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BLOCK­BUSTER Mega Broad­way hit, Hamil­ton, is land­ing in the West End on 21 De­cem­ber. To a hip-hop, jazz, rap and R&B score, the story un­folds of West In­dian born Alexan­der Hamil­ton who rose from poverty as an Amer­i­can émi­gré to be­come Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s right hand man. New­comer, Ja­mael West­man will take the ti­tle role in Lon­don as it opens the mul­ti­mil­lion pound re­stored Vic­to­ria Palace The­atre. Hamil­ton, 21 De­cem­ber 2017 to 30 June 2018 (pre­views from 6 De­cem­ber), Vic­to­ria Palace The­atre, Vic­to­ria Street, Lon­don SW1E 5EA

STYLISH MYS­TERY Chug­ging into cin­e­mas this Novem­ber is Ken­neth Branagh’s all-star adap­ta­tion of Agatha Christie’s Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press. As well as di­rect­ing, Branagh plays the mous­ta­chioed de­tec­tive, Her­cule Poiret, in­ves­ti­gat­ing his stylish co-trav­ellers in­clud­ing Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeif­fer and Pene­lope Cruz. Judi Dench leads the Bri­tish tal­ent whilst Johnny Depp takes the role of the vic­tim, Ed­ward Ratch­ett. The claus­tro­pho­bic thriller fizzes with in­trigue, treach­ery and sim­mer­ing sex­ual ten­sion. “You have great en­ter­tain­ment,” said Branagh, “but also some­thing that touches quite deeply on loss, grief and re­venge.” Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press is re­leased on 6 Novem­ber 2017 by Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox.

HEAD­LINER

Hav­ing won the break­through act and Crit­ics’ Choice awards at this year’s Brits, Rag’n’ Bone Man is tour­ing his de­but al­bum, Hu­man, across Bri­tain from 17 Novem­ber. His gritty, bluesy sound has turned Sus­sex Rap­per, Rory Gra­ham – his civil­ian name – from an open mic hero to in­dus­try dar­ling with fans in­clud­ing El­ton John. Pre­pare to belt out his an­thems like Hu­man and Skin among other rev­ellers as he’s also head­ing Ed­in­burgh’s fa­bled Hog­manay cel­e­bra­tions this New Year in Princes Street Gar­dens. Rag'n'bone Man - The Over­proof tour, 17 Novem­ber to 27 Novem­ber, O2 Academy Glas­gow, 121 Eglin­ton Street, Glas­gow, G5 9NT; O2 Apollo Manch­ester, Stock­port Road, Manch­ester, M12 6AP; O2 Academy Brix­ton, 211 Stockwell Road, Lon­don, SW9 9SL; Wolver­hamp­ton Civic Hall, North Street, Wolver­hamp­ton, WV1 1RQ. live­na­tion.co.uk Ed­in­burgh's Hog­manay 2018 Con­cert in the Gar­dens, Princes Street, Ed­in­burgh EH2 2HG, 0131 510 0395. ed­in­burghshog­manay.com

MELT DOWN

Break­ing Bad’s teacher turned drug lord, Bryan Cranston makes his Bri­tish stage de­but on 13 Novem­ber in the new adap­ta­tion of the 1976 Os­car win­ning film, Net­work. Cranston plays Howard Beale, the evening news an­chor­man who melts down on screen, ut­ter­ing im­mor­tal lines like "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not go­ing to take it any­more". Join­ing him on stage as the ex­ploita­tive TV ex­ec­u­tive is Down­ton Abbey’s Michelle Dock­ery swap­ping ball gowns for power suits. Net­work, 13 Novem­ber 2017 to 24 March 2018 (pre­views from 4 Novem­ber), Lyt­tle­ton The­atre, Na­tional The­atre, Up­per Ground, South Bank, Lon­don SE1 9PX, 020 7452 3000. na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk

POW­ER­FUL DIS­PLAY

As Bri­tain’s merry monarch, lit­tle won­der that Charles II hoarded sump­tu­ous paint­ings, ta­pes­tries, sil­ver fur­ni­ture, jewel en­crusted ob­jects and more to dec­o­rate his equally lux palaces and show his power. Now over 200 ob­jects from this spec­tac­u­lar col­lec­tion are on dis­play at the Queen’s Gallery from 8 De­cem­ber. Cu­rated in royal palaces from Ed­in­burgh’s Holy­rood­house to the Tower of Lon­don’s Jewel House, the works show how the king rein­vented the monar­chy through art, says Ru­fus Bird, lead cu­ra­tor. Charles II: Art & Power, 8 De­cem­ber 2017 to 13 May 2018, The Queen's Gallery, Buck­ing­ham Palace, Buck­ing­ham Palace Road, Lon­don SW1A 1AA, 030 3123 7301. roy­al­col­lec­tion.org.uk

