Five Guys Named Moe at the Marble Arch Theatre – 14th September to 25th November 2017

A major new production of the smash-hit West End and Broadway musical swings into the new Marble Arch Theatre. Nomax is single, broke and drinking his sorrows away when five guys named Moe – Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Four-Eyed Moe – appear out of nowhere to help him straighten out and sing and dance his way to love! Featuring the hits of original jazz king Louis Jordan, including Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry.

Important information

Running timeTBC

Performance dates

14th September – 25 November 2017.

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Evita at the Phoenix Theatre – 28th July 2017 to 14th October 2017

Starring one of musical theatre’s most exciting young leading ladies Emma Hatton, who direct from playing Elphaba in Wicked has been wowing audiences and critics across the country with her portrayal of Eva. She is joined by leading Italian performer Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che in his West End debut.

The story of an ordinary woman’s meteoric rise to power at a time of extraordinary political unrest. It follows Eva Peron’s, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status, which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.

Important information

Running time TBC

Performance dates

28th July 2017 – 14th October 2017

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndhams Theatre – 27th January 2018 to 8th April 2018

Following its sold out run as part of Bristol Old Vic’s 250th Anniversary season, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville reprise their roles in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed production of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterpiece, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

A summer’s day in the summer home of the Tyrones, a family haunted by the past but unable to face the truth of the present.

Considered one of the most powerful American plays of the 20th century, Long Day’s Journey Into Night plays a strictly limited season at Wyndham’s Theatre, London from 27 January 2018 for 10 weeks only.

Important information

Running time 2h 55 including one interval.

Performance dates Saturday 27 January 2018 to Saturday 8 April 2018

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Review : Watching the IAAF World Championships 2017 at the London Stadium – 7th August 2017

Between the 4th and 13th August 2017, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the location for one of the biggest global sporting events of the year.

The IAAF World Championships London 2017 is the biggest event to be staged at the London Stadium since the 2012 Olympic with 2000 athletes from 200 nations competing across 14 sessions. The London Championships will be the 16th in the event’s 34-year history with the first IAAF World Championships being hosted in Helsinki in 1983.

Despite the massive demand for tickets, it is still possible to attend certain sessions. Most fans arrive at Stratford station and then take a 20 minute walk to the stadium. Near the stadium is Hero Village which is a fan village full of athletic themed activities, events and sponsor displays specially built for the Championships.

You can enjoy the attractions of Hero Village  before you enter the stadium but there is no access after you have entered the stadium. Like many sporting events, there is security and bag checks and there may be queues to enter the stadium depending on what time you arrive.

Once inside the stadium complex, there is plenty of food and drink options to enjoy before and during the action.The event organisers try to create a party atmosphere with music and interviews with leading athletes before the action.

Many sessions start with medal ceremonies from the previous sessions events before the action starts.

Often there are a number of events taking place at the same time such as racing on the track, field events and action in the jumps.

Although the majority of supporters are from the United Kingdom, visitors from around the world arrive at the Championships to support their particular country or favourites.

With nearly 60,000 people in the stadium, it provides a great atmosphere to enjoy the world’s best athletes competing against each other.

For those without tickets, some free events take place outside of the stadium including the marathons which took place on the 6th August and the Race Walks which take place on the Mall on the 13th August.

Video Review available here

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Marathon Day at the Athletic World Championship in London – 6th August 2017

The City of London, Westminster and the Tower of London took centre stage on the day of the Athletic World Championship Marathons.

Whilst most of the events take place at the London Stadium, the marathon’s offer an opportunity for Londoners and visitors to enjoy the event.

A walk around the course illustrates how these events rely on large number of volunteers and considerable organisation.

The start and the finish of the race takes place on Tower Bridge and a large crowd congregated on the Tower of London where a fan zone was set up in the moat in the Tower complex.

The first marathon was the men’s marathon which attracted many of the best marathon runners in the world.

Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui won gold with a time of 2:08.27. Ethiopian Tamirat Tola finished second in 2:09.49, two seconds in front of Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu.

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Review : The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace

The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace evolved from the King’s Mews which was where the royal hawks were kept. The Mews were originally housed near Charing Cross on the site of the present National Gallery. The royal hawks were kept there from 1377 until the building was destroyed by fire in 1534 and was rebuilt as stables.

In the 1760s, George III moved some of his horses and carriages to the grounds of Buckingham House, which he had acquired in 1762. However it was not until the reign of George IV that the royal stables transferred completely to Buckingham Palace. The King commissioned the new Royal Mews from John Nash who built grand stables around the riding school, a Doric-style arch with a clock tower, leading into the quadrangle of the Mews. In the reign of Queen Victoria, up to 200 horses were kept at the stables within the Royal Mews.

