CUL­TURAL AGENDA

Top 10 shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances

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Top 10 shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and events for your March/april cal­en­dar.

1 NEW OPERA STARS

A new pro­duc­tion of Verdi’s La Travi­ata makes its Bri­tish de­but at the Lon­don Coli­seum from 16 March. “It is the opera for the first time opera goer,” says English Na­tional Opera’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, Daniel Kramer. “Verdi packs a story in ev­ery beat. And his mu­sic is pop­u­lar and ac­ces­si­ble.” Ris­ing opera star, Ir­ish so­prano Clau­dia Boyle, plays Vi­o­letta, the cour­te­san whose doomed love is at the heart of this 19th cen­tury opera. Her love in­ter­est, South African tenor, Lukhanyo Moy­ake makes his Bri­tish de­but. La Travi­ata is on from 16 March to 13 April 2018 at the Lon­don Coli­seum, St Martin's Lane, Lon­don WC2N 4ES, 020 7845 9300, eno.org

2 BEST AC­TION

Game-turned-movie hero­ine, Lara Croft is back on the big screen on 16 March – this time with a bulked up Ali­cia Vikan­der in the tough ac­tion ti­tle role, shoot­ing with bow and ar­row rather than guns. Set in Lon­don and Wilt­shire (the 16th cen­tury Wil­ton House near Sal­is­bury) and else­where, the film ex­plains Croft’s Bri­tish backstory. She is look­ing for a tomb dis­cov­ered by her aristo father (played by Brit ac­tor Do­minic West) be­fore the badass Trin­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion finds it and de­stroys the world. Moth­erly ad­vice is doled out by Four Wed­dings’ Kris­ten Scott Thomas. Tomb Raider is re­leased 16 March 2018 by Warner Bros

3 WATCH THIS SPACE

Har­rods com­pletes the re-vamp of its pop­u­lar watches and jew­ellery spa­ces this March, spread­ing out to the store’s lower ground floor. Cartier’s new mega space has high jew­ellery pieces along­side its pan­thers and other icons whilst David Mor­ris’s state­ment gems have dou­ble the space too. Ex­clu­sive pieces mark Vacheron Con­stantin’s bou­tique in­clud­ing a new Métiers d’art time­piece with a hand-en­graved gold hot air bal­loon. Linger over vin­tage books and sketches at A. Lange & Söhne along­side colour­ful bricks from the Ber­lin Wall. Har­rods, 87-135 Bromp­ton Road, Lon­don SW1X 7XL, 020 3626 7020, har­rods.com; cartier.com; david­mor­ris. com; vacheron-con­stantin.com; alange-soehne.com

4 BREAK­OUT GIG

The break­out pop star of 2017, Dua Lipa tours the UK in April. The 22 year old who grew up in Lon­don (and Kosovo) writes her own mu­sic and be­came the first woman to top the Bri­tish charts since Adele in Novem­ber 2015 with New Rules last Au­gust. Her self-ti­tled de­but al­bum has spawned mul­ti­ple hits in­clud­ing Hot­ter than Hell and a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cold­play front­man, Chris Martin. With her synth pop sounds and raspy vo­cals, get ready to party. Dua Lipa is on from the 12 to 20 April 2018 at the SSE Hy­dro, SEC, Glas­gow G3 8YW; O2 Apollo Manch­ester, Stockport Road, Manch­ester M12 6AP; Gent­ing Arena, Perime­ter Road, Marston Green, Birm­ing­ham B40 1NT; Mo­tor­point Arena Cardiff, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ; Alexan­dra Palace, Alexan­dra Palace Way, Lon­don N22 7AY, live­na­tion.co.uk

5 MAC­BETH MAGIC

With its witches, ghosts and royal in­trigue, Mac­beth re­mains one of Shakespeare’s most pop­u­lar plays. This March sees two new pro­duc­tions by two the­atri­cal pow­er­houses. Lon­don’s Na­tional Theatre opens its ver­sion from 6 March with James Bond ac­tor, Rory Kin­n­ear and Anne-marie Duff as the schem­ing hus­band and wife. Whilst two weeks later, for­mer Doc­tor Who, Christo­pher Ec­cle­ston and Ni­amh Cu­sack take the same roles in Shakespeare’s home­town of Strat­ford-upon-avon for the Royal Shakespeare Com­pany. Let the toil and trou­ble be­gin. Mac­beth is on from 6 March (previews from 26 Fe­bru­ary) to 23 June 2018 at the Olivier Theatre, Na­tional Theatre, Up­per Ground, Lon­don SE1 9PX, 020 7452 3000, na­tion­althe­atre.org.uk/shows/mac­beth; Also from 20 March (previews from 13 March) to 18 Septem­ber 2018 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Water­side, Strat­ford-upon-avon CV37 6BB, 01789 403493, rsc.org.uk

