If you have an hour or two to spare this April, the V&A has some great upcoming early-evening talks. There’s former artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre, Dominic Cooke, talking to Kinvara Balfour about his career including his recent BBC film series The Hollow Crown – The War of the Roses – with Benedict Cumberbatch and Dame Judi Dench. Then on 5th April, fashion historian Benjamin Wild will discuss the evolution of Sir Cecil Beaton’s clothes and the influence of his wardrobe on contemporary designers. On 8th April, former Sunday Telegraph art critic Edwin Mullins reminisces about shopping with Peggy Guggenheim on her private gondola in Venice and weekending with Salvador Dali on the Costa Brava. On 26th April, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, the designers behind luxury womenswear label Peter Pilotto, will discuss their work and on 22nd April, there will be a daylong festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Focusing particularly on his final play, The Tempest, there will be lectures, poetry, music and talks with contributions from the poet Alice Oswald and actress Harriet Walter. Enjoy!