This Is London - May Holiday 2017

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CONTENTS

Events 4

Shell’s Make the Future Live Festival

London Stadium Tours

Houses of Parliament Tours

Music 8

BBC Proms

An American in Paris extends booking

Exhibitions 12

Wembley Stadium Tours

Enlightened Princesses

Theatre 16

Angels in America

New cast for Kinky Boots

Proprietor Julie Jones

Publishing Consultant Terry Mansfield CBE

Associate Publisher Beth Jones

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SENSATIONAL BUTTERFLIES AT THE

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Visitors can mingle with hundreds of live butterflies and uncover the

secret life of these colourful insects in a family-friendly exhibition this

Half Term. Come face to face with hundreds of fluttering butterflies in

the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies tropical house.

Colourful butterflies from Africa, Asia and America fly freely in this

immersive family exhibit, now in its ninth year.

Witness the remarkable life cycle of the intriguing insect, from a

crawling caterpillar to the elegant flying creature emerging from its

chrysalis. Study the butterflies as they eat at the feeding station and

use one of the magnifiers to admire their beautiful wings.

VISITOR INFORMATION

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24 Hour Casualty 020 8746 8000

Dentistry 0808 155 3256

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MAKE THE FUTURE LIVE AT THE

QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK

Make the Future Live is returning to

London, kicking off the summer season

with a celebration of innovation,

inventions and bright energy ideas. This

free action-packed festival takes place at

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between

May 25 – 28. Over the weekend, visitors

can take a virtual reality journey beneath

the earth’s surface, run as fast as

possible to generate energy in giant

zorbs and check out how power can be

generated from kites. Grab yourself a

burger cooked by used coffee grounds

and see cars of the future battle it out in

the iconic Shell Eco-marathon mileage

challenge. The park will be transformed

into three themed zones that explore

brilliant bright ideas for a lower-carbon

energy future. Guests can also listen to

live music, watch weird science shows

and meet celebrity guests.

There’s a new exciting addition to the

festival schedule, Make the Future Live

Lates on 26 May. Catering for over 18s,

this unique event offers something

different for those looking for Friday

night fun. Visitors will be treated to an

exclusive live podcast recording on

stage by Intelligence Squared, debating

how London could become the world’s

first carbon neutral city. Joining them

are special guests, former Gadget Show

presenter Jason Bradbury and comedic

genius Richard Ayoade.

shell.co.uk/makethefuturelive

SUNRISE TO SUNSET HALF TERM

FUN THIS WEEKEND

From sunrise to sunset there’s fun for

all the family at Queen Elizabeth Olympic

Park this May half term. Explore the

landscaped gardens and adventure

playgrounds of the former Olympic Park,

brave the heights and hair-raising thrills

of the ArcelorMittal Orbit, home to the

world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide,

entertain the kids in the iconic London

2012 sporting venues and relax, eat and

drink on the waterside until late.

As the sun rises over the Park, begin

your half term adventure by exploring

the 560 acres of parklands. Discover

secluded gardens, beautiful landscaping

and memories of London 2012 with one

of the Park’s free trail guides. Don’t miss

out on the unique adventure play areas

from the rock pools, sand pits,

treehouses, slides and swings of the

Tumbling Bay playground in the north to

the climbing walls, sand pits and the

hugely popular interactive fountains in

the south.

It’s not just the little kids who can

have fun at the Park, big kids can also

enjoy the thrill of The Slide at the

ArcelorMittal Orbit. The world’s longest

and tallest tunnel slide twists and turns

its way around the iconic red steel

sculpture 12 times and takes sliders on

a 15mph journey through the light and

dark sections of the 178m long slide.

Visitors can also explore London’s

famous skyline from 114.5m in the air

through stunning floor to ceiling

windows or on the 80m high outside

observation walkway.

If you still have energy to spare, jump

aboard a Swan Pedalo or try out some of

the sports and activities on offer in the

famous London 2012 venues. Take on

the crazy water obstacle course,

AquaSplash, at the London Aquatics

Centre, enjoy games, arts and crafts at

the Fit For Sport Activity Camps at the

Copper Box Arena and take your

budding Sarah Storey or Sir Chris Hoy

to try out the famous London 2012 track

at Lee Valley VeloPark’s Pedal Up Pump

sessions.

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MOONLIGHT SYMPHONIC

ORCHESTRA AT ST JAMES’S

This week, on 2 June at 19:30 in

St James’s Church Piccadilly, the

London Moonlight Symphony Orchestra

(LMSO) takes a central role on a trip to

the classical world and opens the doors

for lovers of live music from all walks of

life to join inspirational musicians and

its music leaders.

They appear alongside professional

soloists and musicians graduated from

one of the three best Music Schools in

the country, the Royal College of Music,

Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall

School of Music. The main artists

performing at the concert will be Becky

Yen-Huan Wang (flautist), Isolda Da

Costa Soares (Soprano), Lisa Digrandi

(Soprano), Leander Kippenberg (Cello),

Daniel Humphreys (Organ/Piano) and

Gareth Moorcraft will conduct.

The programme will be centered

around ‘Love and Peace' and the evening

will include works by Wolfgang

Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van

Beethoven, Max Bruch, Franz Schubert

and more.

For participants, this has been a

culmination of months of hard work

and a chance for the audiences to be

inspired by the creativity, skill, and

committment on display.

Tickets are priced at £20. Visit

www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-

moonlight-symphony-orchestra-tickets-

31492123790?aff=es2

CHESTERTONS POLO IN THE PARK

Combining world-class sport, a host

of London’s most exciting restaurants

and a luxury shopping village,

Chestertons Polo in the Park, is taking

place on 9, 10, & 11 June at Hurlingham

Park, Fulham. Sharky & George, the

party planners, will be taking over the

pitch on the morning of Sunday 11 June

and are pulling out all the stops to

ensure kids and adults will be vying to

take part in this family day celebration.

For those wanting to try their hand at

polo, Ham Polo Club will be hosting

lessons on the field. Ticket holders will

be invited to ‘have a go’ on wooden

horses and learn the basic skills of the

sport – the start of a blossoming polo

career could be discovered for some

budding guests.

