This Is London 7 October 2016


60 Years Informing International Visitors

Est.1956 Issue 3018

Friday 7 October, 2016



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10-22 October

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Events 4

MADE London

Hamish Mackie: Life in Bronze 2016

Music 8

Burn the Floor at Sadler’s Wells

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Exhibitions 12

Royal Miniatures Society at Mall Galleries

Chelsea Stadium Tours

Theatre 16

The Libertine

Father Comes Home From the Wars

The Wedding Reception

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MADE London is an annual

contemporary craft and design fair where

the very best of national and

international designer-makers present

and sell their work to the public. Over

100 exhibitors bring their original,

unique and innovative creations to the

show: ceramicists, silversmiths, wood

workers, mosaic artists, textile

designers, furniture makers, glass

blowers, and many more.

MADE is a friendly and relaxed fair,

where the makers themselves meet the

public to discuss inspirations, design

processes and future projects, enabling

maker/consumer relationships. Work can

be bought at the event or commissions

can be taken.

The fair takes place at One

Marylebone, a stunning Sir John Soane

Church from 20-23 October, opening

hours 10.00 - 17.30. There will also be a

Cinema of Making in the Tower Room –

short films about makers and their

craft – screening continuously everyday

until 15.00. At 15.30, there will be live

Photo: P. Mounsey

talks with various creators talking about

aspects of their work.

Made London The Design and Craft

Fair is organised by Tutton & Young Ltd,

the team that has run the highly

successful Brighton Art Fair since 2004,

MADE BRIGHTON since 2006 and

MADE LONDON since 2013. Tutton &

Young Ltd are artist and print maker

Sarah Young and administrator Jon

Tutton. To purchase tickets for MADE

LONDON, visit the website at

Chao and Eero: Flying Seeds earrings.



One of Europe's premier vegan

events, VegfestUK, will take place at

Olympia London on 22 and 23 October,

with a line-up of speakers and caterers

that celebrate London’s diversity and


In addition to talks and educational

forum, visitors can enjoy a huge

selection of food from across the globe

from more than 20 caterers, all 100%

vegan, showing the universality of vegan

food. The range on offer includes sushi,

pad thais, Chinese stir-fries, Caribbean

stews, Indian curries and dosas and

many more.



Audiences have just three weeks left

to see the critically acclaimed Headlong,

Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida

Theatre production of 1984. Since

opening at the Nottingham Playhouse in

2013, the production has played almost

700 performances across the globe and,

by the end of this run, over 380,000

people will have seen the show. George

Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece has

played to packed houses at the Almeida

Theatre, during national and sold-out

international tours and the third hugely

successful run in the West End.

The definitive book of the 20th

century is re-examined in a radical,

award-winning adaptation exploring

surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s

vision of the future is as relevant now as

ever. This dynamic, innovative

production connects Orwell’s bleak

vision of the future with the present day,

drawing striking parallels to our own

uncertain political landscape.

Box Office: 0844 871 7631.

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A new exhibition, ‘Life in Bronze’

brings together over 50 new sculptures

by internationally acclaimed wildlife

sculptor, Hamish Mackie. To coincide

with the exhibition’s two week run from

10 October, and within sight of Horse

Guard’s Parade, Mackie’s monumental,

larger than life Andalusian Stallion will

be installed outside the British Council

Headquarters on The Mall.

Born out of Mackie’s extensive field

trips to Australia, India and Africa and his

continued study of the United Kingdom’s

wild and domestic animals, this triennial

exhibition of 100 works celebrates

Mackie’s ability to translate the unique

character of his animal subjects. Since his

last solo exhibition in 2013, Mackie has

unveiled his Goodman’s Field Horses, a

monumental public commission for the

Berkley Group. This dynamic set of six

life-and-a-quarter scale bronze horses

established Mackie as the most original

and exciting wildlife sculptor of his


The exhibition celebrates the launch,

on 1 September, of Mackie’s new website

and beautifully illustrated catalogue,

Life in Bronze.

Through his work as a sculptor he has

had the privilege of observing wildlife in

many corners of the world at first hand.

This allows him to bring his passion for

the natural world into his sculptures.

Largely self-taught, Hamish’s style is

unique; his work captures the inner core,

strength, and grace of the subject. His

sculptures are his own interpretation,

and not a photographic representation

of the subject. Through his close

observation and his expressive

manipulation of the materials, Hamish is

able to capture an instinctive moment of

animal behaviour.

The artist frequently works in

spontaneous, often unrepeatable, fluid

gestures. This confidence is born from

many years of mastering his craft. It is

this assertive handling of materials,

which result in strong dynamic, living

sculpture. However, his sculpting

‘technique’ will vary according to how he

perceives the subject; for example, a

compact feathered bird such as an

albatross will be sculpted in a tight

method, in comparison to the free

feathers of an owl that dictate a looser


Born in 1973, Hamish grew up on a

livestock farm in Cornwall, England. He

developed a love of wildlife at an early

age. After Radley College, Falmouth

School of Art and studying design at

Kingston University, Hamish began

sculpting full time in 1996, thus turning

his passions into a career.

He built a studio in Oxfordshire,

where he now lives and works with his

wife Laura and their three daughters.

Hamish has travelled to Antarctica, the

Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Africa

United Arab Emirates, Australia and

India to study his subjects and he often

writes about these trips in his blogs.

The Exhibition will be on view at

The Mall Galleries from 10-22 October.

