Hot Tickets 2013: what to look forward to this year

Jan 1, 2013

Book now: The Week's guide to movies, plays, concerts and exhibitions opening in 2013


Manet: Portraying Life
An exhibition of celebrated 19th century French artist Edouard Manet's paintings (pictured) of friends and family alongside contemporaries such as Monet and Morisot at the Royal Academy of Arts. 26 Jan - 14 April.

Man Ray Portraits
This National Portrait Gallery retrospective of Man Ray's photographic portraits highlights his experimental photographic techniques and celebrated subjects such Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso, with 150 vintage prints from 1916 to 1968. 7 March – 27 May.

Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
Tate Modern presents the comic strip-inspired master of Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein. The show features over 100 paintings and sculptures including his iconic Whaam! painting. 21 Feb – 26 May 26 2013.

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life
Tate Britain's first major retrospective of the popular painter puts Lowry's work in the context of his European contemporaries while highlighting his role as a leading painter of modern British life. 25 June – 20 October.


Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum 
In collaboration with archaeologists in Naples and Pompeii, the British Museum will bring together over 250 objects, including recent discoveries and celebrated finds from the ill-fated ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum (pictured). 28 March – 29 September 2013

Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern mind
The British Museum features some of the worlds oldest sculptures, drawings and portraits, created across Europe between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago. 7 Feb -26 May 2013.

David Bowie is
The V&A's major David Bowie exhibition opens in March 2013. The show explores Bowie's influence on music, fashion and art through 300 exhibits including photography, film, music videos, album covers and set designs from the Diamond Dogs tour. Runs until 28 July.


 Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino's love letter to spaghetti Westerns tells the story of a slave-turned-bounty hunter who sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (pictured). Released 19 January.

Dustin Hoffman makes his directing debut with a comedy about retirement home musicians. Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon. Released 16 February.

This is 40
Judd Apatow returns with an unofficial sequel to the hit comedy Knocked Up starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as a married couple coping with family, jobs and children. With Albert Brooks and John Lithgow. Released 14 February.

The Sleeping Beauty tale retold from the perspective of the princess's evil nemesis, Maleficent. Starring Angelina Jolie in the title role, with Elle Fanning, Miranda Richardson and Peter Capaldi. Released 14 March.


Old Times
Kristin Scott Thomas and Lia Williams alternate roles in Harold Pinter's 1971 play with Rufus Sewell as their man. Ian Rickson directs. Harold Pinter Theatre, West End, 12 January - 6 April.

The Book of Mormon
South Park' creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone's comedy musical (pictured above) written with 'Avenue Q' creator Robert Lopez about a pair of hapless Mormon missionaries has won nine Tony awards. It also sold out on Broadway. Prince of Wales Theatre, 4 March – 1 June

Quartermaine's Terms
Rowan Atkinson stars alongside Conleth Hill and Will Keen in Simon Gray's tragicomedy about teachers at an English language school for foreigners, directed by Richard Eyre. Wyndham's Theatre, London 23 January - 13 April.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Sam Mendes directs the premiere of David Greig's musical version of Roald Dahl's classic book about a young boy's adventures in a fantastical sweet factory. Starring the Tony and Olivier-winning Douglas Hodge. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, 18 May – 30 November.


Royal Ballet Triple Bill
Balanchine's Apollo, a new Christopher Wheeldon ballet, and the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's first creation (as yet unnamed) for a British company. The new year's hottest dance ticket. Royal Opera House, 22 February - 14 March.

Kafka Fragments
Acclaimed director Netia Jones presents a new production of Hungarian contemporary composer György Kurtág's song cycle, inspired by Kafka's letters and diaries. Royal Opera House, 28-30 March.

The Rest is Noise
Southbank Centre's year-long "soundtrack of the 20th century" festival is inspired by the book of the same name by Alex Ross. Opening the event are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and soprano Karita Mattila in an all-Richard Strauss programme. Royal Festival Hall, 19 January - 9 June.

Eugene Onegin
A new production of Tchaikovsky's masterwork by Royal Opera House head of opera Kasper Holten in his house directorial debut, with conductor Robin Ticciati and with Simon Keenlyside in the title role. Royal Opera House, 4-20 February.



Mercury prize-winners, indie rock quartet Alt-J play London's Shepherd's Bush Empire before embarking on a UK-wide tour in May. O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, 18-19 January

Jane Birkin
Birkin plays the music of her former partner, Serge Gainsbourg, in aid of Japanese tsunami victims. Cadogan Hall, 31 January.

The US R&B star starts his UK Euphoria tour at London's 02 arena on 27 January, followed by Glasgow, Birmingham, Sheffield and Nottingham, before finishing in Manchester on 15 February.

US singer-songwriter (pictured) Pink's Truth About Love UK tour kicks off in Manchester on the 14 April, followed by two London gigs at the 02 Arena, 24-25 April.

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According to IMDb Maleficent isn't to be released until 14 March 2014.