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6 WEMBLEY STADIUM TOURS Go behind-the-scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Wembley Stadium Tour takes visitors deep into the heart of the stadium and into areas usually reserved for the biggest and best names in sport and music such as Beckham, Messi, Ronaldo, Tom Brady, Anthony Joshua, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce. The awardwinning, 75 minute, guided tour includes access to the Dressing Rooms, Press Room, Players Tunnel, Pitchside and the iconic Royal Box to have a photograph taken with a replica of the world-famous FA Cup. Wembley is the perfect location for families and visitors of all ages. With multiple accessible train routes, ample parking, a café, plentiful restroom facilities and the London Designer Outlet shopping centre next door, the Wembley Tour caters for all visitor needs. Wembley Stadium Tour is open 12 months a year and 7 days a week with the exception of certain event dates in the calendar. Tours depart at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 with pre-booking advised. Easily accessible via any of these stations; Wembley Park via Metropolitan and Jubilee Lines, Wembley Stadium Station via Chiltern Line and Wembley Central Station via Bakerloo Line, London Overground and National Rail. All tours are conducted in English. Printed translation guides are available in 9 languages. Book online at visiting or calling 0800 169 9933. HAMLEYS TOY SHOP For more than 250 years, Hamleys has continued to leave its mark on London as the Finest Toy Shop in the World. Greeted by model airplanes circling overhead and shiny new train sets underfoot, the store welcomes millions of visitors from around the world each year. Today, the majestic flagship building at 188-196 Regent Street spans seven floors and is filled to the brim with more than 40,000 kinds of toys, books, games and sweets. From 0 to 99, guests of all ages are in for a magical experience upon entering the doors. Rows of grand doll houses, brand new colouring books, miniature cars and shiny action figures will leave children wide-eyed and gasping in wonder, while bins of colourful marbles and time-honoured Lego sets take mums and dads back to their own childhood. Hamleys Birthday Parties can be booked Monday to Friday and the popular Themed Parties, which include Pirates and Princesses, Superhero and Safari Explorers, are available every day. The Hamleys Dream Sleepover Party is bookable on Saturday nights only – what could be more fun! Hamleys is a short walk from Oxford Circus. Visit the website at for details. CHELSEA FRINGE 2017 The 6th year of the international Chelsea Fringe Festival gets underway from 20 May until 4 June and, as ever, it offers a smorgasbord of quirky horticultural events and happenings for curious gardeners everywhere. Among this year's events are new installations such as London's first ever floating community garden in Paddington Basin and a feast of tulips in the Broadgate Centre behind Liverpool Street, plus opportunities to try your hand at everything from making textiles using plants, concocting your own lotions and potions, or learning how to identify poisonous plants. There are exhibitions such as Bloomin' Jewels at Contemporary Applied Arts, and the Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, which returns with its annual group show of artists working on plant or garden themes. And the British Medical Association returns with an afternoon of talk and discussions about gardens and health. Fringe director and founder Tim Richardson says: ‘We want events in the Fringe to be fun, not just worthy, and an opportunity for people to try new things.’ Among this year's fun happenings are a dog show at the beautiful Inner Temple gardens and a special evening at the South London Botanical Institute which combines an informative talk on carnivorous plants with an al fresco showing of Little Shop of Horrors. t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

Lola Moxom, Ruby Stokes, Madeleine Haynes who will alternate the role of Annie, with Miranda Hart who will play Miss Hannigan. Photo : Matt Crockett. WEST END PRODUCTION OF ANNIE OPENS AT PICCADILLY THEATRE Joining Miranda Hart who will play Miss Hannigan in the West End production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre are a cast which includes Alex Bourne as Daddy Warbucks, Holly Dale Spencer as Grace Farrell, Jonny Fines as Rooster and Djalenga Scott as Lily. The title role of Annie will be shared by Madeleine Haynes, 13-years old from Hadley Wood, Barnet, Lola Moxom, 12-years old from Rochester, Kent and Ruby Stokes, 12-years old from Hampshire. They will be joined by three teams of young performers who will play the girls in Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Amber, a 4 year-old Labradoodle, will play Annie’s dog Sandy. Annie begins previews at the Piccadilly Theatre on 23 May with opening night on 5 June. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family. Miranda Hart is best known on television for her hugely successful, semi-auto-biographical and multi awardwining BBC sitcom Miranda which ran from 2009 for 3 series and 2 specials. She was the recipient of a BAFTA nomination, an NTA Award and two TV Choice Awards for her performance as Chummy in the BBC television drama Call the Midwife. Foster’s production arrives in the West End 40 years after the original Broadway production opened in 1977 and received seven Tony awards including the Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The last West End production of Annie opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre in 1998. In 1982, Annie was adapted for the big screen directed by John Huston with a cast including Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney and in 2014 a further feature film was released, directed by Will Gluck, with a cast including Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx. The much-loved score includes the classics It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow and Easy Street. Box Office telephone: 0844 871 7630. MAJOR CAST CHANGES FOR LES MISERABLES From Monday 12 June, there will be major cast changes at the West End production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, which is now in its record breaking 33rd year. Killian Donnelly (pictured below) is to star as Jean Valjean and joins the cast fresh from Broadway where he is currently playing the lead role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots. West End leading lady Carley Stenson will join the company as Fantine and Hayden Tee returns to play Javert from 17 July having performed the role at The Queen’s Theatre until 22 April this year. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score of Les Miserables includes the songs, I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House, and many more. The show originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it is still playing to standing room only. Cameron Mackintosh’s production is written by Alain Boublil and Claude- Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The original London 1985 production is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. Killian Donnelly. 7 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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