This Is London 16 May 2019

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CONTENTS

Events 4

Merlin’s Magical London

Gringotts Wizarding Bank

Royal Choral Society Musical Celebration

Music 10

Beats on Pointe at the Peacock

Vox Anima

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Exhibitions 18

Postal Museum Celebrates Queen Victoria

Royal & Splendour at Parliament

V&A: Food Bigger Than the Plate

Theatre 22

Rosmersholm

Heartbeat of Home

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Welcome to London

As Commanding Officer, Household

Division Bands – responsible for leading

State Ceremonial music – I would like to

warmly welcome you to London.

You are visiting one of the most

exciting and majestic cities in the world,

steeped in history and ceremony and you

are in for a wonderful time this June.

One of the highlights of the summer is

the Household Division Beating Retreat held on Horse Guards Parade on the

evenings of 5th & 6th June. Over 600 of the UK's finest musicians will

perform in a breath-taking display of music and pageantry, this year

celebrating the men and women of the Household Division and their role in

the UK and around the world. The show is called ‘Soldiers of the Queen’ as we

perform alongside the Band, Pipes & Drums of the Royal Guard of Oman, the

Band, Pipes & Drums of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the massed

Pipes & Drums of the National Army Cadet Force.

The Celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday are followed the

world over and you will have the opportunity to see Her Majesty and members

of the Royal Family from ‘The Mall’ at 10.30am on 8th June.

From the 25th June at the Guards Chapel on Birdcage Walk, the Guards

Bands will be holding their annual Music Festival which is free to members of

the public – 25 events over 7 days in this glorious setting alongside

St James’s Park.

We very much look forward to performing for you and wish you a wonderful

stay in London.

Lieutenant Colonel Darren Wolfendale

Commanding Officer of the Household Division Bands

SW1V 1LG•

The Guardian

VICTORIA

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MERLIN’S MAGICAL LONDON

For a fantastic day out, look no further

than Merlin’s Magical London Pass. With

6 six magical attractions to choose from,

you can be sure to find something for

every member of the family. Brand new

for May half term at SEA LIFE London is

the exciting experience Coral Kingdom.

Measuring a colossal 40ft long, a unique

and specially commissioned tank will

reveal an awe-inspiring underwater coral

reef habitat. With hermit crabs, regal tangs

and clown fish, the experience offers a

calming escape from everyday life and

allows guests to soak up the vivid vista

of colour from one of the most diverse

ecosystems.

Just a short bus ride away, you can

join Ariana Grande on stage at Madame

Tussauds London, for a limited time only.

The pocket-sized popstar will be joining

the attraction’s star-studded line up for

just five weeks, in her trademark oversized

jumper and signature ponytail. Alongside

Ariana, you can come face-to-face with

other pop royalty including Dua Lipa and

Ed Sheeran as well as the Royal Family,

and a whole host of other famous faces

from sport and fashion to film and history.

Don’t forget the other attractions too;

take flight on the Coca-Cola London Eye

and treat the family to a sky-high

experience above London’s skyline, before

cruising down the Thames on the London

Eye River Cruise. Then, head to Shrek’s

Adventure! London to meet Toothless,

Hiccup and the Light Fury in How to Train

Your Dragon’s Hidden World. Finally,

round your day off with a visit to the

London Dungeon, a uniquely thrilling

attraction that will whisk you back to

London’s darkest history... if you dare!

With tickets valid for 90 days, visitors

can plan several days at once and take

advantage of amazing savings to create

the ultimate day out by visiting

merlinsmagicalondon.com

UNDERGROUND GARAGE DANCE

PARTY AT HARD ROCK CAFE

Legendary musician and long-time

member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street

Band, Little Steven (real name Stevie Van

Zandt), is back to rock the Hard Rock Cafe

London for a second year, with a free

intimate ‘Underground Garage Dance

Party’ on 23 May.

The Hard Rock Cafe appearance comes

hot off recent on-stage collaborations with

Bruce Springsteen, and the release of

Little Steven’s new album ‘Summer of

Sorcery’ with the band ‘Little Steven & The

Disciples of Soul’ – Van Zandt's first

album of new material in 20 years. The

band recently kicked off their live tour

in May.

During Little Steven’s ‘Underground

Garage Dance Party’, fans and VIPs will be

treated to an intimate, live DJ session,

where the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

will play and talk about his favourite

songs that air on his internationally

syndicated radio show, Little Steven’s

Underground Garage. Van Zandt will also

pose for photos and sign autographs with

those in attendance throughout the

evening. The Hard Rock Cafe is at 150

Old Park Lane, nearest tube Hyde Park

Corner. Bookings tel: 020 7514 1700.

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CELEBRATING 200th BIRTHDAYS OF

QUEEN VICTORIA & PRINCE ALBERT

The bicentenaries of Queen Victoria

(24 May) and her visionary consort

Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

(26 August), will be celebrated in 2019

with a variety of cultural events. In the

first significant musical celebration of

this historic double anniversary year, the

Royal Choral Society, the choir named

by Queen Victoria herself, will join

forces with the Coburg Philharmonic

Orchestra – the orchestra from Prince

Albert’s home town, for a special concert

at London’s Cadogan Hall on Saturday

25 May (19.30) – just a day after

Victoria’s 200th birthday. The concert

will feature several works by the royal

couple’s favourite composer, Felix

Mendelssohn, and a delightful

composition by Prince Albert.

Both Victoria and Albert were

accomplished pianists and singers and

Albert enjoyed composition. They were

friends of Mendelssohn and he played

for them at Buckingham Palace several

times in 1842. On one occasion, when

he asked them for a theme on which to

improvise, they offered two, and to their

astonishment, the composer then

performed the Austrian national anthem

with the right hand and Rule, Britannia!

with the left. Victoria recalled in her

diary: ‘Really, I have never heard

anything so beautiful, the way in which

he blended them both together &

changed over from one to the other, was

quite wonderful as well as the exquisite

harmony & feeling he puts into the

variations, & the powerful rich chords, &

modulations, which reminded me of all

his beautiful compositions’.

