Saturday is William Shakespeare's birthday and this year is particularly poignant as 2016 marks 400 years since the playwright's death. In celebration of the English writer, free pop-up productions of his most famous comedies will be held at Broadgate, while select cinemas are screening the 1995 classic Richard III.
In other news, foodies may want to take advantage of the good-value "Tight Ass Tuesdays" menu at Kurobata, just before pay day. Yogis may also be interested in a new outdoor class aboard a ship.
Read on for this week's hot events and new releases...
FOOD AND DRINK
Pay day is fast approaching and if you're planning to eat out but don't want to break the bank, head to Kurobata. The Japanese restaurant has just launched its "Tight Ass Tuesdays" menu. For £28, you'll be treated to six courses created by chef Scott Hallsworth. Some of his classics such as pork belly buns and punk rock sushi, as well as a dessert, are included. Just turn up to any Kurobata restaurant in London after 6pm on a Tuesday and simply tell your server "Feed me" – and they'll do exactly that. Happy hour all night on selected cocktails.
To book a table visit kurobuta-london.com.
The Jungle Book
The Disney classic is back and completely revamped! Starring the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Bill Murray, as well as welcoming child actor Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, the new fantasy film tells the heart-warming tale of a man-cub who is raised by an Indian wolf and a black panther. Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, but as he embarks on his journey of self-discovery, he meets creatures who don't have his best interests at heart.
Good Yoga Life Class
This isn't your average yoga class. Bringing a touch of glamour to their hourly yoga sessions, Good Yoga Life is hosting classes aboard the Good Ship Benefit, currently docked at Victoria Embankment. Start your sun salutations on the Hoola deck and release your inner warrior. Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and can be followed up with a mooch around the ship, home to Benefit's Brow Bar and very pink cocktail bar.
To book tickets visit goodyogalife.eventbrite.com.
BFI Presents: Richard III
Marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, Richard III returns to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Thursday 28 April as a one-day event cinema release, BFI Presents: Richard III. The 1995 film starring Ian McKellen follows the story of Richard, who sets in motion a murderous plot to divide his family, eliminate his rivals and usurp the throne. Guests are invited to a short documentary featuring Ian and director Richard Loncraine who reflect on the filmmaking process, followed by a screening of the drama. Audience members can submit questions for the post-movie discussion using #RichardIII.
To find a screening near you visit parkcircus.com/in_cinemas/upcoming_releases/1186_bfi_presents_richard_iii.
Heart & Soul
Unveiling his first solo exhibition in 22 years, artist Gary Hodges is showcasing over 150 prints and artwork that reflect the stark reality of the illegal wildlife trade. The new exhibition entitled Heart & Soul is dedicated to the beautiful wildlife that Gary has come across in his 32-year career. It is being held in aid of the Born Free Foundation and the Environmental Investigation Agency to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Hurry down to the free exhibition before it closes on Saturday 23 April.
For more information visit mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/heart-soul
On Saturday 23 April – Shakespeare's birthday – production company London Contemporary Theatre will bring free 40-minute pop-up productions straight from the stage to Broadgate. Set against the backdrop of the City, a cast of 16th century time-travellers will perform fast-paced versions of two of the Bard's most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing, throughout the day. The event is being held as part of the Shakespeare 400 initiative, to mark four centuries since the playwright's death.
For more information visit broadgate.co.uk/Shakespeare400YearsOn.
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