Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary cal­en­dar.

Top 10 shows, exhibitions and per­for­mances for your Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary cal­en­dar

Exclusively British - - CONTENTS - COM­PILED by Me­lanie Abrams

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,...

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