At the Cadogan Hall concert, entitled

‘Albert & Victoria: The Coburg

Connection’, the Royal Choral Society’s

Music Director Richard Cooke will

conduct Mendelssohn’s jubilant

symphony-cantata Lobgesang ‘Hymn of

Praise’, and Coburg Philharmonic

Orchestra Music Director Roland Kluttig

will take the baton for Mendelssohn’s

magnificent Symphony No. 5

‘Reformation’ – which incorporates

Martin Luther's chorale Ein feste Burg

(‘A Mighty Fortress’). The concert will

begin with the popular choral gem

Hör mein Bitten (Hear my Prayer/O for

the Wings of a Dove), and an enchanting

work composed by Prince Albert, the

vocal serenade Ständchen. The choir will

be joined by three soloists: Laura Incko

(soprano) Francesca Paratore (soprano)

and Peter Aisher (tenor).

Both concerts celebrate the ongoing

cultural and historic links between the

UK and Germany; the bicentenaries of

Victoria and Albert providing a

wonderful excuse, if excuse were

needed, for both choir and orchestra to

perform this exceptional music.

Tickets telephone 020 7730 4500 or

visit www.cadoganhall.com

QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK

THIS MAY HALF TERM

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is this

year celebrating five years of fun at the

UK’s most exciting urban park. Don’t

miss a thrill ride on The Slide, enjoy the

playgrounds and outdoor activities of the

parklands, experience the excitement of

the Street League Skateboarding World

Tour and sample some mouth-wateringly

good food and drink.

Find yourself surrounded by nature

without having to leave the city as you

explore the Park’s 560 acres. Discover

secluded gardens, beautiful landscaping

and memories of London 2012 with one

of the Park’s free trail guides. Sports

fans will love the interactive London

2012 trail where the sights and sounds

of the Games come to life and children

can take on secret missions as part of

the Explorers Guide to Adventures in the

Park trail.

If the kids have still got 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 or try out the famous

London 2012 track at Lee Valley

VeloPark’s Track Attack and BMX Thrills

and Mountain Bike Skills sessions.

Information about opening times

available on the website at

QueenElizabethOlympicPark.co.uk

The park is open 24 hours a day and

is free to enter.

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GRINGOTTS WIZARDING BANK

OPENS FOR SPRING

For the first time ever at Warner Bros.

Studio Tour London – The Making of

Harry Potter, visitors are invited to enter

the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

From Harry Potter first discovering

Diagon Alley to the famous trio escaping

on a Ukrainian Ironbelly dragon in their

quest for a Horcrux, Gringotts Wizarding

Bank played an important role in the

Harry Potter film series. Lined by

towering marble pillars, the grand

banking hall will be decorated with three

magnificent crystal chandeliers and

finished with real brass leaf. Inkwells,

quills, ledgers and piles of Galleons,

Sickles and Knuts will complete the

goblin tellers’ desks as seen on screen.

The Prop-making Department, led by

Pierre Bohanna, created over 210,000

coins for the final two films alone.

Gringotts Wizarding Bank is famously

run by goblins. Walking through the

imposing marble columns, visitors will

discover the costumes and prosthetics

belonging to Bogrod, Griphook and

many other goblin bankers. Each

prosthetic mask took weeks to create,

with every hair individually inserted and

veins painstakingly painted by hand.

Once through the banking hall of

Gringotts, visitors will enter the depths

of the Lestrange Vault used to store the

treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange including

the Sword of Gryffindor and Helga

Hufflepuff’s Cup, one of Voldemort’s

many Horcruxes. During filming 38,000

pieces of rubberised treasure were

created the for the Lestrange vault

including 7,014 Hufflepuff Cups.

Highlights of the Studio Tour include

walking through the Great Hall where so

many famous scenes were shot, seeing

the treasures stored in Dumbledore’s

office, strolling down Diagon Alley,

venturing into the Forbidden Forest and

boarding the original Hogwarts Express

locomotive at Platform 9 ¾.

Tickets must be pre-booked at

www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

Gringotts Wizarding Bank at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of

Harry Potter which opened in April.

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BEATS ON POINTE AT PEACOCK

THEATRE

Two opposing dance worlds collide in

London this week in the exuberant show,

Beats on Pointe, as a high energy cast of

classical ballet and street dancers go

toe-to-toe in a glorious mash-up of

dance styles. Dynamic dance combined

with music and song, beat-boxing and a

touch of comedy brings this dazzling,

colourful show back to the Peacock

Theatre for a four week run in May/June

following its successful week-long

Peacock debut in February 2018.

Beats on Pointe is all about the fusion

of two highly distinctive genres: edgy,

modern ballet and the athletic thrill of

street dance and is performed against a

musical soundtrack featuring classic

grooves from the soulful ‘70s right up to

big hits of the present day. The cast

excel in a variety of genres and move

seamlessly from the precision of ballet

choreography to the highly demanding

techniques of street dance.

Beats on Pointe is produced by the

Australian dance company, Masters of

Choreography, which was formed by

Jennifer and Milo Masters in 2014.

Jennifer Masters, the show’s director,

producer, writer and director of

choreography says: ‘Beats on Pointe is a

great showcase of not only the talent we

have in Australia, but also how diverse

and inclusive dance truly is. Our dancers

have out done themselves with this show

and the merging of the two styles to

integrate in a way that looks good, makes

sense and keeps audiences engaged, has

been an amazing experience for everyone

involved.’

Tickets are available at the box office

on 020 7863 8000 or online at

www.sadlerswells.com

YEARNING FOR FREEDOM AT

ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE

The Swiss Philharmonic Academy,

the New Zurich Orchestra and the

Alumni & Symphony Orchestra of the

University of Berne are currently touring

Europe, and are performing at St John’s

Smith Square on 28 May (19.30). With

the currently changing structures in

Europe, it is important to maintain and

acknowledge musical bridges across

cultures and societies.

Four composers, heavyweights from

the classical and romantic periods,

characterise the programme. The

opening piece is the famous ‘Finlandia’

by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius,

followed by the rarely performed

symphonic Piano Concerto No. 1

(D minor, op. 15), an early work by

Johannes Brahms. The second part

opens with a Concert Aria by the

classical genius Joseph Haydn, who

enjoyed great success in England during

his two stays. The programme concludes

with the Enigma Variations op. 36 by

British composer Edward Elgar.

The Swiss-British soloists Frederic

Bager, a young pianist and graduate of the

Royal Academy of Music in London, and

soprano Olivia Doutney, who is currently

continuing her studies in Switzerland, will

be performing in the concert. Thus, this

programme ensures that almost 30 years

of musical support and performance

experience for young people, which is

provided by the project organisers and

their partners, will continue in an attractive

and practical form.

For tickets, telephone the box office

on 020 7222 1061.

