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Review : The Importance of Being Earnest at the Barbican – 29th March 2016

The Importance of Being Earnest, Barbican, London - March 2016

Curievici as John Worthing,Nelson as Algernon, Ewing as Lady Bracknell, Boyle as Cecily Cardew, Marshall as  Gwendolen Fairfax © ROH photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

The Barbican provides the stage for the latest production of Gerald Barry’s inventive and anarchic operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest.

Since its 2011 concert premiere in Los Angeles and its 2013 stage premiere in Nancy, the production has entertained audiences with its humour and musical invention. In 2013, it won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for best large-scale composition.

Whilst Wilde’s play satirises Edwardian values with wit and wordplay, Barry’s score by cutting Wilde’s text by two-thirds and adding various additions manages to turn it into a comic opera which follows its own logical yet surreal journey.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Barbican, London - March 2016

Wilding as Lane-Merriman, Nelson as Algernon, Ewing as Lady Bracknell,Curievici as John Worthing, Marshall as  Gwendolen Fairfax © ROH photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

In the play, food and drink plays a secondary role but in this production, drinking tea, eating cucumber sandwiches and discussing the merits of muffins take on considerable importance. The plot is centred around Ernest who loves Gwendolen, but he hasn’t told her that his name is really Jack and he has a ward named Cecily who lives in the country. His friend Algernon introduces himself to Cecily as Jack’s brother Ernest and they fall in love. The reactions to the particular names by the characters are amplified by musical backing which gives remarkable importance to inane comments. The cast in modern dress enter the stage from the front and often return to the front row of the audience when they are not needed.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Barbican, London - March 2016

Benedict Nelson as Algernon , Claudia Boyle as Cecily Cardew © ROH photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

This type of production places a considerable responsibility on the cast to play their characters will some seriousness amongst all the slapstick humour. Alan Ewing is a male Lady Bracknell who quotes passages from Schiller with increasing and disturbing German fervour, the brightly attired Algernon (Benedict Nelson) is seduced by the awkward but resourceful Cecily (Claudia Boyle) and Miss Prism ( Hilary Summers) offers a certain kind of middle class bewilderment. Central to the plot is relationship between timid but charming Ernest (Paul Curievici) and the strong willed Gwendolen (Stephanie Marshall) which is played with considerable skill and comedic timing. Marshall’s talent for comedy is further illustrated when Gwendolen and Cecily’s battle of words take place with the use of megaphones and accompanied by the smashing of plates for musical and dramatic effect.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Barbican, London - March 2016

Stephanie Marshall as Gwendolen Fairfax © ROH photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

In this anarchic production directed by Ramin Gray, the actors and Britten Sinfonia are tested musically and in many other ways. Ernest and Lady Bracknell show some fancy footwork as they dance around the stage discussing his marriage proposal. Britten Sinfonia’s conductor Tim Murray led the ensemble through the high energy of the music with considerable restraint which merely added to the comedy effect, the Britten Sinfonia offered much more than musical backing being an integral part of the madcap humour with lines often delivered in a collective voice.

The Importance of Being Earnest, Barbican, London - March 2016

The Importance of being Earnest  © ROH photograph by Stephen Cummiskey

Comic opera is notoriously difficult to pull off successfully, The Importance of Being Earnest succeeds by paying homage to Wilde’s wit in an innovative and original way. In many respects the essence of the play which parodies the self-importance of the upper middle classes is bought up to date and has considerable relevance in our own superficial, money obsessed age. It was a message enjoyed and understood by an enthusiastic Barbican audience who were delighted by  a work that is already considered  a contemporary classic.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO at The O2 – 20th and 22nd April 2016

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO  have released ‘Alone In The Universe’, the first new ELO music in 15 years , but also head out on a ten date UK tour including two shows at The O2 on Wednesday 20 and Friday 22 April 2016.

After thesuccess of Jeff Lynne’s ELO headline set at BBC Radio 2’s “Festival In Day” in Hyde Park in 2014, where he played to a sold-out crowd of 50,000 fans in attendance and nearly a million people on TV, Jeff brings his back catalogue and new album ‘Alone In The Universe’ to new audiences in 2016.

As with ELO’s previous chart-topping albums, Jeff Lynne continues to serve as ELO’s producer, songwriter, arranger, lead singer and guitarist. With a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide. Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

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UB40 Perform Labour Of Love at The O2 – 29th April 2016

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UB40’s three founding members will be making a triumphant return to The O2 having wowed audiences  with a massive North American tour. Britain’s biggest reggae band will be playing The O2 on Friday 29 April 2016, where they will perform classic hits and gems from their albums’ Labour Of Love Parts I & II’.

Two of the band’s most successful and defining albums, ‘Labour Of Love Parts I & II’ between them include eight UK Top 20 Singles, including ‘Red, Red Wine’, ‘Kingston Town’ and ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’.

Since reforming in 2013, the trio of Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue have remained at the top of their game, with highlights including their 2014 World tour, a huge show in Las Vegas, and critical acclaim for their new material in 2014’s ‘Silhouette’.

Now embarking upon a huge UK Tour, the three-piece’s step up to even larger venues is a testament to the longevity of their songs, as well as UB40’s status as Britain’s most successful Reggae band of all time.