Finals takes place on 11 June and

will see the crowning of the champions

of Chestertons Polo in the Park 2017.

www.polointheparklondon.com

BEST OF BRITISH POP AT LONDON

CABARET CLUB

Friday’s are packed with well-loved

and classic hits, extravagant staging,

mesmerising dancers and themed

costumes. The show is a celebration of

UK popular music throughout the last

six decades. The night kicks off with

recollections and memories from the

heady days of the 60’s and London’s

70's punk movement, 80’s electronic and

then Brit-pop’s glory days of the 90’s as

well as an eclectic collection of today’s

leading anthems, The DJ will then take

over, opening the dance floor to guests

until 3am.

An evening at The London Cabaret

Club isn’t limited to the stage show. You

will be greeted by glamorous hosts and

hostesses – dressed to reflect the theme

of the night - and served top quality

British tapas and bespoke drinks, all

contributing towards making it a truly

immersive experience.

The London Cabaret Club provides a

renowned musical production, dance,

food and drink – all of which gives

guests an appreciation of how Britain

has had, and continues to have, a

leading hand in creating some of the

world’s most exciting music genres,

fashion trends and movements – a true

cultural goldmine.

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TAKE THE LONDON STADIUM

(FORMER OLYMPIC STADIUM) TOUR

The London Stadium tour in Queen

Elizabeth Olympic Park takes visitors

behind the scenes of a world class

stadium. Transformed into a superb

multi-use venue, the stadium is now

home to West Ham United and UK

Athletics. In the summer of 2017 it will

host concerts by Robbie Williams, Guns

N’Roses and Depeche Mode and more

history will be made at the World

Athletics and World Para Athletics

Championships.

The tour gives exclusive access to

usually private areas of the stadium,

superstar interviews and unique photo

opportunities.

Visitors will be able to re-imagine the

success of the Super Saturday athletes

as they made their preparations on the

warm up track and out to the main arena

where the roar of the crowds spurred

them on to gold.

And, football fans will not be left

disappointed as they follow in the

footsteps of their heroes from the

changing rooms and make the walk

along the players’ tunnel, out to the

manager’s dug out before standing pitch

side.

Ideal for all, including families, the

stadium comes alive through a 75

minute interactive multimedia tour that

has been specifically developed for the

venue.

For bookings and further information,

visit www.london-stadium.com

THE CHELSEA TEA PARTY

London is in full bloom this week

with Chelsea Flower Show running until

Saturday 27 May. Whether you’re

visiting the show itself or just feeling full

of the joys of spring, Dirty Martini has

created the ultimate way to unwind

around the floral festivities: The Chelsea

Tea Party cocktail.

The floral, seasonal cocktail pairs the

fresh taste of Silent Pool Gin with fresh

lime juice, dried lavender, Briottet

Liqueur de Coquelicot de Nemours

(Poppy) with the unique addition of

homemade Honey and Chamomile Tea

Syrup that infuses the cocktail with a

sweet aroma. The cocktail embodies the

fruits of spring with delicious Fee

Brothers Peach Bitters, Briottet Crème de

Fraise de Bois and fresh muddled

strawberry and cucumber that are

perfectly balanced with revitalising fresh

mint to put the spring in your step.

The Chelsea Tea Party cocktail is

topped off with champagne foam and

will be exclusively available at the

Covent Garden and Hanover Square

locations until Sunday 25 June.

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Photos: Sim Canetty-Clarke ©BBC

BBC PROMS 2017

122 years since it was founded and

90 years since the BBC took over the

running, financing and broadcasting of

the world’s largest classical music

festival, the BBC Proms has announced

its 2017 season. Presenting over eight

weeks of events and more than 90

concerts, the festival continues its

founder-conductor Henry Wood’s aim of

bringing the best classical music to the

widest audience.

The festival marks major composer

anniversaries in 2017, including

Monteverdi at 450, Handel’s Water

Music at 300 and John Williams at 85.

The birthdays of two pioneers of

American Minimalism are also

celebrated – John Adams’ 70th birthday

is marked throughout the festival

including the First and Last nights, and

Philip Glass’ 80th birthday is celebrated

with the first complete live performance

of Passages, the 1990 studio album he

created with Ravi Shankar, performed by

the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Karen

Kamensek with sitar soloist Anoushka

Shankar.

Following its launch last year, the

‘Proms at…’ series returns, matching

music to five different venues and, for

the first time in recent history, travels

outside London to Stage@TheDock in

Hull, the UK’s 2017 City of Culture, for a

concert inspired by the 300th

anniversary of the first performance of

Handel’s Water Music. As well as eight

Proms Chamber Music concerts at

Cadogan Hall, the series will present

choral music at Southwark Cathedral,

BBC Radio 3 presenter Katie Derham is

the face of the BBC Proms on television.

music theatre at Wilton’s Music Hall,

new and experimental music at the Tanks

at Tate Modern, and returns to Bold

Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park in

Peckham for a wide-reaching

programme featuring The Multi-Story

Orchestra and Youth Choir.

The Proms explores the ways in

which politics has inspired and

influenced composers across the ages

through two big historical anniversaries

in 2017 – one hundred years since the

Russian Revolution, featuring the music

of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and

Rachmaninov, and the 500th anniversary

of the Protestant Reformation, which is

marked with a special day of concerts

curated by Bach specialist John Butt.

As always, the Proms presents a wide

range of the very best music, with jazz

and soul music a focus in the 2017

season. The festival marks 100 years

since the births of Ella Fitzgerald and

Dizzy Gillespie with a concert starring

vocalist Dianne Reeves and trumpeter

James Morrison. The music of jazz giant

Charles Mingus is celebrated by

conductor Jules Buckley and his

Metropole Orkest, BBC Radio 2

presenter Clare Teal returns with

bandleaders Guy Barker and Winston

Rollins for a concert celebrating big

band legends including Duke Ellington,

and Jools Holland & His Rhythm and

Blues Orchestra pay tribute to the

legendary Stax/Volt Revue, credited for

its championing of Southern and

Memphis soul music.

There are around 100,000 tickets

available at £12.50 or under this

summer including Promming (standing)

tickets costing just £6, which will be

made available on the day of each

concert. For the sixth year running seats

are half-price for under 18s for all

Proms (except Last Night).

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LONDON’S NEW HIT MUSICAL

EXTENDS INTO 2018

Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning

reinvention of the Oscar® winning film

An American in Paris has been

ecstatically received by audiences and

critics since opening at the beautifully

restored Dominion Theatre on 21 March.

The smash hit production has now

extended booking, with tickets on sale

until Saturday 27 January 2018.