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VOX ANIMA PERFORM TWO

CONCERTS AT CADOGAN HALL

Vox Anima London is founded on three

central passions: Choral Artistry, Music

Education, and Cultural Exchange.

Founder and artistic director, James

Meaders, has vast experience in the

transforming power of international travel

and performance for choral ensembles.

As a conductor in the US, he led multiple

international tours for his university and

church choirs. While a member of the

artistic staff at Distinguished Concerts

International New York, he worked with

conductors, singers, and composers from

all over the world, assisting and guiding

their experiences from both sides of the

podium.

He brings this wealth of knowledge

and experience to Vox Anima London to

establish a dependable and trustworthy

partner for creative and imaginative

concert opportunities in London.

James says ‘One of my favourite new

words since moving to England is

‘bespoke.’ My equivalent American word

would probably be ‘custom.’ We are

dedicated to this bespoke concept of

creating concerts for visiting choirs,

with each built around the fantastic new

music of today’s composers.’

On 26 May (19.00) at Cadogan Hall,

the musically-rich state of Texas sends

more than 100 of its finest young

musicians to perform well-known

favourites and introduce captivatingly

contemporary selections from the choral

and classical repertoire.

On 1 June (19.00), Vox Anima will

host outstanding choral ensembles from

the United Kingdom and the United

States, joining to perform the music of

American composer, Dan Forrest. With

Mr Forrest in attendance as Composerin-Residence,

the music featured in the

programme will include Jubilate Deo

and Te Deum for choir and orchestra, as

well as Michael John Trotta’s recentlycomposed

For a Breath of Ecstasy, for

string orchestra and solo oboe.

Tickets telephone 020 7730 4500 or

online at www.cadoganhall.com

Martin High School.

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Photos: Crown Copyright.

THE HOUSEHOLD DIVISION BEATING

RETREAT ON HORSE GUARDS PARADE

The Household Division Beating

Retreat is a traditional musical

extravaganza which showcases the very

best of British military music, ceremonial

and pageantry in the heart of London.

These annual concerts are performed on

Horse Guards Parade in front of the

beautiful backdrop of St James’s Park

each year on the Wednesday and

Thursday evenings preceding the Queen’s

Birthday Parade, or ‘Trooping The Colour’

as it is often called.

Military Beating Retreat concerts have a

long tradition dating back to the 1690s.

Originally the beating of the drum was

used to order troops to break off fighting

and withdraw to the safety of camp as

darkness fell, later it signalled the closing

of the camp gates at the end of the day

and called troops back to base for the

night. Today, a Beating Retreat is an

evening military concert with a marching

display and usually marks the lowering of

the Regimental flag at sunset. Soldiers of

the Household Division are instantly

recognisable through their distinctive

uniforms and headdress and have a

history spanning over three centuries.

Invariably described as London at its

finest, the Household Division Beating

Retreat cannot be seen anywhere else in

the world and is a not to be missed event.

Beating Retreat 2019 is on 5 & 6 June at

20.00. tickets.householddivision.org.uk

TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

MAN OF LA MANCHA

Performances of the first West End

production of the multi-Tony awardwinning

Broadway musical Man of La

Mancha for 50 years continue at the

London Coliseum until Saturday 8 June.

Man of La Mancha stars Kelsey

Grammer, Danielle de Niese, Nicholas

Lyndhurst, Peter Polycarpou and

Cassidy Janson. Featuring the iconic

song ‘Dream the Impossible Dream’,

Man of La Mancha is inspired by Miguel

de Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote.

It is produced by Michael Linnit and

Michael Grade, the same team who

brought to the Coliseum the smash hit

productions of Sweeney Todd, Sunset

Boulevard, Carousel and Chess.

Man of La Mancha is directed by

Lonny Price, who directed Linnit and

Grade’s acclaimed production of Sunset

Boulevard at the Coliseum, as well as its

hugely successful Broadway transfer.

Emmy award winning and Tony

nominated actor Kelsey Grammer makes

his West End debut playing Miguel de

Cervantes and Don Quixote, and

international opera star Danielle de

Niese shares the role of Aldonza and

Dulcinea with Cassidy Jonson.

Photo: Manuel Harlan.

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CINDERELLA IN-THE-ROUND AT THE

ROYAL ALBERT HALL

English National Ballet will perform a

new in-the-round version of multi award

winning choreographer, Christopher

Wheeldon’s, Cinderella, at the Royal

Albert Hall from 6-16 June.

Co-produced by English National

Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall,

Wheeldon’s inventive production features

over 90 dancers and combines

magnificent sets and costumes,

theatrical surprises, and lively

choreography set to Prokofiev’s famous

score performed by English National

Ballet Philharmonic, in what promises to

be the ballet spectacular of 2019.

Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial

Director for the Royal Albert Hall, said:

‘Nothing can compare to the epic

spectacle of a ballet at the Royal Albert

Hall, and this extraordinary re-staging

of Cinderella will bring the immortal

story to life on a grand scale. We’re

thrilled to be working once more with

English National Ballet and can’t wait to

see what Christopher does with the

world’s most famous stage.’

Working from the darkly intriguing

Brothers Grimm version of the story,

Wheeldon originally created Cinderella

to great acclaim for Dutch National

Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, he and

his creative team now reunite for the

re-staging of this sparkling ballet.

The production includes striking set

design by Julian Crouch – founder of

the influential theatre company,

Improbable, puppetry from Basil Twist

(whose credits include Charlie and the

Chocolate Factory) and projection from

Daniel Brodie.

English National Ballet has presented

grand-scale in-the-round productions at

the Royal Albert Hall since 1997,

including Swan Lake, with its record

breaking 60 swans, and re-workings of

Romeo & Juliet and Sleeping Beauty.

For tickets, telephone the Box Office

on 0845 401 5045.

Dutch National Ballet in Cinderella.

Photo: Angela Sterling

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A CAPPELLA CHORAL CONCERT

AT ST JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE

On Friday June 7 (19.30), the premier

choral ensemble from Southern California

will give an a capella choral concert at

St. John's Smith Square. The programme

includes O filii et filiae by Leisring, Sicut

Cervus by Palestrina, The Lord’s Prayer by

René Clausen, Sanctus by Craig Courtney,

Wana Baraka by Shawn Kirchner, O Nata

Lux by Morten Lauridsen, Stars by Ēriks

Ešenvalds, Unclouded Day by Shawn

Kirchner and The Lord Bless You and

Keep You by Lutkin.

