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10 QUINTESSENTIALS: 12 QUINTETS, 6 CONCERTS BY SCHUBERT QUARTET The Schubert Ensemble's acclaimed Quintessentials series reaches its final pair of concerts in October, featuring four wonderful and contrasting piano quintets. Following the pattern of the series, popular quintets are programmed alongside more rarely performed works. Concert 5 on 12 October at Kings Place features Enescu's masterpiece, his haunting and richly textured quintet, a work of extraordinary colour and devastating impact, alongside Schumann's much loved quintet, full of warmth and sunshine. The series ends on Thursday 9 November with Concert 6, which pairs the rhythmic vitality and folkinspired colour of Martinu?'s Second Piano Quintet with the endlessly inventive Op. 81 Quintet by Dvor?a?k, a seamless show of gorgeous melody and rich drama, unmatched in the chamber music repertoire. Each concert will begin with one of the Ensemble's popular Behind the Notes sessions, in which they will explore and illuminate both works, using live performance to strip down the music and reveal its inner workings. Part Two will be a performance of both quintets. Since its first concert in January 1983, the Schubert Ensemble has become widely recognised as one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings. The ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries, has over 80 commissions to its name, has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs and is familiar to British audiences through regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In 1998, the Ensemble's contribution to British musical life was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010. In the past few years, the Ensemble has enjoyed a busy international schedule, with performances in Bermuda, Canada, the Czech Republic, China, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA. The Ensemble has also released recordings for the Chandos label of works by Martinů, Fauré, Enescu and Dvořák, all of which have been widely praised. The Dvořák disc and the most recent of two Enescu discs were each chosen as CD of the month by the BBC Music Magazine. It has recently released a new recording of piano quartets by Chausson and Saint-Saëns which received a double 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine. Schubert Ensemble has decided to bring its 35-year career to a close at the end of June 2018. It will see out its final season in celebratory style, with around fifty concerts planned in the UK and abroad, including return visits to Romania and Luxembourg and two tours of the USA with their final concert at Wigmore Hall on 21 March 2018. Kings Place box office telephone 020 7520 1490 or kingsplace.co.uk AGATHA CHRISTIE’S WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION The major new production of Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, opens on London’s South Bank this week. Catherine Steadman, best known for her role as Mabel Fox in Downton Abbey and nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Oppenheimer, will play the role of Romaine, while rising star Jack McMullen, whose recent work includes hard-hitting TV drama Little Boy Blue, Waterloo Road and Noel Clarke’s Brotherhood, will play Leonard Vole. Directed by Lucy Bailey, this gripping tale of justice, passion and betrayal will open in The Chamber on 6 October, a magnificent court room setting inside London County Hall. The audience will find themselves thrillingly placed in the thick of the action in this spectacular location. Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high. Will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony? Will he be able to convince the jury of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose? Box Office telephone 0844 815 7141. www.witnesscountyhall.com Catherine Steadman as Romaine Vole in Witness for the Prosecution Photo: Idil Sukan t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE AT NEW MARBLE ARCH THEATRE The new Underbally production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe, has extended its run at The Marble Arch Theatre until Saturday 17 February, due to overwhelming popular demand. The brand new Marble Arch Theatre has been custom built for the production. The venue is designed to take audiences to an 1940s all-swinging New Orleans club, complete with festooned courtyard, bespoke cocktail bar, smoky corners and band-stand as a centrepiece. Performed in the round for the first time, theatregoers are able to take their seats at the cabaret tables in the Funky Butt Club and have drinks served directly to their tables for an upclose and personal musical experience all around them. First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, Cameron Mackintosh brought it to the West End where it played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway and around the world. Clarke Peters' (The Wire, Treme, Person of Interest, Porgy and Bess, The Ice Man Cometh) career defining musical features the irresistible hits of trailblazing ‘King of the Jukebox’ Louis Jordan, including Early In The Morning, Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry. The soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and early r 'n' b is performed live on stage by The Funky Butt Club Band. Cameron Mackintosh, Associate Producer said: ‘I'm so thrilled that the exhilarating new production of Five Guys is being enjoyed so much by a new young audience as well as fans of the original and that the run is extending into 2018 in this brilliant pop up New Orleans theatre – the joint is truly jumping thanks to these amazing Guys.’ For tickets, telephone the box office on 03333 444 167. Helen Maybanks. 11 t h i s i s l o n d o n m a g a z i n e • t h i s i s l o n d o n o n l i n e

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