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London April 2012

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What's on in London in April 2012?

Event of the month

The London Marathon (22 April 2012) - London hosts one of the most iconic events of the year. Millions of people from all over the world will watch, scream and cheer on the runners right across the capital - Find out more in our London Marathon blog post.

Damien Hirst at the Tate Modern (4 April - 9 September 2012) - Bringing together key works from over 20 years, this exhibition brings together 70 of Damien Hirst's most iconic works - Tate Modern, SE1 9TG - www.tate.org.uk

World Shakespeare Festival 2012 (23 April - 9 September 2012) - Led by the Royal Shakespeare Company, this celebration invites International theatre companies to the UK to interpret the works of William Shakespeare in their own unique way - www.worldshakespearefestival.org.uk

London Coffee Festival 2012 (27 - 29 April 2012) - Celebrate UK Coffee Week with a visit to this coffee lovers' festival with live music, market stalls, demonstrations and tastings - Old Truman Brewey, E1 6QL - www.londoncoffeefestival.com

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter (opening 31 March 2012) - A behind-the-scenes walking tour featuring authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. Book with Golden Tours in order to receive return transportation from central London. - www.goldentours.com

Kew’s Mayan Chocolate Adventure (31 March - 15 April 2012) - Find out where chocolate comes from on this family day out with activities including an Easter Egg hunt, adventure trails and chocolate tasting - Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB - www.kew.org

New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys Tour (28 April 2012) - Two of the biggest boy bands in 80s/90s pop, New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys, bring their NKOTBSB Tour to the UK. - The O2, SE10 0DX - www.theo2.co.uk

RHS Great London Plant Fair (10-11 April 2012) - With the arrival of spring in the UK, now's your chance to stock-up on plants and seeds and receive advice from RHS experts on ways to replenish your garden - RHS Horticultural Halls, SW1P 2PE - www.rhs.org.uk/londonshows

The Great British Tattoo Show (20-22 April 2012) - This show centered around the themes Traditional, Contemporary and Urbann is all about tattoos and their association with fashion and lifestyle - Olympia - www.greatbritishtattooshow.com

E4 Udderbelly Festival 2012 (5 April - 8 July 2012) - The Udderbelly Tent is a very unique venue (in the shape of an upside-down purple cow) situated between the London Eye and Royal Festival Hall. Returning to London’s South Bank for a three month festival of stand-up comedy, cabaret music, dance and circus performances. - London Southbank Centre - www.underbelly.co.uk

Edinburgh April 2012

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What's on in Edinburgh in April 2012?

Event of the month

Fascinating Mummies - (until 27 May 2012) - Mummies as you've never seen them before. See how CT scan technology lets us see inside sarcophagi to learn about mummification. This is a unique exhibition created in partnership with museums in the Netherlands and Canada and won't be seen anywhere else in the UK - National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh EH1 1JF - Find out more in our Fascinating Mummies blog post.

Edinburgh International Science Festival (30 March - 15 April 2012) - If the high profile of recent popular science TV shows is anything to go by, this festival will be a bigger hit than usual, both with adults and with kids. With appearances from Derren Brown, Bang Goes the Theory Live, entertaining scientists of all disciplines and the best science shows for kids coinciding with the Easter holidays, we suggest you book now - Various venues in Edinburgh - www.sciencefestival.co.uk

Ceilidh Culture (16 March - 15 April 2012) - The month-long festival continues into April after some great events in March. Traditional arts are thriving in Scotland, from folk music to storytelling, and a new generation are taking them to a wider audience. Ceilidh Culture is a wildly popular month long festival of events across the city, including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival. A great taste of grassroots Scottish culture - Various venues around Edinburgh - www.ceilidhculture.co.uk

The Gruffalo (6 - 7 April 2012) - Here's an Easter Treat: a stage adaptation of the much loved children's picture book. Whether you've seen the animated BBC version or not, this is a must for both children and grown-up fans - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk

