This Is London Summer 2019

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64 Years Informing International

& UK Visitors to London

Est. 1956 Issue 3163

Summer Holiday Edition, 2019


Events 4

Houses of Parliament Tours

Summer at the Postal Museum

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hard Rock Cafe Opens in Piccadilly

Music 8

International Children’s Choir

All Saints Chorus

Fulham Opera at Greenwood Theatre

Exhibitions 14

National Portrait Gallery

200th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s Birth

Bob Dylan at Halcyon Gallery

Summer of Spitfire at RAF Museum

Theatre 32

Kids Week

Evita at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Only Fools and Horses

The Lehman Trilogy

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Welcome to London

As always in summer, London turns into a hive

of activity. From music festivals and outdoor

cinemas, to pop-up bars and installations, there is

sure to be something new at every turn. Across the

London division of Merlin Entertainments

attractions, this is no exception, as we welcome a

whole host of new experiences, suitable for your

family, no matter their age or interest!

From the 29th July, come eye-to-eye with one of London’s most infamous

characters at the London Dungeon in their seasonal show, Hide and Seek. As

you make your way through the darkness, Sweeney Todd will enact a shadowy

and uncertain scene in front of you. Do your eyes deceive you? We’re dying to

know... what will you witness? If fairy tales are more your thing, hop next door

to Shrek’s Adventure! London and board the magical 4D flying bus on a quest

to find Shrek in this uniquely magical attraction, before taking a flight of a

different kind over London’s skyline on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Don’t

forget the London Eye River Cruise too – a 45 minute journey down the River

Thames, with commentary from our expert guides. Then, you can make a

splash with our friends as you find out who your bestie is at SEA LIFE London.

Whether you have a big appetite like a croc or keep it chilled like a penguin, we

have a friend for you! Finally, hop on board a Big Bus Tour and view London’s

most famous landmarks before rubbing shoulders with all your favourite

celebrities at Madame Tussauds London, including actress Zendaya who will

be joining the star-studded line up exclusively for the summer holidays.

Of course, if you feel like you can’t possibly stomach all of the excitement

in one day, then it’s no problem; our bespoke combination ticket packages are

valid for 90 days, ensuring you can re-visit London for several days out this

summer – just visit to plan your visit today.

With all this in mind, we hope that this issue of This is London will inspire

you to celebrate the capital in all its glory (and hopefully with some sunshine!)

this summer.

Tony Grizzanti

Divisional Director for Merlin Entertainments London attractions


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The Lords Chamber.

Photo: UK Parliament/Roger Harris.



While the politicians are taking a

summer break from Westminster, visitors

to London can discover the history and

heritage of this world-famous building

and find out how the UK Parliament


You will travel through the Commons

Chamber and the Lords Chamber where

many passionate debates have taken place

(and still do), follow in the footsteps of the

Queen at the State Opening, and be

inspired by Westminster Hall which is

almost 1,000 years old.

For 90 minutes, a knowledgeable

guide will take you on an entertaining

and informative tour. Alternatively, set

your own pace using the new

multimedia guides and choose one of

the nine language options. Special

versions of the guided and self-guided

tours are available for families visiting

with children.

For a memorable treat, you can add a

stylish afternoon tea with a view of the

River Thames. Parliament’s awardwinning

chefs have created a tempting

menu of savouries and sweets made

freshly on site, which combines tradition

with a modern twist. Vegetarian and

gluten-free options can be arranged if

requested when booking.

All tour visitors can see the

‘Parliament and Peterloo’ exhibition in

Westminster Hall, which explores the

political and social background to the

Peterloo massacre on 16 August 1819

and Parliament’s reaction to it.

Summer tour dates are Monday to

Saturday between 26 July and 31 August

(except 29 July and 26 August). The

afternoon tea add-on is available

Tuesday to Saturday between 30 July

and 31 August.

Advance booking for tours is

recommended but not always essential.

You can book tickets online at, by telephoning

020 7219 4114, or at the Ticket Office

located in front of Portcullis House on

Victoria Embankment.



With temperatures continuing to rise

in the capital this summer, ZSL London

Zoo’s critically endangered Sumatran

Tiger cools off with a swim. Unlike most

domestic cats, tigers love water and the

spell of warm weather has seen sevenyear

old Asim enjoying paddling in his

refreshing pond (below).

Visitors can see Asim and the zoo’s

19,000 residents to enjoy the perfect

sunny day out in London.

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The Great British Summer comes to

The Postal Museum this week with

all-weather activities, strawberries and

cream, live music, an urban garden and

a host of family-friendly activities.

No matter the weather this summer,

The Postal Museum will be celebrating

with live music, barbecues, outdoor

games and a fun-filled family

programme inspired by the tradition of

travelling to the seaside and The Great

British Summer.

To kick off the summer holidays,

visitors are invited to join the opening

summer weekend, where they will be

able to help plant an urban garden,

enjoy live music, feast on a sumptuous

BBQ and play outdoor games in their

green courtyard.

Families can also travel to the seaside

without leaving London, with a range of

beach-themed family-friendly activities.

From Punch and Judy hand puppet

workshops and postcard making

sessions to storytelling and a book

signing, there’s something for kids of

all ages.

As well as enjoying the outdoor

activities on offer, visitors can take a

break from the sunshine and cool off

with a ride through Mail Rail’s secret

subterranean tunnels. Rides are included

with all admission tickets.

To find out more, visit the website at


One of the iconic characters in

children’s literature will wiggle his way

to London this summer in celebration of

a major birthday. The Very Hungry

Caterpillar Show will play a limited

4-week run at Troubadour White City

Theatre from Wednesday 7 August to

Sunday 1 September, to mark the 50th

Anniversary of Eric Carle’s beloved


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

features a menagerie of 75 enchanting

puppets during a magical show that

faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s best

loved books for the stage. The 50th

Anniversary production will feature a

brand-new line-up of stories for 2019;

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little

Rubber Ducks, the return of The Very

Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very

Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle said: ‘I am delighted that

the 50th anniversary of The Very Hungry

Caterpillar will be celebrated with such

an enchanting production, and that my

friends in London will be able to share

the same enjoyment I felt when seeing

my characters come to life on stage.’

Eric Carle’s books have captivated

generations of readers with their iconic

hand-painted illustrations and

distinctively simple stories, introducing

millions of children to a bigger, brighter

world, and to their first experience of

reading itself. Carle has illustrated more

than seventy books, most of which he

also wrote, and more than 132 million

copies of his books have sold around

the world.

His best-known work, The Very

Hungry Caterpillar, has nibbled its way

into the hearts of millions of children all

over the world, and in 2019 celebrates

its 50th Anniversary. Since it was first

published in 1969 it has been translated

into 62 languages and sold over 50

million copies worldwide, remaining one

of the best selling children’s books of

all time.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show is

adapted for the stage by director

Jonathan Rockefeller, whose production

sees four master puppeteers weave their

way through Eric Carle’s stories,

bringing to life 75 magical puppets that

faithfully recreate the wonderfully

colourful world of Carle’s illustrations.

Tickets telephone 0844 815 4866.

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Photo: Luke Austin.



Eccentric, scandalous, provocative,

exuberant and funny as ever, Jean Paul

Gaultier is shaking up London with his

stunning new creation, Fashion Freak

Show. The production, an explosive

combination of a revue and fashion

show, will play Southbank Centre's

Queen Elizabeth Hall from 23 July for

13 performances.

Fashion Freak Show has enjoyed an

acclaimed run in Paris at the iconic

Folies Bergère, before transferring to

Southbank Centre to make its UK

premiere. In this extraordinary

production, actors, dancers and circus

artists take to the stage and play

outlandish, passionate, larger than life,

rude, sexy, sassy creatures and


Set against the backdrop of a giant

video wall, a key part of the production

features vignettes of special guest

stars – including a number of Gaultier’s

long-term, iconic supporters and

friends. Rossy de Palma plays the young

Gaultier’s unforgiving schoolteacher,

who harbours secret fashion fantasies of

her own, while Catherine Deneuve reads

out the hysterical names that Gaultier

gave the creations in his fabulous men’s

couture show of the early ’90s.

As author, director and costume

designer, Jean Paul Gaultier takes a look

at our times in both an extravagant and

tender way, and invites us behind the

scenes into his world filled with excess,

poetry and magic.

From his childhood to his early

career, from his greatest fashion shows

to the wild nights in Le Palace or

London, Jean Paul Gaultier shares his

journal of the times and pays tribute to

those who have inspired him in film

(Pedro Almodovar, Luc Besson), music

(Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Mylène

Farmer) and dance (Régine Chopinot,

Angelin Prejlocaj).

In the show, conceived like a grand

party, Jean Paul Gaultier will surprise us

yet again. He has designed hundreds of

new exclusive outfits, incorporated

within an exuberant set – without

forgetting his iconic creations.

From disco to funk, from pop to rock

and new wave and punk, the Fashion

Freak Show is an explosive playlist of

hits that have inspired the artist

throughout his life.

Tickets from the Box Office telephone

0203 879 9555.



Just back from Edinburgh Festival

Fringe, Latin Rediscovery will perform a

seductive introduction to the sultriest

sounds of the early 20th century at

Southbank Centre on 6 September (19.45),

an evening inspired by the music of the

cabaret stars who appeared at the exclusive

club Sans Soucis in Havana in the 1950’s.

They included Marlene Dietrich, her friend

Edith Piaf and film star Ilona Massey, the

Hungarian operetta film diva often

compared to the young Dietrich. German

cabaret and films of the 1920’s and 1930’s

bore witness for all things Latino.