The ensemble from Loma Linda

Academy is comprised of thirty-eight high

school students from Southern California.

They have received consistent ‘Superior’

ratings from the Southern California Vocal

Association since 2010. The choir have

also travelled regionally, nationally and

internationally, with recent tour

destinations including Hawaii, New York,

Chicago, Germany and Thailand.

Loma Linda Academy perform each

year for various civic functions, area

churches, San Bernardino Symphony

Orchestra ‘Holiday Concert’ and choral

festivals throughout Southern California.

Director, Dr Brenda Mohr, has been

teaching high school choirs for more than

thirty years. Under her direction, choirs

have won several choral competitions and

performed as a showcase choir at the

Music Center and Walt Disney Concert

Hall, Los Angeles.

St John’s Smith Square is a significant

music venue in central London and a

masterpiece of English Baroque

architecture. The beauty of the building is

matched by an exceptional acoustic and

from its restoration as both church and

concert hall in the late 1960s. St John’s

plays host to today’s leading international

artists, and has presented some of the

finest classical talent in a programme

featuring choirs, chamber orchestras and

period instrument groups.

Tickets are free. Box Office telephone

020 7222 1061.

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT TO OPEN

IN THE WEST END

DreamWorks Theatricals (a division

of Universal Theatrical Group), Michael

McCabe and Neil Laidlaw have

announced that The Prince of Egypt, the

new stage musical based on the

celebrated DreamWorks Animation film

and featuring the Academy Award®winning

song When You Believe, will

begin performances at the Dominion

Theatre on 5 February 2020. Tickets go

on sale at 10.00 on Monday 3 June.

A milestone in cinematic

achievement, DreamWorks’ The Prince

of Egypt captivated movie audiences

across the world and recently celebrated

its 20th Anniversary.

www.theprinceofegyptmusical.com

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THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

STORY

Lyric Theatre

This truly lovely show is a breath of

fresh air in the West End. Amidst the

thunderous amplification of many

musicals and the tense intellectual thrill

of some serious drama, this tribute to a

couple of much loved musicians has a

quiet and wholly enjoyable brilliance.

Indeed since rock stars the world over

are known for their wild lifestyles and

broken relationships, the lack of any

sleazy back story comes as something of

a shock. Here are two nice Jewish boys

from Queens, New York, who become

friends at high school through their love

of music. They get their first gig at the

age of fifteen under the assigned names,

‘Tom and Jerry’. They encourage and

inspire each other: Art has the ‘voice of

an angel’, Paul writes songs and has the

drive to escape their neighbourhood and

become something else.

Their musical legacy is wonderful.

Not only was it a first for a successful

group to use their own, Jewish, names,

it was also the first time that a pop song

could be about something other than

teenage love/angst – for example, the

Sounds of Silence, which talks about the

‘words of the prophets’ etc.

The demands of a long theatre run

mean that several sets of actors play

Simon and Garfunkel at different

performances. However none of them

make any attempt to impersonate the two

men, except as singers. At the opening

performance, Kingsley Judd played Art

and Adam Dickinson played Paul. They

seem to be British Northerners with a

diffident demeanour. Judd stands stock

still to sing, thumbs in his belt loops,

while Dickinson plucks his guitar, both of

them unsmiling. It is fascinating to watch

and impressive to hear – their harmonies

are spot-on – and the sheer youthfulness

of their presence is exhilarating. Behind

them, virtuoso bassist Leon Camfield,

who is probably old enough to be their

Dad, makes an interesting contrast by

cavorting with his guitar whilst dressed in

what seems to be the band uniform of

Marks and Spencer cardigan and buttoned

down shirt.

A video backdrop mixes newsreel

footage of events such as the student

protests and race riots of the 1960s with

films of contemporary performers like

Elvis Presley. The house was naturally

packed with Simon and Garfunkel fans

and the simple reverence with which

their heroes are brought to life brought

the house down. No one could pretend

to be Art and Paul in front of this crowd

– but this fantastic performance is

winning new fans every night.

Sue Webster

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Photos Polunin: Alexei Kerkis.

SERGEI POLUNIN PRESENTS NEW

MIXED PROGRAMME IN LONDON

Ballet star Sergei Polunin is to

present a new mixed programme at The

London Palladium this week featuring an

international cast and creative team,

including Polunin himself. Since his rise

through the ranks of ballet – becoming a

Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet at

the age of 19 and, at the invitation of

Igor Zelensky (Ballet Director at

Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich), now

also Guest Principal at Staatsballett in

Munich – Sergei has sought to expand

into the realm of acting and other

creative endeavours. Sergei’s story was

made the subject of the documentary

feature film Dancer.

He made his on-screen acting debut

in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the

Orient Express, followed by Francis

Lawrence’s Red Sparrow alongside

Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.

Sergei’s Take Me To Church video,

directed by David LaChapelle and set to

the music of Hozier, has now amassed

over 26 million views.

Sergei will perform alongside

International Danish ballet star Johan

Kobborg and other international cast

members in a new mixed programme

from 28 May to 1 June. Programme 1

will run from 28-30 May and will feature

three one-act ballets: Fraudulent Smile,

Paradox and Sacré. On the 31 May and

1 June, Programme 2 will feature the

world premiere of Rasputin.

Fraudulent Smile is choreographed by

Ross Freddie Ray to music by Kroke and

will star Polunin and Johan Kobborg.

Japanese dancer and choreographer Yuka

Oishi has choreographed Paradox,

starring Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-

Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre first

soloist Alexey Lyubimov and Belgrade

National Theatre first soloist Dejan

Kolarov. Oishi has also choreographed

Sacré – a piece of tanztheater set to

Stravinsky’s iconic The Rite of Spring, and

Rasputin. Sacré is a solo piece starring

Sergei Polunin himself and Rasputin

features a cast including Polunin and will

explore the life of the Russian mystic and

self-proclaimed holy man who befriended

the family of Tsar Nicholas II.

Tickets on 020 7087 7755 or online

from thelondonpalladium.co.uk

COME FROM AWAY EXTENDS ITS

RUN UNTIL FEBRUARY

Hit musical Come From Away has

extended its run in the West End until

15 February 2020. Telling the

remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded

air passengers during the wake of 9/11,

and the small town in Newfoundland that

welcomed them, the critically acclaimed

production recently earned great success

at the Olivier Awards, winning ‘Best New

Musical’, ‘Best Theatre Choreographer’,

‘Best Sound Design’ and ‘Outstanding

Achievement in Music’.