For further information on Hamish

Mackie and his work, visit the website at


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During the half term weeks, between

15 October and 4 November, Warner

Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry

Potter is giving fans a final opportunity

to see the best of the year so far. The

Studio Tour is bringing back the

favourite props and costumes as voted

for by fans on social media. Favourites

will be returned to the Tour as a special

feature to celebrate 15 years since the

cinematic release of Harry Potter and the

Philosopher’s Stone.

Fans voted in their thousands to

bring back a favourite from this year’s

half-giant Hagrid feature; Hagrid’s

deconstructed costume. This specially

designed version of Hagrid’s costume

even incorporated a cooling system to

help body double Martin Bayfield cope

with the heat during long days of

filming. Visitors will see the tubes which

were hand-stitched into the fabric that

had cold water running through them to

bring down the temperature.

The interactive special effects ‘UP’

broomstick was also chosen by fans.

Visitors will be able to stand next to the

broomstick, shout ‘UP’ just like a

Hogwarts student, and watch the

broomstick fly into their hands. In

addition, the iconic Great Hall set, as

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

seen in all but one of the Harry Potter

films, will be dressed for the occasion

with a section of its long tables laden

with a Hallowe’en feast including red

apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of

lollipops. Eagle-eyed visitors will also

spot the costume of Defence against the

Dark Arts Professor Quirrell. Voldemort’s

face was digitally added to the back of

Quirrell’s head and a model of this can

be found in the Creature Effects area.

This will also be the last chance for

visitors to see the original Sorting Hat

and stool in the Great Hall and peer into

the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior

set of number four, Privet Drive is

re-opened especially for the Studio

Tour’s 15th anniversary celebrations of

Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s

Stone made its cinema debut in 200

as the first of eight films based on J.K.

Rowling’s world-famous series about a

young wizard and his adventures at

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and

Wizardry. Fifteen years later and in

celebration of the iconic film’s

anniversary, Warner Bros. Studio Tour

London – The Making of Harry Potter is

running a series of special features,

offering visitors the opportunity to go

behind the scenes and discover where

the filmmaking magic began.



The London Helicopter has launched

a new package in conjunction with

MBNA Thames Clippers, offering a

luxurious twist to the lavish ‘Kew

Gardens Picnic Packages’. The new

experience, titled ‘The Ultimate Picnic

Experience’, begins with a meet and

greet by a luxury car from a central

London location of choice, to be

whisked to the London Heliport at

Battersea. There guests will board a

flight with The London Helicopter for an

exclusive and thrilling 30 minute journey

over London, flying high and as far as

the Thames Barrier to the east and Syon

Park in the west.

After landing back at the heliport in

Battersea, guests will be escorted on a

three-minute walk to Plantation Wharf,

located on the south bank of the River

Thames, to board the private 12-seater

executive launch Orion Clipper, for a

one-hour cruise along the river, under

London’s famous bridges, past parkland,

cityscapes and elegant houses from

many different eras, before arriving at

the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

At Kew Gardens, London’s largest

UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests

will be presented with a Luxury Picnic

Hamper, a traditional wicker hamper

containing crockery, cutlery, wine

glasses, napkins, wine cooler bag, bottle

opener and a picnic rug, to take home

and keep.

To book, call The London Helicopter

on 020 7887 2626. Flights take off daily

from The London Heliport Battersea,

SW11 3BE

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Burn the Floor returns to London

next week with the UK premiere of

international smash-hit Fire in the

Ballroom, performing at The Peacock

from 18 October - 5 November. The

production is a rebellious, high-energy

ballroom dance spectacle with an

infectious sense of fun, featuring 14

champion dancers breathing new life

into classics such as the Viennese

waltz, foxtrot, samba, tango and jive.

Backed by a live band, singers

cleverly re-interpret a diverse range of

music from Santana to Led Zeppelin.

This new production of Fire in the

Ballroom, crafted over the past two

years by choreographer Peta Roby,

based on original choreography by

Jason Gilkison, pushes dance

boundaries to new heights and ‘will

have you leaping out of your seat to

join in’ (Heat Magazine).

Gilkison and Roby are World, British

and International Latin Dance

Champions and have danced for over

35 years. Gilkison has previously

worked on television series So You

Think You Can Dance and is also

Director of Choreography on BBC

One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Since 1999, Burn the Floor has

performed in over 150 cities across 29

countries and entertained audiences in

theatres from London to New York,

Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo and Cape

Town. The show takes the wonderful

social traditions of ballroom dancing to

a whole new level, breaking new

ground, and rules, as a contemporary

melting pot of dance styles, energy and


Sadler's Wells is a world-leading

dance house, committed to producing,

commissioning and presenting new

works and to bringing the best

international and UK dance to London

and worldwide audiences. Under the

Artistic Directorship of Alistair

Spalding, the theatre’s acclaimed yearround

programme spans dance of

every kind.

The nearest underground station to

The Peacock is Holborn, on the Central

and Piccadilly lines. For tickets, call

the box office on 020 7863 8222.



Sama Arts are to present a Festival

of Sacred Songs and Dance as part of

their new autumn season. This is a

unique series of performances covering

both the Sufi and Bhakti Traditions.

Both represented by staggering

multiplicity of genres of vocal styles

and dance and include Qawwali,

Khayal, Dhrupad, Devotional , Gurbani,

Folk, Gospel, Whirling Dervishes and

Kathak dance. Bagri Foundation are

joint presenters of the Festival.

