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Top 10 shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and events for your May/june cal­en­dar.


Ex­pect goose­bumps at Wyn­d­ham’s The­atre - as Bil­lie Hol­l­i­day’s last set at the seedy Emer­son’s Bar and Grill in 1959 Philadel­phia is recre­ated in Bri­tain from 17 June. Au­dra Mcdon­ald trans­forms into Hol­l­i­day, repris­ing her Tour de Force Broad­way role for which she won a record-break­ing sixth Tony award. Singing Hol­l­i­day’s clas­sics like What a Lit­tle Moon­light Can Do in be­tween an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal mono­logue, Mcdon­ald sear­ingly cap­tures the jazz leg­end’s dis­tinc­tive voice and tu­mul­tuous life.

Lady Day at Emer­son’s Bar & Grill, 17 June 2017 to 9 Septem­ber 2017, Wyn­d­ham’s The­atre, Char­ing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA, 0844 482 5120 » Lady­day­wes­t­


The first UK ex­hi­bi­tion of Span­ish fash­ion house, Ba­len­ci­aga, opens at the V&A on 27 May, mark­ing the 100th birth­day of Cris­to­bal Ba­len­ci­aga’s first sa­lon in San Se­bas­tian and 80 years since his Paris sa­lon launched. With over 100 gar­ments, 20 hats and replica work­rooms, the show fo­cuses on the house’s 1950s and 1960s hey­day, high­light­ing the fa­bled de­signer’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary shapes and un­ri­valled crafts­man­ship. Dis­cover his mod­ern day le­gacy too from Er­dem’s in­tri­cate de­tails to the vo­lu­mi­nous sil­hou­ettes of the house’s cur­rent artis­tic di­rec­tor, Demna Gvasalia

Ba­len­ci­aga: Shap­ing Fash­ion, 27 May 2017 to 18 Fe­bru­ary 2018, V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, 020 7942 2000 »


A royal rebel is in the spot­light at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Scot­land, as an ex­hi­bi­tion open­ing 23 June un­rav­els the myths of Bonnie Prince Char­lie and his fel­low Ja­co­bites aka the Stu­art who tried to wres­tle the Bri­tish throne from the Hanove­ri­ans. Paint­ings, weapons, High­land cos­tumes and more track their story from Rome too Scot­land to Paris in­clud­ing Bonnie Prince Char­lie’s sil­ver trav­el­ling can­teen strewn on the Cul­lo­den bat­tle­field where the Ja­co­bites met their hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in 1745.

Bon­nieBon Prince Charles and the Ja­co­bites, 23 June 2017 to 12 Novem­berNo 2017,7, Na­tional Mu­se­umM of Scot­land, Cham­bers Street,St Ed­in­burgh, EH1 1JF, 0300 123 1 6789 »­na­tional-mu­seum-um-of-scot­land/


Bri­tish peo­ple love a rags to riches story which is why Nell Gwynn’s me­te­oric rise from or­ange seller to King Charles II’S mis­tress and star of the Restora­tion stage re­tains its magic. Now her story un­folds at Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre from 2 to 13 May with Jes­sica Swale’s gag-filled bawdy tale – which Swale is cur­rently adapt­ing into a film. See­ing the play at the thatched El­iz­a­bethan the­atre near Gwynn’s Bank­side home adds fris­son.

Nell Gwynn, 2 May 2017 to 13 May 2017, Shake­speare’s Globe The­atre, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT, 020 7902 1400 » shake­spear­es­


The Queen’s world-beat­ing Canaletto col­lec­tion is un­veiled at the Queen’s Gallery from 19 May with a se­lec­tion of 40 paint­ings, 53 draw­ings and 12 prints. Usu­ally spread across Buck­ing­ham Palace, Hamp­ton Court and Windsor Cas­tle, this is the first time these works have been brought to­gether in over 30 years in­clud­ing his iconic Grand Canal se­ries. “When we think about Venice, we still think about it through Canaletto’s eyes,” says co-cu­ra­tor, Lucy Whitaker, who has in­cluded lesser known contemporaries to pro­vide a wider con­text of Canaletto’s work.