This joyous new musical recounts the

incredible true story of how the residents

of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the

passengers of planes from around the

world. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran

high, but as uneasiness turned into

trust, music soared into the night and

gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

On 11 September 2001 the world

stopped. On 12 September, their stories

moved us all.

The multi award-winning musical

continues sold-out, record-breaking

engagements on Broadway, in Canada

and on a 60-city North American Tour.

Come From Away is produced in the

UK by Junkyard Dog Productions and

Smith & Brant Theatricals. The European

premiere of Come From Away was

co-produced with the Abbey Theatre,

Ireland’s National Theatre.

Box office telephone 0844 871 7615.

Come From Away. Photo: Matthew Murphy.

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BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV IN CONCERT

WITH ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

On Wednesday 22 May (19.30),

pianist Behzod Abduraimov will be

directing the English Chamber Orchestra

at Cadogan Hall in a performance

including Beethoven’s Piano Concerto

No.1 and Mozart’s Rondo. These are his

thoughts.

What is special about the works

you’re playing in the concert?

Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1

marks the beginning of his maturity as a

composer. There is still a hint of Haydnlike

playfulness, in the third movement

especially, but in the first movement we

can already hear the grandness of his

orchestration – it’s a statement. He played

the piano himself at the premiere himself

in 1795 and it was important for him to

show off with this piece, so it is very

virtuosic, but it is also serious and lyrical.

The second movement is very deep and

we can hear the foundations of his

masterful writing of melody. The piece has

become standard repertoire because it’s

great music and audiences everywhere

love it, which is why I wanted to play it

with the English Chamber Orchestra.

How has your approach to music

changed since you first performed these

works as a child?

I’ve changed dramatically – the only

thing in common with my eight-year-old

self is that I still love music, although

even more now. I loved music then, but I

can’t say that you couldn’t get me away

from the piano – I liked to do other

things as well. I remember the feeling of

being on stage at that age, playing for

people, bowing and getting flowers. I

wasn’t nervous, though, maybe because I

didn’t realise my responsibility. I took it all

easily and just went on stage to show

people what I’d prepared. As you get older

you realise the responsibility and the

seriousness of music. It’s been a long

journey of hard work, educating myself

with the help of fantastic teachers. The

most important thing I’ve learnt is how to

read scores and understand the style and

all the details, not only in Beethoven and

Mozart, but also in everything I play.

In music we want to give to the

audience emotions – it’s not just about who

plays faster and louder. Literature helps me

with this all the time. As a child I used to

read a lot of Russian literature, and watch

Soviet Union cartoons, which are long

stories, almost like movies, based on fairy

tales by Pushkin or Brothers Grimm. This

developed my imagination, which is the

most important thing in music.

What is it like playing with the

English Chamber Orchestra?

The last time I played with the English

Chamber Orchestra was in 2014 with my

mentor Stanislav Ioudenitch. The players

are very attentive, curious and careful,

and give back so much energy. It’s a

pleasure and honour to play with them.

It feels like being part of one body, rather

than that they are the orchestra and I am

the soloist. On stage it’s so important to

be one organic unit and that’s how I feel

with the group. They play as one, while

all being fantastic individual musicians.

This will be my first time directing from

the piano, which is something I’ve

wanted to do for a long time.

How do you feel about performing in

London? London is where my career

started, where I first played on a major

stage with an international orchestra, so

it has a special place in my heart.

Box Office telephone 020 7730 4500

or online at www.cadoganhall.com

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Lords Lion and Unicorn.

NEW ROYALTY AND SPLENDOUR

TOUR AND DINNER EXPERIENCES

A summer season of Royalty and

Splendour Tour and Dinner Experiences

in the House of Lords opens next month

to celebrate the 200th anniversaries of

the births of Queen Victoria and Prince

Albert. These experiences combine a

guided tour which focuses on the art and

decorative style of the House of Lords

with a special Victorian inspired three

course dinner in the Barry Room. The

60 minute tour begins at the top of the

Royal Staircase in Norman Porch and

follows the Queen’s processional route at

the State Opening of Parliament through

the Robing Room, Royal Gallery and

Prince's Chamber before entering the

majestic Lords Chamber.

Built during the early part of Queen

Victoria’s reign after a devastating fire in

1834, the finest British artists of the age

designed the wonderful frescoes,

portraits, statues, thrones, fireplaces and

furniture featured on the tour. Visitors

discover the exquisite work of Charles

Barry, Augustus Pugin, William Dyce

and Daniel Maclise, amongst many

others, and learn how Prince Albert,

appointed Chair of the Fine Arts

Commission in 1841, was such an

influential figure at the time.

During the visit, you will also pass

through Westminster Hall, St Stephen's

Hall and Central Lobby on your way in

and out of the House of Lords.

There follows a welcome cocktail in

the Barry Room (named after Charles

Barry) before settling down to a special

three course dinner. Taking their

inspiration from Victorian menus,

the House of Lords chefs have added

a modern twist using the best seasonal

ingredients.

Tickets are available for Friday

evenings on 12 July and 19 July at £95

per person which includes a guided tour,

pre-dinner cocktail and three course

dinner.

To book tickets for these special

experiences and Parliament’s regular

tours, telephone 020 7219 4114 or visit

www.parliament.uk/visit

Robing room throne.

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© GroCycle.

FOOD: BIGGER THAN THE PLATE AT

THE V&A

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate will

explore how innovative individuals,

communities and organisations are

radically re-inventing how we grow,

distribute and experience food. Taking

visitors on a sensory journey through the

food cycle, from compost to table, it

poses questions about how the collective

choices we make can lead to a more

sustainable, just and delicious food future

in unexpected and playful ways.

The exhibition falls at a pivotal time

where food and our relationship to it are

topics of increasing global interest and

debate. Featuring over 70 contemporary

projects, new commissions and creative

collaborations by artists and designers

working with chefs, farmers, scientists

and local communities, it will be split

into four sections: ‘Compost’, ‘Farming’,

‘Trading’ and ‘Eating’. Taking a fresh,

experimental and often provocative

perspective, projects will present ideas

and alternative food futures from

gastronomic experiments to creative

interventions in farming, with several

exhibits physically growing in the

gallery space.