Opera and tango singer Ann Liebeck

(pictured) appears with composer and

bandoneonist Julian Rowlands, Olivier

award-nominated alongside the cast of

Midnight Tango. Hear Cuban Jazz

virtuoso Omar Puente (Double Latin UK

award-winner) and Rory Dempsey from

Tango Siempre on bass, in a show

introducing young jazz pianist Jonny

Liebeck. At its recent Cuban preview at

Habana Clasica international festival, the

show received a standing ovation.

The musicians collaborated on last

summer’s two-day Havana Buenos Aires

Classical latin music festival at Southbank

Centre which was also featured on BBC

Radio 3’s In Tune. For tickets, visit

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WICKED, the West End and Broadway

musical sensation that tells the

incredible untold story of the Witches of

Oz, this week sees Nikki Bentley and

Helen Woolf lead the new London cast

as Elphaba and Glinda respectively,

alongside Alistair Brammer as Fiyero.

Nikki Bentley (Elphaba), Helen Woolf

(Glinda) and Kim Ismay (Madame

Morrible) join the London production to

recreate the roles they played to national

acclaim on the recent Wicked UK and

Ireland Tour.

‘Packed with wit, storming songs and

beautiful costumes’ – (The Guardian),

Wicked is already the 9th longest

running musical in West End history.

Winner of over 100 major awards,

including three Tony Awards, two Olivier

Awards and ten theatregoer-voted

WhatsOnStage Awards (winning ‘Best

West End Show’ on three separate

occasions), the classic musical has now

been seen by almost 10 million people

in London alone.

Wicked imagines an ingenious

backstory and future possibilities to the

lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved

characters from ‘The Wonderful Wizard

of Oz’ and reveals the decisions and

events that shape the destinies of two

unlikely University friends on their

journey to becoming Glinda The Good

and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked has music and lyrics by multi

Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award

winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell;

Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of

Notre Dame and Enchanted and, for

DreamWorks Animation, The Prince of

Egypt) and is based on the novel ‘Wicked:

The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of

the West’ by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced around the world

by Marc Platt, Universal Stage

Productions, The Araca Group,

Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive

Producer (UK) Michael McCabe.

Tickets available from the box office

telephone 0844 871 3001.

Helen Woolf (Glinda) and Nikki Bentley (Elphaba).




Photo: Matt Crockett.



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The magnificent interior of Southwark Cathedral.



The International Children’s Choir

Festival will return to Southwark

Cathedral for its final concert on Friday

evening, 26 July at 19.30. Nine superb

children’s choirs from Canada and the

United States will come to the cathedral

to sing under Dr. David Flood, Organist

and Master of the Choristers at

Canterbury Cathedral, and Professor

Henry Leck, one of America’s top

children’s choir experts.

Accompaniments will be played by

Thomas Allery, Director of Chapel Music

at Worcester College, Oxford. Over 200

children’s choirs have participated in this

prestigious festival since 1997 and

include this year the Junior Amabile

Children’s Choir, Ontario, Canada; South

Hills Children’s Choir, Pennsylvania,

USA; Youth Choir of Central Oregon,

Oregon, USA; Ashley Hall Girls Chorus,

South Carolina, USA; Kentucky Youth

Chorale, Kentucky, USA; Bel Canto

Children’s Chorus, Pennsylvania, USA;

Immaculate Heart of Mary Children’s

Choir, California, USA; Precious Blood

Children’s Choir, California, USA; and

St. Philip’s Children’s Choir, South

Carolina, USA.

The Festival begins each year in

Canterbury for four nights, when the

choirs experience five mass choir

rehearsals and individual choir

workshops with each Festival conductor.

The choirs present individual solo

recitals in Canterbury Cathedral and

then, as a combined choir, they sing

Evensong and present a free evening

concert in the cathedral Quire before

heading to London.

Tickets for the Final Concert at

Southwark Cathedral on 26 July are

available at the door on the night.

The Festival was founded in 1997 by

former American Lay Clerk at Canterbury

Cathedral, David Searles, who returned

from retirement to re-organise the

Festival beginning again in 2011 after a

two-year absence.

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Anyone visiting London in August

and who wants to see the English

countryside at its best, with some

culture at the same time, should head to

the beautiful Mill at Sonning, a half hour

train journey from Paddington.

A new production of Agatha Christie’s

classic whodunit thriller Towards Zero, is

the latest in a line of Christie thrillers

directed each summer by Brian Blessed,

with his wife, Hildegard Neil and daughter,

Rosalind Blessed, in the company.

The combination of Christie and

Blessed has proved a winning formula

for The Mill, helped by the special

relationship that Brian had with the

Queen of Crime. He met and worked

with her when he was a young actor at

Nottingham Repertory Theatre. She told

Brian that Towards Zero was acclaimed

by the novelist Rupert Graves as her best

and most dramatic novel and in 1956,

Gerald Verner adapted it into a play.

There has been a mill at Sonning for

many centuries. In the Domesday Book

of 1086, three mills at ‘Sonninges and

Berrochescire’ are mentioned.

Towards Zero will run from 8 August

to 28 September. Tickets telephone

0118 969 8000.



To celebrate the legendary club’s

milestone 60th birthday, Ronnie Scott’s

has created a bespoke, limited edition

whisky, entitled Ronnie’s Scotch. Just

over 1,000 bottles of Ronnie’s Scotch

will be available for the public to purchase

in person at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

this summer.

The 60th anniversary celebrations will

culminate in a spectacular, one-off concert

at the Royal Albert Hall on 30 October; the

club’s official birthday. Acts include the

unstoppable Van Morrison, Irish vocalist

Imelda May and saxophonist Pee Wee

Ellis, in what is set to be an unforgettable

night for the iconic jazz club.

The Mill at Sonning.


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Southwark Cathedral is the setting for a

choral masterpiece surrounded by one of

the most compelling melodramas in

music. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was on

his deathbed in Vienna in 1791, when a

mysterious visitor arrived inviting him to

write a mass for the dead. For Sir Peter

Shaffer in his acclaimed stage play

Amadeus, the idea of Mozart imagining

the supernatural commissioning of his

own requiem was irresistible.

The reality was more mundane, but

no less cloak and dagger. The

anonymous patron who commissioned

Mozart’s last composition was Count

Franz von Walsegg-Stuppach, whose

wife had recently died. An ambitious

amateur musician, the subterfuge was

designed to enable him to pass the

music off as his own.

The famously superstitious Mozart

may well have been seized by the

dramatic coincidence of his own

approaching demise. For his wife

Constanza, what mattered was payment

in full, and a semi-finished Requiem

invited financial embarrassment.

So it was that she approached other

composers to help finish the work, which

was eventually completed by Franz

Sussmayr, one of her husband’s pupils,

All Saints Chorus.

who wrote the Sanctus, Benedictus and

Agnus Dei, completing other movements

from fragments left by Mozart himself.

How much of Sussmayr’s work is based

on discussions with the master before his

death remains a mystery.

What is certain is that it was Mozart’s

name on the finished score and

Sussmayr’s part in the composition was

obscured for many years. For all the

melodrama surrounding its composition,

it is Mozart’s genius that shines through

the music that will be performed at

18.30 on 7 September, by the All Saints

Chorus and Orchestra, who have chosen

this work, along with Beethoven’s 8th

Symphony and Mozart’s setting of the

motet Ave Verum Corpus, for a concert

to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

All Saints Chorus is one of the finest

community choirs in London, led by

their charismatic music director and

composer Jon Cullen and accompanied

by musicians drawn from the capital’s

leading orchestras.

The concert is raising money for the

Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund, a

charity based in Romford which has

been helping families since 1992.

Tickets are still available by telephone

on 07933 983652 or via the website



Producing Wagner’s epic... on a

shoestring. For Fulham Opera, Wagner’s

music has been something of a religion.

The company performed the entire Ring

Cycle in 2014, The Flying Dutchman in

2015, and now, in a move unheard-of by

any fringe opera company, this summer

they bring Die Meistersinger von

Nürnberg to the Greenwood Theatre next

to London Bridge.

So what attracts Fulham Opera’s

Artistic Director, Ben Woodward, into

attempting to produce such an epic in

the London fringe?

The music is just astonishing; so

human and so universal. Meistersinger

is an absolutely joyous comedy. It

celebrates the need for art, and how music

brings people together –in community

and in love.


And the singers?

Over the past 8 years of Fulham

Opera’s existence, we’ve built relationships

with some of the finest singers in London.

I’m thrilled to have Keel Watson and

Ronald Samm singing the two major

roles, as I first heard them in the

Birmingham Opera ‘Otello’ on the BBC

iPlayer in 2007 – they’re like brothers.

The whole cast is astonishing; we’re

extremely fortunate in all our singers.

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Photos: Matthew Coughlan

Ben Woodward.



On 6 September at 19.30, Worbey

and Farrell, the renowned four hands on

one piano Steinway ensemble, will be

premiering their brand-new show,

Masquerade, at Cadogan Hall.

Following their debut at Cadogan Hall

last year, pianists Steven Worbey and

Kevin Farrell will be returning with their

own astonishing arrangements of family

favourites, including Prokofiev’s Peter

and the Wolf with their own unique

narration, Bach’s world-famous Toccata

and Fugue in D Minor, as well as their

own ‘Deviations on a Caprice’ based on

Paganini’s famous Caprice which will

take you on a journey through jazz,

ragtime, classical, and film music.