The sumptuous new musical about

following your heart and living your

dreams is written by Craig Lucas and

features the timeless music and lyrics of

George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin,

including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful,

I’ll Build a Stairway To Paradise and

They Can't Take That Away from Me,

together with George Gershwin’s

sweeping compositions including

‘Concerto in F’ and ‘An American in

Paris’.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI

pursuing his dream to make it as a

painter in a city suddenly bursting with

hope and possibility. Following a chance

encounter with a beautiful young dancer

named Lise, the streets of Paris become

the backdrop to a sensuous, modern

romance of art, friendship and love in

the aftermath of war.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in

An American in Paris at the Dominion

Theatre.

Photo: Johan Persson

Photo: Tristram Kenton

The cast is headed by the original,

award-winning Broadway stars Robert

Fairchild (as Jerry Mulligan) and Leanne

Cope (as Lise Dassin), together with

Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoë

Rainey as Milo Davenport, David

Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and

Jane Asher as Madame Baurel. Ashley

Day is the alternate Jerry Mulligan (and

he will assume the role from 19 June).

An American in Paris premiered in

2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris

to ecstatic reviews before transferring to

the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it

became the most awarded musical of the

2015/16 season, including four Tony®

Awards. A major North American tour is

currently playing.

With music and lyrics by George

Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new

book by Craig Lucas, the show is

directed and choreographed by

Christopher Wheeldon with set and

costumes designs by Bob Crowley. The

UK Musical Director is John Rigby.The

show is produced in London by Stuart

Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Michael

McCabe and Joshua Andrews.

Box Office: 0845 200 7982 or visit

AnAmericanInParisTheMusical.co.uk

RICHARD GOODE AT SOUTHBANK

CENTRE

Much-loved American pianist Richard

Goode performs some of the music

closest to his heart at Southbank Centre

on Wednesday 31 May, including two

late Beethoven sonatas. Goode opens

with the most emotionally intense of

Bach’s partitas, No.6 in E minor.

Moving to Chopin, the tender B major

Nocturne Op.62 No.1 contrasts with

three poetic mazurkas and the virtuosic

Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat. After the

interval, the energy and passion of

Beethoven’s Sonata Op.101 is followed

by the magnificent Sonata Op.110, a

near-mystical creation in which intimacy,

struggle and resilience turn to

transformation and transcendence.

Richard Goode has been hailed for

music-making of tremendous emotional

power, depth and expressiveness, and

has been acknowledged worldwide as

one of today’s leading interpreters of

Classical and Romantic music. In

regular performances with major

orchestras, recitals in the world’s music

capitals and through his extensive and

acclaimed discography, he has won a

large and devoted following.

The International Piano Series

continues with a recital by Boris

Berezovsky at Royal Festival Hall on

Monday 5 June.

Richard Goode. Photo: Steve Riskind.

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CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC

AT CADOGAN HALL

Curtis Institute of Music, one of the

world’s foremost conservatoires, reaches

out to audiences in the UK and Europe

with landmark Curtis Symphony

Orchestra tour conducted by Osmo

Va?nska?(20 May – 2 June).

On Friday 26 May at Cadogan Hall

(19.30), The Minnesota Orchestra’s

charismatic music director, Osmo

Vänskä, joins forces with the formidable

Peter Serkin in Brahms’ monumental

First Piano Concerto. Continuing the

theme of heroic struggle leading to

ultimate triumph is Ein Heldenleben,

Strauss’ autobiographical epic.

Audiences in the UK and across

Europe have the chance to hear the

Curtis Symphony Orchestra, conducted

by Osmo Va?nska?, when they present a

nine-concert tour, including dates at the

Helsinki Music Centre (20 May),

Bremen’s Glocke (22 May), Berlin

Konzerthaus (23 May), Dresden’s

Kulturpalast am Altmarkt (24 May),

London’s Cadogan Hall (26 May),

Salzburg Mozarteum (29 May), Vienna

Konzerthaus (30 May), the National

Forum of Music in Wrocław (31 May)

and at the Krzysztof Penderecki

European Centre for Music in Lusławice,

southern Poland (2 June).

The initiative, presented under the

care of Curtis on Tour – the Nina von

Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the

Curtis Institute of Music – ranks among

the most ambitious and extensive

touring projects undertaken since the

school’s foundation in 1924.

This is a unique opportunity to

witness the ‘otherworldly ensemble and

professional level of sophistication’

(New York Times) of this extraordinary

young orchestra.

Cadogan Hall is a short walk from

Sloane Square station, which is on the

Circle Line. Cadogan Hall’s bars offer a

large selection of champagne, wines,

spirits, beer, soft drinks and tea and

coffee. Box office tel: 020 7730 4500

or www.cadoganhall.com

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Cadogan Hall during

their tour of the UK and Europe.

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The Music Party Frederick, Prince of Wales with

his Three Eldest Sisters, Philippe Mercier 1733.,

Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen

Elizabeth 2017.

ENLIGHTENED PRINCESSES AT

KENSINGTON PALACE

A major new exhibition at Kensington

Palace – Enlightened Princesses:

Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the

Shaping of the Modern World – explores

the lives of three German princesses,

whose marriage into the British royal

family and wide-ranging interests placed

them at the very heart of the

enlightenment in progress in 18th

century Britain. The exhibition, which

has been on view at the Yale Center for

British Art, will open at Kensington

Palace opens on 22 June.

While much has been written about

the Hanoverian monarchs – the German

Kings who famously feuded with their

sons and lost control of the North

American colonies – the important role

played by their wives has never before

been carefully evaluated. Now, thanks to

new research emerging from a fruitful

academic partnership between Historic

Royal Palaces and the Yale Center for

British Art, their story will be told for the

first time. Three fiercely intelligent,

dynamic and culturally curious women

emerge from the shadows of history:

committed patrons of the arts and

sciences, and powerful advocates of

‘Brand Britain’. Their shaping of the

monarchy leaves its legacy to our

present day.

Caroline, Augusta and Charlotte were

German born, Protestant princesses,

who married into the Hanoverian dynasty

and moved to Britain; Caroline and

Charlotte became queens consort to

George II and George III respectively,

while Princess Augusta held the titles of

Princess of Wales, Regent, and Princess

Dowager, and was mother to King

George III. Each fulfilled their dynastic

role – providing heirs (they had over 30

children between them). From then on,

each would break the mould. From

advocating the latest scientific and

medical advances – crucial to women’s

health – to their involvement in charity

work and roles as patrons of British

trades and manufactures, Caroline,

Augusta and Charlotte would each subtly

alter the role women played in the

British royal family, with lasting results.

