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Review – The Art of the Brick : DC Super Heroes on the Southbank from 1st March to 3rd September 2017

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Lego is without doubt one of the retail wonders of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, it is estimated that in five decades of production it has produced some 400 billion Lego bricks.

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However New York artist Nathan Sawaya has taken the small bricks to another level with his exhibition of 120 works of art using more than 2 million LEGO bricks. Nathan Sawaya like many children loved building with Lego even to the extent of building his own pet dog, however it was after qualifying as a lawyer that he began to seriously think about Lego as an art form, after a few commissions he decided to turn his back on Law and become a full-time brick artist.

Sawaya visited London in 2014 with his very successful The Art of the Brick exhibition and now turns his attention to DC Super Heroes.

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Following a successful run in Madrid, The Art of the Brick : DC Super Heroes makes its London debut on 1st March 2017. The exhibition is shown in an exclusively built space on London’s South Bank.

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Working together with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, celebrated LEGO artist Sawaya has created the world’s largest collection of artwork inspired by DC’s Justice League, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, alongside DC Super-Villains the Joker, Harley Quinn and more. The exhibition features a series of immersive galleries which showcase Sawaya’s interpretations of some of the characters, vehicles, environments and themes found in the world of DC Super Heroes.

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One of the first galleries provides a snapshot of some the familiar and non familiar DC Super Heroes. Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman are joined by Aquaman, the Flash, Green Arrow and many others.

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The Icons section offers life size models of some of the Icons of the DC Super Heroes in attractive settings.

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Entering the Fortress of Solitude, we enter the world of Superman and a number of models dedicated to one of the most famous Super Heroes of them all.

The Origins section takes us back to basics provides some insight into the process of building the models. DC Light provides some small humorous models from the DC Comics which perhaps were not ready for Super Hero status.

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DC Dark enters the more malevolent world of DC comics and some of the greatest villains. The Joker  Facemask smiles menacingly behind a number of skulls whilst the Riddler stands guard.

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The Halls of Justice features some busts and comic covers made out of LEGO. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Cyborg are some of the highlights.

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The final two galleries take the visitor into the world of Gotham City, Batman stands guard over a city falling apart whilst you enter the Batcave to marvel at a life size model of the Batmobile.

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The Art of the Brick : DC Super Heroes exhibition will appeal to a wide range of people who love the world of Super Heroes and LEGO, the range of works provides something for everyone. Children especially will find the various works interesting and inspiring.

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Nathan Sawaya has created an extraordinary world in which Lego is transformed into an art form . It is sometimes difficult to believe that some of models are made entirely of LEGO, but close expectation offers a strange almost pixelated view of the DC Comic world.

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Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre

 

An American in Paris features music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. The Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. In 2015 the show won 4 Tony Awards, for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Lighting Design of a Musical and Best Choreography.

The musical is directed and choreographed by acclaimed British dance artist Christopher Wheeldon and features set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Jon Weston.

Based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris is set in post-war Paris where World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan is eager to begin a new life in the newly-liberated city of Paris.

He meets the beautiful Lise, a young Parisian shop girl and finds himself falling in love, but he is not Lise’s only admirer.

Important information

Running time – 2 hours 30 minutes

Performance dates – Booking until 30 September 2017

Child policy- Recommended for ages 6 and above

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Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndham’s Theatre – Opening 28th March 2017

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David Tennant returns to the West End in a new production of Patrick Marber’s Don Juan in Soho which will be directed by the author.

Based on Moliere’s 1665 comedy Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue, Marber relocates the play to the heart of modern day Soho with Tennant playing the role of sex-addict Don Juan.The play had its London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007 starring Rhys Ifans and directed by Michael Grandage.

Moliere’s tragic farce is relocated to modern day Soho where the rich and poor look for thrills. In this maelstrom enters Don Juan, the infamous lover looking for a new victim to seduce.

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42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane – Opening 4th April 2017

This is a new revival of the classic Broadway musical 42nd Street, the show originally opened on Broadway in 1980 where it ran for 3,486 performances. A West End production opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1984 starring Catherine Zeta Jones and went on to win the Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Featuring a score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, the musical is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and the 1933 Hollywood film adaptation.

The classic musical is a show within a show as director Julian Marsh attempts to put on a brand new musical production during the height of the Great Depression. Peggy Sawyer, an unknown chorus girl, gets her big break and goes out on the stage a “youngster” and comes back a “star”. With a classic score including “We’re in the Money”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “42nd Street” and “About a Quarter to Nine”, this heart-warming musical provides great tap routines and classic comedy.

This new production is directed by Mark Bramble, choreographed by Randy Skinner and will feature scenic design by Douglas W Schmidt and costume design by Roger Kirk.

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Premier League Football in London – March 2017

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March sees only a few Premier League matches due to the FA Cup fixtures and the International break. However there is still a number of interesting fixtures involving London clubs.

Chelsea have emerged as real title contenders with Conte’s men impressing with their teamwork and commitment, they are building up a gap against the rest and it seems even a rejuvenated West Ham will not stop Chelsea’s progress.

Tottenham are showing some of their form from last year and Harry Kane has been on fire in front of goal, they will be looking for maximum points from matches against Everton and Southampton to keep the pressure on the top teams.

West Ham United have been improving, but the injury worries around Andy Carroll will cause concern. Games against Chelsea and struggling Champions Leicester City will test the Hammer’s  resolve. 

Crystal Palace have a crucial match with fellow strugglers Watford who start the month with a difficult game against Southampton.

 

Saturday 4th March 2017

Watford V Southampton

 

Sunday 5th March 2017

Tottenham Hotspur V Everton

 

Monday 6th March 2017

West Ham United V Chelsea

 

Saturday 18th March 2017

Crystal Palace V Watford

West Ham United V Leicester City

 

Sunday 19th March 2017

Tottenham Hotspur V Southampton

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England v Lithuania at Wembley Stadium – 26th March 2017

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England take on Lithuania in their first home fixture of 2017 as the Three Lions continue their campaign to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Whilst England are unbeaten and sit on top of the qualifying table, they have failed to impress since Gareth Southgate took over the job as England manager. He will hope to start 2017 with a convincing win over a so far disappointing Lithuania.

With doubts about the form of a number of top England players, it could mean a new set of players are used to help England qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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UEFA Champions League : Arsenal V Bayern Munich – 7th March 2017

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After Arsenal’s disaster in the Allianz Arena when the Gunners were beaten 5-1 by German champions Bayern Munich, it will be probably just pride that will be at stake in the second leg of the Champions League tie.

It is almost certain that Arsenal will now almost certainly go out in the first knockout round for a seventh straight season.

That is not say there is not a lot at stake, the pressure is building on manager Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal hierarchy to prove that they are contenders for the top trophies and not just content to qualify for the later stages.

With Bayern likely to field a weakened team, the Gunners will be looking to regain some pride after the fierce criticism they have had since the first leg.

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