Worbey and Farrell have performed in

over 150 countries and have had

millions of hits on YouTube. They are

regulars on BBC Radio 3 and ITV’s ‘This

Morning’ and wow everyone with their

piano playing. The ingenuity of these

amazing musicians will make you laugh

one moment and take your breath away

the next. Prepare to be moved, delighted

and utterly gob-smacked.

For tickets, telephone 020 7730 4500.


So what can we expect from the


It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s a happy

reflection on life both in 16th Century

Nuremberg, but also in 21st Century

Britain – our production is set at a

music festival!

Meistersinger was written with 18

named parts and a huge chorus. Have

you got the cast of hundreds?

It is absolute madness, trying to do

Meistersinger in a fringe fashion. We have

a splendid volunteer chorus; we have an

orchestra of 18, and some of the most

committed soloists I’ve ever worked with.

This will be an intimate Meistersinger,

telling the stories of the characters as

though they were sat next to you. And the

singing will be just astonishing.

How about the money?

It’s been a challenge, I won’t lie. I’ve

begged, borrowed and done everything I

could to try and find the money for the

theatre, the production, the orchestra, and

of course the singers. We have a

fundraising scheme where you can

sponsor a Meister of your choice; if

anyone wants to help us out, then please

go to our site at and

check it out.

Sounds like it shouldn’t be missed!

The Fulham Opera Die Meistersinger

plays at the Greenwood Theatre, Weston

Street SE1 – about 2 minutes from

London Bridge Station – on 9 and 11

August at 15.00; 14 and 17 August at

17.00. Tickets at

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Charlie Schaffer: Imara in her Winter Coat. Photo: Jorge Herrera.



The winner of the BP Portrait Award

2019 is Brighton based artist, Charlie

Schaffer for Imara in her Winter Coat, a

portrait of his close friend, which can be

seen at the National Portrait Gallery. The

judges admired the mannerist style of this

portrait, which has a strong sense of a

living presence in Schaffer’s composition.

Schaffer’s practice is mainly concerned

with the act of painting, and how the

process that allows the painter and sitter

to spend time with one another forms

unique and intense relationships.

Also on display at the National

Portrait Gallery, for the first time in the

UK, is a retrospective of work by Cindy

Sherman, including her groundbreaking

series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80.

With Sherman herself as model, her

black and white images captured the

look of 1950s and 60s Hollywood, film

noir, B movies and European art-house

films. The artist’s manipulation of her

own appearance and her deployment of

material derived from a range of cultural

sources created portraits that explore the

tension between façade and identity.

The National Portrait Gallery is to stage

the first-ever major exhibition to focus on

the untold story of the women of

Pre-Raphaelite art as part of a 2019

autumn season, that also includes the first

exhibition situating leading contemporary

artist Elizabeth Peyton within the historical

tradition of portraiture. 160 years after the

first pictures were exhibited by the

Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849,

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters (17 Oct - 26 Jan)

explores the overlooked contribution of

twelve women who contributed to the

movement in different ways.

The first major exhibition devoted to

David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty

years will open at the National Portrait

Gallery in February. David Hockney:

Drawing from Life will explore Hockney

as a draughtsman from the 1950s to

now, by focussing on his depictions of

himself and a small group of sitters

close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell;

his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends,

the curator, Gregory Evans, and master

printer, Maurice Payne. The exhibition

will feature new portraits of some of the

David Hockney Self Portrait, 14 March,

2012, iPad drawing printed on paper

Exhibition Proof 37 x 28" © David Hockney.

Cecil Beaton by Paul Tanqueray, 1937.

National Portrait Gallery, London.

© Estate of Paul Tanqueray.

sitters and previously unseen early

works, including working drawings for

his pivotal A Rake’s Progress etching

suite (1961-63), inspired by the

identically named series of prints by

William Hogarth (1697-64), and

sketchbooks from Hockney’s art school

days in Bradford in the 1950s.

Cecil Beaton’s Portraits From a

Golden Age will be brought together for

the first time in a major exhibition

opening at the National Portrait Gallery

in March. Through the prism of Beaton’s

portraits, the exhibition will present the

leading cast, to many of whom he would

become close, and who in these early

years helped refine his remarkable

photographic style. Brought to vivid life

each of them has a story to tell.

Cecil Beaton’s own life and

relationship with the ‘Bright Young

Things’ will be woven into the

exhibition, not least in self-portraits

and those by his contemporaries.

Socially avaricious, he was a muchphotographed

figure, a celebrity in his

own right.

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Kensington Palace.



On 24 May, 1819, Princess Victoria

was born at Kensington Palace, an infant

who as Queen would one day rule over

the largest empire the world had ever

known. To mark the bicentenary of this

historic event, Historic Royal Palaces

has mounted a major new exhibition at

Kensington Palace for 2019, alongside a

re-presentation of the rooms the young

Victoria called home.

As the birthplace of the Victorian era,

Kensington Palace played a central role

in the shaping of this important

monarch. It was at the palace that

Victoria spent her formative years under

the gaze of her ever-present mother the

Duchess of Kent, and it was in her

apartment at Kensington that she went to

bed a princess and woke up a queen.

Now, using new research, Historic Royal

Palaces – the independent charity which

cares for Kensington Palace, and the

proud holder of Independent Research

Organisation status – is reimagining the

suite of rooms Victoria and her mother

occupied in an evocative and familyfriendly

exploration of royal childhood.

Through a display of remarkable

objects relating to her early years –

including a poignant scrapbook of

mementos created by her German

governess, Baroness Lehzen, which

goes on public display for the first

time – this newly presented route, titled

Victoria: A Royal Childhood, will reveal

the story of the girl destined to be

queen. From the rapid conversion of a

dining room into a birthing room, visitors

will follow the Princess’s journey to the

crown, experiencing how an idyllic

childhood became governed by the strict

rules of the ‘Kensington System’, and how

Victoria escaped isolation and family

feuding into a fantasy world of story

writing, doll making and drawing inspired

by her love of opera and ballet. Her

education, family life, closest friendships

and bitter struggles will all be explored,

charting how an indulged young princess

blossomed into the independent and

iconic monarch we remember today.

Offering a chance to uncover history

right where it happened, these historic

spaces will also be brought to life with

playful interpretation and interactive

displays which will help visitors imagine

the rooms that Victoria would have lived,

learnt and played in.



Visitors will be able to unshackle the

stories behind some of the most daring

attempts to escape the Tower of London

this summer, with a series of immersive

activities for all the family to enjoy.

Step back in time to the days of

Queen Elizabeth I and her successor

King James I, at the height of the Tower’s

dark reputation as an infamous prison.

Rebels, plotters, heretics and spies have

filled its cells and dungeons. The lucky

ones were tortured, while the less

fortunate lost their heads. But, with the

right blend of cunning, ingenuity and

disregard for danger, escape was

sometimes possible...

You can meet notorious prisoners

from the Tower of London’s past and,

in the shadow of the imposing White

Tower, listen to their gruesome tales of

imprisonment, torture and execution.

There will be an opportunity to witness

one of history’s truly great escapes.

Relive the drama of John Gerard’s

exhilarating 1597 escape attempt as he

abseils down the Tower’s historic walls.

John Gerard famously hatched an

escape plan sending secret notes in

invisible ink to his rescuers using

orange juice. This 30-minute live

performance runs three times a day and

brings to life the story of imprisonment

at the Tower like never before. For more

information and to buy tickets visit

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Many years ago, when I began my

career as a professional wildlife

photographer, I could not have imagined

the devastating effect that human

encroachment would have on our planet.

I have witnessed firsthand, on my many

journeys, how this and the annihilation

of animals through poaching and the

illegal wildlife trade, has had such a

catastrophic impact on the future of these

beautiful creatures. It is this that informs

all my work and my determination to

make a difference, sharing my

photographs with not only this generation,

but with generations to come.

When putting my new book ‘Latitude’

together, I thought about how I could best

express my abiding passion for wildlife

and its preservation in global terms. I

wanted to create something that would not

only move, but also motivate and bring

about a greater awareness of the need to

act now rather than later, while we still

can. With that in mind, I decided that the

most meaningful way to do so would be

to feature images from my travels to all

seven continents, from the Arctic to the

Antarctic, in the hope that my passion will

be shared and inspire others to help make

a change for good.

In addition to my passion for wildlife

and conservation, I have another

passion. In 2007, I founded Hoopers

Africa Trust, a charity that transforms the

lives of disadvantaged girls in Kenya,

something I strongly believe is vital to

the country’s future. To date, the charity

has funded one hundred and fifty girls

through secondary education, with twenty

going on to graduate at university level

and two completing master’s degrees.

All proceeds from the sale of my new

book will be donated to Hoopers Africa

Trust. ‘Tumaini La Baadaye’ – Hope for

the Future.

Roger Hooper

Latitude is on view at gallery@oxo in the

Oxo Tower Wharf from 26 July to 18 August.

Further information at

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Caledonian Sleeper is making it easier than ever for visitors to experience the

beauty of Scotland’s islands this summer – thanks to a new travel connection.

The overnight rail service from London Euston is connecting passengers with the

Scottish coast through a complimentary coach link. Running between the train

station at Crianlarich and the coastal town of Oban, the link puts guests within reach

of the Hebridean islands, including Mull, Islay, Lewis and Harris. For more

information or to book a journey, visit



FOOD: Bigger than the Plate is a major

new exhibition at the V&A exploring 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 food future.

The exhibition falls at a pivotal time

where food and our relationship to it are

topics of increasing global interest and

debate. Over 70 contemporary projects,

new commissions and creative

collaborations by artists and designers

working with chefs, farmers, scientists

and local communities, are centered

around four sections: ‘Compost’,

‘Farming’, ‘Trading’ and ‘Eating’.

