Top 10 shows, exhibitions and performances July/august
Top 10 shows, exhibitions and events for your July/august calendar.
1 HOT FILM
Here we go again – as the all-singing and all-dancing Mamma Mia 2 hits the big screen on 20 July. Downton’s Lily James is the dancing queen as Donna (Meryl Streep’s younger self), joining the strong British cast including Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Dominic Cooper. Whilst the relationships hot up on a sun-drenched Croatian island, spot scenes shot at more familiar landmarks like Hampton Court Palace and New College, Oxford. It’s the SOS for ABBA’S new work out later this year.
Mamma Mia 2 is released on 20 July 2018 by Universal Pictures International.
2 NEW SPACE
“It’s the golden age of the Royal Academy of Arts,” declared its chairman, Christopher Le Brun as he opened the academy’s £56 million redevelopment for its 250th birthday. The historic home along Piccadilly is now linked by a bridge to the 19th century building behind in Burlington Gardens to form a gigantic new campus with extra exhibition spaces. Designed by British starchitect, Sir David Chipperfield, discover treasures previously hidden in the RA’S collection in the first permanent gallery or the ever-changing contemporary art and architecture shows.
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD and 6 Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET, 020 7300 8090, royalacademy.org.uk
3 ROYAL PICKS
Discover a new side to Prince Charles as this summer’s exhibition at Buckingham Palace celebrates his 70th birthday. From Baroque painting to Islamic decorative tiles, diverse works have been picked by His Royal Highness from the Royal Collection, his art commissions and young talent supported by his charities – The Royal Drawing School, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and Turquoise Mountain. The display reveals “his interest in how works are made,” says curator Vanessa Remington and “is a broader range of works than we’re usually able to display.”
Prince and Patron is on from 21 July to 30 September 2018, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA, 020 7766 7300, royalcollection.org.uk
4 SIZZLING DRAMA
It’s a sizzling summer for Shakespeare as fresh productions of King Lear and Othello hit the West End. First is King Lear with Sir Ian Mckellen in the title role. The epic tragedy of a family’s power struggle opens 11 July at the Duke of York’s. See Othello in its near original surroundings at The Globe from 1 August. Stage favourite, Mark Rylance is the dastardly Iago, duping Othello into believing his wife is unfaithful. Look out for Othello, played by André Holland. He is making a name for himself after roles in the Oscar-winning, Moonlight and Selma.
King Lear is on from 11 July to 3 November 2018, Duke of York’s Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG, 020 8544 7469, Kinglearwestend. com; Othello is on from 1 August to 13 October 2018 (previews from 20 July), Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT, 020 7401 9919, shakespearesglobe.com
5 BEST PARTY
Britney Spears knows how to put on a good show. In sparkly bodysuits and thigh high boots, she’s been wowing Las Vegas crowds with Baby One More Time, Womaniser and other hits for the last four years. Now the pop princess is bringing this Piece of Me show to Britain from 17 August. From sexy schoolgirl to fashion muse, she’s also the face of Kenzo’s denim-infused La Collection Memento No2 this season, starring in an ad campaign shot by iconic photographer, Peter Lindbergh.
Britney Spears: Piece of Me, 17 August to 1 September 2018, Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Burniston Road, Scarborough, YO12 6PF, 01723 818111, scarboroughopenairtheatre.com; Manchester Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1AR, 0161 950 5000, manchesterarena.com; The SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000, thessehydro.com; The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX, the02.co.uk; Genting Arena Birmingham, Perimeter Road, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT, 0121 780 4141, gentingarena.co.uk; Blackpool Tower Festival Headland, Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 1NE, 01253 478222, livenation.co.uk