The Illusionists at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre The Illusionists at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre

London shows and events: January/February 2016

Find out what’s on in London over the coming months, with our pick of the best shows and events happening across the city this December, January and February

Make the most of London's chilly days and long dark nights and fill your winter diary with art, theatre and music shows galore. No winter is complete, without an evening at the ballet, and if you are a fan of the more contemporary ballets, Matthew Bourne’s stunning modern adaptation of Sleeping Beauty is showing at Sadler’s Wells until 24th January.

Sleeping-Beauty-Matthew-BourneMatthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

You better get your tickets quick for hit Broadway magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS – Witness the Impossible, showing at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre, as the run comes to an end on January 3rd. This is magic on a whole new level, and one that you just won’t be expecting. Seven of the world’s most mystifying illusionists perform in what has been described as ‘magic’s Cirque du Soleil’. Another night of magic not to miss is master of the mind, Derren Brown’s Miracle at The Palace Theatre, which runs until January 16th.

Derren-Brown-MiracleDerren Brown

For the more thespian minded theatre goers, award winning American actor and writer Matthew Perry is set to star in his own bittersweet comic play, The End of Longing which will run at the Playhouse Theatre from February 2nd – May 14th. The Savoy is also preparing its boards for a famous face, award winning actress Sheridan Smith who is taking on the lead role of Fanny Brice, in the major new revival of the hit musical Funny Girl. Following its sell out success at the Menier Chocolate Factory (sadly tickets are sold out), make sure you book now for the 12 week run starting on April 9th at The Savoy.

The-End-of-Longing-Matthew Perry in The End of Longing

For music of a different genre, flashback to the 90s and fast-forward to 2016 and what is the result? Brit award winning indie band Travis performing at The Lexington in London for one night on January 26th, ahead of their new album release in May.


Art aficionados, particularly those with a penchant for Impressionism will be pleased to hear that the Royal Academy of Arts will be hosting a new exhibition, Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse from January 30th – April 20th. While much of the impressionist, post-impressionist and avant-garde art has been seen before, Monet’s Agapanthus Triptych from the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, will be part of the exhibit, shown for the first time in the UK.

Ai-WeiweiAi Weiwei

If you missed Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy in 2015, get your skates on you might just have time to catch another glimpse of the renowned Chinese artist’s work, but this time his foray into jewellery, at Elisabetta Cipriani’s gallery exhibition, Rebar in Gold. The pair have teamed up for a unique collection of wearable sculptures, which act as a memorial to the victims of the devastating 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.

1 Sleeping Beauty
2 Shaftesbury Theatre
3 Derren Brown Miracle
4 The End of Longing
5 Funny Girl
6 Travis at The Lexington
7 Painting the Modern Garden, Royal Academy of Arts
8 Ai Weiwei at Elisabetta Cipriani