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Formosa : Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan at Sadler’s Wells – 9th to 12th May 2018

The internationally acclaimed Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan returns to Sadler’s Wells from 9 – 12 May 2018 with the UK Premiere of Formosa. Choreographer and writer Lin Hwai-min’s new work takes inspiration from the legendary words of the Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, as they spotted the verdant land that would one day be known as Taiwan: “Formosa!” (“Beautiful!”).

With music by award-winning Taiwanese indigenous singer Sangpuy and projection designs made up of Chinese characters, the lines between tribal rituals and the bustle of the city begin to blur. Using gesture, script, music and other elements of the island, Lin explores how writing has the power to distort memories and erase history.

For more information and tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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DFS : Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud at Sadler’s Wells – 23rd and 24th April 2018

The award-winning duo Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud have collaborated since 2005 and have created works for Lyon Opera Ballet and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. They present work for the first time on the Sadler’s Wells stage, bringing their latest collaboration DFS to London.

For DFS Bengolea travelled to Jamaica to immerse herself in Kingston’s defiant dance scene, while Chaignaud pursued the study of traditional medieval vocal polyphony, focusing especially on the works by medieval French poet and composer Guillaume de Machaut. Bringing their research together, the choreographers invited three ballerinas and dancehall specialists to join them in the exploration of song and dance.

Free post-show talk: Monday 23 April; Alistair Spalding in conversation with Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud.

For more information and tickets, visit the Sadler’s Wells website here

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre – 29 March 2018 to 21 July 2018

Jonny Laney and Zizi Strallen dance onto stage in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical.

Strictly Ballroom the Musical is the uplifting story that inspired the world to dance. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s multi award-winning movie Strictly Ballroom, the first instalment from the acclaimed Red Curtain Trilogy, the musical production is a kaleidoscope of colour and fun.

When maverick championship ballroom dancer Scott defies all the rules of competition to follow his heart, he teams up with left-footed partner Fran to win the Pan Pacifics his way. Featuring the film’s classic break-into-song numbers such as Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps and Time After Time alongside electrifying new songs from a host of internationally acclaimed artists.

Important information

Child policy

To be confirmed.

Running time

2hr 35min (including interval)

Performance dates

29 March 2018 – 21 July 2018

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Frankenstein Festival at the Science Museum – 3rd to 8th April 2018

 

The Science Museum is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus with a free festival exploring the science behind this cultural phenomenon.

Through immersive theatre, experimental storytelling and hands-on activities visitors can examine the ethical and scientific questions surrounding the artificial creation of life. Families can step in Doctor Frankenstein’s shoes, creating a creature and bringing it to life using stop motion animation at our drop-in workshops.

As part of the festival, visitors will meet researchers at the cutting-edge of science – from bio chemists who manipulate DNA to engineers creating artificial intelligence – and discover fascinating scientific objects with our curators which could have influenced Shelley.

Frankenstein Festival activities include:

It’s Alive!

An immersive audio tour created by Cmd+Shift in collaboration with the Science Museum. The tour takes 45 minutes and is limited to 15 people per session. Recommended for ages 8+. Tickets cost £3 and are available here.

Mystery at Frankenstein’s Lab

This interactive, theatrical puzzle experience has been created by Atomic Force Productions, in collaboration with the Science Museum. Each session lasts 45 minutes and is limited to 10 people per session. Recommended for ages 12+, under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost £10 and are available here.

Create Your Own Creature

Get hands on at the drop-in workshops and create your very own creature. Then bring your creature to life with stop motion animation. This activity takes approximately 20 minutes and is suitable for all ages.

 Humanity 2.0 (3-5 April)

Step into a dystopian future and help shape the future of humanity in this unique interactive play created and performed by Emily Carding. Her full body make-up was created by award winning body painter Victoria Gugenheim in collaboration with the Science Museum. The play has a run time of 45 minutes and is recommended for ages 12+. 

 Pandemic (5-8 April)

This choose-your-own-adventure film puts you in control of a psychological thriller. Your decisions will guide Dr Victor on their quest to create artificial life.

Pandemic was created by John Bradburn in collaboration with the Science Museum. The film contains moderate psychological threat and horror sequences that some people may find disturbing. The experiences lasts 45 minutes and is recommended for ages 14+. Tickets are free and are available here.

 Artificial Life: Should We, Could We, Will We?

Wednesday 28 March as part of the Frankenstein Lates

Tickets: £5

A panel of expert scientists and researchers will discuss artificial life. Just how close are we to creating fully synthetic life and will this be achieved by biological or digital means?

Discussing those questions will be Professor of Cognitive Robotics at Imperial College and scientific advisor for the hit movie Ex Machina Murray Shanahan, Vice President of the International Society for Artificial Life Susan Stepney and Lead Curator of the Science Museum’s acclaimed 2017 exhibition Robots Ben Russell. Further speakers to be announced.

