London 2012 Festival begins, West End Live this weekendDate: 21 June 2012
The London 2012 Festival, the culmination and pinnacle of the four-year cultural Olympiad, launches at venues across the UK today (21 June 2012).
Comprising 12,000 events and performances involving over 25,000 artists from all 204 participating Olympic Nations, the Festival has been billed by Chairman Tony Hall as "the largest cultural celebration in our lifetimes".
There will also be comedy performances from the likes of Tim Minchin and Stephen Fry, as well as 'pop up' activities including Shakespeare readings from Mark Rylance and a giant bouncy castle rendering of Stonehenge from artist Jeremy Deller.
West End Live
Musical theatre fans should be sure to head to Trafalgar Square this weekend where the largest ever West End Live is taking place, featuring performances from every major West End musical.
Now in its eighth year, the event - organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre - is the world's largest free theatre festival.
Performing for the first time this year will be classic longrunners Blood Brothers, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, alongside other event newcomers Dreamboats and Petticoats, Horrible Histories, Matilda The Musical, Ragtime The Musical, Singin’ in the Rain, Sweeney Todd and Top Hat.
There will also be performances from West End Live favourites Billy Elliot The Musical, Chicago, The Lion King, Ghost The Musical, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Rock of Ages, Shrek The Musical, Stomp, Thriller Live, War Horse, We Will Rock You, Wicked and The Wizard of Oz.
The event, which attracted over half a million people last year, runs this year as part of the London 2012 Festival on Saturday 23 June from 11am – 6pm and Sunday 24 June from 12pm – 6pm.