SWEET RO­MANCE

Romantics Anony­mous is a new mu­si­cal show­ing at the Sam Wana­maker Play­house, Shake­speare’s Globe, Lon­don. In this en­dear­ing, com­pli­cated love story, choco­late-en­twined cou­ple, Angélique and Jean-rené help each other to dis­cover that the ob­sta­cles to their hap­pi­ness are not the usual ex­ter­nal bar­ri­ers, but those sneaky lit­tle ones we know all too in­ti­mately - the ones within. Romantics Anony­mous, to 6 Jan­uary 2018, Shake­speare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bank­side, Lon­don SE1 9DT, 020 7401 9919. shake­spear­es­globe.com/romantics-anony­mous

NORTH­ERN HIGH­LIGHTS

Whilst Lon­don is fash­ion’s cen­tre, the north of Eng­land has stylish cre­den­tials too. Bri­tish de­sign­ers and mod­els were born there like Burberry’s Christo­pher Bailey and Ag­y­ness Deyn, and so were trends. Take the 1990s parka, thanks to Manch­ester band, Oa­sis. Now a new ex­hi­bi­tion, North: Fash­ion Iden­tity high­lights the North­ern in­flu­ence on fash­ion, pho­tog­ra­phy and art at Som­er­set House from 8 Novem­ber. Gritty and iconic land­scapes form fre­quent photo back­drops for so­cial doc­u­men­tary or fash­ion – some­times am­bigu­ously mesh­ing the two. Whilst the fa­bled Manch­ester club, Ha­cienda, is turned into an art in­stal­la­tion. North: Fash­ion­ing Iden­tity, 8 Novem­ber 2017 to 4 Fe­bru­ary 2018, East Wing Gal­leries, Som­er­set House, Strand, Lon­don WC2R 1LA, 020 7845 4600. som­er­set­house.org.uk

PER­FOR­MANCE

Bal­let’s bad boy, Sergei Pol­unin, leaps onto the Lon­don Coli­seum stage this De­cem­ber with his own com­pany, Project Pol­unin, and a new work. It’s been a piv­otal year for this 28 year old dance star who ex­plo­sively quit the Royal Bal­let five years ago. His doc­u­men­tary biopic, Dancer was re­leased, in­clud­ing his raw, yet pow­er­ful Take me to Church per­for­mance; he fronted fash­ion cam­paigns for Diesel, among oth­ers, and has now tran­si­tioned to the big screen – as an aristo sus­pect on the Ori­ent Ex­press. In more films re­leased next year, Pol­unin is one to watch. Project Pol­unin, 5 to 10 De­cem­ber 2017, Lon­don Coli­seum, St Martin's Lane, Lon­don, WC2N 4ES, 020 7845 9300. lon­don­col­i­seum.org

NEW HER­ITAGE

Dis­cover an in­ti­mate side to great Bri­tish artist, JMW Turner, as his Sandy­combe Lodge, opens to the public for the first time af­ter a £2.4 mil­lion restora­tion. Un­usu­ally de­signed by the artist, the seven room house with sit­ting room, par­lour and scullery was his bolt­hole from busy 19th cen­tury Lon­don. Now nes­tled in a res­i­den­tial street, the house’s River Thames sur­round­ings at the time in­spired his poetic work. “The spa­ces where peo­ple lived and worked is es­sen­tial to our Bri­tish her­itage,” said Turner’s House Trust chair­man, Cather­ine Parry-wing­field. Sandy­combe Lodge, 40 Sandy­combe Road, St Mar­garets, Twick­en­ham TW1 2LR, 020 8892 5485. turn­er­shouse.org

SHOW

With their swan­like necks and elon­gated faces, Amedeo Modigliani’s paint­ings and sculp­tures are in­stantly recog­nis­able. Now Bri­tain’s most com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion of his early 20th cen­tury por­traits, sculp­tures and nudes will be at Tate Modern from 23 Novem­ber. “In the age of so­cial me­dia his work is re­lat­able,” said Nancy Ire­son, co-cu­ra­tor, “as we want to know who his sit­ters are.” Some works are here for the first time, whilst the iconic dou­ble por­trait of his friends, Jacques and Berthe Lip­chitz re­turns af­ter over 60 years. Modigliani, 23 Novem­ber 2017 to 2 April 2018, Tate Modern, Bank­side, Lon­don SE1 9TG, 020 7887 8888. tate.org.uk

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