In the coming two month season,

a number of outstanding artists from

Iran, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,

Afghanistan and the UK will perform,

some of whom are making their British

debut and some artists who are coming

to London after a very long time.

The artistic line-up includes the

great Classical vocalists Pandit Jasraj

and the Gundecha Brothers (India),

contemporary Sufi singer from

Bollywood Kavita Seth (India), the

qawwali singers Farid Ayaz and group

(Pakistan), classical dancers Rani

Khanam (India) and Nahid Siddiqui

(UK/ Pakistan), contemporary Sufi

Theatrical group Sounds of the Sufis

(India), Baul Singers(Bangladesh),

Sonam Kalra’s Sufi Gospel Project

(India)+ Sanjeev Chimmalgi, Mathias

Duplessy and Mukhtiar Ali ‘Jenne

Jenne’ (India/ France) group and host

of other groups.

Sama Arts will also be supporting a

key event at the Barbican on 1 October

featuring Parissa and the Meshk

Ensemble from Iran, and Sufi Whirling


For further information on any of the

events in the programme, visit the

website at

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On Monday 10 October, the West End

production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s

iconic musical The Phantom of the

Opera, at the Her Majesty’s Theatre,

celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a

special charity gala performance in aid

of The Music in Secondary Schools

Trust. To celebrate this milestone, the

current cast including Ben Forster as

‘The Phantom’, Celinde Schoenmaker as

‘Christine Daae’ and Nadim Naaman as

‘Raoul’ will be joined on stage by

members of the original company and

special guests in a special finale.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom

Of The Opera is produced by Cameron

Mackintosh and The Really Useful

Theatre Company Limited and opened at

Her Majesty's Theatre on 9 October

1986 starring Michael Crawford as 'The

Phantom' and Sarah Brightman as

'Christine'. The show became the first

stage production to reach worldwide

grosses of $6 billion. Revenues far

surpass the world’s highest-grossing

film ‘Avatar’ (at $2.8 billion), as well as

such other blockbusters as ‘Titanic’, ‘The

Lord of the Rings’, ‘Jurassic Park’ and

‘Star Wars’.

Tickets for the special performance

are available from Her Majesty’s Theatre

box office, in person, on 0844 412 2707

or visit

Celinde Schoenmaker as ‘Christine

Daae’ and Ben Forster as 'The Phantom’.

Photo: Johan Persson.

The cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the Chocolate Garden.



The award-winning West End

production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and

the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam

Mendes, continues to capture the

imagination of audiences in its fourth

and final year at London’s Theatre Royal

Drury Lane.

The show is one of the West End’s

most popular and successful stage

musicals and has broken house records

at Theatre Royal Drury Lane where it has

been seen by over 2 million people since

it opened in June 2013. It currently sits

alongside Miss Saigon and 42nd Street in

the top three longest-running productions

of the last 50 years at the historic venue,

one of London’s largest theatres.

A Broadway production will open in

New York in the 2016-2017 season and

tickets for a UK-wide tour will go on sale

next year. Over the course of the year, the

stage musical will take part in the

nationwide celebrations of the centenary

of the birth of Roald Dahl.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is

directed by Sam Mendes. Featuring

ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the

original story that has captivated the world

for almost 50 years is brought to life with

music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by

Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, a book

by award-winning playwright and adaptor

David Greig, set and costume designs by

Mark Thompson and choreography by

Peter Darling.

Jonathan Slinger, as Willy Wonka,

continues his celebrated performance, as

do the principal cast members: Barry

James as Grandpa Joe, Ross Dawes as

Mr Salt, Josefina Gabrielle as Mrs

Teavee, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J

Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Claire

Carrie as Grandma Josephine, Lara

Denning as Mrs Bucket, Myra Sands as

Grandma Georgina and Kraig Thornber

as Grandpa George. Chris Grahamson

joins the cast as Mr Bucket.

Tickets are available for performances

up to Saturday 7 January 2017.

Situated a short distance from the

theatre, The Waldorf Hilton, London is

ideally situated for refreshments with well

appointed guest rooms, a wide range of

dining options including pre- and posttheatre

dining and drinks as well as the

hotel's famous Afternoon Tea.

For details of VIP theatre packages,

contact The Really Useful Group on

020 7379 4981.

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Matt Crockett



Photo: Brinkhoff & Mogenburg

Declan Egan, Matt Corner, Simon Bailey and Matt Hunt in Jersey Boys.



One of London’s best loved musicals

will close at the Piccadilly Theatre on

Sunday 26 March, following nine years

in London. Jersey Boys is currently the

sixth longest musical running in the

West End. A second national tour will

open in December next year.

Producer Michael David said, ‘When

we brought Jersey Boys here nine years

ago, we hoped it was a good idea and

that West End audiences would embrace

it, but you never imagine it would

multiply and resonate as much as it has.

We couldn’t be more proud of the cast

and crew who gave their all every night,

and are profoundly grateful to the

audiences who returned that energy

without fail. Our time in London has

been extraordinary, and we hope

audiences around the UK will continue

to embrace Jersey Boys as we bring the

show to their home towns’.

The show first opened in London at

the Prince Edward Theatre on 18 March

2008 and moved to the Piccadilly

Theatre in March 2014.