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Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall – 19th to 24th April 2016

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2016 marks the 16th anniversary year of the annual concert series at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, where the world’s biggest names in music and comedy come together to raise money to help young people facing cancer.

Joining Bring Me The Horizon in the line-up this year are The Vaccines with Everything Everything, An evening of comedy with John Bishop and Special Guests, Simply Red, New Order, and David Gilmour.

19th April 2016

An evening of comedy with John Bishop and very special guests Alan Carr, Stewart Lee,  Josie Long, Romesh Ranganathan, and Seann Walsh

20th April 2016

The Vaccines with Everything Everything plus very special guests Pumarosa and Tom Furse (The Horrors) DJ set

21st April 2016

Simply Red plus very special guests

22nd April 2016

Bring Me The Horizon plus very special guests PVRIS

23rd April 2016

New Order plus very special guests

24th April 2016

David Gilmour

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OnBlackheath Festival 2016 at the Blackheath Common – 10th and 11th September 2016

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After the success of last year’s festival when over 30,000 music and food lovers attended, OnBlackheath, the music and food festival returns to the wide open green space of Blackheath Common in south-east London for the family friendly festival on the 10th and 11th September 2016.

The OnBlackheath Festival 2016 music line-up includes Primal Scream, Hot Chip, Belle & Sebastian, Roisin Murphy, James and Squeeze. Heavenly Recordings returns to the heath to curate the Heavenly Stage on Sunday and have announced the return of Saint Etienne and a special appearance from Edwyn Collins. Texan psychedelic garage band Night Beats, Australian singer songwriter M Craft, and Dutch songstress Amber Arcades head the international acts whilst on the Headline Stage 3 on Saturday is Neneh Cherry who will be playing an exclusive DJ set.  The stage will also host sets on the Saturday from Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) and Don Letts.  Curating the stage on Sunday is the renowned Craig Charles Funk n Soul Party .

OnBlackheath will also feature an array of exciting attractions including the John Lewis Food Village with a food demonstration stage coupled with celebrity chefs and an immersive dining experience.

In a festival first, Puffin Books will be partnering with OnBlackheath to bring to life their World Of Stories, a unique and magical experience to entertain children of all ages. OnBlackheath welcomes families with children 12 and under admitted for free.

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British Summer Time Hyde Park – 1st to 10th July 2016

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The major highlights of this year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park is the performance of two classic albums in their entirety.

Stevie Wonder will perform his masterpiece Songs In The Key of Life, whilst Carole King’s will playing her first concert in London in almost 3 decades and will play her album Tapestry. On Sunday July 3rd, Carole King and her band will play the album in full, live for the first time, a genuine piece of music history and a very special night in London’s Hyde Park.

Other headliners include Massive Attack, Florence + The Machine / Kendrick Lamar , Mumford & Sons And Take That .

British Summer Time Hyde Park is one of the highlights of the London summer festival scene and tickets tend to sell out quickly for the more popular acts.

Massive Attack

Plus Patti Smith, TV on The Radio, Warpaint, Ghostpoet & more!

Fri, Jul 1, 2016 2:00 PM

Florence + The Machine / Kendrick Lamar

Plus Jamie XX, Cat Power, Todd Terje and The Olsens, Blood Orange, Kamasi Washington & more!

Sat, Jul 2, 2016 1:00 PM

Carole King

Performing ‘Tapestry’ in full! Plus Don Henley, Louise Goffin & more

Sun, Jul 3, 2016 2:00 PM

Mumford & Sons

Plus Alabama Shakes, Wolf Alice, Mystery Jets, Nick Mulvey, Baaba Maal, The Very Best, BØRNS, Beatenberg, Baio & more

Fri, Jul 8, 2016 2:00 PM

Take That

Plus Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, Jamie Lawson & Nathan Sykes!

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 1:00 PM

Stevie Wonder

Plus many more!

Sun, Jul 10, 2016 1:00 PM

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

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Summer Series at Somerset House – 7th to 17th July 2016

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Following the success of the sold out festival last year, Summer Series at Somerset House returns this year for 11 nights from 7 – 17 July 2016.

One of London’s most popular small live music festival, set in the courtyard of Somerset House, will play host to an eclectic array of headline artists alongside a selection of hotly-tipped emerging acts.

Grammy Award-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote will open the Summer Series with their multi-dimensional cinematic sound from Australia. The festival brings an array of global acts to London, featuring French musician St Germain and Italian-English singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti. Joining the diverse festival line-up this year are Mercury Prize-winning Benjamin Clementine, duo Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Everything Everything and Caravan Palace. Last but not least, James Morrison, Courtney Barnett and Laura Mvula will join the line-up.

The festival will close proceedings with a unique, one-off performance from UNKLE: REDUX. James Lavelle will collaborate with Philip Sheppard to perform a finale set against the visuals from Stanley Kubrick.

7 July   HIATUS KAIYOTE

8 July   PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT

9 July   BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE

10 July   LAURA MVULA

11 July   EVERYTHING EVERYTHING

12 July   JAMES MORRISON

13 July   COURTNEY BARNETT

14 July   CARAVAN PALACE

15 July   JACK SAVORETTI

16 July   ST GERMAIN

17 July   UNKLE: REDUX

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