The Steamie (10 - 14 April 2012) - Tony Roper's window into the lives of 1950s wash-house women on Hogmanay is something of a national treasure. Voted the second most loved Scottish show in an STV poll, this is its first major tour in ten years to celebrate the play's 25th anniversary and is directed by Roper himself - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk

Edinburgh Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon (14 April 2012) - The world's biggest running series comes to Edinburgh: a half marathon with rock and roll bands playing on stages roughly every mile. This will be the first race in the series ever to be held outside the US, with Madrid, Lisbon and Dublin following soon, so this is your chance to say "I was there" - start and finish in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh - uk.competitor.com/edinburgh

Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray (18 April 2012) - There's been a trend lately of bands playing their seminal albums in full. Now it's The Lemonheads' turn as they come to Edinburgh to play their 1992 breakthrough album from start to finish - HMV Picture House, 31 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ - venues.meanfiddler.com/hmv-picture-house

Calendar Girls (23 - 28 April 2012) - This will be the last tour of this West End hit, telling the true story of a group of ladies who decide to pose for a nude charity calendar and the events that unfold after its release - Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9FT - www.fctt.org.uk

Chicago the Musical (23 - 28 April 2012) - Grittier than your average musical, Chicago is actually based on a true story. It's won every award under the sun, from Tony awards to Oscars, so this is a welcome visit to Edinburgh - Edinburgh Playhouse, 18-22 Greenside Place Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 3AA - www.atgtickets.com/venue/Edinburgh-Playhouse/243/

SCO - Benedetti performs Vivaldi's Four Seasons (26 April 2012) - Scotland's favourite virtuouso violinist plays a programme of Baroque pieces focussing on Vivaldi, including some from his most famous concertos - Usher Hall, 5 Cambridge St, Edinburgh EH1 2DY - www.usherhall.co.uk

The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain (29 April 2012) - This sounds like a novelty act but it's an awful lot more. These are virtuoso musicians transforming a huge range of songs into something Time Out once described as "Subversive, rare and very precious... Frighteningly talented and awesome" - Queens Hall, 85-89 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9JG - www.thequeenshall.net

Beltane Fire Festival (30 April 2012) - This is a venerable Edinburgh Institution: part pagan festival, part theatrical spectacle atop the stunning viewpoint of Calton Hill, with more than 10,000 spectator tickets. Expect fire displays, drumming and body-paint (with some nudity) as this procession of bizarre characters celebrate the beginning of summer - Calton Hill, Edinburgh - www.beltane.org

Dundee April 2012

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What's on in Dundee in April 2012?

Event of the month

The Steamie (3 - 7 April 2012) - Tony Roper's window into the lives of 1950s wash-house women on Hogmanay is something of a national treasure. Voted the second most loved Scottish show in an STV poll, this is its first major tour in ten years to celebrate the play's 25th anniversary and is directed by Roper himself - Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BB - Find out more in our The Steamie blog post

A Play, A Peh & A Pint Forfeit (3 - 7 April 2012) - This innovative theatre format, commissioned in partnership with Oran Mor in Glasgow where it's been very successful, stages two new plays served up in around 50 minutes in an informal atmostphere. The ticket includes the a play, a peh (pie, for no-DUndonians) and a pint - with non-alcoholic and vegetarian options, or course - www.dundeereptheatre.co.uk

Scottish Colourist Series: FCB Cadell (6 April - 12 June 2012) - This acclaimed series of exhibitions, assembled by the National Galeries of Scotland, highlights a group of four influential Scottish artists who were invfluenced by French painting and used strong colours and bold brushwork - The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee DD1 1DA - www.mcmanus.co.uk  

This Production (7 April - 10 June 2012) - Dundee born and educated, Scott Mylkes marks 15 years since his graduation in Dundee with this exhibition of new work at DCA; those years have been eventful, with his work entering the permanant collections of major modern art galleries around the work including Tate London and MoMA in New York. This exhibition includes site-specific work relating to his time as a skater in Dundee, when the derelict site that is now the DCA was used as a skate park by locals. Alongside the exhibition are a number of related events including artist talks - Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY- www.dca.org.uk