The musical is the remarkable true

story of Frankie Valli and the Four

Seasons and their rise to stardom from

the wrong side of the tracks. These four

boys from New Jersey became one of

the most successful bands in pop

history, were inducted into the Rock &

Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million

records worldwide, all before they turned

30. The show is packed with their hits,

including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A

Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a

Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes

Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What

We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My

Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to

You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who

Loves You. Winner of Broadway’s Tony,

London’s Olivier and Australia’s

Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical,

Jersey Boys is the winner of 57 major

awards worldwide and has been seen by

over 23 million people worldwide. As

well as still running on Broadway and in

the West End, it can be seen across the

United States on its US National Tour

and has just completed a recordbreaking

run in Las Vegas.

The show is produced in London by

the Dodgers, with Joseph J. Grano,

Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican

Group, in association with Latitude Link,

Rick Steiner, and a small clutch of UK


For tickets for the remainder of the

run at the Piccadilly Theatre, telephone

the box office on 0844 871 7630.



Spanish performer Joan Vázquez

packs his bags and flies in for his

London debut at The Crazy Coqs on

15 October to celebrate music theatre

genius Stephen Sondheim with

‘Something’s Coming – a Sondheim

tribute’, as part of Live at Zédel’s new

season. Accompanied by himself on

piano, Joan performs his renditions of

legendary songs such as ‘Losing My

Mind’, ‘Finishing the Hat’, ‘Send in the

Clowns’ and ‘Being Alive’, while

delivering Mr Sondheim’s witty quotes

on the state of the art, love and life.

Regarding his London debut, Joan

Vázquez said: ‘I am delighted to be given

the chance to bring this tribute to the

London audiences in the new Zédel

season. Sondheim is my favourite

composer since I played Frank in

Merrily We Roll Along in Barcelona and

this admiration has grown through these

past years – especially after all the

productions of Sondheim shows I've

seen in London. I am a huge fan of the

West End sphere so I feel both an

incredible thrill and a tremendous

responsibility to be doing my London

debut with this show. I hope you enjoy

Sondheim's art as much as I do.’

Stephen Sondheim is an Academy-

Award, Tony and Pulitzer winner for

Company, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night

Music and many more.

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Before cameras and digital devices made capturing the

world as easy as pushing a button, we used painting and

Collection and present RMS members

drawing to commit significant scenes, cherished items and

loved ones to more permanent memory.

This idea continues today with artistic

methods providing a more evocative

format to tell stories and retain memories

than simple digital reproduction can offer.

The miniature arts have developed

alongside larger scale art forms to offer a

portable alternative that nevertheless

conveys all the detail of a grander canvas.

You will not find so much impressionism

or abstract thinking at The Royal Society

of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and

Gravers Annual Exhibition; however, there

are contemporary methods and subjects

but the goal is always aligned with detail

and accuracy to delight and engage the

viewer. Subject matter ranges from

portraits to landscapes, still life to

wildlife and everything in between. There

are classical compositions and modern

scenes all brought to life with the same

captivating detail.

Despite the small scale – miniature

works are typically less than two inches

square – the detail is astonishing, hair

and fur, leaves and grass, lace and

petals, whatever the subject you will be

entranced by scenes in miniature.

The RMS has championed this art

form for over a hundred years through

its annual exhibition. Works on display

showcase the very best and varied work

from around the world, produced by

artists at the height of their abilities.

This year will feature a special

exhibition of children through the ages,

with works curated from private

collections, including a selection from

the RMS Diploma collection and by

current RMS members.

Sue by Ewa Buksa.

First Snow by Claire Russell.

Michael Coe Girl with the Blue Pendant.

The patient commitment and skill is

evident in every brush stroke and has a

calming, centring effect that larger and

looser works simply cannot compete

with. Contemplate a miniature properly

and you are drawn into a world of detail

that is at once breathtaking and fulfilling.

Go along and see the latest miniature

masterpieces by the leading artists of

this genre at the Mall Galleries between

12-22 October. The exhibition will be

opened on Wednesday 12 October at

15.00 by Philip Mould OBE.

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Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth II 2016.



This autumn, visitors to Windsor

Castle will be able to explore a fascinating

display of The Queen's dress in the third

of a trilogy of special exhibitions to mark

Her Majesty's 90th birthday year,

Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style

from The Queen's Wardrobe.

Throughout the Semi-State

Apartments, magnificent evening gowns

worn during State Visits and overseas

tours will be on display alongside Her

Majesty's childhood pantomime

costumes and outfits worn for family

celebrations, with special emphasis on

occasions hosted at Windsor Castle.

The Queen's support of British couture

has been enduring throughout her reign,

with designers such as Sir Norman

Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies, Ian Thomas

and Angela Kelly creating dazzling

evening gowns for a world stage. Her

Majesty's ensembles are carefully

designed to ensure they are appropriate

for the occasion, often paying subtle

compliments to the host nation through

colours and embroideries.

The Queen spends many weekends at

Windsor Castle and takes up official

residence for a month during Easter

Court, and a week each June when she

attends the service of the Order of the

Garter and Royal Ascot. St George’s

Chapel within the Castle Precincts is the

spiritual home of The Most Noble Order

of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry

in the world. The Queen, as Princess

Elizabeth, was made a Lady of the Order

of the Garter in 1947 and upon her

accession to the throne became the

Sovereign of the Order. Her Majesty's

mantle, fashioned from dark blue silk

velvet lined with white silk taffeta,

features a metal and enamel badge of the

cross of St. George, circled by the

orders motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense'

(Shame on him who thinks ill of it).