The three women lived in an

immensely dynamic and exciting time,

and actively fostered the culture of the

Enlightenment from their position right

at the heart of the British establishment.

Their glittering courts drew in the

leading cultural and intellectual figures

of the age. At Kensington Palace,

Caroline’s drawing room welcomed

writers Alexander Pope and Jonathan

Swift, scientist and astronomer Isaac

Newton – who performed light refraction

experiments there – and composer

George Frideric Handel, alongside a

steady stream of Prime Ministers and

international statesmen.

It wasn’t just within the confines of

their palaces, however, that the

princesses made their mark; Caroline,

Augusta and Charlotte made use of the

many products of the Empire – exotic

plants, rare birds and wild animals – to

create and recast each other’s gardens

with imports from the Caribbean, India,

Africa, China and Australasia. The Royal

Botanic Gardens at Kew still stand today

as a testament to their ambition and

skill. The three women were each mother

to future kings, and took a great interest

in education and child-rearing. Over the

course of their lifetimes, attitudes to

child-rearing changed rapidly, and the

princesses became active contributors to

the educational programmes devised for

their children, seeking to draw them into

experiences outside the palace walls.

Beyond their own children, the

princesses were involved in ambitious

and wide-reaching public philanthropic

projects, especially those connected to

health and social welfare. They

championed inoculation, and publically

supported the creation of London’s

Foundling Hospital to house deprived

and abandoned children.

The American Goldfinch the Acacia & the water

locust, Mark Catesby, Royal Collection Trust ©

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2017.

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UK PARLIAMENT TO MARK

‘LONDON HISTORY DAY’

The Houses of Parliament remains

open to visitors in the period before the

UK General Election on 8 June with

eight extra tour dates added. To

encourage young adults to engage with

the democratic process, all UK ‘young

voters’ currently aged 18 to 24 can book

a free place on one of the tours.

On Wednesday 31 May, the UK

Parliament will take part in the first ever

London History Day with a series of

events on the theme ‘1,000 years of

history... where history is still being

written’. Visitors will have the chance to

attend a free talk about the Elizabeth

Tower by one of the clockmakers.

Families visiting with children can take

one of the ‘London History’ themed

family tours around Parliament.

A wider audience can have a ‘behind

the scenes’ look at rarely seen Londonthemed

objects in Parliament’s Heritage

Collections on social media throughout

the day. Objects which will be

highlighted include the Ceremonial

Silver Trowel used to lay the first stone

of the Elizabeth Tower and photographs

of the damage caused by air raids on the

Houses of Parliament during the Blitz.

Houses of Parliament, c.1900 Parliamentary Archives.

London History Day highlights the

capital’s extraordinary history and heritage

and is part of Historic England’s wider

‘Keep it London’ campaign which aims to

get the public to notice, celebrate and

speak up for the heritage in their city. Last

year, Historic England polled Londoners

about when they thought would be the

best date for London History Day. The day

when Big Ben first started keeping time in

1859 was chosen from a selection of 10

key moments in the city’s history. The

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben were

voted as the place that best sums up

London.

By participating in this event,

Parliament will promote that it is open to

UK and international visitors. The Palace

of Westminster is home to one of the

world’s busiest parliaments, with more

than a million visitors, including 70,000

school children, passing through its

doors each year. Visitors are welcome to

watch debates and committee hearings

or take an audio or guided tour

throughout the year. Tickets can be

purchased by calling 020 7219 4114,

online at www.parliament.uk/visit or in

person from the Ticket Office at the front

of Portcullis House on Victoria

Embankment.

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI AT

TATE MODERN

Tate Modern is presenting the UK’s first

major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti

(1901-1966) for 20 years. Celebrated as a

sculptor, painter and draughtsman,

Giacometti’s distinctive elongated figures

are some of the most instantly

recognisable works of modern art.

This exhibition reasserts Giacometti’s

place alongside the likes of Matisse,

Picasso and Degas as one of the great

painter-sculptors of the 20th century.

Through unparalleled access to the

extraordinary collection and archive of

the Fondation Alberto et Annette

Giacometti, Paris, Tate Modern’s

ambitious and wide-ranging exhibition

brings together over 250 works. It

includes rarely seen plasters and

drawings which have never been

exhibited before and showcases the full

evolution of Giacometti’s career across

five decades, from early works such as

Head of a Woman [Flora Mayo] 1926 to

iconic bronze sculptures such as

Walking Man I 1960.

While Giacometti is best known for

his bronze figures, Tate Modern is

repositioning him as an artist with a far

wider interest in materials and textures,

especially plaster and clay.

Man Pointing.

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TOUCHING THE VOID: LIVE

The Bafta Award-winning film

Touching the Void will return to the big

screen on Sunday 18 June for one night

only. A world premiere, composer Alex

Heffes, a long-time collaborator of

director Kevin Macdonald, will bring his

brilliant and dramatic score to life in a

live presentation of the whole film with a

60-piece orchestra at the Barbican Hall

in London.

In an exclusive Q&A before the event,

author and legendary climber Joe

Simpson, director Kevin Macdonald and

composer Alex Heffes will be reunited

on stage to discuss the background and

making of the film; a unique chance for

the audience to hear, directly from the

filmmakers, how Simpson’s book was

brought to the screen.

In 2003, Oscar-winning director Kevin

Macdonald (One Day In September, The

Last King of Scotland) adapted Joe

Simpson’s book into a dramadocumentary

film, featuring interviews

with Simpson and his climbing partner

Simon Yates, together with dramatised

scenes of the events.

Touching the Void tells the

extraordinary story of two British

climbers, Joe Simpson and Simon

Yates, who attempt the west face of Siula

Grande in Peru. Hampered by

snowstorms on their descent, Simpson

fell through a hole masked by a snow

drift and, still attached to Yates by rope

and with a severely broken leg, was

hanging in mid-air over a precipice.

Yates cut the rope so at least one of

them would survive. Simpson, by some

miracle, also survived and, despite

terrible injuries, crawled to safety. The

story, of life-changing decisions and

incredible survival against the odds,

captivated the world and Simpson’s book

on his experience became a best-seller.

