What’s on in March 2020: glorious things to do in London this month

Natasha Afxentiou

27 February 2020

Your cultural hotlist for the month of March, starring thought-provoking theatre, David Attenborough, magical set design by Chanel and Andy Warhol's soup cans

27 February 2020 | Natasha Afxentiou

Herstory: Women in Art exhibition at Maddox Gallery  (2-24th March)

In honour of International Women’s Day, Maddox Gallery is hosting an exhibition of female artists including Coco Dávez, renowned for her vibrant use of acrylic paint; Lily Kemp who explores the representation of women of colour; Lauren Baker, known for her beguiling neon works and Welsh muralist Karimah Hassan. The month-long exhibition will celebrate the progress of international female artists at the flagship London gallery on Maddox Street. 

Karimah Hassan, True North, Acrylic On Canvas, 2019 

Date: 2 March to 24th March 2020 Time: Price: Location: Maddox Gallery Maddox Street, 9 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2QE Closest Station: Oxford Circus Website: maddoxgallery.com 

Dear Evan Hansen at Noël Coward Theatre, Covent Garden 

At the end of February, the Duke Duchess of Cambridge attended a special performance of Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre. The musical, which won six Tony Awards after opening on Broadway in 2016, follows an anxiety-ridden, adolescent boy, struggling to connect in a hyperconnected world. Based on the book of the same name by Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the sophisticated and cathartic production has been credited with opening up the discussion of mental health through tenderness, wit and rock-flavoured melodies.

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Date: Throughout March until 27 June Time: see website for show times Price: from £15 Location: Noël Coward Theatre 85-88 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4AP Closest Station: Covent Garden Website: dearevanhansen.com 

London Design Week 2020, Fulham (8-13 March) 

This March, Chelsea Harbour's Design Centre will host more than 600 brands for a six-day interior extravaganza. Spread across 120 showrooms, London Design Week will showcase a cosmopolitan mix of interior inspiration, as well as an eclectic schedule of talks, workshops and artisan demonstrations, exploring patterns and texture with the capital's top tastemakers. 

London Design Week 2020 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Date: 8-13 March 2020 Time: 10am-6pm Price: Free Location: Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XE Closest Station: Fulham Broadway Website: dcch.co.uk 

Lillian Bassman: Redefining Fashion at Atlas Gallery, Marylebone (throughout March)

Step into a retrospective of monochromatic photographs by Lillian Bassman at Atlas Gallery this month, which coincides with the Harper’s Bazaar exhibition at the Parisian Musée des Arts Décoratifs (a hot ticket during Paris Fashion Week). Born to Russian Jewish immigrants, Bassman grew up in Brooklyn before studying at the Textile High School in Manhattan. She moved into fashion photography during the 1940s and began shooting for Harper's Bazaar in the 1950s. She worked with the publication for two decades and was one of the few female photographers in an era dominated by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. The exhibition celebrates the power of elegance and mystery in fashion and her enduring influence on fashion photography.

Lillian Bassman (1917-2012), Barbara Mullen, Harper’s Bazaar, New York, c.1958. © The Estate of Lillian Bassman, courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery

Date: Throughout March until 18 April 2020 Time: 10am-6pm, 11am-5pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays Location: Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, London, W1U 7NF Closest Station: Baker Street Website: atlasgallery.com 

Andy Warhol at Tate Modern (from 12 March)

Andy Warhol's enduring relevance is celebrated at a new exhibition at the Tate Modern, opening this March. The retrospective celebrates the pop artist’s popular oeuvre of Coca-Cola bottles, Campbell’s soup cans and Marylin Monroe screenprints, as well as lesser-seen works including the 1975 Ladies and Gentlemen series of portraits of black and Latin drag queens and trans women. Visitors can interact with Warhol's floating Silver Clouds installation and experience a reenactment of Exploding Plastic Fantastic, a multimedia event organised by Andy Warhol during the sixties. To coincide with the retrospective, Tate Eats has created a playful Flavours from “The Factory” menu inspired by Warhol, including pâte for the cat, coca-cola jelly and tuna fish disaster, so-called after the 1963 silkscreen print. 

Green Coca-Cola Bottles 1962 Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Friends of the Whitney Museum of American Art 68.25. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Date: 12 March to 6 September 2020 Time: see website Price: £22 / free for members Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 Closest Station: Southwark or Blackfriars Website: tate.org.uk 

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things exhibition at National Portrait Gallery (from 12 March)

This month, the National Portrait Gallery celebrates the influential work of Cecil Beaton and his trajectory from suburban schoolboy to seminal society figure and celebrated dandy. The exhibition captures the glamour of the Roaring Twenties through Beaton's era-defining photography and illustrations, which are displayed alongside works by Henry Lamb, Oliver Messel, Henry Lamb and Rex Whistler. For more unmissable exhibitions to see in the capital this year, click here

Cecil Beaton by Paul Tanqueray, 1937. National Portrait Gallery, London. © Estate of Paul Tanqueray.

Date: 12 March to 7 June 2020 Time: see website Price: from £17 Location: The National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Pl, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HE Closest Station: Charing Cross Website: npg.org.uk 

Lagerfeld: The Chanel Shows exhibition at Ten Trinity Square (from 18 March)

The life and work of the late Karl Lagerfeld is celebrated this March in a series of photographs by British artist Simon Procter. Presented at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square in partnership with Art Photo Expo, The Chanel Shows exhibit captures the immersive enchantment and glamour that Karl Lagerfeld created during his tenure at the Parisian fashion house. Read more here. 

Photography by Simon Procter

Date: From 18 March 2020 Location: Four Seasons London, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ Closest Station: Chancery Lane Website: fourseasons.com 

Planet Earth II Live in concert at the O2 (from 29 March)

Watch David Attenborough's Blue Planet on the big screen this March at the O2. The BAFTA award-winning, epic series, which captures candid, immersive footage of the world's greatest wildlife and landscapes, is blown up into super high-definition detail and accompanied by a live score, performed by the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Planet Earth II Live in Concert - Snow Leopard

Date: Sunday 29 March 2020 Time: Matinee and evening times available, see website Price: from £30 Location: The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Closest Station: North Greenwich Website: planetearth2live.uk