Supplied by the royal robe makers Ede

and Ravenscroft, the mantle and black

velvet hat are worn to the Service of the

Order of the Garter each year, as well as

for numerous portrait sittings, notably

for Cecil Beaton in 1952 and more

recently for Annie Leibovitz in 2012.

For tickets and visitor information,

telephone 0303 123 7300.

Crimson silk-satin jacket trimmed in

gold and crimson brocade with a

matching sleeveless long silk dress.

Worn by Princess Margaret as Princess

Roxana in the 1943 production of

Aladdin at Windsor Castle.

Moriko by Maria Rivans, Original Collage from

Vintage Ephemera, 100 x 80cm. £3600 from

Liberty Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair.



You don’t need to be an experienced

art collector, nor an expert in

contemporary art to find a piece to fall in

love with as the Affordable Art Fair

returns to Battersea Park from Thursday

20 to Sunday 23 October. With 110

galleries bringing 1,000 artists and all

the art priced between £100 and £5,000,

you’ll be spoilt for choice. On sale will

be a diverse and inspiring collection of

original and contemporary paintings,

editioned prints, photography and

sculptures by household names and

established artists, alongside emerging

talent from our specially curated Recent

Graduates’ Exhibition.

The whole family can get stuck into

the free education programme for kids

and adults alike. Plus you could hone

your skills in a workshop, create your

own original print, or drop into one of

the many talks and tours to brush up

your art knowledge.

Find all you need to know about

buying your first piece of art, hanging it

in your home, or to get to grips with the

more technical lingo in our About art

section. There will be hints, tips and

advice aplenty.

Tickets are available on the door.

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Step into the beauty of the Japanese

landscape this autumn and watch its

incredible native flora come alive, as you

weave your way through Flora Japonica,

a stunning new exhibition at the Royal

Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Astoundingly intricate botanical

paintings contributed by 35 of Japan’s

best contemporary artists will fill The

Shirley Sherwood Gallery, showcasing

the natural beauty of plants such as

Camellias, Cherry Trees and the

Japanese maple.

These stunning watercolours have

been painted from specimens collected

all over Japan, as well as a couple of

works which have been painted from

specimens collected within Kew

Gardens, such as Junko Iwata’s

depiction of the majestic Japanese


Also on display will be works never

before seen outside Japan, including

historic drawings and paintings by some

of Japan’s most revered botanists and

artists, such as Dr Tomitaro Makino

(1863 – 1957), Sessai Hattori and

Chikusai Kato (Edo period artists).

Highlighting Kew’s very own

Japanese collections, beautiful artefacts

from the Economic Botany Collection –

a collection showing the extent of

human uses of plants around the world

– will be on display. Traditional

Japanese lacquerware collected

especially for Kew’s Economic Botany

Museum in the 1880s, as well as ten

decorative wooden panels dating from

1874, one of only three known

collections of its kind in the world, will

sit alongside key botanical illustrations

and publications from Kew’s extensive

Library, Art and Archives collections.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the

breathtaking natural beauty of Japan

within the tranquility of Kew, as you

delve into the history of this remarkable

country and its longstanding

relationship with Kew Gardens.

Chikusai Kato (Edo period artist), Chrysanthemum.

Botanical Gardens, University of Tokyo.


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Haymarket Theatre

The gilded splendour of the

Haymarket, London’s most beautiful

theatre, is an appropriate venue for

sedate comedies in general and

Restoration plays in particular. On the

other hand, its genteel but elaborate

baroque interior is rarely associated with

the in-your-face lascivious courtings,

sexual byplay and foul language

associated with Restoration London after

King Charles II ended an eleven-year

period of Puritanism when he came to

the throne in 1660.

Debauchery was second-nature in his

court and it infiltrated every nook and

cranny of society, with whoring and

drunkeness common occurrences

among men of mode – one of the most

infamous being poet-cum-satirist John

Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester.

A cynic who placed animals above

people and showed no compassion for

the human condition, he despised

mankind – himself included – ranted

against the meaningless of life and died

at the age of 33 from alcohol poisoning

and syphilis.

Brilliant, colourful and undeniably

self-destructive, Wilmot was the kind of

Resatoration rake whose imperfections

were perfect for stage or page. His

larger-than-life excesses inspired the

playwright George Etheredge to write

The Man of Mode whose hero Dorimant

bears more than a passing resemblance

to the second earl.

Another playwright inspired by his

colourful and licentious life was Stephen

Jeffreys. Eschewing anything approaching

good taste – fellatio, rampant fornication

not to mention the full gamut of four-letter

Anglo Saxon words – his 1994 play The

Libertine attempts to dig deeper into his

subject’s psyche than his 16th century

predecessor did. First seen at the Royal

Court Theatre and filmed as a picaresque

romp in 2005 starring Johnny Depp, it is

now revived with Dominic Cooper as the

eponymous hero.

Unfortunately Cooper, a perfectly

decent actor, lacks the charisma and star

power the role demands. In a prologue the

earl tells the audience he does not want

their sympathy, admiration, or approval

and warns them that, by the end of the

Photo: Johan Persson.

play, they will hate him even more than

they do at the beginning. So far, so

intriguing. But to spend two and a half

hours in his company we have to be

seduced by his arrrogance, his

brogadoccio and the sheer force of his

personality. Without those qualities to

support his nihilism and wanton

recklessness, the evening becomes little

more than a catalogue of the self-inflicted

misfortunes that preceded his doom.