This timely exhibition draws on the

V&A’s close links with food, including

over 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 museum refreshment

rooms. The V&A café, catered by

Benugo, remains central to the museum,

linking food culture and the visual arts.



A Crafts Council summer exhibition

celebrating jewellery designers Tatty

Devine’s 20-year anniversary is currently

showing at Central Saint Martins’ Lethaby

Gallery, London, before a UK-wide tour.

Tatty Devine’s statement jewellery is

always ahead of the curve. This summer, a

new Crafts Council exhibition, Misshapes:

The making of Tatty Devine, considers the

power of creativity and innovative British

design and making, alongside glamour

and humour.

The exhibition is the first about the

design duo, Harriet Vine and Rosie

Wolfenden, who met at Chelsea College

of Art and founded Tatty Devine when

they graduated in 1999. They soon

started trading from a market stall in east

London and developed a signature style

that saw them lauded in Vogue and

stocked in Harvey Nichols and Whistles

within the year.

They discovered laser-cut acrylic on a

trip to New York in 2001. On their return,

they invested in a laser-cutting machine,

rarely used in jewellery at that time, which

then gave them a creative freedom to push

the boundaries. Something they continue

to do to this day. Turning disposable

objects like guitar plectrums and cake

decorations into playful personalitypacked

jewellery resonated with people

and led to fans all over the world.

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This summer will see the Royal Air

Force Museum paying homage to one of

the most iconic aircraft ever built, with a

programme of family events and

activities dedicated to the Spitfire.

The Museum is home to a large

collection of Spitfires, including the

world’s oldest. This summer, it will

explore the history of the Spitfire and the

story of those RAF servicemen and

women who worked with this wondrous

aircraft. Weekend festivals, thought

provoking storytelling, close views of

real Spitfires, and a series of nostalgic

events including a Battle of Britain Day

will transport visitors back to a time

when the Spitfire protected Europe’s


Have you ever wanted to sit in the

pilot's seat of a Spitfire? Do you think

you have the right stuff to get an aircraft

back in the sky, or decode enemy

intelligence? Now’s your chance to put

your skills to the test in the Spitfire

Academy Adventure. Scramble the whole

family and take off into this new

immersive adventure. Compete against

others teams to crack the clues located

around our site and earn your Spitfire

Academy Wings.

The Spitfire Academy Adventure is an

exciting experience, exclusive to the RAF

Museum, that combines all the fun of an

escape room with a competitive treasure

hunt, and adds a dash of theatrics. So,

gather together your family and friends,

start your engines and get ready for

adventure. Visitors can also sit in the

Spitfire Mk XVI, in goggles and a pilot’s

helmet, and take a selfie either of

yourself or with family and friends. No

need to book, just drop by. The Spitfire

Selfie Station will be open daily

throughout the summer.

For more information about the

Museum’s Summer of Spitfire

programme of events and activities at

both the RAF Museum London and

Cosford, visit All

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Celebrating the 20th birthday of the

much-loved picture book, Tall Stories’

hit musical adaptation ‘The Gruffalo’ live

on stage returns, with a limited ten-week

West End season at The Lyric Theatre,

Shaftesbury Avenue until 8 September.

The Gruffalo, written by Julia

Donaldson and illustrated by Axel

Scheffler and published by Macmillan

Children’s Book in 1999, was adapted

for the stage by Tall Stories in 2001 and

has since been delighting audiences

around the world.

Join Mouse on a daring adventure

through the deep, dark wood. Searching

for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning

Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the highspirited

Snake. Will the story of the

terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from

Tall Stories.

ending up as dinner for these hungry

woodland creatures? After all, there is no

such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Expect songs, laughs and monstrous

fun for children aged 3 and up and their

grown-ups! The cast of ‘The Gruffalo’

live on stage includes Jake Addley as

‘Predators’; Rebecca Newman as ‘Mouse

and Elliot Rodriguez as ‘the Gruffalo’.

For tickets, visit

Apollo 8 Mission, Earth over the horizon

of the moon. Images courtesy NASA.



To celebrate 50 years since NASA’s

Apollo 11 mission landed the first

humans on the Moon, the National

Maritime Museum has opened The Moon,

the UK’s biggest exhibition dedicated to

Earth’s nearest celestial neighbour.

Featuring over 180 objects from

national and international museums and

private collections, the exhibition presents

a cultural and scientific story of our

relationship with the Moon over time and

across civilisations. Through artefacts,

artworks and interactive moments, the

exhibition will enable visitors to reconnect

with the wonders of the Moon and discover

how it has captivated and inspired us.

The exhibition will explore how

humans have used, understood and

observed the Moon from Earth. Visitors

will get the chance to relive the

momentous events of the Space Race and

the Moon landings before discovering the

motivations behind 21st century lunar

missions. ‘The Moon’ will explore how

new technologies, such as 17th century

telescopes, 19th century cameras and

remote equipment for space photography

and mapping in the 20th century brought

increasing understanding of the lunar

surface and the Moon’s origins. A

selection of maps, paintings,

photographs, models and drawings from

the 17th century to the present, will

emphasise humanity’s continuing desire

to understand more about the Moon.

From classic science fiction through to

the defining events of the Space Race,

visitors will see how the Moon went from

being a distant object of observation and

place of imagination to a destination that

was within human reach. The Moon looks

at key moments within the Space Race,

highlighting how a number of Soviet

‘firsts’ were ultimately overshadowed by

Neil Armstrong’s century-defining ‘one

small step’ in July 1969. Video artist

Christian Stangl will show a new and

exclusive version of his film ‘Lunar’, in

which animated photographs from Apollo

missions allow visitors to experience the

Moon landings through the eyes of the


In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts left a

plaque on the Moon claiming, ‘we came

in peace for all mankind’. Today, there is

renewed drive to return to the Moon,

reflected in future projects from China,

Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Russia and

the United States. No longer the domain

of superpowers, international space

agencies, private companies and

entrepreneurs are all part of this 21st

century race for the Moon. The closing

chapter of the exhibition will look at these

contemporary motivations for Moon

travel, leaving visitors to contemplate

whether the Moon will become a theatre

for exploitation and competition, or

remain a peaceful place for all humankind.


The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned

lunar mission, launched from the

Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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On 4 July, Halcyon Gallery opened its

doors to a new collection of original

paintings by Bob Dylan for a special

Summer Exhibition, running until late

August. Following the last major

exhibition of his work Mondo Scripto, at

Halcyon Gallery in 2018, and the release

of Martin Scorsese’s critically-acclaimed

documentary of Dylan’s 1975 Rolling

Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story in

June of this year, this new body of work

sees Dylan return to his ongoing series

of American highways and byways that

he first explored in The Beaten Path in


These recent works show Dylan’s

progression as a painter and a new

maturity; the artist boldly depicts vast

skies and changing light with confident,

broad brushstrokes in a sheer

celebration of colour. Dylan renders the

changing face of America with ease;

from the neon illuminations of a latenight

ice cream joint in Nowhere and

Anywhere, to an obscured Night Train,

whose glowing headlights approach

from the distance. New Orleans Street

musicians; an abandoned jetty winding

out to a deserted lake; the monolithic

sweep of a bridge dissecting the sky

overheard; all continue to create a

panoramic vision of America.

Alongside this new collection of

paintings, Halcyon Gallery will exhibit a

collection of previous works from The

Drawn Blank Series, first shown in 2008,

which saw reworked sketches that Dylan

originally produced while on tour in the

late eighties. The Drawn Blank paintings

capture fleeting moments of a life on

tour; portraits, landscapes and unknown

places are all seen through Dylan’s eyes.

Also on display will be previously

unseen ironwork sculptures including

new pieces specifically created to

integrate with the gallery space. Dylan

began experimenting with these

sculptural works in the late 1980s,

though they were first shown in the

gallery in 2012.

Fremont Street, 2018.

Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan is one of the great

American artists and a worldwide

cultural icon who has been inspiring

audiences for six decades. Having

forever changed the relationship between

music and language, Dylan became the

first musician to be awarded the Nobel

Prize in Literature in 2016, recognised

‘for having created new poetic

expressions within the great American

song tradition’.

In the autumn of this year,

Retrospectrum, the most comprehensive

survey of Dylan’s art to date, will invite

visitors to experience his artwork in an

immersive and interactive environment.

The exhibition will be installed in

October 2019 at Modern Art Museum

(MAM), Shanghai, an institution focused

on diversity, equality, exchange and

education. Its vast industrial architecture

offers a versatile and dynamic space to

connect the shared cultures of the East

and West.

Located along the ‘cultural corridor’

of museums and galleries that runs

along the riverside in the Pudong New

Area, MAM utilises innovative methods

to facilitate public participation and

engagement with art.

The Halcyon Gallery is in New Bond

Street, nearest tube is Bond Street.

Bob Dylan.

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Left: Enigma M1070 © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, GCHQ.



The Science Museum has launched a

major new exhibition, exploring

communications intelligence and cyber

security over the course of 100 years.

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber

Security marks the centenary of GCHQ,

the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber

agency which was first acknowledged in

law in 1994. Through never-before-seen

objects, interactive puzzles and firstperson

interviews, the exhibition

explores the challenges of maintaining

digital security in the 21st century and

the unique technologies used.

Amongst over 100 objects in the

exhibition that reveal fascinating stories of

communications intelligence and cyber

security from the last century are cipher

machines used during the Second World

War, secure telephones of the type used by

British Prime Ministers, and an encryption

key used by Her Majesty The Queen.

