Shakespeare’s Globe Productions for the 2018 Season

 

Shakespeare’s Globe productions for the 2018 season include Hamlet, As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale, Othello and Love’s Labour’s Lost. A premiere of three new plays, a national and international tour of Shakespeare and other performances on and off site are announced together with a year-long programme of events exploring the history and future of theatre censorship, as well as a series of events looking at race, refuge and refugees in relation to Shakespeare.

This year will be Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director and many of the plays are popular favourites of the Globe audience. 

Opening the season on 25 April will be Hamlet, which will play alongside As You Like It from 2 May. These plays will be presented by The Globe Ensemble, which includes, amongst others, the following artists: Federay Holmes, Bettrys Jones, Jack Laskey, Nadia Nadarajah, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Elle While, Tanika Yearwood and Michelle Terry.

Brendan O’Hea will direct a tour of eight actors with The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. The three plays will open at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour where they will offer the audience the chance to pick their choice from the three plays, mimicking a tradition from Shakespeare’s day.

From 25 May, The Two Noble Kinsmen by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare will be directed by Barrie Rutter. Barrie is soon to be directing and appearing in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of the 2017/18 winter season, coproduced by Northern Broadsides. The Two Noble Kinsmen will be Barrie’s first play since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides. From 22 June, The Winter’s Tale will be directed by Blanche McIntyre. Blanche returns to the Globe, having previously directed The Comedy of Errors (2014) and As You Like It (2015).

In response to Refugee Week (18 – 24 June), the Globe will present a festival of events exploring Shakespeare’s response to refuge and refugees. The week will include the premiere of Nanjing, a piece about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. Written and performed by Jude Christian, it tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking.

From 20 July, Othello will be directed by Claire van Kampen, starring André Holland as Othello and Mark Rylance as Iago. André Holland is best known for his roles in Academy Award-winning films Moonlight and Selma.

Mark Rylance is currently starring in the Globe’s production of Farinelli and the King on Broadway . Claire van Kampen wrote Farinelli and the King. From 1997, she was the Globe’s founding Director of Theatre Music, creating both period and contemporary music for approximately 50 of the Globe’s productions.

Throughout February to September, a series of events will focus on Shakespeare and Censorship. Censorship of British theatre started in 1737 and officially ended 50 years ago on 26 September 1968. This bold series of events explores censorship from historical, national and international viewpoints, and explores what the future may hold. From 12 August, Shakespeare and Race will be a festival of events which will include performances, workshops, public lectures, panels and an international conference. Curated to draw attention to and provide a platform for scholars, practitioners and educators of colour in the teaching, study and performance of Shakespeare, this festival will highlight the importance of race to the consideration of Shakespeare not only in his time, but more urgently, in our own.

From 23 August, Love’s Labour’s Lost will be directed by Nick Bagnall in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Two new plays will premiere on The Globe stage this summer. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia (10 August – 1 September), directed by Nicole Charles, will explore the life of Emilia Bassano, whom many consider to be the Dark Lady of the Sonnets, but was also a writer, poet, mother, feminist and woman in her own right. 

Emilia will be followed by Matt Hartley’s Eyam (15 September – 13 October), directed by Adele Thomas. When the plague arrives surprisingly in the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665, the community face the moral dilemma of having to decide whether to flee and risk spreading the vicious disease or stay, protect others from the risk, but face the potential of their own slow and painful death.

As part of a series of scenes, sonnets and songs, a unique event at Westminster Abbey, All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits returns. In celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, Mark Rylance will join a company of 23 actors, as Shakespeare’s plays, poetry and song are brought to life in fleeting and intimate encounters throughout the Abbey.

