Unmissable Things To Do in London in April 2023
The clocks have leapt forward, and apparently it’s officially British Summer Time – we’re not so sure, but while we wait for things to heat up we can at least make the most of that extra hour of daylight! Here’s our list of Unmissable Things To Do in London (and beyond) this April!
Fall in love with high glamour at the first major survey exhibition of suversive fashion designer Ashish Gupta in Walthamstow.
A new play by national treasure Roy Williams charting the hopeful story of two Black young people, Matthew and Chantel.
The catty content warning is enough to make this unmissable:
A group exhibition curated by Russell Tovey who says ‘this exhibition celebrates daily practices, ingrained moments, a passing of time taken for granted, routine, satisfaction, contentment’.
A fabulous a festival of events in the Barbican’s Conservatory including live performances, engaging workshops and talks to yoga in our iconic conservatory, there’s something for everyone.
Head into the the living room for this intimate soirée which welcomes harpist and band leader Alina Bzhezinska with her group HipHarpCollective.
Laz Lightning lives up to his name with this fresh and sexy work-in-progress night.
A festival of experimental games.
2 young men grow up in the boxing gym and discover who they really are…
Get your jazz hands ready for this musical theatre rave. Glee galore.
Hilarious horror comedy about identity, witchcraft and body swapping.
National grand dame of comedy Anna Mann is an actress. For an hour.
Expect joy in spades in this show from the South African Strictly star.
Live To Tell: (A Proposal For) The Madonna Jukebox Musical | Camden People’s Theatre | 4-15 April | £8 – £15
Madonna jukebox anyone? Of course you have a ticket already, hun.
A surreal premise which demands to be seen: ‘In 1941, music-loving sisters Thomasina (Emma Appleton) and Martha (Stefanie Martini) build a machine called LOLA which can intercept broadcasts from the future.’
Take a trip down the Rabbit hole with this zingy new production which promises a constantly evolving world of: ‘No Rules. No Time. No Binary’.
The transcendental beauty of the Pre-Raphaelite hot couple is explored in this new Tate show.
A night of queer new work featuring the intriguing threesome of BLT.
A dark delight exploring snowflake and cancel culture in the every day tech dystopia we all live in.
A night of extraordinary politically charged writers performing in one of the capitals hidden venue treasures at London’s socialist heart, Queen Mary University of London.
Put your Converse on and get closer to the unsung heroes of 00s indie.
An outrageous country comedy from Ramps on the Moon who are putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.
A DJ and one performer take you to space in search of the lead character’s orgasm. Mojisola Adebayo takes us there.
A unique chance to see Kae Tempest in the gorgeous Victorian music hall, Wilton’s.
Exquistite and offbeat cinema from East and Southeast Asia and its diaspora communities.
Push your limits with this often explosive festival of performance including highlight BULLYACHE’s TOM. Safeguarding is hopefully top of the venue’s experimental practice.
Black transgender immigrant Tatenda Shamiso asks tough questions about trans identity.
Drama school kids end up in the woods in this exposing new play.
King’s Head Theatre is the LGBTQIA+ space London needs right now. Support this season of queer interrogation.
‘The Golden Age of Hollywood. Behind closed doors, aspiring actor Sidney Poitier is offered a lucrative contract that could make him a superstar. But what is he willing to sacrifice?’
Queer horror story set in 1600s Toledo.
A night of wonky pop electronic experimentation.
London’s free film festivals movement are a triumph and this season doesn’t disappoint with a skate-a-long Xanadu 80’s roller disco and a doc about the best band you’ve never heard of Cymande.
Queer House Party revolutionised accessible clubbing during the pandemic with their Zoom parties and now they’re here to show the Southbank Centre a good time as part of the 50th celebration of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane.
Outrageous punk scratch performance night in London’s most welcoming and DIY venue Matchstick Piehouse.
An interesting conversation around themes raised in Christopher Samuel’s artwork ‘The Archive of an Unseen’,
A chance to mingle in a friendly environment with fellow horror flicks lovers, makers and shakers.
‘Description.’A latinx, catholic, fuck fest cabaret. A queer ritual to exorcise the demons religion has filled us up with.’
A risky presentation of Freedom of Information requests to the government. Could be dry or riveting.
Descend into the depths of The Old Operating Theatre for this gory 19th century late.
BIG. GAY. OPERA.
Did we forget something? We almost certainly did – please let us know in the comments below!
Occasionally the To Do List team are forced to work together.
Rupert likes: free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.
Stuart likes: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.