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Chess the Musical at the London Coliseum from 26th April to 2nd June 2018

 

From ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus with lyrics by Tim Rice , Chess the Musical is coming to the London Coliseum in 2018.

This politically driven musical drama revolves around a Cold War chess match for the world title. The battle between the American and Soviet players is being twisted and turned by their respective governments for politically motivated purposes. When an intriguing Hungarian refugee enters the picture she becomes another player in their emotional game. Being used as pawns by their governments and caught between two world powers, the struggle threatens to destroy their lives.

Chess has an iconic soundtrack which includes such hits as I Know Him So Well, One Night in Bangkok, Anthem, Heaven Help My Heart, and Pity the Child.

This revival of Chess is being presented by the ENO and will feature their award-winning orchestra and chorus. Chess is being directed by Laurence Connor (School of Rock, Miss Saigon) with choreography by Stephen Means. The run opens 26 April 2018 and closes 02 June.

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Mood Music at the Old Vic Theatre – 21 April 2018 to 16 June 2018

Music is medication. The elixir of life. It’s for injecting into the blood stream to take away the pain…to promote euphoria…to adrenalise us and give us courage and fortitude.’

In a top London recording studio, a young songwriter, her producer, their lawyers and psychotherapists go to battle over who owns a hit song.

‘I’m not saying he’s a sociopath. I’m just saying you find a lot of damaged people are drawn to the music industry. Lack of empathy, raging narcissism, grandiose egocentricity is expected of them.’

A sly, wry exploration of the dark side of the music industry by the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music by Joe Penhall, is directed by Roger Michell.

Cast & Creative

Cast

Ben Chaplin

Pip Carter

Kurt Egyiawan

Seána Kerslake

Jemma Redgrave

Neil Stuke

Creative Team

Writer

Joe Penhall

Director

Roger Michell

Hildegard Bechtler

Composer & Music Supervisor

Rick Fisher

Information

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

21 April 2018 – 16 June 2018

Content

Recommended for ages 12 and above.

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John Williams, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña perform Candlelit Concerts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 21st and 22nd July 2018

Shakespeare’s Globe presents the return of guitar virtuoso John Williams for a weekend of candlelit concerts in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018.

Following sell-out shows in 2014 and 2015, John Williams will return to the Globe this summer to play a pair of concerts alongside two fellow world-renowned musicians, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña. The weekend will mark an international celebration of classical guitar, and illustrates the centuries-old tradition of acoustic concerts in London’s indoor playhouses.

On Saturday 21 July, John will explore music ranging from Vivaldi to Venezuelan pieces, sharing the stage with Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas. Berta’s repertoire will pay homage to her compatriot and classical guitar pioneer, Agustín Barrios Mangoré.

The following evening, John and Paco Peña will perform a selection of their favourite works in celebration of their 49 year friendship. Multi-award-winning guitarist Paco Peña will continue to redefine our perceptions of flamenco, whilst John will explore Spanish pieces from the sixteenth century onwards.

Information

John Williams and Berta Rojas

Saturday 21 July, 7:45pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£10 – £62

Paco Peña and John Williams

Sunday 22 July, 6:45pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£10 – £62

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An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre – 20 April 2018 to 14 July 2018

Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband explores corruption and morality, bringing an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. An ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured. Until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his past financial chicanery.

A witty new production from director Jonathan Church, (Singin’ in the Rain and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Chichester; West End) An Ideal Husband opens at the Vaudeville Theatre (20 April – 14 July), before playing at the Theatre Royal Bath as part of their Summer Season (18 July – 4 August).

Starring real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; The Day of the Jackal, ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; Cucumber and Banana, Channel 4; E4), Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber (Silk, BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Nathaniel Parker (This House, West End; The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, BBC)  Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire (Forsythe Saga, Monarch of the Glen, BBC).

Information

Child policy

Children under 5 will not be admitted.

Running time

2hr 45min (including interval)

Performance dates

20 April 2018 – 14 July 2018

Content

Recommended for ages 8 and above.

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A Short Guide to Leicester Square

Leicester Square is one of the oldest squares in London and was named after Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester. The origins of Leicester Square go back to the building of Leicester House in 1635 for Sidney. In a dispute about common land. Lord Leicester was ordered to keep part of his land open, this land was originally known as Leicester Fields and later as Leicester Square. Gradually other large houses were built around the square and became quite a fashionable area, in the 18th century, William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds lived around the square.

Leicester Square 1750

By the end of the 18th century, the square began to be used for public entertainments. This trend carried on into the 19th century with shops, museums and exhibitions dominating the square. A number of hotels were later established around the square attracting a large number of foreign visitors.

