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Woolf Works at the Royal Opera House – 21st January to 14th February 2017

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The Royal Opera House present the first revival of Wayne McGregor’s critically acclaimed ballet triptych to music by Max Richter, inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf and starring Alessandra Ferri and Mara Galeazzi

Three movements are each inspired by one of Woolf’s novels – ‘I now, I then’ from Mrs Dalloway, ‘Becomings’ from Orlando and ‘Tuesday’ from The Waves – mingled with influences from her life and work.

Wayne McGregor’s ballet, met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015, and went on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.

Woolf Works was McGregor’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet, and saw him reunited with regular collaborator Max Richter, who provides a commissioned score incorporating electronic and orchestral music.

Running time

The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including two intervals.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here

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Review – Berwick Street Market in Soho

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Berwick Street was built between 1687 and 1703. However it was in the early 20th century when the street became synonymous with the fashion and textile industry. The shops and stalls were popular with young working girls shopping for silk stockings and affordable ready-to-wear fashion. Even Bloomsbury Set writer, Virginia Woolf would frequent Berwick Street Market to buy silk stockings.

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Berwick Street Market is one of the capital’s oldest markets. Street trading began in the late 18th century but only received official recognition as a market in 1892.

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The Berwick Street area has for centuries been a cosmopolitan district, and in the late 19th century, the  Market earned a reputation for selling a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. In the early 20th century it became a destination for the foodies of their day to pick up exotic ingredients.

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The modern market is an eclectic mix of stalls which includes street food, fruit & veg, flowers and fashion. Situated near Theatre’s and other entertainments it attracts a wide range  of customers and is a good example of a neighbourhood market that are fast disappearing all over London.

Opening Times : Mon to Sat 9am-6pm

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Exhibition Review – Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, National Portrait Gallery , 10th July to 26th October 2014

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Virginia Woolf was one of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century. This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.

Curated by biographer and art historian Frances Spalding, the exhibition includes distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry and photographs by Beresford and Man Ray, as well as intimate images recording her time spent with friends and family. Woolf’s early life and literary achievements, alongside lesser known aspects of her time in London and political views, are brought into focus through in-depth research and a remarkable array of personal objects including letters, diaries and books.

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Virginia Woolf  is one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, but she is also something of an enigma.

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Her often troubled life is the subject of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition which features a wide range of material including paintings, photographs, letters, diaries and books.

Part of  her enigma was the way  that her mental illness and breakdowns  often associated with her complex childhood was overcome to some extent to produce a number of influential books and to enable her to become  a focal point of the Bloomsbury group .

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In Bloomsbury, Woolf came to know Lytton Strachey, Clive Bell, Duncan Grant, Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry  and others whose presence in the exhibition  illustrated  the many aspects of the cultural and political world they were involved in at the time.

Interest in the Spanish Civil War  bought contact with celebrated artists such as Picasso who contributed a drawing to one of the groups fundraising events.

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The complex relations of the Bloomsbury set  and rather scandalous at the time, sexual mores is alluded to by the paintings and photographs of the main actors , whose respectability masked the often tangled web of deceptions.

However Woolf’s unusual marriage to Leonard Woolf does seems to have provided some sense of normality in her often chaotic world.

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Virginia Woolf’s letters and diaries show that her mental illness was always in the background and finally she could take no more and her walking stick found on the river bank is a poignant reminder of her suicide  by drowning  in 1941.

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This exhibition offers some insight into the often complex world of Virginia Woolf  and would appeal not only to the many fans of Virginia Woolf  but to anyone who is interested by the often misunderstood Bloomsbury group.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

Standard tickets
•Full price £6.30
•Senior citizens £5.90
•Concessions £5.40
Children 12–18 years, registered unemployed, students, disabled people (with free entry for one carer)
•National Art Pass holders 50% discount

For more information and to book tickets , visit the National Portrait Gallery website here

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