Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your May/june calendar.
1 BEST HOMAGE
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 » Ladydaywestend.com
2 FASHIONABLE SHOW
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 » vam.ac.uk
3 MYTH-BUSTER R
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 » nms.ms.ac.uk/nanational-museum-um-of-scotland/
4 MOST LAUGHS
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 » shakespearesglobe.com
5 WORLD-BEATING COLLECTION
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 » royalcollection.org.uk
6 HOT GIG
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 » adele.com
7 LEGENDARY ADVENTURE
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
8 THOUGHT PROVOKER
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 » tpg.org.uk
9 HIDDEN GEM
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 » thebowesmuseum.org.uk.
10 HOT OPERA
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 » roh.org.uk
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