Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your January/february calendar.
Top 10 shows, exhibitions and performances for your January/february calendar
1 STYLISH OPERA
A stylish version of Bizet’s Carmen is premiering in the UK on 6 February at the Royal Opera House. Re-created by innovative Australian director, Barrie Kosky, the famous Toreador opera is cut to its essentials with an offstage narrator added. Two rising stars are making their debuts in the title role: Russian born mezzo-soprano, Anna Goryachova, known for her vocal athleticism, and multiple award-winning Gaëlle Arquez, who has won acclaim for such diverse roles as La Belle Hélène and Dardanus. Carmen, 6 February to 16 March 2018, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD, 020 7240 1200, roh.org.uk
2 HOT DUO
Two of today’s hottest musicians are touring together this February – as London’s electronic maestro James Blake supports US rapper Kendrick Lamar on his nationwide gig. Centre stage is Lamar’s award winning fourth album, Damn, described by The Guardian as “another dial-shifting release.” Expect an eclectic mix of sounds with Blake’s haunting slow beats complementing Lamar’s complex rhymes, soul beats and verbal dexterity. Kendrick Lamar – The DAMN tour, 9 to 20 February 2018, Genting Arena Birmingham, gentingarena. co.uk; Manchester Arena, manchester-arena.com; The SSE Hydro Glasgow, thessehydro.com; The O2 London, theo2.co.uk; The SSE Arena Wembley, ssearena.co.uk; livenation.co.uk
3 SEAFARING DESIGN
Before planes, ocean liners were the hip way to travel. And Britain was at the forefront. “Our shipping industry was the biggest in the world, technical advances happened here and the shipping lines serviced the vast Empire,” said Ghislaine Maxwell, curator of a new V&A exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, from 3 February. Showcasing the design, décor and lifestyle on board liners including Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Eastern, the luxurious Queen Mary and turbocharged Canberra, discover the finery passengers donned, the modern furniture and a poignant wood panel from the doomed Titanic’s first class lounge. Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, 3 February to 10 June 2018, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, 0207 942 2000, vam.ac.uk
4 JAW-DROPPING THRILLS
It’s 250 years since the circus opened along London’s Southbank with trick riding, tumbling and more. Now garish clowns, daredevil trapeze artists, fire-eaters among other feats are embedded in our culture with evermore extreme visual spectacles. Top of the bill is Cirque Berserk which is taking its jaw dropping stunts around the UK from 31 January. Among the clowning around, high energy aerial acrobatics and flaming limbo dancing, prepare for the breath-holding minutes as four motorcyclists race inside a wheel with no room for error. Cirque Berserk, 31 January to 1 September 2018, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford; Peacock Theatre, London; Festival Theatre, Edinburgh; Palace Theatre, Manchester; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham; Churchill Theatre, Bromley; Theatre Royal, Norwich; Swan Theatre, Wycombe; Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Floral Pavilion, New Brighton; King's Theatre, Glasgow; G Live, Guildford; Theatre Royal, Nottingham; Richmond Theatre; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, cirqueberserk.co.uk.
5 TENSE THRILLER
Taken star Liam Neeson is back on the big screen in new thriller, The Commuter. Set on a train, he has to find the identity of a hidden passenger before the last stop. Elizabeth Mcgovern aka Downton’s Lady Cora Grantham is a fellow passenger alongside new Brit talent, Florence Pugh whose credits include TV’S Marcella and last year’s Lady Macbeth, as well as Game of Thrones’ Dean-charles Chapman. Fellow Northern Irelander and film favourite, Sam Neill adds further weight. The Commuter is released on 19 January 2018 by Studio Canal
6 FASHIONABLE EXPERIENCE
Royal women are in the style spotlight at the prestigious Fashion Museum Bath from 3 February. Discover the chic extravagance of Edward VII’S wife, Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary’s love of fur, feather and diamanté details. Remember Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s fairytale Hartnell gowns or Princess Margaret’s fashion forward eye. Located in Bath’s iconic Assembly Rooms, experience the city’s Georgian heyday with its large 18th century ballroom, card room and tea room where visitors including novelist, Jane Austen and composer, Joseph Haydn would flock. Royal Women: Public Life, Personal Style, 3 February 2018 to 28 April 2019, Fashion Museum Bath, Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath BA1 2QH, 01225 477789, fashionmuseum.co.uk
7 ICONIC MOMENTS
Iconic British films are back on the big screen this January at London’s BFI Cinema as it celebrates the work of actor, John Hurt, who died last year. Ahead of his time, Hurt’s films still resonate. There’s his flamboyant Quentin Crisp in the Naked Civil Servant, say, or Scandal where he played Stephen Ward, the fall guy of the 1960s Profumo affair, soon to be re-dramatised by the BBC. Other highlights include Midnight Express, A Man for All Seasons and the more recent Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy alongside Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. John Hurt season, 1 to 31 January 2018, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XT, 020 7928 3232, whatson.bfi.org.uk
8 INNOVATIVE SPACE
Tate St Ives has had an impressive £20 million makeover - with a new gallery for temporary exhibitions. British architect, Jamie Fobert, pounded into the granite cliff to create the vast light-flooded space, adding a rooftop garden with views across the Cornish coast. 2018 sees an exciting exhibition programme with international female artists riffing on the works of Virginia Woolf from 10 February and the first major show of Patrick Heron’s work in 20 years from 19 May. Tate St Ives, Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives, TR26 1TG, 01736 796226, tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives. Virginia Woolf, 10 February to 29 April 2018; Patrick Heron, 19 May to 9 September 2018
9 BEST INVESTMENT
Cambridge’s Arts Theatre kicks off the UK tour of Art, the comedy of friendship, prejudice and midlife crisis that first ran for eight years in London with British icons, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. Now three other well loved British actors are taking the mantle. There’s Nigel Havers, known for playing the cad, Star Wars’ to Bleak House’s Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson, who is swapping his disciplined DCI Banks for wedding planning chaos. Whilst the art is a debatable investment, seeing this play is a canny one.
10 ROYAL SPLENDOUR
Heralding this year’s 250th birthday celebrations, the Royal Academy of Art is opening a suitably spectacular exhibition from 27 January. Borrowing top notch Renaissance and Baroque artworks by masters including Titian, Raphael and Mantegna (Titian’s Supper at Emmaus from the Louvre, say), the exhibition reunites the stellar art collection of King Charles I - dispersed after his 1649 execution. “The King changed British art tastes,” said curator, Per Rumberg, “introducing richer colours, more life and expression.” Charles I: King and Collection, 27 January to 15 April 2018, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, 020 7300 8090, royalacademy.org.uk
Pictured: John Tunnard (1900–1971) Tol Pedn. Film strip top-bottom: Wilhelmina Barns-graham (1912–2004) Island Sheds, St Ives, No.1; Ben Nicholson (1894–1982); Lubaina Himid (b.1954) Between the Two my Heart is Balanced; Alfred Wallis (1855–1942) The...
Evening dresses worn by Queen Alexandra. Pictured Left: Red, green and cream tartan silk satin evening dress possibly worn to a function at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, by Madame Elise about 1870. Right: Lilac watered silk with velvet, lace and pearl...
PICTURED BELOW: EMPRESS OF BRITAIN COLOUR LITHOGRAPH POSTER FOR CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAYS, J.R. TOOBY, LONDON, 1920 – 31 © VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, LONDON. DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR'S LUGGAGE, GOYARD, ABOUT 1950 © MIOTTEL MUSEUM, BERKELEY,...