Promethean Tales Weekend

Terminator 2: Judgement Day + Panel Discussion

Friday 27 April, 1930 – 2235 (Doors Open 1900)

Tickets: £8, £6 Concessions

Age 15 and above 

In part one of the Promethean Tales Weekend celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a panel of experts in science, film and literaturediscuss the topic of ‘Promethean Tales through the ages’ ahead of a screening of Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

The Curse of Frankenstein and Q&A with Sir Christopher Frayling

Saturday 28 April, 1800 – 2030 (Doors Open 1730)

Tickets: £8, £6 Concessions

In part two of Promethean Tales Weekend, Sir Christopher Frayling, author of Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years,  discusses the life and work of Shelley, the origins of her seminal story and its cultural impact. The screening of The Curse of Frankenstein will be followed by a book signing with copies of Sir Christopher’s book available to purchase on the night.

For more information, visit the Science Museum website here

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TINA: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre – 21 March 2018 to 20 October 2018

The highly anticipated Tina Turner musical is set to come the West End. 

Collaborating on this world premiere are writer Katori Hall, with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, director Phyllida Lloyd, set and costume designer Mark Thompson, choreography Anthony van Laast and musical supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck. Adrienne Warren is set to play Tina Turner.

Tina Turner said:  “We have been working on the musical for over a year now and today I am delighted to be able to share our news as we begin the next chapter of our journey.  It has been wonderful to collaborate with Katori and Phyllida and to have my story nurtured by such an amazing creative team is thrilling. London has always had a very special place in my heart and it’s wonderful to be back.”

Important information

Child policy

To be confirmed.

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

21 March 2018 – 20 October 2018

Content

Recommended for ages 14 and above.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Booking website here

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Preview : RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 Highlights

From the 2nd to 8th  July, The Royal Horticultural Society’s largest flower festival will return to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace with exciting new content for 2018 including iconic horticulture, a mass planting of Verbena bonariensis and an immersive feature taking visitors on an explorative journey through time.

For the first time ever at the show, RHS Hampton will be celebrating iconic figures of the horticultural world, welcoming influential landscape designer, nurseryman and author Piet Oudolf. Internationally acclaimed for transforming urban spaces, the Dutch designer will be bringing his iconic naturalistic style to the show, creating a whimsical walk through feature.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a purple meadow of Verbena bonariensis. Thousands of these delicate flowers will create a dazzling display of lilac, lavender and violet shades sweeping along the Long Water for visitors to wander through and enjoy this elegant summer flower.

The show will take visitors on a journey through time, exploring the evolution of plants on earth. ‘Evolve: Through the Roots of Time’ will guide visitors through barren landscapes prior to the Cambrian era over 500 million years ago, to the lush tropical jungles of the Jurassic period, and into the present day where visitors will walk through a meadow of flowering plants which first appeared during the Cretaceous time. Housed inside a dome structure and spilling out into the showground, the theatrical and educational experience will open curious minds to see how fossils were formed and seeds developed.

Floral Marquee highlights will see 85 specialist nurseries including eight National Plant Collection holders from Plant Heritage who will be celebrating their 40th anniversary. Salutation gardens, Moore & Moore, English Iris Company, Hedgehog Plant and Garden Nursery, Limecross and New Forest Hosta are amongst the new floral exhibitors at this year’s Show, alongside Hampshire Carnivorous Plants who will return as the Master Grower 2018.

Other highlights include the inspirational gardens and annual Festival of Roses which will bring an incredible mix of colour and scent.  

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (2 – 8 July 2018)

2 July                           Preview Evening, 5 – 10.30pm

3 – 4 July                    RHS members only

5 – 8 July                    RHS members and non-members

3 – 7 July                    10am – 7.30pm

8 July                          10am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4.00pm)

Venue: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Ticket prices range from £19.50 to £39.50.

Each full-paying adult may bring two children aged 16 and under free of charge to the show. Please note this does not apply to the Preview Evening where no under 16s are permitted.

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Review : The London Classic Car Show 2018 at ExCeL London on 15th to 18th February 2018

In the bright sunshine, the crowds made their way to the London Classic Car Show at ExCel London.  Although it is only in its fourth year, the show has become a firm favourite with motoring enthusiasts. This year, there are over 700 classic cars on display with a wide variety of features, cars and stars to keep visitors entertained.

Popular actor Philip Glenister curates a selection of the greatest Getaway Cars from real-life and film. The show pays tribute to those vehicles made famous in film or used in headline-grabbing real-life robberies and getaways.

One of the highlights of the show is the Grand Avenue, the large track in the middle of the show. This year, the focus is “Specials”. The cars with unique designs and unusual performance.  The crowds enjoy the cars tuning up their engines as they make their way along the track.

The London Classic Car Show Icon Award this year goes to Nigel Mansell CBE and his remarkable motor racing career is celebrated at the show.

For those visitors who want to see and listen to some of their favourites from the Automobile world, they should make their way to the Supagard Theatre. The Supagard Theatre is hosted by motorsport broadcaster Henry Hope-Frost and will feature a programme of curated talks over the four days of the show. Guests include Vicki Butler-Henderson, Nigel Mansell, Philip Glenister and Quentin Willson.

Car Club Square offers a wide range of cars from the UK’s leading car clubs. Visitors are encouraged to take a close look at these beautifully cared for classics.

One of the joys of The London Classic Car Show is the wide variety of cars on display means there is something from Formula 1 cars, iconic classics to popular everyday run-arounds. The London Classic Car Show and its sister show Historic Motorsport International offers endless interest to the classic car owner, collector and enthusiast.  

Admission to the London Classic Car Show incorporates free entry to Historic Motorsport International. Both shows run from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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