Typical of Wilmot’s overriding folly

was his accceptance of £500 from

bosom-buddy King Charles (Jasper

Britton, excellent) to write a play with a

royal theme. What he delivered was a

satirical indicment of Charles’s corrupt

reign called, in this version at any rate,

Sodom, featuring a chorus line of girls

suggestively wielding dildos.

His punishment was banishment –

albeit temporarily.

While Jeffreys’ play is rich in period

showbiz gossip and banter and has

several amusing scenes – such as

Wilmot wilfully substituting an organgrinder’s

monkey for his long-suffering

country wife Elizabeth (Alice Bailey

Johnson) while posing for a portrait –

its inner life is non-existent. It says little

about the loose moral climate of life in

London in the swinging 1660’s that we

didn’t already know and underscores the

majority of the secondary characters,

especially the women.

Nina Touissant-White as a prostitute

and Ophelia Lovibond as an actress in

whose career (and body) Wilmot took an

interest, are very two dimensional, as is

his wife who resignedly returns to the

country when it becomes clear that her

presence in London is no deterrent for

her husband’s promiscuity.

Tim Shortall’s design, an ornately

gilded frame at the back of the stage and

on which is projected the various locales

in which the play is set, could be an

extension of the Haymarket theatre itself.

Terry Johnson’s direction keeps the

action fluid and I loved the painterly way

he arranges the characters on stage with

a skill redolent of some 17th century


With a more mesmeric leading man

to draw one’s eye into the centre of his

sprawling canvas, he might even have

brought it off.


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Leo Wringer (The Oldest Old Man), Nadine Marshall (Penny) and Steve Toussaint

(Hero) in Father Comes Home From The Wars.

Photo: Tristram Kenton



Royal Court, Jerwood Theatre

Suzan-Lori Parks is nothing if not

ambitious. Her play, Father Comes Home

From the Wars, first seen in 2014 at the

Public Theatre in New York, is a highly

acclaimed three part epic set during the

Civil War but seen through contemporary


Drawing inspiration from Homer’s

Odyssey, with a pinch of Aeschylus’s

Oresteia thrown in, Ms Parks – the first

African-American woman to receive a

Pulitzer Prize for drama – combines Greek

myth with history in telling the story of a

strapping slave called Hero who, in 1862,

is faced with a dilemma the outcome of

which changes his life.

In the first of the play’s three segments,

set outside a small cabin on a farm in

Texas, Hero (Steve Touissant) is promised

his freedom by his unscrupulous Master

(John Stahl) but only if he agrees to go to

war with him against the Yankees, who

want to abolish slavery.

Hero’s wife Penny (Nadine Marshall),

as well as several other of the plantation’s

slaves, plead with him not to go, as the

duplicitous Master cannot be trusted to

keep his promises. ‘I will be helping out

on the wrong side,’ laments Hero .’That

sticks in my throat and makes it hard to


All the same, he opts for the battlefield,

a decision prompted by the guilt that still

haunts him for the part he once played in

recapturing Homer (Jimmy Akingbola),

a fellow slave attempting to escape.

The second segment takes place in a

forest where Hero’s master, now a colonel

accidentally separated in battle from his

regiment, has in his captivity, a wounded

Union soldier named Smith (Tom

Bateman) temporarily imprisoned in a

rickety wooden cage.

In what is by far the best (albeit the

preachiest) sequence of the trilogy, the

issues under observation – the

inhumanity of slavery, the meaning of

freedom, the nature of identity (the colonel

emerges as a man both brutal as well as

sentimental) and the value of liberty and

loyalty – are discussed and even

demonstrated. The act ends with a

surprise twist I won’t reveal.

The almost surreal final segment is the

weakest. Over-stuffed with classical

illusions that include a talking dog (Dex

Lee) called Odd-see (get it?) who serves

as a motor-mouthed Greek chorus, the

act’s main thrust sees Hero (who has

changed his name to Ulysses) return from

the war with his promise of freedom

predictably unfulfilled, to discover that in

his absence his wife Penny has

temporarily taken up with Homer. The

trilogy ends as Penny, Homer and the

other slaves quit the plantation in search

of their freedom, leaving Hero/Ulysses

and his shaggy dog in limbo.

In all of this, Parks’ primary concern

has less to do with the inhumanity of

slavery – a well-worn subject about which

there is not a great deal more to be said –

than the worth and value of a slave after

he or she has gained their freedom. It is

this very point that obsesses Hero. ‘Seems

like the worth of a coloured man, once

he’s made free, is less than his worth

when he’s a slave.’ he says. ‘As a slave I’m

worth something, so me running off

would be like stealing... where’s the beauty

in being worth nothing?’

This is the crux, the very heart of the

play and, in context, its logic is irrefutable.

Three hours, however, is a long time to

make a point. And it doesn’t end here.

There are, we’re told, a further six plays to

come as part of an epic cycle that will

trace the history of African Americans

from the Civil War to the present time.

Though there are some wonderful

flashes of poetry in the writing, the mishmash

of styles, drunkenly veering from

drama to comedy, realism to surrealism,

blank verse to audience asides make for a

wearying and often pretentious evening.

Add to this the omnipresent

accompaniment of a twanging guitar

(courtesy of Steven Bargonetti) playing

and singing songs by the author, the

overall results lurch toward excess, to say

the least.