Shakespeare’s birthday weekend will also include the Globe and Mark’s annual Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d, a walk through Shakespeare’s London brought alive by actors. Conceived by Mark Rylance, Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d will take place Saturday 28 April – Sunday 29 April, tracing routes through Westminster and the City and finishing at the Globe. This sonnet journey will culminate in Sonnet Sunday: Ten Times Happy Me (2 September). This site specific venture will give audiences the rare opportunity to experience all of the sonnets from 1 – 154 over the course of one day.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here

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Anthea Hamilton will be the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission

Tate Britain announced Anthea Hamilton as the next artist to undertake the Tate Britain Commission. Unveiled for the first time on 21 March 2018, Hamilton will reveal a major new work, transforming the heart of Tate Britain into an immersive installation that will combine sculpture and performance. The annual commission, supported by Sotheby’s, invites a contemporary British artist to create a new artwork in response to Tate Britain’s grand Duveen Galleries.

Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2016, Anthea Hamilton is renowned for her bold, often humorous works which incorporate references from the worlds of art, design, fashion and popular culture. She has exhibited widely with recent large-scale, site-specific installations including her Turner Prize nominated exhibition Lichen! Libido! Chastity! at the SculptureCenter in New York, re-staged at Tate Britain in 2016, and Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield.

The Tate Britain Commission 2018: Anthea Hamilton is the latest in a series of contemporary commissions for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries which address the heritage of the space as a sculpture gallery. Artists are invited to develop a new work in response to the grand space of Tate Britain’s neo-classical Duveen Galleries. Artists who have previously undertaken commissions in the Duveens at Tate Britain include Cerith Wyn Evans (2017), Pablo Bronstein (2016), Christina Mackie (2015), Phyllida Barlow (2014), Simon Starling (2013), Patrick Keiller (2012), Fiona Banner (2010), Eva Rothschild (2009), Martin Creed (2008), Mark Wallinger (2007), Michael Landy (2004), Anya Gallaccio (2002) and Mona Hatoum (2000).

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

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Viktor: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch at Sadler’s Wells – 8th to 11th February 2018

Viktor, created by the imaginative and inventive Pina Bausch, returns to Sadler’s Wells from Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th February 2018. The piece, an international co-production with Teatro Argentino and the City of Rome, is performed by the legendary Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

In 1986, the city of Rome invited Pina Bausch and her company to make a piece inspired by the Eternal City. Viktor turned out to be the first of Pina Bausch’s epic travelogues, a series which took her company around the world for inspiration-gathering residencies. Living in each city for a period of time, her renowned company would then return to Wuppertal to create a new work inspired by their visit. The piece has previously been performed at Sadler’s Wells in 1999 and again as part of the World Cities series in 2012.

Deep in the muddy depths of a grave which is still being dug, a corpse couple are united in a macabre marriage and a woman is transformed into a water fountain. Viktor is set to music which spans centuries and continents: folk music from Italy, waltzes from Russia and dance music from the Middle Ages to the 1930s. Pina Bausch directed and choreographed Viktor, with set designs by Peter Pabst, costume designs by Marion Cito and music in collaboration with Matthias Burkert.

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

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All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain – 28th February to 27th August 2018

A landmark exhibition at Tate Britain next year will celebrate how artists have captured the intense experience of life in paint. All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life will showcase around 100 works by some of the most celebrated modern British artists, especially Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. The exhibition brings together major works by Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, R.B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and many others.

Key paintings spanning Freud’s career will explore his studio as both context and subject of his work and will show how his unflinchingly honest depictions of models became more sculptural and visceral over time, in works such as Frank Auerbach 1975-6 and Sleeping by the Lion Carpet 1996. In contrast to Freud’s practice of working from life, the exhibition will look at Bacon’s relationship with photographer John Deakin, whose portraits of friends and lovers were often the starting point for Bacon’s work, including Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne 1966. Earlier works by Bacon like Study after Velazquez 1950 will be shown alongside a sculpture by Giacometti, both artists having explored the enduring presence of isolated figures.