This vivid and pulsating film,

enhanced by Heffes’ original music

played live promises to be a unique

presentation of this incredible tale of

survival and human endurance.

Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891.

Go behind-the-scenes of the UK’s largest sports and music venue. Wembley

Stadium Tour takes visitors deep into the heart of the stadium and into areas usually

reserved for the biggest and best names in sport and music such as Beckham,

Messi, Ronaldo, Tom Brady, Anthony Joshua, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce. The awardwinning,

75 minute, guided tour includes access to the Dressing Rooms, Press

Room, Players Tunnel, Pitchside and the iconic Royal Box to have a photograph

taken with a replica of the world-famous FA Cup. All tours are conducted in English.

Printed translation guides are available in 9 languages. Book online at visiting

www.wembleystadium.com/tours or calling 0800 169 9933.

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ANGELS IN AMERICA

Millennium Approaches and Perestroika

Lyttelton Theatre

The National Theatre has lavished its

considerable resources on a majesterial

revival of Tony Kushner’s masterworks,

Millenium Approaches and Perestroika,

collectively known as Angels in America,

‘a gay fantasia on national themes’.

In his cosmic soap-opera of Wagnerian

proportions, Kushner slips a thermometer

under the tongue of a sick nation whose

temperature hovers around the 105 degree

mark. Both plays scatter surreal and

metaphysical grace notes as they examine

the personal lives of a group of emblematic

but vividly characterised men coping with

the burgeoning AIDS epidemic during the

Reagan administration in the eighties.

Angels was first presented by the

National as a diptych at the Cottesloe

Theatre in 1993 and now, befitting its

ever-increasing status, has been elevated

to the wider spaces of the Lyttelton where

director Marianne (War Horse) Elliott

directs a starry cast in a large-scale

production that vividly emphasises the

plays’ considerable strengths as well as

their flaws.

Though the soul of the work is its

forensic examination of the conflicting and

contradictory impulses of an America at

odds with itself, at its heart is the deeply

personal drama of Prior Walter (Andrew

Garfield), a flamboyant drag-queen

afflicted with the AIDS virus, the grim

reality of which his loquacious, selfabsorbed

Jewish liberal boyfriend Louis

(James McArdle) is unable to face and

abandons him.

Louis’ next conquest is Joe Pitt (Rusell

Tovey) a Mormon lawyer, who, although

married to Harper (Denise Gough) a

deeply frustrated valium-guzzling wife, is

taking a tentative peek out of the closet

and reluctantly likes what he sees.

James McArdle (Louis) and Nathan

Stewart-Jarrett (Belize). Helen Maybanks.

Joe’s mentor is the real life powerbroking

lawyer Roy Cohn (himself an

erstwhile mentor of the young Donald

Trump), the unequivocal villain of the

piece. A septic carbuncle on the face of

humanity and virulently corrupted by

power, Cohn, brilliantly embodied by an

astonishing performance from Broadway’s

Nathan Lane, is the personification of evil.

Himself a homosexual in denial, gay

men, he claims, have ‘zero clout’. He, on

the other hand, is ‘a heterosexual who just

happens to sleep with men’. Turns out he’s

also dying of AIDS – or ‘cancer’ – as he

prefers to call it.

Millenium Approaches ends with an

angel (Amanda Lawrence) bursting into

Prior’s bedroom, proclaiming him to be a

prophet and to announce that ‘the great

work begins’.

Although Part Two, Perestroika,

xqresonates with several memorable

scenes, it also, on occasion, bogs down in

lengthy political, ideological and

metaphysical riffs.

It begins with an elderly Bolshevik

(Susan Brown) haranguing us on the

perils of reform, and climaxes, some

4 hours later, in a portentous section in

which a black-clad Prior finds himself

climbing a ladder into an hallucinatory

heaven whose angels are ineffectual, God

having abandoned the human race on

April 18th, 1906, the day of the San

Francisco Earthquake. Things will only

change, the play is saying, when we adopt

a more serene outlook and introduce

some calming ‘stasis’ into the next

millennium (the play was begun in 1990).

Much happens in-between, notably the

death of Roy Cohn, witnessed by a

phantom Ethel Rosenberg (Susan Brown)

whose execution for spying Cohn was

instrumental in bringing about.

Cohn’s agonising demise is overseen

by a black nurse called Belize (Nathan,

Stewart-Jarrett) who alone manages to

show some compassion for his noxious

patient, granting him his dying wish – that

Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead –

be said over his bedside.

Hannah, Joe’s Mormon mother (a busy

Susan Brown) has moved from Salt Lake

City to Brooklyn where she forms an

unlikely friendship with Prior.

Her son’s integrity, meanwhile, is

compromised by a series of anti-gay law

suits he’s been working on, and a

bedroom punch-up between him and

Louis over their different political agendas

ends their relationship. Joe returns to

Harper but she rejects him and goes to

live in San Francisco. Louis returns to

Prior but is also rejected. It’s Prior’s

determination to move forward and

somehow to hang onto life that has

miraculously kept him alive.

Though AIDS is no longer the

automatic death-sentence it was 35 years

ago, Angels in America is, in other

respects, as relevant to contemporary

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America as it was during Reagan’s second

term. It remains, despite its longueurs, its

excesses, its indulgences and selfconsciously

Shavian rhetoric, one of the

finest, most compelling and innovative

American plays of the last quarter century.

As specified by Kushner, the eight

central actors are required not only to play

many smaller roles, but also, on occasion,

to change genders.

Garfield is superb both in gesture and

intonation as the outwardly camp but

vulnerable Prior whose metamorphosis

over the play’s five-year period is the glue

that binds the work and provides it with its

centre of gravity.

Gough’s Harper is possibly more lowkey

than usual but the pain, frustration

and confusion in which her character is

pickled is touchingly and convincingly

conveyed; the ubiquitous Susan Brown is

excellent too, while Russell Tovey,

sporting a pitch-perfect American Accent,

never falters as the conflicted Joe.

The play’s one uncompromisingly

likeable and genuinely humane character

is swishy Belize, beautifully realised by

Stewart Jarrett.

Kushner has gone on record saying the

work benefits from a paired-down set, and

what he gets from Ian MacNeill are a

series of movable acting areas framed in

fluorecent strips that part to reveal the

open spaces required for the hallucinatory

Antarctica, Heaven, Brooklyn Heights

Promenade, and Central Park sequences,

none of it especially eye-catching. What

is, though, is the enormous angel

designed by Finn Caldwell and Nick

Barnes, elaborately costumed by Nicky

Gillibrand and manipulated by several

stage-hands.