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The large Alhambra Theatre was built-in 1854 dominated until it burned down in 1882 and was then rebuilt. Other theatres were built but gradually were replaced by large cinemas.

In the 21st century it was redeveloped as a general entertainment area. The cinemas around the square are often used for film premieres and attract some of the biggest names in film.

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In the 1870s, A statue of William Shakespeare surrounded by dolphins was constructed in the centre. Near the statute is the TKTS booth in Leicester Square which is the only official place to purchase cheap theatre tickets in the West End. Other unofficial booths have grown up around the square offering tickets but generally sell at a higher rate than official outlets.

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Leicester Square is one of those areas that is often seen as part of the centre of London, but is generally more popular with visitors than Londoners. The restaurants and gift shops around and near Leicester Square almost exclusively cater for the many visitors who frequent the area.

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The nearest tube station is Leicester Square tube station.

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Shape of Light : 100 years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern – 2nd May to 14th October 2018

A major new exhibition at Tate Modern will reveal the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art. Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art will be the first show of this scale to explore photography in relation to the development of abstraction, from the early experiments of the 1910s to the digital innovations of the 21st century. Featuring over 300 works by more than 100 artists, the exhibition will explore the history of abstract photography side-by-side with iconic paintings and sculptures.

Shape of Light will place moments of radical innovation in photography within the wider context of abstract art, such as Alvin Langdon Coburn’s pioneering ‘vortographs’ from 1917. This relationship between media will be explored through the juxtaposition of works by painters and photographers, such as cubist works by George Braque and Pierre Dubreuil or the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock and Otto Steinert’s ‘luminograms’.  Abstractions from the human body associated with surrealism will include André Kertesz’s Distorsions, Imogen Cunningham’s Triangles and Bill Brandt’s Baie des Anges, Frances 1958, exhibited together with a major painting by Joan Miró. Elsewhere the focus will be on artists whose practice spans diverse media, such as László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray.

The exhibition will also acknowledge the impact of MoMA’s landmark photography exhibition of 1960, The Sense of Abstraction. Installation photographs of this pioneering show will be displayed with some of the works originally featured in the exhibition, including important works by Edward Weston, Aaron Siskind and a series by Man Ray that has not been exhibited since the MoMA show, 58 years ago.

There will be rooms devoted to Op Art and Kinetic Art from the 1960s, featuring striking paintings by Bridget Riley and installations of key photographic works from the era by artists including Floris Neussis and Gottfried Jaeger. Rooms will also be dedicated to the minimal and conceptual practices of the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition will culminate in a series of new works by contemporary artists, Tony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, exploring photography and abstraction today.

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The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of Yorks Theatre – 5th April 2018 to 30th June 2018

David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano, first seen at the Hampstead Theatre, transfers to the West End.

Roger Allam

The two great passions in John Christie’s life were opera and a beautiful young soprano, Audrey Mildmay.

Nancy Carroll

Together they created Glyndebourne, the operatic experience in the rolling hills of the South Downs.

Jeremy Herrin 2012, Photo Johan Persson

David Hare’s new play, first seen at Hampstead Theatre, is the story of an intense love affair and the unrelenting search for artistic excellence in the face of searing scrutiny, sacrifice and the impending Second World War.

Important information

Age restriction

 4+

Child policy

Children under 4 will not be admitted

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

5 April 2018 – 30 June 2018

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Exhibition Review – Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE at the National Gallery from 15th March to 28th May 2018

The National Gallery presents a new exhibition entitled Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE  which is part of an unprecedented collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, which will see all three galleries open distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean in 2018. The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE will be shaped by artist’s response to the individual character of each institution and explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery.

Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE provides the unusual situation that Dean acts as both artist and curator in this National Gallery exhibition. In the role of curator Dean brings together a diverse selections of works to explore the genre from 17th century paintings like Francisco de Zurbarán’s Cup of Water and a Rose (about 1630) to contemporary pieces in a variety of mediums, by the artist herself or by her contemporaries like Thomas Demand, Roni Horn and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Dean uses the exhibition to question some of the concepts of still life and examine its legacy within the history of art.

Dean illustrates that placing pictures together with some similarities in subject matter can convey very different meanings that change over time. Walter Sickert’s A Dead Hare  and John Craxton’s Hare on the Table (1944-45) illustrate that the symbolism of death and mortality prevalent in early paintings can be drastically changed in more modern interpretations.

Cy Twombly’s Bread (2004) sandwiched between two old interpretations of still life’s featuring bread is another example of how religious or cultural symbolism changes over time. 