Looking to earlier generations, the exhibition will show how this spirit in painting had been pursued by artists like Walter Sickert and Chaïm Soutine. This generation’s work encompassed a wide variety of subjects, from Auerbach’s and Kossoff’s enduring fascination with London’s streets and public spaces to F.N. Souza’s spiritual and symbolic figures, and from Coldstream’s and Freud’s focus on the body in isolation to Michael Andrews’s and R.B. Kitaj’s interest in group scenes and storytelling.

The exhibition will also shed light on the role of women artists in the traditionally male-dominated field of figurative painting. Paula Rego explores the condition of women in society and the roles they play over the course of their lives, while always referring to autobiographical events, as in The Family 1988. Her work underwent a particularly profound change in the late 1980s and 1990s when she returned to working from life. The exhibition will also celebrate a younger generation of painters who continue to pursue the tangible reality of life in their work. Contemporary artists like Cecily Brown, Celia Paul, Jenny Saville and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye work in dialogue with this tradition while also taking the painting of figures in new directions.

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

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Sadler’s Wells Sampled – 2nd and 3rd February 2018

Sadler’s Wells starts the new year with the return of the dance taster festival Sadler’s Wells Sampled, featuring world-class live performances workshops, classes and more taking place throughout the building on Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd February 2018.

Sadler’s Wells Sampled has been a regular fixture at Sadler’s Wells since 2007, giving dance fans and newcomers alike a chance to enjoy a diverse range of styles with extracts from some of the world’s finest dancers and dance companies at a special low price, with proms style standing tickets available for just £5, and all other tickets at £20.

Sadler’s Wells’ annual celebration of dance brings together an eclectic mix from ballet to hip hop, contemporary and tango. Previous shows have seen the likes of New York City Ballet, Russell Maliphant Company, Iron Skulls, Jasmin Vardimon Company and Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company sharing the stage.

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

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Review : London New Year’s Day Parade 2018

Although less known than the London New Year’s Eve Fireworks, the London’s New Year’s Day Parade is one of the largest parades through the capital.

The parade has grown from just 2,000 performers in the inaugural event in 1987, to an expected 10,000 participants from the USA, UK and Europe in the 2018 Parade. Over 500,000 line the streets on the route and the parade has a TV audience of over 300 million.

One unusual aspect of the parade is that it features  American marching bands that fly over from the USA to take part. The parade features an eclectic mix of classic cars, Dancers, motorcycle stunts, floats from many of London boroughs, 

music and dancing from many of London’s international communities,

large inflatable balloons,

Chinese Dragons, horses, carriages, donkeys and much more.

The Parade provides amazing entertainment along the 2.2-mile route which begins near the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly before moving onto Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Street.  

The parade provides plenty of entertainment for the audience and is a great start to the New Year in London. If you are in London at this time, it is an event not to miss.

Video Review available here 

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Preview : RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

One of the world’s most famous flower show returns on the 22nd – 26th May 2018. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced some of the highlights at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Show Gardens Highlights

This year 10 Show Gardens will fill Main Avenue where tradition and romance will contrast with contemporary and urban design. 

Multi-award winning designer Sarah Price returns after a five year absence for show sponsor M&G Investments with a romanticised Mediterranean haven that celebrates the expressive and sensual language of colour and texture, light and shadow. 

Debut Chelsea designer Tom Massey presents The Lemon Tree Trust Garden which emulates a garden used by a community of refugees displaced in Domiz camp, Northern Iraq, where such gardens offer a sense of normality, wellbeing and civility to broken lives.  

By 2030 the World Health Organization is predicting that 60.3% of the population will live in cities. With this in mind returning designer Hay Hwang has created a futuristic ‘Eco-City’ Garden with LG Electronics. The garden is intended for a modern city tower block where each unit has a garden, reimagining the concept of vertical forests and applying it to residential apartments. 