Sir Ian Blatchford, Director of the

Science Museum Group, said: ‘With the

help of GCHQ, our expert advisors on the

exhibition, we are privileged to reveal

some of the previously hidden histories

of the UK’s intelligence community. By

exhibiting over 100 remarkable objects,

we aim to engage visitors with the people

and technologies that keep us safe, at a

time when cyber security has never been

more important to people’s everyday lives.’

The exhibition also explores the work

of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security

Centre (NCSC) which works to defend

against cyberattacks. Visitors will be

able to see a computer infected with the

WannaCry ransomware which, in 2017,

affected thousands of people and

organisations including the NHS.

The exhibition includes the story of

the encryption technology used by the

Krogers who, until their arrest in the

1960s, were part of the most successful

Soviet spy ring in Cold War Britain.

Visitors will also be able to see the

remains of the crushed hard drive

alleged to contain top secret information

which was given by Edward Snowden to

The Guardian in 2013.

Exhibited for the first time in public is

the 5-UCO, one of the first electronic

and fully unbreakable cipher machines.

It was developed to handle the most

secret messages during the Second

World War, including sending Bletchley

Park’s decrypted Enigma messages to

the British military in the field and was

in use into the 1950s. This ultra-secret

machine was previously believed to have

been destroyed. Visitors to the exhibition

will also discover the story of the Lorenz

machine. Mistakes made by a German

radio operator while using a Lorenz

machine enabled workers at Bletchley

Park to break the Enigma code, bringing

the Allies one step closer to winning

the war.

Secure telephones that were at the

cutting-edge of innovation played a

crucial role for Britain during the Cold

War. The Pickwick telephone was

developed to keep transatlantic

communication secure between John F

Kennedy and Harold Macmillan during

the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. By the

1980s secure telephone systems were

portable, and visitors will be able to see

Margaret Thatcher’s secure briefcase

telephone, which was used to

communicate the course of action to the

British Ministry of Defence during the

Falklands War in 1982.

Pickwick phone, 1960, used between

US President Kennedy and Harold

Macmillan during the Cuban Missle

Crisis © The Board of Trustees of the

Science Museum, GCHQ.

An interactive puzzle zone within the

exhibition gives visitors the opportunity

to test their own codebreaking skills and

explore first-hand the skills required to

succeed in the world of GCHQ.

The exhibition is supported by

Principal Funder DCMS, Principal

Sponsors Raytheon, Avast and DXC

Technology, Major Sponsor QinetiQ,

Associate Funder The Hintze Family

Charitable Foundation, and supported by

Keith Thrower, with special thanks to

Michael Spencer and NEX Group.

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Jason Atherton and The Social

Company are launching Pavlova's,

situated within the Victoria Palace

Theatre, the first theatre bar by Atherton

and in partnership with the theatre’s

owner, Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Named

after the legendary Russian ballerina

whose statue stands on top of the

theatre, Pavlova’s will be the perfect hub

for theatregoers.

The drinks list has been curated by

the group’s Bar Manager, Jay Doy, and

will showcase the creative flair seen

across all of Atherton’s bars. The

signature cocktail, ‘The Dying Swan’ has

been named after Anna Pavlova’s fabled

dance and features a music box that

opens to reveal a rotating ballerina.

Sir Cameron Mackintosh, owner of

The Victoria Palace Theatre noted:

'When I restored and extended the

Victoria Palace Theatre, I planned to

open part of the building as a bar

available to the general public, not just

theatregoers. I wanted to partner with

one of London's most brilliant

restauranteurs – and to my mind Jason

Atherton is top of the bill, so I was

thrilled when Jason enthusiastically

agreed to create Pavlova’s.'

Pavlova’s will incorporate the

glamorous style of the ballerina with

elegant chandeliers, duck egg blue

seating, and polished hardwood floors.



Somerset House is embracing the

summer sun with the launch of a terrace

in partnership with San Miguel, located

on the banks of the River Thames. In a

prime position on Victoria Embankment,

Somerset House Terrace will serve a

selection of chilled San Miguel beers

and a menu of Spanish-inspired snacks

until the end of September.

With a relaxed and contemporary

environment, the terrace is furnished

with comfortable seating and benches,

summery florals and an outdoor swing.

Open daily from lunchtime until late, the

bar features signature San Miguel beers

such as their San Miguel Especial, San

Miguel Selecta and 0% ABV San Miguel

0,0 plus a selection of tap station beers

inspired by San Miguel’s journey around

the world.



The creatives behind Jeff Wayne’s The

War of The Worlds: The Immersive

Experience has launched a new casual

dining restaurant, The Spirit of Man, on

Leadenhall Street.

Situated alongside the immersive

experience, the casual dining restaurant

embraces the theme of H G Wells’ 1898

novel through the Victoriana. On entry,

be welcomed by the domineering

Martian sculpture, complete with metal

tentacles suspended from the ceiling.

Along the walls, animated paintings

use projection mapping to depict key

scenes in the story, from the initial

invasion to the battle that arose,

interspersed with steampunk

memorabilia to further depict the

industrial era and time period in which

the story is set.

Once in, head to the striking floor to

ceiling Victoriana bar, complete with a

plethora of spirits and mixers, topped

with oak barrels. Offering a taste of the

immersive theatre experience, the

cocktails are inspired from key scenes in

the book, including The Earl with Bulleit

Rye infused with Earl Grey Tea, Grand

Marnier and orange bitters; Dead

London Mule with Havana 7yr,

Commonwealth ginger beer and fresh

lime; or the inspired Flaming Ogilvy,

with Monkey 47 Sloe, Campari and

topped with champagne complete with

a flaming raspberry.

The Spirit of Man

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Photo: NASA.



The Design Museum in London is

inviting visitors to discover the role that

design will play in humanity’s journey to

the Red Planet in the exhibition ‘Moving

to Mars’, which opens this October.

Every detail of this extraordinary venture

must be designed – from the journey

(around seven months), to considering

what we will wear, eat and shelter in

when we get there and beyond.

Conditions on Mars are deeply

hostile to humans, and yet we appear to

be determined to go. From the first

photographic fly-by of Mars by Mariner

4 in 1965 to today’s enterprises, such as

NASA and ESA’s Orion project and the

private SpaceX venture, getting humans

to Mars has become one of the greatest

challenges of our time, especially in

terms of design.

Mars is the most striking planet in the

night sky and it has captivated our

attention since antiquity. Justin McGuirk,

Chief Curator at the Design Museum,

said: ‘On the 50th anniversary of the

Moon landing, we are entering a new

space age, with Mars once again

capturing the popular imagination. As a

museum interested in emergent futures,

we are keen to explore how designing

for space can help us design for earth.’



London’s biggest open studio event,

Hackney Wicked DIY Open Studios takes

place from 26-28 July. Over 40 cultural

venues and spaces across Hackney Wick

and Fish Island have joined forces to

create this years’ programme. Art lovers

from across the world can witness the

unique creative talent and explore the

labyrinth of spaces that make up

London’s Creative Square Mile’’.

For a superb view of the Queen

Elizabeth Olympic Stadium, head for

Stour Space on the canal side in Roach

Road, where the brunch menu offers

everything from simple to substantial.



Playing in London for the first time,

the internationally-acclaimed Soul of

Shaolin is an action-packed theatrical

experience combining a jaw-dropping

mix of martial arts, acrobatics, rousing

music and stunning theatrical design.

Originally presented at the 2008

Summer Olympics, and the first

production from the People’s Republic of

China ever to appear on Broadway, Soul

of Shaolin has earned nominations at

the 63rd Tony Awards for ‘Best Special

Theatrical Event’ and the 54th Drama

Desk Award for ‘Unique Theatrical

Experience’. Centered around a touching

and universal story of loss and

redemption, audiences will delight in a

high-octane, vivid and extraordinary

demonstration of Shaolin Kung Fu,

handed down through generations in the

legendary Shaolin Monastery, a Chán

Buddhist temple at Song Shan near

Dengfeng in China.

Caught up in war and turmoil, the story

follows a young boy, Hui Guang,

separated from his beloved mother and

cast adrift in a frightening world. Rescued

by monks of the Shaolin Monastery, he

trains in the ancient art of Kung Fu. As

fate intervenes and his mother returns,

will Hui Guang be able to triumph over

the barriers holding them apart?

For tickets, telephone 0844 815 486.

Soul of Shaolin.


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James McArdle.

Photos: Manuel Harlan.

PETER GYNT National Theatre

We are in the Highlands of Scotland

and along bounds a handsome young

man in uniform, Peter Gynt. He is home

from the wars and his mother runs out to

embrace him, only to be regaled with a

long, possibly thrilling but also

mendacious tale about his soldierly

exploits as hero and leader in combat,

nimbly scaling a cliff in the dark etc. to

win the day. She is not impressed – she

knows the film, borrowed the book from

the library and has heard it all before.

Peter, it seems, is a fantasist. But in

David Hare’s new adaptation of Ibsen’s

classic text, his determination to portray

himself as a success in all scenarios

merely chimes in with the contemporary

desire to invent one’s own persona in

line with an edited image published on

social media.

Peter Gynt is perfect for the age of the

selfie. He is selfish beyond words. He

entices his ex-lover up the mountainside

to enjoy carnal relations on the day she

is due to marry a local idiot, thus

ruining her future and his own prospects

in his home town. He falls ‘in love’ with

a beautiful immigrant whom he

persuades to wait for him in a forest hut

while he escapes a lynch mob – but

never returns. Peter becomes a

billionaire – suave, debonaire, with a

string of credit cards attached to his

inside pocket. He has no lasting

relationships but somehow projects

himself as a guru.