This timely exhibition draws on the

V&A’s close links with food, including

thirty historic objects from the V&A

collections – influential early food

adverts, illustrations and ceramics –

providing further context to the

exhibition. Built on the site of Brompton

Nursery, the V&A housed an early food

museum and over 150 years ago opened

the world’s first purpose-built museum

refreshment rooms. The V&A café,

catered by Benugo, remains central to

the museum, linking food culture and

the visual arts.

Catherine Flood and May Rosenthal

Sloan, co-curators of FOOD: Bigger than

the Plate at the V&A, said: ‘Food is one

of the most powerful tools through

which we shape the world we live in,

from how we create society, culture and

pleasure to how we determine our

relationship with the natural world. In an

era of major ecological challenges, fastchanging

societies and technological

re-invention, now is a crucial moment to

ask not just what will we be eating

tomorrow, but what kind of food future

do we want? What could it look like?

And taste like? Today, a wide range of

inspiring creative practitioners are

addressing these expansive questions.

Putting food at the heart of the museum,

this exhibition is an exciting opportunity

to bring together some of the best of this

work to explore food as rich ground for

citizenship, subversion and celebration.’

The exhibition will be accompanied

by a new V&A publication, and a series

of related events, courses and creative

workshops. The exhibition is sponsored

by BaxterStory, and will be on view until

20 October.

CHELSEA IN BLOOM

London’s contemporary floral art

show, Chelsea in Bloom, is returning

from 20-25 May with over 80 shops,

restaurants and hotels transforming the

streets of Chelsea with breath-taking

Under The Sea-themed floral displays.

From Sloane Street, Pavilion Road,

Duke of Your Square, and for the first

year, the legendary King’s Road, to

celebrate its re-launch in 2019, Chelsea

will be in full bloom. For the first time,

Cadogan is working alongside charity

partner Plastic Oceans UK, whose vision

is to end plastic pollution. For those

wishing to take part, a charity point will

be in situ on Sloane Square, with an

interactive installation to raise funds

and awareness.

Visitors can head to Sloane Square’s

information point to book a free

rickshaw ride or walking tour, where

there will also be a pop-up bar area and

stunning central floral installation

created by florists All For Love London,

featuring a show-stopping coral reef

complete with giant dolphin made from

mixed foliage, and an octopus with

tentacles of celosia heads and

pincushion proteas.

Another large-scale floral installation

will be a giant 4m Orca Whale situated

on Pavilion Road, which will be created

out of tropical leaves jumping out of a

base of mixed shades of delphiniums,

hydrangeas and frothy gypsophila.

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2020 EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

AT THE TATE

Tate have revealed the Exhibition

Highlights for 2020 at both Tate Modern

and Tate Britain. In the spring, Tate

Modern will open a bold new Andy

Warhol exhibition, telling the story of a

shy outsider who became a pop art

superstar. The show will demonstrate

how his work captured the

contradictions of 20th century American

society and culture, informed by his own

identity as a gay Catholic man from a

working-class immigrant family.

In February, Tate Modern will also

stage a show spanning 20 years of work

by Turner Prize-winning artist and

Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve

McQueen. Summer 2020 will see all

four Tate galleries present solo

exhibitions of modern and contemporary

artists. Tate Britain will open an

extensive survey of Lynette Yiadom-

Boakye, whose images of imaginary

black characters allude to historic

portraiture through decidedly

contemporary subjects and techniques.

In the Autumn, alongside the annual

Hyundai Commission for the Turbine

Hall, Tate Modern will present an Artist

Rooms exhibition dedicated to Phyllida

Barlow, as well as retrospectives of two

very different sculptors – The EY

Exhibition: Rodin will reveal Auguste

Rodin as a radical artist, whose highly

experimental works modelled in clay and

plaster broke with century-long

traditions and inaugurated a new age of

modern sculpture; and a survey of

Slovak artist Maria Bartuszová,

meanwhile, will provide a long overdue

opportunity to explore her varied

practice, from tactile organic works in

plaster to commissions for public

spaces and ephemeral works in the

landscape.

Tate Modern will also open an

emphatically experiential exhibition

spanning 40 years of Bruce Nauman’s

restlessly inventive work, featuring neon

lights, film projections, 3D videos and

holograms.

CELEBRATE QUEEN VICTORIA’S

BIRTHDAY AT THE POSTAL MUSEUM

To celebrate the 200th birthday of

Queen Victoria on 24 May, The Postal

Museum in London will be treating the

first 200 people through the door to entry

for just 1p. This is the same price as the

world’s first ever stamp, the Penny Black,

when it launched in 1840 (which, of

course, featured the face of Queen

Victoria).

As well as being able to see this

priceless object up close, visitors will also

be able take a ride on the world-famous

Mail Rail as part of their ticket. The first

200 visitors to The Postal Museum’s

on-site café on the same day can also get

a tea or coffee for 1p. The Postal Museum

is the only place in the world to have full

sheets of iconic Penny Black stamps. The

Penny Black changed the world when it

launched in 1840. For the first time the

average person could afford to send a

letter to their friends and family,

prompting a communications revolution

and surging literacy rates that shaped the

world we live in today.

In further celebration, those who share

the name of the second-longest reigning

British monarch are in luck as The Postal

Museum is also giving free entry to all

Victorias throughout the month of May.

No matter the origin of your name

(Wiktoria, Biktoria, Viktorie, Vittoria –

that’s you!) – then you’ll be eligible for

free entry throughout the month of May.

All that is required is a valid form of photo

ID to prove your link to Her Majesty.

Visitors will also be able to toast

Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday with

Victorian-inspired May Half-Term

activities, such as Royal Tiara and Queen

Victoria Hand Puppet making, meeting

famous Victorians in the family friendly

exhibitions and interactive artist led

sessions, as well as learning the art of

Victorian calligraphy.

‘As the monarch on the World’s first

stamp, the Penny Black, it seemed only

fitting to celebrate her Majesty’s impact on

Britain’s earliest social network – the

post,’ said Harry Huskisson, Head of

Communications and Marketing at

he Postal Museum. ‘We hope to

encourage some new faces to drop in,

while also treating our loyal visitors to a

discount worthy of her Royal Highness!’

Full details are available online

www.postalmuseum.org/victoria200

The Postal Museum reveals five

centuries of British social and

communications history as seen through

the eyes of its iconic postal service.

Alongside permanent exhibition galleries

and a temporary exhibition space, Mail

Rail, London’s secret Post Office

Underground Railway, has been opened to

the public for the first time in its 100-year

history, including a subterranean ride

through some of the original tunnels.