Other Show Garden highlights include award winning designer Jo Thompson’s The Wedgwood Garden, last year’s People’s Choice winner Chris Beardshaw unites once again with Morgan Stanley with a garden celebrating the company’s partnership with the NSPCC. First time designer Jonathan Snow is creating a garden inspired by a South African Wine Estate sponsored by Trailfinders.

New Space to Grow Highlights

Smaller gardens offering original ideas, trends and take home messages to inspire visitors to transform their outdoor spaces and feel the benefits that growing can bring.

Kate Gould will be going for her fifth gold medal with ‘The West End Secret Garden’, a modern interpretation of the gardens and architecture of London’s West End, highlighting the use of environmentally positive technology to create a contemporary pocket of green space.

‘Pearlfisher’s Garden’ by conceptual designer John Warland celebrates the beauty of the world’s largest garden found beneath our oceans and highlights the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our underwater eco systems.

The Seedlip Garden’ designed by Catherine McDonald is a celebration of the humble pea everything from the plant palette, forms, colours, patterns and multi-sensory elements are significant to Pisum sativum, the pea and the wider pea family, Fabaceae.

First timer and former RHS Young Designer Tony Woods uses sculpture, materials and plants in the environmentally conscious ‘Urban Flow’ garden. With bold features and colourful planting his garden demonstrates how best to utilise green spaces.

Artisan Garden Highlights

Continuing into their extended location on the plateau in Ranelagh Gardens, the popular Artisans aim to revitalise traditional materials and methods with new design approaches. 

Artisan favourite multi gold medal winning designer Kazuyuki Ishihara is creating a garden inspired by O-mo-te-na-shi no NIWA, a Japanese concept of hospitality.  Sarah Eberle also returns designing both an Artisan Garden and the Hillier exhibit in the Great Pavilion for the third year running. This year she is working with British Council India with a garden that celebrates India’s love of cricket.

Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge join forces once again with ‘The Warner Edwards Garden’, a design that reimagines the landscape and planting of the gin distillery’s home in Northamptonshire, creating an authentic and sociable space. 

After a four year absence from the show multi-award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has designed an Artisan Garden depicting the importance of wellbeing in the Nordic way of life.

Floral Highlights

The Great Pavilion, a plant lover’s paradise at the heart of RHS Chelsea will be home to over 90 exhibits from the world’s best nurseries, growers and florists. D’Arcy & Everest celebrate 25 years of exhibiting at the Show, while Hampshire Carnivorous Plants aim for their 20th Gold in 20 years, and Peter Beales Roses will mark their 50th anniversary with the launch of a new rose.

A floral feast will be served up by NAFAS with an imaginative flower and foliage display depicting the four seasons, and Floral Fundamentals’ UNITY exhibit will showcase the creative skills of Europe’s greatest floral designers in their representation of the stages of bulb production, from growth through to display.

One of the most successful exhibitors at RHS Chelsea, Hillier Nurseries will for the third year be working with multi-award winning designer Sarah Eberle with a walk through garden made up of smaller areas with take home inspiration. 

Multi-award winning speciality fern nursery Fernatix return to the Pavilion for the first time since 2007 alongside fellow fern nursery and new face Kells Bay House and Gardens. Other new nurseries include Orchideengarten, Flowers from the Farm, Grafton Nursery, Ottershaw Cact and Wack’s Wicked Plants.

New RHS Chelsea Late

The first ‘Chelsea Late’ takes place on Friday 25 May.  Following an afternoon at the show, visitors are invited into Ranelagh Gardens between 8pm and 10pm for an exclusive evening of music, entertainment, demonstrations and much more.

Tickets are now available to buy 

RHS Chelsea Flower Show (22 – 26 May 2018)

21 May             Press Day

22 – 23 May      RHS members only

24 – 26 May      RHS members and non-members 22 – 25 May 8am – 8p

26 May 8am – 5.30pm (sell off starts at 4pm)

Venue: Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

For more information or to book tickets for London Shows, visit the RHS website here

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