James McArdle is wonderful in the

title role. He is energetic, charming and

likeable. Too bad his character is a

bounder. Hare’s dialogue is witty and

observant – but he himself could have

edited his observations to fit in with the

modern notion that a couple of hours in

the theatre is time well spent, whereas

three and half hours in the theatre is an

endurance test reserved for Shakespeare

or special sagas.

Not that the production is all moralising

and introspection – far from it. There are

singing cowgirls and hellish trolls in

handcarts, wild seas on the backdrop and

live music in the wings. It is both hilarious

Lauren Ellis-Steele, Tamsin Carroll and James McArdle.

Anne Louise Ross and James McArdle.

and appalling. We sometimes wonder what

on earth will come next.

The Jungian undertones are

enthralling. But ultimately, we know the

fate that will befall such a very flawed

hero. Do we care? It’s an enjoyable

evening – in which each viewer will

examine his own conscience and come

to a conclusion.

Sue Webster

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: David Jensen.



Opening at Regent’s Park Theatre on

2 August, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd

Webber’s Evita is the fastest selling

production in the theatre’s history. Two

additional matinee performances have

been added, due to demand, on

Wednesday 21 August and Wednesday

28 August.

Evita is produced by William Village

and Timothy Sheader by arrangement

with The Really Useful Group Limited.

Samantha Pauly plays Eva Perón,

Ektor Rivera is Juan Perón, Trent

Saunders, Che, and Frances Mayli

McCann, The Mistress.

Evita premiered in the West End in

1978, and features a chart-topping score

including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,

Oh! What A Circus, Another Suitcase in

Another Hall, and the Academy Awardwinning

You Must Love Me, originally

performed by Madonna in the motion


Chicago-based Samantha Pauly

makes her UK debut in the role of Eva

Perón, direct from her performance in

SIX (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) and

as Valkyrie in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour).

She appears alongside Ektor Rivera, also

making his UK debut, having recently

played Emilio Estefan in On Your Feet!

on Broadway and US Tour. In addition to

lead roles in Rent, Hairspray and High

School Musical, Ektor was selected by

Jennifer López to be one of the lead

singers in the US Television and Live

show Q’Viva! The Chosen, which was

seen by over 30 million television viewers.

An original Broadway cast member of

Disney's Aladdin, Trent Saunders returns

to the UK in the role of Che following

his appearance as St. Jimmy in Green

Day's American Idiot. Nominated for an

Olivier Award for her role as Kylah in

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour,

Frances Mayli McCann plays the role of

The Mistress.

Evita is directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Tickets from the Box Office telephone

0333 400 3562.



Mischief Theatre, the

Olivier award-winning

company behind The Play

That Goes Wrong, are to

present a brand-new comedy

Groan Ups, performing from

Friday 20 September until

Sunday 1 December at the

Vaudeville Theatre.

From the parents of

The Play That Goes Wrong

comes this brand-new

comedy all about growing

up. Are we the same people at 30 as we

were at 13? Does school life determine

our future? Do we ever grow out of our

school crush? Playing an unruly

classroom of kids and anarchic high

school teenagers, through to the aches

and pains of adulthood, the original

Mischief company are back in the West

End with their first new play since 2016.

The cast includes Bryony Corrigan,

Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie

Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields,

and Nancy Zamit.

Groan Ups will launch Mischief

Theatre’s residency at the Vaudeville

Theatre and their programme of new

work. The second production, Magic

Goes Wrong, created with magic legends

Penn & Teller, will preview from

14 December.

Mischief Theatre was founded in

2008 by a group of graduates of The

London Academy of Music and Dramatic

Art (LAMDA) and began as an

improvised comedy group. They perform

across the UK and internationally with

improvised and original scripted work.

Their current London productions are

The Play That Goes Wrong at the

Duchess Theatre and The Comedy About

A Bank Robbery at the Criterion Theatre.

The company is led by Artistic

Director Henry Lewis and Company

Director Jonathan Sayer.

Groan Ups will be produced in the

West End by Kenny Wax Ltd and Stage

Presence Ltd.

Box office telephone: 0330 333 4814.

Groan Ups.

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Kids Week, the annual London theatre

initiative run by Society of London

Theatre (SOLT), returns in August with

hit shows in the West End and beyond,

offering free tickets for children

throughout the month. Shows available

include 9 To 5 The Musical, Disney's

Aladdin, Aliens Love Underpants,

Wicked and Brainiac Live, amongst

many others.

The scheme, founded to encourage

more young people and families to

experience the magic of live theatre,

offers a free ticket to every child aged 16

or under accompanied by a full paying

adult. Half price tickets can also be

purchased for two additional children in

the same group. There are no booking,

postage or transaction fees.

Alongside the performances, children

are given the chance to get involved in

free workshops and activities, with

participating shows offering everything

from choreography and magic

workshops to cast Q&As and backstage

tours. Kids Week ticket holders can also

take advantage of ‘Kids Go Free’ deals

on dining and hotels.

Kids Week is one of the biggest,

longest-running audience development

initiatives in the world, engaging around

1.6 million children and families since it

began in 1998.

For more information on tickets,

activities and offers, visit the website at



Stone me! Would you Adam and Eve

it? Only Fools and Horses is going up

West! John Sullivan’s iconic and

record-breaking television series has

been turned into a brand-new,

home-grown West End musical. With a

script and original score by John’s son,

Jim Sullivan and comedy giant Paul

Whitehouse, prepare to get reacquainted

with Britain’s most loveable rogues and

experience the classic comedy brought

to life once again through 20 ingenious

and hilarious songs.

Paul Whitehouse also takes centre

stage as Grandad, uniting with Tom

Bennett (Del Boy) and Ryan Hutton

(Rodney) in this unique showstopper,

featuring cherished material from the TV

series. Join the cast as they take a trip

back in time, where it’s all kicking off in

Peckham. While the yuppie invasion of

London is in full swing, love is in the air

as Del Boy sets out on the rocky road to

find his soul mate, Rodney and

Cassandra prepare to say ‘I do’, and

even Trigger is gearing up for a date

(with a person!). Meanwhile, Boycie and

Marlene give parenthood one final shot

and Grandad takes stock of his life and

decides the time has finally arrived to

get his piles sorted.

With musical contributions from

Chas ‘n Dave, the beloved theme tunes

as you’ve never heard them before and

an array of comic songs full of character

and cockney charm, you’re guaranteed to

have a right knees-up! Only Fools and

Horses The Musical is a feel-good

family celebration of traditional working

class London life and the aspirations we

all share.

Directed by Caroline Jay Ranger, Only

Fools and Horses The Musical will also

feature many of the hugely loveable

characters from the TV series: Raquel,

Denzil, Mickey Pearce, Mike the Barman

and the dreaded Driscoll Brothers.

The TV show, Only Fools and Horses,

won a multitude of awards during its 33-

year run, including six BAFTA Awards,

seven British Comedy Awards and three

National Television Awards. Over seven

series, 64 episodes and 16 specials, the

show became the most cherished sitcom

this country has ever produced.

For tickets, telephone 020 7930 8800.

Tom Bennett (Del Boy). Photo: Johan Persson.

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An innocent outsider, a suspicious rural

community, a gothic house and a misty marsh

are the ingredients of this Victorian ghost story.


Russell Street, WC2 (0844 871 7626)

The West End Company of Come From Away.

Photo: Matthew Murphy


World premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning

playwright David Mamet’s new play, starring

John Malkovich.


Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0330 333 4811)


Louis de Bernières’ epic novel brought

dramatically to life. Cephalonia 1941. Captain

Corelli, an enigmatic young Italian officer is

posted to the idyllic greek island as part of the

occupying forces.


Panton Street, SW1 (0844 871 7622)



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’.

The 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.

In addition to winning 4 Olivier Awards

in London, Come From Away has

scooped multiple awards all across North


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.



A timeless tale of teenage angst, family

struggles and unrequited love, told through the

eyes of tortured poet and misunderstood

intellectual Adrian Mole.


West Street, WC2 (020 7395 5405)


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.


One Tower Bridge, SE1 (0843 208 1846)


One enormous diamond, eight incompetent

crooks and a snoozing security guard. What

could possibly go right?


Piccadilly Circus, (020 7492 0810)


A Polytechnic amateur drama group are

putting on a 1920s murder mystery and

everything that can go wrong... does!


Catherine Street, WC2 (0330 333 4810)


Gripping thriller, based on the internationally

acclaimed number one best-selling novel by

Paula Hawkins and the Dreamworks film.


St Martin’s Lane, WC2 (020 7492 1552)

Royal National Theatre Plays in repertory



Ibsen’s classic is reinvented as a riotous

musical adventure for the 21st century.


A deeply moving and unflinching journey into

Australia’s dark history. Adapted from Kate

Grenville’s acclaimed novel, it tells the story of

two families divided by culture and land.



Roger Allam returns to the National for the first

time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new

production directed by Polly Findlay.

Until 3 August.


The official report of all Parliamentary debates.

A witty and devastating new play by Simon

Woods. From 22 August.



Based on the hilariously anarchic, awardwinning

children’s books, full of outlandish

characters and joyful, utterly idiotic songs.


South Bank, SE1 (020 7452 3000)



Stage play based on the Harry Potter franchise

written by Jack Thorne, based on an original

story by J.K Rowling.


Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (0330 333 4813)

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In honour of Stephen Sondheim’s

90th birthday next March, the Queen’s

Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue will be

renamed the Sondheim Theatre, making

him the only living artist to have a

theatre named in his honour both in the

West End and on Broadway. Following

the renovation of wartime bomb damage

and a major restoration of the

auditorium and the complete backstage,

the newly named Sondheim Theatre will

continue as the home of world’s longest

running musical Les Misérables as it

enters its 35th year.


The restored Queen’s theatre will be returned to its pre-war splendour, re-opening on

18 December as the Sondheim Theatre.

The Queen’s Theatre originally

opened on 8 October 1907 with The

Sugar Bowl, a comedy by Madeleine

Lucette Ryley and was designed by

architect W.G.R. Sprague as a pair with

the adjoining corner of Shaftesbury

Avenue. The theatre is currently closed

for four months of rebuilding work both

backstage and in the auditorium. This

work will also restore W.G.R. Sprague’s

original boxes and loges which, along

with the entire front of house, were

destroyed by a bomb in 1940 and

caused the theatre to be closed for 20

years. The restored theatre will be

returned to its pre-war splendour,

reopening on 18 December 2019 as the

Sondheim Theatre.

Produced on stage by Cameron

Mackintosh, Les Misérables is the

world’s longest running musical.

From 10 August to 30 November, a

spectacular staging of Les Misérables in

concert will run at the intimate Gielgud

Theatre next door.

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Following a sold-out run at the National,

Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale,

Adam Godley and Ben Miles, who play the

Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.


Denman Street, W1 (020 7452 3000)


The world’s biggest selling magic show

returns to London with a new, all-star line up.


Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (020 7492 0810)


Agatha Christie’s whodunnit is the longest

running play of its kind in the history of

British theatre.


West Street, WC2 (0844 499 1515)


Starring Matthew Broderick and Elizabeth

McGovern, this bittersweet, comic drama is an

unblinking exploration of love and hope.


Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 482 5120)



Hit Broadway musical brought to life by an

all-female creative team, featuring original

music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles.


Strand, WC2 (020 3725 7060)


New stage musical reveals the untold story

of Tina Turner, a woman who dared to defy

the bounds of her age, gender and race.


The Aldwych, WC2 (0845 200 7981)


Hit Broadway story of how a clever,

misunderstood girl with emerald green skin

and a girl who is beautiful and popular turn

into the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda

the Good Witch in the Land of Oz.


Wilton Road, SW1 (0844 826 8000)


New feel good musical – supported by his

mum and friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice,

beats the bullies and steps into the spotlight.


Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 (0330 333 4809)


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.


Great Newport Street, WC2 (020 7836 8463)


Sell out production transferred from Regent’s

Park Open Air Theatre.


Silk Street, EC2 (020 7638 8891)


Critically acclaimed Royal Shakespeare

Company production of Roald Dahl’s book,

directed by Matthew Warchus.


Earlham Street, WC2 (0844 800 1110)


Concert staging starring Michael Ball, Alfie

Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas.


Shaftesbury Theatre, WC2 (0844 482 5151)


Long running epic romance by Andrew Lloyd

Webber, set in Paris opera house where a

deformed phantom stalks his prey.


Haymarket, SW1 (0844 412 2707)


The inspiring true love story of Emilio and

Gloria Estefan charts their journey from Cuba

to international superstardom.


St Martin's Lane, WC2 (020 7836 0111)



Andrew Lloyed Webber and Tim Rice’s multiaward

winning musical returns with Jason

Donovan as Pharoah.


Argyll Street, W1 (0844 248 5000)


Disney‘s phenomenally successful animated

film is transformed into a spectacular stage

musical, a superb evening of visual delight.


Wellington Street, WC2 (0844 871 3000)


Over two hours of the non-stop hit songs that

marked Michael Jackson’s live performances.


Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2 (0330 333 4812)


Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical with

lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Julian

Fellowes, adapted from the film.


Drury Lane, WC2 (020 7492 0810)


Hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, set

around the story of a mother and daughter on

the eve of the daughter’s wedding.


Aldwych, WC2 (0844 482 5170)


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.


Charing Cross Road, WC2 (0844 871 7627)


West End transfer of the revival directed by

Trevor Nunn, starring Andy Nyman as Tevye.


Northumberland Ave WC2· (0844 871 7631)


The classic hit film has been brought to thrilling

life onstage by Disney, featuring all the songs

from the Academy Award winning score.


Old Compton Street, W1 (0844 482 5151)


A crude, witty and satirical show telling the

story of two young and naive mormon



Coventry Street, W1 (0844 482 5110)


Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1978

musical features a chart-topping score

including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and the

Academy Award-winning You Must Love Me.


Inner Circle, NW1 (0333 400 3562)


Based on the much loved movie and making its

West End debut, Dolly Parton’s musical comes

to London for a strictly limited season.


Strand, WC2 (020 7492 0810)


The landmark, record-breaking and top-rated

television series written by the late, great John

Sullivan, becomes a brand-new, home-grown

British musical.


Haymarket SW1 (020 7930 8800)


Lin-Manuel Miranda's multi award-winning

musical, based on one of America’s Founding

Father, Alexander Hamilton.


Victoria Street, SW1 (0844 248 5000)

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Matt Concannon and John Dougall in

The Girl On The Train. Photo Manuel Harlan



The Girl on the Train starring

Samantha Womack as Rachel Watson is

transferingr to the Duke of York’s Theatre

from 23 July to 17 August.

The gripping thriller, based on the

internationally acclaimed number one

best-selling novel by Paula Hawkins and

the Dreamworks film has been breaking

box office records and playing to packed

houses on a major tour since the

beginning of the year.



On Wednesday 31 July, the Science

Museum’s Lates goes lunar with a

celebration of all things space, marking

the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and

Aldrin’s famous first steps on the Moon

with a special Space Lates, giving

visitors the unique opportunity to

celebrate the momentous anniversary

surrounded by real space technology

that played a part in the 1969 Apollo

missions. Bringing the Moon landings

to life will be the very Command Module

that took the Apollo 10 astronauts into

the Moon’s orbit

Space Lates takes place from 18.45 –

22.00, and is part of the Summer of

Space. For more information, visit



Southern Belles, uniting two groundbreaking

one-act plays by Tennessee

Williams, will headline the King’s Head

Theatre’s 2019 Queer Season, running

from 24 July to 24 August.

Southern Belles is directed by Jamie

Armitage, co-director of the multi Olivier

nominated musical Six. And Tell Sad

Stories of the Deaths of Queens was never

performed in Williams’s lifetime, owing to

its openly gay characters. Williams wrote

the play in 1957, after his Broadway

successes with Streetcar Named Desire

and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It charts the

heart-breaking encounter between an

extraordinary queen and a troubled sailor

in 1950’s New Orleans and explores the

boundaries of love, passion and

heartbreak. And Tell Sad Stories of the

Deaths of Queens will star Luke Mullins

as Candy Delaney, George Fletcher as Karl

and Michael Burrows as Alvin Krenning.

Something Unspoken was written in

1958 and debuted as part of a double bill

with Suddenly, Last Summer. In

Something Unspoken, tensions between a

wealthy Southern spinster, Miss Cornelia

Scott and Grace, her loyal secretary of

15 years, boil over in a confrontation that

exposes their complex, unacknowledged

and romantic yearning for each other.

Something Unspoken will star Annabel

Leventon as Cornelia Scott and Fiona

Marr as Grace Lancaster.

George Fletcher, Fiona Marr, Luke

Mullins and Annabel Leventon.

Photo: Nick Rutter.



Regent Street will be celebrating the

return of its annual Summer Streets

event for the seventh consecutive year

on 18 August and 15 September.

With 2019 marking its 200th

Anniversary, the line-up is set to be

better than ever. Traffic-free, Summer

Streets runs the length of the iconic

curved boulevard, where visitors can

relax and enjoy the myriad offerings of

Regent Street’s retailers, restaurants and

wellness experiences in the open air.



From 20 July until 27 October, The

Royal Academy of Arts is presenting a

survey of the long and productive career

of Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck

(1862-1946). This will be the first solo

exhibition of Schjerfbeck’s works to be

held in the UK. Celebrated as one of the

most famous and highly regarded artists

in Finland, it will be a rare opportunity to

see Schjerfbeck’s paintings together.

In January 2020, the Royal Academy

of Arts will present Picasso and Paper,

the most comprehensive exhibition

devoted to Picasso’s imaginative and

original uses of paper ever to be held.

Bringing together over 300 works and

encompassing Picasso’s entire prolific

80-year career, this ground-breaking

exhibition will focus on the myriad ways

the artist worked both on and with paper,

and offer new insights into his creative

spirit and working methods.

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Simon Russell Beale.

Adam Godley, Simon Russell Beale and Ben Miles in The Lehman Trilogy.

Photos: Mark Douet.


National Theatre

In the opening scene of Ben Power’s

adaptation of Stefano Massini’s play, a

cleaner stacks document boxes in an

empty, glass office. We recognise with a

shudder what this means: the financial

crash of 2008, painfully recent history.

But the cleaner is a fleeting personage

in what is essentially a dazzling three

hander. Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles

and Adam Godley play not only the three

Lehman brothers - German Jews from

Bavaria who came one after another in the

1840s to Ellis Island, New York, to start

on the great adventure of becoming

Americans – but also every other

character in this sprawling epic.

Coquettish girls, an increasingly decrepit

Rabbi, rich financiers; all are rendered by

the three actors, still in their dark

antebellum suits, with the merest tilt of the

head, a simper, a gesture of the hands.

