Top 10 shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and per­for­mances July/au­gust

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Top 10 shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and events for your July/au­gust cal­en­dar.


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.


“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, roy­ala­


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, roy­al­col­lec­


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, shake­spear­es­


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, scar­bor­oughope­nairthe­; Manch­ester Arena, Vic­to­ria Station, Hunts Bank, Manch­ester, M3 1AR, 0161 950 5000, manch­ester­; The SSE Hy­dro, Ex­hi­bi­tion Way, Glasgow, G3 8YW, 0141 248 3000, thesse­hy­; The O2 Arena, Penin­sula Square, Lon­don, SE10 0DX,; Gent­ing Arena Birm­ing­ham, Perime­ter Road, Marston Green, Birm­ing­ham, B40 1NT, 0121 780 4141, gentin­; Black­pool Tower Fes­ti­val Head­land, Prom­e­nade, Black­pool, FY1 1NE, 01253 478222, live­na­

Words | Me­lanie Abrams

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