6 DANCE DI­VAS

Mak­ing its Bri­tish de­but this March is top Cana­dian con­tem­po­rary dance com­pany, the Bal­let Bri­tish Columbia. In the 100th year of women’s suf­frage, it’s fit­ting that the three bal­lets are chore­ographed by women. One is even in­spired by the work of Vir­ginia Woolf, Jeanette Win­ter­son and other arch feminists. Be pre­pared for a roller­coaster ride through ex­plo­sive ath­leti­cism, lan­guorous moves and edgy con­tor­tions to clubby elec­tronic beats. Bal­let Bri­tish Columbia – Emily Mol­nar/crys­tal Pite/sharon Eyal is on from 6 to 24 March at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rose­bery Av­enue, Lon­don EC1R 4TN, 020 7863 8000, sadler­swells.com; Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE, 01273 709709, brighton­dome.org; Theatre Royal, New­cas­tle, 100 Grey Street, New­cas­tle upon Tyne NE1 6BR, 0844 811 2121, the­atreroyal.co.uk; Birm­ing­ham Hip­po­drome, Hurst Street, South­side, Birm­ing­ham B5 4TB, 0844 338 5000; The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Sal­ford M50 3AZ, 0843 208 6000, th­elowry.com; The Al­ham­bra Theatre Mor­ley Street, Brad­ford BD7 1AJ, 01274 432000, brad­fordthe­atres.co.uk/venues/the-al­ham­bra-theatre

7 POETRY IN MO­TION

Manch­ester’s Whit­worth Art Gallery shows its re­cent ac­qui­si­tion, Ten Thou­sand Waves by Bri­tish in­stal­la­tion artist and film-maker, Isaac Julien from 30 March. In­spired by the 23 Chi­nese cockle pick­ers who drowned off More­cambe Bay in 2004, Julien in­ter­weaves past and present sto­ries from the cock­lers’ na­tive cul­ture to cre­ate a haunt­ing el­egy of “the risks peo­ple take to get a bet­ter life,” says cu­ra­tor, Poppy Bow­ers. Loom­ing on the nine sus­pended screens, un­fold­ing sto­ries range from an­cient myths to Mao-era pa­rades. Ten Thou­sand Waves is on from 30 March to 30 Au­gust 2018 at The Whit­worth Art Gallery, The Univer­sity of Manch­ester, Ox­ford Road, Manch­ester M15 6ER, 0161 275 7450, whit­worth.manch­ester.ac.uk

8 ICONIC ART

It’s 1932. The BBC be­gins broad­cast­ing to the Em­pire. Mar­lene Di­et­rich makes red car­pet his­tory in a tux. And Pablo Pi­casso has his first ret­ro­spec­tive. Now Tate Mod­ern are dis­play­ing over 200 works by Pi­casso from that ca­reer-defin­ing year from 8 March. “Struc­tured chrono­log­i­cally the show gives a feel for the ebbs and flows of an artist’s work de­pend­ing on what is hap­pen­ing in his life,” says cu­ra­tor Nancy Ire­son, adding that “the sheer va­ri­ety shows why we still talk about him now.” Pi­casso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy is on from 8 March to 9 Septem­ber 2018 at Tate Mod­ern, Bank­side, Lon­don SE1 9TG, 020 7887 8888, tate.org.uk

9 THE COME­BACK

Ex­pect a dra­matic re­turn to form as Plan B aka Ben Drew has a new al­bum, Heaven be­fore All Hell Breaks Loose, and na­tion­wide tour af­ter a five year hia­tus. Whilst he has been “cre­ative in ways other than mu­sic,” he says, his come­back is ea­gerly awaited. Af­ter all, the She Said singer’s five years at the top to 2011 spawned mul­ti­ple awards in­clud­ing a Brit for Bri­tish Male Solo Artist and an Ivor Novello for Song­writ­ing as well as crit­i­cal act­ing and di­rect­ing ac­claim. Plan B is on from 26 April to 3 May 2018, O2 Apollo Manch­ester, Stockport Road, Manch­ester M12 6AP; O2 Academy Birm­ing­ham, 16-18 Horse Fair, Birm­ing­ham B1 1DB; O2 Academy Glas­gow, 121 Eglin­ton Street, Glas­gow G5 9NT; O2 Academy New­cas­tle, West­gate Road, New­cas­tle upon Tyne NE1 1SW; Cliffs Pav­il­lion, Sta­tion Road, Southend-on-sea, West­cliff-on-sea SS0 7RA; Col­ston Hall, Col­ston Street, Bris­tol BS1 5AR; O2 Academy Brix­ton, 211 Stock­well Road, Brix­ton, Lon­don SW9 9SL. And from 1 June to 27 July, Mar­ket Rasen Race­course, Legsby Road, Mar­ket Rasen, LN8 3EA; Hay­dock Park Race­course, New­ton-le-wil­lows, Mersey­side, WA12 0HQ; Sandown Park Race­course, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ; New­mar­ket Race­course, West­field House, The Links, New­mar­ket CB8 0TG live­na­tion.co.uk

10MODERN MAKEOVER

Near Cam­bridge’s me­dieval univer­si­ties lies a hid­den art trea­sure: Ket­tle’s Yard. “It’s a mix of great 20th cen­tury art with things that aren’t worth any­thing,” says the gallery’s di­rec­tor, An­drew Nairne of the renowned col­lec­tion that in­cludes a Joan Miró ab­stract, Henri Gaudier-brzeska’s play­ful sculp­tures and a del­i­cate Con­stantin Bran­cusi head atop a grand piano. Now the house has had a mod­ern makeover with new gallery spa­ces for must see ex­hi­bi­tions - in­clud­ing An­thony Gorm­ley’s first solo show in nine years from May. Ket­tle's Yard, Cas­tle Street, Cam­bridge CB3 0AQ, 01223 748100, ket­tlesyard.co.uk; Ac­tions. The im­age of the world can be dif­fer­ent is on to 6 May; An­thony Gorm­ley is on from 22 May to 28 Au­gust 2018

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