10 Things To Do This Autumn - Autumn Arts Preview 2014

10 Things To Do This Autumn – Autumn Arts Preview 2014

Autumn in London in 2014 is looking to be a cracker, with all the major bastions of capital culture spewing out festivals, interactive shows and wonderful experiences!

Here’s our autumn arts preview list to whet your appetite! Book now and prosper (culturally – you possibly won’t become richer…)

Here Lies Love | National Theatre | 30 Sept – 8 Jan | From £15

Here Lies Love is an immersive theatrical spectacle coming straight from NYC to thrill London’s new Dorfman Theatre at the NT with the story of Imelda Marcos. David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have written the show, and Alex Timbers’ pulse-pounding club production is sure to delight.

Deloitte Ignite: Myth | Royal Opera House | 5-28 September | From Free 

This year’s open access festival is a feast of dance and visual art. Highlights include free daytime & evening events, site-specific dance installations courtesy of Protein & the incredible BalletBoyz new show: TheTALENT.

Totally Thames Festival | Various Venues | All September | FREE

A wonderfully eclectic line up of free art & cultural events along the Thames. We can’t wait for the Fire Garden (5-6 Sept), a giant kitsch sculpture from Florentijn Hofman & the Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, which includes a firework finale.

MERGE Festival | Bankside | 18 Sept-19 Oct | From FREE

Although details are scarce at the moment, you can expect exhibitions, performances, events and happenings which draw on the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside.

MORE London Free Festival | Until 26 Sept | The Scoop | FREE

Take a seat at the 1000 seater sunken amphitheatre on the Thames for a theatre treat with the Ring Cycle until the end of August. Then enjoy a joyous programme of film in September with classics such as Raiders of the Lost Ark sharing the bill with contemporary classics such as Philomena & The Lego Movie.

Fun Palaces | 4-5 October | All Over London | FREE

In 1961, Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price conceived the Fun Palace as a ‘laboratory of fun’, ‘a university of the streets’. Discover your local community in a whole new way as the arts & culture opens up for a special weekend.

Duckie in Sitges | 19-26 Sept | Sitges, nr Barcelona | From FREE

Book a cheap flight to Sitges this September to discover the gorgeous beach & dance all night with performance sideshows, top tapas, beers, queers, tears for fears, a clash of London and Catalan culture and the brilliant Santa Tecla festival.

Battesea Arts Centre Autumn Season | All Autumn | Battersea Arts Centre | From Free

Missed the frills and spills of the Edinburgh Fringe? Don’t fret, Battersea Arts Centre has plucked the best of the fringe and beyond to bring life to every nook & cranny of the Battersea Town Hall. Highlights for us include the electrifying Confirmation, all male Wuthering Heights, TourettesHero’s Backstage in Biscuit Land & a packed Grand Hall Scratch (work in progress) programme.

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Lived And Will Never Die | From 17 Oct | Museum of London | £12

A brand new exhibition which delves into the mind of everybody’s favourite fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Whether Benedict Cumberbatch floats your boat, or you’re more of a Basil Rathbone fan, or if you’re one of those crazy book readers (I mean, really?), this will be a must-see exhibition. Explore how Holmes has escaped from his literary shackles and moved effortlessly onto stage and screen. You can also get a sense of  Sherlock’s Victorian London, reimagine the places that the detective visited and solved crime after puzzling crime.

Mayor of London Festivals | All Autumn | Trafalgar Square & Other Venues | FREE

Throughout the year The Mayor organises, with his own bare hands, a diverse programme of events to celebrate London’s culture and communities. Still to come this year are: the Notting Hill Carnival, Africa on the Square, Diwali, and a joyous season of Carol Singing on Trafalgar Square.

If you think we missed anything in our London Autumn Arts Preview please add your comment below & we’ll do our best to update the article with your IDEAS.

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