Under Jo Bonney’s scrupulous

direction, though, the fully committed,

predominantly British cast – give or take

the occasional wobbly accent – are

excellent, especially Steve Toussaint, Tom

Bateman, Jimmy Akingbiola and Nadine



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Fresh from a mammoth month at the

Edinburgh Fringe where it won 4 and 5

star reviews, the bonkers new

immersive comedy from the makers of

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

returns to Covent Garden every Friday

and Saturday until 17 December.

Will & Kate’s dream was for a small

intimate wedding – but Kate’s parents

had been dreaming of something else

entirely. Nonetheless, the happy couple

tied the knot romantically in a secluded

registry office, turning up next for their

quiet and romantic wedding dinner. But

‘quiet and romantic’ are most definitely

not in Kate’s parents’ vocabulary... and

therein lies the rub. Surprise!

Visitors are invited to be a guest at

The Wedding Reception. It’s a 2½-hour

comedy that is immersive, highly

improvised, and as interactive as you

want it to be. Featuring award-winning

performers in multiple roles, this

outstanding new show is ‘outstanding!’

(The New Current) – and, in true

wedding reception style, it even

includes a sit-down dinner, with cake.

Join the party. It’s a roller-coaster

journey full of fun, frolics and more

than a few surprises.

This new immersive comedy

features four actors in multiple roles.

During 2015, its first year of

performing, it won tremendous reviews

and some great audience and critical

feedback – meaning that 2016 sees it

with ‘new bits’ in London’s Covent

Garden, Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe

Festivals, and on tour.

All tickets include a two course meal

plus cake for dessert. Special diets are

catered for. Performances are at the

Kingsway Hall Hotel, WC2, nearest

underground stations are Covent

Garden and Holborn.

The Wedding Reception is devised

and produced by Interactive Theatre

International (ITI).

Telephone the box office for tickets

on 0845 154 4145.

Photo: Alex Brenner


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An innocent outsider, a suspicious rural

community, a gothic house and a misty marsh

are the ingredients of this Victorian ghost story.


Russell Street, WC2 (0844 871 7626)


Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain,

John Osborne's modern classic conjures the

seedy glamour of the old music halls for an

explosive examination of public masks and

private moments. Until 12 November.


Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0330 333 4811)


Following a sell-out international tour, the

five-star smash hit production of Orwell's

dystopian masterpiece 1984 is back in the

West End. Until 29 October.


Northumberland Ave, WC2 (0844 871 7631)


Dominic Cooper returns to the stage to play

the debauched 17th Century rake the Earl of

Rochester in this major revival, directed by

Terry Johnson. Until 3 December.


Haymarket, SW1 (0845 481 1870)

Imelda Staunton.

Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill will

star in a new production of multi Tony

and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia

Woolf? directed by James Macdonald,

the first production of this dark comedy

since Albee’s recent death. It opens at

the Harold Pinter Theatre in February.



Michael Crawford returns to the West End in a

new stage adaptation of L.P Hartley's classic

novel which lyrically captures the wit and

humour of Hartley's novel of romantic tragedy

wrapped up in the loss of innocence.

Until 15 October.


Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (0330 333 4809)


One enormous diamond, eight incompetent

crooks and a snoozing security guard. What

could possibly go right?


Piccadilly Circus, (020 7492 0810)


A Polytechnic amateur drama group are

putting on a 1920s murder mystery and

everything that can go wrong... does!


Catherine Street, WC2 (0330 333 4810)


A major revival of Ronald Harwood’s backstage

drama starring Ken Stott and Reece

Shearsmith, directed by Sean Foley.


St Martin’s Lane, WC2 (020 7492 1552)



Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel,

the play follows a 15 year-old maths genius

who tries to unravel the mystery of his

neighbour’s murdered dog.


Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (020 7452 3000)

Royal National Theatre

Plays in repertory



The trilogy opened to overwhelming acclaim

at Chichester Festival Theatre last year. The

company now come to the National, offering a

unique chance to explore the birth of a

revolutionary dramatic voice. Until 8 October.



Sean O’Casey places a fixed lens to watch as

a dozen vivid characters come and go –

selfless, hilarious and desperate by turns –

while the heroic myth of Ireland is fought over

elsewhere. Until 22 October.


Peter Shaffer’s iconic play had its premiere at

the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple

Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted

into an Academy Award-winning film.



The story of six girls on the cusp of change.

Funny, sad, rude and beautifully sung.


South Bank, SE1 (020 7452 3000)



A brand new stage play based on the Harry

Potter franchise written by Jack Thorne, based

on an original story by J.K Rowling.


Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (0844 412 4656)


Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims

of tolerance and intolerance, justice and

mercy. Jonathan Pryce is Shylock.


In this thrillingly raw and modern production,

created by young Londoners, Shakespeare’s

Cymbeline is vividly re-told. Until 16 October.


Bankside, SE1 (020 7902 1400)


Agatha Christie’s whodunnit is the longest

running play of its kind in the history of the

British theatre.


West Street, WC2 (0844 499 1515)


A massively disrespectful celebration of the

lives of David Baddiel's late mother, Sarah,

and dementia-ridden father, Colin.


The Strand, WC2 (0330 333 4814)


Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian

McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the UK

stage in Sean Mathias’ acclaimed production,

one of the most brilliantly entertaining plays

by Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter.


Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 482 5120)

Record breaking Thriller– Live is now

booking to next October. Photo: Irina Chira.

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Inspired by a true story and based on the

Miramax film, the show tells the story of Charlie

Price who has reluctantly inherited his father's

Northampton shoe factory.