The Royal Mews is part of the Lord Chamberlain’s Office and provides road transport for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by both horse-drawn carriage and motor car. The Royal Mews is still a working stable but also houses the royal collection of historic coaches and carriages.

State vehicles are housed and maintained at the Royal Mews. They include the carriages used for royal and State occasions, such as State Visits, weddings and the State Opening of Parliament. Carriages from the Royal Mews are also used on roughly 50 occasions each year to convey newly appointed High Commissioners and Ambassadors from their official residence to Buckingham Palace to present their credentials to The Queen.

The most ornate of all coaches housed in the Royal Mews is the Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.

The latest coach to join the collection of royal coaches is The Diamond Jubilee State Coach which was built to commemorate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was first used at the State Opening of Parliament on 4 June 2014. The coach has a number of unusual features, the interior of the coach incorporates items donated by over 100 of Britain’s historic sites and organisations. The seat handrails are from the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the window frames and interior panels include material from Caernarfon Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, The Mary Rose (Henry VIII’s flagship), 10 Downing Street, and the Antarctic bases of Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, a British lead musket ball from the Battle of Waterloo and a specimen of the metal used to create Victoria Cross medals. The Diamond Jubilee State Coach also combines traditional craftsmanship and modern technology. The vehicle has an aluminium body and has six hydraulic stabilisers. The gilded crown on the top of the coach is carved in oak from the HMS Victory.

Other coaches of interest is the Irish State Coach, purchased by Queen Victoria for £858 in 1852 and the 1902 State Landau, built in 1902 for King Edward VII which has been used for recent royal weddings including that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

A visit to the Royal Mews allows visitors to see some of the carriage horses that are stabled in the complex. The Cleveland Bays are used to escort newly appointed High Commissioners and Ambassadors to their audience with The Queen and the famous Windsor Greys  draw the private carriages of the royal family. Both set of horses must be at least 16.1 hands (1.65 metres) high and are chosen for their steady temperament and stamina.

A visit to the grand State Stables allows visitors to experience sitting in a carriage with a replica of a Semi State Landau which is decorated in royal carriage livery and has real suspension. The stable have a number of interactive displays that will entertain all the family in which it is possible to dress up as a footman or learn how to harness a horse.

Other places of interest is the Riding School, the Livery Room and the Harness Room which gives some illustration of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of many of the great Royal events.

Whilst the Royal Mews is probably not on the top of the many visitors list to visit, it is one of the most interesting royal related attractions in London with plenty of interest for all the family. Being a working stable, visitors can also witness the working day of the Royal Mews staff and watch some of training of the horses.

Video Review available here

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Admission to the Royal Mews is Adult £10.00, under 17 £5.80, Under 5 Free.

For more information or book tickets, visit the Royal Collection website here

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Exhibition Review : Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy – 5th August to 12th November 2017

The Royal Academy presents an exhibition which explores the relationship between Henri Matisse and some of his most treasured objects. The exhibition considers how these items played an important role in his work and how it influenced the development of the artist’s art.

Whilst Matisse was firmly within the Western art tradition, the objects in his collection provided influences from the far corners of the world. Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali, furniture and textiles from North Africa provided the backdrop to his studio in which objects could be used in different guises across decades.

Each section of the exhibition presents the interplay of objects with paintings and drawings. Matisse’s Lilacs 1914 illustrates how the small object of a nude is included in a still life painting.

Matisse often saw objects as actors playing various parts in a variety of media, one of his favourite objects was a nineteenth century Venetian rocaille chair which stands in the exhibition in front of a series of paintings and drawings.

The exhibition provides plenty of evidence that Matisse was greatly influenced by African art and this provided a vehicle to reinvent the way that nudes were represented with a simplified and disproportionate bodies. The exhibition features of Bamana figures from Mali which illustrate this point.

Matisse also began to use African art and in particular African masks to influence his attitude to portraiture. The Italian Woman 1916 shows a woman with almost a mask like face.

Matisse often adorned his Nice studio with props from the Islamic world to create the sensuous sets for his ‘odalisques’, often these paintings included a reclining female model in front of a very decorative background. Matisse was keen to point out that the subject in the painting and the background were of equal importance.

In Matisse’s later years, he entered what is known as his cut-out period, he was inspired by the concise precision of Chinese calligraphy and African textiles to create his own simple way of bringing different forms together.

This fascinating exhibition offers an opportunity to understand elements of the creative process and how an artist’s personal collection can inspire paintings, sculptures and drawings. Part of this process was not imitation but understanding how different cultures have created their own images in many different ways. From this Matisse developed his own particular method which brings many of the influences together.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Video Review available here

Admission

£15.50 full price (£14 without Gift Aid donation); concessions available; children under 16 and Friends of the RA go free.

For more information , visit the Royal Academy website here

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