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Review : One More Time by Cornelia Parker at St Pancras Station – May to November 2015

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Situated in the stunning Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed, the large DENT clock at St Pancras Station is a familiar sight to millions of travellers. However from today, weary travellers may be confused with two DENT clocks showing the time. The latest edition had been designed by leading British artist and Royal Academician, Cornelia Parker. Cornelia Parker’s work, One More Time, 2015, is a working replica of the station’s DENT London clock, reversed out in black with white hands and numerals and silver detail.

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The commission for the work is part of a four year partnership between The Royal Academy of Arts and  HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International station) to develop Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists. This is the first time the Royal Academy of Arts have co-presented an external public sculpture series in London.

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The artwork is made with DENT London Clocks, manufacturers of the present clock at St Pancras and the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower, commonly known as Big Ben. Located 16 metres in front of the original clock, the artwork will appear in different positions in relation to where you are in the station. For those travellers alighting from the Eurostar trains the original face will gradually appear eclipsed before gradually reappearing.

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Cornelia Parker RA has conceived One More Time to invoke meditative thoughts on the passage of time and the way that the artwork moves around original clock suggests a slower astronomical time. The artist has used the station as a subject for number of her artworks in the past including Left Luggage, 1989, and a series of eight temporary works made in the St Pancras Hotel for Northern Adventures, curated by Camden Arts Centre in 1992.

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This work by Cornelia Parker follows the recent unveiling of her Magna Carta ( an embroidery ) at the nearby British Library. Her work is on display in many collections, including Tate Gallery, New York’s MoMA and Metropolitan Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Henry Moore Foundation and the British Council.

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St Pancras International is one of London’s great railway stations with up to one million visitors every week, One More Time will offer an intriguing experience for those travellers who cannot resist watching the clock. The artwork will present the illusion that not only are the clock hands   moving but so is the clock itself depending where you are in the station.

One of Cornelia Parker’s  great talents is to take a relatively simple concept and develop it to invent many other interpretations often on the original theme.

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St Pancras has a number of interesting pieces of art and the station itself is well worth a visit, One More Time is a clever and inventive addition to its attractions.

One More Time, 2015 was unveiled at St Pancras International station on  the 28 May 2015 and can be viewed till early November 2015

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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The Red Lion by Patrick Marber at the National Theatre – From 3rd June

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As the football season ends, Patrick Marber’s  play explores the state of play of the ‘beautiful game’ .  A gifted young player and a ambitious manager of a non league team provides the focus of how football provides dreams of glory but has somehow lost its soul.
A haunting and humorous new play about the dying romance of the great English game – and the tender, savage love that powers it.

Patrick Marber returns to premiere a fifth play at the National Theatre, where his previous work includes Dealer’s Choice and Closer.

Contains very strong language.

Ticket prices:
£15, £28, £39, £50
Saturday evenings:
£15, £28, £44, £55
Preview prices:
3 – 4 June: £15, £22, £32
5 – 9 June: £15, £24, £37

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King John at Shakespeares Globe – 1st to 27th June 2015

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With the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the exploits of King John has once again been a focus of attention. For a 16th century take on the much maligned King, The Shakespeares Globe is undertaking a rare production of one the bard’s lesser known history plays.

King John is the story of a King that will stop at nothing to maintain his power even blinding his young nephew, Prince Arthur.  However his enemies are closing in and the King  must make alliances to stay in control.

Shakespeare’s portrait of King John added to his negative portrayal throughout history and here is a chance to see it for the first time at the Globe Theatre.

Tickets
£5 standing
£16 – £43 seats

Running time:
approx. 3 hours including interval

Cast

Laurence Belcher
Arthur

Simon Coates
King Philip

Aruhan Galieva
Blanche of Castile

Joseph Marcell
Cardinal Pandulph

Barbara Marten
Eleanor of Aquitaine

Mark Meadows
Hubert

Tanya Moodie
Constance

Ciaran Owens
Louis the Dauphin

Daniel Rabin
Salisbury

Jo Stone-Fewings
King John

Giles Terera
Austria

Alex Waldmann
The Bastard

Directed by
James Dacre

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom

Composed by
Orlando Gough

Choreography by
Scott Ambler

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Measure For Measure at the Shakespeare’s Globe – 20th June to 17th October 2015

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In one of Shakespeare’s finest studies of the human condition,  Injustice and the hypocrisy of the state are bought into question when an official becomes corrupted by power.

Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, disgusted by the immorality in his city, announces his withdrawal from public life and leaves his deputy, the puritanical Angelo, in charge. Angelo, in his zeal for observing the letter of the law, begins a ruthless programme to stamp out sexual licence, in the course of which he condemns one Claudio to death. Surely Claudio’s virginal sister Isabella, a novice nun seeking mercy for her brother, could not awake the lust of this cold, censorious man?

Tickets

£5 standing
£16 – £43 seats

Cast

Naana Agyei-Ampadu
Juliet

Kurt Egyiawan
Angelo

Trevor Fox
Pompey

Mariah Gale
Isabella

Dennis Herdman
Froth/Friar Thomas

Rosie Hilal
Mariana

James Lailey
Abhorson/Friar Peter

Joel MacCormack
Claudio

Petra Massey
Mistress Overdone

Dean Nolan
Elbow/Barnadine

Brendan O’Hea
Lucio

Paul Rider
Escalus

Dominic Rowan
Duke Vincentio

Dickon Tyrrell
Provost

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Directed by
Dominic Dromgoole

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom

Composed by
Claire van Kampen

If you would like more information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeares Globe website here

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Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett at the Barbican – 19th to 21st June 2015

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As part of the Barbican’ s Samuel Beckett season, director and visual artist Robert Wilson brings Beckett’s haunting one-man play to the stage.

Amid the cacophony of a torrential thunderstorm, an old man prepares to archive his last year on tape, as he has done on the eve of every birthday since he was a youth. Selecting an earlier recording, Krapp listens to his brashly confident younger self and is drawn into a chilling personal dialogue, his despair and isolation laid bare.

During a tour de force performance as Beckett’s world-weary figure, Wilson recalls the movement of silent movie greats such as Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. He holds the audience rapt with every nuanced expression and gesture, set against a ghostly backdrop of shadow and light.

1 hour 10 mins/no interval

Age guidance 12+

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To Kill a Mockingbird at the Barbican – 24th June to 25th July 2015

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This acclaimed stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returns to London, following two sell-out seasons at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Set in the Deep South, To Kill a Mockingbird sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth while his feisty daughter Scout – a girl on the cusp of adulthood – brings new hope to a neighbourhood in turmoil.

Capturing the warmth and poignancy of Lee’s 20th-century classic – a universal story about the corruption of innocence – the production premiered in 2013. The award-winning revival now comes to the Barbican at the conclusion of its UK tour, with popular American screen and stage actor Robert Sean Leonard reprising the role of Finch exclusively for the Barbican’s London season.

2 hours 30 minutes/including an interval

Age guidance 7+

Directed by Timothy Sheader

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Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett at the Barbican – 4th to 13th June 2015

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As part of the Barbican’s Beckett season, The Sydney Theatre Company take on Beckett’s ambiguous masterpiece with comedy duo, Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving starring  in this acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot.

Burdened with aching feet and bladder problems, Estragon and Vladimir pass the time near a tree. Joking, bickering, musing on the profound, the down-and-out pair wait patiently for Godot, interrupted only by brutish Pozzo and his hapless servant Lucky.

Australian screen and stage stars Weaving and Roxburgh draw out the vaudevillian energy, wild humour and poetry of Beckett’s writing. Surrounded by a handsomely bleak set, suggestive of a charred, crumbling theatre.

The Australian cast includes Oliver Award-winning Philip Quast, alongside Roxburgh and Luke Mullins who recently received 2014 Helpmann Awards – in the Best Male and Best Supporting Male categories respectively – for their roles in this production.

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

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