Ashley McBryde, Jillian Jacqueline, Lindsay Ell and Lukas Nelson.
Also in The O2 Arena this month (on 14 March) is Paloma Faith, one of the most successful British female artists of the last decade. Since becoming a mother she hasn't toured for over three years so fans are in for a real treat as this tour also promotes her fourth studio album, The Architect, which was released in November.
It's the last month of the Tower of London Twilight Tours. These Sunday evening tours are on 11, 18 and 25 March at 7-8.30pm. These tours give you unique after hours access to the UK's most visited historic attraction.
Led by one of the Tower’s Yeoman Warders, this exclusive tour of the infamous palace and fortress takes in world famous sights such as Traitors' Gate, the Scaffold Site and the Bloody Tower. You can be appalled and amazed by tales of prisoners and past residents, of royal gossip and of the secrets kept within these ancient walls.
THE ICA PLAYBACK FESTIVAL
This March, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) presents Playback Festival – five days of free screenings, special guest masterclasses, performances, DJ nights and an exhibition celebrating what it means to be a young artist in England in 2018.
On from 21 to 25 March, the festival is a launch-pad for the next generation of artists. This free festival brings together emerging artists alongside established filmmakers to tackle issues such as making films on a budget, the voice of young people within the media, and how female filmmakers are building networks of resistance.
Alongside live performances and screening events, the Playback Exhibition is showing over 300 short films made by artists aged 16–24 from across the country; a third of which make their world premiere at the festival.
The filmmakers of these shorts are now achieving major success across the creative industries. Ayo Akingbade has been announced as a Sundance Ignite Fellow of 2018, Nyanda Foday is the Young Poet Laureate for Birmingham, Ella Marchment is Artistic Director of Constella Opera Ballet, and Naomi Bowey and Marnik Losyen both work at Aardman Animations following the making of their film.
The world’s longest running American musical, the multi award-winning Chicago, returns to London's West End this month after over five years on tour. Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, the musical is on at the Phoenix Theatre from Monday 26 March 2018.
Chicago originally ran in London for 15 years, making it the West End’s longest running revival. It continues to play on Broadway, where it recently celebrated its 21st birthday.
The highlight for many is going to be seeing Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr making his British stage debut and his musical debut as smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn.
This is not the 'Let it Go!' version you may be expecting as this is a revival of the 1998 Bryony Lavery play. This psychological thriller returns to London's West End to tell the story of three strangers who are linked by the unthinkable.
A play about retribution, remorse and redemption, Frozen is a sinister story about the interweaving of a young girl's kidnapping. It follows the interconnected stories for a serial killer, his therapist and the mother of the girl he's murdered.
This story of grief, revenge and forgiveness stars Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey), Jason Watkins (Line of Duty, Taboo, W1A) and Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax).
Frozen is on at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 9 February until 5 May.
In the Canary Wharf East Wintergarden on Tuesday 13 March you can enjoy Shakespeare's Twelfth Night captured live from The RSC Stratford-upon-Avon.
Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…
Christopher Luscombe, Director of Love's Labour’s Lost (2014) and Much Ado About Nothing (2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare's greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".
A NIGHT OF ADVENTURE
On 22 March, also in the East Wintergarden, A Night of Adventure brings together an ever eclectic collection of top explorers and daredevils to celebrate the spirit of adventure.
Like-minded adventurers join forces to share their captivating stories of exploration, escapism and wonder. Each speaker is limited to just 20 slides to accompany their tales, each slide leaving the screen after just 20 seconds. It’s fast. It’s furious. But ultimately, it’s a chance to be swept away to a world filled with adventure, all without leaving your seat.
All proceeds from this event support the work of Hope and Homes for Children.
THE GREAT BRITISH SEASIDE
Opening at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on 23 March is an exhibition celebrating the nation's love affair with the seaside. The Great British Seaside showcases beach photography from the 1960s to today.
The exhibition is on display until September and features over 100 works by some of Britain's most celebrated photographers: Martin Parr, Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts.
The exhibition explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the last six decades and holds up a critical and affectionate mirror to a much-loved and quintessentially British experience, captured by photographers who share a mutual love of the seaside.
The Great British Seaside includes images from the archival collections of each of the photographers, news film as well as some never before seen images.
If you are planning your trip in March, please check Fraser Place Canary Wharf offers! We are in the heart of Canary Wharf, minutes away from great bars, restaurants and shopping malls and only a 15 minutes tube ride to Westminster for Big Ben and the London Eye.
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 image credits: Great British Seaside: © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos