Spandau Ballet, The O2
GIG: Celebrating 35 years in the music business and off the back of the critically lauded documentary Soulboys Of The Western World, Spandau Ballet are back playing live, the first time since they reunited in 2009 for their Reformation tour.
The group of London friends, who amassed 23 hit singles including True and Gold, have overcome splits, rows and court battles to return to what they do best and they’ll sprinkle in some new material amid the Greatest Hits.
The O2, Mar 17-18, £47-£75
Love’s Labours Lost, East Wintergarden
SCREENING: Shown live from the RSC Stratford, Shakespeare’s sparkling comedy of delights is set in 1914 and pursues the same frothy themes albeit with the dark cloud of war overhead.
In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the king and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.
East Wintergarden, Mar 13, 7pm, £10
Shrapnel: 34 Fragments Of A Massacre, Arcola
STAGE: Watching video footage from a drone, Pentagon officials see a huddle of people crossing the Turkish-Iraqi border. Hours later, Turkish Armed Forces drop bombs on the group killing 34 civilians.
The Roboski massacre is one of the most controversial episodes in the war on terror and Anders Lustgarten’s startling new play provides an urgent, powerful insight into the state of modern warfare.
Arcola, until April 2, 7.30pm, £12
The Broken Heart, Shakespeare’s Globe
STAGE: In Ancient Sparta, loving couple Penthea and Orgilus are forced apart by her brother. Penthea is pressed into a loveless marriage with a jealous old man. Orgilus watches, waits, and as events unfold, unleashes a terrible revenge.
John Ford’s very modern fascination with mental extremes are found everywhere in this nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, until April 11, 7.30pm (mats), £25-£35
Rules For Living, Dorfman Theatre
STAGE: Everyone creates their own coping strategies or rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and they each follow those rules rigidly?
In Sam Holcroft’s theatrically playful, dark comedy the family does just that. And when the instructions are there for all to see, audience included, there’s really no place to hide. Long-held rivalries and resentments will out. Accusations fly, relationships deconstruct, the rules take over.
Dorfman at the National, until Jul 8, 8pm, £17.50-£40,
Wellington: Triumphs, Politics And Passions, National Portrait Gallery
EXHIBITION: This is the first gallery exhibition devoted to the Duke of Wellington, marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The exhibition will explore the character and personal life of a man who bridged the military and politics and spanned the decades while bearing the accolade of national hero.
Drawn from museums and private collections, including that of the present Duke of Wellington, the exhibition of 59 portraits displays a rarely-seen portrait by John Hoppner of the Duke as a youthful soldier and a daguerreotype portrait by Antoine Claudet, in the new medium of photography, taken on Wellington’s 75th birthday in 1844.
National Portrait Gallery, March 12- June 7, Free