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secure a place as space is limited (or RSVP on the Gay’s The Word Facebook page).

SAT 03 MAR: Top boy band The Wanted highlight their current peak in popularity with a headline gig at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.

Florence and the Machine, descends upon Alexandra Palace in North London for three nights of gigs. Support comes from The Horrors. http://florenceand


Iconic singer Sinead O’Connor, who this month releases her ninth studio album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You), hits the road for a UK tour. Catch her in London when she performs at the South Bank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. The release marks the 25th anniversary since the release of her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra.

session with Donald

West, a psychiatrist and criminologist who, in 1995, published a seminal piece of work entitled Homosexuality, which argued for tolerance towards gay people at

a time when they were considered social pariahs. Now open about his own sexuality, West will discuss his career, research and writings. Doors open at 6.55pm. Call 020 7278 7654 to

SUN 04 MAR: The brilliant Rufus Wainwright returns to these shores for an exclusive and special show at the Barbican. As part of the Cultural Olympiad and BBC’s live music weekend festival, he will be performing Shakespearean sonnets in this unique, one-off performance. www.

08-10 MAR: Following the worldwide success of her second album, last year’s Ceremonials, Florence Welch, aka

MON 19 MAR: 17 MAR-30 SEPT:

Transformation And Revelation: Gormley To Gaga is the name of a major new exhibition coming to the V&A his month. Exploring the theme of transformation, this display will offer contemporary designs for performance from over 30 British Theatre Designers. It aims to provide an insight into the designers’ creative process and will include costumes, set models, photographs, drawings, sound productions and lighting designs. Designs will include Sutra by Antony Gormley, War Horse by Rae Smith and Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour (pictured above) by Es Devlin.

08 MAR-07 APR: The Arts Theatre on Great Newport Street presents a new ‘state of the nation’ comedy by the BAFTA-winning Emmerdale writer Karin Young this month. The Awkward Squad takes “a sideways look at the unexpected challenges faced by modern women of all ages”, and is centred upon matriarch Lorna (Barbara Marten), whose quiet weekend is disrupted when both her daughters and her granddaughter descend on her with their own problems. Lorna has spent three decades working for everyone else through the miners’ strikes, community milk schemes and library closures and is about to receive an honorary PhD. Her granddaughter, on the other hand, thinks a book job is more important. www.

09-11 MAR: Are you a fan of dance? Getting fit? TV talent dance shows? If so, you


Auction house Christie’s hosts the annual Lighthouse Gala Auction on Monday 19 March, raising funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Among the lots on offer this year is the opportunity to spend a day sea fishing with Dermot O’Leary (pictured above), before cooking up the catch of the day together in his Brighton restaurant Fishy Fishy. Other ‘money can’t buy’ experiences will include dinner at The Goring with Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and a black cab tour of Fleet Street with Janet Street-Porter. Items up for grabs will include artwork from Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Alison Jackson, Michael Craig Martin, and Rachel Whiteread.

may well want to book a ticket for Move It – the UK’s biggest dance event. It will be taking place at Olympia in Earls Court, and will feature 60 main stage performances, 200 exhibitors and 100 taster classes for dozens of different dance styles. If you’ve got a passion to learn the Tango or to swish around a ballroom, this is the place to dip your toes. Sequins optional.

TUE 13 MAR: Former X Factor singer Rebecca Ferguson headlines at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane – part of her UK tour to promote her

top-five album, Heaven.

FRI 16 MAR: Indie folksters Noah and The Whale cement their growing popularity with a headline gig at the Royal Albert Hall on 16 March, followed by a considerably more intimate outing at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the following evening (17 March).

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