Some works show that taking still life outdoors with a landscape behind can have a transforming effect. 

Dean contributes a new film diptych made especially for the exhibition, ‘Ideas for Sculpture in a Setting’, and ‘Prisoner Pair’ (2008, 16mm).

This small free fascinating exhibition offers the opportunity for visitors to question some of the fundamental concepts of ‘still life’. Dean suggests that the concept of still life is one that often changes over the history of art with associated symbolism part of the appeal of the genre. However it could be argued that the genre is open to more modern interpretations which can set the genre free, sometimes quite literally by taking the ‘still life’ outdoors into the landscape.

Visiting London Guide Rating –  Highly Recommended

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Exhibition Review – Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT at the National Portrait Gallery from 15th March to 28th May 2018

The National Portrait Gallery presents a new exhibition entitled Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT which is part of an unprecedented collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, which will see all three galleries open distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean in 2018.

The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE will be shaped by artist’s response to the individual character of each institution and explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery.

Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT is the first exhibition in the Gallery’s history to be devoted to the medium of film. Dean has created a series of films of influential figures such as her major six-screen installation with Merce Cunningham in Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS… (six performances, six films) (2008), alongside her film of Claes Oldenburg in Manhattan Mouse Museum (2011) and her film of Julie Mehretu GDGDA (2011), all previously unseen in the UK,

as well as Mario Merz (2002), Michael Hamburger (2007), Cy Twombly in Edwin Parker (2011), and David Hockney in Portraits (2016).

Also on show for the first time in the UK are two photographic works: GAETA (fifty photographs plus one) (2015), taken in the studio of Cy Twombly and The Line of Fate with Leo Steinberg.

Dean has made two new films for the exhibition, Providence (2017) which is a portrait of actor David Warner with humming birds. Dean uses a particular technique that unites the two subjects photochemically.

The same technique is used for His Picture in Little (2017) which depicts three actors of different generations, David Warner, Stephen Dillane and Ben Whishaw. The film is miniature in scale inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century portrait miniatures.

This unusual and interesting exhibition is mainly a series of film portraits which offer a more complex picture of the subject who is often in conversation or at work.  Dean who first came to prominence in the 1990s uses film to explore some of the different aspects of the individual. Her two latest films distort the accepted narrative by uniting disparate people, places and events in a coherent whole that only exists on film.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

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Exhibition Review : Expectations of the Past by Louise Weir at the Charles Dickens Museum – 13th March to 29th April 2018

One of Charles Dickens’s most celebrated stories is the inspiration for new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum. The exhibition entitled Expectations of the Past by Louise Weir is a collection of new work inspired by a combination of the locations, characters and themes of Great Expectations and the artist’s own history.

The exhibition presents Weir’s personal investigation through a combination of paintings, sketches and poetry. The artist followed in Dickens’s footsteps and travelled to the locations that were featured in Great Expectations. Starting at Gravesend and the Kent marshes, Weir began at St James’ Church at Cooling, Dickens’s inspiration for Pip’s first terrifying graveyard encounter with the escaped convict, Magwitch, which begins the book.

The artist’s sketches capture the often foreboding nature of the landscape that provided ideal backdrop to the shocking meeting between Magwitch and Pip.

The exploration of the landscapes of Great Expectations became far more personal journey with the untimely death of the artist’s father. From that point some of the novel’s themes of childhood memories and an atmosphere of loss are intertwined with the artist’s personal response to her loss.

Some of the sketchbooks, drawings and equipment in the exhibition demonstrate Weir’s creative process which often used the very elements of the landscape she was trying to capture;  grasses, seed-pods, flowers, feathers, earth and water from streams connecting landscape to painting.  

This small interesting exhibition explores how ‘Dickensian’ characters and landscapes provide inspiration for artists to pursue their own projects. Louise Weir’s characters in the paintings are often like ghosts haunting the landscape. In many ways, this reflects the works of Dickens which are so ingrained into our culture that we often see ‘Dickensian’ characters as part of everyday life .

Visitors to the exhibition can also explore the Charles Dickens Museum at 48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, the London Townhouse into which Charles Dickens moved with his family in 1837. The Charles Dickens Museum holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Dickens-related material, including the desk at which he wrote Great Expectations. Alongside Weir’s work, the exhibition will feature an original first edition of Great Expectations from the Museum’s collection.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Expectations of the Past at Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LX

Exhibition dates: 13 March – 29 April 2018

Museum admission prices (inc. exhibition): Adults £9; Concessions £7; Children (6-16) £4; Under 6 free

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00-17.00 (last admission 16.00).

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Charles Dickens Museum website here

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