Canaletto and the Art of Venice, 19 May 2017 to 12 Novem­ber 2017, The Queen’s Gallery, Buck­ing­ham Palace, London, 020 3123 7301 » roy­al­col­lec­


Fresh from win­ning five Gram­mys and a Brit award, Adele wraps up a sen­sa­tional year with a four day gig at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium from 28 June. Cen­tred on her lat­est al­bum, 25, which sold more copies than any other al­bum last year, ac­cord­ing to Forbes mag­a­zine, her setlist is be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly tough choice. Mega hits like Hello and Some­one Like You will surely be heard. Make the most of it, be­fore she steps away from the spot­light - again.

Adele The Fi­nale, 28 June 2017 to 2 July 2017, Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, Wem­b­ley, HA9 0WS, 0800 169 2007 »


Hav­ing brought one Bri­tish leg­end to the big screen (Sher­lock Holmes), Guy Ritchie now brings an­other, as his King Arthur: Leg­end of the Sword is re­leased on 12 May. In this slick, pow­er­ful ad­ven­ture, Brit ac­tor, Char­lie Hun­nam stars as street boy, Arthur, who has no idea of his royal lin­eage un­til he pulls the Ex­cal­ibur sword from a stone and is forced to con­front his her­itage and evil un­cle, Vor­tigern (Jude Law). Join­ing the tough ac­tion is Game of Thrones’ Ai­den Gillen as CIA an­ces­tor, Goose­fat Bill Wil­son - and foot­ball icon, David Beck­ham as a Black­leg leader.

King Arthur: Leg­end of the Sword is re­leased na­tion­wide on 12 May 2017 by Warner Bros


Top Amer­i­can con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­pher, Gre­gory Crewd­son brings his lat­est work, Cathe­dral of the Pines, to Bri­tain with a large scale ex­hi­bi­tion at London’s Pho­tog­ra­phers’ Gallery from 23 June. Set in a deep Mas­sachusetts wood, along the Cathe­dral of the Pines ski trail (hence the ti­tle), Crewd­son’s pho­to­graphs lay bare, some­times lit­er­ally, small town Amer­ica. His com­bi­na­tion of doc­u­men­tary sto­ry­telling, cin­e­matic stag­ing and painterly in­flu­ences has un­nerv­ing re­sults - for we don’t know what’s real, un­real or hap­pen­ing next.

Gre­gory Crewd­son: Cathe­dral of the Pines, 23 June to 8 Oc­to­ber 2017, The Pho­tog­ra­phers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramilles Street, London, W1F 7LW, 020 7087 9300 »


The charm­ing Bowes Mu­seum cel­e­brates its 125th birth­day on 10 June. Set in north east Eng­land’s County Durham, this sprawl­ing 19th cen­tury French chateau in­cludes a stun­ning col­lec­tion of paint­ings, dec­o­ra­tive arts, porcelain and more. High­lights in­clude El Greco’s in­tense Tears of St Peter, an 18th cen­tury sedan chair and a quirky gold and seed pearl 1818 me­chan­i­cal mouse. It’s held mile­stone ex­hi­bi­tions - Bri­tain’s only ret­ro­spec­tive of Yves Saint Lau­rent, say. Whilst this year’s di­verse shows in­clude an ex­plo­ration of founder, Joséphine Bowes’ life from clock­maker’s daugh­ter to stylish col­lec­tor.

Cel­e­brat­ing the Life and World of Joséphine Bowes, 20 May 2017 to 16 July 2017. The Bowes Mu­seum, Barnard Cas­tle, Co. Durham DL12 8NP, 01833 690606 » the­bowes­mu­


Pop­u­lar Shake­speare play, Othello, has a makeover as the Royal Opera de­buts its new pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s Otello from 21 June. Heavy­weight singers take the lead roles with the world’s hottest tenor, 47 year old Jonas Kauff­man play­ing the ti­tle role. Su­perb French bari­tone, Lu­dovic Tézier, is the vil­lain Iago who dupes Othello into be­liev­ing his wife, Des­de­mona, has been un­faith­ful. Whilst so­prano, Maria Agresta plays the doomed lady - fresh from her stint in Bizet’s Carmen at the Metropoli­tan Opera in New York.

Otello, 21 June 2017 to 15 July 2017, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD, 020 7304 4000 »


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