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Photos: Johan Persson.

Hayley Atwell, Tom Burke, Peter Wight and Giles Terera in Rosmersholm.

ROSMERSHOLM

Duke of York’s Theatre

It’s hard to say why we have never

seen this searing drama before.

Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen,

often referred to as the ‘father of realism’

and perhaps better known for ‘A Doll’s

House’, ‘Peer Gynt’ and ‘The Wild Duck’,

wrote ‘Rosmersholm’ in 1886 as a

response to the anger and repression he

found in his own country. Now, in an era

of political turmoil in Europe, the play

has truly found its moment.

Of course the political is also deeply

personal. In Ian Rickson’s production,

we find ourselves in a grand house with

tall windows overlooking a lake.

Something terrible has happened there –

the pastor’s wife drowned the year before

and her room is all shut up, dusty and

dark with decay and grief. Still, it’s time

to move on according to Rebecca, the

dead woman’s former companion who

has stayed on in an unorthodox

domestic arrangement with the griefstricken

pastor. Down come the dust

sheets, out come the fresh flowers at

Rebecca’s insistence.

Hayley Atwell plays Rebecca as a

powerhouse of enthusiasm, all bouncing

curls and passionate speeches. Tom

Burke as Rosmer, the last scion of an

illustrious family whose stern portraits

decorate the walls, is subdued and

anxious by comparison. The tension

between these two is marvellous for it is

not merely sexual. Rosmer is

Hayley Atwell and Tom Burke in

Rosmersholm.

undergoing a battle for his own soul. He

has lost his faith and given up preaching

– perhaps Rebecca will succeed in

persuading him to back the Radicals in

an upcoming election, because he

desperately wants a new world, just as

she does. Yet on the other side, tugging

urgently at his sleeve, striding about

importantly in tailcoat and polished

boots, is his old friend Governor Kroll,

constantly reminding him of his elevated

status, duty and tradition.

What is the answer? No character in

this play is a mere cipher for a political

stance. The complexity of their thoughts

and feelings is brilliantly rendered in the

text and we follow them this way and

that, like shoals of fish darting about as

one. The servants in the play say little,

but their faces mirror the hope and

dismay of their masters as the

townspeople outside press for change.

In addition to Kroll – played by Giles

Terera less with unlikeable pomp than

with an earnest belief in his own

conservative values – there is also

Brendel, Rosmer’s old tutor, who arrives

threadbare from prison with tattered

leaflets publicising the speech he will

make to change the world. There is

Mortensgaard, Editor of a radical

newspaper bent on undermining the

social order. Yet both these two turn out

to be fatally flawed, their plans for

change scuppered despite Rosmer’s

attempts to help.

What will Rosmer do? In the end he

has the power of the status quo, but he

strikes us as weak. As so often in Ibsen’s

drama, the women know best – even

though that knowledge is laced with the

bitter taste of self-sacrifice. The flood

waters rise again on the stage and we

wonder, what will become of us all?

Sue Webster

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PLAYS

TWILIGHT ZONE

Adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by

Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, the

acclaimed CBS Television production arrives

in the West End fresh from a rapturously

received, sell-out run at the Almeida.

AMBASSADORS THEATRE

West Street, WC2 (020 7395 5405)

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Shakespeare’s great comedy plunges its

audience into the heart of an enchanted forest, a

place of change and infinite possibility in this

new immersive production.

BRIDGE THEATRE

One Tower Bridge, SE1 (0843 208 1846)

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

The acclaimed production of Agatha Christie’s

classic courtroom play has captured the

imagination of audiences inside the unique

setting of County Hall’s ornate Chamber on

the South Bank.

COUNTY HALL

South Bank, SE1 (0844 815 7141)

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)

ROSMERHOLM

Ian Rickson directs Tom Burke in the West

End premiere of Duncan Macmillan‘s

adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s piercingly relevant

work of personal and political passion.

DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE

St Martin’s Lane, WC2 (020 7492 1552)

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)

BETRAYAL

Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom

Hiddleston stars in the Jamie Lloyd

Company’s revival for a 12 week season until

8 June.

HAROLD PINTER THEATRE

Panton Street, SW1 (0844 871 7627)

Royal National Theatre Plays in repertory

OLIVIER THEATRE

SMALL ISLAND

A company of 40 tells a story which journeys

from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second

World War to 1948 – the year the HMT

Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.

LYTTELTON THEATRE

RUTHERFORD AND SON

Roger Allam returns to the National for the

first time in a decade to play Rutherford in a

new production directed by Polly Findlay.

TOP GIRLS

For the first time, the National Theatre stages

Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about

a country divided by its own ambitions.

DORFMAN THEATRE

ANNA

Created by playwright Ella Hickson, a tense

new thriller uses individual audio headsets to

give the audience intimate access to events as

they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin.

NATIONAL THEATRE

South Bank, SE1 (020 7452 3000)

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED

CHILD PARTS I & II

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 (0330 333 4813)

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY

Following a sold-out run at the National

Theatre, Sam Mendes directs. Starring Simon

Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles.

PICCADILLY THEATRE

Denman Street, W1 (020 7492 1566)

THE MOUSETRAP

Agatha Christie’s whodunnit is the longest

running play of its kind in the history of

British theatre.

ST MARTIN’S THEATRE

West Street, WC2 (0844 499 1515)

EMILIA

Shakespeare’s Globe’s rousing new play

transfers to the West End with an all-female

cast playing both hers and hims. Until 1 June.

VAUDEVILLE THEATRE

Strand, WC2 (020 7400 1257)

THE STARRY MESSENGER

Starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth

McGovern, this bittersweet, comic drama is an

unblinking exploration of love, hope and

understanding our place in the universe.

WYNDHAM’S THEATRE

Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 482 5120)

MUSICALS

WAITRESS

Hit Broadway musical brought to life by a

ground breaking all-female creative team,

featuring original music and lyrics by 6-time

Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles.

ADELPHI THEATRE

Strand, WC2 (020 3725 7060)

TINA

New stage musical reveals the untold story

of Tina Turner, a woman who dared to defy

the bounds of her age, gender and race.

ALDWYCH THEATRE

The Aldwych, WC2 (0845 2007981)

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)

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE

New feel good musical – supported by his

mum and friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice,

beats the bullies and steps into the spotlight.

