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Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant: PUSH at the Coliseum – 29th Jul to 3rd Aug 2014

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After sell-out seasons around the world, including Paris, New York and Melbourne, Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed production PUSH returns to the London Coliseum.

Sylvie Guillem  widely regarded as the premier ballerina of her generation collaborates  with Russell Maliphant with his  own unique approach to choreography to present an award winning production.

The production features four works, including ‘Two’, a dazzling solo which seems to trap Guillem in a box of light. The works are complemented by Michael Hulls’ stunning lighting and accompanied by music from Andy Cowton, Carlos Montoya and Shirley Thompson.

 For more information  visit the London Coliseum website here

Royal Opera: La Boheme at Royal Opera House 9th -19th July

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The Royal Opera present the well loved Opera La bohème , incredibly it only had a lukewarm reception at its premiere in 1896, but quickly made its reputation  and has been performed continuously ever since.

Giacomo Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences round the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than 500 performances here since.

John Copley’s production re-creates Paris in the 1830s, from romantic Latin Quarter,  to the attic where the impoverished poet lives . Rodolfo and Mimì’s love story is given moving expression through Puccini’s score, from their first meeting in Act I (a scene which contains some of the composer’s most exquisite arias and duets) to their poignant reunion in Act IV. These moments of emotional intensity are contrasted with the colourful spectacle of the Café Momus and surrounding streets in Act II, where Puccini presents a cross-section of Parisian society in all its noise and vibrancy.

Running time

About 2 hours 55 minutes | Including two intervals

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Dates: 9th, 12th & 13th, 15th, 17th and 19th Jul 2014

 For more information visit the ROH website here

Cubania at the Royal Opera House – 21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2014

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Cubania offers a taste of Cuba, the Royal Ballet Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta curates and stars in an exciting mixed programme of dance inspired by his homeland. The first half of the evening sees Acosta collaborate with two Cuban dance stars, Miguel Altunaga and George Céspedes. Altunaga piece is a world premiere danced by Acosta while Céspedes stages his thrilling La ecuación.

Acclaimed Cuban dancer Alexander Varona dances Russell Maliphant’s Flux, followed by a world premiere from the acclaimed dance group Danza Contemporánea de Cuba. The first half concludes with Edwaard Liang’s Sight Unseen, danced by Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky to music by Arvo Pärt.

In the second half of the evening Acosta presents his Tocoroco Suite, a selection of highlights from his hugely popular 2003 dance work completely re-imagined for the Royal Opera House main stage. Acosta is joined by members of Danza Contemporánea as he weaves a part-autobiographical narrative told through classical, contemporary and Afro-Cuban dance – all to the accompaniment of a live house band.

Running time

Part One will last for about 40 minutes, followed by a 20 minute interval. Part Two will last for about 40 minutes.

 For more information visit the ROH website here

Royal Opera: Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera House -5th to 18th July 2014

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The relationship between Elizabeth I and May Queen of Scots provide the drama in  Donizetti’s opera based on  Schiller’s  play.

The Opera had a troubled past, being banned  before it made it onto the stage, only the intervention by Maria Malibran who insisted on performing it, and sang the title role in the work’s premiere at La Scala, Milan in 1835 rescued it. However, very quickly   it was banned again and gradually disappeared from the repertory, until a revival of interest in 1958.

Famous pairings for the roles of Maria and Elisabetta have included Joan Sutherland and Huguette Tourangeau, Janet Baker and Rosalind Plowright, and Edita Gruberová and Agnes Baltsa.

Maria Stuarda runs from 5–18 July 2014. .

Running time

About 2 hours 50 minutes | Including one interval. Act One will last for about 1 hour 15 minutes, followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Two will last for about 1 hour 10 minutes.

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

For more information and to book tickets, visit the ROH website here

Lovebox Festival – Victoria Park : July 18 to July 19 2014

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Considering its origins as a predominately dance festival, it is perhaps not surprising that the Lovebox Festival has gained a reputation as one of the great “party” festivals in London.

Located in one of the city’s oldest parks, it plays with the urban – rural setting with a large number of stages and entertainments .

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It  also caters for families with a children’s area and family entertainment.

Although the festival still has a hardcore of dance music, it has expanded to include a wide range of music including rock and indie.

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It is known for its mixture of established stars and giving newcomers a chance to appear in front of huge crowds.

This years line up includes :

Chase & Status
David Rodigan
Doc Daneeka
Katy B
Knytro
Huxley
M.I.A.
Nas
Soul II Soul
Jess Glyne
Breach
Annie Mac
Duke Dumont
Joey Bada$$
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Kiesza
Cyril Hahn
MNEK
Elli Ingram

For more information , visit the Love Box Website here

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Kew the Music Festival 16 – 20 July 2014

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It has been a recent tradition to hold concerts in well known outside venues in London, Kew Gardens is one such venue that has recently embraced this movement.

Following last year’s  success, Kew the Music ,their week-long outdoor festival – is back for 2014 with an star packed line-up of popular artists and a brand new location in Kew Gardens.

With the added benefit of enjoying the lovely surroundings and with well known favourites providing the music, it is likely to be very popular events.

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Elvis Costello

16 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Björn Again

17 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

18 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

 SimpleMinds

Simple Minds

19 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Bill Bailey

20 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm

For further information visit the Kew Website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.

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British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park – 3rd to 13th July 2014

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British Summer Time Festival is a series of concerts and events in Hyde Park. As well as the live music there is a large number of events and entertainments.

The music tends to me quite diverse but is usually themed on a particular day, in addition there is a comedy day in the main arena.

With plenty of facilities and easy access, it is very popular with families and people who like a festival vibe without the usual inconveniences.

Other than the main stage, there are a range of events in the areas of film, music, literature and sport.
Thursday, 3 July

Arcade Fire,Jake Bugg, Wild Beasts,Future Islands

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Friday, 4 July

Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly

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Saturday, 5 July

The Libertines, The Pogues, Spiritualized, Maximo Park, The Enemy

Sunday, 6 July

McBusted, Backstreet Boys, The Vamps, Scouting For Girls, Diversity

Thursday, 10 July

Tim Minchin, Nina Conti, Milton Jones, Pajama Men, Gina Yashere,Jasper Carrott (Special Host)

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Saturday, 12 July

Neil Young & Crazy Horse,The National,Tom Odell, Half Moon Run, Lucy Rose

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Sunday, 13 July

Tom Jones, Boyzone, Little Mix, 10cc, The Bootleg Beatles

 For more information visit the British Summertime Festival website here

London Visitors is the official blog for the Visiting London Guide .com website. The website was developed to bring practical advice and latest up to date news and reviews of events in London.
Since our launch in January, we attract thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.

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There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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