But the magic isn’t in the way the show

looks but in its content. Despite its many

self-conscious flourishes and prolix

passages, Kushner’s script, with its witty

one-liners, unfailing sense of

characterisation, foresight, anger and

passion, remains one to relish.

This stimulating revival, though not

perfect, does it proud.

CLIVE HIRSCHHORN

THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI

The foyer is decked with cauliflowers

and designer Peter McKintosh has

transformed the auditorium into a Chicago

speakeasy, with wooden tables and high

backed chairs (instead of the usual padded

benches) on all sides of the auditorium for

award-winning American playwright Bruce

Norris’s lively new adaptation of Bertolt

Brecht’s 1941 anti-fascist satirical allegory.

The parallels between Nazi Germany

and Brecht’s depiction of prohibition era

hoodlums aren’t difficult to spot – in

addition to the Fuhrer-like Ui, among

others there’s hitman Giri (i.e. SS leader,

Goring) sporting a succession of trophy

hats culled from his victims (and played

here by an androgynous, wickedly

malevolent Lucy Ellinson) and Guy Rhys’

cold-bloodedly evil florist Givola (i.e.

Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels). But

Norris also tries to caste Trump in the same

mould as the eponymous racketeer, with

the unfurling of a large banner exhorting

the browbeaten greengrocers to ‘Make This

Country Great Again’ and pointed

references to building a wall.

Simon Evans’ production sometimes

verges on the over emphatic, and the

prospect of being part of the on-stage

action won’t appeal to all. But there are

some clever cross cut rhyming exchanges

as well as beautifully rendered snatches of

pop songs which punctuate the scenes and

add to the atmosphere. Lenny Henry’s none

too bright Ui convincingly transforms from

intimidating small time gangster (who

knows he needs a makeover) to a powerful

leader who, in a moment, morphs from

exuding fake bonhomie to chair-breaking

rage when he doesn’t get his way. Michael

Pennington’s compromised Dogsborough,

the white-haired City Hall top dog, shows

just how easy it can be to convince oneself

that a bribe is anything but when it’s offered

in tempting enough terms, and, as the

bodies mount up offstage, it’s sadly hardly

surprising that, faced with trigger-happy

thugs with a fondness for arson, selfpreservation

rules and resistance eventually

seems futile.

Donmar Theatre Louise Kingsley

MATTHEW CROKE TO STAR IN

ALADDIN

Disney Theatrical Productions have

announced that Matthew Croke will star in

the title role of Aladdin as the new musical

based on the classic Academy Award®winning

animated film approaches its first

birthday in the West End. Jade Ewen will

continue in the role of Jasmine and Trevor

Dion Nicholas, who made his London

stage debut as Genie, remains in the role.

It marks Matthew’s debut in a leading role

in the West End.

Disney’s hit West End musical Aladdin

opened to critical acclaim on 15 June

2016. The show continues to play to

sell-out houses, breaking attendance

records at its London home, the Prince

Edward Theatre.

Aladdin features the timeless songs

from the 1992 animated film as well as new

music written by Tony®, Olivier© and

eight-time Academy Award winner Alan

Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Newsies,

Little Shop Of Horrors). With lyrics from

Olivier Award and two-time Oscar® winner

Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast,

The Little Mermaid), three-time Tony and

Olivier Award, three-time Oscar winner Tim

Rice (Evita, Aida), and four-time Tony

Award nominee Chad Beguelin.

For tickets, telephone the Prince Edward

Theatre box office on 0844 482 5151.

Photo © Disney.

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Photo: Darren Bell.

KINKY BOOTS NEW CAST AND

EXTENDED BOOKING PERIOD

Simon-Anthony Rhoden will take on

the role of Lola and Verity Rushworth,

will star as Lauren in Kinky Boots from

Monday 10 July. Winner of every major

Best Musical award, the show recently

played its 700th performance at

London’s Adelphi Theatre and has a new

booking period until 24 March 2018.

With a book by Broadway legend and

four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey

Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), and

songs by Grammy® and Tony®

winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this

joyous musical celebration is about the

friendships we discover, and the belief

that you can change the world when you

change your mind.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots

takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory

in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks

of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to

live up to his father’s expectations and

continue the family business of Price &

Son. With the factory’s future hanging in

the balance, help arrives in the unlikely

but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous

performer in need of some sturdy new

stilettos.

For tickets, telephone the box office

on 020 3725 7060.

SVEN RATZKE: STARMAN

PREMIERES AT WONDERGROUND

Starman, the hit show from last year’s

Edinburgh Fringe Festival debuts in

London 7 – 9 June at the London

Wonderground’s Spiegel Tent. Starring

Sven Ratzke, the international supernova

of cabaret who mixes the beautiful

universe of Bowie with his own unique

style of storytelling and reinterpretations

of the stars legendary music.

This brilliant bold homage to David

Bowie combines many of the artist’s

famous numbers such as ‘Space Oddity,’

‘Rebel Rebel,’ ‘Heroes,’ and ‘Rock and

Roll Suicide’ with classic album tracks

plus inspired original songs by Ratzke

and Rachelle Garniez. More than a mere

tribute show, Starman is a one-man rock

musical with unique characters and bold

reinventions of glam rock classics.

BP BIG SCREENS 2017 FROM THE

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The Royal Opera House and BP

continue their big screen partnership,

broadcasting three productions live from

Covent Garden this summer to 18

locations nationwide, including Trafalgar

Square and The Scoop London Bridge.

The first screening is The Royal

Ballet’s triple-bill of works from founding

choreographer Frederick Ashton: The

Dream, Symphonic Variations and

Marguerite and Armand on Wednesday

7 June. The Dream is an enchanting

dance adaptation of Shakespeare’s

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the

breath-taking abstract work on the

beauty of pure movement Symphonic

Variations is Ashton’s first masterpiece,

and Marguerite and Armand, inspired by

the celebrated dance partnership of

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, is a

tragic love story of great lyrical beauty.

Following this is the sumptuous

La traviata on Tuesday 4 July, and

Turandot, which includes the worldfamous

aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ on

Friday 14 July.