APOLLO THEATRE

Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (0330 333 4809)

SIX THE MUSICAL

Tudor Queens meet Pop Princesses in a

musical retelling of the six wives of Henry

VIII. A celebration of sisterly sass-itude,

powered by an all-female band.

ARTS THEATRE

Great Newport Street, WC2 (020 7836 8463)

Mamma Mia The Party will come to the

02 in Greenwich from Summer 2019.

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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)

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RIP IT UP

Strictly Come Dancing’s champions are back,

bringing the swinging sixties straight to the

21st century. Until 31 May.

GARRICK THEATRE

Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0330 333 4811)

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Long running epic romance by Andrew Lloyd

Webber, set in Paris opera house where a

deformed phantom stalks his prey.

HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE

Haymarket, SW1 (0844 412 2707)

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

Over two hours of the non-stop hit songs that

marked Michael Jackson’s 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.

GILLIAN LYNNE THEATRE

Drury Lane, WC2 (020 7492 0810)

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)

COME FROM AWAY

UK Premiere of the Tony Award-winning

musical which tells the remarkable true story

of 7,000 stranded air passengers in the wake

of 9/11.

PHOENIX THEATRE

Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 871 7627)

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

West End transfer of the revival played at the

Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Trevor

Nunn and starring Andy Nyman as Tevye.

PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

Northumberland Ave WC2· (0844) 871 7631)

ALADDIN

The classic hit film has been brought to thrilling

life onstage by Disney, featuring all the songs

from the Academy Award winning score.

PRINCE EDWARD THEATRE

Old Compton Street, W1 (0844 482 5151)

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)

9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL

Based on the much loved movie and making its

West End debut, Dolly Parton’s musical comes

to London for a strictly limited season.

SAVOY THEATRE

Strand, WC2 (020 7492 0810)

ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES

The landmark, record-breaking and top-rated

television series written by the late, great John

Sullivan, becomes a brand-new, home-grown

British musical.

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

Haymarket SW1 (020 7930 8800)

HAMILTON

Lin-Manuel Miranda's multi award-winning

musical, based on one of America’s Founding

Father, Alexander Hamilton.

VICTORIA PALACE THEATRE

Victoria Street, SW1 (0844 248 5000)

Riverdance.

HEARTBEAT OF HOME TO OPEN IN

THE WEST END

Embracing flavours and cultures from

around the world, Heartbeat of Home,

the extraordinary dance and music

extravaganza from the Producers of

Riverdance will open in the West End

this September.

Heartbeat of Home is a high octane,

sexy, dance and music extravaganza. It

is a heart–stopping tour de force that

features the dynamic, vibrant

components of traditional Irish, Latin,

Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban and Contemporary

music and dance, uniting performers

and audiences on journeys to find a

home, wherever that may be. Following

sold out performances at the London

Palladium earlier this year and having

thrilled audiences in Dublin, North

America, China and Germany, the show

is heading to the Piccadilly Theatre for

an extended West End run due to

popular demand.

Heartbeat of Home showcases 33

world-class dancers and live musicians

from Ireland, U.S.A, Australia, Britain,

Canada, Italy, Argentina and Spain. The

show is produced by Moya Doherty,

conceived and directed by John

McColgan with award-winning Irish

composer, Brian Byrne (who has worked

with Katy Perry and Barbara Streisand).

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THE MURDÉR EXPRESS: JEWEL OF

THE EMPIRE OPENS FOR SUMMER

Following the successes of

Funicular’s previous immersive dining

experience, including the ‘The Murdér

Express,’ the creators have devised a

whole new plot for visitors to pit their

wits and solve the crime on the ‘The

Murdér Express: Jewel of the Empire’.

The year is 1937 and Europe is in

upheaval. Conflict continues to rage in

Spain and another World War looms, but

the beating of the war drums is not to be

heard on the glamorous Murdér Express.

After unearthing the world’s most

valuable diamond, the Jewel of the

Empire, Britain’s most famous

archaeologist, Dr Errol Earhart, has

joined the train to accompany his

treasure to the Von Cleethorpes estate in

Murdér, Southern France. Along for the

journey guests are also joined by a host

of characters, including the dashing

Errol Earhart and the mysterious Saskia

Selhikov, but are they all as they

seem...?

It’s time to dust off your silk dresses

and pin stripe suits to join these wealthy

socialites aboard the luxurious Murdér

Express and travel back in time for an

evening of suspense and mystery.

Sharpen your senses and watch for the

clues to see if you can solve the

mysterious disappearance of the world’s

largest cut diamond.

The evening starts at the 1st Class

platform bar, Severn Sins, where diners

can sample a range of appropriately

themed cocktails, or more traditional

tipples, while waiting for the train to

depart. On board, an array of characters

join the train for a sumptuous 4 course

meal, designed especially for you by

MasterChef: The Professionals 2018

champion Laurence Henry.

But don’t get too comfortable, the

evening takes a turn for the worse as the

body count grows, and suspicions run

wild. Who’s the suspect? Will they be

caught? Can you help to identify the

culprit and recover the jewel before the

train reaches Murdér and they escape

forever?!

The Murdér Express: Jewel of the

Empire will run until 31 August and

promises an evening of fun,

entertainment and gourmet food.

Further information and bookings at

funicularproductions.com

Sara Macann

TAKE AFTERNOON TEA LIKE QUEEN

VICTORIA AT BROWN’S HOTEL

Visitors can celebrate the Chelsea

Flower Show at Brown's Hotel this year

with an offer running for the duration of

the show. A bespoke bottle of ‘Brown's

Floral Blend’ by Ormonde Jayne

Perfumery made in London, will be

included in a Champagne Afternoon Tea

in Queen Victoria's favourite place to

take tea.

Sitting in the oak panelled room with

the mouth watering delights, visitors will

understand exactly why Queen Victoria

would settle for nothing less than

afternoon tea at Brown's Hotel after a

shopping excursion in The Royal Arcade

next door.

Afternoon tea at Brown's is worldrenowned,

and from May 20-26 during

The Chelsea Flower Show there will be a

selection of pastries, each created with a

nod to the Chelsea Flower Show by the

hotel's Executive Head Pastry Chef,

Reece Collier.

Each tea stand will feature a beautiful

complimentary bottle of Ormonde Jayne

spring-scented blend as a gift for

guests to take home. Brown's Bespoke

Blen by Ormonde Jayne's London

studio and celebrates spring, summer

fruits, berries, tea notes, bluebells and

hyacinth.

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