Strand, WC2 (020 3725 7060)


Hit Broadway story of how a clever,

misunderstood girl with emerald green skin

and a girl who is beautiful and popular turn

into the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda

the Good Witch in the Land of Oz.


Wilton Road, SW1 (0844 826 8000)


This new musical is the untold story of her

journey from school girl to superstar, featuring

the Carole King classics.


Aldwych, WC2 (0845 200 7981)

Kinky Boots, now in its second year and the winner of every major Best Musical

award, has opened a new booking period, with tickets now available until Saturday

6 May 2017. The show has become a favourite with UK theatregoers having won

three Olivier Awards for Best New Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Actor in

a Musical for Matt Henry who plays Lola.


Critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare

Company production of Roald Dahl’s book,

directed by Matthew Warchus.


Earlham Street, WC2 (0844 800 1110)


The musical based on the smash-hit film that

starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.

Starring Beverley Knight as Rachel Marron.


Panton Street, SW1 (0844 871 7627)


The Kinks exploded onto the 60’s music scene

with a raw, energetic new sound that rocked a

nation. With music and lyrics by Ray Davies.


Tottenham Court Road, W1 (020 7927 0900)


Long running epic romance by Andrew Lloyd

Webber, set behind the scenes of a Paris opera

house where a deformed phantom stalks his prey.


Haymarket, SW1 (0844 412 2707)


Disney‘s phenomenally successful animated

film is transformed into a spectacular stage

musical, a superb evening of visual delight.


Wellington Street, WC2 (0844 871 3000)


High octane show celebrating the career of the

King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Over two hours

of the non-stop hit songs that marked his

legendary live performances.


Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (0330 333 4812)


Hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, set

around the story of a mother and daughter on

the eve of the daughter’s wedding.


Aldwych, WC2 (0844 482 5170)


Strictly Come Dancing superstars Vincent

Simone & Flavia Cacace have created their

most moving production yet as they prepare to

dance in their final ever London show.


Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 871 7627)


Rags to riches tale of four blue collar kids

working their way to the heights of stardom

as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.


Denman Street, W1 (0844 871 3055)


The classic hit film has been brought to thrilling

life on stage by Disney, featuring all the songs

from the Academy Award winning score.


Old Compton Street, W1 (0844 482 5151)


Broadway musical takes shots at everything

from organised religion to consumerism, state

of the economy and the musical theatre genre.


Coventry Street, W1 (0844 482 5115)


A spectacularly staged version of Victor Hugo’s

epic novel about an escaped convict’s

search for redemption in Revolutionary France.


Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (0844 482 5160)


Starring Sheridan Smith, the show transfers to

the West End following a sold out run at

Menier Chocolate Factory. Until 8 October.


Strand, WC2 (020 7492 0810)


Featuring all the much loved classics from

Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5,

the show tells the story behind the hits.


Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (020 7492 0810)


Roald Dahl's story of young Charlie Bucket

and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka

is brought brilliantly to life by Sam Mendes.


Drury Lane, WC2 (0844 858 8877)

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Already well loved throughout Spain

and Latin America, the traditional

Basque Country restaurant, Sagardi, is

now open at Cordy House, 95 Curtain

Road, Shoreditch.

Founded by Vitoria-born and bred

Head Chef In?aki Vin?aspre in 1996,

Sagardi’s philosophy focuses on quality,

traditionand simplicity, with recipes and

techniques passed down through the

generations. In?aki is fond of referring to

his cuisine as ‘the cooking of their


The Basque Country style of cooking

champions the use of exceptionalquality

seasonal ingredients with a

special emphasis on fine cuts of beef

known as ‘Txuleto?n’ and whole fish

cooked on the grill.

Everything is flown in daily from

San Sebastia?n’s most trusted farm and

coastal suppliers, evoking the

restaurant’s roots in traditional Basque

farms, taverns and cider houses.

Sagardi’s interior reflects the

restaurant’s central themes of land and

sea, with materials such as iron, wood

and stone combining to make earthy

toned tables, chairs and banquettes.

A trademark throughout all Sagardi

restaurants, the ‘trainera’, a centuriesold

traditional Basque fishing boat,

hangs upside down on the ceiling

above the central space. The soft

lighting combines with these elements

to make the restaurant a relaxed place

where it would be easy to while away

the hours eating and drinking to your

heart’s content,

in true Basque

Country style.

No good

Basque Country

restaurant would

be complete

without Donostistyle

Pintxos –

a piece of bread

with a mixed

topping held

together with a

cocktail stick –

the ultimate

miniature staple

of the region’s

cuisine. This

best-loved delicacy is perfectly

accompanied with a chilled glass of

Basque Country cider or Basque

Txakoli wine, traditionally poured from

a height.

In?aki is credited with bringing this

Basque tradition to the rest of Spain

when the first introduced Pintxos in his

Barcelona restaurant back in 1996.

Sagardi’s seasonally evolving selection

includes around 80 varieties, to be

eaten at the bar at any time of day.

They are also available to take out.

There is a private dining area that

can seat up to 28 people – the space

can also be exclusively hired for

private functions for up to 60 people

without seating. Another aspect of this

multi-layered offering is the stunning

stand alone Sagardi butcher at the

entrance to the restaurant, preparing

the ‘Txuleton’ cut from formidable sides

of this fine beef.

Sagardi is a short walk from

Liverpool Street station, which on the

circle and central lines.

Telephone 020 3802 0478 to make

a reservation.

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