La traviata’s story of a beautiful

Parisian courtesan prepared to make the

ultimate sacrifice for love is told through

thrilling ensembles and choruses,

impassioned duets and stunningly

beautiful lyrical arias.

With exclusive backstage footage,

competitions and a new digital app the

screenings continue to be a part of the

summer social calendar with over

22,000 people attending a BP Big

Screen in 2016.

This year, the productions will be

screened to new locations across the

country, including Alexandra Palace,

The Scoop by London Bridge, Brighton

Marina, Teesside University, Newcastle

and Hull the UK’s ‘City of Culture 2017’.

The partnership between BP and the

Royal Opera House has been in place for

28 years. It was the success of the

original Big Screen in 1987 – in the

Covent Garden Piazza – which led to the

concept being rolled out across the UK.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time concludes it’s West End run on

3 June at the Gielgud Theatre, before embarking on a National Tour around the UK.

PLAYS

LOVE IN IDLENESS

Following a sold out run at the Menier

Chocolate Factory, Terence Rattigan’s brilliant

comedy transfers to the Apollo for 50

performances only.

APOLLO THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (020 7851 2711)

THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY

One enormous diamond, eight incompetent

crooks and a snoozing security guard. What

could possibly go right?

CRITERION THEATRE

Piccadilly Circus, (020 7492 0810)

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

A Polytechnic amateur drama group are

putting on a 1920s murder mystery and

everything that can go wrong... does!

DUCHESS THEATRE

Catherine Street, WC2 (0330 333 4810)

THE WOMAN IN BLACK

An innocent outsider, a suspicious rural

community, a gothic house and a misty marsh

are the ingredients of this Victorian ghost story.

FORTUNE THEATRE

Russell Street, WC2 (0844 871 7626)

THE MISER

Actor, writer, and two-time Olivier awardwinner

Griff Rhys Jones returns to the West

End in a hilarious new adaption by Sean Foley

and Phil Porter of Moliere’s classic comedy.

Until 3 June.

GARRICK THEATRE

Charing Cross Rd, WC2 (0330 333 4811)

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG

IN THE NIGHT-TIME

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. Until 3 June.

GIELGUD THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (020 7452 3000)

HAMLET

Following a sold-out run at the Almeida

Theatre, Olivier Award winning director Robert

Icke’s new production of Hamlet transfers to

the West End for a strictly limited season.

From 9 June.

HAROLD PINTER THEATRE

Panton Street, SW1 (0844 871 7627)

Royal National Theatre

Plays in repertory

OLIVIER THEATRE.

COMMON

DC Moore’s dark and funny new play is an

epic tale of unsavoury action and England’s

lost land. Headlong’s Artistic Director, Jeremy

Herrin directs Anne-Marie Duff as Mary and

Cush Jumbo as Laura.

SALOME

Internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber

draws on multiple accounts to create her

urgent, hypnotic production.

LYTTELTON THEATRE

UGLY LIES THE BONE

Award-winning American playwright Lindsey

Ferrentino makes her UK debut with this

honest and funny new drama, directed by

Indhu Rubasingham. Until 6 June.

ANGELS IN AMERICA

Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning two-part

play is directed by Olivier and Tony awardwinning

director Marianne Elliott.

DORFMAN THEATRE

BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES

Dynamic new play leaps from a barber shop

in London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala,

Lagos and Accra – places where the banter

can be barbed and the truth is always telling.

NATIONAL THEATRE

South Bank, SE1 (020 7452 3000)

WOYZECK

A major revival of Georg Büchner’s play in a

new version by Jack Thorne, directed by Joe

Murphy and starring John Boyega.

OLD VIC THEATRE

The Cut, SE1 (0844 871 7628)

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED

CHILD PARTS I & II

A brand new stage play based on the Harry

Potter franchise written by Jack Thorne, based

on an original story by J.K Rowling.

PALACE THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (0844 412 4656)

THE KITE RUNNER

This emotional and powerful stage adaptation

of Khaled Hosseini’s internationally bestselling

novel comes to the West End following

two highly successful regional runs.

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

Northumberland Av., WC2 (0844 871 7631)

THE MOUSETRAP

Agatha Christie’s whodunnit is the longest

running play of its kind in the history of the

British theatre.

ST MARTIN’S THEATRE

West Street, WC2 (0844 499 1515)

THE PHILANTHROPIST

A major revival of Christopher Hampton's play

starring Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Lily Cole,

Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Rosenthal.

TRAFALGAR STUDIOS

Whitehall, SW1 (0844 871 7632)

STEPPING OUT

Amanda Holden heads a starry cast in this

wonderfully funny and heart-warming comedy

which charts the lives of seven women and

one man attempting to tap their troubles away.

VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

The Strand, WC2 (0330 333 4814)

DON JUAN IN SOHO

Loosely based on Molière's tragicomedy, this

modern update transports the action to

contemporary London. Starring David Tennant.

WYNDHAM’S THEATRE

Charing Cross Rd, WC2 (0844 482 5120)

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MUSICALS

KINKY BOOTS

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.

ADELPHI THEATRE

Strand, WC2 (020 3725 7060)

STOMP

This multi-award winning show continues to

astound audiences across the world with its

universal language of rhythm, theatre, comedy

and dance.

AMBASSADORS THEATRE

West Street, WC2 (020 7395 5405)

WICKED

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.

APOLLO VICTORIA THEATRE

Wilton Road, SW1 (0844 826 8000)

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

This new musical is the untold story of her

journey from school girl to superstar, featuring

the Carole King classics.

ALDWYCH THEATRE

Aldwych, WC2 (0845 200 7981)

THE LION KING

Disney‘s phenomenally successful animated

film is transformed into a spectacular stage

musical, a superb evening of visual delight.

LYCEUM THEATRE

Wellington Street, WC2 (0844 871 3000)

THRILLER – LIVE

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.

LYRIC THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (0330 333 4812)

SCHOOL OF ROCK

Andrew Lloyd Webber's new stage musical

with lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian

Fellowes, adapted from the film.

NEW LONDON THEATRE

Drury Lane, WC2 (020 7492 0810)

HALF A SIXPENCE

The first West End revival of the classic 1960s

musical transferring from an an acclaimed

season earlier this year at the Chichester.

NOEL COWARD THEATRE

St Martin's Lane, WC2 (0844 482 5141)

MAMMA MIA!

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.

