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Andrea Chenier at the Royal Opera House – 20 January to 6 February 2015

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David McVicar directs a new production of Umberto Giordano’s passionate drama of liberty and love in the French Revolution.

The premiere of Andrea Chénier at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896 propelled the young Umberto Giordano to the front rank of the up-and-coming group of young Italian composers that included Puccini and Mascagni.  The libretto by Luigi Illica (Puccini’s collaborator for Manon Lescaut, La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly) was inspired by the real-life Romantic poet André Chénier, who was guillotined just three days before Robespierre’s execution.

Andrea Chénier has become celebrated for the lyrical music it offers, there are thrilling moments for the whole cast, including Maddalena’s ardent aria ‘La mamma morta’, Gérard’s ‘Nemico della patria!’ and a host of dramatic duets and characterful ensembles. David McVicar (whose productions for The Royal Opera include Le nozze di Figaro, Faust and Die Zauberflöte) directs The Royal Opera’s new production, moving from the opulence of pre-Revolutionary France to the horrors of the Reign of Terror.

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Opera : Orfeo at the Roundhouse – 13th to 24th January 2015

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A new production of Monteverdi’s masterpiece at the Roundhouse in an exciting collaboration between the Roundhouse and The Royal Opera. Former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Michael Boyd directs in his operatic debut, with a production that features post-graduate students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and participants of East London Dance.

The premiere of Claudio Monteverdi’s Orfeo on 24 February 1607 in the ducal palace in Mantua holds a special place in the history of Opera. It was Monteverdi’s first opera, produced as courtly entertainment for the carnival season. For this ‘favola in musica’ (story in music) he incorporated existing musical forms, such as madrigals and the newly developed recitative (singing with speech-like rhythms and minimal accompaniment). But the result was revolutionary, possessing a powerful emotional truth that had never been seen before in musical dramas. Orfeo is acclaimed as the first operatic work of art.

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On her wedding day Euridice is bitten by a snake and dies. Her husband, the great musician Orfeo, pursues her spirit down into the underworld. Orfeo’s exquisite music enchants Proserpina, the Queen of Hades, who pleads with her consort Pluto for clemency. Pluto allows Orfeo to lead Euridice into the land of the living, provided he doesn’t look back at his wife. Orfeo cannot resist, and loses her.

For more information and book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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NBA Basketball : New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 – 15 January 2015

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The New York Knicks will return to London to play a regular season game against the Milwaukee Bucks at The O2 on 15 January 2015 as part of NBA Global Games 2015.

The game is one of two regular-season games the NBA will stage internationally as part of the 2014-15 season, which also included a game in Mexico City between the Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of NBA Global Games Mexico City 2014.

The New York Knicks are led by seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Carmelo Anthony, together with six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire. The team also currently features six international players, such as Andrea Bargnani of Italy and José Calderón of Spain. This will be the Knicks’ second trip to London, having played in 2013 against the Detroit Pistons.

The Milwaukee Bucks feature Brandon Knight  and Jabari Parker who was the second overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. The team also features four international players, such as Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece and Ersan Ilyasova of Turkey.

Previous NBA games in London have been very popular and it will be the fifth time the O2 has hosted an NBA game. The four previous NBA regular season games at The O2, all sell-outs, included New Jersey Nets vs. Toronto Raptors in back-to-back games (2011); Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks (2013); and Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets (2014)

Along with the on court action, NBA Global Games 2014-15 will feature a variety of off-the-court activities, including NBA Cares community programs and interactive fan events.

For more information, visit the O2 website here

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Dara at the National Theatre – 20 January to 4 April 2015

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Dara adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play

1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession.

Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people – and of his emperor father – but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India’s future. Islam inspires poetry in Dara, puritanical rigour in Aurangzeb. Can Jahanara, their beloved sister, assuage Aurangzeb’s resolve to seize the Peacock Throne and purge the empire?

There is no limit to what families do to one another, so much crueller than they are to strangers.

Tanya Ronder’s adaptation of Shahid Nadeem’s Dara spans the princes’ lives from cradle to grave. An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now

For more information or book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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The Hard Problem by Tom Stoppard at the National Theatre – from 21 January 2015

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The Hard Problem is Tom Stoppard’s first play for the stage since Rock ’n’ Roll in 2006, and his first for the National since his trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, 2002.

Above all don’t use the word good as though it meant something in evolutionary science.

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain-science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry.

Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask?

Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

For more information or book tickets, visit the National Theatre website here

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The Knight of the Burning Pestle at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse -11 December 2014 to 11 January 2015

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse a new candlelit indoor theatre. is located on the Globe site and is accessed through the main foyer

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Enjoy a festive treat with a difference as Pauline McLynn and Phil Daniels return to fuel the mayhem in this critically-acclaimed madcap meta-romp. Set under the glorious candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the mince pies and mulled wine are on standby for a night of heckling, pratfalls and non-stop silliness in Francis Beaumont’s mashed-up, mixed-up screwball comedy.

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Running not one but two plays within-the-play simultaneously, The Knight of the Burning Pestle combines wicked humour with charming songs and a cast of hilarious London characters in one of the earliest comedies to hit the English stage. After delighting audiences and critics alike, this riotous production returns for a strictly limited Christmas run.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here 

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The Changeling at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse – 15 January to 1 March 2015

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The beautiful Beatrice-Joanna loves Alsemero, but she’s betrothed to another. So her fiancé must die – not by her hand, of course, but by that of the repulsive servant De Flores. Unfortunately it’s not money De Flores claims as his reward, but sex – and with the sweet virgin Beatrice-Joanna herself.

Charged with Middleton’s ferocious dramatic irony, and leavened by Rowley’s wild comic sub-plot, nothing in English drama comes near to this tale of a liaison based on repulsion and fascination. In fact, with its ghosts, dumb shows, scenes of Bedlam, and atmosphere of depraved violence, The Changeling runs the gamut of the Jacobean stage.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here 

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Henry IV, Parts I and II at the Barbican – 29 November 2014 to 24 January 2015

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Henry IV, Parts I & II is performed at the Barbican, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and subsequent UK tour.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the creative team that was behind the widely acclaimed production of Richard II continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays at the Barbican with Henry IV Parts I & II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.
RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly.

PART I
With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. As his father gets ready to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of war, Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

PART II
King Henry’s health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.

Each part is 2 hours 45 mins/plus a 20-min interval

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre – 12th January to 9th May 2015

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Starring award-winning actress Tamsin Greig stars in the new musical comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the production  also stars Haydn Gwynne, Jérôme Pradon  and Anna Skellern

Following the Tony Award nominated production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown on Broadway in 2010, the show arrives on the West End for a limited season at the Playhouse Theatre.

The musical is set in Spain in the late 1980’s amid the messy love lives of several women. The central character Pepa, an actress and singer, struggles to deal with being dumped by her boyfriend, Ivan. The plot thickens as his ex wife, Lucia and their son, Carlos, along with his fiancé show up. To make matters worse Pepa’s best friend, Candela, believes she is dating a terrorist.

Adapted from  Pedro Almodóva’s 1988 film of the same name, David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane have adapted the show for the stage. Yazbek and Lane have previously worked together on the book, music and lyrics for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  This production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will be directed by Bartlett Sher.

For more information or book tickets , visit the Theatre website here

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London International Mime Festival – 8th to 31st January 2015

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London International Mime Festival has a long and distinguished history since it  was created in 1977. It was founded by  Joseph Seelig and mime/clown, Nola Rae. to showcase the work of British visual theatre artists, many better known abroad than in their own country.

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The Festival programme spans the spectrum of wordless performance including live art, physical theatre, new circus, puppetry and object theatre. This year  includes new circus, extreme dance, physical imagery, fairground commedia and exotic Japanese puppetry.

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The festival takes place over 24 days features 18 companies undertaking 64 performances
plus a full programme of workshops and meet-the-artist sessions.

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The festival  takes place the following venues :

Barbican, Soho Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Jacksons Lane,  Platform Theatre, Sadler’s Wells.

and features the following artists:

BARELY METHODICAL TROUPE (UK) Bromance
BASIL TWIST (USA) Dogugaeshi
CHRIS LYNAM (UK) ErictheFred
CIRCUS RONALDO (Belgium) Amortale
COMPAGNIE 111/AURELIEN BORY/ KAORI ITO (France/Japan) Plexus
GANDINI JUGGLING (UK) 4×4
GECKO (UK) Institute
JOLI VYANN (UK) Stateless
KNIGHTS OF THE INVISIBLE (UK)
LONELY CIRCUS (France) Fall, Fell, Fallen
MAT RICARDO (UK) Showman
NOFIT STATE CIRCUS (UK) Noodles
OKTOBRE (France) Oktobre
PEEPING TOM (Belgium) 32 rue Vandenbranden Barbican Theatre
THEATRE AD INFINITUM (UK) Light
THEATRE RE (UK) Blind Man’s Song
THOMAS MONCKTON (New Zealand)
TRYGVE WAKENSHAW (New Zealand) Kraken Soho Theatre

For more information or to book tickets, visit the London Mime Festival website here

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