The effect is both comical and touching.

But this is all on the way to recreating

the evolution of the Lehman Brothers’

business over more than 150 years. It

might appear at first to be a simple

enactment of the American Dream. Here is

Hayum Lehman (Beale) with his suitcase

on the docks, a newly arrived immigrant

whose name is changed to Henry by an

uncomprehending official, thrilled to

embark on his new life. We see him

working in his cloth store in Montgomery

Alabama, selling clothing to the cotton

pickers on their day off, gradually

repaying his debt. After a great fire tears

through the cotton fields he sees the

opportunity to sell the farmers new

machinery and

cotton seeds to

restart their

businesses. This is

capitalism as we

know it, profiting

from disaster, but

Henry and his

bickering brother

Emanuel (Miles)

and soothing

brother Mayer

(Godley) are not

without heart. They empathise with the

victims, pray together in their little rickety

store and later Mayer is seen attempting

to rebuild Alabama after the ravages of the

Civil War.

By this time the Lehmans are ‘middle

men’, an unheard of activity which adds

many zeros to their wealth and leads

inexorably to that temple of Mammon,

New York. Their interests expand from

cotton to coffee and oil and any other

substance which can be bought and sold.

One by one they have married nice Jewish

girls and produced clever children and

those children grow up to surpass their

elders in nerdish calculations and hardnosed

business skills.

Beale’s 14 year old Philip Lehman, for

example, blinking through heavy

spectacles and speaking with hollow

deference to his dear father and uncle,

soon sidelines their suggestions and

usurps their power. Why build houses for

railway workers when you can invest in

the railway itself, that marvellous emblem

of steamrolling progress?

All the time the money rolls in and the

actors write the zeros alongside the years

on the glass walls of the office cum set.

Through the rotating walls we see through

to striking black and white moving images

of the developing New York skyline, of the

fire in the south, of the Civil War and the

famous tightrope walker on Wall Street

who performs for fifty years before he

falls. It is a vivid history lesson.

Perhaps not every part of the drama is

documentary. The highlight of Godley’s

bravura performance is as a Lehman

finally passing away in the 1960s as he

does the Twist, dancing, jerking,

twitching, before collapsing into a

crumpled heap aged about 140. This

earned him a well deserved standing

ovation. We need such moments and have

the ensemble and director Sam Mendes to

thank for them along with the author.

Because ultimately The Lehman Trilogy

is a frightening story of moral failure –

a spectacle of human greed leading to

terrible loss, not just numbers on pieces

of paper.

Sue Webster

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Hard Rock International has opened

the doors to its newest flagship cafe and

Rock Shop in the heart of Piccadilly

Circus. Spanning over 1,900 square

metres over two floors, the cafe marks

the first Hard Rock location to showcase

its modern vision in a transformative

new look. The brand is shaking things

up with a new design style, the world’s

largest Rock Shop, contemporary

memorabilia, and a new menu with

items exclusive to the iconic address.

Combining the eclectic vibe of

Piccadilly Circus with the spirit of rock

synonymous with the Hard Rock brand,

the state-of-the-art cafe pays tribute to

the Criterion Building’s prestigious

heritage with Victorian glazed tiling,

fabrics and colours of the London

Underground, along with tube stationshaped

dining booths.

The restaurant seating 320 guests

features an open kitchen concept with

the brand’s ‘Love All – Serve All’ mantra

prominently displayed above it. The

layout allows guests to look on as their

food and shake is being prepared, while

enjoying the Hard Rock experience with

family and friends.

Walk in and be wowed by the walls

adorned with authentic, one-of-a-kind

memorabilia from decades of music

history. 70 percent of the memorabilia

items exhibited have never been on

display at any other Hard Rock location.

New food items exclusive to Hard

Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus in Europe,

include the 1kg Tomohawk Steak, served

with Hard Rock’s signature steak sauce,

herb garlic butter; Cedar Plank Salmon

(pictured) – fresh Scottish Salmon ovenroasted

and served on a cedar plank,

with a mango and pineapple salsa,

grilled corn on the cob and a fresh beet

salad; and BBQ Chicken, with Hard

Rock’s signature barbecue sauce, served

with green beans and twisted macaroni

and cheese.

Diners can also feast on favourites

including the 24-Karat Gold Leaf Steak

Burger, Original Legendary® Burger,

One Night In Bangkok Spicy Shrimp,

New York Cheesecake, boozy

milkshakes, sliders and shareable

Southwest Chicken Flatbread and Three-

Cheese Roma Tomato Flatbread.

Thirst-quenching cocktails exclusive

to the new location in Europe, include

authentic classics and new cocktails

blended from the latest mixology trends,

such as Pink Piccadilly Pimms and

House Infused Gin & Tonic.

The Rock Shop at Hard Rock Cafe

Piccadilly Circus is the largest in the

world, spanning 7,500 sq.ft. In a nod to

British culture, the City Collection will

feature Union Jack and Piccadilly Circus

inspired products, exclusively available

at Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus.

Stephen K. Judge, President of Cafe

Operations for Hard Rock International,

commented: ‘We are committed to

bringing the Hard Rock experience to

even more Londoners with the opening

of the new flagship restaurant. With

Piccadilly Circus a hotbed for

entertainment, it seemed only fitting to

make this the first site to embody our

new vision for Hard Rock – from the

design aesthetic to the menu and neverbefore-seen

memorabilia. We’re excited

to see what locals and visitors to the

Capital make of it.’

Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus will

complement the first Hard Rock Cafe on

Old Park Lane, which will remain open

and keep its historic décor elements intact

to pay homage to Hard Rock’s roots.


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When I was a child growing up in

London, ‘Bob-a-Job Week’ was an

annual event organised by the Boy Scout

movement. It was good and it was bad. It

was good, because there would be a ring

on the doorbell. You opened it to find

two or three little boys offering to do odd

jobs for a shilling. (A shilling was a bob,

the way a pound is still a quid.) It was

not a huge amount and it was for a good

cause (not sure which cause – maybe

the Scout movement) and you could

definitely get your car cleaned for this

sum or the lawn mown or your front path

weeded, that sort of thing. That was the

good part. The not so good part was that

boys will be boys and they tended to

enjoy wetting each other with the hose,

or they were oblivious to the possibility

of scratching the car with a gritty

sponge, or they had no idea that weeds

need to be removed with their roots

attached. You paid them the bob anyway

and off they went – no doubt to collect

another badge which their mother had to

sew on to their uniform by hand.

That was then. Now, little boys are not

allowed out on their own for obvious

reasons, so they grow up to be fine

young men in banking or marketing,

unscathed by public chores. There were

two sat next to us at this new place,

Bob’s Lobster, in achingly cool

Bermondsey on a Thursday night, and

they had brought along their Pomeranian

(the sort of dog that looks like a prone

teddy bear.) We were terribly impressed

by the dog’s outing. It turns out that

Bob’s Lobster has a menu for dogs –

various flavours, goodness knows what

really – and so the canine guests have a

fabulous time (at ground level of course)

which they will never forget. Everyone,

including a family on the other side of

us with two children, was bent over

below table level, agog to see whether

the Pomeranian was enjoying himself.

He was!

Never mind, this is a side issue to the

fun which may be had by humans at this

establishment. As the name suggests –

and a vintage VW camper van got up as a

street stall and parked inside the

restaurant confirms – Bob’s Lobster is a

seafood place. It is the logical

development of a food truck originally

operated by the owners Rob Dann and

Jamie Watts.

Now the operators of Bedale’s-of-

Borough the wine bar (B-O-B, geddit?)

where a list of 400 wines baffles or

delights visitors every night, these guys

have moved into 1950’s classic Americana

cum oyster bar at, say Grand Central


Confused? The ambience is lovely.

Opposite on St. Thomas Street is a set of

pop-up bars hemmed in by bright yellow

hoardings (a pre-development site to be

sure, but for now something immensely

popular in the open air.) Within Bob’s

Lobster, Rob himself serves the food he

seems truly proud of, alongside well

trained staff and no one, human or

canine, looks less than well pleased.

There is a happy hour early evening

for oysters at £1 each. Gosh. The wine

list is nicely composed as you might

expect from a bunch of wine bar owners

(Prosecco £6 per glass.) The tuna tacos

(£9) were once served from the van, and

what a great idea – home made and fried

wonton shells filled with raw tuna,

guacamole, chipotle cream and sesame

seeds. However my favourite was the

Crab Stack (£12), a little moulded tower

of white crab, raw tuna, avocado, ginger

and cashew nuts. This was exquisite.

The famous thing here, though, is the

lobster and crayfish roll, and it is

delicious, if expensive at £18.50. The

brioche is homemade – not too sweet –

and the lobster and crayfish wonderfully

fresh and dressed with homemade

mayonnaise. Let’s face it, lobster is

always too expensive. Instead, try

Shrimp and Grits, a Louisiana-style dish

where tiger prawns are served with

chillies and bacon on a polenta base.

The only dish I did not care for was the

‘Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese’ which involves

pasta and to my mind is all carbs and

dairy, so forget it.

Just to be hypocritical, I can

recommend the bread and butter

pudding (£6), which has real vanilla

custard and sultanas, tastes heavenly

and has no carbs at all.

If you would like to see London

Bridge at its best – all youthful energy

plus historic vibe – Bob’s Lobster is a

great place to visit. Never mind the

Shangri La, etc. This eatery under the

railway arches is real life and fills your

tummy too – in the most delightful way.

Sue Webster

Bob’s Lobster

71 St Thomas Street, SE1

Tel: 020 7407 7099

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