NOVELLO THEATRE

Aldwych, WC2 (0844 482 5170)

ON THE TOWN

With a Bernstein score, Olivier Award-winner

Drew McOnie, celebrated for his work on Jesus

Christ Superstar, choreographs the biggest

Open Air Theatre dance musical yet.

REGENT'S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

Regent's Park, NW1 (0844 826 4242)

DREAMGIRLS

West End premiere, starring Amber Riley.

Set in the USA during the late 1960s and

early 1970s, it follows a young female singing

trio as they become music superstars.

SAVOY THEATRE

Strand, WC2 (020 7492 0810)

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL

Featuring all the much loved classics from

Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and the Jackson 5,

the show tells the story behind the hits.

SHAFTESBURY THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (020 7492 0810)

42nd STREET

The song and dance, American dream fable of

Broadway returns to the West End. Featuring a

score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and book

by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble.

THEATRE ROYAL

Drury Lane, WC2 (020 7492 0810)

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MATILDA

Critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare

Company production of Roald Dahl’s book,

directed by Matthew Warchus.

CAMBRIDGE THEATRE

Earlham Street, WC2 (0844 800 1110)

THE GIRLS

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical

comedy, based on the true story about the

Women's Institute's Calendar Girls.

PHOENIX THEATRE

Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 871 7627)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

The award-winning, thrillingly staged and

astonishingly danced Broadway Gershwin

musical featuring some of the greatest music

and lyrics ever written.

DOMINION THEATRE

Tottenham Court Rd, W1 (020 7927 0900)

OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR

The uplifting and moving story of six Catholic

choir girls from Oban, let loose in Edinburgh

for one day only. A glorious anthem to

friendship, youth and growing up disgracefully.

DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE

St Martin’s Lane, WC2 (020 7492 1552)

ANNIE

A major revival of the legendary musical

starring Miranda Hart in her West End stage

musical debut. A Depression-era rags-toriches

story featuring the songs It's The Hard-

Knock Life, Easy Street and Tomorrow.

PICCADILLY THEATRE

Denman Street, W1 (0844 871 7630)

ALADDIN

The classic hit film has been brought to thrilling

life on stage by Disney, featuring all the songs

from the Academy Award winning score.

PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE

Old Compton Street, W1 (0844 482 5151)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Long running epic romance by Andrew Lloyd

Webber, set behind the scenes of a Paris opera

house where a deformed phantom stalks his prey.

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

Haymarket, SW1 (0844 412 2707)

LES MISERABLES

A spectacularly staged version of Victor Hugo’s

epic novel about an escaped convict’s

search for redemption in Revolutionary France.

QUEEN’S THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (0844 482 5160)

Lucy St. Louis (Diana Ross) in Motown

the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Photo: Alastair Muir

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PETER JONES WEDGWOOD TEA

CONSERVATORY

To celebrate the Chelsea Flower

Show, John Lewis and Wedgwood are

launching the exclusive Wedgwood Tea

Conservatory in Peter Jones. From

Wednesday 24 May for three weeks,

visitors to the iconic department store

will be able to enjoy London’s most

stunning floral-inspired tea in this one

of a kind luxurious Wedgwood setting.

Transforming the ground floor of

Peter Jones into a tea lovers paradise

with 20,000 perfectly brewed pots of

Wedgwood tea set to be served in the

new Wonderlust teaware, the Wedgwood

Tea Conservatory has been inspired by

19th century travels depicting tropical

plants and exotic influences from

around the world.

Wedgwood’s first joint public

appearance in the new partnership with

the Royal Horticultural Society will be

The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory at RHS

Chelsea Flower Show. The tea

conservatory is inspired by the new

Wonderlust collection with a bespoke tea

pairing menu designed by Wedgwood’s

first global tea curator, Bernadine Tay.

Bernadine will be hosting tea

masterclasses during Chelsea Flower

Show, exploring the many benefits of

the beverage and the ever increasing

global trend.

AFTERNOON BEE TEA

This week, the iconic Skylon

restaurant at the Southbank Centre is to

launch an all-new Afternoon Bee Tea

inspired by the floral and bee motifs

featured in Alex Monroe’s 30th

Anniversary collection ‘Four Seasons’.

For this unique partnership, recently

appointed Executive Chef, Kim

Woodward, has creatively drawn on Alex

Monroe’s intricate designs to develop an

afternoon tea menu featuring honey and

pollen as key ingredients throughout.

Guests can enjoy a selection of open

sandwiches with toppings including

honey mustard salt beef and black

pepper mayonnaise, and pollen crusted

salmon, smoked honey, and lemon balm

cress. Plain and raisin scones are served

with lavender butter, wildflower honey

and orange blossom marmalade. Honey

lovers can enjoy sweet treats such as

chocolate hunny pots with honeycomb,

black and yellow lemon drizzle

Battenberg cake, bee pollen macaroons

decorated with bee stripes, and honey

glazed strawberry tarts topped with a

meringue hive.

For those looking for an extra buzz

with their tea, the Beelicious cocktail

complements the menu. The tea will be

served Monday to Friday from 13.00 to

16.00 during the month of June at

Skylon Bar, offering stunning views of

the Thames.

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

The fifth Sundance Film Festival:

London takes place 1–4 June at

Picturehouse Central in the heart of the

West End.

The festival presents 14 acclaimed

feature films direct from this year’s

Sundance Film Festival in Park City,

Utah, USA and opens with the

international premiere of Miguel Arteta’s

Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek,

John Lithgow and Chloë Sevigny.

Other highlights include Wilson, the

story of a lonely, neurotic and hilariously

honest middle-aged man who meets his

teenage daughter for the first time,

starring Woody Harrelson and Laura

Dern, and Marjorie Prime, an offbeat

sci-fi film with Geena Davis, Tim

Robbins and Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.

Salma Hayek in Beatriz at Dinner.

Continuing the focus of the four

previous London editions on presenting

new work by emerging and established

independent filmmakers, the 2017

festival will also include a short film

programme with 15 shorts, including a

strand dedicated to new UK shorts.

For the first time, the programme will

also include a ‘Surprise Film’ screening,

which promises festivalgoers an

exclusive chance to catch an audience

hit from this year’s festival in Park City.

The festival closes on 4 June with the

UK premiere of David Lowery’s critically

acclaimed A Ghost Story, starring Casey

Affleck and Rooney Mara.

For more information and tickets,

visit picturehouses.com/sundance

Ben Stevens

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